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It’s time to smile with dental implants

For many people, their smile is their most important feature. But if you have lost teeth through decay, gum disease, accident or even the wear and tear that occurs over time, you may feel that your smile is not all that it could be.

Studies have shown that when a person is truly smiling, it affects certain muscles that make you feel happy or joyful. You smile because you are happy and when certain muscles are hit, your brain sends even more happy signals out.

dental-implants-kentIt is also no secret that our emotional health is tied linked to our physical health. Since smiling can make you happy, you may very well live a healthier, more relaxed life than those who regularly frown. Smiling actually boosts your immune system and so helps ward off infections such as colds.

If you lack the confidence to smile because of missing teeth, then dental implants in Kent may be the answer. Here at Staplehurst Dental, we can provide you with experienced, highly qualified implant dentists.

Not only are all our dentists registered and qualified with the General Dental Council, but we also have a very stringent vetting process. So we are confident that we can live up to your standards when it comes to your dental implants in Kent. The implants used by all of our dentists are reliable, safe and recognised brands.

Am I suitable for dental implants?

In general, if you have lost teeth you are a candidate for dental implants in Kent. It is important that you are in good health, however, as there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants will be successful. For example, uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled gum disease may affect whether your dental implants fully integrate with your jawbone, as they will in a healthy individual.

It is important to let your dentist know all about your medical status, together with any medications you are taking, whether prescribed, alternative or over-the-counter. All this will give our dentists the information they need to know about your suitability for dental implants in Kent.

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

Straighten your teeth today, the invisible way

One of the main drawbacks of traditional fixed braces is their visibility. While they produce good results, many of our patients choose not to go for this treatment for fear of looking unattractive and ruining their smile for months on end. Fortunately, for your braces in Kent, Invisalign can provide the perfect solution.

braces-in-kentInvisalign treatment consists of using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every 2 weeks for the next in a set of custom-made aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move gradually, week by week,until they have reached their final straightened positions.

At Staplehurst Dental, we will even include a free professional teeth whitening treatment worth £350 with any of our Invisalign treatments.

Invisalign Teen

Teenagers and braces go hand in hand. For many teens, having braces is part of those early formative teenage years. While traditional fixed braces treatment is effective and important for your teenager’s oral health, it can come during a stage in life when teenagers become self-conscious and having to wear braces doesn’t help. Fortunately, Invisalign Teen braces in Kent can help, as they work in conspicuously.

The clear, Invisalign Teen plastic aligners fit over the upper and lower teeth, like a small mouth guard and gently work to move teeth into position. They take into consideration the growth and development of teenage teeth and jaws, so you can rest assured of a result that suits your teenager’s facial shape.

The main difference between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen is that the teen version has a blue wear indicator. Invisalign clear braces in Kent ideally need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day. However we are aware that teeth straightening treatment may not be your teenager’s priority. The blue indicator will gradually change to clear as your teenager wears the aligners, so you can see if they are wearing them for as long as they need to be for the best results.

Teenagers will receive a new set of aligners every 2 to 3 weeks. Their treatment plan also includes6 spare sets just in case they live up to the teenager stereotype and lose them!

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Straight teeth and happy smiles

Do you wish your teeth were straighter or more evenly spaced? At Staplehurst Dental, we want you to love your smile, and we know how crooked teeth can stop you from feeling your best. But did you also know that straighter teeth are healthier? This is because they are easier to clean, and properly aligned teeth work better as the bite functions correctly. We work with children and adults to improve oral health and give people a smile to be proud of.It is never too late to experience the effects of teeth straightening in Kent.

teeth-straightening-in-kentYour options for straighter teeth

We are proud to provide our patients with a range of treatments for teeth straightening in Kent. Many people immediately think of metal braces but technological advances mean that this is not the only approach. For example, veneers are thin pieces of handmade porcelain which are securely fixed to your teeth to give them a straighter appearance. If you need realignment, then we can offer fixed, tooth-coloured braces which are quicker and less obtrusive than regular braces. They are so effective for most people that using them is known as the Six Month Smiles technique. Or maybe Invisalign clear plastic aligners would suit you best. This approach is almost invisible and uses very gentle pressure to guide your teeth to the correct position. The aligners are removeable for eating and cleaning.

