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Orthodontic treatments at Pont Steffan are carried out by our Principal dentist Dr Owain Dimmick. Since 2013 Owain has gained extensive post-graduate training in Orthodontics, cumulating recently in a level 7 post-graduate diploma. Owain is able to provide both fixed orthodontics and removable aligners for cosmetic and comprehensive cases in both adults and children.

Orthodontics are becoming more and more popular with adults, so if you're looking to improve your smile for your wedding day or just to be able to smile more confidently we can help!

Why Should I Have Orthodontic Treatment?

Crooked/misaligned teeth are incredibly common, affecting patients of all ages. One of the most common causes is overcrowding, meaning there is insufficient space in the jaw(s) to accommodate the teeth. This can be largely due to hereditary and genetic reasons. Other reasons for crooked teeth may include:

  • Trauma to the mouth
  • Tooth decay and tooth loss
  • Habits such as thumb sucking
  • Tooth wear
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Crooked teeth can not only have a huge impact on the aesthetics of your smile and self confidence to do so, they can also contribute other dental concerns, including wear and tear to other teeth, jaw strain and gum disease.

How Do Orthodontics Work? 

Orthodontics work by applying continuous pressure to the teeth to gradually move them into their desired position over time. Depending on your individual case and/or your preference, this can be achieved using either fixed orthodontics (braces) or removable aligners. 

Fixed Braces

Firstly, brackets are attached (bonded) to each tooth with a special adhesive. These brackets act as anchors ready for the arch wire to be threaded through, this is held in place with elastic bands. This wire applies a gentle pressure to your teeth, slowly moving them into the desired position.

As the teeth move you will need to attend regular appointments in order for the arch wire to be adjusted, this will maintain the correct pressure and ensure the braces are making progress. The frequency of these adjustments can vary, but they are typically done every 6-8 weeks.

Clear Aligners

These are made from thin, transparent plastic and are almost invisible, they look similar to a clear mouth guard or retainers. Trays are moulded to the shape of your teeth for a precise and comfortable fit and are designed to move teeth in small increments.

During your treatment, you’ll be given a series of aligners which gradually straighten your teeth. They need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day and you’ll change your aligner every week or so. You may need temporary attachments added to your teeth, also known as engagers. These are tiny tooth-coloured bumps used to ensure your aligners are creating pressure on the right area of your tooth.

Before and After

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How Much?
  • Metal brackets: One Arch £3200 and Both Arches £4300
  • Ceramic brackets: One Arch £3700 and Both Arches £4800

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If you have any questions or need more information please don't hesitate to contact us. You can do so by giving us a phone call or using our online enquiry form below.

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FAQs

Will my teeth stay straight?

After your brace is taken off, we recommend that you wear a retainer. This is because it is normal for minor tooth movements to happen throughout life. Don't worry though because it is very unusual for teeth to alter enough to need more treatment.

Will I need teeth removed?

This is dependant on many variant factors. You might need some teeth taken out to make space but we will always discuss this with you before any treatment commences.

What does it involve?

You will have to have a full examination with Dr Dimmick. He will examine your teeth, take x-rays if needed and then take an 3D intra-oral scan.

Am I Suitable to have Orthodontics?

Treatment can be started for Children once most of the adult teeth have come through. There’s no upper age limit, the main requirement is that you do need to be clinically stable for treatment and have no active gum disease. During your initial consultation your dentist will assess whether braces are right for you.

Will it hurt?

The fitting of the braces is totally painless. It is totally normal to feel some discomfort following the fitting of the braces and wire and then for wire adjustments.

How long will it take?

This varies from patient to patient and it may take anything from a few months to two years.