Orthodontics

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.

Opening up on orthodontics in Weybridge

Who we are

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics – also known as Surrey Dental – our team are committed to providing residents with a bespoke, patient centred orthodontic service like no other. With over a century of combined first-hand dental experience, our in-house orthodontic specialists are well versed in providing quality care and professionalism to Surrey residents and beyond. We’re happy to boast we have personally helped restore the smiles to an excess of 21,000 patients within the Surrey area alone, and are showing no signs of stopping. Anyone who is seeking orthodontics in Weybridge of any description, need look no further than the reputable, reliable and approachable practitioners here at Weybridge Orthodontics.

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Aligned with the times

Here at Weybridge, we strive to utilise some of the most innovative and cutting-edge technologies available within orthodontics. To understand this quest for dental perfection, it helps to know a bit about the history of the discipline. For over 10,000 years there has been an active effort made by numerous cultures to improve the alignment of patients’ teeth. Whilst the orthodontics of the Egyptians are crude and rudimentary by today’s standards, they indicate that the correlation between straight and clean smiles and wealth and prosperity are nothing new. Throughout the years, the field of orthodontics evolved and developed, each civilisation making use of the materials and methodologies that were afforded to them from their era. Conventional orthodontics, as they are recognised today, only began to take shape around the year 2,000 when NASA replaced common titanium wire braces with heat activated nickel-titanium. This ushered in a new age in the development of orthodontics, as braces were no longer so cumbersome and uncomfortable. From then on, an increased focus was made to make braces less visible and the next leap in their development came when Zia Chishti launched the Invisalign retainer, which replaced the need for wires and brackets with a removable, plastic retainer. 

Our services

Those who are seeking orthodontics in Weybridge, will find all their dental needs met with ease, by our trained and professional staff here at Surrey Dental. Initially, prior to beginning any treatment, new patients must first undertake a friendly, informal consultation with our staff. This is done to establish which treatment option is best suited to the needs of the patient, as well as establish a relationship that is built on trust, respect and understanding. Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments across all fields of orthodontics. These include the installation of discrete orthodontic aligners such as Invisalign retainers, as well as more conventional methods such as ceramic, fused braces, known as Clarity aligners. Whatever the patient feels is the best option for them, our in-house staff will be on hand to clarify and explain the basis of each method of orthodontics in Weybridge. Seeking orthodontic treatments can have a massively beneficial and positive effect on the self-esteem and confidence of those who require them, as they need not be concerned with exposing teeth which are misaligned or overlapping, and can smile to their fullest potential without any care.    

Crooked teeth

Crooked teeth occur for many reasons, most of them genetic. Some crookedness can be caused by behaviour such as thumb sucking, however it is generally accepted that those with severely crooked teeth are just unfortunate, and will need to see an orthodontist, a dentist who specialises in the straightening of teeth and the alignment of the jaw. If you are looking for an orthodontist in Weybridge, then we would be a particularly viable option.

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Our ethos

Our team is comprised of extremely experienced dentists and professionals, and we want to satisfy every single patient that comes through our door. This means that the patient is our number one priority, and your comfort and serenity while receiving treatment is of the utmost importance. Having said this, we also value progressive and modern treatments, and always keep abreast of the latest orthodontic treatments and news. If you would ever like to hear or read our values and ethos, then simply visit our website or give us a call, and we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Braces

The most effective way to fix crooked teeth is to use braces. If you are looking for an orthodontist in Weybridge who can fix crooked teeth, then you have come to the right place! At Weybridge Orthodontics we have a wide range of braces, each with specific advantages and disadvantages. If you are in for a consultation, then do not hesitate to ask your dentist for the full range of options, and they will be happy to help.

Fixed brace

These are probably the most well-known form of braces, and are most commonly seen amongst teenagers, whose teeth are being corrected as soon as they have erupted. Fixed braces are available for anyone, and still stand to this day as one of the most effective ways to straighten teeth, sometimes straightening teeth in a matter of months. However, many adults are averse to fixed braces simply due to the association that they have with being a teenager. Therefore, other, more discreet options are needed.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a popular form of treatment that utilises clear plastic braces to align the teeth. This treatment is popular, as they are extremely difficult to see once they are being worn, as the braces are completely transparent. While they are not quite as effective in some cases as fixed braces, their total anonymity means that they are extremely popular amongst adults. The braces need to be replaced every two weeks, which essentially substitutes the tightening that fixed braces use.

Invisalign braces are also fully removable, which makes them an ideal option. This means that you are free to eat and drink whatever you want, and not be restricted by the brace. The braces are effective if they are worn for over 20 hours a day, which means you are free to take them out whenever you like. If you are interested in Invisalign, and other orthodontics in Weybridge, then do not hesitate to give us a call.

Orthodontics at our practice

Orthodontics at Weybridge Orthodontics has some of the highest quality services in the area, and we are one of the only dental practices to have six surgeries to commit to dental care. It is our objective to administer orthodontic treatment with the utmost professionalism possible, but to remain friendly and open about the process. We understand that dentistry can be a sensitive issue as it is a treatment that will affect your appearance, and can be quite invasive. Therefore, we want to be as approachable as possible about dental treatment, so that you feel as comfortable as possible about orthodontics. Weybridge Orthodontics has your best interests at heart, so feel free to book a consultation.

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Nervous Patients

Nervous patients are a part of dentistry, so we are completely used to dealing with them. People can be nervous about the dentist for many reasons, one of them being the invasive nature of treatment sometimes. Another reason can also be bad experiences in the past, and not wanting to have similar feelings brought up. It can also be shame about one’s teeth.

At Weybridge Orthodontics we understand all of these problems and assure you that there will be no problem with any patients that come through our door. If you call ahead and alert us that you are nervous about seeing the dentist, then we will be able to act accordingly and make sure you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible throughout the process. Orthodontics in Weybridge are available to everyone regardless of how frequently they have been to the dentist, from a recent check-up, to a lifetime of avoiding the dentist.

Tips on feeling less nervous about the dentist

Like anything that can seem daunting, the best course of action is to take small steps. Once you have contacted us and let us know of your situation, then you are halfway there, as we will be able to slowly welcome you into our practice. One tip that has proven successful, is to come and visit prior to your treatment. There you can meet the dentist who will be administering your treatment, and meet our wonderful team and become acquainted with them, in order to feel more relaxed. We also advise coming in for a smaller treatment first. If you are in need of something like a filling or a root canal, then come in for a consultation or a scale and polish first, to ease you into the process with a low maintenance treatment.

Conscious Sedative

If you are feeling nervous during your treatment, then conscious sedation may be an option. This is different to an anaesthetic, as an anaesthetic will render you unconscious and numb, whereas conscious sedation works in a much lighter way, and will most likely not put you to sleep. Conscious sedation is also available in multiple formats, so if you are nervous about taking an intravenous sedative, then it can be taken orally, or via a mask to be inhaled.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the practice of correcting a patient’s jaw and teeth, to make sure that they are correctly aligned, and the teeth are chewing correctly. This can be an extremely advanced process, as there are many factors that can contribute to a misaligned set of teeth. One of the most common jobs for an orthodontist to do is to realign crooked teeth, for general and cosmetic reasons. Severely crooked teeth can pose a risk to your oral health, as the teeth can grind together, and therefore become eroded, and exposed to decay and cavities. Therefore, if you have crooked teeth, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. If you are looking for orthodontics in Weybridge, then we are available for a consultation.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeInvisalign

Invisalign is a relatively new form of orthodontics, that works to realign crooked teeth with a unique method. Fixed braces will use a wire that is attached permanently to the teeth and will be easily visible. Invisalign works in a different way, and instead uses a series of braces that are replaced every two weeks. Invisalign though not quite as effective as fixed braces, however, carries many benefits that mean they are quite often the favoured choice for adults.

