6 Month Smiles

What Causes of a Child’s Crooked Teeth?

A common perception is that genetics is the primary factor in why a child develops crooked teeth. However, recent research indicates the cause may be an abnormal lip, jaw, or tongue position during rest, swallowing or speech. prolonged oral habits like thumb or finger sucking can be the root of the orthodontic problems.

Dentists refer to these as “myofunctional habits” and they can affect the natural development of the teeth and jaws. The Myobrace System was developed to treat these underlying causes in order to aid natural tooth growth and help prevent the need for orthodontics.

Incorrect Myofunctional Habits and Teeth Development

A very common habit for a child to develop is thumb sucking. Yet this is a prime example of an incorrect myofunctional habit as it can impede jaw development. 

Anything which prevents the tongue and lips from performing normally can result in tooth alignment issues and underdeveloped jaws. Further examples of incorrect myofunctional habits include:

Mouth breathing

If a child primarily breathes through their mouth, it not only means the mouth is often open, but the tongue is not in its natural position of rest. The outcome is a restriction of the correct forward growth of the surrounding muscles, with the jaws being narrower as well as developing in a downward manner. This ultimately means less space in the mouth and the potential for misaligned teeth.

Incorrect Tongue Position

When you are not chewing or talking, the tongue rests naturally in the mouth. This is key as the tongue helps form the shape of the developing jaw. 

This resting position is in the roof of the mouth, but if it is often positioned in the lower part of the mouth instead, for example as with mouth breathers, then there will not be enough space for the upper teeth to come through correctly. The lower jaw will also be forced back and downwards, affecting the shape of the face.

Reverse Swallowing

The correct forward growth of the jaw is also affected by reverse swallowing. This is when a child swallows the wrong way, with the tongue moving forward and the lips back. On average, a child swallows twice each minute, therefore when reverse swallowing, the face will not develop properly, as the muscles are being forced in the direction opposite to natural growth.

Poor Lips and Cheek Control

The lips and cheeks help with positioning the teeth and poor control of either, or poor muscle tone, makes it harder to close the lips when swallowing. This can result in teeth alignment problems.

The Myobrace System

The Myobrace system was developed to treat these underlying conditions to prevent need for braces later on in the teen years. The system involves a  removable device which is worn overnight and for up to two hours each day. 

Best suited for ages 3 to 15, our highly experienced practice specialises in this treatment. We will explain how Myobrace is a preventive pre-orthodontic treatment which aids natural teeth and bone development. 

By addressing the underlying habits which cause crooked teeth we aim to prevent your child from requiring orthodontics like braces or tooth extractions.

The Risks to Your Oral Health from Crooked Teeth

Compared to our ancestors, our jaws have become smaller as we have evolved. This reduction in jaw size means there is now less room for our teeth to come through properly. Therefore, having crooked teeth or slightly misaligned teeth is quite a common occurrence.

And while for the majority there will not be any direct pain or discomfort from this, crooked teeth can still result in oral health issues.

One of the main issues arising from crooked teeth is the increasing difficulty in brushing the teeth thoroughly. The more significant the misalignment of teeth, the harder they become to clean adequately when brushing and flossing. 

It becomes harder to reach all surfaces of the teeth and gums which allows plaque to build in areas missed. The result is an increased risk from gum disease, irritated gums and cavities due to tooth decay.

A practical problem from crooked teeth is difficulty chewing. Being able to properly chew your food is important for your digestion. However, it can be more difficult when teeth are crooked — which makes you more prone to swallowing food which that not been sufficiently broken down. 

Another practical issue — you may struggle to pronounce words correctly. If you often mispronounce words, this can understandably knock your self-confidence.

Jaw disorders are also more common with crooked teeth. The temporomandibular joints sit at the base of the skull and connect the lower and upper jaws. These joints allow you to move your jaw in order to speak and chew comfortably. 

Those who have misaligned teeth are at more risk of suffering with disorders of this jaw joint. These disorders can result in jaw pain, headaches, muscle issues and could also potentially restrict how far you can open your mouth. 

Crooked teeth may also accelerate teeth shifting beyond their natural rate. Our teeth do shift over time but this can be hastened beyond the normal rate because of misaligned teeth.

You can do something about crooked teeth and their consequences. In consultation with your dentist, you will be advised of the treatments available to best correct your misaligned teeth. 

Regardless of how old you are, modern dentistry offers a range of treatment options. From metal and ceramic braces to clear aligners, your dentist can realign your teeth — helping you to prevent any discomfort and dental health issues arising from having crooked teeth. 

With straight teeth, you’ll also have a nicer smile! If crooked teeth are bothering you, talk with Danny the Dentist about orthodontic treatment. No-one ever regrets having a nice smile.

The secrets of 6 Month Smiles cosmetic braces

With 6 Month Smiles cosmetic braces, you can straighten your teeth without people noticing you are having treatment. Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge has carried out many successful 6 Month Smiles procedures. Read on to discover how you, too, could be saying hello to a brand new smile in time for Valentine’s Day.
six-month-smiles-weybridgeBraces are still, in many circumstances, the best option for straightening teeth. They give your dentist maximum control over the movement of each tooth, and produce highly predictable results. However, at our Weybridge dental clinic we are aware that the mere thought of traditional metal braces can prove such a barrier to treatment for many adults that they decide it is better to live with their misaligned teeth.
This isn’t the case. As well as boosting your body image and your confidence in both professional and personal spheres, straightening your teeth makes it easier to clean them. As long as you practise an effective brushing and flossing routine at home and visit your dentist and hygienist as regularly as advised, tooth straightening can cut your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and the complications that they bring.
That’s where 6 Month Smiles come in. They take the mechanics and science of orthodontics and give them a modern makeover. Instead of metal brackets and wires, 6 Month Smiles use tooth-coloured wires and clear ceramic brackets. This means that they will blend in with the natural colour of your teeth and be very hard to notice in everyday situations.
These braces aren’t meant for major correction of issues affecting the bite, being cosmetic appliances. However, for mild to moderate correction of issues such as crowding and misalignment of the front six teeth in the top or bottom jaw, 6 Month Smiles are the perfect solution.
At our Weybridge dental practice we find it is these teeth – the ones that show when you flash a smile – that the majority of adults are most concerned about.
You will need to attend monthly check-ups during treatment at our Weybridge clinic, and should visit the hygienist to learn how to clean around your braces.

The advantages to having Six Month Smiles in Weybridge

Six Month Smiles are an excellent alternative to metal braces for straightening adults’ teeth. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge we have treated many patients successfully with this discreet brace system, with the majority of cases complete in three to six months.
six-month-smilesWhilst they are not meant for correcting major issues with your bite, for mild to moderate issues such as crowding or spacing with the front teeth, they could be the perfect choice. It is these “social six” teeth – the teeth in your smile line – that the majority of patients at Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge are most concerned about.
There are several advantages to Six Month Smiles when compared with traditional braces. There’s the speed of treatment, of course, but there’s also the fact that they blend in with the natural colour of your teeth, meaning that whilst they are not entirely invisible, they will largely pass unnoticed in everyday life.
Six Month Smiles are fixed to your teeth for the duration of treatment, so you don’t need to worry about remembering to put them back in after eating and drinking. As with any form of brace, you need to learn to clean around them properly to make sure no particles of food get trapped under the brace wires. A visit to the hygienist at our Weybridge dental practice will help to ensure that you can clean around the effectively.
Another advantage of Six Month Smiles is that they use lower forces than traditional orthodontic appliances, which means that treatment is much more comfortable. You will need to visit our Weybridge dental clinic every month during treatment to ensure that everything is progressing as planned, and will need to wear a discreet retained once treatment is complete.
Tips for looking after your braces

  1. Avoid hard and crunchy foods during treatment – raw carrots, crusty bread – as these can damage your brace.
  2. Cut food into small pieces until you are used to eating with your brace.
  3. Clean your teeth and braces an hour after every meal.
  4. Use floss threaders to clean under brace wires.
  5. Wear a custom-made mouthguard when taking part in any sports.

6 Month Smiles: discreet straightening for adult teeth

Using 6 Month Smiles, it is possible to straighten adults’ teeth far more quickly than with conventional braces. They are a popular choice at Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, because they are subtle, comfortable, and fast acting.
six-month-smilesAs the name eludes to, the average treatment time with 6 Months Smiles cosmetic braces is just half a year. Some milder cases at our Weybridge dental practice are complete in just half that time, and most people finish treatment within nine months.
When you come into our Weybridge dental practice for a 6 Month Smiles consultation, your dentist will perform a clinical assessment to ensure that this is the most appropriate treatment to suit your needs, and will then advise you of your projected treatment time.
Weybridge 6 Month Smiles
The secret to these cosmetic braces’ rapid treatment times is the fact that they focus on the front six teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It is these teeth – the ones that show when you smile – that the majority of adults who come to our Weybridge dental practice are most concerned with correcting.
Whilst 6 Month Smiles are not designed to correct major issues with the bite, they are perfect for mild to moderate crowding and alignment issues with the front teeth. Another huge benefit of this system is that, whereas conventional braces are made from metal and are obvious, 6 Month Smiles comprise clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires. This means that they blend in so well with the natural colour of your teeth that few people will immediately notice them in everyday life.
Because they use lower forces than standard orthodontic appliances, 6 Month Smiles are also renowned for being more comfortable than traditional braces.
At the end of treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to make sure your teeth stay in their new, improved position. Your Weybridge dentist will discuss your retainer options with you to find the ideal one to suit your lifestyle.
You will also need to come in for monthly check-ups at our Weybridge dental clinic during treatment, to make sure all is going to plan.

A guide to using 6 Month Smiles cosmetic braces for tooth straightening

For cases of mild to moderate tooth straightening, 6 Month Smiles can be the perfect solution. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures at Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, and come with oral health benefits in addition to improving the aesthetic appearance of your smile.
six-month-smilesAt our Weybridge dental practice we can use 6 Month Smiles to treat cases of crowding, crooked, or misaligned front teeth. Most adults who come into our Weybridge clinic seeking orthodontic treatment are primarily concerned with the front teeth – those on show when you smile. Often referred to as the social six teeth, it is these teeth that 6 Month Smiles are designed to work on.
If you are interested in treatment with 6 Month Smiles, we invite you to join us at Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge for a consultation. Your 6 Month Smiles accredited dentist will perform an in-depth clinical examination to assess whether this is the best treatment to suit your needs.
There are two key benefits to treatment with 6 Month Smiles:

  1. Considerably shorter treatment times than with standard orthodontic appliances
  2. Maximum discretion, because 6 Month Smiles are designed to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth.

Treatment times
Average treatment times with standard braces is upwards of 18 months. Because these cosmetic braces focus on the front teeth, they take on average just a third of that time (hence the name). Some mild cases at our Weybridge dental practice are complete in just three months.
Discretion is key
Unlike conventional braces, which are obvious because they are made from metal, 6 Month Smiles braces are made from clear and tooth-coloured components. This means they blend in with the natural colour of your teeth, and few people will notice them immediately as you go about your daily life.
At the end of your treatment, you will need to wear a retainer. Our Weybridge dental practice offers discreet retention options – you can choose from either a standard, removable retainer, or a bonded retainer attached to the back of your teeth.

Using 6 Month Smiles to subtly straighten your teeth

With 6 Month Smiles, your dentist can correct mild to moderate orthodontic issues affecting your front teeth. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge we have treated many patients successfully with this system of cosmetic braces. If the current alignment of your front teeth is causing you to frown rather than smile, why not come into our Weybridge clinic for a 6 Month Smiles consultation, to discover how you, too, could soon be enjoying the benefits?
six-month-smiles-weybridgeThe secret of 6 Month Smiles
Conventional braces are associated with lengthy treatment times, discomfort, and with being very obvious in your mouth. It is easy to understand why the thought of wearing such an appliance can be enough to put many adults off seeking treatment.
However, the majority of adults who come to Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge with a view to straightening their teeth are primarily concerned about the front teeth – those which show when they smile. These are sometimes referred to as the “social six” teeth, and it is these teeth that 6 Month Smiles are designed to work on.
By focussing on the social six teeth, the treatment time with these cosmetic braces is considerably shorter than with standard orthodontic appliances, which move all the teeth. Six months is in fact the average duration of treatment – some cases at our Weybridge clinic are complete in half that time.
Weybridge 6 Month Smiles
Come into our Weybridge dental clinic for a 6 Month Smiles consultation and our 6 Month Smiles certified dentist will assess your suitability for treatment. So long as these cosmetic braces will suit your needs, we will take impressions of your teeth for your braces to be made.
The other key point about these braces is that, while they are braces, they are not metal and not immediately obvious. Comprising tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires and clear ceramic brackets, 6 Month Smiles have been designed to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth. They really are that subtle, and have to be seen – or perhaps not seen – to be believed.

