The number of adults choosing teeth straightening has risen exponentially in the past two decades thanks to a wave of new treatments that offer discreet alternatives to traditional fixed braces.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontics at
The Bristol Dental Practice
See our specialist orthodontist
Anyone interested in orthodontic treatment is welcome to make an appointment to see our consultant specialist orthodontist Mr Scott Deacon for a consultation. Mr Deacon is well known in the South West as the clinical director of the South West Cleft Service, which looks after children born with a cleft lip or palate, and he teaches dentists to become specialist orthodontists at the University of Bristol.
During an in-depth assessment he will identify and evaluate any functional and aesthetic concerns and then design a suitable treatment plan that guarantees you the most stable, long-term result possible.
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It depends on each person’s individual situation and preference regarding how discreet they want the appliance to be. All viable options will be discussed at length to put the patient in control of their treatment plan. We offer:
Stable and beautiful
Many adult patients are understandably concerned with cosmetic factors — they want straight white teeth — because they know it improves attractiveness and self-confidence. However orthodontic treatment must also protect the stability and long-term health of the teeth, bite and jaw. Orthodontics can be a significant investment in both time and money for patients, so it needs to be done right the first time, with minimal risk of further remedial treatment. For that reason, patients are always seen by one of our specialist orthodontists here at The Bristol Dental Practice.
What makes a specialist orthodontist special?
Orthodontics is the only treatment a specialist orthodontist provides. They must practise in all fields of dentistry as a general dental practitioner (GDP), then complete at least three years of full-time further training before they can apply to join the General Dental Council’s specialist register in orthodontics. Thereafter, they only work in orthodontics, meaning that before long their level of specialist experience and corresponding expertise is quite unlike that of a general dentist.
Specialist orthodontists have a deep understanding of the mechanics of the bite, jaw and facial muscles, and how they interplay with the teeth, and they are skilled in using a full range of orthodontic appliances. This means they can tailor treatment to the individual and always find a safe way of balancing aesthetic concerns with stable outcomes. In contrast, many general dentists only offer a single orthodontic system.
Advanced multi-disciplinary care
Specialist orthodontists are also adept at accommodating multi-disciplinary treatments, for instance combining teeth straightening with restorative dentistry and implants. Mr Deacon has two decades of experience in this field and regularly works with surgeons on cases involving teeth and soft tissue work improving the appearance of lips and noses.
See some of our cases,
before and after
Referrals for adult orthodontics
We’re always happy to receive referrals for any of our dental services, we treat routine to very complex cases and we also help extremely nervous patients who require sedation in order to access dental treatment.