What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the dental specialty which uses removable and fixed braces to straighten crooked teeth and improve the way they bite together. It greatly improves the appearance of the teeth whilst also improving dental health and function. Sometimes, orthodontic treatment is used in conjunction with cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry. In this practice, we have specialists with all these different skills, which makes us ideally placed to treat patients who need teamwork between specialists.

Many people think that orthodontics is just for children. However, many adults can also benefit from orthodontics, and many of the treatments that are suitable for children are also suitable for adults.

Any dentist can legally undertake orthodontic treatment with little or no special training. However, specialist orthodontists undertake three years full-time training on top of their basic dental training. Some orthodontists such as Spencer Nute, the orthodontist in this practice, have undergone a further two years training in managing the most difficult orthodontic problems in order to become hospital consultants.

Modern braces are much more cosmetic than they used to be. This makes them more appealing to all patients, including adults. Modern materials and techniques also mean that braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever before. Our orthodontist, Spencer Nute, routinely uses tooth-coloured braces to make his treatment as acceptable as possible. He is also certified to use the Clearstep® clear aligner system. He will be happy to discuss the different types of braces that would be suitable for you at the initial consultation visit.

The First Appointment

The orthodontist will first discuss with you what you would like to achieve from orthodontic treatment. A full examination and assessment will be made of your teeth and bite. X-rays are usually taken to assist the diagnosis and planning. The orthodontist will discuss if you can be treated with orthodontics (most people can be), and the type of brace and treatment that would be most suitable for you. A full report will be sent back to your general dentist, and you will be given a quotation for the cost of the treatment. If you decide to proceed with treatment, and your teeth and gums are healthy, the orthodontic treatment can start at the next visit.

This website was last updated Thursday, 21st May 2020


Warwick Lodge Dental Practice COVID-19

A message to our patients - Updated 29th May 2020

For several weeks, we have been busy planning to ensure that when we reopen our doors we do so in the safest possible way for our patients, colleagues and clinicians. Based on this and the UK government and CDO England announcements on the 28th May 2020, we are now preparing to reopen as soon as possible and hope to welcome our patients back into practice within the next few weeks. In the meantime, we remain available to take your call if you have any questions. Things are likely to be a little different when you return to practice and we have outlined what to expect here.

During this period of uncertainty, we understand that you may have concerns, questions or even a dental issue that you’re unsure whether it needs urgent attention or not. We want to allay any concerns and answer your questions, which is why we have developed some key information to help you and your families through this period of uncertainty. From general guidance on maintaining good oral health with effective brushing, to identifying a dental emergency, plus how we are dealing with cancellations, our articles section is here to answer your questions.

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