Smile with confidence with help from your Hampshire orthodontist

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Not many patients look forward to a visit to the dentist, let alone a visit to the orthodontist in Hampshire. At the mere mention of an orthodontist, people imagine getting their teeth straightened with hulking metal brackets, thick metal wires and rubber bands. Quite a mouthful. Thankfully that doesn’t have to be the case anymore as dental technology has moved on.

Orthodontist in HampshireAt Winchester Orthodontic Practice, our orthodontist in Hampshire, Dr Suzette Mulder, has the skills to straighten your teeth using any one of a range of modern teeth straightening devices. If you’re worried about sporting a metal mouth during the course of your treatment and being subject to stares at work, let us put your mind at ease. Here are 2 of our most popular choices for discreet teeth straightening:

Invisalign

Often misspelt Invisaline, these clear, plastic aligners came on the market almost 20 years ago. They look similar to mouth guards but much thinner at just 0.3mm and are barely visible once on.

Each aligner in a series is designed to nudge your teeth into straighter positions over the course of about 7-10 days and then it is onto the next aligner. You won’t have to come in to see our orthodontist in Hampshire every time you change aligners as these removable appliances are easy to pop in and out yourself. We will, however, want to check up on you periodically during your treatment to check that everything is on track.

Invisalign works well for mild to moderate misalignments and on average, treatment takes a year if you make sure you wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day.

Lingual braces

If you have more severe misalignments, you can still enjoy discretion during your teeth straightening treatment by using lingual braces. These fixed metal braces are not going to be an eyesore as they are attached to the back surfaces of your teeth, where they are completely hidden from view. Each bracket is custom-made to fit an individual tooth for the ultimate in personalised treatment.

And there’s more

To find out which of our many teeth straightening treatments is right for you, book an appointment with our Hampshire orthodontist today.

How the orthodontist in Hampshire is helping adults with straighter teeth

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Orthodontics is one of the founding branches of dentistry, developed to improve the function, position and appearance of crowded, crooked and misaligned teeth. In Hampshire, orthodontist treatments are helping adults to straighten their teeth and ensure long-term oral health.

Orthodontist in HampshireFor many, braces have been avoided as a possible method of correcting such issues. This is mainly due to the appearance of traditional braces, consisting of unsightly wires and brackets that are fastened to the front of teeth. However, it may be surprising to hear that at Winchester Orthodontics, our Hampshire orthodontist, Dr Suzette Mulder, can offer more discreet, invisible or completely clear teeth-straightening options.

Clear solutions for cosmetic teeth-straightening issues

Discreet teeth straightening options, such as Invisalign, are available to adults who require realignment of crooked and crowded teeth. Often misspelled as Invisaline, these innovative aligners are more akin to mouth guards than actual braces. Although this may be considered a cosmetic teeth-straightening option, it’s worth noting that straight teeth are easier to clean and therefore less subject to decay.

Invisalign straightens teeth using very thin, transparent, plastic aligner trays. These aligners are custom-made to fit snugly over the teeth and are almost invisible once in place. Worn in a series, each aligner gently moves the teeth into their new position over somewhere between 18–24 months.

In addition to their ease of use, you can remove them for eating and drinking, meaning you’ll never have to compromise on your lifestyle choices. If you’re invited on a first date, a great meal or simply want to clean your teeth, all you need do is remove them. It is important to take care of them, cleaning them thoroughly and following the treatment plan.

More than just one solution

Dr Suzette Mulder is an experienced orthodontist in Hampshire. She is highly qualified and respected in her field, having completed over 4300 orthodontic cases over the past 10 years. She brings a wealth of understanding and treatment knowledge to teeth straightening issues. Suzette can diagnose and suggest a range of teeth straightening options, ensuring you receive the best possible orthodontic solution for you.

Ring our surgery today for a consultation and start your journey to healthy, straighter teeth.

Meet your orthodontist in Hampshire

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If you want to straighten your teeth, realign your jaw or adjust your bite, then you need to see an orthodontist. In Hampshire, here at Winchester Orthodontic Practice, we offer a range of braces and dental appliances to help straighten up crooked, twisted, gapped and misaligned teeth. The options we offer include: Invisalign transparent aligners, hidden braces and clear braces.

