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Subtle braces and aligners: the modern way to straighten your teeth

In the modern day and age, braces don’t have to mean metal train-tracks. At StaplehurstDental Practice in Kent we offer a number of subtler options for patients of all ages who are interested in teeth straightening treatment.

Orthodontics has seen rapid advances over the past three decades, with a number of discreet devices created for people who would like to improve the alignment of their smile without wearing obvious metal braces.

At our Kent dental practice we offer discreet orthodontic treatment using both fixed braces and removable clear aligners, and the most suitable option to suit your needs will be determined when you come in for a consultation with an experienced member of our dental team.

Before you balk at the word “braces”, let us reassure you; the fixed appliances that we use are designed to go largely unnoticed in day-to-day life, comprising clear ceramic brackets and nickel-titanium wires that are tooth-coloured.

We use Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces at our Kent practice. These appliances, as the name suggests, can work in as little as half a year (or even shorter in some mild cases; six months is the average treatment time). They do this because they focus on the front teeth that show when you smile.

For those who want a removable appliance, or who require a greater degree of correction, we offer various Invisalign clear aligner systems.

The standard Invisalign system can correct a wider range of orthodontic issues than cosmetic braces, with the additional benefits of being both clear (thus invisible in daily life to the untrained eye) and removable, making it easy to maintain dental hygiene.

At our Kent clinic we also use Invisalign i7 for rapid, mild correction, and Invisalign Teen, which is specifically designed to fit around the needs of teenagers, even factoring in the occasional misplaced aligner.

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

How veneers can give you the perfect smile makeover

Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry. At Kent dental practice Staplehurst, our skilled cosmetic team enjoy nothing more than seeing a patient’s confidence transformed as their smile is transformed, with the help of a smile makeover.

How it work

Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain that are custom-designed to fit your teeth and your needs perfectly. They can be used to improve the appearance of a range of conditions, from using a single veneer to cover a permanently discoloured tooth when teeth whitening is not an option, or to improve the look of a tooth that is slightly cracked, to using a full set to complete a smile makeover, correcting minor alignment and spacing issues.

They are an excellent option because very little preparatory work is required, which means your healthy tooth structure underneath each veneer will be preserved.

Kent veneers

Come into Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent for a smile makeover consultation, and a cosmetic dentist will perform a clinical examination to make sure that veneers are the best treatment to suit your needs.

To prepare your teeth for porcelain veneers, your dentist will remove a very thin amount of enamel from the surface of your teeth. This aids with the bonding process, and we always offer local anaesthetic so you can rest assured you will experience no pain or discomfort. Impressions are then taken.

Each veneer will be made to the exact same thickness as the amount of enamel removed, so the results will look entirely natural. The only exception is if we are covering a chip or crack; the veneer will be made thicker in this area to compensate.

When your veneers are ready, your dentist will first check that they fit properly and that you are completely happy, before using a strong dental adhesive to bond them in place.

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

How dental implants can restore your smile

Dental implants provide your dentist with a permanent way to replace your missing teeth. At Kent clinic Staplehurst Dental Practice, our skilled implants team can replace one, some, or even all of your natural teeth with the help of implants.

How dental implants work

To put it simply, dental implants are replacement tooth roots. They are placed directly in contact with your jaw bone in a small operation, which is carried out here at our modern Kent dental practice.

The number of dental implants you will need will depend on your clinical need. If you need many or all your teeth replaced, you usually won’t need as many implants as teeth, as several teeth – in the form of a bridge or denture – can be supported by one implant. When you come into our Kent practice for an implant consultation, your dentist will let you know how many implants you will require.

We offer All-on-4 implants at our Kent practice, which enables your dentist to restore a full jaw of teeth using just four dental implants. In this case, your permanent new teeth will be attached at the same time.

All-on-4 treatment and immediate tooth placement isn’t suitable for all implant cases; your dentist will discuss the best way to fulfil your needs at your initial consultation.

With standard dental implants, a healing period of a couple of months is required. During this time, the implants integrate with your jaw bone, providing an extremely strong base on to which your new teeth will then be attached.

Once false teeth – a bridge, dentures, or crown – have been attached to your implants, they will look and act just like natural teeth. You will be able to eat a full, healthy diet including all your favourite foods, and of course you will also be able to smile with confidence.

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Teeth straightening without the metal braces

Teeth straightening no longer needs to involve unsightly metal braces. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, we can use a number of more discreet methods to improve the alignment of your teeth – boosting both your smile and your dental health.

Why you should consider teeth straightening

You’re wrong if you think that teeth straightening is purely about aesthetics. Whilst it’s true that straightening your teeth can have a positive impact on your self-confidence and your interactions with other people in both the professional and personal realm, it’s also true that straighter teeth are healthier teeth, because they are much easier to clean.

Brushing and flossing is much simpler when your teeth are straighter, and this in turn reduces your chances of dental decay and gum disease, which is beneficial to both your oral and overall health.