With 6 Month Smiles, teeth straightening can be quick, discreet, and effective

By using 6 Month Smiles cosmetic braces, your dentist can straighten your teeth in a fraction of the time of conventional orthodontic treatment. Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge offers this treatment to patients aged 15 and over who are in need of mild to moderate aesthetic correction of issues affecting the front teeth.
six-month-smilesBenefits of 6 Month Smiles
More and more adults are turning to orthodontic treatment later in life, with fast-acting cosmetic systems such as 6 Month Smiles being a popular choice. At our Weybridge dental practice we think this is a good thing, because the benefits of orthodontics of any form are more than just aesthetic, and can be enjoyed by patients of all ages.
Improving the alignment of the teeth makes them easier to clean by reducing the number of hard-to-clean areas and gaps where food particles can get stuck and dental plaque can amass. Plaque is the major cause of tooth decay and gum disease – which, in turn, are the leading reasons behind tooth loss. Therefore, whilst they are called “cosmetic” braces, the health benefits of 6 Month Smiles should never be underestimated.
Weybridge 6 Month Smiles
When you come into Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, your 6 Month Smiles accredited dentist will assess if this is the most appropriate treatment to suit your needs. He will take measurements, photographs, and impressions as necessary to help with treatment planning.
There are several key advantages to 6 Month Smiles when compared with standard metal braces. They are made from clear and tooth-coloured components so will blend in well with the natural colour of your teeth, meaning a lot of people won’t immediately notice them.
These braces are also more comfortable than their traditional counterparts, because they use lower forces. The first thing most people notice about 6 Month Smiles, however, is their short treatment time. Because they focus on the front six teeth – which is what the majority of adult orthodontic patients at our Weybridge dental practice are concerned about – these cosmetic braces act in half a year on average.

Using 6 Month Smiles cosmetic braces to maximise your smile

When it comes to braces, 6 Month Smiles are one of the fastest-acting and most discreet fixed appliances available. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge we have used these subtle braces to improve the alignment of scores of patients’ teeth. If you are interested in rapid cosmetic teeth straightening treatment, read on to discover how 6 Month Smiles could be the answer to your prayers.
six month smilesBraces: no longer just made from metal
A lot of adults dream of straighter teeth, but still think fixed metal braces are the only option. It’s not difficult to see why these are often considered incompatible with a professional adult lifestyle – after all, seeing them is a big part of the problem for many people, because you can’t fail to notice them. But 6 Month Smiles are different.
Although it’s true that they do comprise wires and brackets in the same way traditional braces do, the 6 Month Smiles cosmetic braces available from our Weybridge dental practice are not immediately noticeable in everyday life. How so? That’s simple: 6 Month Smiles comprise clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires. They are designed to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth.
Weybridge 6 Month Smiles
The majority of adults who come into our Weybridge dental practice with concerns about their tooth alignment are primarily concerned about their front six to eight teeth – those that are on show when they smile.
Being cosmetic braces, it is these teeth in the smile line that 6 Month Smiles are designed to move. This focus on the front teeth means that treatment times are considerably shorter than with traditional orthodontic appliances: six months is the average treatment time, and the vast majority of patients at our Weybridge dental practice complete treatment within a nine-month timeframe.
These cosmetic braces also use lower forces than standard orthodontic appliances, which means that they are more comfortable. As with all orthodontic treatment, when your teeth have reached their new position, you will need to wear a retainer to make sure they stay there. Our Weybridge clinic offers both bonded and removable retainers.

Teeth straightening with 6 Month Smiles cosmetic braces

Using 6 Month Smiles cosmetic braces, your dentist can straighten your teeth both quickly and discreetly. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we offer this popular, subtle orthodontic treatment to patients aged 15 and above who are in need of mild to moderate correction of issues affecting the front teeth.
cosmetic-braces-weybridgeConventional orthodontic treatment can take anything from 18 months to three years to complete. Whilst it is often seen as a rite of passage for teenagers in the modern world, and won’t stand out that much at school or college, for adults with busy professional lifestyles, the idea of wearing metal braces for such lengthy periods can be enough to put them off seeking treatment.
At our Weybridge dental practice we are keen to point out that whatever system you use, straightening your teeth will bring health benefits, not least that straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, with fewer hard-to-reach areas in which plaque can build up.
So long as you practise good oral hygiene and visit your dentist and hygienist regularly, this will reduce your risk of both gum disease and tooth decay. Although they are referred to as “cosmetic” braces, you will reap this benefit from 6 Month Smiles, too.
Weybridge 6 Month Smiles
If you are interested in treatment with 6 Month Smiles, you are invited to join us for a consultation at Danny de Villiers Dentist, Weybridge. These braces are not meant to treat major issues with the bite, but if you are in need of mild to moderate aesthetic correction they could be the ideal treatment for you.
As you’ve no doubt already guessed form the name, the average treatment time with 6 Month Smiles is just half a year, and the majority of cases are complete within nine months. These braces focus on the front six teeth in the smile line, and use lower forces than standard orthodontic appliances for a more comfortable experience.
Comprised of tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires and clear ceramic brackets, 6 Month Smiles are a very discreet way to adjust the position of your teeth.