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Straighter teeth without metal braces: here’s how

Metal braces aren’t the only way to get straighter teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we offer a number of teeth straightening solutions designed for patients who want an alternative to a mouth full of metal. These include discreet orthodontic treatments and cosmetic dentistry procedures.

metal-bracesThe ideal solution for you will depend on your clinical need – the type and amount of correction you need – and will be discussed in detail by your dentist when you come into our Kent practice for a consultation.

A lot of people dream of a straighter smile, but still believe metal braces are the only option. It’s easy to understand why this could prove a barrier to treatment, particularly for adults with busy professional lifestyles. Thanks to modern dental advances, there are now a number of different routes to straighter teeth.

Cosmetic braces

For those in need of minor to moderate correction of the front teeth, Six Month Smiles are a popular choice. These cosmetic braces comprise clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, and work in a matter of months because they focus on the teeth that show when you smile.

We offer complementary teeth whitening treatment for Six Month Smiles patients at our Kent dental practice, to give your smile an extra boost.

Invisalign options

Invisalign clear aligners are an alternative to braces. They fit comfortably over your teeth and guide them gently into an improved position. As well as being clear, thus invisible to the untrained eye, these aligners are also removable, which means you can take them out for short periods, for example to brush your teeth.

Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent offers three different Invisalign systems: The standard aligners can be used for a wide range of orthodontic problems, whilst Invisalign i7 is used for quick correction of mild issues.

Invisalign Teen are specifically designed for teenagers, allowing for the occasional misplaced aligner or missed treatment day.

Cosmetic dentistry

For mild correction of tooth alignment, we also offer a range of cosmetic dental procedures at our Kent practice. This can involve adding veneers or crowns to produce a more uniform appearance, or polishing away part of a tooth/teeth to make your smile straighter.

Posted on: June 9th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

With veneers, you can enjoy a summer smile makeover

Veneers are one of the quickest ways a dentist can give your smile a makeover. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, we offer free consultations for people interested in veneer treatment. If you’d like to make over your smile in time for summer, why not join us to find out how this treatment could give you the smile you’ve always dreamt of, in just a few appointments?

smile-makeoverHand-crafting your dream smile

The first veneers were used in Hollywood as a temporary method of changing the appearance of an actor’s teeth. These weren’t designed to be a long-term solution, and rarely last more than a couple of takes because they were held in place with denture cement.

However, as with many things from the movie world, the demand for veneers soon spread outside of Hollywood, and dental teams began developing a more permanent solution for patients who were unhappy with their smile.

Modern veneers are designed not just to look beautiful and natural, but also to be long-lasting. With proper care, they can last you for several years. At our Kent dental practice we take pride in crafting each and every veneer to perfectly suit each patient’s needs.

Kent veneers

Individually hand-crafted from tooth-coloured porcelain, every veneer is designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and entirely realistic, meaning the results will be noticeable, but won’t look fake. Today’s veneers are bonded firmly in place with strong dental adhesive, so they will stay in place. A single veneer can be used to cover a permanently stained our discoloured tooth, whilst a full set can create a complete smile makeover.

If you are interested in veneer treatment, come into our Kent practice for a consultation. Your dentist will discuss what your ideal results will be, and will talk through your options.

Unlike crowns or bridges, veneers require very little preparation of your teeth. A very thin amount of enamel is removed to help with bonding, and each veneer will be made to the same thickness as this enamel.

It takes approximately a fortnight for our dental ceramist to craft your veneers. Your dentist will check you are entirely happy before bonding them in place.

Posted on: June 7th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Dental implants: the secret to restoring your smile

With dental implants, a dentist can permanently replace your missing teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we have a skilled team of implant dentists who can restore not just a beautiful smile, but also give you back full functionality to your jaw.

dental-implants-kentIn fact, dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. That means no more struggling with ill-fitting dentures or sloppy denture cement, no worrying that your teeth will fall out unexpectedly in public, no dietary restrictions, and no more shame about a gap-toothed smile. Instead, you can enjoy eating all your favourite foods without struggle, and can smile, laugh and speak with confidence. Read on to discover how our Kent dental implants team can make this dream a reality for you. . .

