Orthodontics: so much more than just metal braces

Orthodontics doesn’t just mean metal braces. At Surrey Braces in Weybridge, our highly-qualified team of specialist orthodontists have numerous options for patients who want to straighten their teeth in a more discreet manner, regardless of how much orthodontic correction is required. We welcome patients of all ages and have, to date, treated more than 21,000 happy customers. Read on to discover what we could do for you. . .

Discreet treatment

orthodonticsThese days, orthodontic treatment is considered routine for children and teenagers. However, an increasing number of adult patients are also starting to recognise the benefits orthodontics can have on their smile, as well as on their dental and general health.

There is just one stumbling block for adults seeking orthodontic treatment, and that is that many people still believe orthodontics is synonymous with metal “train-track” style braces. Whilst these remain a popular treatment option for children and teenagers, adults often worry that metal braces will be incompatible with their lifestyle.

At our specialist orthodontic practice in Weybridge, we understand this – which is why we offer a number of more discreet options. Discreet orthodontics may involve the use of braces or aligners, with the best option depending on a number of factors including the amount and type of correction required, your personal preferences and lifestyle.

What are my options?

We offer both direct access treatment and referrals from other dentists at our Weybridge practice. When you come for your initial orthodontics consultation, you will be examined carefully by one of our skilled team members, who will then discuss all relevant treatment options.

These include:

Clear aligners

These removable devices fit over your teeth and help you maintain good dental hygiene because you can take them out to brush your teeth.

Tooth-coloured braces

These blend into your mouth and are almost invisible.

Lingual braces

These are attached to the rear surfaces of your teeth.

Invisalign: straighter teeth without a metallic glint on show

At Surrey Braces in Weybridge, Invisalign clear aligners are one of the most popular methods for patients to straighten their teeth. There is increasing demand for ways to correct tooth alignment problems without the whole world knowing about it. Depending on your individual needs, in many cases Invisalign could be the best option.

What is Invisalign?

weybridgeorthodonticsInvisalign is a system of clear aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and gently move them into a better position. Each set of aligners is custom-made following a detailed consultation at our Weybridge dental practice, so you can be sure that your aligners will fit your teeth perfectly.

Before starting treatment, your dentist will take a series of impressions and photographs and, with the aid of our state-of-the-art computer software, they will be able to show you what results you can expect.

Every patient’s needs will be slightly different, so the number of aligners you will require, and the length of your treatment, will depend on your individual circumstances. Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to advise you of this at the start of treatment.

As your teeth begin to move, you will need to change your aligner every two weeks or so. You will also need to come in for a check-up every few weeks at our Weybridge clinic so that we can check your treatment is progressing as planned. At the end of treatment, you will need to wear a retainer.

What are the advantages of treatment with Invisalign?

The most obvious advantage of Invisalign is that the aligners are clear, meaning that nobody will notice them in everyday life and no-one need know you are having treatment unless you choose to tell them.

Another big advantage is that the aligners are removable, so you can take them out to eat and drink, to clean, and to brush your teeth.

How Incognito braces can straighten your teeth in secret

Incognito braces are one of the many discreet orthodontic options available at Surrey Braces, Weybridge. Our dental team understand that for many people who dream of having straighter teeth, the thought of wearing traditional metal braces for many months is a nightmare. That’s why we are proud to offer a number of alternative ways to straighten teeth – without anybody needing to know you are having treatment.

incognito bracesThe Incognito system of braces are the only 100% customised fixed appliance system for invisible orthodontic treatment available in the UK. Using the latest technology, these braces are custom-made to fit the shape of your teeth and your dental requirements. What makes these braces so different from other options is that they are lingual – meaning they are fitted to the rear surfaces of the teeth, making them completely invisible in everyday life.

At our Weybridge dental practice, we offer treatment with Incognito lingual braces to patients of all ages. Unlike some other discreet appliances, which are designed primarily to correct aesthetic issues, lingual braces such as Incognito can be used to correct a full spectrum of orthodontic problems.

Braces remain the best option for straightening teeth in many circumstances, because they afford your orthodontist or dentist maximum control over each tooth’s movements, and enable them to accurately predict results.

The orthodontic team at our Weybridge practice use state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology to create a realistic prediction of what you can expect at the end of treatment. Because each set of braces is carefully designed and custom-made, you will require a detailed clinical examination prior to starting treatment. Your braces will also provide maximum comfort, because the brackets are uniquely designed to fit your teeth perfectly.

To book an Incognito braces consultation, get in touch with our Weybridge dental practice today.

Why Invisalign is “clearly” a market leader in discreet orthodontics

Invisalign clear aligners are a popular alternative to wearing fixed braces for patients of all ages. They are just one of the discreet orthodontic options available at Weybridge’s Surrey Braces, and we are certain that whatever your treatment requirements, we will find the perfect appliance to straighten your teeth without anyone needing to know about it – unless you choose to tell them.

What is Invisalign used for?

surreybracesInvisalign can be used to treat a number of mild to moderate orthodontic problems, including crooked, crowded, and poorly aligned teeth. Treatment times will vary depending on the type and amount of correction that is required, and will be discussed by your orthodontist when first you come into our Weybridge dental practice for your consultation.

How the treatment process works

Every set of Invisalign aligners is custom-made to suit each patient’s individual needs, and to fit snuggly over their teeth. The aligners gently guide your teeth into a new position, and you will need to change your aligner every two weeks or so as your teeth begin to move – as often as your dentist or orthodontist advises.

The number of aligners required to complete treatment varies from patient to patient. When you come to our Weybridge dental practice for your initial Invisalign consultation, you will be advised of how many aligners you will need.

Your consultation

We welcome both teenagers and adults for an Invisalign consultation at our Weybridge practice. You will be carefully examined and assessed to ensure this is the best treatment option for you. Impressions will be taken of your teeth and, with the aid of photographs and advanced computer software, your practitioner will be able to show you the expected results from the outset.

If you opt to go ahead with treatment, your aligners will be made up and when they are ready you will be called back to our Weybridge practice to start treatment.

Discreet orthodontics: Incognito braces explored

Orthodontics, to many people, conjures up images of metal wire and bracket braces, sometimes called “train-track style” braces. However, at Surrey Braces in Weybridge, there are several more discreet options available for those requiring orthodontic treatment – including the popular Incognito brace system.

weybridge-orthodonticsIncognito braces are designed to provide all the benefits of traditional orthodontics, without being obvious in your mouth. They are just one of the discreet orthodontic options available at our Weybridge dental practice, all of which have been created with a busy adult lifestyle in mind.

Braces remain the staple of orthodontics and give your orthodontist maximum control over the movement of your teeth. The one big difference between Incognito and standard braces is that they are attached to the rear surfaces of your teeth – meaning that they will be invisible in everyday life.

Incognito feature a unique, customised bracket design that makes them very comfortable to wear. These braces are custom-made to fit your teeth and, because they are worn on the back of your teeth, they are one of the most discreet options available in modern orthodontics.

If you are interested in treatment with Incognito lingual braces, you should book an orthodontics consultation at our Weybridge dental practice. Your orthodontist will use the latest 3D imaging technology to custom-design your braces, and will be able to show you what results you can expect before you begin treatment.

Our Weybridge orthodontists pay great attention to detail in order to ensure that your braces will fit you perfectly, so you will need a thorough orthodontic examination to take accurate measurements before your braces are designed and fitted.

Incognito lingual braces are just one of the discreet orthodontic treatments available from Surrey Braces in Weybridge. Your orthodontist will be able to advise you which is the best treatment option to meet your clinical needs and fit in with your lifestyle requirements at your initial consultation.

Invisalign Does More Than Just Straightening Your Teeth

Many go for Invisalign treatment to look good rather than have better dental health. While looking and feeling good are obvious advantages of the treatment, there is more to Invisalign than meets the eye.

weybridge orthodoticsComfort is another plus factor for Invisalign, as you can be assured that the treatment won’t cause you any discomfort. But, did you know that it can also improve your overall oral health? Our Invisalign treatments give you aligners which are made only for your teeth. The aligners follow your teeth’s changing positions, making sure they gradually align to the prescribed position. We all know that straight teeth help improve dental health. But, using the right treatment allows you to keep your mouth healthy while straightening your teeth.

Invisalign Aligners are Easy to Clean

Invisalign braces are clipped to the teeth, and they are removable. When eating or drinking, you can do without the mouthpiece and not worry about food staining the trays. Cleaning them is a lot like cleaning your own teeth. You just brush them and put them in lukewarm water to kill bacteria. Some dentists recommend Invisalign cleaning system, which only takes a few minutes to remove plaque and bacteria from aligners.

Invisalign Lets You Clean Your Teeth Thoroughly

Invisalign braces are removable. That means you can brush and floss like you normally do, since they do not keep you from doing so. During orthodontic cleaning, teeth and gums are not hard to reach. Thus, they are cleaned better. Oral problems such as gingivitis and loose teeth are caused by bacteria and plaque build up. Wearing metal braces may cause them to worsen, as it is difficult to brush thoroughly with braces. Clearly, this is not the case with Invisalign.

Invisalign Helps Prevent Periodontal Problems

The root cause of periodontal diseases is improper dental hygiene. Gum problems from plaque build up may cause teeth to rot and fall out, and gums to bleed. Invisalign lets you take proper care of both your aligners and your teeth, preventing you from having oral diseases.

Crooked teeth also cause serious dental problems, all because they are impossible to clean thoroughly. Invisalign gives you straight and easy-to-clean teeth.

Healthy oral condition comes from proper hygiene and tooth position. Invisalign enables you to have both. Considering Invisalign treatment? Here at Surrey Braces Ltd., we offer Invisalign treatment in Weybridge. You may contact us for inquiries and more details.

Common myths about orthodontics dispelled

At our Weybridge practice, we have many patients who have come to orthodontics later in life. Our skilled team of orthodontic specialists are able to offer a variety of treatment options for patients who wish to improve the appearance of their smile by straightening their teeth, in the form of braces or aligners.

There are some common myths about orthodontics that we would like to dispel.

Myth 1: Orthodontics is for children

weybridgeorthodonticsWhilst orthodontic treatment on the NHS is available only to children with a proven clinical need – as judged by the Department of Health’s Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needs – more adults than ever before are turning to orthodontics later in life to improve the aesthetic appearance of their smile, and with it boost their self-confidence.

Myth 2: Orthodontics means metal braces

Metal braces are just one of the options on offer at our Weybridge practice. We use Gemini braces with customisable coloured elastic bands, so if you do opt for metal braces you will be able to personalise them. Other treatment options include Invisalign and RXalign clear aligners, Incognito lingual braces (which are fitted to the back of your teeth), and clear or tooth-coloured braces. All of these are very discreet.

Myth 3: Treatment takes ages – and hurts

Everyone’s treatment times will be different, because it will depend on such factors as the type and amount of orthodontic correction needed, and on which device we use. However, in many cases treatment is now much quicker than it was in the past – Damon clear braces are specially designed to move your teeth quickly, for example.

Orthodontics used to be associated with discomfort, but many patients at our Weybridge practice are happy to testify how comfortable treatment was, thanks to advances in techniques and materials.

If you are interested in orthodontic treatment, why not book a consultation at our Weybridge practice today?

How it works: the Invisalign clear aligner system explained

Invisalign clear aligners are one of the most popular ways for patients to straighten their teeth here at Weybridge Orthodontics. The system has several advantages: the aligners are almost invisible, meaning few people will notice you are wearing them. There is no metal in the aligners and no tightening involved in treatment, maximising comfort levels. The aligners are also removable, so you can take them out to eat and drink, to brush your teeth and to clean.

Is Invisalign the right treatment for me?

invisalign systemThe Invisalign system can be used to treat a range of orthodontic conditions. If you are interested in this treatment, you should book a consultation with one of our experienced orthodontists here at our Weybridge clinic. They will carefully examine your mouth to learn more about your dental situation, and will establish whether you are a suitable candidate for this treatment.

Step by step

If your orthodontist decides Invisalign will work well for you, they will start the initial phases of treatment.

Step 1

Your orthodontist will first take impressions of your teeth, and will send these to the Invisalign laboratory in the USA.

