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.
As 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Here 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.
Each year, dentists in the UK fit dental braces for more than 200 000 children, but many adults, 75% of us according to the British Orthodontic Society, would benefit from having their teeth straightened to some degree. The idea of straighter teeth is very appealing, but you may be put off by the idea of having to wear obtrusive metal braces for two years. While these braces were the only choice in the past, here at Staplehurst dental in Kent, braces really are for patients of almost any age.
Even if you did have braces when you were younger, you might have noticed that your teeth are no longer as straight as they were initially. They can move unless you have worn a retainer ever since. Whatever you need, dentist Dr Jan Einfeldt will advise you on the type of brace that is most suitable for you.
Six Month Smiles and Invisalign: your choice of braces in Kent
For minor corrections that focus just on your front teeth, the Six Month Smiles brace may be the best choice for your needs. This brace is a fixed type of brace which uses tooth-coloured wires and brackets, which are virtually invisible. As the name implies, the results can be seen in just six months. This is an ideal option for many adults who choose to have their teeth straightened for purely cosmetic reasons. This type of brace can be used to correct a range of problems, including gaps between teeth, open bites and crooked and crowded teeth.
A range of different types of Invisalign braces are suitable for different orthodontic issues. All the Invisalign aligners are removable and transparent and can be used to make a wide range of orthodontic adjustments from minor to severe. Of course, it takes much longer to completely adjust your bite and the alignment of your teeth and you may need to wear them for up to two years. If your teeth are relatively straight, the Invisalign i7 may be suitable for you. This system is designed to be suitable for both teenagers and adults who need minor tooth adjustments from slight overcrowding or perhaps a single crooked tooth that needs to be re-aligned.
Missing teeth are not only detrimental to your smile: from the basic structure of your face, to the way you chew your food, having your teeth in place is important for your dental and overall health.
At Staplehurst Dental in Kent, dental implants are our preferred way to replace missing and damaged teeth, helping you regain lost chewing function and rebuild bone tissue. Unlike other tooth replacement options that simply sit on top of your gums, dental implants fuse with the jawbone, preventing its further deterioration.
Why is it important to replace your missing teeth?
Having missing teeth can completely change the way you chew and digest your food. Gums are not designed for effective chewing, therefore, you may not chew as well, or might use a particular side of your mouth to chew. Because your mouth is the first step in your digestive system, not properly chewed food can be a choking hazard. Furthermore, undigested food can cause stomach problems including acid reflux. Dental implants restore your biting force entirely and help you avoid more serious issues.
Moreover, missing teeth can impair your speech and change the ease in which you say words, causing spitting and lisping. Gaps among your teeth also endanger your healthy teeth by moving them around in your mouth and causing misalignment. More importantly, one or several missing teeth can lead to the deterioration of the jawbone and the collapse of your facial structure.
Why dental implants?
Dental implants are made of surgical titanium. Only a few millimetres wide, these versatile posts have a rippled texture, much like a screw. Your dentist will surgically attach them into the jawbone through a same-day surgical procedure. Dental implants do not simply replace your missing teeth – they also replace the roots of your missing teeth so that prosthetic crowns, dentures and bridges can be supported securely onto them.
Missing teeth not only affect your appearance and self-confidence, they can also have an impact on your ability to talk and chew normally. Fortunately, dental implants can greatly improve your appearance and overall quality of life. Contact us today and find out more about dental implants in Kent.
Think you’re too old for braces? Think again. Contrary to popular belief, teeth straightening is not only for children and teenagers. In recent years, many adult patients are turning to teeth straightening in order to fix their teeth and improve the quality of their life. However, unlike children, adults are more self-conscious of their image and are not always thrilled to wear metal braces.
At Staplehurst Dental in Kent, braces have come a long way. Modern dentistry has improved in many exciting ways and we are now able to offer discreet teeth straightening treatments for self-conscious adults. These range from invisible aligners to tooth-coloured brackets.
Invisalign is an innovative teeth straightening method, which consists of a series of custom-made clear, plastic aligners that look similar to whitening trays. The aligners are removable and are only worn for two weeks at a time before being replaced. They are custom-made and fit snugly over your teeth and gums in order to help your teeth gradually move to their right position over a prescribed period of time. The number of aligners you will wear in total depends on the length of your treatment and the severity of your case.
Invisalign aligners have some obvious advantages over other teeth straightening methods. To start with, they are completely transparent, thus almost invisible. You can now wear them throughout the day without worrying that people will notice you are undergoing teeth straightening treatment. Invisalign aligners are also removable. They can be taken out to eat, brush and floss your teeth, however, you must wear them at least 20 hours per day for best results.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles are tooth-coloured brackets and wires, designed to move your front teeth both quickly and subtly. As suggested by their name, Six Month Smiles braces take an average of six months to straighten your teeth. Sometimes, people get their teeth straightened even sooner than that.
Six Month Smiles braces work just like metal braces, but they only target the front teeth that appear when you smile. They are ideal for people who want to have their teeth straightened quickly and effectively for a special occasion.
Book an appointment at Staplehurst Dental today to find out more about adult braces in Kent.
Porcelain veneers in Kent are wafer thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to your natural tooth enamel. It is the material of choice at Staplehurst Dental for those looking to enhance the look of their teeth by altering the size, shape and/or colour of their teeth.
Three steps to a happier smile
Our porcelain veneers involve a 3-step procedure, which includes a free no obligation consultation for planning, followed by the preparation and fitting of your veneers in Kent.
We value communication. We will carefully explain your procedure for veneers in Kent, both verbally and with models, so you know what to expect. This communication allows both our dentist and you to share expectations and come to an understanding. We believe this eliminates patient dissatisfaction at the end of the procedure because everything is open and transparent from the start.
In today’s world of dental aesthetics, it is almost impossible to assess the final aesthetic result of your veneers in Kent without a mock-up, especially from our patient’s point of view. We take the time to put together a realistic mock up so you can get a better idea of how veneers will work for you.
Preparation of your teeth
To apply a porcelain veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed. This is usually less than a millimeter. This is essential as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and seamlessly line up with the rest of your teeth. This also allows an accurate restoration of the natural tooth function.
The fitting of your veneer
The bond between your natural tooth and the veneer is critical, as it not only provides the aesthetic look desired, but also a strong attachment that is essential for proper function of your veneers Light-sensitive resin is placed between the your tooth and the veneer. This is then hardened using a special light, cementing the veneer securely to your natural tooth. A final clean and polish will leave you with a brand new look for your teeth.
For veneers in Kent, simply call or email us today. We are waiting to transform the look of your teeth.
Your smile makes up a unique part of your personal appearance. Proper care must be paid to the overall health of your teeth, gums and surrounding bone structure to ensure that you’ll have something to smile about for the rest of your life. However some dental patients are reluctant to explore the idea of straight teeth as they are put off by thoughts of cumbersome metal braces. Staplehurst Dental are here to change that. So let’s get started by diving into what you need to know about teeth straightening in Kent today.
Do I actually need teeth straightening?
If you’re generally content with the appearance of your teeth, or if the crowding isn’t that noticeable when you smile, it’s understandable that you may not want to spend time and money on fixing them with teeth straightening in Kent.
While it is possible to maintain good oral health through regular dental hygiene visits, flossing and brushing, this isn’t always enough with crooked teeth. As we age, our tooth enamel weakens and this problem can be enhanced by overcrowded teeth. This overcrowding also leads to trapped bacteria, causing plaque build-up and decay.
Crooked teeth can also cause a multitude of jaw problems, neck pain and headaches due to misalignment of the jawbone. Teeth straightening in Kent can help you avoid or overcome these issues.
Am I too old?
