Orthodontics and its history
Orthodontics in Weybridge is the branch of dentistry, where the main goal is the realignment of misaligned teeth and jaws. Orthodontic conditions date back to prehistoric times – some archaeological samples from 50,000 years ago have been shown to have crooked teeth. Ancient historical authors, such as the very well known Greek physician Hippocrates, were the first to write about treatments of misaligned teeth. Ancient Egyptian mummies have been shown to have metal wires wrapped around their teeth, to which possibly catgut material had been bound to exert pressure in order to realign teeth.
The major breakthroughs in this branch of dentistry however started to happen in the 18th century, primarily in France and later there were significant developments in the US as well. One of the greatest advances was the invention of dental adhesives in the 1970s, which led to the partial solution for the aesthetic issues associated with previous orthodontic treatment methods. Metal braces with brackets adhering to the surface of the teeth were made possible. However, this was still a partial solution only, as most people still do not like the idea of having metal wires and brackets in their mouth for an extended period of time. Luckily today there are many different treatment solutions that address the aesthetic concerns associated with metal braces. Visit our dental clinic, Weybridge Orthodontics if you would like to find out more about what types of orthodontics in Weybridge we offer!
What types of orthodontic treatments work for different types of conditions?
There are a wide range of different orthodontic conditions, which require different types of treatment. One type of treatment may not be suitable for every orthodontic condition, therefore if you think you need some type of orthodontics, a consultation session with us is necessary before starting any procedure.
A popular orthodontic treatment option is Invisalign, high in demand like many invisible aligners, Invisalign consists of moulds of a patient’s teeth made out of a clear plastic material. A series of these aligners are manufactured throughout the progression of the treatment in order to achieve optimal results incrementally.
Another popular option are clear fixed braces. These work on the same principle as traditional metal braces with brackets, with the main difference being in the material of the arch wires and the brackets. Contrary to traditional metal braces, the brackets are made out of a plastic material with a near identical colour of the teeth themselves and a transparent plastic wire.
Another popular option are Incognito lingual braces. These are custom made, personalised braces made out of metal, however in contrast to traditional metal braces, these are located on the inside of the teeth, making them barely visible.
Invisalign and other plastic aligners are usually suitable for the treatment of milder cases of orthodontic conditions. Complicated malocclusions for example cannot be treated by Invisalign or other invisible aligners – these conditions require traditional braces.
If you think you require some type of orthodontics in Weybridge, do not hesitate to contact us and book yourself a consultation session at Weybridge Orthodontics, where we help you find the optimal treatment type suiting both your condition and your lifestyle!