Archives for November, 2009

Straight teeth without the sacrifice with Invisalign braces form Surbiton dentist

For patients not blessed with naturally straight and even teeth, a perfect smile can be achieved by wearing orthodontic braces. In the past, patients have been limited to fixed-metal braces that are both ugly and uncomfortable, which could have a serious impact on their lives. Fixed braces were not only aesthetically unpleasant but they also made eating a messy experience and certain foods were off the menu completely. Braces are unfortunately most effective during the developing teenage years, meaning that patients in their most difficult and emotionally challenging years would stand out from the crowd. Luckily, advances in dental technology provided an answer in the form of Invisalign clear plastic retainers.

Created by Align Technologies in 1999, Invisalign retainers are one-millimeter thick see-through plastic retainers designed and manufactured for each individual’s teeth. A series of twenty or so retainers, worn for a period of two to three weeks each, gradually moved teeth into a the desired position. The retainers are made using the latest computer-aided design and manufacture technology to provide straighter teeth with the minimum amount of discomfort. Because the retainers are see-through, they are almost impossible to see when fitted over the teeth, unless standing very close to the patient.

Even more importantly, Invisalign retainers are completely removable so they can be taken out at meal times and for important social occasions. This again reduces the impact on the patient’s life and creates no restrictions on what they can and can’t eat. The retainers are easily cleaned with normal toothbrushes and tooth paste.

Invisalign retainers really do offer straighter teeth without the sacrifice. Treatments usually last between one and two years which is slower than some other retainers on the market, but because of the reduced impact of treatment and quality of results, is rarely an issue for most patients. If you suffer from misaligned teeth and are looking for a discreet and pain-free way of straightening them, make an appointment with a Surbiton dentist to discuss the benefits of Invsalign plastic retainers.

Sunbury dentist straightens teeth in six-weeks with Inman aligner

The Inman aligner is the latest in a long line of orthodontic straightening appliances offering straighter teeth in a shorter time with a much smaller impact than fixed-metal braces. The aligner is perfect for achieving small straightening movements in a short amount of time, particularly on the upper and lower front teeth. Many dentists are using the Inman aligner as an alternative to the Invisalign clear plastic braces. The Inman aligner is not as completely discreet as the Invisalign treatment, as a small metal bar is visible along the front of the teeth, but the Inman shares many of the benefits with the Invisalign treatment and is up to 75 per cent faster.

The Inman aligner works by using the power of a coiled spring to adjust the position of the lateral teeth. This creates room for the front teeth to be pushed and pulled into a straighter position by the metal straightening bar along the front of the teeth. The appliance completely is removable but for best results should be worn for at least 20 hours a day.

Like most orthodontic appliances, the Inman aligner will initially be slightly uncomfortable as the teeth get used to the pressure being applied. This discomfort is rarely more than mild and will usually pass within the first week. It may also initially affect speech and cause the patient to salivate more but again these are temporary issues, and the patient quickly adapts.

The cost of the Inman aligner treatment varies according to the length of treatment, the level of straightening required and the level of expertise of the dentist but you should expect to pay between £1,250 and £2,500. This is considerably cheaper than many other straightening systems including the Invisalign plastic retainers.

Inman aligners have many advantages over other orthodontic braces. The most significant advantage is the length of treatment, which at between 6 and 16 weeks is much faster than any other brace on the market. The treatment is so quick that many patients are using it to straighten teeth before important special occasions such as weddings. The Inman aligner is also widely used and will be offered by nearly all dentists unlike some other braces that are only licensed to certain dentists. Sunbury dentists will be bale to offer you the Inman aligner treatment for effective and quick teeth straightening.

Dental implant from Kingston-upon-Thames dentist realistic substitute for missing tooth

A knocked out tooth is one of the more common dental injuries. Teeth can be knocked out by any kind of head trauma received either playing sport, in a car accident or any other kind of physical collision. A missing tooth can often be the source of great embarrassment and loss of self-confidence, especially if in the more visible front teeth. Most patients who suffer a knocked out tooth want to replace it with a realistic alternative. The most lifelike and natural dental substitute available is a dental implant.

