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.

Part of the community

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When you buy a product or service, you aren’t just buying what is delivered on the day. There has been a whole process of creation that has gone into producing that item.

There are many considerations – where were the materials sourced from? How did that affect the environment? How were the materials processed? Did that create any toxic bi-product? What is the product packaged in? Is it biodegradable? How was it distributed? How were the staff treated at each stage?

Orthodontist in HampshireAt Winchester Orthodontics in Hampshire, we know that many people today are concerned about the wider effect of the products and services they buy. This matters to us too. We know that what we do has an effect on our local and global community and we try to minimise any harmful impact as much as we can, so you can be assured that visiting the orthodontist in Hampshire will not only give you a brighter smile but a lighter heart too.

Environmental impact

When making our purchasing decisions, for the many products other than invisible braces, we don’t just buy from anyone. We look into the ethics, standards and principals of the company, how they treat their staff and their environmental and sustainability practices.

Wherever possible we buy from local suppliers in the Winchester area. Our orthodontist in Hampshire, Dr Suzette Mulder, is always on the look-out for new companies who hold the same values.

Charitable work

Our chosen company charity is Naomi House, a children’s hospice in Winchester. We donate every year to this incredible organisation that provides care for children with terminal illness, and respite for their families.

We also donate equipment to Dentaid, a charity that provides equipment to dentists in the developing world. When we left our previous location in 2012 and moved into this fully-furnished practice, we were able to gift all our surplus equipment to Dentaid. Now each time we upgrade our stock, we will offer what we no longer need to help dentists overseas serve their communities.

Find out more

Come in and talk to us about our business ethics. Then you know that when you visit the orthodontist in Hampshire here, you are doing your bit to help build a sustainable world.

Would you like to enhance your smile?

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For lots of people, the day starts badly as they do not like what they see in the mirror. If you dread photographs, worry about how you look, experience pain or find eating or speaking difficult then you may benefit from seeing an orthodontist in Hampshire. Our team at Winchester Orthodontics has many years of experience in providing treatment to correct the position of the teeth and how the jaws and face develop. Children often have work carried out when there is still a mixture of baby and adult teeth, but it is not too late for adults who did not receive treatment earlier in life to have braces. Choosing us as your Hampshire orthodontist is a long-term investment in your health and wellbeing.

Orthodontist in HampshireWhy have treatment?

Straighter teeth mean a more attractive smile, which enhances your self-esteem and improves your confidence. What some people do not know is that seeing an orthodontist in Hampshire can also improve your oral health. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean as there are fewer gaps in which plaque can accumulate. Correctly positioned teeth are also more stable as they are properly supported and less likely to move around in the mouth, get damaged or become loose. You may associate seeing a Hampshire orthodontist with metal braces, but there is now a variety of different techniques available to suit your needs.

Options to suit you

As an established Hampshire orthodontist, we offer support for a range of issues, from resolving crowded or poorly spaced teeth to aligning upper or lower dental arches and correcting the bite of the teeth. A good bite allows the upper and lower sets to meet and work together properly during eating. Happily, advances in dental technology have allowed us to provide fast, comfortable treatment that is much less obtrusive. Clear braces make use of modern materials in the form of aligners such as Invisalign, sometimes wrongly referred to as ‘Invisaline’. For almost completely invisible braces, we can fit brackets behind your teeth, so that they are hidden.

Whichever technique you choose, we look forward to helping you to create the smile you want without the inconvenience, discomfort and unsightliness of traditional methods.

Give yourself the gift of straighter teeth

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So many people have crooked teeth and worry about how it affects their appearance or health. If this sounds like you, then you could join the long list of people who have benefitted from seeing an orthodontist in Hampshire. At Winchester Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on our experience and commitment to helping you achieve your aims. Straighter teeth can enhance your smile, which is a great boost to your confidence. They also contribute to excellent oral health by stabilising your teeth and making them easier to clean. Investing in treatment from a skilled Hampshire orthodontist in our team has long-term benefits, and gives you a smile to be proud of and a healthy future.

Orthodontist in HampshireDo braces have to mean metal?

Many adults choose to put up with crooked teeth due to an idea that braces are ugly, uncomfortable, time-consuming or hard to get used to. New techniques mean that this is no longer true and we have a range of braces to suit every requirement. Patients who use us as their orthodontist in Hampshire have benefitted from modern braces that are faster, more comfortable and less obtrusive than ever before. Invisalign, sometimes incorrectly referred to as ‘Invisaline’, has been used by over 4 million people and consists of clear plastic aligner trays that are very unobtrusive. For totally invisible braces, we offer a lingual option, where the brackets are fitted behind the teeth and are completely obscured.

What to expect

When you visit us as your orthodontist in Hampshire, we take time to understand your needs and discuss your options with you. Fixed appliances suit some people better, while others prefer a removeable aligner. Your choice will also need to take account of the severity of your misalignment and what your lifestyle is. Our staff are trained in communication and safeguarding, so you know that we really do have a commitment to your general wellbeing as well as being dedicated to your oral health and a great smile.

We want you to love your smile so contact us today and find out how choosing us as your Hampshire orthodontist can help you achieve a smile to be proud of.