Teeth straightening in Kent

Staplehurst Dental Practice offers a number of discreet teeth straightening methods for adults and teenagers. When you come into our Kent practice for an orthodontic consultation, we will conduct a thorough clinical examination before recommending the most appropriate treatment.

Among your options at our Kent dental practice are:

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are cosmetic braces that work quickly and discreetly, focussing on those teeth that show when you smile. They comprise clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, and have average treatment times of between three and nine months.

Invisalign

Invisalign treatment involves using a series of clear aligners to guide your teeth into a new position. We offer standard Invisalign treatment, along with Invisalign Teen and Invisalign i7 for minor correction.

Non-orthodontic options

Your dentist can also improve the alignment of your teeth with veneers, or by polishing away parts of a tooth or teeth to make them appear straighter. These options only work in cases where minor correction is required.

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

What cosmetic braces and aligners could do for you

Cosmetic braces and aligners have been specifically designed for people who are interested in teeth straightening treatment, but have no desire to wear obvious metal appliances for up to 24 months. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we understand the conflict between wanting straighter teeth and not wanting a mouth full of metal, which is why we offer several more discreet options.

Both adults and teenagers can benefit from subtle orthodontic treatment at our Kent dental practice. When you come in for a consultation, we will carefully examine your teeth and gums and your bite, before explaining the pros and cons of all relevant treatment options. These may be fixed appliances (braces) or removable appliances (aligners).

Cosmetic braces

For those in need of minor cosmetic correction, we often recommend Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces. Our Kent practice is fully certified to provide this treatment, which can straighten your teeth in an average time of just six months. Some cases are even complete in half that time.

Although these are braces, there’s no need to worry about metal train-tracks showing when you smile. Comprising tooth-coloured nickel titanium wires and clear ceramic brackets, Six Month Smiles braces are designed to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth during treatment.

Invisalign

Where more extensive correction is needed, or where a removable appliance is prepared, we recommend treatment with Invisalign. This series of clear aligners is an excellent alternative to braces, being custom-made to fit your teeth snugly.

As treatment progresses, you will need to change your aligner approximately every six weeks. Our Kent dental practice also offers treatment with Invisalign Teen, which has been specifically designed for teenagers’ teeth, even incorporating the occasional day of forgetting to wear your aligner and the odd lost aligner.

Invisalign i7 is the newest addition to the stable at our Kent practice, and is designed for mild correction.

Posted on: April 21st, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Why veneers can provide the perfect smile makeover

Veneers are one of the fastest ways a cosmetic dentist can make over your smile. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent our highly-qualified cosmetic dental team will work closely with you to create a new smile that is as natural as it is beautiful.

smile-makeoverA Hollywood dentist first invented veneers as a fast way to change the appearance of an actor’s smile. These were crude by modern standards and usually fell off quickly because they were held in place with denture adhesive.

Modern veneers are very different. At our Kent practice your practitioner will ensure each veneer looks entirely realistic. A single veneer is sometimes used to improve the appearance of a permanently stained or discoloured tooth when teeth whitening treatment is not an option, while a full set can be used for a complete smile makeover. This all sounds good, but even better, treatment can be complete in just a few appointments.

How it works

Veneers are hand-crafted micro-thin shells of porcelain that a cosmetic dentist places over the front surfaces of your teeth to improve their appearance. As well as disguising permanent staining, they can improve minor spacing and alignment issues, and can be used to cover small cracks or chips in a tooth.

When you come for an initial consultation with a cosmetic dentist at our Kent practice, they will examine your teeth and find out what you want to achieve. Your teeth will then be prepared by removing a very thin amount of enamel to aid with the bonding process, and impressions of your teeth will be taken.

These impressions and any other required information will be sent to a dental ceramicist, who will create your veneers. When they are ready, you will be called back to our Kent practice to have them fitted. These days a special, strong bonding gel is used, ensuring they stay in place.

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

How dental implants can improve your smile and your life

Dental implants are an excellent treatment option for people who have missing or failing natural teeth, as well as those who have been struggling with poorly-fitting traditional dentures. The experienced implantology team at Kent dental practice Staplehurst welcome new patients for implant consultations, to discover how these tiny bionic tooth roots can change your life. We think you’ll like what you hear. . .

dental implants kentTreatment with dental implants

If you opt for treatment with dental implants, they will be placed by a skilled implant dentist here at our Kent practice. Put directly in the jaw bone in a minor operation, which can take place under local anaesthetic or sedation depending on your preference, these titanium screws replace the root portion of a missing tooth or teeth.

After a healing period of a few months, your dental implants will have formed a very strong bond with your jaw bone, creating a stable base on to which your dentist will then attach your new teeth – crowns, dentures, or an implant-retained bridge.

In some cases, usually when all the teeth in one jaw need to be replaced, it is possible to attach your new teeth at the same time as placing your implants in a procedure known as All-on-4.

