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Invisalign as a Modern Alternative to Metal Braces

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Suppose you have a few crooked teeth that you believe ruin your smile. Rather than wearing traditional methods to realign minor orthodontic issues, have you considered Invisalign in Maidstone?

Our dental team at Fresh Dental Care look forward to assisting you in attaining perfect teeth! In the meantime, read on to find out more about these discreet adult-orientated orthodontic devices, otherwise referred to as Invisalign.

Why do people enjoy most about invisible braces?

  • Virtually undetectable

As the name might suggest, invisible braces boast a subtle appearance. Users will receive clear aligners that few people will notice upon starting treatment.

Professionals can wear this device in the workplace without drawing any attention to their mouths.

  • Removable

The aligners you’ll receive from our dentist can be removed during specific activities like eating and brushing your teeth.

Thanks to the removable nature of these plates, no drastic changes to your diet or teeth-cleaning regimen are required. However, we do implore you to eat healthily and look after your teeth to keep your oral health in check!

Remember to slip your aligners back in afterwards. For the device to be effective, they must be worn most of the time.

  • Custom-fabricated

You’ll receive a series of aligner trays moulded to fit comfortably over your teeth and gums. You’ll find that each version is different from the last because each set gently shifts your pearly whites into their correct position.

  • 3D technology used

Invisalign boasts a vastly improved user experience over its competitors, starting from the moment digital impressions of your teeth are made.

Rather than using goop to attain moulds of your teeth, a method that isn’t 100% precise, we sweep a digital wand across the surfaces of your teeth, snapping countless images in real-time.

This advanced method is beneficial in the following ways

  • These accurate 3D images are used to create aligners that fit perfectly.
  • This approach is minimally invasive, meaning your gagging reflex isn’t induced nor will be fishing out flecks of moulds in the following weeks from your teeth and gums.

The Invisalign aligners we use

Our main focus is to correct minor problems, ranging from crooked teeth, spacing issues and overcrowding. We also treat teeth that have shifted out of position since being straightened.

We use two braces options to achieve optimal results.

Invisalign i7 is one of the latest orthodontic systems. Seven series of aligners are used over one to three months, depending on the nature of your problem. We recommend this treatment to individuals that want to repair mild to moderate issues in limited time. Have an upcoming wedding or special event? Invisalign i7 could be right for you.

Invisalign Express is another fast-acting treatment that straightens teeth faster than more comprehensive methods. Look forward to straighter teeth in as little as six months.

What are alternatives to Invisalign?

Invisalign might not be appropriate for individuals with unique or severe dental issues. Fortunately, we offer other forms of braces that are sleek, stylish, and comfortable to wear. … Read More..

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A Brief History of Prosthetics in Dentistry

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From the sterile dental fabrication labs of today, it’s hard to see prosthetics as anything but futuristic. With a 3D printer whirring as an aligner is formed 3 microns at a time, a bleep from the desktop informing the lab of a request for enamel veneers with precise shade and translucency specifications. It seems more like a cybernetics lab from sci-fi, as a dental implant in Brentwood order comes through.

It didn’t start like this though. There’s a very long history of oral prosthetics; it’s less million dollar man and more million-year-old man.

The stone age

What is an ancient man to do? He has a stone axe lashed with sinew and glued with bitumen to a sturdy wooden handle and a very distracting throb in a tooth. Well, if he can form an axe head, a 4mm wide flint scraper should not be too hard, and with a bit of gentle work, clear out the cavity. But how to fill it? A little of that bitumen on a stick softened over the fire might work, if he can quickly get it from the flames pushing it into the hole in the tooth! As the bitumen cooled into a water-proof airtight plug, it was done. The first filling! As far as we can deduce from a skull found in northern Italy, this occurred 13,000 years ago.

All that glitters is not enamel

Bitumen didn’t last, it might be insoluble which is a start, but it is soft and rubbery giving no strength to a crumbling tooth. Pure gold is very soft by metal standards, but it beats tree tar. Malleable and completely unreactive, 2500 years ago, a gold wire was a dental mainstay with Egyptians using it to bind a loose tooth to its neighbour, forming a sort of bridge.

The use of solid gold prosthetic teeth is not unheard of in this time period but is extremely rare.

Pontiff Maximus before the Pontiff

The roman title Pontiff Maximus translates as master bridge builder due to the infrastructure that the empire assembled, but before the rise of Rome, other people lived on the Italian peninsula; the Etruscans. The Etruscan bridge is the first true example of a dental bridge.

These were rows of human-sized teeth, carved from bone or ivory, held together, and attached to the patients remaining teeth with bands of gold and silver. The archaeological evidence suggests these were fitted after deliberate extractions had been performed, in much the same way as a modern clinic would operate.

Teeth and jewellery

The crossover between fine metalwork, like that of a goldsmith or silversmith, seems to be a millennia-long trend. The American revolutionary Paul Revere, who was better known in history for spying on the British empire, was a silversmith by day and often found himself witling down ivory into dentures and individual teeth.

In the post-battle carnage of Bunker hill in 1775, Revere identified the body of his friend and fellow revolutionary general Joseph Warren from a dental bridge … Read More..

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Am I Suitable for Invisalign?

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Maybe? If you’re asking about Invisalign, you are probably hoping to straighten your teeth or otherwise restructure your smile. There are a few things that would make clear aligners unsuitable for you. Obviously, to get a definitive answer, you should see a local dentist like Clear Braces Direct but until then, this article will explore if clear aligners in general, or Invisalign to be specific, are appropriate for you.

What types of teeth can Invisalign help with?

Aligners are considered an effective treatment for mild to moderate orthodontic conditions. This has led to them being considered cosmetic, even though that is not strictly true. In turn, Invisalign and other clear aligners are not being used for more serious meshing problems or severe crowding/gaping, for instance, your molars (the big teeth at the back), are not meeting or you have a complex tooth arrangement. When some of your teeth are in front of the others you should seek a referral from your dentist to an orthodontic specialist or consultant if you are an adult.

What can aligners resolve?

  • Crooked front teeth/malocclusion
  • Rotated teeth
  • ‘Slanted’ or protruding teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

Are there age restrictions?

No, and in orthodontics, there never has been. Contrary to public opinions and assumptions, there is no strong evidence supporting the idea that orthodontic treatments are less effective with age (they are less effective with poor tooth and gum condition, but not necessarily age). The teen-braces stereotype is slowly fading with people of all ages engaging in orthodontics in ways never seen before. This may be due to the subtlety and ease of use of these aligners over traditional braces, or the convenience of receiving clear aligners via the post. The newest fitting techniques don’t even involve taking a dental mould.

If your teeth and gums are in good condition and you have all your adult teeth present, your age shouldn’t be a problem. To use Invisalign in particular, you must be least 13 and have parental permission for legal reasons. There are no upper age limits but the bone density of the jaw will become a factor in much older patients.

What could stop me being able you use clear aligners?

  • Advanced gum disease (that causes discomfort while chewing)
  • Multiple missing teeth in a row
  • A dental bridge which is anchored to your teeth
  • Dental implants

What are the options if I can’t use clear aligners

There are multiple options for treatment if you can not use aligners; there’s always a traditional brace with its excellent track record. If you find the appearance of a regular brace unpleasant, you could use lingual braces. They are similar to a standard metal brace but are affixed to the back of the teeth.

The halfway point between the clear aligners and metal braces would be ceramic braces, which have the same mechanism as a standard but are transparent.

There are many more possibilities, and you should talk to your local dentist to make an informed decision about your care … Read More..

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What Can You Do to Reduce the Signs of Ageing?

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What is ageing?

Ageing has been perceived as a mysterious, unavoidable and incomprehensible part of life and nature for centuries. There is still a lot of mystery surrounding ageing, however, like biomedical and biochemical research advances every day, we uncover more and more of the mechanisms underlying ageing. Numerous theories exist for the explanation of ageing, but in reality, the truth is likely to be composed of a large number of these theories. One of the most established theories explaining ageing is the oxidative stress theory. During its normal operations, the body produces unwanted chemicals, so-called reactive oxygen species, abbreviated as ROS. These compounds are capable of damaging a wide range of important components found in cells. The body detoxifies some of these chemicals using antioxidant enzymes, like superoxide dismutase. However, as a person’s age advances the levels of these enzymes decrease, which leads to the accumulation of more acquired damage. This becomes visible through the appearance of wrinkles, grey hair and a range of other signs associated with ageing. There is currently research being carried out into potential anti-ageing therapies, however, there is still a long road ahead for this field. If you would like to get lip fillers Kent to alleviate signs of ageing, book an appointment with a dental practice also specialising in facial aesthetics.

