Covid-19 Pandemic

Following advice, from the NHS and British Orthodontic Society, Smiles Orthodontic Practice is closed to patients. All appointments for the foreseeable future have been cancelled.

If you have a fixed brace and wear elastics please continue with these. Leave a phone message if you run out so we can send you some more. Removable appliances and retainers should continue to be worn as instructed.

If you have a problem with your orthodontic appliance there is guidance in the Orthodontic Emergencies Protocol on the British Orthodontic Society website.

At this stage please only contact the practice if you have a concern or orthodontic emergency that is causing discomfort. Unfortunately we are unable to replace brackets, repair broken removable appliances or provide replacement retainers.

These are extraordinary times and the safety of our patients, staff and families is paramount.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Smiles as soon as possible.

The Smiles Team

Maintaining Your Smile

When you decide to have orthodontic treatment you are making a lifelong commitment to maintaining your smile. The end of the active phase of orthodontic treatment is the first stage of the journey; to be sure you have a smile to be proud of for the rest of your life, please heed the advice of your orthodontist.

Oral hygiene

It is really important to maintain a good standard of oral hygiene throughout your orthodontic treatment and particularly important whilst in active treatment. It can be more difficult to brush your teeth when wearing a fixed brace and plaque build up can occur over a period of time which is highly damaging, and if not dealt with effectively, may permanently damage the tooth enamel. Our dental nurses provide all patients with lots of practical advice regarding how to maintain their teeth and special brushes designed to clean around the brace are available from our reception.

Retention

Our teeth move throughout our lives and even though successful treatment will have realigned your teeth to their optimum position, without continued care by you, your teeth can revert to their original position, this is known as relapse. Relapse can be kept to a minimum by wearing a retainer allowing teeth to become settled in their new position.

Removable retainers are initially worn every night. The need slowly reduces to only two nights a week and orthodontists recommend this weekly care to guarantee teeth remain aligned. A removable retainer is like a very thin, virtually invisible clear gum shield which is easy to wear. For some patients we may recommend a fixed retainer, a thin wire permanently placed behind the teeth to maintain alignment. Your orthodontist monitors the retention phase for a year but for the patient, this is a lifelong commitment.

Take a look at our patients zone for more advice on oral hygiene and dietary recommendation in The Dental Nurses Guide to your Perfect Smile.