Fly under the radar with your braces treatment

Are you tired of friends telling you how discreet their teeth straightening treatment was? It seems getting your teeth straightened as an adult is all the rage with clear aligners and tooth-coloured bracket and wire braces increasingly available at the dentist. Great for all of them, but perhaps not so much for you if you’ve been told your misalignments are too severe for clear aligners or those tooth-coloured fixed braces. Well there is no need to be down in the dumps about it anymore, not when you can get Incognito in Weybridge.

Incognito in WeybridgeYou don’t need to wear conspicuous fixed metal braces and endure stares and perhaps even sniggers. Incognito in Weybridge from Weybridge Orthodontics is a discreet, fixed braces treatment that can handle severe misalignments with ease.

How is this possible? It comes down to their innovative design.

Designed for discretion

Incognito uses the traditional mechanics of fixed metal braces pulling your teeth into alignment but with one massive difference – they are fixed onto the backs of your teeth. Each bracket is custom-made to fit the contours of the backs of your teeth, where they are secured in place by our braces dentist. They are completely hidden from view and are therefore the only braces treatment for severe misalignments that is both effective and discreet.

Time to adjust

Having braces on the backs of your teeth, next to your tongue, takes a little getting used to. But eventually the feel of those brackets and wires won’t be a distraction and you’ll be able to get on with your day as normal. You will have to invest some time in cleaning your braces properly, which can be a little trickier with the brackets on the backs of your teeth. But with some practice and advice from your dentist, you will get the hang of it.

Getting started

If you want to straighten out your teeth without the whole world knowing about it, then Incognito in Weybridge could be the way to go. The first step is to book a consultation with our braces dentist who will examine your teeth, take impressions and maybe x-rays too. So get in touch and we’ll get started.

No need to be camera shy with Invisalign in Weybridge

If you’re an adult thinking about teeth straightening, then odds are you value the aesthetics of your smile and your dental health. After all, teeth straightening is quite an investment of time and money but brings great cosmetic and dental health benefits. But perhaps you are hesitant to commit because you don’t really want to endure the full metal look on your teeth and see your glinting smile in every photo that gets snapped on somebody’s phone camera. Thankfully you don’t have to be camera shy with Invisalign in Weybridge.

Invisalign in WeybridgeAt Weybridge Orthodontics, we’ve waved off countless patients happily wearing their Invisalign clear aligners. It is the most discreet way to straighten out mild to moderately misaligned teeth. You no doubt have a few questions about how that is possible, so let’s try and answer them now.

What are clear aligners?

When you choose Invisalign in Weybridge, you’ll be given a series of clear, plastic aligners. These are similar to mouth guards, but much thinner at just 0.3mm in thickness. They are made based on digital impressions of your teeth that are sent off to the Invisalign lab in the USA. Here, they are 3D-printed and then sent back to us here at Weybridge Orthodontics.

How does Invisalign work?

The clear aligners are designed with pressure points along their inner surfaces that push your teeth into straighter positions. Each aligner is responsible for one step along your teeth-straightening journey and is switched out for the next in the series every 7-10 days.

What is the treatment journey like?

Without the need to get wires periodically pulled at the dentist, as you would with fixed metal braces, you will have fewer dental appointments. Instead you switch out your aligners yourself at home. But we will still see you periodically to check everything is on track and you’re happy with your treatment. You’ll need to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day for your treatment to stay on schedule. You also need to take your aligners out whenever you eat, drink, brush and floss and clean them every day. It’s as easy as that.

Interested? Get in touch with our dental team today to book your Invisalign consultation.

Your child and orthodontics in Weybridge

You have probably noticed how everyone under the age of about 30 has perfectly straight teeth these days. That’s because of the great strides orthodontics have made in the past 20 years. Braces have got a lot smaller and more comfortable, and there is much more choice for people who have mild to moderate misalignment issues, which is most people.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeYou may also have noticed that kids seem to be getting braces at a much younger age these days and that is also thanks to advances in braces technology on the diagnostics front. These days, at Weybridge Orthodontics, we can take a look inside your child’s jawbone at the adult teeth lining up to come through behind their baby teeth. We can use our advanced diagnostics to accurately predict how those teeth will come through and whether they will need some help to arrive well aligned.

That’s another big difference with orthodontics in Weybridge today, we can help teeth descend into the right place rather than having to wait until they have arrived and then move them around.

Also, if your child has alignment problems with their jaws, then the earlier treatment starts the easier it is. The jawbone is pretty malleable when your child is young, but after the age of 18, it sets hard and the shape of it can no longer be altered.

Timing

All this means that we can give your child an orthodontic assessment when they are as young as 5-7 years old. If we think they are going to need orthodontics in Weybridge, treatment can begin when they have a mixture of adult and baby teeth, at around the age of 9.

Having braces fitted so early means that children can get their treatment completed and out of the way before they are 12-13 years old and the agonies of adolescence begin. They can go through the awful self-consciousness of being a teenager without having to feel awful about either their wonky teeth or having to wear braces.

So, if you’d like us to see what lies in store for your child, bring them along for an orthodontic assessment soon. Certainly, if they are aged 9 or over, the sooner the better.

Complex alignment solved with Incognito in Weybridge

To be honest, no one really thinks that wearing braces is going to improve their image, even if afterwards, when their teeth are straight, they will look amazing. We can dress up metal braces for kids with brightly coloured elastics round the brackets to make them a feature, but that’s not a look that’s going to work for adults. Unfortunately, most discreet and invisible braces are designed for people with mild to moderate alignment issues. Those with complex issues that require precision straightening over a pretty long period will have to have traditional bracket and wire braces.

Incognito in WeybridgeFortunately, at Weybridge Orthodontics, we have a great way you can get the best of both worlds and that’s with Incognito in Weybridge.

How Incognito in Weybridge works

Incognito braces still use metal brackets and wires, which are the style of braces most able to deliver the force and precision needed to correct complex and severe misalignments. The difference with Incognito in Weybridge is that the brackets are fixed to the tongue-side of the teeth rather than the fronts.

The gold alloy brackets are each individually made to precisely fit the inner surface of each tooth, using detailed measurements taken from impressions and a handheld scanner.

Once the brackets are in place, they are strung together with wire, just like traditional braces. The difference is that no one can see them.

How to get Incognito in Weybridge

Come in to see us at Weybridge Orthodontics and we can examine your teeth to make sure you do indeed need Incognito. If you do, we take all the measurements and send them off to the manufacturer. Because each bracket is custom-made, it takes about 3 weeks for the braces to be created and sent back to us for fitting to your teeth.

You will take a few days to get used to having braces on the inner surfaces of your teeth, and you will need to learn how to keep them thoroughly clean. But once you have got the hang of them, these braces will fit neatly into your life and over the next little while straighten out your teeth, apparently by magic.

Taking the hassle out of teeth straightening

How are you on brushing your teeth? Are you super-diligent and able to stand at your bathroom sink with your electric brush and go through all 4 30-second cycles twice a day? Or are you always in a rush and liable to dash off to work or bed after only 2 cycles?

Invisalign in WeybridgeIf you are one of the latter kind of tooth brushers, then you might be wondering how on earth you are ever going to cope with the diligent brushing required after every meal with bracket and wire braces. The thing with wearing this kind of device is that if you don’t take extra good care to remove plaque and food after every meal, you can get to the end of treatment and discover that you have white or brown patches under the brackets where your enamel has been corroded.

One way to avoid that is get Invisalign in Weybridge from us at Weybridge Orthodontics.

Invisalign in Weybridge has no brackets and wires, but instead uses clear aligners that look like extremely thin mouth guards. You put them on over your teeth and, because the plastic is thin and transparent and comes all the way up to your gumline, they cannot be seen.

As well as being pretty much invisible, these aligners are removable. You take them out every time you want to eat a meal or drink something that is not plain water. Yes, you do have to brush your teeth and clean your mouth out every time you consume something, but you don’t have to spend extra time picking stuff out from under your device.

With Invisalign in Weybridge, you receive a series of aligners. Carefully placed pressure points inside each aligner press on your teeth to get them to move. You must wear your aligners for at least 20 hours each day to keep up enough pressure to move your teeth.

There are various Invisalign packages, depending on your age and issues. The full version takes about a year, on average, to move your teeth. Afterwards, you will need to wear a retainer for some time to keep your teeth in place while they settle into their new positions.

Why are orthodontics in Weybridge important?

Teeth straightening is not just about achieving a beautiful smile, though many people are predominantly attracted to orthodontics by this promise. Orthodontics involves the correction of structural problems that can lower the quality of your life and make basic functions like eating, chewing and speaking unbearable.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeAt Weybridge Orthodontics, we value aesthetics and functionality in orthodontics in Weybridge equally and that’s why we offer treatments that combine these characteristics. From Invisalign aligners to Incognito lingual braces, you can choose from a wide variety of orthodontic solutions that are customised to fit your individual needs.

Protect your teeth from gum disease and tooth decay

No matter how hard you try, crooked, misaligned, gapped and overcrowded teeth are really hard to brush and floss properly, even if you are using special equipment. Pieces of food can get stuck anywhere in-between your teeth or in the small crevices and crooks created by your teeth. Instead of spending time and money on the dentist every so often, investing in orthodontics in Weybridge can help you simplify your oral care routine and help you keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy without the constant intervention of a dentist.

Protect your teeth from damage

Misaligned teeth carry an increased risk of being damaged. Just a small force or pressure, can cause misaligned teeth to crack or chip, even leading to more serious injuries. Thanks to orthodontics in Weybridge, you can say goodbye to common damages caused by crooked teeth such as chips and cracks and enjoy a healthier smile.

Protect your jawbone

Last but not least, crooked teeth cause unnecessary strain on the jawbone, causing tooth movements that are not normal. Moreover, people with crooked and misaligned teeth experience chewing problems, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems. Orthodontics in Weybridge can solve these problems and improve the quality of your life considerably.

We are here to help you

Not convinced about the benefits of orthodontics in Weybridge? Simply give us a call and we will book a consultation appointment for you. Our helpful team is happy to assist you in answering your questions and help you understand that orthodontics can vastly improve your oral health and quality of your life.

Behind the scenes straightening

Not everybody got to have braces when they were young. Maybe you are one of those people, and now that you are an adult with your own income, you’d like to get your teeth straightened. Trouble is, getting a lovely straight set of teeth means wearing braces, and you’ve been told that your malocclusions are too complex to be successfully sorted out with discreet braces or clear aligners.

Incognito in WeybridgeSo, now you have a choice: you can either submit to clunky metal braces on the front of your teeth (not a great look in your line of work) or you can go without and spend the rest of your life holding your hand over your mouth every time you want to smile.

Actually, there is another way in Weybridge: Incognito. If you have never seen in Incognito in Weybridge, that can only mean that these invisible braces are doing what they are designed to do. That is, straightening people’s teeth while giving no clue of their presence to the rest of the world.

Here at Weybridge Orthodontics, we regularly fit Incognito braces to people’s teeth that are just too twisted, crowded, gappy or badly descended to work with simpler devices.

What is Incognito in Weybridge?

Incognito braces work like the usual bracket and wire braces. The difference is that they are fitted to the backs of the teeth, next to the tongue, where they cannot be seen.

These braces are made of gold alloy and there is a bracket for each tooth. Each bracket is custom-made to fit over the back surface of that tooth. The measurements are taken with a digital scanner or using impressions. Because the brackets are custom-made, it takes about 3 weeks between us taking your measurements and your braces arriving.

Once your braces are on, they gradually straighten your teeth with a pulling pressure as the wires between the brackets are tightened. The braces take a few days to get used to, but after that they won’t interfere with your speech.

Incognito in Weybridge can take a couple of years to work, depending on how misaligned your teeth are to start with.

What you need to know about Invisalign in Weybridge

While braces have never really been something people have been looking forward to wearing in order to straighten their teeth, the same cannot be said of Invisalign. This treatment has been a game changer for many people – usually teenagers and adults – who want to have straighter teeth without sacrificing their appearance.

Invisalign in WeybridgeAt Weybridge Orthodontics, we welcome enquiries for treatment with Invisalign in Weybridge. From our experience, Invisalign is a very popular treatment among image-conscious teenagers and adults, but this does not mean that it is the ideal treatment for everyone. Many people are thrilled with the advantages of Invisalign but fail to research what the treatment entails or if it’s the right teeth-straightening method for them.

