What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the movement and correct alignment of the teeth to improve the appearance of your smile and dental health.

The changes in the position of the teeth are normally achieved by using fixed braces. This is because removable orthopaedic appliances do not always align teeth well whilst, on the other hand, fixed braces do not correct underlying problems with bone structure.

Therefore, orthodontic appliances are often combined with a course of orthopaedic treatment to achieve final alignment of the teeth, following correction of the jaw problems.

It was estimated that almost 1 million people in the UK last year had orthodontic treatment. With increasing numbers of adults wanting treatment, orthodontics is in high demand.

People believe that having an attractive smile is a vital asset to personal self-confidence.

Here at Octagon Dental Centre we believe that the benefits of opting for private treatment are:-

  • Patients are given additional clinical time.
  • There are no restrictions on appointment times, allowing treatment to fit in with school and work commitments.
  • No waiting lists meaning treatment can be commenced immediately.
  • A wider choice of appliances are available which can be tailored to the patients preferences. This includes invisible braces for adults and braces with funky logos on for children.
  • Shorter treatment times and fewer visits made possible by using the latest techniques and appliances.
  • Interest-free payment plans for upper and lower fixed braces for children from £1,500 including retainers.
  • A complimentary oral hygiene appointment with our Hygienist.
  • Continuity – all appointments are carried out by Dr Patricia Webley, Specialist Orthodontist.

Orthodontic braces

Fixed braces are most widely used in Orthodontics, with a choice of metal, ceramic and low friction brackets. We are also able to offer the innovative SmileTRU Invisible braces for patient with mild to moderate problems.

Metal fixed braces

Metal Fixed braces are the most commonly used in Orthodontics and are made from stainless steel, with a metal arch wire attached to the brackets by an elastic module. Colourful elastic modules can also be placed over the brackets to make them more fun for our younger patients.

Low-friction brackets / Empower

Empower is a revolutionary new system of braces that is not only faster for your orthodontist to use, it also can significantly shorten treatment time. It’s great looking and smaller for greater comfort, plus it offers better hygiene than conventional braces.

Ceramic (tooth coloured) braces

Ceramic tooth coloured braces are the most popular choice amongst our adult patients and are growing in popularity with our teenagers. They are very discreet and blend in perfectly with the natural colour of your teeth to give a great aesthetic look.


SmileTRU is a simple series of clear positioning trays, which gently guide your teeth from their present to the desired position. SmileTRU exerts gentle pressure upon the teeth in the direction in which you'd like them to move. It is invisible, and removable and no one can tell you are wearing them! If you are looking for beautifully straight teeth, but do not want to wear conventional fixed braces, then SmileTRU is for you.