Orthodontist in Haywards Heath

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Are You Looking for an Orthodontist in Haywards Heath?

Orthodontist haywards heath

Splash Orthodontics is a renowned orthodontics practice based in Hove, a short distance away from Haywards Heath. Despite our Hove-based location, we encourage patients to make the very short trip from Haywards Heath to experience our exceptional service and treatment options.

Splash Orthodontics offers a range of bespoke braces treatments, from traditional fixed braces to Invisalign. Putting our patients first is our top priority and ensuring our patients receive expert care and treatment is essential. We’ve made a name for ourselves thanks to our dedicated customer care service.

The team at Splash Orthodontics is made up of industry specialists dedicated to you. We identify the optimal treatment option for you, taking time to talk through which options are best suited to your individual needs. We understand that some people are anxious regarding visiting the orthodontist or dentist, and we pride ourselves on making our patients feel as relaxed and comfortable as soon as they walk through our doors.

Our Free Consultation

If you’re unsure about the prospect of braces, or you’d simply like some advice from our specialist team, we offer free, no obligation consultations to all of our patients. The consultation is extremely beneficial and will help you make an informed decision regarding the future of your oral health. Our resident specialist Iain Hoeltschi will lead the consultation and answer any questions you may have.

Some questions you may want to ask are:

  • Am I an appropriate candidate?
  • What is involved?
  • What treatments are there?
  • How much will it cost?

We will also talk you through the options that are best suited for your individual needs. This is to ensure your choice of brace is appropriate and has the best chance of achieving exceptional results.

Orthodontist Treatment in Haywards Heath

Making the short trip down from Haywards Heath to visit our clinic is strongly encouraged. Our team offers exceptional customer care and treatment, tailored to your specific needs.

While we do allow patients to select the braces option they’d prefer, our resident orthodontist will advise if he believes another braces option would be better suited. This is why we offer the free, no-obligation consultation, so patients can talk through their braces options with Dr. Hoeltschi and make an informed decision on the future of their oral health.

Our Braces Treatments in Haywards Heath

Splash Orthodontics offers a wide variety of braces options, from children’s to adult’s, we have a treatment plan for all patients.

Below are the treatment options available to you. If you’d like to know more about these treatments and how they could benefit you, please do not hesitate to give our friendly team a call today.

Invisalign

Widely believed to be the most popular braces option at the moment, Invisalign is an appealing option because of it’s ‘invisible’ design. It’s a relatively new treatment, comprised of two clear, removable aligners. While Invisalign does offer discreteness, you do have to remove the clear aligners to eat, and they require regular cleaning.

While Invisalign hasn’t been around as long as fixed braces, they do produce consistent results.

Fixed Braces

Fixed braces remain one of the oldest and most successful braces options in the industry. They consistently produce exceptional results and offer best degree of control. Regular checkups are required for fixed braces, just to ensure they’re performing correctly and if any minor adjustments are required.

Lingual Braces

Patients looking for the control of fixed braces and the discreteness of Invisalign may want to consider lingual braces. Lingual braces are positioned behind your teeth (the back of your front teeth) so they’re out of immediate sight. Lingual braces combine a high degree of control with an element of discreteness.

Early Treatment

We advice all children between the ages of 6-10 to visit an orthodontist. While there may be no immediate issues, an orthodontist will be able to tell if future problems may arise and stop them before they do. This saves you both time and money further down the line. If there are any noticeable issues with your child’s oral health, a treatment plan will be created to ensure your child’s mouth develops healthily.

Teen Treatment

Teen treatment is more popular than ever due to the rise of the dental industry. We know that some teenagers may be slightly anxious regarding getting braces but our treatment options are designed to be as discrete and comfortable as possible. Invisalign is one of the most popular treatment options because of its discrete design.

Adult Treatment

Adult braces treatment is available to any adult, there is no age cap on braces. Speaking with Dr. Hoeltschi will help you select the braces choice appropriate for you.

Visit Our Clinic for a Free Consultation

We encourage our patients to make the short trip down to Haywards Heath to experience our fantastic customer service and various treatment options. A 30-minute drive could see you leaving out clinic with a brighter, happier smile! Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.

Please see the map below for the easiest ways to reach us.

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Oral Health News 12/10/18

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The orthodontic revolution

orthodontic news octoberIf your dental school was like mine, orthodontics was a series of lectures and a couple of wire-bending exercises. I learned about craniofacial growth and made a Hawley. Of course, we never used any of this knowledge on patients. Moving teeth was a complex process and treatment was spread over several years; how could a third-year dental student be safely and responsibly dropped into the middle of a case?

You can continue reading the article here.

Orthodontic Supplies Market Reflecting a CAGR of 7.3 % during 2016-2025

orthodontic news ocotberOct 10, 2018 (Heraldkeeper via COMTEX) — New York, October 10, 2018: The scope of the report includes a detailed study of global and regional markets on Global Orthodontic Supplies Market with the reasons given for variations in the growth of the industry in certain regions.

The Global Orthodontic Supplies Market is expected to exceed more than US$ 5.6 Billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 7.3% in the given forecast period.

Fore more information on the orthodontic market, you can read the full article on Market Watch here.

New president appointed at the British Society for Advanced Dentistry Conference

orthodontics news octoberThe British Society for Advanced Dentistry (BSAD) announced the appointment of its new president, Dr Nigel Jones, at its most recent conference in London.

The BSAD is a society providing an academic forum for general dental practitioners with post graduate diplomas. A conference was hosted in central London on the theme of bone augmentation with special guest speakers from around the globe.

The conference was held at the Mondrian Hotel in London and featured challenging presentations from spokespeople including Dr Stephan Berger (Germany), Dr Isabella Rocchietta (Italy), Florian Draenert (Germany), and Paulo Carvalho (Portugal). A hands-on practical session followed the presentations on the weekend of the conference where participants practised bone and soft-tissue grafting techniques.

For more information on the BSAD, click here.

Dentistry to take positive stance on recruitment post Brexit

orthodontist news octoberDentistry needs to take a positive stance on Brexit and recruitment opportunities it could create, Sara Hurley says.

Speaking at the BDIA Showcase, the England CDO says dentistry should utilise skill mix and support a ‘multidisciplinary workforce’.

‘Brexit may be an issue that some people believe is closing opportunities,’ Sara Hurley said.

‘I think we need to take a positive stance, because it is the only show in town.

‘We need to look at how other relationships can support a flexible workforce.

‘Working across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales remains something that we will continue to support.

‘Along with patients, patient care, in partnership with NHS England.’

Fore more information on the Brexit impact on dentistry, read the full article here.

Oral Health News 05/10/18

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Orthodontic Awareness Week

orthodontics news octoberMysuru: As part of Orthodontist’s Day (Oct. 5), the Department of Orthodontics at JSS Dental College and Hospital, Mysuru, observed Orthodontic Awareness Week from Oct. 1.

As part of the celebrations, an Orthodontic awareness bike rally was held. It was flagged off by Principal Dr. S. Ravindra, Deputy Director (Academics) Dr. M.R. Dhakshaini and Assistant Director (Academics) Dr. S. Prashanth.

For more information on orthodontic awareness week, you can read the full article here.

Members of the Texas Association of Orthodontists share five tips for improving health through orthodontic care, to help Texans protect their teeth during the holidays

orthodontics news octoberThese tips come as a reminder and celebration of Orthodontic Health Month, which happens throughout October.

Orthodontic care is an important contributor to good dental health and mouth function—as it helps to straighten teeth and align jaws—so it’s important for both children and adults to visit an orthodontist for a checkup, just as they would a dentist.

The key facts and tips are outlined in Business Wire’s article, which can be found here.

Orthodontic Supplies Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.88% from 2018 to 2025

orthodontics news octoberGlobal Orthodontic Supplies Market Size, Status and Forecast 2018-2025 presents an in-depth assessment of the Bicycle Tube’s’ Market including enabling key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future road map, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for Lateral Transfer Modules s Market investments from 2018 till 2025.

The global Orthodontic Supplies Market was valued at USD 3.20 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 6.33 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 7.88% from 2017 to 2025.

For more information on the growth of the orthodontic market, you can read the full article from The Tactical Business here.

Patients face ’90-mile trip’ to see a NHS dentist

orthodontics news octoberSome patients face a 90 mile round trip to see an NHS dentist according to a dentist union.

The British Dental Association say patients face a ‘postcode lottery’ of care after £20 million was pulled from dental services in Wales over the last three years.

Figures show 15% of Welsh NHS dental clinics accepted new adult patients last year – with 28% taking on new child patients.

BDA Wales said dentists are being penalised by the NHS dental contract system.

The model can see funding returned to health boards when practitioners are unable to meet targets based on their activity levels. The same model is also used in England.

For more information, you can read ITV’s full article here.

Oral Health News 28 9 18

With patients willing to pay more, can dental practices afford to invest less?

orthodontic newsMany dentists find access to finance a challenge despite realising it could be the best way to boost revenues and retain patients, John Clarke says.

In today’s digital age, most dentists acknowledge that having the latest equipment is vital to staying ahead of their competition. In part, this is being driven by the impact technology is having in directly influencing the future of dental practice as we know it. The rise of the ‘patsumer’, a new buzzword to describe patients who think and act like consumers, is heralding a shift in customer behaviours as they take more control over their own healthcare.

For the full article, click here!

Colgate, in partnership with BDA Member Series, presents ‘Whole mouth health – periodontitis and caries prevention seminar’

orthodontic newsKeynote speakers, Professor Paul Brocklehurst and Dr Rema Hamad, delivered an important message on whole mouth health and the prevention of periodontitis and caries as they explored translating latest evidence-based guidelines into practice.

Paul Brocklehurst – professor of health services research, Bangor University, presented on the topic of ‘Evidence-based dentistry and the challenges of its adoption into practice’.

Rema Hamad – general dental practitioner, Windsor Dental, Salford, provided an engaging presentation on ‘Delivering prevention into practice to achieve whole mouth health’.

For an in-depth insight into the seminar, click the link to the full article here.

Orthodontic Supplies Market to Surge at 9% CAGR and Hit $7 bn by 2024 | Danaher, Dentsply Sirona, 3M, Dentaurum & 8 Other Companies Profiled: Global Market Insights, Inc.

orthodontic newsTechnological advancements in removable braces such as improvements in design has enhanced outcomes fostering greater product adoption. The rise in awareness among the people about their physical appearance in Europe region has escalated the demand for use of technologically advanced invisible removable braces.

For more information on the statistics, you can read the full article here.

Orthodontic Supplies Market to Cross $5.9 Billion by 2023

orthodontic news (MENAFN Editorial) Orthodontic supplies market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.3% during 2017 – 2023, according to new market research report published by P&S Market Research.

The players in the orthodontic supplies market are expanding their company facilities all over the world in order to gain a major market share. For instance, in June 2017, Align Technologies, Inc. announced the opening of a new Invisalign treatment planning facility in Chengdu, China. This is the company’s first manufacturing operation in China which has led to its expansion in the Asia-Pacific region.

The new treatment planning facility provides treatment planning services for Invisalign providers in China and also educates doctors about the company’s latest product and technology across the region.

For more information on the latest statistics, you can read MENAFN’s article here.

Orthodontist in Horsham

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Are You Looking for an Orthodontist in Horsham?

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Based in Brighton and Hove, Splash Orthodontics encourage patients to make the very short trip from Horsham to our visit our clinic. Splash Orthodontics offer exceptional treatment plans for both children and adult patients, so if you’d like a free consultation, please follow the link here and follow the simple on-screen instructions.

Or, if you’d prefer, you can call us on 01273 203514.

Our Team

Our team is comprised of industry experts, led by our resident orthodontist, Iain Hoeltschi.

Our first call is to ensure that we offer all of our patients exceptional customer case. We understand that some patients may be anxious visiting an orthodontist, which is why we offer a free consultation to voice your questions and speak one-on-one with our team and orthodontist, Dr. Hoeltschi.

Your Free Consultation

During your consultation, you will be able to ask any questions regarding your treatment plan and what the process involves. The consultation is compulsory for all our patients, as it gives you the chance to talk about your desired treatment path, which braces you’d prefer and Dr Hoeltschi will be able to provide you with a treatment plan suited to your requirements.

Some questions you may want to ask are:

  • Am I an appropriate candidate?
  • What is involved?
  • What treatments are there?
  • How much will it cost?

Ensuring every patient understands their chosen treatment plan and process is essential. This is because we want you to feel comfortable with your treatment plan.

Orthodontist Treatment in Horsham

Located just a short distance from Horsham, we encourage all our patients to make the short trip down to our clinic to get a better understanding of the bespoke treatment plans available to them. Every patient who walks through our doors will be given their own independent plan if they decide to go ahead with treatment.

Choosing your braces can be an exciting prospect. More importantly, however, is our duty to ensure your choice is realistic and will ultimately help achieve your desired results. For example, if we believe that you’d be a better candidate for fixed braces instead of Invisalign, we would recommend this treatment. However, this can all be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Hoeltschi.

