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Nov 2018

Case of the month-November 2018

Our case of the months for November is a simple yet effective straightening case involving the lower front teeth. Straightening lower front teeth has a number of benefits which include:

  1. Improved aesthetics
  2. Improved access for cleaning
  3. Improved anterior guidance (bite)
  4. Reduces damaging forces on the edges and reducing tooth wear
  5. Improved contact

For those of you who are not dentally trained, point 3 is how the lower teeth move up against the upper teeth forwards, right and left movements. The smoother the guidance the better. Teeth that are very crooked cannot, by nature, have smooth contacts with the upper and often one or two teeth take the force and are damaged as a result. A simple test is to stand in front of the mirror and bring your teeth edge to edge. Do they meet evenly? Does one tooth make most of the contact? Are your lower/ upper teeth worn and uneven? If so, it is worth considering treatment. Here are the before and after photos for our case:

Lower front teeth are crooked and uneven in height. Lower front teeth are crooked and uneven in height.
After treatment using the Social 6 lingual brace. Straight front teeth and even edges. After treatment using the Social 6 lingual brace. Straight front teeth and even edges.

Here is a classic case of improving the lower front teeth. The treatment took only a few months using one of our favourite treatments; the Social 6 lingual brace. After treatment, it is essential to hold the teeth in position. In most cases, this is done using a fixed retainer which is bonded on the back of the teeth.

Fixed wire retainer Fixed wire retainer

Here you can see the lower fixed retainer in situ. It is very flat and smooth and easy to clean using inter dental brushes. On top of this, we also provide a removable retainer which is worn at night. Retention is for life! If you have crooked lower front teeth and would like them straightened in a few months, please contact us. Treatment completed by Dr Nissit Patel. Photographs are the sole property of Dr Nissit Patel and may not be reproduced for any reason.


Oct 2021

Case of the Month August 2021- Social 6 lingual brace, teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding

Our case of the month for August was a straight forward one but effective. In many cases, we get asked to correct one or two teeth which really bothers our patient. Most of the time, this is perfectly feasible using modern day cosmetic dental techniques such as lingual braces and cosmetic bonding. For our case, one tooth had slipped behind the others and was in cross bite with the lower teeth. This is where the upper tooth actually sits on the inside surface of the lower tooth when closed. This is not desir… READ MORE
May 2021

Case of the Month March 2021- Cosmetic Bonding

Our case of the month for March is a simple but great one- we love it so much! It features cosmetic bonding which is a favourite treatment of ours. People often ask what is cosmetic or composite bonding. Well the answer is simple. For many years, dentists have been using adhesive technology to bond fillings inside of teeth. The same technology can be applied to the outside of teeth to make them look pretty! In essence, if a tooth is worn down, fractured, uneven or discoloured then composite bonding can be u… READ MORE
Apr 2021

Dental orthodontic retainers

At the end of orthodontic treatment, retainers must be worn otherwise you run the risk of undoing all of the hard work straightening your teeth. This is called relapse. We advise a combination approach of a fixed wire retainer placed behind the front teeth as well using a removable retainer at night. Fixed Retainer In most cases, we will place the fixed wire retainer immediately after the brace has been removed so that the risk of relapse is minimal. The great advantage of a fixed wire retainer is that it… READ MORE
Jan 2021

Case of the month December/January 2020/2021

Time has flown by and we forgot to post our case of the month for December so we have decided to combine them with a tremendous case study involving a complete smile transformation. Our client really hated her smile. The main issues were that the smile was not wide enough, the back teeth caved in so that they were not visible on photos and the bite was all over the place. As well as teeth crowding and an overall yellow shade, so a number of aesthetic problems. After careful planning, which is always the key… READ MORE


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