Orthodontic Treatment

The First Consultation

During this visit we obtain xrays and photographs and then the patient is examined clinically. This enables the orthodontist to give advice on the treatment options available, when treatment should commence, the duration of treatment, and the approximate cost.

If treatment is indicated at that time, we will also be able to obtain plaster models of the patient.

All the records that are obtained allow the Orthodontist to analyse each case accurately. They are also used to record the existing malocclusion for future reference.


Braces are the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth. They are fixed to the teeth for the duration of active orthodontic treatment.

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Dental Checkups

Orthodontic patients should continue to attend their family dentist for regular check-ups during the course of orthodontic treatment.

Extractions and other Preliminary Procedures

Sometimes it is necessary to remove teeth to gain sufficient space to align the remaining teeth.

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How Long?

Orthodontic treatment usually takes 18 - 24 months. Some cases may be finished earlier and others may take longer to complete. The total treatment time depends on the severity of the original malocclusion, the type of treatment carried out, and the co-operation of the patient.


At the completion of the active part of orthodontic treatment, the braces are removed and retaining appliances (retainers) are fitted to hold the teeth steady in their new position.

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Rubber Bands and Headgear

During treatment, patients may need to wear such items as rubber bands and/or headgear with their braces. These items provide important extra forces for the correction of the bite.

Jaw Surgery

When the disharmony between the position of the jaws is severe, it may be necessary to surgically reposition the jaws to establish a correct bite and a more harmonious facial profile.

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Wisdom Teeth

In the late teenage years, third molars erupt and the lower front teeth gradually increase in irregularity.
In the past, it was thought that pressure exerted by the third molars caused the increase in irregularity. However recent studies suggest the two events are unrelated.

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The Invisalign System is a virtually invisible treatment that uses an innovative approach to gently yet effectively straighten your teeth.

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