Our Braces Treatments in Horsham

Understanding which type of braces are best suited to you is very important. While some patients may choose to opt for a more discrete option (such as Invisalign), there are some cases where this may not be appropriate for the patient. Dr. Hoeltschi will offer his expert advice during your consultation and advise you on the best treatment path.

Every patient’s oral health is different, meaning every treatment plan is unique to the patient. Speaking with our team will give you a better understanding of what braces choice is right for you. It’d also important to remember that while you may want to choose braces that aren’t that noticeable, ensuring your teeth develop healthily is the main priority.

Below are the braces options we offer here at Splash Orthodontics:

Invisalign

Currently the most popular braces choice in the industry, Invisalign is comprised of two clear and removable aligners that are worn to help straighten your teeth. This option is very popular for younger patients who prefer to keep their braces treatment discrete.

Their transparent design gives them the ‘invisible’ tagline.

Fixed Braces

Still regarded as the best choice offering the highest degree of control, fixed braces are still incredibly popular. While they may not be as discrete as Invisalign, their results are consistent and highly successful. This is the reason they continue to be used in orthodontic practices today.

Fixed braces require regular check-ups to ensure your teeth are developing healthily. This will usually involve visiting Dr. Hoeltschi once a month.

Lingual Braces

Similar to fixed braces, lingual braces offer an exceptional degree of control combined with a discrete design. They are positioned at the back of your front teeth (the opposite way to fixed braces) which make them very popular for those looking for an effective, yet discrete braces solution.

Early Treatment

We recommend that every child between the ages of 6-10 should visit a dentist to ensure their mouth is developing healthily. Although there may look to be no immediate concerns, an dentist will be able to spot any future problems that may arise, and therefore refer your child to an orthodontist.

Teen Treatment

Teenagers seem to be the most anxious when it comes to getting braces! Our team are very empathetic when it comes to getting braces and we guarantee that you will find a treatment plant that suits you.

Invisalign is one of the preferred options for teenagers, and Dr. Hoeltschi will be able to offer more advice on a treatment plan for this choice.

Adult Treatment

Adult treatment is now becoming increasingly popular due to the advancements in orthodontic technology. Additionally, many people believe that there is an age cap on braces – there isn’t!

If you are unsure as to which braces option to choose, our expert team will happily lend their advice.

Visit Our Clinic for a Free Consultation

So, if you’re looking for specialist orthodontist, why not make the short trip down to Hove to visit Splash Orthodontics? A 35-minute drive could lead to a healthier, happier smile. Get in touch today for your free consultation!

Please see the map below for the easiest ways to reach us.

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4 hours – £3.20

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The Glossary of Orthodontics Terms

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The Glossary of Orthodontics Terms

Although our team will explain your braces treatment clearly and simply during your consultation, we believe it’s important to educate our patients so that they have a better understanding of some of the many technical terms that are used during orthodontic treatment.

The glossary of terms is listed in alphabetical order below:

Adjustment

This is a term you will commonly hear in an orthodontist’s clinic. Adjustment is when your orthodontist will evaluate your progress and whether your wires need to be changed. This is to ensure your treatment continues positively and in the right direction.

Appliance

This is anything that your orthodontist attaches to your teeth or jaw to ensure healthy development continues.

Archwire

This is the wire you may recognise from fixed braces (otherwise known as train tracks). It connects the bracket to help move your teeth into their new positions.

Bands

Bands are sometimes used to anchor other orthodontic appliances to. They’re commonly used with fixed braces and are usually placed on the back of molars.

Banding

This involves applying orthodontic bands to your teeth to further improve their positioning.

Bonding

This simple process attaching brackets to your teeth using a safe adhesive. It’s commonly used for fitting fixed braces.

Buccal tube

This is the small metal part that’s welded onto the outside of a molar band. The band contains slots to hold other orthodontic appliances that help move your teeth into their correct positions.

Brackets

These are the brackets applied to the front of your teeth (they can also be applied to the back for lingual braces). They’re usually small metal modules but can also be ceramic. They essentially serve as guides to position your teeth and hold the archwire in place. The brackets we use today are smaller, lighter and easier to position, meaning patients walk away happier and more comfortable with their braces.

Cephalometric X-Rays

This is an x-ray of to show if your teeth are aligned properly and developing healthily.

Chain

This a stretchable plastic chain that helps keep the archwires inside the brackets.

Consultation

This is a meeting with your orthodontist, Iain Hoeltschi. During your consultation, you will talk about your desired treatment plan and ask any questions you may have.