Meeting your needs

We provide our patients in Kent teeth straightening systems that suit their individual needs. When you come to us, we examine the complexity of your case and suggest the solution that will provide you with the results you want and fit in with your lifestyle. We use digital scanners to take impressions, which is far more comfortable than the traditional method of using moulds. We pride ourselves on a caring, professional approach to put you at your ease and give you the smile you deserve. We accept many dental plans and can provide 0%finance for some treatments.

If you are considering teeth straightening in Kent, please do get in touch with us today to discuss which option would be best for you. Seeking treatment now ensures a healthy, smiley future for you or your child.

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Dental veneer in Kent

Are your teeth getting you down? If they are stained, chipped or poorly aligned, you may feel self-conscious about your smile or dread certain situations. Damaged teeth can also be uncomfortable. You may have wondered how to improve your appearance but worry about complex procedures, long treatments or discomfort. If this sounds like you, then Staplehurst Dental could provide a solution with veneers in Kent.

dental-veneers-in-kentHow do they work?

We offer our patients in Kent veneers to improve the aesthetics and alignment of teeth in a very natural looking way. A veneer is a very thin piece of porcelain which is handmade to exactly match the colour of your teeth so it cannot be seen. They are bonded onto your own teeth to cover discolouration and damage or subtly increase the length if required. If you have a small gap or a slightly crooked tooth, a veneer can be fitted to give the appearance of realignment and make teeth look closer together.

What are the benefits?

Veneers are a flexible solution as you can have just one or a whole set. We can help whether you need a simple adjustment or a whole smile makeover. You can even see the results in advance with our digital technology. The veneers are made individually for you so you can choose exactly the results you want. Having veneers in Kent is simple, cost-effective and quick but, with the correct care of the underlying tooth, could last for decades. There is no surgery involved and the effects are instant.

What should I expect?

Thanks to our three-step procedure, you know that your comfort and needs are being prioritised. At our practice, we start with a consultation to plan your treatment. We then make sure that the correct preparation is carried out and finally perform the fitting. You will be fully informed at each stage and we provide aftercare to ensure that your veneers are a long-term investment.

If you would like to experience the benefits of veneers in Kent, do get in touch with our team today to discuss how we can help. A beautiful, natural looking smile could be faster and easier to achieve than you ever anticipated.

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

The gentler, quicker way to teeth straightening in Kent

Six Month Smiles is the brand name of one of the most well-renowned treatments for teeth straightening in Kent.

If you are over 18 and wish you had got teeth straightening in Kent as a youngster, or maybe you did and they’ve gone out of alignment again, then Six Month Smiles might well be the solution you have been waiting for.

teeth-straightening-in-kentThis clear braces system is aimed at patients whose front six teeth, the ones most on view, need some straightening, but who have no other serious problems with their bite.

With this system of teeth straightening in Kent, the teeth are moved using discreet fixed braces (fixed braces work faster than removable aligners), manufactured from clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured wires. Brackets and wires use standardised mechanics to move the teeth, but because the aim is to improve the appearance rather than the bite, much gentler forces are needed to shift the teeth. This makes the treatment less painful, and also means there is a lower chance of root damage.

When you come to see us for Six Month Smiles at Staplehurst Dental Practice, it takes about three weeks to have your individual braces made to order, and the teeth straightening process itself takes much less time, usually between four and nine months rather than two or more years.

When the teeth have been moved into their new position, and the braces treatment is over, you will need to wear a removable retainer to keep your teeth in their new place in the jaw. If you find that you keep forgetting to put that retainer in, you can choose to have a bonded retainer fitted. This is also invisible.

Also, when your teeth have reached their final destination and your braces have been removed, we will whiten your teeth to make your new smile as bright as it is beautifully aligned.

Our dentist, Dr Jan Einfeldt, will look after you in person throughout the treatment. Dr Einfeldtis an international clinical instructor for Six Month Smiles. He teaches in Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the UK.

Why not come in for a free consultation and see if Six Month Smiles will work for you?

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

The quick, easy way to smooth out your smile

Are you one of the many people who isn’t completely happy with their smile, due to one or two small imperfections? Then maybe dental veneers are for you.veneers-in-kent

You can give your teeth an instant makeover with porcelain veneers in Kent, when you visit our experienced dentists at Staplehurst Dental Practice.

In Kent, veneers are an easy way to give worn, chipped, discoloured teeth a new lease of life, completely, or subtly, transforming your smile into something to be proud of once again.

