Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a treatment used to improve the appearance, position, and overall function of crooked or wonky teeth. You may look for orthodontics in Weybridge if you are wanting to straighten your teeth and move odd teeth into a better position.

orthodontics-in-weybridgeDentists who specialise in orthodontics are known as orthodontists. Here at Weybridge Orthodontics we employ highly skilled professionals who will be able to talk you through your needs and concerns and arrange the right orthodontic treatment to help you.

What does orthodontic treatment involve?

Orthodontics in Weybridge uses a range of devices such as a braces to correct the position of the teeth. Every patient is different and treatment will depend on the problems with your teeth. It is best to contact your dentist for an appointment to discuss options first.

In some cases, such as with overcrowding, it may be necessary for some teeth to be removed in order to achieve the end result. If there are too many teeth in your mouth, then braces will not have the right effect, as there will be nowhere to push the excess teeth to.

Orthodontics treatment in Weybridge take any where between 18 and 24 months, depending on the problem and condition of the teeth.

Who benefits from orthodontic treatment?

Most people who suffer from crowded or crooked teeth, or have teeth that don’t meet correctly when they bite can benefit from orthodontics in Weybridge. If these types of dental problems are left untreated it can cause more damage and put a strain on jaw muscles. In extreme cases, abnormal development of the teeth and jaw can affect the shape of the face.

Orthodontics in Weybridge are popular with adults; however, a large proportion of patients are young teenagers whose teeth are still developing, making them the ideal age for orthodontic treatment. The teeth are easier to manipulate whilst they are still developing, and the treatment is less likely to be as long when you are younger, compared to if you had orthodontic treatment as an adult.

For more information on orthodontics in Weybridge please contact us here at Weybridge Orthodontics, and our friendly staff will be happy to book you in for a no obligation consultation with one of our orthodontists.

Weybridge Orthodontics

When you come into our practice we want you to feel relaxed and at ease. We know that everything we do to help you is important and the results are long-term, so we want you to feel like you can rely on us.  Having healthy teeth is key to a confident smile and good health in general.

weybridge-orthodonticsI don’t want traditional braces

We know that many people, especially adults, are worried about getting the traditional ‘train-track’ braces, but due to modern ‘biting-edge’ technology we have a variety of options to offer. In this instance, we would like you to consider the advantages of Invisalign. Weybridge Orthodontics is proud to provide this treatment and we have many satisfied patients to justify our opinion.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign are a clear, removable brace that is replaced every two weeks. Each brace is a different step in the procedure and designed slightly differently to continue the treatment process. Initially a mould is created and sent away to our laboratory to be analysed in order to make the Invisalign. Weybridge Orthodontics will then invite you back to our practice for your fitting. You will be shown the course of the treatment, with our 3D computer models, that will put your teeth where they belong.

There are lots of things you can still do

Can you still play a musical instrument? Yes.

Can you still play sports? Yes.

Can you still eat what you want? Yes.

Whenever you need to, you can simply remove your Invisalign braces and put them back in when you’re done. People often have problems brushing their teeth with traditional braces; you won’t. If you feel you need to take out your Invisalign for a social or business event, you can, but day-to-day you can wear them and people may not even notice.

Are they expensive?

Invisalign are not the cheapest option and you will need to pay a deposit to have them made; however, we offer interest-free monthly repayments over 18 to 24 months. Check our fee guide for prices and feel free to contact us for more information. We want you to finish your treatment feeling happy with the results. So if you want Invisalign in Weybridge we hope you will contact us soon.

Visit Weybridge Orthodontics to meet your dental team

It takes a great team to make a good dental practice and, at Weybridge Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on having fabulous people from the moment you walk through the door. Most orthodontic treatment means quite a few visits to the dentist and so you want to be comfortable and happy talking to the people you will be interacting with for six months or more.

weybridge-orthodonticsOnce this less tangible consideration is taken care of, you can move on to the practicalities of having your teeth straightened. The range of braces and aligners we have on offer at Weybridge Orthodontics means that we can tailor a treatment to meet your needs and sometimes offer you more than one recommendation so you can make the choice.

If you have any questions then you can ask them when you visit. It is great if you look around to get basic information so you know what to ask. However, your orthodontist will use their skills and experience to guide your initial consultation so that everything gets covered.

Things that they might ask you about include what your budget expectations are. Whilst some treatments for some ages are available on the NHS, many are not, especially if the procedure has mainly cosmetic benefits. However, your practitioner can talk to you about spreading any costs incurred.

Another important consideration for you may be the way your treatment looks. If you need to look smart for work or dazzling for an upcoming celebration then tell your orthodontist this when you visit. Depending on what you need, they might be able to recommend options that are clear or invisible. It may be that clear aligners are an option for you,if you value discretion, because they are very hard to see from the outside.

You may have some concerns about discomfort during treatment. While this is an inevitable side-effect of orthodontics for many people, your dentist can advise on ways to mitigate it, the length of time you can expect to experience sensations, and types of treatment where the reported discomfort is less.

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we want to talk to you as much as you want about your treatment and then stick with you all the way through.

Do you need an orthodontist?

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we are committed to the care and dental health of our patients. In order to ensure that you receive the service you want, we listen to your needs and ask you about your priorities when it comes to realigning your teeth or your bite. For some people, it may be essential that they have a budget option, for others aesthetics might be a bigger concern. As everyone is different, we make sure that we take note of what is important to you and suggest options accordingly.

orthodontics-in-weybridgeYou will normally be referred to the orthodontist at Weybridge Orthodontics by your dentist if you need and/or want to have your teeth straightened or something about your bite corrected. They will take a look at your mouth and make a plan with you for moving forward and having treatment.

All orthodontic treatments have the movement of teeth in common and they all do it in more or less the same way, which is by exerting consistent pressure on the teeth until they start to move in the desired direction. This happens because the pressure sends a message to a nerve attached to your teeth, which then tells the bone on one side of the root area to start breaking down and allowing the tooth to move. At the same time, the bone begins to build up in the space left behind – it’s a miraculous process.

The differences between the treatments on offer at Weybridge Orthodontics tend to be the amount of force exerted and how it is achieved by different types of braces and the focus of the treatment i.e. which teeth and in which direction and length of time that it takes. Movement of the teeth takes the same amount of time, but it can take a shorter or longer time to get the result you want, depending on how extensive the issue is. Braces can also be fixed or removable, although even removable braces need to be worn for a set amount of time per day to ensure they are effective and are sending a steady message to the teeth.

Braces on the National Health Service

Does your child qualify for orthodontic treatment on the National Health Service?

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics we offer treatment on the National Health Service, according to the government guidelines, which were introduced by the Department of Health in 2006.

orthodontics-in-weybridgeThe good news is that Weybridge Orthodontics can offer every child under the age of 18 a free assessment to find out if they are in need of orthodontic treatment, and also if they qualify for treatment on the National Health Service.

The Department of Health has issued an Index of Orthodontic Needs (IOTN) in order to help us at Weybridge Orthodontics find out if each child is eligible for treatment on the NHS.

Firstly, treatment on the NHS is only for children whose dental health will be improved by orthodontics. It is not given to children who want orthodontic treatment for purely cosmetic reasons.

If your child is missing a tooth, or has impacted teeth, has significantly crowded teeth, abnormally prominent teeth, or something wrong with their bite that is causing problems in some way, then there is a good chance that they will be able to receive treatment on the NHS. Please bring them in to Weybridge Orthodontics for a free assessment.

Sadly, even if your child does have a clear clinical need that qualifies them for treatment with Weybridge Orthodontics, there is only a limited amount of funding available for orthodontic treatments on the NHS. This restriction means that even if your child qualifies for treatment, they will likely have to a join a waiting list before treatment can start. At Weybridge Orthodontics, we do our best to keep waiting lists as short as possible, including continual consultations with the NHS local area managers.

If your child does qualify for NHS but you do not want to wait keep them waiting on a list, then we also offer private treatments for children. Prices start at £1354.00 for Clarity or Damon Q braces. We offer a 0% interest monthly repayment scheme and if you got to our prices page, we have a calculator to help you work out how much the treatment you think is best for your child is likely to cost.

International rescue? Weybridge Orthodontics are go!

No matter where you started your orthodontic treatment, if you have recently moved to the United Kingdom to live, you can count on Weybridge Orthodontics to be able to help you complete your treatment.

weybridge-orthodonticsHere at Weybridge Orthodontics we make it our business to be up to the minute in orthodontic treatments from all over the world. And we are always delighted to be able to help people who need to transfer their orthodontic treatment, whether in the active phase or the retention phase, from another country.

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we are already a referral centre for general dentists in the UK who want to make sure their patients get excellent quality orthodontic care.

We have a large team of very experienced orthodontists, and we can support all modalities of orthodontics. In fact, Dr James Stubbs, did some of his orthodontic training in the United States, as part of an exchange programme between Guy’s Hospital in London and the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we already take care of several students who attend local international schools.

If you would like to transfer your treatment to us when you arrive from another country, here is what you need to do:

  • Please bring as many of your dental records as you can from your previous orthodontist.
  • Ask your orthodontist for a copy of your treatment plan and any special conditions pertaining to your case.
  • Book an initial appointment with us, and then come in, so that we can discuss your treatment so far and draw up a plan to complete it.
  • Try not to leave too long a period of time between your last visit to your orthodontist back home, and your initial consultation with Weybridge Orthodontics.

We will also do our best to continue with your original treatment plan. In most cases, Weybridge Orthodontics can continue your treatment with the orthodontic appliances you had fitted at home, but we may need to use different wire, brackets or appliances.

The cost of completing your treatment can vary, but we will you give a clear idea of how much you can expect to spend with us.

And yes, we are very happy if you want to seek a second opinion.

Bite-size orthodontics in Weybridge

The term orthodontics is defined in the dictionary as ‘the branch of dentistry concerned with preventing or correcting irregularities of the teeth’. At Surrey Braces, Our practice in Weybridge, orthodontics is our core business. We see many forms that these irregularities can take.One area of irregularity occurs with a patient’s ‘bite’.

orthodontics-in-weybridgeIn dental terminology, the bite is the alignment of the rows of teeth when they are resting against each other. If a bite is not properly aligned it can lead to all sorts of problems. It can affect chewing, which might encourage uneven wear of the teeth aswell as discomfort. People can also find their speech is impaired by a misaligned bite. Over time, bite issues can lead to general oral health problems such as gum disease and tooth loss. There are different types of bite to consider.

  1. Open bite. This describes the condition where the patients’ front teeth do not meet when the jaws are shut. Inevitably the back teeth will suffer excessive wear and tear compared to the front teeth, and ultimately deterioration.
  2. Cross bite. This is when the upper set of teeth sit either inside the bottom teeth or just outside. This makes it difficult for the patient to chew.
  3. This term describes a situation where the lower teeth project further forward than the upper teeth.
  4. This happens when secondary teeth grow in a small space within the dental arch.
  5. This occurs when people have teeth that are missing or particularly small teeth that leave larger than normal gaps between them.

So what happens to people who are diagnosed with a bite that is not aligned and must be corrected? The two principal appliances used in this situation are retainers and braces. Both work by applying pressure on the teeth to move them into the required position. So what’s the difference?

Braces can be either fixed or removable. Contrary to popular belief, a removable brace is not a retainer. A retainer, as its name suggests, is an appliance specifically employed to maintain the position achieved by braces once they have been removed.Many patients looking for orthodontics in Weybridge will receive braces and/or a retainer as part of their treatment.

Fixing your teeth is easier than you think

Are you having an issue with misaligned teeth? Would you like to have a bright, confident smile? Do you have concerns about visiting the dentist to address the issue? We can help with all of these things.

orthodontics-in-weybridgeAt our practice in Weybridge, orthodontics is one of the things we offer to help specifically with these issues. We can give you guidance on what you might need to make your dream of correcting your dental misalignment come true.

What is Orthodontics?

That is a good question to start with. Orthodontics is a particular branch of dentistry that deals with aligning and straightening the teeth. Normally, brackets are fixed to the teeth to gently move them back into place. This is a long term procedure and we support you at every turn.

You will need to take special care of your teeth as good oral hygiene is essential whilst you are undergoing treatment. The brackets are periodically adjusted as the teeth shift to ensure that they continue to move into the desired position.

After the treatment is finished, a permanent, invisible retainer is put in place to ensure that the teeth do not return to their original positions.

Does it hurt?

There can be some discomfort associated with the treatment. This is generally after fitting and when the adjustments are made. However, at Weybridge Orthodontics, we do everything we can to minimise discomfort and to keep you informed about the sensations you can expect to feel so that you are prepared. We also offer tips on caring for your orthodontic work so that everything stays clean and healthy.

Why Weybridge Orthodontics?

We believe in working in partnership with our patients to ensure that everything we do is shaped by your individual needs. At our practice in Weybridge, orthodontics is a specialty and we have a team of highly skilled professionals ready to work with you and offer you the right advice and information.

We understand that long term dental treatment can seem a bit daunting at first but can reassure you that this is a great investment in the future of your smile and your overall oral health. Give yourself the opportunity to feel more confident and have a brighter, healthier smile by booking a consultation appointment with us.

A history lesson by Weybridge Orthodontics

Many people know that orthodontics are a great solution to the problem of having overcrowded, gappy, misaligned or crooked teeth, but did you know where it all started?

The history of orthodontics

As far back as 400 BC historical figures like Hippocrates and Aristotle were considering different ways to straighten teeth, amongst trying to fix other dental conditions. It might sound really disgusting but the first braces were made by early dentists from animal products and though primitive, worked much in the same way that wires do today, to pull the teeth into the desired position. It just goes to show that even then people would go to extraordinary lengths to create the perfect smile!

weybridge-orthodonticsOrthodontics as a scientific discipline really took off in the 18th century when a Frenchman called Pierre Fauchard published a book called “The Surgeon Dentist” which referenced a horseshoe-shaped piece of iron that helped expand the arch of the mouth.

It wasn’t until 1819 however, that anything like braces as we know and recognise them today, started to appear. Another French dentist named Delabarre introduced the “wire crib”, marking the birth of contemporary Orthodontics.

Gum elastic was added later to make the braces more efficient. The bands were made from rubber tubing and in 1858 the first official article was written on Orthodontics in a book called “Treatise on Oral Deformities”, published in 1880.

This was the beginning of the movement of orthodontics, the science of using force to realign teeth and create straighter smiles!

Modern Orthodontics in Weybridge

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we are glad that we have come a long way since those early days of animal guts and iron retainers! These days braces are made from the highest quality plastics, metals and elastic, as well as using a variety of other high tech materials and equipment to make the process as hygienic, easy, and efficient as possible.

You can search our website for the full range of treatments available, browse our staff information, testimonials and smile gallery. You can also give us a call on 01932 831 825 or email us at tc@weybridgeortho.com to find out more or book an appointment.

We know about orthodontics in Weybridge

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we have spent many years refining our philosophy, practice and staff to create the best experience possible for patients who visit us at our practice in Weybridge. Orthodontics is the art of straightening and correcting the position of teeth, usually with a range of treatments and/or braces.

orthodontics-in-weybridgeBraces in the 21st century are very different from the wire braces of old, however you can still receive wire braces at our practice. You will be given the option of having clear brackets though, which can make all the difference to someone who is self-conscious about their smile and how their teeth are perceived by others.

Alternatively there is a range of clear braces available to our patients. These can be clear aligners, or invisible, lingual braces (braces which go on the inside of your teeth so they out of sight completely!) To find out which braces will suit you, it is worth considering the following factors.

What should I be asking myself?

What is your budget? How much can you afford to spend correcting your smile and giving yourself renewed confidence and functionality?

What is the minimum/maximum amount of time you are willing to wear braces for? Treatments can take anything between 4 months and upwards of two years depending on the scale of the problem and the work that may need to be carried out.

What result are you looking for? Are you attached to having the perfect straight smile or are you content to just make your bite slightly better aligned. Are you aiming for improved functionality or an enhanced aesthetic from a cosmetic viewpoint?

What are you looking for in terms of aftercare? Are you happy to wear a retainer? Most orthodontic treatments require you to wear a retainer to make sure that your smile stays in place following the treatment.

Our treatment coordinators can discuss this with you at our practice in Weybridge. Orthodontic treatment is perhaps the best and easiest way to improve your smile, it is non-invasive and you get to see the improvement gradually over time, eventually leaving you with the smile you have always wanted.