Fixed braces can be used to correct the following problems:
- Overcrowded teeth occur when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause an increased chance of gum disease and dental decay as your teeth are harder to clean and can prevent the normal function of teeth.
- Widely spaced teeth occur when you have extra space within your jaw.
- Crossbites occur when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. This issue can cause premature wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.
- Overbites occur when the upper teeth overlap significantly with the lower teeth. This issue can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.
- Underbites occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This issue can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.
It is important to note that teeth will naturally drift back into their original position, so we always recommend a retainer is used to keep them in position. A retainer can be a fixed wire on the back of your teeth or removable, like a mouth guard which is worn over the teeth at night.
Fixed braces are available to patients who have an NHS referral from their dentist, or to patients who wish to pay for treatment privately.
We don’t want costs to prevent you having the treatment you need so we have finance options available to spread the cost of treatment.
Please note: orthodontic treatment is carried out at our sister practice in Felling.