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Interested in Orthodontics? Here’s What You Need to Know

Unfortunately, no one is ever born with perfect teeth. We may suffer from gaps, uneven teeth or some irregularities in the way our teeth are positioned. The good news is that these are all issues that can very easily be solved with the use of orthodontics, however severely misaligned they are. 

As a private orthodontist in London, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatments for you to choose from. Each treatment provides fantastic results, with the only real difference being the appearance, timing and costs of each treatment.

If you are interested in straightening your teeth and removing irregularities with the use of orthodontics, we would love to help. To find out more about things you should consider with orthodontics, keep reading!

Type of Orthodontics

At Hermes London Dental Clinic, we provide a range of different options of orthodontic treatment – this gives you the choice (with the help of your orthodontist) to access the best possible treatment that gives you your desired results in the most effective time frame. With the latest technology and advancements in orthodontic treatment, we are able to ensure your treatment can be as quick and effortless as possible.

Some types of orthodontic treatment include:

Treatment Maintenance

All forms of orthodontics require some level of maintenance to make sure that you get the most out of them with the most effective results. Some types of orthodontics will require you to use specialised floss to ensure that your teeth are kept clean and hygienic.

During treatment, you will usually have dental examinations and hygiene visits to check the progress of your treatment and that your gums and teeth are completely healthy and clean. Similar to any dental treatment, you will need to maintain good oral hygiene and a healthy diet.

We do advise against eating hard foods that may interfere and even damage your orthodontic brace, for example, apples, carrots, nuts and hard sweets, as well as chewing gum and foods containing sticky caramel.

A few days after starting the treatment, you may feel slight discomfort which means the treatment is working. This is nothing to worry about, the discomfort should subside within a day or two.

Treatment Time

Your orthodontist will provide a bespoke plan during your first consultation – this will brief you on the different options you have available and what might be best for you. 

There are a large number of different treatments that you can choose from, each having its own assumed treatment time – however, this can vary depending on how aligned your teeth currently are. For example, if your teeth only require slight alignment then orthodontic treatment may take much less time than usual, and we will recommend the most suitable treatment option to you.

Different types of treatments can affect how quickly your teeth are aligned, and how long the process takes in full. Many patients would generally enquire about an orthodontic treatment ahead of time – planning for a wedding, party or social event. 

Some treatments can take as little as a few weeks depending on the circumstances, although we will explain your customised treatment plan in detail during your first consultation.

Cost of Treatment

The cost of your orthodontic treatment can vary between treatment types. Generally, the longer the duration of treatment, the higher the costs, however, this isn’t always the case, as you may find quicker treatments are actually more affordable.

Some treatments focus on giving great results quickly, for example, Invisalign is one of the most popular treatments which can take between 12-18 months. Invisalign is a set of clear aligners which are discrete, removable and completely comfortable for all-day wear. The set of aligners are customised for your teeth following a mould which is taken to a lab for scans. This means that Invisalign is completely unique to you and can provide the most effective results, depending on the current structure of your teeth and your desired results.

Another factor that influences the cost of your treatment is whether or not you need to have a pre-treatment prior to having orthodontic treatment. Common pre-treatment includes tooth extractions, which is performed to remove teeth when there’s overcrowding.

Your Chosen Orthodontist

The orthodontist you choose to support you with your treatment is another huge factor, as some dentists will only have one or two treatment options, whereas others will have a longer list of treatments for you to choose from. A good orthodontist will also provide you with a tailored plan of what to expect, outlining the costs and timeframes.

Orthodontists are best placed to identify which treatments are suitable and unsuitable for you, so if you are unsure of which treatment is best for you, don’t panic!

An experienced orthodontist will talk you through each treatment during your initial consultation and advise you on the treatments that are best for you.

Orthodontics in London

As our staff are continually attending courses and updating our range of services, we are always able to offer a number of different options when providing our treatment. We will spend the extra time to discuss all these options with you so that you are able to make an informed decision on your treatment.

Hermes Dentists London is an award-winning dental clinic with experience and a proven track record. If you want more reasons to smile, then simply get in contact today – we’d love to help.

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