If you have been referred to us by your dentist for NHS orthodontic treatment, we very much look forward to meeting you. Orthodontic treatment is provided by the NHS to those who most need treatment and over the years we have had our practice in Nottingham, have treated many thousands of patients just like you! We want you to be fully involved in your treatment and to understand everything that is going on so we will take the time to explain everything to you before starting treatment.
All new patients start the process by having a consultation with one of our orthodontists who will examine your teeth and look at what needs to be done. For some patients this will mean waiting until all your adult teeth have erupted and for others, you will be able to start treatment soon after. For a few of our patients, the alignment of their teeth might not be poor enough to qualify for NHS treatment but don’t worry, we have other options that you and your parents might like to consider.
If you have been referred to us for early treatment, this is because your dentist has noticed a discrepancy with the relationship between your upper and lower teeth in which case we are likely to use a special removable brace to help correct this before we fit your fixed brace.
We want to give you the best possible smile at the end of treatment and need your help to achieve this. You can help us by:
The tiny metal brackets we attach to each tooth allow us to grip the tooth and to move in into a new position. The wire that is attached to each bracket, exerts a very gentle force on each tooth which causes it to start moving. Throughout treatment, we will use different wires which will cause different movements all aimed at giving you a perfect final result. Elastics are used to move certain teeth or a group of teeth and may also be used to change the way your top and bottom teeth fit together.
You will very quickly get used to having a brace and any initial soreness will soon wear off. Using a special dental wax on any brackets that are rubbing will also make treatment more comfortable and the majority of our NHS patients tell us, after a few short weeks, they hardly notice their brace at all. One of the advantages of NHS braces is that you can customise them with different colour elastic ligatures (the small ring of elastic that holds the wire into the bracket) and will get the opportunity to change the colours at every appointment.