Orthodontics are essentially a form of dentistry that aims to improve the alignment of the teeth. Orthodontics can come in several forms, and some individuals may decide to undergo a more subtle form of orthodontics, such as clear aligners (for example). Orthodontics work by slowly encouraging the teeth to move in a desired direction. People who may choose to undergo orthodontics at our practice in Weybridge may also have an overbite, or may have teeth with an unsightly appearance (such as being crooked). Having an overbite may be as a result of bad childhood habits, such as sucking your thumb. Some more traditional forms of orthodontics consist of traditional metal braces. Traditional metal braces may be thought of when adolescents come to mind, this is why some adults and individuals of the older generation who come to us may decide to undergo a more discreet form of braces. Patients who wish for a straighter, and overall improved smile normally take the step to undergo orthodontics.
How do braces work?
All forms of orthodontics work in different ways, one example is the traditional metal brace. Traditional metal braces work by using a combination of both brackets and a thin metal wire. Small metal brackets are adhered to the teeth using a special dental like substance (essentially a glue). These metal brackets are adhered to the front surface of every tooth within the mouth, a wire is then attached to these brackets. This form of traditional metal brace works by slowly encouraging the teeth to move in a certain direction, using pressure exerted by having them tightened periodically.
Clear aligners are another form of orthodontics and can be fixed or removable. Clear aligners are sometimes transparent retainers, which work by built in coils slowly exerting pressure to align the teeth. There are a number of sets of retainers used during treatment, each one being replaced over time to ensure the desired result.
What forms of orthodontics do you offer at your dental surgery in Weybridge?
At our surgery we are unique in the way that we offer a wide range of dental and orthodontic treatments. One example of the orthodontic treatment we offer here is Invisalign, which is a widely known name and is actually just one provider of clear aligners we can use. We can offer an array of fixed clear or ceramic braces too. One other example of the wide array of orthodontic treatments we offer is a treatment type known as ‘Incognito’.
What are ‘Incognito’ braces and why may I choose to undergo this form of orthodontics?
Incognito braces are a more subtle form of brace. Incognito braces use a wire that is placed behind the teeth, this means it is virtually impossible for other individuals you may come in contact with to tell you are wearing braces. Individuals may decide to have this form of brace if they are older, and do not wish for obvious orthodontics to hinder their career prospects (for example).
How do I inquire about undergoing orthodontics?
If you are unsure about whether or not you want to undergo an orthodontic treatment at our clinic you can make a simple enquiry directly via our website, by filling out some of your simple contact details (name, email, and your telephone number). If you feel more comfortable selecting the type of enquiry you wish to make you can use a dropbox option to let us know what you wish to know. You can also use an open tailed notes box so you can express any queries, concerns, or even simple questions you may have.