What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry concerned with diagnosis, prevention and treatment of malocclusion. With the use of modern technology, orthodontic treatment can eliminate spaces, correct overlapping teeth, and move teeth into an improved position and so improve the bite.
When should you have Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is making the best of your teeth and improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Age is not a barrier to treatment. Orthodontics is frequently done during teenage years, however, because of the discreet and effective nature of lingual and aligner treatments such as Invisalign and Incognito, more and more adults are choosing to have treatment in order to enhance their appearance, dental health and improve their confidence.
Choosing you clinician
Orthodontics is a highly specialised area of dentistry and our St. James Dental Practice clinicians have trained for many years and treated many cases successfully. Orthodontic treatment can be complex and so you should always check your clinician is an expert in the field before starting treatment.
Orthodontic specialist training takes three years of full time training leading to a degree and a Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in the specialty of Orthodontics.
Before any treatment commences we will provide you with a full treatment plan detailing the costs and the procedure so you are in full control of your care.
When we first meet you we will discuss your needs and the pro's and con's of each treatment. In order to allow us to effectively plan your case we will need to complete a comprehensive orthodontic examination. This may require xrays. When we talk through the treatment options available to you we encourage you to ask any questions so you can decide what treatment is right for you.
What is the right solution for me?
At St. James Dental Practice we are able to offer the full range of orthodontic treatment modalities. These include fixed braces worn on the front of the teeth, lingual braces, worn on the inside of the teeth, to clear aligner techniques. The right treatment for you depends on your needs; some of the possible solutions are explained here: