Adult and Teen

We have experience to cater for both adults and teens with a range of different types of braces depending on your suitability

As dental specialists in orthodontics we normally recommend your treating regular  dentist to refer your child when they are in a mixed phase” of dentition. At this stage they will have a mixture of both adult and baby teeth also known as “milk teeth”. This normally happens at around 7 years of age. This extremely important phase where permanent teeth take the place of baby teeth, and as the face and jaws are growing, is crucial to preventing or intervening in time. If a problem exists, or if one is developing, we can then advise you on whether treatment is recommended, when it should begin, what form treatment will take, and estimate its length. 

What will I learn at an early check-up?

In general, an examination would reveal if your child has an existing orthodontic problem, or if one is developing. You could also learn that no problems are present at this time.

How much does a check-up cost?

Our fees for a new patient consultation are £96 and £58 for already
registered patients.

Will my child need early treatment?

We very rarely intervene when baby teeth are present. In the event that a problem is detected, the likelihood are that we will
recommend a “wait-and-see” approach, and will check your child’s growth and development periodically. When the time is right for your child, orthodontic treatment can begin.

Will my child need early treatment?

We very rarely intervene when baby teeth are present. In the event that a problem is detected, the likelihood are that we will
recommend a “wait-and-see” approach, and will check your child’s growth and development periodically. When the time is right for your child, orthodontic treatment can begin.

Are braces used in early treatment?

Not all orthodontic treatment is accomplished with braces. For some patients, early treatment could consist of removal of a  stubborn baby tooth, so that the succeeding permanent tooth can arrive in its proper place. Some patients may need help with how to position their tongue when they swallow, while others may need intervention to stop a thumb- or finger-sucking habit. These are sometimes treated with habit appliances. If a child’s upper jaw is too narrow, so that the permanent teeth do not have room to come in, treatment could consist of a palate expander to widen the jaw. Braces are often recommended to optimise tooth and jaw alignment after most or all of the permanent teeth are in. We will recommend the type of treatment that is best suited to your son/daughter and correcting his/her orthodontic problem

If treatment is done while my child has some baby teeth, does that mean s/he is done with treatment?

Not necessarily. Sometimes preventive or interceptive orthodontic treatment is all that a patient needs. More often, though, patients
will require a second phase of comprehensive orthodontic treatment after a child has most or all of their permanent teeth. This
completes the tooth and jaw alignment that was started with a first phase of preventive or interceptive treatment. This normally takes place when your son/daughter are 11-12 years or older. This will depend on the type of bite that they present with.

Why move baby teeth?

The purpose of early treatment is not moving baby teeth to improve their appearance. Rather, early treatment is done to create a
healthy environment for permanent teeth that will be coming in. While baby teeth may be repositioned in preventive or interceptive
orthodontic treatment, their movement is incidental. Baby teeth are there to hold space for permanent teeth, to help with facial

development, to make it possible to bite and chew, and for clear speech.