It is also important to replace missing teeth for health reasons. Missing teeth can have adverse effects on the other teeth in the arc, which can move about and become misaligned. Mobile teeth can also cause painful interruptions to bite and jaw complications. A dental bridge is a sturdy replacement for a real tooth and prevents any kind of tooth mobility that may still occur with other dental substitutes.

A dental implant itself is a small metal screw, usually made from titanium or other non-harmful, strong metal. It is anchored into the jawbone itself like the root of a natural tooth to provide a solid and realistic alternative. Once the implant is screwed into the jawbone, it will be left for several weeks for the bone and tissue to fuse around it. This process is called osseointegration. While this fusion is taking pace the dentist may attach a temporary crown to protect the implant. The temporary crown will later be replaced with a porcelain crown, designed to fit perfectly with the other teeth and match their colour as closely as possible.

Dental implants can be used to support one or more missing teeth. They are suitable for patients with strong jawbones and healthy existing teeth. Patients without sufficient bone also have the option of a bone graft before the implant. The cost of dental implants varies on the materials used and the complexity of the procedure, but the higher cost is reflected in the longevity of the treatment. A well-maintained dental implant from a Kingston-upon-Thames dentist could last over twenty years providing the patient with security and feel of a real tooth.

Straight teeth in six weeks with Inman aligner from Surbiton dentist

The Inman aligner is a revolutionary new orthodontic tool that can straighten teeth in a fraction of the time it takes for normal metal braces or clear plastic retainers.

For patients who wish to have their teeth straightened, the choice has previously been between effective but ugly and unpleasant metal braces or discreet but very gradual plastic retainers. For teenager, in the most emotionally unstable years of their development, the idea of wearing braces is often a terrifying one. No teenager wants to be easily identifiable or singled out and braces can be the source of great embarrassment. Although plastic braces have been on the market in the last fifteen years, the treatment period is often very long, in some cases over two years and does not always guarantee good results.

The Inman aligner has offered a genuine alternative to these two choices. Although not completely invisible, the astonishing speed of results obtained by the Inman aligner means most patients are able overlook the single metal bar that sits in front of the teeth. In most cases, results show between six and sixteen weeks with the Inman aligner, incredible given the months and years other treatments require.

Like all orthodontic appliances, the Inman aligner can cause some initial discomfort but this soon fades after the first few days. Other than this minor discomfort the aligner is completely painless. It works by using a coiled spring to push the teeth at the side outwards, allowing room for the front teeth to straighten. It is most suitable for minor overcrowding or spacing issues (more serious cases of overcrowding and spacing may require more substantial treatment) but for patients who desire the finishing touches to their smile the Inman is the perfect tool. The Inman aligner also has the added bonus of being completely removable, so unlike other orthodontic treatments it does not prevent the eating of certain foods.

The Inman aligner has shaved months off effective orthodontic treatment. It has brought the art of teeth straightening well and truly into the new millennium and now means that wanting straight teeth no longer involves the sacrifice of one or two years of your life feeling self-conscious about intrusive metal braces. Ask a Surbiton dentist today if the Inman aligner would be a suitable tool to help straighten your teeth.

Shepperton dentist replace missing tooth with dental bridge

Patients who have a missing tooth, either from accident or injury or due to dental problems such as decay, can feel embarrassed about the gap in their smile. A missing tooth can cause confidence and esteem issues and make people reluctant to smile. As well as causing psychological problems, a missing tooth can also be responsible for several physiological conditions. Because teeth act as rigid supports for facial muscles, a missing tooth can cause sagging of the facial muscles and negative changes in profile. Remaining teeth are inclined to lean into the space caused by a missing tooth, which can cause uncomfortable issues with bite. Missing teeth can also provide hollows that can become a breeding ground for bacteria, as they are difficult to clean.

