Here at Resolution Specialist Treatment Centre we are passionate about orthodontics. We have dedicated over a decade of our time striving to be the best in the field of smile management. We keep up to date with the latest changes and developments in orthodontic technologies. We pride ourselves in delivering excellent patient care in a state of the art setting and a highly qualified team of staff. Our specialist team continually strives to provide the finest orthodontic care using the best treatments available with the most comfort, to all our patients. Our team of orthodontic clinicians are supported by orthodontic therapists and registered dental nurses. We also have a dedicated group of people who make up our management and administration team. Their role is to provide support to our clinical staff as well as deliver excellent service to all our existing and potential patients.
As part of our private service, we offer:
- Adult orthodontics
- Teen orthodontics
- Aesthetic braces
- Invisible braces
- Saturday & evening appointments
- Same day & pre-bookable emergency appointments
- Finance options
- Scale and polish included at the end of treatment
- Free sundry pack at the start of treatment
At an initial consultation, all the treatment options and procedures will be explained fully to you and a tailored treatment plan will be given for you to consider. In addition, a dedicated Treatment Coordinator will be available to guide you throughout the process.
As an adult, it is a big decision to choose to go ahead with orthodontic treatment and there are a lot of factors to take into consideration; cost, time, type of appliance and suitability for treatment. Our treatment coordinators are here to help you and we would recommend that you have a free, no obligation appointment with one of them to discuss the possible treatment and payment options before having a clinical consultation with our orthodontist. Book your appointment here. To offer you further assurances about your treatment plan, we are have invested in the latest technology which enables us to give you a 3D simulation of the predicted end results before your treatment starts.
If we have received a referral from your dentist we will send you some information regarding the practice along with a letter asking that you contact us to book your first appointment. At this first appointment an orthodontist will examine your mouth to assess your teeth. You will most likely need to have X-rays taken at this appointment. During the assessment your orthodontist will be measuring your mouth and jaw for your IOTN score. This system must be used under NHS regulations to identify patients who are eligible for free Orthodontic NHS treatment. If you would like further information regarding IOTN you can follow this link the the BOS (British Orthodontic Society). From your assessment your orthodontist will discuss the best treatment plan for you and the various options available should you not qualify for NHS treatment.
In the event of you needing urgent treatment please contact the practice on 01935 434440. We offer NHS emergency clinics Monday to Friday. Please call as early as possible to get an emergency appointment the same day. Our lines are open from 8.30am. If you should require out of hours emergency orthodontic treatment please call 111 for advice or phone the Somerset Dental Helpline 0300 1237691. If you require general NHS dentistry but are not registered with an NHS dentist please visit NHS Choices
Wire seems to be digging into my cheek
This is very common and most often means that the teeth are moving which has cause the wire to move too. It can be uncomfortable and is usually fixed covering with some wax or by visiting us to have the wire trimmed.
Wire has come out of the tube or pipe at the back of my mouth
This happens to most patients at some point! Try to reinsert the wire with your fingers or tweezers. If you cannot reinsert the wire yourself you will need to visit us to have it re-positioned. If the wire is sticking in to you try placing some wax over the end until you can visit us.
Bracket has become loose
It will usually remain connected to the wire. You will need to visit the practice to have the bracket rebonded to the tooth, otherwise this tooth will become in-active, meaning the brace cannot do it’s job!
I have swallowed a piece of my brace
Remain calm if you swallow a piece of your appliance. This will usually go either into the stomach and pass out of the body in a bowel movement.
Brackets are irritating my cheeks
This is the most common complaint from our patients. The soft tissue in the mouth will gradually become accustomed to the brackets on your teeth, so don’t worry this won’t last throughout treatment. To prevent this irritation occurring we advise you to apply wax to the bracket to act as a cushion. Try to apply this before the irritation occurs.
After braces are placed in the mouth it is normal for the teeth to be sore for about 2 or 3 days. Your normal painkillers will help relieve this discomfort. Some irritation to the cheeks and tongue is normal, but if you feel anything sharp is poking you or any sores are developing, please call our office on 01935 434440
Retainer has broken
Remove the retainer from your mouth and bring all the pieces to our practice for professional repair. There may be a charge for this service. Please speak to our reception staff who will be able to advise you.
For your orthodontic treatment to work well and in the shortest possible time it is important that you take care of your brace and teeth. In order to prevent damage to both, you should:
- Avoid eating toffees, boiled sweets, sugared chewing gum and chocolate bars, etc. Limit the amount of sugary snacks such as cakes and biscuits.
- Avoid drinking fizzy drinks and excessive amounts of fruit juice.
- Take care eating hard foods which might damage the brace such as nuts, crunchy apples, raw carrots and crusty bread etc. Cut them up first.
