Orthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry
So many patients we have met over the years have put off addressing crooked teeth, thinking they are too old to have them straightened. A youthful smile can make you feel great, and its never too late to look and feel your best. We can help transform your smile whether your problem is crooked teeth, spaces, or teeth that stick out. Whatever your reasons for coming to see us, we can straighten your teeth, and remember; there is no age limit to having an unforgettable natural smile.Our dentists at Alington Dental can offer a full array of treatment options for straightening your teeth.
How do braces work?
We can offer all types of braces at our practice, and below is a quick guide to the treatments we can offer. All of these braces are suitable for patients from seven to 70 years.
These are designed to expand the jaws that support the teeth in order to unlock the bite and allow the teeth to spread into the ideal position. These braces are best suited to the growing jaws of children to minimise future crowding of the teeth and, in most cases, the unnecessary removal of teeth in their teens. They are generally removable and unseen to the outside world. Fixed braces may be used at a later stage, but early treatment with orthopaedic braces can help to dramatically shorten the time with fixed braces.
These are small brackets bonded to the front of the teeth with temporary cement. A wire fits into the slots on the brackets and gently straightens out, moving the teeth with it. They are commonly referred to as ‘train track’ braces, but are also available in tooth colored ceramic to blend in with your smile and make them less obvious. Fixed braces are good for closing spaces between teeth and correcting more severely rotated and tilted teeth.
These braces are made of clear plastic and are practically invisible to the eye. They work by taking impressions or a scan of your mouth to make a set of aligners which you change each month. The aligners move the teeth a little more each time they are changed. They are ideal for mildly crooked teeth and for patients who do not want to wear fixed braces.
These are braces that fit on the inside of your teeth and push them outwards to expand the jaw that supports the teeth. We use the A.L.F appliances, which can also be used in conjunction with fixed braces where teeth are very crooked, the jaw shape is too narrow, or to speed up treatment in cases where teeth are not removed.
After a course of active orthodontic treatment, patients will typically wear retainers, which maintain the teeth in their improved positions while surrounding bone reforms around them. The retainers are generally worn at nighttime for a year, and are removable. Sometimes your dentist may advise that you have a fixed retainer on the lingual (inside) side of your teeth, which is a wire joining the teeth together.
For more information please visit the Patient Information page of Triple O Dental Laboratories, who make all our braces: www.tripleodentallabs.com/patient-info
How long do braces take?
This is dependent on each unique situation, but as a guide we would advise a period of six to 18 months. The more expansion and straightening required, the longer the treatment will take. We try to straighten teeth without removing teeth, which is one factor that helps to speed treatment up. With adults wearing lingual braces as well as fixed braces, the treatment time can be reduced dramatically. We recommend you attend for an adjustment appointment once a month.
This case was a 38-year old patient treated with A.L.F. and fixed braces in just nine months.
Are braces painful?
When the braces are first put on, the soft tissue in the tongue and cheeks will feel something is new. There may be some initial rubbing and irritation of the mouth, but this generally disappears after two weeks. The teeth may also ache a little after each adjustment as new pressures to move the teeth are applied. This only lasts for two to three days.
Upper and lower fixed braces cost around £3,000 to £4,000 dependent on the laboratory charges and whether orthopaedic braces are recommended to correct any jaw or bite discrepancies prior to treatment. A tailor-made treatment plan is designed for all patients wishing to undertake orthodontic treatment. The initial consultation is £100.00, a costing will be given and the consultation fee deducted against any treatment undertaken. We can also arrange a standing order to stage the payments over the course of the treatment
‘‘From my first consultation I was impressed by your knowledge and expertise. Each step was fully explained to me, so I knew what to expect, and with your surgery offering monthly payment plans this eased my concerns. After deciding to go ahead and have fixed braces on the top and bottom, I was surprised at how quickly my teeth began to move. I was reassured at each monthly appointment that all was going to plan, and was even offered a choice of band colours. These adjustments were simple and not painful at all. To my delight, my treatment was complete in just eight months. I am delighted with the finished result and now feel much more confident with my lovely new straighter smile. It was worth every penny and I wish I’d done it years ago.’ ’