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Treatment Tailor-Made For You


Your orthodontist will work with you to devise a treatment plan which best suits your individual requirements. This could range from a simple removable brace worn for 6 months to a fixed appliance worn for up to 2 years.

A further year is needed for teeth to become fixed in their new position.

NHS and Private Treatment

Children up to and including the age of 17 are eligible for NHS treatment provided they meet certain criteria. Children can be seen on a private basis.

Everyone over the age of 18 is seen privately. ‘Clear’ braces, which reduce the visual impact of fixed braces, are only available to private patients.

Removable Brace

A removable brace is made from plastic and held in place by metal clips.

Impressions or moulds of the teeth are taken and the brace is ready to fit one week later.

The orthodontist will measure progress and check the fit of the brace every 6 to 8 weeks. Download PDF

Functional Brace

A functional brace is fitted to correct a discrepancy between the lower and upper jaws before usually finishing treatment with fixed braces.

Impressions of the teeth are taken together with a special wax ‘bite’ to ascertain the correct position for the jaws.

The brace is fitted approximately 2 weeks later and the orthodontist will measure progress and check the fit of the brace every 6 to 8 weeks. Download PDF

Fixed Brace

Specialist orthodontists mainly use fixed appliances because they produce a better, more stable result than removable braces.

A fixed brace is made up of small metal brackets placed on each tooth and connected to each other by a metal wire.

Metal bands are placed around the molar teeth to hold the back of the brace in place and the brackets are glued onto the teeth with a composite material very similar to that used for white fillings. The wires can then be slotted into the bands and brackets.

The brace is adjusted approximately every 6 to 8 weeks by either changing the elastics for stronger metal ties or changing the wires for slightly thicker ones.

A fixed brace is usually worn for 18 months before being replaced by a retainer to hold the teeth in their new position. Download PDF


When active treatment is complete it is necessary to hold your teeth in position for a period of time with retainers, which can either be removable or fixed depending on the original problem.

Removable retainers are usually worn full time for the first 3 to 6 months and then part-time for the next 6 months.

Take your retainer out to eat and to clean your teeth. Excessive amounts of sugary things, sweets and diet drinks should be avoided. It is important to keep your retainer clean by gently brushing it with cold water. Download PDF

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