Central Orthodontics

Available Treatments

Fixed Appliances

smiling-teen.jpgFixed appliances, known more commonly as 'train tracks', consist of a series of brackets, (NHS are stainless steel), which are glued onto the teeth. They are worn for the duration of the treatment, and must only be removed by your orthodontist.

Treatment typically lasts anywhere from 12-24 months, depending on the severity of the case and can be worn by all age groups.


Functional Appliances

Functional appliances are only available to children as they are most effective during active stages of growth. They work by positioning the lower jaw in a forward position, which stretches the muscles of the face and helps to correct protruding teeth.

We use a number of types of functional appliances, but the most common type consists of two parts to allow them to be worn during eating. These are known as 'twin blocks'.

Typical treatments can last from 6-12 months. After this time, additional orthodontic treatment is often necessary to “fine tune” the position of individual teeth.

Aesthetic Appliances

These are available only as a private opinion. We offer three types:


Tooth Coloured Appliances

Tooth coloured braces are an increasingly popular choice with adults and teenagers, as they are less visible than traditional fixed braces.





Central Orthodontics use the latest in invisible braces from Invisalign® which consists of a series of clear, removable custom-made aligners, which fit over the teeth.

With Invisalign there is no need for metal wires or brackets. New aligners are fitted on average, every two weeks and should only be removed for cleaning, eating, drinking and contact sports.

Invisalign® braces are extremely discrete, so confidence is boosted both during and after treatment. With treatment lasting anywhere from 12 to 18 months, they are a very popular choice with our adult patients.



Lingual Appliances

This option is no longer offerred here at Central Orthodontics.  Please consider treatment with Invisalign instead.  The Invisalign system has improved dramatically over the last 8 years and is now able to offer a solution to complex problems. 
Dr McCallum is happy to discuss it with you and will refer you on to a specialist who does provide lingual orthodontics.  



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