The lowdown on orthodontics

Male orthodontist in clinincOrthodontics is the field of dentistry that is concerned with the alignment of the teeth, jaw and face. It creates harmony between the mouth and jaws and not only creates happy smiles, but also improves oral health too.

In Weybridge, orthodontics treatment can be found at many dental practices, including Weybridge Orthodontics. Some practices include it alongside other areas of practice such as general, preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, some just offer orthodontics.

Why have orthodontics in Weybridge?

  • Crooked, crowded, gappy or protruding teeth;
  • Overbite or underbite – the upper and lower set of teeth don’t meet;
  • Creating space for wisdom, unerupted or displaced teeth to come through;
  • To prepare for other types of treatment such as dental implants;
  • Address drifting teeth for those with gum disease or lost teeth.

Patients may be referred by their general dentist but can also refer themselves.

What is orthodontics in Weybridge?

In simple terms, orthodontic treatment usually means braces. These can be tooth-coloured, removable, clear, hidden or discreet braces, as well as the more commonly known fixed metal braces. Even among the more conspicuous types of braces, advances in technology and materials mean that they are more comfortable and faster acting than ever. Patients who may have been daunted by the off-putting appearance of braces in the past are well-advised to look into what modern orthodontics has to offer.

Almost all orthodontics in Weybridge is followed by wearing a retainer for a year. This keeps the teeth in their new position, stops them from drifting back to how they were before braces and losing all that good work. Retainers can also be fixed or removable.

Benefits of orthodontics in Weybridge

Straighter and properly aligned teeth bring out the best in a face. As well as looking good, it can also give a huge boost to someone’s self-confidence if, instead of feeling slightly ashamed of their teeth, they feel proud to flash their smile.

Straighter teeth are also healthier teeth. They are easier to clean and keep free of plaque and bacteria and also function better for eating as the biting and chewing forces are distributed evenly across all the teeth.