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.

A new way of thinking about braces

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Thanks to advances in technology in the last 30 years, getting straighter teeth is much easier and faster than ever. Having straighter teeth can improve your self-confidence and give a boost to your social and professional life.

Straighter teeth are also healthier. It’s easier to clean straight teeth and the risk of them getting damaged because of uneven wear is much less, because all of the teeth work together evenly.

Here at Winchester Orthodontics in Hampshire, treatment comes in many different forms. Here’s a rundown of some of the systems we offer.

Orthodontist in HampshireDamon braces versus traditional metal braces

One of the reasons you may have been put off having your teeth straightened is traditional metal braces. Associated with teenagers, these ‘train track’ wires and brackets are not only highly conspicuous, they are also difficult to clean and can cause sore spots in the gums.

The good news is that, although many new treatments are built on the same principles as traditional braces, advances in design have created more efficient systems with a less conspicuous appearance.

Your orthodontist in Hampshire can provide Damon Metal Braces and Damon Clear Braces. These treatments work in the same way as traditional braces but the brackets used to secure the teeth are smaller and with Damon Clear Braces, they are made from a clear plastic that is almost invisible.

These updated braces are also easier to keep clean because there are no elastic ties that can attract plaque, as with traditional braces.

Lingual braces

Another type of brace that your orthodontist in Hampshire can offer is lingual braces. These work like traditional braces or Damon Braces but attach to the rear side of the teeth, making them invisible.

With lingual braces, no one is going to notice you’re even having treatment unless you tell them. The brackets are custom-made from gold alloy for each patient to get the best fit possible. Lingual braces are very popular with adults who have social jobs because they can’t be seen.

For more information on any of these treatments, pop in to our surgery and talk to our orthodontist in Hampshire about which type of brace is right for you.

Straighter, happier teeth

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Many people in the UK are unhappy with how their teeth look. The most popular cosmetic treatment in the UK is teeth whitening. This is because teeth whitening is fast-acting and cost-effective. Cosmetic treatments can give you a big boost in confidence, which could open many doors in your social life or professional life.

Teeth straightening can also transform the look and feel or your smile. Advances in dental technology means that there’s more to seeing the orthodontist in Hampshire than being fitted with a set of metal brackets and wires. Here at Winchester Orthodontics in Hampshire, we can offer a wide range of treatments that can fit discreetly into your lifestyle.

Orthodontics in HampshireInvisalign

At your orthodontist in Hampshire, Invisalign clear aligners are used to straighten teeth without the use of metal or wires. Traditional braces are the most tried and tested method of teeth straightening but come with a long list of issues. They are notoriously uncomfortable to wear and many adults would prefer not to have to deal with going about their daily life with a mouth full of metal.

Invisalign offers discreet teeth straightening. It uses a series of custom-moulded plastic trays. Each one is slightly different in shape from the next. This slight change in shape applies gentle pressure to the teeth, adjusting them over time.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign can be removed when it comes to meal times and when it’s time to clean your teeth. The trays are also almost completely invisible when they are in use, meaning they don’t disrupt your appearance.

Tooth-coloured fixed braces

If you have a more serious misalignment, then discreet fixed braces could suit you better. Fixed braces have come a long way since the days of unsightly metal appliances in the mouth. Our discreet fixed braces are manufactured from tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets, which make them much less conspicuous. We use modern computer imaging technology to design and produce the braces, so they are uniquely fitted to the contours of your mouth.

For more information on any treatments available at Winchester Orthodontics, drop in and chat to your orthodontist in Hampshire.

A wide array of orthodontic options

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There have never been so many options for getting your teeth straightened discreetly. When you come to Winchester Orthodontics, we can offer you a wide choice of ways to get your teeth in alignment.

In the past couple of decades, orthodontics has advanced considerably with the advent of new materials and techniques for straightening teeth. These advances mean that visiting the orthodontist in Hampshire is more comfortable and convenient than ever.

Orthodontics in HampshireEasy to treat

There is no longer any need to use cumbersome, obvious, heavy-duty metal braces to treat mild misalignment. Now, you only need to get these from your orthodontist in Hampshire if you have serious bite issues.

However, we find that most patients who come to see the orthodontist in Hampshire need corrections to issues with overcrowding, crooked teeth, or teeth that have not descended properly, and most of these can be solved with one or more of the many systems now available to our orthodontist in Hampshire. These include:

Invisalign clear aligners

This tooth straightening system uses aligners, rather like mouth guards, that fit snugly over the teeth and use pressure from the rigid thermoplastic resin to nudge teeth along. At 0.3mm thick, and completely transparent, Invisalign aligners are almost invisible. They can also be removed for eating, drinking and cleaning, and even the odd special occasion. This brand often gets misspelled as Invisaline.

Lingual braces

These bracket and wire braces are entirely invisible from general view because they are fixed to the tongue (lingual) side of the teeth, rather than the front. The braces are made from detailed impressions and information about the teeth so that the gold alloy brackets perfectly fit the contours of the inside of your teeth. This is a great way to get straight teeth if you are an adult who has a busy social and professional life and would rather keep your dental business to yourself.

Damon Clear Braces

Like traditional bracket and wire braces, these are fitted to the front of the teeth, but the brackets and wires are transparent. Damon Clear Braces work on all the teeth. And because the braces are fixed, they deliver fast and accurate results.

Find out more about Invisalign

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If you want to find a way to get your teeth straightened while maintaining your dignity and professional look, then Invisalign nearly invisible aligners from your orthodontist in Hampshire could be the answer.

It one system we use here at Winchester Orthodontics, your Hampshire orthodontist, that is different from any other teeth straightening device you may have heard of.

Invisalign (sometimes misspelt as Invisaline) features a series of transparent, rigid plastic trays that look like mouth-guards, instead of the bracket and wire braces systems most commonly associated with teeth-straightening.

Orthodontist in HampshireTo create the Invisalign aligners, we take detailed, pinpoint accurate measurements of your teeth and gums, with a hand-held scanner. These measurements give you an instant picture on the screen, showing what your teeth look like now. A computer programme will then show how much they need to move to reach alignment, which means you get to see an accurate image of the final result before you even start treatment.

Your orthodontist in Hampshire sends your measurements over to Invisalign’s laboratory in the United States, where your aligners are 3D printed. Each aligner moves your teeth one step along the way to their correct position using carefully placed pressure points. These gently nudge them along this path to smile perfection.

Each tray needs to be worn for about a week to 10 days for it to do its work. The number of aligners you will need depends on your individual needs. Treatment takes a year, on average.

Invisalign clear aligners are only 0.3mm thick, making them almost unnoticeable on the teeth. They are also removable, making them and your teeth easy to clean. Also, if you really don’t want anyone to see you are wearing aligners, you can take them out; perhaps for a super-special event like an important business meeting, a hot date, a wedding, or a job interview.

If for some reason, Invisalign is not the appropriate system for your particular case, don’t worry. Your orthodontist in Hampshire can also offer other methods of discreet teeth straightening, such as lingual braces, which are fitted to the inside of the teeth, and so are hidden from view.

Getting the lowdown on visiting the orthodontist in Hampshire

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Before embarking on any course of treatment, ideally you want to know that it is going to be successful. And while, as with any procedure, there can’t be any guarantees, one way to decide whether something is going to work for you, is to talk to those who’ve already done it.

Orthodontist in HampshireAt Winchester Orthodontics in Hampshire, we recognise how important it is for patients to hear from those who have already gone through the treatment. We find this is especially true for adult orthodontic patients. The idea of wearing braces for up to two years can seem pretty daunting to anyone with a busy social and professional life. And while there are many discreet and quicker options available these days such as hidden and transparent braces, getting a heads up from someone who’s been there and bought the t-shirt can help to set the mind at ease.

Don’t just take our word for it

There are different ways you can feel assured about the results of having treatment with our orthodontist in Hampshire. We have a ‘Before and After’ gallery on our website. This shows the effects of many different kinds of orthodontics, including Invisalign (sometimes misspelt as Invisaline), clear braces, which are particularly popular with our adult patients.

We have a page of written and videos testimonials on the website and you can also check out our 16 five star reviews on Google.

