Category: Orthodontics

Learn Why a Straighter Smile Can Be a Healthier Smile

We know most people want a straighter smile simply because it looks more attractive, but often there can be quite a few health benefits in straightening up your teeth, particularly if they are very crooked or overlapping, or if you have problems with the way they bite together.

How Crooked Teeth Affect Your Dental Health

dentist-in-southamptonIf your teeth are significantly crooked then you will already know how difficult it is to keep them thoroughly clean. Flossing can become a real chore as there is nothing more frustrating than getting dental floss stuck in between your teeth. When teeth do overlap it makes it much more difficult to reach all the tooth surfaces with your toothbrush, increasing the likelihood of a build-up of plaque and tartar. As a result your risk of gum disease and tooth decay is increased, no matter how hard you try to keep your teeth clean and fresh.

Having significant problems with your bite or occlusion can also create problems for your teeth and your jaw joints, called your temporomandibular joints. Biting down on one or more teeth before others places these teeth under far more stress than being able to bite down on all your teeth at the same time which helps spread the forces created during chewing. This can also place additional stress on your jaw joints, increasing your risk of developing a condition called TMD or temporomandibular disorder that can cause your jaw joints to become sore and inflamed and which may even lead to chronic headaches and facial pain. Correcting your occlusion can help treat these problems.

A nice straight smile where your teeth meet together evenly makes it easier to eat properly. It is important to chew your food before swallowing as this helps to start the process of digestion, enabling your body to obtain more essential nutrients which in turn can lead to better general health.

Planning Orthodontic Treatment to Correct These Problems

When you come to see our dentist in Southampton to find out more about teeth straightening, we can thoroughly assess your teeth to identify any problems being caused to your dental health. This allows us to create your personalised treatment plan using the most appropriate orthodontic system. Here at Smilemakers we have a great selection of braces that can be either fixed or removable so you can be sure of getting the best possible treatment.

Every single tooth movement is precisely planned by our Southampton dentist. This is essential for ensuring that you get the straighter smile you desire, but orthodontics can also be used to create a more balanced facial profile. Your teeth provide support for your cheeks and lips so wearing a brace could help improve your overall appearance. Provided you follow our instructions, the results of teeth straightening should be long-lasting and orthodontics has never been more comfortable due to the use of advanced technologies.

If you are interested in improving your smile with braces then please contact Smilemakers to book a consultation with our dentist in Southampton. This is your chance to find out much more about orthodontics, as well as which braces could help you. Call us on 02380 442626 or if you prefer you can contact us through our website at

Why Adult Orthodontics Is On The Rise

Once it was the preserve of children and teenagers to wear braces to straighten their teeth but thanks to advances in modern dentistry, today’s generation of adults can benefit too. For whatever reason you may not have worn braces when you were a child and have grown up hating the way that your teeth look. Not so very long ago your Southampton dentist may have recommended capping your teeth in an effort to better align your teeth, but this would have meant some destruction of the teeth themselves. Today, we understand more about the benefits of conserving the structure of the teeth by trying to move them into the correct position and with the advent of clear and tooth coloured braces and aligners, it’s far more socially acceptable for adults to receive orthodontic treatment.

What’s different about adult cosmetic orthodontics?

Southampton dentistDentists understand that the idea of wearing metal tram lines across the front of the teeth would put off most adults from wearing them which is why cosmetic orthodontics concentrates primarily on straightening teeth which are at the front of the mouth using very discreet appliances. Treatments such as Invisalign use a series of transparent plastic aligners that fit over the teeth in a similar fashion to a bleaching tray and which are extremely difficult for the naked eye to detect. Using computer generated dental technology a mock-up of the patient’s mouth can be created from which a series of aligners can be crafted which gradually move the teeth gently into their correct position. A patient will wear each set of aligners for a couple of weeks, only removing them to eat and drink and to clean their teeth. Over a period of six to nine months, all the aligners will have been worn, leaving the patient with a beaming, straight smile.

Braces for everyone

There are a wide variety of braces to choose from for adults who are self conscious about anyone being able to see that they are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Some braces are hidden behind the teeth so that they are invisible and others are designed to work really quickly, often in six months or under. The amazing thing is that patients can visibly see their teeth begin to straighten and improve and since the braces are so discreet, they can carry on smiling throughout the treatment. Often our patients combine a tooth whitening treatment at the end of the orthodontic procedure and the results are pretty spectacular.

If you’re tired of hiding your smile and would like to learn more about adult orthodontics and find out how we can help, then why not call Smilemakers to book a complimentary consultation. We’re a general and cosmetic dentist in Southampton who take great pleasure in helping adults achieve the smile they’re always longed for. Call us today on 02380 442626 or visit our website at for more information on all our treatments and procedures. Dr Thomas Darling and the team look forward to welcoming you to the clinic.