Dental implants in Kent

No matter how many teeth you are missing, or how you came to lose them, your journey towards restoring your smile with dental implants begins with a consultation with an implant dentist here at our Kent practice.

Dental implants are a safe, cost-effective and long-lasting way to replace one or more lost teeth. Whilst the initial cost may seem more than standard dentures or bridgework, you will soon be reaping the benefits; implants are an investment in your smile and in your future.

One of the first things your dentist will check is the level of bone density in your jaw. Resorbtion of the jaw bone is a common side-effect of losing several or all of your natural teeth, and is particularly prevalent in long-term traditional denture wearers.

There is no need to panic if you have experienced bone resorbtion, however. Your dentist may just need to perform an additional bone grafting procedure in order to restore adequate bone density. This will add about six months to your overall treatment time, but will be worth it.

Your dental implants will be placed under local anaesthetic or conscious sedation. Some patients at our Kent dental practice are suitable for immediate, permanent teeth, whilst for others a healing period is necessary. After a couple of months, a crown, bridge, or denture is fitted.

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Teeth straightening: not just for kids

Teeth straightening procedures should never be seen as purely aesthetic concerns. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we offer a number of different methods of straightening teeth, many of which can have significant benefits for your dental and general health.

teeth-straightening-kentThe benefits of teeth straightening

Some 70% of the adult population in the UK are unhappy with their smile to the extent that they don’t like smiling for photographs. At our Kent dental practice we offer a number of ways to make over your smile, using both orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry to create the smile you’ve always wanted.

One of the most common smile wishes heard at our Kent dental clinic is the desire for straighter, better-aligned teeth. A lot of people think that as an adult teeth straightening treatment is beyond their reach; whilst orthodontics is seen as standard for children and teenagers these days, there are also a number of teeth straightening options available to adults.

Many people are instantly turned off the thought of teeth straightening as an adult because they wrongly equate orthodontics with obvious metal train-track braces. In the 21st Century there are, in fact, many more subtle methods to straighten teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we can use either fixed, tooth-coloured braces, or clear removable aligners.

As well as the obvious aesthetic benefits to teeth straightening, it can improve your oral and general health in many ways, including reducing your chances of developing gum disease (which has been linked in some studies to conditions including strokes, diabetes and heart disease) and tooth decay because it makes your teeth easier to clean.

By correcting issues with protruding front teeth, you can help to protect your teeth from potential damage caused by accident or injury. If you have issues with your bite that make you grind your teeth at night (known as bruxism), using discreet orthodontic products can significantly reduce these problems.

There are a number of options available at our Kent dental practice, which will be discussed in full at your initial consultation. They include:

Six Month Smiles (cosmetic braces)

Invisalign (clear aligners)

Invisalign i7 (aligners for mild issues)

Posted on: May 31st, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

How dental implants can restore function and aesthetic beauty to your jaw

Dental implants are a modern method of replacing missing teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we can replace one, some, or even all of your natural teeth with implants, restoring not just a beautiful smile but also full functionality to your jaw, enabling you to eat exactly what you wish.

dental-implantsWho is suitable for dental implants?

More people than ever before are reaping the benefits of using dental implants to replace their missing teeth, thanks to advances in techniques, materials, and technology.

Dental implants are suitable for people with one or more missing teeth, those whose remaining teeth are failing and cannot be saved, and people who currently wear traditional dentures.

We welcome new patients at our Kentdental practice for implant consultations, to discover how you could soon be enjoying the functionality of a full mouth of healthy teeth once again.

Dental implants in Kent: the process

When you come into Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent for an implant consultation, one of our experienced and skilled implant dentists will undertake a full clinical examination, including using x-rays, CT scans, and impressions as necessary to help with planning your dental implants.