Veneers in Kent are not only used to cover cracks, chips and stains. They can also be a quick way to mask minor misalignments of the teeth. This is a popular alternative to orthodontic treatment, which can be costly and lengthy.

What are veneers and how do they work?

Veneers are sheaths that fit over the front of the teeth. They are made of very thin porcelain, and are bonded to the enamel, rather like a nail extension being bonded to the natural fingernail.

If you choose to invest in veneers in Kent at Staplehurst Dental Practice, you will need to visit us three times in all. During the first appointment, we will plan your treatment with you, working out the appropriate size of your new teeth, the angles at which they need to bite and the gum position around them. Then, we will be able to give you a written treatment plan with full costs.

On your next visit to us, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth, from which your veneers will be custom-made from porcelain.

On your final visit, you will be fitted with the veneers.

Our skilled cosmetic dentist will need to prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel. This is in order to create a rough surface on which to bond the veneer. Removal is painless, and is also necessary to ensure that the veneer lies flush with your other teeth. The veneers are then bonded to your teeth, and you are ready to go off with a beautiful new smile, and teeth that will function just like natural teeth.

Your veneers can last for up to 10 years, as long as you practise good oral hygiene with brushing and flossing.

Posted on: February 21st, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

The other way to get your teeth straightened

If you talk about teeth straightening to most people, an image of a set of teeth with brackets and wires strung across them will pop into their minds. This is what most of us associate with orthodontics. There is, however, another way to get braces in Kent that doesn’t involve brackets and wires, and it can barely be seen.

braces-in-kentIn Kent, braces also come in the form of thermoplastic resin trays, or aligners, that fit so snugly over the teeth that they are virtually invisible. This system of teeth straightening is becoming increasingly popular.

Here at Staplehurst Dental Practice, we use a brand of aligner called Invisalign.

How Invisalign works

The trays are made from impressions taken by your dentist. Invisalign’s laboratory in the United States processes the impressions, using them to calculate the trajectory along which your teeth need to move to become aligned. The laboratory makes a series of aligners, each representing one step along the way from your teeth’s current position to their final aligned position. The pressure that the rigid plastic applies to the teeth is what gently nudges them along to their new destination.

Each tray takes about two weeks to do its work, and when the pressure has worn off, it is time to move on to the next one. You will need to wear between 12 and 48 trays, depending on your individual case.

Invisalign clear aligners have other advantages that stem from the fact that these aligners are not fixed to the teeth, but are removable. This makes them, and your teeth, much easier to keep clean. Also, you can take them out if you don’t want anyone to see you are wearing aligners, perhaps for a super-special event like a wedding or a hot date, a job interview, or a highly important business meeting.

The Invisalign range

Here at Staplehurst Dental Practice, we offer two variations on the Invisalign theme, as well as the original Invisalign system.

Invisalign i7: This is great for minor corrections and can take as little as three months to complete.

Invislign Teen: Perfect for teenagers, this system allows for teeth that have not yet fully formed, the odd loss of an aligner and days of skipped wear.

Come and see us

Curious about invisible braces in Kent? Find out which Invisalign system can deliver the right treatment for you in a free consultation, by contacting us on 01580 363526.

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

Replace lost teeth and their roots with dental implants in Kent

Dentures aren’t the only way to replace missing teeth, whether they have been lost through tooth decay, gum disease, injury or accident, all of which can happen at any age. Modern dentistry means lifelong denture-wearing is no longer the only option available. Dental implants in Kent at Staplehurst Dental Practice provide a modern, durable alternative solution to missing teeth.

dental-implants-in-kentWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from lightweight titanium screws. When they are inserted into the jawbone, they stimulate new bone to mesh around them. This provides a firm foundation on which to fit replacement teeth. These teeth do not slip around like dentures often can, even when you eat tough and chewy foods. Dental implants also provide you with long-term health benefits.

Over time, tooth loss can cause degeneration of the jawbone and recession of the gums, even among denture wearers. In Kent, dental implants prevent this, giving you a strong, healthy facial structure for years to come.

The procedure

At Staplehurst Dental Practice, your dental health is in the capable hands of Dr Afshin Louie. He will thoroughly examine your mouth before he puts together your personal dental implant treatment plan. Whether you have lost one, several, or all of your teeth, Dr Louie has the skills and tools to restore your lost teeth with dental implants.

Dr Louie will insert your implants under local anaesthetic, and if you are nervous, you can also receive sedation. After a period of healing, during which your implants will be meshing with your bone tissue, you come back to us to have your custom-made replacement teeth fitted. These new teeth are made from porcelain, which is colour-matched to your surrounding natural teeth, and shaped and sized to blend in with them as well.

This means that no one will ever even suspect that your new implants are not your own natural teeth, and they will not be giving your secret away by wobbling around in your mouth.

Tooth loss is a bid deal for anyone, and if you are not happy about wearing dentures or a bridge, maybe it is time to come and see us here and find out if dental implants in Kent are right for you.

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

A guide to discreet teeth straightening in Kent

Modern dentistry has a lot more to offer than fixed metal braces. Staplehurst Dental in Kent offers a number of teeth straightening treatments designed for adults who appreciate discretion.

Patients with crooked and crowded teeth have a hard time keeping them clean. Overlapping teeth create hard to reach corners where plaque and bacteria can build up. Straight, properly spaced teeth are easier to maintain, as there is more room for the toothbrush bristles and floss to move in between the teeth and remove stuckfood residue.

teeth-straightening-in-kentTeeth straightening in Kent

During your consultation appointment at Staplehurst Dental, your dentist will perform a full examination in order to determine which treatment option works better for your individual case. Depending on your situation, your dentist may recommend one of the following:

Six Month Smiles

The Six Month Smiles short term teeth straightening system provides dentists with a practical and trusted solution for adults with crooked front teeth. The clear brackets and toothcoloured wires of the treatment are barely visible and it is less expensive compared to other teeth straightening treatments (i.e. braces, Invisalign aligners). As the name suggests, Six Month Smiles is a quick treatment with visible results in as little as six months.

Invisalign

Nowadays, Invisalign is at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry treatments as a popular alternative to traditional braces. It consists of a set of clear, invisible trays, changed every two weeks. These aligners are custom-made for each patient to address different dental problems. Invisalign aligners fit comfortably over the teeth and gums and have to be worn at least 20 hours per day. However, they can be removed when you eat or clean your teeth.

At Staplehurst Dental we also offer Invisalign i7, a quicker alternative to regular Invisalign for minor tooth movement, and Invisalign Teen, for teenagers with growing teeth.

Find out more

Teeth straightening in Kent is both safe and effective. Our dentist, Dr Jan Einfeldt, is passionate about great customer service and achieving successful treatment results that leaves patients feeling happy and well care for.

If you have any questions about teeth straightening treatments in Kent, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Are porcelain veneers right for me?

Do you have chipped, cracked, stained or otherwise flawed teeth? Porcelain veneers in Kent provide a more natural-looking option compared to other restorative treatments such as fillings.

Porcelain veneers are one of the many services offered at Staplehurst Dental in Kent. They are a minimally invasive treatment: like false nails for teeth. They work by covering up minor dental flaws to enhance or repair the size, shape, colour, alignment and overall appearance of your teeth.

porcelain-veneers-in-kentVeneers are thin, tooth-shaped porcelain shells securely attached to the front surface of each tooth. They are frequently used to erase cracks, chips, stains, misshapen teeth and any minor dental imperfection you can imagine. Even moderate dental issues like small gaps or crooked teeth can be adjusted with porcelain veneers.

How do veneers work?

The first step to achieving a beautiful smile with veneers in Kent, is for your dentist to make an impression of your teeth. The impressions will be used as a mould for the creation of your custom-made veneers and will give your dentist the opportunity to amend any mistakes in advance.

Although veneers require your teeth to be ground down for a perfect fit, it is a minor procedure. After this part of the process, your dentist will prepare temporary veneers to protect your enamel while you are waiting for your new ones to be custom-made.

Before fitting your new veneers, the dentist will prepare your teeth with an acid gel in order for them to provide a strong base for the veneers. They are then attached to the surface of your teeth with a special tooth-coloured adhesive.

A few minutes after the veneers are set in place, your dentist will use a special light over your teeth, which will act as a sealant to set the adhesive quicker. There is no pain when having veneers fitted and no recovery time – patients can return to their daily activities immediately.

Porcelain veneers in Kent can last for many years with proper maintenance. Continue to brush and floss your teeth with soft, circular motions to keep your veneers shiny and the teeth and gums surrounding them healthy. Although cavities do not develop on porcelain, the teeth beneath your veneers are prone to decay. Visit your dentist regularly to keep on top of your oral health routine.

Posted on: January 24th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice