If you’re thinking about getting your teeth straightened, you’ve probably already done some research online and found a few different providers in your area. Some of these are likely to be general dental practices, while others – like us – will be specialist orthodontic practices.
But does it matter where you get your teeth straightened, as long as it’s the right brace at the right price? We think so, and to help you understand why, we’re going to share some of the advantages of having your orthodontic treatment at a specialist orthodontic practice.
But first, here are the main differences between a general dental practice and a specialist orthodontic practice.
The differences between a general dental practice and specialist orthodontic practice
General dental practices provide lots of different dental treatments, such as check-ups, fillings, hygienist appointments and teeth whitening. Whereas specialist orthodontic practices usually only provide orthodontic treatment.
Some dental practices will still offer specialist treatments such as orthodontics, and sometimes it will be provided by a specialist clinician within the practice. In other cases treatment may be provided by a general dentist with a particular interest in orthodontics.
Both dentists and specialist orthodontists can provide orthodontic treatment, but a general dentist will usually have undergone less formal training and may have less experience than a dedicated specialist.
The advantages of having orthodontic treatment at a specialist orthodontic practice
As a group of 11 specialist orthodontic practices, everyone here is dedicated to straightening teeth – providing our patients with a number of benefits:
Our team includes more than 20 specialist orthodontists and orthodontic therapists, so in the unlikely event that your clinician leaves, we can make sure that your treatment isn’t delayed or relocated to a different practice.
Our specialist orthodontists – who oversee every patient’s care – first qualified as dentists and then spent three years studying full-time to become specialist orthodontists. Now they’re actively involved in the orthodontic community and attend regular training events to keep up-to-date with the latest techniques.
Because we’re providing orthodontic treatment all day, every day, we see a wide range of patients, including the most complex and challenging cases. This experience means we’re well placed to answer all your questions and advise you on the best course of treatment.
Anyone can tell you how good they are at straightening teeth, but the proof is in the pudding, or in our case – the smile! We’ve featured real patients throughout our website and we’ve got plenty of testimonials and case studies we can share with you during your free consultation.
We tried and tested a lot of different braces before settling on a range that offers our patients the best results and aesthetics. These include clear fixed braces, hidden lingual braces and Invisalign removable aligners. During your free consultation, we’ll discuss all of the options available to you, and in some cases we can even mix and match your braces to suit your needs and budget.
It’s not just our clinicians who live and breathe orthodontics. Our entire team are passionate about providing unparalleled patient care, and regularly undergo dedicated training. This means that if you have a query about your treatment, there will always be someone here to help you. We even operate an out-of-hours service, so you can talk directly to an orthodontist in the case of an emergency.
Because aftercare is so important, we don’t offer it as an additional service, instead it’s provided as standard to both our NHS and private patients. In the case of private patients, we provide two years of follow-up care (after your braces have been removed), as well as fixed and removable retainers – to ensure your teeth stay straight for many years to come.
Who should you choose to provide your orthodontic treatment?
We hope the benefits we’ve outlined above give you some idea of what you should be able to expect from your treatment at Total Orthodontics. That’s not to say that a general dental practice can’t offer you these advantages, but it’s always worth checking.
Most practices will offer a free consultation, so it’s always worth gathering as much information as you can before making a final decision.