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6 things to remember before getting braces

Having braces is a huge and worthy investment on yourself that will last almost a lifetime. Just as you would go to a heart surgeon for a heart surgery, you go to an orthodontist for your braces. But there are a few things to keep in mind to look for the right one. 1) Find …

What is a Periodontist and what can they do?

You may not know that at The Brace we also have a Periodontist, Dr Dominiki Chatzopoulou. A Periodontist is a dentist who has carried out further training to become a specialist in treating problems with the gums, or gum disease. What is gum disease? Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, occurs when the tissue around …

Before treatment

It is easy to get confused about the differences between a Dentist and an Orthodontist as there are often areas of cross-over in the work they do. Dentists: A dentist is a person who carries out general dentistry such as check-ups, fillings, extractions etc.  Many dentists have a particular area that they have a special …

Adults say healthy, beautiful smiles transform lives

Majority of Adults Report Improvements in Career and Personal Relationships After Orthodontic Treatment – 92% Recommend Treatment to Other Adults A new study in the US conducted among individuals who, as adults, had orthodontic treatment provided by orthodontists has demonstrated that adult orthodontic treatment contributes to significant improvements in both professional and personal lives. Seventy-five …

A great report from NHS dental services

NHS Dental Services recently carried out a review of the standard of our orthodontic treatment.  The Brace had to submit five random cases that were requested by the NHS and these were then graded against six elements of treatment.  The elements were as follows: Clinical records: Radiographs -how well we take x-rays Clinical records: Study …

Should I get a new crown or teeth whitening before my brace gets fitted?

The simple answer to this question is NO! It is much better to have new crowns, teeth whitening, or any other kind of cosmetic treatments after your brace treatment has finished.  This is to ensure that you get the best and lasting results from your cosmetic treatments. Crowns: If you are thinking of replacing crowns …

Before treatment

It is sometimes necessary to take some teeth out in order to have orthodontic treatment with braces.  The reason that Orthodontists extract teeth is to create space so that overcrowded teeth can be moved into line.  To keep things symmetrical, teeth are often removed from both sides of the mouth in the top and bottom.  …

After treatment

First let’s start with the difference between braces and retainers: Braces are any kind of appliance used to move your teeth into a straighter or more aesthetic position.  These can be traditional fixed metal braces, discreet tooth coloured braces or virtually invisible clear aligners like Invisalign®. Retainers are used to hold the teeth in their …

Can I have braces if I have crowns or bridges?

The simple answer to this question is YES! More and more adults are having braces and with age often come dental restorations like crowns or bridges.  Our Orthodontists treat many people with braces who have large fillings, crowns, bridges and even implants.  This means that they have the experience and knowledge to deal with these …

Looking after teeth and braces

Good oral hygiene and tooth brushing is essential to your general health.  There is clear scientific evidence that gum disease can cause other medical conditions, including heart disease, as well as the obvious effects of bad breath and tooth decay. If you are wearing braces it is even more important that you take good care …

Secrets to prevent ‘getting long in the tooth’

Gum disease is one of the most common diseases in humans and is easily preventable, yet for many people its effects can result in a smile that leaves much to be desired. In the early stages gum disease (gingivitis) will make your gums red, swollen and prone to bleeding.  If left untreated, this will develop …

Getting the great smile

Leading dental expert reveals the secrets of tooth straightening and whitening Dr Murtuza Hasnaini, Specialist Orthodontist Introduction Research has shown that the first areas we look at when meeting someone are their eyes and mouth. Celebrities and stars have realised the importance of perfect teeth and have invested in their smile as part of their …