Do you need a referral to an orthodontist?
Orthodontists specialise in straightening teeth. Anyone can visit an orthodontist for an assessment. If you’re paying for your treatment privately, you don’t need a referral from your dentist.
Specialists in teeth straightening
Orthodontists first qualify as dentists before completing postgraduate training in orthodontics. This usually involves three years of fulltime study, including theory and hands-on practice. Once qualified, orthodontists can register as specialists with the General Dental Council.
Dentists can also provide orthodontic treatment, but orthodontists are the experts. They usually practice orthodontics fulltime, so they quickly gain a lot of experience treating a wide range of cases.
Sensu has a friendly team of orthodontists with impressive credentials. They’ll oversee every step of your treatment to ensure you achieve exceptional results.
When to visit an orthodontist
If you’re concerned about the position of your teeth or jaws, orthodontists have the answers. Using fixed or removable braces, they can straighten out misaligned teeth and bites, sometimes in a matter of months.
Most patients want to enhance the appearance of their teeth, while others are looking to improve their function. If you struggle to bite together correctly, braces can improve the way your upper and lower teeth interact.
Straight teeth are also easier to brush, providing easier access to all the surfaces of your teeth. Braces can even reduce your risk of an injury by bringing prominent front teeth into line.
Can adults see an orthodontist?
Orthodontists work with all ages, not just children and teens. Braces have become incredibly popular among adults who may have missed their opportunity to have treatment sooner.
Teeth can also become misaligned later in life as part of the natural ageing process. They tend to move forward and crowd together. Some patients think their wisdom teeth are to blame, but that’s rarely the case.
As the demand for braces has soared, appliances have become more effective and less conspicuous. Invisalign is an extremely popular treatment option. It aligns teeth using a series of clear, custom-made aligners. You can take them out to eat and drink, so it’s incredibly convenient for all ages.
Lingual braces are another discreet option, featuring cast-gold brackets that attach behind your teeth.
If you’re under 18 and interested in NHS treatment, referrals for orthodontic treatment work slightly differently. The exact process can vary depending on where you live. Usually, your dentist will need to refer you for a free NHS assessment.
NHS treatment is usually only available to children who need braces for dental health reasons.
Free consultations for braces
Sensu is a fully private practice, so you can contact us directly to arrange your initial consultation.
Our consultations are 100% free of charge* and include a dental health check, photos (and X-rays if required), a digital preview of your new smile and estimates for all your treatment options.
To arrange your no-obligation consultation or ask us any questions, contact our knowledgeable team.