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.

Weybridge’s incognito solution – Incognito!

Hidden in plain sight, Incognito is a brilliant system designed for those who want braces but are concerned about how they might appear or what might be seen as a “childish” dental treatment.

incognito-solutionThe number of adults taking orthodontic treatment in the UK is growing every year, however despite this, many people still feel that there is a stigma attached to wearing braces as an adult and for this reason many adults refuse to have treatments for fear of feeling too self-conscious or being judged by society’s ever more pressuring high standards for our cosmetic appearance. Luckily in Weybridge, Incognito is the perfect solution for those who feel self-conscious about braces. At Weybridge Orthodontics we are proud to deliver Incognito’s unique lingual braces to our patients.

What does the treatment look like

Incognito, Weybridge Orthodontics’ totally invisible braces solution is invisible because the brace is placed behind the teeth rather than on the teeth, meaning that only the wearer will know that the brace is there.

It takes the form of a lingual bracket which is custom-shaped to the shape of your teeth and mouth, meaning that it is comfortable, reliable, and won’t come pinging out when you try and speak or eat!

Many patients report that they can go through an entire course of treatment and even close friends who aren’t in the know will confess that they were totally unaware that the patient was having orthodontic treatment. What a wonderful way to give yourself the straight teeth you’ve always wanted.

Incognito in Weybridge, how does it work?

First of all you will see the dentist in an initial consultation, then after that you will be given a treatment plan which may involve regular trips to the orthodontist to tighten and rearrange then braces as necessary throughput the course of the treatment. You will be given all the information needed to look after your braces, this may involve things you should avoid eating if possible, as well as advice for cleaning your braces as it is important that you maintain them in order to get the best results possible. To find out more or book a consultation you can call us or pop in to have a chat with our friendly team.

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.

Invisalign Weybridge. A near invisible braces solution!

Maybe you want to get that job, be taken more seriously, get promoted at work, stand out or attract the partner of your dreams… Whatever the reason behind getting braces there is a solution for you at our practice in Weybridge. Invisalign is one of many braces solutions available. When considering braces it is important to consider the different options available. Our team can help you and guide you towards the right solution for you.

invisible-bracesWhat is Invisalign? Weybridge Orthodontics answers your question!

We believe that dental treatment should not be a downer. There is enough going on in the world without your world being turned upside down again with a dramatic change in your appearance. We know that the results of waiting for straight teeth are worth it, but isn’t there an easier solution? Or one at least which doesn’t make us even more self-conscious about our mouth?

Luckily, the clever people at Invisalign have invented a system, which gives you straight teeth without the tight-lipped smiles! But what is Invisalign?

Invisalign in Weybridge

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system, which uses a series of nearly invisible aligners that are made out of a clear hygienic material, which sits in your mouth in much the same way that a gum shield would. However, because we tailor the aligner to your mouth, it is far more comfortable, and many patients report that they forget that the aligner is even there!

Invisalign treatment is barely visible and so won’t attract the wrong kind of attention, but best of all, Invisalign is removable, so you can take it out if your mouth comes under too close scrutiny, or if you want to eat or clean the aligner. What a difference that is from wire frame braces! Now nobody will have to endure having food stuck in their braces again just to get straighter teeth!

You can visit us any time or call us to find out more. We are happy to provide patients with Invisalign treatment at Weybridge Orthodontics. The consultation is key for making sure that you choose the right braces for you. With our help you can decide what your outcome is and choose the right system with our guidance and support.

Going Incognito, Weybridge Orthodontics’ secret weapon

What does it mean to go incognito? To be unseen, to be discreet, to not be recognised. At Weybridge Orthodontics we understand the need to be discreet sometimes when it comes to braces. Many people refused to have adult braces until we found the perfect solution for them. Lingual braces: the perfect solution to the problem of standing out in a crowd for all the wrong reasons.

incognito-bracesWhat are lingual braces?

Lingual braces are braces which are placed behind the teeth rather than in front of them and therefore offer a great cosmetic alternative to those seeking a straighter smile but want the process to be as discreet as possible. Lingual braces can take a range of shapes and formats as well as materials and sizes. Not all orthodontic practices can offer lingual braces because of the skills and technical expertise required in providing the treatment. However here at Weybridge Orthodontics we are proud to offer the revolutionary new Incognito lingual bracket system

Why Incognito? Weybridge Orthodontic’s answer to the problem of super discreet teeth straightening

At our practice in Weybridge, Incognito is a solution we love! Why? Incognito uses a lingual bracket system, which uses customised wires, bonding trays and brackets to create the perfect discreet solution for crooked teeth. The Incognito lingual braces system is a fixed appliance that is customised completely to the shape of your teeth, and over the course of your treatment it cleverly and discreetly shapes your teeth into the right shape to give you your perfect smile.

By the end of your treatment you will be able to smile with absolute confidence knowing that your teeth are straighter and your quality of life enhanced.

How do I find out more about Incognito in Weybridge?

To find out more about Incognito you can visit the Incognito section on our website, call us or send an email to our team. Our friendly staff can discuss all of the options with you and recommend a treatment based on your budget, problem and your personal preference. Don’t delay! Contact us today to find out how Incognito could change your life forever!

The benefits of Invisalign teeth straightening treatment

Invisalign is a modern form of orthodontic treatment, suitable for correcting a wide range of issues affecting adults’ and teenagers’ teeth. At Surrey Braces in Weybridge, we are firmly of the belief that dental treatment should fit conveniently around your lifestyle whenever possible. When it comes to teeth straightening, we believe that Invisalign does just that.

teeth-straightening-weybridgeNo more metal braces

Metal braces are far from the only option for teeth straightening in the modern day and age. At our Weybridge dental practice we offer a number of subtler options, all designed to straighten and improve the alignment of your teeth with the minimum of fuss.

Whereas traditional metal braces – and cosmetic tooth-coloured or lingual brace systems – are attached to your teeth for the duration of treatment, it is safe and easy to remove Invisalign at home. Treatment involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners to guide your teeth into a new position, without a glint of metal in sight.

There are numerous advantages to treatment with Invisalign. The fact you take them out to eat, drink, to clean and to brush/floss your teeth means that you don’t need to adapt your dental hygiene routine at all during treatment, although you should still brush your teeth an hour after every meal.

The fact that your Invisalign aligners are clear means that they are entirely invisible to the untrained eye in daily life – hence the name. Very few people will notice that you are even wearing them.

Invisalign in Weybridge

When you come into our Weybridge dental clinic for an Invisalign consultation, our orthodontist will check that this is the most suitable option to suit your needs. There are several other discreet orthodontic solutions available at Surrey Braces should Invisalign not be suitable.

If you are approved for treatment, photographs, scans, impressions and measurements of your teeth will be taken so that your aligners can be made, and thanks to the advanced 3D computer software that supports this system of aligners, your Weybridge orthodontist will be able to show you the results you can expect from the outset, as well as the stages of movement your teeth will go through.

Why orthodontics can help you at any age

Orthodontics can be beneficial for patients of any age. At Surrey Braces dental centre in Weybridge, we offer a wide selection of orthodontic appliances designed to meet the needs of children, teenagers, and adults. Whatever type and amount of correction you need, at our Weybridge dental centre we will find the perfect appliance to suit your needs.

orthodontics-weybridgeAn increasing number of men and women are showing an interest in orthodontics later in life, and adult orthodontic treatment is becoming ever more popular, as people start to realise the true value of a beautiful, nicely aligned smile.

It might be that you had orthodontic treatment as a teenager only to experience adult relapse, or you may never have visited the world of orthodontics until now. Whatever your past experiences and present requirements, at Surrey Braces dental centre in Weybridge, we can help.

At our Weybridge dental practice we know that adult orthodontics need to be subtle as well as effective. Metal braces may be a badge of honour among teenagers, part of the transition into adulthood and a way of making a fashion statement now that the brace elastics can be colour-customised, but for adults the thought of a noticeable fixed metal appliance can be enough to put them off orthodontics for life.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Our Weybridge clinic offers both subtle fixed braces and clear, removable aligners, designed to straighten adults’ teeth without the whole world having to know that you are having treatment.

We are also always keen to point out that orthodontics have more than just aesthetic benefits. It makes your teeth easier to keep clean when they are properly aligned, with fewer gaps where dental plaque can build up. This cuts your risk of gum disease and tooth decay, the two main causes of tooth loss.

Problems with your bite can also affect your diet, and in some cases can cause jaw problems, head or shoulder aches, and excessive wear on certain teeth. Adult orthodontics can bring your teeth into better alignment quickly and discreetly. It can also help in some cases of bruxism – night time tooth grinding.

Using Invisalign to straighten your teeth with minimal lifestyle impact

Invisalign is a popular alternative to metal braces for adults and teenagers who want straighter teeth. Surrey Braces dental clinic in Weybridge offers this highly-discreet method of teeth straightening treatment to correct a wide range of orthodontic concerns, with minimal impact on your lifestyle.

straighten-teethA lot of adults who dream of straightening their teeth are turned off by the thought that they have to wear obvious metal braces for months or even years on end. Fortunately, orthodontics has advanced a lot in recent years, and our Weybridge dental centre offers a number of far more discreet routes to the perfectly aligned smile. Invisalign is one of the most popular choices.

