At K Dental Studios, each individual will be given a bespoke treatment plan to ensure that they achieve long-term results and understand the treatment process and its different stages. We offer a number of orthodontic solutions, including the more traditional metal and clear braces.
Much like our clear braces, these metal braces are perfect for those who wish to adjust the positioning of many teeth in order to improve their alignment.
We only use top of the range products we know will last and for our metal braces we use pre-coated Victory Brackets by 3M. These incorporate a low profile design which improves both patient comfort and appearance.
Despite their appearance, metal braces can sometimes work faster giving you your desired result quicker than other appliances. They are also the most cost effective of Orthodontic treatment.
The clear braces are a great solution for those who will need to change the positioning of numerous teeth to achieve their desired result yet would prefer a more discreet method of treatment. We use state of the art precoated Clarity™ ADVANCED brackets from 3M which combines the benefits from a more traditional treatment method with the patient’s aesthetic requirements. These brackets are extremely small and translucent, which means they blend in very well with the patient’s teeth.
Further research was conducted to develop a product which is stain resistant and will not discolour over time, so patients needn’t worry about stains caused from coffee or other drinks. This particular product is extremely strong and hardwearing yet has features to ensure the patient’s experience is as comfortable as possible.
What does it involve?
- After a thorough examination our Orthodontist will take impressions (moulds) of your teeth and photographs. It may also be necessary to take a Panorapmic x-ray and a lateral Cephalogram during the consultation process.
- Small clear or metal brackets are glued to the front of your teeth before fixing a metal wire through them which is held by ligatures. A gentle pressure will be applied to your teeth to gradually move them into position.
- Regular 4 to 6 weekly appointments follow to replace the wire.
- We recommend that you continue seeing your regular dentist every 3 months for hygiene and every 6 months for your check-ups.
How long will the treatment take?
Each individual is different and teeth straightening can take from 6 to 18 months or sometimes longer. Our orthodontist will be able to advise you during your consultation.
Is there any long term maintenance necessary?
As with all teeth straightening, once the treatment has been completed and the appliances have been removed, the teeth will have the tendency to move back to their original position.
Our Orthodontist recommends the use of clear retainers and/or a fixed retainer which will provide you with long term retention to prevent teeth moving back to their original positions.
Clear retainers will require compliance from you to wear them as per your Orthodontist’s instructions. Fixed retention uses a very thin wire which is stuck on to the backs of the front teeth to prevent tooth movement. It is advisable to see your dentist regularly to check that this wire has not become unstuck.
Sometimes the Orthodontist may recommend the use of both forms of retention. The process for both involves glueing these small brackets to the front of your teeth before fixing a metal wire through them which is held by ligatures. A gentle pressure will be applied to your teeth to gradually move them into position. Throughout the process our Orthodontist will monitor the progress of your teeth and make any alterations necessary. Once the process is finished, you will have a beautifully aligned smile.
To find out more about how you could benefit from our orthodontic treatments click here or call the practice on 0207 637 8484.
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