Seeing people with fitted braces either wincing when they bite into something crunchy, or smiling with the remnants of their last meal still stuck on their teeth, is not a good advert for wearing braces. Have you ever witnessed this? Did it put you off enquiring about wearing braces, even though you’d love to have straighter teeth and a winning smile?
It can take as little as just 6 weeks to straighten your teeth and give you the perfect smile you’ve always craved, but if those 6 weeks are going to involve your friends and family looking at you disgust while you eat in a weird way, or end up with food on your face, you might decide that the benefits of orthodontic treatment simply aren’t worth the hassle. Dental technology has changed a lot in recent years and so has the design of orthodontic braces.
If you’re going about your business in South West London and your mouth feels fine, why bother going for regular dental hygiene check ups? Our increasingly busy lives dictate what our priorities for the week should be and unfortunately taking half an hour to ensure our mouth remains healthy is often bumped off the list in favour of other activities.
Whether you’re finishing deadlines, attending an exercise class or grabbing that surprise evening of ‘me time’ when the kids are round at a friend’s house, your reluctance to see the dentist is entirely understandable. Like diets, getting round to booking your hygiene appointment, is something that will happen ‘tomorrow.’
Increasingly irregular hygiene appointments, however, can cause you to build up dental problems, which are simple to cure when caught early enough, but will become serious if left untreated. If you think building half an hour dedicated to your teeth two or four times a year is hard enough, wait until you have to find hours of free time to have your teeth treated. When you’re in pain, you’re teeth suddenly become your number one priority, but sadly they’re not, when you can’t feel them.
If you live in South West London and have a gap in your mouth where a tooth fell out or was removed by your dentist, then you might want to find out a bit more about dental implants. By filling that gap with an implant, you can prevent yourself from bite and tooth movement problems in the future.
Having an implant fitted can reduce the speed of shrinkage of the jawbone, caused by tooth loss, as well as help you avoid more immediate problems such as speech difficulties and chewing effectively. Here are the top 10 things you should know about dental implants:
- A dental implant is a permanent solution to tooth loss. It’s effectively a false tooth, designed to fit in with your existing teeth. The implant will be colour matched and it’ll be hard for anyone else to tell that the tooth is not natural.
For adults considering orthodontic braces, it’s natural to ask, “Will I have to make changes to my lifestyle to wear braces?”, “How convenient are braces?” or “Will they interfere with my life?”
The orthodontic solutions we offer at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice in South West London have been created with busy adults in mind. We want you to be able to have effective and discreet teeth straightening treatment without it creating chaos to your busy schedule and the lifestyle you enjoy.
So, what can you expect when you have your teeth straightened with a brace or aligner?
Here at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice, we believe that the dental hygienist is one of the most important people in the dental health team – that’s why we have four hygienists to support our patients.
Our dental hygienists are on the front line when it comes to helping you keep your teeth fit and well throughout your lifetime. The services they offer – from carrying out a regular scale and polish to giving you dietary and cleaning advice relating to your teeth – have a strong preventative focus, which is very much at the core of our practice-wide ethos. With their help, we can work towards ensuring that you rarely, if ever, need more invasive dental treatments, such as fillings, crowns, bridges or dental implants.
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment here at our dental practice in South West London, but we find that patients often have questions about how the clear aligners work or have picked up some half-truths or even complete myths about wearing Invisalign aligners. This month, we’re setting the record straight with seven things we think everyone needs to know about Invisalign.
- Invisalign clear aligners are almost invisible
Invisalign clear aligners do offer an incredibly discreet teeth straightening option. The aligners are made from a clear plastic and fit so closely to your teeth to exert the right pressure that they are almost impossible to see.
Many people believe that teeth straightening orthodontic treatment cannot take place until a child has lost all their milk teeth and their adult teeth have developed. Parents may feel that they need to wait and see what their child’s ‘finished’ smile looks like before they seek advice about braces for their youngster.
In fact, there is a growing body of research to suggest that early intervention and orthodontic treatment for children as young as six or seven may shorten future treatment times and simplify the procedures young people need as teens.
If you’re currently considering orthodontic – teeth straightening – treatment, it’s likely that your biggest motivator is that you want a better, straighter smile. It’s usual to think of improving your smile in cosmetic terms as it’s such an important part of your appearance and a feature on which most of us are judged, especially when we meet someone for the first time.
Having a straighter smile can have huge benefits in terms of improving self-esteem, confidence, and facial body image. What you may not realise if you have yet to visit an orthodontist is how important a straighter smile can be for your long-term health.
Whereas cosmetic dentistry was once seen as the domain of A-list celebrities and those with plenty of money to spare, more and more people from all walks of life are choosing to enhance their smiles with cosmetic dental procedures such as dental implants, teeth whitening and teeth straightening.
White fillings are an incredibly popular cosmetic dental treatment, probably because they are one of the most affordable and immediate ways of making over a damaged tooth and restoring its appearance.
One of the greatest pleasures in life is being able to throw back your head in laughter or smile and show your teeth in their full glory. Choosing white fillings means that they can be perfectly colour matched to your natural teeth, so you can smile and laugh with confidence and without a mouth full of amalgam.
But are white fillings better than amalgam fillings?
If your dentist tells you that you need a dental crown, you might be wondering what one is exactly and how it will help your teeth. We’ve put together a beginner’s guide below to help you get the low-down on this common restorative treatment: