Orthodontics

Does your child qualify for NHS orthodontics in Weybridge?

Having well aligned teeth is important not only for appearances but also for how long people’s teeth last and for physical health. Very few people have naturally straight teeth, but not everyone can have orthodontics in Weybridge on the NHS. That said, everyone under the age of 18 can have an assessment on the NHS to see how they stand on the NHS’s index of orthodontic treatment needs.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeIn order to qualify for treatment on the NHS, the orthodontic needs must be more than just an improvement in appearance. There needs to be improvement in dental health too.

Signs that your child needs an improvement to their dental health with orthodontics in Weybridge include:

  • Significant crowding of the teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Impacted teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Problems with the bite that are causing trauma or functional issues.

If your child’s issues are more cosmetic than functional then it’s unlikely they will qualify for NHS treatment. And, even if they do qualify, they may not be able to start treatment straight away as there are long waiting lists and only so much funding to go around.

However, all children who need it can have private orthodontics in Weybridge. Private treatment can usually start straightaway, saving valuable time, especially if there are issues with the jaw that need resolving. After the age of 18, although the teeth can still be moved, the jawbone has set hard and can no longer be changed in shape.

It is important to ask how long the waiting list is and then weigh up whether it is worth the wait, or whether treatment needs to start straight away and therefore should be private. Our orthodontists can advise you on this.

When can child start having treatment?

These days, it is recommended that children start having treatment earlier than in the past, guiding teeth into position rather than waiting until they are all in place and then repositioning them. With advanced imaging technology, we can look inside the jawbone and make accurate diagnoses as to how the teeth will erupt and draw up an early treatment plan. Children can have their teeth straightened by the time they are about to face adolescence.

Treatment with orthodontics in Weybridge: what to expect

When you come to Weybridge Orthodontics for orthodontics in Weybridge, you are making a wise choice. We are the only practice dedicated to straightening teeth in Surrey that has 6 surgeries. We have a team of 5 orthodontists on hand to help you on the way to straighter teeth. They are backed up by 2 orthodontic therapists and a dental nurse, a head nurse and 2 dental hygienists. Between them, they have treated more than 21,000 people in Surrey.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeYour first appointment

During your first appointment for orthodontics in Weybridge, you can expect to start off by meeting our receptionists, who will be able to give you any guidance required in filling in the various forms we need in order to be able to attend to any medical or other needs you have.

Once your forms are completed, you can move onto your clinical assessment. This is carried out by one of our orthodontists, or orthodontic therapists. They will carry out a detailed examination of your face, jaws and teeth. We will also take x-rays, impressions and photographs of your teeth. We keep these for our records, but they also help in determining whether you have any underlying problems, such as with your bite, and to create the right treatment plan for you.

You will be encouraged to ask as many questions as you like throughout your visit.

Our orthodontists may need more time to look at your x-rays and photos before deciding on the most suitable treatment for you. If this is the case, we will ask you to come back for another appointment to discuss treatment.

The braces systems

One of our treatment co-ordinators will show you the differences between the various braces systems we have on offer. They will also be able to tell you all about the different payment plans we have. You can find out if you qualify for NHS funding, and, if you do, how this treatment differs from private treatment.

You don’t have to make your mind up about anything straight away. Go home and have a good think about it all before deciding how you wish to proceed.

Upgrade your smile with adult orthodontics in Weybridge

Ever wondered what is the difference between orthodontics for children and orthodontics for adults? As their names already suggest, the former is designed for children, whereas the latter is intended for adults. However, metal braces – which are very popular among children – can also be used by adults. Unfortunately, they are not discreet.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeAt Weybridge Orthodontics, we want to encourage adults to have their teeth straightened and for this reason, we offer adult orthodontics in Weybridge. Incognito and Invisalign are two innovative and popular teeth straightening methods that have been developed to tackle alignment issues prevalent among adults.

Is Invisalign truly invisible?

Invisalign was developed in the 1990s and has become very popular in recent years. A clever type of orthodontics in Weybridge, Invisalign uses invisible aligners that push rather than pull teeth into their correct alignment. Invisalign aligners are made of a very durable plastic material which can sustain all the forces required to help the teeth move. And if you are considering this orthodontic option for your teeth, you will be delighted to find out that Invisalign aligners can be removed whether you wish to eat or brush your teeth. Invisalign has introduced a laid-back attitude to teeth straightening. However, this treatment required a high degree of responsibility and for this reason, it is not an ideal option for children – Invisalign aligners should remain in the patient’s mouth for 20-22 hours per day in order to work as they should.

Subtle teeth straightening with Incognito

Incognito refers to a specific type of lingual braces, which have been trademarked. Just like other types of lingual braces, Incognito orthodontics in Weybridge are attached to the back of the teeth, one by one. Unlike metal braces, Incognito braces are customised to provide more effective treatment. They can treat a wide range of dental problems – from moderately misaligned teeth and bite problems to heavily twisted and rotated teeth. Incognito braces are permanently attached to the teeth and are connected by an archwire, which is equally invisible, helping the teeth move gradually into their correct position over a specific amount of time (12-24 months).

Does your child need orthodontics in Weybridge?

What do you want for your children’s teeth? Let’s take a guess. Let’s assume that you want them to be strong and healthy, free from decay and gum disease and last for as long as possible once they reach adulthood. Let’s assume that, given one wish for your children and their teeth, it would be that they never lose any of them. Seems like a tall order, perhaps, but there are some things that you can do to make this wish come true and one of those is invest in orthodontics in Weybridge.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeTreatment with orthodontics in Weybridge happens earlier

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, we like to see children for an orthodontics evaluation when they are about 7 years old. By this time, their adult teeth are just starting to come through and during an evaluation, we will be able to predict how well the rest of them will align. If we think there is going to be a problem, then we can do something about it while the teeth are coming through. This is earlier than in the past, when children would come for orthodontics in Weybridge once most of their adult teeth were in place.

Treating children earlier, say from the age of 9, means that we can guide the teeth into the correct positions rather than moving them once they have already arrived and settled into their homes.

The other big bonus about your children having orthodontics in Weybridge earlier in life is that the treatment can be done and dusted by the time they hit puberty and appalling self-consciousness sets in. With their teeth already straightened, you can spare them months of anxiety about being stared at, every adolescent’s nightmare.

Discreet braces

Also, depending on the severity of your children’s alignment issues, we may be able to treat them with smaller, more discreet braces that take over their mouths like an invading army.

Discreet braces include those by Six Month Smiles, which treat mild to moderate misalignments on the front 6-8 teeth. So if you have left it a bit late, your teenager can still get their teeth straightened without dying of embarrassment every day for months on end.

Straight teeth no matter how old you are

You can put up with a part of your body not working properly for a long time, but what was once a mild inconvenience can progress into pressure and pain, and have knock-on effects on other body parts. This is just as true for your teeth as other body parts, but maybe you thought you could not do anything about your wonky teeth now that you are way past being a teenager.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeThis is a myth. It’s true that after about age 18, your jawbone sets hard and cannot be adjusted but your teeth can be moved within your jawbone at any time in life. So, if your wonky teeth are becoming increasingly hard to live with, it’s worth investigating orthodontics in Weybridge with us at Weybridge Orthodontics.

Orthodontics in Weybridge can correct mild to complex misalignment issues in adults. We have a range of braces and aligners to suit every issue. Also, because the vast majority of grown-ups can’t think of anything much more embarrassing than wearing braces, we have a good range of discreet braces too. Some are even almost invisible, others are hidden from view.

Come in for a consultation

When you come to us for a consultation for orthodontics in Weybridge, any nerves will be dispelled by the warm welcome. We will put you at your ease and you will soon feel at home.

Our dentists will want to know all about what you perceive as your alignment issues, which teeth really annoy you with the way they sit in your mouth, and also about how you’d like your teeth to look.

We will then thoroughly examine your teeth, jaw and face and will take x-rays and impressions to get a better view of what is going on inside your mouth. With all the information assembled, we can then put together a written treatment plan for you, and can demonstrate and discuss the various devices that are suitable for correcting your alignment issues.

Nervous patients

We are very experienced and skilled in helping nervous patients, so please don’t let your anxieties stop you getting the smile you deserve.

The wonders of orthodontics in Weybridge

Did you know that the risk of tooth decay and gum disease is higher in people with misaligned teeth? And that teeth and jaws that do not bite together correctly can cause extra stress when chewing, which over time can lead to headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain? In some cases misaligned teeth can even cause speech difficulties.

Orthodontics in Weybridge focuses on repositioning misaligned teeth and jaws. Orthodontics can work wonders, helping improve your dental health and aesthetics.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeAt Weybridge Orthodontics, our goal is to prevent, diagnose and remedy any problems with the alignment of your teeth so that you can smile with more confidence.

The many possibilities of orthodontic treatments

Across the UK and in Weybridge, orthodontics involves the use of equipment such as braces and aligners. Depending on your individual case, your treatment may be subtle and speedy or something that is more involved but will ultimately provide you with long-term benefits. Whichever treatment you need, they will all achieve the same desired result, a healthier smile.

Developments in orthodontics over the years means you are now lucky enough to have a variety of options to chose from depending on your budget, lifestyle and dental health. When you come in for a consultation for orthodontics in Weybridge, we will be able to advise you on which treatment is best suited to your particular case. If there is more than one possibility to choose from, we will take the time to go through the pros and cons of each treatment in detail, so you can make an informed choice.

Choosing the right orthodontics in Weybridge

It isn’t only the way your teeth are positioned but it’s what suits your lifestyle that matters as well. Where possible, Weybridge Orthodontics will help you choose a treatment that reflects your particular needs and expectations and suits your lifestyle. From bold, bright elastics to add some colour to traditional fixed metal braces to ultra-discreet, removable aligners that are near invisible to the untrained eye. We want you to achieve your desired smile in a way that you find comfortable.

Pay us a visit to find out more from our experienced dentists.

Adjusting to life with braces

If your teeth are wonky or your bite doesn’t come together properly, you’ll be in need of orthodontics in Weybridge. Getting your braces fitted however is just the first step on your treatment journey. You’ll then spend the next few weeks getting to grips with your new braces. Even after this initial adjustment period, you’ll need to keep on top of maintaining your braces. At Weybridge Orthodontics, we’re here to make your entire treatment journey as easy as possible. So, don’t be put off orthodontics in Weybridge; let us help, and follow the advice below:

Orthodontics in WeybridgeGetting comfortable

Those first few days after you get your braces can be the hardest. You may experience some discomfort. In the first instance, give yourself some time to adjust to the new sensation of wearing braces. If you find that your lips or cheeks are still irritated by your braces, for example when eating, apply some relief wax over the offending bit of your braces.

Occasionally, mouth ulcers develop after braces are newly fitted or adjusted. Apply some topical pain relief gel to the area.

What to do when things go wrong

Try as you might to take good care of your braces, accidents happen and sometimes plain old wear and tear means you may need to get your braces fixed.

If a wire comes loose and sticks out, put some relief wax on it and give us a call. We’ll book you in for the next available appointment to trim the protruding wire.

If your brackets become loose, again give us a call. Our reception staff will let you know whether you need to come in to see us before your next scheduled appointment.

If one or several of the elastic bands around your brackets has pinged off, there’s no need to worry. We’ll sort this out at your next scheduled appointment.

If you are ever in any doubt over what to do with broken or damaged braces, call us as soon as possible. Orthodontics in Weybridge is what we do day in, day out, so we’ll be sure to set things right for you and get your treatment back on track.

Orthodontics made easy

There are traditional fixed braces, lingual braces, removable braces, clear braces, aligners, and the list goes on. Then there are the different brands: Incognito, Gemini, Damon, Clarity, Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. To say that patients today have a wealth of options is an understatement, but there is such a thing as too many options. In fact it’s called ‘overchoice’, a term coined by American businessman Alvin Toffler. When faced with too many choices, our brains simply can’t handle it and we struggle to pick one. When it comes to orthodontics in Weybridge, help is at hand at Weybridge Orthodontics.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeWe make it our business to know the ins and outs of how best to straighten crooked, crowded or gappy teeth, as well as correct overbites, underbites and cross bites.

The numbers speak for themselves

Weybridge Orthodontics is home to no less than five orthodontists, so we really do have every angle covered when it comes to orthodontics in Weybridge. A second opinion is just in the next room, as is the third, fourth and fifth. All of our combined expertise is at your disposable and that comes to a staggering 100 years. Together we have collectively treated over 21,000 patients in Surrey, both children and adults alike.

Fixed in place

Fixed braces have undergone several transformations through the years, significantly improving their appearance, efficiency and comfort.

Six Month Smiles focuses on the front teeth alone and uses clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires.

Damon braces negate the need for elastic bands and employ a sliding mechanism to adjust the braces as the teeth shift.

Incognito braces are attached to the backs of the teeth for the ultimate in discretion.

Removable options

Invisalign for adults can resolve mild to moderate misalignments and uses a series of clear aligners that are similar in look to mouth guards but much thinner.

For children, where one or several teeth need to be tipped back into place, there are upper removable appliances (URAs), which comprise an acrylic base plate with metal fixtures.

There really is a whole world of orthodontics in Weybridge. Let us help you navigate through it by booking a consultation today.

Improve your dental alignment

The positioning of your teeth has an impact on your oral health as well as your aesthetic appeal. With straighter teeth, you’ll have a smile that looks more pleasant, and teeth that are easier to keep clean. Once your teeth are straightened, there are fewer nooks and crannies between your teeth where bacteria can hide from the toothbrush.

Orthodontics WeybridgeAt Weybridge Orthodontics we provide a variety of contemporary tooth-straightening treatments for anyone who’s curious about orthodontics in Weybridge. Whether you want to make a small adjustment to a few teeth, or a more comprehensive one, we can offer you an efficient and discreet solution.

The experience of orthodontics in Weybridge

Comfort is high on the list of features of modern aligners and braces. They’re designed to suit your condition and made of low-visibility materials. We’ll discuss the various types of orthodontics in Weybridge with you when you come in for a consultation. We can then examine your teeth, take some careful measurements, and offer you the most convenient way to carry out the transformation you want.

Six Month Smiles aims to fix your most visible teeth. It makes relatively small but effective adjustments by applying gentle pressure. It often brings results in a shorter time than other sorts of orthodontics in Weybridge, hence its name.

Invisalign might be the best thing for you if your repositioning needs are mild to moderate. This innovative solution requires you to wear a series of transparent plastic aligners. You’ll wear a pair of these almost-invisible appliances over your teeth for 7-10 days, before moving on to the next pair in the series. Each aligner differs very, gradually pressuring your teeth to move into better orientations as treatment progresses.

Traditional braces

Orthodontics in Weybridge also involves traditional braces that use wires and brackets attached to your dental surfaces. These can be made of materials that mimic the colour of your teeth and thus remain hidden. Alternatively, in the treatment known as Incognito, the braces can be affixed to the reverse sides of your teeth.

Having orthodontics in Weybridge will enhance the alignment of your teeth, improving your overall dental experience.

What is the key to a straighter smile?

In Weybridge, orthodontics is the dental treatment designed to improve the appearance and alignment of teeth. How this is achieved is usually through the use of braces or aligners. Dentists are required to go through extra years of study to focus solely on orthodontics and the satisfying results it produces.

Orthodontics WeybridgeAt Weybridge Orthodontics, we have a team of experienced orthodontists who are dedicated to this field and who are happy to discuss the range of orthodontic treatments appropriate to your needs. With our understanding and know-how, you can be assured that you will come out smiling a new smile.

What orthodontic treatments are available?

In Weybridge, orthodontics comes in many forms. With advances in technology and revolutionary new designs, the majority of orthodontic treatments are discreet or attract minimal attention, there are even some that are completely hidden from sight.  New designs also mean that some forms of braces reposition the teeth much faster than those of the past. Of course, the treatments available and the time frame in which they work are highly dependent upon each individual case.

Here are some examples of the orthodontic options we have to offer.

Clarity braces

Beautifully designed for aesthetics. With the use of clear ceramic brackets and a delicate wire, they are subtle yet effective.

Gemini braces

These are for the young at heart. Metal braces with the use of brightly coloured elastics to make them bold and exciting.

Incognito braces

These are also metal braces, but fixed behind your teeth, so completely hidden from view.

Invisalign

These are a set of translucent aligners that can be removed for eating and brushing. They are clear, so unnoticeable to the untrained eye.

Orthodontics even extend to the protection of teeth. Custom-made mouthguards are essential during certain sports and need to fit perfectly to ensure the highest protection.

In Weybridge, orthodontic treatments are diverse, and can even fix that one tooth that is tipping ever so slightly in the wrong direction but irritates you every time you look in the mirror.  Whatever the major or minor concern is about your teeth, the chances are likely that there is an orthodontic option waiting to remedy your situation.