About orthodontics in general
Orthodontics is an important area of dentistry, which is mostly concerned with the realignment of malpositioned teeth and sometimes jaws. Malpositioned teeth have been an issue affecting humanity since prehistoric times. The severity of orthodontic conditions can range from mild aesthetic issues to debilitating problems affecting the quality of life severely. Orthodontic conditions include for example malocclusions, crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, or crossbites.
Some early forms of orthodontic treatments have been observed in archaeological samples of ancient cultures, such as Egyptian mummies, however orthodontics started to truly develop in the early modernity. Edward Angle, an American dentist created a system for the classification of different types of malocclusions, a system which is still in use today. Prior to the 1970s orthodontic treatments were primarily dominated by either different types of headgear or braces where the metal wires were wrapped around each tooth.
The mid 1970s marked by significant improvements in dental adhesives brought the braces we know today, consisting of brackets adhered to the surface of the teeth and wires. Metal appliances in one’s mouth can be considered annoying by some, and some people also associate aesthetic impairment with them. The orthodontic developments of the late 1990s and the 21st century have somewhat addressed these issues through for example the invention of invisible aligners, lingual braces and various other types of treatments. If you think you would benefit from some type of orthodontic treatment, do not hesitate to book yourself a consultation session at our dental clinic, Weybridge Orthodontics.
What exactly is Incognito?
Incognito in Weybridge is an innovative type of orthodontic treatment, which addresses the aesthetic concerns some patients may have about traditional braces. Incognito braces are placed on the inner surfaces of the teeth, making them nearly invisible. They consist of custom made brackets, archwires and bonding trays. Incognito in Weybridge do not need to be removed when eating or drinking, unlike some other forms of orthodontic treatments, such as invisible aligners. Therefore they fit the lifestyle of patients who do not like the idea of having to remove, clean and maintain their aligners. These braces are comfortable to wear, and also provide excellent results. They can also treat conditions that invisible aligners would not be suitable for. If you think you would benefit from getting Incognito braces, a consultation session at our dental clinic, Weybridge Orthodontics will help evaluate your condition and whether Incognito braces are a suitable option for you.
What alternatives to Incognito braces exist?
There are various alternatives to Incognito in Weybridge braces available, if for some reason you do not like them or they would not be suitable to treat your specific orthodontic condition. An obvious alternative would be traditional metal braces. Another alternative are invisible fixed braces. With these braces the brackets are made out of a plastic material with a colour identical to the colour of your teeth and the wires are made out of a transparent plastic material. Alternatively, you may choose to get some type of invisible aligner, such as Invisalign. Contact our dental practice to find the treatment option most compatible with your lifestyle and orthodontic condition!