What is an Orthodontist in Stanmore?

Orthodontist checking the teeth of the kid

Orthodontist checking the teeth of the kidMaking an appointment with the orthodontist in Stanmore is something more than making an appointment with a general dentist. A more focussed service is required. The orthodontist will have spent the required 5 years studying dentistry at university, but will have continued their studies for 3 more years to gain a Master of Science in Orthodontic Dentistry. Both the undergraduate and the postgraduate courses will involve going on placements in dental clinics and hospitals to get the skills required to become a practising orthodontist. After completing 2 degrees, the orthodontist will spend the rest of their career attending continuing professional development courses to keep up to date with new developments in materials, techniques and equipment.

People come to see an orthodontist in Stanmore because their teeth, bite and perhaps even their jaws are out of alignment. It is not usual for a dental practice in Stanmore to have an orthodontist but there is one at Centre of Dental Excellence.

Children and the orthodontist

It is recommended that children have a check-up with the orthodontist at around the age of 7, which is when the adult teeth start to come through. This is the perfect time to diagnose problems with gaps, crowding or alignment. If the orthodontist in Stanmore does see that the teeth are not going to come through straight or the jaw is not wide enough to accommodate all the teeth, they may well suggest treatment with braces. If the children are treated while both milk teeth and adult teeth are present, it means the teeth can be guided into position rather than rearranged after they have already arrived. This is especially useful for more complex issues to do with the bite, as the younger the child is, the more malleable their bones are. When there are severe issues, the orthodontist may treat the child with what is known as head gear, an appliance worn at night. There may be NHS funding for this.

For issues that are solely concerned with realigning the teeth, the child may be able to wear braces that are less clunky than traditional train track braces.