Alternatives to Traditional Braces; Invisalign in St. Johns Wood and Other Orthodontic Treatments

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When you are told that you need braces, you may feel your confidence get knocked down a few pegs. The images of large, metal braces are off-putting, which deters many people from seeking orthodontic treatments.

Luckily, in the field of dentistry today, there are many other options available to help you realign your smile with discretion. The use of clear and invisible aligners is now commonplace in dentistry and based on your specific alignment needs, there are many different options available.

What are invisible braces?

Clear or ‘invisible’ braces are orthodontic alternatives to traditional braces that are virtually invisible to the naked eye. They are typically made of a clear, flexible plastic that is designed to sit comfortably over your teeth.

They have gained popularity with dental patients due to their minimal appearance, their ease of use and their high levels of comfort.

Based on your individual orthodontic needs, your dentist may advise you to have a specific type of invisible braces. Luckily, all varieties tend to have the same advantages but differ in how they resolve issues with alignment.


The most popular of all the clear braces, this option offers customers a more personalized approach to their dental realignment.

It combines the use of X-rays, computer technology, a set of aligners and small amounts of pressure to gently realign your teeth over a period of 9-12 months.

It is removable, suitable for adults and teenagers and due to the computer technology used, the outcome of the treatment is more predictable than other forms of the clear aligner.

During the treatment, you will be given a set of aligners, each for a different stage of the realignment process that minimizes pressure and discomfort when realigning your teeth. Typically, these aligners may need to be changed every 2 weeks, but this is a decision will ultimately be decided by your dentist.

Six-month smiles

As the name suggests, this aligner has an average treatment time of around six months.

This is a discreet, orthodontic option that can help treat issues like spacing between teeth, crooked and crowded teeth, and symmetry problems. It can also be used to help teeth that require rotation.

Vivera retainers

Even those good old-fashioned metal braces can fail; statistically, if you undergo traditional brace treatment without an aligner afterward, your teeth are likely to revert back to their original position. This can be extremely frustrating, especially if you have paid for this treatment.

Vivera retainers are customized, flexible aligners to help keep your teeth aligned following any type of brace treatment. Removable and discreet, these are perfect for the everyday lifestyle and do not cause issues with comfort or hygiene.

Remember, those clear brace treatments are not suited to everyone. Indeed, most clear braces used by dentists are suitable for minor to moderate alignment issues and therefore people who have severe alignment in their mouth are unlikely to benefit.

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Bridging Gaps in Harley Street

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Staple in the local community

For as far back as 1800s Harley Street in London has been regarded as the epicenter of the city’s medical and dental world. It has been the place to go for the highest standard of excellence, professionalism and care within the fields of medicine and cosmetic dentistry. It emerged as an area of medical and dental excellence around 1816 when the large scale Victorian townhouses of the area offered ideal dwellings for the city’s emerging dental and medical professionals. These structures afforded them the ability to house both their lodgings and practices within the same building. Since its formative days, when the area was home to practices of Florence Nightingale and other notable doctors and practitioners, it has consistently provided quality, discreet care for kings, celebrities and citizens alike and has earned its reputation as the place to go for dental implants on Harley Street.

Gradually moving with the times

From as early as 2000 AD, rudimentary examples of cosmetic dentistry were being used to fill gaps or missing teeth in ancient China. Carved bamboo cosmetic teeth were used to replace missing teeth which, although a crude undertaking by today’s standards, paved the way for contemporary methods of filling gaps in a patient’s mouth. The first recorded use of metal as a replacement for a lost tooth came from an Egyptian pharaoh who lived around 100 BC. This was again a crude and rudimentary undertaking but was essential in steering treatment to the technological heights of today.  Throughout the ages, there were numerous attempts to fuse metal, bone, rare minerals and other various materials into teeth, to either fill holes or act as prosthetic replacements. However, it wasn’t until 1952 that treatment really began to take shape. This came about through an orthopedic surgeon discovering the distinct properties required for the successful fusion of bone and metal to take place, through the discovery of a titanium cylinder which had fused with a rabbit’s femur bone during a study on bone healing. From this discovery, it was hypothesized that titanium could be utilized as a dental tool for implants, and in 1965 the first titanium implant was inserted into a human volunteer.

Technological ingenuity

From this, treatment continued to grow and develop into the excellence of modern science and innovation that it is today.

The process of installing an implant initially begins with a small hole being drilled into the gap in a patient’s gum, in the space where the missing tooth (or teeth) should be. Then a titanium socket is inserted into the hole and left to heal. During this brief healing period, the titanium fuses with the bone in the patient’s gum which allows the fixture to be firmly fused within the gum. Afterward, a replica tooth (or denture) constructed from porcelain or plastic is then fixed into the socket and thus the gap is bridged with a virtually indistinguishable good-as-new tooth and the patient’s smile is restored. Treatments such as this offered … Read More..


When Accidents Happen

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The most common way that a dental injury can occur is when a person is moving and they suddenly come into contact with a stationary object. This accounts for almost half of all dental accidents. Interestingly, males report dental incidences three times more often than females and teenagers are at most risk.

When a person loses or chips a tooth as a result of an injury or accident, there are a few things they can do to salvage the situation as best as they can. Competent dentists are able to reinsert a lost tooth given the right circumstances so it is critical that the injured person seeks assistance from an emergency dentist in Southgate immediately.

By remembering some of these helpful tips, a patient can give their avulsed tooth the best possible chance they can in having it reinserted, and to limit the chances of infection as well as problematic circumstances that could arise with their remaining teeth.

What can be done to save a knocked-out tooth?

When a knocked-out tooth is found, a little bit of knowledge can go a long way in being able to salvage the situation as best as one can. Always pick up the tooth by the crown and not the root, as the root is fleshy and any damage to it should be avoided.

