As a dedicated orthodontic practice, we offer a wide range of systems for your treatment.
Your options range from fixed to removable braces and sometimes we can mix and match different systems to give you the most effective combination.
The fixed systems allow us to customise your treatment plan. We welcome your thoughts and input on your treatment. You will always be given a written treatment plan and estimate of costs. After your initial consultation, we invite you to come back so we can take records and start treatment.
Fixed Standard Braces
Fixed braces are now the most commonly used system for straightening teeth.
One of the newer systems, Insignia allows us to provide highly customized treatment. Impressions of your teeth are sent away to a laboratory in California where they are used to put together a virtual 3D image of the teeth. This image can then be manipulated so treatment can be planned with the aim of providing the best possible bite as well as the best look for your teeth. The new image of the straightened teeth forms the basis for Dr Slater to carry out further treatment planning. The brace and wires are then shipped to One Devonshire Place ready for the start of your treatment.
For those who want to show off their braces we offer a special, long lasting coated system called 'Iconix' which come in a champagne gold colour and are made for us by American Orthodontics.
These are rarely recommended and when they are, it’s usually because fixed braces would not be appropriate.
Sometimes they are used in advance of another system. The advantage is that they are barely visible and they can be taken out when you eat.
Fixed Lingual Braces
We are finding more and more of our patients – almost 50% – want discreet lingual braces.
If you have a public-facing role, whether you are a model, a teacher, an actor or a police officer or you regularly put on presentations, you will benefit from invisible lingual braces. They are the same as fixed braces except that they are fitted behind your teeth on the tongue, or lingual, side. We use several systems, including Incognito, STb and ORG, systems capable of achieving highly customised results.
Ceramic braces work just like fixed braces on the front of your teeth but have Clear, see through brackets.
They are similar in shape and size as usual braces but are a little more discreet. We use a system by American Orthodontics called 'Radiance'.
Not having retainers at the end of treatment is not an option!
Peoples' teeth move throughout life. The movements are usually very small and may happen in little bursts over many years. Most orthodontic treatments align the teeth and most of the results will remain. But some people seem more susceptible to tooth movement after treatment than others. Bonded or fixed retainers help us when the teeth are more likely to move. The retainer is made out of a white gold and is similar to a small thin necklace. This is placed on the inside surface of the teeth and held on with a very thin piece of plastic. Removable retainers are normally just worn at night and if this is not enough to hold the teeth, then a bonded retainer will be required.
These braces are made out of very thin clear plastic which is transparent and barely visible.
The brace is removable, but needs to be worn most of the time to enable it to work properly. There is no metal in the brace and if you have an important meeting, it can be taken out. The treatment requires us to take moulds of your teeth which are used to make a series of aligners. Every few weeks, as your teeth straighten, you wear the next aligner in the series. Invisalign and Clearguide Express some of the best known systems and are both on offer here.
These are upper and lower removable braces designed to work together so that the lower jaw is brought forward into a new position.
They work best in younger patients while active jaw growth is going on and can mean that extractions are avoided in crowded mouths. They are mostly used in situations where patients have prominent teeth and once they have moved the lower jaw forward, fixed braces are usually recommended to straighten the teeth and finish treatment.