The Orthodontic Specialists, Thames Ditton Surrey
Treatments » Non-Extraction
We believe great orthodontics – the sort we strive to provide here – not only produces straight and healthy teeth but also a smile that keeps you looking younger for longer.
Since the early 80s, Walpole – The Orthodontic Specialists has been using techniques to avoid the removal of healthy premolars. Why? Because your teeth provide you with the support your lips need to look young and attractive, and what we don’t want to do is anything that risks losing that support.
If we were to take these teeth out in some patients, our concern would be that we were making too much space, and when that space was closed the arches of the teeth would then be too narrow and the teeth too far back.
We are NOT saying that extracting premolars is always inappropriate; we are saying that at Walpole – The Orthodontic Specialists most patients don’t need teeth out to give them a healthy outcome and the best possible smile.
The jaws may be narrow and need widening with an expander brace, this is best done before all the adult teeth grow in but may be done later.
Whilst widening the upper jaw in the patient above more space was spontaneously made for the lower teeth as the bite was no longer cramping the lower jaw.
It’s perfectly possible to reduce prominent teeth without taking out premolar teeth.
Dr Orton- Gibbs clearly loves what she does and is incredibly detail orientated in the final results. Now that he has finished his treatment, so many people who knew him from before the treatment have commented on what an unbelievable result his treatment has given him. This is not only from friends but also from our U.S. based dentists and hygienists. They have commented that Dr Orton-Gibbs is a truly fantastic orthodontist. Sebastian's results are some of the best I have ever seen.
Although the jaws have stopped growing, there are still treatments that will reduce crowding without losing teeth. We will be able to discuss this with you at your consultation what is most appropriate for you.
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