Orthodontic treatment, to straighten teeth for both adults and children, is available at our dental clinic in London. By undergoing this treatment, you can achieve an aesthetically pleasing smile and healthier teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
The purpose of orthodontics is to correct the positioning of your teeth so as to improve their function and appearance. It’s not just for aesthetic reasons that people seek this treatment; it’s also for health reasons, as it can reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You are a possible candidate for orthodontic treatment if you suffer from any of the below:
- Overcrowding of teeth.
- Gaps between teeth.
- Asymmetrical teeth.
- Protruding teeth.
- Deep bite (upper teeth overly cover lower teeth).
- Reverse bite (upper teeth bite inside lower teeth).
- Open bite (front teeth remain apart when back teeth meet).
Teeth straightening treatment is performed only by an orthodontist, which is a fully qualified dentist who has undertaken additional training and examinations to specialise in orthodontics. Our consultant orthodontist is Dr. Stephanie Oiknine, who completed her specialist training in orthodontics at King’s College London and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.
The first stage of the orthodontics process is a full assessment of your teeth by our orthodontist. This will involve x-rays, photographs and a discussion about which type of brace is most suitable for you. It may be the case that an alternative dental treatment, such as crowns or veneers, is suggested instead of orthodontics, if it’s better suited to your circumstances.
Orthodontic braces, which may be either removable or fixed, are used in order to straighten your teeth. These braces work by using gentle pressure to gradually move your teeth to the right position. Removable braces are generally preferred by patients, however, sometimes fixed braces bring the better results, particularly where severe teeth repositioning is required.
We understand that you don’t want it to be obvious that you’re wearing braces, which is why we specialise in using braces that are difficult for others to notice. This is possible by using braces that sit behind the teeth instead of in front of them, and by using materials that either match the colour of your teeth or are almost completely transparent. Some of the types of orthodontic dental braces we offer at our dental clinic include Invisalign, Inman Aligner, Fixed Braces, and lingual braces.
Having a brace fitted is no more painful than having a filling in a tooth. After the fitting of your brace, it’s normal to feel some pain and discomfort around your teeth and gums as your mouth adjusts to the brace and your teeth slowly begin to move. The soreness typically disappears within a few days, until which paracetamol can be helpful. Eating and speaking with a brace can feel awkward at first, but again, this passes with time. After wearing your brace for a couple of weeks, you’ll adjust to it and the chances are you’ll forget you’re even wearing it.
After your dental brace has been fitted, you will need to visit the orthodontist at our clinic in Chelsea every 4-10 weeks so the progress of the teeth straightening can be checked and adjustments to the brace can be made. Some braces need to be worn all the time, but others only some of the time, and some need to be worn for just 6 months, whereas others, and the severity of the teeth correction needed will also affect this, need to be worn for up to 2 years. Though this may seem like a long time, keep in mind that those timeframes are for the final results, and that progress is continual from the outset. Visible improvements may take just weeks.
To find out more about orthodontics, or to book an appointment with our orthodontist in London, call 020 3792 0484, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message using our online contact form.