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  • Writer's pictureWinchester Orthodontics

What are the basics of Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the practice of realigning the teeth, so that they may function more effectively, and to the best of their ability. This can be best achieved through the application of braces, which work to realign the teeth into shape, and make sure that they are closing together correctly when you bite down. If you are looking for an orthodontist in Hampshire, then we are a well qualified option for you. There are many choices for dental treatment, however we want to make the entire process simple for you. At Winchester Orthodontics, we believe in helping you come to the right decision yourself, through our gentle, but experienced guidance.

Do I need orthodontic treatment?

This all depends on how crooked your teeth are. If they are severely crooked, then they will be in dire need of orthodontic treatment, as your face structure may at risk of jaw problems and your teeth of erosion. Therefore, it is important to get your teeth checked out, and the alignment of your jaw checked if you are concerned with the alignment. If you are looking for an orthodontist in Hampshire, then do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be able to satisfy any concerns you may have with a simple consultation.

Fixed braces

Fixed braces are a very efficient option to quickly fix your teeth. Severely crooked teeth, and teeth that are still growing, such as teenagers’ teeth, will quite often be corrected with fixed braces. Fixed braces are metal wires, that are attached through a metal component, which is glued to each tooth. Then after a certain period, the braces are then tightened to pull the teeth into the correct position. Fixed braces, while the most effective form of braces, carry several downsides. One of the main downsides is that they can be uncomfortable, and can cause gum damage when they are first applied. Also, fixed braces can be noticeable, which for some adults may not be a desirable option. It often results in many adults opting out of any kind of orthodontic treatment, and instead just living with their crooked teeth. However, we are here to tell you that there are other options available to you, and not just fixed braces.


Invisalign, (spelt ‘Invis-align’ not ‘Invisa-line’), is an extremely important development in brace technology, that allows many adults to feel comfortable with braces, without any self-consciousness or detrimental effects on confidence from receiving braces.

Invisalign is a clear plastic brace that fits over the teeth, and is almost completely invisible, meaning that many people won’t be able to tell that you are undergoing treatment. It is important to remember too, that Invisalign is removable, so you are free to eat and drink whatever you like, as long as the brace remains worn for at least 20 hours a day. If you are looking for an orthodontist in Hampshire then do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be able to advise you on whether Invisalign is the best treatment for you.


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