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How does this method differ from “normal” orthodontics?

Our courses of treatment are divided into two phases:

1. The Orthopaedic Phase: Encouraging bone growth to allow more space for the adult teeth to erupt into the mouth.

This is also important because it allows the bones of the skull to function properly, so avoiding:

  • Headaches
  • Sinus Trouble
  • Neck Aches
  • Restricted Airway
  • Back Aches
  • Blocked Ears

and allowing:

  • attractive facial profile
  • a good relationship between the biting surfaces of the teeth
  • health of the jaw joints
  • harmony in the jaw, neck and facial muscles
  • good function of the cranium & spine
  • correct development of the airways, cranium & spine

The orthopaedic phase is achieved with plastic and stainless steel wire appliances (removable braces). The design of these will depend on the diagnosis.

2. The Orthodontic Phase: Straightening of the teeth within the jaw bones.

This phase almost always follows the orthopaedic phase, to “fine tune” the tooth position by correcting the angulation of the teeth.

This is important to ensure good function of the biting surfaces of the teeth, and long term stability of tooth position.

It is achieved with fixed braces (“train tracks”).

Are tooth extractions ever necessary?

If you are shown to have particularly large teeth in combination with a particular type of bite, then removal of premolars may be appropriate. This is quite rare however.
More commonly with this treatment method, in those of us with wisdom teeth, one set of molar teeth may be removed.

How long does the treatment take?

This will depend on how much development of the jaws is required, and the age of the patient. It usually takes longer than “normal” orthodontic treatment, with the average length of treatment being about 18 months – 2 years.

At what age should treatment begin?

Unlike some other methods of orthodontics, we do not wait until the baby teeth have all fallen out! Beginning treatment whilst some baby teeth are still in place is ideal for this type of treatment.

We assess children from about age 4 onwards, and then reassess them at every examination, until they have stopped growing.

Certain types of developmental problems should be treated as soon as they are diagnosed (children as young as 5 years have successfully worn braces), but most treatment is carried out between the ages of 7 – 12 years.

What should I expect from the first visit?

The initial appointment will include an examination, a large xray and impressions of the mouth. At this stage, a provisional diagnosis will be offered, but the definitive diagnosis can only be known once all the information has been examined. This can then be explained at your second visit when appliances may be fitted.

How much does it cost?

The orthopaedic and orthodontic braces are from £400 each.

Monthly adjustments are between £70- £140. Estimates on request.

For more information regarding this treatment

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