Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the correction of the position of the teeth and jaws, aiming for a healthy and attractive smile.
Orthodontics can be used alone to align crooked teeth and improve a smile or to position teeth to allow other dentistry to be more successful eg. providing optimal space for a bridge or implant.
NHS care is available to under 18s who require orthodontic treatment for dental health reasons like significant crowding or protrusion of the teeth. Unfortunately treatment for more mild or cosmetic problems is not usually available on the NHS.
Anyone under the age of 18 is eligible for a free consultation to determine whether they qualify for NHS treatment. We are only given a limited amount of NHS funding each year and those who do qualify for treatment may have to join a waiting list before treatment can begin. NHS orthodontic treatment is available to you by referral from your dentist to us.
Orthodontic treatment can be carried out very successfully on adults and there is no upper age limit for treatment, as long as the teeth and gums are healthy. An initial visit is free and your orthodontist will discuss the treatment options available to you. The initial visit will also determin if Invisalign is suitable. Mr Aitchison works closely with the orthodontic consultants at Scarborough Hospital and may involve them in the planning of your treatment. We will give you a guide of treatment options available, a timetable for the treatment and an estimate of the cost.
If you wish to proceed a further appointment will be required to take full records including study models, x-rays and photographs. The cost for these records are £135.00.
Types of braces used at Peasholm Dental Practice:
1) Fixed braces
Most orthodontic treatment is undertaken using fixed braces. These braces involve a small metal attachment (bracket) 'glued' to each individual tooth, these brackets are then linked together by a wire. Most commonly these braces are made of metal but tooth coloured braces are available for private patients.
2) Removable braces
Removable braces are those braces that can be removed from the mouth for cleaning. They have limited use, quite often used in conjunction with other braces.
3) Functional braces
Functional braces are special removable braces, typically they are used in young children, with the aim to harness the child's growth to improve how the upper and lower teeth meet.
4) 'Invisible braces'
"Invisalign" use a series of clear plastic positioners to move the teeth. These braces are only available privately. Click here for details about Invisalign.
Examples of Invisalign Clear Braces
How long will treatment take?
On average treatment takes 18 months but this will vary due depending on the severity of the problem. Repeated breakages of the brace, cancelled or failed appointments will increase the overall treatment time.
How often will I need an appointment?
Normally appointments are required every 6-8 weeks.
Do I still need to see my regular dentist?
Yes. It is important that you continue with your regular check ups with your dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment.
What do I do if I play contact sports?
It is recommended that you wear a gum shield while playing any contact sport.
What if I play a musical instrument?
If you play a wind instrument especially the flute or a brass instrument, fixed braces are likely to make it more difficult and it is recommended that you discuss this with your music teacher.
For more information about finance for teeth straightening, click here.