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Are you thinking about orthodontic treatment? Here are some questions you may like answered first.
What is orthodontic treatment?
When should I see an Orthodontist?
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?
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”.
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.
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)
or the ultimate “invisible” braces: lingual braces such as ‘ Incognito’ or ‘harmony’ which are placed behind the teeth.
How long will treatment take?
Is there anything that I will need to do during my orthodontic treatment?
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?
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?
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?
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