An orthodontist is a dentist that has completed an additional three years of education to specialise in orthodontics and has obtained a Master of Science in Orthodontics (MOrth). In the UK, all orthodontists must be registered in the specialist list of the General Dental Council as a warranty for patients that the training they have received meets the required standards to ensure the very best orthodontic care.
A smile can change your confidence, your outlook and your life as a whole. In a recent survey, 72% of the respondents agreed that smiles are a big part of our identity, affecting how we feel about ourselves and how others perceive us. Conversely, nearly half said that crooked teeth leave a negative first impression. Orthodontic treatment will move the teeth into a better position, improving their appearance and giving you a beautiful, straight smile. Straight teeth are also easier to clean.
When the upper and lower jaws don’t meet properly, the bite is usually affected. Although you might not experience any problems during chewing, having a bad bite causes a number of problems in the long term that can affect the teeth as well as the gums and bone that provide support and protection to the teeth. Your chewing function will not be as efficient, which can be a cause of stomach problems. Problems with the bite can put a strain on the jaw muscles, affecting their function when opening and closing. This can cause problems in the joint, neck and back and lead to headaches. People with front teeth sticking out are more likely to suffer trauma to these teeth while playing sports or if they have an accident.
The only prerequisite to having orthodontic treatment is that your teeth and gums are healthy.
In all other cases treatment is private. Please speak to us to find out more about our special rates for these patients.
Your regular dentist will have to confirm that your oral health is good enough to have orthodontic treatment. Dental and/or periodontal treatment might be required prior to moving forward with orthodontic treatment.
At the initial appointment with your Precision orthodontist a full case assessment will be carried out. This will include an intraoral/ extraoral examination, radiographs, study models and photos. This exacting, in-depth approach allows us to fully study your case before establishing the most appropriate treatment plan that meets your needs and requirements.
Once you have received and agreed on a treatment plan that suits your needs the first appointment is booked to begin with treatment.
Once treatment begins, you will be instructed by your orthodontist to make review appointments, usually every 4 to 8 weeks so adjustments can be carried out.
Your orthodontist will give you a clear idea of timescales and costs during your assessment and can also provide more information about our interest free finance options to make your journey to a straighter smile more affordable.
Severe cases are likely to require between 18-24 months of treatment. In special cases, treatment can last over 24 months.
The teeth are able to move during orthodontic treatment thanks to an inflammatory reaction that takes place in the periodontal ligaments. In first weeks after starting orthodontic treatment the teeth are tender and chewing becomes uncomfortable. After each review appointment where the arch wires are changed, it’s normal to feel some pressure that can cause discomfort on the teeth for 24-48 hours. Pain can always be managed with over the counter pain relief medication such as Paracetamol.
Patients with removable appliances must remove them to eat in almost all cases. However, patients wearing braces should be careful not to damage the braces. Hard and sticky foods could make brackets come loose. Certain foods like apples and raw carrots should be cut into pieces to avoid damaging your braces.
However, there are some types of braces like Invisalign, removable appliances, or lingual braces which cover the inside surface of the teeth. These may affect your speech for a couple of weeks until the tongue adapts to a new position to pronounce certain words.
The earlier your orthodontist is able to identify a problem or potential problem, the better. Some patients will really benefit from an early treatment stage in order to prevent future problems.
A number of more discrete systems, like Invisalign, are available. Your child’s orthodontist will be able to advise on the most appropriate course of treatment.
Your orthodontist will be focusing on the orthodontic treatment. However, if any obvious problems are found you will be referred to your dentist for assessment and treatment.
Patients using removable appliances must remove them to clean the teeth and to eat. The teeth must be very clean before your removable appliance is put back in. Patients with braces must follow our instructions which you may find in the section How to clean my teeth with braces?. Your Precision orthodontist will also explain how to clean your teeth after fitting your new braces.
In other cases, the Invisalign system which uses clear plastic aligners to move the teeth works very well.</p> <p>The gold standard for invisible braces is lingual braces which are fitted to the inside surface of the teeth. In our treatments section (Orthodontics) you may find all alternatives available with full details of each one.
You should protect your teeth and braces with a gum shield.
"Precision Orthodontics was referred to me by my dentist and I was amazed how great they were in terms of listening to my needs and exceeding them, what I was looking to achieve and they have made an excellent treatment plan for me. We have achieved the desired result way before the agreed timeline in the treatment plan. I had the following treatment with them; straightening my teeth and implants. They are excellent and I would recommend them to anyone."
"My experience at Precision has been excellent. My opinion and preferences were always taken into account while I was guided in a very professional manner. I noted how hard they work to provide the best results, I am really happy with my new smile. I would highly recommend it to anyone."
"I had my orthodontic treatment, extractions and some fillings done at Precision. It has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. They are a very professional, kind and careful team. I really recommend them to anyone. The final outcome was fantastic. Thank you, guys,!"
"A huge THANK YOU to Precision for my new smile. After visiting many dentists over the years, I can say the Precision team is one of a kind. I had orthodontic treatment to improve my bite and dental implants to replace some missing teeth. All went well and very smooth. I can finally enjoy a new smile and chew properly again. Forever grateful!!
"I could not be happier with the treatment received. Precision has a very caring team, I usually get very nervous but they made me feel at ease very quickly. I used to be very self-conscious about my crowded teeth but now having a great smile has brought back my confidence. I cannot stop smiling!! I highly recommend Precision. Thank you once again"
"It took me years to make my decision about seeing a dentist again due to my fear for any dental treatment since I was a child. However, one day I decided to visit Precision and the lovely team that welcomed me noted my phobia which they addressed very professionally prior to starting any dental work. I am astounded at how much I have changed in just a couple of months. I had fillings, root canal treatments and crowns. I can enjoy a new beautiful smile once again. All thanks to Precision!!"