TODAY we take a look at some of the services that an Orthodontic Practice can offer.

Confident Orthodontics opened their doors in Taunton three years ago.

The practice partners were all very experienced and were working in Musgrove and Yeovil District Hospital as Orthodontic Consultants, but felt that they could help so many more people if they also had their own practice.

Adult orthodontics is not available under the NHS in England, unless you require surgery to your jaws, or were born with missing teeth, or have some other congenital problem.

However, many people still want to have beautiful smiles at any age.

“Many of our patients have missed out on treatment when they were younger and are looking for help now. The invention of invisible braces has changed the outlook for those who were too embarrassed to wear braces previously; they are our most popular product,”says specialist orthodontist Dr Helen Griffiths.

Invisible Braces Nearly invisible braces such as Invisalign, Incognito and MTM No Trace Braces have revolutionised teeth straightening.

Invisalign utilises a series of transparent trays to gradually move your teeth.

Each tray is worn for two weeks before moving onto the next aligner in the series and gently eases the teeth into a slightly amended position until you have beautifully straight teeth and as a bonus, the trays can also be used for teeth whitening.

Incognito and MTM No Trace cleverly put the more conventional type brace behind the tooth so it can’t be seen when you smile.

Whichever treatment suits you best, very few people will realise that you are undergoing treatment.

Teeth Whitening At Confident Orthodontics we use home whitening and while the results are not instantaneous, the final colour can be controlled by you.

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The process involves making customised trays, which fit over your teeth.

The whitening gel is placed in the trays and these are worn overnight for on average 10-14 days until the desired shade is achieved.

You can keep using the gel in the trays until you reach the shade you want and you can top up at anytime.

Home whitening is more effective and causes less sensitivity overall than in-surgery treatment.

Gumshields Studies indicate that between 13 per cent and 39 per cent of all dental injuries are sports related and about one quarter of all children in the UK will injure and/or lose a front tooth at some stage.

And that is why mandatory use of gumshields for all school children or club players participating in contact sports is being advised but they don’t have to be boring.

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Gumshields can be made in all sort of bright fun designs nowadays and Confident even make special ones to fit over braces.

Contact details: Confident Orthodonics, 23 Bridge Street, Taunton, Somerset. TA1 1TQ.

Phone 01823 289276 or visit confi-dent.co.uk