Terms and conditions: This offer is valid for new and existing patients who attend a free Invisalign® consultation from 1 March 2024 and confirm their course of Invisalign® treatment by 31 March 2024 to receive free whitening treatment and £500 off total Invisalign® treatment cost. Any decision to have Invisalign® treatment after 31 March 2024 will be at full cost. Consultations must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. Full details of offers will be given by the Treatment Coordinator upon enquiry. Teeth whitening is provided post Invisalign® treatment and available to over 18s only. Under 18s are eligible to receive a free whitening toothbrush and toothpaste in place of teeth whitening treatment. Patients must be dentally fit to proceed with courses of Invisalign® treatment. Whether a patient is deemed dentally fit for treatment will be at the clinician’s absolute discretion. Additional treatment required to make a patient dentally fit and suitable for Invisalign® and whitening treatments will be charged at an additional cost. St Michael’s Orthodontics reserves the right to change or withdraw this offer at any time. This offer is non-exchangeable, non-transferrable and is not redeemable for cash or other treatments.
To determine if you are eligible for braces on the NHS, your Orthodontist will use the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) rating system – typically this is used for children aged 17 years and under. If you receive Grades 1 or 2 then unfortunately you will not be eligible for NHS funded treatment, but if you score a Grade 4 or 5 then you will automatically be eligible. The assessment usually takes around 20 minutes so you won’t have to wait weeks on end for an answer. Here’s a breakdown of each grade:
Patients who score a Grade 1 will not have a sufficient health need for orthodontic braces as their teeth are considered ‘‘almost perfect.’’
Patients who score a Grade 2 are also not eligible for braces on the NHS as there isn’t a justified health need.
If you receive a Grade 3, you could still be eligible for NHS funding, but your case is borderline and so your Orthodontist will need to consider the appearance of your teeth too, giving them an aesthetic score of 1 – 10. If you receive a Grade 3 and an aesthetic score of 6 or above then you will qualify for NHS brace treatment. Irregularities of teeth which are less than 4mm out of line (e.g. open bites of less than 4mm) or deep bites with no functional problems will not qualify for NHS treatment.
Severe degrees of irregularity will qualify for orthodontic treatment on the NHS.
If you score a Grade 5 then you will have a health need for orthodontic treatment on the NHS.
Examples of Grade 4/5
When teeth cannot sit within the mouth normally because of obstruction by crowding or additional teeth.
A number of missing teeth.
Upper front teeth that protrude more than 9mm.
Lower front teeth that protrude in front of the upper more than 3.5mm and where there are functional difficulties too.
Cranio-facial anomalies such as cleft lip and palate.
The second part of the IOTN is the Aesthetic Component. The NHS recognises that some patients need and benefit from orthodontic treatment on the basis of poor aesthetics. The Aesthetic Component of the IOTN is a scale of 10 colour photographs (see below) showing different levels of dental attractiveness. The grading is made by the Orthodontist matching the patient to these photographs.
Braces available on the NHS
Patients who receive orthodontic care through the NHS will receive metal braces and will therefore not have the luxury of choosing their preferred brace type for themselves. Metal braces are both efficient, they are made up of small metal brackets attached to each tooth which is controlled by a thin metal wire (it’s this wire that moves your teeth to the desired position and it will need tightening/adjusting approximately every 6 – 8 weeks throughout your treatment).
If you would like advice on whether your child qualifies or alternative treatment options we offer free no-obligation advice.
Now your teeth are straight you must wear your retainers as advised by your orthodontist.
Your teeth will move throughout life if you do not wear your retainers because the fibres between them retain a force for a long time after treatment. When we remove the braces the force in these fibres may make your teeth try to twist back to where they started. The teeth need to be held straight until these forces reduce.
Your retainers must be worn full time for the first 2 days and every night after this, gradually reducing over time as advised. As part of your aftercare the orthodontist will continue to check on your retainer wear for 18 months after the brace is removed and you should bring your retainers to the appointments.
If your retainers begin to feel uncomfortable, you should contact us immediately and increase the wear as it maybe due to the teeth moving position. If you retainers are lost, broken or stop fitting then replacements are charged at £149.00 per appliance.
If you have a wire retainer behind your teeth you must contact us immediately if this is broken or loose. You must also wear your removable retainer full time until the wire retainer has been repaired.
You should keep your retainers in a box when not wearing them and let us know if there is a problem with them as soon as you can.
Please do not use toothpaste on your retainers as this will damage them – Retainer-Brite cleaner is advised. Use lukewarm water (NOT HOT) to dissolve the tablets.
Invisalign first is a new treatment designed to improve children’s smiles
Who is it for?
Invisalign First is available to children 7 years and over who’s adult teeth haven’t erupted. It can treat several concerns such as crowding, spacing, arch development and tooth positioning. At this early stage, your orthodontist can see issues that may require early intervention to avoid future problems.
How does it work?
The custom made aligners gently push the child’s teeth over time to expand and contour the jawline by expanding the width of the dental arch. This early intervention creates space for the adult teeth to erupt into a more desirable position.
What are the benefits?
Supports teeth and jaw formation
Early intervention can reduce the need for further orthodontic treatment at a later stage
Invisalign requires fewer appointments compared to traditional braces
There are no restrictions with diet or hobbies
Aligners are comfortable, made from high quality material
No discomfort from wires and brackets
Removable to allow for cleaning
To discuss any concerns or see if your child is suitable for Invisalign First you can contact our team on 01924 380680, email TCO.Stmichaelsortho@portmandental.co.uk or submit their photographs directly to our specialist orthodontist, Catherine McCanny via our secure platform using the following link https://eu.smilemate.com/practice/9cdb10a2-4c02-46d0-b5cc-486bbcf5e931
We look forward to hearing from you!
The team @ St Michaels Orthodontics Ltd
The team are ready to welcome you to the practice for this special offer available to anyone under 18
When: Thursday 18th August 2022
With the uncertainty regarding NHS waiting lists, this day will give you an opportunity to see if your child (under 18) is eligible for NHS treatment* and discuss the options of private treatment, this will allow you to explore alternative treatments including Invisalign Teen or cosmetic fixed braces.
Free consultation with our specialist orthodontist, Catherine MCCanny (worth £100)
Free digital scan of your childs teeth ⁺
5 % off treatment fees (up to £262) ⁺
Free whitening tootbrush and paste ⁺
Saving up to £450!
Due to demand this day will be by appointment only and no referral is required.
To reserve your place call 01924 380680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
T & C’s apply
⁺ applies to patients who sign up on the night £100 deposit require
* we are unable to offer NHS treatment but can advise on eligibility
In these strange times that we are living in, it’s been so good in recent weeks to be able to welcome our staff and patients back to St Michael’s Orthodontics.
Of course, as restrictions relating to Covid 19 still apply, it’s far removed from business as usual but with adjustments to procedures and extra safety measure in place, we are confident we are able to make our patients’ visits to us as reassuring and safe as possible.
So, what can you expect in this ‘new normal’ at St Michael’s Orthodontics?
Your treatment will be delivered by one of two designated professional, qualified clinical teams.
You will receive a health check call 24-48 hours before your appointment.
You will be asked to contact us from outside the building to let us know that you’ve arrived. When your clinical team is ready for you, we will escort you in.
You will be asked to attend your appointment alone.
Once inside, your temperature will be taken, you will be asked to sanitize your hands using alcohol gel and another health check for Covid symptoms will be carried out.
We will be practicing social distancing at all times except while treatment is being carried out.
After treatment you will be asked to re-sanitize your hands before leaving the treatment room and will be escorted out of the building.
These measures are being supported by rigorous cleaning procedures between each patient in treatment rooms and contact points along the route into and out of the building; a virtual reception service for arranging appointments and taking payments and the appropriate PPE – with strict processes for taking it on and off – for the treatment being provided.
Virtual appointments for retainer checks, initial assessments and treatment planning and appliance fitting are also being continued.
We appreciate that these new procedures will seem a bit strange at first but our fully trained staff are on hand to guide you through each step of the way. While you may not be able to see our own smiles behind the facemasks which have fast become part of normal life, you can be sure we remain committed to keeping your treatment on track to delivering your own healthy, beautiful smile.
MODERN technology is proving invaluable to us here at St Michael’s Orthodontics as we seek to continue our patients’ treatment remotely as part of Coronavirus restrictions.
As orthodontic treatment is progressive and often fast moving, patients are normally seen every eight weeks to review and adjust aligners and braces to help achieve the best result. However, prevented from treating our patients in person, we have turned to digital technology to help bridge the gap.
Thanks to digital dental monitoring, emailed photographs and video calls we are able to be in constant contact with patients and continue progressing their treatment.
Although relatively new, dental monitoring whereby patients take a weekly scan of their teeth and send it in to us, is invaluable in the treatment of people with aligners. Through these scans we are able to gauge the patient’s progress and, if required, send out new aligners to enable them to move on with their treatment.
We have been able to do something similar with patients just embarking on their treatment, posting out aligners and giving them instruction over Facetime on the fitting and wearing of them. Likewise, we are able to offer free virtual consultations with our specialist orthodontists via a link on our website for those considering having treatment.
For those just beginning to wear their aligners use of this technology is helping to reduce delays in treatment ensuring when we are next able to see them in person, they are already a month or so down the road to a perfect smile. While for potential patients it is providing a head start on treatment enabling us to use submitted photographs to review dental and gum health and prepare a provisional treatment plan ready for when they are able to attend the practice.
Patients with fixed braces and elastics are sending in photographs and thanks to video calls we can also take a closer look and advise accordingly.
While I miss meeting and treating our patients in person as well as the daily social interaction with the SMOL team, thankfully modern technology is coming to the rescue to a certain extent. It is ensuring we are able to continue treating our patients and provide reassurance where needed. It is even, thanks to a regular ‘virtual cup of tea’ with the team every couple of days, enabling us to keep in contact with colleagues and support each other through this very different way of working.
DIGITAL technology is helping to transform the way patients at a leading Wakefield orthodontists receive treatment.
After being fitted with their fixed or invisible braces, new patients at St Michael’s Orthodontics Ltd are equipped with dental monitoring technology to enable them to take a weekly scan of their teeth at home and send it into their orthodontist.
Consisting of an app for patients’ smart phones plus a set of dental monitoring retractors, the technology is enabling staff at St Michael’s Orthodontics to keep a closer eye on patients’ progress without patients having to visit the surgery so often.
Dr Catherine McCanny, lead orthodontist at St Michael’s, said the dental monitoring had many benefits for patients.
“It means we are able to monitor their teeth more. If things are going off track or not as we would expect, we can pick it up earlier. Likewise, if there are issues with the fit or attachments have come off,” she explained.
“Some patients need their aligners changing weekly while for others it may be longer depending on how quickly their teeth move and how diligent they’ve been in wearing their appliances. Through digital monitoring we are able to gauge the optimal time for this.”
Catherine added: “Patients often travel some distance to see us and appointments at the surgery mean taking time off work or out of education. With digital dental monitoring we are able to cut down on the physical visits to us while giving greater patient care through weekly feedback.”
Having the progress of their treatment monitored every week is also proving an incentive for some patients to be more focused in wearing their braces.
“It’s almost like they feel they are being watched so are more disciplined. Complying with their treatment plan will ensure a better and quicker outcome which is ultimately what everyone wants,” said Catherine.