In this day and age, teeth straightening does not have to equate metal braces. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we offer a number of more discreet routes to better tooth alignment. These appliances are also more comfortable than traditional metal appliances.
However you choose to improve the alignment of your teeth, you will gain health as well as aesthetic benefits. When your teeth are in proper alignment, it is much easier to keep them clean. Reducing hard-to-reach areas where plaque and tartar can build up will cut your risk of both tooth decay and gum disease – leading causes of tooth loss – as long as you practice prudent dental hygiene visit your Kent dentist and hygienist regularly.
Kent teeth straightening choices
When you come into Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent for a teeth straightening consultation, your dentist will carry out a thorough clinical examination to help with treatment planning. Whether a fixed or a removable appliance is recommended, you can rest assured that it will be much more discreet than metal train-track braces.
Your Kent teeth straightening options include:
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles are cosmetic braces that focus primarily on the front six teeth in the upper or lower jaw. At our Kent dental practice we have found that it is these teeth in the smile line that the majority of adult patients are concerned about.
Although these are fixed braces, they are very subtle. Comprising tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires and clear ceramic brackets, they blend in with the natural colour of your teeth. Because they use lower forces than standard braces, they make teeth straightening much more comfortable than ever before.
Treatment with Invisalign involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners to progressively move your teeth. The number of aligners you will require will depend on the type and amount of correction required, and will be determined by your Kent dentist during your teeth straightening consultation.
As well as classic Invisalign, we also offer Invisalign i7 for mild, rapid correction, and Invisalign Teen, which is specifically designed for the teeth straightening needs of teenagers, and allows for the occasional lost aligner.
Dental implants are an increasingly popular choice for replacing missing teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we think that they are more often than not the best solution to tooth loss, because they provide unrivalled, natural-like function, help to preserve the health of your jaw bone, and recreate an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Dr Jan Einfeldt, an award-winning cosmetic dentist, carries out the placement and restoration of dental implants at our Kent clinic. Implants can be used in conjunction with crowns, a bridge, or dentures to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth.
Because they are in direct contact with your jaw bone, dental implants help to keep it healthy and strong. This is important both to ensuring your new teeth remain well-fitting and functional, and to preserving the structural integrity of your face so that you don’t end up looking old before your time.
Dental implants eliminate the problems caused with speaking, eating, and self-esteem caused by loose traditional dentures. They will remain stable and strong, enabling you to eat whatever you like, to speak, smile, and socialise with confidence.
Most patients at our Kent dental clinic require only local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants. A healing period of a few months is required, after which your Kent dentist will attach your permanent new teeth.
As well as acting like natural teeth, dental implants require the same levels of oral hygiene as their natural counterparts. It’s not hard to take care of them, and your Kent dentist will provide you with full aftercare instructions.
Just like natural teeth, your new teeth can attract a build-up of plaque if you are not scrupulous in your dental hygiene. This can lead to gum infection, which can affect the stability of your dental implants if it is allowed to become serious.
You should clean your new teeth and implants at least twice a day, brushing them and flossing in between them like natural teeth. It’s also important that you attend regular check-ups with your Kent dentist, and visit they hygienist as often as recommended.
Does the word “braces” make you quake with fear, picturing the obvious metal appliances worn by your peers at school? There is no need to panic: Kent clinic Staplehurst Dental Practice offers a number of subtler routes to straighter teeth, designed with discretion and comfort in mind.
At our Kent dental practice we are keen to point out the additional benefits of teeth straightening, at any age, which you may not have thought about. Any type of orthodontic treatment, whether using braces or aligners, will improve your dental and general health as well as the appearance of your smile.
It is easier to clean your teeth when they are properly aligned. With fewer tricky gaps in which dental plaque can amass, you can reduce your risk of both dental decay and gum disease using braces or aligners. These are two leading causes of tooth loss, whilst gum disease has also been linked in numerous medical studies to a range of serious general health concerns, including heart and lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and low birth weight in babies whose mothers suffered from a severe form of this condition.
All of these problems are best avoided, and using either discreet braces or aligners to straighten your teeth can help. Of course, you will still need to visit the dentist and hygienist at our Kent dental practice, and be efficient in your home cleaning routine, too.
Kent braces and aligners
When you come into our Kent practice for a teeth straightening consultation, your dentist will carry out a thorough assessment to determine the best treatment to suit your needs.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces comprise clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, so they will blend in well with your teeth. They are designed for rapid correction of issues affecting the front teeth.
Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent offers a range of Invisalign teeth straightening options. The original Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to correct a wide range of problems. Invisalign i7 is designed for fast, minor correction, whilst Invisalign Teen is designed with teenagers’ needs in mind, allowing for the occasional lost aligner.
Dental implants are an excellent solution to tooth loss. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, implants are our favoured solution to missing teeth, because they help to keep your jaw bone strong and healthy as well as keeping your new teeth firmly in your mouth.
Bone loss is a common side-effect of losing several or all of your natural teeth in one or both jaws. It is the principal reason that traditional dentures become loose, and it works like this: dentures only replace the crowns of the teeth, and without anything to replace the roots, the jaw bone will start to resorb. This in turn changes the fit of your dentures, making them awkward, uncomfortable, and even painful to use.
Loose dentures affect your ability to eat a nutritious diet, as you are often limited to soft foods or even liquids. They can make it difficult to speak clearly, and can have a devastating effect on your confidence, which can lead you to turn down social invitations from friends and family. This can be a particular problem for the over-75s, who are most likely to need dentures and often already suffer from social isolation and loneliness. However, it can affect anyone who has lost many or all of their natural teeth.
Dental implants are an effective solution and/or prevention for all of these problems, because they replace the tooth roots and encourage bone growth. Made from titanium, which actively supports the growth of new bone material, dental implants will preserve the health and density of your jaw bone.
Kent dental implants
At our Kent dental practice, most people only require local anaesthesia for the placement of dental implants. They are put in direct contact with your jaw bone here in the dentist’s chair at our Kent clinic, and will immediately start to integrate with your bone.
Temporary teeth may be fitted by your dentist during healing, and when it is complete you will be called back to our Kent dental clinic to have your permanent new teeth attached. This will give you back all the functionality of a healthy set of adult teeth.
Tooth straightening need not involve metal braces; at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we realise that this can be a big barrier to treatment for many adult patients, which is why we offer several more discreet ways to straighten your teeth.
This may involve the use of fixed tooth-coloured braces, or of clear, removable aligners. Each appliance is best suited to a specific set of clinical circumstances, so your Kent dentist will undertake a thorough examination before recommending the best option to suit your needs.
One of the key things to remember about tooth straightening, whether you use braces or aligners, is that you will gain more than just aesthetic benefits. In a nutshell, straighter teeth tend to be healthier teeth because they are easier to keep clean. Reducing the number of awkward gaps where plaque can build up can cut your risk of gum disease and tooth decay – two leading causes of tooth loss.
Of course, you will need to practise good hygiene at home, and visit your dentist and hygienist as often as they recommend. If you are prescribed discreet braces at our Kent clinic, you will also be encouraged to pay a visit to the hygienist to learn how to clean around them effectively.
Kent braces and aligners
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles are a popular system of cosmetic braces that act, as you’ve probably guessed already, in an average of just half a year. They are able to act so quickly because they focus on the front six teeth – those that show when you smile. It is these teeth that the majority of patients at our Kent dental practice are interested in aligning.
Unlike conventional braces, Six Month Smiles comprise clear and tooth-coloured parts, which means that they blend in well with the natural colour of your teeth.
A popular alternative to fixed braces, Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners to gently guide your teeth into a new position. Dental hygiene is a breeze with Invisalign because you don’t need to adopt any special techniques: just remove them to clean and brush your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are a fast and popular way for your dentist to create a beautiful smile makeover. Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent can use a single veneer to cover one problematic tooth, or a full set to produce a whole new smile.