If the tooth is dirty, do not rub, scrub or rinse the tooth in water. By cleaning it very lightly in a saline solution, saliva or milk, vital tissue can be saved. In addition to this, if the tooth can be replaced in the mouth, the patient should do this. This is the best way to transport a tooth as long as it is not swallowed in the process!

Should the tooth not be able to be reinserted, then placing it in a container of saline solution or milk is the best option. Water can make the cells of the tooth expand and burst; it does not preserve the tooth as well as other options.

It is obviously paramount that an individual makes it to a dental practice as soon as possible and if this is not an option within an hour or so, then they should head to a doctor’s emergency room. By speaking with a dentist, they are able to provide more detailed information regarding the exact situation that has occurred.

Baby teeth are a different story. They cannot be replaced so the focus should be on alleviating pain and distress in the child. It is still important to visit the dentist as quickly as possible as they will need to examine the area to ensure no further damage has been done.

It may be necessary to insert a spacer between other baby teeth in order to allow for adequate space for future adult teeth to grow. This device simply prevents the remaining baby teeth from spreading out and cramping the future teeth as they grow underneath.

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A Range of Treatment Plans to Get On The Straight And Narrow

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There are several quite surprising benefits to having teeth straightened that people don’t necessarily think about when they opt to have clear braces in Clapham. An individual’s overall health is certainly improved after they have straightened their teeth and removed the chance of greater injury, bad breath, and tooth decay and loss.

During treatment as well, many people report that they are more conscious of what they put into their mouths and as a result, the 4 pm snack goes out of the window. If a patient needs to remove their aligner and brush their teeth just to have a KitKat, many opt to just guzzle another litre of water instead.

On the flip side, there are quite a few negative impacts of leaving slightly misaligned teeth the way they are. Patients can find that they wear out their tooth enamel when teeth do not align properly against one another when they chew. They can also find that they experience pain in their teeth, gums, and jaw which can be a sign of something more serious such as a crossbite or an overbite.

By talking to a dentist about the opportunities to straighten their teeth with one of the many modern devices that are available, patients are able to gain an insight into what they can do for their smile and how long it will take. From there, they can make an informed decision about what choice is best for them and their lifestyle.

What styles are available?

There are two different kinds of devices that are available to patients; fixed and removable. The fixed versions are the bracket and wire type that are alike to the traditional kind that is available, but they are transparent, making them harder to see so people can be more confident with their smile during the treatment.

The removable options are more like a mouthguard which is snapped over the teeth and new aligners are worn after every few weeks to gently push the teeth into the right alignment.

How are they different from traditional models?

It does need to be said that extremely twisted and badly crooked teeth cannot be fixed by these convenient solutions alone. It may be necessary to have a combination of different aligners or to stick with traditional methods in order to correct complicated cases.

If a patient is very concerned about what the procedure is going to entail, a dentist will make sure that their fears and concerns are alleviated by providing them with a detailed overview of what they are to expect. Modern procedures are a lot less painful than they were several years ago and methods are constantly improving to shorten the treatment time and to make it more comfortable. Dentists are aware that patients wish to straighten their teeth discreetly and quickly and that many of their patients are adults who wish to straighten their teeth to improve their oral health and to improve the appearance of their smile. By seeking to meet the needs … Read More..


What is cosmetic dentistry?

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Cosmetic dentistry is the process of enhancing the appearance of one’s teeth and smile. Dentistry does not stop at simply maintaining oral health, but instead strives to create the best smile possible for each patient.

What treatments come under cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry can cover many treatments, all of which will work to benefit your smile. Many dental practices will offer a service called a smile makeover. This will begin as a consultation and will be able to determine what your ideal smile will look like, through a series of scans and projections.

Teeth whitening

A common treatment under cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening, which uses a bleaching agent to color the teeth and create a more naturally pristine-looking enamel. Interestingly, while the enamel is extremely hard, it is also porous, so the whitener works by soaking into the enamel and targeting the areas where discoloration may have occurred due to plaque or decay. Teeth whitening is common and extremely safe, as it can even be administered in the comfort of your own home.

Crowns and bridges

Often, cosmetic dentistry can blend into general dentistry when it comes to crowns and bridges. If you are missing one or several teeth, then you may be inclined to receive crowns or bridges to fix the gap. Most dental practices will ensure that your treatment looks as realistic as possible and may work on your other teeth to create a new smile. Bridges and crowns are often made from porcelain or resin, which give a realistic finish to your new teeth.


Veneers provide a good cosmetic solution to chipped or cracked teeth. Veneers are a porcelain cover to the teeth that are attached to the enamel. Firstly, the enamel is prepared by drilling away a small portion of the surface. This is in order to provide space for the veneer, as otherwise, the veneer will appear too large. It is also to provide a rougher surface for the veneer to bond to and therefore will be a far stronger foundation. As well as providing protection for the enamel, a veneer will also provide a smooth, aesthetically pleasing finish to the teeth, at relatively low cost.


One main reason for cosmetic dentistry is the use of braces to align crooked teeth. The main method of correcting misaligned teeth is to use fixed braces, which provide an extremely efficient solution, and have proved to be the fastest method of aligning teeth. This treatment is available for children and teenagers too, which due to their fast-growing teeth may make them unsuitable for other forms of treatment. However, for adults getting fixed braces installed may be a daunting or undesirable experience. Fixed braces also have the disadvantage of being permanently stuck to the enamel and causing some gum damage and irritation early upon installation. Therefore, Invisalign is a popular solution to crooked teeth, and due to the virtually invisible braces, it is unlikely anybody will be able to tell you are undergoing dental treatment.

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