What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who specialises in the alignment of teeth, whether that is to make them all line up, close or even out the gaps in between them or adjust your bite pattern. They may also branch out into interesting areas such as sleep problems and temporomandibular joint disorder, which can both have their genesis within your mouth.

orthodontics-in-harley-streetOrthodontists have extra training on top of what your normal dentist will have to make them highly skilled in these areas. They will also have a specialist rating with the General Dental Council, which verifies their qualifications and expertise in the area of orthodontics.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we have a number of professional and friendly orthodontists who are ready to work with you.

What can an orthodontist in Harley Street do for me?

If you are referred to an orthodontist in Harley Street at our clinic, the first thing they will do is talk to you, take a look at your history and do an exploration of your mouth. This will usually include x-rays and some form of accurately recording the position of your teeth. The next step will be to make a plan with you by first offering options for your treatment. You may be able to consider invisible braces, lingual braces or some form of aligners. Your orthodontist may also recommend more traditional brackets and wires if you need extensive work. They will go through your choices with you so that you can make a decision.

If you decide to go ahead and work with your orthodontist in Harley Street, they will confirm a treatment plan with you before you start.

What will happen after treatment?

All teeth straightening procedures eventually lead to you having to wear a retainer for at least 10 to 12 months. This might be fixed or removable and, sometimes, you only need to wear it at night. This is because teeth take this long to stabilise in their new positions and so, in the meantime, you want something in place to remind them where they are supposed to be.

We will invite you back for regular check-ups with the orthodontist in Harley Street so that they can check on your progress and you remain happy with your results.