Plymouth Orthodontics can build a smile to suit you

Recent developments in orthodontics mean that your teeth can be straightened without it being  obvious. Treatment can last up to 2 years, but results are visible in just months!

what type of braces do we use?


Stainless steel braces are the traditional “train-track” braces. They consist of brackets and wires and there is a choice of silver or coloured elastics. They allow us to move the teeth and control the bite. These brackets allow treatment to be cost effective, and modern technology means that these braces are smaller and more comfortable than they used to be. American Orthodontics Mini Master Series steel braces are the standard braces used in NHS orthodontic treatment.


Ceramic braces are ideal for patients who want the braces to be less noticeable to others. They consist of ceramic brackets, wires and clear elastics, which blend with the teeth. We use 3M Clarity Advanced brackets that blend with various tooth shades, making the braces hardly noticeable. Ceramic brackets are available privately.


Removable braces have plastic and metal components and can be removed for cleaning or sports. Some are removed for eating. We commonly use a style of removable brace called a functional brace for treating prominent teeth.

INVISIBLE BRACES (Clear Removable Aligners):

We can offer treatment using Invisalign. This consists of clear, removable aligner braces that are virtually invisible. They can be removed for eating, drinking and cleaning and no-one need know you’re having treatment. The treatment involves the use of series of clear aligners, created with 3D computer imaging. The aligners are changed every 2 to 3 weeks, and gradually move your teeth into their new positions. Clear aligners are available privately.

do I need extractions?

Some patients benefit from dental extractions as a part of their orthodontic treatment. Extractions can make space where there is crowding and they can also help to bring back protruding teeth. Extractions are only used where needed and the orthodontist will discuss this with you before treatment. The spaces from extractions are closed by the end of your course of orthodontic treatment. The extractions are usually provided by your general dentist, after the orthodontist has written a letter to them.

do braces hurt?

Braces can make the teeth ache during the first few days to a week after the brace is fitted. This happens again for a couple of days after each adjustment.

The braces can also cause some rubbing on the lips and cheeks. Orthodontic wax can help to stop the rubbing.

can braces damage my teeth?

Your teeth are more vulnerable to problems such as decay during orthodontic treatment. The decay can leave permanent white or brown marks on the teeth. During orthodontic treatment you should avoid sugary foods, and acidic drinks, such as fizzy drinks and fruit juices. You particularly need to avoid snacking on sugary foods between meals. You need to clean your teeth and braces thoroughly using a fluoride toothpaste and different brushes that allow you to clean around the brace. It is important to use a daily fluoride mouthwash as well.

will I need retainers after treatment?

Yes! After braces are removed, retainers are needed to stop the teeth from moving back to how they were before treatment. Teeth can move at any age and the longer you continue to wear your retainers the better. The retainers can be fixed or removable and are provided for you when braces are removed. They need to be worn as exactly as instructed by your orthodontist.

what to do in an emergency

If your brace is rubbing try using some orthodontic wax to cover the part of the brace that is causing the problem. If the problem persists, please contact the practice.

If you are in treatment and have an acute problem with your brace, please telephone the practice. Please leave a message if need be and every effort will be made to see you as soon as possible.

Please note that a broken brace does not constitute an emergency but the practice needs to be informed of the breakage.

NHS fees: As part of emergency treatment, replacement of lost or broken braces or retainers may incur an NHS fee.

For emergency advice after 18:30 on weekdays, and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, please contact the Dental Out Of Hours Service on: 01392 823682


If you need to cancel or change an appointment, please give at least 24 hours notice. This allows the appointment to be allocated to another patient.

contact us

If you have any special needs or concerns about access to the practice, or suggestions about how we can improve our services, just contact us and we will be happy to help.

Find Plymouth Orthodontics Ltd at:

60 Lower Compton Road


Tel: 01752 662554

Fax: 01752 603222

Opening Hours (By Appointment Only):

Appointments are available as follows;

Monday: 08:30-19.30
Tuesday: 08:30-17:30
Wednesday: 08:30-17:30
Thursday: 08:30-19.30
Friday: 08:30-17:30
Saturday: 08:30-12:30 (currently subject to staff availability)

Plymouth Orthodontics will be closed on Bank Holidays. If you need urgent brace care, please contact:

Plymouth Dental Access Centre
Seven Trees
Baring Street
0333 0063 300

Parking & Buses:

There is usually free street parking close by. Bus stops may be found directly outside the practice and nearby on Mannamead Road.

Accessibility & Disability Access:

There are steps leading up to the practice and due to limitations of our building we are unable to provide wheelchair access.


We can now provide treatment in Tavistock

Find us at:

Abbey Mead Dental & Implant Clinic,
25 Plymouth Road,
PL19 8AU

Tel: 01822 611121

Opening Hours (By Appointment Only):

Monday and Thursday: 09:00-17.00

Abbey Mead Dental & Implant Clinic