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SEP 19
17
TUESDAY 17TH OF SEPTEMBER 2019
Nothing puts a frown on your face more than a set of misaligned, cracked, yellowed, broken, gummy, or missing teeth. Something as simple as talking or laughing may cause you to feel self-conscious if you’re worried about the state of your teeth, so in that regard, one of the best ways to bring back your confidence is to undergo cosmetic dentistry.

This typically concentrates on keeping your teeth healthy and free from degeneration as well as oral diseases, all while enhancing the appearance of your teeth and gums. Cosmetic dentistry also gives you a better bite with the help of treatments such as teeth bleaching, porcelain veneers, and even dentures.

To that end, here are different treatments that dentists may suggest depending on your non-dental factors.

But First, What are the Non-Dental Factors to Consider

  • Facial Height

  • Facial Width

  • Lip Volume

  • Age

  • Skin and Lip Color

  • Lost or Missing Teeth


Different Treatments for Cosmetic Dentistry

  1. Bleaching and Whitening


Every person aims to have whiter teeth so they can grin from ear to ear without any insecurities holding them back. However, your pearly whites can darken and become stained over the years from a number of things, including beverages, food, cigarettes, and more. In that regard, a treatment such as bleaching or deep whitening can brighten your smile as the procedure serves to turn back the clock and bring back the milky white pearls you used to flash proudly. To that end, it is a fundamental treatment that can help your teeth attain a lighter shade for a happier smile.

  1. Dental Bonding


If you are looking for something to bridge the gap between your confidence and self-esteem? This is where dental bonding comes into play, wherein small oral corrections are placed in between the cracks of your teeth using a composite material called resin. It coats the area of your teeth and seamlessly blends with the rest of your teeth for an all-natural looking smile. Beyond recovering the appeal of your teeth, this procedure can also be used to fix dental cavities and protect delicate teeth. Dental bonding is an excellent choice for those who are not ready to commit to ceramic veneers.

  1. Porcelain Veneers


Porcelain veneers offer additional strength and assistance to your teeth, aiming to cover defects like enamel, chipped tooth, discolouration, and uneven teeth, as well as irregular spacing. Beyond boosting the aesthetic value of your smile, it also brings restorative functions that reduce the pain you may feel from a damaged tooth. This is ideal for long-term use and protection as veneers can last for as long as a decade, allowing you to maintain a healthy and reliable set of teeth. Not to mention, the thin, durable porcelain shells can surely give you an award-winning, movie-star smile!

  1. Dental Crowns and Bridges


A dental crown is used to cover a tooth that is discoloured, cracked, or densely filled. Available in ceramic, resin, and sometimes even in gold, crowns are ideal for preventing further tooth decay as it restores teeth and prevents them from cracking or splitting apart. The procedure is also used after root canal treatments as teeth are prone to fractures after the process. It can also serve to replace a missing tooth. Dental bridges, on the other hand, are ceramic structures that are fused between two or more porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth to serve as anchors. To that end, both offer to restore structure and balance to your teeth.

We are rated as one of the best cosmetic dentists in London - get in touch today to see how we can help.

 
SEP 19
10
TUESDAY 10TH OF SEPTEMBER 2019
Are you a user of Invisalign? If so, that's great! There are many advantages that it has over traditional metal braces or brackets. Compared to other conventional options, Invisalign is known to be much less painful and noticeable. However, if you don't care for it properly, you may never get that smile you've always wanted.

Here are six tips you must remember when using Invisalign:

 

  1. Clean and floss daily


No matter where you learn about Invisalign, this tip is the most important of them all - rinse and floss after every meal you eat.

Most people will brush their teeth after eating, but this sometimes isn't enough. By gargling water, you loosen food particles in your teeth. Flossing helps ups it further by dislodging any particles stuck in between your teeth.

Treat your Invisalign as if it were real teeth. Brush it, rinse it, and floss it. The better you are at cleaning it, the more successful your treatment will be. Remember, Invisalign is a plastic aligner and will hold food even after a thorough brushing. It is then vital that you floss and rinse after eating.

  1. Wear the aligners


To get the most out of your aligners, wear them at least 22 hours a day. Only remove the aligners when you're eating, drinking, or playing sports that involve a lot of contacts, such as football. If you still want to wear aligners while playing, buy a mouth guard to protect your aligners and your teeth.

  1. Use chewies


Invisalign will only work if it fits with your teeth. To know if your aligners aren't fitting correctly, feel for air between your teeth and the device. This is where chewies come into play. Chewies acts as a filler between your teeth and the aligners, making sure that it fits properly. Using them several times a day for up to 10 minutes will allow your treatment to work faster.

