The Invisalign orthodontic straightening treatment consists of a series of invisible plastic retainers worn for two weeks at a time, affecting slow realignment of the teeth. Each retainer is individually manufactured for the patient’s teeth to help achieve the desired straightening results.
By using the latest 3D imaging technology, a Swindon dentist is able to project what the teeth will look like at the end of treatment and at every stage throughout its course. The retainers are also manufactured according to the specifications of the 3D treatment plan.
The major advantage of the Invisalign treatment is of course the discretion it offers. Many patients would like straighter teeth but are too self-conscious or unwilling to make the sacrifice of unattractive metal braces. Invisalign retainers are manufactured from one-millimetre thick clear plastic that is practically invisible when worn by the patient. This means that it is now possible to straighten teeth without completely sacrificing the appearance of your smile. This has proved to be very popular with many teenagers keen not to stand out from the crowd, and also many young professionals wishing to avoid the stigma of wearing a brace later in life.
The other major bonus of Invisialign retainers is that unlike some other braces, they are completely removable which means that teeth can still be effectively cleaned and there is little interruption to eating habits. Invisalign braces are designed to fit around your life with as little impact as possible. They are even significantly more comfortable than all other straightening devices because of the absence of wire and bracket mechanisms that require tightening.
More and more patients are opting to have a dental implant as a permanent solution to replace a missing tooth in favour of the less rigid partial dentures and dental bridges. Implants come in the form of small screws anchored directly into the jawbone to hold an artificial tooth in exactly the same way a root supports a real tooth. This creates a feeling more similar to having a real tooth and also gives the patient an extra sense of security.
One dental implant fitted by a Bath dentist can support one or more artificial teeth, and five implants is usually enough to support a whole dental arc. Whole arc replacements are commonly being used as an alternative to dentures, which are notoriously prone to moving about and even falling out, which can be a source of great anxiety for many patients.
The surgery needed to fix a dental implant is more complex and more expensive than most other dental substitutes but the advantage of extra security and longevity often proves to be well worth it. A dental bridge will commonly last for between five and seven years whereas an implant, if properly maintained, can last as long as twenty-five years.
Once fixed into the jaw, the implant, usually made form titanium, will be left for several weeks or months to fuse with the bone and tissue structure around it. This process is called osseointegration and can vary significantly from patient-to-patient. Although it should be pointed out that implants may not be suitable for all patients depending on the condition of the jawbone and existing teeth.
Losing some or all of your teeth can be a painful and embarrassing experience. Whether it is due to a dental trauma or simply the result of tooth decay, it is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. One option is to have dentures or a partial denture fitted by a Chepstow dentist. Although dentures will take some getting used to and can never compare to real teeth, modern dentures are more lifelike and comfortable than ever and are a more than sufficient replacement for your original teeth. A well-fitting set of modern dentures should not prevent you from doing anything you could ordinarily do with a set of real teeth.
Dentures work by using a flesh-coloured acrylic palate base that sits over your gums. Attached to the palate is a row of realistic and healthy looking artificial teeth. Each set of dentures will be custom made according to moulds taken of your gums and manufactured in a dental laboratory. A well-made set of dentures should fit comfortably around the gums and be held in place by suction alone. Patients with ill-fitting dentures often resort to using denture adhesive gels and strips to secure their dentures, but these can often be messy and frankly more fuss than they are worth.
It is important if you do wear dentures to have them regularly relined and rebased to fit the changing structure of your gum tissue. Loose fitting dentures can cause painful and damaging gum erosion that cannot be reversed. It is also important to take good care of your dentures to increase their lifespan.
Having to wear dentures may not be the ideal situation, but with the appropriate dental advice, care and treatment a set of dentures can be just as effective and comfortable as real teeth.
As anyone who has experienced serious dental problems will tell you, it is definitely a good idea to look after your teeth now to prevent problems occurring in the future. Dental health is something that is very much in your own hands. Effective cleaning and regular dental check ups with a Gloucester dentist can help to prevent costly and painful dental treatment for tooth decay and gum disease.
Gloucester dentists are available for general dental health check ups and are able to offer state-of-the-art dental treatment and the latest advice on effective cleaning. A short check up every six-months as recommended could help you to prevent any significant dental problems and catch any signs of tooth decay and gum disease as early as possible.
A poor standard of dental hygiene can lead to a build up of plaque in the mouth and around the teeth. Plaque is a bacteria-rich substance which releases acids that breaks down the protective layer of enamel around the teeth. This can lead to dental cavities ultimately responsible for infections, abscesses and tooth loss. Plaque can be easily removed by effective brushing and flossing twice a day, as recommended by Gloucester dentists.
