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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

Are you making the best of your teeth?

Very few people are lucky enough to have a perfect smile but there’s no reason to feel that you have to put up with a smile that makes you less than happy. If you have been thinking about having braces in Kent, Staplehurst Dental might be just the practice that you’re looking for. At our surgery we use the latest methods and equipment, delivered by a team of highly trained professionals, who undergo continual professional development in the most up to date techniques, in both cosmetic and general dentistry.

braces-in-kentBraces for a better smile

Braces are a means of moving and re-positioning teeth that have grown out of alignment. Using a variety of orthodontic techniques it’s possible to resolve a wide number of different problems. Crowded, gappy and uneven or crooked teeth affect many of us. Not only do they look unattractive, they can cause long term problems with the alignment of your jaw or bite. This can eventually result in damage to teeth due to excess wear. It may also cause difficulty in maintaining an effective dental hygiene routine.

If your teeth are not growing correctly you may be advised by your dentist that you may benefit from wearing braces. Modern braces are an effective way of improving both the appearance and long term health of your teeth. Although wearing braces in Kent is a long-term investment in your appearance as well as your oral health, many modern treatments using braces can take six months or less depending on the severity of your problem.

Braces in Kent

If you feel that you really want to make the best of your teeth come for an appointment at our modern practice here in Staplehurst, Kent. Braces are one of the ways that you can maintain your oral health in the long term by ensuring that your teeth are well aligned and your bite is corrected, reducing the possibility of oral health problems in the future. If you feel that braces may be the solution for you, book a free consultation by phone or using our online booking system, or via our e-consultation service to find out if this treatment would work for you.

Posted on: January 12th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Rebuilding your smile with dental implants in Kent

Loosing a tooth or teeth from trauma, decay or gum disease can be a very distressing experience, especially if our front teeth are affected. Tooth loss can have a major effect on how we feel about ourselves, lost teeth can result in our mouth and cheeks losing definition due to the lack of support from our teeth.

dental-implants-in-kentTraditionally, replacing missing teeth means using removable dentures and bridgework. This is not always a satisfactory solution, especially for the back teeth and many of us then find it a struggle when eating. Modern dental techniques are now available that can provide a more effective way of treating this problem. Here at Staplehurst Dental in Kent, dental implants offer a modern solution that is a clinically proven and safe alternative to bridges or dentures, helping to restore your smile, allowing you to talk, smile and eat with confidence.

Are dental implants painful?

Dental implants do require surgery as an artificial tooth root is inserted into the socket where a tooth has been removed or lost, this procedure is carried out under oral sedation. Once the gum and bone has healed around this, an artificial tooth is then fixed into place. Dental implants are regarded as a very durable tooth replacement option and can be used to replace just one or several teeth. Dental implants can also be used to support additional bridge work if necessary. There are several benefits to having dental implants, including improved support to the muscles of the lips and face and prevention of bone loss from the jaw. If you are thinking about finding out more about dental implants in Kent we can offer you a consultation to assess the suitability for this procedure for you.

Are dental implants the right solution for me?

We only offer this treatment after a comprehensive check-up to assess the health of your remaining teeth and any existing oral health issues when we can determine the suitability of dental implants for you. If you’re looking for dental implants in Kent, book an appointment with us at Staplehurst Dental Practice then our friendly and professional team can provide you with a tailor-made plan and answer any questions that you might have about this procedure.

Posted on: January 10th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Dental veneers in Kent

Dental veneers are a simple and effective solution that can be used to correct a range of problems that affect the appearance of our teeth. Chipped, broken or discoloured teeth can occur for a variety of reasons and veneers are a quick way of restoring the overall appearance of teeth without surgery. Veneers can be applied to individual teeth to repair damage or can be used to improve the overall appearance of all of our teeth as a smile makeover.

At Staplehurst Dental we are pleased to be able to offer our patients a range of options for veneers in Kent. You might decide that you have one or two teeth that do not look as good as you would like or feel that the overall shape or appearance of your teeth is less than ideal.In either case dental veneers can be used to create a natural-looking smile.

veneer-in-kentEnhancing your smile

In Kent, veneers are a very popular and cost effective solution to correcting problems with damaged or misshapen teeth. Long lasting and natural looking, dental veneers are made from durable tooth-coloured porcelain or resin and are bonded to the tooth or teeth that require restoration. Once fitted the veneers are undetectable from normal teeth. The size and shape of the veneers can be adjusted to close small gaps, restore chipped or broken teeth, or even lengthen the appearance of the teeth resulting in a more even and attractive look overall.

