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.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a smile is ‘a happy or friendly expression on the face in which the ends of the mouth curve up slightly, often with the lips moving apart so that the teeth can be seen’. We all know how powerful a smile can be, like yawning, they’re often contagious. But what if you are too unhappy with the appearance of your teeth that you don’t want to smile?
Have you ever noticed someone trying to smile without showing their teeth, it often looks very unnatural and rather unfriendly. If the appearance of your teeth makes you uncomfortable and does not give you much to smile about, dental veneers may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Here at Staplehurst Dental in Kent, veneers are an effective way to restore or improve the appearance of teeth that are badly discoloured, chipped or badly shaped. In these circumstances, treatments such as teeth whitening or braces cannot be used to correct the problem.
When are veneers the most effective solution?
Veneers cover the entire front surface of each tooth, so they can be used to correct a number of cosmetic problems. If you have chipped or cracked one of your front teeth, a single veneer can be used to repair the damage. If you have very small or widely spaced teeth that cannot be corrected with braces, veneers can be used to build up all of the teeth, closing gaps and creating an even and attractive smile. In some circumstances, veneers can be used instead of braces to close a gap or bring one or two teeth into line. The benefit of using veneers in these cases is speed; you will normally need to make just 2 or 3 visits to your dentist to have veneers in Kent.
On your first visit, your dentist will carry out a consultation and plan your treatment. At your next appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth by taking digital impressions and shaping the teeth to receive the veneers. On your final visit your veneers will be fitted and fixed and you will be able to walk out of the surgery showing off your beautiful new smile.
American comedian Tom Wilson said”a smile is happiness you will find right under your nose”. That’s true, unless you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious because your teeth are gappy, crooked or uneven. Some people are lucky enough to have had braces while they were growing up, but many adults did not have their teeth straightened as children. You may be one of those people who wish that your teeth were straighter, but because of the obtrusive appearance of traditional train track braces, you have decided to live with crooked teeth.
What you may not realise is how much things have changed in recent years. Dentists have recognised that a mouthful of metal is not a good look in a boardroom, or any area of adult life. So now, a wide range of clear, invisible and removable braces are available that are specifically designed with adults in mind. Here at Staplehurst Dental in Kent, teeth straightening is helping many adults find their smile, and their happiness right under their noses.
I’ve waited too long, I want straighter teeth now!
You may be pleasantly surprised to find out that you could have the straight teeth you’ve been dreaming about in just 6 months. Of course, this depends on the complexity of your teeth straightening requirements. In many cases the teeth straightening treatments for adults focus on just your front teeth. All braces work on a similar principle, using pressure on the teeth to guide them in to their new positions. Fixed braces usually need to be adjusted every 5-6 weeks, while removable retainers are usually changed every 2 weeks.
Wearing braces can now fit into your daily life, and almost no-one will guess what you are doing. Just think how great it would be to start your treatment at the beginning of the summer and be showing off your lovely straight teeth in time for your Christmas party.
Get in touch with us by phone or email; we can even offer you an e-consultation if you would like to find out more about teeth straightening in Kent. Simply fill in the form telling us what you would like to change about your teeth, and upload a photograph of your smile.
Due to their long-lasting natural tooth appearance and need for minimal preparation, porcelain veneers are often the treatment of choice for most of our patients looking for a cosmetic boost to their smile.
Veneers in Kent at Staplehurst Dental allow you to change the appearance of your teeth in terms of colour, shape, and size. They are normally the treatment of choice when your teeth do not require large restorations or large amounts of dental work. They are also an option used in our smile makeovers to enhance the way your teeth look. This is a common choice for people whose teeth may appear misshapen, or simply may not complement each other well. Veneers offer a way to achieve a more uniform smile, with teeth that match each other perfectly.
Our veneers in Kent are wafer thin ceramic shells, individually designed to cover your teeth, giving you a healthy, natural look that enhances your smile. Our ‘no-prep’ veneers in Kent are bonded to the front surface of your teeth, like traditional veneers. However, they don’t usually require the dentist to grind, cut or file down your teeth before placing them.
We only produce natural looking aesthetics, whether you want minor enhancements for a few teeth, or a full smile makeover.
Your initial appointment is a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists. The purpose of the consultation is to chat about areas you would like to improve. You will complete a short questionnaire regarding your medical history and smile wish list. You will then be advised of all the options available to you. These can range from quick, easy procedures, such as teeth whitening, all the way to veneers, to create your dream smile. You will be fully informed to ensure you understand all the options available.
We can even offer you an impression of what your smile could look like once your smile makeover treatment is completed. It simply involves taking a photograph of your teeth and through electronic image manipulation you’ll be able to customise your own smile to produce your perfect look.
To find out how we can help you – whether it’s with veneers or another of our dental treatments – simply call or email us.