Dermal fillers

Currently, there is no approved pharmacological or other treatment against ageing despite the large amounts of money and research effort invested in the topic. However, there are a number of promising results from cell and animal model experiments. Certain studies have concluded that the administration of GDF11 (Growth Differentiation Factor 11) has reduced the levels of age-related biomarkers in aged rats. While this is a very promising result, the translation of animal experiments into human treatments is a long and expensive process, which often does not even succeed. Watch out for scammers advertising such treatments, as it can be both very dangerous and completely ineffective. If you would like to reduce your signs of ageing using lip fillers, go where you can get professional help with the matter.

What is Botox?

Botox is a famous and well-established therapy for the alleviation of age-related signs, such as wrinkles. Botox is the abbreviation of botulinum toxin, which is a highly potent neurotoxin that can be used for medicinal purposes by specialists. It is produced by a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. These bacteria can be present in inappropriately conserved tinned food, which if consumed can lead to toxic effects. Luckily, in a clinical setting botox can have beneficial effects, without any toxicity or significant side effects. This drug acts by blocking the so-called neuromuscular junction, the junction where your motor nerves and target muscles meet. This ability can be utilised in facial aesthetics, as by blocking the neuromuscular junctions selectively in a localised area can smoothen the skin above them, leading to improved aesthetic appearance. Luckily the systemic toxic effects are nothing to be worried about in a controlled clinical setting, as only … Read More..

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Imperfect Smiles Cause Insecurities with Far-Reaching Consequences but Orthodontist Liverpool Can Help

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According to research carried out, 40 per cent of UK adults are dissatisfied with how their smiles look. A person’s smile has been the source of much scientific study and the conclusions drawn have a weighty impact on daily life.

When it comes to social attractiveness, a person’s smile is often the first thing we notice in others, and we tend to make social judgements based on our perceptions of that smile.

We attach much significance to the smile: we make inferences about how friendly and intelligent a person is and whether they are deemed trustworthy and acceptable. For smiles that we find pleasing, we associate characteristics such as higher intelligence, more successful and more popular.

But what about smiles we find less appealing? When the look of a smile deviates from what is generally considered attractive, the judgements formed are less than desirable. These judgements extend to impact one’s professional life too with those with less ideal smiles placed at a disadvantage during job or promotion interviews. The prospective job seeker may be perceived as one with limited intelligence, unhealthy or untrustworthy and, therefore, less likely to be successful in securing the job. It is not uncommon for hiring managers to view candidates with winning smiles more favourably than those with poor dental appearance.

Such negative social judgements are not limited to adults alone as children and teenagers, too, can suffer from poor perceptions of others. The British Dental Association reports that on the list of top three reasons for bullying at school is poor dental appearance. 

Positive effects of orthodontic treatments

There are a number of dental conditions that may prevent you from smiling confidently. On this list of problems that make you feel embarrassed about your smile are dental decay, misaligned teeth, protruding jaws, missing teeth and discoloured teeth. This lack of confidence can lead to negative consequences that include depression, withdrawal from society and lack of self-esteem that may impact one’s career prospects.

Effective orthodontic care, as carried out by Orthodontist Liverpool, is a means for helping patients address the teeth and jaw issues that impact their ability to show off wide pleasing smiles.

Orthodontic treatments do much more than just reposition teeth with dental devices such as braces to make smiles look more aesthetically pleasing. Equally important are the extended benefits that relate to oral and general health (mental and physical). Consider benefits such as improved bite function on one’s social life with the ability to eat confidently in social settings or the relief from pain due to jaw joint problems or the savings in time and effort because straighter teeth are easier to clean and keep clean. Another much-appreciated benefit offered by orthodontics is protecting the teeth from damage. Patients with prominent teeth are more at risk of damaging their teeth should they fall or receive a knock on this area of the face. A dental practitioner can use orthodontic devices to align jaws that grow out of position.

Attain greater oral health … Read More..