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What is an Orthodontist?

"Providing expert care that give our patients straight, healthy teeth, beautiful smiles, optimal facial balance and enhanced self image"

An Orthodontist is the dental specialist in the field of Orthodontics. They have completed 5-6 years of training as a dentist first, followed by three years of full time training in hospital posts as an orthodontist. Clinicians who have successfully completed a recognised training programme in Orthodontics are on the Specialist Register of the General Dental Council (GDC). You can contact the GDC for this information.

What is Orthodontics?

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Orthodontics is the correction of tooth alignment and occlusal irregularities (problems with your bite). It deals with the straightening of teeth and alignment of the upper and lower jaw. A perfect smile should consist of teeth that are straight, gap and overlap-free. The upper teeth should align in good interdigitation with the lower teeth.

Orthodontic appliances such as functional, removable and fixed braces put pressure on your teeth and/or jaw, forcing them into a more aligned form. While retainers ensure that the teeth remain in their new alignment. These appliances are popular for their aesthetic benefits; they can pull teeth together to close gaps and push teeth apart to avoid overlaps. However, straightening your teeth improves more than just your smile. Crooked or overlapped teeth can impair chewing (and, therefore, digestion) and complicate dental hygiene. Poorly aligned teeth can lead to other complications (such as when teeth bite down on the gums). Irregularities in jaw development can cause problems with the bite, poor appearance of the lips and lower face, cross-bites, excessive premature wear of dentition leading to poor appearance and hypersensitivity, narrow palate & mouth breathing, pain from jaw joints and more. Most of these potential problems can be prevented or corrected with the use of orthodontics.

Orthodontic treatment tends to take anything from 3 months for very simple cases and up to 24 months for more complex treatments. Most cases tend to be 10-18 months.  After an initial assessment, the orthodontist will provide you with a treatment plan of what appliances are needed and an estimate of treatment duration. Once appliances are fitted, you will need to be seen approximately every 6-8 weeks by the orthodontist for adjustments to the appliance. These appointments are normally quite short i.e. 10-15minutes.

When the braces are removed, you will have to wear a retainer for a specified period to allow the teeth to settle in their new position. This is mainly worn at nights. We also offer a hidden fixed retainer which alleviates the need of remembering to wear retainers.

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