Orthodontic braces move and straighten teeth to improve their appearance - and make them work better.
Straight teeth are healthier teeth
As well as looking better, when teeth are straight they are easier to clean thoroughly. That’s why decay and disease are rarer in straight teeth than in misaligned teeth. In addition, the pressure of biting is better spread between straight teeth, which can help to ease strain in muscles and joints of the jaw and reduce headaches.
Your unique treatment path
The first stage in treating misaligned teeth is a physical examination to assess the extent of the problem and establish the results you are seeking. Then we talk you through the treatment strategy we feel will be best for you, and only begin treatment when you are happy to proceed.
Correcting misaligned teeth with braces
Fixed braces are often suitable for more severe cases of misalignment. They involve a bracket being attached to the front of each individual tooth with a dental adhesive, and a wire linking the brackets together. Alternatively, lingual braces attach to the rear of the teeth for less visibility. Another option is the Invisalign system of clear, removable aligners.
Teatment for children
We can of course also help if you are concerned about your children’s teeth. Their teeth can be straightened and aligned so that they will reach adulthood with great looking and properly functioning teeth. The average treatment period for children is around two years, although this does of course vary depending on the individual circumstances.
Dr Jonathan Cliffe’s experience
Dr Cliffe has over 20 years’ experience in orthodontic treatment including the use of braces to improve the alignment of teeth. This has included five years working in this field in NHS hospitals, during which time he gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Orthodontics.