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The Importance of Beautiful, Straight Teeth

Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.

Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.

Treatment types vary depending on what you want and how important your smile is during the period of your treatment. We offer Metal braces, Ceramic braces and Invisalign. Metal braces are much smaller than they used to be, but Ceramic braces are even less noticeable. Then there is Invisalign which is exactly what it says! No one can tell you’re straightening your teeth. For more information on Invisalign explore our separate section on this treatment type.

Whatever you prefer – the choice is yours. Why not make an appointment for a consultation (£95) with the orthodontist who will be more than happy to discuss these options with you? We offer tooth whitening (30% discount available – subject to conditions) and have an extensive range of dental care products available.

What is an Orthodontist?

Any dentist can call themselves an orthodontist. This simply means that they use braces on some of their patients. A Specialist Orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has completed three additional years of orthodontic training. They will usually have worked in a variety of hospital dental departments before applying for a postgraduate position. They need to have passed their specialist orthodontic examinations to have the letters MOrth RCS after their names. Dr Tom Russell and all his associates are Specialist Orthodontists.

The General Dental Council keeps a register of Specialist Orthodontists practising in the United Kingdom.

Will my teeth be damaged as a result of treatment?

This should not happen if you follow the guidelines issued by the orthodontist. Decalcification (permanent tooth surface discolouration or decay) can occur for two reasons, usually in combination. Poor cleaning of the teeth results in plaque being left on the tooth, particularly around the brackets of a fixed brace. Poor diet, especially sweets and fizzy drinks, can attack the tooth surface where the plaque remains and can dissolve away the tooth surface. This can cause permanent marks on the teeth or even decay and may not be visible until the brace is removed. Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet and regular use of a fluoride mouthwash will minimise this risk.

How long will treatment take?

Your treatment can commence as soon as your teeth and gums are healthy. In many cases, it is better to wait for baby teeth to fall out before starting treatment with fixed appliances. For NHS treatment, you need to be referred by your dentist.

For patients undergoing private treatment, we can offer appointments as soon as it is convenient to you. Teeth move about 1mm per month and your braces are usually adjusted every 6 to 8 weeks. Treatment duration is variable and depends on the type of brace you need and the amount of tooth movement required.

  • Riverside Centre For Health, Park St Liverpool, L8 6QP
  • 0151 708 5117
  • braces@ortho.demon.co.uk

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