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Reclaim your mouth with dental implants in Kent

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.

Dental Implants in KentIn 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.

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Keep your teeth longer with braces in Kent

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.

Braces in KentStraighter 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.

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

The long-lasting quick fix for imperfect teeth

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 in kentVeneers 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.

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

No more metal braces: discreet teeth straightening in Kent

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.

Teeth Straightening in KentInvisalign

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.

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Fix your smile in no time with dental veneers in Kent

If you think that the imperfections in your smile are too distracting, but you are not ready to commit to invasive dental treatments, dental veneers may be the right options for you. Veneers are custom-made porcelain shells that instantly restore crooked, misshapen, or damaged teeth, allowing for a balanced, improved smile while restoring strength and functionality.

Placing veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to detail. At Staplehurst Dental Practice, we have placed may veneers in Kent over the years. We offer customised services to enhance the unique characteristics of each patient’s smile.

Dental Veneers in KentWhat to expect

Dental veneers in Kent can be completed in only two or three short visits to the dentist. During your consultation appointment, our dentists will discuss your dental needs and present all your options. We will also take x-rays and revise your treatment plan.

During your next appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a very thin layer of tooth enamel. This is necessary for your veneers to stay securely in place. To avoid pain or discomfort, this procedure will be carried out under a local anaesthetic. Then impressions of your teeth will be made and sent to the laboratory that will create your customised veneers. Your dentist will then place temporary veneers on your teeth.

Once your veneers are ready, you will come to the practice for your final appointment. Your dentist will adjust them to your teeth and after cleaning and polishing your teeth, they will secure the veneers on the surface of each tooth with cement. Cleaning and polishing your teeth in advance, will allow the veneers to stick firmly on top of your teeth.

For about a week or two, you will go through a period of adjustment as you get used to your new teeth. It is really important to brush and floss daily in order to prevent plaque from forming on your teeth and gums and avoid gum disease. Your dentist will arrange a follow-up appointment a few weeks after the treatment to check the state of your teeth and gums.

If you are interested in dental veneers in Kent contact us today and we will book a consultation appointment for you.

Posted on: June 13th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Enhance your smile with adult teeth straightening in Kent

Avoiding smiling and hiding your smile behind your hand can become pretty miserable. After all, a smile goes a long way to connecting with people and show that you care. But what happens when you are an adult and you don’t want to wear metal braces? Fortunately, modern advances in cosmetic dentistry have made discreet teeth straightening possible.

At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, teeth straightening for adults is what we do best. Understanding that many people want to straighten their teeth but can’t bear the thought of metal brackets and wires, we offer both fixed and removable treatments, designed to straighten adults’ teeth gently, quickly, and above all, discreetly. Whether you opt for Invisalign or Six Month Smiles braces, our experienced dentists will help you decide which treatment is better for you.

Teeth Straightening in KentInvisalign

Invisalign is an innovative treatment that employs a series of invisible, removable, custom-made and comfortable aligners to help move your teeth into the right position. Invisalign aligners are almost invisible, therefore you can continue smiling without anyone notice that you are undergoing treatment.

Invisalign aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology that has proven to be highly effective over time. Your dentist will provide you with a series of aligners, which you will have to change every two weeks or so, in order to proceed to the next stage of your teeth straightening treatment. The aligners can be removed whether you wish to eat or brush your teeth, but you will have to wear them at least 22 hours per day for effective treatment.

Six Month Smiles

Unlike Invisalign, Six Month Smiles are fixed onto the front teeth to correct moderate types of tooth misalignment. Six Month Smiles braces work just like regular braces, but do not alter your bite or jaw alignment. They are ideal for patients who want to straighten their front teeth quickly for a special occasion. Because they are made of clear brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires, they are virtually invisible.

Interested in teeth straightening in Kent but not sure which option is best for you? The only way to know for sure is to be examined by one of our dentists. Contact us to book your appointment today.

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

All you need to know about dental veneers in Kent

Everybody can benefit from a beautiful and confident smile, but not all people are born with perfect teeth. However, not everyone is willing to undergo invasive and often expensive treatment in order to fix their smile imperfections.

At Staplehurst Dental Practice, this is not a problem at all. We will help you cover up those teeth imperfections with porcelain veneers in Kent. Whether you wish to straighten, whiten or reshape your teeth, veneers can help you achieve your cosmetic goals in a cost-effective and natural way.

Dental Veneers in KentWhat should I expect?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to reconstruct the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and elasticity comparable to natural tooth enamel.

Generally, you’ll need to visit the practice three times for the entire process. During your initial visit, we will talk you through the procedure thoroughly and help you decide whether this is the right treatment for you. In your second visit, we will prepare your teeth for the veneer, as the thickness of the veneer will have to be accommodated. This will be achieved by removing a very thin layer of enamel from your tooth. We then take an impression of your teeth in order to make your custom-made veneer. During your third and final appointment, your dentist in Kent will bond the veneer to the front of your tooth and you are good to go!

Veneers feel smoother and lighter than real teeth. They will be a bit sensitive for the first week or so, but you will gradually overcome this feeling as they bond closer to your own teeth.

What is the lifespan of dental veneers?

