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

Smile Zone

The Orthodontic Treatment Process

Our work consists of treating a whole range of different conditions such as tooth crowding, protruding teeth and gaps between teeth. Orthodontic treatment carried out in conjunction with restorative dentistry can provide a significantly improved overall result. Teeth can be uprighted prior to implant and bridge placement and gaps can be closed or opened to achieve the best aesthetic and functional result.

Narrow Upper Arch – Example 1

This patient had a very crowded and narrow upper arch and was treated with fixed braces on both arches. No extraction of teeth was required.

Anterior Open Bite – Example 2

Here the patient had moderate crowding in the upper and lower arches with a large gap between top and bottom front teeth; clinically referred to as an anterior open bite. A fixed brace was fitted to both upper and lower arches, teeth were extracted in this case.

Fixed Brace – Example 3

Here the patient had mild to moderate upper and lower crowding. A fixed brace was fitted to both arches, teeth were extracted.

Severe crowding – Example 4

Here the patient had severe upper and lower crowding. A fixed brace was fitted to both arches, teeth were extracted.

Overbite – Example 5

In this case the patient had severe upper and lower crowding with an increased overbite. A fixed brace was fitted to both upper and lower arches; teeth had to be extracted.