a range of treatments for individual smiles

orthodontic treatments

The most up-to-date tooth straightening treatments are available here at Malmin Orthodontics.

Knowing that our patients may want alternatives to wearing conventional metal braces to straighten their teeth, we offer a variety of cosmetic orthodontic appliances to help our patients achieve a beautiful and natural smile. Malmin Orthodontics offers a full range of orthodontic treatment and advice to adults and children.

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our range of orthodontic treatments

Invisalign® Braces

Straighten your teeth the invisible way with Invisalign® clear aligners. The virtually invisible aligners reposition your teeth into a smile you’ll be proud of.

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Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are one of the more discreet treatment options available. This is because the wires and brackets of lingual braces are attached to the back surface of your teeth.

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Ceramic Braces

A comfortable, sculptured design, an attractive, translucent appearance and perhaps best of all, the self-confidence that comes from wearing brackets that look as good as they perform.

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Damon Braces

The Damon system braces have a unique slide mechanism that reduces pressure on your teeth and allows them to move more comfortably to their correct positions.

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frequently asked questions

What is Dental Orthodontics ?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specialises in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

What is an Dental Orthodontist ?

After qualifying as a dentist, some people decide to specialise in a specific area of treatment.  To become a Specialist Orthodontist requires an extra three years of training resulting in a Masters in Orthodontics (MOrth).  Once qualified as an Orthodontist, most choose not to practice any general dentistry at all and concentrate purely on straightening teeth.  This specialist training allows Orthodontists to carry out much more complex and comprehensive treatments and offer a wider range of brace options.

What are some possible benefits of dental orthodontics ?

  • A more attractive smile
  • Reduced appearance-consciousness during critical development years
  • Better function of the teeth
  • Possible increase in self-confidence
  • Increased ability to clean the teeth
  • Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
  • Better long-term health of teeth and gums
  • Guide permanent teeth into more favourable positions
  • Reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
  • Aids in optimising other dental treatment

What are some signs that braces may be needed?

  • Upper front teeth protrude excessively over the lower teeth (overbite)
  • Upper front teeth cover the majority of the lower teeth when biting together (deep bite)
  • Upper front teeth are behind or inside the lower front teeth (underbite)
  • The upper and lower front teeth do not touch when biting together (open bite)
  • Crowded or overlapped teeth
  • The centre of the upper and lower teeth do not line up
  • Finger or thumb sucking habits which continue after six or seven years of age
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Teeth wearing unevenly or excessively
  • The lower jaw shifts to one side or the other when biting together
  • Spaces between the teeth

At what age should orthodontic treatment occur ?

Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid surgery and more serious complications.

Would an adult patient benefit from orthodontics ?

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Everyone wants a beautiful and healthy smile. Twenty to twenty-five percent of orthodontic patients today are adults.

How does orthodontic treatment work ?

Braces use steady, gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions.

How long does orthodontic treatment take ?

Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time is from one to two years. Actual treatment time can be affected by rate of growth and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.

Do braces hurt ?

The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the archwires, you may feel some soreness of your teeth for one to four days. Your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth.

Will braces interfere with playing sports ?

No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouthguard when participating in any sporting activity.

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces ?

Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.

Will I be covered under the NHS ?

Orthodontic treatment is only available free of charge on the NHS for young people who are under 18 years of age and who have a clear clinical need for treatment. A rating system, known as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN), is used to assess the need and eligibility of individual cases.

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