Step 2

You will be called back to our Weybridge clinic approximately three weeks later. This is for a clinical check. Using special software your orthodontist will demonstrate a virtual 3D treatment plan, enabling you to see how your teeth are expected to move during treatment, and what the end results will be.

Step 3

So long as you are happy with the clinical check results, you will be asked for a deposit and your Invisalign aligners will be manufactured. Weybridge Orthodontics offers payment plans of between 18 and 24 months, enabling you to spread the cost of treatment.

Step 4

When your aligners are ready, you’ll be called back to our Weybridge practice and your first aligner will be fitted. You should change aligners approximately every two weeks, and will have periodic check-ups during treatment.

It’s never too late for orthodontics to change your life

Orthodontics can help patients of all ages who want to straighten their teeth or correct problems with their bite – the way the jaws meet together. At our Weybridge practice, we offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments to correct everything from mild alignment problems to complex bite-related issues.

orthodontics in WeybridgeThe majority of our orthodontists are specialist-qualified, and all are members of professional organisations including The British Orthodontic Society and The World Federation of Orthodontists. If you are looking for advice about orthodontics or specialist treatment, our Weybridge-based team can help.

We offer free NHS orthodontics for children who qualify under the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Needs, and also provide private orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages, and for those young people who do not wish to be placed on an NHS waiting list.

Many younger patients are treated with Gemini braces, which come with coloured elastic bands for the ultimate in customisation. You can choose from a wide selection of colours and have all one colour or several colours – whichever you prefer.

For adults and those seeking more discreet treatment, there are a number of invisible and near-invisible options available at our Weybridge practice. These include clear aligners such as Invisalign, clear or tooth-coloured braces, and Incognito lingual braces.

What are the differences between treatment options?

Because orthodontics can be used to treat a huge range of alignment problems, the best option for your treatment will depend on the type and amount of correction required.

All patients will have an initial orthodontics consultation, at which your orthodontist will recommend the best options for you.

Incognito lingual braces are fitted to the back of your teeth so nobody will see them. They can treat even complex problems.

Clear braces such as Damon and ceramic braces such as Clarity can also be used to correct many different conditions. They are barely noticeable in the mouth.

Invisalign clear aligners are another highly discreet option, applying the traditional principles of orthodontics to removable aligners. If you are suitable for treatment with Invisalign, you will be given a series of these aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth as they move. You will need to change your aligner every two weeks.

At our Weybridge practice we also offer treatment with RXaligners, which are also clear and removable and can correct crooked, misaligned or overlapped teeth.

If you are interested in orthodontics in Weybridge, please contact us to book a consultation.

Questions and answers about Incognito lingual braces

At Weybridge Orthodontics we’re finding more and more people are interested in treatment with Incognito lingual braces. These are a highly discreet method of moving your teeth, applying the traditional principles of orthodontic treatment combined with maximum discretion.

incognito lingual bracesHere are some common questions patients have about Incognito lingual braces. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our Weybridge orthodontics team.

What is a lingual brace?

Lingual braces such as Incognito use the tried and tested techniques of orthodontics to correct a wide range of tooth alignment problems. Braces comprise brackets and wires that gently move your teeth into a new, more desirable position.

The major difference is that lingual braces are attached to the rear surfaces of your teeth, meaning that nobody will see them, and nobody need know that you are having orthodontic treatment, unless you choose to tell them.

Who can have treatment with Incognito braces?

Incognito lingual braces are suitable for all age groups – children, adults and teenagers. They are only available to private patients.

Are they just for cosmetic purposes?

No. Incognito braces can treat a huge range of orthodontic problems, from mild issues to more complex cases. To find out if this is the best treatment option in your case, book a consultation at our Weybridge orthodontic practice.

How long does treatment take?

Your treatment time will depend upon your individual needs, because each patient’s case is different. However, by using advanced technology and customised brackets, your teeth will be moved in a highly efficient manner.

How will my lifestyle be affected?

Again, every patient’s experience will be different. A small number of patients experience a minor speech impediment for the first couple of weeks, which will improve over time. If you play a wind or brass instrument you may need to adapt your technique slightly whilst wearing braces.