Children's Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontics studies genetic variations and the growth and development of the dentition and face and the way the dental occlusion is affected by these.
It assesses the effects on the functions of swallowing, speech and facial expression and modifies all of these factors to enhance dental and facial appearance.
This often involves recognising normality, which during the growth period, sometimes presents as if it were a problem.
As a child grows, if these problems are developing, then orthodontic advice should be sought in a child's seventh chronological year. Older children or adults, who become aware of such problems later, should of course, seek advice at the time they are first noticed.
An orthodontist changes not only dental appearance but also facial appearance.
Orthodontics thus has benefits for dental health and also for psycho-social well being the so called "feel good factor" which benefits the whole person.
The Practice uses a range of "State of the Art" appliances selected to suit the needs of the patient. All is discussed in detail at the consultation stage and each proposed programme is detailed for the individual.
It may involve wearing braces. These can be of many varieties, Conventional braces include: GAC straight wire brackets, DAMON brackets, T.P. Tipp Edge brackets. Invisible braces include: American Ortho Polycrystalline aesthetic brackets, GAC Innovation MTM/L lingual brackets-used inside the teeth, with ultra low profile for maximum comfort, “Orthocaps” aligners. Each system has operational characteristics and is selected to suit the presenting requirements of the individual patient. Treatment may also involve removing teeth at the appropriate time.
This starts the process leading to enhancement of both dental function and dental and facial appearance.
To arrange a Consultation contact the Practice using the information on the contact page.
Dr Stephen Powell
BDS(Hons)Lond, FDSRCS(Eng), M.OrthRCS(Eng) is Consultant in Orthodontics to King's College Hospitals, London, England.
Dr Stephen J Powell qualified with a first class honours degree in Dental Surgery from the Royal Dental Hospital, University of London in 1966.
He was awarded the Diploma in Orthodontics and the Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1969/70, whilst training at the Royal Dental Hospital, London, and the Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street London. He obtained the Membership in Orthodontics at its inception.
Dr Powell has attended and given many specialist courses over the past twenty years, both Nationally and Internationally and is a member of the British, European and American Associations of Orthodontics.
He is actively engaged in the post-graduate training of Orthodontists and is former Post Graduate course director in Orthodontics at King's College Hospital part of GKT London. He is an examiner in the MSc in Orthodontics of the University of London, the Final MFDS, MJDP and ORE examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Dr Alison Williams
Dr. Williams qualified in Dental Surgery from the University of Bristol in 1982. She spent six years working in the Community Dental Service in Bristol before taking up hospital posts in oral medicine and surgery and paediatric dentistry.
In 1991, Dr. Williams commenced her specialist training in Orthodontics at the Royal London Hospital, which undertook alongside a research post at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. After completing a her training in orthodontics, Dr. Williams returned to Bristol to work on a National study of the care of children born with cleft lip and palate. She undertook this work, which formed the basis of her PhD, whilst undergoing consultant training in Orthodontics.
Dr. Williams was appointed as Consultant Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics at Bristol Dental School in 2001. She returned to London to take up a similar post at Kings College Hospital in 2004, where she was actively involved in training postgraduate students in orthodontics, whilst treating patients with complex malocclusions.
Since 2012, Dr. Williams has worked solely in Specialist Orthodontic practice, treating both adult and child patients. She has maintained an interest in teaching orthodontics by becoming an Inspector of Educational Standards for the General Dental Council. Dr Williams has been an active member of the British Orthodontic Society since she started specialist training. She regularly helps to man the Society’s stand at dental trade shows and scientific advice, where she advises budding orthodontists on training and answers questions from dentists about orthodontic clinical issues.
Dr Pragati Agarwal
BDS(Brist), MSc.(Lond), M.Orth.RCS(Edin)
Dr Agarwal qualified in Dental Surgery from Bristol University in 1995, and subsequently worked in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and then Pediatric Dentistry before commencing 3 year training programme in Orthodontics at Guys Hospital, London.
She obtained a Masters degree in Orthodontics together with the Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Her Master’s thesis was on the measurement of facial aesthetics in surgical orthodontic adult patients, and aesthetics in the orthodontic patient, children and adults, continues to be of special interest to her.
Since leaving Guy’s Hospital in 2004 she has worked in Orthodontic Practice in London and maintained an interest in surgical cases through continued practice at Kingston Hospital, Surrey.