You don’t have to grin and bear your wonky smile

As we head rapidly towards 2020, there really is no reason why you should live your life with misaligned teeth that make you miserable. Teeth that are crowded, gappy, leaning in or out, twisted, overlapping or not properly descended can make even the bravest of people self-conscious and reluctant to smile.

You should always try to hang on to your own teeth for as long as possible, and in Weybridge, orthodontics can make a difference to your chances of doing so.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeDownsides of crooked teeth

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we know that wonky teeth are also more difficult to keep clean, and the build-up of plaque in nooks and crannies can lead to decay or gum disease and all sorts of expensive treatments later in life, even extractions. When you start to lose your teeth, you start to lose the ability to eat properly. Gaps mean even more loss of self-confidence. They also mean having to spend money on dentures, fixed bridges or dental implants.

The solution

In Weybridge, orthodontics is the name for the branch of dentistry that focuses on realigning the teeth and ensuring that the jaws bite together properly. Realigning the jaws is best done before your child reaches their late teens, when the jawbone hardens. Before then it is still malleable and that is why you see so many young teenagers wearing braces.

Although jaws need to be treated in the early teens, this is not so for misaligned teeth. Teeth can be moved within the jawbone no matter what your age is. Yes, it really is never too late to straighten teeth. All they require is sustained pressure for about 72 hours before the jawbone responds to it by removing the tissue in front of the direction of the pressure and rebuilding it behind the pressure.

Traditional braces use wires strung between angled brackets fixed to the teeth to pull them into place. However, modern aligners can move them by pushing them. With traditional braces, when the pressure wears off the dentist tightens the wires. With aligners, a new one is used.

To find out which more about orthodontics in Weybridge and how it can help you, why not come in for a consultation? Give us a call today!

Behind closed teeth

Have you noticed how many different ways there are to get your teeth straightened these days? Never has there been so much choice, especially for adults. If you’re an adult who missed out on getting their teeth straightened as a teenager, you’ll be glad to know that it’s never too late to do so. Teeth can be shifted in the jawbone no matter how old you are.

Lots of people didn’t qualify for NHS braces, but now they are earning want to sort out their embarrassingly wonky teeth. Lots of people also don’t want to have everyone know what they’re doing every time they open their mouths. Braces are still very much associated with being an awkward adolescent – not a great look if you are at work.

Incognito in WeybridgeThe trouble is that many of the more discreet or invisible braces can only deal with minor alignment issues. More complex cases often need more. This is why at Weybridge Orthodontics we offer Incognito in Weybridge.

What is Incognito all about?

You won’t have seen Incognito in Weybridge as you go about your business, but chances are you’ll have talked to someone wearing them. The reason you won’t have spotted these braces is that they are fixed on the tongue-side, or backs of the teeth, rather than the lip side, or fronts of the teeth.

These gold alloy braces are in other respects like traditional bracket and wire braces, capable of dealing with more complex alignment issues. Each bracket is custom-made, using digital scans and impressions, to fit each individual tooth.

Getting the teeth to move into alignment is all about how the wires between the brackets pull on the teeth, so it is crucial that that brackets are fixed at the correct angles for this to happen.

When you have Incognito in Weybridge, they may be a little uncomfortable at first, but you will soon get used to them. Treatment times depend on how complex your case is, and afterwards, you will need to wear a retainer, either at night, or bonded to the backs of your teeth, to hold the teeth in place while they settle into their correct positions.

When you need to be discreet

Do you have to dress very formally for work? Some companies insist on a uniform or a very smart suit. And if you are a barrister you have to wear a wig. If you have to dress smartly for your job and your job requires you to deal with the public, if you are a teacher or in a position of authority, wearing braces on your teeth may not be the look you are after.

Small wonder then that in Weybridge, Invisalign has become an incredibly popular way to get teeth straightened. At Weybridge Orthodontics, Invisalign can straighten our patients’ teeth without the whole world knowing about it.

Invisalign in WeybridgeHow does Invisalign work?

In Weybridge, Invisalign gives you a way to create the smile you have always wanted. This straightening method uses removable, clear plastic mouth guard-like aligners rather than bracket and wire braces that are fixed to the teeth.

In a consultation with us at in Weybridge, Invisalign makes use of 3D scanning to take pin-point accurate measurements of your teeth and gums. We feed this information into a programme to digitally recreate your mouth. From that, we can then plot how your teeth can be straightened. You can see them move into position on the screen in front of you.

If Invisalign is right for you and you decide to go ahead with treatment, the Invisalign lab in the USA will make you up a series of aligners using 3D printing. Depending on the complexity of your case, between 12–48 aligners will be printed. The first is only slightly different from how your teeth are now. When you snap it into place over your teeth, the pressure from those differences will start to move your teeth. It takes about two weeks for the pressure to wear off, and then you start using the next aligner.

Treatment with Invisalign usually takes around a year. You need to wear your aligner for at least 20 hours a day, but you can take it out to eat and drink, to clean it, and to clean your teeth. And, because the plastic is so thin, about 0.3 millimetres, no one will ever notice you are wearing an aligner, and it won’t interfere with your speech.

Straightening your child’s teeth

We all know the importance of taking care of our teeth. If they are well looked after, with a good routine and regular check-ups so that any problems can be nipped in the bud, it’s possible to hang on to your own teeth for your whole life. One way to give your children an even better chance of having teeth for life is to use orthodontics in Weybridge.

When the teeth are well aligned, fitting neatly together and straight, it is much easier to keep them clean. But when they are crowded, gappy, overlapping, twisted, protruding, or leaning inwards, it becomes more difficult to brush away plaque, the bacterial film that gives off acids that lead to decay and gum disease. Also, when you eat with misaligned teeth, the pressure of chewing, which is immense, is not evenly distributed and this can lead to problems in the head, neck and shoulders, and the teeth that bear the brunt of chewing may well crumble away in later life.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeWhat we can do for your child’s teeth

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we’ve developed a way to help your child develop straight, healthy teeth on well aligned jaws. With our orthodontics in Weybridge, you bring your child in when they are about seven years old so that we can assess them. We can then spot what is going to happen before it does.

Traditional orthodontics in Weybridge starts treating children between the ages of 9–14, when they have lost most of their baby teeth. By intercepting problems, such as thumb sucking and tongue pushing, at an earlier age, we can treat them more easily. At an earlier age, the jaw is more malleable too, so if there are going to be any issues with it not being wide enough to accommodate all your child’s emerging teeth, this is a great time to deal with them.

Interceptive orthodontics in Weybridge may use appliances that can be removed. When your child reaches the traditional age for orthodontics, the treatment continues, moving their adult teeth into their final positions. Because we will have already done a lot of the groundwork, the treatment can be much shorter in duration.

A more beautiful smile and a healthy mouth

Crooked teeth can be unsightly and undermine the beauty of your smile which can make you feel awkward. Teeth that are misaligned, crowded or have large gaps can also cause other problems. Having teeth in the wrong position can affect how you eat and speak as well as the overall health of your jaw. Excessive spacing between the teeth can reduce their stability and uneven teeth are harder to clean as there are more places in which plaque can accumulate. This can cause gum inflammation, discomfort, bad breath and infection if left unresolved. If you think that braces mean conspicuous metal train tracks, you may be interested in a new way of straightening teeth. At Weybridge Orthodontics, we fit braces known as Incognito. In Weybridge these discreet braces realign your teeth, enhance your smile and improve your dental health.

Incognito in WeybridgeWhat are Incognito braces?

Adults looking for Incognito in Weybridge are often interested in this option because they do not want to have to worry about their appearance during treatment. For patients in Weybridge, Incognito is a great choice as the braces are fixed to the backs of the teeth, where they are hidden from view. 3D technology means that you can see the predicted results in advance and the braces are carefully made to fit your teeth. Not only are the braces impossible to see unless someone is looking into your mouth, they are also very effective, so you can achieve the smile that you long for.

Braces for the modern world

The results of having Incognito in Weybridge in terms of a more beautiful smile and a healthier mouth are hard to beat. However, patients also value the fact that they fit into their lifestyles. Professional and social interactions are more enjoyable if you are not thinking about whether other people will notice you are having treatment. The braces are fixed so you do not need to worry about taking them out and, because they are fitted to the backs of the teeth, they avoid any potential damage to the enamel on the front.

Having Incognito in Weybridge has benefitted so many people and you can share their experiences.

The discreet way to straighten your teeth

Sadly, many people are disappointed with how they look due to crowded, overly spaced or misaligned teeth. This may sound familiar and you may know how an unattractive smile can have a big impact on your self-esteem. You might have considered treatment to straighten your teeth but are worried that it would be uncomfortable or unsightly due to metal braces. For our patients like you at Weybridge Orthodontics in Weybridge, Invisalign has been a great option as it is effective, discreet and not made of metal.

Invisalign in WeybridgeWhat is Invisalign?

The Invisalign system makes use of a series of clear plastic trays or aligners which gradually reposition your teeth. They are individually made for your mouth and are changed every two weeks as your teeth move to continue to guide them into the correct place. 3D computer modelling allows us to show you the expected results in advance and also predicts the movements that your teeth will make during treatment so that the aligners can be made accurately. When you come to us for treatment, your Weybridge Invisalign dentist will carry out a thorough initial examination, advise on whether it is the correct choice of treatment for you and talk you through the process.

What are the advantages?

The most obvious benefit for patients who use Invisalign in Weybridge is that they end up with a beautiful new smile. However, they also report that the experience of having treatment is very comfortable and discreet, with no invasive procedures. The clear plastic aligners are unobtrusive and very difficult to see unless someone is looking closely. You can take them out for eating and cleaning or special occasions so they do not interfere with daily life. The aligners are made from smooth plastic and are carefully designed to fit your mouth. This means that they do not rub uncomfortably and also ensures that the teeth move in exactly the right way. If you are interested in Invisalign in Weybridge but are worried about the cost, there is good news. We offer interest-free monthly repayment options so a new smile could be an affordable reality.

Take the first steps to enjoying your smile again and make an appointment with us to discuss whether Invisalign in Weybridge is the treatment for you.

Can adults benefit from orthodontic treatment?

A couple of decades ago, the general consensus was that orthodontics in Weybridge was only for children and teens, not adults. This is no longer the case, as today, one in five patients undergoing orthodontic treatment is an adult.

In the past, many adults have been put off braces because of the fear of them altering their appearance during the treatment period and also worries what colleagues or clients would think of them.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeWhy are braces now more popular with adults than in the past?

As technology has advanced more ‘invisible’ brace types such as Invisalign or Incognito have emerged, which are discreet options combining the same level of quality treatment as fixed metal braces, without any of the stereotypical associations that traditional braces have.

With orthodontics in Weybridge, minor dental issues with visible front teeth can now be corrected in very short time periods. Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, we offer a range of short term orthodontic choices for those who do not want comprehensive treatment but are looking to specifically improve the cosmetic appearance of visible teeth. These options can take as little as a few months to a year to create great results. With options like this available, adults have a greater incentive to seek treatment than in the past.

The stigma of orthodontic work has a lot to do with modern culture and who is doing what in the public eye. This then filters down to influence people worldwide. Many celebrities have recently been wearing braces publicly, which has made sporting them much more of a normal and acceptable thing to do for our patients.

Removable orthodontics in Weybridge, such as Invisalign, allow our patients to be responsible for their own treatment, removing the braces at the intervals that suit them. This also does not limit the foods that they eat, as braces can be removed – another huge benefit for adults who do not wish to change their diet or lifestyle.

Also, with removeable orthodontics in Weybridge it is easier to keep on top of dental hygiene – as you don’t have to make changes to your dental health routine as you would have to do with fixed metal brace options.

Get a confidence boost with orthodontics in Weybridge

According to a survey conducted by National Smile Month UK in 2017, their smile is on the top of the list of things we notice when we meet a new person. The survey also tells us that 48% of people in the UK are unhappy with their teeth.

Although looks often play an important part in people’s decision to get their teeth straightened, there are much more advantages to orthodontics in Weybridge than just looking lovely.

There are many health benefits of straighter teeth. Our teeth are stronger when they all work together evenly and it’s easier to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene when our teeth are regimented and straight.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeA range of cosmetic treatments

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics we offer a range of teeth straightening treatments that we consider to be cosmetic. Most of these treatments are best suited for minor adjustments to your visible teeth.

Because these treatments only usually concentrate on your visible teeth, they generally take a lot less time than traditional braces, which are suited to more drastic teeth adjustments.

