Orthodontist Teeth Straightening
Straighten your smile with metal or clear braces.
Orthodontic treatment (teeth straightening treatment) is mostly used to improve the alignment of crooked, crowded or protruding teeth, and also to correct the bite of the teeth. It helps to improve the overall appearance of the teeth as well.
Orthodontic braces can be had at any age. Gums and teeth need to be healthy prior to starting any orthodontic treatment. They also need to be maintained in a healthy state during the course of the treatment. Certain complex conditions in adults may not be treatable with orthodontic treatment alone and may require additional treatment. A wide variety of adult orthodontic braces are available.
Fixed braces (also called appliances) are the most commonly used type of brace associated with orthodontic treatments; they are able to achieve very precise tooth movement to produce the desired result. Treatment with fixed braces typically starts once all the teeth have emerged and it typically lasts for 18 to 24 months. All fixed brace treatments are followed by retention. Many different types of fixed braces are available; we have listed the more commonly used fixed braces below.
- Conventional metal fixed braces – Metal fixed braces are the most common form of brace used in children. They are typically made from stainless steel and attached onto the surface of the teeth using tooth coloured composite material. An orthodontic wire (also called arch-wire) is tied into the bracket using coloured elastic bands.
- Ceramic fixed braces – Instead of using braces made of stainless steel, the attachments can also be made from a hardened ceramic material to enable it to blend in with the colour of the teeth. This results in a more aesthetically pleasing brace, which is more attractive option specially for adults. The orthodontic wires or arch-wires can also be made from a tooth coloured material to help further improve the appearance. Ceramic fixed braces can be as effective as conventional metal fixed braces at achieving accurate movement of teeth.
- Lingual fixed braces – Unlike the braces described above that fix to the front surface of the teeth, lingual braces are attached to the inside surface of your teeth, making them invisible to others. Many orthodontists provide this system and they are equally capable of producing good high quality results.
Removable braces (or appliances) include removable aligners; the most common type of removable braces are clear aligners. A number of systems exist on the market, the most common and well known are Invisalign Clear Aligners.
Clear removable braces or aligners are a relatively new method of correcting mild to moderate orthodontic problems. ‘Invisible’ removable aligners as they are also called (they can look almost completely invisible to others) are perhaps the highest profile orthodontic braces, with widespread coverage in magazines and on television. On completion of any aligner treatment, retainers are required to ensure the teeth maintain their corrected positions and do not move back to their original positions.
Clear or Invisible Aligners are thin clear flexible plastic impressions of your teeth, similar to ‘mouthguards’, that fit closely over your teeth. A series of aligners are used to move the teeth incrementally, bit by bit, into their desired positions. Each aligner moves the teeth a small amount towards the intended position before using the next aligner in the series until the desired final result is achieved. Aligners need to be worn all the time, day and night, except for meals, when they must be removed. Clear aligners are suited to adults whose work commitments and life-style make it difficult to wear visible conventional fixed braces.
Clear aligners are typically used in cases needing mild to moderate alignment of teeth without a need for extractions. Routine aligner treatments include-
- Mild to moderate dental irregularity.
- Crowding of the teeth that can be corrected with mild to moderate expansion of the dental arch.
- Crowding of the teeth that can be corrected with reduction in the width of the tooth.
- Mild spacing of the teeth.
|i7 treatment – up to 7 sets of aligners||from £1,500|
|Lite treatment – 8 – 14 sets of aligners||from £2,155|
|Full treatment – 15 to 30 sets of aligners||from £3,795|
|Full treatment – complex||from £4,200|
|Fast Braces||from £2,000|
Exceptional Dental Care
At Whites Dental, we try very hard to provide every patient with exceptional dental care and customer service. We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to exceed the expectation of every single patient.
Our dentists, Dr. Magda and Dr. Xenia are very experienced dentists, with over 20 years of dental experience between the two of them. They go to great lengths to leave you with a happy smile at the end of your treatment with us.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What can I expect to gain from orthodontic treatment to my teeth?
There are a number of benefits of orthodontic treatment. They include the following –
- Improve your appearance, including that of your smile.
- Correct dental crowding and straighten your teeth.
- Correct your bite so that your front and back teeth come together evenly when you close your mouth.
- Aid other dental treatment that you may need.
Is it possible to have orthodontic braces as an adult?
Adults can have orthodontic treatments just as well and age is not a limiting factor. However, the type of orthodontic treatment may be a little different for adults.
It should be noted that certain problems in adults cannot be fully corrected by braces on their own. On occasion, a combination of orthodontic treatment and jaw surgery can be required. Also, if you suffer from gum disease or tooth decay, it is vital to treat them before starting orthodontic treatment.
Will I need teeth removed as part of my orthodontic treatment?
Not all orthodontic treatments require your teeth to be removed. However, for certain conditions, if space needs to be created to straighten the teeth or to correct your bite, some of the teeth may need removal. Another option that’s available to create space is to narrow down the width of some of the teeth. Our orthodontic dentist will need to carry out a detailed assessment to determine the best treatment option for you.
How long will my orthodontist treatment take?
Simple orthodontic teeth straightening treatment can often be carried out in under 12 months. More complex orthodontic conditions can take longer to treat. A shorter course of orthodontic treatment can provide limited changes to your teeth structure, which sometimes is what the patient is most interested in. Once the orthodontic treatment is complete, retainers need to be worn to prevent the teeth moving back to their original position.
Will orthodontic treatment be painful?
Orthodontic treatment is used to gently move your teeth in order to straighten them. Teeth are likely to be a little sore for a few days each time when the braces are adjusted by the dentist. The soreness is generally mild. You can take simple over the counter painkillers to help with the soreness (please do read the instructions provided with the painkillers). Sometimes, the braces can rub the lips and the inside of the cheeks. Orthodontic relief wax can be used to help with this. Our orthodontist can offer you more advice when needed.
Will I need to wear a retainer once my orthodontic treatment has finished?
On completion of your orthodontic treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth moving back to their original position. Retainers are either or removable. Fixed retainers can be glued to the back of the front teeth, whereas removable retainers can be removed altogether. Our orthodontist can advise what type of retainer will work best for you.
The orthodontist will advise you to wear the retainer regularly for as long as you would like your teeth to stay straight. Position of the teeth can continue to change throughout your life and are a usual part of ageing.
Whites Dental provides Orthodontist Teeth Straightening Treatments to patients near us in London Bridge and London Waterloo. We are located in London Waterloo SE1, adjacent to Southwark Tube. We are under 10 minutes’ walk from London Bridge, Borough, Southbank, & Elephant and Castle.