As we grow and our adult teeth develop, they can often grow unevenly. This results in crossing, crooked protruding and unevenly spaced or misaligned teeth. Not only does this look unattractive but misaligned teeth can cause a wide range of dental problems in the long term.
Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry relating to correcting the alignment of the teeth in the mouth. Orthodontic treatments usually involve wearing braces and some teeth may need to be removed to make room for the remaining teeth to be straightened. Braces are generally used to gently move the teeth within the jawbone and regular appointments are needed to adjust the braces as the teeth gradually move. At Weybridge Orthodontics in Weybridge, treatments are available for both private patients of all ages and some NHS patients under the age of 18. We offer a complete service for both children and adults who require teeth-straightening procedures.
How can orthodontics help me?
Here at our practice in Weybridge, orthodontics can be used to correct a wide range of problems such as:
- closing wide gaps between teeth,
- correcting a misaligned bite,
- altering the shape of the jaw to improve speech,
- straightening crooked, crossing or protruding teeth,
- re-aligning the tips of the teeth for a more even smile.
You may be referred to an orthodontic dentist by your regular dentist or you may have heard from friends or family members about the benefits that they have enjoyed from having their teeth straightened. To help you decide whether you might be able to benefit from receiving some orthodontic treatment, our dedicated team of practitioners will work together with you from your first appointment and initial assessment to establish your goals and help you achieve a smile to be proud of.
What can I expect when I visit Weybridge Orthodontics?
At your first appointment the orthodontist will examine your face, the jaws and teeth to diagnose the underlying causes of your dental problems as well as assessing the overall condition of your teeth. This is to ensure that your teeth are healthy enough to benefit from being straightened. If they are then it will be necessary to take X-ray images, photographs and impressions (moulds) of your teeth to help your orthodontist accurately assess the problems with your bite. This information is used to create a suitable treatment plan to straighten your teeth, improve your bite and give you healthy and attractive smile.