At Masters Orthodontics Chester our philosophy is characterterised by clearly defined treatment goals. Goal orientated treatment is much more than just straightening teeth, we look at the masticatory system as a whole. This approach is what we call HOLISTIC ORTHODONTICS: WE TREAT PEOPLE NOT JUST TEETH!

General dentists are legally allowed to provide orthodontic treatment but they don’t have the same level of experience or qualifications that a Specialist Orthodontist has. Dr. Laurence Masters trained to become a general dentist and then undertook another 3 years of postgraduate training to become a Specialist Orthodontist registered with the General Dental Council. He sat a further 2 year advanced postgraduate course in Orthodontics, occlusion and TMJ and attends numerous national and international courses to keep up to date with the latest trends in the field.

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At Masters Orthodontics we pride ourselves in treating both simple and complex cases such as severe crowding, small palates, open bites and TMJ problems. Our aim is to achieve a balance between beautiful smiles, healthy TMJ’s and healthy periodontum (gums).

The foundation of HOLISTIC ORTHODONTICS is therefore based on good diagnosis and treatment planning. This is what makes us different from other orthodontists. We dedicate a lot of time to studying and planning every case which allows us to formulate personalised treatments and consequently, better and more efficient results. No two treatments are the same and this bespoke approach is the cornerstone of what we do at Masters Orthodontics

The masticatory system is a part of the body primarily responsible for chewing, speaking and swallowing. It is comprised of your teeth, bones, muscles, ligaments and the temperomandibular joints (TMJ’s). It is a highly complex system that requires a profound functional and anatomical understanding. A good orthodontic treatment has to take all these structures into account and they all have to function in unison without any sign of breakdown, inflammation or pain.

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The Temperomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge that connects your lower jaw to the temporal bone in the base of your skull and allows us to chew properly. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Painful , clicky joints will most likely get worse with time. It is imperative that we stabilise a compromised joint before we carry out any irreversible orthodontic treatment. This is usually done by using an acrylic splint for a few months until the joints are healthy and stable.

In short, the important goals in orthodontic treatment (namely facial aesthetics, dental aesthetics, functional occlusion, periodontal health and TMJ health) are all based on a stable and healthy joint.