Patient Information Leaflets 3

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SPACER (Preview)

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An overview of what is involved and the options available for adult patients considering orthodontic treatment

Looking after children’s teeth as soon as they grow into the mouth is really important. Information and advice is given in this leaflet about general care of children’s teeth in particular for children born with clefts of the lip and/or palate
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Dummy, thumb and finger sucking habits are common in children. This leaflet describes the effects of these habits on the teeth and gives practical advice on how to encourage giving up

SPACER (Preview)
Fixed braces are the most common type of orthodontic appliance. This leaflet contains information as to what to expect and advice to help look after your braces Functional braces such as the Twin Block are a very popular way of reducing the projection of the top teeth. Read more about what to expect and how to look after these effective appliances While not used as much as previously headgear is still recommended for some patients and carries some specific risks which patients should be aware of

Contains general information about keeping your teeth and gums clean and in great shape for braces This leaflet aims to give patients’ a summary of the specific issues that can surround their treatment and expectations on different options that may be discussed in the treatment planning stage.                      

Buried canine teeth are a fairly common problem – find out more about these teeth and your treatment choices







Interproximal stripping is a common way of producing a small amount of space to help straighten your teeth. This leaflet explains how and why this technique is done                   

Orthodontic mini-screws or TADs have become increasingly common in recent years. This leaflet explains what is involved, the risks and how to look after mini-screws during treatment

Read general information about orthodontic treatment and what having braces might involve         


Find out about some of the problems that can occur during brace treatment as well as how they can be prevented


Sometimes orthodontic treatment alone cannot give you the ideal bite. This leaflet outlines the combined orthodontic/surgical (orthognathic) approach to treatment          


Protraction (or Reverse) headgear can be used to encourage the top jaw and/or teeth to move forward. Read more about what to expect when using this appliance

Sometimes a particular type of fixed brace (RME) is used to widen the top teeth and jaw. Find out more about why this type of brace is used, how it is works and what to expect       


Removable braces are in common use for simple orthodontic problems. There are several important steps to looking after these appliances


Keeping the teeth straight once the braces are removed is extremely important and retainers are needed in almost all cases. Find out more in this leaflet



Find out the best things to eat and drink during your brace treatment - essential information to reduce the risk of damage to the teeth

Sometimes tooth transplants are suggested as an option to replace missing or damaged teeth. This leaflet explains why this treatment might be suggested, alternative options, how transplants are done and the risks involved          


Be prepared - find out about what will happen, who you might see and the next step on the journey to starting orthodontic treatment