The benefits of dental implants

Implants are the only permanent way a dentist can replace teeth. They have a success rate of up to 98%, and they and the restorations attached to them won’t just look like real teeth, they’ll act like them too.

This means that not only will you find renewed confidence in your smile, but also you will be able to maintain good nutrition by eating a healthy and balanced diet, which is often impossible with standard dentures.

We offer free consultations at our Kent practice for those interested in treatment with dental implants.

Posted on: April 14th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Why teeth straightening no longer needs to mean a mouth full of metal

When you think about teeth straightening treatment or orthodontics, do you picture metal train-track braces? Most people do, but most people are ill-informed. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we offer a number of far more discreet ways in which adults and teenagers alike can achieve the straighter teeth they’ve always dreamt of.

teeth-straighteningDiscretion is key

In the selfie age, it’s not hard to see why people looking for teeth straightening treatment might balk at the thought of having to wear traditional metal braces for long periods of time. Whilst they are very effective, they are also very obvious, and have a habit of interfering with everyday life.

We understand these concerns at our Kent dental practice, but we also know the health benefits of teeth straightening treatment. Straighter teeth are generally healthier teeth – so long as you visit the dentist and hygienist regularly, and have a good oral healthcare routine at home. That’s why we are proud to offer discreet orthodontic treatment using either tooth-coloured braces or removable clear aligners.

When you come to our Kent clinic for an orthodontic consultation, your practitioner will examine your teeth and your bite – the way the jaws meet together. They will then discuss the pros and cons of all relevant treatment options, so that you can make an educated choice.

Among the subtle teeth straightening treatments at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent are:

Six Month Smiles

These tooth-coloured cosmetic braces are designed both to work quickly, and to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth. They focus on the front teeth that show when you flash a smile.

Invisalign

Invisalign comprises a series of clear, removable aligners that fit over your teeth to guide them into a better position. We also offer treatment with Invisalign i7 (for minor correction) and Invisalign Teen, specifically designed for teenagers’ teeth.

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

Metal braces aren’t the only route to straighter teeth

If, when you hear the word “braces” you picture the traditional metal train-track-style devices popular with teenagers, you may be put off teeth straightening treatment. However, at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, we urge you to think again, because we offer a number of more discreet methods to straighten your teeth.

metal-bracesAn introduction to discreet orthodontics

Discreet orthodontics is teeth straightening treatment for the 21st Century. Using either braces or aligners, it gives your dentist ways to straighten your teeth without everybody knowing that you are having treatment.

At our Kent dental practice we offer treatment with both tooth-coloured braces and clear aligners, all of which have their own benefits and all of which provide a subtler way to straighten your teeth.

We welcome both adults and teenagers who are interested in discreet teeth straightening treatments to our Kent dental practice for a consultation with a member of our orthodontics team.

Do I need braces or aligners?

Clear aligners and tooth-coloured braces can be used for a wide range of orthodontic correction. When you come to our Kent clinic your dentist or orthodontist will carefully examine your teeth and will talk you through the pros and cons of each appropriate treatment. That way, you can be assured you have all the knowledge and facts that you need to make a choice about your treatment.

Aligners

We use Invisalign clear aligners at our Kent dental clinic. This comprises a series of aligners that fit snugly over your teeth to guide them into a new position. Being both clear and removable, Invisalign aligners have a minimal impact on your lifestyle. We also offer Invisalign Teen, specifically designed for teenage teeth.

Six Month Smiles

These cosmetic braces are made of clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires. Average treatment time is just six months, because they focus on the teeth that show when you smile.

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

How dental implants can change your life for the better

Dental implants are a thoroughly modern way for your dentist to replace your missing teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, our implant team have helped scores of patients not just to make over their smile, but also to enjoy an improved quality of life with the help of implants. Read on to discover how you could join them. . .

dental-implants-kentWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are bionic tooth roots. Teeth comprise crowns and roots, and implants are the only way for your dentist to replace the root part of any teeth you have lost. They are placed in direct contact with the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure. This is carried out by a skilled implant dentist here at our Kent practice, and requires just a local anaesthetic.

In some cases, mostly people who need to replace all the teeth in one jaw, dental implants and new teeth can be fitted on the same day in a procedure known as All-on-4 implants. In other cases it is best to leave the implants for a few months to heal. During this healing period your jaw bone will start to grow around your implants, providing a very strong anchor when your dentist attaches your permanent new teeth a couple of months later.

Depending on your needs, your dentist will use crowns, a bridge, or dentures to replace the crown portion of your natural teeth. These are permanently attached to your implants, although in the case of dentures you will still be able to take them out for cleaning. However, there is no danger of them becoming loose or falling out.

The advantages of dental implants

Implants offer many advantages, including the ability to eat whatever you like. At our Kent practice we can help patients with loose dentures regain control of their life with the help of implants.

Posted on: April 5th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice