Orthodontics

Dr Patel is dedicated to providing a Specialist Orthodontic service to children and adults of all ages, with varying dental complexities. She offers a full range of orthodontic appliances including Invisalign and lingual orthodontics.

To book your consultation or for any questions please do not hesistate to contact us.

Are you thinking about orthodontic treatment? Here are some questions you may like answered first.

What is orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment involves wearing either a fixed or removeable brace which aims to straighten the teeth, improve your smile nd bite. It may involve the extraction of teeth or reshaping the teeth.
When should I see an Orthodontist?
It’s never too early and rarely too late. We generally recommend that children (even as young as 7 years of age) are assessed for potential problems thus minimising complicated treatment in the long-term.

Many adults are keen to improve their smile or correct their bite and Orthodntic treatment can achieve significant cosmetic improvements without the need for more destructive procedures, resulting in a naturally beautiful and healthy looking smile.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
  • Correcting dental crowding and straightening the teeth . If your teeth are less crowded, you are likely to clean your teeth more efficiently. In some cases the improved bite and more balanced positioning of teeth can also prolong their lifespan and contribute to improved gum health. This means you will be less susceptible to gum disease.
  • Correction or realignment of the bite so that the front and back teeth meet evenly and comfortably.
  • Reducing the risk of potential damage to prominent teeth. (There is a higher incidence of trauma to front teeth that are prominent)
  • Improvement of your appearance including your smile. Our smile is a big part of our identity, how we feel about ourselves and how others perceive us. In this area Orthodontics can have a subtle but truly profound effect on your confidence.
What type of treatments are available?
Our Specialist Orthodontist will carry out a detailed assessment and discuss the most appropriate, safe and predictable treatment option for you.
There are TWO main groups of ‘braces’: Removable or Fixed.

1. Removable “braces” are those that can be removed for eating, cleaning or for social situations. These can be very effective for younger children and utilise the effect of natural “growth spurts”.
braces removeable

For the teenage or adult patient, removable appliaces such as Invisalign may be suitable to help align the teeth. thsi brace system requires a series of discreet clear aligners to be worn for 22 hours per day to help move the teeth in a gentle manner.

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2. Fixed “braces” are those which involve having small brackets glued onto the teeth which are left in place for the duration of treatment. This treatment option has the advantage of moving teeth more precisely and can reduce treatment time.

There are several types available including metal  (traditional) and ceramic (less visible) which are placed on the outer surface of the teeth (examples include Damon or Clarity)

metal ceramic braces

or the ultimate “invisible” braces: lingual braces such as ‘ Incognito’ or ‘harmony’ which are placed behind the teeth.

incognito-hidden-braces

How long will treatment take?
Orthodontic treatment can vary from 6 months to 2 years depending on the complexity of the case and what needs to be corrected . Regu lar visits for adjustments are usually 4- 8 weeks apart. Following the completion of your treatment, you will be fitted with fixed and/or clear removable retainers to help prevent your teeth from moving back towards their original position.
Is there anything that I will need to do during my orthodontic treatment?
Follow the advice you are given by your Orthodontist such as brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day using
fluoride-containing toothpaste. You should also use an alcohol-free fluoride containing mouthwash
and avoid snacking on sugary and acidic food/drinks. It is also important that you continue to see
your regular dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment.

Are there any benefits of having orthodontic treatment privately?
Private orthodontic treatment can be started straight away and appointments can be tailored around
school or work commitments. You can also choose the type of appliance you would like depending
on your treatment needs. Following your initial consultation , a report will be sent to you highlighting
the treatment plan and the cost of your treatment. Several payment plans are available to suit your
needs, which we are always happy to discuss.

Why should I consider seeing a Specialist in Orthodontics at age 42?
At this practice, we can guarantee that you will be treated by Dr Avani Patel, (Specialist in Orthodontics) at all stages of treatment – right from the initial consultation to the end of treatment.

Avani is a very experienced and highly qualified Orthodontist. Importantly (for everyone she treats)
she possesses a gentle and humanistic approach with her patients wellbeing at the centre of all she
does. Avani wi ll work closely with your dentist in achieving the best possible overall outcome.

What do I do next?
If you feel that this information is relevant to you, please speak to your dentist or call us directly to arrange a consultation.

List of Treatment Services

  • Initial Consultation (approx. 15 mins)£40
  • Detailed consultation incl. photographs, study models & radiographs£200
  • Fixed Appliance – Metal, one archFrom £2000
  • Fixed Appliance – Metal, both archesFrom £3000
  • Fixed Appliance – Ceramic, one archFrom £2500
  • Fixed Appliance – Ceramic, both archesFrom £3500
  • Fixed Appliance – Lingual, one archFrom £6500
  • Fixed Appliance – Lingual, both archesFrom £9000
  • Invisalign – one archFrom £3500
  • Invisalign – both archesFrom £4500
  • Removeable ApplianceFrom £700
  • Twin BlocksFrom £1000
  • New Bonded Retainer (per arch)£250
  • Repair Bonded Retainer (per arch)From £40-£200
  • New Essix Retainer (per arch)£100
  • Active Essix (per arch)From £150
  • Replacement URA (per arch)£100

To book your consultation or to ask a question please be in touch.