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Considering treatment with Invisalign braces? Your top 5 FAQs answered by Weybridge Orthodontics

If you are an adult who has crooked teeth, the world can sometimes seem like an unfair place. As a society, we are seemingly constantly bombarded with images of celebrities, models and other famous people who have the glamourous ‘Hollywood Smile,’ which does little to boost self-esteem.

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In years gone by, there were only two solutions to three solutions to these issues; learn to live with your teeth, have them removed and replaced with dentures, or wear the large, orthodontic braces which, if anything, would be more likely to add to you feeling self-conscious.

Luckily, today, as dentistry has become more sophisticated, there is a discrete option available, which is taking the dental world by storm.

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we are proud to be able to offer this option to all of our suitable patients. Invisalign in Weybridge can provide you with a discreet alternative to traditional braces while packing the power of a metal-based aligner. Easy to wear and removable, this brace will allow you to carry on with your day to day life with confidence, without drawing unwanted stares from strangers. 

Want to know more about Invisalign in Weybridge? Below are the answers to the top 5 FAQs about this powerful orthodontic procedure.

Am I suitable for invisible braces?

When deciding whether or not to have Invisalign in Weybridge, your first port of call so to speak should be with a member of our dental team.

Our team has extensive experience of working with this brace and can quickly assess whether or not you are suitable for treatment with it. Provided your oral health is generally good and you have minor to moderate misalignment issues, you should be suitable for treatment with invisible braces.

How do invisible braces work?

Unlike traditional orthodontic braces, invisible aligners work by gently pushing your teeth into their new position, with the use of gently opposing metal coils.

There is no force associated with this treatment and so, discomfort is minimal.

Aren’t invisible braces painful?

In a word, no. Well, they shouldn’t be!

As previously mentioned, they do not apply force to relocating your teeth in the same way that orthodontic braces do, and therefore, any discomfort experienced while wearing them should be minimal.

How long will I need to wear them for?

The only person who can answer that question is a member of our dental team.

However, it is worth noting that the average period of time many of our patients wear invisible aligners is between 6-9 months in total. Be aware that you may even be able to wear them for less time than this, depending on your clinical situation.

Aren’t invisible braces really expensive?

Money doesn’t grow on trees and the initial cost of invisible braces can seem daunting.

However, due to their accelerated treatment time, they are often more cost-effective than orthodontic options. Many surgeries (including Weybridge Orthodontics) can offer you a payment plan or finance, to help you break down the cost into affordable monthly payments. Perfect!

Want straighter teeth as an adult? How Incognito braces at Weybridge Orthodontics can help you!

In modern dentistry, more and more adults are seeking cosmetic or corrective procedures to provide them with the straighter, whiter smile that they have always wanted.

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However, for adults who have a more complicated misalignment issue, it may seem that the only solution is to have traditional metal orthodontic braces. Far from what many of them had in mind!

With so much of the adult world based on appearances, many patients are seeking a more discreet treatment to help them straighten their teeth without paying the earth and luckily, there is an answer!

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we are able to offer adult patients a more discreet brace; the Incognito in Weybridge is one of our more popular braces with adults. It combines the realignment strength of a traditional brace with the discretion comparable to Invisalign at a fraction of the cost! Perfect!

Want to know if the Incognito in Weybridge is for you? Read on to find out more!

What are lingual braces?

A custom-fitted appliance that is practically invisible, Incognito in Weybridge is fitted to the back of your teeth, so no-one will know you are wearing them unless you tell them!

These braces are created using state of the art technology, to ensure that they fit your teeth correctly and do not cause discomfort during treatment.

How do they work?

Before having your new braces fitted, our team will need to take a bite impression if your teeth. Once completed, we will fit the braces to the back of your teeth, holding the gold brackets in place with dental cement.

Similar to traditional orthodontic braces, you will need to visit our team every few weeks for archwires tightened, to move your teeth into their desired position. Depending on the severity of your misalignment, you may require more tightening sessions and adjustments before that gorgeous new smile is achieved.

What can they correct?

Lingual braces can correct a wide variety of dental misalignments, commonly being used to treat issues such as over and underbites, crossbites, and protrusions.

However, lingual braces can also correct overcrowding, spacing issues and misalignments of the teeth; if you bit does not fit perfectly together, then it is likely that lingual braces can help to correct that!

What are the advantages of lingual braces?

Did we mention that they are practically invisible?

Of course, discretion is one of the key advantages of having lingual braces fitted but there are a few others too.

Compared to invisible aligners, for example, they are more equipped to deal with tooth rotations and more difficult movements, which are common in many mouths that require orthodontic treatment.

Similarly, lingual braces also offer our dental team more control over how your teeth will move.

This allows our dentists to perform more precise and minor movements, which would be impossible to achieve with invisible or clear braces. Eager to find out if lingual braces are for you? Contact our friendly team at Weybridge Orthodontics today for an initial consultation. Call us today!

Isn’t Invisalign uncomfortable? 5 myths about this invisible brace answered by Weybridge Orthodontics

In recent years, dentistry has advanced exponentially, to make orthodontic treatment faster, cheaper and more accessible for everyone.

While there is an ongoing myth that adults cannot undertake orthodontic procedures, more and more adults are approaching their dentists about getting a straighter smile. Of course, many adults are put off of the idea of having traditional, orthodontic braces fitted, prompting a revolution in adult orthodontic aligners.

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At Weybridge Orthodontics, our dentists are proud to be able to offer our patients a wide array of orthodontic treatments. One of the most popular aligners among our adult patients is Invisalign; in Weybridge, we are able to treat suitable patients with this world-famous aligner, making their orthodontic journey a smoother and easier one.

But, like many advanced technologies, this invisible aligner has attracted its fair share of myths and falsehoods, which prevents many patients from seeking it out.

Do you want to know the truth behind the myths? Are you curious if Invisalign in Weybridge can help you get a straighter smile? Read on to find out more!

Invisible braces can only correct minor alignment issues

This is one of the most common misconceptions about Invisalign in Weybridge.

Although a member of our dental team will need to assess your suitability for treatment with this aligner, invisible braces can correct moderate to severe misalignment issues. Typically, invisible braces are helped to correct issues with gaps or spacing in the teeth but, but can also be used to reverse overcrowding and even protrusions.

Invisible braces are available online for cheaper

While this is not exactly a myth, it is far from the truth.

If you type invisible braces into any search engine, you will be bombarded with offers about aligners that can straighten your teeth without needing a dental check-up. This is obviously false.

In the same way, you would (hopefully!) not order prescription glasses online without an eye test, you should never order complex orthodontic treatments online. These aligners are often harmful and can create more issues with your teeth than they correct.

If you want a straighter smile, trust our dental team to help you get it!

Invisible braces are more expensive than traditional braces

It may feel unfair that invisible braces often come with such a hefty price tag, but in comparison to traditional orthodontics, they are often a better financial option.

As invisible braces offer accelerated treatment times, they also often offer patients a substantially lower price tag.

Invisible braces cause speech issues

Invisible braces are removable and so, it may seem logical that they cause speech issues.

However, they are custom-fitted to slot over your teeth, like a glove so to speak, and should therefore not become loose.

Invisible braces are uncomfortable

One of the key benefits of invisible aligners is their comfort. As they fit perfectly over your teeth and are made of malleable but durable plastic, there should be no discomfort at all while wearing them. They are even comfortable enough to wear to bed without hassle.

Need to convince your kid that braces are a good idea?

So you have just been to the dentist with your child and have been told they need braces. How do you convince them that this will be of a benefit to them? Far from the most popular dental procedure, braces have an extremely bad name. However, globally, they are one of the most common corrective procedures and in dentistry and they are also highly recommended to prevent secondary issues from occurring.

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At Weybridge Dental, our team is proud to be able to offer our patients 3 types of orthodontics in Weybridge; early treatment, interceptive treatment, and adult treatment. In relation to children, our team aims to provide a more fun-filled experience while they are wearing their braces, and will ensure that they are comfortable at all times during treatment.

But, how do you convince your now grumpy kid that this will be worthwhile? By remembering these 5 facts about the benefits or early orthodontics in Weybridge.

Improved self confidence

It may seem counterintuitive to state that orthodontics in Weybridge will actually improve your child’s confidence; after all, metal braces are far from flattering or discreet!

However, it is an unfortunate fact that children who have dental misalignments are often bullied and may report feeling ostracised from their peers at school. A brace will reassure them that their dental issue is getting treated and allow them to interact with their friends with confidence.

Better oral health

There are no two ways about it; straighter teeth are easier to clean.

If your child has spaced, crooked or an uneven bite, there will undoubtedly be spaces in their mouth that they cannot reach properly while brushing. This leads to an accumulation of plaque and bacteria that can cause decay and gum inflammation. While there will be some extra work required to keep their braces clean, as their teeth straighten, brushing will become easier to manage and their overall oral health will improve.

Reduced treatment time

After our adult teeth come through, they become more set in place over time, making them more tricky to move.

As braces are usually fitted by the age of 7 years, this allows for a faster treatment time, due to the newly erupted adult teeth being easier to move without discomfort or excess force.

Reduced risk of trauma

Children fall over a lot. It is a fact of life!

But, children who have protruding teeth are at a higher risk of trauma to the inside of their lips, tongue and even of losing their teeth altogether. While it may seem illogical to try to remedy this with a heavy, metal appliance, a brace will help to straighten the teeth and provide a long term solution to the risk of serious oral traumas.

Cost!

Longer treatment times equate to higher costs!

As an adult, your child may find it expensive (not to mention uncomfortable) to resolve their misaligned smile and so, it is worthwhile to invest in this procedure while they are young and can have treatments completed quickly and without secondary complications.

What is Invisalign and why may I choose to have Invisalign in Weybridge?

Invisalign is essentially a form of clear aligners. Invisalign is the name of just one worldwide provider of clear aligners, although there is a common misconception that Invisalign is the dental name for clear aligners.This treatment has risen dramatically in popularity within recent years.

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Why is Invisalign so popular?

Invisalign has risen recently within popularity due to its rapid results, as well as convenience. For individuals who have a hectic lifestyle or are within a professional career they may feel as if clear aligners or other discrete forms of orthodontics may be better suited for them personally, and their lifestyle. Invisalign are essentially a form of retainer that aim to straighten the teeth slowly by moving them in a positive direction. Certain individuals who may suffer from low self-esteem and low self-confidence may feel as if invisible forms of orthodontics is better for them. Invisalign can also be perfect for individuals who have already previously undergone a form of orthodontics in the past. Undergoing clear aligners at an older age can cause extremely rapid and long lasting results.

How do clear aligners work?

Clear aligners are invisible retainer like mechanisms that aim to straighten the teeth within the mouth. These clear aligners are replaced every several weeks, meaning the teeth are slowly encouraged to move in a positive direction.

How do I get Invisalign in Weybridge?

If you are looking towards potentially getting orthodontic treatment with us then you may be wondering how you start the process. If you are not sure about the treatment you are about to have, then you may wish to get in touch to have an initial consultation.

What is an initial consultation?

An initial consultation is essentially an appointment that an individual may have with a dental healthcare professional to decipher all orthodontic options. During an initial consultation a patient may ask their dental health care professional any questions, queries, or concerns that they may have before undergoing their orthodontic or dental treatment.

Do you offer monthly finance options?

Yes! At our clinic within weybridge we offer our patients an interest free payment plan, in order to allow our patients to avoid a hefty initial dental fee. If you are not undergoing dental treatment with the National Health Service then you will have to pay dental fees. Some individuals may avoid their regular dental appointments for several reasons (anxiety for example) the other reason may be to avoid financial costs. We fully that the thought of a hefty cost can be daunting for the majority of patients, which is why we believe finance plans (especially those of which that are interest free) can be extremely comforting for so many individuals.

What is Invisalign in Weybridge and why would I choose to undergo this particular form of orthodontics in Weybridge?

Orthodontics as a branch of dentistry aims to improve the alignment of teeth within the mouth. As a general rule, orthodontics can address a variety of issues as well as aiming to straighten teeth, they can correct an overbite, or underbite, and can deal with poor jaw alignment. All of which can affect a patient’s dental and overall health. Invisalign is essentially one form of orthodontics using clear aligners, they are simply one make, but are the largest producer worldwide. Invisalign is used when correcting mild to moderate misalignment of the teeth.

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Why choose Invisalign in Weybridge over any other form of orthodontics?

We find many individuals may choose to undergo this particular form of orthodontics due to their aesthetically pleasing appearance, in that they are almost invisible to the casual observer. Invisalign is unique in the way that there is a lack of metal brackets being used and they are simply a plastic customised aligner which fits snugly over the teeth. Invisalign may be preferred by individuals who have previously undergone orthodontics, they can be used as a ‘top up’ or a ‘refresher’ treatment. Individuals of all ages can choose to undergo Invisalign treatment. Some people who are older and want to exude a more professional persona and those younger individuals who may suffer from a lower level of self-esteem and confidence find these aligners very convenient. Having clear aligners for young adolescents and teens can help to eliminate some of the insecurities traditional metal braces may hold.

How does Invisalign in Weybridge work?

Invisalign works to produce the pleasing outcome provided by other forms of orthodontics. All forms of orthodontics are similar in the way that they all aim for the same result; straight teeth. These clear aligners are replaced every few weeks with a new set, each one designed to take the patient nearer their desired straightened teeth. At our dental clinic in Weybridge we take the impressions and moulds of your teeth, these are then sent off to Invisalign, we then receive their finalised and individualised clear aligners.

How much do Invisalign cost, and how do I undergo an initial consultation?

At our clinic in Weybridge we are proud to say we offer free initial consultations, meaning you can decide which orthodontic treatment is suitable for you with our help of course! If you are considering undergoing clear aligner treatment with us you can enter in your key details on our website along will some notes with any queries or concerns you may have!

What steps are involved within the Invisalign process?

The first initial step involved is where we take a three dimensional impression of your teeth. A prediction is made to you of what you can expect from your dental results, this can be a huge advantage to patients in order to visualise the end results of the treatment. All the data and information is then sent away to have your sets of aligners made to your specifications.  Upon receiving your custom made clear aligners you have to make sure you wear them as specified by us, in order for you to have the desired outcome from you treatment.

How much does Invisalign cost?

This will depend on the number of aligners which will need to be made for you and the time it will take for your treatment and will all be discussed with our dental professional on your initial consultation.

What is Incognito in Weybridge, and why may I choose to undergo this form of orthodontics in Weybridge?

Incognito in Webridge is a form of discreet orthodontics. Individuals who may choose to have orthodontics, or this particular form of orthodontics, may wish for a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Individuals with crooked, or misaligned teeth may choose this form of orthodontic treatment. Patients with an aesthetically displeasing smile may suffer from low self-esteem, and having orthodontics can improve a patient’s confidence. Patients with overlapping teeth on both rows of the mouth as well as an overbite, for example, may choose this form of brace.

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What are orthodontics, and why may I choose to undergo this form of dental treatment at my local dental surgery in Weybridge?

Orthodontics are essentially a form of dentistry that aims to align the teeth and therefore improve the appearance of a patient’s overall smile. Misalignment within the mouth can knock an individual’s self confidence dramatically. Teeth that are crooked and therefore misaligned may require one form of orthodontics. Orthodontics come in many forms, however all of which aim for the same result: a healthy and aesthetically pleasing smile. An individual may choose to undergo this form of dental treatment if they have misaligned

How does Incognito™ work?

Incognito™ is an effective and technologically new orthodontic mechanism that aims to produce fast and long lasting dental results.  Incognito™ is a highly developed form of orthodontics that have the benefit of a subtle and discreet appearance. These braces have the benefit of being custom made individually to every patient who chooses to undergo them. These braces are essentially a combination of both brackets and a thin metal wire to offer our patients an invisible and raid solution to straighten teeth, and an overall aesthetically pleasing smile.

How do I know if the treatment will work for me?

It may be challenging for you as an individual to decide which orthodontic treatment to undergo. Undergoing any dental or orthodontic treatment can be stressful for patients in terms of anxiety, nerves, as well as the overwhelming financial aspect dental treatments may hold. Choosing a dental treatment can be challenging, however having an initial consultation with a dental healthcare professional can help you decipher which dental or orthodontic treatment is best for you. Incognito is unique in the way that we can show patients their resulting smile (using three dimensional technology), this has a high accuracy and can offer patients amazing results.

