Orthodontic treatment is treatment to improve the appearance and alignment of crooked, protruding or crowded teeth and also to correct problems with the bite of the teeth.

Orthodontic treatment usually involves treatment with braces however the exact treatment will depend on the problem with your teeth.

NHS orthodontic treatment is free for people under the age of 18 with a clear need for treatment however because there is high demand for treatment there can be a long waiting list.

Private orthodontic treatment

Children may choose to have private orthodontic treatment if they do not qualify for NHS treatment or you do not want to wait for treatment to start.

Adults (over 18) can usually only have private orthodontic treatment.

We have a range of different options for private orthodontic treatment depending on the complexity of treatment and type of appliances used.

After an initial assessment, your Specialist Orthodontist will discuss all possible treatments options and costs with you including how many appointments you will need and the likely length of time it will take for you to complete your treatment.

Ceramic fixed braces

Ceramic fixed braces are ideal for adults or children who want a more discreet appearance while wearing fixed braces.

Small tooth-coloured brackets are attached to the teeth and they hold a small wire (arch wire) in place which is used to move the teeth into the correct position.

Ceramic braces are suitable for the majority or patients.

Metal fixed braces

Metal fixed braces are small metal brackets attached to the teeth holding an arch wire in place which will move the teeth into the correct position.

When wearing fixed braces, it is important to ensure that excellent oral hygiene is maintained continuing any regular dental appointments with your dentist or hygienist. Also, care is needed to avoid hard, sticky and chewy foods.

Each time that your brace is adjusted you may experience some mild discomfort which can be relieved by over-the-counter painkillers.