Orthodontics, also known as teeth straightening, helps to align crooked or crowded teeth to improve their function and your appearance.
Orthodontics can involve having braces fitted onto your teeth to gradually straighten them into the desired position, or wearing aligners, which are thin, clear, flexible plastic mouthguards that you can remove. You might think that only teenagers wear braces, but orthodontics can be suitable for anybody who’s looking to improve the appearance or function of their smile.
Orthodontics treatment is carried out by an orthodontist, who specialises in straightening teeth. All our orthodontists have undergone dedicated orthodontic training, so you can rest assured you and your smile are in safe hands.
We offer a range of orthodontic treatments, from traditional braces to Invisalign
and cosmetic braces.
Contact the practice to book a consultation.
What are the different types of orthodontic treatments?
There are two main types of braces – fixed and removable.
- Fixed bracescan be metal or clear and sit on your teeth and are attached with brackets and wires. They’re one of the most common types of braces because of their predictable and reliable results. Fixed braces are used for NHS orthodontics, but they are also fitted privately in adults too. As well as traditional metal fixed braces, other options include lingual braces and ceramic braces, which are fixed on your teeth but are less visible than traditional fixed braces.
- Removable, or clear braces are aligners (moulds) that attach to your teeth that can, over time, straighten your teeth. Since they’re clear, they’re nearly invisible, which means it’s not obvious that you’re straightening your teeth.
- Examples of clear aligners include Invisalign which uses a series of virtually invisible, custom-made aligners that gradually straighten your teeth without using any metal wires or brackets.
What is the best type of orthodontic treatment for me?
There are many options to consider when you’re thinking of having braces fitted, including the type of braces that are most suitable for you and how they look. You need to understand which type of treatment will give you the results you want, and which will be the most suitable for your teeth.
Your orthodontist will go through your options with you and help you to decide what the best orthodontic treatment for you is.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
It depends on how much work there is to do and how far your teeth need to be moved.
Cosmetic teeth straightening can take as little as six months depending on how complex your orthodontic problems are.
Your orthodontist will give you advice about how long your treatment will take and how your teeth should look once you finish your treatment