Functional Braces Birmingham

Seeking a solution for an overbite or misaligned jaws? Discover how our specialist orthodontic treatment in Birmingham, using state-of-the-art functional braces, can help transform your smile and boost your confidence.

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Braces that work on upper and lower teeth at the same time

Welcome to our Birmingham clinic, where we specialise in providing top-notch functional braces treatment.

Functional appliances, often referred to as functional braces, are a type of brace used to correct overbites, where the upper and lower teeth overlap.

They are removable, usually in two parts, and move the top and bottom teeth simultaneously, using the muscles of the face and jaws to improve the way the teeth bite together.

This treatment option, popular in Birmingham, is usually used to treat children and teenagers whose jaws are developing, and it is believed that the treatment is most effective between the ages of 10 and 14.

It is a common misconception that using functional braces to reposition the jaw causes it to grow significantly — it doesn’t. There can be some changes to growth, but these are generally small.

The appliance works by tipping the teeth and causing the patient to posture their jaw forward, stretching the jaw joint and causing the teeth to move into more desirable positions.

To what degree a functional brace will work for each individual patient is not entirely predictable. Some people’s teeth are more adaptable than others, and they can experience dramatic results. In comparison, some patients experience little benefit from a functional device and need to switch to an alternative treatment.

General dental practitioners rarely offer functionals, and they will more likely treat such problems with a removable appliance.

However, a functional appliance would be a better choice in many cases. As Birmingham orthodontics specialists, we offer a full range of systems and your child will receive the optimum treatment for their developing bite. By opting for a specialist orthodontist in Birmingham, you will also be ensuring that your child is at reduced risk of complications arising from a failed treatment.

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We recognise that each patient has unique priorities, and that’s why we tailor our treatment plans to your specific needs. Our patient-centric approach extends to our flexible payment plans, ensuring everyone can access the best care from a specialist orthodontist.

With us, there’s no need to pay upfront; you can pay as you go. Furthermore, our commitment to your well-being doesn’t end with the conclusion of your treatment. We provide 18 months of post-treatment support or even longer if you prefer.

For those considering Functional Braces in Birmingham, here are some key advantages

  • Can be very effective
  • In some cases they can be removed for eating and cleaning
  • Treatment can begin earlier than with fixed appliances, as there is no need to wait for teeth to fall out
  • Can be part of an integrated plan which moves on seamlessly into treatment with a fixed appliance

What to expect on your journey with us

Your child may experience some pain or discomfort for three to five days after their functional braces are adjusted. Their speech may be affected initially, but this should only be temporary and a little practice on difficult words should help their mouths adjust.

The amount of time your child will be required to wear the brace every day will be advised by their specialist orthodontist.

They will need to avoid sweets and fizzy drinks and brush their teeth and the appliance frequently.

Dr Robert Slater

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Why choose One Devonshire Place for Functional Braces in Birmingham? Here's what sets us apart

  • Our specialists have completed over 10,000 cases, ensuring extensive experience.
  • Benefit from our full range of systems, providing you with more choices.
  • Enjoy the advantages of private treatment with no waiting lists.
  • Pay as you go, making it convenient and accessible for all.
  • Take advantage of our free onsite parking for added convenience.
  • Trusted by 200 referral dental practices across the Midlands, ensuring our reputation for excellence.

Why choose our functional braces treatment in Birmingham?

In your search for the perfect orthodontic solution in Birmingham, you may have come across a multitude of options.

Among these, functional braces stand out for their exceptional potential to correct overbites and realign the jaws efficiently. But why should you choose our clinic in Birmingham for your functional braces treatment?

Experienced Team: Our specialist orthodontists in Birmingham have extra training and extensive experience in administering functional braces treatment. They are committed to using their knowledge and skills to ensure you achieve a beautiful smile.

Personalised Treatment Plans: We understand that each patient is unique. That’s why we offer tailor-made treatment plans, ensuring the functional braces you get in Birmingham are best suited to your specific needs.

Exceptional Patient Care: We pride ourselves on offering an environment that is comfortable and welcoming. Our staff are always ready to assist you throughout your functional braces journey in Birmingham, from initial consultation to follow-up appointments.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our clinic is equipped with the latest technology, enabling us to provide high-quality functional braces treatment in Birmingham. Our cutting-edge facilities contribute to more accurate diagnosis and effective treatments.

Convenient Location: Based in the heart of Birmingham, we offer free onsite parking and a location that is easily accessible. This means you can always reach us easily for your functional braces appointments.

Trusted By The Community: We have completed more than 10,000 cases and are trusted by 200 referral dental practices across the Midlands. This trust underlines our reputation as a leading provider of functional braces in Birmingham.

Come experience for yourself why we are the go-to choice for functional braces in Birmingham. Together, we can achieve the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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Carol O'Callaghan

Functional Braces FAQs

A functional appliance is very good for changing the relationship between your upper and lower teeth. Most are used to reduce prominent upper front teeth and if they work well they can reduce the need for the extraction of teeth.

Removable braces are difficult to speak with at first and swallowing and eating are also difficult. With full time wear you will adapt but normally speech is distorted while the removable brace is in place.

Anything new in your mouth will feel strange but at first that is the only difference. The brace should not be painful when fitted but will start to ache as your teeth begin to move. Normal pain relief is all that is needed. Sometimes a part of the brace becomes more uncomfortable and if so you can come and see us for it to be adjusted. Eating, speaking and swallowing are more difficult at first, but all of these things improve hugely, as long as the brace is kept in your mouth full time. Full time means at night and during the day. It won’t work in your pocket…

Normally removable braces are only used for about six months or less but with functional appliances we may continue for up to a year. We may fit part of the upper fixed brace (if you need one) during that time. We will monitor your bite and let you know when you will be ready to have your fixed brace. In younger patients who still have baby teeth we may have to wait until more of the adult teeth are through to be able to start the fixed brace phase of treatment.

No, it should not hurt to have the brace fitted.

Meet our specialists

Dr Robert Slater

Dr Robert Slater - GDC No.65931

Specialist Orthodontist
  • BDS FDSRCS MOrthRCS MSc, Specialist in Orthodontics
  • Pioneering founder and former chairman of the British Lingual Orthodontic Society
  • Vast experience as an examiner, trainer, publisher, and international lecturer
  • Started his career as a dental technician, gaining expertise in creating orthodontic appliances
  • Clinical Interests include lingual orthodontics, novel approaches to treating the individual and teaching orthodontics to postgraduates.
Dr Devesh Shelat

Dr Devesh Shelat - GDC No.209758

Specialist Orthodontist
  • BDS, MFDS RCS, MOrth RCS, MSc, RACDS, Specialist in Orthodontics
  • Holds a Master of Science in Orthodontics with Distinction from Newcastle University
  • Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • Worked at Birmingham Dental Hospital and Birmingham Children's Hospital
  • Clinical interests include aesthetic adult orthodontics with the use of clear aligners, ceramic braces, and lingual appliances.

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