Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that uses braces and other techniques to move teeth to improve alignment, function and aesthetics.
Orthodontic treatment can be carried out at any age, there is no upper limit. Even if some teeth are missing orthodontics can still be possible. Any dental health problems do need to be stabilised before starting orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontists can advise you if any dental health issues need treatment first.
The usual age to start orthodontic treatment is when all the baby teeth have been lost, around 11 to 14 years old.
Treatment of younger children is beneficial in a few situations such as correction of protrusion (for example due to thumbsucking), management of eruption problems and correcting crossbites.
We offer a wide range of fixed braces and removable appliances from modern metal braces through to invisible braces such as Incognito lingual braces that are hidden on the inside or Invisalign clear aligners. Please see the orthodontic services section of this website for more details.
Whenever possible, orthodontic treatment is provided without removing teeth. Sometimes teeth do have be removed if there is very significant crowding or incisor protrusion. We can discuss the best approach for you or your child at the consultation.
Orthodontic braces can increase the risk of tooth decay during treatment if sugar intake is high outside mealtimes or if cleaning instructions are not followed. We will help you to achieve and maintain a good level of home care before problems arise.
It is normal for tooth roots to shorten a little during orthodontic treatment. It is very rare for this to cause any long term problem. Root resorption is minimised by the use of modern low force flexible wires.
If there has been a history of gum disease and bone loss there is a risk of gum recession after orthodontic treatment. This can be kept to a minimum by resolving problems before treatment, and maintaining good oral hygiene throughout treatment and beyond.
Treatment times can vary typically from 6 to 24 months. Costs include orthodontic appliances, all necessary appointments as well as provision and maintenance of retainers for a year after completion. Costs will vary depending on the chosen appliance and number of appointments required.
An orthodontic consultation costs £80 which does not include the cost of x-rays.
Comprehensive orthodontics starts at around £3000 for one arch or £5000 for both upper and lower teeth. Fees are payable in increments over the course of treatment to help spread the costs. A full written quotation is provided following your consultation.
When you have decided to go ahead with treatment you are scheduled for an appointment to take impressions of your teeth. Appliances are normally fitted within a few weeks. Further review appointments are required usually every 6-8 weeks throughout treatment.