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.
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.
What 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.
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.
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.
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.
What 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.