Invisalign is made from transparent plastic material that is a perfect mould of your teeth, so they will be almost invisible when they are worn. This is a great benefit to some adults who may be self-conscious about receiving dental treatment, as most people will not be able to tell that you are undergoing dental treatment. Another benefit to Invisalign is that they can be easily removed and reinserted, which means that you can eat and drink whatever you like and not have to worry about the ramifications it might have with your braces. It also means you can undergo treatment such as teeth whitening at the same time.

Orthodontics in Weybridge Orthodontics have your best interests in mind, so if you are looking for the best possible treatment for your unique set of teeth, then do not hesitate to ask us which treatment we think would be best for you.

Incognito

Incognito is another form of treatment that has many benefits of Invisalign, but also those of fixed braces, and is a form of treatment that resembles both. Much like fixed braces, Incognito braces are permanently attached to the teeth. However, Incognito braces are attached to the back of the teeth, so that they remain invisible, much like Invisalign. There are some great benefits to Incognito treatment that make them a desirable option. While they have a fixed wire element to them unlike Invisalign, they are slightly more effective than Invisalign, and there is no need to remove them when eating or drinking.

If you are looking for orthodontics in Weybridge, then we would recommend our dental practice. We have a wide range of dental treatments, all backed by a friendly and highly professional team that has your best interests at heart.

The world of orthodontics in Weybridge

When people are told that they need to see an orthodontist to have their teeth straightened, they will often picture archetypal braces: metallic, clunky, extremely obvious in their appearance and uncomfortable for the wearer – the kind only children wore 20 years ago.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeBut there are now more orthodontic devices in Weybridge than ever before that can treat a range of malocclusions and teeth misalignments, rendering one’s stereotyped notion of conventional methods obsolete.

Our practice specialises in orthodontics in Weybridge. Make an appointment with us and we will find a suitable match for your needs.

Exploring your options

We know what you want out of a straightening device, something discreet but practical, comfortable to wear but with fewer wires on which to scrape your cheek.

There are many options from which to choose that fit the above profile.

  • Invisalign or invisible braces

If it is a brace-free straightening aid you are looking for, Invisalign might be your answer. The aligners, made from smooth, BPA-approved plastic, will put a stop to mouth sores caused by metal-on skin friction. Their removable nature might appeal to you too if you do not want to adjust your current lifestyle, in terms of what you eat and how to brush your teeth.

  • Incognito braces

The removable nature of Invisalign is not advantageous to everyone, especially if you have sometimes forgetful and irresponsible children or you are absent minded yourself. Invisalign might cost you more than you budgeted for if the aligners get lost when they are not sitting in your mouth. Incognito braces might be more up your alley if you value discreetness but do not trust yourself or your offspring with a removable device. The orthodontic appliance, which is custom made to fit your mouth perfectly, is placed behind your teeth and out of sight.

  • Damon Clear

Damon Clear is a new type of braces forming part of the Damon System that abandons the use of elastic for a series of slides that keep your archwire in place while still giving it the space to move around freely. By doing this, less friction is created, and your teeth will feel more comfortable than if you were wearing conventional braces.

How long will the treatment last?

Treatment time varies based on the straightening aid that you are using and the extent of your issue that needs correcting. How your mouth is built is another factor to consider – we find that some people’s teeth move more quickly than others.

  • Invisalign

A gap between teeth can take a matter of weeks to fix and mild crowding half a year. For more complicated issues, you are looking at one to two years of total treatment time.

  • Incognito

Treatment can last anywhere between 6 and 24 months.

  • Damon Clear

Evidence has shown that the advanced technology of Damon Clear helps to straighten your teeth more quickly than alternative braces. By wearing Damon Clear braces, you can shave six months off your treatment time.

There are so many different methods to straighten your teeth in this day and age. Fast track your way to a beautiful smile with orthodontics in Weybridge.

Why do you need orthodontics in Weybridge?

If you’re someone who is looking for orthodontics in Weybridge, you are not alone. Few people are born with perfectly aligned teeth and at Weybridge Orthodontics in Surrey, we work hard to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. But why do you have teeth that are crooked or overcrowded? Is there a mistake you’ve made, or something you should have done differently? Here, we address the reasons why orthodontic treatment might be needed. Read on to find out more…

Orthodontics in WeybridgeGenetics

You might be glad to know that in most cases, the reason your teeth are not perfectly aligned is purely down to genetics. The size of your mouth, jaw and teeth are inherited from your parents, and there’s not much you can do about that!

As an example, you might have teeth that are more on the large side, but a small mouth. If this is the case, it is very likely that your teeth will either be crooked or overcrowded.

Although none of us can change genetics, effective orthodontic treatment from experts you can trust can help you to align your teeth in the best possible way. The earlier in life this is done the better, but we aim to give adults and those wanting orthodontic help in later life great results too – it’s just a matter of finding the right treatment for you and your circumstances.

Can your lifestyle be the cause for needing orthodontics in Weybridge?

There are some lifestyle influences that can cause the teeth to become crooked, so it’s worth considering if any of these could be hindering your or your children’s smiles.

Thumb sucking has long been thought to be a direct contributor to protruding teeth. This is especially the case if a child sucks their thumb beyond the baby and toddler years, and into later childhood. While there’s not much you can do if you did this yourself, you can discourage your own children from keeping up the habit!

Sometimes children develop the habit of breathing only through their mouth. If this is done often enough and for long enough, it can affect the development of the jaw – which can in turn result in misaligned teeth as they grow older.

When the tongue is stuck through the incisor teeth, this is known as a tongue thrust. Many people do it as babies, but if it continues past babyhood; repeated tongue thrusting can cause the teeth to be crooked.

Injury

Sustaining an injury can cause the teeth to be moved into a different position that forces them to protrude or become crooked. This could be due to playing sports or being in an accident. In some cases, tooth loss occurs. When missing teeth are not replaced, this can alter the position of the rest of the teeth – and cause them to become crooked or misaligned.

If your teeth aren’t as straight as you’d like them to be, it’s safe to say it’s unlikely to be your fault. The good news is, we can help you to fix them so that you can get the smile you deserve.

Why orthodontics in Weybridge is even more important than you thought

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics in Surrey, we have many years of experience and expertise in treating patients who have misaligned teeth. If your teeth are overcrowded, protruding or your bite isn’t quite right; you’ll know that it’s easy for this to affect your confidence. A lack of confidence with regard to your smile can have an impact in several areas of your life, from socialising to your career.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeIf you’re thinking of having orthodontic treatment to correct the alignment of your teeth, you might only have considered the aesthetic benefits. While it does feel great to have the teeth you’ve always wanted, getting braces or aligners can also have a positive impact on your health. What are the potential issues caused by misaligned teeth? Read on to find out why orthodontics in Weybridge is about a lot more than just making you look good.

Wearing down of gum tissue

The role of the gums is to protect the health and lifespan of the teeth, so it’s really important that they are kept healthy. If your teeth are misaligned, you may be a greater risk of gum disease and gum recession – both of which can lead to tooth loss. If your teeth don’t line up in the way that they should, the pressure of your bite can be uneven; placing a strain on the gums and alveolar bone. The result of this can be that the gums become red and irritated and subject to recession.

Chewing issues

If you have poorly aligned teeth, you may find it harder to chew your food properly. If the bite is uneven, it may be difficult to break the food down sufficiently before swallowing. The result of this can be issues with the stomach, including bloating and gas and sometimes even more serious complications.

Hard to clean

People who have overcrowded or crooked teeth often find it much more difficult to clean and floss. The position of some of the teeth may mean that some parts cannot be cleaned at all, or insufficiently at best. This means that if you don’t get orthodontic treatment to correct your alignment, you have a much greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Pain

Do you often suffer from headaches or migraines? Your teeth could be to blame. When the teeth are misaligned and your bite isn’t quite right, the jaw may be affected by the strain. When the temporomandibular joint is under pressure, the result can be ear pain, headaches and pain in the jaw and face.

Sensitivity

If your bite is uneven, then some of your teeth will be under increased pressure in comparison to others. This can cause the enamel to be worn away, and the tooth to become exposed. The result of this is heightened sensitivity to hot and cold, which can have a negative effect on your diet and eating habits.

It’s not always obvious when a person’s teeth are misaligned. If you’re in any doubt, contact us for an assessment so you can make the best choice in terms of potential treatment.

What are the orthodontic options if you have crowded teeth?

Do you have crowded teeth? You’re far from the only one. Here at Weybridge Orthodontics in Surrey, we have treated many patients with this issue and achieved great results. Overcrowding is not something that you can control, it’s a matter of genetics. People who have smaller mouths just cannot accommodate all their teeth without running into a few issues.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeCrowded teeth can be difficult to brush and to keep clean, which makes you more likely to experience difficulties like tooth decay or gum disease. So, you’ve decided that you want to have teeth that look better and are easier to care for – what are your options? Here is a guide as to what you can expect to choose from.

Invisalign

Invisalign is opted for by many of our patients with crowded teeth, and indeed it is the treatment of choice for orthodontics in Weybridge. It is a treatment that involves using trays of aligners that are made to fit the mouth perfectly; and which gradually move your teeth into the best possible position.

The aligners are changed every few weeks to maintain progress. The great thing about this treatment is that the aligners are clear. Although they are not invisible, they are very subtle and most people will not notice that you are wearing them. It’s also possible to remove them, and you should do this for mealtimes – but Invisalign should be worn for the majority of every 24 hours – around 20 hours or so.

Braces

There are lots of different options with regard to braces, and we can help you to choose the best option for your own particular needs. In some cases, the fixed metal braces that you usually associate with orthodontics are going to be most effective in terms of results. However, there are other options that can help to resolve the issue of overcrowding, including the following treatments.

Lingual braces are also known as incognito braces because of their invisible nature. They are very similar in design to traditional braces in that they utilise brackets and wires, with the main difference being that they are positioned behind the teeth. This means that they cannot be seen, but are just as effective at moving your teeth into a favourable position.

Damon braces feature clear brackets which makes them much less noticeable than ordinary ones. They are also known to be self-ligating, which means they don’t need to be adjusted quite as frequently as other kinds of braces. Because of this, you don’t have as many appointments to attend as you would if you were getting another kind of treatment.

Ceramic braces are designed to be as inconspicuous as possible in that they feature tooth coloured brackets and wires. This means they are very subtle, so you don’t have to worry about people immediately noticing that you are wearing braces.

Veneers

In some cases, overcrowding can be fixed using veneers. This can be a means of getting the smile you want without having to commit to a period of treatment for Orthodontics in Weybridge.

Orthodontics in Weybridge for adults

If you are an adult living unhappily with wonky teeth, then it is possible to get them straightened with orthodontics in Weybridge.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeAt Weybridge Orthodontics, we have a great range of treatments for adults to alleviate alignment issues from the mild to the severe. Although we offer braces on the NHS, only patients under the age of 18 qualify for treatment. This means that if you are an adult requiring orthodontics in Weybridge, you are going to have to go private.

But don’t worry, we’ve got some great braces available privately that you can’t get on the NHS. And, because we know that most people need to spread the cost of treatment, we also have a good range of ways to pay.

Your initial consultation

Every treatment starts with a thorough consultation, during which we might need to use x-rays or scans, or take clinical photographs. We will talk to you about the various treatment options that will work best for you, including how long each treatment will take.

We will also have a chat about our various payment plans and how much payments will be over a range of timescales.

From our discussions with you, we will draw up a written treatment plan, including prices.

Prices and ways to pay

Consultations cost as little as £55, and we also run special offers on consultations throughout the year, so keep an eye out for one and take advantage of it. It will be on our website.

We offer 0% finance (subject to terms and conditions) to make paying for your orthodontics in Weybridge easier. There is a deposit to pay, but how much it is varies. Then you can choose from paying for your treatment over 6, 12, 18 or 24 months. Payments are made by standing order.

Why have private treatment?

When you go private there are no waiting lists. We can get started on your treatment right away. You also get to choose from a wider range of braces, some of which are so discreet as to be invisible once they are in place.

Why come in for a chat with one of our treatment co-ordinators?