In the majority of cases only local anaesthetic is needed for the placement of implants, although our Kent implant dentists do also offer treatment under sedation if you are nervous.

After extensive planning, the required number of implants are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone in a minor oral surgical procedure. For most patients, a healing period of a few months is needed to give your implants time to mesh with your jaw bone. However, in some cases, when all the teeth in one jaw need to be placed, your permanent new teeth are attached at the same time in a procedure known as “All-on-4”.

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Why dental implants are often the perfect way to replace missing teeth

For modern tooth replacement options, look no further than dental implants – small titanium screws that replace the root portion of one or more missing teeth, creating a firm base on to which new teeth are then attached. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, we are able to replace one, some, or even all of your natural teeth with implants.

dental-implants-kentWhy you should replace missing teeth

Missing teeth cause many people to hide their smile away in public, which can have serious effects on their self-esteem, as well as their interactions with others in the personal and professional sphere. When several teeth are missing, the jaw bone is likely to shrink back or resorb, which can make future placement of dental implants more complex (although still possible) and can cause a sagging of the facial skin.

Even one missing tooth can cause other teeth to shift position into the gap, getting crooked and twisted in the process and thus more difficult to clean, which can ultimately increase your chances of further tooth loss. So if you ask any dentist they will tell you to replace your missing tooth or teeth, and in many cases dental implants are the best way to do this.

Dental implants in Kent

We place dental implants under local anaesthetic at our Kent practice, so you should experience no pain. Your dentist will undertake extensive planning prior to implant placement to avoid any nerves, so post-operative discomfort should be mild, and in most cases manageable with over-the-counter painkillers.

In most cases your implants will be left to heal and mesh with your jaw bone before abutments and finally your new teeth are attached on top. However, if you are suitable for All-on-4 implant placement, these stages may all be completed at the same time.

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Modern teeth straightening options for adults

Teeth straightening, in the modern day and age, does not have to involve obvious metal train-track braces. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, we offer a number of subtler, 21st-Century ways to straighten your teeth.

teeth-straightening-kentOne of the biggest barriers to orthodontic treatment among adults is the thought that they will have to wear traditional metal braces for 24 months or more. This can actually put a lot of people off seeking treatment. At our Kentdental practice we are keen to stress the benefits to be gained from teeth straightening whatever your age. That’s why we are proud to offer some discreet alternatives to train-track braces.

Teeth straightening: the benefits

The most obvious benefit of teeth straightening treatment, of course, is having a lovely smile that you want to show off. However, there are also health benefits to be gained from having straighter teeth. These include making your teeth easier to clean, so that there is less chance of plaque bacteria and tartar building up, reducing your chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay, so long as your visit your dentist regularly.

Quicker results than you might think

Most of these modern teeth straightening appliances work faster than traditional braces. Depending on which device you use, and on how much and what type of correction is needed, your treatment could be complete in just a few short months.

Teeth straightening in Kent

At our Kentdental practice we use both cosmetic braces and clear, removable aligners in teeth straightening treatment. When you come in for your initial consultation, your dentist will undertake a thorough clinical examination, then will talk you through the pros and cons of all the relevant treatment options.

Six Month Smiles

These cosmetic braces are designed for minor aesthetic correction of the front teeth. They comprise clear and tooth-coloured components.

Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners are able to treat a wider range of orthodontic issues. Tooth straightening with Invisalign involves the use of a series of removable aligners that fit over your teeth to guide them into a new position. We also offer Invisalign i7 for mild correction, and Invisalign Teen.

Posted on: May 19th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Using porcelain veneers for a rapid, natural, and beautiful smile makeover

Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent – and it’s not difficult to see why. They enable a dentist to perform a full smile makeover with minimal intervention and very little preparatory work required on your teeth, meaning that they stay strong and healthy.

porcelain-veneerRead on to discover how veneers could transform you smile in just a couple of appointments at our Kent dental practice. . .

