Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry that diagnoses, prevents and treats irregularities of the teeth and face. Treatment can correct an irregular or “bad” bite, also known as a malocclusion.
Teeth straightening involves using a brace to improve the appearance and function of crooked or crowded teeth. Straight teeth are easier to clean and are less vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. While very effective in early years, more and more adults are having orthodontic treatment: a beautiful smile is a major positive factor in job interviews!
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic screening no later than age of 7. Don’t wait until all the permanent teeth erupt in the mouth. See the Special Offers section to book a FREE consultation.
Not as expensive as you think
We have worked out a novel payment scheme to make this necessary treatment affordable. Most people are not aware that the NHS only offer free orthodontic treatment for severe cases (grade 4 or 5), with all average and mild cases chargeable even for children.
It is for these cases, which are the most common types, that even compared to the NHS sites we are hugely competitive.
As with any professional health procedure, a full initial consultation is required where various options and suitability of them is discussed in details. However, the total cost of the treatment is divided over the course of treatment and this usually works out at £100 per month or less
Every orthodontic case is different and a consultation is absolutely required to assess suitability and to provide an accurate price. However: as a general estimate you may consider the following guide prices:
Removable appliance treatment or very mild cases: From £1900
Metal braces: From £2600
Sever cases: From £3400
A correct bite helps preventing gum disease. What is gum disease?
Gum disease is inflammation of the gum caused by plaque and calculus. The effect of this inflammation, over a period of time, is to cause the gums to recede. Recession occurs not only on the outside but also invisibly on the inside where the gum meets the tooth. In this way recession can cause pockets to develop between the teeth and gums. Once there are pockets, plaque accumulates inside them and accelerates the disease process. That’s why gum disease is more difficult to treat once it has become established – this is caused periodontitis.
How do I prevent gum disease?
There are two main aspects of prevention – home care and hygienist treatment:
A good oral hygiene routine at home is the most important part of prevention, but your needs differ as time passes and the mouth changes. That’s why you’ll need new oral care techniques during different phases of life. The hygienist will monitor your oral health and provide the most appropriate general advice and personal guidance.
The second aspect of prevention is scaling, this is carried out to remove any build-up of calculus both above and below the gum line. Calculus can’t be removed with brushing and the suitably trained member of the dental team to perform scaling is the hygienist. After the scaling it is usual to have a polish, which will leave your teeth feeling fresh and clean.
Remember – if you have a problem with a tooth, you may loose it, if you have a problem with your gums, you might loose all your teeth!!