Orthodontist in HampshireAs with any medical treatment, it’s going to work best if you trust the clinician carrying it out. So, we’d like to introduce you to our orthodontist in Hampshire, Suzette Mulder, so you know exactly who will be rearranging your smile.

Suzette has been in practice as a dentist for more than a decade. She qualified in 1997 at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, her home country. She knew immediately that she wanted to focus on teeth straightening and carried on her dental studies at the same institution. She gained a Masters in Orthodontics with distinction. She was recognised as the most eminent postgraduate student, which shows that she had definitely chosen the right path for her.

Suzette obtained another MSc in Orthodontics from the Medical University of South Africa in 2006, further cementing her skills and knowledge in this field. Then she decided to make a huge shift and left the wild plains of South Africa for the gentle rolling hills of the UK. She studied at the Royal College of Edinburgh and gained her MOrth from there in 2008.

While she is a highly qualified orthodontist in Hampshire, and has studied her field in great depth, Suzette hasn’t had her head stuck in a book these past 10 years. She has successfully completed more than 4,300 cases during that time, so also has a wealth of clinical experience.

As well as her extensive skills and knowledge, Suzette brings a friendly, open approach to her practice, and puts the welfare and comfort of her patients above all else. She is passionate about creating healthy, happy smiles, and loves to witness the transformation her patients go through as their teeth slot into alignment.

Friendly, highly qualified, skilled and experienced – what more could you want from your orthodontist in Hampshire?

Straighten out in 2019

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Getting your teeth straightened is an investment of time and money, so why not make getting that lovely smile of yours properly aligned your resolution for 2019?

Here at Winchester Orthodontics, your orthodontist in Hampshire, we always get a bit of rush around the beginning of the year. The mid-winter feasting is over and people are starting to think about what improvements they’d like to make to their lives in the coming 12 months.

Orthodontist in HampshireIt takes time

Teeth straightening takes time. Teeth move in the jaw by bone tissue being removed in one area of pressure and rebuilt in another and this cannot be hurried. The good news is that there is no age limit on straightening. It takes longer the older you get, but you can have it done at age 90 if you want to.

So getting your teeth aligned can take anything from 6 weeks for a very mild misalignment to a couple of years for very complex alignment issues. Your orthodontist in Hampshire will be able to give you an accurate time assessment when you come for a consultation.

Complex alignments

Don’t worry that, if you have complex alignment issues, you will have to spend the next 2 years with metal braces on the fronts of your teeth. We understand that wearing metal braces can be embarrassing for adults. We can either fit you with hidden braces, which go on the backs of your teeth next to your tongue. Or, we can start your treatment off with metal braces on the front of your teeth, and when the teeth have reached a less complex stage, finish off with invisible braces.

Invisible braces

Also known as clear aligners, these don’t have brackets and wires. Instead, they are a series of mouth guard style devices that snap on over the teeth. Inside each aligner is a set of bumps and ridges that press on the teeth to move them. Invisalign, sometimes misspelt as Invisaline, aligners are removed for eating too. They take a lot of the hassle out of treatments with the orthodontist in Hampshire.

Why not come in and see what we can do for you?

Times have changed

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There was a time when visiting the orthodontist in Hampshire meant you were in line for some hulking, metal braces, the kind that dominate your mouth and leave you covering your smile. Not anymore. Times have most certainly changed, with modern dentistry at Winchester Orthodontics able to offer you more discreet ways to straighten your crooked, crowded or spaced out teeth.

Orthodontist in HampshireThere is a whole range of braces that our orthodontist in Hampshire, Dr Suzette Mulder, can offer you. The best way to find out which are most appropriate in your case is to pop in for a consultation. But in the meantime, here are 2 of our most popular options that you might want to discuss with Dr Mulder.

Invisalign

These hardly resemble braces at all and are in fact clear, plastic aligners. Treatment with Invisalign uses a series of aligners, each one carefully designed with pressure points that push your teeth into alignment. As they are removable, you don’t need to come in to see our orthodontist in Hampshire every time you are ready to move onto the next in the series, which is usually every 7-10 days. You can switch them out yourself. You’ll get quite used to taking your aligners out and popping them back in as you’ll need to do this whenever you eat, drink anything other than plain water, brush and floss. Invisalign works well for mild to moderate misalignments.

