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.
One 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 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.
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.
Read on to discover how veneers could transform you smile in just a couple of appointments at our Kent dental practice. . .
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
A 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.