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Considering Straightening Your Teeth? Don’t Be Misled By The Promise Of A Quick Fix

Posted Date :        March 13, 2013
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This blog post is based on an article that was seen in The Guardian newspaper on 23rd February 2013 from the British Orthodontic Society. You can see the article as a PDF here.

ORTHODONTICS is an excellent way to achieve a healthy, happy smile but the British Orthodontic Society is growing increasingly concerned at reports of patients dissatisfied with the results of treatments used by some cosmetic dentists to straighten teeth. Many of these treatments are offered by dentists inexperienced in providing orthodontic treatment and claim to give a beautiful smile in six months or less – much faster than comprehensive treatment.

How the British Orthodontic Society can help you

The majority of our members are fully qualified specialists who have carried out at least three years’ further training in orthodontics after becoming a qualified dentist. If you are considering having your own or your child’s teeth straightened, we would like to share the following advice to help ensure you get the best experience possible:

  • Consider all the options: Any good orthodontist will discuss the possible types of brace that can be used to correct your teeth. You should be wary if you are only offered one option or one type of brace.
  • Check qualifications: Some dentists have had as little as three hours’ training in straightening procedures, so it’s advisable to ask the orthodontist/dentist how much training they’ve had in orthodontics and with the type of brace being suggested.
  • Don’t expect a quick fix: While it is true that simple straightening of the front teeth can be carried out in as little as six months, this is not always a long-term solution. It often takes at least 12 months to get the teeth fully corrected, biting correctly and in harmony with the jaw and lips.

“Some dentists have had as little as three hours’ training in straightening procedures”

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For more information, or help in finding an orthodontist, please visit the British Orthodontic Society website

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