How veneers work
Veneers are individually-crafted, micro-thin shells of porcelain that are placed over the front surfaces of the front teeth to hide a multitude of problems. A strong dental bonding agent is used to hold them in place, and with regular visits to our Kent dental practice for check-ups combined with excellent hygiene at home, they could last you ten years or more.
At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, placing veneers involves a three-step process. These steps are:
- Consultation and treatment planning
- Veneer fitting
During the consultation phase, your Kent dentist will ensure that veneers are the most appropriate solution to your tooth problems, and will take measurements, impressions, and photographs of your teeth so that your veneers can be made up.
Preparation of your teeth is very slight. A very thin amount of tooth enamel will be removed to help with the bonding process. You will be offered local anaesthetic for this procedure, although many patients find that they don’t need it.
Each veneer will be made to the exact same thickness as the amount of enamel removed, so they will both look and feel entirely natural.
Once your veneers have been created you will be called back to our Kent clinic to have them fitted. Your dentist will ensure you are completely happy with the fit, feel, and appearance of them before they are bonded into place.
Veneer treatment is one of the quickest treatments in cosmetic dentistry, and unlike some other procedures it does not require surgery, nor any form of invasive treatment.
Veneers can be used to hide a wide range of aesthetic problems, including:
- Permanent tooth discolouration
- Uneven teeth
- Small spacing and alignment issues
- Small chips and cracks
- Some cases of gummy smiles
Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent offers free cosmetic consultations, as well as a number of 0% finance options to make treatment accessible to all.
Dental implants provide an excellent long-term solution for patients with missing teeth. At Kent clinic Staplehurst Dental Practice, we can use implants combined with single crowns, a bridge, or dentures to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth, no matter how you came to lose them.
Whilst our adult teeth are meant to last us for life, at our Kent dental practice we appreciate that lifestyle factors can get in the way. Some people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to gum disease, whilst being afraid of the dentist can also mean your oral health suffers badly.
Accidents, injuries, and untreated periodontal disease and tooth decay can all cause people to lose their teeth before their time. A skilled implant dentist can help you back to health and then use dental implants to give you a second chance at a healthy mouth of teeth.
Kent dental implants
When you come into Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent for a dental implants consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough examination and assessment, including using CT scans and x-rays as necessary to check your current level of bone density.
Shrinkage of the jaw bone is a common side-effect of losing your natural teeth. Dental implants help to prevent this, because they act as replacement tooth roots, both keeping your crown, bridge, or dentures firmly in place and helping to keep your jaw bone strong and healthy.
The majority of patients at our Kent practice only require local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants, which is fairly straightforward from a patient’s point of view. However, if you are nervous about dental treatment we also offer implant treatment under conscious sedation, which means you will not be asleep but will be very relaxed and largely unaware of treatment – when the sedatives wear off your dental implants will be in place.
After a healing period, which is typically around six months and during which your implants will integrate with your jaw bone, you will be called back to our Kent clinic so that your dentist can attach your permanent new teeth.
Dental implants are an excellent long-term solution to tooth loss. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we can use these revolutionary bionic tooth roots to replace one, some, or all of your natural teeth no matter why you’ve lost them, with the result being a happy and healthy smile that you’ll want to show off to everyone.
There are several benefits to choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth when compared with other, more traditional options – dental bridgework or dentures. Implants are the only way to replace the roots of lost teeth, which is important to the health of your jaw bone as well as to keeping your teeth where they should be.
The chances are we’ve all seen an elderly friend or relative whose traditional, unsecured dentures have a habit of slipping out unbidden. Whilst your friend or relative may take this in good humour if it happens in public, inside they may feel very different – loose dentures can leave you despairing, and can make it difficult to eat and to speak clearly.