Kent veneers

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed over the front surfaces of your front teeth to improve their aesthetic appearance. One veneer can be used to improve the look of a single discoloured tooth, whilst your dentist can use a full set to create a smile makeover.

At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, we are keen to stress that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach in cosmetic dentistry, and of course veneers are no different. They are individually hand-crafted porcelain shells that are bonded to the surface of your prepared teeth with a strong dental bonding agent.

They originated in Hollywood, and are a quick and effective way to enjoy a celebrity smile. Veneers look entirely natural, whilst at the same time creating a perfectly straight, alluringly white appearance. Whereas with other options such as dental bridges or crowns, there is very little preparation of your teeth required – in fact, some types of veneer require no preparation at all.

At our Kent practice, we will first invite you for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, who will check that this is the best treatment to suit your needs. They will prepare your teeth by removing a very small amount of enamel from the surface, to aid with the bonding practice. We offer all patients local anaesthetic for this enamel removal at our Kent clinic.

Once your veneers have been made up, we will perform a test fitting to check that you are entirely happy with their look and feel before bonding them in place when you are sure that you are completely satisfied.

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Why dental implants are the must-have treatment for patients with missing or failing teeth

Dental implants are one of the most exciting developments in the modern dental world. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we have successfully treated many patients with the help of implants, restoring not just their smile but also full functionality in their jaw, enabling them to eat whatever they choose.

Kent dental implants: how it works

When you come into our Kent practice for a consultation with an implant dentist, they will first examine you to ensure you have enough bone density to support implants, and will then begin treatment planning.

The placement of implants is meticulously planned prior to surgery, ensuring that your implants are put in prime position to support your new teeth, whilst also avoiding nerves and other vital structures. Your dentist will use scans and x-rays as necessary to assist with treatment planning and placement.

Commonly, the placement of dental implants at our Kent clinic comprises three stages. The exception to this rule is for patients who are suitable for All-on-4 implants to replace an entire arch (jaw) of teeth; in these circumstances all three stages take place at the same time.

The first stage sees your dentist placing the required number of implants in your jaw bone. Usually patients only need local anaesthetic for this procedure. Your gum is then left to heal over the implant.

Stage two involves exposing the implant after healing is complete and affixing an attachment called an abutment. This enables your dentist to securely fasten your new teeth to your implant.

The third and final stage takes place after your gum has healed around the abutment, and involves attaching your new teeth. Once they are attached to the abutment, your new teeth will both look and function in the same way as natural teeth.

Posted on: May 12th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Teeth straightening treatment doesn’t need to mean obvious metal braces

Teeth straightening treatment in 2016 does not have to mean obvious metal braces. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, we offer a range of more discreet treatment options for both adults and teenagers. We welcome new patients for orthodontic consultations to discover how we could help you.

Teeth straightening in Kent

In the modern day and age, teeth straightening can be achieved in a number of different ways, all of which are far more subtle than traditional metal train-track braces. At our Kentdental practice we offer treatment with both fixed appliances (braces) and removable ones (aligners) – many of these options work in as little as six months.

When you come into our Kent clinic for a teeth straightening consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough clinical examination, then will talk you through all the relevant treatment options, so that you can be sure you are entirely happy with your choice before treatment begins.

Braces

Braces remain the staple of teeth straightening treatment, and are the best option in many cases. At our Kentdental centre we have successfully used Six Month Smiles braces to treat numerous patients.

Six Month Smiles are cosmetic braces, designed to work primarily on those teeth that show when you smile. They are made up of tooth-coloured and clear components, and work in an average of six months.

Aligners

At our Kent clinic we also provide teeth straightening treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. These removable devices have minimal impact on your lifestyle, fitting snugly over your teeth. Staplehurst Dental Practice offers a range of Invisalign products, from the standard series of aligners (that can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues) to Invisalign Teen, specifically designed to suit the needs of teenagers, and Invisalign i7, which are made for rapid, mild orthodontic correction.

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice