What type of orthodontic service can you expect from us?
Orthodontics is not just about straightening teeth but just as importantly ensuring the maximum harmony between all the dental and facial structures. This means not only aligning teeth, but also focussing on issues such as lip support, facial length and symmetry, smile width and most importantly, the face’s profile.
Most importantly is correctly identifying the causes of the problem. Often when a young child complains of goofy teeth it could be caused by three possible options, or a combination of all three:
- The upper front teeth actually do stick out too far
- The upper jaw is too big, or more accurately, too far forwards
- Most commonly of all, that the lower jaw is too small, or too far back
In cases where the causes are not correctly diagnosed, one of the commonest mistakes made is to treat a child who has correct upper teeth and jaw size, but has a very small lower jaw by extracting teeth in the upper jaw. The damage caused to the profile can be horrendous, leaving the patient with small upper and lower jaws. This profile flattens the face, and accentuates the nose, and is one of the least acceptable but all too common orthodontic outcomes.
Any experienced practitioner should diagnose such cases from the outset, and offer growing youngsters an alternative. Unfortunately, such orthopaedic treatments are often more difficult and more expensive to carry out, and consequently may not always be offered.
In terms of the service we provide, we can offer appointments after school, which virtually no NHS clinic can do. Private appointments are tailored to suit individual needs, and many people agree that they feel less rushed. Also, all treatments are either directly supervised by, or more usually carried out by the prescribing dentist. Many NHS practices rely heavily on the use of orthodontic therapists to carry out the majority of the treatment itself, frequently totally unsupervised by the dentist. Furthermore, private patients are offered a range of treatment options, from such minor things as simply choosing from invisible or brightly coloured braces, to making choices regarding jaw growth options instead of extractions.
You only get once chance to diagnose and treat a growing child orthodontically – the profile and smile your child is given now will be with them for the rest of their life. Let us guide you through the complexities of modern orthodontics to help you make the right choices for your child.