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Is Incognito in Weybridge the right treatment for you?

Incognito is a very popular teeth straightening treatment that can be used by children and adults alike. Also known as lingual braces because of its position in the mouth, Incognito in Weybridge is as effective as metal braces with an added bonus – it’s entirely invisible.

If the thought of traditional metal braces for straightening your teeth is not appealing, you can always book a consultation for Incognito in Weybridge at Weybridge Orthodontics. Our experienced dentists will help you decide if this treatment is the right option for your smile.

Incognito in WeybridgeWhat is Incognito?

Lingual braces were invented in the 1970s but didn’t become popular till much later. Nowadays, Incognito is more mainstream than ever and more patients are eager to try this discreet teeth straightening method.

Incognito is a branded type of lingual braces made with nickel-titanium brackets that are customised to fit every single tooth. Incognito uses the same hardware as traditional braces and the brackets are glued to the teeth. However, unlike regular braces, Incognito braces are hidden on the back of the teeth.

The application process for Incognito in Weybridge is virtually the same as with metal braces. Patients may need uncomfortable at first, due to the position of the brackets on the inside of their teeth, but the discomfort will soon disappear.

Incognito braces are customised to fix your unique dental problem – whether it’s crooked, gapped or overcrowded teeth. Incognito braces can also deal with more complex dental problems such as twisted and rotated teeth.

Are these braces right for you?

Knowing about the benefits and disadvantages of lingual braces is a great start to deciding whether they are the right treatment for you. Incognito in Weybridge is very discreet, convenient and can treat many different dental problems. However, oral hygiene can become quite challenging with lingual braces.

To make the best decision, book an appointment with one of our accredited Incognito dentists in Weybridge. Not only will we examine your teeth carefully, but we will also advise you on the pros and cons of Incognito braces for your individual case. We are happy to address any questions you may have. To schedule your consultation appointment, call us today.

Another way to straighten teeth

Think of getting teeth straightened and you probably see an image in your mind’s eye of teeth with metal brackets on them, with wires running between the brackets. Pan back and you discover the teeth belong to a nerdy 12-year-old with no sense of style and a rucksack full of homework on their back.

Invisalign in WeybridgeIf that’s what you see when you think of teeth straightening, then it’s no wonder that you don’t want to look any further into getting treatment for yourself, now that you are an adult in a position of responsibility. You need to be taken seriously, not be mistaken for your niece or nephew.

So, what are you going to do? Are you going to live with those wonky teeth that your parents couldn’t afford to get fixed when you were a kid? Of course, you can do that. It’s not as if they are giving you any pain, although they are rather hard to keep clean. You’re always a bit shocked at the amount of plaque the hygienist scrapes from between them when you go for your 6-monthly session.

And, you do wonder what people think of your teeth when you smile. In fact, you sometimes try to keep your lips together, or you don’t smile at all. It would be nice not to have to be so self-conscious.

And you can be. You can get your teeth realigned and upgrade your smile without having to compromise on how you look during your treatment, if you choose teeth straightening with Invisalign in Weybridge.

Invisalign in Weybridge features clear aligners which are only 0.3mm thick and made of clear plastic. Because they are made to measure to exactly fit your teeth, once the mouth guard-style aligners are on, no one can see them.

You take Invisalign out for eating and drinking, and cleaning your teeth, but wear them the rest of the time. They won’t interfere with your speech, and, because they are made of smooth plastic, they won’t irritate the inside of your mouth either.

In Weybridge, Invisalign treatment takes a year on average. Why not come into Weybridge Orthodontics and find out if they are the right way to straighten your teeth?

Taking responsibility for your home treatment

Teeth straightening can be a lengthy process, in some cases taking up 2-3 years before the realignment is completed. Often after the initial treatment, you will then also need to wear some form of retainer or support equipment to stabilise your realignment. It’s good to remember before starting treatment that the results will be worth the effort and you will go on to enjoy a much-improved smile. However, you will need to commit fully to the treatment method, following orthodontics in Weybridge instructions for home care.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeIf you have chosen orthodontics in Weybridge using Invisalign, you will need to follow an exact treatment plan and the home care maintenance information. During your consultation and fitting of these bespoke aligners, your dentist at Weybridge Orthodontics will give a clear treatment plan to follow. The aligners will need to be replaced according to your treatment plan once every 7-10 days. Invisalign also require special home care to maintain the aligners and take care of your teeth.

At home you will need to:

  1. Remove your Invisalign to eat and drink, you may drink water without removing your aligner. However, since they are made from clear plastic, eating your meals and drinking tea or coffee is likely to discolour your aligners. This reduces their effectiveness as a near invisible brace option.
  2. Always clean your teeth before putting the aligner back into your mouth. You will need to get into the routine of doing this after each meal, snack or drink. This is to stop small particles of food getting trapped into the aligner or against your teeth. This is both unhealthy for your teeth and can cause bad breath as well as being unsightly, creating again conditions for your aligner to be stained.
  3. Your aligner will need to be cleansed thoroughly at least once a week, with a recommendation of twice a week. You will need to wear your aligner for around 22 hours a day, so you will need to find time to properly soak your aligner in dental solution.

Invisalign in one example of orthodontics in Weybridge treatments. At Weybridge Orthodontics, we have a full comprehensive list of treatments available. Call us today for your consultation.

 

Complex misalignments fixed with Incognito in Weybridge

Feeling jealous of all those people who only have mildly wonky teeth and can get them straightened, no trouble at all, with cosmetic braces or clear aligners?

If your dentist has told you that your misalignments are too complex to be straightened with clear ceramic braces or clear aligners, then don’t give up hope. Your straightening does not necessarily have to be carried out with metal brackets and wires fixed all over the front of your teeth, never a good look for those of you already at work.

Incognito in WeybridgeIf you come to see us at Weybridge Orthodontics, there’s a good chance we can do your straightening with a brand of braces called Incognito. In Weybridge, here at Weybridge Orthodontics, we have highly trained braces dentists and a wider range of braces and straightening devices than you will find at a general dentist.

The braces they offer are usually only any good on mild to moderate misalignments that can be fixed by someone who has been trained by the manufacturer to use their particular brand of braces, on a course that lasts only a few days.

Our training lasts for 3 years, after qualifying as general dentists, so we are able to carry out far more complex treatments.

What is Incognito in Weybridge?

Incognito is a brand of bracket and wire braces. Brackets and wires are far better suited to straightening out complex misalignments and deliver more predictable results.

The difference with Incognito is that the brackets go on the tongue-side of the tooth rather than the side that everyone sees. This means that you can have your braces treatment hidden away from view, allowing you to carry on as normal in your daily business. No staring, no intrusive questions, perfect discretion. Every braces wearer’s dream.

Custom-made for you

The tongue-side surfaces of the teeth are more complex, so each bracket is made to fit each individual tooth surface. Gold alloy is used, and the braces take longer to manufacture. Once they are on, it will take a few days to get used to them, but then the magic begins.

Why not come and find out how Incognito in Weybridge can transform your teeth?

Clear views for teeth straightening

Self-consciousness plays a big part in the whether or not people decide to go for treatment to get their teeth straightened.

Children generally don’t have the option to choose whether or not to get their teeth straightened; their parents choose for them. And if they are pre-adolescent, they don’t usually mind what braces they wear.

Invisalign in WeybridgeBut as kids hit their teenage years, they are more likely to suffer from excruciating self-consciousness as their hormones rage around their bodies. This settles down and wears off, but then they are into adulthood and face another problem to do with image. It may not be so vital to look cool anymore, but it’s become very important to look professional. And braces will forever be associated with looking like a gawky adolescent.

So often people go through life wishing they could get their teeth straightened but not doing so because they don’t want to look odd.

But with Invisalign in Weybridge, all that worrying about image can be put to one side. This is because Invisalign in Weybridge, from us at Weybridge Orthodontics, is so thin and transparent that, once it is put on over the teeth, it can hardly be seen at all.

No brackets and wires

Instead of the usual brackets and wires fixed to the fronts of the teeth, Invisalign uses clear aligners made of very thin plastic. They look more like mouth guards than braces.

The movement is created by bumps and ridges placed inside the aligners to press on the teeth in a particular direction. Wearing the aligners for 22 hours a day gently moves the teeth.

Patients receive a series of aligners. The progression of the treatment with Invisalign in Weybridge is created by wearing each aligner for 7-10 days. At the start of wearing it, it feels uncomfortable. As the jawbone reacts to relieve the discomfort, by dissolving and rebuilding the bone around the teeth, the pressure disappears. By the end of a week or so, the aligners feel like they fit and it’s time to move onto the next one in the series.

