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29/Mar/2019

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        

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29/Mar/2019

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!





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