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Orthodontics (Braces)

Orthodontics is the dental speciality which focuses on correcting misalignment of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontists aim to prevent, diagnose and treat facial and dental irregularities with a combination of procedures and appliances, such as space maintainers, fixed braces and retainers.

  • Orthodontics is a permanent solution to misaligned teeth
  • Can prevent problems arising from an uneven bite (where one or more teeth are under greater pressure from the opposing teeth)
  • Give you a straighter smile and more even teeth

At The All England Practice, we offer plenty of orthodontic options and provide guidance to the most suitable and effective treatment for you.

Metal braces

The most common type of braces and sometimes referred to as traditional braces or “train tracks”, these are fixed to the teeth and adjusted every few weeks or months in order to make the teeth move gradually. Although visible, newer metal braces are far less cumbersome than older style braces and can be used to move teeth relatively quickly.

Ceramic braces

If you’d prefer your braces to be less noticeable, ceramic might be the right option for you. Ceramic braces use wires and brackets that match the natural colour of your teeth and so they are far less visible than traditional metal braces.

Lingual braces

Rather than fitting the brackets and wires to the front surface of your teeth, lingual braces are affixed to the back of the tooth and aren’t visible at all when you’re wearing them. Like all fixed braces, they will need to be adjusted at regular intervals. Lingual braces can take a bit of getting used to as your tongue isn’t used to feeling anything on the back of your teeth!   

Removable braces

Removable braces tend to take two forms: removable, clear aligners such as Invisalign, which can be used to correct various dental problems; and removable retainers which are used after other orthodontic treatment to maintain the new, straighter smile. In some cases, retainers may be used in isolation to remedy relatively minor orthodontic imperfections.

FAQ's

How long will braces take to work?
The length of treatment really depends on the nature of your orthodontic problems. Correcting teeth which are a little overcrowded won’t take as long as remedying a severe underbite, for example. Minor cases can be resolved in just a few weeks, whereas more complex problems may need up to two years of treatment.
Are braces expensive?
Orthodontic treatment was traditionally very expensive but it has become far more accessible in recent years. With a range of treatments and finance options available, it’s easy to find an orthodontic solution to meet your needs and your budget.
Who can wear braces?
Braces are usually worn once the patient’s adult teeth are in place or are growing through the gum. However, there is no upper age limit to wearing braces and many adult patients are keen to improve the alignment of their teeth.
  • Dr Shahla Rahman
    BDS (LOND), MFDS RCS (ENG), MOrth RCS (ENG), MDentSci (LEEDS) GDC License no. 78218
    Orthodontist

    An alumna of London’s prestigious King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry, British orthodontist Dr Rahman has over 18 years of experience. She is able to treat and rectify the full range of orthodontic issues and has a particular interest in...

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