While many dental problems can be, and often are, corrected in adolescence, not everyone has had the means or desire to have treatment done at this age. While we often think of teenagers wearing braces, adult can be good candidates for treatments such as Invisalign or Six Month Smiles to correct unevenly spaced or crooked teeth.
Due to dental advances, our adult patients who may have dreaded having a ‘metal mouth’ in their younger years can be reassured that Invisalign or Six Month Smiles offer far more discreet methods of correcting teeth. What’s more by gently gliding your teeth into proper alignment, these treatments are more comfortable too. Healthy, strong teeth are always in fashion. No matter what your age, teeth straightening in Kent can help you.
Tooth loss always been around. Replacing missing teeth is something even early civilisations recognised the benefits of. Archeologists have recovered ancient skulls where materials such as cast iron and carved sea shells replaced missing teeth. Despite these primitive methods and materials, some of these early implants actually fused with the bone, showing how suitable the jawbone is for replacements to natural teeth.
Obviously, dental implants have come on hugely since this primitive time. Titanium dental implants have around since the 1970s. Titanium offers the benefit of being lightweight and very strong and isn’t rejected by the body. Dental implants also benefit from having the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device. That’s why we offer this clinically proven treatment at Staplehurst Dental in Kent.
The importance replacing missing teeth
Losing one or more of your teeth will start a chain of events that can have physical and cosmetic consequences. The most obvious result is a gap in your smile. Less obvious is the loss of chewing function, making you lack a healthy balanced diet. While these are serious issues, a potentially bigger problem lies hidden beneath the surface: bone loss.
Your jawbone needs the chewing action of the teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong. Otherwise it will begin to disappear. Without the support of your teeth and facial bones, your face will begin to sag. The good news is that tooth replacement with dental implants in Kent offers the solution to help prevent this bone loss.
Dental implant treatment
Dental implants in Kent may be used to replace almost any missing tooth, provided there is adequate jawbone to support it. If not, we can offer a bone graft procedure to rebuild enough jawbone to safely place an implant.
The dental implant is placed directly into the jawbone below the gum tissue. A temporary cap may be placed on the implant until the healing period is complete. A cosmetic temporary crown can also be made to fill the missing space.
In the final step of your treatment with dental implants in Kent, a custom-made crown is attached onto the implant. This restores form and function to your missing tooth, so you can enjoy a healthy smile once more.
At Staplehurst Dental in Kent, we offer a range of discreet teeth straightening solutions so that you can achieve a set of straight teeth without a mouthful of metal. One of our most popular options is Invisalign. This clear braces system uses a series of clear aligners to straighten your teeth out inconspicuously. Let’s take a closer look at what this treatment involves.
Invisalign is faster
One of the things that people about find surprising about Invisalign is that it works more quickly than they expected – usually the treatment is complete between 6 months to a year. With Invisalign, you also spend less time at the dentist, because you change your own aligners at home. You still need to visit us from time to time, but that is just to make sure that your braces in Kent are working as they should.
Invisalign is affordable
Most of the time, Invisalign will cost no more than traditional fixed braces. At our practice, we can even offer 0% finance plans to evenly spread the cost of your braces in Kent. So, if you are concerned about the expense, you have one less thing to worry about.
Invisalign is nearly invisible
One of the things that our patients dislike most about metal braces is their appearance. Invisalign braces work to correct your dental issues, while ensuring that you will not be afraid to smile during your treatment. Unless someone is looking very closely, they will probably not even know that you are wearing braces at all.
Invisalign and oral hygiene
Another issue that people have with traditional fixed metal braces is that they can trap food debris. This makes it hard to maintain adequate oral hygiene. It also can mean that people have to adjust their diet, missing out on some of the foods that they enjoy. With Invisalign, you can take out your aligners to eat, clean and floss your teeth.
Will they work for me?
If you are a candidate for traditional braces, chances are you are also a candidate for Invisalign braces in Kent. However, some severe conditions will respond more effectively to treatment using metal braces. Our dentist will evaluate your dental issues so you get the most appropriate treatment.