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Simply upload images of your smile and Mr David Gale will personally review your case, giving you options, recommended treatments and an idea of costs and monthly payment. This service is available for private treatment.

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We know orthodontic treatment can be expensive, which is why we’re pleased to offer flexible payment options to our patients.

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Realign developing teeth

Orthodontic treatment involves the patient wearing removable or fixed braces to straighten the teeth and fix dental and bite issues. Braces can boost your child’s confidence about their appearance and improve their oral health as the teeth are easier to clean after orthodontics.

Why have orthodontic treatment?

It’s best to sort out any issues with children’s teeth as early as possible because it is far easier to realign teeth at a younger age. Getting teeth straightening completed earlier in life also means one less thing for youngsters to worry about as they progress to adulthood.

There are multiple benefits to braces for children, including:

  • Getting straighter teeth and correcting teeth crowding
  • Adjusting the ‘bite’ of the teeth so that the front and back teeth meet evenly together when closing
  • Reducing any likelihood of damage to prominent teeth
  • Improving overall appearance and confidence
  • Better oral health, as straighter teeth are easier to clean and maintain
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A variety of treatments

NHS orthodontic treatment

We offer a range of treatments, some of which are offered by the National Health Service. There is a process to receive NHS orthodontic treatment, governed by The Department of Health guidelines. This system ascertains a patient’s eligibility to undergo NHS orthodontic treatment. Cases are assessed according to the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). The score your child receives on this index determines whether he/she is eligible for treatment on the NHS.

At your child’s initial consultation, we can usually inform you whether your child qualifies for NHS orthodontic treatment. If your child is not eligible we will explain all the other options available.

Private orthodontic treatment

If your child is not eligible for orthodontic treatment under the NHS, they can still receive the treatment they require. We provide a wide range of orthodontic appliances. Most orthodontic treatments are appropriate for children, but some are more suitable for younger patients. We can advise which treatment is best for your child at your consultation.

Fixed braces

Fixed braces are a well-established method that has been used for many years. Metal or ceramic brackets are stuck to your teeth for the duration of treatment, with a shaped wire held into place with elastic modules around the brackets.

Fixed braces offer an effective, reliable and simple straightening option. The brackets are strong and durable, and, as they are fixed to your teeth, your braces can’t get lost or damaged in the same way that removable braces could.

Ceramic braces

Translucent ceramic fixed braces are now very popular, offering a discreet option as the small brackets are much less visible than their metal equivalent.

Removable appliances: Invisalign Teen

Invisalign's innovative treatment is also available for teens. Invisalign Teen may not manage all malocclusions and it’s important to have a specialist consultation initially with our team to ascertain whether it will be suitable for your teen’s teeth. We can advise you of the best option to suit the needs of your child.

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Frequently Asked Questions
What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the method of moving teeth within the jawbones to straighten them and help them bite together more evenly.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist dentist who has completed further studies in orthodontics. A specialist orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has carried out an extra 3 years of specialist training to become a specialist orthodontist.

When should a child first see an orthodontist?

Most children start any orthodontic treatment once their permanent teeth have erupted. This is usually around 11 to 13 years of age. However, age is not a barrier to orthodontics and many adults are now seeking out teeth straightening methods, particularly invisible braces.

What happens at my first orthodontic appointment?

Your mouth will be examined to assess the issues. You may need to have some X-rays taken. Your orthodontist will then explain the different treatment options available to you and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

How long will orthodontic treatment take?

Simple straightening can sometimes be completed within six months, particularly when it’s only the front six teeth that need to shift. It can take between 18-24 months to get the teeth to bite in a better way and to work in harmony with the jaws and lips.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

You can expect some tenderness and aching as the teeth start to move, but this usually wears off in the first few days after fitting and adjusting. Fitting the brace is usually not painful, and no anaesthetic is required.

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