What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry that focuses on the study and treatment of improper bites (also known as malocclusions), which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both.

Orthodontic treatment can be carried out for purely aesthetic reasons with regards to improving the general appearance of patients’ teeth. It also has considerable health benefits.

Orthodontists receive an additional five years of training and specialised education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for specialist membership in the GDC (General Dental Council).

Our orthodontist is Erika Ruiz-Mealin BDS (Col) IQE (UK) MSc (London) MJDF MOrth (RCSE). Erika can help you with frequently asked questions to help you make a decision as to whether braces are right for you and which type of braces will give you the best result. Read our FAQ’s to find out more.