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Finding the best orthodontist for you can be a difficult job! And the best is not always the cheapest as is true with so many other things in life.
We recommend that you go to see a specialist orthodontist. These specialists have had additional training and hold a Masters Degree that specialises in orthodontics. These specialists will be looking at your teeth from a wider perspective than many general dentist will. As specialist orthodontist will be considering your jaw growth and how that can impact your bite. As specialist is also able to tackle more complex bite problems which are not possible with the simpler orthodontics that are available from general dental practitioners.
Whilst a general dentist is capable of working with short-term or limited outcome orthodontics to correct cosmetic problems with the front six teeth, it takes a specialist orthodontist to deal with complex bite problems which may involve moving back teeth and front teeth together in unison.
Do I need a dentist referral to see an orthodontist?
Not necessarily, many patients are self-referred or through friends. It is advisable to let your dentist know however.
Can I claim on my private medical/dental insurance?
Possibly, depending on your policy
Is there parking?
No private parking, but plenty of on-street pay-by-phone bays and two NCP car parks within five mins’ walk.
Does it hurt?
No, we use light pressures to gently move teeth into position, teeth may ache slightly after your visit, but this quickly settles.
What can I expect on my first visit to an orthodontist?
Our first appointment with you is mainly to meet you and ascertain your goals and aspirations from orthodontic treatment. It usually includes a series of photographs of the teeth and face, which we will discuss together. Very often this visit will merge into a full diagnostic records appointment, depending on what we discuss.
Who can come for treatment?
Age range from 8 – 80 years!
What is the regulation of orthodontics?
Eating Habits and Orthodontics
A careful patient can eat most types of food and not damage appliances. However, there are three types of food that will cause trouble – hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar content. Hard foods, ice and sweets, caramels and other sticky items will damage the appliance by loosening brackets and bands and bending wires out of shape. Polos and similar mints must be avoided. Dietary sugar should be kept to an absolute minimum to avoid decay. If sugary foods are eaten, the teeth need to be brushed within a few minutes.
There are two types of orthodontic retainer; a removable retainer, which is an almost invisible removable appliance mainly made of plastic; and a fixed retainer, which is a small wire bonded out of sight behind the front teeth. Retainers are used to hold the teeth in their new positions after the braces come off; the gums and bones, as well as the muscles of the lips and cheeks, need a period of time to adapt to the new tooth positions.
Teeth will always tend to move back to their original positions, for several months after the fixed braces are removed, so proper retainer wear is important.
The length of time needed for retainers varies with each individual; most patients at our London orthodontic centre require one year, some up to two years, and occasionally longer. Some change is expected even after this time because of natural growth and development; we often overcorrect tooth positions in order to allow for this.
In the majority of cases a fixed retainer is fitted behind the lower front teeth, until at least one year after the wisdom teeth are no longer a problem; usually around 22 years of age. Many patients prefer to leave retainers in place for much longer, for security and peace of mind!