As your children grow, their teeth may become crooked.
Crooked teeth can cause self-image problems, particularly at young ages. On top of this, crooked teeth can also cause many future dental problems for your children.
Braces are the key to treating crooked teeth and unlocking your child’s perfect smile. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on everything you need to know about children’s braces.
When do children get braces?
There’s no straightforward answer to this question.
The ideal age for children to get braces is between 12-13 years old. But this depends entirely on your child.
Some children may need to start dental treatment from easy ages of six or seven, before they have even lost all their baby teeth.
The goal of early treatment is to prevent further dental problems from developing. Early treatment will also help aid the proper alignment of their teeth by creating a better environment for the new teeth to grow into.
The sooner your child can begin treatment, the less treatment they may need.
What types of braces are available?
When it comes to braces, there are three main types to choose from.
Traditional braces – These are the most common and thought of treatment for teeth.
Made from metal brackets and bands glued to your teeth, these braces will slowly pull teeth into position.
They are the most obvious and difficult to maintain braces to have, requiring a great deal of upkeep and maintenance. This includes regular check-ups every three to eight weeks, alongside adjustment and repair procedures.
Lingual and ceramic braces – These are the less visible versions of traditional braces. They also need the same amount of maintenance.
Ceramic braces are designed to match the colour of your teeth, blending more seamlessly into your mouth.
Lingual braces are glued to the back of your teeth instead of the front. However, lingual braces can only be used on the bottom set of teeth.
Invisalign braces – Invisalign braces are sets of ultralight plastic aligners. Custom-made to your teeth, each set is designed to slowly and painlessly shift teeth into their perfect position.
Unlike other braces, Invisalign are completely removable and need less check-up appointments. With less upkeep and maintenance, Invisalign will allow your children to live their life as normal.
What maintenance is required?
When your child has braces, it is important that they take care of them.
Traditional, lingual and ceramic braces will be harder for your children to care for. With these braces, it is important that they avoid sticky, hard, chewy and sugary food that could get stuck in and damage their braces. They also need to avoid bad habits like chewing on pens or biting their nails, as this could also damage the braces.
It is also extremely important for them to maintain a great dental hygiene routine. Braces make children more prone to many dental hygiene problems, including serious issues like gum disease.
Poor dental hygiene and maintenance can also extend your child’s treatment time.
As Invisalign braces are completely removable, your children can take them out before eating and drinking and cleaning their teeth. This makes them a lot easier for your children to maintain while reducing the risk of poor dental hygiene.
If your children’s teeth are growing in crooked, they will need straightening treatment to prevent dental problems.
There are many braces options that your child can choose from. Ultimately, your dentist will be able to make sure your child has the perfect kind for them.
Is your child ready for their perfect smile? Book a consultation today
Your smile should be shared with the world.
Crooked or uneven teeth can happen to anyone.
Whether it’s something you’ve always had, or something that’s getting worse over time, crooked teeth is not only damaging for your self-image, but can also lead to dental problems in the long term.
With latest dental advancements, it’s easier than ever to find the perfect teeth straightening solution for you.
So, what options are there for you to achieve your perfect smile?
When we think of teeth straightening, traditional braces are one of the first things that come to mind.
Traditional braces are one of the most visible and intrusive treatments for teeth straightening. Made of metal brackets and bands glued to your teeth, these braces are slowly adjusted until your teeth are straightened.
Less obvious forms of traditional braces are also available, including ceramic and lingual braces. Ceramic braces match the colour of your teeth to blend more naturally into your mouth, while lingual braces are glued to the back of your bottom set of teeth.
Although ceramic and lingual braces are less obvious, like traditional braces, they are also difficult to maintain and care for. These braces require regular check-ups and adjustment procedures. If a band breaks or snaps, it can make it difficult to maintain good dental hygiene, which can lead to oral health problems.
These braces also impact heavily on your day-to-day life, limiting some food and drink you can have as they may get stuck in or damage your braces.
Invisalign braces are the less intrusive and more comfortable teeth straightening treatment.
Custom-made for your teeth, Invisalign braces are a set of small, invisible aligners that are replaced every two weeks. Made from ultra-lightweight and clear plastic, each set will gradually and painlessly shift the position of your teeth until you have your perfect smile.
Because they are completely removable, these braces will allow you to comfortably eat whatever you want and easily maintain good dental hygiene.
Invisalign braces are the perfect teeth straightening treatment to let you continue your life as normal.
