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I knew I wanted to pursue a career in Orthodontics (braces) when I was a geeky 12 year old. Having worn braces myself (as well as headgear!), I am aware not only of the difficulties involved sometimes when wearing braces, but also the immense improvement in my smile and confidence after treatment. Having been actively involved in singing in the choir and doing solo vocal performances, not having to worry about the appearance of my teeth was extremely liberating. The desire to provide others with a smile that they were proud of was planted at that tender age!
I can vividly remember one of the first patients that I completed orthodontic treatment for. She was a young girl who complained to me that she did not like that she had “four rows of front teeth”! This beautiful young lady was a ballerina but did not have the confidence to smile as her teeth were very crooked. Upon completion of her treatment with fixed braces, the satisfaction of seeing her bloom in self-confidence was immense! Finally, this young girl could express herself fully while she was dancing on stage!
Mention the word ‘braces’ to someone, and almost always, the thought of a mouth full of shiny metal comes to mind. Although stainless steel metal braces are still the most common type of fixed appliance used, there are options available to provide patients with a more aesthetic solution. Two such examples include the use of tooth-coloured ceramic braces, as well as clear aligner treatment for example with Invisalign®. The range of types of orthodontic treatment is also vast, ranging from removable and fixed appliances, to multi-disciplinary cases involving other dental specialties.
One definite aspect of Orthodontics is that every person is different, be it with regards to faces, teeth, personalities and goals. I am very blessed to have the privilege of being able to accompany patients on their journey in pursuing their improved smile and bite, as well as being able to help maintain their smile for a lifetime!
Dr May Ling Eide is a UK trained Orthodontist with Specialist Dental Group. Her special interest lies in the multi-disciplinary nature of Orthodontics and Restorations. She is an Invisalign accredited dentist and can provide a range of treatment options to align teeth including braces (ceramic and self-ligating) and Invisalign. For more information on Dr Eide, click here