Straighten your teeth invisibly with Incognito lingual braces

Incognito lingual braces are an increasingly popular way for adults to straighten their teeth. At Weybridge Orthodontics an increasing number of patients are opting to use discreet brace systems to improve the alignment of their teeth and boost the appearance of their smile.

What are Incognito braces?

incognito lingual bracesIncognito braces use the traditional principles of orthodontics but revise them for the modern age. They are lingual braces, which means that they are attached to the rear surface of the teeth. Nobody will be able to see that you are wearing them, meaning that nobody will know you are having treatment – unless you choose to tell them.

Like regular braces, Incognito lingual braces comprise metal brackets and wires that employ gentle forces to move your teeth into a more desirable position. They are one of the most popular orthodontic treatments at our Weybridge orthodontic practice, and are customised to the individual shape of your teeth and your dental situation.

When you come into our Weybridge practice for a consultation, your skilled orthodontist will create a unique prescription to suit your needs, meaning that results are highly predictable.

To design your secret braces, your orthodontist will use high-end 3D imaging technology to create a realistic digital mock-up, paying great attention to detail to ensure that your finished braces will fit your teeth perfectly.

We have many happy patients at our Weybridge practice who will testify not just to the efficiency of Incognito lingual braces, but also to the high degree of comfort they provide. It is a common misconception that orthodontics is uncomfortable or even painful, but thanks to advances in techniques and technology, treatment is now more comfortable than ever before.

If you are interested in straightening your teeth with Incognito lingual braces, why not contact a member of our Weybridge orthodontics team today?

It’s never too late for orthodontics!

Orthodontics is traditionally associated with children and teenagers. However, at Surrey Braces dental practice in Weybridge we are keen to emphasise that patients of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Whether you want aesthetic treatment to improve the appearance of your smile, are in need of tooth straightening to improve your oral health, or a combination of the two, we are here to help.

Orthodontics? Doesn’t that mean metal braces?

orthodonticsIn a nutshell, not necessarily. Orthodontics has seen huge developments in recent years. At Surrey Braces in Weybridge our team of dentists and orthodontists have a huge selection of discreet devices at their disposal to correct a wide range of problems.

Discreet orthodontics takes the traditional orthodontic principles and modernises them. By using clear aligners, tooth-coloured or clear braces, dentists are able to provide treatment that is almost invisible.

At Surrey Braces dental practice in Weybridge our orthodontists have many options for adults interested in orthodontics. Let’s take a look at some of them. . .

Clear aligners

Clear aligners are increasingly popular with patients and dentists alike. They fit over your teeth and can be removed for eating, drinking and to clean. Because they are made from clear plastic nobody will notice you are having treatment.

Popular brands include RXAligners and Invisalign, both of which we offer at our Weybridge practice. You will be fitted with a series of aligners that you change regularly as your teeth move. The length of treatment will depend on the amount and type of correction required.

Clear braces

Clear braces apply the traditional principles of orthodontics to move teeth, but use clear or tooth-coloured wires and brackets. At our Weybridge dental practice we offer the popular Damon and Clarity brace brands, among others. Treatment times will depend on how much correction is needed.

The Model’s Way to Photogenic Smiles

In a world of selfies and instant photo sharing platforms, a picture-perfect smile is your best asset.

photogenic smilesEveryone wants to look good in photos. Some may have difficulty flashing the camera a photogenic smile—you might be one of them. Fortunately, you need not be a professional model to achieve that glowing grin.

Flawlessly Natural Always Works

Scripted smiles do not have any place in your photographs. When it is time for a photo, just smile naturally. Do not overthink the way you should grin. Do so gently and in a relaxed manner. When you pressure yourself to come up with the perfect smile, chances are your smile will look put-on.

A natural smile is the complete opposite of a quick grin. You open your mouth slightly and the curve of your upper teeth matches your lower lip.

Ladies, Lipstick is Your Friend

For the women, lipstick enhances your already beautiful smile. Keep in mind that the right shade of lipstick makes your teeth appear whiter. To find the right one, choose the shade that works best with your skin tone. The wrong one, on the other hand, makes your smile less appealing.

Shades such as red wine, plum, rosy pink, wink or cherry are your best options. If you wish to hide yellow stains in your teeth, use pink-based or blue-based lipsticks.

Mind Your Teeth and Gums

The picture-perfect smile sometimes calls for a little behind-the-scene preparations with the help of the nearest dental practice. From Weybridge Invisalign aligners to whitening, your options are endless.

If your teeth are yellowing with age, in-clinic whitening from your dentist is the best solution. You can also correct your cracked, broken or chipped teeth with some implants or braces. Do not forget your gums as well. Keep them in good shape by maintaining good oral hygiene.

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, we can help you smile like models. Our services can transform your smile from a simple grin to a camera-ready beam. Book an appointment with us now and face the cameras with confidence.

The Rigorous Test of Braces

When we design braces for our patients, we give them the assurance that they will be able to correct any misalignment their teeth may have. Part of that assurance is convincing them that the braces can withstand whatever the patient will decide to put in their mouths. The question many of them ask is ‘How can brackets and wires stand against all the food we eat until the next appointment?’

Beating Up Braces

the rigorous test of bracesIt is a fact that not many patients know, but all the tools that dentists use on their patients go through a rigorous battery of strength tests before they reach the market. Researchers have come up with a variety of ways to replicate real life situations in testing dental products and tools. There is even a robot that looks like a jaw that moves up and down repeatedly to simulate chewing.

Strength testing is one of the most important hidden aspects of dentistry; because of the work such tools are expected to perform. Braces need – through constant pressure – to weaken teeth enough to move them into the desired position, as well as protect them from external forces that would push them out of alignment. It is a balancing act that requires both power and durability on the part of the tool.

No Further Testing Required

Plenty of effort goes into the construction of such materials to ensure that they can still perform under extreme situations. But, that is not license for patients to attempt to test the limits of their braces. They should focus their energy on following their dentist’s instructions on caring for their braces. The point of wearing braces is to fix misalignments, not to test how strong they are under duress.

In fact, patients would only be hurting themselves if they do that because strength testing has already been done, and they are simply putting unnecessary pressure on their teeth. Leave the dental tool testing to the professionals, and just get ready for the new straight smile you will enjoy when the braces are finally removed.

If you are looking for any more information on braces or general practices in dentistry, do not hesitate to contact us today. We entertain all kinds of questions and inquiries from curious patients, and make everything to the best of our ability.

Straighten your teeth discreetly with Invisalign clear aligners

More and more adults who want to straighten their teeth with Invisalign clear aligners. At Surrey Braces dental practice in Weybridge, our dentists are highly experienced in using clear aligners to straighten teeth.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

invisalign clear alignersUnlike other orthodontic options, Invisalign provides an entirely invisible way to correct a wide range of mild to moderate orthodontic problems. The aligners are made out of clear plastic that fits snuggly over your teeth, so nobody will notice you are wearing them.

The Invisalign system is also removable, unlike fixed braces, meaning that you can take them out to eat and clean. This is beneficial to your dental hygiene, as braces can be difficult to clean around properly.

How does it work?

If you are interested in straightening your teeth with clear aligners, the first step is to come into Surrey Braces in Weybridge for a consultation with one of our dentists.

Should they agree that Invisalign is the best solution for your needs, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the Invisalign laboratory in the USA. After approximately three weeks you’ll be called back to our Weybridge practice for a clinical check, using 3D models to show how your teeth are predicted to move during treatment.

So long as you are happy with these predicted results, your dentist will prescribe a series of aligners, which you will need to change every two weeks or so as your teeth move.

You will need to pay a deposit for the manufacture of your aligners; we have a range of payment options for you to pay off the balance over a period of 18-24 months.

For more information about Invisalign treatment, contact our Weybridge practice today.

Introducing Incognito – how lingual braces can straighten your teeth discreetly

Incognito braces are among the most popular orthodontic treatments at our Weybridge dental practice. They employ the traditional principles of orthodontics, but there’s one big difference: they are lingual braces, which means they are placed on the back of your teeth. This means that they are highly discreet.

incognito lingual bracesLingual braces are suitable for correcting a wide range of orthodontic problems in patients of all ages. At Surrey Braces dental practice in Weybridge, we have used them to treat a wide range of orthodontic issues successfully.

How do lingual braces work?

Incognito lingual braces work in the same way as conventional braces, using a system of wires and brackets to gently move your teeth into a more desirable position. The major difference is that they are placed on the back of the teeth, next to the tongue, meaning that nobody will know you are having treatment unless you choose to tell them.

Although other lingual brace systems are available, Incognito is the only 100% customised appliance system for invisible orthodontics currently available in the UK.

The latest technological advances are used to create braces entirely customised to the shape of your teeth and your dental needs. At Surrey Braces in Weybridge your orthodontist will create a unique prescription for Incognito lingual braces to produce the ideal results.

Further advantages of Incognito braces

As well as being able to smile with confidence during treatment without a hint of metal on show, Incognito braces also produce fantastic and predictable results, thanks to the 3D imaging technology used by orthodontists to create your bespoke set of braces.

There is no need to remove your braces to eat and drink, and while it may take a few days for your tongue to get used to the braces, they are also renowned for being highly comfortable.

As with all orthodontic treatment, you will need to ensure that you clean around your Incognito braces carefully. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to advise you on how best to do this.

Orthodontics for adults: the options

Many adults are concerned about the alignment of their teeth, but think that orthodontics means metal braces. This can be understandably off-putting for busy adults, with the thought of wearing traditional “train-track” style braces more distressing than the issues that make them embarrassed to show their smile. At Surrey Braces dental practice in Weybridge, we have a wide selection of discreet, fast orthodontic options perfect for busy adult lifestyles.

orthodontic optionsTraditional braces remain a predictable and effective way to straighten your teeth. Discreet orthodontics takes these traditional principles and modernises them, using tooth-coloured braces or clear aligners to correct a range of orthodontic problems. Many of these products also act more quickly than traditional braces.

Here are some of the popular orthodontic options offered at our Weybridge dental practice:

Clarity

Clarity applies the traditional principles of orthodontics to clear ceramic brackets. These advanced brackets are also smaller in size than their traditional metal counterparts, providing the ideal combination of performance and aesthetics.

Average treatment time with Clarity braces is 18-24 months, and they can correct a wide range of orthodontic problems.

Damon Clear

Damon braces are one of the most popular choices in modern orthodontics. They use tieless brackets and high-technology archwires to move teeth quickly, comfortably and discreetly. Damon Clear uses a passive slide mechanism that enables teeth to move freely and quickly, reducing friction and binding for a higher degree of comfort.

Clear aligners

Orthodontics isn’t all about braces. Many patients benefit from treatment with clear aligners such as Invisalign, which in addition to being comfortable and invisible are also removable, meaning you can take them out to eat, drink and clean.

If you are interested in discreet adult orthodontics, please get in touch with Surrey Braces in Weybridge to discover how our dentists can help you get the smile of your dreams.

Orthodontic Breakages: Be Careful What You Bite Into

When you first get your braces, you will need to avoid certain food items as they can actually impede the process of aligning your teeth. Some of the food items on the ban list are quite obvious, but there are some that, although may seem harmless, can actually do long-term damage to your teeth straightening appliances.

Crunch and Bite

Weybridge orthodonticsAs a general rule, food items that you have to exert more effort into biting or chewing can seriously damage your braces. Crusty bread, such as bagels or the actual crust of pizzas, are what you want to avoid as they can pop the brackets of your braces or bend its wires. If the wires start bending in different directions, your teeth will conform to their position and this can be extremely painful.

Snacks like popcorn, nuts and seeds, and hard candy are things you should also watch out. As you will be spending more time crunching and chewing these foodstuffs, you will be adding unnecessary strain into your braces and eventually, it will start wearing out.

Bits and Pieces

Some food items leave bits and pieces when you eat them; you do not need to stop eating these entirely, but you should take extra care when you do eat them. Sweets, especially caramel or softer candies often leave pieces behind your mouth. They do not necessarily damage your braces, but they are more difficult to clean.

Since these are sugars, they tend to attract bacteria when left unattended and that means you risk developing plaque or even tartar in hard to reach places, such as behind the wires of your braces. As your teeth tend to be more vulnerable when you have teeth straightening appliances, eating or sugary food or drinks may cause your teeth to decay faster.

While there are a lot of foodstuffs that you have to avoid when you get braces, there are also some that we suggest eating in order to strengthen your teeth. Anything with calcium, such as cheese, yoghurt and milk, help strengthen your teeth. If you want filling meals, we suggest eating noodle dishes as they tend to go down easily.

At Weybridge Orthodontics, we understand how serious breakages are and how certain food items can cause this. Visit our website at https://www.surreybraces.co.uk/ for more information about our orthodontic treatments, or arrange a consultation with us today.

Breaking Orthodontics: The Dangers of Chewing Gum

Sticky and hard foods are things that you need to avoid once you get teeth straightening treatment. Not only do they impede the repair and realigning process of your teeth, but they may also potentially damage your teeth’s inner mechanism. While the list of things you should not chew and eat is long, chewing gum is the one thing that stands out, thanks to its availability and relative popularity.

The Dangers of Gum

bracesWhile harder food items can physically knock off and break the brackets off your braces, chewing gum bends the wires. Normally, the wires of the braces are straight to align your teeth perfectly. Constantly chewing gum bends these wires, and since your teeth follow the contours and shape of the braces, it will follow where the wire bends. If you keep chewing gum while you have braces on, it does the exact opposite of correcting your teeth, making it even worse, and potentially lengthening the time of your treatment.

Pain is something you will also experience when you constantly chew gum while you have braces on. Your teeth extend far below into your gums, and are firmly rooted within the bone. When you chew gum, the wire bends in unusual positions, which in turn causes your teeth to move around in its place. Within your gums, its roots will also start to move around, which can be quite painful and may even cause your gums to bleed.

Plaque Risk

The movement of your teeth into different and unusual directions may also cause holes and spaces between your teeth to form. Not only is this counterproductive to what your braces are trying to achieve, but you are also placing yourself at a greater risk of accumulating plaque. This colourless film of bacterial waste settles between the spaces and gaps of your teeth, and due to its acidic nature, it breaks down the enamel of your teeth. If left unattended, it may even turn into a more serious gum disease.

Our team at Weybridge Orthodontics understands how dangerous a little bit of gum can be when you have braces. Visit our website at www.surreybraces.co.uk for more information about our orthodontic treatments like Invisalign and Incognito. Arrange a consultation with us today.

3 Dental Problems Senior Citizens Often Face

The golden years typically come with new health concerns that you or your aging parents may have never considered before. In the UK, the population of those aged 65 and above numbered at 10.8 million as of mid-2012. By 2032, 22.4% of our country’s population will be aged 65 and above, up from the current 17.2%.

Weybridge OrthodonticsWith this change in population age comes a change in attitude among our elderly loved ones. The 2009 UK Adult Dental Health Survey shows a continuing decline in the number of seniors with no teeth. It also reveals that most older people want to keep their teeth.

As you age, certain dental and health problems are likely to arise, which is why regular visits to the dentist become that more important. Awareness of these problems helps in treating them early or preventing them all together.

  1. Dry Mouth

Calcium and phosphate in the saliva is how our mouth protects against tooth decay. A common side effect of medications taken by seniors is dry mouth. Without protection from oral bacteria, you are at higher risk of developing tooth decay. Sugar-free gum, special over-the-counter products, and drinking adequate amounts of water can help relieve the dryness, but if the problem persists, have it checked by your doctor or dentist.

  1. Tooth Decay

Yes, you can still get cavities at 50, and these can appear on surfaces of teeth that were never a problem area before. You can also get these around old fillings or at the root. This is because as we age, the root of our teeth becomes softer, more exposed.

A quick remedy is fluoride, which only about 10% of the country’s total population have access to in the form of water from the tap. Add a daily fluoride rinse to your oral hygiene habit, or ask your dentist about a fluoride prescription gel.

  1. Tooth Overcrowding

As we age, our teeth shift, and this becomes problematic not because it might change your look (or facial structure), but because it might make cleaning more difficult, which leads to more decay. The misaligned teeth also pose a risk of erosion and damage to surrounding bone and tissue. Add to that the likelihood of seniors developing some sort of periodontal disease, and they could be losing their even quicker.

If your teeth are indeed shifting, you should see one of our orthodontics experts who may prescribe getting a retainer or some other teeth straightening appliance, depending on the extent of the problem. You may also need to see the dentist more regularly for cleanings. Modern brace treatments like Invisalign and Incognito can also provide a suitable design to fit in with your lifestyle.

No matter your age, we can provide the right orthodontic care for your needs. As one of the largest orthodontic practices in South East England, Weybridge Orthodontics can provide the appropriate treatment to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.