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Orthodontics

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment is the process of moving and straightening teeth with braces in order to improve their appearance or comfort. Adults and children can be treated with a wide range of appliances such as removable simple acrylic and stainless steel wire appliances ('URA's and functional appliances), more complicated removable appliances such as the Inman Aligner, Clear Aligners (such as Invisalign) and fixed appliances (either metal or clear brackets, either placed on the front surface of the teeth or lingual braces (called invisible braces because the metal brackets are fitted onto the tongue suface of the teeth).

Click here to download our Orthodontic Case Studies brochure which explains all about what orthodontics can achieve. These case studies show patients who were treated at Kelvin House by Paul Downes. (Please note that we no longer provide orthodontic treatment at the practice).

Braces for Children

Paul Downes no longer provides children's braces under the NHS; instead we can refer your child to one of the Specialist practices in Canterbury. Children who require braces are normally ready for treatment at around the age of 10-14 years of age.

Teeth and brace

Teeth and brace

Teetch and brace

Teetch and brace

Teeth and brace

Teeth and brace

Orthodontic treatment can bring about dramatic improvements


When treating children, orthodontists aim for an ideal final position of the front and back teeth and this invariably means using fixed braces, often referred to by children as “train-tracks”. Routine upper and lower fixed appliance therapy normally takes 18-24 months, with appointments at 4-6 weekly intervals. This is followed by a period of supervised retention.
Most orthodontic treatment requires permanent retention, (either with a clear plastic retainer or a wire fixed to the back of the teeth), as one can never guarantee that the teeth won’t move at some time in the future without holding them in the ideal position.

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