Professional Skills & Knowledge

A UK trained specialist orthodontist:

  1. Is a highly trained professional who has first completed a five-year university dentistry degree course to obtain a dental qualification to become a dental surgeon.
  2. Has then worked in various branches of dentistry to gain new skills, and has a broad working knowledge and experience of its different fields.
  3. Has completed an approved intense three-year full-time university or hospital postgraduate orthodontic training programme to achieve higher qualifications in order to become a specialist in orthodontics.

The advanced training required in attaining a specialist status includes subjects such as growth and development, genetics, biomechanics and anatomy.

Specialist orthodontists also have advanced clinical training in the diagnosis, treatment planning, design, application and control of corrective appliances or braces.

Although many general dental practitioners are legally able to provide simple treatments within the field of Orthodontics, they do not have the specialist knowledge or advanced training necessary to support complex or sophisticated treatments, or what to do when things take an unexpected turn.

Why see a Specialist Orthodontist?

Specialist Orthodontists are the most highly trained experts in the field of orthodontics.

Our specialist orthodontists Dr Sarah Good and Dr Mahmoud Pourghadiri have for years limited their practice to the treatment of orthodontic problems and their correction only.

They are both on the Specialist Register of the General Dental Council; as well as being members of the British, European and American Associations of Orthodontics, and fellows of the World Federation of Orthodontists.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental and dentofacial disabilities and abnormalities.

Orthodontic dentistry treats irregularities in teeth alignment; improves the functioning of the jaws and teeth and also corrects the cosmetic and aesthetic aspects of the smile.

The technical term for orthodontic problems is “malocclusion” which simply means to have a bad bite that may further deteriorate the teeth, jaws and smile.

The science of orthodontics is concerned with the genetic variation, development and growth of the facial tissues, and the way in which these factors influence the bite and alignment of the teeth, as well as the health of their associated structures and organs.

We provide: professional skills and knowledge

Here at Elite Orthodontics, the practice of orthodontics is a speciality and requires professional skill in the diagnosis and identification of dental abnormality and facial disharmony in relation to the upper and lower jaws.

We are also very experienced in the design, application and control of a wide range of corrective appliances or braces that can bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment, at the same time attaining facial balance for a lifetime of beautiful and healthy smile.

Cosmetic improvements in personal appearance have been associated with greater mental and physical well-being. Creating a beautiful smile that has straight teeth through orthodontics is a reliable way of improving the health of your teeth as well as your self-esteem.

There is also an added benefit of improving the chances of even greater social and career success as well as improving one’s general attitude toward life.

Prevention Programmes

It should not go unsaid that straighter teeth not only look great but are also easier to clean and look after than crooked misaligned teeth.

At Elite Orthodontics we have a customised approach to the prevention of dental disease. Our health and prevention policies are integrated into everything that we do. This ensures that we can treat adverse situations before the orthodontic condition gets worse, and also prevent future dental problems from occurring.

See also: When should treatment start? | Two-Phase Orthodontics | Child Orthodontics

As part of our commitment to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and good bite for your child, we focus constantly on instructions on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums and also in the cessation of any damaging oral habits. We can also introduce you to our specialist paediatric dentists who are best qualified for guiding you and your child on prevention of dental disease and the treatments and anxieties which may ensue as a result of dental problems.

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