Orthodontics is the study of moving teeth to maximise function and aesthetics. 

Orthodontics at a Glance

  • Appropriate for patients of all ages
  • Achieve long-lasting straighter teeth
  • Less likely to develop gum problems and decay
  • Predictable results

Patients of all ages can visit our clinic and our dentists are happy to assess and discuss your preferred option with you, whether it is a fixed brace or a removable appliance.

Contact us for more information about the different types of braces we offer.

FAQs

Orthodontists are qualified dentists who have undergone extensive postgraduate studies to align people´s teeth through braces treatments. Your general dentist will help you to maintain good oral hygiene, carry out restorative fillings etc… but will usually refer you to an orthodontist for the fitting of braces.

The investment to align your teeth position varies dependent on the type of braces you have. Different braces (conventional train tracks/invisible braces) have different investment amounts associated. Depending on the complexity of each case, some patients will require longer treatment than others which can also influence the cost of the treatment.

This again varies on the type of treatment you require. Some people may only need six months of treatment, but for most people it can usually take 1 to 2 years.

Extractions are only needed when there isn’t enough space to straighten the teeth/correct the bite and when other techniques commonly used to gain space are found to be insufficient to gain the space required. These extractions are usually carried on back teeth and avoided when possible. They are performed by one of our dentists here at the clinic after thorough planning and discussion of the treatment requirements for the braces treatment.

No, orthodontic treatment does not hurt, although you may at specific stages throughout your treatment experience some temporary discomfort. This is usually around the time you have your braces tightened or you are given your next set of aligners and lasts for 2 days or so. This discomfort can be easily treated with over-the-counter pain relief, such as Paracetamol if deemed necessary.

Yes, at Maida Smiles Clinic we say the earlier the better. Early diagnose allows our orthodontist to identify potential problems and plan for easier and quicker orthodontic treatments. UK health guidelines recommend every child has an orthodontic assessment between the ages of 7 and 11 while their teeth and jaws are still developing. This may result in them receiving preliminary treatment to avoid misaligned/crooked teeth problems later on, but more often than not it allows for both the child and parents, as well as the orthodontist, to prepare for possible braces treatment if need be.

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Starting Prices

Conventional Fixed Braces From £2500
Vivera Retainers  From £499
Invisalign i7 From £1500
Invisalign Lite From £2500
Invisalign Full From £3500
Inman Aligner From £1500
Dr. Inês Do Carmo

Types of Braces

  • Achieve long-lasting straighter teeth
  • Less likely to develop gum problems and decay
  • Improve smiles and appearance

Teeth don’t all erupt in the same way, angle and position which can result in deep bites, cross bites, misaligned teeth and even gaps between teeth. Metal braces can remedy this problem through the use of unique metal attachments to deliver gentle forces to move the teeth into the correct position. Metal braces can also be used in collaborative treatment to create more space in a gap to enable placement of dental bridges or even implants. Treatment length will vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the tooth movement required.

Firstly, stainless steel metal brackets are carefully positioned and attached to the teeth using a special form of dental cement by the orthodontic specialist. Following this, wires made from either stainless steel or titanium which fit into the brackets are then attached using specialised elastic rubber band ties, which are responsible for the application of gentle forces to move the teeth into the desired position. On occasion, larger elastic bands are also required for the more complex movement of teeth.

Traditional metal braces are attached to the front of the teeth, and as a result are more visible than some of the other less inconspicuous options, but they are also relatively less expensive than the other options. As orthodontic treatment has evolved, modern brackets have become smaller, less obvious and more easier to keep clean. There are a number of alternatives to this form of treatment if you are concerned about the appearance of metal braces, these include ceramic braces, Invisalign and Incognito orthodontic systems

  • Teeth are straightened effectively
  • No obvious metal brackets
  • Less effect on self-confidence

Teeth straightening is important from an appearance point of view. A smile that displays correctly aligned teeth gives a person confidence.

Straight teeth can also make it easier for people to chew effectively and they are less likely to suffer from uneven wear as they meet as they should. The problem with traditional metal braces for straightening teeth is that they are very noticeable and can make the wearer feel self-conscious. Clear braces are designed in the same way as conventional braces but they have clear brackets.

At the Maida Smiles, we know how important this can be for anyone who needs to have teeth straightening work carried out.

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