For these reasons it is important to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible. One of the most common dental procedures to replace an absent tooth is a dental bridge. This is when an artificial tooth, or pontic, is secured to existing teeth on either side by dental crowns or bonding, creating the image of a full set. Dental bridges can be used to fill one or more empty spaces

There are several main types of dental bridge including the traditional fixed bridge where the pontic is fused to crowns on either side; the resin bonded bridge where the pontic is fused to existing teeth with strips of metal and resin; and the cantilever bridge where there are only existing teeth on one side of the gap so the pontic is attached to two or more teeth on that side.

A dental bridge will usually be fitted in two or three visits to the dentist. The dentist will need to take dental moulds prior to installation so that work can begin on the bridge in the laboratory. A dental bridge is a solid alternative to real teeth. It can act as support for facial muscles preventing the abovementioned sagging. If a dental bridge is properly cared for it can last up to seven years. Good standards of oral hygiene and regular dental check ups will help you preserve the bridge for as long as possible. Ask a Shepperton dentist about the replacing your missing teeth with a dental bridge as soon as possible.

Worcester Park dentist replaces missing tooth with dental implant

Having a tooth knocked out cannot only be a painful experience but it can also be the cause of long term emotional issues. Patients with missing teeth are often very embarrassed and reluctant to smile. Similarly, patients who have lost teeth to dental problems such as decay can suffer self-confidence and esteem issues. There are several options to replace missing teeth such as partial dentures and dental bridges, but one of the most popular is a dental implant. Patients like dental implants because they provide a feeling of permanency that closely represents a real tooth.

There are also physiological reasons as well as emotional ones why it is important to replace the tooth with a solid substitute. Because teeth act as rigid supports for facial muscles, if one is missing it can lead to a sagging of facial tissues. Existing teeth will be naturally inclined to lean into the gap left by a tooth which can cause uncomfortable alterations in bite and profile that are extremely difficult to reverse. A dental implant is the most sturdy alternative to a real tooth and can prevent any kind of unwanted facial alteration.

The actual implant is in the form of a small cylindrical screw, usually made of titanium or similar strong, lightweight metal suitable for use in the body. This is attached directly into the jawbone to act as an anchor for the artificial tooth. After this has been implanted it is usually left for a few weeks to allow it to fuse with the bone and gum in a process called osseointergration. Once this has happened a post will be attached to the screw and then finally the crown.

The implant being anchored into the jawbone gives a dental implant that extra stability that bonding and bridges do not have. The extra stability can be very reassuring for patients who are concerned about other dental appliances falling out. In fact, mini implants can also be used to secure dentures by using snap on/snap off metal clips. Because dental implants are so strong they do not prohibit the eating of certain foods which other artificial dental appliances can.

If you have a missing tooth or an existing dental appliance that needs fixing, make an appointment to see a Worcester Park dentist. The dentist will be able to assess your jawbone to see if it is strong enough to maintain a dental implant.

Teeth straightened with Damon braces form Sunbury dentist

In dental technology, as in the wider field of technology, as it advances, treatments tend to get smaller and more efficient. This is particularly useful in orthodontic treatment where unseemly and uncomfortable metal braces have been the norm for so long. The very latest system of teeth straightening is called the Damon Braces system and uses a friction-free system for more comfortable and rapid teeth straightening results. It also has the advantage of not requiring quite as many extractions for the braces to be effective, one of the major drawbacks of conventional braces. The Damon system uses palatal expanders to create more room for the teeth to straighten rather than extractions.

Damon braces use a friction-free movement mechanism and special self-ligating memory wires which increase the speed of treatment. Typically Damon Braces achieve results six months faster than ordinary fixed orthodontic appliances. The self-ligating wires remove the need for regular tightening, one of the main sources of discomfort experienced by patients with regular braces. There is also no need for elastic or metal ties, which can cause irritation to the soft tissue. The lack of elastic wires also make Damon braces better for your oral health. Elastic ties attract bacteria which is a major contributing factor in the build up of plaque, which is eliminated in the Damon system.

Although not as discreet as invisible or clear plastic retainers, Damon braces are far more discreet than the old-style metal orthodontic appliance. The bracket is manufactured from ceramic and other clear material that gives it a much more discreet appearance.