Lingual braces

If you have more severe misalignments, you don’t need to give up on the idea of discreet braces. Lingual braces are both discreet and effective on severe misalignments. They are fixed metal braces but are secured to the backs of your teeth. These hidden braces are therefore highly customised as every bracket has to be custom made to the contours on the back of the tooth onto which they will be fitted. As a result, it takes a little longer to get your braces made but once they are on, hardly anyone will notice you are getting your teeth straightened.

So, whether you need fixed or removable braces, our orthodontist in Hampshire is here to help.

You’re in good hands with the orthodontist

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Even 10 years ago, the phrase adult braces would have sounded quite odd, after all braces were something you got out of the way as a teenager. Today, it’s a whole new world when it comes to teeth straightening and adult braces are more popular than ever. There are lots of dental practices popping up that now offer teeth straightening even though they don’t have an orthodontist in Hampshire on hand.

So why should you bother seeing our orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics, when your regular dentist might be able to fit you with adult braces?

Orthodontist in HampshireKnowledge

An orthodontist spends years undergoing further training after their dental degree, entirely focused on how to resolve misaligned teeth and jaws. Our orthodontist in Hampshire, Dr Suzette Mulder, has not one but 4 postgraduate qualifications: a postgraduate diploma in orthodontics, Masters in Science, and 2 Masters in Orthodontics.

Experience

An orthodontist deals with teeth straightening day in, day out. That level of hands-on, practical experience is invaluable. Dr Mulder has successfully completed over 4300 orthodontic cases in the last 10 years.

Skill

Combine extensive knowledge with experience and it is no surprise that our Hampshire orthodontist is very skilled at what she does. This means however complex your case is, Dr Mulder will be ready to effectively manage every eventuality.

What can we do for you?

Hopefully you’re now convinced of the merits of seeing an orthodontist in Hampshire for your teeth straightening treatment. So, what can we offer you? In addition to traditional fixed metal braces, we also offer more discreet alternatives where appropriate, including:

  • Invisalign clear aligners (often misspelt Invisaline), which are removable and completely transparent, making them an especially popular choice among our adult patients who want minimal impact on their lifestyle
  • Damon clear braces, which are fixed but use clear brackets and don’t need elastics to get the job of straightening your teeth done
  • Lingual braces, which attach to the backs of your teeth where they are completely hidden from view.

What is right for you?

The best way to find out which braces treatment is right for your particular circumstances is to have a full oral examination, potentially including x-rays, by our Hampshire orthodontist.

Why so many people choose clear aligners from the orthodontist in Hampshire

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Most adults, and a good many teens, would rather not have to wear clunky metal braces when they get their teeth straightened. Indeed, for some adults, if all they can have is metal braces, they would rather live with their wonky teeth. Metal braces are, after all, never going to make anyone look more professional and competent.

Orthodontist in HampshireThis is why the orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics finds so many people are keen to have Invisalign clear aligners.

Invisalign, which often gets misspelled as Invisaline, revolutionised the world of teeth straightening when it first came on the market back in 1997. The brain-child of a student at Stanford University in the USA, Invisalign is basically mouth guards with built-in pressure points. That’s a very simplistic description of Invisalign, but you get the picture. Instead of brackets and wires cemented onto your teeth and tightened every few weeks to pull your teeth into alignment, you get a series of very thin plastic aligners.

You wear the aligners in order, and inside each one is a set of very carefully placed pressure points. The progression in the straightening process comes from switching through the series of aligners, wearing each one for 7-10 days until it starts to feel like it fits really well, and then moving onto the next.

Invisalign offers a variety of treatment packages through the orthodontist in Hampshire, including Invisalign for teens. These have a blue dot on each aligner, which gradually fades over time. When the dot has disappeared, the teen knows it’s time to put in a new aligner.

Removable aligners for easier eating

You take your aligners out to eat and drink anything that isn’t simple water. This stops the aligner from discolouring and also means you can eat whatever you like without worrying about food getting stuck in your device. Then you brush your teeth and put your aligner back in.

As long as you wear your aligner for at least 20 hours a day, you will stay on schedule with your treatment.

At the end of your treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in place while the new bone made around them hardens.

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.