Dr Owaise Sharif
Dr Owaise Sharif qualified as a dentist in 2006 from Manchester Dental School with Honours. He developed an interest in the treatment of anxious patients and as such he completed an MSc in the Control of Pain and Anxiety.
In 2014, he completed 3 years of full time orthodontic specialty training at the Manchester Dental Hospital and obtained his Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth).
In 2014 he was awarded two prizes in recognition of excellence in clinical skill including the British Orthodontic Society MOrth Cases Prize. In 2016 he completed a further two years of consultant training at the Eastman Dental Hospital, London. He has lectured in various countries including the UK, USA and UAE. He is currently working towards a PhD at University College London.
Currently, he has a significant role in the training of specialist orthodontists and is also undertaking a PhD at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontic appliances, otherwise known as braces are devises used to adjust and move teeth and underlying bone. This treatment is used to improve the appearance and alignment of crooked, protruding or overcrowded teeth.
The benefits of orthodontic appliances –
- Correction of dental crowding and straightening of your teeth
- Correct problems with the bite of the teeth, so the front and back teeth met evenly
- Reducing the chance of damage to prominent teeth
This treatment usually starts around the age of 12 years of age once the adult teeth have finished erupting. It can also depend on the growth of the face and jaws.
Orthodontic treatment can start at any time as an adult. Patients may have had braces as a teenager but teeth have since moved over time, possibly due to not wearing retainers to keep the teeth in alignment.
We have an excellent Orthodontist at Portway Dental practice who will be happy to see patients for a Consultation and give to advice on whether orthodontic treatment is advisable.
Important Information during Orthodontic Treatment
It is very important that patients’ dental health is good during their treatment.
- Effective oral hygiene is paramount during orthodontic treatment – brushing x2 daily with fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes.
- Using a fluoride mouthwash at a different time to toothbrushing.
- Interdental cleaning – using floss, dental tape or interdental brushes and clean thoroughly between and around your fixed brace.
- A low sugar frequency diet, avoiding sugary snacks and fizzy drinks. Also avoid hard and crunchy foods whilst you are wearing a fixed brace.
- Early demineralisation can occur (early decay presenting as white spots on enamel) especially where the brackets of the brace sit on the teeth.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
Our Consultant will give patients the advised options that are going to be successful in the best outcome of tooth alignment. Estimated timescales of orthodontic treatment can range from 18 months – 24 months.
Examples of Types of Appliances
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Metal braces
- Invisalign clear removable braces
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further advice, our dental team will be very happy to give any further advice and book an orthodontic appointment for you.