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.

Teen story of Brace Face and the little blue dot

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So, you’ve just found out you need braces and in addition to the disaster of wires and brackets you also find out your jaw needs to advance, so you’ll be wearing a guard at night time as well. Being a teenager is embarrassing enough without having to face, literally, a mouth full of wire.

Orthodontist in HampshireIf this is the case for you or your teen, then you need to talk to your orthodontist in Hampshire about Invisalign Teen. At Winchester Orthodontics we use 3D imaging to get the perfect imprint of your mouth. Your brace is then 3D printed creating a perfectly fitting, totally clear brace. Since your aligner fits completely over your teeth, it acts as a tooth guard and can be worn 24/7, which means you won’t need an additional dental intervention to provide mandibular advancement.

You’ll receive a complete series of aligners following a precise treatment plan. Your treatment plan will need to be followed religiously, replacing each tooth guard with the next in the series every 6-10 days. As a teenager, remembering to do this could be a real challenge as your mind’s on higher things and your brain is literally being rewired as you grow into adulthood. Invisalign have provided a perfect fail safe for the forgetful and disorganised – the little blue dot.

The little blue dot sits at the back of your clear brace and will fade over 6-10 days. Once it’s faded, bingo! That’s your signal to move to the next brace. Once a series is exhausted, you’ll need to come back and visit your orthodontist. In Hampshire, we can offer you a free consultation where you can discuss the details and suitability of this treatment for you.

There are other advantages to Invisalign (sometimes misspelled as Invisaline). There’s nothing covering the roof of your mouth. The result of this, is, no impediment on your speech and since the aligner corrects your teeth and your jaw advancement at the same time, you’ll get results quickly from just one form of treatment.

Working closely with your orthodontist in Hampshire, we can help you navigate those difficult teen years without Brace Face getting in the way of your life.

Sidestep the tricky issues during teeth straightening

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At Winchester Orthodontics, we think its our job to ensure that you have a great treatment experience as well as a clinically successful one. We want you to enjoy any adjustments to your smile for years to come, but without looking back on the treatment as something you just had to go through to get the look that you want.

Orthodontics in HampshireWith that in mind, we acknowledge some of the issues that come with braces that you might get from the orthodontist in Winchester. Some of them are unavoidable and we need to offer you ways to cope with them. Others are preventable with the proper care.

Aching mouth/ gums

This comes with the territory, regardless of which method of teeth straightening you choose at the orthodontist in Winchester. The times when you can expect to feel stronger sensations are right after your equipment is fitted and/ or when it is tightened, or you wear a new aligner. You may find the ache noticeable, but not to the point where you need to do anything in particular about it. If it is too much for you, you can take regular painkillers.

Bad breath

You need not suffer from bad breath when you have braces. To avoid it, you simply need to put a little more effort into your cleaning routine. Bad breath can develop if you leave bits of food trapped in your braces or behind your aligner. The orthodontist in Winchester can advise you on the different cleaning methods you need to use, depending on the equipment that you have.

Unsightly equipment

This is a problem that used to be associated with all teeth straightening treatments. Fortunately, many of the methods that we use at Winchester Orthodontics are designed to minimise this issue. You may be able to choose clear, fixed braces or see-through aligners, depending on the severity of your misalignment.

If you really want to hide your equipment completely, you can have lingual braces, which are fixed to the backs of the teeth. They work in the same way as any other method without changing the appearance of the parts of the teeth that are visible when you smile.

Braces and your food choices

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When you choose to have a long-term dental treatment like teeth straightening with Winchester Orthodontics, you may have to make some changes in your life to accommodate some aspects of the treatment. For example, you will need to make time to see your orthodontist in Hampshire on a regular basis.

Orthodontist in HampshireWhen you work with us, we do all that we can to minimise the impact of getting your smile realigned. Where this is not possible, we talk to you about ways you can integrate any changes into your life. We have many years of experience working with patients who are wearing braces, so we know the common issues and what to do about them.

What can you eat while wearing braces?

Regardless of the method that you work with, braces should not have a huge impact on the food choices that you make. You may be able to choose between a few different kinds of braces. Your orthodontist in Hampshire can give you detailed information on the merits and challenges of each, when you are considering your choice.

If the conditions in your mouth are right, you may be able to work with Invisalign. This system employs removable aligners to straighten your teeth. The bonus of this is that you can take your aligner out to eat, so this method has no impact on your food choices at all. You need to do this every time you eat, and any snack or drink needs to be followed with a quick brush before reinserting your aligner. This change in routine may lead to you eating less or choosing not to snack between meals, so it can affect your eating patterns.

You may choose to work with fixed braces. Some restrictions to your food choices are advised in this case. If you eat very hard or sticky foods, you risk damaging your braces, so it’s best to avoid these. Soft, mushy items won’t damage your braces, but you may find your braces difficult to clean afterwards. Therefore you might choose to avoid them. Ask your orthodontist in Hampshire if you are unsure about something you eat all the time.