If your teeth are only slightly crooked, or have space and gaps between them, veneers could offer the quick, long term fix for you.
Veneers are wafer thin shells that attach to your teeth, giving the appearance of a fuller, straighter and more even smile.
Strong, resilient and relatively stain resistant, veneers are a great option for those who want the appearance of straighter teeth without a longer treatment.
There are many teeth straightening options out there for you.
Ultimately, your dentist will be able to discuss the options and help you find your perfect solution depending on your unique needs.
Ready to achieve your perfect smile? Book a consultation today.
Losing one or more of your teeth can have a massive impact on your life.
Not only will it impact your self-confidence, it will also affect your speech, eating and can lead to serious dental problems.
Dental implants have long been recognised as one of the most effective treatments for teeth which are badly damaged or missing.
No longer taking several months to complete with same day dental implants, they could be the perfect solution to achieve your perfect smile.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are custom-made teeth replacements that are permanently attached to your jawbone.
Used for multiple or single teeth, the dental implant is most commonly made from a titanium screw with a tooth crown on top. Custom-made for your teeth, dental implants look natural, undetectable and if treated properly, will last a lifetime.
Unlike other options for tooth replacement, like crown and bridge procedures or dentures, dental implants are the only treatment that will prevent bone loss.
Dental implants also do not damage heathy teeth, which is why many leading dental organisations recognise them as the standard of care for tooth replacement.
What does it treat?
Dental implants are used to replace missing or badly damaged teeth.
Not only do missing teeth pose cosmetic and speech problems, they will also result in the loss of chewing function and the inability to eat a complete diet.
Missing teeth also pose a serious bone loss problem.
Your jawbone needs the chewing action of your teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong. Without this action, the bone will begin to disappear. Alongside the dental problems this causes, without your teeth and facial bones you face will sink in and make you look prematurely aged.
As dental implants are attached to your jawbone, they are the only treatment that can stimulate chewing action and prevent bone loss.
In addition, dental implants are also shown to improve comfort and allow you to eat, talk and live your life as normal.
What is the procedure?
The procedure for dental implants is relatively straightforward, and follows five simple steps.
Step 1. Planning and preparation
During your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth, take x-rays of your jaw and begin to plan your perfect treatment.
At Perfect Smile, we will use our state-of-the-art CT scanning machine to give the most accurate 3D mapping of your jaw, ensuring safe and effective long-term results.
Step 2. Implants
Once you’re happy to proceed, your dentist will begin preparing for the implants.
These will be surgically inserted into your jawbone, with a temporary crown in place. For the procedure, you can either stay awake with local aesthetic or be fully sedated, allowing you to wake up with a full and perfect smile.
Step 3. Healing
Once the implants are in, you need to take the time to recover fully. As one of the most important steps, this time will allow your bone to grow around your new implant and firmly secure it in place.
Ranging from eight weeks to six months, this time is also used for you to decide on any changes in the colour texture, sparkle and positioning of the teeth.
Step 4. Final crown
This is where your final crown is inserted into your implant. Using impressions of your teeth, the crown is custom-made to perfectly suit your smile and is usually ready three months after your initial consultation.
Step 5. Show your smile
With your dental implants secure and in place, there’s nothing left to do but enjoy your brand new smile.
Dental implants are almost impossible to replace. Replacing missing or damaged teeth, they are the only implants able to prevent bone loss while providing your perfect smile.
Ultimately, your dentist will be able to discuss whether dental implants are the perfect fit for you, depending on your unique needs.
Ready to achieve your perfect smile with dental implants? Book a consultation today.
How to maintain dental hygiene with braces
Straightening your teeth through braces is great for your self-image and preventing many dental problems in the future.
But the downside of braces, particularly traditional ones, is that it can be hard to maintain dental hygiene.
That’s why we’ve put together a guide to help you understand the importance of good dental hygiene and some tips for maintaining it with your braces.
What are the risks of bad dental hygiene?
Braces make dental hygiene harder to maintain, and are more prone to several common dental problems such as gingivitis, tartar, and demineralisation. In some cases, these can even lead to more serious issues such as gum disease, through a build-up of plaque.
Not only are these problems unpleasant for you to deal with, they may also prevent your braces being removed on schedule.
Being more susceptible to cavities and sore, swollen gums can cause your regular adjustments to be paused. In severe cases, your orthodontist may even have to remove your braces while you heal.
Maintaining good dental hygiene is also important to prevent staining.
The last thing you want to do is end up with whiter, visible unstained squares on your newly straightened teeth.
Tips for maintaining your hygiene with braces
The first step to maintaining good dental hygiene is making sure you have the right equipment to do the job.
Although some will be down to your personal preferences, here’s what you will need:
The key to maintaining great dental hygiene with braces is to build a routine.
Start off with the inter-dental brush and remove all pieces of debris from your braces and wires. Then thoroughly brush your teeth (with the help of a four-tuft interproximal brush if required), taking care not to press too hard.
You will need to brush your teeth several times a day, particularly after big meals. It’s also important that you remember to floss once a day.
Take things as slow as you need and make sure you don’t miss a spot.
Maintaining good dental hygiene with braces is difficult, but incredibly important for your health and treatment.
If you struggle with maintaining dental hygiene, you may want to consider opting for Invisalign braces instead. As Invisalign are completely removable, you can easily take the braces out while you maintain a normal dental hygiene routine.
Need more information on your braces? Book a consultation today.
Are veneers right for your teeth?
Your perfect smile can do wonders for your self-image.
Smiling should be a happy, enjoyable experience. No one should be stressed or embarrassed by their smile.
With veneers, hiding your smile can be a thing of the past. They can be the fast, painless answer to answer to unlocking your perfect smile.
What are veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are cemented to the front of your teeth. Made from either porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material, veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth.
They provide an immediate makeover to your smile, changing the size, shape, colour or position of your teeth while maintaining a natural look.
Many dentists use the analogy that dental veneers are for your teeth what false fingernails are for your hands.
Why choose veneers?
Strong, relatively stain-resistant and long-lasting, veneers are a fantastic long-term solution to a number of cosmetic problems.
Custom-made to your teeth, they hide a variety of problems, including:
The process of attaching veneers is quick, easy and does not require any anaesthesia. Veneers are also easy to care for and don’t impact on your everyday life. They can give you your perfect smile while letting you live your life as normal.
Veneers are the quick, easy and long-lasting answer to many cosmetic problems.
Ultimately, your dentist will be able to discuss whether veneers are the perfect fit for you, depending on your unique needs.
Ready to achieve your perfect smile with veneers? Book a consultation today.
Getting that perfect smile will do wonders for your self-confidence, as well as prevent dental health complications down the road.
Yet people often shy away from getting their perfect smile when it comes to straightening their teeth. This is because people think they will have to wear braces and no one wants bulky, unsightly pieces of metal attached to their teeth.
Invisible braces are the answer to this problem. Comfortable and virtually undetectable, braces like Invisalign are the key to unlocking your perfect smile. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on everything you need to know about invisible braces.
What are invisible braces?
Invisible braces can be used to solve a number of problems, including overcrowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbites, overbites and underbites.
Invisible braces straighten your teeth through a series of removable aligners. Made from ultra-lightweight material, the aligners are custom-made for your teeth.
Replacing your aligners every two weeks will create an effective but gradual movement of your teeth without causing pain. With each new set, your teeth will move, little by little, into the perfect position.
At the end of your treatment (somewhere between 12 and 18 months), you will be the proud owner of the straight and even smile that you’ve always wanted.
What are the benefits?
Invisible braces are your key step to your perfect smile. In addition to the health and self-image benefits that come from straightened teeth, invisible braces have several advantages over traditional braces.
Not only are invisible braces virtually undetectable, they also allow you to live your life as normal.
Completely removable, you can comfortably eat and drink whatever you want with invisible braces. Unlike traditional braces, you can easily brush your teeth, giving you heathier gums and lowering chances of plaque build-up or developing gum disease.
Invisible gums also don’t cause any painful inflammation of the gums or irritation of the soft tissue like traditional braces, and require less maintenance for their upkeep.
What is the treatment process?
A consultation appointment is the first step towards invisible braces. During the consultation, the dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your perfect treatment plan.
After your consultation, impressions and photographs will be taken of your teeth. Our lab uses these photos to make your custom, ultra-lightweight aligners.
Before the treatment begins, your dentist will show you a computer model of your perfect smile. ClinCheck® will provide you with a 3D virtual plan of your teeth, so you can see how your teeth are expected to look at the end of your treatment before it even begins.
After being given your aligners, you will have quick check-ups every six to eight weeks to make sure everything is going as smoothly as possible.
