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What are dental veneers? Kent-based patients want to know

Dental veneers were first used in Hollywood film sets in the 30s-60s and were more like false nails that would attach over the teeth and might only last until the end of the film shoot as they were held on only by a weak glue.

At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, veneers are made of much tougher stuff! Today’s veneers are made from porcelain, which is light and thin but also strong and durable. They can be made to match the exact colour and shade of your other teeth and so can be used to cover up a range of dental imperfections and discolourations.

dental-veneers-kentWhere dental veneers really come into their own is providing an effective solution to chipped or damaged teeth which are not compromised enough to warrant a dental implant, but however have a negative effect on the cosmetic appearance of the mouth.

Modern dental veneers can be attached directly to the front of the tooth, but only after a small layer of the original tooth has been taken away. This serves the purpose of creating an abrasive surface to which your dentist will bind your new tailor-made veneer with a strong bonding agent to make sure that it stays n place.

Dental veneers can also be used in some cases to correct misaligned teeth, if the alignment is only slightly out, the veneer can be built up onto the tooth on an angle to match the angle of the tooth, with the front of the veneer on display at the correct angle and the tooth in its original misaligned place behind it.

In Kent, veneers are placed by our highly skilled cosmetic dentistry team. Alongside veneers patients can also opt for a range of other cosmetic treatments such as whitening, white fillings, and braces such as the ever popular Invisalign clear aligner system. In some cases many treatments can be added together to offer patients a smile makeover to transform their smile.

If you are interested in dental veneers or any other cosmetic dentistry services we offer, please drop in for a chat and we can advise you further.

Posted on: October 6th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Time to straighten things out…

Do you suffer from crooked or misaligned teeth? Most people are aware of standard fixed dental braces. Gone are the days of painful, metal braces that are highly visible and fixed in place. In modern times, there are many much less invasive, more convenient and flexible ways to straighten your teeth. In Kent, teeth straightening is provided in a variety of revolutionary ways at Staplehurst Dental.

We understand that undertaking teeth straightening takes a lot of consideration, and at Staplehurst Dental Practice we are keen to keep our patients informed, relaxed and comfortable at every stage of the process. We also consider significant factors such as the costs of the treatment and the long-term impacts on undertaking that particular treatment with a view to that patient’s oral health.

teeth-straightening-kentWhat are the solutions?

Here in Kent, teeth straightening and the range of treatments we offer is one of the many areas in which we are unrivalled:

  • Six Month Smiles – we can offer tooth-coloured fixed braces in just six months
  • Invisalign – We offer three types of the popular invisible brace brand Invisalign using clear plastic aligners. Results can be achieved in as little as three months.

We will take care of you every step of the way; from a detailed initial consultation, to the treatment itself, giving you plenty of opportunity to have any queries or concerns addressed.

Our principal dentist, Dr Jan Einfeldt is a highly experienced cosmetic dentist and has restored hundreds of successful smiles by teeth straightening in Kent. Dr Einfeldt is one of our many highly qualified and experienced dental professionals.

Isn’t cosmetic dentistry expensive?

Top quality treatment does come at a price, but we understand that not everybody can afford to pay this all in one go. Our pricing structures are transparent, and we offer a variety of finance plans, including a 0% finance offer in order to spread the costs and make quality treatment much more manageable and affordable.

So if you are in need of teeth straightening in Kent, look no further than Staplehurst Dental. Contact us today and be on your way to a straighter, happier smile.

Posted on: October 4th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

A simple solution to restore your smile

At our clinic in Kent, veneers are a simple solution we offer to restore the look of your teeth. They are versatile and can be used to fix chips or cracks, small gaps in your teeth or to correct a minor misalignment.

porcelain-veneers-in-kentWe can offer hassle free, long term solutions to these problems and, in do so, give you back the smile you deserve without any extensive or long term treatment. It is swift, easy and comfortable so please check with us if this is the right solution for you.

Here’s how it works

Veneers are small pieces of custom shaped porcelain designed to correct minor tooth issues. They are fixed to your teeth for a permanent solution.

The first step is to have a consultation at our practice in Kent. Veneers are specially made for your teeth so your dentist will take impressions of your teeth – this is a quick and simple process. These are sent off to a laboratory where the porcelain is shaped and, when complete, they are returned to us here in Kent. Veneers are easy to fit using a special bonding material.

It is possible to have either just one or more teeth fixed in this way or you can have a whole set of veneers made to fit all your teeth giving you uniformity and perfection in your smile whilst retaining a natural look. Veneers actually improve the strength of your teeth and therefore enhance overall oral quality.

Staplehurst Dental – about us

Our goal is to offer you a great solution for all of your dental needs. We consult with you every step of the way to ensure you are getting all the treatments that you need and nothing that is unnecessary. Our wide range of experience means that we can tailor our work to suit your specific oral needs and we are pleased to offer veneers as part of this range.

Our team of professionals prides themselves on high standards of patient care before, during and after your treatment. We do our best to ensure you have a positive experience every time, every check up and we are on hand to give you guidance on caring for your teeth and any treatments you may have.

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

A new lease of life for your mouth

Welcome to a dental procedure that is safe, durable and comfortable and can give you back tooth function that you may have thought lost.

dental-implants-kentWe are pleased to offer this excellent solution through our clinic in Kent. Dental implants can have a huge impact on the way you feel about your teeth, increase your quality of life, freedom of choice and release time otherwise spent caring for devices such as removable dentures or bridges.

Who we are…

At Staplehurst Dental in Kent, dental implants are just one of a range of services we offer. Our diversity of experience means that we can make recommendations that are right for the individual patient. We care about your experience before, during and after treatment and want to ensure that you have healthy, functional teeth and gums for a long time.

You will be given a consultation to assess your individual requirements and suitability for implants – there are certain criteria that need to be met and we want to ensure that you are having the appropriate treatment for your teeth. After this, we will give you all the information you need to book any further appointments with us.

Caring for your implants after treatment is important and therefore we give you plenty of guidance on how to look after them and make appointments to monitor them. We want you to feel supported in your choices and will be with you every step of the way.

Dental implants – the basics

To fully explain what we have to offer at our practice in Kent – dental implants are a form of tooth replacement and can be applied to single or multiple sites to restore one or more teeth. Tiny screws are attached to the jaw bone and then fitted with some form of prosthetic tooth to replace the missing one.

Once fitted, these implants are designed to last and give you the functionality of natural teeth. They support long term oral health and prevent deterioration of the outward appearance of the jaw bone by stimulating it to grow and mesh around the screws and by opening up tiny blood vessels which prevent bone loss.

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Can adults get braces too?

We help hundreds of patients every year achieve beautiful smiles in Kent. Braces are without question a brilliant option for anyone who is looking for straighter teeth & an improved smile.

We have an increasing number of adults coming to us every year looking for braces in Kent, so braces are definitely not just for kids and teenagers.

braces-in-kentMany people want to improve their teeth, but as adults they feel self-conscious about wearing braces, they think they will only be able to have the traditional ‘train tracks’ fitted for their teeth. Nowadays we have a range of options, including clear braces which are barely even noticeable and achieve the same great results. Don’t delay straightening your teeth out of fear or embarrassment, there are so many options available now within cosmetic dentistry  and there is bound to be something to suit your needs.

Why Get Braces?

Braces can make it easier for you to look after your teeth and gums. Caring for these areas properly will be very integral to your long term health and help to prevent future gum disease.

Many people want braces for cosmetic reasons, to look and feel better about themselves,but braces can improve so much more than just your smile. Fixing your teeth with braces can help you to eat more comfortably as it can help straighten your bite if it is uneven. The perfect excuse to eat out more and enjoy eating at all the amazing eateries we have in Kent. Braces help in so many ways!

What types of Braces are available?

As mentioned there are a range of different types of braces available to patients these days. There are retainer braces, which are worn overnight to align your teeth and are removable. At Staplehurst Dental Practice we use ceramic and plastic style braces as well as the traditional ‘train track’ style braces. These are just as effective as the traditional style but have the added bonus of being subtle and less noticeable than their metal counterparts. Your dentist will give you an assessment before treatment where you can decide what is the best method to move forward with for you. Why not book a consultation today and find out more about the great services we have to offer at Staplehurst Dental Practice.Why not pop down to our Kent practice to schedule an appointment or simply give us a call at a convenient time.

