Far from the madding crowd
Surrey is a county in the English countryside, located just a few hours from London.
Despite its proximity with the UK’s capital, the two seem worlds apart. It is an area renowned for its picturesque countryside and history, steeped in both contemporary and historical culture, it is a place of outstanding beauty. It is an area that attracts many historians as Ancient Romans settled in Surrey, and built large roads and buildings, some of which are still in operation today. Along with a rich history, Surrey also has a large New Town, with all the amenities one would expect to find within a major city – such as high-street shopping outlets, award-winning restaurants and world-class doctors and dentists. One such dental practice, who also offer specialist orthodontic treatments is Weybridge Orthodontics. Here, they offer treatments that is centred around the specific needs of the individual, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, and it is this ethos, along with the complexities of the procedures offered, that has earned them their reputation as one of the most highly esteemed practices in Britain’s South-East.
Moving with the times
Dental implants and orthodontic treatments are by no means a modern phenomenon.
Whilst braces, as we recognise them today, only really became popular around latter half of the last century – replacing the large head-braces that were the stuff of nightmares of a bygone time – the process of attempting to straighten one’s teeth through dental intervention is an old one. The earliest recorded attempt to straighten the teeth of a living patient was recorded in ancient Roman times, when Aulus Cornelius Celsus chronicled his attempts to straighten a patient’s teeth with his hand by applying force to particular areas. Whilst this thought may make you shudder, it was fundamental in shaping (pardon the pun) what would grow over the next thousand years into the worldwide field of cosmetic reconstructive dentistry we know today.
Today, the days of large forcing a smile together with brute force are long since past, as are the days of large, awkward and uncomfortable head-braces attracting unwanted glances. With technology advancing at a phenomenal pace – dentists and practitioners can now provide patients with perfect smiles, without causing major discomfort or disfigurement. One such treatment that achieves this is the installation of Incognito braces. These are similar to typical ‘train track’ type heat activated nickel-titanium alloy wire braces, only they are fused to the back of the patients teeth – rendering them virtually invisible. To do this, a mould is first created of the patient’s mouth, and then, after numerous and extensive consultations with a practitioner they are comfortable with, the braces are installed within the patient’s mouth, and worn for a time period adapted to their specific needs. Another orthodontic treatment similar to Incognito, in that it is virtually invisible, is Invisalign. This is different however, as it is not a procedure whereby something is permanently attached to the teeth, but rather a removable mould, constructed of SmartTrack® patented plastic – used for its durability and flexibility – that is worn by the patient over the course of treatment. Invisalign has become increasingly popular with teenagers and young children, as it is practically invisible when being used, as well as not causing too much discomfort.