Dentists are also able to effectively treat all forms of dental problems ranging from minor cavities to knocked out or broken teeth. Dental technology has advanced rapidly in recent years and incredibly effective and realistic treatments are available for all forms of dental concerns. There is also a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures available to make aesthetic improvements to give you the smile you have always wanted.
Dental pain, often commonly known as toothache, can be extremely unpleasant and is usually an indicator of the exact level of decay affecting the tooth. The pain occurs because decay has worn away the protective layer of enamel around the tooth. This exposes the more sensitive dentine and dental nerve located at the centre of the tooth. A breach in the enamel also allows extremes of hot and cold to penetrate to the nerve of the tooth, creating the sensation of sensitive teeth when eating.
There are different kinds of pain commonly experienced that are usually indicative of certain forms of decay. A sharp pain set off by hot or cold food indicates an early sign of decay as a heat stimulus is sent to the nerve through the dentine. The sharp pain will usually subside after a few seconds to a minute. A dull pain starting without any stimulus is a more serious concern and may signal damage to the living cells of the nerve and decaying pulp tissue. For both forms of pain it is recommended that you see a Chepstow dentist as soon as possible as he may need to fill any dental cavities or in serious cases remove infected material from the tooth via a root canal treatment.
Although it is possible to gain relief from the pain of toothache using over-the-counter and prescription painkillers, this will not address the root of the problem. Dental decay will get steadily worse unless treated correctly by a trained dentist. It is also important to remember that even if dental pain appears to have stopped it is still necessary to see a dentist. This is because some infections actually kill off the sensitive dental nerve, leaving the tooth without any sensation but still infected. The infection is then capable of spreading to other teeth in the mouth and even the bloodstream.
Dental pain is never a pleasant experience but it is important to remember that it can be treated and prevented by seeking the necessary treatment from a dentist as soon as possible.
Restorative dental crowns are caps that fit over the top of damaged, broken or cracked teeth in order to restore their cosmetic appearance and protect them from further damage. They can be made from a variety of different substances including gold and silver but are most commonly fabricated from enamel-like porcelain.
Dental crowns have existed for many years but it is only in the last few years that they have improved to reach the incredible standards of realism and effective protection that they offer today. New computer-aided design and manufacture technology has allowed Swindon dentists to be able to fit beautifully engineered crowns in a fraction of the time previously possible.
There are many reasons why patients need crowns, ranging from further protective measures following root canal treatments to purely cosmetic reasons improving the appearance of a smile. Whatever the reason, dental crowns are fitted in the same way following preparation involving some removal of enamel. This allows the crown to fit naturally over the top of the existing tooth without looking out of place. However, as crown technology improves and crowns are manufactured to ever-higher degrees of accuracy, the porcelain becomes thinner, meaning less enamel needs to be removed prior to fitting.
A dental crown procedure will usually involve several visits to the dentist to complete. It is usually a relatively painless procedure unless the teeth are being repaired due to structural damage. Once fitted, if properly cared for, a dental crown will offer added protection against further injury, restore the cosmetic appearance of the tooth and resist stains for up to fifteen years.
Dental bonding is a common and simple cosmetic dentistry procedure used by Bristol dentists to repair minor damage to the teeth and improve their overall appearance. Dental bonding, also known as cosmetic bonding, can be used to repair damage caused by cavities, chips and cracks and discolouration, and is very popular because it is really effective and very affordable.
The bonding itself is a tooth-coloured resin that can be shaped before being set hard using the heat of a dental laser. Little preparation is needed before application, with only some minor etching to allow better adhesion to the enamel. Once set, the bonding can be buffed and polished to appear more like the smooth surface of tooth enamel.
There are several major advantages of using dental bonding over other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, bonding can be prepared in the surgery during one visit to the dentist. Also unlike veneers and crowns, dental bonding requires little or no removal of tooth enamel so there is no unnecessary damage to the teeth. Another major bonus is that unless filling a cavity, bonding is completely pain-free and requires no anaesthetic.
In some cases dental bonding may not be suitable because of the size of the area needing filling, or the extensive nature of the dental trauma but for small scale repairs and minor cosmetic improvements, dental bonding is the perfect solution. Make an appointment to consult with your dentist to see for yourself the amazing variety of dental problems that can be treated with incredibly versatile dental bonding.
Having missing teeth in your smile can be embarrassing and cause a loss of confidence but it can also have a series of adverse physical effects as well. Teeth missing from the dental arc can cause a change in bite, shifting of other teeth, speech impediments and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. It is therefore important to replace the missing teeth with artificial dental substitutes as soon as possible.
One option is to have a dental bridge fitted by a Bristol dentist. Dental bridges are fixed artificial teeth attached to dental crowns on either side of the gap and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. There are several different types of dental bridge that can be used depending on the circumstances of the individual patient but typically all bridges will include an artificial bridging tooth called a pontic.
If you are a suitable candidate for treatment the dentist will construct the bridge over the course of several visits. This may involve rebuilding damaged teeth so that they are strong enough to receive a dental crown. Once the crowns are in place, a pontic specifically chosen to fit the gap exactly and match the colour of the existing teeth can then be fixed using metal strips and dental bonding. The cost of the bridge will vary depending on the types of material used in manufacturing the bridge and the extent of the damage to the original teeth but will usually fall between £500 and £1.500. Once fixed, the dental bridge can last up to twenty years if properly cleaned and maintained through a strict oral hygiene regime. Although it would obviously be preferable to have your original teeth intact, dental bridge treatments provide an incredibly lifelike and sturdy alternative to real teeth and can prevent a series of unpleasant negative effects otherwise associated with missing teeth.
The Inman aligner, aptly introduced at the very beginning of the new millennium, signalled the future for corrective orthodontic treatment. A new form of teeth straightening, available from Bristol dentists, that was both discreet and incredibly fast-acting, the Inman aligner immediately eclipsed other more traditional forms of teeth straightening.
Braces have never been the most pleasant of corrective dental treatments, but the Inman aligner seemed to offer a genuine alternative to ugly and uncomfortable fixed metal braces and the slow treatment times of invisible retainers. The Inman is ideal for the treatment of minor alignment issues, achieving stunningly straight results in as little as ten weeks. It has allowed many patients not quite willing to undergo the discomfort of wearing normal braces to have fast, effective and discreet realignment treatment.
The Inman aligner works by using the power of a coiled spring to put pressure on teeth needing repositioning and uses a labial bar to reverse that same pressure. This has the combined effect of pushing and pulling teeth simultaneously into alignment. Because only the labial bar is visible across the front of the teeth, the Inman aligner is therefore hardly noticeable while straightening. It also has the added advantage of being completely removable so does not disrupt regular teeth cleaning methods or eating habits.
Like almost all orthodontic treatments, the aligner can be a little uncomfortable for the first few days of treatment but this will soon fade as the teeth become accustomed to the pressure. Similarly, speech will be affected initially but this will again improve over the first week or two of treatment.
The Inman aligner is becoming a very popular way of achieving a beautiful smile and because of the speed of treatment is even becoming a must have cosmetic treatment in the run up to a big social event, especially weddings. Whether you want straighter teeth in order to be a beautiful bride or simply to have confidence in a beautiful smile, the Inman aligner could be just the tool for you. Call 0117 973 1910 for a free consultation with Dr Gerrard
Is there is a small defect in your teeth preventing you from having the perfect smile? A small chip in one of the front teeth, worn sections of enamel or even a small fracture or slight overlapping of teeth might seem like insignificant problems but they can be very noticeable if all th
e other teeth are straight and undamaged. However, all of these minor defects can be fixed by a process known as teeth contouring, a procedure aimed at changing the size or shape of teeth so that teeth with minor damage appear to be in better alignment with the rest.
Using a special polishing instrument a dentist will remove small areas of enamel from one or more teeth to even up the defect in the other tooth. This is then followed by an even smoothing and polishing of all the surrounding teeth. The process is quick, painless and most of all affordable making it an ideal place to start a more comprehensive smile makeover.
Teeth contouring is most often performed on the upper front canine teeth, lateral teeth and upper central teeth as these are the most exposed to structural damage such as chipping or fracturing. Besides realignment teeth contouring also makes teeth easier to clean reducing the risk of dental decay or gum disease. This is especially true when fixing small overlapping issues.
The procedure will usually take place in one visit to the dentist, although it is sometime necessary to have a follow up appointment. Most appointments will last between half an hour and an hour and the dentist will often take a before and after picture so you can more easily visualise the change in appearance. The process involves very little if no pain at all because it is only the nerveless tooth enamel that is being removed or polished, although some patients experience slightly sensitive teeth for a few days after the treatment. A Weston-super-Mare dentist will offer teeth contouring as a standard procedure so you can finally get that flawless perfect smile you have always wanted.