At our Kent dental practice, we can use dental implants to solve these problems. Loose dentures are usually caused by the jaw bone shrinking, which happens when the roots of natural teeth are lost. Because dental implants replace the root portions of the teeth, and because they are made from titanium – which supports bone growth – they can stop bone loss in its tracks, or prevent it from arising in the first place if you come to our Kent clinic for an implant consultation as soon as you lose your natural teeth.
As well as stabilising dentures, your Kent implant dentist can also use dental implants in cases where single or multiple tooth replacement is required. For a single tooth, your dentist will usually place on implant with a crown attached, whilst in the case of multiple tooth replacement, a series of dental implants will be placed and an implant-retained bridge attached.
Some cases of full-mouth restoration are suitable for All-on-4 implant treatment, which sees your Kent dentist place just four implants per jaw, attaching teeth immediately.
Metal braces are no longer the only way to straighten your teeth. In the 21st Century there are numerous discreet alternatives available, and Kent clinic Staplehurst Dental Practice offers both fixed braces and removable aligners to improve the position and alignment of your teeth.
There are numerous additional benefits to teeth straightening treatment in addition to creating a beautiful smile. At our Kent clinic we are always keen to point out the benefits such treatment can bring to your dental and general health. By making your teeth easier to keep clean, with fewer gaps for dental plaque to amass, you can reduce your risk of the two leading causes of tooth loss – gum disease and tooth decay – by straightening your teeth.
Of course, you need to pay regular visits to our Kent clinic for check-ups with the dentist and appointments with the hygienist, but by straightening your teeth with either braces or aligners you can enjoy significant health benefits.
Kent teeth straightening with braces or aligners
When you come into Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent for a teeth straightening consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough clinical examination to determine which is the best treatment option to suit your needs.
Depending on your clinical situation, your Kent dentist may recommend. . .
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles are popular cosmetic braces that work, as the name suggests, in an average time of half a year. They work so quickly because they focus on the “social six” front teeth that show when you smile. Made from clear and tooth-coloured components, Six Month Smiles braces are very discreet because they blend in with the natural colour of your teeth.
An alternative to braces, Invisalign involves using a series of clear, removable aligners to gently reposition your teeth. These aligners make it easy to maintain dental hygiene because you just take them out to clean and to brush your teeth as normal.
Standard Invisalign treatment involves using a series of aligners to progressively move your teeth little-by-little.
At our Kent practice we also offer Invisalign i7, for quick correction of minor issues, and Invisalign Teen, specifically made for teenagers’ needs.
An increasing number of people are choosing dental implants to replace their missing teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we can use implants to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth. Depending on your clinical situation, your implants can be combined with dentures, a bridge, or a single crown.
At our Kent dental centre we believe that dental implants are often the best solution to tooth loss. For starters they are the only way your dentist can replace the roots of your teeth, which is important not just to holding your new teeth securely in your mouth, but also to the continued health of your jaw bone.
When natural teeth are missing, the jaw bone starts to resorb or shrink back. This can cause an aged appearance to the face and is also the number one reason that traditional dentures have a tendency to become loose.
At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we have seen many patients who are struggling with badly-fitting dentures. As you will know if you currently wear them, loose dentures can cause problems with:
Loose dentures can also rub against your gums, causing denture sore mouth. At our Kent clinic we advocate the use of dental implants to prevent all of these problems.
Because they are made out of titanium, and because they replace the roots of lost natural teeth, dental implants actively prevent the problem of bone loss, meaning that your new teeth will remain just where they should be.
With the help of dental implants you will soon wave goodbye to your denture woes, and will once again be able to
- Eat what you like
- Speak with clarity
- Enjoy life with a renewed confidence, and no anxiety about your false teeth falling out.
Most implant patients at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent require only local anaesthetic for the placement of their dental implants, although we also offer treatment under conscious sedation for nervous patients.
After a healing period, your dentist will attach permanent new teeth on top of your implants. These can be dentures, a bridge, or a crown.