Are dental veneers the right treatment for me?

Veneers are a very popular cosmetic solution with our patients here in Kent. Veneers which are made from very thin durable tooth-coloured porcelain or resin are individually made to suit and enhance the colour and natural shape of your own teeth. Having a dental veneer fitted takes three simple steps from start to finish. During the first consultation the dentist will create a plan with you of what is required to restore the appearance of your teeth and to check that veneers are the right solution for your needs. Once the veneer has been made it is bonded to the tooth surface at the final fitting using a specialised cement that fixes the veneer securely to the existing tooth.

dental veneers. Kent

dental veneers, Kent

Kent, dental veneers

dental veneers in Kent

Kent. Dental veneers

 

The benefits of this procedure,

Dental veneers fix several oral issues such as discoloured, chipped, broken or failing teeth. They are thin pieces of hand crafted porcelain that bond firmly onto the surface of the teeth. Unlike other cosmetic dental procedures, veneers do not require any surgery and can provide results in an instant.

Since they are extremely thin, dental veneers look natural onto the teeth. They are also tooth-coloured, which makes them invisible within sight. Many patients prefer dental veneers, because it allows them to improve their oral health in a quick and cost-effective way.

Dental veneers are undetectable once fitted and are matched to

We know that tooth injury and discolouration may be uncomfortable for some people, which is why we provide hard wearing dental solutions such as veneers.

  1. Porcelain Veneers

Are your teeth stained, chipped, or not aligned on top of each other? Veneers are a good treatment option to consider because they look like natural teeth and don’t require a major procedure. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps when braces are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others. Here is how they work:

  • A veneer is a very thin, tooth-coloured piece of porcelain (like a false finger nail, but more durable) that is bonded on top of your own tooth.
  • Based on your needs, the shape and size of the veneers can be adjusted to make your teeth overall look longer and or closer together.
  • You can have just one veneer fitted or a whole set, known as a smile makeover.

Life benefits

A quick and simple solution that enhances the appearance of the teeth

Long lasting natural look

  • Simple and quick solution to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth.
  • Long-lasting smile enhancement.
  • Natural-looking restoration.

Bonding. Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and colour. He or she will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer colour can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched — which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly position on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Your dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer’s placement.

Our dental veneer treatment involves a three-step procedure, which includes Consultation and Planning, Preparation, and Fitting. During these three stages, we will assure your comfort by discussing each procedure thoroughly. From consultation to fitting, we will closely listen to all of your concerns and requirements. We also provide veneer after care to ensure a long-term health for your teeth and mouth.

Staplehurst Dental Practice believes that quality dental care does not need to be expensive. Because of this, we provide a free consultation as well as a zero-percent interest rate on all financial packages. We also accept a range of dental insurance plans.

Creating a smile with the use of dental veneers is a true form of art. If you are in need of dental veneers in Kent, contact us today. We will gladly answer all of your enquiries.

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning. This first step involves your active participation. Explain to your dentist the result that you are trying to achieve. During this appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. He or she also may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.

Preparation. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Before trimming off the enamel, you and your dentist will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, your dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for your dentist to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. For very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed for an additional cost.

Posted on: January 5th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Straighter teeth at any age

There’s no doubt that our teeth play an important part in how we look and feel about ourselves. It’s probably one of the first things we notice about other people when we meet them and it can really affect our confidence if our teeth are crooked, protruding or unevenly spaced.

straighten-teeth-in-kentTo ensure they have straight teeth as adults, many children are fitted with the traditional train-track braces which can take up to two years to work. This procedure is not convenient for most adults. You may think that if you didn’t have braces as a child you’ll just have to live with your less than perfect smile forever. The great news is that this is no longer true and there are a range of different options available that are both quick and discrete. Here at Staplehurst Dental in Kent, teeth straightening is one of the treatments we offer to help improve your smile.

