Looking for an orthodontist in Hampshire

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Each year about 200,000 teenagers are fitted with braces, mostly the fixed, train-track style that most of us are familiar with. These are children that the NHS regards as needing the treatment because of the severity of their problems. Unfortunately, there are many more of us who were unable to have their teeth straightened when we were younger and we have had to live with crooked, gappy or uneven teeth for years.

Orthodontist in HampshireAccording to the British Orthodontic Society, 75% of all adults are in need of some form of teeth straightening treatment. The problem is that in many cases, you may feel that the wonky teeth that you have become accustomed to are better than having a mouthful of metal. Now, believe it or not, that problem has vanished. Advances in the science of orthodontics and the materials available for the manufacture of braces has transformed the way that your teeth can be straightened by your orthodontist in Hampshire.

Clearly better braces

If you do a search on-line for invisible or hidden braces you will see a long list of options such as clear braces or transparent braces, and a number of different brands such as Invisalign, which you may occasionally see misspelled as Invisaline in various blogs if you are doing your research about these treatments. Invisalign braces are also known as removable aligners, which are worn for a minimum of 22 hours daily. All of the aligners that are needed to straighten your teeth are created using the 3D computer images made by your orthodontist in Hampshire so that you will be able to see exactly how your teeth will look at the end of your treatment.

You may also see that you can order a similar type of clear and removable braces on-line just by taking a photograph of your smile. What you should remember is that although the process of straightening your teeth looks quite simple, it is not. All dentists have studied for five years to qualify, and a specialist orthodontist will have undertaken an additional three years of full-time study, this should give you some idea of how complex orthodontics actually is. Attempting to straighten you own teeth without the supervision of your orthodontist could result in tooth loss or serious damage to your teeth.

How to know if you are a candidate for Invisalign

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Nowadays, an increasing number of adults are seeking treatment to correct flaws in their smile, including teeth straightening. As a result, more dentists are offering their adult patients appliances specially designed to be more discreet than traditional metal braces, including Invisalign – often misspelt Invisaline.

At Winchester Orthodontics, we are passionate about helping our patients achieve beautiful, healthy, straight smiles with Invisalign. Dr Suzette Mulder, our lead orthodontist in Hampshire, and our team of highly trained dentists get to know every patient on an individual basis, designing personalised treatment plans that suit each patient’s needs and lifestyle requirements. We strive to make teeth straightening convenient and accessible, which is why we offer Invisalign.

Orthodontics in HampshireWhat is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses a series of clear, almost invisible, removable, plastic aligners. They are custom-made to snugly fit over your teeth. The removable aligners can be taken out to eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth. During treatment, your Hampshire orthodontist will provide you with a series of aligners, each of which has to be worn for about2 weeks or so before you move onto the next one. All you have to do is to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day. Invisalign is ideal for busy adults who do not wish to alter their lifestyle.

Who qualifies for Invisalign treatment?

As long as you have healthy teeth and gums and want to correct mild to moderate misalignments, you are likely an eligible candidate. If you wore braces as a child, but your teeth have become crooked again, then Invisalign can offer available solution to correct your bite alignment. If you have tooth decay or suffer from gum disease, you cannot have Invisalign until the problem is fixed and your good dental health is restored.

Finally, if your teeth are severely crooked, then you may require metal braces. While Invisalign is great for adults and older teens, it is not recommended for children who have not developed their adult teeth yet. During your initial consultation, your Hampshire orthodontist will carefully assess the state of your teeth and jaw to determine whether Invisalign is the right treatment for you.

Orthodontics to the rescue!

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How long have you been living with wonky teeth? Maybe as a teenager you were told that it couldn’t be done on the NHS because your problems weren’t severe enough to fit the medical requirements for treatment?

If this happened to you, you were not alone. The NHS only has limited funding to treat those who have a badly affected bites, and many patients do not fit the criteria for free treatment.

The good news is that your orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics can offer you ways to straighten your teeth, with hidden braces systems, such as Invisalign.

Orthodontics in HampshireA clear solution for straighter teeth

These days it has become much cheaper to get less problematic teeth straightened, and that means that many patients are opting to pay for straighter teeth themselves. Many an orthodontist in Hampshire are finding more adults are choosing clear braces that are made with new materials to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is one of the best known systems worldwide, though it is often misspelled ‘Invisaline’.

Invisalign clear braces are totally different from traditional metal bracket and wire systems. They do not require anything to be permanently fixed to your teeth for months on end. They do not create sore patches inside your mouth, or cause embarrassment when the first thing people notice about you is your mouth full of metal.

Here’s how they work:

When you come in to see our orthodontist in Hampshire, impressions of your teeth will be taken. We will use this to create a computer simulation of your teeth moving to their desired position, so you’ll get to see how your new smile will look. That information goes off to the Invisalign laboratory, which manufactures a series of custom-fit trays. Each tray matches one step along the route that your teeth will travel to reach your new smile. The trays are made of rigid plastic, which is transparent and so thin that it is almost invisible when you wear them.

You wear each tray for about 2 weeks. The pressure from it gently nudges your teeth along to the next position. When the pressure wears off, it’s time for the next tray until you finally reach the look you desire.

Get straighter teeth for a healthier, happier smile

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In Hampshire, orthodontist treatments to realign teeth are quicker and less painful than ever before, thanks to the advances in dental technology.

Orthodontics, one of the oldest branches of dentistry, focusing on improving the position, function and appearance of crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth.

Orthodontics in HampshireStories of sores developing on gums and teeth, the pain of having one’s teeth forcibly moved into new positions, and the embarrassment of a mouth full of metal, have put many adults off having teeth straightening treatments.

However, our Hampshire orthodontist at Winchester Orthodontics offers comfier, quicker, and more discreet technologies aimed at people who want straighter teeth, but do not need major corrections to their bite.

Although these treatments are seen as being cosmetic in that the main benefit is that people are happier with the way they look, having correctly aligned teeth makes it easier to clean the teeth and so avoid tooth decay.

Almost invisible treatment

With our orthodontist in Hampshire you can explore a range of treatments to correct the position of your teeth. One of the most popular among adults who do not want the whole world to know they are having their teeth straightened is Invisalign. Although they do the job of teeth straightening, they bear no resemblance to the traditional image of braces: large metal brackets and wires that all but obscure the teeth, and years of pain to achieve alignment.

Instead, Invisalign comprises thin, transparent, plastic aligner trays. They are custom-made to fit snugly over the teeth like an almost invisible mouth guard. One by one, the series of trays gently move the teeth into their new positions over a few months. With no brackets or wires, they are much less irritating in the mouth. The trays are removable, making eating and cleaning much easier. So far over 480,000 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 is on the register of specialists at the British Orthodontic Society and has completed over 4,000 successful orthodontic treatments since she qualified as a dentist in 1997.

Comfortable smiles with Invisalign in Hampshire

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If the thought of bulky, metal braces has kept you from straightening your teeth, Invisalign may be the ideal solution for you. Our dentists at Winchester Orthodontics might suggest this treatment if your teeth are misaligned, crooked, overlapping or gappy. Nowadays, many teeth straightening problems can be corrected with Invisalign – pronounced Invisaline.

invisalign-in-hampshireWhat is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses a series or removable, custom-made, clear plastic aligners, which gradually move your teeth into their correct positions. After wearing your first set of aligners for about 2 weeks, you will need to replace them with the next in the series. Your Hampshire orthodontist will guide you through this process and ensure your treatment stays on track.

This process repeats over a period of time until you achieve your alignment goals. Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning your teeth, however, they must be worn at least 22 hours a day for maximum efficiency.

Does Invisalign take a lot of time?

Your Invisalign treatment time is determined by the amount of movement required to shift your teeth. Teeth that need to be straightened or rotated more than usual, may require more treatment time. After an initial consultation, our orthodontist in Hampshire can determine how long the treatment will last.

Generally, Invisalign is completed within a year, but more complicated cases may take up to 2 years. After your teeth reach their final positions, your Hampshire orthodontist will recommend wearing a retainer to prevent your teeth shifting back.

Am I eligible for Invisalign?

If you are an older teen or adult with mild to moderate misalignments of your teeth, then you are likely a good candidate. During your initial consultation, your orthodontist in Hampshire will carefully assess your teeth and gums in order to determine if Invisalign is right for you.

Benefits of Invisalign

While the discretion of clear braces is a major bonus for those seeking inconspicuous treatment, there are many other benefits of Invisalign. Unlike metal braces, the clear aligners are smooth and safe to wear at all times, which makes for a more comfortable treatment journey. Plus, they can be removed, so that you can eat your favourite foods as well as brush and floss your teeth easily.

A wide array of options for straighter teeth

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When you come to Winchester Orthodontics to get your teeth straightened, we can offer you a wide choice of ways to get your teeth in line.

Orthodontics has advanced considerably with the advent of new materials and techniques for straightening teeth. These advances mean that an orthodontist in Hampshire no longer needs to use a hammer to crack a nut, so to speak.

orthodontics-in-hampshireThis used to be the case when only heavy-duty metal braces were available and had to be used no matter how mild the alignment issues. Now the use of such braces by a Hampshire orthodontist is confined to patients who have serious bite issues that need to be corrected.

Most patients who come to see our orthodontist in Hampshire are looking to resolve overcrowding, crooked teeth, or teeth that have not come through properly. Most of these situations can be effectively solved with one or more of the many systems available at our practice. Here are just a few of your options.

Lingual braces

These braces use brackets and wires but are hidden from general view because they are fixed to the back of the teeth, rather than the front. The braces are made from detailed impressions of your teeth so that the brackets comfortably fit the contours of the backs of your teeth.

Damon Clear Braces

These braces work like traditional bracket and wire braces, being fitted to the front of the teeth. However the brackets and wires are transparent. Unlike some other systems, Damon Clear Braces work on all the teeth. As well as being smaller in design, the brackets are transparent and the wires are tooth-coloured, making them hard to see. As the braces are fixed to the teeth, they deliver fast and accurate results.

Invisalign clear aligners

This teeth straightening system uses aligners, which are rather like mouth guards, that fit snugly over the teeth.Pressure created by the rigid plastic they are made from nudges the teeth along. At less than half a millimetre thick and completely transparent, Invisalign aligners are almost invisible. They can also be removed for eating, drinking and cleaning.

21st century braces with Invisalign

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If you want to have your teeth straightened without everyone you meet making it a topic of conversation, then Invisalign almost invisible aligners could be the answer.

Winchester Orthodontics in Hampshire offers teeth straightening treatment that doesn’t involve telling the whole world what you are up to.

orthodontics-in-hampshireThere are several systems your orthodontist in Hamsphire may suggest when you come to us for a consultation. One that stands out from the crowd when it comes to discretion is Invisalign. This treatment uses transparent plastic trays, which look rather like mouth-guards, that fit over your teeth. This teeth straightening solution is so discreet that it is often referred to as invisible braces.

What to expect from your teeth straightening journey

Your orthodontist in Hampshire will take impressions of your teeth and send them over to Invisalign’s laboratory in the United States. Technicians there then figure out the path along which your teeth need to travel to reach their straightened positions. Based on this information, the laboratory will make a series of aligners. Each aligner represents one step along the way to achieving your new smile with straighter, aligned teeth.  The plastic aligners apply gentle pressure to your teeth to gradually nudge them into straighter positions.

Each tray needs to be worn for about 2 weeks for it to do its work. Depending on your individual case, you need to between 12 and 48 aligners to move your teeth.

Invisalign clear aligners are less than half a millimetre thick, making them almost unnoticeable when worn over your teeth. Being removable means it is much easier to clean your teeth, when compared to fixed metal braces. This means you will find it easier to keep you teeth and gums in good health during your treatment. You also have the option of taking your aligners off at mealtimes.

If for some reason Invisalign is not the right system for your particular case, don’t worry. Your orthodontist in Hamsphire can offer you other methods of discreet teeth straightening, such as lingual braces, which are fitted to the backs of the teeth where they are hidden from view.

A discreet way to a new smile

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Winchester Orthodontics is delighted to offer our patients a range of services as an experienced orthodontist in Hampshire. If you have misaligned teeth but have always worried about unsightly or uncomfortable braces then you may like to know that there are new techniques available which are suitable for both adults and children.

orthodontics-in-hampshireReasons to smile

We have helped many of our patients who trust us as their orthodontist in Hampshire to improve their appearance and the overall health of their mouths. Technology such as invisible, hidden or clear braces offer an option for everyone so that there is no reason to be self-conscious or awkward about how you look or feel. You may have heard about the new invisible brace system, Invisalign (sometimes misspelt as Invisaline) or clear braces which use advanced, clear materials to gently realign your teeth without needing to have a mouthful of ugly metal. Hidden braces can be fitted behind your teeth and offer a great alternative for adults who want their treatment to be discreet.

Which alternative is best?

As a friendly and professional Hampshire orthodontist, we look forward to discussing your options with you. An initial consultation with one of our team will help you decide what will suit you best. For example, clear braces are quicker but many people prefer Invisalign which is very comfortable, removeable and uses treatment software to plan and monitor the whole process. We take scans, X-rays and photographs of your teeth which will help us determine what procedures would be suitable and tailor our approach to suit you as an individual.

What to expect from treatment

Whatever option you choose from your experienced Hampshire orthodontist, you can expect great results. We will support you through every stage of the process from deciding how you want to look and choosing the right treatment to ensuring proper dental hygiene and providing aftercare in the form of retainers if necessary. We want to ensure that you have a smile you are proud of and an outcome that lasts.

Give yourself something to smile about and talk to Winchester Orthodontics, your orthodontist in Hampshire, about how we can help you.

Finding the best braces for you

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Crooked, overcrowded or unevenly spaced teeth can have a real impact on how you feel about your smile. This can even affect how you eat and speak if the top and bottom teeth are not aligned correctly. In the past, metal braces were the only option but at Winchester Orthodontics we are delighted to offer a full range of new techniques as an established orthodontist in Hampshire.

orthodontics-in-hampshireHow can orthodontics help me?

We are proud to offer a welcoming, professional service to patients looking for an orthodontist in Hampshire. Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry which focusses on aligning and straightening the teeth. Treatment today is faster, more comfortable and more discrete than ever before. The techniques we offer include hidden braces, clear braces and invisible braces, also known as Invisalign. This is sometimes misspelt as ‘Invisaline’ but Invisalign is the product being referred to. So, if misaligned teeth are creating problems for you physically or in terms of your appearance, then orthodontics could be the solution.

The subtle approach

As an established Hampshire orthodontist, invisible, hidden or clear braces allow us to offer teeth straightening procedures without you needing to show everyone that you are having treatment. The end results speak for themselves. Invisalign uses a progressive system of clear mouth trays which use gentle pressure to align your teeth. The trays or aligners are custom made for your mouth using the latest 3D technology and changed regularly to gradually move your teeth into the correct position. You can smile freely and remove the aligners when you are eating or cleaning your teeth so the impact on your day to day life is minimal. If Invisalign is not right for you, other techniques are available. Clear braces use tieless braces with high technology arch wires and are suitable for everyone. They work quickly and comfortably to give you the smile you want.

Our team prides itself on its experience and commitment to keeping up with the latest advances. When this is combined with our friendly approach, it is no wonder that we are a highly respected orthodontist in Hampshire. We look forward to exploring what orthodontics can do for you.

Smile with confidence with help from an orthodontist in Hampshire

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Straighter teeth bring health benefits at any age, with the added bonus of aesthetics worth smiling about. Modern dentistry means teeth straightening has moved beyond traditional fixed metal braces. A wealth of new technologies are now available to meet your unique needs.

At Winchester Orthodontics in Hampshire, our specialist orthodontist is on hand to guide you through all of the options available. With our knowledge and experience, you can rest assured that the most appropriate treatment will be made available to you.

orthodontics-in-hampshireExploring your options

With so many types of braces to choose from, it’s well worth arranging a consultation with our orthodontist in Hampshire. For now, here’s a quick rundown of some of the main teeth straightening solutions available at our friendly and welcoming practice:

  • Fixed metal braces: Traditional metal braces, comprising metal brackets and wires, are a reliable and cost effective solution for crooked, crowded and spaced out teeth. With Damon metal braces, the brackets used are smaller than with traditional metal braces. What’s more, low friction forces are used for greater comfort.
  • Fixed clear braces: Damon clear braces are just as effective as their metal counterparts but use clear brackets for a subtler look.
  • Lingual braces: This fixed braces system uses brackets attached to the backs of your teeth. To ensure a good fit, every bracket is custom-made for each tooth. These hidden braces are one of the most discreet teeth straightening solutions available.
  • Invisible braces: Invisalign technology – sometimes mistakenly spelt Invisaline – uses a series of clear acrylic aligners to gradually nudge your teeth into place. Hard to spot on your teeth and easy to take off when eating or brushing, Invisalign braces are an attractive option for those wanting minimal impact on their lifestyle.

An investment worth making

Call or email us today to arrange a consultation with our orthodontist in Hampshire. Together you can find the right braces for you, which means you’ll have the chance to enjoy a healthier smile and improved dental health. With straighter teeth being easier to clean, you will be less likely to encounter tooth decay and gum disease. So invest in braces today and spend less time at the dentist later.