Invisible braces are the comfortable, virtually undetectable way to achieve your perfect smile. Completely removable, the aligners make it easy to eat, drink, brush your teeth and live your life as normal.
Ready to achieve your perfect smile with invisible braces? Book a consultation today.
If you open a newspaper, turn on the television or go to watch a film at the cinema, the chances are that you’ll find yourself looking at the faces of celebrities all boasting perfect smiles. Straight teeth which are dazzlingly white and perfectly even are the rule when it comes to actors, presenters and other celebrities, but the days when they were the only people who could claim this are long gone. Thanks to advances in know-how and technology it is now possible for ordinary people to seek out cosmetic dental treatment capable of completely transforming the appearance of their smile. Having the smile you’ve always dreamed of isn’t simply about looking good, it’s about feeling good. The knowledge that your smile looks as appealing as possible will fill you with confidence in a huge variety of work and social situations. More importantly, not having to worry about your teeth being discoloured, damaged, crooked or missing will mean you can simply forget about them altogether and concentrate on expressing your personality, being relaxed in a manner which will mean those you interact with are also at ease.
March 15th is a special date in the UK this year because it marks the day upon which Mothering Sunday (usually known as Mother’s Day) falls, and, as such, is the day upon which children of all ages get to repay just a little bit of the debt which they owe to their mother. Celebrating this special day is a way of saying thanks for everything that your mum has done for you over the years, and helping her to transform her smile would represent a gift that vastly improves her life in a dramatic and permanent manner.
Although the advances in dental technology which have taken place in recent years have greatly broadened the demographic of people who can access cutting edge cosmetic treatments, there is still the thorny issue of price to be overcome. The days when a perfectly straight and even smile was the preserve of Hollywood superstars and other celebrities might have gone, but there’s still no getting away from the fact that many treatments – particularly those which achieve the most spectacular transformations – are still very expensive, and this means that anyone genuinely unsatisfied with the condition of their smile (which, realistically, includes most people) will have to think long and hard about budgeting for the required treatment. Tracking down affordable cosmetic dental treatments in London is by no means impossible, but it does require a degree of forethought, planning and research.
If most people who aren’t professionally involved think about dental care at all, then the chances are, perfectly understandably, that they assume it is a subject which revolves around teeth and the condition they are kept in. It’s easy to assume that the average trip for a check-up at a dental clinic begins and ends with the state of the enamel of the teeth – how white it is, how straight it is and whether it has been cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged at all. The truth, however, is that a dentists is concerned with the good health of all parts of a patients mouth, and in particular the gums in which the teeth themselves are anchored.
Despite the best efforts of dentists and their patients, there sometimes comes a time when the only viable form of treatment is for the patient in question to be equipped with a set of dentures. Modern dental technology means that the dentures in question are bound to be a world away – in comfort and aesthetic appeal – from the cumbersome dentures of times past, but that still doesn’t preclude the problems inherent in denture instability. If your dentures aren’t firmly attached, you may feel anxious that, at any time, they could come loose and shift within your mouth, something which would cause embarrassment and the fear of which would stop you being able to relax and enjoy yourself, especially when involved in social situations. Loose dentures can also cause problems with speech, and can make it impossible to eat and enjoy a vast range of foodstuffs, as well as patients running the risk that the movement of the dentures could cause irritation and pain within the sensitive soft tissue inside the mouth. All of this adds up to an excellent range of reasons why patients who need to wear dentures should investigate the possibility of denture stabilisation. This is a technique which utilises dental implants – the placing of a metal pin which acts as an artificial root into the bone of the jaw – as a means via which to anchor the dentures firmly in place. Implants of this kind will offer an unrivalled combination of reassurance, comfort and convenience.
Your health is, quite literally, the most important thing in your life and the lives of your family members. Without good health, nothing else really matters, and that’s why it’s so important that you take the time and trouble to select the medical practitioners who are just right for you. This is just as true when dealing with dental matters as it is with any other medical issue. Looking after your teeth isn’t just a question of worrying too much about how you look, since a healthy smile will allow you to fully engage with other people in a relaxed and confident manner, assured of a the good impression you’re creating. Besides this consideration is the fact that healthy teeth and a healthy mouth are key indicators of all round general good health, since problems such as gum disease and excess plaque have been linked to conditions such as heart disease and arthritis, whilst a dentists is also almost bound to be the first person to spot serious problems such as oral cancer. Good general health often lies in building a strong long term relationship with your dentist, and making just the right choice in the first place will mean this is far more achievable.