What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the growth and development of the teeth and jaws. Malocclusion (or 'bad bite') is the term given to irregularities of the teeth and jaw. Orthodontic treatment aims to correct malocclusion by making the best of your teeth and improving the harmony of your mouth and jaw. Once your bite has been improved, you can eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily.

Reasons for orthodontic treatment

Apart from an improved smile, there are a number of other reasons for seeking orthodontic treatment:

  • Impacted and missing teeth

  • Protruding upper front teeth (overjet) and reverse bite of the front teeth (underbite)

  • Cross-bites of back and front teeth causing jaw joint problems

  • Crowded teeth when the jaw is too small for all the teeth

  • Overbites when the lower teeth bite on the upper gum

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Qualifications & Memberships
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)
Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)
Member of professional orthodontic bodies, eg. British Orthodontic Society
Treatments & Services
General 6-month check-up
Fillings & extractions
Cleaning & polishing
Advises on overall oral health of teeth and gums
Fitting of orthodontic appliances, such as braces & Invisalign aligners Some general dentists may fit braces and Invisalign but they are not specialists in orthodontics
Experience & training
Is specifically trained in the movement of teeth and bite issues
Recommends and treats patients after assessing overall facial profile
Uses the latest in orthodontic technology for the benefit of patients
Attends regular training on developments in the orthodontic industry
Is a member of The Invisible Orthodontist (TIO) Network Not all orthodontists are members of TIO but those who are demonstrate further commitment to promoting invisible orthodontic treatment.