What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist form of dentistry which aims to straighten teeth and align jaws to produce a healthier bite and a perfect smile. In the past, most orthodontic patients were children, but now we see more adults searching for the perfect smile. Teeth straightening, also known as orthodontics is a long-term commitment so finding the right method for you and your lifestyle is important.

Crooked teeth often do not fit together correctly, are harder to keep clean and have increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In some cases, these functional problems can lead to headaches and jaw pain. Correctly aligned teeth help with the functions of eating and chewing, are easier to clean and can boost-self confidence and self-esteem.

Orthodontics isn’t simply about straight teeth. It can make a difference to your appearance, your bite and your overall oral health. It’s a dental specialty which blends science and art...


Orthodontic conditions

In the ideal situation, our teeth would bite down in a very specific way to optimise function and oral health. Unfortunately, our teeth are almost never naturally perfect. This can cause problems with chewing, oral hygiene, speaking and aesthetics.

Orthodontic treatment is normally done when we are teenagers - our teeth have developed to a point where any problems are clearly identifiable and it is therefore the best time to treat them for the long term. However, the good news is that many of these orthodontic conditions are very treatable, even in adults!

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Digital Dentistry

From the scanners we use to comfortably gain a model of your teeth to the state of the art processes used to create your bespoke aligner brace or retainer, digital dentistry is a vital part of modern Orthodontics.

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Living with braces

When you have your appliance fitted, we will show you how to look after the appliance and your teeth.

It is paramount that to keep your teeth and the appliance clean throughout the treatment, you will need to attend regular appointments so your brace can be adjusted, or to collect your next set of aligners.

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Orthodontics for adults

It is becoming more and more common for adults to improve their smile with braces. Many adults did not have access to orthodontic services when they were in their teens. Many parents were unaware of what orthodontics could achieve and for many teens, orthodontics and wearing braces was socially unacceptable a few years ago. Fortunately, things are different now with celebrities like Tom Cruise happily smiling for photos with braces on.

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Patient Finance

We very much appreciate that investing in your new Invisalign® smile is an important decision and we are pleased to provide finance payment facilities to help you spread the cost of your new smile here at 1A Orthodontics.

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Orthodontics for children & teens

“Investing in your child’s dental health”

Orthodontic treatment can be provided at any age, even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of orthodontics. Orthodontists recommend starting the process while the child is still growing. By taking advantage of growth spurts, and with Invisalign Mandibular Advancement we can hope to move the teeth and jaw into a better alignment quicker and the results are likely to be more stable.  

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Common questions

If you have any questions about teeth straightening aligners or Orthodontic braces, it is likely we have been asked it before. Check out the common questions we have been asked here. If you still have questions get in touch and we will get back to you.

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