Debonding

This is when the bonds holding your brackets in place are removed.

Elastics

These are the small rubber or elastic bands that help move your teeth into their desired positions. These bands will be adjusted by your orthodontist whenever necessary (usually 1-2 check-ups).

Fixed retainer

Permanent retainers remain the best way to position and enhance the development of your teeth. Fixed braces and lingual braces are common choices due to their exceptional success rates. Fixed retainers come with no discomfort and no trouble speaking or eating.

Impressions

Impressions are models of your teeth and jaw. The process involves biting into a container filled with a rubber-type material. From there, the material you bite into hardens, which created a mould of your teeth and bite.

Invisalign

One of the most popular braces options on the market. Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth without having fixed braces. They’re made up of a serious of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten teeth. The main benefit of Invisalign is that they’re essentially invisible, making them exceptionally popular for those who want to adopt a discrete approach.

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Ligating module

This is the small, plastic ring-shaped appliance used to hold the archwires in place.

Mouthguard

This is used to help protect your mouth during contact sports. Mouthguards are incredibly important for patients with braces, as they help prevent injuries.

Panoramic x-rays

This is an x-ray taken of your head which helps your orthodontist get a better idea of the structure and formation of your teeth and jaw.

Photographs

In most cases, your orthodontist will take ‘before and after’ shots of your teeth. This is both for their own records and so that you can see your transformation after your treatment course has finished.

Removable retainer

This is an appliance your orthodontist will give you after your treatment has finished. The retainer simply helps your teeth and jaw adjust to their new positions.

Separators

This is used to created space between your teeth for bands. They’re usually made from plastic or metal.

Wax

Used to help stop your braces from irritating your lips. This is only used during the beginning of your treatment, or anything irritation occurs.

For any further information, or if you’d like to book-in for a free consultation, please call our clinic today. Our team are always on-hand to offer their expert advice and answer any questions or queries you may have.

Oral Health News 21 9 18

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Whiter than white?

teeth whiteningLarge fines are now being handed out to people carrying out illegal tooth whitening. Beauty therapists and non dental professionals are being warned not to offer whitening services in clinics and spas or face fines and even prosecution. Tooth whitening should only be carried out by a qualified dental professional as this ensures the patients safety. Some people have been left in “excruciating pain” after receiving non licensed treatment.

Baby steps for protecting baby teeth

The NHS is asking dentists to see an extra 70,000 pre-school children to help get young families into the habit of visiting the dentist. The statistics just in reveal that over 140 children a day are having decayed teeth removed.

“Regular visits to your dentist from a very early age, is key to developing habits that lead to a lifetime of good oral health. The NHS is providing additional support to dentists to help them see more children, so that painful and distressing dental operations, later in life, can be reduced.” said Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer for England.

Healthy smile, healthy brain

brainNew research find a link between oral health and brain function. keeping up good dental health may play a role in cognitive ability according to study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Researchers looked at 56 studies made between 1993 and 2013, these showed evidence that older people suffering from dementia and other cognitive impairment are more likely to have oral health problems. This just goes to show how important good dental practices are and why everyone should be taking care of their oral health.

Doctors Warn Over Strip Mall Teeth Straightening

braces hoveWhere metal braces installed in a orthodontist’s office were once the only way to correct misaligned teeth, a new method that uses removable clear aligners can eliminate a visit to an orthodontist and save patients thousands of dollars.

That’s what led Deniece Hudson, who always dreamed of having straighter teeth, to a startup called SmileDirectClub.

While the treatment costs a fraction of an orthodontists’ price, medical professionals are concerned about the dangers that come with undergoing complex medical procedures without the in-person supervision of a dental professional.

Hudson still backs her decision to opt for the treatment, stating that “I know a lot of people are skeptical about SmileDirectClub,” she said, “but it worked for me.”

Dentists say fines deterring poor patients

braces hoveAccording to BBC News, the British Dental Association says a “huge fall” in people on low incomes going to the dentist in England is because they fear being wrongly fined when they claim for free treatment.

The British Dental Association says a “huge fall” in people on low incomes going to the dentist in England is because they fear being wrongly fined when they claim for free treatment.

Dentists have warned that simple errors in filling in a form can lead to fines being issued – and they say that these are making people afraid to seek dental care, even though they are exempt from charges.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We want every child and adult to have access to free NHS dental care if they are eligible and we are looking at ways of simplifying the process for vulnerable people.

“But it is absolutely right that we recoup money from patients who incorrectly claim free services so it can be reinvested back into the NHS.”

What is an Orthodontist?

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What is an orthodontist?

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Simply put, an orthodontist is someone who specialises in preventing, diagnosing and treating dental irregularities. Such examples may be overbites, underbites, crossbites, spacing and crowding of the teeth are common reasons you will require orthodontic intervention. Dentistry, on the other hand, is a fairly broad medical speciality, mainly dealing with the jaw, gum, nerves and of course, teeth.

In the same way that doctors can choose to specialise in certain fields (such as radiology and cardiology), dentists can also specialise and orthodontics is one of the most common choices.

Are Orthodontists Still Dentists?

Yes. In order for someone to become an orthodontist, they must first become a dentist. After this, they will study for a further three years and gain clinical experience within an orthodontic residency programme.

What do Orthodontists do?

As we briefly described before, orthodontists are specialists in correcting abnormalities of the jaw and teeth. Orthodontists focus on correcting, not necessarily enhancing – and correcting such misalignments will help patients suffering from various debilitating problems achieve positive oral hygiene.

Common Problems that Orthodontists will Face

Orthodontists encounter tooth and jaw-related issues every day, the most common are listed below:

Underbite and Overbite (Anteroposterior Deviations)

An underbite, in most cases, is usually due to genetics. Although, there are cases where children develop underbites due to a prolonged use of a pacifier, excessive thumb sucking or generally bad chewing habits. An underbite is where the patient’s lower teeth fall in front of the upper teeth when the jaw is closed. It’s essential that underbites are treated immediately, as the longer they are left untreated, the worse they will become.

Symptoms are clearly noticeable, through appearance, difficulty chewing, and speech may also be affected. Headaches may also develop if no treatment is sought, this is because the joint near the temples which connected the lower jaw to the rest of your head will become inflamed, causing discomfort.

An overbite, on the other hand is where the top teeth fall in front of the lower teeth. Typically, it’s good to have an overbite that’s around 3-5mm between the teeth, anything over 5mm is considered abnormal and therefore and overbite. Similar to underbites, overbites are usually related to genetics, however thumb-sucking and excessive pacifier use, again, will only make matters worse.

Overbites share many symptom similarities with underbites, in that they’re visually noticeable. Chewing becomes problematic and headaches will develop for the same reasons as underbites.

Crossbite

This is where teeth tilt towards the cheek or tongue (in contrast to the tooth above it). Crossbites are generally hereditary but can again be caused by poor eating and chewing habits, alongside excessive pacifier use. Crossbite issues put the jawbone under stress when eating, which can cause discomfort, especially when eating particularly chewy foods.

Overcrowding

This occurs when adult teeth cannot erupt in proper alignment with existing teeth. Instead, they erupt out of formation and sometimes shift existing teeth out of position. This is one of the most popular issues orthodontists have to face. However, realigning overcrowded teeth can be achieved through a number of standard treatments.

Aesthetics

Abnormal teeth alignment can affect the shape of a patient’s face, specifically the jaw. Once an orthodontist has restructured the patient’s jaw, it’s not uncommon for his or her’s appearance to change, resulting in healthy, even smile.

How does Realigning Teeth Work?

Before the application of braces or any wiring takes place, orthodontists will take x-rays, bite impressions and a general examination to identify what needs to be done. Each case is different and unique to the patient, so your orthodontist will recommend a treatment plan that’s both realistic and tailored towards your individual needs and expectation.

The most common treatments for such needs are of course, braces. Below are the preferred treatment options used by orthodontists across the globe:

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Invisalign

Invisalign has grown in popularity over the years, mainly because of its low invasiveness and its ‘invisible’ aligners. Invisalign braces are made up of two clear aligners that are placed on your lower and upper teeth. They are removable and regular cleaning is required. Additionally, you cannot eat wearing these braces. Invisalign is a popular option among young teens, mainly due to their discreteness and low invasiveness.

Fixed Braces

Fixed braces have become a mainstay in orthodontic practices across the world thanks to their exceptional success rates. Fixed braces offer the highest degree of control in comparison to other braces options. They are of course, less discrete than Invisalign, as they’re non-removable and they’re not transparent. Additionally, the average time before they’re removed is 2 years.

However, cleaning them is simple (just brushing and flossing) and only one check-up a month is required to ensure your teeth are developing healthily.

Lingual Braces

Commonly referred to as a combination of fixed and Invisalign braces, lingual braces offer a discrete and highly effective treatment. These braces are fixed to the back of your teeth, meaning they are not immediately visible to the naked eye. Lingual braces offer an exceptional degree of control and remain a popular braces choice.

While almost all dental issues can be treated, it’s important to keep on top of your oral hygiene to ensure your teeth remain healthy. It is strongly recommended that everyone visits their dentist once a year, because while dentists will be able to treat the vast majority of issues but neglecting to visit a dentist (or orthodontist, depending on the issue) as soon as you notice the issue could result in continued discomfort and an expensive bill. For more information on how we can help, head over to our Contact Page or call us on 01273 203514.

Is there Really that Much Difference Between Toothpastes?

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toothpasteIs there Really that Much Difference Between Toothpastes?

When it comes to buying toothpaste, it’s alarming how many different brands there are. How do you know which toothpaste is most effective if every dentist recommends them? Surely there’s an odd one out, one that doesn’t include certain ingredients that make your teeth cleaner.

So, in this article, we’re going to be looking at whether certain kinds of toothpaste are ‘better’ for you than others. More specifically, we’re going to be analysing the finer ‘features’ that come with toothpaste, such as ‘extra whitening’, ‘enamel protection’, and ‘sensitive teeth’ toothpaste.

Let’s start with the most popular toothpaste feature:

Whitening toothpaste

These kinds of toothpaste are arguably the most popular because everyone wants white teeth for a cheap price, right? These usually contain more abrasives or additives, both of which are thought to help ‘scrub’ the surface of your teeth more efficiently. However, what many people fail to understand is that whitening toothpaste will not change the colour of your teeth, nor will they remove stains from coffee, tea, fizzy drinks etc.

Additionally, excessive use of whitening toothpaste can wear down your enamel, making your teeth more sensitive.

Enamel repair toothpaste

In stark contrast to the above toothpaste potentially damaging enamel, enamel repair kinds of toothpaste work to, well, repair your enamel!

These products use calcium-based substances to help aid and replace the surface of your tooth’s enamel. While they can act as a sort of ‘barrier’ it doesn’t last particularly long and the barrier will fade swiftly. Enamel cannot be replaced manually, so any toothpaste claiming it protects enamel will only offer a very thin layer of protection that won’t stand the test of time.

Sensitivity toothpaste

Most kinds of toothpaste that claim they numb that cold pain you get when eating an ice-cream is usually infused with potassium nitrate or NovaMin. Both of these agents work to calm and numb the nerves in your teeth. The reason your teeth feel cold when eating cold foods and drinks is that they come into contact with your dental tubules. These are like fluid-filled straws that start from the outer surface of the tooth to the inner part where the nerve and blood supply of the tooth is.

Additionally, you won’t notice the effects of the toothpaste until the fluoride has had time to build within the tooth. So, you’ll be waiting a while before you notice any changes to your tooth’s sensitivity.

Anti-cavity toothpaste

Another popular feature toothpaste is beginning to incorporate are anti-cavity agents. These kinds of toothpaste usually contain higher amounts of fluoride than what you’d find in generic toothpaste. However, the kinds of toothpaste that claim they are specifically ‘cavity protectors’ usually employ agents that deliver fluoride to the enamel.

Although, sodium chloride is found in almost every generic toothpaste, so it almost makes anti-cavity toothpaste seem irrelevant.

So, is there much difference?

The short answer, no! Aside from a few very minor differences in ingredients, almost all toothpaste is the same. There is not a huge amount of difference between a brand that claims it’s specifically for ‘sensitive teeth’ and a brand that doesn’t (a generic toothpaste). You can rest assured that you don’t need to weigh up the differences in toothpaste next time you visit the supermarket or pharmacy unless of course, you want to!

You might be asking “why do I see adverts that say 9/10 dentists and orthodontists recommend this brand?” well, that’s because they just want you to use their toothpaste! There’s no specific brand of toothpaste that all dentists recommend because they all serve the same basic purpose – cleaning your teeth! As long as the toothpaste has been approved by the relevant government agency, improves oral hygiene and doesn’t cause harm to the user, you’re good to go!

Orthodontist in Peacehaven

Are You Looking for an Orthodontist in Peacehaven?

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Splash Orthodontics are the leading orthodontic clinic within the Brighton and Hove area, offering exceptional treatment plans and patient care.

We are located a short distance from Peacehaven, and we encourage all of our patients to make the very short trip 30-minute drive to our clinic based in Hove.

