What You Can Expect
Can anybody be treated using orthodontic braces?Yes, and at any age too. However, orthodontics is most successful when carried out in children whose teeth and bones are still actively growing.
What will happen at the first appointment?The first appointment will take approximately 40 minutes. A brace will not be fitted at this session. At this stage we will use the time to assess your problems, discuss the orthodontic treatment plan that will be necessary and the optimum time to start treatment. We will also take into account your own concerns, your dental development and your oral hygiene. Patients who are not ready to start treatment will be reviewed at a later date. For those who are ready to start immediately, we will make an appointment to take dental records which includes dental study models, photographs and possibly some x-rays.
How do you carry out orthodontic treatment?Orthodontic treatment involves wearing a brace (appliance) that is specially made for you. These can be of modern design such as the low friction Damon system braces or the ultimate in cosmetic braces, with near invisible aligners called Invisalign braces. Depending on the type, the appliance can move your teeth into position; guide the way your jaw grows, or even widen your jaw to make room for crowded teeth. Occasionally, it might be necessary to extract some teeth if your mouth is very crowded.
What are the different types of orthodontic braces?There are two types of orthodontic braces, fixed and removable. Different combinations of braces may be used to treat individual cases. Removable braces are used for simple treatment, and work by exerting gentle pressure. Fixed braces give more precise guidance and have brackets and bands temporarily attached to the teeth.
Will it make my teeth sore?Quite possibly, but do not be discouraged. A few hours after fitting your brace your teeth may well feel tender and sore. This discomfort may last for three to four days and a mild analgesic, such as paracetamol, may be necessary.
How long will treatment take?This depends on your age and your bite problem. Most people need to wear their brace for about two years, but you can make a difference by looking after and wearing your braces properly. Broken braces and missed appointments will slow your treatment down. What you need to remember is that this is a team effort and the success and speed of your treatment depends on the partnership between you, the dental nurses and your orthodontist.
How often will I need to visit the orthodontist?Generally your brace will need adjusting every 6 to 8 weeks.
Southover Orthodontic Practice
Southover Orthodontic Practice is located on Southover in Woodside Park, North London. If you live in surrounding areas such as Mill Hill, Totteridge or Finchley, Southover Orthodontic Practice is therefore in a good location for you. The head Orthodontist at Southover is Glenn Cooper. Originally from South Africa, Glenn has over 20 years of experience in the field of Orthodontics. Treating patients and giving them the perfect smile is something Glenn and his staff are very passionate about.
Having a perfect smile is very important today. The media highlights how important different products to maintain healthy looking teeth whether it be with Oral B or Colgate. Who of us haven’t dreamed of perfect teeth? At Southover Orthodontic Practice, the main goal is to achieve the perfect smile via straightening ones teeth. This is achieved with braces that a patient will have for as long as it takes to make the teeth straight. Braces are so popular and now more and more adults are starting to wear braces. This is clearly a sign of the times and how teeth are more and more important in society.
If you would like to find out more about the treatments that Southover Orthodontic Practice offer, feel free to search through the website to read more about what Southover can do for you! Typically, an orthodontist reviews your teeth and then offers a treatment plan. If you think that orthodontics is for you and you live in the Finchley area, then Southover Orthodontic Practice could be the best practice for you. But not just for you but for your kids too. More and more kids are having braces these days and this will set them up for life. Having good teeth is essential for looking smart and presentable whether going on a date or going for a job interview.
Southover Orthodontic Practice uses some of the most modern techniques in orthodontics today. With the expertise and experience of Glenn Cooper and his dedicated staff, there is no reason that Southover won’t deliver a perfect smile for you and your family.