Teeth straightening in Kent

Having straight teeth is not just a cosmetic issue; uneven, crooked or misaligned teeth are hard to keep clean and are more prone to uneven wear, cavities and fractures. Teeth that are poorly aligned can also affect your overall health as problems with your bite or jaw alignment can cause problems such as head, neck or jaw aches. Straightened teeth may help to increase the longevity of the teeth themselves. If you’re considering what benefits teeth straightening may have for you for either aesthetic or medical reasons, we offer a range of adult-friendly options here at our friendly, modern dental practice.

You’re never too old to make a start

No matter what your age, a better smile is still possible with teeth straightening in Kent. At Staplehurst Dental we can work with you, to achieve your long-term aims. We realise how serious our patients are about their dental issues so we take time to assess your teeth before proceeding with any treatments. We take all the factors including treatment time, long-term oral health and cost into consideration before recommending the right solution for you. Book a consultation with our team today to discuss the range of tooth straightening options that we have available and you could see a smile to be proud of in just a few months.

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

More about the braces we offer

At Staplehurst Dental, we think it is important to offer our patients choices when it comes to their dental treatment. While we are happy to be the guiding professionals, we know that patients are happiest when they are in control and can make informed decisions about their own health and smiles.

This is especially true when it comes to getting braces in Kent. Teeth straightening requires a level of commitment even for minor work. You will need to visit us fairly frequently during the treatment process. The more we work in partnership with you by giving great advice and listening to your needs, the better those appointments will be and the more successful your overall experience will be.

braces-in-KentWhat are braces used for?

When you get braces in Kent, it will be to realign your teeth in some way. Usually, this means straightening them to achieve a more pleasing look but it can also be beneficial in other ways. Having straighter teeth generally means that they are healthier overall.

In essence, the process of teeth straightening involves placing consistent pressure on teeth to move them in a desired direction. It will happen very slowly and gradually over a period of months. Total treatment time depends on the required goal, the method and the conditions within your mouth. The latter will be assessed at an appointment at our clinic in Kent. Braces are the equipment that is used to achieve the realignment.

What types of braces do we have?

We work with a number of tried and tested dental brands like Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Each of these methods involves getting braces custom made for you.

Invisalign make a series of aligners for you to wear to achieve your desired result. You change your aligner every two weeks at home. Some patients like the fact that these braces are removable as they feel it gives them control over the process. However, you need to be disciplined enough to wear them for 22 hours per day to achieve the results you want.

Six Month Smiles involves clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires. The brackets are fixed to the teeth in planned positions and the wire is threaded through them. The wire then creates gentle pressure by pushing against the brackets which transfer force to the teeth.

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Restore your beautiful smile with dental implants

If you have ever lost a tooth, you will know that that gap can have a daunting physical and emotional impact. You suddenly have an altered appearance, especially if that lost tooth is one of your front social six teeth.

dental-implants-kentThese days there is a stable, long-lasting and reliable solution to missing teeth: dental implants. In Kent, you can have dental implants fitted by the caring professionals at Staplehurst Dental, right in the heart of the Weald.

Want to know more about dental implants in Kent?

Great! Let’s start with what dental implants are. Dental implants are tiny metal screws, usually made of titanium. These dental implants are screwed into your jaw bone where that missing tooth or teeth used to be. It then takes a few weeks for the dental implant to settle into place, and then an artificial tooth or bridge can be screwed on it. The crowns of your dental implants will have been custom-made to match the colour of your already existing teeth, so the dental implants will blend in perfectly.

And here’s what makes dental implants in Kent such a popular option

Once your dental implants are inserted and the new artificial tooth or bridge attached, they do not have to come out again! This is because the implants actually mesh with new bone and blood vessels growing around them. This means that you can treat dental implants just like normal teeth. We’d like to say you can forget about them completely, but we want you to keep on brushing and flossing with the utmost care, so instead please treat your dental implants as if you cherished them as much as your own natural teeth.

The other great thing about dental implants is that they keep your jawbone healthy and strong. The jawbone is stimulated to grow by all the hundreds of tiny clashes between your teeth that go on each day. These frictions stimulate new tissue growth and when it is not there, the jawbone instead loses density, both around where a tooth was, and eventually in the inner bone as well. In Kent, dental implants stop this happening, and you retain a younger look along with better eating function.

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice