Orthodontics & Accelerated Orthodontics Summary
An orthodontic problem is called a malocclusion, which means ‘bad bite’. Reasons that malocclusion can occur include crowded teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth, prominent teeth or jaws that are out of alignment. Orthodontic treatment will straighten the teeth or move them into a better position to improve their cosmetic appearance and also the ‘bite’.
Why would I need orthodontic treatment?
It is estimated that more than half of the UK population has misaligned teeth and jaws. When the teeth do not meet correctly, this causes strain on the jaw muscles and can cause headaches and joint problems.
Most malocclusions or tooth problems are inherited, although some are acquired. Acquired malocclusions can be caused by accidents, early or late loss of baby teeth, tooth decay, or sucking of the thumb or fingers over a long period of time.
What’s the procedure and cost?
Orthodontic irregularities are corrected using appliances called braces and retainers. These appliances are made from wires and springs attached to small metal plates or plastic moulds. The brace applies gentle pressure to the teeth which encourages them to align differently.
When a patient visits an orthodontist, they will have an x-ray and plastic mould of their teeth taken.
The orthodontist will assess the teeth that need to be aligned and will discuss the best course of treatment with patient. This will involve two specific phases; the use of braces to correct the alignment and bite (known as the active phase), and the use of a retainer to hold the teeth in their new position (known as the retention phase). This form of treatment, known as traditional orthodontics, usually takes one to three years to achieve the desired results.
Accelerated orthodontic treatment straightens or moves the teeth to improve their appearance and function over a period of just three to eight months. It combines traditional orthodontic treatment with periodontal surgery, a short time after a patient’s braces are fitted. This minor surgery reduces the width of a patient’s teeth, giving them additional space to correct crowding of the teeth.
Costs for orthodontics vary depending on the severity of the patient’s case, but treatment typically costs anywhere from £4,000 to £6,000. Our team of patient co-ordinators are on hand to help you find the most competitive price.
Pre-requisites for treatment
Good candidates for orthodontic treatment may have crowded teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth, prominent teeth or jaws that are out of alignment. An orthodontist will be able to advise patients on whether treatment is necessary.
If you’d like to find out more about orthodontics and whether it is a suitable treatment for you, please get in touch with one of our patient co-ordinators who will be happy to discuss your requirements.