Orthodontics and Invisalign

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Orthodontics & Invisalign

Orthodontic treatments aim to correct crooked, protruding or crowded teeth and fix issues with your bite. It usually means using braces to move teeth into position for a straighter smile. Sometimes one or two teeth need to be removed.

Treatment is far more effective during childhood when the teeth and jawbone are still developing, however there are increasing numbers of sophisticated adult brace systems that use cutting-edge technology to shape your smile, such as Invisalign®.

What is Invisalign

Invisalign is an innovative, smart and discreet adult brace that gently aligns your teeth through a series of custom made aligners, digitally designed and printed with 3D scanning technology.

A world-leader in clear brace systems, Invisalign uses research and advanced technology to predict tooth movement and creates custom-made aligners  that shape your smile with superior control.

Aligners are swapped at regular intervals (typically every 7-14 days) as the teeth move. Suitable for all adults, Invisalign could transform your smile completely in as little as 9 – 18 months.

Invisalign process

Free initial consultation, to identify your main concerns and discuss treatment options with Invisalign

Invisalign Assessment to take x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth to help create your unique ClinCheck® 3D treatment plan

Your dentist approves the plan

Review your ClinCheck® 3D treatment plan in surgery

With your consent, your dentist places the order

Your aligners arrive with your dentist within 2-3 weeks

Benefits of Invisalign

Practically Invisible – they look like a transparent gum shield

Easier to eat food and to brush your teeth

More hygienic and can also be cleaned daily

Minimal impact on your speech

Accurate and personalised treatment

Conventional bracket/wire braces

For children and young adults below the age of 18, we will refer you to a local orthodontist for conventional bracket/wire orthodontics or NHS orthodontics.

  • They do a full assessment including x-rays, to check for developing wisdom teeth or other hidden problems.
  • Impressions may be taken to make a model of your bite
  • Your orthodontist tailors a treatment plan especially for you
  • Braces or other treatments begin and last typically 18-24 months

Benefits of orthodontics

Straightening teeth and correcting crowding

Closing gaps

Making your upper and lower teeth meet (fixing your bite)

Correcting prominent teeth

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

Treating cleft lip and palate and some cases of sleep apnoea.

Facts about braces

Wire braces are still the most common type for NHS patients. Private dental patients will get a wider range of options, like clear or white braces 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 every patient that is referred is guaranteed acceptance for treatment. You may wish to explore private treatment options instead

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