On average, treatment with Invisalign in Weybridge takes a year.

Reasons to choose orthodontics in Weybridge

In recent years, more and more general dentists have begun to offer their patients cosmetic braces to straighten mild to moderate misalignment issues with their teeth. It can seem very tempting to jump in and say yes to getting braces from a general dentist, but there is still good reason to get orthodontics in Weybridge from trained and experienced orthodontists.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeEducation and training

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, our orthodontists have all been through 3 years of postgraduate training in orthodontics, following on from 8 years of study to become general dentists. Some of our orthodontists are also consultants at important dental hospitals, for which they must complete 2 years intensive hospital training. Compare these years of extra training to the few days training needed to become accredited in various cosmetic braces.

Staying abreast of developments

Every dentist has to complete about 20 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year. They do this by attending courses. Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, we have taken CPD one step further and set up a peer review and continuing education forum that we call OrthoProgress. As founder members, we can’t help but stay up to date with the latest developments in orthodontics.

Equipment

Some dentists are still not really digital, but at Weybridge Orthodontics, we have become completely digitised. This means you can expect to have your teeth scanned and see images of them on a nearby screen, rather than have impressions made from dental putty. Scanning is more accurate and detailed and the results are quicker to send to manufacturers.

Orthodontic therapists

We were one of the first practices in the country to train and set up a team of orthodontic therapists.

Referral dentistry

We are a referral dentist. This means that other dental practices that do not have their own orthodontists refer their patients to us for treatment. We even treat the children of some of our referring dentists.

When you come to us for orthodontics in Weybridge, you know you will be receiving high quality treatment, whether it is NHS or private. Why not book a consultation to get your teeth straightening underway in early 2019?

Fly under the radar with your braces treatment

Are you tired of friends telling you how discreet their teeth straightening treatment was? It seems getting your teeth straightened as an adult is all the rage with clear aligners and tooth-coloured bracket and wire braces increasingly available at the dentist. Great for all of them, but perhaps not so much for you if you’ve been told your misalignments are too severe for clear aligners or those tooth-coloured fixed braces. Well there is no need to be down in the dumps about it anymore, not when you can get Incognito in Weybridge.

Incognito in WeybridgeYou don’t need to wear conspicuous fixed metal braces and endure stares and perhaps even sniggers. Incognito in Weybridge from Weybridge Orthodontics is a discreet, fixed braces treatment that can handle severe misalignments with ease.

How is this possible? It comes down to their innovative design.

Designed for discretion

Incognito uses the traditional mechanics of fixed metal braces pulling your teeth into alignment but with one massive difference – they are fixed onto the backs of your teeth. Each bracket is custom-made to fit the contours of the backs of your teeth, where they are secured in place by our braces dentist. They are completely hidden from view and are therefore the only braces treatment for severe misalignments that is both effective and discreet.

Time to adjust

Having braces on the backs of your teeth, next to your tongue, takes a little getting used to. But eventually the feel of those brackets and wires won’t be a distraction and you’ll be able to get on with your day as normal. You will have to invest some time in cleaning your braces properly, which can be a little trickier with the brackets on the backs of your teeth. But with some practice and advice from your dentist, you will get the hang of it.

Getting started

If you want to straighten out your teeth without the whole world knowing about it, then Incognito in Weybridge could be the way to go. The first step is to book a consultation with our braces dentist who will examine your teeth, take impressions and maybe x-rays too. So get in touch and we’ll get started.

No need to be camera shy with Invisalign in Weybridge

If you’re an adult thinking about teeth straightening, then odds are you value the aesthetics of your smile and your dental health. After all, teeth straightening is quite an investment of time and money but brings great cosmetic and dental health benefits. But perhaps you are hesitant to commit because you don’t really want to endure the full metal look on your teeth and see your glinting smile in every photo that gets snapped on somebody’s phone camera. Thankfully you don’t have to be camera shy with Invisalign in Weybridge.

Invisalign in WeybridgeAt Weybridge Orthodontics, we’ve waved off countless patients happily wearing their Invisalign clear aligners. It is the most discreet way to straighten out mild to moderately misaligned teeth. You no doubt have a few questions about how that is possible, so let’s try and answer them now.

What are clear aligners?

When you choose Invisalign in Weybridge, you’ll be given a series of clear, plastic aligners. These are similar to mouth guards, but much thinner at just 0.3mm in thickness. They are made based on digital impressions of your teeth that are sent off to the Invisalign lab in the USA. Here, they are 3D-printed and then sent back to us here at Weybridge Orthodontics.

How does Invisalign work?

The clear aligners are designed with pressure points along their inner surfaces that push your teeth into straighter positions. Each aligner is responsible for one step along your teeth-straightening journey and is switched out for the next in the series every 7-10 days.

What is the treatment journey like?

Without the need to get wires periodically pulled at the dentist, as you would with fixed metal braces, you will have fewer dental appointments. Instead you switch out your aligners yourself at home. But we will still see you periodically to check everything is on track and you’re happy with your treatment. You’ll need to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day for your treatment to stay on schedule. You also need to take your aligners out whenever you eat, drink, brush and floss and clean them every day. It’s as easy as that.

Interested? Get in touch with our dental team today to book your Invisalign consultation.

Your child and orthodontics in Weybridge

You have probably noticed how everyone under the age of about 30 has perfectly straight teeth these days. That’s because of the great strides orthodontics have made in the past 20 years. Braces have got a lot smaller and more comfortable, and there is much more choice for people who have mild to moderate misalignment issues, which is most people.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeYou may also have noticed that kids seem to be getting braces at a much younger age these days and that is also thanks to advances in braces technology on the diagnostics front. These days, at Weybridge Orthodontics, we can take a look inside your child’s jawbone at the adult teeth lining up to come through behind their baby teeth. We can use our advanced diagnostics to accurately predict how those teeth will come through and whether they will need some help to arrive well aligned.

That’s another big difference with orthodontics in Weybridge today, we can help teeth descend into the right place rather than having to wait until they have arrived and then move them around.

Also, if your child has alignment problems with their jaws, then the earlier treatment starts the easier it is. The jawbone is pretty malleable when your child is young, but after the age of 18, it sets hard and the shape of it can no longer be altered.

Timing

All this means that we can give your child an orthodontic assessment when they are as young as 5-7 years old. If we think they are going to need orthodontics in Weybridge, treatment can begin when they have a mixture of adult and baby teeth, at around the age of 9.

Having braces fitted so early means that children can get their treatment completed and out of the way before they are 12-13 years old and the agonies of adolescence begin. They can go through the awful self-consciousness of being a teenager without having to feel awful about either their wonky teeth or having to wear braces.

So, if you’d like us to see what lies in store for your child, bring them along for an orthodontic assessment soon. Certainly, if they are aged 9 or over, the sooner the better.

Complex alignment solved with Incognito in Weybridge

To be honest, no one really thinks that wearing braces is going to improve their image, even if afterwards, when their teeth are straight, they will look amazing. We can dress up metal braces for kids with brightly coloured elastics round the brackets to make them a feature, but that’s not a look that’s going to work for adults. Unfortunately, most discreet and invisible braces are designed for people with mild to moderate alignment issues. Those with complex issues that require precision straightening over a pretty long period will have to have traditional bracket and wire braces.

Incognito in WeybridgeFortunately, at Weybridge Orthodontics, we have a great way you can get the best of both worlds and that’s with Incognito in Weybridge.

How Incognito in Weybridge works

Incognito braces still use metal brackets and wires, which are the style of braces most able to deliver the force and precision needed to correct complex and severe misalignments. The difference with Incognito in Weybridge is that the brackets are fixed to the tongue-side of the teeth rather than the fronts.

The gold alloy brackets are each individually made to precisely fit the inner surface of each tooth, using detailed measurements taken from impressions and a handheld scanner.

Once the brackets are in place, they are strung together with wire, just like traditional braces. The difference is that no one can see them.

How to get Incognito in Weybridge

Come in to see us at Weybridge Orthodontics and we can examine your teeth to make sure you do indeed need Incognito. If you do, we take all the measurements and send them off to the manufacturer. Because each bracket is custom-made, it takes about 3 weeks for the braces to be created and sent back to us for fitting to your teeth.

You will take a few days to get used to having braces on the inner surfaces of your teeth, and you will need to learn how to keep them thoroughly clean. But once you have got the hang of them, these braces will fit neatly into your life and over the next little while straighten out your teeth, apparently by magic.