Orthodontics is an area of dentistry that’s focused on improving the appearance and functionality of crooked teeth with the help of removable or fixed braces.
Traditional braces, which remain a popular choice today, feature small brackets that are fixed to your teeth and controlled using a thin wire. Modern alternatives include clear, removable aligners and lingual braces – which cleverly fit behind your teeth (pictured below).
Orthodontist in London
An orthodontist is a dental professional who specialises in providing orthodontic treatment. From our dental clinics in Central London, we have a team of specialist orthodontists, dentists and orthodontic therapists who provide a range of different braces, including popular brands such as Invisalign, Fastbraces and Incognito lingual braces.
For many patients, braces provide a less damaging alternative to cosmetic treatments such as veneers and crowns. They can also help to improve your dental health by making it easier to clean all the surfaces of your teeth.
Choosing an orthodontist in London
If you’re looking for an orthodontist in London, it’s important to do your research – braces are a big commitment and the results can be life-changing. Here are some important things to consider when searching for a provider.
Make sure you ask your clinician about their qualifications AND their hands-on experience. You can check to see if your clinician is registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) by visiting www.gdc-uk.org. The GDC is an organisation that’s responsible for regulating dentists and dental care professionals in the UK. Anyone who provides orthodontic treatment in the UK must be registered with the GDC.
Where braces are concerned it’s not a case of ‘one size fits all’, so an initial consultation is really important for discovering what’s what. During your consultation, you’ll find out if you’re suitable for treatment, which type of brace is best suited to you and how much your treatment is likely to cost. Some clinics provide this first consultation free-of-charge, so it’s a great way to learn more without committing.
Choice of braces
There’s now a huge range of braces to choose from, but not every orthodontist or dentist will offer every type of brace. So, if you’re interested in Invisalign or lingual braces, for example, you should find out if your clinician provides them before booking a consultation. Ultimately though, your dentist or orthodontist will be the best person to advise you on the most suitable brace for you.
You’ll need to visit your clinician approximately every two months, so make sure they’re based in a convenient location. It’s also worth bearing in mind that orthodontic treatment can take around 12 to 18 months, so it’s important to choose a clinician that you feel comfortable with.
If you’re comparing quotes from different providers, it’s important that you don’t just focus on the price. Look at everything your quote includes. If you want your teeth to remain straight after your treatment, you’ll need to wear retainers indefinitely. Some quotes can also include complementary treatments such as teeth whitening and hygienist appointments.