Orthodontics: Patient Information

What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry that is concerned with the growth, appearance, health and function of the teeth and jaws.

How do I get an appointment to see an orthodontist at Derriford?
Your own dentist must refer you to the department.

What will happen when I visit the orthodontic department for the first time?
You will be seen by one of the consultants and you may have some X-rays taken.  We will talk to you about whether you would benefit from treatment, but no treatment will be carried out at your first visit.

Will I need a brace?
Sometimes simple treatment with your own dentist is all that you will need.  We often use braces to correct the position of teeth to improve how they bite and how they look.  You can see in the pictures below how well these can straighten the teeth.  If you need a brace we will talk to you about this when we see you.

              

Will I need to have any teeth taken out?
Orthodontic treatment sometimes involves the extraction of teeth, but only when needed.  We will talk to you about this when we see you.

What will happen after my first visit?
If you would benefit from orthodontic treatment, this will be explained and you will be given information leaflets to take away and read, to help you decide whether to go ahead.

Further information
If you would like to find out more about braces and orthodontic treatment, please click on the following links.

A Guide for Patients www.bos.org.uk

Orthodontics and important information about dental health www.dentalhealth.org.uk

Dental Hygienist
A Dental Hygienist and Oral Health Educator support the Orthodontic Department by providing tooth brushing and dietary advice to adults and children receiving orthodontic and orthognathic treatment.

Patients who undergo orthodontic treatment are at a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease and this advice is essential in maintaining a healthy mouth during treatment and beyond. This advice is supplemented with fluoride applications, scaling and polishing of teeth when required.

Images of teeth and braces

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