Historically, the vast majority of orthodontic treamtent has always been carried out by orthodontic specialists. However in the last decade we have seen a seismic shift with a much higher percentage of patients being treated in general practice by dentists who have undertaken additional orthodontic courses and qualifcation in order to provide another option when considering orhtodontic treatment.
For orthodontic treamtent on children or where severe movements in teeth are required we would always still reccommend our patients to seek specialist advice and treatment, which may incude a referral away from the practice, however for adults who request minor alterations in how their teeth are aligned we at S3 dental provide a variety of treatment options.
Broadly speaking, there are two main types of orthodontic treamtent
1) Wires and Brackets
2) Clear Aligners / Trays
In Eltham, Hinckley Wood and Haywards Heath we have a number of dentists who have undertaken additonal courses in order to provide one or more of the many orhtodontic systems we work with, examples of such systems include Clear Correct, Invisalign, Quick Straight Teeth, Fast Braces & Six Month Smiles.
No matter the system we ensure all of our patients are dentally fit first, this means a high level of oral hygiene and no dental disease such as gum disease or tooth decay.
Although each system works in slightly different ways, they all require regular checks at least monthly, to keep a close eye on tooth movement and to make any necessary modifications to the trays or wires.
Wires and Brackets
For more complex cases we may suggest a fixed orthodontic system including wires and brackets, some come with clear or white brackets and wires to ensure they look as discreet at possible. Quick Straight Teeth, Fast Braces and Six Month Smiles are examples of fixed orthodontic systems.
They are usually used when more tooth movement is requried. Results can usually be seen anywhere between 6-12 months however individual times may vary depending on the amount of tooth movement.
As shown in the above cover photo, clear aligners are very discreet and are ofen recommended when the required amount of tooth movement is fairly small. Impressions are taken at the start of the treatment and a series of aligners are made to gradually move your teeth into your desired position.
A 'ClinCheck' video is created of your teeth before you accept the treatment to show exactly how your teeth will look and how long it will take to create the finished smile, so you can have every confidence in the treatment prior to starting.
Examples of clear aligner orthodontic systems we work with are Clear Correct and Invisalign.
If you would like more information about whether cosmetic orthodontics would be suitable for you, please contact either our London, Surrey or Sussex practices to be booked in for a consultation.
Online Booking For New Patients
New patients are able to register and book online by clicking the BOOK ONLINE button below.
This will open up a new page in your browser and allow you to register and book your appointment at a convenient time to you. You will also be able to select if you wish to be seen as a Private patient or on the NHS. You will need your mobile telephone and an email address to register and book. Please ensure you receive confirmation via email that your appointment has been booked. In your confirmation email you will also receive a link, which you will need to download and fill in your MEDICAL HISTORY and SOCIAL HISTORY forms. You will need to bring these documents filled in to your dental appointment along with 1 form of photo identification and one recent utility bill as proof of address. If you are on any NHS exemptions, you will need to bring proof of this to your appointment, otherwise you will need to pay for your treatment on the day.
We ask that you attend approximately 15 minutes before your appointment to complete your registration on the day.
Please note that we have a strict failed or missed appointment policy, and if you miss your appointment, you will no longer be able to book any further appointments at S3 Dental.
We look forward to seeing you.
Online Booking For New Patients
Existing patients can now book an appointment for an examination or problem via our online booking facility.
Please click on the link below, where you will be directed to our online booking system.
Once the page loads, be sure to select "existing patient" at the top of the page and then proceed to book your appointment.
Alternatively you can use the CONTACT page and send us a message, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.