Orthodontics for adults: the options

Many people wrongly assume that orthodontics is only for children and teenagers. This is not the case. At Weybridge Orthodontics we welcome patients of all ages who would like to straighten their teeth. For those looking for a more discreet option, we have a wide range of invisible and near-invisible braces and aligners, including popular brands such as Incognito braces and Invisalign clear aligners.

weybridge orthodonticsAt our Weybridge practice we are well aware that many adults who would like straighter teeth are concerned about wearing traditional braces, which while effective are also very obvious in the mouth. Fortunately, there have been huge advances in discreet orthodontics in recent years, meaning that in many cases it is now possible to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing, and with minimal impact on your lifestyle.

We welcome referrals from dentists in Weybridge, across Surrey and beyond. If you are interested in adult orthodontics, you can ask your dentist to refer you or can refer yourself. These are just some of the treatment options we offer:

Lingual braces

Braces remain the best way to straighten teeth in many cases. They can correct more severe orthodontic problems than aligners.

Lingual braces employ the traditional principles of orthodontics but modernise them for maximum discretion. They are placed on the back or lingual side of your teeth, meaning nobody will know you are wearing them. At our Weybridge practice we use Incognito lingual braces, which are the only 100% customised fixed appliance system for invisible orthodontic treatment available in the UK.

Clear and ceramic braces

Clear and ceramic braces are worn on the front of the teeth but, because they are tooth-coloured or clear, they are very discreet. We use the Clarity and Damon brace systems to treat many problems.

Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners fit over your teeth and are removable, for maximum discretion and comfort.

Straighten your teeth discreetly with Invisalign

Adult orthodontics patients who want to straighten their teeth may be interested in treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. At our Weybridge orthodontic practice, these aligners are just one of the systems we use to straighten people’s teeth using discreet orthodontics.

teeth discreetly with invisalignStraighter teeth are top of the wish list for many adults when asked what they would like to change about their smile. However, many are put off seeking orthodontic treatment because they wrongly think it will mean wearing obvious metal braces for a considerable period of time.

At Weybridge Orthodontics we are keen to point out that this doesn’t have to be the case. Many tooth-straightening systems are now invisible or almost invisible. Invisalign is one of the most popular choices for adult patients here in Weybridge.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign comprises a series of near-invisible clear aligners that fit precisely over your teeth to gently move them into a more desirable position. Each set of aligners is custom-designed to fit your teeth exactly. You will need to change your aligner every two weeks or so as your teeth start to move.

What are the advantages of this system over other treatment options?

We’ve already touched upon one of the major advantages of Invisalign – the fact that the aligners are nearly invisible, making this treatment highly discreet.

Another huge advantage is that the Invisalign aligners are removable. That means that you can take them out to eat and drink, to clean, and to brush your teeth. This helps to allay concerns about dental hygiene that some people have with braces, because unlike standard braces the aligners require no special cleaning techniques.

There is no metal in these aligners, which means there will be no discomfort from metal contacting the tongue or elsewhere inside the mouth. It also means the treatment is suitable for patients with metal allergies.

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.