Damon braces may be slightly more costly than both ordinary metal braces and invisible retainers but the added speed with which the system gets results makes the extra cost worthwhile. A Sunbury dentist will be able to advise you further about the benefits of Damon braces.

Dental crown from Sunbury dentist prevents loss of patient’s tooth

One of the most common dental injuries is a chipped, cracked or broken tooth. This is most commonly caused by sporting injury or some other head trauma, but can also be the result of simply chewing something hard. These types of injuries can be very painful but they can also lead to longer-term dental health problems if not repaired quickly. Initially, the dentist will try to repair the damage with composite dental bonding, made from tooth-coloured resin. If the damage is small this will usually be sufficient, but if the damage to the tooth is significant, the dentist may need to apply a dental crown in order to preserve its integrity and save the tooth.

Dental crowns can also be used for other dental repairs such as those caused by tooth decay. If decay has destroyed a tooth so badly, to the point that it is unable to support a filling, then a dentist will use a dental crown to support the tooth and shield it from any further infection and ultimately loss. In a similar way, after a root canal procedure when the cavity has been filled a dentist may use a dental crown to further strengthen the hollowed tooth and to restore its natural appearance.

Because dental crowns involve grinding down the existing tooth before they can be fitted, dentists have been reluctant to use them unless absolutely necessary. But with the advancements in dental technology over the past twenty years, dental crowns can now be manufactured that are so thin they can fit over existing teeth and dental work.

Modern crowns can be manufactured from a single piece of porcelain and can be as thin as a contact lens. This translucent appearance gives the illusion of real tooth enamel, and for the more extroverted patient, there is always the option of a gold or silver crown.

Dental crowns are now manufactured using the very latest in computer aided design and technology, meaning the dentist can use digital x-rays and 3D imaging to create a veneer to microscopic levels of accuracy. Production time has also been reduced from days or even weeks down to minutes, with crowns now designed, manufactured and fitted in a single appointment.

The dental crown is a strong and versatile dental repair that can be used both to save a tooth and enhance its cosmetic appearance. If you are suffering from a damaged tooth, or think a crown could improve your smile, make an appointment with a Sunbury dentist today.

Cracked tooth repaired with porcelain veneer from Surbiton dentist

Sometimes when a tooth is chipped or cracked the dentist is unable to repair it using composite dental bonding. If the damage is too severe to repair with bonding, the patient may be in danger of loosing the tooth because its integrity has been affected so badly. In these cases dentists are left with little alternatives than to use a porcelain veneer, or cap, to seal of the tooth and protect it form further damage.

However, veneers are no longer just used to repair damaged teeth. With the advances in dental technology over the last twenty years, veneers are now incredibly realistic and can be used for a variety of different cosmetic procedures. In the past, veneers often appeared unrealistic and were a last resort, but today’s ultra-thin translucent veneers resemble real teeth and can be used to restore smiles affected by worn down, poorly spaced or badly discoloured teeth.

Porcelain veneers are today manufactured using the very latest in computer aided design and 3D imaging. Dentists are able to create an exact replica pf the patient’s mouth using digital x-rays so that they can design a veneer to microscopic levels of accuracy. Once happy with the plans, the dentist can use the computer to mill the porcelain veneer from a single piece, to incredible degrees of accuracy. Not only has this technology improved the look of veneers but it has also significantly reduced waiting times.

Modern veneers are also much thinner than their predecessors. In the past veneers were made from thick porcelain and required substantial removal of existing enamel to fit over the patient’s tooth. As such a veneer was an irreversible procedure that dentists were reluctant to use unless absolutely necessary. Modern veneers are extremely thin, some the same width as a contact lens, and can be fitted to teeth with minimal preparation, even fitting over existing dental repairs.

Porcelain veneers are a strong and very versatile tool in the cosmetic dentistry cannon. They can be used to repair and maintain teeth and also to improve their aesthetic appearance. If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, or think your teeth could benefit from porcelain veneers ask a Surbiton dentist what they could do for your teeth.