We are able to refer you for a range of teeth straightening solutions from traditional braces (great for aligning childrens’ teeth) to invisible braces (great for adults looking for a discreet solution).
Teeth straightening services can take between a few weeks to 9 months to complete, depending on your individual case. During treatment you will be required to attend a number of checkup appointments to allow your progress to be tracked and adjust the brace for you.
Teeth straightening services are very popular and we are able to refer you to a highly experienced team in resolving teeth alignment issues.
A fixed brace, also known as ‘train tracks’ is a traditional option to straighten your teeth. It’s a common brace for children and allows a consistent level of pressure to be applied to adjust the teeth to their desired position.
Invisalign is the highly popular solution for adults wanting a discreet solution. Invisalign is also known as ‘invisible braces’ because they are hard to spot. The Invisalign braces are changed regularly to move your teeth into their new position.
Lingual braces work in a similar way to fixed braces, but the difference is they sit on the inside of your upper and/or lower teeth. Lingual braces provide a discreet straightening option.
Once your teeth have been straightened they can slowly work their way back towards their original position. A retainer, provided once the brace has been removed and worn usually at night, helps to keep your teeth in their new position.
What’s the best option for me?
The answer depends on what you want to achieve and your suitability for each brace. To determine this we are able to arrange a comprehensive consultation to determine the best course of treatment for you.
How long does it take to straighten my teeth?
Again this depends on your particular case. Minor alignment issues can be resolved in a matter or weeks, whereas more complex treatment may take up to 9 months. You will be advised during your consultation how long you can expect treatment to take.
Is teeth straightening painful?
Teeth straightening isn’t painful, but there are times when it won’t be fully comfortable. Straightening your teeth involves adjustments at the gum and bone level, which will undoubtedly lead to some discomfort at times. The discomfort is most noticable once the brace has been installed and after each adjustment. We try to keep discomfort to a minimum, but the results are certainly worth it.
How do I clean my teeth with a brace?
With a fixed or lingual brace you will need to pay particular attention to where the brace attaches to the tooth to ensure food deposits don’t build up. With Invisalign the brace is removable so you can continue cleaning your teeth as normal.
Are retainers available to help keep my teeth straight?
Yes retainers are available. Retainers are not suitable for everyone, but you will be offered one in your treatment plan if it’s necessary.
What are the costs?
A full list of our services and pricing is published here.
How do I book an appointment?
Please get in touch to discuss a referral to a dental practice we work closely with based in Shirley, Solihull.
0121 749 4980
5 Station Buildings, Birmingham Road, Water Orton, Birmingham, B46 1SR
Mon: 8am - 1pm / 2pm - 5pm
Tue: 8am - 1pm / 2pm - 5pm
Wed: 8am - 1pm / 2pm - 5pm
Thu: 8am - 1pm / 2pm - 5pm
Fri: 8am - 2pm
Please note the practice is closed for Bank Holiday’s
Water Orton Dental Centre Remains Open - National Lockdown Announcement 4th January 2021
Update following the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s announcement of another national lockdown due to the rising number of cases of Covid-19.
We will still be open. There are no restrictions with regards to medical treatment and you are actively encouraged to keep your appointments. At Water Orton Dental Centre we have all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will continue to follow our high standards in cross infection control.
Please continue to attend your appointments. We have excellent infection control procedures along with a robust triaging policy to ensure the safety of both patients and staff.
If you are worried about your attendance please contact us to discuss your concerns and we can always postpone your treatment until a later date.
Before you arrive:
One of our reception team will call you to carry out a ‘COVID screen’. This ensures no one entering the practice has had any COVID 19 symptoms.
When you arrive:
We advise that you wear a mask at all times while inside the dental practice and only remove your mask at the request of the dental professional. We will continue to check your temperature and if this is above 37.8C, you will be advised to rebook your treatment and to follow government guidelines. Please arrive at your appointment time due to social distancing guidelines.
Please also note that if the waiting room is at capacity, you may be asked to wait outside until it is safe to enter as per social distancing guidelines.
As you enter the building you will need to use the alcohol disinfectant rub to disinfectant your hands.
The treatment rooms will be prepared prior to your appointment with all surfaces disinfected after each patient.
We have sourced PPE and unlike the start of the Pandemic (March 2020 in the UK), there is no shortage.
Please do not be concerned as we continue to maintain high standards of cross infection control.
Stay safe and please contact us if you have any questions.
Please note that you will only be allowed entry to the practice if you have an appointment. To book an appointment or make an enquiry, please call the practice on 0121 749 4980.
Kind regards and thank you for your patience
Water Orton Dental Centre