You’ve seen them advertised — the DIY braces that can promise low prices and fast results, and are available online.
These braces have been shown to often result in permanent damage to the wearer’s teeth, gums and jaw. The Oral Health Foundation and its British Orthodontic Society have set up Safe Brace, a website providing expert advice on getting braces.
“Straightening teeth is a highly complex medical procedure and should only be carried out by a dentist or orthodontist,” says Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation.
“These face-to-face appointments are essential,” Carter continues. “They allow for a patient to be fully assessed by a qualified professional who can help guide them to arrive at the most appropriate treatment for their needs.
“Importantly, the dentist will also be able to monitor a person’s progress throughout the course of their treatment and make adjustments to the appliance when needed.
“By visiting a trained clinician, patients will get a full examination and have a range of different treatment options explained to them. This will put the patient in a great position to get the best results in a safe and effective environment. The consequences of ill-fitting braces are hefty and can leave a person with permanent damage to their teeth, gums and jaw.”
Professor Jonathan Sandler, president of the British Orthodontic Society, added: “In my professional opinion, if you embark on any orthodontic treatment without a suitably trained clinician taking the time to examine you and make appropriate recommendations, you could be in danger of having serious conditions missed, as well as inappropriate and dangerous treatment carried out.”
For more information, go to the Safe Brace website: https://www.dentalhealth.org/safebrace
If you have dental concerns, please make an appointment with us.
Dr. Moira Wong – Orthodontist
An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.
Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.
Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.
Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.
Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.