For many people with missing or problematic teeth in Kent, dental implants are a way to regain their natural dental stability. Unlike removable dentures, implants from Staplehurst Dental Practice can stay with you for the rest of your life, if properly maintained.
The upside of implants
Dental implants in Kent will give you more confidence in biting and chewing than you’d have with removable dentures. And the risk of gum disease is lessened because the implants fill in the gaps in your teeth, leaving fewer spaces for food debris and plaque to gather in. You might want a whole set of teeth replacing due to the tooth decay that can happen with age. Or you might have knocked out a front tooth while playing sports. Whatever your situation, dental implants will have a strong positive effect on the health of your teeth.
A careful procedure
The treatment starts with a detailed assessment of your oral condition. Once the dentist is satisfied that your mouth is healthy enough, they will place small titanium posts into your gums. These act like artificial tooth roots, on top of which the replacement teeth are securely attached. This integrated arrangement means that tiny vibrations, made when you eat or talk, are transmitted to the jawbone. The bone structure is then stimulated as it naturally would be, and it gradually meshes with the titanium posts, forming a strong foundation for your replacement teeth.
With removable dentures, the jawbone doesn’t receive this stimulation. The bone gradually weakens over time, which can result in the ‘sunken’ look that characterises the faces of denture wearers.
Health for the individual
At Staplehurst Dental Practice, we offer a free initial consultation. This will give you an idea of how long your treatment will take and how much it might cost. We know that the final figure can sometimes be off-putting, so we also offer a range of monthly payment plans, to lessen the financial impact of this oral health improvement. When you opt for dental implants in Kent, you’re making a long-term investment in your teeth, which will bring health benefits for decades after the treatment is over.
Do you worry about crooked or unevenly spaced teeth? If you do then having straighter teeth may allow you to stop hiding your smile, dreading photographs or feeling awkward in social or professional situations. Did you also know that straighter teeth are healthier? This is because they don’t have the nooks and crannies where plaque can accumulate, making them easier to clean. Also, properly aligned teeth work better as the bite functions correctly. At Staplehurst Dental Practice, we offer teeth straightening in Kent, which enhances oral health and gives you a smile to be proud of.
Your options for straighter teeth
Many people miss out on corrective work as a child and dismiss it as an adult due to concerns that procedures could be intrusive, unsightly, uncomfortable and time consuming. However, advances in technology mean that having straighter teeth does not rely on having a mouth full of metal for long periods. We are proud to provide our patients with almost invisible and rapid teeth straightening in Kent. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays to gradually guide your teeth into place. They are almost undetectable and made of smooth plastic that fits your mouth exactly. The aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning so fit into your lifestyle easily. The Six Month Smiles process uses a fixed tooth-coloured brace and, as the name suggests, works very quickly. As treatment time is very fast, you also cut down on costs so you may be surprised at how affordable having teeth straightening in Kent is.
Alternatives to braces
If your teeth are not seriously misaligned you may be able to have teeth straightening in Kent using veneers. These are thin sheaths of porcelain that are carefully handmade to match the tone of your existing teeth. They can be fixed to the tooth in such a way that they minimise gaps and give the illusion of straighter teeth without the need for braces. This can save time and money so you can have a more attractive smile without having to wait.
For our patients in Kent, teeth straightening has given them the smile they long for. To find out how we can help you, please do get in touch with our experienced team today.
Missing teeth can change your appearance as they leave gaps and do not support the lips and cheeks, leading to sagging. They can also create difficulties with everyday activities such as eating and speaking. If you are not happy with how you look, this knocks your confidence and enjoyment of social interactions. In the past, replacing teeth used to involve removeable appliances, which often meant a diet of soft food. These appliances could also be wobbly, inconvenient to clean or uncomfortable. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, dental implants are a popular alternative technique for replacing teeth.
A flexible option
Dental implants replace your natural tooth roots and can be used as a secure base for one tooth, several teeth or a whole set. We are experienced in fitting dental implants in Kent and discuss your needs so that we can find the best solution. Following any necessary work to resolve any existing issues such as gum problems, your implants are inserted into the jaw during a minor operation. They are small metal screws that are held firmly in place when the bones and blood vessels of the jaw mesh around them during the healing process. When they are stable, your replacement teeth can be permanently fixed in place.
