Teeth straightening using cosmetic short term orthodontics
Try one of our short term orthodontic treatment systems at Glen Lea Dental Suite!
James Prince has undergone extensive training to be able to provide a choice of cosmetic tooth straightening options. The systems provided at our practice are Smilelign and Six Months Smiles and are described below:
Smilelign Invisable Braces
What is Smilelign?
Teeth straightening, known within dentistry as Orthodontics, traditionally used metal brackets and ugly wires to straighten your teeth. By contrast Smilelign is an invisible orthodontic aligner system that uses the latest technology on the UK dental market. Smilelign's revolutionary clear brace aligner gives you the straight smile you always dreamed of. Smilelign is practically invisible, so people won’t even know you’re having your teeth straightened. More information can be found hereor by contacting the practice.
Six Month Smiles is an award-winning cosmetic short term orthodontic system to give you a beautiful straight smile to be proud of in a reasonable time frame.
If you have ever wanted a straighter smile or felt self-conscious about any crooked teeth but been put off by having to wear metal braces for years, this is the treatment for you. It is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that takes only six months on average.
**Special offer – includes free tooth whitening to give you a straight, white smile**
Six Month Smiles FAQs
What is it?
It is a short-term orthodontic treatment that uses specially designed brackets and wires to straighten the teeth and correct cosmetic complaints, achieving a straight, symmetrical smile in under 9 months.
What is the difference between Six Month Smiles and conventional orthodontic treatment?
Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets and specially designed tooth coloured wires to be more discreet than traditional fixed braces. Six Month Smiles aims to correct the cosmetic complaints of the front teeth to give symmetry and a great smile, rather than moving all the teeth into the perfect occlusion (‘bite’) – moving the back teeth can take a much greater amount of time. This gives a quicker and usually more cost-effective result.
What do the braces look like, will I have a mouth full of metal?
The system uses clear brackets and tooth coloured wires to minimise visibility. They are not noticeable from a social distance.
Does it hurt?
Most patients experience little or no discomfort. The procedure requires no anaesthetics or drilling and low forces are used to move the teeth comfortably.
Does it really only take 6 months?
The average treatment time is six months but the length of treatment depends on how crooked or out of line the teeth are to start with. It can take 4-9 months.
Do I need to wear retainers afterwards?
Yes, retainers are required after any tooth straightening procedures to keep the teeth in their final positions and stop them moving post-treatment. These are included in the cost and are fitted straight after the treatment.
Does Six Month Smiles damage the teeth, roots or gums?
There are no more risks than with traditional orthodontics and because the forces used are light and the treatment times short the procedure is comfortable and safe. It is a much more conservative and healthier option for the teeth to achieve an aesthetic smile than veneers or crowns and it gives very predictable results.
What’s the catch!?
There is no catch. If you are an adult with crooked or spaced teeth and wanting to safely and quickly improve the appearance of your smile without a major alteration to your bite, this is the ideal solution! Most adults are candidates for Six Month Smiles.
After a careful examination and discussing your treatment goals, the dentist will discuss the options available to you.
How much does the treatment cost?
The total treatment cost is £2600. This includes all the necessary appointments and materials to complete the treatment, as well as retainers after the treatment.
If paid in full at the commencement of treatment a 5% discount will be given (cost £2470), otherwise it can be paid as £650 at the initial records appointment, then equal instalments to be paid every month at the review/adjustment appointments over 6 months (£325 to be paid each month)
Replacing teeth with dental implants
Implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth or all teeth or even to support a denture!
Dental implants are the modern way to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that when placed in the jawbone works much like a root of a tooth usually would; supporting a tooth (a crown). Multiple implants can be placed to replace several missing teeth.
They give a final restoration with a natural feel and appearance and are very strong and durable.
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants as there needs to be sufficient healthy bone to place the screw in. Ask your dentist about implants.
At Glen Lea Dental Suite we use Astra Tech’s implant system, now called Dentsply: a system that is well known and recognised around the world. The success of these implants is very well documented. For more information about the system and the procedures involved, please visit www.likenaturalteeth.com or speak to your dentist.
Six reasons why you should consider implants instead of other solutions
1. They look, feel and function like your natural teeth
2. Healthy teeth do not need to be ground down to support the dental implants
3. Anchoring dental implants in the jaw bone stimulates bone tissue and gums,
ensuring an attractive, aesthetic result while helping to maintain facial strucutres
4. Dental implants do not require any adhesive to hold the new teeth in place
5. They eliminate the discomfort and insecurity of loose, ill-fitting dentures
6. You have a secure, permanent tooth replacement
How many missing teeth can implants support?
While the most common dental implants are single tooth implants, a few implants can also be used to support several teeth via a bridge or denture. Alternatively, you could keep your denture but have it permanently attached with as little as two implants under the right circumstances. The volume and density of the bone tissue where the replacements are required will affect how many implants are needed to replace a number of teeth.
The dentist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth. Dental Radiographs (x-rays) or even a CT (3D x-ray) may be used to determine what the jaw bone looks like. The dentist may recommend a tooth cleaning with the hygienist or therapist as the condition of the gums is very important for an implant to last.
The implants are placed in the jawbone and allowed to heal for up to 6 months. The procedure is carried out under local anaethetics.
An impression is taken of your mouth for the final restoration.
The final restoration is fitted.
Dental implants to retain a denture
Full dentures can sometimes be loose and a source of frustration for patients, affecting eating and causing embarrassment. Dental implants can be used to fix a denture securely in place, making it much more comfortable and stable. It can look and function like normal teeth and is a cost effective option compared to a full arch implant retained bridge.
The dentist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth. Dental Radiographs (x-rays) or even a CT (3D x-ray) may be used to determine what the jaw bone looks like.
The implants are placed in the jawbone and allowed to heal for up to 6 months. The procedure is carried out under local anaethetics. A different number of implants will be required depending on the quality of the jaw bone and the restoration (the denture). Sometimes as little as two implants may be needed.
During the healing your own denture will be modified so that you can use as normal.
Small "buttons" are placed on the implants to clip to the denture.
An impression is taken of your mouth for the final restoration. Sometimes a new denture with "buttons" may be required but we may be able to adapt your own dentures to make it clip onto the implants. If that is the case, "buttons" will be placed in your own dentures.
The final restoration is fitted. The dentures will stay in place.
Something to smile about!
Tooth whitening is a popular, safe and effective method of achieving a brighter smile.
For people who have healthy, straight but discoloured or darkened teeth it is a great option and preferential alternative to achieving a beautiful smile than much more expensive and invasive procedures such as crowns or veneers.
Home whitening procedure
After assessing and confirming your suitability for whitening, your dentist will take a mould of your teeth with a putty-like material (called ‘impressions’). From this ‘impression’ a vacuum formed custom-made tray will be made that fits closely around your teeth and holds the whitening gel.
Your dentist will ensure the trays are a perfect fit before showing you how to load them with the whitening gel provided and give you all the instructions you need; it really is very easy. Just wear the trays for a few hours each day as instructed by your dentist and you will quickly see a much brighter smile. Results typically take about 1 week but you can continue with the procedure until you achieve the desired result. Our starter kit includes 3 weeks supply of whitening gel. Any unused gel can be kept along with the trays and used at a later date to ‘top up’ the whitening if the teeth darken over time as a result of staining foods and drinks. We can also supply more of the gel if further ‘top up’ applications are required to allow you to maintain your desired white smile.
Tooth whitening trays
Dental Examination (‘Check-Up’)
At Glen Lea Dental Suite we recommend regular dental examinations to carefully monitor your oral health, provide preventive advice and hopefully intercept and be able to treat any problems early before they become significant and prior to you experiencing symptoms. Attending regularly for dental examinations will hopefully reduce the risk of you experiencing toothache and needing potentially more time-consuming and costly treatments. At your appointment we will check all the oral tissues for any abnormalities or signs of problems, carefully examine your teeth and existing fillings and assess the health of your gums.
We will also be happy to discuss any concerns you may have with your teeth or cosmetic improvements you may like.
Sometimes we need to take x-rays of your mouth to examine inside the teeth where we cannot see directly. These are very safe and we have a digital x-ray system so we can show the images to you on a screen to point out and discuss any findings.
After completing the examination your dentist will discuss their findings and advise on treatment required, options and costs. Based on your risk of developing certain dental problems the dentist will also advise how frequently you should return for your next examination.
We have intraoral cameras in our surgeries so can take close-up pictures of any problems in your mouth, and show them to you on a computer screen should you wish.
Dental Hygienist and Gum Treatments
Hygienist Appointments, Scaling and Gum Disease
Our hygienist will assess the health and current condition of your gums and can provide:
Scaling and polishing
Deep cleaning and root planning treatments for gum disease
Oral hygiene advice
Sensitive teeth treatments
Our therapist and hygienist do not just "clean teeth". They provide a much more valuable service to help maintain or improve your gum health and they are key members of our team, preventing dental disease!
Scaling removes debris and hard plaque (tartar or calculus) from your teeth, above or below the gum. The debris, if left near the gum for a longer time, irritates the gum and can cause gum disease. You can reduce the amount of plaque build-up by brushing at least twice a day, flossing or using interdental brushes, and using a mouthwash. Our hygienist will be happy to assist you further with advice on how best to look after the health of your teeth and gums.
If plaque is left near the gum for a long time, the gum becomes irritated (inflamed) and can look red and swollen and feel sore and even bleed when you brush or eat. If it is still not treated the gum will become slack around the teeth and more debris can get down even further under the gum. The bone under the gum can then start to “shrink back” and without the bone to support the tooth, it may become loose and eventually fall out or need to be removed by a dentist.
Gum disease is often painless and slow and many patients are unaware that they have it.
The main treatment for gum disease involves intense cleaning under the gums. This may be done under local anaesthetics and often needs doing regularly to maintain the health of your gums and prevent tooth loss.
Some people have a genetic predisposition to gum disease, meaning they are more prone to developing it but there are many things you can do to help maintain healthy gums:
Maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine at home: brushing twice a day, flossing and using a mouthwash daily
Regular visits to the dentist or hygienist
Stop smoking, smoking has been proven to be a major risk factor for gum disease
When a tooth has started to decay the hole will usually get bigger until it is cleaned out and filled. A decayed tooth is not always painful but if left untreated it can start to hurt, an abscess can form, or the whole tooth can rot and break and may need to be removed.
The dentist will remove the decay from the tooth and replace it with a filling. There are different filling materials and options for repairing a tooth, your dentist will be happy to discuss these with you and advise what is the best for your tooth.
We all have bacteria living in our mouths and on our teeth. These bacteria eat sugars, multiply, and produce acid that eats away at the teeth - the tooth will start to rot (decay) and a hole (cavity) can form.
The bacteria eat when and what you eat so if you eat a lot of sugary foods and often, the bacteria will constantly be producing acid so you will be more likely to develop cavities and need fillings. You can reduce the amount of acid produced in your mouth and the damage it does to your teeth by:
Reducing how often and how much sugary foods you eat.
Brushing, flossing and cleaning your teeth regularly. This removes the bacteria, and if you have less bacteria on your teeth, they do less harm.
Using toothpastes and mouthwashes with fluoride. Fluoride helps strengthening the teeth and replenishes some of the minerals in the teeth lost when acid has dissolved them.
Root Canal Treatment
In the middle of a tooth lies a soft mass of tissue called the dental pulp which contains living fibres, nerves and a blood supply. Tooth decay or injury can cause the death of this living pulp which can result in toothache, infection or an abscess.
Root canal treatment involves removing the damaged or dead pulp, then cleaning, disinfecting and filling the remaining space. This aims to eliminate bacteria and infection from the tooth, either stop or prevent future pain, and enable you to keep the tooth.
We use the most advanced rotary endodontic systems and single use nickel titanium files to achieve the best possible outcome.
Root fillings are usually very successful but infection can recur which may mean re-root treatment or removal of the tooth.
A denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. Some people may think of them as unsightly and view them with dread. However, with modern technology and advanced techniques dentures can be highly aesthetic and take years off your appearance.
They can replace one, several or all of your teeth. They are easy to maintain and alter if needed and do not require any preparations to any of your remaining teeth.
Typically full dentures will be made from acrylic and partial dentures from acrylic and a metal alloy framework. Modern techniques mean that we can now make highly cosmetic dentures from a nylon based material which is flexible and virtually unbreakable. This can give a tighter fitting yet more comfortable dentures.
In complex cases, dentures can be retained by implants. This means that dentures will be held in securely to avoid the embarrassment of dropping dentures or the use of adhesives. Read more about dental implants here!
General dentistry services - NHS
We are proud to offer a comprehensive and quality NHS dental service to our patients and community.
Unfortunately, due to limited funding we are unable to accept new NHS patients currently. We currently limit our NHS appointments to patients who have attended an NHS appointment with us in the last 2 years.
We look forward to welcoming you to the practice soon!