Orthodontics is a specialised field of dentistry. Specialist Orthodontists are dentists who study for an extra three years to attain the necessary qualifications and experience. Orthodontics is the study of growth and development of the teeth and jaws and treatment to provide a pleasing smile and good functioning teeth.
Most children are seen for their initial consultation under the NHS. Most children are eligible for NHS treatment although there may be some restrictions. NHS and Private options will be discussed with you. All adults (18 years and over) will have a private consultation and will only be eligible for private treatment at Manor Lodge. Fees will be discussed at your first visit.
Simple treatment with a removable appliance can take as little as four to six months. More comprehensive treatment with fixed appliances take between fifteen and eighteen months but can be as long as two years. Patients are seen between 4-6 weeks for adjustments to their appliances.
How do I obtain a consultation?
We can refer you to an Orthodontist or you are welcome to contact them directly.
Why is Orthodontics important?
Straight teeth are easier to clean and will aid in saving your teeth for life. A good bite will preserve the integrity of the tooth enamel and prevent jaw joint problems. A pleasing smile is important for your well-being and will give you the confidence to achieve your goals in life.
Is treatment suitable for adults?
Orthodontic treatment is definitely suitable for adults and more and more adults are having treatment. Treatment options are limited due to lack of growth, previous extractions or large restorations but fantastic improvements can be made.
When should your child be seen?
Children are generally referred to an Orthodontist around 10 - 11 years of age, this can vary due to several factors. It is sometimes useful for an Orthodontist to see a child at nine or ten years of age to monitor growth and development. Most comprehensive forms of treatment are carried out between twelve and fourteen years of age, once most of the permanent teeth are in the mouth. If in doubt, ask Robert.
What are braces?
Braces are the appliances which an Orthodontist uses to align your teeth and improve your bite. They can either be removable or fixed (train-tracks). Various types are available, including the ceramic tooth coloured cosmetic brackets. Many other types are available and are used for specific problems. This will be discussed with you during your consultation.
What are retainers?
Retainers are appliances used to hold the teeth in their new positions. They can either be removable or fixed. They are worn for a minimum of one year but can be worn indefinitely. There is always a chance of some tooth movement once retention stops.