Drop in and say hello

If you would like further reassurance, come and talk to our orthodontist in Hampshire, Dr Suzette Mulder. Suzette offers a free initial consultation so you can talk through any questions or concerns and she can go through the treatment with you step by step: from assessment to treatment to aftercare, and all the costs and time involved.

If you haven’t seen an orthodontist in Hampshire before, or have had a difficult experience in the past, pop into our surgery and say hello, and be welcomed by our warm and friendly team who can set your mind at rest. We will do everything we can to make your treatment journey a smooth, easy and successful one.

Fast, discreet straightening

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In Hampshire, orthodontist treatments to reposition the teeth can take less time and be less painful than before with the use of modern technology.

Orthodontics is one of the oldest branches of dentistry. It deals with improving the function, position and appearance of crowded, crooked and misaligned teeth.

Many adults would love to have their teeth straightened but the stories of sores developing on gums and teeth, or the pain of having them moved into a new position, let alone the idea of train track braces undermining their dignity, have deterred them.

Orthodontist in HampshireHowever, at Winchester Orthodontics, our Hampshire orthodontist, can offer you more comfortable, faster, more discreet ways to straighten teeth that do not need major corrections to their bite.

Although such treatments may be classed as cosmetic because you could carry on without them without getting ill. Most people find their confidence improves after treatment, as well as their teeth lasting longer because straight teeth are easier to clean, so avoiding tooth decay and gum disease.

A clear solution

Your orthodontist in Hampshire offers a range of treatments to correct the position of the teeth. One of the most popular discreet options is Invisalign, which often gets misspelled as Invisaline. Although it does the job of teeth straightening, this treatment bears little resemblance to the traditional image of braces: large metal brackets and wires obscuring the teeth and taking two or three years to achieve alignment.

Instead, Invisalign straightens teeth using very thin, transparent, plastic aligner trays. These aligners are custom-made to fit snugly over the teeth like an almost invisible mouth guard. Worn in a series, each aligner gently moves the teeth into their new position over somewhere between 18–24 months. The smooth plastic is much less irritating in the mouth than brackets and wires. Another big plus is that the aligners are removable, making eating and cleaning much simpler. So far over 4 million patients worldwide have been successfully treated with Invisalign.

You can find out more about Invisalign when you book a free consultation with Dr Suzette Mulder. Suzette, an experienced orthodontist in Hampshire, has completed over 4,300 successful orthodontic treatments since she first qualified as a dentist in 1997.

Why you need to have straight teeth

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Straight teeth are not just a beauty aspiration, they are more likely to remain healthy for longer. This is why parents are so keen to see their children get their teeth straightened, and also why they send them to see the orthodontist in Hampshire.

At Winchester Orthodontics, our resident orthodontist and practice owner is Dr Suzette Mulder. She is a highly experienced orthodontist in Hampshire and has successfully completed more than 4,300 orthodontic cases.

Orthodontist in HampshireSuzette has a variety of orthodontic appliances to hand and when you come to her for a consultation, she will have the skills and experience to be able to recommend the one that is exactly right for you.

A discreet teeth straightening solution

Many people come in asking for Invisalign (or even Invisaline, as it is often misspelled). This way of straightening teeth uses very thin clear plastic aligners that snap on over the teeth and, in doing so, become as good as invisible. The aligners are made using detailed measurements sent by your orthodontist in Hampshire to a lab in the USA, where a series of aligners are 3D printed.

You wear each aligner for between one and two weeks before moving on to the next in the series. The secret to how they work lies in the carefully planned and positioned pressure points inside each aligner. These press on the teeth to nudge them gradually into alignment, step by step. It will probably take somewhere between 12–24 months to complete treatment.

More options to explore

Invisalign does not work in every case, but there are other discreet ways of straightening teeth on hand at Winchester Orthodontics. For complex cases, we can recommend lingual braces. These are bracket and wire braces, which are always best for complex cases. However, lingual braces are fixed to the inside surfaces of the teeth, next to the tongue. Their location means that they are completely hidden from view.

The best way to find out which kind of braces treatment is best for you is to come and have a consultation with the orthodontist in Hampshire. You can ask lots of questions and talk things through before deciding what to go for in terms of treatment.