Braces, who needs them?

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Here’s a question that orthodontists in Hampshire find is open to debate. It’s more difficult than you think to classify who needs braces and who doesn’t. The first thing that jumps to mind when we think of someone who needs braces is a particularly serious bite problem making it hard to eat or speak, or very crooked teeth that are hard to clean and at risk of rapid decay. However, in our increasingly image-conscious society, braces for cosmetic improvements are as good a reason as any.

Orthodontics in HampshireConsider the psychosocial impact of the appearance of your teeth. According to scientists, social status is becoming more dependent on the state of our smile and less on our upbringing or education. Supposedly people with bad teeth have less chance of success, and people with whiter teeth are presumed to earn more than they actually do.

Orthodontists in Hampshire agree, whether you medically need braces or cosmetically need braces – both are good reasons. The chances are, if you think you need braces, you probably do. If you don’t, you probably don’t. If you’re reading this, you more than likely do. Luckily, here at Winchester Orthodontics, we can help you to achieve the desired results, whatever your motives.

What are the options for adults?

If you are an adult, looking for a discreet option, hidden braces, transparent braces and even invisible braces spring to mind. An orthodontist in Hampshire can advise you on the best solution for your teeth and lifestyle. One of our most popular treatments with adults is Invisalign (note the spelling is not Invisaline).

Why are Invisalign braces so popular?

Invisalign is a virtually invisible brace. Your teeth will be moved with a series of clear, custom-made aligners, which you change every one to two weeks. From one aligner to the next, your teeth become straighter. Invisalign braces not only control the range of teeth movement with each aligner, they also control the time of movement. Specific teeth are moved when they need to, as set out in the Invisalign treatment plan. This makes for an efficient alignment programme.

Think Invisalign is for you? Call us to arrange a consultation.

Why you need to see an orthodontist in Hampshire

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If you are thinking about getting your teeth straightened, it’s not a matter to take lightly. You only get one set of teeth after you lose your baby teeth, and they have got to last you for decades. Teeth can suffer damage from all sorts of causes, and one root cause is when they are not properly aligned. It would be such a waste to invest in teeth straightening, only for it not to work properly and for you to lose teeth early when they could have lasted so much longer. That’s why we recommend always seeing an orthodontist in Hampshire before you go ahead with straightening.

Orthodontist in HampshireAn orthodontist is a highly qualified dentist who has successfully completed two or three years of postgraduate training in this particular area of dentistry. They also keep up to date with new innovations in techniques, devices and understanding, to be able to offer you quality advice and treatment for teeth straightening.

When you come to see us at Winchester Orthdontics, our Hampshire orthodontist Dr Suzette Mulder will be able to offer advice tailored to your specific issues and requirements. If you or your child has complex needs, she will be able to tailor a programme of straightening just for you.

Suzette appreciates that having braces is not done for the immediate beauty effect, and so, where possible, she will always recommend the least intrusive device. One that many people have used is called Invisalign, often misspelt as Invisaline.

This treatment does not even look like traditional bracket and wire braces. Instead, it uses transparent, acrylic aligners (hence the name Invisalign) that snap on over your teeth like a mouth guard worn for sports to protect from grinding at night.

Instead of having your invisible braces tightened when the pressures wears off to progress the straightening, you are given a series of aligners to wear. Bumps carefully positioned on the tooth side of each aligner gently nudge your teeth into position. When the pressure wears off one aligner, which usually takes 7-10 days, it’s time to put the next one in. The average treatment time is a year.

Stealth straightening for teens

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People go on and on about how important it is for adults to have braces that don’t show because having a face full of metal might like they look silly at work – but what about teens? Not everyone wants metal braces made to look cool with colourful elastics in the colours of their favourite football team. Some, and maybe that’s your kids, would rather die than have to weather the comments of ‘brace face’ and worse that insensitive peers can dish out so effortlessly.

Orthodontist in HampshireIf your child has got teeth that need an orthodontist in Hampshire, then bring them along to see us at Winchester Orthodontics. We have got a range of braces to deal with every alignment issue, and we have even got some that can be used without everyone at school having to know about it.

Who is your orthodontist in Hampshire?

Suzette Mulder is the woman who will be helping your kids to a lovely, straight smile. She has been working as an orthodontist in Hampshire for more than 10 years and has successfully treated more than 4,300 people in that time.

Suzette is very enthusiastic about orthodontics and right now, she is super happy about having the latest innovations from Invisalign at the practice.

If you have never heard of Invisalign, you may well think it should be spelled Invisaline. It makes more sense but align means to line up. Invisalign does a special range for teenagers, which has some additions just for them, such as black dots that fade over two weeks so that your forgetful teenager is reminded that it’s time to put in a new aligner.

Also, Invisalign has just introduced a new device to move the jaw at the same time as it moves the teeth, and that can eliminate the need for fixed appliances. Because it’s invisible, your kids are far more likely to wear it than the traditional twin block device, and that’s got to be a big plus.

If you want to find out more about how the orthodontist in Hampshire can help make your child’s smile beautiful, why not bring them in for a consultation?

Why do orthodontists train for so long?

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When you visit the orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics, you are in the hands of a highly skilled professional who is trained in the art of realigning the teeth. An orthodontist has to get a regular dental degree which takes five years. They then need to have extra training on top of this to become an orthodontist. Even after they are qualified, they need to keep up with this ever-developing field of dentistry so that they can offer patients like you the latest techniques and care.

Orthodontist in HampshireWhat makes orthodontics complicated?

All the systems of the body have relationships with each other. The same is true on a smaller scale as well, like in the mouth. No tooth exists in isolation and what you do to one can have a knock-on effect on the other teeth, the gums, nerves and so on. Problems with the teeth can also have an effect on the jaw, neck and even upper back muscles so your orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics needs to know about these areas as well.

There is a lot going on beneath the surface in your mouth. Your teeth are just the visible part. The root of your tooth is implanted deep in your gum and has nerve connections to the brain as well as to pain receptors. This means that any work has to be done carefully and with consideration for all of these connections.

The orthodontist in action

The orthodontist in Hampshire creates a unique treatment plan for each patient. For more complex issues, the work needs to be done in stages. The first stages might just prepare the line of the teeth for realignment. In some cases, this might mean extracting a tooth to make room but there are lots of modern techniques that allow orthodontists to create space without doing this so it is only suggested when absolutely necessary.

The behaviour of the teeth is reasonably predictable once the orthodontist has studied the available data. This means they are able to talk to you about timescales for treatment, sensations you might feel and what your smile will look like at the end of your treatment.

The beauty of hidden braces

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If you create a picture of braces in your head, you are probably seeing shiny, metal equipment that is fixed to someone’s teeth. Fortunately, braces have evolved quite a lot. While traditional methods still have their place, there are a number of other options available. Some of these are referred to as ‘hidden braces’. Winchester Orthodontics offer a number of types of braces that come under this category. These include Damon Clear Braces and Invisalign (sometimes spelt incorrectly as ‘Invisaline’).

Orthodontics in HampshireIf you want to explore the beauty of hidden braces then talk to our orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics. They are on hand to talk you through all of your options. Some realignment issues are best addressed by certain types of braces. After an examination of your teeth, your orthodontist in Hampshire can let you know if you are able to choose between our hidden braces brands.

What’s the difference between Damon and Invisalign?

The best person to talk you through all the differences between types of treatment is the orthodontist in Hampshire. They can discuss with you the aspects that are important to you. However, there are some general differences that can help you start thinking about what you want.

  • Fixed versus removable – Damon are fixed to the teeth in the same way as traditional braces. This means that, once they are fitted, you only have to visit for your regular check-ups and keep your teeth and braces clean. The Invisalign system uses removable, clear aligners that fit snugly over the teeth. You need to wear your aligner for the majority of the day and overnight for them to be effective. It is advised that you should only take your aligner out to eat and to clean it;
  • Aesthetics – Damon are made from materials that are sensitive to the look of your teeth. This means clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires. From a distance, it’s hard to tell that you are wearing braces. Up close, someone will still be able to spot them but the impact is substantially less jarring than with traditional braces. Invisalign, however, are completely clear so it is possible that no one will be able to see that you are wearing an aligner.

Keep your dental business your own with Invisalign

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If you want to have your teeth straightened without everyone knowing that you are wearing braces then your orthodontist in Winchester may well suggest having Invisalign nearly invisible aligners. Unlike any other braces, Invisalign can give you the assurance of going through straightening treatment without telling the whole world what you are up to.

Heavy metal ‘train-track’ braces are so hard not to stare at, particularly when they are on an adult. Some people just can’t resist asking lots of personal questions, and braces only seem to encourage them. But at Winchester Orthodontics, your orthodontist in Winchester will do their very best to help you keep your dental business your own.

Invisalign in HampshireInvisalign, which many people misspell as Invisaline, is somewhat different to the more well-known brackets and wire braces system that most of us associate with teeth-straightening. It uses transparent thermoplastic resin trays, which look rather like mouth guards, that fit over the teeth.

The trays are made from pinpoint accurate measurements taken by your orthodontist in Winchester. From this we can create a 3D image of your teeth as they are now and how they need to move to reach alignment. We send them all the information to the Invisalign laboratory in the United States, where they make a series of aligners. Each tray represents one step along the way from the current position of your teeth to the position they need to reach alignment. Pressure from the plastic gently nudges them along the way.

You need to wear each tray for about two weeks before moving on to the next one.

These clear aligners have other advantages as well as being almost unnoticeable, and these come with the fact that they are removable. This means that they are easy to clean, and so are your teeth. Also, you can take them out if you really, really don’t want anyone to see you are wearing aligners, perhaps for a super-special event like a wedding or a hot date, a job interview, or a highly important business meeting.

You must, however, wear them for about 22 hours a day if you are to stick to the treatment schedule.

Your teeth, only lined up properly

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Although in years gone by, dentists were very keen to remove teeth, and sometimes would even take out entire mouths of healthy teeth and replace them with dentures, today the focus is very much on ‘teeth for life’. What this means in practice is that research and development goes into ways to make sure that people can get to the end of their lives with as many of their natural teeth as possible.

However, for those of us with wonky teeth, which is most of us, this can be a challenge. Teeth that don’t line up properly are much harder to keep free from plaque, that sticky film of bacteria that builds up on teeth, and releases acid that causes tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can make you lose your teeth.

Orthodontics in WinchesterNow though, at Winchester Orthodontics, we find we are helping more and more adults straighten out their wonky teeth so that they can hang onto them for as long as possible and feel good about how they look too. When adults come to see the orthodontist in Winchester, we find they have different needs from teens who need teeth straightening.

That’s why our Winchester orthodontist might ask you questions about your lifestyle. They may at first seem to have nothing to with getting your teeth straightened, but our Winchester orthodontist is trained to know which system of braces will work best for which lifestyle and budget.

One of our most popular systems is called Invisalign, although some people write Invisaline when they are searching for a provider online.

What is Invisalign?

This revolutionary system of straightening gets rid of unsightly brackets and wires and instead uses very thin transparent mouth guard-style aligners that disappear from view when they are snapped on over the teeth. Instead of using wire-tightening to pull the teeth into alignment, Invisalign aligners have carefully positioned pressure points that nudge the teeth along. You wear a series of aligners, which also have the advantage of being removable for eating and cleaning.

To find out more why not book a consultation with our Winchester orthodontist today?

How do you get a straight smile?

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Sometimes the easiest way to a straight smile is through heredity. Yes, it may seem hard to believe but straight teeth run in families. However, those who aren’t lucky enough to naturally have straight teeth can benefit from correction from an orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics. We can provide well-aligned, healthy teeth to our patients of all ages.

Orthodontist in HampshireI don’t want to be a brace face

Our dedicated orthodontist in Hampshire may recommend Invisalign clear aligners for teens and adults who want the benefits of braces without the associated ‘metal mouth’ look, complicated hygiene and dietary restrictions that come with traditional orthodontics.

Would Invisalign work for me?

Invisalign aligners are clear, acrylic appliances which look just like teeth whitening trays. They fit snugly over the top and bottom of your teeth, gently moving them into healthier and better-looking positions. They are fully removable for meals and hygiene and allow our patients to feel more confident about how they look as their treatment progresses. We always say to our patients not to confuse the spelling of Invisalign with ‘Invisaline’ here at Winchester Orthodontics.

 Other Invisalign advantages

Perhaps what attracts teen and adult patients to Invisalign most is less day-to-day hassle. Metal, ceramic and lingual braces have their place as excellent ways to correct complex bite and alignment problems. However, traditional metal braces do present difficulties such as multiple dietary restrictions, sore teeth and gums and brushing and flossing routines that can be lengthy and complex.

