Orthodontic Treatment (Braces)

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Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work.

Many people have crowded or crooked teeth and orthodontic treatment will help to straighten them and move them into a better position. This not only improves the appearance but also the way the teeth bite together and makes them easier to clean.

In some people, the upper front teeth can stick out and look unsightly. These teeth are also more likely to be damaged. In others the way the upper and lower jaws meet can look unsightly and lead to an incorrect bite. Orthodontic treatment may be able to correct both.

Orthodontic treatment can be carried out in children and in adults and there are now clear plastic and white ceramic brackets and bands available which can hardly be noticed.

There are different appliances available used for treating different problems: -

Treatment times vary and can last between a few months and 2 ˝ years but you will be advised how long it is expected to take at your consultation visit.


Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.

Comfortable, clear and removable – Invisalign transforms your smile without disrupting your life.

Show off your smile not your braces

Our treatment will start with a consultation with our Invisalign® clinician, who will examine you, talk to you about your personal goals for your smile and develop a computer model of your treatment. This will show where your teeth are at the start of the process and map out the journey to the prescribed position.Once you have reviewed the plan with our clinician, we will arrange for a set of bespoke Invisalign® aligners to be made just for you.

You’ll wear each clear and comfortable aligner for two weeks, before moving on to the next in your series of aligners. As each is slightly different from the last, they will move your teeth gradually into the desired position. During treatment you will visit us periodically – usually every two months – so we can monitor your progress and provide you with your next set of aligners.

Invisalign® FAQs

What types of dental problems can Invisalign® correct?
Invisalign® helps to correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues, including gaps, crooked teeth, crowded mouths, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite and underbite.
Who is suitable for Invisalign®?
Many people are suitable for Invisalign®, as the treatment can be tailored to individual needs. Adults suffering from a range of orthodontic concerns may be suitable, as are people who wish to improve their smile for their wedding. Teenagers with orthodontic issues may be suitable for Invisalign® Teen.
Will people be able to see my Invisalign® aligners?
As Invisalign® clear braces are transparent, custom-fit and removable; hardly anyone will be able to notice you are wearing the aligners. It is also ok to remove them for special occasions, as long as this is not too regular or for a very long period of time.
How long does Invisalign® treatment take?
Every case is unique to the individual, so treatment lengths will vary. However, the average treatment is 10 to 18 months.
Can I eat and drink when wearing my Invisalign® aligners?
You can remove you Invisalign® aligners, so you can eat and drink whatever you like.
Is Invisalign® treatment painful?
Invisalign® clear braces have no metal or sharp edges like traditional wire braces and they do not cause allergies. At the beginning of each new stage of treatment a new aligner, which is slightly different, is inserted. At this point, some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort or the feeling of pressure for a few days. This is perfectly normal as it is a sign that the aligners are working properly and moving your teeth gradually into your desired position. This discomfort typically goes away after a couple of days.