Is smoking bad for your teeth?

Is smoking bad for your teeth?It’s now common knowledge that smoking causes various diseases, including lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. If you suffer from asthma it can make an asthma attack worse, sometimes even fatal. Despite all the health and safety warnings promoted throughout the years and the constant bans on advertising, people who smoke tobacco are not only aware of the risks but continue to smoke.

However, we’re not here to talk about that side of things today. Instead, what is less-talked about is the damage that smoking can have on your dental health and hygiene. Smoking constantly weakens the health of your mouth, as it restricts the blood flow to your mouth, turning it into a breeding ground for bacteria. With this comes multiple other problems, including:

  • Foul breath
  • Raised risk of oral cancer
  • Teeth discolouration
  • Increased healing time for any oral surgery

Of course, we understand that simply naming the health risks that come with smoking isn’t helpful without providing a solution. We also understand that smoking isn’t easy to quit, as nicotine is one of the most addictive substances in the world.

This is why we have written an article on how and why tobacco damages your teeth in order to educate people on the risks that come with smoking. Let’s start with the core focus: teeth.

How does smoking damage your teeth?

Smoking hurts your teeth in a number of ways, one of the worst being how it hinders your mouth’s ability to deal with infection. This means that if your mouth does succumb to infection, it will have a tough time fighting it off because of the bacteria produced by smoking. So, essentially your mouth is left defenceless to bacteria, which will just sit there until you visit a hygienist or dentist.

If the bacteria is left untreated, it can lead to yellowing of the teeth and in severe cases, the loss of your teeth (which would require root canals). Smoking generally lowers your body’s defences, making it more prone to infection and illness. This will eventually lead to tar build-up, because your body has no way of fighting it off. This becomes a major issue because your body literally has no defence to fight off potential infection.

What this means is that the circulation in your mouth is severely affected. Additionally, the grit found in tobacco will rub teeth and eventually chip away at the enamel.

But what about smokeless tobacco? Well, that’s a tricky one. While inhaling any amount of nicotine is unhealthy, there is still some debate as to whether vaping harbours similar affects.

What are the effects of smoking to your teeth?

Every time you inhale a cigarette, your teeth come into direct contact with the toxins laced inside it. In truth, it’s no surprise that smoking severely harms your teeth. The most common symptoms are:

  • Browning of your teeth
  • Gum irritation (sometimes bleeding)
  • Build-up of calculus (hardened plaque)
  • Dry mouth
  • Enamel erosion

In severe cases these symptoms can lead to root canals, loss of teeth and severely damaged tooth enamel. While many people may simply see the above symptoms as purely cosmetic, if left untreated they can lead to severe tooth decay and end up costing thousands to repair.

Is smoking bad for your gums?

As we’ve already mentioned, smoking affects everything in your mouth. This includes your teeth, tongue, gums and general oral hygiene. The gum problems that come with smoking not only look unappealing but can become incredibly painful. Some of the symptoms you might encounter are:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Irritation when eating/chewing
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

While these symptoms are treatable, they are best avoided. Most dentists will suggest a number of healing techniques to combat gum and tooth irritation, including:

  • Mouthwash
  • Surgical intervention (bridges, implants etc)
  • Deep cleaning
  • Oral antibiotics

Talking to your dentist about smoking

It’s not uncommon for people to be embarrassed or even lie when asked if they smoke. However, a dentist can tell if you’ve been smoking as the symptoms are blatantly obvious.

At Splash Orthodontics we know that giving up smoking is difficult, but the truth of the matter is, if you want your oral hygiene to improve, you need to give up for good. However, just because you smoke doesn’t mean you should neglect your oral hygiene habits.

Part of the reason why smokers don’t visit the dentist often is because they feel guilty and don’t want to be lectured. However, every dentist, orthodontist and oral hygienist simply wants to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your mouth healthy. 

Keeping your oral health in tact (if you’re a smoker)

If you’re a smoker looking to keep your oral hygiene in check, here are a few essential tips to act on:

Use mouthwash – if you’re a smoker, your mouth is more at risk of infection. So, using mouthwash will help fight off bacteria left in your mouth after smoking. We advise that you wash your mouth with the mouthwash for at least a minute every day to kill as much of the bacteria as possible.

Flossing – flossing is something many people forget to do. Flossing is even more important for smokers, as it helps avoid the build-up of calculus on your teeth. If you notice substantial bleeding when you floss, it may be a sign of early periodontal disease.

Regular gum check-ups – regular check-ups keep your oral health in check. If you let your dentist or orthodontist know you’re a smoker, then they’ll be able to closely monitor and watch for signs of periodontal disease and any other oral infections.

Visit Splash Orthodontics today for a free consultation

Here at Splash Orthodontics, we not only provide sound advice on all areas of dental and orthodontic hygiene, but we offer exceptional orthodontic services. We recommend you book a no-obligation, free consultation with us so you can find out how orthodontic treatment could benefit you.

How often should you change your toothbrush?

Is it important to regularly change your toothbrush?

How often should you change your toothbrushIf you’re wondering how often you should change your toothbrush, you’re not alone! Changing your toothbrush at the right time is essential for maintaining oral hygiene. No matter what type of toothbrush you use, the bristles will eventually become frayed and when this happens, their effectiveness suffers. Clinic research similarly highlights that new toothbrushes are far more effective at maintaining a good level of oral hygiene in comparison to those that have been sitting on the bathroom sink for a year. There are a few things to consider when changing your toothbrush and understanding these might see your oral hygiene vastly improve.

Choosing the right toothbrush

While this may sound like a fairly simple concept, choosing the correct toothbrush cannot only save you money in the long run but it can also keep your oral hygiene in check. Sometimes, it can be quite tricky to find a toothbrush that is right for you. Below are some important things to consider before you buy your toothbrush:

The size of your toothbrush – using a toothbrush head that allows you to properly navigate your mouth is essential. Not only does it make cleaning easier, but it allows you to clean those hard-to-reach areas. While bigger toothbrush heads do have their own advantages, nothing makes accessing those tricky areas like a small toothbrush head.

The type of bristles – unless your orthodontist suggests otherwise, it would be wise to choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles. Why? Because medium or hard bristles are, most of the time, unnecessary. Hard bristles can actually damage your tooth enamel. So, unless you have been instructed to use other bristles, choose soft nylon bristles.

Disposable toothbrushes vs electric – results show that there is in fact, very little difference in the effectiveness of brushing with a disposable or electric toothbrush. So, it’s down to a matter of personal preference. Some dentists may recommend that you use an electric toothbrush, however it really depends on how ‘well’ you brush your teeth. We always advise that you brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes.

When you should get a new toothbrush

Most orthodontists and dentists recommend that changing your toothbrush (or toothbrush head) every 3 months. Although, there are certain circumstances where an earlier switch may be necessary, such as illness.

Changing your toothbrush after illness

While high-end toothbrush bristles stand a better chance of lasting longer than less-expensive ones, the bristles alone will not destroy bacteria in the mouth or prevent you from getting sick. Celebrity dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman claims that “Even if you haven’t been sick, fungus and bacteria can develop in your toothbrush.”

Toothbrush maintenance has never been more important, so it’s advised that you change your toothbrush (or toothbrush head if you own an electric toothbrush) at least every 3 months. It’s also important to make this change to help maintain healthy teeth, gums and general oral hygiene.

Maintaining your toothbrush

The main point to remember with any toothbrush, is keeping it clean. The American Dental Association claims that rinsing your toothbrush under tap water after you’ve finished brushing helps to eliminate leftover toothpaste and saliva (which could carry germs). Once this has been done, try storing your toothbrush upright, so that the bristles are better able to dry.

Some people might assume that storing their toothbrush in a closed container will be better at keeping bacteria away. However, this simply is not the case! Storing your toothbrush in a closed container actually encourages bacteria build-up. It’s healthier to allow the toothbrush fresh air in order to dry between each use.

Why not check-in today?

If you have any concerns about your toothbrush, or you’d simply like to learn more about how to keep your oral hygiene up to scratch, why not get in touch with us today? Our staff are always on-hand to help with any queries you may have. Simply click here to get in touch, or call us on 01273 203514.

Braces before and after: what to expect

Braces before and afterIt is common knowledge that braces (once worn and removed) can be a massive confidence booster for the patient in question. The realigning of a person’s teeth may not only improve the patient’s confidence, but comes with multiple health benefits, all of which combine to offer a better quality of life.

What many people initially struggle with is the thought of having to wear braces for several months or even years. In order for you to fully benefit from braces and achieve the look or smile you’ve always wanted, you’re going to have to overcome these thoughts before you proceed with the procedure. However, once the braces have been applied, the social and physical discomfort you may be feeling can be quickly overcome! Below is a guide to help you through the before and after braces process, outlining what to expect and the procedure you will undertake.

Before the braces: the psychological impact

There are a few psychological changes that come with having braces, and learning how to manage them will make the early stages far easier to handle.

However, while braces offer a plethora of benefits, it’s important to understand that the transition is not only physical but psychological. For many, braces will initially be uncomfortable and may even take a month or so to get used to, but the real struggle for some is the psychological discomfort. Some of the most common fears patients have or develop with braces are:

  • Impaired speech
  • Bullying – being laughed at
  • Paranoia
  • Social anxiety


The struggle between choosing to wear braces and the end result is often a battle between fear and desire. However, what patients need to be reminded is that the smile they’ve always dreamed of will far outweigh the initial discomfort of wearing braces. If you’re one of these people that cannot stand the thought of wearing braces, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Our study on The Mental Benefits of Straight Teeth is a good read for those still apprehensive about the initial braces transition.

Although, once your braces are applied, that anxiety is eased and while it will take some getting used to, the hardest part is over. Below, we will discuss the journey you will undertake.

Wearing your braces

Your first encounter with braces might seem intimidating, restricting and slightly uncomfortable. This is entirely natural. The ‘before’ process is obviously the most trialling part of your journey, just keep thinking of that amazing smile and healthy mouth at the end!

The process itself usually takes between 1-2 hours (depending on the patient, some may take slightly longer). This includes teeth cleaning, the attachment of the braces, wiring, placing the brackets and the aftercare cleaning instructions.

Fitting your braces

Braces before and afterThe first step towards fitting your braces starts with your orthodontist cleaning and drying your teeth. This is so orthodontic bonding can take place. Once the bonding glue has been applied (which is completely harmless), your orthodontist will brush it on the back of the brackets, which will then be individually placed on each tooth. The bonding process takes approximately 10-20 minutes and is completely pain-free.

Once the glue has hardened, your orthodontist will attach the archwire into your brackets and secure everything in place using elastics. This is where you may feel your braces pushing on your teeth – but don’t worry, this is normal! This means the braces are doing their job.

However, if the pain becomes too much and doesn’t settle, do consult your orthodontist, as your braces may simply need readjusting. Once this has been completed, you will then be given instructions on how to maintain your braces. After that, you’re all set!

What to expect when the braces come off

You will be told during one of your later check-ups when your braces should be coming off, this is usually during your next visit to the clinic. However, this can change, in that your teeth may move unexpectedly, speeding up the process, or they may take slightly longer to move into the desired formation. It is also worth noting that the removal process may differ slightly depending on the type of braces you have. You can find more information about our bespoke brace options on our treatments page.

Does removing braces hurt?

No. you may feel a small amount of pressure while the braces are being removed but this is not meant to be painful. You will be given a retainer, however, and this may take some getting used to, especially in the early stages.

The brace removal process

The usual process will see your orthodontist check the tracks and position of your teeth during each visit and at the same time, assess your progress. Your orthodontist will use pliers to remove the brackets and while this sounds daunting, there is no need to worry! The process is swift and pain-free. Your teeth will be scraped and cleaned of any remaining glue and a mould will be made of your teeth for your new retainer.

Caring for your teeth after braces

It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions once your braces have been removed. Generally, you will be advised to avoid any bleaching or whitening treatment, as you will need to allow the exposed enamel time to become less sensitive.

Additionally, your teeth and gums will be sensitive after your braces have been removed. Again, this is natural. Do not attempt to eat particularly hard or crunchy food, or any food your orthodontist told you to avoid when you were wearing braces. It is safer to ease yourself back into your previous food plan or diet.

Ensure you effectively clean your teeth, now more than ever, because you will have naturally missed cleaning areas of your mouth that were previously unreachable.

Your retainers and appliances

Once your braces are off, it’s important that you remember to wear your retainer. Naturally, you will want to show off your new teeth and will be happy to be rid of your braces but it’s imperative you wear your retainer, as your teeth will still be adjusting to their new position. Depending on what your orthodontist provides you with, your retainer will either be removable, or fixed in a discrete, unseen position in your mouth.

Caring for your retainer is very simple. All you need to do is clean it with fluoride toothpaste, just as you would with your teeth!

Braces before and after for children

While many might assume the application process for braces will differ between child and adult, there are no real distinct differences.

Children rarely develop perfectly straight teeth naturally and it’s strongly advised that they see a dentist if they do experience any discomfort early on. Children’s teeth are far more susceptible to changes simply due to their erratic growth rate.

An orthodontic consultation is strongly advised as soon as your child’s adult teeth have come through. This is simply to assess their general oral health and make sure their teeth are falling into a healthy formation. If your child does need braces, the process is fairly straightforward. If you’d like to have an informal talk with one of our staff, do feel free to contact us here.

Your child’s braces before

First, your orthodontist will take align impressions of your child’s teeth. This is so that an accurate mould of their mouth can be taken. This is a quick and easy process that only takes a few hours. Your orthodontist will only use these moulds for treatment assessment purposes.

Your child’s braces after

After orthodontic treatment, the teeth tend to shift back to where they were before braces were ever worn. Because of this, orthodontists recommend that your child wear a retainer every night for several years after the appliances are removed and then several times a week for the rest of their life to maintain results.

Living brace-free!

Getting your braces off is definitely the most exciting part of the entire experience. By listening to your orthodontist’s advice and following their instructions exactly, you can protect your investment and maintain that perfect smile for life. Here at Splash Orthodontics, our staff will be happy to assist you in anyway. If you’d like to arrange a consultation, you can get in touch via our contact form, or call us on 01273 203514.

Teeth straightening: all you need to know

What is teeth straightening?

Teeth StraighteningTeeth straightening is not one single process, the effect can be achieved through numerous dental practices. The most common are:

  • Braces (the most common form of teeth straightening)
  • Propel Alveocentesis
  • The AcceleDent Method
  • Invisalign

However, it is important to understand that the teeth straightening process entirely depends on the patient’s current oral health situation. Such issues will be investigated and addressed during your free consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists.

The most common teeth straightening tactics

There are numerous ways in which orthodontics can perform teeth straitening, here are some options that available for teeth straightening:

The propel alveocentesis

Although not used by us Propel Alveocentesis is a method of teeth straightening available via various cosmetic dental practises. This method stimulates the bone around the teeth in order to increase cytokine activity. This process aids the remodelling of the bone, making the process faster, easier and has the alleged benefit of being able to target specific teeth if/when necessary. Alveocentesis isn’t a procedure recommended by Splash Orthodontics as there is no real evidence supporting it as a credible teeth straightening process.

The AcceleDent method

This is another method that we don’t use here at Splash Orthodontics, but is widely available online. The AcceleDent Method incorporates a hands-free technical device that uses gentle pulsing technology to speed-up the straightening process according to the fit of your braces. This process involves the patient wearing an activator for around 20 minutes a day, with the device fitting around the braces, or appliances your orthodontist has previously applied. The AcceleDent Method isn’t a procedure recommended by Splash Orthodontics as there is no real evidence supporting it as a credible teeth straightening process.

Alternative solutions

Another popular method focuses on removing tooth tissue between the patient’s teeth. In short, this provides space for the teeth to then move into, forming a clear, aesthetically pleasing tooth formation.

It is worth noting that all the above treatments require the use of a retainer for 6 months (on average) once alignment is achieved. This is because the bone needs time to recover and comfortably set itself to accommodate for the new positions of the teeth. Obviously, within this period it is essential that you keep on top of your oral health. Your orthodontist will provide their expert advice on which products to use and other necessary aftercare suggestions.

How much is teeth straightening?

Prices of teeth straightening vary depending on multiple factors, including:

  • Personal situation and requirements
  • Reputation of the clinic
  • The type of straightening (metal braces, ceramic braces Invisalign, etc)
  • Insurance

We have supplied an in-depth guide to the various costs of braces in our article: How Much Do Braces Cost. However, below is a rough outline of what to expect:

  • Metal Braces (most common) – £2,300–£5,300
  • Clear Ceramic Braces – £3,000–£6,000
  • Lingual Braces – £6,000–£7,000
  • Invisalign – £3,000–£5,700

Please be aware that these prices are based on averages across the UK and do not reflect our independent pricing. Our prices vary depending on the patient’s current condition and numerous other factors that will be addressed once you arrange a free consultation with one of our orthodontists.

For further information on the costs of our teeth straightening procedures, click here, or if you’d like to book in a free consultation with our friendly staff, do not hesitate to get in touch!

Teeth straightening: braces vs Invisalign

Many people are constantly weighing up the pros and cons between braces and Invisalign treatments. While both are fantastic ways to address concerns over one’s oral hygiene and aestheticism, it’s important to understand the functions of both concepts before you commit to either one.


Braces are by far the more traditional way of re-aligning a patient’s teeth. Braces are made up of metal brackets that are glued to the front of your teeth and held in place by wires and rubber bands. Braces have evolved over time, with patients now being able to select colours that either match their enamel, or any colour they desire.


The main selling point of Invisalign is that they’re designed to be invisible. Invisalign works by creating aligner trays that are made from smooth, BPA-free clear plastic which you then place over your teeth. The trays subtly and gently move your teeth into the desired positions. Your orthodontist will perform a series of x-rays and impressions in order to design aligner trays that will best suit your mouth.

The benefits of teeth straightening

Teeth straightening is becoming increasingly popular in contemporary society, not only for aesthetic purposes but for health. Here are just a few of the benefits:

Healthier gums

Straightening your teeth is extremely helpful in keeping your gums healthy, as the straightening process helps the gums form a more natural formation around the teeth. This not only encourages a healthier gum structure but the straightening helps defend against periodontal problems.

Easier to clean

Teeth become easier to clean when their formation is straightened.

These areas are then very hard to clean and provide small, dark, moist crevices in which sugar, plaque and bacteria can gather. This can then cause tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Furthermore, the build-up of bacteria in our mouths can cause our immune systems to be placed under strain, meaning we are more susceptible to a large range of problems.

Teeth that aren’t straight are more likely to develop plaque and there is an increased chance of oral hygiene decline. Straight teeth allow for smooth brushing and easier upkeep.

Enhances self-esteem

It’s no surprise that having a clean, healthy set of teeth will improve your confidence and general appearance. Many people are now opting to have their teeth straightened to achieve a healthier look as well as better oral hygiene. Studies suggest that having your teeth straightened leads to multiple health benefits, including improved cognition and lower stress levels.

Below is a table explaining the differences between braces and Invisalign. The information below should only serve as a rough guide, additional information and costs can be supplied once you have your consultation.

Traditionally metal – colours can vary depending on price.
Braces remain on the patient for anywhere between 6 months to two years.
Average price: £1,000 –£4,000
Average price: £4,200
Regular brushing required (as you would even without braces). Water pick is also advised.
Invisalign has its own cleaning system: simply clean the trays in lukewarm water.
Every month (for tightening/adjustments if needed).
Clinic check-ups
Aligner trays changed at 2-week intervals. Clinic visits advised every 4-6 weeks.
Retainer and/or positioner (prescribed by your orthodontist) will be required.
Follow-up treatment
Retainer needed every night (in most cases – though, this will be discussed with your orthodontist).
  • Far more effective for complex dental work.
  • They’re constantly on – meaning you won’t forget to apply them daily (like Invisalign).
  • Only upkeep required is brushing/flossing.
  • Invisible
  • Not fixed to your teeth (removable).
  • No difficulty when eating.
  • No wires. Sometimes uncomfortable tightening or adjusting.
  • Not as invasive as braces.
  • Wires and brackets may sometimes cause minor discomfort.
  • Eating may be difficult during the early stages (food getting caught in the braces).
  • Discolouration of teeth may occur.
  • Cannot wear Invisalign when eating or drinking (water is fine).
  • Teeth must be brushed after each meal to avoid staining.
  • Tooth movement may induce discomfort.

Both braces and Invisalign treatments have their own benefits. Once you have your free consultation with one of our specialists, they will advise you on what treatment will best suit your situation. Both braces and Invisalign have seen fantastic results, though putting these results side-by-side would be inconclusive, as Invisalign has not been around long enough to determine accurate enough results.

Further Information from Splash Orthodontics
Straightening your teeth to improve your smile and oral health comes with a plethora of benefits, and while this is a positive factor to remember, it’s also of vital importance that you speak with a qualified orthodontist about your expectations. If you’re undecided on the best course of action regarding your teeth, our experts are always available to deliver certified advice. For a free consultation, or additional information, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01273 203514.

How much do braces cost?

How much do braces cost?

Here at Splash Orthodontics, we’re the leading pioneers in transforming appearance and boosting the self-esteem of every patient who walks through our doors. We use only the most advanced and trusted technology, including the world-renown Invisalign treatment.

How much do braces cost?

The price of braces depends on a variety of factors (explained below) but here is a simplistic breakdown of costs:

  • Metal Braces (most common) – £2,300–£5,300
  • Ceramic Braces – £3,000–£6,000
  • Lingual Braces – £6,000–£7,000
  • Invisalign – £3,000–£5,700

Like with any other practice, prices depend on a number of factors, most specifically where you live. Orthodontists based in rural areas are often less expensive than ones based in larger cities or capitals – the reason for higher pricing is usually due to user experience, reputation of the clinic and skill of the orthodontist.

Paying for braces

There are a number of considerations to take onboard when deciding whether you require braces.

First, it would be wise to check if you have health or dental insurance, as most health plans will not cover orthodontic treatments for people over 18 (some do cover children under the age of 18). If you’re not covered, you can opt for supplemental orthodontic insurance. It’s also strongly advised that you keep the same insurance plan throughout your treatment, as many insurance companies will not cover braces that have already been applied to the teeth. This is considered a pre-existing condition.

Does my insurance cover braces?

Your insurance should cover the cost and fitting of your braces only if they’re considered medically necessary, i.e., you’re not buying them to improve the aestheticism of your teeth, but for essential health benefits. If you’d like a more detailed breakdown of the costs, you can find more information here.

Payment plans for braces

This depends entirely on the clinic/dental practice where you’re having your braces fitted. Many offices do offer payment plans but these are subject to medical checks and other factors.

Cheaper alternatives for braces

Universities usually offer cheaper dental care simply due to the fact that apprentices are the ones that provide the service. Obviously, these apprentices are fully supervised by an experienced orthodontist, the only difference is you’ll be worked on by a lesser experienced orthodontist, at a greatly lowered cost.

The costs of braces abroad

As with any surgery or medical practice abroad, it is vital that you do your research before committing to anything, as you may find that practices abroad do not offer the same level of aftercare or expertise the UK does. Here are some important factors to consider:

Travel costs

Reputation of the clinic (recognised by a respectable institution, eg: National Health Service)
Consultation fees (if any)


You may also want to strongly consider if the potential savings are worth it. Travel costs, hotels and holiday packages may seem like nice additions, but they’re usually used as bait to lure you to cheaper and sometimes less trustworthy clinics and/or dental practitioners.

Further information

It’s important to understand that the cost of braces can vary depending on numerous factors and your decision to have braces is one that requires thought and consideration. If you require further information on the cost of braces, please do not hesitate to contact us via our contact form, or call us on 01273 203514. Our friendly staff are always on hand to deliver expert advice.

Invisible braces: a complete guide

Invisible BracesHere at Splash Orthodontics, we are passionate about offering specialist orthodontic care to our patients throughout their teeth straightening journey. We have the skills to transform your smile into something that can dramatically boost your confidence. Check out the various orthodontic treatments we offer to help you regain your smile.

Sometimes, the thought of orthodontic procedures can be daunting and many people don’t like the idea of others seeing their teeth straightening in process. That’s where invisible braces come in to play. Invisible braces allow you to have teeth straightening procedures performed without anyone knowing. They also help you retain your confidence and they mean you don’t have to feel self-conscious about smiling during your treatment.

Here at Splash Orthodontics, we offer numerous invisible braces to choose from so that you can make the best choice for you. Below are the invisible orthodontic treatments we offer.

Invisalign braces

Invisalign is the most popular invisible brace choice for many people choosing orthodontic treatment as they allow you discreet treatment and effective transformations. If you don’t like the idea of fixed braces, Invisalign is an excellent alternative and could be the orthodontic solution you are looking for.

This simple but ingenious system uses a series of clear, removable aligners (like retainers) that gently move your teeth into the desired position over time. Invisalign retainers are so clear and unobtrusive that people won’t even realise you are receiving treatment, despite the fact the aligners must be worn for 22 hours a day. You can remove them anytime, so eating, brushing and flossing your teeth won’t be a problem.

Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next series of aligners until the final position is achieved. Your orthodontist will custom-make your aligners for you. Invisalign is effective at correcting a variety of orthodontic issues and can be as effective as fixed braces. Occasionally, all patients require is a quick fix and Invisalign can offer this – straightening a crooked front tooth in as little as three months, for example.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are another invisible form of braces that allow you to have your teeth straightened discreetly. Lingual braces are invisible because they are bonded to the inside of your teeth for realignment. They work in the same way as fixed metal or ceramic braces, except that they are placed behind your teeth to allow for private treatment and let you get on with your life without worry.

Lingual braces are a popular choice for celebrities who wish to have orthodontic treatment carried out without anyone finding out. Lingual braces can take a while to adjust to and must be cleaned thoroughly. Unfortunately, they are not suitable for everyone – particularly patients with extreme orthodontic problems. However, here at Splash Orthodontics, we would be more than happy to talk through the appropriate treatment for you.

Fixed braces

Fixed braces are the most common brace treatment in the UK and are frequently fitted by orthodontics all over the country. Fixed braces offer a great deal of control over the final positioning of the teeth and are the ideal choice for many people, producing consistently excellent results.

What many people don’t realise is that fixed braces can also be invisible. They cost a little more than standard braces but they’re less noticeable because they are made to blend in with your natural tooth colour. As a result, clear ceramic braces are a perfect solution if you want invisible braces for discreet treatment.

Fixed braces can fix a variety of orthodontic problems from crowding or spacing issues to over and underbites, and are the most commonly used braces in the UK.

What we offer at Splash Orthodontics

Here at Splash Orthodontics, we believe everyone should love their smile. Braces aren’t just for teenagers, adults can also have orthodontic treatment. We have treated adults from all stages of life, from adults in their early 20s through to patients in their 70s. Whatever your age, we can find an orthodontic treatment that is suitable for you.

Orthodontic treatment can do wonders for your self-confidence and at Splash Orthodontics, we offer a range of treatment options that allow people to undergo treatment discreetly.

Nobody will even know you are having treatment – unless you tell them.Free Consultation

Here at Splash Orthodontics, we have seen the effects of transforming a person’s smile and increasing their confidence. But we understand that prior to orthodontic treatment, you can have a lot of questions. That’s why we recommend you book a no-obligation, free consultation to talk through your requirements with one of our orthodontists to find out more and discover the best treatment for you.

Contact us today

For more information, or to book a free consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Splash Orthodontics today. We would be more than happy to talk through your requirements with you and help you get a smile you can be proud of.

Get your smile back with Splash Orthodontics!