June 25th, 2010
Braces. A word that used to strike fear into the hearts of every teenager across the country. And who could blame them? Nobody would particularly relish the prospect of a mouth full of metal brackets and wires, painful tightening appointments and the aesthetic nightmare that was traditional braces; in some cases for as long as three years. But the world of orthodontic straightening has undergone some significant changes in recent years.
Driven by the obvious need to provide patients with a better way of achieving the straight teeth they wanted, various companies set about to design and manufacture new methods of straightening teeth. New pioneering techniques were developed that finally solved the problems that wearing traditional braces could cause.
One of the most successful of these new devices is called the Six Month Smile brace. Addressing all the major concerns of brace wearers, Six Month Smile braces are designed to be discreet, using smaller brackets and tooth coloured wires, to limit the visual impact a brace can have. They are also made to be more comfortable, with little or no need for painful tightening. But perhaps most significantly is the speed of treatment they can offer. The average treatment time for conventional braces was between two and three years, with Six Month Smile the average treatment time is, well, six months, hence the name.
This is an incredible advantage and one that is striking a chord with patients all across the UK. If in the past, the desire to have straighter teeth was outweighed by the thought of a three year long treatment, there can be few who would argue with a six month treatment to achieve the smile they have always wanted. To find out more about these incredible new braces, make an appointment with your Sunbury dentist and ask about Six Month Smile braces
June 24th, 2010
Nobody relishes the idea of having to wear braces. The thought of up to three years with a mouth full of unattractive metal is enough to put anyone off, let alone a teenager in the most emotionally difficult time of their lives. Thankfully, over the last ten years a number of companies have designed orthodontic straightening devices that have addressed some of the key drawbacks of traditional fixed-metal braces.
One such development, made by Align Technologies, has been the Invisalign brace. This is a revolutionary new invisible brace that is almost impossible to see, yet just as effective as a conventional metal brace. Invisalign braces are made from one-millimetre thick plastic and designed especially for the individual’s teeth. Each plastic retainer is worn for a period of about three weeks before being replaced by another with small adjustments. In this way, over the course of the average 18-month treatment, the teeth are gradually realigned to be in a more aesthetically pleasing position.
The other major advantage of the Invisalign system is that the braces are completely removable. This means they can be taken out for cleaning purposes, or even for sports or social occasions. This is a major advantage for teenagers and even young professionals keen to avoid the stigma so frequently attached to wearing braces.
As the average treatment time of Invisalign braces from a Weybridge dentist is just 18-months this also means it is shorter than with traditional braces. Just another reason why Invisalign is rapidly becoming very popular with both dentists and patients across the UK.
June 21st, 2010
The Inman aligner is the one of latest in a long line of orthodontic teeth straightening devices that offers vastly improved treatment to the old fashioned fixed metal braces. To any teenager facing the concept of having braces, the old style ‘train-track’ metal braces could seem quite a formidable sacrifice to have to make. Treatment could last up to three years and the bulky wire and bracket system that affected the change was uncomfortable and required regular painful tightening. And the obvious disadvantage was that they didn’t exactly look all that great aesthetically.
This is where the Inman aligner has offered a genuine alternative. Not only is the aligner discreet, with the bulk of the straightening materials, notably the coiled spring that gives it its straightening power, located on the tongue side of the teeth but only a small and very discreet wire can be seen running along the front of the teeth. This gives the Inman aligner a huge advantage over traditional braces aesthetically.
The Inman aligner also straightens teeth much quicker than most other braces. Incredibly, in some cases, results can be seen in as little as six weeks, although the average time of treatment is about six months. This is a significant improvement, especially for patients in their teens when three years can seem like an eternity.
The Inman aligner is also completely removable, which is good for patients who play sport or who have regular social occasions they do not want to wear braces for. In fact, because of all these advantages many people are choosing to use the Inman aligner to straighten teeth before important social occasions like wedding or starting new jobs. To find out more about the Inman aligner, ask a Kingston-upon-Thames dentist at your next check up.
June 20th, 2010
Do you have a missing tooth you are looking to replace? Then you may want to consider having a dental implant. These are small titanium screws that are placed directly into the jawbone to act as a base for an artificial tooth. Unlike other dental restorations, dental implants are the only dental substitute to restore the whole of the missing tooth from root to crown. This makes them the most stable and realistic alternative to a real tooth and explains why they are fast becoming the restoration of choice for many patients.
Although dental implants are more expensive than other tooth substitutes, they do not need to be replaced and once implanted they will last for the rest of your life. Because they are so stable, it also means that you will not have to worry abut eating certain foods and the risk this can pose to other less permanent solutions such as dental bridges and partial dentures.
The procedure involves drilling a whole into the jawbone and screwing in the implant. Once in, it will then be left for a period of time to fuse with bone and tissue until it is thoroughly set in the jaw. It can then be used to attach a post and finally a suitable dental crown chosen to match the size and colour of the existing teeth.
Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth and in the case of many missing teeth it is even possible to use several mini-implants to act as a solid base for a set of dentures. The dentures can be clipped on and off to the mini-implants removing the need to use sticky and messy denture adhesives. Molesey dentists can offer more information about the benefits of dental implants at your next appointment.
June 17th, 2010
In the past, patients who needed braces were often left with very little option other than to opt for the traditional fixed metal braces. However, over the last decade a whole new generation of new braces has sprung up offering vastly improved treatment. One of the most impressive of this new generation of braces is the Damon treatment.
Damon braces like to see themselves as more than just an orthodontic product. They believe it is a whole new way of treatment that does away with the need for the removal of otherwise healthy teeth and palatal expanders to create room for the teeth. Damon braces aim to create full natural smiles using sensible amounts of force to move the teeth into position.
The main points of the Damon treatment are faster treatment, fewer appointments and more comfortable treatment and it seems to deliver on all three. Damon uses passive self-ligating braces, which eliminate the need for plastic or metal ties. This means there is no need for tightening during treatment. The light weight memory-shape wires move teeth faster and require fewer adjustments during the course of treatment. The Damon system not only aligns your teeth but also aims to improve your facial aesthetics including profile, without the need for extractions.
Damon braces from a Weybridge dentist are designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy to clean. The brackets are smaller meaning a larger area of the tooth can be cleaned and they have no metal or elastic ties which can act as a magnet for plaque and bacteria. To experience the comfort and discretion of the Damon treatment make an appointment with your dentist. Orthodontic straightening doesn’t have to be the gruelling process it was in the past thanks to Damon braces.
June 13th, 2010
There are many people who are not entirely satisfied with their appearance. In some cases this can be the cause of serious emotional and self-esteem issues that can affect their everyday lives. There are a number of options for people who are unhappy with how they look. They could opt to have counselling in order to come to terms with their emotional problems. Some opt for cosmetic treatments such as surgery, which can be very traumatic and not always effective.
One other option that people can use to improve their appearance is cosmetic dentistry. Unlike cosmetic surgery, there is very little tissue manipulation which makes cosmetic surgery more risky. Improving the appearance of the teeth can be just as effective as improving the appearance of wrinkles or having a facelift. This is because studies have shown that the teeth are one of the most visually important aspects of the face. This is probably due to their importance to your smile but it does also mean that having beautiful and healthy looking teeth will take years off your appearance and make you appear far more attractive. This could be just the boost you are looking for if you have been unhappy with how you look.
Dentists in Surbiton offer a variety of different cosmetic procedures that can be used to improve the appearance of your smile. These include orthodontic tooth straightening to improve alignment, teeth whitening for that brighter smile and even porcelain veneers to completely overhaul the appearance of the teeth. These treatments are tired and tested and can produce stunning results that can improve not just your smile but your profile and in some cases even facial structure. If you are insecure about your teeth or face, ask a dentist about the range of cosmetic dentistry procedures available to make an improvement.
June 10th, 2010
If you have seen any of the recent TV makeover shows you will almost certainly have noticed that dental treatment and improving the teeth are an integral part of the makeover process. This is because the teeth form such a large part of attractiveness and are often the first thing people notice when they first meet new people. There are many individual cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve certain parts of the teeth but it also possible to have a number of treatments carried out at the same time with something called a smile makeover.
A smile makeover involves a complete overhaul of all the aspects of the teeth’s appearance. This means that your Weybridge dentist will aim to improve the colour, size, shape and alignment of the teeth to make them appear healthier and make you more attractive.
This could involve a whitening treatment to restore the appearance of stained or discoloured teeth. This can lighten tooth enamel by up to ten shades and make you look a lot younger and healthier. Alignment can be tackled with one of a number of orthodontic teeth straighteners or braces such as the Inman aligner.
In certain cases where the teeth are in need of more significant improvement, dentists can also use ceramic veneers to create a more pleasing appearance for the teeth. Veneers are very thin porcelain caps that fit over the top of the existing teeth. They can be specially designed to make the teeth look straighter and more even.
Having several treatments performed concurrently can be costly but is also capable of producing some stunning results for your teeth. Even teeth in very poor condition can be almost completely restored with a smile makeover from a Weybridge dentist.
June 8th, 2010
Dental technology is advancing at an incredible rate. Nowhere is this more obvious than with the recently pioneered Cerec technology. Cerec is a revolutionary new system that allows dentists to design, create and install dental restorations such as veneers, crowns and inlays in a matter of minutes. These processes could often take up to two weeks in the past, which gives you some ideas of exactly how significant a development Cerec is proving to be.
The system works by utilising the amazing technology available with digital x-rays and three-dimensional imaging. In the past, a Surbiton dentist would need to take several dental moulds and a series of conventional x-rays to build up a picture of the patient’s teeth. Each dental mould and set of x-rays would often constitute a whole appointment, which could be very time consuming. Digital x-rays allow the dentist to produce an accurate 3D image on a computer almost immediately. This enables them to see exactly what is required and begin the design process straight away.
Using computers, the design for the new crown or veneer can be incredibly accurate, to microscopic levels in fact. This means that Cerec is also improving the quality of treatment as well as the speed. Once the new restoration is designed and the dentist satisfied, they can then instruct a computer-guided mill to sculpt the new crown from a single piece of specially chosen porcelain. This amazing process takes as little as six minutes per tooth.
The new crown or veneer can then be fitted using the traditional methods. These ‘chair-side restorations’, as they have come to be known, are revolutionising the world of dentistry and give a valuable insight into the possibilities of dentistry in the future. More convenient, better quality and more accurate treatment is the way forward and Cerec is definitely leading the way.
June 7th, 2010
TMJ is the common name for a collection of complaints called Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorders. These are a collection of complaints that affect the jaw and the surrounding muscles, limiting jaw movement and causing pain. TMJ is often poorly understood which can often lead to misdiagnosis and continued pain and discomfort. TMJ is often attributed as symptom of a wider condition and ignored as a condition in its own right.
It is thought that as many as one in ten people suffer from some form of the condition but few ever receive the necessary treatment. The main symptoms of TMJ are characterised by pain but there can be a number of other tell tale signs. Limited movement of the jaw, ringing in the ears, dizziness and muscle stiffness can all also be signs of TMJ. Often TMJ is only mild and will heal on its own without treatment over a few weeks. However, if the pain does not go away it may be necessary to go to your Kingston-upon-Thames dentist to have the problem treated.
At present there is no standard test for the diagnosis of TMJ. Your dentist will need to conduct a series of tests and examine your medical history to see if you are likely to be a sufferer. There are several major causes of TMJ but the most likely include injuries to the jaw, genetic predisposition and clenching or grinding of the teeth. Treatment of the condition often involves avoiding food difficult to chew and anything that could involve a large jaw movement. Keeping the levels of discomfort to a minimum will help to reduce the impact of the condition and allow for a more speedy recovery.
June 6th, 2010
When out teeth come under attack from tooth decay caused by plaque and bacteria, dental cavities begin to appear in our teeth. If these cavities are not addressed with treatment they will get bigger until the enamel is breached and plaque and bacteria can penetrate to the more sensitive central area of the tooth. This could be the cause of dental infection or abscess that will certainly be painful and often costly to treat.
One way of preventing this from happening is to use a dental filling to prevent the cavity from growing any larger. This involves using dental bonding to fill the cavity and solidify. However, in some circumstances, the cavity may already be too big and will require a greater degree of protection. This is when a Sunbury dentist may resort to using a dental crown. This is an artificial cap that is cemented over the whole part of the tooth above the gum line to protect it from further damage.
The process of fitting a crown first involves the removal of a certain amount of tooth enamel. This allows the crown to fit comfortably over the top of the existing tooth without appearing too large. The new crown, usually made from porcelain but they can also be made from metal including gold and silver, will have been specially designed and manufactured to fit into place. It will then be cemented in place using composite resin bonding.
Dental crowns are also used as the result of a number of other dental processes. For example, after a root canal procedure which is used to remove any traces of bacterial infection in the teeth. Because the tooth will have already been significantly damaged by the infection, a crown will be needed after surgery to protect the tooth from further infection. Dental crowns are also used to repair teeth that have been damaged by dental trauma such as cracks and chips.