Orthodontics (Braces) at Bamford Dental Practice
We are delighted to be able to offer the most up to date orthodontic treatment in a relaxed friendly manner from our orthodontic team who, between them, have over 30 years experience in the field.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws and face and is in high demand. Why? Well, a beautiful smile is the best possible asset. However, there is more to it than that. It's also about improving the balance between your teeth and jaws, so that you can eat more comfortably and look after your teeth and gums more easily.
Orthodontic treatment is provided at the practice, both for patients of this practice and for patients referred in from other local dental practices. Orthodontic treatment is provided privately for adults over 18 and both privately and on the NHS for children under 18. Because of the high demand for orthodontic treatment there is a waiting list for NHS patients referred in from other practices. Whilst the NHS will fund some orthodontic treatment for children, patients with only mild irregularity who wish treatment for mainly cosmetic reasons may have to pay privately for this treatment. However, all children are entitled to a free NHS assessment.
Some of the problems that we can help with:
- Protruding upper front teeth
- Deep bite
- Reverse bite (when the lower teeth bite in front of the upper teeth)
- Impacted (buried) teeth
FIXED APPLIANCES - the most common type of braces, often referred to as "train tracks" in the school playground! Brackets are glued onto each tooth and are connected by a wire. Elastic bands are usually used to hold the wire in place, and these can be coloured to decorate the appliance. The brackets can be made from metal or can be tooth coloured ceramic. On the NHS only metal brackets are available.
REMOVABLE BRACES - occasionally used to correct a simple problem. This clips over the back teeth and has one or more springs attached. The braces need to be worn at all times except contact sport or when cleaning.
FUNCTIONAL APPLIANCES - these are a type of removable appliance worn to alter the position of the teeth and jaws and can be used to correct protruding upper teeth. An upper and a lower appliance are used together.
RETAINERS - retainers are worn at the end of active treatment to hold the teeth straight. The most common type of retainers are clear plastic retainers which cover the teeth and are worn in bed.
We are also delighted to be able to offer "Invisalign" invisible braces for the treatment of less severe problems.