What are the benefits?
When you choose dental implants in Kent, you are opting for a secure, permanent solution. Once they are fitted, your replacement teeth will feel just like natural ones so you can eat your favourite meals again without concern. Apart from caring for them in the same way as you would natural teeth, you can forget that they are even there. Another major advantage is that implants stimulate the bones of the jaw in the same way as natural teeth when you bite and chew. This keeps the tissues healthy as they do not shrink back as they do if you have gaps or use dentures. Replacement teeth are carefully made to look very natural so you can enjoy your smile again when you have dental implants in Kent.
Find out how having dental implants in Kent could restore your smile and quality of life and talk to us about how we can help you.
Are crooked, crowded or poorly spaced teeth making you self-conscious? If you do not like what you see in the mirror when you smile, you cannot express yourself properly and life can feel challenging. If you are unhappy about misaligned teeth, you might like to consider having braces in Kent. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, braces have been literally life-changing for people who were previously feeling awkward about their smiles, hiding their teeth, and feeling ill at ease. Teeth that are out of place can also cause other difficulties.
What are the benefits of straighter teeth?
Apart from diminishing the beauty of your smile, crooked teeth can affect your oral health. Misaligned teeth are harder to clean as there are more spaces for plaque to accumulate. Maintaining clean teeth avoids gum problems and keeps your teeth strong as well as preventing issues such as bad breath. Having braces at an early age, usually when there is a mixture of adult and baby teeth, ensures that the teeth and jaw develop normally. However, if you are an adult who has missed out on corrective procedures as a child, it is not too late to benefit from braces in Kent.
Options to suit everyone
For many of our adult and teenage patients in Kent, braces have been a great solution to crooked teeth. We know that you want results fast and that you do not want to worry about the visual impact of your treatment. We use modern procedures including tooth-coloured brackets in the rapid Six Month Smiles technique, and clear aligners such as Invisalign. This means that having straighter teeth is less obtrusive, faster and more comfortable than before. The Invisalign range has been extended to include the i7 model for moving just a few teeth, and one designed specifically with teenagers in mind. Our advanced digital scanners give us accurate information about your mouth and we can advise you on the best approach for you to get the results you want.
Join the hundreds of our patients who have benefitted from braces in Kent and get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.
According to a study conducted by National Smile Month in the UK, our teeth and smiles are rated as the second most attractive attribute, topped only by personalities. So, it pays to look after our teeth, for the sake of our social lives, not just for the myriad of health benefits.
One of the most common complaints we have with our teeth in Britain is discolouration. Because of the things we love to eat and drink, discolouration is a very common problem. Drinks such as tea, coffee, wine and fizzy drinks can stain our teeth. There is no reason why we should stop enjoying the things we love. The best thing to keep your teeth lovely and white is to stay on top of your dental hygiene, brushing at least twice a day and flossing, to reach those more difficult spots where harmful bacteria likes to multiply.
Find your solution to discoloured teeth
If you are already unhappy with your teeth, there are many options available to you. A widely popular and recommended treatment for discolouration and cracked or chipped teeth is the application of porcelain veneers. In Kent, here at Staplehurst dental practice, our team of friendly professionals can advise you on the best course of action for your desired result.
The advantages of veneers in Kent
The use of veneers comes with many advantages. One huge advantage of this type of treatment is that it’s quite fast. Here in Kent, veneers can be applied in just three visits, the first visit is an initial consultation and planning your dream smile, the second visit is to prepare your teeth for the application of the veneers and the third is the application of the veneer.
The treatment involves removing a thin layer of enamel from your natural tooth, to provide space for the hand-crafted veneer to be bonded to your teeth. Once the veneer is applied, your teeth will also be easier to look after, the porcelain offering a new, smooth and even surface.
With dental veneers, you can design your dream smile and achieve it in a matter of a couple of weeks. So, visit us in Kent to start your journey.
When it comes to teeth straightening in Kent, one size definitely does not fit all, which is why at Staplehurst Dental Practice we like to offer a variety of options. This means we can help you choose the method that will best suit your lifestyle, your timeframe and your pocket.
Let’s take a look at the different methods of teeth straightening in Kent available at our practice:
Six Month Smiles
As you can tell from the name of this system, time is one of the major attractions for the Six Month Smiles method. Six months is the average amount of time that this system takes to straighten your teeth, although it can be as little as 4 months and as long as 9 months.
The speed of this system is based upon the fact that is designed to straighten the front 6 teeth only. These are the teeth that are most on view and they are known as the ‘social 6’. This method only deals with misalignments, and not with corrections to issues with your bite. This means that while it still uses the tried and trusted mechanics of traditional ‘train track’ braces, the forces employed are much gentler and therefore the braces themselves can be much smaller. Instead of metal, the brackets are made of clear ceramic, and the wire strung between, which is tightened to move the teeth, is tooth-coloured, making the whole lot blend in more with your teeth. These braces do not dominate your mouth.
This method of teeth straightening in Kent does not even use brackets and wires. Instead it uses very thin, clear, rigid plastic trays that fit over your teeth rather like mouth guards. Invisalign aligners, however, are so thin that, once they are on, you cannot really see them at all, and they certainly do not interfere with your speech. They also have the benefit of being removable, making eating and brushing as easy as ever. You do need to wear them for at least 22 hours a day if you are to stay on schedule with your treatment, which generally takes about a year. Invisalign has variations in treatment for teens and very small realignments.
If you have either teeth on a bridge, or partial or full dentures, you may have had some experiences with them that you would rather not repeat. Maybe your dentures wobbled when you were talking, or popped out unexpectedly when you coughed or laughed. Maybe they broke and you had to go out with gaps between your teeth until you could get them fixed. Maybe you’ve been told you now need new ones, and you wish you could have something else.
In Kent, dental implants could be the answer to your wishes. Having implants can help solve the embarrassing and annoying problems that come with removable false teeth. With dental implants in Kent, you can go back to eating the foods you have avoided for years, such as chewing on a really good toffee, biting into a crunchy apple, munching on nuts. When you come to Staplehurst Dental Practice for dental implants in Kent, it will not be long before you can leave behind the embarrassment of your teeth seeming to have a life of their own.
How is this possible?
In Kent, dental implants give you back the freedom to experience eating as a fundamental pleasure of life. They do this by replacing all of your tooth, not just the crown, and by being permanently fixed into the jawbone. No one will know you even have porcelain teeth in your mouth because the crowns for implants are individually created to blend seamlessly with your own teeth.
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts. These are inserted into the jawbone under local anaesthetic to act just like the tooth roots you lost from your jawbone. Once the implants are in, you need to wait several weeks to months. This is so that the jaw and gum can heal, and the bone tissue can mesh with the implant, securing it in the new socket. After this, your new artificial crowns are screwed onto the dental implants.
Each implant can support up to 3 artificial crowns. But you can also have all your teeth replaced, with a technique called All-On-4, which involves having 4 implants per jaw, onto which your current, or newly-made, dentures can be fitted.
Many people mistakenly believe that having your mildly misaligned teeth straightened is purely a matter of cosmetic dentistry because, generally speaking, the correction of mild misalignments is not available on the National Health Service.
Yes, having straight teeth certainly does improve the look of your smile and choosing to have your teeth straightened with braces in Kent therefore does have a strong cosmetic aspect to it.
But along with this beauty aspect comes a strong health aspect that we at Staplehurst Dental Practice are keen that our patients understand.
Straighter teeth for a healthier smile
Put simply, straight teeth last longer than crooked, crowded or protruding teeth. There are a couple of good reasons for this. The first is to do with decay. Decay is caused by 2 things. Firstly, by the acids given off by the bacteria that live on dental plaque. Plaque builds up in hard to clean places such as between the teeth. Secondly, by rotting food caught between the teeth. When your teeth are straight you have less trouble with food being trapped, and it is much easier to remove the plaque between your teeth. So, straighter teeth usually stay healthier for more of your life than wonky teeth.
In the long run, it is much easier and cheaper to maintain the health of your natural teeth than to go down the road of decay, infection, root canal therapy, extraction, and restoration. See how decay and infection lead to expensive remedial treatments and restorations? If you end up having to have dentures, you can expect to have to replace them every 5 to 8 years. Implants usually last a lifetime, but their initial cost is over £1,000 per implant, and that’s barring any preparatory treatment. Even though today’s restorations can give you full functionality, nothing beats having your own teeth.
That’s why at Staplehurst Dental Practice, we encourage you have to braces in Kent. We use great systems that are comfortable, quick and discreet, and offer payment plans to make them easily affordable. When you choose braces in Kent as an adult, you are investing in avoiding expensive remedial treatments in later life.
If you are looking for a great way to enhance your smile in Kent, veneers could be your answer. At Staplehurst Dental Practice, we recommend veneers for a variety of imperfections because they are a minimally invasive and a relatively quick solution that can last for well over a decade.
In Kent, veneers are tiny sheaths of porcelain that are fitted over the fronts of your teeth. They are custom-made for your needs, so you get to choose the size, shape and colour of them.
Veneers are a great solution for various different imperfections, such as cracks and chips, worn edges, stains that whitening won’t shift, gaps between teeth and to hide receding gums.
You can have one or two teeth veneered or you can have all your teeth done.
How the process works
You come to Staplehurst Dental Practice and have a consultation with our dentists. If we all agree that veneers are the best solution to your issue, we take impressions of your teeth, colour-match them, and send this information away to a laboratory where skilled technicians will make the veneers.
This takes about 2 weeks and when the veneers are ready, you come back for you next appointment with us. In order to make sure that the veneers lie flush with your other teeth, and to give a rough surface for them to adhere, we have to drill off a very thin layer of tooth enamel. This will not hurt very much, but you can have a local anaesthetic if needs be.
Once your teeth have been prepared, the veneers are bonded to the fronts of your teeth using special dental adhesive. And that is it. You walk out with beautiful new teeth and a new level of confidence.
If you want to also have your teeth whitened, it is important that you do this first. Once your veneers are in place, they cannot be whitened. So please make sure you have a good chat with us about veneers in Kent before you start this process.
Once you have your veneers, they can last for 10 years or more, providing you take good care of them.
Crooked, crowded or gapped teeth can compromise your confidence, make you smile less and affect your personal and social life. Adults can receive the same benefits as children do from wearing braces – an improved smile and better oral health. However, quite a few adults avoid teeth straightening treatment simply because they don’t want to wear unattractive braces.
Fortunately, modern teeth straightening solutions are specifically created for adults. They will leave you with beautifully straight teeth without anyone knowing that you are undergoing teeth straightening in Kent. At Staplehurst Dental Practice, you can choose between Invisalign and Six Month Smiles braces in order to align your teeth quickly and discreetly. Our experienced dentist will help you decide which treatment is ideal for your unique dental needs.
Invisalign treatment is a clear teeth straightening alternative to metal braces. The treatment consists of a series of transparent, removable, plastic aligners that help move your teeth into their correct position over a prescribed period of time. Invisalign aligners are made with 3D technology, allowing your dentist to monitor your progress over time. Treatment time varies per person, but rarely exceeds 12 months. During this time, you will go through a series of clear aligners that are changed every two weeks for optimal results.
Invisalign aligners are invisible and removable and are ideal if you wish to straighten your teeth without altering your lifestyle. You can remove the aligners to eat or brush your teeth and you can enjoy your favourite foods without worrying that you will break them. However, you must wear them at least 22 hours per day for effective treatment.
Six Month Smiles
Unlike Invisalign, Six Month Smiles braces are fixed braces attached to the front teeth. However, they blend in with your teeth, because they are made of tooth-coloured brackets and wires. Six Month Smiles braces work just like regular braces, but focus on the front teeth without altering your bite. They are ideal for patients who wish to straighten their teeth in anticipation of a special occasion.
Choosing to straighten your teeth is an important decision. To learn more about teeth straightening in Kent, contact our friendly team today and we will book an appointment for you.