Our team at Splash Orthodontics are comprised of leading industry experts. This is coupled by our exceptional customer care and bespoke treatment options. We understand that some people are anxious over visiting dental or orthodontic practices, which is why we put our customer care first and foremost. Ensuring our patients feel comfortable and relaxed is our utmost priority, which is why we offer free no-obligation consultations where you can ask our expert team questions regarding your treatment.

The consultation is extremely beneficial to our patients, as this is where questions can be asked and braces options can be discussed. Our resident orthodontist, Iain Hoeltschi will be present and will be able to give advice on which treatment would best suit you.

Some questions you may want to ask:

  • Am I an appropriate candidate?
  • What does the process involve?
  • What treatments are there?
  • How much will it cost?

Before treatment begins, we will ensure that you understand what your chosen procedure entails, and that you’re comfortable with your braces choice. Our variety of braces options means that we will be able to find a treatment plan tailored to you.

Orthodontist Treatment in Peacehaven

Located just a short distance from Peacehaven, we encourage prospective patients to visit our clinic in order to discover how we can transform your smile. We have a range of bespoke treatments suited for every patient who walks through our doors.

While choosing your braces is a fun and exciting premise, it’s our responsibility here at Splash Orthodontics to ensure your safety is put first. This means that there may be occasions where the braces option you have chosen is not appropriate for your tooth development. This will all be explained during the consultation and we guarantee that we will be able to come to a conclusion that satisfies both parties.

Our Braces Treatments in Peacehaven

One important note to remember when choosing braces is that it isn’t simply down to the aesthetics. While some people may be concerned with how they will look with braces, the important factor to remember is how effective the braces are.

Invisalign braces, for example, are vastly different to fixed braces. Invisalign braces are made up of two transparent aligners which are removable. While they are less invasive than fixed braces, you do have to remove the aligners every time you eat food and you must clean them daily.

Fixed braces, on the other hand, are not removable, nor are they ‘invisible’ in the same way as Invisalign. However, they do offer a phenomenal degree of control, hence why they are the most popular braces choice.

Everyone’s mouth is different, which means there is no ‘one size fits all’ brace. This is why our team at Splash Orthodontics offer a wide variety of braces options to our patients in Peacehaven.

Speaking to our team will help you decide on what braces choice is right for you. Below are the braces options we offer here at Splash Orthodontics:

Invisalign

While fixed braces remain the most popular braces choice through time, Invisalign is receiving positive attention. This is mainly because people prefer to hide their braces and Invisalign allows patients to remove their braces whenever they want and even when they are wearing them, they’re transparent.

This option is very popular for teens and young adults looking to adopt a more discrete braces option.

Fixed Braces

Fixed braces still offer the highest degree of control when it comes to tooth alignment. While they may not offer the discreteness of Invisalign, their success cannot be denied. This is why they continue to be used in all orthodontic practices today. If you are not concerned with the aesthetics of fixed braces, then they may be the choice for you.

It’s important to remember that if you do choose fixed braces, you will have to attend regular check-ups with your orthodontist to ensure your teeth are developing as expected.

Lingual Braces

Many people view lingual braces as the happy medium between fixed and Invisalign braces because they’re positioned behind your teeth. Lingual braces work in a similar way to fixed braces, in that they’re fixed to your teeth and offer an exceptional degree of control. If you’re looking for a combination of discreteness with exceptional control, lingual braces may be the option for you.

Early Treatment

Visiting an orthodontist early is essential for healthy tooth development. We recommend that every child should visit the dentist or orthodontist between the ages of 6-10. While treatment may not be required, it’s important to ensure your child doesn’t have any issues that may be problematic in the future. An orthodontist will be able to spot any potential issues and act accordingly before the problem worsens.

Teen Treatment

Teenagers and braces rarely seem like a good mix! However, today, there are a wide variety of braces options to choose from, making the idea of getting braces easier to stomach for some teenagers.

Invisalign is one of the most popular choices for teenagers considering braces. Speaking with our expert team will help you find the braces choice for you.

Adult Treatment

Adult treatment is now becoming increasingly popular due to the advancements in orthodontic technology. Additionally, many people believe that there is an age cap on braces – there isn’t!

If you are unsure as to which braces option to choose, our expert team will happily lend their advice.

Visit Our Clinic for a Free Consultation

So, if you’re looking for specialist orthodontist, why not make the short trip down to Hove to visit Splash Orthodontics? A 20-minute drive could lead to a healthier, happier smile. Get in touch today for your free consultation!

Please see the map below for the easiest ways to reach us.

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