Cosmetic Dentistry and Beauty
Treatments in Thames Ditton
We are located a short distance from Surbiton,
Hinchley Wood, Esher, Kingston Upon
Thames, East and West Molesey and Long Ditton.
enquire today
Cosmetic Dentistry and Beauty
Treatments in Thames Ditton
We are located a short distance from Surbiton,
Hinchley Wood, Esher, Kingston Upon
Thames, East and West Molesey and Long Ditton.
enquire today
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Welcome to Weston Cottage Dental

We are an independent practice offering high quality Cosmetic Dentistry and Beauty Treatments in Thames Ditton, Surrey. Located just a short distance from Surbiton, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Kingston Upon Thames, East and West Molesey and Long Ditton.

The Weston Cottage Dental services span a variety of treatment options, which are bespoke and specifically tailored just for you. Our treatments range from routine dental checks and hygienist appointments, emergency dental care to facial aesthetics and cosmetic dental procedures, all of which are performed to the highest standards ensuring that our customers receive the best service possible. Fulfilling your needs, our impressive treatments mean we have something for everyone. Caring for all ages is extremely important to us, so whether you require help with your infant’s dental health, braces which include Invisalign, teeth whitening or are simply searching for that perfect smile, we are here to help.

Here at Weston Cottage Dental, we specialise in anti-wrinkle facial aesthetics and provide customers with a completely FREE consultation for Facial Aesthetics. These consultations enable you to explore a facial treatment you may have been considering, without worrying about any immediate financial implications. We offer all of our patients 0% finance, so please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your treatment plan with one of our passionate team members who will be more than happy to help.

Our website provides an overview of all of the services we offer, as well as information about our wonderful team of employees and understanding of how to best improve your smile and overall dental health. Explore this website to gather the information and contact details you need in order to take the next step in cosmetic dentistry and beauty treatments.

To find out more, book an appointment or pop in for a consultation please contact us at:

Weston Cottage Dental
Lower Deck, Admirals Quarters, Portsmouth Rd
Thames Ditton, KT7 0XA

Tel: 020 8398 2204

Email: westoncottage@raident.co.uk

Free parking is available onsite for all visitors.

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July 2, 2020

Wearing Your Retainers

Congratulations if you have recently completed your orthodontic treatment and have had your braces removed. It’s a great feeling and we hope you are enjoying your new smile!

Now is the time to start looking after and maintaining your smile. No doubt your dentist has given you a lecture on wearing retainers after treatment. Retainers are custom made aligners that are usually worn after your teeth have been straightened to maintain their position. So you might be asking “Why do I have to wear a retainer after braces? And how long will I have to wear it for?”

While you might have to wear a retainer for some time, they are a lot usually easier to handle than braces, and the amount of time you need to wear one is limited. If you stop wearing your retainer as you were instructed, you may risk undoing some of the progress you and your dentist have made!

When your orthodontic treatment is complete, the gum and bone around your teeth are not yet keeping your teeth securely in place. They do, however, get stronger as you eat and speak, two activities that help stimulate the gum and bone.

But, as this process happens, a retainer is needed to help hold your teeth in their final position and to stabilise the tooth positions. Without a retainer, your teeth will slowly begin to slide back into their old positions, making your orthodontic treatment a waste of time and money.

So, if you are wondering why you need to wear a retainer, the answer is to help create a stable final result and protect your investment!

(Though please be aware that your teeth will always have some tendency to move over time and the soft and hard tissues of the face and mouth change)

Wearing a Retainer

Most adults and teenagers wear retainers at night for at least the few months after treatment, as it takes several months for the bone to fill in. The more you wear a retainer, the more effectively it can do its job. But, as your teeth settle into their new positions, you can gradually decrease the amount of time you wear your retainer.

Ideally, it would be great to wear your retainers every night for the rest of your life. After all, you should want to preserve that beautiful smile that you and your orthodontist worked so hard for! But after the first year or so, even just a few nights a week for several years would be preferable to nothing at all. If you find that you have to wear the retainers all the time for your teeth to stay in place, then you should call your dentist immediately to have your teeth and retainers evaluated.

Importantly, retainers are not meant to move your teeth further. Meaning, after your treatment is complete, your retainers should need minimal adjustments.

So, How Long Do You Have to Wear a Retainer?

Most of the times, the answer is ” for as long as you want to keep your teeth straight” The initial months after you complete your treatment is a time when the bone and tissues are not tightly holding your teeth in position. That being said, the chances of your teeth drifting out of alignment are higher, so you need to wear a retainer as often as you can- preferably all the time, except when eating to maintain your new smile.

Even after the first month, there is a risk of losing your progress. This relapse period can be as long as a year – even longer if you had a particularly difficult and complicated case.

A good rule of thumb is that you will need your retainer just a little longer than the amount of time you had your braces in. So, if you wear your braces for two years, expect to wear your retainer just a little over two years, though you will taper back from full time to nights only to just a few nights a week and this is best a lifelong strategy to protect your smile!

Do Retainers Have to Be Worn All the Time?

No—but the more you wear it, the better.

Your orthodontist will discuss a retention plan with you when you are nearing the end of treatment. Different people naturally have different retention plans, depending on their individual case. For example, your orthodontist might recommend a fixed retainer that stays in your mouth 24/7. Or, you might receive a removable retainer to wear at night only.

In most cases, you will be instructed to wear your retainer “full time” during the crucial first few months and then switch to nighttime-only after that.

Taking Care of Your Retainer

An essential part of using your retainer is maintaining and cleaning it. Removable retainers should be cleaned regularly by soaking them in a diluted denture cleaner and periodically brushing them, as you would brush your teeth. For fixed retainers, a water pick works wonders for removing stuck particles of food, and you should also floss between the teeth which the retainer spans.

If your retainer is well maintained, it can cut down on the length of time you need it (not to mention it will be more comfortable and less likely to create hygiene issues.)

If you fail to wear your retainer and your teeth begin moving, you might need orthodontic treatment again to correct them.

Other Questions About Retainers or Braces?

There is a period of adjustment after completing orthodontic treatment and getting fitted for a retainer. If you have questions, we would love to answer them!

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June 28, 2020

Refer a Dental Implant Patient

Are you a dentist that needs to refer a patient who needs dental implants? Weston Cottage is happy to accept all dental implant referrals and we will contact your patient within 1-2 working days. Just complete our quick and easy referral form and we will do the rest!

Are you a patient that needs dental implants and don’t know where to start? Complete our enquiry form and we will get in touch with you to answer your questions.

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  • Dr Suhail Rashid

    IMPLANTOLOGIST
  • Esti Mayans

    Hygienist and Skin Therapist
  • Caroline Muir

    Dental Hygienist
  • Julia Tinkler

    Lead Administrator
  • Dr Mariam Rehman

    DENTIST
    GDC Number: 177601
  • Vicki Lane

    Dental Hygienist
  • Lisa Marshall

    Dental Nurse
  • Dione Innes

    Dental Hygienist

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