Why choose us to undergo your orthodontic treatment?

At our dental clinic we offer a high quality and professional standard of dental treatment. We pride ourselves on delivering a high level of professionalism and providing our patients with a high level of comfort. We strive to deliver a highly technological treatment, and boast a wide array of dental healthcare professionals to help deliver your treatments.

What are orthodontics and why may I choose to undergo orthodontics in Weybridge?

Orthodontics are essentially a form of dentistry that aims to improve the alignment of the teeth. Orthodontics can come in several forms, and some individuals may decide to undergo a more subtle form of orthodontics, such as clear aligners (for example). Orthodontics work by slowly encouraging the teeth to move in a desired direction. People who may choose to undergo orthodontics at our practice in Weybridge may also have an overbite, or may have teeth with an unsightly appearance (such as being crooked). Having an overbite may be as a result of bad childhood habits, such as sucking your thumb. Some more traditional forms of orthodontics consist of traditional metal braces. Traditional metal braces may be thought of when adolescents come to mind, this is why some adults and individuals of the older generation who come to us may decide to undergo a more discreet form of braces. Patients who wish for a straighter, and overall improved smile normally take the step to undergo orthodontics.

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How do braces work?

All forms of orthodontics work in different ways, one example is the traditional metal brace. Traditional metal braces work by using a combination of both brackets and a thin metal wire. Small metal brackets are adhered to the teeth using a special dental like substance (essentially a glue). These metal brackets are adhered to the front surface of every tooth within the mouth, a wire is then attached to these brackets. This form of traditional metal brace works by slowly encouraging the teeth to move in a certain direction, using pressure exerted by having them tightened periodically.

Clear aligners are another form of orthodontics and can be fixed or removable. Clear aligners are sometimes transparent retainers, which work by built in coils slowly exerting pressure to align the teeth. There are a number of sets of retainers used during treatment, each one being replaced over time to ensure the desired result.

What forms of orthodontics do you offer at your dental surgery in Weybridge?

At our surgery we are unique in the way that we offer a wide range of dental and orthodontic treatments. One example of the orthodontic treatment we offer here is Invisalign, which is a widely known name and is actually just one provider of clear aligners we can use. We can offer an array of fixed clear or ceramic braces too. One other example of the wide array of orthodontic treatments we offer is a treatment type known as ‘Incognito’.

What are ‘Incognito’ braces and why may I choose to undergo this form of orthodontics?

Incognito braces are a more subtle form of brace. Incognito braces use a wire that is placed behind the teeth, this means it is virtually impossible for other individuals you may come in contact with to tell you are wearing braces. Individuals may decide to have this form of brace if they are older, and do not wish for obvious orthodontics to hinder their career prospects (for example).

How do I inquire about undergoing orthodontics?

If you are unsure about whether or not you want to undergo an orthodontic treatment at our clinic you can make a simple enquiry directly via our website, by filling out some of your simple contact details (name, email, and your telephone number). If you feel more comfortable selecting the type of enquiry you wish to make you can use a dropbox option to let us know what you wish to know.  You can also use an open tailed notes box so you can express any queries, concerns, or even simple questions you may have.

Searching for Invisalign in Weybridge?

Where to find us

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, also known as Surrey Braces, our team of highly professional, qualified practitioners have a combined 100 years of first-hand dental experience and expertise. Our team has helped bring smiles to the faces of over 21,000 happy Surrey residents, and we are showing no signs of slowing down. By getting to know our patients on a personal level, rather than simply opting for the ‘one size fits all’ approach to orthodontics, which is all too common, we’ve found that a more formative and mutually advantageous patient/practitioner relationship can flourish. Our in-house team are on hand to provide patients with a range of different treatments, including the installation of discrete orthodontics, such as Invisalign in Weybridge.

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Hidden wonders

This retainer system is one which has revolutionised the world of conventional orthodontics. Historically, those seeking dental realignment, were often faced with the decision to sacrifice their outward appearance for around twelve months for the sake of a straighter smile, by wearing large, visible, traditional metal braces. Today however, thanks to the ingenuity of Stanford University graduate, Zia Chishti, this has become a thing of the past. Chishti took the world of orthodontics by storm when he first introduced his new system, which utilises a removable, plastic retainer as an alternative to conventional fused metal brackets. This retainer is constructed from a specialist, patented plastic known as SmartTrack, which is utilised for it’s uniquely durable, yet malleable nature. When worn throughout the course of treatment — which varies from case to case, but typically lasts around twelve months — the patient’s teeth are gradually drawn into their correct specifications, using specifically placed pressure points within the retainer.

Under the surface

One of the major reasons as to why Invisalign in Weybridge has grown vastly in its popularity over recent years, over conventional methods of orthodontics, is its discrete nature.  Each retainer is unique and made to fit the patient’s teeth by utilising cutting-edge 3D rendering software, which allows for a perfectly accurate and virtually perfect mould of each patient’s teeth to be created, from which the retainer is made. As the retainer is custom fitted to the specific contours of a patient’s teeth, when worn, it fits so snugly over their teeth that it becomes practically invisible. This may explain why Invisalign in Weybridge is now the number one method of discrete orthodontics for teenagers and young adults, who may be deterred from conventional methods due to the scrutiny they may receive from their peers or colleagues. Another reason for Invisalign’s success within this demographic is that, unlike conventional methods of dental realignment, the retainer is removable. This affords its users to decide a convenient time to carry out treatment, and fit around their schedules — such as when at home or asleep. Our friendly and approachable team of specialists will be on-hand to help our patients through each stage of the process of undertaking Invisalign in Weybridge, and we will always provide patients with the support and guidance they require.

Uncover the hidden wonders of Incognito braces

Where we are

Here at Surrey Braces, also known as Weybridge Orthodontics, our highly qualified, professional team of specialist dental practitioners are committed to providing the residents of Surrey, and beyond, with the highest standards of excellence in all things Orthodontics. Rather than simply adopting the one-size-fits-all approach to orthodontics, which is all too common in practices up and down the country, here at Weybridge, we provide a tailored service which is catered to the needs of each specific individual patient. By connecting with our patients on a personal and relatable level, we’ve found that a more informative and mutually beneficial dental experience can flourish. Anyone seeking such braces as Incognito in Weybridge, can rest assured they will receive the highest possible level of care, consideration and excellence from us.

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Discrete ingenuity

Historically, patients who are seeking orthodontic realignment treatments often had to sacrifice their outward appearance for the sake of progress. This was primarily due to the limited methodologies that were available, leaving few with any options other than traditional metal braces. These could often cause discomfort and could greatly affect the patient’s appearance. Today however, treatments such as Incognito in Weybridge afford patients the ability to undertake essential dental realignment without anyone noticing. Treatments such as these have only come about through decades of design ingenuity and refinement and the vastness of materials and methodologies that have become available through the age of technological prowess we live.

Going incognito

Incognito in Weybridge is a modern solution to dental realignment, which negates the issues faced by those who undertake conventional methods, such as their outward appearance being affected and thus their self-esteem and confidence suffering as a result. This is achieved by adopting a similar method to traditional braces, in that the patient’s teeth are realigned by using fused sockets and a metal wire — however, what separates Incognito from its predecessor, is that the wire and sockets are fused to the backs of the patient’s teeth and thus are practically invisible from the front.

Hidden wonders

The Incognito Lingual Bracket system is the only 100% custom fixed appliance system for invisible braces within the UK. This means that each installation of these braces is entirely unique to each patient. By utilising cutting-edge 3D rendering technology, an entirely accurate digitised impression of the contours and shapes of each patient’s teeth can be made with ease. This allows for our expertly trained team of orthodontics to install these braces, constructed from arch-wires, bonding trays and brackets, uniquely for each patient. Patients seeking this treatment from us, here at Weybridge Orthodontics, are afforded the ability to smile to their fullest potential, without having to suffer any potential embarrassment that may arise from exposing teeth that are misaligned, or from exposing large metal braces. Additionally to this, patients who choose such a solution, can also enjoy all the luxuries that conventional braces do not allow, such as enjoying any food without fear of it becoming lodged within their braces.