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.
It’s easy to understand why metal braces can be off-putting to adults looking to straighten their teeth. That’s why, at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, we offer a number of subtler methods of teeth straightening, designed to give you all the benefits of braces without having to endure a mouth full of metal for months on end.
The team at our Kent dental clinic is also quick to point out that there are health benefits to be had from straightening your teeth at any age, in addition to having a beautifully aligned smile. Straighter teeth are, generally speaking, healthier teeth because they are easier to keep clean, with fewer gaps that plaque can build up in.
Of course, you need to visit the dentist and hygienist at our Kent clinic on a regular basis, and to maintain a good home routine of brushing and flossing, but by straightening your teeth with either fixed braces or removable aligners, you can minimise your risk of both dental decay and gum disease.
Kent Invisalign options
Here at our Kent dental practice we use both subtle fixed braces and clear removable aligners to discreetly reposition your teeth. The perfect appliance for you will depend on your clinical situation, and will be assessed by your dentist when you come into our Kent clinic for a consultation.
Depending on the type and amount of correction required, your dentist may recommend:
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles are a very popular system of cosmetic braces that work in as little as half a year by focussing on the front six teeth – those that show when you smile. It is these social six teeth that the majority of adults who come into our Kent dental practice are worried about, and because these braces comprise clear and tooth-coloured fixtures, they score highly in the discretion stakes, too.
Treatment with Invisalign involves using a series of clear, removable aligners to gently move your teeth into a new position with minimal impact on your lifestyle.
At our Kent clinic we offer several Invisalign treatment options, including one especially for teenagers’ teeth.
If you have missing or failing teeth, dental implants could be the perfect solution. Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent offers a range of implant solutions to suit all needs, so no matter how many of your teeth need to be replaced, we will create a customised implant plan just for you.
A permanent solution to tooth loss
Dental implants are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth. They are also the only way your dentist can replace the tooth roots, which is vital to preserving a healthy jaw bone. Indeed, it is the lack of anything to replace the tooth roots that leads to many denture-wearers suffering loose teeth, because the jaw bone starts to resorb, altering the fit of false teeth.
Made from titanium, dental implants are placed flush with your jaw bone below the gum line in a small operation, for which most people at our Kent dental practice require only local anaesthetic. Implant placement is usually quite simple from a patient’s perspective, because your dentist will have undertaken a great deal of intricate planning beforehand, to ensure that your implants are placed in exactly the right position to support your new teeth and to withstand all the forces generated by biting and chewing food.
Kent dental implants
At our Kent clinic your dentist will use CT scans and x-rays as necessary to help with the planning of your implant surgery. If you are a nervous dental patient, have a strong gag reflex, or are having several dental implants placed, we can treat you under conscious sedation.
In most cases, we will leave your dental implants to heal and mesh with your jaw bone for a few months in a process called osseointegration. This will ensure that your implants provide a very strong anchor for your new teeth.
Some patients are suitable for All-on-4 implant treatment, which involves the placement of a minimum of four dental implants being placed per jaw, and a full new arch of teeth attached at the same time.
Otherwise, temporary teeth may be fitted until osseointegration is complete, after which dentures, a crown, or bridge will be attached.
Fixed metal braces aren’t the only way to straighten your teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we use both discreet fixed appliances and removable aligners to subtly improve the position of both adults’ and teenagers’ teeth. Depending on your individual clinical situation, treatment can be complete in just a few short months.
At out Kent dental clinic we are always keen to extol the health virtues of teeth straightening treatment at any age. Put simply, it is easier to keep better aligned teeth clean, so using either braces or aligners you can also improve your dental hygiene, and cut your risk of gum disease and tooth decay – both of which lead to tooth loss if allowed to become severe.
The major barrier faced by adults when seeking teeth straightening treatment is the false believe that it has to involve metal braces, which are known for being very obvious, uncomfortable, and for having lengthy treatment times.
At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we are keen to offer some more discreet alternatives, so that you can enjoy all the benefits of teeth straightening treatment with none of the hassle.
When you come into our Kent clinic for a teeth straightening consultation, your dentist will assess your clinical situation and talk you through our relevant treatment options.
Teeth straightening at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent may involve:
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles are popular cosmetic braces, which are designed to act in as little as half a year by focussing on the teeth that show when you smile. Although they will be fixed to your teeth for the duration of treatment, few people will notice Six Month Smiles immediately. That’s because they comprise clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, thus blend in with the natural shade of your teeth.
Invisalign is a popular alternative to fixed braces. Treatment involves using a series of clear, removable aligners to gently adjust the position of your teeth. Because you can take them out for tooth brushing etc, Invisalign make it easy to maintain good dental hygiene during treatment. You should wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day.
Dental implants are the only permanent way a dentist can replace your missing teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we can use implants to replace one, some, or all of your natural teeth. The results will be a new set of teeth that look and act just like their natural counterparts.
Benefits of choosing dental implants
There are numerous benefits to choosing dental implants over other tooth replacement options – standard bridgework and dentures. A traditional dental bridge requires healthy, strong adjacent teeth that are free from large fillings for support, and often necessitates the destruction of healthy tooth structure for crowns to be placed.
An implant-retained bridge needs no work on surrounding teeth, getting all the support it needs from your dental implants. More teeth can also be placed on an implant-retained bridge – in some cases a full arch of teeth can be supported by a few implants in this way.
Patients who wear traditional dentures often come to our Kent dental practice complaining that their false teeth, which once fitted snugly, have become increasingly loose, affecting their speech and diet, and devastating their confidence. Loose dentures are caused at least in part by resorbtion of the jaw bone, which happens when the tooth roots are missing.
Dental implants replace the roots of the teeth, holding a denture, crown, or bridge securely in place and helping to prevent bone loss. At our Kent dental practice we can use implants to stabilise your dentures, enabling you to eat, speak, smile and socialise with new-found confidence.
Kent dental implants
Most patients at our Kent dental practice only require local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants, although your dentist can also provide this treatment under sedation if you are anxious, undergoing a longer procedure, or have a very strong gag reflex.
Sometimes you can have new teeth fitted at the same appointment, while in other cases it is best to leave your implants to heal for a few months. Your dentist may fit temporary teeth in this case.
After healing, your implants and crowns, dentures, or bridge will give all the function of natural teeth.