The lifespan of dental veneers differs from person to person, as wear and tear can be different for each patient. However, veneers last between 10 to 15 years and can be easily replaced. A determining factor for the longevity of your veneers is your overall dental hygiene. If you take good care of your teeth and gums, your veneers are bound to last longer.

Interested in dental veneers in Kent? Contact us and book your free consultation today. We also accept a range of dental insurance plans.

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Restoring your smile with dental implants in Kent

According to the poet John Keats, a thing of beauty is a joy forever, and a beautiful smile can definitely bring joy to both the owner of the smile, and to the person who is looking at it. The problem is that our smile may not be forever. Even if you care for your teeth, you may suffer from an unfortunate event that results in the loss of a tooth or teeth, resulting in a less than beautiful smile. The causes can range from gum disease and dental decay to knocked out teeth from an accident or an over-enthusiastic tackle in a game of football.

Dental Implants in KentAs a consequence, you may find that you feel self-conscious about your appearance and simple things that you took for granted such as eating certain foods or even talking clearly become more difficult. Here at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, dental implants are now saving the smiles for more and more of our patients who have suffered from tooth loss. Because of the way that dental implants work, being fixed into the jaw, we believe that they are the most effective and reliable tooth replacement system available.

Going back to your roots with dental implants

The most significant difference between dental implants and other tooth replacement methods is that they can restore both the function and the appearance of your own teeth. The main difference is due to the titanium screw, which is fitted into your jaw and then becomes integrated into your jaw. This then takes over the function of the root of your natural tooth in all ways. For most people who have lost teeth, dental implants are really the best solution. Dental implants are versatile and can be used to support a single tooth, a bridge or a full arch of dentures.

If you have suffered from tooth loss and are considering dental implants in Kent, you should be aware that they may not be suitable for you if you are not in good health. Certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes, cancer and alcoholism, may reduce the reliability of dental implants, as can gum disease and smoking.

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Teeth straightening giving you more to smile about

There is no doubt that straight teeth are generally healthy teeth, and having your teeth straightened is one way to improve your oral health. If your teeth are crooked, uneven or out of alignment, you may find that they are more difficult to keep clean, they may also wear down unevenly. The most widely used method of teeth straightening is with braces of various types. At Staplehurst Dental in Kent, teeth straightening is one of the treatments that we offer patients of all ages. Although it is generally more effective to have your teeth straightened when you are a teenager and are still growing, you can have your teeth straightened at any age.

Teeth Straightening in KentThe reason that many of us resign ourselves to living with crooked teeth is because we assume that we will have to wear traditional metal braces. You may also be put off by the thought of having to wear braces for a long time before your teeth are straight.

Neither of these ideas is true any more; there are now braces that have been specifically designed with adults in mind and work on your front teeth, meaning that you can have straight teeth in around six months.

Find out more about teeth straightening in Kent

At Staplehurst Dental, we use two different brands of braces, Six Month Smiles and Invisalign removable aligners. Depending on your personal requirements, your dentist will recommend the most suitable brace for you. Six Month Smiles is a fixed brace that uses tooth-coloured brackets and wires on just your front teeth. This system is very discreet and works on your teeth 24 hours a day so that you will see the results in just six months.

Invisalign aligners are clear removable trays which, for maximum effectiveness, must be worn for 20 hours each day, only being removed when eating and for cleaning your teeth and the aligners. All the aligners that you need are made at the beginning of your treatment and each one is worn for two weeks before being changed. Our Invisalign range includes the standard Invisalign system, Invisalign i7 and Invisalign Teen. To find out more about teeth straightening in Kent make your appointment today.

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Going undercover with veneers in Kent

There are many reasons why you may be unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, perhaps they are small and oddly shaped, chipped or discoloured or have small gaps between them. In these circumstances, you may wonder what your dentist could do to improve their appearance, especially if other treatments such as teeth whitening and braces are unsuitable, or you want quicker results.

Porcelain Veneers in KentHere at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, veneers are one of the ways that we are able to give our patients the smile of their dreams, even if they did not think it was possible. From the restoration of a single chipped or discoloured tooth to a full smile makeover, dental veneers are an effective solution to a range of cosmetic problems including small gaps and minor misalignments which can be easily corrected using porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are a ultra-thin covers which are permanently fixed to the fronts of your teeth, which can if necessary dramatically improve their appearance. These are hand-crafted and fitted by one of our highly skilled cosmetic dentists to ensure that at the end of your treatment, you have a perfectly natural and naturally perfect smile.

See the results in an instant

Because veneers are fitted to the fronts of your existing teeth, the improvement to the appearance of your teeth is almost instant, and you will not need to have surgery to have them fitted. You will just need a local anaesthetic when your dentist is abrading the surface of your teeth to allow the veneers to be firmly fixed in place.

If you are having one or two veneers fitted as part of a more extensive smile makeover and are planning to have your teeth whitened, you should have this treatment carried out before you have your veneers made. The reason for this is that the veneers, which will be exactly matched to the colour of your teeth, cannot be whitened in the same way as your natural teeth.

If you would like to find out more about veneers in Kent, book a free, no obligation consultation with us to find out how veneers can give you the smile you have always wanted.

Posted on: May 11th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice