Orthodontics Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Orthodontic Centre - 9 St. Mary’s Place, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1DZ

Telephone: 01743 344921

e-mail: reception@shrewsbury-orthodontics.co.uk

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the alignment of the teeth and jaws to improve the appearance of the face, the teeth and their function.


An attractive smile is a vital asset to personal self-confidence. View before and after treatment photos.


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Orthodontic treatment can benefit a patient's dental health in many different ways, whether it is by reducing the prominence of front teeth, so reducing the likelihood of permanent damage to the teeth from trauma, or by reducing a deep overbite that can cause damage to the teeth's supporting tissues or the teeth themselves.

Correction of crossbites, where teeth bite back to front, can reduce the likelihood of damage to teeth and their supporting tissues and may improve the function of the jaw joints. 

Dental decay and gum disease are major problems in dentistry.  Whether straightening teeth with orthodontics reduces the likelihood of gum disease or decay is however debatable.


The straightening of crooked teeth on an individual's psychosocial well-being can be tremendous.  Teasing and bullying can persist into later life, so it's possible that orthodontics in childhood could increase later quality of life greatly.




Orthodontic treatment like any other speciality of dentistry carry risks...view patient information leaflet


Poor oral hygiene, leaving plaque and food on the teeth around the braces due to inadequate toothbrushing, can cause decay and permanent staining (decalcification) of the teeth.


Your oral hygiene will be assessed on your first appointment.  If it is not of a sufficiently high standard then orthodontic treatment will not be offered.  Patients who can't keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy are extremely unlikely to cope with cleaning when there is a brace on the teeth as it is much more difficult to clean and it takes a lot more time.


STATEMENT: We would prefer that patients have healthy crooked teeth than have straight teeth with decay or discolouration on them.


Plaque can irritate the gums and cause them to swell and go red/purple.  Removing plaque thoroughly every day will prevent this.


Root Resorption


Root resorption is shortening or blunting of the tips of the roots of the teeth.  Most orthodontic treatment with fixed braces cause resorption of about 1-2 mm of the root tip of some of the teeth.  This is of no clinical significance.  The only way you would know it has happened is if pre- and post-treatment x-rays of the teeth are compared.  However an extremely small percentage of patients do experience more root resorption which may reduce the stability of a tooth.  Factors which are associated with this increased resorption are the shape of the roots, trauma to the tooth, nailbiting and thumb sucking.




Most orthodontic appliances have an amount of nickel in them.  A few patients are sensitive to nickel, however it is unlikely that they will react to nickel-containing components in the mouth.  Please advise us of any allergies at your initial appointment.





Whilst wearing an orthodontic appliance parts of the brace may cause ulceration to the soft tissues of the mouth.  Advice is given to patients when the brace is fitted on how to prevent this.
Some patients require headgear to be worn in conjuction with their brace.  There have been isolated reports that the headgear has come dislodged whilst sleeping and has caused an eye/face injury.  It is important when wearing your headgear to take precautions against the headgear dislodging from the brace.  Rough horseplay at home or at school must be avoided.  Advice is always given when headgear is fitted.





This is the fusing of a tooth to the bone of the jaw.  It prevents any movement of a tooth as it is fixed in the bone. Ankylosis can be caused by trauma.  If the tooth cannot be moved then it cannot be repositioned and alternative methods of straightening the teeth may have to be considered.


Failure to Complete Proposed Treatment Plan

Prior to starting a course of treatment patients are given information about what their treatment will entail and the benefits and risks.  Patients are only accepted for treatment when these risks and benefits have been explained and what the treatment will entail.  “Informed Consent” is obtained from the patient (if 16 or over), parent or legal guardian.  Patients need to be aware of the importance of wearing their brace for the prescribed length of time, maintaining good oral hygiene, taking care of their braces and keeping their appointments so that their appliances can be adjusted regularly.  Failure to comply with any of these instructions may lead to termination of treatment prematurely before the desired final result has been achieved.


STATEMENT: Patients have to be sure that the expected result will outway the risks and length of treatment that they have to go through.

Then wear retainers afterwards indefinitely if they wish to keep their result.





Monday - Thursday:
8.45am - 12.30pm     13.15pm – 17.00pm

8.45am – 13.30pm

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