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Traditional Braces


Traditional braces are what most people picture when they think of braces. Although they are still made of stainless steel, the brackets themselves are smaller than they were in the past. They may not be the most cosmetically appealing choice, but they remain excellent at moving teeth with precision and achieving a long-term stable result.


Aesthetic Braces

Aesthetic braces are broadly similar to traditional braces but are more cosmetically pleasing clear or tooth-coloured brackets. They are popular with adult patients and older teenagers due to their aesthetic and inconspicuous design.



Invisible Braces – Invisalign

Invisalign are also fast becoming a popular choice of treatment due to their inconspicuous design. A series of clear, removable aligners are custom-made specifically for your teeth. The aligners are replaced every two weeks so that your teeth gradually move little by little, week by week, towards the projected final position. Comfortable, clear and removable: they are best suited for those milder cases of mal-alignment.

Functional Appliances

A functional appliance consists of an upper and lower removable appliance that is used to reduce an increased overjet (where the upper front teeth protrude in front of the lower teeth). Only when deemed necessary, functional appliances are usually fitted prior to the fitting of fixed appliances. For example, in a small number of cases a functional appliance may be needed for a short time prior to having braces fitted.


Following the removal of the braces, there are two types of retainers available which work to hold your teeth in their new position.

  1. 1. Removable retainersare usually worn overnight and are made of clear plastic.
  2. 2. Fixed retainers consist of a small metal wire that is glued onto the back of your teeth and is not visible at the front of your mouth.

You will be provided with retainers at the end of your treatment for which there is no extra charge (unless you need replacement retainers in which case we may need to charge a small fee to cover the cost of lab fees) .



Step 1: Book an appointment and Visit Us

Your first visit to us will be an initial consultation. Our Orthodontist will undertake a clinical exam of your teeth to allow us to assess your specific orthodontic needs. We then take time to discuss any orthodontic issues with your teeth, and in what ways treatment could improve your smile.

We can also outline the various treatment options suitable for you, and provide you with a specific quote for treatment based on your Orthodontic needs. The initial consultation is also a great opportunity to meet your Orthodontist and get a feel for what they are about.

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Step 2: Records & Bond-Up

Once you have decided you want to start your journey toward straight teeth, we can arrange a bond-up appointment to fit the brace. We will also take records including an X-Ray and mould of your teeth, as well as providing you with everything you need to take care of your new brace.

If you decide Invisalign is the treatment for you, we will take the impressions, plan your treatment, and fit your first set of clear aligners as soon as they are ready.

Step 3: Routine Appointments

Routine appointments are carried out every 4-7 weeks throughout the course of your treatment. These appointments allow us to assess your progress and make any adjustments and wire changes as needed. They are also a good opportunity to answer any questions you might have about the progress of your treatment.

Step 4: De-bonding

Once your teeth are in their final position we remove the fixed appliance to reveal your new and improved smile. This is the exciting part!

Step 5: Aftercare

Less regular appointments are arranged in the first year after the main treatment has finished. This is in order to monitor the teeth and to ensure that there is no unexpected movement of the teeth.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialised branch of Dentistry, which deals with the correct alignment of teeth and jaws in adults and children. This is undertaken using appliances more commonly known as braces.

What is an Orthodontist?

An Orthodontist is a Dental Specialist who has undertaken a minimum of 3 years additional training exclusively in Orthodontics. This is in addition to 5 years of training in Dental School. This extensive training gives the necessary expertise not only to straighten teeth, but also to straighten them in a way that ensures correct alignment of teeth with your facial features, and also to ensure the teeth fit together properly to allow correct function when biting or chewing.

What are the benefits of having Orthodontic treatment?

There are many benefits to Orthodontic treatment. Having straight teeth can improve your appearance and increase self-confidence. It also corrects bad bites (how teeth fit together), which if left uncorrected can cause pain or future dental problems. Other benefits include a reduced risk of trauma or injury to protruded front teeth and improved long-term health of teeth and gums, as teeth are easier to clean.

What sort of Orthodontic problems are there?

Orthodontic problems commonly treated include: crowding and overlapping of teeth, spaces between teeth, deep bites (where the top teeth cover most of the bottom teeth), open bites (where there is a gap between the top and bottom teeth), prominent front teeth, retained baby teeth, missing teeth, and centerlines that do not match each other and the midline of the face.

What age should I get my child assessed from?

Braces are not usually fitted until all the adult teeth have come through which is between 10 and 12 years of age. However there are certain circumstances when treatment is carried out sooner and an assessment from an earlier age may be advisable. Teeth move quicker in growing patients and functional appliances can be used to address issues with the position of the jaw.

Will having braces hurt?

Your braces may cause a small amount of discomfort when first fitted and when the wires for your braces are changed. This usually subsides after a few days.

How do I clean my teeth with my braces on?

Brushing your teeth three times a day will keep your gums healthy throughout treatment. Interdental brushes can also be used to clean between the teeth and under the wires. We will provide instructions on effective oral hygiene and cleaning on the fitting of your braces.

What if my brace breaks?

Occasionally braces can be damaged accidently during the course of treatment. If this happens we ask that you contact us to arrange an appointment to repair the brace to ensure there is no unwanted movement of teeth. Such non-routine appointments do not result in any additional cost to your treatment.

Can I still play sport with braces?

Having braces will not stop you from playing most sports but we do recommend wearing a mouthguard for protection.

How long does treatment take?

Although Orthodontic technology has improved greatly, the time it takes for treatment has not reduced significantly. This is simply because it takes time for teeth to move to ensure a long term and stable result. The length of your treatment depends on the complexity of your case, with most cases taking in or around 12 months. Simple cases with mild mal-alignment of the teeth can take as little as 3 to 6 months.

Do I need my dentist to refer me for treatment?

No, you can contact us directly to arrange an appointment. Your dentist may however wish to refer you if they have a specific concern.

Is there any difference between a Dentist and an Orthodontist providing braces?

To become an Orthodontist one first completes training as a Dentist before undertaking an additional three years of specialist training in Orthodontics. This provides an Orthodontist with the expertise and experience to deal with any orthodontic issue, ensure first class results and reduce treatment times to a minimum. Most dentists do not offer orthodontic treatment to their patients due to the Specialist nature of the treatment.