Cosmetic Dentistry » Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment involves the use of braces and/or aligners to gently move your teeth into a more desirable position. Crooked and misaligned teeth are straightened and problems with your bite – the way your teeth meet together – such as overbite or underbite are corrected, improving not just the appearance of your smile but also your dental hygiene, as straighter teeth are easier to clean, minimising the chances of plaque building up.
Having misaligned teeth can cause people to feel embarrassed about their smile. Depending on the severity of your condition, misaligned teeth can also increase the chances of tooth decay and gum disease as you may struggle to clean your teeth properly. They can even cause problems with biting and chewing food. Therefore, if you have problems with the alignment of your teeth, we recommend seeking orthodontic treatment.
At Highfield Dental Clinic, specialist orthodontist Dr Naz Shoja-Assadi provides orthodontic treatment to both adults and children, correcting a wide range of problems. We offer a free initial orthodontics consultation to any patient considering treatment, so you can find out what options are available to you.
We offer treatment with both conventional braces and Invisalign clear aligners. Both can be used to correct a wide range of orthodontic problems and the best option will vary from patient to patient. Here's how the treatments work:
Conventional braces use metal wires and brackets to gently move your teeth into a new position. They are fixed in position, meaning you cannot remove them. Fixed braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment and they can be used when several teeth need to be corrected. You will need to visit the orthodontist regularly during treatment to have your braces adjusted, and will need a retainer at the end of treatment to ensure your teeth stay in their new position. Treatment time varies depending on the type and amount of correction needed, but is typically about 18 months.
Invisalign is a discreet way to correct a range of orthodontic problems. It comprises a series of clear aligners that fit over your teeth to discreetly move them into a new position. Each set of aligners is custom-made to fit your teeth precisely, and you'll be able to see what results to expect before you start treatment, thanks to special computer software. You will need to change your aligners approximately every two weeks and will need to visit the practice periodically during treatment, so that we can check on your progress. One of the major benefits of Invisalign is that as well as being clear so practically invisible, the aligners are removable, meaning you can take them out to eat and drink, and to clean.