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16 August 2018

Our specialist orthodontist, Dr Cleopatra Darwish, offers some advice.

For many people, the idea of wearing dental braces is likely to evoke memories of the metal braces that they were familiar with in their childhood. The good news for those who need them, is that the latest teeth braces, or orthodontics, to give them their correct title, are now more advanced and are both more discreet and comfortable to wear.

Looking for the ‘best braces’ is not a straightforward issue. Most UK dental practices will provide you with good quality orthodontics and the real question is which of these is the most suitable for your own situation.

It starts with a consultation

When patients come to the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton because they are unhappy with their crooked teeth, the first thing we will do is to discuss this with them and see what they would like to achieve. We will then look at the various types of orthodontics which might help them to have straighter teeth. Some systems, such as the Inman Aligner, are designed for smaller corrections on the visible front teeth, whilst other systems like Invisalign can be used where more extensive correction is needed.

Once your treatment has been chosen, you will need to undergo a thorough general examination so that we can treat any outstanding issues, such as gum disease or decay, before we move onto fitting your dental braces.

Comfort is an important factor

Whilst many patients cite discretion as the most important aspect of any braces they have to wear, comfort should also be a major factor. You will often need to wear your orthodontics for many hours a day so it is important that they fit well. Each patient will have scans and impressions taken so that their orthodontics will fit them comfortably and not cause undue discomfort. All orthodontics may feel a little strange initially, but your mouth will soon become accustomed to the feel of them in your mouth.

We will discuss the care of your teeth and gums whilst you wear braces, as cleaning them can present an extra challenge. It is important that you do this well though, as trapped food and bacteria can lead to decay and gum health issues such as gingivitis.

Whichever type of orthodontic is used to straighten your teeth, we will monitor the progress throughout the treatment period. Please do make sure that you keep the appointments to see myself and the team so that any appropriate adjustments to the treatment can be made, ensuring the best outcome for you.

If you have crooked and uneven teeth and would like to see how we can help you to achieve a straighter smile an initial no-obligation consultation can be made with the team by calling our Surbiton dental practice on 020 8399 1291.

Dr Cleopatra Darwish is a specialist orthodontist at the Confidental Clinic (GDC 81110).

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