Orthodontics

The role that orthodontics can play in your oral health

It is widely recognised that there is still a large number of people living in the UK with the issues and discomfort caused by having misaligned or crooked teeth. If you are one of these people, then we want you to know that help and advice are available to allow you to access treatment that can realign your teeth, relieve any discomfort and improve your standard of oral health.

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You may not be aware that the devices used by orthodontics Weybridge are modern creations that can offer our patients the discretion they may be looking for from a tooth alignment treatment as well as the great results they desire at the end of their treatment.

The reasons for wanting treatment

The main thing that we must achieve is to help you decide that you want treatment, as we feel you will respond better to the treatment you want. If you feel positive about receiving any kind of treatment before you begin, then you will also be positioned to get the most out of it and be open to seeing it through to its conclusions. For this reason, we feel you should want the treatment, as it is a more positive way of thinking when compared to needing treatment.

While there appears to be only one main reason you may want treatment with orthodontics Weybridge, the truth is that these kinds of treatments can help with other problems that are linked to the misalignment of your teeth. Gum disease, tooth decay, and other minor common dental issues can all be found to have ties with crooked teeth because they can be difficult to negotiate with a toothbrush when trying to clean them.

Having your teeth aligned properly via treatment will line them up correctly and make them easier to navigate with a brush; this will help to heighten your standard of oral hygiene and reduce the risks posed by minor oral health issues.

If you are experiencing any weakness in your bite, this could also be a result of your misaligned teeth and make eating and chewing food difficult at times. This may lead you to avoid tougher foods that you may enjoy, such as steak.

Having your teeth aligned correctly can build natural strength back into your weakened bite and allow you to feel like you can enjoy the foods you have been avoiding once more.

No image concerns

With modern orthodontics Weybridge, there is no need to be concerned about the image of your mouth while receiving treatment as many of the alignment devices that we recommend to our patients are classed as clear or invisible. This means that such devices are hard for others to see when they are in your mouth. They become hidden in plain sight because they are either made from clear plastic or positioned behind your teeth, so you can receive the treatment you want without others being aware of the fact.

We at Weybridge Orthodontics are a friendly and professional team that can help create smiles for children and adults.

Have you been trying to find out more about orthodontics?

Having crooked teeth affects more people than you know. Adult teeth can come through crooked or with gaps for more than one reason such as overcrowding or their jaw being too large or small for their teeth. Here at Weybridge Orthodontics we have a variety of straightening appliances, so you can find the one that suits you the most. We provide both treatments and advice surrounding orthodontics Weybridge, so if you feel as if you or your child could benefit from having their teeth straightened we recommend that you book a consultation appointment with one of our practitioners to discuss the treatments that are available to you. Not all appliances will be suitable, so having a consultation is absolutely necessary so your practitioner can assess the condition of your teeth.

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Are you looking for a discreet appliance?

Many adults refuse to get teeth straightening treatment because they worry about what their co-workers and friends will think of them wearing an appliance as an adult. That’s why when adults come to speak to us about orthodontics Weybridge, we make sure they know about the discreet, barely noticeable appliances that we have. Both Invisalign and Incognito offer you a subtle way to straighten your teeth, but Invisalign is more suited to those people who have minor misalignment issues and a primary focus on straightening their front teeth, whilst Incognito appliances are capable of correcting more severe misalignment issues. The Incognito appliance attaches to the inner surfaces of your teeth so it is concealed from sight from everyone else and you can expect this treatment to take up to twenty-four months to complete. If you opt for Invisalign you can enjoy the perks of having a removable appliance and a shorter treatment time of up to twelve months. This treatment, unlike others, uses clear, plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into their correct positions. The aligners are made of a thin plastic and fit comfortably over your own teeth, making it very difficult for people to spot that you are undergoing treatment.

Aftercare that’s taken seriously

After you have found out more about orthodontics Weybridge you may want to take a moment to find out more about your future aftercare. Aftercare is vitally important if you want your teeth to stay in their nice, new straight positions. Once your treatment has ended, your practitioner will provide you with a retainer to wear.

A retainer is custom made for you out of a thin plastic and should be comfortable to wear. You must make sure that you are wearing it constantly for a seven day period after your treatment has ended, as this is when your teeth are most susceptible to moving back to their original crooked positions. After this you will only have to wear your retainer at night, but the length of time you will have to wear it for at night, will depend on your individual circumstances. A lot of people will have to continue to wear their retainer for several years after their treatment has ended, but this can be months in some cases as well.

Advantages of orthodontics for adults

Do you need to wear a brace as an adult, but think it is a waste of time?

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At Weybridge Orthodontics, we know all about helping adults with braces, aligners and other orthodontics Weybridge and can attest to the benefits that these treatments can offer.

Still unsure about the benefits of orthodontics Weybridge? Here we have listed a few to help you see the benefits of wearing a brace or aligner in your adult years if needed.

Better oral health

Misaligned teeth are harder to brush correctly and by wearing orthodontics Weybridge, you can decrease the chances of developing gum disease or cavities. Why? Because there will be fewer places for plaque and bacteria to hide.

Better general health

As mentioned above, if your teeth are misaligned, there is a higher risk that there will be areas of your mouth that you aren’t brushing correctly. Therefore, it is more likely that you have hidden pockets of plaque.

And this is not only detrimental to your oral health, but excessive levels of plaque in the mouth have been linked in countless studies to higher rates of cardiovascular disease, cancers and even a higher incidence of strokes and heart attacks. This is because of the inflammatory response that plaque causes.

By wearing a brace or aligner, you are reducing the places where plaque can hide, and thus you are improving your overall health.

Decreased risk of injury

Protruding, misaligned or badly spaced teeth have been found to be a factor in serious facial traumas. In other words, if you have teeth that are not correctly aligned and you fall on your face or hurt yourself, there is a higher chance of a serious facial injury occurring.

Not only that, but you are also increasing the risk of damage occurring to your tongue, inner cheeks and of course, your teeth! A protruding tooth is a tooth that is easier to knock loose and so, if you have a misalignment that has caused the odd cut on the tongue, then you should consider wearing a brace or aligner.

Better breath

OK, so this links to the better oral health point from above, but when you have straighter teeth, there are fewer places for plaque to hide and cause bad odours.

And so, along with having a straighter smile, you will also notice that you won’t need so many breath mints to get through the day and you will have no lingering tastes in your mouth. And should you get anything stuck between your teeth, it will be easier to remove it!

Confidence

When you were a child, if your parents had told you that you needed to wear a brace, you would have probably seen it as some form of punishment.

As an adult, you may look back and regret saying no to your parents who were only trying to help! But as an adult, you have the clarity to see that a brace or aligner is going to not only straighten your teeth, but will offer all of the advantages mentioned above and more, with a key one being confidence. Getting a straighter smile as an adult will lead to more smiles, an improved sense of confidence and higher levels of self-esteem. Why not contact our practice today?

Is there more to orthodontics in Weybridge than you first thought?

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Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, we have over 100 years of combined experience helping residents of Weybridge, Surrey and beyond get the smile of their dreams.

We offer a wide variety of orthodontics in Weybridge to suit every patient’s individual needs, and always go above and beyond the call of duty to achieve lasting, positive results.

We are the only practice in Surry that specialises in six surgery teeth straightening and have helped transform the smiles of over 21,000 happy patients.

What sort of orthodontics do you offer?

We’ve always strived to be an orthodontist who makes use of every possible treatment that our patients may need, and we always are adapting the treatments we provide to make use of new and emerging technologies and approaches.

At current we provide over 11 different types of orthodontics in Weybridge, which range from more traditional braces to cosmetic alternatives such as Invisalign or Incognito.

As we offer such a large amount of options, and as each treatment has its own sets of advantages and appeals for different patient’s, we feel the best way to get every patient the perfect care for their needs is to have them visit our practice for a preliminary consultation.

After a patient has undergone this consultation, they should have a clearer picture of the various types of orthodontics in Weybridge that we offer and a better idea about which treatments may be best suited to their needs.

What is cosmetic orthodontics?

Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a steady and consistent rise in the volume of patients who are interested in seeking out cosmetic orthodontic treatments over more traditional routes.

These sorts of orthodontics are all specifically designed so that they do not have a damaging effect on a patient’s appearance while they are undergoing treatment, and each type of procedure goes about achieving this in different ways.

One of the most widely recognised and popular forms of cosmetic orthodontics which we provide to our patients here at Weybridge orthodontics on a regular basis is the Invisalign retainer system.

Invisalign stands apart from most other forms of orthodontic alignment as it does not call for anything to be bonded or attached within a patient’s mouth during the course of treatment.

Instead, the process of moving crooked teeth is carried out by pressure points within a series of custom-built dental retainers. Each of these retainers is incredibly thin (yet still sturdy) and transparent so that they become almost totally invisible when worn over the patient’s teeth.

What are lingual braces?

Another form of cosmetic orthodontics which is massively popular here at Weybridge Orthodontics is the Incognito lingual braces system.

Incognito braces are an ideal choice for anyone who wants a fast and effective way of realigning their smile in a way that leaves no visible trace.

Lingual braces are attached to a patients teeth in a way that is very similar to traditional braces, with their defining difference being that they are bonded to the inside of a patient’s teeth, rather than the front. This means that they can live their lives as normal without having to worry that they will draw unwanted glances or attention to themselves in the process.

Discovering the world of Orthodontics Weybridge

Why might you need a brace or retainer?

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When looking at photographs of ourselves or in the mirror each day we often first notice our imperfections, whether it be our skin, the shape of our nose or the wonky smile. The beautiful aspects of our own faces can therefore shift into an afterthought and in some cases not come into thought at all. This is why when suffering from misaligned teeth it is important to know that there are a variety of options out there for you. From fixed braces to removable retainers, our team at Weybridge Orthodontics can help you achieve a smile you are proud of. With over 12 possible treatment options, we have got you and your smile covered.

What is the Six Month Smile option?

Whilst we may have had crooked teeth for some time, once the decision to straighten the smile has been made, waiting for the end result can seem like a life-time away. Therefore following a plan that will provide you with effective results but in the shortest amount of time is often one of the more popular options here at Weybridge.

The Six Month Smile option is a term used by our team for the shorter courses of orthodontic treatments. With a shorter treatment time, whilst the results can be seen often within 6 months the treatments focus more on the front positioning of the teeth rather than the positioning of the upper and lower smile.

The breakdown of some of the treatments we offer.

One of our shorter term treatment courses is known as Incognito Lite. This particular treatment is fantastic for patients who want to focus on the front teeth without the visibility of a brace. This particular appliance is fixed to the back of the teeth rather than the front and enables you to fine-tune your smile without your friends and family knowing.

Alternatively for those who are still seeking an ‘invisible’ treatment plan but are in need of a little more work, the invisalign i7 may be something our orthodontics Weybridge team suggests. Invisalign uses clear, removable retainers which are custom-made to fit your teeth. Using a series of retainers, this treatment gently pushes the teeth into a new aligned position and is then followed up by a final retainer which is to be worn ongoing in order to maintain the hard work which has previously been put in. Whilst wearing a retainer going forward may not sound like something you want to do, it is important to know that the final retainer is as inconspicuous as the treatment retainers and therefore very few people would know that you are straightening your smile.

The benefits of removable retainers.

Using removable retainers has many benefits for patients. Not only do they benefit the teeth by creating the shift into a new aligned position but allow you to receive treatment with confidence. Getting your Orthodontics Weybridge with our dental team will ensure that you are in the know 100% of the time and are always provided with the most up-to-date knowledge and technology.

Call Weybridge Orthodontics today to get your journey started.

How orthodontics relate to the quality of life

Patients commonly associate orthodontics Weybridge with either a functional or cosmetic purpose but, often, these two blend perfectly together to provide many unexpected yet desirable benefits. For instance, we, at Weybridge Orthodontics, are over the moon every time a patient opts for straightening their teeth and finds how easier and quicker cleaning their teeth becomes as opposed to when their teeth were crooked. Such patients also realise that aligning their teeth for better functionality comes with the added benefit of a beautiful looking smile.

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Indeed with orthodontics Weybridge, a patient can achieve so much more and improve their quality of life to live a rewarding one. Here, we take a look at some of the ways orthodontics Weybridge has been a game-changer in many patients’ lives.

The many goals of orthodontics

It may not seem so at first, but the result of any orthodontic treatment is quite remarkable. A patient may initially have the intention to correct an overbite but, once the treatment is over and the braces come off, their smile has improved and so has their confidence. Are there any other medical treatments that can claim the same? This is just one of the many countless ways dental practitioners can use teeth straightening appliances to boost the physical, mental, and psychosocial aspects of our lives. Here’s how this works.

We start first with dental function. Both dental function and dental appearance can benefit enormously from having teeth straightened. The improved dental function makes biting, chewing and grinding down food quicker and easier, speech clearer and provides relief from pain. Grinding down food into minute pieces before swallowing aids the digestion process and proper absorption of nutrients resulting in a stronger physical body.

The positive effects of a good dental appearance find their way into other spheres like the mind and emotions. The extent of this positive effect is determined by how much confidence a patient gains by loving the look of their smile.

This confidence can be explained best by looking at confidence as one would currency. The more money one has, the more one can invest in something. Confidence plays a similar role. You need the confidence to gain and deepen friendships and professional relationships and leap at opportunities as they present themselves.

Confidence enables one to live happily on the inside of one’s self. This is psychosocial wellbeing.

In protecting the physical body, teeth alignment plays a role too. The benefits to oral maintenance begin to announce themselves when aligned teeth prove to be less of a fuss to clean. Toothbrush bristles and floss can weave their way more effectively in between teeth to remove bits of food left behind and a cleaner, healthy mouth stands as a protective barrier against bad bacteria and germs from entering the bloodstream.

Looking after your oral health is, in effect, looking after your whole body. This is why patients should always endeavour to choose a suitable dental provider for exceptional care. Opt for a reputable dental clinic, offering quality dental care such as Weybridge Orthodontics.

Why should I consider orthodontics?

When we at Weybridge Orthodontics ask patients what they know about orthodontic treatment, many are quick to point out that straightening teeth has a positive effect on improving the look of a smile. Enhancing the look of a less-than-pleasing smile has become one of the foremost reasons to consider orthodontics Weybridge.

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While we applaud a patient’s desire to straighten their smiles, we know that teeth alignment treatment goes far beyond that of aesthetic value.

Misaligned or crooked teeth can pose many other problems than just an unbecoming smile. Patients may be surprised to learn that these other problems can include: speech impediments, masticatory (biting and chewing) challenges, headaches and the greater risk of teeth becoming damaged. Dentists rely on orthodontics Weybridge to correct all the issues above AND give patients an aesthetically–pleasing aligned smile.

We take a look at a few top reasons to opt for orthodontics Weybridge.

Reason to choose orthodontics

  • Healthier teeth

This may be a lesser-known (among patients) benefit to straightening teeth, and yet, it is an all-important benefit. Teeth that are in perfect alignment (in their correct position in the dental arch) makes it easier for toothbrush bristles and floss to reach in between the spaces to remove tiny food particles and teeth-destroying bad bacteria. Patients will also find that they spend less time brushing and flossing as these oral health duties become easier to do.

  • Desirable self-confidence

Why is confidence such a desirable personality trait? For the simple reason that the rewards of confidence can reach into every sphere of a person’s life. Without confidence, a person may not have the self-assurance to take the step of applying for a job, or, they feel too shy to make friends because of how they look – for confidence is directly tied to being deemed attractive.

  • Healthier body

Poor oral health arising from inadequate oral hygiene practice is not restricted to the mouth area only. In fact the development of gum disease caused by the accumulation of plaque puts at risk the health of the rest of the body too. The presence of gum disease, especially if left untreated, makes it highly likely that bacterial infections can enter the bloodstream and reach vital organs like the heart.

  • Ability to enjoy a diverse array of foods

Teeth at risk of decay or damage (both made possible when teeth are not straightened) open up the possibility of tooth loss, whether they are purposefully extracted or fall out of their own accord or are knocked out (as in the case with protruding teeth). Tooth loss has a major adverse impact on the quality of life a patient lives. When teeth are kept in alignment, this increases the chance of a lifelong service of natural teeth, the patient is able to look after their nutrition by eating a wide variety of foods.

Much time and research has been spent in the field of orthodontics that has seen many relatively new teeth straightening techniques and appliances to restore good dental health and function, in addition to great looking smiles. To find out which treatment plan would best benefit your individual situation, get in touch with our friendly front desk team at Weybridge Orthodontics to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our competent and well-experienced dental practitioners.

Not sure if braces and aligners are worth it? Advantages of orthodontics in adulthood

Are you an adult who has had enough of having misaligned or crooked teeth?

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If you are, you aren’t alone, but chances are you are less than eager to approach a dental team about wearing a brace or aligner, as you aren’t sure that the wearing of a metal brace will be worth it in the long run.

Well, it is and in this article, our team breaks down the key main benefits of wearing a brace or aligner in adulthood.

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we know all about braces and aligners and have made orthodontics Weybridge accessible to thousands of people; improving their oral hygiene, their smile and their confidence. We will always choose the appropriate appliance for you, so you can get the straighter smile you deserve quickly.

How can starting orthodontics Weybridge as an adult help you? Read on to find out!

Clearer speech

The link between misaligned teeth and speech patterns is immense (as where your teeth are located impacts on how your tongue moves) and, should you have a speech impediment in adulthood or suffer from a lisp, there is a good chance that undertaking orthodontics Weybridge will help these issues.

Better oral health

Straighter teeth are easier to clean and when you wear braces you will notice a reduction in plaque and tartar in your mouth.

In turn, this reduces the chances of you developing cavities, gum disease and other dental conditions, all while giving you a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Perfect!

Improved general health

As discussed in the last point, there is a link between excess amounts of plaque in your mouth and misalignment of the teeth.

And all that plaque has to go somewhere and is often ingested. This has been linked to cardiovascular issues, a higher chance of developing cancer, strokes or even heart attacks.

As braces straighten your teeth, it is easier for you (and us) to remove plaque, thus making the chances of developing such serious health disorders less likely.

More restful sleep

As odd as it may seem, having misaligned teeth can do more than cause issues with your eating habits.

Many people whose upper and lower jaws do not fit together correctly suffer from nocturnal bruxism; this is where the teeth grind together due to the loosening of the muscles that occurs when we fall asleep.

And so, having teeth that mesh together will reduce the amount you grind your teeth together, allowing you to get a more restful forty winks and to not wake up with neck pain.

Fewer headaches and migraines

It is a saddening fact that many people who have misaligned teeth also suffer frequently from headaches and migraines. This in part is linked to nocturnal grinding and the tension that this creates within the muscles of the face and neck. And as the link between grinding or bruxism and misalignment has been found countless times, when you begin to straighten your teeth, your incidents of grinding will reduce and so will your headaches or migraines.

Your orthodontics Weybridge options

The options are now quite varied when it comes to straightening your teeth with orthodontics Weybridge. Whether you need corrective treatment for a child, interceptive treatment or adult restoration, we are able to provide you with a range of treatments to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved.

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Oral health care goes beyond cleaning your teeth. Our professionals have specialised skills in orthodontics Weybridge, the science of straightening teeth and correcting a patient’s bite. This is a very technical skill that has been improved upon and enhanced over the years. We now have many tools and resources at our disposal to quickly and accurately identify your circumstances and provide you with plenty of options that will suit your lifestyle, budget and expectations, so that you can enjoy your teeth straightening journey as well as the results.

From removable devices, such as Invisalign, to fixed braces that are invisible, discreet, able to adjust and perfect even the most complex of cases; we have all the options and we can help you to decide the best choice for your situation.

Some individuals with mild to moderate misalignments have the freedom of choice of many of the different braces that are available on the market today. If you are one of these people, then your lifestyle choices can be factored in so that you are able to feel more in control of your journey.

Should you present with a more complex case, then your options may be limited, however the technology has improved so much that the treatment time is likely to be vastly shortened, so that you can begin enjoying an improved bite and a more beautiful smile faster than ever before.

How old do you have to be for braces?

Our orthodontics Weybridge team begin working with children as young as 7, when it is advised that they come in to see us for an examination to look at their bite and to give us an indication as to whether they need treatment or not. Some children will benefit from treatment immediately, whilst others may find that once their adult teeth have all come through they should begin to wear braces.

Each case is unique and therefore we adopt a very individualised treatment plan so that we can meet our patients’ needs directly.

A lot of people believe that you can be too old for braces, but this is in fact not true. We work with many adult patients and this is becoming more common with each passing year. It may take marginally longer to complete the treatment, owing to the fact that bones have set and are a little more resistant to change, but other than this, there is no reason why an adult should not consider correcting their bite or alignment of their teeth at any age.

The improvement to your health and emotional wellbeing is significant and although results vary, we are confident that we are able to improve the smile of every patient, allowing them to feel much happier with how their teeth look and feel.

Understanding orthodontics in Weybridge

Weybridge Orthodontics are pleased to offer a range of services in orthodontics Weybridge, Surrey.  Maybe, we should explain what we mean by orthodontic services, as we are aware there may be people who do not completely understand this medical field.

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Orthodontic treatment aims to align protruding, crowded or crooked teeth, this helps to correct any problems with the bite of the teeth, as well as improving their overall appearance. The most well known orthodontic devices are braces.

As a dental practice we are proud to offer orthodontics Weybridge as we want to help improve the smiles of our patients, by aligning their teeth so they sit correctly in the mouth. Having correctly aligned teeth has numerous benefits, not least the boost to self-confidence it inevitably engenders.

Why are orthodontics used?

Crooked teeth are a common issue for people, this is more widespread than you would think. If your teeth are not aligned correctly it can make it harder to keep your teeth and gums clean, making you more vulnerable to tooth decay and other forms of damage, as well as gum disease. The bite of the teeth may also be affected, this may lead to difficulties eating in some severe cases.

If your teeth and jaw are in an abnormal position it can lead to the shape of your face appearing to be affected.

Orthodontics is also useful in the treatment of other conditions such as cleft lips and palettes.

There are three main benefits to the use of orthodontics.

1.       Straightening teeth prevents crowding.

2.       Correcting the alignment of the teeth improves the bite.

3.       Prevents other types of damage or issues occurring due to inadequate dental hygiene.

Braces

The most widely known orthodontic devices are braces, these are used to help the teeth become realigned into a correct position within the mouth. The braces are fitted into the mouth and worn in place by the client for a prescribed period, this varies based on the type of device used and the needs of the individual being treated.

When to start orthodontic treatment

Around the age of 12 we find that a child’s teeth have been replaced by the adult ones, this may differ slightly depending on the child. We look to see how many of the adult teeth have come through and when, as well as try to gain an understanding of the development of the face and jaw before making any treatment decisions.

Orthodontic treatments can be used in adults of any age. These treatments should not be used in cases where there is not a high standard of oral hygiene, as these treatments can increase the risks of tooth decay and gum problems.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment you must maintain good oral hygiene practices throughout treatment, you will be able to access professional advice to aid you in this.

Our practice is here to help and advise you, should you need orthodontics Weybridge. Our practice is friendly and approachable, we are always happy to assist you with any enquiry you may have, and we will endeavour to answer any questions you may have regarding your treatment. Both NHS and private patients are welcomed at our practice, we are here to be able to offer treatment to anyone who needs it.

Weybridge Orthodontics are a friendly and professional team of 7 orthodontists and therapists to help create smiles for children and adults. We have treated over 21,000 patients with exceptional orthodontic treatment.

We treat both NHS and private patients with the largest team in the area in specially designed, brand new facilities right beside Weybridge’s High Street.

Our firm belief is the patient always comes first, and we are proud to be the most referred practice by general dental practitioners