Orthodontics

Braces for kids

There’s not many of us who are born with beautifully straight teeth, so there’s a good chance that your child may need help with misalignments. Orthodontics in Weybridge focuses on the positioning of the teeth and jaws so that everything meets together well. Having teeth that meet well means avoiding problems in later life.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeThese include:

  • Teeth crumbling away if they are taking too much of the force of chewing because others are out of alignment;
  • Teeth decaying because it’s impossible to get rid of plaque and tartar that build up in crevices;
  • Teeth becoming loose and falling out through gum disease brought on by plaque build-up;
  • Pain in the jaw joint, head, neck and shoulders, headaches and migraines.

Dentists trained in orthodontics in Weybridge can examine your child when their first adult teeth start to come through, usually around seven years of age. They will be able to get a very good idea of whether your child is going to suffer from alignment problems, and then can put a plan in place to deal with it.

The best time to treat misalignment problems with orthodontics in Weybridge is when a child has a mixture of adult and baby teeth. This is also when the jawbones are still at their most malleable so if they need to be widened to accommodate all the adult teeth comfortably. We will be able to get on with it with plenty of time to complete treatment. After about 18, the jawbone sets hard and this treatment is no longer possible.

Children often need to have what we affectionately call train-track braces. These are the brackets and wires you see fixed to the front of the teeth. The angles of the brackets determine in what direction the teeth will be moved and the wires do the pulling as they are progressively tightened. These days, the brackets are much smaller and we can brighten these braces up with coloured elastics round the brackets.

Not every child needs train tracks. If it’s a simple malocclusion or the teeth need guiding into place as they erupt, a removable Gemini appliance may be what you need. Treatment with these usually takes only 6-9 months.

What’s so great about orthodontics in Weybridge?

Although it is now possible to get some straightening treatment with your general dentist, there’s no substitute for coming to see someone who has been specifically trained in orthodontics in Weybridge.

orthodontics-in-weybridgeOrthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focusses on creating wellaligned teeth and jaws. To become an orthodontist, dentists have to do another three years of postgraduate training after the five years they have already completed to become a general dentist.

At Weybridge Orthodontics, not only have we helped more than 21,000 people to better, brighter, straighter smiles, we are a practice that other dentists refer their patients to for orthodontics in Weybridge.

This is quite a responsibility of care, and we make sure we stay at the top of our profession. To do this, we founded OrthoProgress, a peer review and continuing education forum. It means we stay up to date with all the latest developments in techniques, materials, equipment and understanding.

Just like nearly every other aspect of work and life, orthodontics has been revolutionised by the digital age. And at Weybridge Orthodontics, we have fully embraced digitalisation. When you come to us for a consultation, we will use scanners to measure the inside of your mouth rather than taking impressions. It takes a couple of minutes to scan the inside of your mouth with a hand-held scanner. It produces hundreds of pictures and reference points, from which we can build up a detailed three-dimensional picture of your teeth and jaws. We can manipulate this on-screen and show you how your teeth look now.

We also have a programme that allows us to show you how your teeth will need to move to come into alignment. Many of our patients find that being able to see the predicted end result inspires them to take on the commitment to straighten their teeth. There’s nothing like being able to picture your goal to stick to the process.

If you are longing to get your teeth straightened, but find the outlay rather terrifying, don’t worry. We offer a range of 0% finance options to help you spread the cost.

More than mild misalignments

It may seem as though every alignment problem can be fixed today with braces that are whisper thin, gossamer light and more like an invisibility cloak than a tooth straightening device. And that is pretty much true for mild issues, but not everyone has mild alignment issues. Sometimes jaws need to be brought into alignment so that they bite together properly.

If this is the case, then this is the kind of treatment that needs to be carried out on children who still have malleable bones. With orthodontics in Weybridge, at Weybridge Orthodontics, we use twin block braces to get the jaws to meet together properly.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeWhat is a twin block?

Twin block braces are removable devices that are made by skilled technicians to encourage the growth of the lower jaw. A twin block is one of our powerful jaw aligning devices from orthodontics in Weybridge. Two blocks, one upper and one lower can reduce an overbite reliably and quickly in as little as six months.

They harnessing the power of the chewing muscles so they need to be worn all the time. At first, if your child’s jaw becomes tired, they can simply leave the blocks out for a short period.

The twin block is designed to allow your child to eat with it in. It may be difficult at first, so they can take it out for meals until they get used to the way it feels in their mouth. Taking it out to eat while they get used to it won’t harm the treatment and their bite will still improve, but treatment will take longer if it is removed for long periods of time.

Is brushing and flossing easy?

Yes, because you can remove your child’s twin block and they can clean their teeth as normal with a toothbrush and toothpaste. The twin block braces need to be cleaned in our special cleaning solution four to five times a week.

To find out more about how orthodontics in Weybridge can help your child, why not bring them in for a consultation. We recommend an orthodontic check-up at about age seven, so we can plan for any treatment.

Does my child need to see an orthodontist?

Are you wondering when or whether your child would benefit from orthodontics in Weybridge? The answer is most probably yes. Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, we believe every child should be evaluated by an orthodontist at or around age seven, even if their parent does not have any immediate concerns.

Orthodontist in WeybridgeIf there seems to be no problems, why should they see an orthodontist?

Sometimes our children may have underlying structural problems with their jaw or incoming teeth that aren’t apparent at first glance. X-rays and the eye of a fully trained orthodontist can help to identify potential developmental issues before they can turn into a bigger issue. By visiting our orthodontist and having your child evaluated at age seven, you may be saving them from having to undergo far more invasive and potentially expensive treatment later in life.

When your child is seven years old, his or her mouth is a blend of baby and adult teeth. As the rest of the adult teeth come in, orthodontics in Weybridge can help to guide jaw development to ensure adequate room for the remaining permanent teeth to erupt without crowding other teeth or causing other problems that could become more detrimental in the long run.

Even if your child turns out not to need early intervention treatment, this initial evaluation can provide you with an outline of potentially what to expect in their childhood years. Since we provide your child’s initial consultation at no cost to you, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose by visiting us here at Winchester Orthodontics.

What are the warning signs that my child could benefit from orthodontics in Weybridge?

As we have already mentioned you really should have your child evaluated even if there are no warning signs, because there may be underlying structural issues that are not apparent to the naked eye. Nevertheless, if your child appears to be suffering from crooked teeth, overbite, underbite or any problems developing teeth then we recommend not postponing their early consultation appointment at Weybridge Orthodontics.

We could save you and your child time and money when orthodontic problems are caught early.

Smile!

It is an unfortunate fact that poorly aligned teeth can have a detrimental impact on the appearance of your smile. While modern orthodontics in Weybridge has an effective treatment for this problem, there are many adults who have only recently started considering this as a viable option for improving their smiles.

If this applies to you, it is important to be as informed as possible before you decide about committing to improving your smile with orthodontics in Weybridge at Weybridge Orthodontics.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeIsn’t orthodontic treatment only for children?

There is a common belief among some of our patients that orthodontic braces are only an effective option for children. Luckily, you will be relieved to learn that patients of any age can enjoy the benefits of orthodontic procedures.

For example, it is common for adults who have lost teeth to need braces before they can receive dental implants. This could be necessary when the teeth near the gap are crooked and it is necessary to straighten them before placing the implant.

To know if you are a suitable candidate for braces, it will be necessary for your orthodontist to inspect the health of your teeth and gums. If you are suffering from severe gum disease, you may have to wait until the condition is treated. This is because sickly gums may not be able to support the teeth during the shifting that occurs with braces.

Do they hurt?

You may be under the impression that braces could be painful. Luckily, most patients will only experience mild discomfort during the first few days. In most cases, these issues can be managed easily with over-the-counter pain medications.

After a few days, you will need to return to see one of our orthodontists to ensure your mouth is recovering from the procedure and that the teeth are starting to realign.

Deciding to have orthodontics in Weybridge can be a major decision for any of our patients to make. It is important to be armed with accurate knowledge about each treatment, to make it easier for you to understand what to expect and decide which option is correct for you.

To find out more, speak to one of our friendly orthodontists at Weybridge Orthodontics today.

Improve the position of your teeth

The positioning of your teeth affects your oral health as well as your dental appearance. When teeth are crooked, they can be tricky to keep clean, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. When your bite is misaligned, your jaw has to work extra hard, which can lead to unnecessary strain. At Weybridge Orthodontics, we offer a range of contemporary, innovative treatments to correct the dental alignment problems of people in Weybridge. Orthodontics can give you a great-looking smile and enhanced oral health.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeThe advantages of orthodontics in Weybridge

While small imperfections in the teeth can be highly noticeable, the good news is that minor adjustments can bring improvements that feel major. When you come to us for orthodontics in Weybridge, we’ll get to know your dental history, so that we can recommend the most appropriate way forward. Our wide range of options gives you the chance to make the most effective choice to improve your teeth.

If it’s your front teeth that give you cause for concern, a treatment like Six Month Smiles might be suitable. This uses a discreet aligner to make relatively small and speedy adjustments to your most visible teeth.

In contrast, a treatment like Invisalign is given over a longer span of time, often a year or more. This type of Weybridge orthodontics involves wearing a series of transparent plastic aligners. Customised to precisely fit your teeth, you’ll wear one set of these aligners for around 7-10 days before moving on to the next set in the series. You can take them out of your mouth when it’s time to brush your teeth or eat a meal. They are a user-friendly and discreet way to improve your dental positioning.

Fixed braces

It might be best if you wore fixed braces. In contemporary treatments like Incognito, the braces can be attached to the backs of your teeth. This way, they can do their work without attracting unwanted attention to your appearance. Having orthodontics in Weybridge at our friendly dental practice, you’ll experience a customised, personalised and effective treatment. While it may take some time to achieve, the results will last for many years after the braces come off.

Let orthodontics in Weybridge help you on your way to a lovely smile

At Weybridge Orthodontics in Weybridge, we believe that optimum oral wellbeing comes from having a mouth and teeth that are free from gum disease and cavities. One way to avoid both is to have straight teeth, which harbour less plaque and work better together. This aspect of dentistry is known as orthodontics. This is an area of dentistry that we focus on.

Simply put, orthodontics is the term for the dental science of aligning the teeth and ensuring the way the upper and lower jaws bite together well.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeLess decay and gum disease

In Weybridge, orthodontics treatment has great benefits. When you have your misaligned teeth straightened out, you will find them far easier to keep clean with brushing and flossing. This reduces the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

Less pain

You can also get rid of a great deal of unnecessary pain by having your bite improved. When the teeth do not bite together properly, the pressure of chewing is unevenly distributed. This can lead to pain in the jaw muscle and joint, and even headaches and neck ache.

Orthodontics in Weybridge offers several systems for realigning teeth and balancing out the bite.

Discreet braces

If you don’t want anyone to know you are having your teeth straightened, you can have braces fitted to the inside of your teeth. These lingual braces still use wires and brackets to gently move teeth into a new position, but their visibility is radically reduced.

If you need braces on your front teeth, we can also offer tooth-coloured brackets that blend in discreetly with your teeth.

Or you may be suitable for Invisalign invisible braces (often misspelled at Invisaline). This system uses a series of clear plastic trays that fit snugly over the teeth. Each tray represents one step along the trajectory of the teeth to their new position and the pressure from the very thin rigid plastic moves them gently along. The aligners are removable for eating, drinking, cleaning and discretion at important occasions.

Orthodontics in Weybridge is available for both children and adults. Children may have consultations from the age of seven.

Are your wonky teeth a pain in the neck?

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we believe that optimum oral wellbeing depends on two things. The fundamental platform for oral wellbeing is having a mouth and teeth that are free from infection and cavities. Equally vital, however, is having a smile that is a pleasure to look at. The basis of both good health and a lovely smile is having straight teeth that bite together correctly. This aspect of dentistry is known in the profession as orthodontics. In Weybridge, this is an area of dentistry we make it our business to excel at.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeIn Weybridge, orthodontics treatments can boost your health and your self-confidence. When treatments with us have straightened out your misaligned teeth, you will find them much easier to keep clean with brushing and flossing. There will be far fewer crevices for plaque and tartar to build up in and for food to hide in. Less plaque means a lower risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

When your teeth have been aligned, and your bite corrected, it will eradicate a great deal of unnecessary pain. Pain comes from teeth that do not bite together properly. The uneven distribution of chewing pressure creates pain in the teeth that bear the brunt of the work, and this can, in turn, create pain in the jaw muscle and joint, and even headaches and neck ache.

What are your options?

When you choose orthodontics in Weybridge, we have several systems for realigning teeth and balancing out the bite, each with its own benefits.

If you want to make sure no one knows about your treatment, you might go for braces fitted to the inside of your teeth. These lingual braces use wires and brackets to gently move teeth into a new position, but they are hidden behind your teeth, not in front.

If you are happy with discreet braces on your front teeth, in Weybridge, orthodontics has treatments with transparent ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured wires that blend in with your teeth rather than dominating them.

We also offer clear aligners. These plastic trays fit it snugly over the teeth and are removable for eating, drinking and cleaning.

Orthodontics in Weybridge is available for both children and adults.

We are by your side for your orthodontics in Weybridge

Having orthodontics in Weybridge is no small decision. Treatment can last for up to two years, plus another year of wearing a retainer to hold the work in place. At Weybridge Orthodontics in Weybridge, we recognise the journey you take when you decide to straighten your teeth. Which is why we want you to know that we are on hand to resolve any difficulties that come up with your braces as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeBreakages

There are a number of issues that may come up with whatever orthodontic appliance you are wearing:

  • Ligatures or elastic bands coming loose. If a rubber ligature (elastic band) comes off your brace, not to worry. This isn’t urgent and can be resolved at your next routine appointment.
  • Protruding wire. If one of the wires in your braces is sticking out, cover it with brace wax (which we can supply). If this doesn’t resolve it, make an appointment to have the wire trimmed.
  • Loose brackets, wires or bands. Contact us immediately and have a chat with our reception staff. They will let you know whether you need to come in to have your braces adjusted or whether it is possible for you to wait until your next routine appointment.

Health issues

Orthodontics in Weybridge may also cause your mouth to become sore. Issues include:

  • Feelings of discomfort. This is quite normal after braces are fitted or adjusted. Wait for a few days to see if it settles down and call the surgery if you have any concerns.
  • Mouth ulcers. Not an emergency but can be very painful! Apply some soothing gel, which you can buy over the counter.
  • Lips and cheeks. If you find that your new braces are irritating you, perhaps especially when you eat, you can use relief wax to ease the pain. Break off a small amount, roll it up into a ball then flatten it to cover the uncomfortable area.

Find out more

Whatever your questions or concerns are, we can answer them. Our team has treated more than 21,000 patients and has a proven track record in all different kinds of orthodontics in Weybridge. Call in today to talk to our welcoming and friendly staff.

Getting help to straighten your teeth

Are crooked teeth making your life difficult? You may worry about your smile, experience pain or have difficulties with eating or speaking. If this sounds familiar then you may like to speak to our experienced team at Weybridge Orthodontics in Weybridge. Orthodontics is a specific branch of dental work that focuses on how the teeth, jaws and face develop. Excessive gaps between your teeth are unsightly, but you may also find that they allow your other teeth to drift out of place, compounding the problem. They are also harder to clean. The good news is that treatment is so effective that there is no need to suffer. Using orthodontics in Weybridge ensures that your teeth work together properly, are stable and look good.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeContemporary techniques for modern lifestyles

For our patients in Weybridge, orthodontics needs to offer a service that fits in with their way of life. People nowadays are conscious of their image so we offer options such as Invisalign, which makes use of clear aligners. The Essix retainer also makes use of clear materials, so is very discreet. If you prefer a fixed brace option, the Incognito system is fitted behind the teeth for the ultimate in invisibility. We can also offer clear brackets that are very unobtrusive. Having work by our dentists who carry out orthodontics in Weybridge provides a solution to a range of dental problems including misaligned bites, crooked and poorly spaced teeth. You can also rest assured that we will work with you to provide the treatment that best suits your needs.

A new smile in six months?

It sounds too good to be true but your new smile can be a reality in as little as half a year. In some cases, treatment time will be longer, but we can usually give you a good indication of timescale when we discuss the procedure with you. Many people find that it is a cost-effective way of benefitting from Weybridge orthodontics, as the length of time involved is reduced. This means that your new smile could be an affordable, speedy reality.

Hundreds of patients have benefitted from orthodontics in Weybridge. Our experienced team looks forward to discussing how we can help you.