Invisalign from your orthodontist in Hampshire fixes all that. Because the aligners are fully removable, our patients take them out for meals, snacks and oral hygiene. Plus, many people remove them when they get their picture taken or have special events and such as job interviews and weddings. Visits to Winchester Orthodontics involve simple progress checks every six weeks or so to ensure your procedure is going forward as planned.

The number of aligners needed very much depends on the severity of each patient’s alignment issues. Aligners are changed every two weeks or so, according to individualised treatment plans. Patients will need to wear a retainer for some time after treatment is complete.

Straighter, healthier teeth

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Having a crooked smile can make you feel bad about your appearance. A misaligned bite can make eating an uncomfortable experience, and lead to jaw strain. Plus, poorly-aligned teeth are difficult to keep properly clean. Food particles and bacteria can hide in the awkward spaces that toothbrushes find difficult to reach. At Winchester Orthodontics, we can treat all these conditions with a combination of modern dental technology and years of experience. The skills of our Hampshire orthodontist will give you more effective teeth as well as a winning smile.

Orthodontist in HampshireVisiting the orthodontist in Hampshire

Everybody’s teeth are different. You may just want to make minor adjustments to the teeth at the front of your mouth. On the other hand, you might want a more comprehensive treatment that realigns all of your teeth. We’ll talk to you in depth about your preferences, and take detailed measurements of your mouth, to help you reach the most appropriate decision. There plenty of options, from hidden braces and transparent braces, to popular user-friendly treatments like Invisalign.

With Invisalign (often mis-spelled as ‘Invisaline’), our Hampshire orthodontist will give you a series of customised aligners. You’ll wear each set of these aligners for around 7-10 days, before moving on to the next one. They’re made of clear plastic, and can be taken out of your mouth at mealtimes and when brushing your teeth. Because each set of aligners is a slightly different shape, your teeth will be gradually moved into better positions. Typical treatment times are 12 months or longer.

Hidden braces

Modern orthodontics still includes braces that are attached to the teeth. However, we can attach them to the backs of your teeth so they’ll remain hidden while treatment is ongoing. Invisible braces like these can bring your teeth into improved positions, without causing the social awkwardness that can deter people from seeking treatment with a Hampshire orthodontist.

Dental future

Although it may take some time to achieve the results you desire, you’ll be enjoying the dental benefits for many years after the braces come off. Visiting the Hampshire orthodontist can improve your quality of life, as well as the appearance of your teeth.

Winning smiles

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The alignment of your teeth can affect your oral health as well as your dental aesthetics. Misaligned bites put extra strain on the jaw, while crooked teeth can be difficult to keep properly clean. At Winchester Orthodontics, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments to optimise the positioning of your teeth. Our experienced Hampshire orthodontist can improve your dental function as well as your smile, using contemporary technology and finely-honed skills.

Orthodontist in HampshireWhat can a Hampshire orthodontist offer?

Everybody’s dental needs are different. Our tooth realignment options range from hidden braces and clear braces through to aligners like Invisalign. The complexity of your needs, and your preferences as a patient, will determine which of these treatments is the most appropriate. Our modern dental practice provides a relaxing environment in which you can consider your options.

With Invisalign (often wrongly spelled ‘Invisaline’), our Hampshire orthodontist will take detailed measurements of your teeth and produce a series of customised aligners. You’ll wear a set of these transparent plastic aligners for 7-10 days before moving on to the next one in the series. You can take them out of your mouth when you need to brush your teeth or eat. When treatment is complete, after 12 months or longer, you’ll have a more appealing smile, and teeth that do their jobs better than ever.

Invisible braces

If your situation requires braces that are fixed to your teeth for the duration of your treatment, we can give you a discreet and comfortable treatment. Invisible braces are affixed to the backs of the teeth, which makes them very discreet. While they get to work applying gentle pressure to bring your teeth into an improved alignment, they’ll remain unnoticed by all but the nosiest observers.

We can also offer clear braces, which are worn over all of your teeth. Popular with adults who want to minimise the social discomfort associated with tooth realignment, our treatments look after your feelings while they enhance your dental capabilities.

Time frame

It will take some time and patience for any treatment to reach its full potential. Our Hampshire orthodontist can assure you that, once the braces come off, you’ll spend many years enjoying the life-enhancing results.