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a teenage girl having her braces adjusted

A Simpler Way to a Happier Smile

a teenage girl having her braces adjustedIn the UK, we are lucky enough to receive free dental treatment as children through the NHS. Any condition that affects health will be addressed, such as misaligned jaws. This problem is treated with braces, usually in young teenagers. While sporting a mouth full of metal for a couple of years isn’t the easiest way to enter into adolescence, it does prevent problems in later life.

But what about those wonky teeth that aren’t a health issue? What about the odd gap, the slightly crowded or crooked teeth that aren’t causing a physical problem but sure put a dent in the self-confidence? Whether adult or teen, Invisalign in SW14 can help address these issues. Many practices in the area, such as Sheen Dental, now offer this discreet braces system that has many benefits over the traditional bracket and wires ones.

What is Invisalign in SW14?

Invisalign is made up of pairs of clear, removable aligners. This means that once they are in place over the teeth, they are near-invisible. Only someone close up and really looking would be able to see them. Not a bracket or wire in sight.

The aligner trays are also removable for eating and cleaning. The advantage of this is that food doesn’t get caught in the braces and there’s no risk of developing tooth decay because of a stray bit of food that didn’t get cleaned out.

How Does it Work?

A dentist who fits Invisalign in SW14 will first assess the patient to make sure they are suitable for treatment, then take a digital scan of their mouth. This builds up a 3D picture of the teeth and gums that is converted into a digital treatment plan. This is great for two reasons: it gives the Invisalign technicians in the US pinpoint accurate measurements to create the aligners. It also means that the patient is shown a 3D simulation of how their smile will look once treatment is complete. How’s that for motivation!

The rest is up to the patient. They must wear the trays for 20-22 hours a day to stay on track with treatment, and then wear a retainer once it is complete to hold the teeth in their new positions.

Dentist checking patient's teeth

Give Up the Gagging with Invisalign Itero in London

Dentist checking patient's teethGoing to the dentist can be fraught with scary things such as having to have impressions taken. This is when the dentist needs to make a device that exactly fits the patient’s teeth: a bite guard, veneers, or clear aligners to straighten out a set of wonky pearly whites. Taking impressions has now evolved with the arrival of the Invisalign Itero in London.

No More Dental Putty

Having impressions taken involves lying back with one’s mouth wide open while the dental nurse jams in purple putty, ramming it up hard against the teeth to ensure maximum contact. Sometimes this can set off a gag reflex as it hits the back of the mouth. Sometimes patients have the unpleasant feeling of imminent suffocation as they sit there for a minute or two waiting for the putty to harden. All that is done away with, with the Invisalign Itero in London. Invisalign providers, such as Graham Tinkler, use this digital device instead of dental putty.

Digital Scanning to Replace Putty

Invisalign Itero looks like a wand and is connected to a monitor via a cable. The Itero is handheld and the dentist puts it inside the patient’s mouth and slowly moves it around, taking pictures of the teeth, gums and so on. The advanced Invisalign Itero Element takes continual scans, while earlier models need to be clicked to take pictures.

Advantages of Digital Scanning

Once putty is in the mouth, the patient has no choice but to sit and wait for it to harden. Tough luck if they need to sneeze or start to feel panicky. With Invisalign Itero in London, the process can be paused so that the patient can take a breather.

The great thing about digital scanning is that the pictures can be immediately translated into 3D images on the nearby monitor, and these can then be manipulated to show the teeth from any angle.

Put the 3D image through an outcome simulation programme and the patient can see what their teeth are going to look like after they have been straightened.

The digital information is sent straight through to the Invisalign lab where they make the aligners, reducing waiting times between assessment and the start of treatment.

a woman happy with her teeth whitening treatment

Get That Summer Sparkle

a woman happy with her teeth whitening treatmentGetting a good summer look is all about looking healthy and fit, so people will now be at the gym using weights to tone up their muscles, possible getting the beginnings of a tan on a sunbed and brightening up their wardrobe with 2018’s must-have summer items. But good lucks are more than skin-deep and having a sparkly smile can sum up summer more than a new sundress ever could. That’s why now’s the time to get teeth whitening in Camden.

Teeth whitening in Camden is an easy cosmetic dentistry treatment that offers choices for patients about how it is carried out. It is the world’s most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment because it is quick and non-invasive and doesn’t require any permanent changes to the structure of the teeth. It is carried out by various dentists in Camden, including Ace Dental.

Before Whitening

Many dentists recommend that patients who want to get their teeth whitened get them prepared for treatment with a really good scale and polish by the dental hygienist. Removing any build-up of plaque and tartar means that teeth whitening in Camden can get straight to the tooth enamel without encountering barriers, so the treatment is more effective.

Once the teeth are all clean and ready to be whitened, patients can choose between a DIY whitening treatment at home, or having the treatment carried out by their dentist at the clinic.

At-Home Whitening

It is important not to use off-the-shelf whitening kits, but to get one from the dentist. The dentist makes bespoke gel trays from impressions taken from the patient’s teeth. The trays fit the patient exactly, ensuring maximum contact with the teeth. Such trays also reduce the amount of gel that can escape from the trays and end up irritating the soft mouth parts such as the gums and tongue. The mild whitening gel takes two or three weeks of daily treatment for a few hours to lighten the teeth by several shades.

In-Clinic Whitening

Using a more powerful gel painted onto the teeth and activated by a UV light, this treatment is carried out in around an hour.

Water: The Perfect Beverage For Your Oral Health

Small boy drinking a glass of waterYour teeth need more than just daily brushing and flossing. If you want to do your whole mouth a favor, it is best to drink more water. Other than fighting cavities, fluoridated water can keep your teeth strong and prevent different mouth problems.

Here is how water benefits your oral and overall health:

Fights Dry Mouth and Associated Risks

Saliva doesn’t just help your mouth fight decay; it can also assist you in swallowing with ease. Another good news is that it carries minerals that rebuild your teeth’s enamel surface. Without enough saliva, you may have a dry mouth, which increases your risk for tooth decay. Smile Designs Dentistry, as well as the top Manteca dentists, note that water can help you combat dry mouth and avoid other issues related to it.

Cleans Your Mouth and Reduces Acid Attack

There is no other beverage that can rinse your mouth and keep it clean. Water does not only quench your thirst; it also washes leftover food debris and particles that are known to cause cavities. The opposite thing happens when you drink soda and other sugary beverages. Other than leaving sugar on your teeth, they produce acids that can attack and wear away the enamel.

Helps You Lose Weight

Water doesn’t have sugar. This means choosing this beverage over others reduces your risk of unwanted weight gain. Studies also suggest the drinking more water can help you lose weight. It helps boost your metabolism, serves as an appetite suppressant (if consumed before meals), and cleanses your body.

Water is the best drink for your teeth and overall health. It is still fine to consume other beverages such as coffee, tea, and fruit juice, but they shouldn’t be your go-to or preferred drinks. It is also a good idea to rinse your mouth with water after drinking such beverages and after a meal. Brushing at least an hour after eating should be your goal, but if this isn’t possible, drinking water is beneficial.