Weybridge Invisalign

Standard and cosmetic braces are fixed to your teeth for the duration of treatment. Invisalign is different. It involves the use a series of clear, removable aligners to progressively move your teeth into a better position, little by little, week by week.

The Invisalign system is excellent for maintaining dental hygiene during treatment, which is a worry for some people who wear standard braces. There are no special hygiene techniques required; you just take your aligners out to eat and drink, to clean, and to brush and floss your teeth in the normal way.

At our Weybridge dental clinic we always advise you to brush your teeth an hour after every meal during any type of orthodontic treatment, to prevent particles of food getting trapped against your teeth.

Minimal lifestyle impact

Because they are both clear and removable, Invisalign aligners have very little impact on your daily life. They are made from clear plastic and will go unnoticed by the untrained eye. You do need to wear them for 20-22 hours per day to make sure treatment progresses as planned, but it’s okay to take them out for short periods.

An example could be if you play a brass or woodwind instrument. Invisalign can be a good option for professional musicians or those studying music, because it’s safe to take them out for short periods in order to play your instrument. Regular braces can affect your technique, but Invisalign won’t have any impact.

Incognito lingual braces: the secret way to straighten your teeth

Incognito lingual braces are one of the most discreet methods of teeth straightening available. At Surrey Braces dental clinic in Weybridge, they are a popular choice for adults who want to enjoy the benefits of perfectly aligned teeth, without the need to wear obvious metal braces.

lingual-bracesA different type of brace

Standard braces, both regular and cosmetic, are fixed to the front surfaces of your teeth. Incognito lingual braces, on the other hand, are attached to the rear (or lingual) surfaces of your teeth, meaning that they are invisible in everyday life. No-one is going to see them unless they are staring directly down into your mouth, and that’s most likely to be your Weybridge orthodontist, dentist, or hygienist. This means Incognito offers a very subtle route to straighter teeth.

Although they are made from metal, Incognito lingual braces don’t contain nickel. They are made from gold alloy, which means this opens up the possibility of treatment to people who suffer from a nickel allergy.

Unlike some of the cosmetic brace systems available at our Weybridge dental centre, Incognito can be used to correct a wide range of orthodontic concerns.

Weybridge Incognito braces

Every set of Incognito lingual braces is made to fit your teeth and orthodontic situation exactly, after a consultation at our Weybridge dental clinic. They are designed with comfort in mind, and whilst it may take a little longer to get used to an appliance attached to the rear surfaces of the teeth, the vast majority of patients at our Weybridge dental centre adapt to them very quickly.

In essence, they work just like standard braces, using brackets and wires to exert gentle pressure on your teeth in order to move them into a better position. Once treatment is complete, as well as enjoying a beautifully aligned smile, you will also find it easier to maintain good dental hygiene practices, with fewer gaps in which plaque can build up.

At the end of treatment you will need to wear a retainer; there are several discreet options at our Weybridge clinic. Either a bonded or removable retainer will ensure your teeth stay in their new position.

Exploring orthodontics as an adult: your options

As an increasing number of adults are turning to orthodontics, so the number of ways to discreetly straighten your teeth is steadily rising. At Surrey Braces dental clinic in Weybridge, we offer a wide selection of orthodontics options for patients of all ages, including several subtle yet effective methods of realigning adult teeth.

orthodontics-weybridgeModern orthodontics may involve the use of a fixed brace or a removable aligner to alter the position of your teeth. We offer several of both types of appliance at our Weybridge dental centre, and an orthodontist will talk you through all of your treatment options following a detailed consultation.

It’s worth remembering the health benefits of orthodontics as well as the aesthetic ones: by making it easier to keep your teeth clean and free from dental plaque, you can reduce your risk of both tooth decay and gum disease. Correcting issues with the bite – that’s how your jaws meet each other – can make it easier to bite and chew food, can help in some cases of bruxism (night time tooth grinding) and can even help in some cases of migraines and persistent headaches.

Weybridge orthodontics: your treatment options

The best appliance to suit your needs will be discussed during your consultation with an orthodontist here at our Weybridge dental clinic. Among the options you may be offered are:

Incognito lingual braces

Braces remain synonymous with orthodontics for many people, but Incognito braces have some notable differences from standard fixed appliances.

First and foremost is how they are fitted. Your Weybridge orthodontist will fit them to the rear (lingual) surfaces of the teeth, making them invisible in daily life unless someone is staring directly down into your mouth. Furthermore, they are made from gold alloy, thus perfect for those with nickel allergies.

Invisalign

One of the most popular systems in the world of discreet orthodontics, Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners to gently guide your teeth into a better position.

The fact that they are clear makes them invisible to the untrained eye, whilst the fact that they are removable means they are excellent for dental hygiene.