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.

orthodontics-weybridge

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?

orthodontics-weybridge

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.

orthodontics-weybridge

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.

orthodontics-weybridge

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

Orthodontics

Our orthodontics team in Weybridge is here to help with altering the position of crooked teeth. Poorly meshing and misaligned teeth are a common issue, affecting about one-third of children. We are also seeing more adults who are pursuing this treatment.

orthodontics-weybridge

We are more than happy to welcome patients of all ages and whether you missed treatment in adolescence or wish to realign your smile for aesthetic reasons, your local dentist is here to inform and guide you.

Our common treatments

Clarity

Clarity is a clear ceramic bracketed brace. It uses the same method of action as a traditional metal brace, but is far more subtle.

Damon

The Damon brace is unique in that its brackets are free to slide along the archwire without binding up due to friction. This allows faster tooth migration than a fixed brace system.

Essix Retainer

For orthodontics Weybridge this is a regular favourite, mostly fabricated from PVC, these clear retainers keep teeth in place after a brace has been removed. This is to ‘retain’ the progress made by the brace.

Functional appliances

A functional appliance is a sort of double brace, which alters the position of the teeth on both the top and bottom jaw simultaneously. They are formed of multiple acrylic blocks which sit on the top and bottom palate. These are used to expand the jaw to alleviate issues like overcrowding.

Upper removable appliances

These are the little brother of the removable appliances, where just the top section is used. It treats malocclusion where the upper teeth are splaying out or falling into the mouth.

Gemini

Gemini by 3M Unitek is the brand of traditional metal brace that we use for orthodontics  Weybridge. They are a reliable stand-by which thousands of people owe their smiles to. We provide them with coloured bracket bands for a fun way of decorating your brace if desired.

Incognito

This is our premium brace, crafted for each tooth of each patient, its gold brackets have a slender form and are very light. Fixed to the inside of the teeth with no aspect of the brace encroaching to the front of the mouth, it is the most subtle metal brace. Fitted with a single high-tension archwire to minimise the risk of trapped debris and to allow ease of cleaning.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a provider of clear aligners that correct minor to moderate orthodontic issues. They’re light and see-through, easy to wear and clean. This is good, as the patient needs to use them whenever they’re not eating for the treatment to be effective. 

Wire-bonded retainer

Teeth have a habit of returning to their original locations after a brace has been removed. If the teeth are front teeth and have been substantially moved, the risks are higher. To stop this, the wire-bonded retainer is used. Unlike most retainers, it is fixed into the mouth and only removed once the teeth are fixed into their new positions.

The Six-Month Smile

This is the name used to describe a short, but intense, provider of cosmetically driven orthodontic treatment in adults. The treatment is focussed on the front teeth and aims to optimise the aesthetics of a patient’s smile. If you are interested in having orthodontics Weybridge get in touch with us to find the best treatment for you.

Professional care with orthodontics in Weybridge

Treatment that addresses any alignment issues that you may have with your teeth or jaw is important for your general health and wellbeing and this is why orthodontics Weybridge is often provided to children at around the age of 7 to ensure that their development is on track.

orthodontics-in-weybridge

Because if your teeth or jaw are not aligned properly, you can suffer from complications with eating, which can result in nutritional deficiencies or gut problems. If you do not have a healthcare professional who looks at these conditions holistically, then you may go several years without correct treatment and this can have devastating impacts on your growth and health.

Other issues that can present with a misaligned bite include headaches, neck pain or speech difficulties, to name a few. Orthodontics Weybridge can correct these issues by using specific devices to realign your bite and your teeth, improving your confidence as well as your health.

By looking at some of the options available, you can begin to understand the vast range of different solutions that are on offer, so that you can make an informed decision as to what treatment solution is the best for your personal situation. We help you to decide what is right for you in this important moment, by offering opinions and facts on the advantages and disadvantages of each option, and discussing the potential time frames and costs of each of the options that are available to you.

Is straightening teeth only for children?

Not at all. Although orthodontics Weybridge is offered at a young age, it is also consistently followed up throughout your life, when you change dentists or when you present with potential symptoms that might signify a misalignment.

A lot of adults are coming through wanting cosmetic alterations to the alignment of their teeth because they did not have braces when they were younger and their teeth are not as straight as they want them to be.

Many streamlined options are available to these individuals, focusing on the specific needs that they present with and eliminating a lot of the other features that are not applicable to them. This can reduce the length of time braces need to be worn, reduce costs and allow for other features to take precedence, making their teeth straightening experience a more enjoyable one.

Is there any complications associated with straightening your teeth as an adult?

We generally like to straighten the bite and teeth of younger patients because their bones are more malleable and subject to movement. As an adult, it may take a little longer to straighten your teeth, but we can certainly still do it and there is no reason why adult braces cannot be just as effective as devices used on younger patients.

In fact, the majority of patients that wish to have cosmetic realignment treatments performed on their teeth are adults and because your teeth will only get more twisted with age rather than naturally straighten, there is no time like the present to embark on a journey of self-improvement.

Think orthodontics is just about straightening teeth? Five health benefits of wearing a brace

When it comes to straightening teeth, everybody knows that wearing a brace is the best way to get a straighter smile.

orthodontics-in-weybridge

And, with modern braces being as varied as they are, there is now more choice than ever in which brace can be used to get you the smile that you have always wanted!

While many metal braces historically have been far from confidence-boosting in the short term, long term, their results are undeniable, leaving many people with straighter, healthier smiles. While many people assume braces exist solely to treat cosmetic issues, there are a range of secondary health concerns that braces can have a positive impact on, especially if you have more complex misalignments.

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we recognise the secondary issues that often occur when teeth are misaligned. Our orthodontics in Weybridge are targeted to not only straighten your teeth quickly and effectively, but to reduce other issues that you may be experiencing as a result of having crooked teeth. So, if you are looking for a team who know everything there is to know about braces, look to Weybridge Orthodontics!

But what are the health issues that our orthodontics in Weybridge can help to alleviate? Read on to find out.

Supports the jaw

Having misaligned teeth undoubtedly puts additional pressure on the jaw, and can lead to conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder. Also, having misaligned teeth often means that your jawbone is compromised, causing issues with chewing biting and even leading to headaches and migraines.

As our orthodontics in Weybridge gently move your teeth, your upper and lower jaws will align correctly, allowing you to eat, bite and floss without discomfort.

Prevent tooth decay

Tooth decay is a major concern for dental teams and, it goes without saying, that crooked or misaligned teeth have more areas for plaque to accumulate. Also, as crooked teeth are harder to brush, they are tougher to keep healthy, leading to things like tooth decay.

While you may need to attend a hygienist appointment while wearing your brace to ensure your teeth are clean, post-treatment, your teeth will be easier to clean and there will be fewer incidents of decay. Brilliant!

Better nutrition

As previously mentioned, teeth which are not correctly aligned are not as good at biting into or grinding up food. This can lead to consumption of softer, less nutritious foods and problems like acid reflux.

As braces gradually align your teeth, you will be more comfortable with biting into foods like raw vegetables and fruits, and will notice a reduction in gastrointestinal issues too!

Prevents gum disease

With nowhere to hide as your teeth straighten, bacteria which could lead to periodontal diseases are easier to remove, so you will have a lowered risk of developing gum disease.

Better overall health

Plaque and crooked teeth go hand in hand and as excess dental plaque has been linked to heart disease, having a brace fitted could actually improve your overall health. Talk to our team today about which brace is the best one for you!

Could orthodontics in Weybridge get your smile back on track?

Keeping you smiling

orthodontics-in-weybridge

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, we recognise that recent global events may have made a number of us more hesitant to seek out orthodontic care and may have caused them to put their oral needs on the back-burner. However, as life slowly returns to normal, we urge anyone who may have neglected their dental care over recent months to consider making an appointment with one of our experts here at Weybridge Orthodontics. This would be to see if orthodontics in Weybridge could be the answer they need to help get their oral wellbeing back on track and ensure that they are as dentally fit and healthy as they could possibly be.

The importance of straight teeth

Having teeth which are straight and even does far more for your smile than simply improve it on an aesthetic level. At Weybridge Orthodontics, we believe that one of the fundamental principles of orthodontics in Weybridge should be to maintain a reliable standard of dental health and wellbeing. Whilst there are several obvious cosmetic advantages to having straight looking teeth, there are also several other health reasons as to why straight teeth are advantageous. One of the most important advantages of seeking out orthodontics in Weybridge for those who have poorly aligned teeth is the decreased likelihood of patients contracting gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. These are the leading causes for adult tooth loss across the country, and are entirely preventable, should the appropriate measures be in place.

What orthodontic options are available?

When we consider orthodontics in Weybridge, many of us do not think beyond conventional, fixed metallic braces. These are still a trusted method of re-aligning teeth and still available here at Weybridge Orthodontics, although they are not typically highly praised for the impact they can have on the outward aesthetics of a patient. In response to this, we now offer an entire range of ‘cosmetic orthodontic’ treatment options. These allow patients to amend misaligned or crooked teeth in a way which has a minimal effect on their appearance, and in some instances – such as through removable orthodontic retainers – nothing needs to be attached to the patient’s teeth at all.

What are removable orthodontic retainers?

For those who are perhaps unaware of the leaps and bounds that the field of cosmetic orthodontics has made in the last few decades, the fundamentals of the removable retainer system may be hard to grasp. Rather than bonding brackets to the front or backs of each tooth, these systems allow patients to correct misaligned teeth through a means which leaves no trace on their outward appearance.

How do these retainers work?

This is all made possible through the creation of a set of custom moulded dental plastic retainers. These retainers are perfectly fitted to the exact shape of each patient’s teeth and are made from a specialised plastic which is both malleable and soft, yet firm enough to amend misaligned teeth. This happens through the use of pressure points that are specifically formed within the interior of each retainer, and thus apply pressure to the desired teeth when it is worn. In addition to the removable nature of these treatments, another aspect which has propelled it to one of the most widely sought after methods of treatment today is the ‘invisible’ nature of the process. As the retainers fit perfectly over the patient’s teeth, and as they are made using a thin and see-through plastic, they almost become entirely invisible.

The solutions modern orthodontic treatments can provide

Orthodontics and its history

orthodontics-in-weybridge

Orthodontics in Weybridge is the branch of dentistry, where the main goal is the realignment of misaligned teeth and jaws. Orthodontic conditions date back to prehistoric times – some archaeological samples from 50,000 years ago have been shown to have crooked teeth. Ancient historical authors, such as the very well known Greek physician Hippocrates, were the first to write about treatments of misaligned teeth. Ancient Egyptian mummies have been shown to have metal wires wrapped around their teeth, to which possibly catgut material had been bound to exert pressure in order to realign teeth.

The major breakthroughs in this branch of dentistry however started to happen in the 18th century, primarily in France and later there were significant developments in the US as well. One of the greatest advances was the invention of dental adhesives in the 1970s, which led to the partial solution for the aesthetic issues associated with previous orthodontic treatment methods. Metal braces with brackets adhering to the surface of the teeth were made possible. However, this was still a partial solution only, as most people still do not like the idea of having metal wires and brackets in their mouth for an extended period of time. Luckily today there are many different treatment solutions that address the aesthetic concerns associated with metal braces. Visit our dental clinic, Weybridge Orthodontics if you would like to find out more about what types of orthodontics in Weybridge we offer!

What types of orthodontic treatments work for different types of conditions?

There are a wide range of different orthodontic conditions, which require different types of treatment. One type of treatment may not be suitable for every orthodontic condition, therefore if you think you need some type of orthodontics, a consultation session with us is necessary before starting any procedure.

A popular orthodontic treatment option is Invisalign, high in demand like many invisible aligners, Invisalign consists of moulds of a patient’s teeth made out of a clear plastic material. A series of these aligners are manufactured throughout the progression of the treatment in order to achieve optimal results incrementally.

Another popular option are clear fixed braces. These work on the same principle as traditional metal braces with brackets, with the main difference being in the material of the arch wires and the brackets. Contrary to traditional metal braces, the brackets are made out of a plastic material with a near identical colour of the teeth themselves and a transparent plastic wire.

Another popular option are Incognito lingual braces. These are custom made, personalised braces made out of metal, however in contrast to traditional metal braces, these are located on the inside of the teeth, making them barely visible.

Invisalign and other plastic aligners are usually suitable for the treatment of milder cases of orthodontic conditions. Complicated malocclusions for example cannot be treated by Invisalign or other invisible aligners – these conditions require traditional braces.

If you think you require some type of orthodontics in Weybridge, do not hesitate to contact us and book yourself a consultation session at Weybridge Orthodontics, where we help you find the optimal treatment type suiting both your condition and your lifestyle!

Teeth Straightening from Weybridge Orthodontics

Having a nice smile is an important part of many people’s sense of self-confidence. After all, who wouldn’t want to have a dazzling smile that they can show off to their friends and family? Sadly though, many of us may have teeth that we do not consider to be perfect, or teeth that are misaligned. For many people, having misaligned teeth can put a real dampener on the perceived quality of their smile, and can potentially make them smile less.

weybridge-orthodontics

The good news though is that hiding your smile doesn’t need to be your only course of action, and there are actually many better orthodontic solutions. For example, one of the orthodontic options worth looking at is teeth straightening. There are a few different treatments that are encompassed by the label of teeth straightening, so today we’ll provide an overview of some of these available treatments, which should potentially allow you to consider whether any of these treatments would be right for you.

When considering orthodontics in Weybridge and the impact that orthodontic treatments can have on your future and current oral health, it is important to look for high quality, specialist orthodontists who can provide you with long-lasting results. Because of this, if you are considering orthodontic treatment, then you may wish to consider Weybridge Orthodontics.

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, we have assembled a team of specialist orthodontists who have all spent years undergoing rigorous training at prestigious UK dental schools. In addition, we use the latest orthodontic technology available, including sophisticated computer graphics which help to demonstrate predicted treatment outcomes, so you can be sure that with us you will receive some of the best and most up to date orthodontic treatments available from top-quality professionals.

Overview of different teeth straightening options

As mentioned, there are quite a few different examples of teeth straightening treatments that you can receive. One relatively new and popular example is Invisalign. Invisalign is named as such because it is a treatment that straightens teeth by using a set of clear, nearly invisible plastic aligners to gradually shift the position of teeth over time. Invisalign aligners are made to comfortably fit an individual patient’s teeth, and they are provided to the patient in sets. This means that the patient wears one aligner for a period of time – usually about two weeks – before switching it out for the next aligner in the set, which is what allows the patient’s teeth to be gradually shifted into a more favourable position over time.

Another available treatment is Gemini braces. Gemini braces are a treatment that uses metal braces to gradually shift misaligned teeth, and are arguably more similar to what one might think of when hearing the term ‘orthodontics in Weybridge.’ Unlike many conventional braces though, Gemini braces coloured elastic bands give a patient’s braces a more colourful and cosmetically pleasing look. The coloured elastic bands are held in place underneath the Gemini braces’ “brackets” such that they are still visible on top of the teeth. The elastic bands can come in a variety of different colours, and furthermore, the colours of these bands can be changed when a patient attends one of their 8 – 10 weekly appointments with their orthodontist after initial treatment.