  1. Change aligners as told


If your orthodontist has scheduled replacements for your aligners, follow it. Don't wait a few days after or before the scheduled date to replace your aligners. Doing so is harmful to your teeth and can delay your treatment.

  1. See your orthodontist regularly


Oral health is essential, and regular visits to your orthodontist will make sure your mouth is in tip-top condition. If you neglect your teeth, you will face many other health problems. The orthodontist will not only clean your mouth for you but will determine if your Invisalign treatment is working or not and will make the necessary adjustments.

  1. Use your retainers


Once done with the treatment, do not ever ignore your retainers. It is very much just as important as the Invisaligners themselves. Keep wearing them every single day until instructed by your orthodontist to wear it at night only.

To put it, follow your orthodontist's instructions. It will take you anywhere between six months to a year for the treatment to work. Don't be surprised if you need a new set during the procedure, as it is normal. However, keep in mind that in the end, you'll be able to smile perfectly again.

We are rated as one of the best cosmetic dentists in London - get in touch today to see how we can help.

 

 

 
SEP 19
05
THURSDAY 5TH OF SEPTEMBER 2019
Years ago, those looking to straighten their teeth only had one option: metal braces. Today, however, Invisalign is becoming increasingly available to the public. People are now choosing removable aligners over metal braces because they don’t irritate the teeth and gums. Not only are they more comfortable to use but they are significantly easier to maintain.

Your mouth is a part of your body that gets dirty throughout the day, so these plastic aligners must be washed daily. Here are five ways to keep your aligners immaculate:

1) Give your teeth a scrub

This should be a no-brainer. After all, why clean your aligners if the surface they will be on isn’t taken proper care of? Floss your teeth to remove any traces of food and scrub each particle out with a brush. Missing these particles can cause cavities that trigger serious dental problems. Brush your teeth immediately after a meal if possible to avoid bacteria build-up.

2) Remove the Invisalign daily

Removing your Invisalign after you wake up every day to clean them is crucial because bacteria accumulates while you sleep. Give the trays a rinse and brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This should be a different toothbrush from the one you use with your teeth or you’ll risk putting more bacteria into your mouth. Repeat this process at night, preferably before going to sleep.

3) Avoid using soap and toothpaste

Washing the trays with soap can leave a bitter after taste. The last thing you want is to constantly have a strange taste in your mouth. Even toothpaste has ingredients can that leave stains to the aligners. Don’t tarnish your beautiful smile with discoloured aligners. Use the right cleaning solution!

4) Keep them in a case when they’re not in use

An Invisalign left in the open serves as a magnet for bacteria. Therefore, you should bring their case wherever you go so that you can place the trays inside once you are not using it. The case itself should also be cleaned and dried regularly to prevent bacteria from making it their home.

5) Clean the aligners using a special solution

Invisalign comes with a denture cleaner that is formulated to rinse aligners without causing any damage. You can order this cleaner from any Invisalign dentist in London when you run out of stock. Cleaning crystals can also be purchased for deeper cleaning.

If the cleaner is not available, soak your aligners in cold water and scrub them with a toothbrush. Hot water should be avoided because it can warp the aligner.

Are your aligners discoloured? If so, dilute a small portion of bleach in water and soak the Invisalign in it for 15 minutes. After this, immerse it in cold water to remove the bleach residue. White vinegar and hydrogen peroxide can also be used to dissolve plaque.

Trust your teeth with a dentist who specialises in Invisalign

Cleaning the aligners is only one part of the equation. As your teeth alignment adjusts, you must consult an Invisalign dentist in London at once to get a new set. Using the old one will only cause discomfort and potential gum problems.

Invisalign dentists will scan the new alignment of your teeth to provide a pattern for your new aligners. That data will be transferred to create a treatment plan that your dentist will go over and approve after they have ensured its suitability.

The aligner will then be 3D-printed and delivered to the attending dentist who will hand it to the patient. The Invisalign kit will contain a series of aligners that must be changed every two weeks.

 Conclusion

To avoid a botched straightening job, make sure your Invisalign treatment is performed by a licensed dentist. Even if you have the best dentist in the world, remember that they can’t give you great results if you don’t do your part. Keep your Invisalign aligners clean and you’ll be safely on the road to healthy, happy pearly whites!

We are rated as one of the best cosmetic dentists in London - get in touch today to see how we can help.

 
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