Invisalign aligners are removable, but it’s not as easy as it sounds

While the main advantage of Invisalign is the fact that the aligners are made of transparent plastic, which is barely noticeable, people rave about this treatment because it is also removable. However, this does not mean that you can take out your aligners for as long as you like. If you wish your treatment to be successful and ensure that your teeth move as planned by your dentist, you should wear your aligners for at least 22-24 hours per day. Failure to comply, can lead to many problems.

Invisalign treatment can cause discomfort, but it’s only temporary

While it isn’t common, Invisalign aligners can cause discomfort, especially for a few days after wearing them for the first time. This discomfort will go away within a week or so. However, if you feel that your aligners remain uncomfortable, you should consult your dentist, since their design may be faulty.

There’s no age limit to Invisalign in Weybridge, but it’s not for everyone

Invisalign is ideal for teenagers and adults in need of discreet teeth straightening, but children cannot benefit from this treatment since their adult teeth have not developed fully. Moreover, though Invisalign is a good match for many people, it is not the best treatment for everyone. If your teeth are heavily crooked or if you have serious structural bite problems, then Invisalign aligners cannot help you.

Does your child qualify for NHS orthodontics in Weybridge?

Having well aligned teeth is important not only for appearances but also for how long people’s teeth last and for physical health. Very few people have naturally straight teeth, but not everyone can have orthodontics in Weybridge on the NHS. That said, everyone under the age of 18 can have an assessment on the NHS to see how they stand on the NHS’s index of orthodontic treatment needs.

Orthodontics in WeybridgeIn order to qualify for treatment on the NHS, the orthodontic needs must be more than just an improvement in appearance. There needs to be improvement in dental health too.

Signs that your child needs an improvement to their dental health with orthodontics in Weybridge include:

  • Significant crowding of the teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Impacted teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Problems with the bite that are causing trauma or functional issues.

If your child’s issues are more cosmetic than functional then it’s unlikely they will qualify for NHS treatment. And, even if they do qualify, they may not be able to start treatment straight away as there are long waiting lists and only so much funding to go around.

However, all children who need it can have private orthodontics in Weybridge. Private treatment can usually start straightaway, saving valuable time, especially if there are issues with the jaw that need resolving. After the age of 18, although the teeth can still be moved, the jawbone has set hard and can no longer be changed in shape.

It is important to ask how long the waiting list is and then weigh up whether it is worth the wait, or whether treatment needs to start straight away and therefore should be private. Our orthodontists can advise you on this.

When can child start having treatment?

These days, it is recommended that children start having treatment earlier than in the past, guiding teeth into position rather than waiting until they are all in place and then repositioning them. With advanced imaging technology, we can look inside the jawbone and make accurate diagnoses as to how the teeth will erupt and draw up an early treatment plan. Children can have their teeth straightened by the time they are about to face adolescence.

It’s no longer a Catch 22 situation

Getting braces as an adult has always been a bit of a Catch 22 situation. You need to look good for your job, but having braces means that for a good while you won’t look good. If you have more complex alignment issues with your teeth, you may even be facing a couple of years with braces, and let’s face it, you never see braces down as a must-have item in the wardrobe of the busy professional. Thankfully with Incognito in Weybridge from us at Weybridge Orthodontics, you can get out of the Catch 22 and into a story with a happy ending for you and your teeth.

Incognito in WeybridgeNever seen Incognito in Weybridge?

Well that’s hardly surprising. Incognito is different from other braces designed for more complex treatments. These braces still rely on brackets and wires, which deliver more accurate, predictable movements, but they are hidden away on the inner surfaces of the teeth, next to the tongue, rather than on the fronts of the teeth.

The brackets are different as they have a different surface to deal with. Each bracket with Incognito in Weybridge is custom-made to fit the inner surface of each of your teeth. No 2 brackets are the same.

This means that when you come for your initial consultation, we will have to take some very accurate measurements of your teeth. To do this, we use 3D scanners. These scanners take hundreds of pictures of your teeth, which we then build into a highly accurate 3D image of them on a nearby screen. This is far more accurate than putty impressions.

We send these details to the Incognito laboratory, where your individual brackets are made. This takes longer than other devices, so there is a bit of wait between your initial consultation and your fitting appointment.

Once your Incognito braces are fitted, no one will be able to see them as they are hidden behind your teeth.

If you would like to find out more about Incognito in Weybridge and whether it is right for you, book a consultation with Weybridge Orthodontics. We’re waiting to help you achieve a healthy smile.