Orthodontic treatments aims to correct crooked, protruding or crowded teeth and fix issues with your bite. It usually entails the use of braces to move teeth into the desired position for a straighter smile.

Benefits of orthodontics

Straightening teeth and fixing teeth crowding

Closing gaps

Making your front and back teeth meet evenly (fixing your bite)

Fixing prominent teeth

Preventing abnormal development of the jaw which can affect the shape of your face

Also used to treat cleft lip and palate and some cases of sleep apnoea.

Types of treatment

Most orthodontic treatments use braces to slowly push and pull teeth into the correct position. Sometimes headgear attached to a brace is also worn at night. Other patients might have small pins placed temporarily into their jaw along with a brace. Occasionally patients may have some teeth extracted to make space for the others.

The length of treatment can vary depending on how complicated the issues are, but most patients can expect to wear braces for 18-24 months to get the desired effect.

It’s made of a metal core, with a porcelain outer layer that is matched to the colour of your natural teeth.

They can be made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin or ceramic.

Braces – what you need to know

Classic wired metal braces are still the default for NHS patients, but nowadays there’s a number of other options for private patients that are comfortable and discrete, like clear brackets and Invisalign clear, removable aligners.

Orthodontic treatment is free on the NHS for patients under 18, but there can be a long waiting list and you may decide that private treatment is a better option.

Adults are assessed by the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) to determin if they qualify for treatment on the NHS

Braces make teeth cleaning difficult, as well as getting food stuck in them. Acid from the resulting plague built up will eat away at the enamel causing tooth decay. A vigorous daily cleaning routine is essential to avoid this.

At Kelvin House we will refer your child to a specialist orthodontist who can offer a full orthodontic assessment and tailor made treatment plan, using x-rays and plaster models to advise on the best form of brace for their teeth.

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