Category: Teeth Straightening

Your dentist – part of your healthcare team

We all play our roles in life and offer support to the world and the people around us. Whether you are a parent, an office worker, a baker or any other role that you play, you are helping to make the world work. And, in return, we get countless people who play their roles in our lives. From the food we eat to the care we receive, literally thousands of people are involved in making our lives comfortable, safe and healthy all the time. Your dentist is one of those people and we at Smilemakers would love to be your choice of dentist in Southampton, so we can be part of your life.

teeth-straighteningWhat do you need the dentist for?

The most obvious answer to the question of why you need a dentist is so that they can look after your teeth but are you aware of the scope of what is on offer from your dentist? In Southampton, at our clinic, we offer a wide range of services to care for, treat and enhance your smile.

Regular check-ups are one of the keys to keeping your teeth healthy, along with visits to the hygienist to make sure you have an extra layer of cleaning once in a while. We support the work you do every day at home to keep your teeth clean. Alongside this routine dentistry, we also offer fillings, crowns and root canal work.

People can also visit their dentist much like they visit a hairdresser – to get a new style and improvements to their look. This can take the form of something quite extensive like straightening or implants or be something much simpler like whitening or veneers. In many cases, there are benefits to the health of your teeth as well as aesthetic improvements. Getting teeth straightened, for example, can make them easier to take care of. Getting dental implants can stimulate the jaw bone. Even teeth whitening can make you more likely to look after your teeth to sustain the effect for as long as possible.

At Smilemakers, we are happy to talk to you about visiting us as your dentist in Southampton. Thanks for helping our world go round whatever it is you do and we look forward to doing the same for you.

Is It Better to Have a Fixed or Removable Brace?

Here at Smilemakers we have a range of fixed and removable braces to offer you the very best choice of advanced straightening technologies available today. When you visit our cosmetic dentist in Southampton, we want you to receive the most appropriate treatment that will produce the very best results.

removal-bracesRemovable Braces

Removable braces are extremely popular and options include Invisalign and the Inman Aligner. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth into predetermined positions. This system is extremely practical and it works very well for a number of orthodontic problems. Once the aligners are in place, they are very difficult to see and they are simply removed whenever you want to eat or drink something or whenever you need to brush and floss. This easy-to-use brace can be very appealing and it does produce great results.

The Inman Aligner is a more cosmetically oriented brace meaning it will only work on the teeth you can see when you smile or talk. An advantage of this brace is that it can produce results very quickly, often within a matter of weeks or just a few months. The speed of treatment is reflected in the price and it can be highly effective if you only have a few teeth out of position and don’t have any major problems with your bite. Like Invisalign, the Inman Aligner is very easy to use.

Fixed Braces

Our choice of fixed braces includes Fastbraces and Damon braces. As you might expect, Fastbraces work extremely quickly, with treatment typically being completed in about a year while some people will only need to wear their braces for a few months. Fastbraces uses extremely discreet clear coloured brackets that are triangular shaped and which can move the crown of the tooth and the tooth root at the same time. This technology uses low forces to comfortably move teeth and is great for treating a wide range of orthodontic problems.

Damon braces are another fixed brace that also uses extremely discreet brackets. This braces system is a little different from other braces in that your entire facial profile is taken into account. Not only that, our dentist in Southampton will assess how your profile will appear in the years to come. The idea of Damon braces is to create a better facial profile by gently straightening your teeth into the correct positions. By improving your facial profile, it’s sometimes possible to create a more youthful effect.

Both fixed and removable braces can create great results and after carefully assessing your jaws and the relationship between your upper and lower teeth, our cosmetic dentist in Southampton will suggest the most suitable options. You will find we allow lots of time to discuss these options with you and why we think they will be best. Although removable braces may seem more attractive, fixed braces can sometimes provide more precise results and they are designed to be very discreet.

If you’d love a straighter smile then why not contact our Southampton dentist to book an initial consultation? Just give us a call on 02380 442626 and you can also read more about all our teeth straightening options on our website at

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

Teeth Straightening is No Longer Just for Children

Even just a few years ago it would have been rare to hear of an adult having their teeth straightened, but thanks to the development of newer orthodontic technologies, it is becoming increasing common for adults to straighten their teeth. We can offer you a range of orthodontic options to effectively straighten your teeth, often more quickly than you would have imagined. Provided your teeth are strong and healthy, then it is never too late to get that straighter smile you have dreamed about.

How We Can Help You

teeth straighteningWhen you visit our dentist in Southampton for your initial orthodontic consultation, we will look at the way your teeth bite together and their alignment to assess the problems requiring correction. This will enable us to recommend braces we feel will produce the best and most effective solution. We can also discuss all possible options for your treatment and will explain exactly what will be involved and of course the cost of having orthodontics.

Fixed or Removable?

We have removable and fixed braces, all of which use the most advanced technologies to get the results you desire. Removable braces are a very popular option due to their ease of use and low impact on everyday life. However our fixed braces are extremely discreet and may sometimes be a better choice for correcting more complex orthodontic problems. Using fixed braces allows our Southampton dentist to have a greater degree of precision when planning tooth movements and your fixed braces will be continuously working to move your teeth. Our fixed braces can have tooth coloured ceramic brackets and very thin wires that are far removed from the conspicuous ‘train tracks’ you may remember seeing in the past. Our removable braces include clear aligners that look very much like tooth whitening trays and a system that is cosmetically oriented called the Inman Aligner and which uses metal wires powered by powerful springs to gently squeeze the front teeth into place.

What are Cosmetic Braces?

Cosmetic braces, such as the Inman Aligner are designed to only work on your front teeth that can be seen when you smile and talk. They are great for correcting minor problems such as front teeth that might be protrusive or rotated and they can get excellent results within just a few short months. The shorter treatment times are reflected in the costs of these braces so they are highly affordable. A cosmetically oriented brace might be a good option for someone with an orthodontic relapse and who previously had orthodontic treatment as a child but who has seen their teeth begin to drift back towards their original positions.

Whatever your orthodontic problems you can be sure we have the best solution to give you a straighter and potentially healthier smile that could well be easier for you to brush and floss thoroughly.

If you would like to find out more about how orthodontics could help you, contact us on 02380 442626 to book your first consultation with our dentist in Southampton or online at