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How long do braces take to straighten teeth? 

How long do braces take to straighten teeth? Having braces fitted is a simple, effective method of orthodontic treatment which focuses on gradually shifting teeth into alignment.  There are a range of different types of braces including traditional metal bracesclear braces such as Invisalign, or Fastbraces ®This form of treatment can be used to correct issues such as overcrowding, gaps and spacing issues. It can also be used to correct underbites and overbites.  Considering teeth straightening needn’t be a worry or a hassle and trusting a professional private dentist like Aesthetika will mean you get the best possible treatment, at an affordable cost.  

How long will it take Braces to straighten my teeth?

Whichever type of brace you choose, the end result will be the same, which is to effectively and gently shift your teeth into the right position. The time it takes to do this will vary case to case and depend on your overall oral health.  How long will it take Braces to straighten my teeth?   If traditional metal braces are being used, they are bonded to each tooth with dental wire threaded through each bracket. Every so often, the wire is tightened by the dentist at regular intervals, so that your teeth will gradually move into the right position.   In the case of clear or invisible dental braces, like Invisalign or Fastbraces ® bonding to the teeth isn’t needed and with the latter treatmentretainers either don’t need to be worn at all or worn for very minimal periods each day. They can also be taken out when eating or to clean them thoroughly. They can often be a better option for adults who have decided to undertake teeth straightening at a later age.  

What is involved in the Teeth Straightening Process? 

If you’re thinking about having your teeth straightening, then the process will often involve the following steps: 
  • Initial consultation with dentist 

An initial meeting will be set up with your dentist so that they can make a full assessment of your current oral health and the alignment of your teeth. They’ll then make a recommendation for the right type of braces for you.   In certain situations, it may be necessary to have tooth extraction(s) before straightening can commence. If this is the case, your dentist will talk you through this process too.  
  • First treatment session 

After your initial appointment a treatment session will be set up, and it’s here your braces will be fitted.   Your private dentist will explain how to look after your teeth and your braces, with use of good oral hygiene practices.   They will also explain any potential problems with discomfort after the initial fitting and how you can manage this. For most people, discomfort is minimal and can be managed with simple over the counter pain relievers.  
  • Follow up appointments

Over the following months you will need to have regular follow up appointments with your private dentist to have your braces tightened, or to have new aligners fitted (depending on the treatment you have opted for).   At these appointments, your dentist will also check how your treatment is progressing and discuss any changes to your dental plan, with you.  
  • Removal of braces 

When your teeth are straight and the treatment is complete, your braces will need to be professionally removed and your teeth examined. Your dentist may advise you to wear a retainer for a new months, if necessary, to keep your teeth in alignment.  

Treatment Times for Teeth Straightening 

The time taken to straighten teeth can vary from patient to patient. It depends on how severe the dental issues are such as: 
  • Severity of crowding 
  • Any spacing and bite issues 
  • The treatment option you choose 
The systems we use, in majority of cases take 6 months, some may take up to 1 year, no more than that  Everyone will respond differently to treatment of this kind. In some, improvements may be seen in a few weeks. In others it may be months.   However, for most patients, teeth straightening with dental braces can take anywhere between six months to two yearsA good private dentist will be able to give you a proper estimate of how long your braces treatment will take. This will be based on their experience treating patients of similar requirements.  Straightening teeth does take time. This is because your dentist is using specific techniques to shift your teeth into their correct alignment using gentle force. This must be done over time to protect teeth and gums from damage and give reliable, permanent results with minimum discomfort to the patient. A good private dentist will explain every stage of the process and make sure their patient feels comfortable with the treatment being undertaken.  

Choose Aesthetika For Braces 

If you’re considering teeth straightening for aesthetic purposes, or to correct other dental health issues then Aesthetika can help you.   We offer affordable, professional treatment in our Kingston based practice and have a range of different treatment options depending on your needs and your dental health requirements.   Aesthetika understand that teeth straightening is a treatment that needs careful discussion and consideration with each patient and we’re happy to talk you through all your options.   It doesn’t matter whether you require traditional metal braces, Invisalign technology or Fastbraces ® we can help you make the right decision to suit your budget and your lifestyle. If you’d like more information and help on the services we offer, visit our website or call us today for an informal chat.  


Can Teeth BStraightened At Any Age? 

One question that many adults and older people ask when seeking private dental treatment is, can teeth be straightened at any age? A simple answer to this question is yes, adults can have orthodontic treatment to correct the same dental issues that children and teenagers might have. There is no real age limit for braces for teeth.   Adults may need treatment to correct crowding, an overbite or gaps between the teeth. Your private dentist will go through treatment and care options with you, depending on what needs to be done.   Choosing a professional, private dentist to carry out teeth straightening after 50 or braces after 40 will give you peace of mind, quality of care and a range of affordable options.  

Why Have Your Teeth Straightened?  

Having your teeth straightened will make them more aesthetically pleasing, and it will also make them work better too. Teeth straightening treatment will often involve wearing a removable, or fixed brace to help correct issues like over crowded teeth, or teeth that are crooked. Orthodontic work like this can be performed at any age.   Often, patients will have this form of treatment to correct malocclusion. Put simply, this means your teeth don’t sit together neatly as they are not properly ‘arranged’. Symptoms of malocclusion include:  
  • Teeth that are overcrowded or have too much space between them.  
  • A poor bite – for instance if your lower and upper teeth don’t meet when you close your jaw. 
  • Overbite – this is when your upper teeth cover your lower teeth when your jaw is closed. 
Teeth straightening after 50 can improve the positioning of your teethThis will also make them look and feel better. Crowded teeth can often be more difficult to keep clean, so teeth straightening, and orthodontic treatment can help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.  

What does orthodontic treatment for adults involve?  

Although many people have their teeth straightened once all their milk teeth have come out, there are now more adults than ever seeking orthodontic treatment.   Often, treatment to straighten teeth will involve wearing a brace. This can either be fixed, or removeable. A brace works by moving your teeth into the right position, using gentle pressure. Normally, this will be worn all the time and can be in place for anything from a few months to two years.   Every few weeks, you’ll need to see your private Kingston dentist to have the braces checked and adjusted if necessary. However, it’s worth pointing out that everyone’s treatment needs are different and it’s important to discuss all the different options with your dentist.   Your private dentist will carry out a full assessment before any treatment begins. Usually, this takes the form of examining your teeth, taking x-rays and then discussing what the best options to straighten your teeth are. For instance, you might need to have some teeth taken out if there isn’t enough room in your mouth, or you might simply need a brace fitting with no extraction of teeth required.   

What are the different types of braces? 

Your orthodontist will talk you through treatment options and which type of brace is most suitable for you. A brace will need to be worn all the time. There are some which can be removed for cleaning and eating, whereas others are fixed to the front and back of your teeth.  
  1. Removable braces 

Removable braces are used when teeth crowding is not severe, as they can only move or straighten teeth by ‘tilting’ or ‘tipping’ them.    A removable brace will need to be worn all the time, even at night and when you eat. This can take some getting used to and careful cleaning will be required. You will need to remove your brace to clean it and it’s best to do this when you brush your teeth, twice a day. It should be brushed under running water with a toothbrush and your normal toothpaste. A good private dentist will show you how to do this properly.  

2. Aligners 

Aligners such as Invisalign or the Inman Aligner are computer-generated moulds that are used to move your teeth into place if your condition is mild, and if you don’t need to have any teeth removed. They are only suitable for people with all their adult teeth, which make them a more ideal treatment for teens and adults.   They are less noticeable, and whilst they need to be worn all the time they can be removed when you eat and drink.   Usually, you’ll need to wear a set of two aligners one for your upper teeth and one for your lower, for roughly a fortnight. These will then be replaced with a new set. This treatment continues until your teeth are in the right position.  Your dentist or orthodontist will take bite impressions of your teeth, so that they can produce all the sets you need. They’ll do this using computer technology. 

3. Fixed braces 

Fixed braces are firmly attached to the surface of your teeth. This means that only your private Kingston orthodontist can remove them. They can be used to move your teeth in a very precise manner  They consist of small brackets that your dentist will cement together then join with a wire. It’s commonly made of metal, though there are now ceramic versions that aren’t quite as noticeable and may be better suited to adults who want a treatment that is less obtrusive.   Sometimes, you may possible need to have separators between your teeth, and possibly small elastic bands. These will keep the wires in place and move your teeth into the right position.  

4. Retainers 

Retainers are a type of brace that help stop ‘relapse’ happening. This is when your teeth move back into their original position.  How long you will need to wear them for, will depend on your specific needs and it is something you should discuss with your private dentist before and during treatment, as an option.   They can be removeable or fixed. Removable retainers are easy to keep clean, but sometimes it is difficult to remember to wear them in the first place. A fixed retainer needs more attention to keep it clean, but often offers more support to the teeth. It’s always best to discuss your options with your dentist.  

Fitting a brace 

Having a brace fitted by a professional private dentist shouldn’t hurt. They will talk you through the process and show you how to keep it clean, take it out and put it in correctly.   Treatment length will be dependent on how sever any malocclusion is and the type of brace, or other treatment you need to have.   Once a brace has been fitted there may be some slight discomfort in and around your teeth and gums. This is normal and taking some simple over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen should help.   Occasionally, there might be some discomfort from the brace rubbing your lips, tongue or the inside of your cheeks. Your orthodontist can give you advice on how to care for this problem.  

Choose Aesthetika For Teeth Straightening Whatever Your Age 

If you’ve been considering your options for teeth straightening as an adult, then it might be time to contact a professional private dentist who can help and advise on the best course of treatment for you and offer impartial and practical tips to care for your oral health.   Aesthetika can provide all aspects of dental care including cosmetic dentistry if you’re considering teeth straightening. If you’d like an informal chat on this, or for more information on the treatments we can offer, then why not give us a call on 02089367736        


What Are Fastbraces? 

What are Fastbraces®?  Fastbraces® were developed as a revolutionary solution to straighten crooked teeth in a different way to traditional braces. It is a complete, non-extraction based system and it provides patients with speedy, effective results.    The difference between conventional brace systems and Fastbraces® is that tooth movement is staggered. With traditional dental braces, the teeth move in two stagesfirstly the crown, then the root. Fastbraces® can often halve the length of treatment time because it focuses on both areas at once.   Aesthetika offer Fastbrace ® solutions. If your teeth are crooked, twisted or misaligned then this could be the treatment for you 

How do Fastbraces ® work?  

Fastbraces® use an innovative ‘elbow’ design in the brackets. This is coupled with a uniquely shaped wire and these two components work together to exert forces on the root and crown simultaneously.   When teeth are crooked, the root is typically not in the correct position. If Fastbraces® are applied, with a wire (instead of a bracket), this means that the distance between the braces is doubled. The extra space means there is more flexibility of wire. The root can be straightened upright, in a much shorter time frame.   Fastbraces® technology is a gentle treatment which allows the movement of the roots of the teeth into their final position, right from the start of treatment. This means that patients can complete treatment anytime from three months after the commencement, to a year. Some patients report seeing results and changes within a few weeks.   The technology associated with Fastbraces ® has a low frictional force and this means there is a reduction in sliding friction, and thus a reduction in pain when fitting front and back teeth together.   There is no need to wear retainers for hours during the day, either. In fact, retention treatment is only needed for around fifteen to twenty minutes per day whilst using Fastbraces®.  

Fastbraces ® Treatment Guide 

The first step to a great smile is to meet your private dentist to determine if you are a candidate for the Fastbraces® system  They will then undertake a comprehensive exam of your mouth and smile. This is followed by tooth impressions and x rays, to create a customized treatment plan designed specifically for your smile.  Before you go ahead and book an appointment to talk to your private Kingston dentist about Fastbraces® ask yourself a few questions to see if you’re a good candidate for this type of treatment:  
  • Would you like to have a straighter smile? 
  • Would you like to achieve that smile in a short space of time? 
  • Would you like to experience little to no pain with the treatment? 
  • Would you like to have a cost effective option for brace treatment? 
If you answered yes to more than one of these, then contact Aesthetika today, to discuss your treatment options 

Fastbraces® Can Give You Confidence Back  

Think about the following questions and answer them honestly.  
  • Do you have gaps between your teeth? 
  • Are your teeth crooked? 
  • Do you feel you have to ‘hide your teeth, for instance do you cover your mouth a lot? 
  • Do you tend to avoid smiling in photos? 
  • Are you generally unhappy with your smile? 
Then this treatment could really help you get your overall confidence back. One of the major keys to feeling confident, is having straight teeth! 

The advantages of Fastbraces® 

  1. Fast 

Fastbraces® work with a single orthodontic wire from start to finish. Traditional braces must have a series of wires and regular tightening procedures.   Fastbraces® use a special square nickel-titanium wire which is flexible and activated by the special design of the braces. The whole tooth is ‘upright’ in one stage, using the natural temperature of the mouth. This means that treatment can be completed much more quickly. 

2. Safe and Reduces Pain 

The technology for Fastbraces® has been in use for over twenty years now and in that time patients who use the treatment have found it to be incredibly safe and reliable.   Patients often report feeling much less pain and discomfort than with traditional braces. As the braces are typically ‘fixed’ for less time than normal braces, there is less risk of dental hygiene issues, too.  

3. Affordable  

Treatment can be very affordable in most cases. This is because there are often less visits to the dentist clinic needed.  

4. Different, Effective Design 

Conventional braces are square shaped, and this defines the distance between the brackets and determines how flexible the wire is.  Fastbraces® Technology is equipped with an elevated slot and possess a unique ‘elbow’ design. The way the bracket is shaped is critical because it alters the force and the flexibility of the brace.  It increases the distance between the individual brackets, which in turn, increases the flexibility of the wire.   Theses brackets also help with the ‘tipping forces to the root of the tooth, right from the start of your treatment. This alone means that Fastbraces ® treatment can be completed from three months to one year after their fitting. This is especially important for children or adults who have concerns about the aesthetics of braces and worry about their looks. They also might wonder how quickly Fastbraces ® can be removed and the quick treatment time can be a deciding factor!   Fastbraces® also now come in a clear option, for those who want their treatment to be as inconspicuous as possible. Talk to your private dentist about this today.  

Aesthetika For Fastbraces 

Fastbraces® are safe and effective method of dental treatment for both children and adults.   Finding a professional private dentist to talk to is extremely important as they will be able to advise you on your treatment options, cost and how long the process could take.   A straight, healthy smile is at your fingertips. Find out if Fastbraces® are the right choice for you. For more information on how Aesthetika’s cosmetic dentistry can help you, contact us today!


Dental Implants Versus Veneers – Everything You Need to Know

Dental implants versus Veneers, which is the right choice for you? The simple answer to this question is that one treatment is not better than the other. The most important distinction is that an implant is designed to replace a missing tooth, whilst veneers will only cover an existing tooth.

Both can bring a huge improvement to your smile (and thus to your confidence) but there are some differences between the two treatments and how they can benefit you. In some cases, it simply comes down to personal choice, and having all the facts and knowledge to hand can be really helpful.

A good, professional private dentist will explain all the pros of both types of dental work thoroughly. They will also help you to make the right choice based on your lifestyle and personal needs. Let’s take a look at the pros of both treatments and how they are carried out.

Dental Implants or Veneers – Which is Right For You?

Implants and veneers both have distinct advantages. The factors that patients must consider are the aesthetics, the procedural technique and also the financial aspects of the treatment. Implants are suitable as a treatment to replace a missing tooth, veneers will cover an existing tooth.

  • Dental Implants

A dental implant is a replacement root for your tooth, which is built to be as hard wearing as a natural tooth root. In some cases, it can end up becoming stronger.

Implants are a threaded post of titanium alloy, that is then securely screwed in place on to the jawbone.

After the procedure and over a course of roughly three to six months it will naturally meld into the jaw. This process is known as osseo-integration.

Porcelain crowns can be attached over implants, and multiple implants can support a full set of artificial teeth, usually just by using an abutment.

The procedure to apply implants takes place over several appointments, but there is little to no pain during the procedure and if you are worried or anxious about the treatment Aesthetika work with a dental phobia nurse who will help put you at ease.

Implant procedure usually follows the following steps:

  • Consultation and initial examination: This is the most essential first step. On your first appointment you will discuss your options with your private dentist. Your dental history will be examined and examine your mouth to ascertain your current dental health. X-Rays will be taken to look at your jaw bone. This is important, to make sure your jaw bone is able to support this procedure and will be able to stand up to everyday tasks such as eating, drinking and talking.
  • Extraction of Poor Teeth: If any of your existing teeth are not in the best condition and likely to give you problems further down the line, they will be removed, and your gums given time to heal over properly.
  • Implant installation: Holes are drilled into the structure at pre-calculated placements and angles. The implants are then fitted with an abutment, which will assist the artificial teeth later. Any gum flesh is then stitched over the implants. After this procedure the patient will have to wait three to six months for osseo-integration to occur.
  • Crown placement: Once osseo-integration has occurred another appointment will be made. Specially created crowns are affixed to the implants through the abutments. If all the teeth are being restored, then a complete set of fourteen teeth can be supported on four different angled implants.

The Benefits of Dental implants?

  • Long Life. With proper care, they can last up to, or indeed over, twenty years.
  • No deterioration over time. Discoloration, cracking or dislocation will not occur.
  • Osseo-integration. These implants are designed to perform osseo-integration (in other words, fusion with the bone) this enhances their life and gives them strength. Osseo-integration means that the implants also become a part of the patient’s mouth.
  • Bone Growth. To a certain degree, implants can also encourage bone growth.
  • No real aftercare required. Regular oral hygiene is all that is needed to support implants. You don’t need to avoid any foods or drinks.
  • No dental caries or gum disease. Implant supported teeth can’t slip off and won’t suffer from decay.
  • Full mouth restoration. Implants can be used for full mouth restoration, in a single jaw.


Veneers are a shell like cap, usually less than half a millimetre in thickness. They are available in a wide range of shades and colours so they can be made to match the natural colour of your teeth perfectly, without any noticeable difference.

They are usually applied to the front teeth but can also be used on upper, lower, or both sets of teeth too.

They offer an answer to patients who wish to cover up any damaged, discoloured, or cracked teeth. As they are translucent, they will reflect the appearance of natural teeth. However, if teeth are badly stained coloured veneers can be applied, too.

Two visits to the dentists are required for this type of procedure.

  • Impressions: The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send this to the lab so that the veneers can be manufactured. The colour, shade, and material type that has been previously chosen by you and the dentist will also be sent along to the lab.
  • Application of veneers: In the second appointment, the teeth are prepped, and the veneers are cemented onto them.

The Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are the perfect solution to cover up the following aesthetic issues and concerns:

  • Discoloured teeth
  • Teeth with gaps
  • Teeth that are chipped
  • Cracked teeth
  • Crooked or deformed teeth

Choose Aesthetika For Your Implants or Veneers

If you’re still unsure or would like to speak to one of our private Kingston Dentists about the pros of either implants or veneers, then you can contact us for an appointment, where we can discuss all your options with you and help you make the right decision.

It is often down to personal choice, health concerns and general oral health as to which procedure one of our expert dentists will guide you towards.

You can also find further information here on Implants and here for  Porcelain Veneers. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Composite Veneers or Porcelain Veneers – Which is Best? 

Composite Veneers or Porcelain Veneers, which is best? As with many of the different dental procedures on offer it can often be purely down to personal choice!  

Opting to have veneers fitted whatever they’re composed of is one of the first, excellent steps you can take to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and of course, your overall confidence.  

A happy, healthy smile is one of the real, genuine differences you can make to your appearance that says you care about yourself.  

Choosing a good quality private dentist to carry out the work, means you are investing in the best for your oral health now, and in the future too.  

Choosing Composite or Porcelain Veneers 

Opting to have veneers placed is the first step in improving the aesthetics of your teeth. The second is making sure you choose the right material to have them made from.  

The two most commonly used materials for veneers are composite resin and porcelain. If you choose an experienced private Kingston dentist to carry out the work for you, then you can be assured that whatever the material you choose you will have a transformed smile.  

How do you know whether composite or porcelain is right for you? Typically, this will come down to your specific requirements and which of the following are important to you: 

  • Cost 
  • Treatment time 

What Are The Advantages of Composite Veneers? 

There are advantages to both of these aesthetic treatments, and it is always best to talk to your private dentist about any procedure you are considering. 

  • Cost 

Perhaps the chief advantage of Composite Veneers over Porcelain is their cost.  Porcelain Veneers can sometimes work out to be more expensive than their composite counterparts. However, the cost of veneers will always vary, and it is best to discuss this with your private dentist so you know exactly what you will receive for your money.  

  • Same day treatment 

Composite veneers can be a same day treatment. They are sculpted on to your teeth, rather than being made in a lab which is off-site. This ‘tooth shaped’ resin is directly applied to teeth and then it can be sculpted and shaped by the dentist treating you. It is then hardened with a high-intensity light, and after this more layers of resin can be applied if they are needed until the desired aesthetics are achieved. Once the resin is in place, it needs to be polished to make it look like natural tooth.  

  • Less invasive 

The above factors, and the methods that are used in their application to the teeth often means that the composite veneer procedure can be much less invasive and noticeably quicker than applying porcelain veneers.  

  • They can be removed and replaced 

Perhaps the other main advantage is that composite veneers have an element of reversibility. With these types of veneers, there is minimal prep work required on your teeth, so this means that in the first instance they are not permanently altered. In the event the composite needs to be removed or replaced, it can be done as needed.  

What Are The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers? 

There are also distinct advantages to opting for porcelain veneers too.  

  • Durability 

Porcelain veneers are extremely durable. It is a naturally stronger substance than composite resin. Porcelain veneers that are well maintained can last anything up to fifteen years. There’s an important trade off, in that whilst composites might cost less, they might not last quite as long. However, that said, good quality composite veneers, professionally applied can last for up to a decade.  

  • Natural 

Many private dentists agree that a porcelain veneer will offer the most ‘natural’ tooth like aesthetics. This is because it appears quite translucent, and thus looks quite similar to normal tooth enamel. Porcelain is also more resistant to staining and chipping.  

  • Embracing more modern technologies 

Whilst the procedure to apply porcelain veneers is much more involved, more dentists are opting to use different and up to date technologies which means that on-site fabrication is sometimes possible. Always speak to your dentist about the sort of technology they have to hand, as this can sometimes reduce overall treatment time. Even if veneers are made off site, your dentist will supply you with temporary veneers, so that you are not left high and dry.  

  • Perfect solution for damaged teeth 

Porcelain veneers offer a really suitable treatment for cases in which tooth enamel is worn, or there is distinct wear and tear to the teeth. As an example, significant discolouration or issues that affect the spacing of teeth can be treated with porcelain veneers and can offer a natural looking approach to fixing aesthetic concerns.  

Composite or Porcelain? Choose Aesthetika For a Free Consultation 

The best course of action when deciding if composite or porcelain veneers are the right option for you is to speak to your dentist and have a thorough consultation with them.  

Think about the things that are most important to you. If it’s a cost effective solution, then composite might be the way forward. If your main concerns are aesthetics or repairing the look of damaged or worn teeth, then porcelain might be the better option.  

However, regardless of the material you opt for in the end, both composite and porcelain veneers will really offer you the enhancement to your smile that you have been looking for, for years. Aesthetika is the solution for your composite and porcelain veneersContact us for a free consultation 

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