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Your family dentist will advise you when your child needs an orthodontic opinion. Your child may be referred before they are ready for treatment if your dentist suspects that an orthodontic problem is developing.
As an adult, your dentist will refer you if your dentist feels that orthodontic treatment may be the best option for you, sometimes in combination with crown and bridgework.
At the first visit you will be examined. We always welcome parents to accompany their children in the surgery at every visit if they wish. After examining you to assess if there is a problem or one likely to develop, we will want to know what concerns you. If a young child is not ready for treatment, we will explain what is likely to happen as more adult teeth grow.
X-rays will probably be taken. The x-rays are taken to check that the correct number of teeth are developing in the correct positions. There may be extra teeth or missing teeth. X-rays are also taken so that an analysis of the jaws can be made to assess if there will be space for all the new teeth to fit in. If you are ready for treatment, moulds will be taken so that models of the teeth can be made. Usually photographs are also taken because our Orthodontic treatment deals not only with the teeth and jaws but also with the whole face, smile and profile.
If you are ready and wish treatment then a second appointment is made to confirm all the details of the proposed treatment. If it is too soon to start treatment, then a re-call appointment will be arranged for six or twelve months ahead.
The majority of our patients attend school. We are unable to give any child after school appointments always.
At best we shall try to alternate after school appointments with those during school hours.
Long appointments for fitting appliances will always take place in the morning or early afternoon.
In order to try to be fair to everybody, we prioritise very early and late appointments as follows-: Adults and private patients, older children at college, sitting A-levels, sitting GCSE’s, and then according to availability.
Extra appointments to deal with urgent problems for broken braces are available between 10 and 11 in the morning and between 2 and 3 in the afternoon. Please always try to phone the surgery first to arrange the best time.
Patients are seen by appointment only.
The surgeries are open as follows:
Emergency appointments are available between 10 and 11 in the morning and 2 and 3 in the afternoon.
In an emergency, always telephone the surgery for advice. Some problems can be left until the next appointment. Other problems do need to be treated immediately and if this is the case you will be offered an emergency appointment.
There is a telephone contact number on the surgery answerphones should an extreme emergency arise at weekends or in the evening.