Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry dealing with the development of teeth, jaws and face.
Orthodontic treatment is requested for the following reasons:
If you do think you require Orthodontic treatment, book a FREE consultation and we can advise you on the best treatment.
There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. All healthy teeth with healthy bone levels and gums can be treated.
Children can be seen for an initial assessment from any age. In some cases brace treatment begins at the age of eight. In the majority of cases children are older than 10.
Fixed braces are the most common type of braces. They can be made from different materials such as silver-coloured metal or tooth-coloured ceramic (which is not so visible). Braces are usually fitted to the outside of the teeth but there are braces that can be fitted to the back of - or tongue side - of teeth and these are called lingual braces. Another type of brace is Aligners. These are clear, removable aligners that straighten teeth gradually. There are several different factors to be taken into consideration to determine which brace would be suitable for you. These will all be discussed with you at your initial consultation.
Looking for that winning smile? Don’t want to wait forever? Here at Kingston Orthodontics we know your time is as precious as your teeth. When you are assessed we immediately focus on the teeth that stand out when you smile. This speeds up the treatment and means you’ll notice the difference within six months. And in some mild cases treatment can be completed in just three months. Rest assured your treatment plan will be as efficient and effective as possible. Our aim is to minimise the time you spend in braces and maximise the quality of your treatment. You can look forward to a brand new smile sooner than you think.
It is normal to experience some discomfort and soreness initially. This can last up to 10 days and varies from patient to patient. A softer diet is recommended for the first 10 days after your braces have been fitted and placing orthodontic vegetable wax on the brackets will form a smooth barrier for your cheeks/lips.
In certain cases, extractions are required to align crowded teeth or to correct the bite. This depends on the problem that needs to be corrected and can only be determined on the basis of a detailed case assessment (which is done at your initial consultation).
Treatment time length varies from patient to patient depending on the type of brace and the severity of the case. This will be determined at your first consultation with us.
Treatment at Kingston Orthodontics can commence as soon as you are clinically ready and at a time convenient to you.
It is important to understand that there are small changes to be made when undergoing orthodontic treatment.
You do not need a referral from your dentist to visit us. You are more than welcome to contact us directly for a free consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists. We do ask you for the name and address of your dentist so we can keep them informed of the treatment you are having.
Yes. We strongly advise you to keep up to date with your routine 6 monthly check-ups with your dentist.
Fees vary according to the complexity and duration of treatment and with the type and number of appliances needed to provide the best possible result. All our prices are inclusive of all treatment, including fitting and removal of the braces, all follow up appointments and adjustment appointments plus fixed wire retainers and clear removable retainers.
We offer our patients payment plans with monthly instalments depending on treatment length and brace type. This allows patients to pay a deposit followed by interest-free monthly installments over a maximum of 24 months.
Within the NHS, orthodontic treatment is only available for patients under theage of 18 who meet the NHS criteria set out by the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). We do not have an NHS contract but the orthodontist will assess your child’s case and inform you if they qualify for NHS treatment. If your child does qualify for NHS treatment, we will refer you to Kingston Hospital if appropriate or advise you of a practice that has an NHS contract.
At your first appointment, your orthodontist will assess the size, shape and position of your teeth and jaws. An x-ray may be taken to help with your assessment. After the assessment, the orthodontist will be able to provide you with advice on orthodontic treatment and the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
At the end of your treatment, we will provide you with retainers. These help stabilise your teeth in their new position after orthodontic treatment has been completed. In most cases, we provide patients with both fixed and removable retainers.
Please call us immediately so we can get to work on a replacement. Retainers are custom-made for you and your mouth and new impressions are required. And they are the very best way to protect your brand new smile. Take immediate action – the quicker you see your orthodontist the better!
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Spread the cost of any treatment
We are here to help you achieve the perfect – and affordable – smile so please talk to us about our popular interest-free payment plans. Spread the cost and relax – secure in the knowledge that your treatment will take place on time and on budget.