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How do you see an Orthodontist?

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Medically reviewed by: Dr Anthony Lam BDS (Hons), MSc (Lond), MOrth RCS (Edin)


Orthodontics is a great way to achieve a healthy, happy smile.

When should you see an Orthodontist?

by Holland Park Dental Centre on Orthodontics, Braces and Children’s Dentistry

Orthodontists specialise in straightening teeth. Anyone can visit an orthodontist for a private orthodontic assessment you don’t need a referral from your dentist.

You can visit an orthodontist from at any age, as a child or as an adult. But, before all your child’s adult teeth are through is usually a bit too early. Most patients want to enhance the appearance of their teeth, while others are looking to improve their function. If there is a discrepancy between how your jaws come together removable braces as a teenager can improve the way your upper and lower teeth interact. It’s really helpful to use natural growth spurts when using bite correcting appliances like twin blocks, palatal expanders or URA’s. Fixing jaw discrepancies early can prevent the need for orthognathic jaw surgery.

If you have or are a child or teenager with braces or thinking about having treatment you should find all you need to know here.


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Can Adults see an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists work with patients of all ages, not just children and teens. Braces have become incredibly popular among adults who may have missed their opportunity to have treatment sooner or that have had braces in the past and not worn their retainer.

Teeth can also become misaligned later in life as part of the natural ageing process. They tend to move forward and crowd together. Some patients think their wisdom teeth are to blame, but that’s rarely the case.

As the demand for braces has soared, appliances have become more effective and less conspicuous. Invisalign is an extremely popular treatment option. It aligns teeth using a series of clear, custom-made aligners. You can take them out to eat and drink, so it’s incredibly convenient for all ages.

Lingual braces are another discreet option, featuring cast-gold brackets that attach behind your teeth.

You don’t need a referral for Orthodontics

You don’t need to see a dentist for an orthodontic referral! you can book to see us right away. (We will always make sure you’re dentally-fit and have seen a general dentist recently before we start). For further information on how to complete that perfect smile, get in touch with Tania, our treatment coordinator,  who can point you in the right direction and book you in with one of our Orthodontic Team. We are always happy to discuss the best treatment for your needs, and to provide honest, impartial advice on how best to care for your teeth.

You can also submit a ‘Self-Referral’ and some photos of your teeth to start your orthodontic journey!

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