What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the speciality part of dentistry involved in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal positional problems of the teeth jaws, e.g. crooked teeth, abnormal bites and small/large jaw sizes.


What is our approach?

To offer you fully personalised treatment to help you achieve your ideal smile - everyone has individual needs and wishes, and hence your orthodontic options will be carefully planned and optimised, just for you.  Richard's specialist expertise means that he is able to treat every single type of orthodontic problem, rather than trying to make you fit in with limited treatment approaches.

To optimise both the efficiency (speed) and effectiveness (results) of your treatment, by utilising Richards specialist training and experience, combined with the newest techniques available in the uk.  This requires careful planning, attention to detail, optimising your treatment at every appointment, whilst minimising your number of appointments (and hence inconvenience).


Who can provide Orthodontic treatment?

Technically any dentist in the UK is permitted to 'do' orthodontics, provided that they practice within their limits of their training and competence.  Since undergraduate training only exposes dental students to basic orthodontic theory and simple techniques, most orthodontics is provided by specialists.  These are a minority of dentists who have undergone three years of full-time training in accredited university and hospital posts to become orthodontists.  Their competence has been independently tested by rigorous Royal College of Surgeons examinations (recognised by the qualification letters MOrth RCS) before admittance to the General Dental Council's (GDC) list of orthodontic specialists.

A small proportion of orthodontists then undergo two further years of full-time training in specialised areas such as adult treatment, surgical management and cleft lip/palate care to qualify as consultant orthodontists, typically recognised by the additional qualification letters FDS(orth) RCS.


How does Dr Cousley provide beautiful smiles?

Numerous techniques and types of braces are available to choose from.  It's great to have choices, but this can be confusing for patients (especially if they are not given up to date and accurate information).  Richard uses his professional expertise to guide you towards the optimum choice for your individual problems and aspirations, unclouded by misleading marketing (which unfortunately occurs nowadays with media misrepresentation of unproved brace techniques).

Richard provides his care in a friendly atmosphere where treatment is tailored to each person's needs no matter how simple or complex the problem.  For example, many children benefit from the use of specialised 'orthopaedic' braces to enhance jaw growth (rather than having tooth extractions), but may not be given this choice by some brace providers if this approach is mistakenly deemed too complex.  On the other hand, whilst children like to liven up their fixed braces with brightly coloured elastics, most adults find the use of tooth-coloured fixed braces and virtually invisible removable aligners especially helpful to minimise the braces appearance.