Here at Wallasey Orthodontic Practice we offer the complete range of orthodontic treatment, which is all evidenced based to ensure it can deliver the improvements you need.
We provide both NHS and private treatment. NHS orthodontic treatment in primary care (i.e. a practice like ours) is currently limited to patients under 18 years of age who have a determined need for treatment using the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need assessment tool, are highly motivated and have excellent dental health and hygiene.
A clear plastic brace with metal clips usually for the correction of minor tooth positioning in younger children (e.g. still with baby teeth) but can be used in older patients to help improve the way your teeth bite together.
Also known as growth modification appliances. These are a well research and an effective way to create both tooth movement and guide the position of the jaws by changing the way you bite together. Most functional appliances are removable but we can now offer a fixed version for appropriate patients.
When there is a mismatch between the width of the jaws the teeth can sometimes bite the wrong way around. Expansion appliances help to correct the width of the top teeth and jaws to allow everything to fit together better and prevent the jaw from making unnecessary movements – which can cause wear and tear.
These are the mainstay of contemporary orthodontics but come in different shapes and sizes. They all involve a bracket glued to the teeth joined together by a wire. They can be metal or ceramic (tooth coloured) and sit on the front or back of your teeth. Either way they stay in for the whole of your treatment and help us precisely control the position of your teeth and bite.
Clear Ceramic Brackets
Modern smart aesthetic braces look great and work well. They are small, transparent, fully adjustable, easy to fit and easy to remove. Click here for more information on Clear Ceramic Brackets
Lingual braces are fitted to the inside or tongue surface of the teeth so they are completely invisible! Click here for more information on Lingual Braces that sit on the back of your teeth.
Clear plastic aligners can be used to correct a full range of orthodontic problems for both adults and teens.
Click here for more information on Invisalign
Temporary anchorage devices (TADs)
Braces are great but they have their limits as to what they can correct on their own. TADs push back the boundaries of what the braces can achieve without needing to consider more complex things like operations. They are little pins the size of an earing and are placed into the gum/ bone under local anaesthetic (usually an injection in the gum). They allow us to fix the position of certain teeth within the bone and create tooth movement that wasn’t possible previously.
Retention (as Richard will tell you) is one of the most important things to consider when deciding on braces. We know through extensive research that teeth want to move throughout your life. We also know that no matter how good a job us, as orthodontists, do there is always the potential after all our hard work for the teeth to subtlety change position if not held in position.
The first year out of braces is often the most important but wearing retainers after that first year is a sensible approach to maintain that beautiful smile.
We want to make that process as easy as possible and so routinely offer clear aesthetic retainers as part of all treatments alongside fixed or bonded retainers as the need arises.
When you have finished treatment, we invite you to join our new ACE Retainers Club, to help you keep your new smile! For more information click here.