What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry focused on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of Malocclusion. In simple terms it is the treatment of teeth that are not in the right place. With modern technology our orthodontic clinicians in Peterborough can eliminate unsightly or difficult to maintain spaces, correct overloading and crossing, and move teeth into their perfect position.
When should you have Orthodontics?
Each case is different and to determine whether one would benefit from orthodontic treatment a consultation with an orthodontist is required. The correction of orthodontic problems can take place at any age. It is recommended that children should visit an orthodontist between the ages of 7 to 9 years for their initial screening so that treatment if necessary can begin at an early age.
While Teeth straightening is frequently done during teenage years because of the discreet and effective nature of invisalign invisible braces and the incognito system more and more adults are choosing to have treatment in order to enhance their appearance, dental health and improve their confidence.
Choosing you clinician
Orthodontics is a highly specialised area of dentistry and our Peterborough clinicians have trained for many years and treated thousands of cases successfully. Orthodontic treatment can be complex and so you should always check your clinician is an expert in the field before starting treatment. All our clinicians have at least 10 years experience of orthodontics.
Before any treatment commences we will provide you with a full treatment plan detailing the costs and the procedure so you are in full control of your care.
When we first meet you we always ensure there is plenty of time to chat through all the treatment choices and the pro’s and con’s of each. In order to allow us to effectively plan your case we will need to complete a comprehensive orthodontic examination along side any necessary x-rays. When we talk through the treatment options available to you we encourage you to ask any questions so you can decide what treatment is right for your needs.
What is the right solution for me?
We are fortunate to be able to offer all that modern orthodontics has available to our patients from fixed braces that you cannot see to invisible braces and incognito. For children with severe tooth prominence or crowding, NHS treatment is available. An examination in the NHS sessions of a morning is free for children under 18 years of age.
For adults, and for children where it is desired to start their treatment earlier, or to have slightly irregular teeth improved, or to have preferential appointment times with longer visits, or to have tooth coloured braces, private care is available.
We also treat patients using removable and fixed alternatives. The right treatment for you depends on your needs, some of the possible solutions are detailed below.
Fixed braces (train tracks) are fitted permanently until the desired straightening of teeth is achieved. The fixed braces, which may be total or partial, are comprised of brackets interconnected by metallic and elastic arches and fastened to the teeth with an adhesive substance. There are metal braces, and tooth coloured ceramic braces.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which uses custom made clear aligners, which fit comfortably over your teeth. The great attraction is that the aligners are nearly invisible, and can be removed for important occasions or when eating. The treatment itself is straightforward. The aligners work in a similar way to other types of braces, applying pressure gently to your teeth over a period of time until they are moved into a straight position. For more information click here
Incognito braces offer a completely discrete teeth straightening experience. The brackets are fitted to the backs of your teeth, which means they are completely invisible. Unlike traditional braces, the Incognito brackets are 100% custom made to your exact requirements, which means they offer a more comfortable, enjoyable and effective treatment. For more information click here