What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry that focuses on moving your teeth and jaws. We do this to improve the appearance of your smile and the way your teeth bite together and function. Straighter teeth are also easier to brush and floss, so orthodontics can help you to achieve a cleaner, healthier smile.

How do braces work?

We move teeth using appliances known as braces, which can be removable or fixed to your teeth for the duration of your treatment. Braces work by moving your teeth little by little, day by day, until they’re right where we want them (perfectly straight).

Orthodontic treatment can take anything from just a few months to a couple of years, depending on how far we need to move your teeth. The good news is that braces are now very discreet – we can even fit them to the inside of your teeth.

During your treatment you’ll come in to see us every 6-10 weeks, so we can make adjustments to your brace and make sure everything’s moving in the right direction.

What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

All of our orthodontists are registered as specialists with the General Dental Council. This means we qualified as dentists, before spending a further three years training full-time to become orthodontists. We now only straighten teeth – all day, every day. So we’ve amassed years of experience and transformed thousands of smiles.

General dentists can still provide orthodontic treatment, but they won’t have the same level of expertise as a specialist orthodontist. In most cases their training will have been much shorter, and they’ll usually provide orthodontics alongside other services.

I had braces before but my teeth have now moved, will this happen again?

This is known as relapse and unfortunately it’s an all too common scenario. Usually not wearing your retainers is the culprit; you may not have worn them for long enough, or not been given any to wear in the first place. Either way, your teeth will have slowly drifted back to their pre-treatment position, undoing all your hard work.

This is the last thing we want to happen, so we place a huge emphasis on retention – to make sure you keep smiling for years to come.

To discover how orthodontic treatment can help you, book a free no-obligation consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists. Call 020 8977 7272 or get in touch using our online contact form.

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Hidden Braces

Hidden Braces

Lingual braces are cleverly fitted onto the inside of your teeth

Clear Braces

Clear Braces

Clear braces blend in discreetly with your own teeth

Invisalign

Invisalign®

Invisalign aligners are clear, removable and virtually invisible

Opening times

  • Monday9.30am to 6.30pm
  • Tuesday8.00am to 6.00pm
  • Wednesday8.00am to 5.00pm
  • Thursday8.00am to 4.00pm
  • Friday8.00am to 2.00pm
  • Saturday by arrangement

What our patients say

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I had always disliked my crooked teeth and was self conscious about my smile. Someone I met told me about braces that went behind your teeth and were undetected. That seemed perfect for me, at age 58, and I went for a consultation. The treatment I was given at Thames Orthodontics was always friendly and

Anonymous 26th December 2015

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