In line is best, just ask the orthodontist in Hampshire

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If you are wondering whether it’s worth the money to get a mild to moderate misalignment of your teeth corrected, it’s worth going for a consultation with Dr Suzette Mulder, the Hampshire orthodontist at Winchester Orthodontics.

Dr Mulder has been straightening wonky teeth with orthodontics for many years and has already successfully completed more than 4300 cases since she joined Winchester Orthodontics more than a decade ago.

Orthodontist in HampshireWhy straighter teeth last longer

Today, the emphasis in dentistry is on ‘teeth for life’ and having straight teeth plays an important part in keeping your own teeth throughout your life.

Straight teeth are much easier to keep clean because they offer fewer nooks and crannies for plaque to build up in. Plaque is the mortal enemy of good teeth, causing decay and gum disease, the end result of both is tooth loss.

Also, when your teeth are lined up properly, they work as a team to bear the pressures created by the powerful forces exerted by your jaw joint in chewing. When they are misaligned, only a few teeth can take the brunt of the pressure, and this can result in them crumbling away long before you do.

Modern braces are often more discreet

Unless you have complex alignment issues, you can probably have clear or invisible braces to straighten out your teeth. Invisible clear aligners from Invisalign (often misspelt as Invisaline) can’t be seen once they are in place. Also, they are removable when you eat, making your teeth much easier to keep clean than with brackets cemented onto them.

If you do have complex issues, it’s possible to start off your treatment with traditional metal braces with brackets and wires. They offer more accurate straightening and also work on some problems that aligners cannot tackle. Aligners cannot help badly descended teeth because they need to be pulled into place and aligners can only exert a pushing pressure. So, what some people elect to do is start off their treatment with metal braces and when it becomes possible, move to invisible braces to finish it off.

All these issues can be discussed with the orthodontist in Hampshire when you come in for a consultation.

The benefits of discreet orthodontics go far beyond appearances

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In recent years, orthodontics have been enriched with many cosmetic treatments that emphasise discretion during the teeth straightening process. These braces – whether removable, hidden or clear – eschew the look of traditional metal brackets and wires and promise the same results. That is for those who are eligible to undergo these treatments, since discreet braces are not ideal for everyone.

Orthodontist in WeybridgeAt Winchester Orthodontics, we are proud to offer an assortment of teeth straightening treatment options for patients with crooked teeth or bite problems. Whether you are after Invisalign or other discreet braces, our orthodontist in Weybridge will help you decide whether your treatment of choice is the right treatment for your individual problem.

Attractive smiles with benefits

Aesthetics is the most prevalent reason why adults wish to visit an orthodontist in Weybridge. However, even cosmetic braces can have hidden benefits, which extend beyond appearances. As your teeth will gradually move into their correct position, you can expect to have a healthier smile. Crooked teeth harbour more bacteria and plaque than straight teeth, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Braces will help restructure tight spaces in-between your teeth, which were difficult to brush and floss properly. Equally, the job of your dentist will become much easier.

On the other hand, bite problems can have a profound impact on the health of your mouth and jaw. Patients with bite problems are more likely to experience headaches and difficulties chewing and eating properly. In extreme cases, proper speaking may be affected as well. Correcting bite problems, either through braces or Invisalign if these problems are not extensive, will restore your oral function and improve the health of your entire mouth.

Not convinced?

Your Winchester orthodontist is well-trained in various types of orthodontics and will ensure that your treatment will go as smoothly as planned with the help of technology. If you have been searching for an effective way to improve your smile, without compromising your appearance, then you should consider contacting us today. We are here to help you get rid of your crooked and misaligned teeth and we look forward to welcoming you to our practice.

To book your appointment, call us today.

Visiting the orthodontist in Hampshire – a time frame

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Have you decided that it’s time to straighten your teeth and restore your oral health? If yes, you will need the help of an experienced and friendly orthodontist, who will guide you through the procedure effortlessly.

At Winchester Orthodontics, we enjoy helping our patients fix their smile and restore the health of their teeth. With the help of our skilled orthodontist in Hampshire, you can choose from a vast variety of treatments, some of which are specially designed for adults who are not thrilled at the prospect of wearing metal brackets and wires.

Orthodontist in HampshireYour consultation

After you book an appointment, we will arrange a consultation meeting with you. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to explain your smile issues to us and help us understand what you would like to change about your smile. Our dentists will give you an oral examination, take photographs and x-rays and develop a treatment plan that is designed for your individual needs. During this appointment, we will also discuss treatment costs and any insurance options or other payment plans.

Starting your treatment

Depending on the result of your examination, we will create a personalised treatment plan, detailing all the treatments and costs involved. Once we install your braces or give your aligners, the time period between each appointment will vary, since it depends on your specific treatment. For instance, Invisalign patients will need to see the orthodontist in Winchester less frequently than other orthodontic patients. Our friendly dentists will be by your side, ready to answer your questions during every stage of the treatment.

Don’t forget your oral hygiene

Wearing braces does not mean that you can neglect your oral hygiene. Whether you are having invisible aligners or fixed hidden braces, brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis is imperative. Bacteria and plaque can develop on your braces and aligners leading to gum disease and cavities. And you wouldn’t want to remove your braces, only to see your teeth in a worse condition, would you?

Dental care and hygiene during your teeth-straightening treatment are really important, therefore we recommend visiting us for cleanings and check-ups whenever it is necessary.

Discreet choices with the orthodontist in Hampshire

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Plenty of adults never got their teeth straightened when they were adolescents. Plenty more did have braces, but their teeth have since wandered out of alignment and are a bit wonky again.

The problem with being an adult and having wonky teeth is that, in terms of image, the cure can be worse than the problem. No one wants to have to wear braces, and adults are, generally speaking, not up for the full metal braces look.

Orthodontist in HampshireThankfully, here at Winchester Orthodontics, we have transparent braces and hidden braces that can take the embarrassment out of getting your teeth straightened as an adult. Our orthodontist in Hampshire can talk you through the pros and cons of each of these discreet treatments.

Invisalign braces

These are, strictly speaking, not braces at all. They are more like mouth guards to look at, but super thin and made of transparent plastic. Inside each aligner is a series of carefully placed bumps and ridges that press on the teeth that need to be moved. You wear each aligner for 7-10 days and during that time, you will notice that the feeling that it doesn’t quite fit will dissipate. Once the aligner feels comfortable it’s time to put in the next one. You take them out to eat and drink anything other than plain water. Treatment with Invisalign (often misspelt as Invisaline) takes a year on average.

Hidden braces

These braces use brackets and wires to move your teeth, but instead of having them on the front of your teeth, they are fitted on the tongue-side of them. Each bracket is custom-made to fit each tooth. If you have moderate to complex alignment issues and don’t want people to know you are wearing braces, then these are the ones for you.

Clear braces

Another option you can explore when you see our orthodontist in Hampshire is clear bracket and wire braces. These feature smaller brackets made from clear ceramic and fine tooth-coloured wires. They are designed for small movements of the front 6-8 teeth and the average treatment time is 6 months.

Which braces are right for you? Why not come into Winchester Orthodontics for a consultation and find out?

Investing in your child’s teeth

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We all want our children to be set for life by the time they are ready to leave home. We teach them all sorts of things that school doesn’t to get them ready. We look after their bodies as well as their minds and hopefully, they will always be healthy and able to look after themselves. But as well as investing in their education and sports abilities, we also need to invest in their teeth. One way you can help your children be set for life is to make sure they have really great teeth when they leave home. Teeth that last a long time tend to be well aligned in the mouth. Most people have naturally wonky teeth, and it takes time to sort them out. You can find out if your child needs help by bringing them in for a consultation with the orthodontist in Hampshire here at Winchester Orthodontics.

Orthodontist in HampshireEarlier interventions with the orthodontist in Hampshire

We can now treat children much earlier than in the past. At Winchester Orthodontics, we use advanced diagnostics technology to accurately predict how your child’s adult teeth are going to come through. This means you can bring your child in to us for a consultation when they are about 7 years old.

If our examination shows that there are going to be problems with the alignment of your child’s teeth, we can put a treatment plan in place and begin treating them when their adult teeth are coming through, rather than waiting until they have arrived and then rearranging them. Your child could have finished treatment with the orthodontist in Hampshire by the time they are 12 or 13 years old and about to hit puberty. They can then go through these years of excruciating self-consciousness without the added burden of wearing braces, even invisible braces.

Realigning the jawbone

This is also better done earlier, but for different reasons. While your child is still growing their jawbone is more plastic and we can gently move it until it is a better shape or to align it better with the opposing jawbone. After the age of 18, the bone sets hard and this becomes impossible to do.

Take your pick

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You’ve spent hours deliberating whether to get braces or not, flicked through old photos with your smile and wonky teeth on display, and spent more time than you’d like to admit checking out your teeth in the mirror. Now the time has come to bite the bullet and invest in braces. Great, the hard part is over right? Except it isn’t that easy after all. Now you’re faced with yet more decision-making. A quick Internet search reveals just how many choices there are for adults who want straighter teeth. So, who can you turn to for trusted advice?

Orthodontist in HampshireOur orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics, that’s who. Dr Suzette Mulder has treated over 4300 patients with effective teeth straightening and she can help you too. Using her wealth of experience and knowledge of orthodontics, she can help you pick the right braces for your particular circumstances.

Here are just 2 of the many teeth-straightening devices she can offer you as an orthodontist in Hampshire:

Invisalign

Often misspelt Invisaline, this treatment barely resembles braces as you know them. Clear, plastic aligners are custom-made to snugly fit over your teeth. You’ll get a series of them, with each one tasked with pushing your teeth that little bit further towards their straightened positions. You take your aligners out to eat, drink, brush and floss. Just make sure you clean your teeth before you pop your aligners back on and wear them for at least 20-22 hours a day.

Lingual braces

An innovative twist on traditional fixed metal braces, these braces use brackets and wires attached to the back of the teeth, not the front. This makes them hidden from view but also means they are capable of correcting more severe misalignments of the teeth.

Even more on offer

There are many more braces out there to choose from depending on whether you want a more holistic treatment or if you want to focus on your front teeth alone, whether discretion is your top priority or speed, your budget and your lifestyle. Suzette, our Hampshire orthodontist, will guide you through the pros and cons of each of these treatments and how they match up with your unique set of criteria.

It’s time to get the experts in

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We’ve all done a bit of DIY at some point in our lives, whether it’s patching up a torn jacket pocket or a quick paint job on the sitting room wall after your toddler has used it as a canvas. But sometimes in life, you need to get the experts in. Think burst pipes, broken double glazing and wonky teeth. Yes, wonky teeth make the list too. You can go to a dentist but there are benefits to seeing an orthodontist in Hampshire and at Winchester Orthodontics you’ll be in safe hands with our very own Hampshire orthodontist, Dr Suzette Mulder.

Orthodontist in HampshireWhy see an orthodontist?

If you’ve searched the internet for treatment to straighten your wonky teeth, you’ve probably noticed the proliferation of adult braces. It seems almost every dental practice offers discreet teeth straightening with any number of braces brands, from Invisalign (often misspelt Invisaline) to Damon. Many of these dental practices won’t have an orthodontist in-house, so how can they offer these treatments?

Because all they need to do to offer these innovative braces is to go on a course offered by the company that produces them. Then in a matter of days they become accredited providers.

An orthodontist, on the other hand, undergoes years of postgraduate training, after completing their 5 years at dental school, learning all about how to resolve issues with misaligned teeth and jaws. This means they are armed with a deeper level of knowledge about teeth straightening, which means they can provide effective interventions whatever your treatment journey may bring.

Dr Suzette Mulder

Our Hampshire orthodontist has completed over 4300 cases of teeth straightening over the last 10 years. That’s a level of experience a general dentist is unlikely to be able to match. Hailing from South Africa, Suzette is registered with the British Orthodontic Society and is a member of the World Federation of Orthodontics. She takes a personal approach with every patient she meets and will consider not only your dental issues but also your expectations, budget and lifestyle, when developing a treatment plan that works for you. So whether your misalignment issue is mild, moderate or severe, Suzette is here to help you achieve straighter, healthier teeth.

It’s never too late to see the orthodontist in Hampshire

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Getting straighter teeth is no longer just for kids. Teeth can be realigned no matter how old you are. In fact, if you look at some older people who have lost teeth, you will see that the neighbouring teeth have started to wander about. That’s how easy it is to move teeth in the jawbone. But, you don’t want teeth that are all over the place do you? You want teeth that line up well. Not only do they look better, but they work better and last longer.

Orthodontist in HampshireThe best way to find out how easy it would be to realign your teeth is to come and see the orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics. An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone a lot of extra training to focus on the issues to do with badly aligned teeth and jaws, and the methods used to realign them. It’s a complex area of dentistry and so seeing a specialist, such as Winchester Orthodontics’ Dr Suzette Mulder makes sense. We are not sharks, who have endless sets of teeth. We get one adult set to last us a lifetime and paying to see a specialist makes sense.

Dr Mulder will be able to tell you exactly what needs to happen to align your teeth, and will be able to use her extensive knowledge to recommend the right devices for your issues. We stock a range of discreet and comfortable devices that can deal with most mild to moderate alignment issues. Some work better than others on particular issues. For example, if you have teeth that didn’t come down as far as they should have (this particularly happens with the canine teeth either side of the top front teeth), then you will probably need a bracket and wire device to pull them down. Using the pressing pressure of clear aligners probably won’t work.

But our Hampshire orthodontist will be able to tell you for sure when you come in for a consultation. If you do need brackets and wires, there are some transparent braces that are made of clear ceramic to blend in with the teeth, and hidden braces that go on the inside of the teeth.

Ask the orthodontist in Hampshire

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Have you been wondering about getting your teeth straightened? Are they a right mess? Or are they just a tiny bit out of whack and you are not sure whether getting them straightened is worth the hassle? Whatever your questions around teeth straightening, the best thing to do is to find an orthodontist in Hampshire and ask them.

Orthodontist in HampshireBut that could cost a fortune, right? After all, no one who has spent so many years in training and now runs a business, and we all know what the costs of running a business are like in Hampshire, is going to be giving their time away for free, right? Well, wrong, actually. You can come and see Dr Suzette Mulder, a highly experienced orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics, and your initial consultation will be absolutely free. Yes, free! It’s not often you get something for nothing these days, especially from someone who has completed more than 4,300 orthodontic cases. So, book yourself in.

When you come and see Suzette, she will be able to give you a good idea of what needs to be done to align your teeth and a rough idea of how long it will take. Hampshire Orthodontics offers a range of appliances, from the kind that are used to sort out complex and severe issues to the ones that are known as cosmetic braces.

Cosmetic braces from the orthodontist in Hampshire are used to treat teeth that are out of alignment that are not causing pain or other medical issues. These are the mild to moderate misalignments, the slight twists, leans and cross-overs, which don’t look great but don’t really stop you eating or talking clearly.

Invisalign

These are one of our most popular devices for treating cosmetic alignment issues. Sometimes misspelled as Invisaline, these are see-through plastic mouth guard-like devices. You wear a series of them and they slowly move your teeth into alignment with built-in pressure points. They are popular because they are so hard to see, you take them out to eat and drink and keeping your teeth clean with them is a doddle.

If the glove fits, wear it

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Have you ever owned a pair of soft leather gloves that fit so perfectly, they feel they were custom-made just for your hands? Did you know you can have the same experience for your teeth? Invisalign braces are 3D printed, creating a brace that fits like a glove. As your local orthodontist in Hampshire, Winchester Orthodontics can provide this innovative treatment for you, creating invisible braces that won’t spoil your smile.

Orthodontist in HampshireHow Invisalign works

Your orthodontist in Hampshire will take 3D images of your mouth. These images are then used to 3D print a series of clear braces, following a precise treatment plan. Each brace in your treatment series will create a small, incremental adjustment until your desired result is acquired. Because this clear brace only requires the perfect fit to keep it in place, gone are the traditional wires or ‘train-track’ brace face. There are other practical advantages as well as invisibility. Because Invisalign braces require no wires you can easily remove them to brush and floss your teeth. You won’t ever have to try and get bits of food from out of your brace, maintaining perfect oral health.

The finer details

The whole treatment will take between 12-18 months. Over that time, you will come to see us every 6-8 weeks. We will check that the desired changes are happening and provide you with the next series of aligners.

So how do I get my hands on a pair?

Booking an appointment with your orthodontist in Hampshire couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is ring for your free consultation. We will assess you for the treatment and answer any of your questions. Invisalign clear braces only work on some tooth misalignment issues, so they may not be the right treatment for you. However, our highly professional orthodontists can offer you a range of alternatives and will always guide you to your perfect fit. If Invisalign can work for you, we’ll set up your first appointment to take that 3D image and get working on creating your custom-made Invisalign clear brace series, providing you with your tooth glove experience.