Orthodontic braces

“Such a pleasure to have a good dentist!”

Are you unhappy with your crooked teeth? Then talk to the talented dentists at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice Clapham as we have a wide range of orthodontic solutions to improve all kinds of imperfections – regardless of your age.

We have a solution for every person, lifestyle and budget and offer quick braces, virtually clear and invisible braces, early intervention orthodontics for children as young as 6 and totally invisible braces that fit onto the back of your teeth.

Interested in finding out more? You are welcome to join us for a free 20-minute brace consultation. Please bring your x-rays if you have them. If not, we may need to undertake x-rays at a charge of £40. Alternatively, visit us for a new patient appointment during which we can assess your mouth generally and discuss your dental desires.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the art of moving teeth and improving the harmony of your teeth and jaws. Treatment makes the best of your natural teeth and the results are impressive, particularly if you have spent years hating your teeth, hiding your smile and avoiding having your photo taken.

Why choose orthodontics from Crescent Lodge London?

We are proud to have an experienced dentist with a special interest in orthodontics at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice in London.

Dr Dino Birkenstock is particularly interested in early functional brace treatment for children and fixed orthodontic treatment. He is a qualified Invisalign practitioner and has been awarded silver status by Invisalign, the producers of virtually invisible aligners for adults and teenagers.

Interest free finance

Our patients from Clapham Common, Balham, Clapham, London, South Side and across SW4 welcome the fact that they can budget for their orthodontic treatment by paying in monthly instalments with 0% interest.

Caring for your teeth during orthodontic treatment London

It is important that you continue to have your teeth checked by your dentist and hygienist when you are having orthodontic treatment, as you need to take extra care of your teeth and mouth.

Appliances are delicate and you need to make sure you clean them carefully so that they do not break. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to show you special techniques to use depending on the appliance you are wearing.

Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks. Avoid snacking on foods or drinks containing sugars, and on fizzy drinks. Sticky food such as toffees or chewing gum are a problem with braces and hard food, such as pizza or peanuts, should be eaten with great caution in order not to damage your orthodontic appliances.

Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and in addition we suggest you use a fluoride-containing mouthwash between (not after) brushing. We will recommend special brushes to use for cleaning your fixed appliance.

Myofunctional and orthopaedic therapy

At Crescent Lodge Dental Practice we are able to treat children from as young as six years old with a special form of orthodontics called myofunctional and orthopaedic therapy.

Did you know, three out of four children have crowded teeth and incorrectly developing jaws? These problems can be seen from as early as five years of age.

Modern research has shown that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are not caused by big teeth in small jaws or hereditary factors, but incorrect habits, such as mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking.

Allergies, asthma and an open mouth posture also contribute to incorrect jaw development. Growing up, most of us have had one or more of these problems, which may have been the cause of incorrect dental and facial development.

Just getting braces, with or without extractions, does not always address the underlying causes of crooked teeth. This is why, very often, once the braces are removed, the teeth usually crowd up again, unless poor oral habits are corrected.

Myofunctional orthodontic techniques have been practiced by orthodontists and dentists around the world for more than 50 years. Treatment uses techniques with light, intermittent forces to address the poor oral habits (known as myofunctional habits) to stimulate natural growth and help align the teeth.

By restoring balance in the face and jaws, correcting tongue posture and breathing function we can now create the aesthetic and functional framework that nature intended.

Orthopaedic treatment can start from a very young age, depending on the treatment need of your child. This can sometimes be a very simple, but effective appliance, worn only for a short period of time.

The aim is always to guide natural growth and development and prevent harmful oral habits, which in the long term also means shorter treatment times for later orthodontic treatment and a reduced need for extractions of permanent teeth, generally resulting in better facial development and more aesthetic results.

The two photos show identical twins after orthodontic treatment for crowded teeth. One had teeth extracted in order to align the permanent teeth, the other was treated with an early interceptive approach and with non-extraction orthodontic treatment. The difference is clear:

Myofunctional

To summarise a very technical process, we take comprehensive records to determine your child’s individual treatment needs based on:

  • mouth shape
  • facial proportions
  • gum lines
  • lip shape
  • natural teeth shape

Click here for details about the services we provide for children at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice in Clapham, and for more information about myofunctional and orthopaedic therapy, please visit www.myoresearch.com or www.myobrace.com.

Damon clear or metal

“I couldn’t be happier with the treatment or the results. The transformation was even better than I’d hoped and has resulted in a lot of compliments!”

Damon braces are the next generation in fixed orthodontic treatment and are a fast, comfortable and low visibility solution to crooked teeth.

Virtually invisible, Damon Clear braces have definite advantages over traditional braces and aligners. Damon Clear is part of the innovative Damon System, which combines fixed braces with high technology arch wires that are clinically proven to move teeth quickly and comfortably with truly spectacular results.

Virtually invisible

With Damon Clear from Crescent Lodge Dental Practice SW4, your friends may not even realise you’re wearing a brace.

Damon Clear brackets have no visible metal parts or elastic ties that can yellow during treatment making them more discrete and resistant to staining and discoloration throughout your treatment. While treatment time can vary, clinical studies demonstrate that Damon System treatment is up to six months faster than traditional braces.

In some cases it might be necessary for our clinicians to use Damon metal braces. Traditional braces are tied in with elastics, which can cause friction and pressure and this can make treatment slower and less comfortable.

Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, which allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably. For more information, please call our friendly team or visit www.damonbraces.com

Interest free finance

Our patients from Clapham Common, Balham, Clapham, London, South Side and across SW4 welcome the fact that they can budget for their orthodontic treatment by paying in monthly instalments with 0% interest.

Lingual braces

If you don’t want anyone to know that you are wearing a brace, then lingual braces from Crescent Lodge Dental Practice London could be just the solution you are looking for.

Lingual braces are very discreet and are fitted to the inside of the teeth making them invisible and clear braces from the front. This bespoke adult orthodontic treatment is perfect for adults who would rather keep their orthodontic treatment to themselves.

The lingual braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of your treatment, allowing you to get on with your life without having to remember to put them in or take them out for cleaning.

Why choose orthodontics from Crescent Lodge London?

We are proud to have an experienced dentist with a special interest in orthodontics at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice in Clapham. Dr Dino Birkenstock is particularly interested in early functional brace treatment for children and fixed orthodontic treatment, such as the lingual system.

Interest free finance

Our patients from Clapham Common, Balham, Clapham, London, South Side and across SW4 welcome the fact that they can budget for their orthodontic treatment by paying in monthly instalments with 0% interest.

Clear Braces

Do you want to keep your brace a secret? You can with Invisalign Braces! Our invisible braces and clear braces from Invisalign are ideal if you would like to straighten your teeth discreetly.

The clear aligners are moulded to fit your teeth only and can be easily removed for eating, brushing your teeth and the occasional night out, making them a popular choice with many adults.

There are no sharp edges or individual brackets meaning they are comfortable and irritation-free. You will be welcomed back every few weeks to have a new custom-made aligner fitted and because your teeth move little by little, you will hardly notice you are wearing them. Average treatment time is 9-12 months.

Invisalign Silver provider

We are proud to have an experienced dentist with a special interest in orthodontics at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice in London. Dr Dino Birkenstock is a qualified Invisalign practitioner and has been awarded silver status by Invisalign.

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen are invisible and clear braces have been designed with teenagers in mind and are an exciting addition to the Invisalign family. These virtually invisible braces have been designed specifically for teenagers’ mouths. The great benefit of Invisalign Teen aligners is that they provide an aesthetic, more flexible way to give teenagers the confidence of a great smile.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign Teen aligners are comfortable, removable and nearly invisible, which means teenagers can carry on enjoying life without the restrictions, irritation and self-consciousness associated with metal brackets and wires.

Invisalign braces are removable, so teenagers can continue brushing and flossing normally – and this can lead to better overall dental health in the future. Each aligner also comes with a small, inconspicuous Blue Dot Indicator, which helps patients know if they are ready for their next set of aligners and shows parents that the braces are being worn as indicated.

Let Crescent Lodge Dental Practice give you the smile you have always wanted. Call us today to discuss your orthodontic options.

Interest free finance

Our patients from Clapham Common, Balham, Clapham, London, South Side and across SW4 welcome the fact that they can budget for their orthodontic treatment by paying in monthly instalments with 0% interest.