Orthodontics

Orthodontics refers to the movement of teeth in Adults and Children.

  • Creating a more attractive smile
  • Straightening crowded teeth
  • Closing spaces
  • Improving the way you bite together
  • Helping you to keep your teeth healthier for longer

Sometimes it is used on its own or often in conjunction with other treatment. Such as whitening, veneers, contouring or edge bonding.

Orthodontics or braces come in many different forms:

  • Clear braces work by using a series of clear removable aligners. They put a small amount
    of pressure on to the teeth in the direction of the movement required.
  • Fixed braces, use brackets to hold a wire which guides the teeth into the correct position.
    Different strength wires are used progressively.
  • It is imperative to wear a retainer after you have finished your treatment to keep your
    teeth in their new position. This can be a small metal wire behind your front teeth and/or a
    removable night guard.

At your consultation, we will talk you through all the latest Orthodontic treatment options to help you achieve your desired goals.

How much does orthodontics cost?

Each treatment is individual to you so an estimate will be given at your initial appointment but
here are some guide prices. All cases must complete a New Patient Exam prior to treatment
to make sure your teeth are healthy and treatment is suitable for you.
Prices are dependant on complexity, generally, patients fall into mild, moderate or complete.
Whether they require full upper and lower, or minimal single arch.

We have a combination of brands and types of braces available, depending on what best suits your lifestyle and
treatment requirements.

What to expect when having fixed braces

Fixed braces are brackets bonded to your teeth so that they can apply pressure continues to move the teeth into a new position.

Fixed braces are made up of:

  • Bands (stainless steel rings around your back teeth)
  • Brackets (steel blocks that fit into the tooth surface)
  • Ligatures (elastic bands)
  • Arch wire ( this runs through the bracket)

The brackets come in traditional metal for strength as well as ceramic tooth coloured brackets.

A wire is in a perfect arch when a wire is fitted to your teeth it becomes distorted to fit around your teeth, the wire has a memory; this wire will apply pressure to move the teeth back to its original arch shape. Your orthodontist will change the Wire and Ligatures regularly each time the new wire will be slightly stronger.

Your teeth are not used to being moved so it is common to experience some discomfort. This is normally the first week and will slowly disappear.

If at any point during treatment your feel something is hurting, contact the dentist immediately. It may be the brace needs a slight adjustment. If you think something has broken do not leave it as this may prolong your treatment.

We will provide you with some wax, this is to help if any of the appliances are irritating or rubbing on the soft tissue, roll up a bit of wax and place over the area.

During treatment, you will need to be careful with eating certain foods, we would recommend avoiding anything sticky like gum, toffees or sweets, and anything hard that you need to use your front teeth to bite. Cut everything up into small pieces, this will limit breakages. You need to keep your mouth as clean as possible, taking extra care to clean around the brackets; the hygienist will be able to show you effective techniques to do this properly. We may also recommend a fluoride mouthwash or toothpaste to prevent decalcification that can lead to cavities.

It’s important to stick to your appointments, and follow the above advice so as not to prolong your treatment.

After treatment you will need to wear a retainer, this can be either fixed (behind your front teeth) or removable. You can discuss the best option with your clinician.

Important things to know about Invisalign

You must keep the aligners in place for 22-24 hours a day to allow full movement to take place. Not doing this may prolong or cause treatment to fail.

You should change your aligners every 2 weeks, ideally at night when they will be tightest.

We suggest keeping all the old aligners throughout treatment, this is in case you misplace a set or we need to go back a stage.

You must remove the aligners for eating and drinking anything other than water. Heat may distort the aligners and food can get into the trays causing decay. It will also be very difficult to chew your food.

Not cleaning your teeth properly can cause decalcification, decay or mottling of the enamel. Always clean your teeth and aligner before replacing them back in your mouth.

When you remove them always place in the box to prevent loss, you may be charged for replacements.

If you snack a lot throughout the day or sip wine in the evenings, this may not be the best treatment for you.

Do not try to speed up treatment by changing aligners too early. This will move teeth too quickly and into the wrong place causing problems with all future aligners.

To keep the aligners clean we recommend soaking in cleaning tablets called retainer brite. This is best done in the morning whilst having breakfast.

When changing aligners use the green chewies to bite down on, use these regularly throughout the day.

Use floss every day, it should slide through the teeth easily. If you feel the gaps are getting tighter you may need to make an earlier appointment.

Floss

Check the aligners fitfully to the edge of the teeth. If you are noticing space then make an appointment.

If an aligner gets lost of damaged go back to the previous stage and make an appointment.

You should see the hygienist regularly every 3/12 throughout treatment to maintain your gum health.

You routine dental exams should still be kept throughout treatment.

Attachments may be required during treatment, these are small tooth coloured material that is bonded to your teeth
to create an anchorage on certain teeth to help them move.

They are bonded on the teeth at the start of treatment and will stay until the end.

These can create rotation, intrusion and movement in and along the arch.

If these attachments come off during treatment make an appointment to have them replaced.

IPR (interproximal reduction)

It is common to require IPR during treatment. This means creating space between the teeth to open contacts and allow teeth to move. It prevents the need for tooth removal and will improve the shape of the final result.

Small rubber bands are also commonly used towards the end of treatment to improve the way your teeth meet together. Correcting your bite and jaw position is important for future protection of the teeth.

If you need elastics you will be given instructions on how to wear them and for how long. You will have to remove them when eating and cleaning then replace straight after.

Orthodontist Consultation    £150.00
Clear removable aligners from    £4000.00
Fixed Braces from    £2500.00
Lingual braces from    £8000.00