We offer a system of braces called Six Month Smile treatments that, as the name suggests, usually only last six months. This uses small, clear ceramic bracket and tooth-coloured wires to move the front six social teeth.

Another treatment is Invisalign i7. This treatment involves wearing a series of custom-moulded plastic trays that are slightly different in shape. A big advantage of this treatment is that it is completely removable, making it much more practical when looking after your teeth during the treatment. This treatment is also almost completely invisible as the trays are made from a clear plastic.

Incognito lite also offers fast results. This treatment is also completely invisible to the naked eye. Incognito lite achieves this by attaching to the back side of your teeth rather than the front. This treatment is great for those who wish to straighten just their front teeth or people who have had orthodontic treatment already and need a little boost.

With the help of modern orthodontics in Weybridge, you can see results within three months, making them faster than traditional braces, giving your teeth a quick boost, along with your confidence.

Why choose lingual braces?

Many of our patients here at Weybridge Orthodontics prefer to keep their dental appliances hidden. This is where Incognito in Weybridge can help. Incognito lingual braces offer a unique combination of two properties that no other brace can match. They can achieve the same excellent result as traditional fixed metal braces can, but also, they are essentially almost invisible.

Incognito in Weybridge’s unique combination of properties can be used to treat complex alignment issues, which may be beyond some other discreet straightening treatments.

Incognito in WeybridgeWhat problems can incognito treat?

Lingual braces can be used to treat every dental problem that traditional braces can treat and should achieve the same excellent result. They can be employed to treat the complete spectrum of cases from the relatively simple to more complex dental issues.

Incognito in Weybridge also has the advantage that it can be used to treat teenagers and adults alike.

Why Incognito?

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics we use Incognito lingual braces. This is because they are completely customised to each of our patients’ individual needs. This means that the brackets and wires are made individually to fit for each patient perfectly. These lingual appliances are compact and when appropriately adjusted cause the minimum of disturbance to the mouth. They have been shown to be very accurate appliances which, when used in our skilled hands, deliver the planned treatment very effectively and quickly.

With Incognito in Weybridge the improvement in the appearance of the teeth is obvious as soon as it occurs. This particularly suits our patients when they need the teeth to look better even though the treatment is not finished. Some of our patients have even had their lingual braces in place on their wedding day because they are so barely noticeable.

Are Incognito lingual braces difficult to wear?

When wearing your lingual braces there may be an adaptation phase. This process is completely normal and most of our patients adapt to their lingual braces in just a matter of weeks.

Give us a call today to start your journey to a happier, straighter smile.

Virtually invisible teeth straightening with Invisalign in Weybridge

One thing that stops people from choosing to straighten their teeth is the visual aspect of traditional ´train track´ braces. It is also true that these types of braces can be uncomfortable even to the point of having to take prescribed painkillers.

Thanks to advances in technology leading to more modern materials being available, having your teeth straightened can be quicker and easier. These modern materials are also used to make treatments less conspicuous and more practical.

What treatments are available to me?

Invisalign in WeybridgeHere at Weybridge Orthodontics we offer many teeth straightening solutions, but the main focus this article is Invisalign treatment. In Weybridge, Invisalign offers a practical solution that could completely change the look of your teeth.

Invisalign uses a series of plastic trays that you will change every two weeks. Each tray is slightly different in shape, gradually adjusting your teeth over your treatment period.

Your journey with Invisalign in Weybridge starts with an initial appointment in which scans of your teeth will be taken to generate a 3D image plan to show you how your teeth will move over time.

Once you have had your treatment thoroughly planned and you’re happy to go proceed, your custom-moulded tooth trays will be produced and you will be on your way towards straighter, more regimented teeth.

The benefits of Invisalign

A huge benefit of Invisalign treatment is that the tooth trays that are produced are transparent, making them almost completely invisible when they are in use.

It should also be noted that the trays are also completely removable, making meal times much less of a hassle. With Invisalign aligners, you’ll be able to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene that may have been difficult with traditional braces.

Some dentists even pair Invisalign treatment with tooth whitening treatments as the tooth trays work in the same way as tooth whitening trays. This will give your teeth that extra sparkle, getting you closer to your dream smile.

Having straighter teeth can be a huge confidence booster, so if you’re interested starting a journey towards your perfect smile, consider Invisalign in Weybridge.