If you dream of straightening your teeth but are put off by the prospect of wearing traditional metal braces, you may be interested in invisible orthodontics. Wanting orthodontic treatment but not wanting to wear “train-track” braces is a common conundrum for adults, who fear the impact that metal braces may have on their professional and social life may outweigh the benefits of teeth straightening treatment.
At King’s Dental Clinic we are keen to point out that straighter teeth are healthier teeth. Crooked and crowded teeth don’t only make people embarrassed to smile in public; they are also more difficult to clean effectively, increasing the chances of further dental problems such as decay or gum disease because food particles and bacteria can become trapped between the teeth. This increases the risk of plaque build-up.
To help patients who want to straighten their teeth discreetly, we offer invisible orthodontics at our Hammersmith and Southwark dental practices. Invisible orthodontics comprises a range of devices that can correct many orthodontic problems without anybody knowing you are having treatment.
As well as straightening your teeth and aligning your jaws in a way that is invisible to the untrained eye, many of these discreet orthodontic devices also have quicker treatment times than standard braces – meaning you could be showing off your new smile sooner than you think!
Some of the devices we use are removable, meaning you can take them out to eat and drink, to brush your teeth and to clean. This means that your diet won’t be restricted during treatment, and you won’t have to worry about struggling to brush around your braces.
Others apply the traditional principles of orthodontics, using brackets and wires to move your teeth gently into their new position, with one major difference – the brackets and wires are tooth-coloured or clear, meaning that they blend in to your smile.
Many patients are nervous about visiting the dentist. In fact, fear of the dentist is the main reason adults in the UK give for missing regular dental check-ups – above worries about cost or lack of time.
At King’s Dental Clinic our principal dentist has more than 15 years of experience in treating nervous patients. Our Hammersmith and Southwark practices are Dental Phobic registered, and we have a number of options available for nervous and phobic patients. Our caring, compassionate, experienced team is happy to discuss treatment options with you to help you get the treatment you need and the smile you deserve.
There are many causes of fear of the dentist, from bad past experiences to a fear of not being in control, embarrassment about the condition of your teeth if you have not seen a dentist in years to fear of specific triggers including needles or the sound of the drill.
Fear of the dentist can range from mild anxiety to full-blown phobia. Any level of fear can prevent you from seeking treatment, ironically leading to an increased risk of painful dental conditions, complications and the need for more invasive procedures.
We will always take your fears seriously and will do everything we can to put your mind at ease. Our empathic team will take the time to try to establish the cause of your fear, so that we can work with you to overcome it. We will never be judgemental; if you haven’t seen a dentist for many years because of nervousness, all we want to do is to help you get your smile and your oral health back.
Our principal dentist is also fully qualified to perform relaxation sedation, and has carried out more than 6,000 procedures using this type of sedation.
We use happy air – a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen – to inhale through a small mask. This will make you feel very relaxed and, while you are not asleep and will be able to cooperate with your dentist, your nerves will subside and you will be comfortable during treatment. Unlike other types of sedation, relaxation sedation wears off quickly when you stop inhaling the gas, meaning you will be able to drive yourself home a short time after treatment.
Straighter teeth are healthier teeth. A properly aligned bite and straighter teeth mean that there are not so many gaps for food particles to get trapped in. These trapped food particles can increase the build-up of plaque and bacteria on your teeth, leading to decay and gum disease. When teeth are gappy and crooked, these areas can be problematic to clean, even with a prudent dental hygiene regime. That’s why at King’s Dental Clinic we always recommend patients consider straightening their teeth.
We also know that many adult patients who would like to straighten their teeth are put off by the long treatment times associated with traditional orthodontics, as well as with the thought of having to wear conventional metal braces for any length of time.
Orthodontics has evolved somewhat in recent years. Now, in many cases, it is possible to straighten your teeth both quickly and discreetly, with the help of fast orthodontics.
One of the most popular fast orthodontic options at our Southwark and Hammersmith dental practices is Six Month Smiles.
Six Month Smiles are a thoroughly modern type of brace that can be used to correct a wide range of mild to moderate cosmetic orthodontic problems. They are renowned for their quick treatment times – six months is the average, in some cases your treatment may be complete sooner. Six Month Smiles work so quickly because they only focus on the front six to eight teeth – those that are visible when you smile.
They work in a similar way to traditional braces, using wires and brackets to move your teeth gently into a more desirable position. However, they have another advantage over traditional braces: the brackets are clear and the wires are tooth-coloured, which means they blend in with your teeth and will not be immediately obvious.
To find out more about how Six Month Smiles can help you, please get in touch with us today.
Many adults would like straighter teeth, but are put off by the thought of wearing conventional train-track style braces. Braces remain the best and most predictable way to straighten teeth, but at King’s Dental Clinic we understand that traditional braces may not be compatible with busy personal and professional lives. That’s why we offer a number of treatments using invisible braces.
As if being invisible to the untrained eye wasn’t enough, these types of braces also often have much-reduced treatment times (depending on the type and amount of correction required in each individual case).
Among our most popular invisible brace options at our Hammersmith and Southwark dental practices are Six Month Smiles. These can correct a wide range of cosmetic orthodontic problems and, as the name suggests, they have an average treatment time of just six months. As well as meaning you will only have to wear your braces for a short period, this type of treatment can be better for your overall oral health because braces can be difficult to clean around, requiring regular visits to the hygienist.
Six Month Smiles use clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, meaning they are very discreet and will not be immediately noticeable.
As well as Six Month Smiles, we offer a number of removable devices to straighten teeth, also known as clear aligners. These devices are made to fit your teeth precisely, and can be used to correct a wide range of orthodontic problems.
Removable aligners have minimal impact on your lifestyle, because you can take them out to eat and drink, to brush your teeth and to clean, helping you to maintain good dental hygiene for the duration of treatment.
Among the aligners we offer at King’s Dental Clinic is the Inman Aligner, which is a single device that can correct mild to moderate issues with alignment, crowding and rotation of the teeth quickly and safely. Other clear brace systems comprise a system of aligners that you change every two weeks or so as your teeth move.
If you are embarrassed about stained or discoloured teeth, now could be the perfect time to give them a brightness boost. Teeth whitening treatment, when carried out by a dentist, is a fast, safe and effective way to add some sparkle to your smile.
Depending on the option you choose, teeth whitening can take from two weeks to just one hour. It’s the perfect way to improve your smile before a special occasion – a job interview, business presentation or, as it’s Valentine’s month, a special date.
At King’s Dental’s Southwark and Hammersmith practices, our skilled cosmetic dentists offer two options for teeth whitening treatment: home whitening and in-practice power whitening. The best option for you will depend on your individual needs, preferences and budget – your cosmetic dentist will talk you through both options at your teeth whitening consultation.
Option 1: Power whitening
Power whitening takes place here at the dental practice. Your dentist will protect your lips and gums with a barrier and will place special whitening gel on your teeth. A lamp is used to activate the bleaching process – all you need to do is sit back and relax for an hour. When treatment is complete your teeth will look several shades brighter.
Option 2: Home whitening
Your dentist will create special light-weight plastic trays that will fit your teeth precisely. You need to put a small amount of whitening gel in the trays and wear them overnight at home for approximately two weeks. The result will be a brighter, whiter smile.
Remember that teeth whitening should only be carried out on the direction of a qualified dentist. Products available online or on the high street are unregulated and unreliable – unlike products offered by dentists, which are tried, tested and safe.
Dental implants are an increasingly popular way for patients to replace missing teeth. As the population in general lives longer, more and more people are looking for a reliable, permanent way to replace their natural teeth. In many cases, dental implants are the perfect solution.
At King’s Dental Clinic in Hammersmith and Southwark, our skilled implant dentists have helped many patients of all ages to restore their smiles with dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that your dentist will place directly in your jaw bone using a minor surgical procedure. Titanium is very compatible with the human body, and a huge advantage of implants is that they are osteoconductive – promoting bone growth and integrating directly with the bone. This means that they provide a firm support for new teeth in the form of crowns, dentures or bridges, acting as they do like bionic tooth roots.
Who can have dental implants?
The good news is that these days most people are suitable for implant treatment. Thanks to advances in technology and techniques, our implant dentists at King’s Dental Clinic are now able to treat even complex implant cases.
Patients who have suffered bone loss may need bone augmentation or a sinus lift before implants are placed. This helps to regenerate your jaw bone so that it is strong enough to support dental implants. Smoking can hinder the success of dental implant treatment, so we always recommend patients consult our smoking cessation service before starting treatment.
Our teeth are easily stained by the foods and drinks we consume (coffee, tea and red wine are common culprits), by cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking, and by some medicines and medicated mouthwashes. As we get older, our teeth also often lose their natural sheen.
At King’s Dental Clinic we have helped many happy patients to remove stains from their teeth. It’s an excellent, hassle-free way to boost the appearance of your smile before a special occasion.
Regular visits to the hygienist will help to keep stains at bay. A professional scale and polish helps to remove even stubborn plaque that can discolour the teeth. You should visit the hygienist twice a year for a professional tooth clean.
To give your smile an extra boost, you may be interested in teeth whitening treatment. This is an excellent way to remove even stubborn stains and give your teeth a brighter, whiter appearance. Depending on which option you choose, you could have a dazzling, stain-free smile in just one hour.
At King’s Dental Clinic we offer two options for teeth whitening treatment to remove stains: home whitening and power whitening here in the comfort of our practice.
Home teeth whitening
This option uses whitening gel and custom-made whitening trays to gently whiten your teeth over a period of about a fortnight. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth so that your trays can be made to fit precisely. You need to put a small amount of whitening gel in the trays and wear them overnight or for short periods during the day for approximately two weeks.
Power teeth whitening
Power whitening takes place here in the comfort of our dental practice. All you need to do is sit back and relax while your dentist shields your lips and gums and carefully applies whitening gel to your teeth. A special light is used to activate the gel. This option takes approximately one hour, after which your teeth will be brighter and stain free.
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