We offer orthodontic treatment to our patients in Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes and surrounding villages who may require their teeth to be re-aligned or re-positioned.
What is Orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth. Orthodontic treatment uses a number of different processes that aim to move teeth into a different position. The most common way this is done is through braces which are attached to the teeth, however there are different options available including removable clear aligners.
What are the benefits of Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment aims to change the position of teeth for a number of different reasons.
Most people elect to have orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance of their smile, but there can also be functional improvements from carrying out orthodontic treatment.
The benefits of Orthodontic treatment include:
- Improved aesthetics
- Bite correction so back teeth meet evenly
- Improving ease of cleaning teeth
- Resolving overcrowding
- Reducing chance of damage to prominent front teeth
- Moving teeth into better positions prior to other dental work (e.g. implants or crowns)
Many alternatives to orthodontics, or ‘quick fix’ options, require the dentist to remove tooth structure to make space for the restorations or veneers. This process leaves the tooth permanently changed, and in some cases can damage the tooth. Orthodontics rarely requires teeth to be drilled, and simply moves them into a different, more cosmetic, position.
What is involved in Orthodontic treatment
As everyone’s mouth is different, we tailor our approach to each patient.
An initial examination is the first step. This appointment involves the dentist discussing any concerns you may have, examining your mouth, identifying and documenting where your teeth are and how they sit in relation to each other and how your teeth look in relation to your face. Impressions and an X-ray are usually taken to record where your teeth are prior to starting any treatment.
Following this initial consultation, the options best suited to your particular case are discussed with you prior to committing to any treatment.
Orthodontic treatment options
A range of options for orthodontics treatment are available, your dentist will advise you on what may be most appropriate in your particular case.
Fixed braces come in 2 main forms: metal or cosmetic.
We usually fit cosmetic braces which are more discreet as they are tooth coloured. This is the option most teenagers will have when they have braces, and it is very effective at moving teeth. The treatment duration can vary depending on the starting position of teeth, but commonly is 12-24 months.
Aligners are removable trays that fit over your teeth and move them into their new positions. We use Invisalign which is the leading brand. We send your impressions to Invisalign and they plan how to move the teeth into their new positions and produce a simulation that shows you what the end result is likely to look like.
When you and the dentist are happy with the simulation Invisalign 3D print the aligners to move the teeth into the desired position. Invisalign treatment can take anything from 6-24 months to complete, depending on how much the aligners are worn.
This is used in certain cases to align the front 6 teeth. Since the root positions aren’t moved the treatment is much quicker, however the way your teeth meet at the back will not improve. This is a good option for many people, however not everyone is suitable for this option. Average treatment time for this option is 5-9 months.
Referral to a specialist centre
If your case is deemed too complex, or if you are also concerned with your facial appearance, we may refer you to a specialist.
Almost all orthodontic treatment is cosmetic, should your dentist feel that the potential risks do not outweigh the benefits, this will be identified at the consultation stage.
Frequently asked questions about Orthodontics
We use the latest technology from Invisalgin, one of the world’s most advanced removable clear aligner system.