Katherine Davies and Helen Leck are specialist orthodontists specialising in aligning teeth and jaws.
Treatment includes the correct diagnosis and planning even before the braces have been selected and fitted. At the end of the aligning phase of treatment, we also recommend retainers for all patients who have had a comprehensive orthodontic alignment.
We offer a full range of fixed and removable braces. These can be tooth coloured, metal, metal with colours or invisible. They are available for both adults and children.
Metal fixed braces are still very popular with orthodontists and patients. These can be customised with colours to make your brace unique, many of our patients proudly wear their metal braces on show.
Lingual braces are attached to the back of your teeth to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. They are custom designed and made specifically for you in a specialist lingual orthodontic laboratory to your specific details. Once fitted no one will know they are there. This means that even the most complicated orthodontic treatments can be completely invisible.
Ceramic Clear Braces
Ceramic clear fixed braces are far less visible than metal braces using white wires and special white ties which are also resistant to staining. However, at times there will be clear parts that may stain but we will warn you beforehand. Many people feel that these are invisible braces as very few people notice them.
Aligners including Invisalign
These are clear removable braces that gently push the teeth into position. They are suitable for milder forms of crowding where there are no problems with the bite.
Aligners including Quick Straight Teeth
This is new and exciting aligner which Katherine Davies is pleased to have been using from the outset. It presents a slightly more affordable aligner treatment for milder treatments. It can be removed for cleaning and eating and for occasional social events.
Our specialist orthodontists offer every type of orthodontic brace that may be necessary. Sometimes we see younger children who require a little time with a removable brace to adjust a tooth that has grown in the wrong way. These are often short treatments to just make a small improvement whilst we wait for the rest of the teeth to grow in.
Sometimes there is a problem with the upper and lower teeth meeting correctly. This may be due to a bite problem. This can be improved considerably or sometimes corrected in children and younger teenagers with a functional brace.
After fixed braces, the teeth require settling and retaining. Retainers hold the teeth in their corrected positions. There are many types of retainers, which is anything that will hold the teeth and prevent them from returning to their original position.
Retainers may be fixed wires or removable clear or wire type braces. Often a combination is advised and this will depend on the original position of your teeth, how they moved and where they have moved to.
For patients wishing a quicker treatment time, Katherine Davies was the first specialist in the North East to introduce Acceledent system. This is a vibrating plate used every day for 20 minutes which studies have shown to reduce treatment time by up to 4-6 months in some and greater in others.
We provide orthodontic mouth guards, custom orthodontic mouth guards and mouth guards for those not wearing braces. Mouth guards are advised for all contact sports but also recommended when extreme mountain biking, skateboarding and any sport or activity where trauma to the teeth is likely.
To help you decide whether you should proceed with orthodontic treatment, and which braces are best for you, Helen Leck offers a free 20-minute, no obligation initial orthodontic consultation.
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