Invisible Braces

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.

Cosmetic braces: the secret to a straighter smile

Braces; they’re obvious metal devices, right? Not necessarily. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, an increasing number of adults are choosing a far subtler method of straightening their teeth, enjoying the health benefits of a well aligned smile without having to wear fixed metal appliances for months and months on end.
What are cosmetic braces?
cosmetic-bracesThe market for cosmetic braces is booming. There are a number of different appliances on the market in the UK, including tooth-coloured fixed appliances, lingual appliances attached to the rear surfaces of the teeth) and clear, removable aligners. At our Weybridgedental practice we use one of the most popular cosmetic brace systems, Six Month Smiles.
Six Month Smiles are tooth-coloured braces that are designed to work, as the name hints at, in as little as half a year. Depending on how much correction is needed, some cases can be complete in just half this time. The majority of Six Month Smiles patients finish their course of treatment in nine months maximum.
These appliances take the traditional principles of orthodontics and modernise them to create a truly 21st Century device. They still use brackets and wires to straighten your teeth, but the brackets are made out of clear ceramic and the wires of tooth-coloured nickel titanium, which means that they blend in well with the natural colour of your teeth for a subtler approach. Because of the shortened treatment time, they are also considered more comfortable than traditional braces.
Discreet braces in Weybridge
We welcome new patients for Six Month Smiles consultations at our Weybridgedental practice. Six Month Smiles are available to patients aged 15 and over who do not require major correction of their bite.
You will be seen by a Six Month Smiles-accredited dentist, who will assess whether this treatment is best for you. Six Month Smiles braces are designed first and foremost for mild to moderate cosmetic correction. They work in such a short time period because they focus on the teeth in your smile line.
If you are suitable for treatment you will be fitted with your braces, and will need to use a retainer after treatment.

Using invisible braces to straighten your teeth

Invisible braces are one of the most exciting developments in modern dentistry. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we offer quick and discreet orthodontic treatment for adults using the near-invisible brace system Six Month Smiles.
invisible-braces-weybridgeDon’t fear orthodontic treatment – let invisible braces help
“Orthodontics” still often equates with obvious metal braces in many people’s minds. Whilst it’s true that these braces are very effective, and remain popular with children and teenagers, at our Weybridgedental practice we understand that metal appliances may not be compatible with many adults’ lifestyles.
But there is another solution. For adults who require fast, efficient and subtle correction of issues affecting their front teeth, Six Month Smiles are often the perfect choice.
Invisible braces in Weybridge
Six Month Smiles are thoroughly modern orthodontics. Decades of research have gone into creating a brace system that blends in with the natural colour of your teeth, making them nigh-on invisible in everyday life.
These braces comprise clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured nickel titanium wires. As you may have guessed from the name, treatment with Six Month Smiles is often complete in just half a year. Depending on your individual circumstances, treatment could be even faster; the vast majority of cases are complete in between three and nine months.
At our Weybridgedental practice, we can use Six Month Smiles to correct such issues as gappy, crooked, or twisted front teeth. The secret to Six Month Smiles treatment is that, unlike standard brace systems that move all your teeth, these invisible braces focus only on the front six to eight teeth – those that show when you smile.
These braces are also more comfortable than traditional appliances, because they use a low but continuous force to adjust the position of your teeth. Because of the shortened treatment times, Six Month Smiles is also usually cheaper than traditional orthodontics.