How to clean your brace
It is important that you follow the instructions given to you at the brace fitting appointment as failure to do so may result in permanent damage to the surface of your teeth. But here are some helpful hints:
- Interdental Brushes – use these to clean underneath the wire and down the sides of the blocks.
- Orthodontic Toothbrushes – use one of these when you are cleaning your brace, they are ideal for going over and under the blocks.
- Normal Toothbrushes – use one of these to clean the inside surface of your teeth and on the biting surfaces. It is also good for cleaning the area above and below the braces where the gum meets the tooth. Plaque and bacteria collect in theses areas very quickly and can cause permanent damage to your tooth surface.
- Fluoride Mouthwash – it is advised that during your course of treatment you use a fluoride mouthwash once a day. The best time of day to use this will be last thing at night, just before you go to bed. Rinse a capful in your mouth for 1 minute and then spit out the residue. Do not rinse out with water after as it is beneficial for the remainder of the mouthwash to remain around your teeth for a long as possible.
- Disclosing Tablets – these are tablets of vegetable dye and are useful for identifying the areas you have been missing with your toothbrush. They will dye any remaining plaque pink or blue. Use them once or twice a week and follow the instructions on the packet.
Will I need extractions?
Although this decision is made as part of a comprehensive orthodontic assessment for each patient, it is our philosophy that the vast majority of cases are best treated without removing healthy teeth. There is little need to remove teeth in most cases when treating with the Damon System and we regularly treat cases to a better fuller smile than would have been the case if teeth were removed.
How often will I need an appointment?
You will usually need to have appointments every 8 to 12 weeks to make routine adjustments. It is not advisable to start treatment if you know you will not be able to keep regular appointments.
How long will it take?
Treatment times vary greatly between patients. By using the latest technology Damon system average treatment times are reduced . The average treatment time is 15-18 months as long as the brace is well cared for and all instructions given are followed. You will need to attend the practice for appointments on a regular basis (usually 8-12 weeks) and you may be asked to book several appointments in advance. It is important that you attend your appointments as failure to do so may delay treatment.
Will treatment be painful?
Fitting a brace is not painful, at the most a little discomfort is involved. For a few days afterwards the teeth and gums will almost certainly ache as the teeth start to move. This is to be expected and is not a cause for concern. Your cheeks can also get sore until they become used to the brace. There may also be some aching after the brace is adjusted. If necessary take your usual painkillers until things settle down.
Should I have check-ups with my own dentist during orthodontic treatment?
Yes definitely. Your teeth are actually at greater risk during orthodontic treatment and it is particularly important that you keep up regular contact with your own dentist.
I think we may be moving away soon. Is it best to get started before we go?
Probably not. Changing orthodontists is best avoided if possible as orthodontists work in different ways with different appliances. A transfer will almost inevitably mean a setback in the progress of your treatment.
Will my treatment be free?
Orthodontic treatment for patients under 18 can be provided for free if the treatment need is great enough. Each patient under the age of 18 will be assessed and IOTN scored. IOTN is the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needs. This system must be used under NHS regulations to identify patients who are eligible for free Orthodontic NHS treatment. If you would like further information regarding IOTN you can follow this link the the BOS (British Orthodontic Society). Unfortunately we are unable to treat adults under NHS arrangements. If you do not qualify for NHS treatment and you would like to know more about what we can offer you please click here for Treatments and prices.
Orthodontic treatment for patients under 18 can be provided for free if the clinical need is great enough. Your eligibility for NHS treatment will be determined at your initial appointment by means of IOTN scoring. Everybody is different and, as such, private treatment costs vary greatly depending on a variety of factors including which appliance is used and the length of treatment. Following an initial consultation, a bespoke quote will be given to you as well as information regarding the payment options so you can make an informed decision before going ahead. For more information regarding a payment plan please click here.
Benefits of private care
- A range of different braces
- Fitting of the chosen appliance
- A starter pack containing products needed for care of your brace
- All adjustments
- Any emergency appointments needed
- Emergency appointments are able to be pre booked
- A retainer which is guaranteed for a year
- A starter pack containing products needed for your retainer
- Dedicated services of a treatment coordinator i
- Exclusive Saturday clinics
- Adult Consultation – £75*
- Teen Consultation – £45*
- Adult Gold Package – Standard Metal Brackets
- Single Arch £2460/Dual Arch £3800
- Platinum Package* – Aesthetic, Ice, Insignia™
- Single Arch £2720/Dual Arch £4200
- Teen Gold Package – Standard Metal Brackets
- Single Arch £1650/Dual Arch £2560
- Teen Insignia
- Dual Arch £3100
- Teen Platinum Package – Aesthetic, Ice
- Single Arch £1865/Dual Arch £2870
- Invisalign™ (Adult & Teen)
- Dual Arch £1875 – £4200
*A deposit of £25 will be take to secure the booking. This will be deducted from the cost of the consultation on completion of the appointment