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What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment is the process of moving and straightening teeth with braces in order to improve their appearance or comfort. Misaligned teeth can be treated with a wide range of appliances such as removable 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 surface of the teeth).

Braces for Adults

KHDP is now pleased to offer Invisalign® which is an orthodontic alignment system based on a sequence of clear aligners rather than traditional fixed braces. This system has the additional benefits of digital planning to provide a predictable outcome with the end result in clear view before the outset of treatment.

Braces for Children

We can refer your child to one of the Specialist orthodontic practices in Kent (Canterbury, Birchington or Ashford). Children can only be treated under the NHS if their teeth are moderate / severely misaligned. If your child is a borderline case then the Specialist will decide whether or not they can do the treatment under the NHS (and may offer you a private alternative if the misalignment is too mild). Children who require braces are normally ready for treatment at around the age of 10-14 years of age. There is no charge for NHS orthodontic treatment.

Adult orthodontic treatment is not normally available under the NHS. The cost of private braces range from £1,000 - £6,000.

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 life-long 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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