Creating straighter smiles for patients of all ages

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with straightening teeth to improve their functionality and appearance, and it can also correct how the jaws bite together. If we see an orthodontic problem developing, we will make an early referral to our orthodontist who will carry out a thorough assessment and decide whether a patient should be monitored or if treatment should be carried out.

Children at our practice have their developing teeth and jaws checked at every examination. If a potential problem is found, this will be discussed with you and, at an appropriate time, a referral will be made to the orthodontist for an assessment.

Orthodontic treatment usually involves wearing braces, which can either be fixed to the teeth or removable. Our specialist orthodontist, Mr Colin Larmour, carries out all orthodontic treatment at the practice and also works as a Consultant Orthodontist at Aberdeen Dental Institute, where he manages more complex orthodontic problems. At our practice, he can offer patients the most advanced treatments including virtually ‘invisible’ options such as ceramic braces, which blend in with the teeth, and barely noticeable Invisalign® clear aligners.

Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic technique, which is very popular with adults. It features a series of custom-made aligners, which move your teeth to a new position by applying a controlled force. Created using advanced 3D computer technology, each aligner is worn day and night (for 22–24 hours) for a two week period until you move on to the next aligner in the series. This moves the teeth millimetre by millimetre, week by week until the desired result is obtained. They can also be removed so you can eat and drink whatever you choose and clean your teeth as normal. The aligners are comfortable to wear with no annoying brackets and wires and they are made of a clear plastic that does not cause allergies.

Treatment will take 9-18 months, depending on the complexity of the case, and our orthodontist will review progress periodically to check your teeth are moving as they should.

Further information on orthodontic treatment can be obtained from the British Orthodontic Society.

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