Orthodontics

We recognise that every patient is unique requiring individualised care and customised treatment plan to meet specific needs and lifestyle. We offer a full range of braces, aligners and other orthodontic appliances to choose from and we will help you determine which type is most suitable for you.

To learn more about the benefits of orthodontic treatment, please visit this website, and explore all needs before embarking on your teeth straightening journey.  

Get in touch with us today we would love to hear from you!

EARLY TREATMENT

Our Specialist Orthodontist (Dr Mo Almuzian) is a member of British Orthodontic Society and American Association of Orthodontists, both recommend that young children have their first orthodontic evaluation around age 7-9. 

Dr Mo usually doesn’t recommend treatment until the child has all of his or her adult teeth (around age 12), but in some instances, early treatment can have a positive impact like: 

  • Harmonizing the width of the dental arches.
  • Improving tooth eruption patterns.
  • Lowering the risk of trauma to protruded upper incisors.
  • Correcting harmful oral habits.
  • Improving aesthetics.
  • Reducing likelihood of impacted permanent teeth.
  • Preserving or gain space for erupting permanent teeth.

TEEN TREATMENT

The most common time for orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 11 and 15 when all of the adult teeth are in place. During this period, the specialist orthodontist can take advantage of the natural growth and the higher metabolism, both help in shaping the bite correctly and efficiently. Please visit the British Orthodontic Society website (Orthodontics for Children & Teens) to learn more. 

ADULTS TREATMENT

Nowadays, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment in order to:

  • Straighten teeth
  • Improve the smiles
  • Improve harmony of the mouth and jaws
  • Improve the health of the teeth and gums

As a matter of fact, about 25% of our patients are adults! It’s never too late to  pursue your dream smile. 

We offer a wide selection of orthodontic appliances ranging from traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces to clear aligners. Please visit the British Orthodontic Society website to find answers to some FAQs.


ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCES WE OFFER

You can click on each treatment to learn more about it. 

WHAT THEY ARE?

Fixed braces produce predictable and reliable results when straightening teeth. They are suitable for patients of any age.

HOW DO THEY LOOK?

Fixed braces consist of small brackets that are cemented to your teeth and joined together with wire.

HOW DO THEY WORK?

Fixed braces move your teeth in a very precise manner, and are the most common type of brace used to treat children because they offer predictable results and they do not rely on patient compliance. Our specialist team uses fixed metal braces to address more complex orthodontic problems.

WHAT THEY ARE?

Ceramic braces are glued onto the teeth, a wire connects the ceramic braces together.

HOW DO THEY LOOK?

Fixed ceramic braces are tooth coloured and blend in with your natural teeth so they are an aesthetic fixed brace option.

HOW DO THEY WORK?

They are similar to metal fixed braces in the way they work. Our specialist team uses the highest quality ceramic braces available to avoid breakages.

WHAT THEY ARE?

You may have heard about ‘invisible braces’, they are what they say on the tin!

HOW DO THEY LOOK?

Braces made of a clear plastic which you wear full time on your teeth to help move them into the correct position, but you can remove them when you’re eating.

 

HOW DO THEY WORK?

The treatment is digitally planned by our specialist team prior to the start of treatment. You may require tooth coloured attachments placed on your teeth to help guide them into the correct position. You will receive a series of removable aligners that are custom made for your teeth and you will need to change them as instructed by our specialist team who will monitor your progress remotely and with regular visits to see us in the practice. Usually aligners are changed every 1-2 weeks and a whole treatment can take 6-18 months, but this depends on many factors. You will need to wear a clear retainer (similar to the clear aligner) to maintain the results of your orthodontic treatment.

WHAT IS A SMILE SIMULATION?

Try our Smile View and see a simulation of your new smile in 60 seconds! Take a selfie or upload a photo of yourself and in 60 seconds you’ll be able to see your smile transformation. Try it here!

You can then either book (for a limited time) a free consultation to discuss your options for treatment or register your details during your SmileView experience and our team will  get in touch with you. It’s as simple as that!

WHAT THEY ARE?

Lingual braces are fixed braces behind the teeth as opposed to the front. They are not seen as they are straightening teeth.

HOW DO THEY LOOK?

Lingual braces are custom made for your teeth. They are glued behind the teeth, and a wire connects the lingual braces together.

How do they work?

Lingual braces are tightened every 4-8 weeks to ensure teeth continue to move into position.

 

WHAT THEY ARE?

Removable braces clip over your teeth and can be taken out for eating, teeth cleaning, sport or for playing a musical instrument. They are mainly used for children.

HOW DO THEY LOOK?

They usually consists of pink acrylic with strategically placed wires that fit over your teeth.

HOW DO THEY WORK?

They can be used to treat crowding or misalignment, and can sometimes be worn by patients who still have some primary (milk) teeth. They can be used to address a simple single tooth in crossbite or more complex crossbites involving expansion of the jaws.

WHAT THEY ARE?

Teeth will always want to move back after brace treatment, this can be prevented by long term retainer wear.

HOW DO THEY LOOK?

Removable retainers are clear thin mouthguards mainly worn at night. They cover all of the teeth and ensure teeth keep their final position.
Fixed retainers are a thin wire glued behind your front teeth. They prevent the front teeth from moving back.

HOW DO THEY WORK?

Where possible, it is recommended for patients to have both types of retainers, removable and fixed.

HoldthatSmile campaign

Watch our British Orthodontic Society (BOS) short film as well as the animation that BOS has produced to support our #HoldthatSmile campaign. It has been produced to inform patients about the importance of lifelong retention. 

We use different auxiliary appliances along with the fixed braces, removable braces or aligners in order to optimise the treatment outcomes. These include headgear, miniscrews, functional appliances, palatal bar, jaw expanders. 

WHAT IS THE HEADGEAR? 

It is an appliance that can be attached to your top back teeth. It has either a neck strap, head cap or both which connect to a metal bow which can be fitted into either a fixed or removable brace. 

 
 
WHAT IS THE MINISCREWS? 

It is a small metal screw which is inserted through the gum into the jaw bone to act as an anchor to help move poorly positioned teeth. Some people also call them micro-screws, mini-implants or temporary anchorage devices (TADs).

Our specialist orthodontist, Dr Mo Almuzian, published several papers and undertook several research in this field and he uses different popular brands.

 
 
 
What Is A Functional Appliance?

A functional appliance is removable brace that works on the upper and lower teeth at the same time. We also use the fixed version of this appliance (CS™ System).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What Is Jaw Expander

Sometimes called rapid palatal expansion which is a technique used to widen (expand) your upper jaw (palate) when it is narrow. We use the digitally designed (CAD-CAM) expanders in most of the cases. You can view the patient information leaflets from this link.

To avoid long-term damage caused by sports injuries, it is important to wear a professionally made mouthguard during any sports activity that involves physical contact or moving objects, like cricket, hockey, football, American football, boxing and rugby.

A mouthguard will decrease the risk of damaging / breaking teeth and reduce the danger of dislocating the jaw.

The mouthguard is custom made to fit exactly over the teeth and gums to cushion and protect the teeth. Our in house digital lab will keep your original scan on file so that in the unfortunate incidence that you lose your mouthguard, in most cases we can make a replacement without having to see you.

PUBLIC INFORMATION GROUP

Please visit the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) website to find more information. BOS is keen to establish a  to ensure that the information we provide to patients and their families is appropriate and accessible, further details are in this link

LIFE WITH BRACES AND RETAINERS 

After the braces/aligner are put on, there can be some aching of the teeth, mild painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used, if required.

During and after braces/aligner treatments, some tweaks to your routines might be required to ensure braces/aligner/retainers do their job and your teeth are kept healthy. However, most of our patients find it really easy to adjust and many carry their new good habits forwards. If you are wearing braces/aligner/ retainer, please read the advices below.

Please visit the British Orthodontic Society website (Looking after your Braces) to learn more. 

How to make the right choices? The answer in this video!

Please do eat! Your diet should remain relatively the same with some small changes to ensure the braces are not damaged.

Dont’s:

• Bite into Hard foods such as apples, carrots, crusty bread. Please cut them into small pieces and chew them on your back teeth.
• Nuts, just don’t, they don’t like braces and braces don’t like them.
• Chewing gum. Although they do not damage the braces, they do become entangled and are a nightmare to clean off.
• Chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks and acidic drinks should be reduced in their frequency and only a few times in the week, ideally with meals.

If there is a breakage please call the practice / email. We will endeavour to repair the brace, however each breakage adds time to the overall treatment duration.

Read the leaflets for more details:




Your brushing technique requires modifying to accommodate the braces. Brush at least twice a day, ideally three times to ensure the teeth are kept in ideal health.

  • Use your normal toothbrush (electric or manual) to clean your teeth and braces.
  • Start above the brace (making contact with the brace, tooth and gum), then progress to beneath the brace (making contact with the brace and tip of the tooth), brush side to side.
  • Brush the remaining surfaces of your teeth as per normal.
  • Use toothpaste which has fluoride in it (most toothpastes contain fluoride).
  • WATCH THE VIDEO FOR MORE DETAILS. 

 

Courtesy to DrOrthodonticsAdvice

 

  • Use a fluoride mouthwash twice a day.
  • Brush your teeth using a toothpaste with fluoride three times a day.

*Please consult your dentist before using fluoridated products.

 

  • Use an interdental toothbrush to clean any remaining plaque off your teeth.
  • Concentrate on the areas between your gums, the brackets and underneath the wire.
  • WATCH THE VIDEO FOR MORE DETAILS.

Fixed retainer

  • Spend an extra 30 seconds brushing your fixed retainer. Ensure you contact all surfaces, especially the area of the tooth below the wire.
  • Use ‘Superfloss’ or interdental brushes regularly to clean between the teeth.
  • Normal floss cannot be used as it cannot go down between the teeth. Superfloss is threaded through the teeth below the retainer and above the gum.
  • The use of electric toothbrushes and will help the cleaning.
  • Although the wire is a strong metal, the adhesive is much weaker and care must be taken not to fracture/break it. Hard, crunchy and sticky items should be avoided in the bonded retainer area, but if desired can be enjoyed .using back teeth

Removable retainers

  • Removable retainers should  be worn as instructed by the orthodontist.
  • How often you wear your retainers will be discussed when the retainers are given to you. For most people it is every night for 6 months, then alternative nights for 6 months.
  • After the supervised retainer period is twelve months retainers can usually be worn 1-2 nights per week for life.
  • There is never a time to stop wearing your retainer,  time of wear decreases but never stops.
  • Insert and remove the removable retainer as instructed. Always use two hands to do this or you can break your retainer. When the retainers are not in your mouth they should be kept safe in a brace box to avoid damage. Never in a tissue or napkin.
  • The retainers are cleaned with a nail brush or toothbrush and soap and cold water.
  • Do not use toothpaste as this can scratch the retainer material
  • Do not use hot water or they will change shape and no longer fit
  • The retainers can be freshened by using a cleaning tablet for 20 minutes twice a week such as “Retainer Brite”.

Fact File & FAQ

Please visit the British Orthodontic Society website (Fact File & FAQ) to learn more.

 

SLEEP APNEA

Sleep apnoea is when your breathing stops and starts while you sleep. The most common type is called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

Please visit Snoring & Sleep Apnoea page of the British Orthodontic Society to learn more. 

Some of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea happen while you sleep  or during the day time as explained in the diagram. 

It can be hard to tell if you have sleep apnoea. It may help to ask someone to stay with you while you sleep so they can check for the symptoms.

Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea requires cooperation between different medical and dental specialities including the dentists and orthodontists. One of the available options is the sleep apnea appliance.

They are wearable appliances that can help by repositioning the jaw slightly to help oxygen flow properly. Our specialist orthodontist is a certified user of one of the most popular obstructive sleep apnea appliance (Sleepwell).

CLEFT LIP/ PALATE & ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY 

One in every 700 babies born will have a Cleft Lip and/or Palate malformation – read more about this common and important condition here.

Please download the patient information leaflets from this link.

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