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

Struggle with dentures in Kent? Dental implants could be the solution for you

Although dentures are still commonly used to replace problem teeth, we often hear that people are having issues with them. Despite looking ever more realistic and natural, they still appear to loosen the longer they are worn, which is obviously not ideal for those using them.

dental-implants-kentThe crux of this issue is that dentures are not connected to the root of your teeth and only replace broken or missing crowns. This means that for many using them, they can potentially come loose at any time.

Advances in technology have brought about the availability of dental implants for use where teeth are damaged or missing. Because implants replace teeth roots they are more comfortable, secure & longer lasting. Made from titanium, which is supports bone growth, they are placed directly in your jaw in a minor operation undertaken by our experienced implant dentist.

You don’t need to have your dentures completely removed to have implants, they can be adapted to rest securely on your dental implants. You can still remove them to be cleaned, besides that they will remain in place.

After a healing period to ensure your implants are perfectly secured in your jaw bone and able to support your teeth with the strength similar to your natural tooth roots, permanent new teeth can be attached.

Overall it is a very worthwhile and effective procedure and one which will stand the test of time. The teeth which replace your natural ones look aesthetically very similar to natural teeth and are incredibly strong and durable. Although it is still important that you maintain good oral health with implants and clean your teeth regularly so you can get the best out of them.

Kent dental implants

At Staplehurst Dental we offer a friendly and professional service with a range of treatments including teeth straightening & dental implants in Kent, where our practice is based. If you are interested in learning more about how dental implants can work for you, or how dental implants can improve your quality of life, we invite you to join us at our Kent practice for a consultation with an implant dentist.

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

Looking for teeth whitening in Kent?

Teeth whitening is becoming increasingly popular these days as a way to make your teeth sparkling white,and can make your teeth literally shades whiter than they were before.

It is important to remember that teeth whitening should always be performed by a dental professional, you wouldn’t risk any other area of your health by using unregulated products or services and your oral health should be the same.

teeth-whitening-kentThe dangers of not using a dentist

A lot of salons that offer teeth whitening can have competitive pricing and make bold claims about how they can improve your smile, but if the procedure is carried out by a member of the salon staff rather than a qualified dentist it is not only dangerous but also illegal. For example, the mould that you put on which contains the bleach may not fit your teeth properly, in this case your gums could also get bleached and become painful and potentially blistered. With Home Kits purchased online or elsewhere, they may not have enough teeth whitening agent in them to really make any effective impact on your teeth, so it is always best to go to a professional where you can have peace of mind knowing that you are in safe hands.

How does it work?

In most cases the dentist will make a mould of your teeth to create a mouthguard. Within this mouthguard will be placed the bleaching agent. Then you will apply the bleaching gel and mouthguard at home often for a period of around 2 weeks and then come in for a final session with the dentist to debrief and make sure the treatment has been a success & you have brighter, shinier teeth.

What teeth whitening options are available?

At Staplehurst Dental Practice we offer 2 main options for teeth whitening, Kent-based patients can choose from either a simple and easy 14 day home teeth whitening system or a more premium option. Both provide long-lasting bright smiles.

If you are interested in getting teeth whitening in Kent,please contact our practice to arrange a consultation call, it’s quick and easy and we are a friendly & professional team.

Posted on: September 15th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

What are veneers?

Veneers are small porcelain shells that are affixed to the front of teeth to give a healthy and natural appearance.

porcelain-veneersIf you have chipped or damaged teeth, teeth that are not properly aligned or are discoloured and you are based near us in in Kent, veneers could be the option for you. At Staplehurst Dental Practice we treat people every day with these kinds of problems and the veneers we put in place are able to transform their appearance. They can mask discoloured teeth and can be matched to the shade of your original teeth so you would never know they were there.

They were first created in Hollywood to ensure that actors could have the best possible smiles for the screen, after all, looking good was paramount to the success of many films and many actors’ careers. These early versions of veneers were a quick fix and lacked longevity (often they wouldn’t last more than a few takes because they were held precariously in place by weak denture glue!)

Today’s veneers are a world away from these early versions. The trend for veneers quickly spread well beyond the studio plots of Hollywood and cosmetic dentists had a greater demand for more natural looking long lasting options, which they quickly set about creating. Modern veneers can last up to ten years or more with adequate care, and will be fixed in place with a specially designed, strong dental bonding agent…so no need to worry about them falling off between breakfast and lunch.

Kent veneers

Unlike other forms of cosmetic dentistry, you don’t need surgery to have veneers fitted. They can be added quickly and easily and provide instant results. They are a very popular option for this reason and also because they are very cost-effective for those on a budget.

Staplehurst Dental Practice offers a number of services, including veneers, in Kent. If you have any problems with discoloured, chipped or misaligned teeth, or feel self conscious about your oral health or the appearance of your teeth, then dental veneers could be the just the ticket to help you.Contact us and one of our friendly team will book you in for a consultation where we can discuss this treatment with you further.

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

A guide to teeth straightening for adults

In the 21st Century, there is so much more to teeth straightening than just obvious metal “train-track” braces. Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent recognises the need for discretion when it comes to modern teeth straightening, particularly for adults. That’s why we are proud to offer several subtle options designed to give you that beautifully aligned set of teeth you’ve always dreamt of.

teeth-straighteningAn increasing number of adults are turning to teeth straightening later in life. It could be that you missed out on orthodontic treatment as a child, or that you had treatment only to lapse during the retention stage, meaning that your teeth shifted back out of position.

Whatever the cause of your orthodontic concerns, a teeth straightening consultation at our Kent dental practice can help. As well as being more discreet than traditional metal braces, many of the subtle appliances we use have greatly reduced treatment times, too.

Kent teeth straightening options

Modern teeth straightening treatment can involve the use of a fixed appliance – a brace – or a removable appliance – an aligner – to improve tooth positioning and alignment. We use both types of appliance at our Kent clinic, and your dentist will perform a thorough clinical examination to determine which will work best for you.

Depending on your clinical need, your Kent dentist may recommend:

Six Month Smiles

Braces are the familiar face of teeth straightening treatment, but Six Month Smiles are not like other braces. They are made from tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires and clear ceramic brackets, meaning that they will blend in with the natural colour of your teeth.

They work in an average of just six months because their main focus is on the front teeth – those that show when you smile. Because lower forces are used during treatment, it is more comfortable than traditional orthodontics, too.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a clear, removable aligner that fits snugly over your teeth. If your Kent dentist decides this is the best teeth straightening option for you, you will be prescribed a series of comfortable clear, removable aligners, which you change every fortnight as your teeth begin to move.

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Why choosing dental implants is an investment in your smile – and your future

Dental implants are the best long-term solution to tooth loss. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we offer a number of implant-based treatments, which our skilled dentist Dr Jan Einfeldt can use to replace everything from one to all of your natural teeth.

dental-implants-kentDr Einfeldt is an award-winning cosmetic dentist, who regularly teaches across Europe. He will ensure that your new teeth both look and act just like the real thing.

Benefits of dental implants

Whilst standard dental bridges and dentures replace the visible crowns of lost teeth, it is equally important to replace the roots. It is the tooth roots that keep our teeth secure and functional within our mouths, and also keeps our jaw bone both healthy and dense.

When several of the natural tooth roots are missing for any significant time period, your jaw bone begins to resorb or shrink. This is very common amongst people who wear standard dentures, and is the primary reason those dentures become loose.

By choosing dental implants at our Kent dental practice you can avoid all the common issues caused by badly-fitting dentures, including problems with:

  • Diet
  • Speech
  • Body image
  • Confidence

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are made out of titanium and are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone in a small operation, which usually only requires local anaesthetic at our Kent dental practice.

Once your implants are in place they start to integrate with the jaw bone over the next few months, providing a natural-like anchor for your new teeth. It takes approximately six months for the integration process to complete, during which time your Kent dentist may fit you with temporary teeth, or you may be able to continue wearing your old denture.

After your dental implants have been restored with new teeth, you will need to continue to visit our Kent dental practice regularly for aftercare, check-ups, and hygiene appointments. Just like natural plaque, your new teeth can gather a film of plaque, which can lead to gum disease and serious problems for your dental implants.

Posted on: September 6th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice