How does adult orthodontic treatment work in Edinburgh?

Fantastic Edinburgh Orthodontics to Straighten Your Smile

Just like your teeth, sometimes all you need is a little push in the right direction to achieve your desired results. 

Professional orthodontics in Edinburgh can provide just that!  

Adult orthodontics is becoming increasingly popular and is the perfect solution for straightening misaligned teeth, closing small gaps and fixing underlining issues with your smile.  

Advancements in modern dentistry mean that straightening your smile has never been easier than it is now. What is more, it can all be done discreetly, quickly and without the need for intrusive train-track braces.  

Find out more about the fantastic orthodontic options we offer at our Edinburgh dental practice by getting in touch or reading the information below.  


What adult orthodontic options do you offer? 

At Stuart Steven Dental Practice in Edinburgh, we only use the highest quality 3M Advanced Clarity brackets and market leaders in clear aligners to straighten your teeth safely and effectively.  

We offer our adult patients: 

  • Invisalign™ treatment 

  • SureSmile® treatment 

  • ClearSmile treatment 

All of these are well-established aligner brands and are known for offering the very best results when it comes to teeth straightening.  

Through the use of clear aligners, patients will be able to move their teeth in the right position and achieve a natural and comfortable smile that perfectly complements their face. What is more, these aligners are completely removeable, virtually invisible in the mouth and can work in as little as six months, depending on the starting position of your teeth.  

Give our practice a call on 0131 229 7899 to find out more about our available adult orthodontic solutions.  


How does adult orthodontic treatment work in Edinburgh? 

Adult orthodontics at Stuart Steven Dental offers a variety of treatment options all designed to straighten your smile quickly and effectively.  

The professional clear aligner systems we use all work in much the same way, as is detailed below: 

  • Come into our practice for an initial assessment and discussion about your smile goals 

  • Decide on the brand of clear aligners that you would like to proceed with (I.e. Invisalgn, ClearSmile etc.) 

  • Based on the current position of your teeth and budget, your dentist will recommend a certain number of aligners that you will progress through, with each one moving your teeth closer to their desired end-position. 

  • Your dentist will then take impressions so that we can then send them off in order to create your set of custom made aligners  

  • Come back into the practice for your first fitting and, if all is good, you will be given detailed instructions on how to wear your aligners and will be sent away with your first set of clear aligners 

  • Work your way through your sets of aligners, coming into the practice every 4-6 weeks so that we can check on your progress and give you your following set of aligners 

  • Continue this process until you are left with a beautiful straight smile that will last for many years to come 

Please note that even once you have progressed through all of your teeth straightening aligners, you will still need to wear a retainer whilst you sleep to prevent your teeth from reverting back into position.  

Your Edinburgh orthodontist will provide you with full details on this before any orthodontic treatment is caried out.  

Previous Cases:

Why choose adult orthodontics?  

Having a tooth in the wrong position can cause a host of problems for your oral hygiene, long-term dental health and your own confidence.  

Irreversible and invasive cosmetic procedures like crowns and veneers are always an option, but there’s no returning the lost tooth that has to be cut away.  Modern dentistry aims to be as conservative to natural tooth as possible, and a lot of the time it is better to use what is already there and simply move it around to achieve the perfect smile results 

Overall, adult orthodontics offers a whole host of benefits to patients suffering from squint, gapped or misaligned teeth: 

  • Orthodontics will improve the appearance of your teeth and smile 

  • Correct bite issues (such as overbite or underbite) 

  • Improve the function of your teeth and jaw 

  • Prevent further dental problems, such as tooth wear, tooth migration or jaw joint pain 

  • Improve self-esteem and self-confidence 

Many adult patients choose to undergo orthodontic treatment due to the fantastic results it can bring. Not only will adult orthodontics enhance your smile and your oral health but it will actually improve your overall quality of life. 

Book an appointment online today to secure an initial adult orthodontic consultation at the Stuart Steven Dental Practice in Edinburgh.  


Book an appointment with our Edinburgh orthodontist  

We’ll give you something to smile about with easy, discreet, and unobtrusive orthodontic treatment.  With our first-class teeth straightening treatment you can finally flaunt what you’ve got, and unlock the smile that you’ve always had inside you. 

Call us today on 0131 229 7899 to schedule an appointment. 

Email us: smile@ssedinburghdentist.com

Or use the contact form at the bottom of the page to send us an enquiry and we will get back to you as soon as possible to arrange your free dental consultation. 

Worried about the cost of orthodontic treatment in Edinburgh? We offer helpful dental finance plans that allow our patients to spread the cost of quality cosmetic dental treatments, making your desired treatment more manageable and affordable.  


As well as enhancing the appearance of teeth, there are a number of other benefits to receiving orthodontic treatment.  It can improve eating and speaking ability, as well as encouraging better oral hygiene as teeth become easier to clean in their straighter position.

Orthodontic treatment can be used to successfully treat a range of issues from crooked, crowded, overly spaced and twisted teeth to more serious malocclusions (upper and lower teeth not biting together properly) and misalignments.


1.  First Appointment - The Consultation - 15min

To get started we need to know what you would like to have corrected.  So we can answer all of your questions, book your free consultation today.

You can call us at 0131 229 7899 to schedule an appointment, or use the contact form at the bottom of the page to send us an enquiry and we will contact you as soon as possible to arrange your free consultation.

During the appointment you will get photos taken of your smile and teeth, and we will discuss what options you have available for the best result.

We can provide ceramic braces for £2,000 to £2,500, and clear aligners from £2,000 to £4,500 depending on the complexity of the treatment.

If you are happy to plan your orthodontic treatment we ask for a non-refundable £250 deposit for the next appointment (taken off the treatment cost if you accept the plan).

2.  Second Appointment - Records and Assessment - 45min

After the consultation the second appointment is to take multiple records of your teeth including photos of your face and profile, measurements of your front teeth, x-rays, moulds or a scan, and a thorough orthodontic assessment.

It takes around 4 weeks to plan a case start to finish, and you will receive an email with your simulated outcome, your most important photos, and details of the treatment plan.  This plan can be tweaked by yourself, and you can ask any questions over email, phone the practice, or come in for another consultation to discuss the plan.

3.  Third Appointment - Consent and Payment - 15min

As soon as you accept the plan we will make you another appointment to go over the consent forms, and to ensure you understand the treatment plan and have no questions before we start.

We ask for half of the treatment fee upfront before your clear aligners or ceramic brackets are ordered.  Once the amount is paid we will book all of your treatment appointments into the appointment book.

4.  Fourth Appointment - Starting treatment - 1 hour

We will bond the ceramic brackets and wires to your teeth, or place the white filling buttons and give you the clear aligners.  We will give you all the instructions and answer any further questions.  If you think of a question after your visit, please send us an email!

Every 4 to 8 weeks we will review how your treatment is going, if you are managing to keep your oral hygiene perfect, and to do any detailing.  We may have to slenderise your teeth to make space, give you new aligners, reactivate the wire, or reposition the ceramic brackets and add auxiliaries to help the teeth move.

If you chose clear aligner treatment, please expect 2 - 3 phases of refinement to bring the teeth into the best possible position.

X.  Orthodontic treatment completed - 1 hour

The final appointment will be to remove the attachments or brackets, and take impressions for the removable retainer to be made.

Y.  Cosmetic treatment and retainers

If you choose any of our cosmetic treatments, such as bleaching and composite bonding, we would do these on the next appointment after your teeth are in their best position.  If you chose to have permanent bonded retainers, they would be placed on this appointment.  A final mould or scan of your teeth is required for the finalised removable retainer.

Z.  6 month review

We will book your last appointment 6 months after treatment to ensure you are still wearing your retainers and are still satisfied with your orthodontic and cosmetic treatment.

It depends on the complexity of the treatment plan, at Stuart Steven Dental Practice we offer clear aligner treatment (Invisalign™ , SureSmile®, ClearSmile) between £2,000 - £4,000, and ceramic braces (ClearSmile Brace) with 3M™ Clarity™ Advanced brackets for £2,000 - £2,500

Before you undergo orthodntic treatment you have to understand what can go wrong.  Your dentist will inform you which risks are likely to occur during your treatment, recorded in your bespoke treatment plan, after the assessment has been completed.

Gum disease and decay:  Since you will either have ceramic brackets and wires on your teeth, or will be wearing a clear aligner for 22 hours per day, you will have to have perfect oral hygiene.  Any orthodontic treatment comes with an increased risk of gum disease and dental decay.

Gum recession:  We plan to only ever move your teeth within the confines of your bone.  Unfortunately we need an intensive 3D x-ray to see exactly where you bone is.  Unless the 3D x-ray is medically indicated we rely on estimates of your bone position determined by where your gum is, and the biotype of your gums.  Because of this slight uncertainty we can sometimes push the tooth out of the bone, which can cause the gum to recede and shrink away from the tooth.

Black triangles:  When your teeth develop overlapped the gum can fail to develop between the teeth since there is no space for the gum to form.  As we align these teeth you may notice a dark triangle where the gum should be, but this triangle can be reduced by reshaping and slenderising the teeth.  If you have had previous gum disease and bone loss you may also notice that the gum sits lower after aligning the teeth.

Root resorption:  As the teeth move through the bone the roots will get blunted, which means the roots will be generally 1mm shorter at the end of treatment.  If you have had any previous accidents or falls that have hit the teeth, or have had previous orthodontic treatment we may end up with more blunting than expected.  Even with severe blunting the long-term prognosis is good.

Bite changes:  As we are moving your teeth your bite will feel strange since you will develop new biting contacts as your teeth move.  It will feel weird and unusual until it settles and your jaw gets used to the new bite.

Flare up:  If we move any teeth with big filings the nerve in the tooth may die, and cause a flare up of pain.  We would have to remove the nerve and root treat the tooth, but we wouldn't stop the orthodontic treatment.  If we move root treated teeth that have an uncertain prognosis, it may restart an infection, which requires the same intervention.

Wobbly teeth:  If you are getting clear aligner treatment to align your teeth, when you remove the clear aligners you may notice that some of your teeth are wobbly,  this is expected as the bone needs to soften around the teeth to allow them to move.  Do not worry, once we stop moving the teeth the bone will harden up once again, and the tooth wil feel normal again.

Relapse:  After moving your teeth we destabilise them, which means we need to use a retainer to keep them in that position, hopefully for the rest of your life so you can keep your brand new smile perfect.  You would only have to wear this retainer at night time.

It depends on the starting position of your teeth, but for most non-complex cases it would take less than a year to align them.  Some tooth movements take longer than others, so it is difficult to give any patient an accurate estimate without a thorough assessment and treatment plan.

We will strive to give you a rough estimate of treatment time at your free consultation, and If you are happy to go ahead to the assessment and planning phase we can give you an accurate estimate of the treatment time.

Veneers can complement and can be used in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to improve the shape or colour of your teeth.  Should you have a chipped or irregular tooth, veneers can be used to finalise your treatment and smile after your teeth have been straightened.

While veneers offer many advantages in combination with orthodontics, veneers as a standalone option to address a cosmetic issue can have distinct disadvantages that should be considered very carefully before agreeing to treatment.  With veneers, the entire front surface of the tooth enamel is permanently removed and replaced with a thin piece of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic glued over the front of the teeth.  This is an irreversible procedure as natural tooth enamel is removed to accommodate the veneer.

When using veneers as a dental straightening solution only, more tooth enamel than necessary may need to be removed.  If used in combination with orthodontics, the amount of enamel that needs to be removed may be minimised.

Veneers are not a permanent solution either. They can chip or break, requiring you to replace them on an individual basis, which can be very expensive. They have a life expectancy of about 5 to 10 years, depending on the quality of the veneers purchased. Since your tooth enamel has been removed, most patients have no choice but to replace their veneers, incurring the same high costs every time they have to get a new set.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, as veneers are a purely cosmetic procedure, they don't correct the position of your teeth or correct bite problems. Instead of straightening teeth, a veneer simply covers up the imperfections. Orthodontics can offer you naturally beautiful, healthy teeth which is a solution worth smiling about!


Dental Plans | Stuart Steven BDS
Dental Implants | Stuart Steven Edinburgh
Virtual Tour
Opening Hours
  • Mon
  • Tues
  • Wed-Thu
  • Fri
Facebook Feed
Request A Call Back

To comply with data protection regulations (2018), we are unable to store and use your information unless you give us your permission. Please select Yes to allow this. View our data protection policy for details.