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What is orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment is usually used to improve the appearance of a smile by aligning crooked, crowded or protruding teeth. Orthodontics in Weybridge can correct dental crowding, straighten teeth, correct a patient’s bite and reduce the chance of damage to prominent teeth. Whilst all of these benefits can create a beautiful smile, they are also necessary to protect teeth from damage and plaque build-up which can lead to gum disease, or worse.

Who can get treatment?

Although the best time to get braces is during childhood, adults can still have the same treatment, a treatment which remains very popular. All that is required is a certain number of teeth to support the braces, which should be close to a full mouth.

What does it involve?

The first step is being examined by a dentist. Patients must book an initial assessment to determine whether braces are suitable for their teeth. The dental team or orthodontist will then start treatment as soon as there are enough teeth to proceed.

Does overcrowding impact braces?

If an orthodontist finds that upon assessment, a patient has too many teeth for braces, some many need to be removed to make space. Although there are some alternative methods to create space, removing one or several teeth may be the only option in certain cases.

Are there different kinds of braces?

A removable brace is made up of thin wires and springs attached that can be removed and cleaned. Fixed braces, on the other hand, are made up of brackets and bands and are stuck to the teeth for a set length of time. A flexible wire then joins the brackets, gently applying pressure and encouraging the teeth to align more perfectly. Most dentists believe fixed braces to be more accurate and effective, but this depends on the patient and the condition of their teeth.

Are invisible braces the same?

Many adult patients are apprehensive about opting for standard braces because of how obvious they appear. Invisible braces are strong, clear, plastic and removable moulds that are used to straighten teeth whilst appearing discreet. Each set is worn for two weeks before being swapped for a new one and most dentists recommend wearing them for between 22-23 hours a day for the best results.

What is a functional brace?

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The main purpose of a functional brace is to alter the way the jaw grows. It uses the strength of your jaw muscle and can help with various issues, the most usual ones being jaw-related problems.

Are the effects permanent?

With any orthodontic treatment, small tooth movements throughout life are normal and sometimes unavoidable. However, it is very unusual for teeth to return to their state before treatment.

Can these treatments damage my teeth?

As with any sort of treatment, there is always a minor risk, but most dentists will explain that these usually arise when teeth aren’t properly looked after. The braces are not damaging, but poor cleanliness and plaque build-up can cause permanent damage to teeth, which is why cleaning them and booking in for regular check-ups with an orthodontist is extremely important.

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