Snap-on straightening with Invisalign in Stanmore

What is putting you off getting your teeth straightened? Is it the idea of having lumps of metal cemented onto your teeth for months on end, and not being able to eat what you want, having to spend ages cleaning bits of food out of your braces and getting sore patches inside your cheeks? We agree, it’s enough to put anyone off getting their teeth straightened, especially if their teeth are only mildly to moderately misaligned in the first place.

Invisalign in StanmoreHowever, there is an alternative to traditional braces and because it is pretty much invisible when it is on the teeth, we can forgive you if you have never come across it before. It’s called Invisalign. In Stanmore, we have been offering Invisalign at Centre of Dental Excellence for some time now.

Invisalign has no brackets or wires. Instead it uses aligner trays that look like mouth guards made of out very thin plastic.

But inside each aligner from Invisalign in Stanmore are ridges and bumps that press on your teeth to move them into a new position. Treatment is progressed by you wearing a series of these aligner trays; how many of them depends on your individual issues.

You wear each one for 7-10 days. For the first few days, it will feel like it really doesn’t fit properly, but as the days progress, that discomfort will ease, until it disappears altogether. Then, your aligner fits, it’s time to get rid of it and put in the next in the series. You keep doing this until the whole series of aligners have been worn, which takes, on average, a year, for the full treatment. If you have a very mild issue, you can have Invisalign Lite, for which you get 14 aligners, or i7, for which you get 7 aligners.

You can take your aligners out to eat and clean your teeth, but you must wear them for at least 20 hours a day if you are not to interrupt the alignment process.

When treatment is over, you will need to wear a retainer while the bone settles down around your newly positioned teeth.

Teeth need to be able to bite and chew

What did Mother Nature design your teeth to do? Why, to bite into your food and chew it. Along the way, we also evolved the smile as a tool of communication and we learned to use our tongue and teeth to make certain sounds which became language. But mostly, teeth are there to help us eat.

So, when you start losing your teeth and your dentist tells you that you are going to have to give up certain foods because your replacement teeth just can’t cope with processing them, it can be a bitter blow. Or at least, it used to be a that way. These days, you don’t have to give up anything if you get your missing teeth replaced with dental implants in Stanmore from us at Centre of Dental Excellence.

Dental Implants in StanmoreWhat’s so great about dental implants in Stanmore?

Dental implants are different from other replacement methods. They are the only way to replace the entire tooth, crown and root. Until recently, you could only get the crowns replaced, with either dentures or fixed bridgework. But now, dental implants in Stanmore replace the roots of lost teeth with tapered screws or posts made out of titanium.

These are inserted into an artificial sockets drilled into the jawbone. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and people who are very anxious about it can have sedation so that they can relax while their implants are being fitted.

Titanium is highly biocompatible and over the next few weeks the jawbone grows new tissue all over the surface of the implants and this holds them in place. It’s not quite the same as roots, which are held in their sockets by lots of fibres, but it’s the nearest we have yet come to mimicking natural teeth.

The crowns are attached via connecting components called abutments. One dental implant can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge.

Dental implants are easy to maintain, requiring only careful twice-daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque and so avoid gum disease. They can last for at least 15 years, probably decades, and sometimes the rest of your life.

Brighten up your face

It’s all very well having lots of treatments done to give yourself a fabulous smile, but what if it’s sitting in a face that now doesn’t look so great by comparison? It’s a bit like when you repaint one of the rooms in your house, the rest then looking like they need freshening up too. Well, at Centre of Dental Excellence, it’s easy to freshen up your face with Botox in Stanmore.

Botox in StanmoreWhat is Botox in Stanmore?

Botox is a temporary treatment that smooths out lines that are caused by habitually contracting muscles. Generally speaking, these are lines on the top third of your face: the frown lines between your eyebrows, the worry lines above them, the laughter lines around your eyes.

Botox in Stanmore is administered by injection. This purified protein of the Botulinum type A toxin blocks the signal from your nerves to your muscles, thus temporarily paralysing them. It takes about a week to take effect and then it lasts for about 4 months. Most people come for a top-up after about 3 months.

As well as Botox, we offer various other facial aesthetics treatments:

Dermal fillers

These are injections of hyaluronic acid, something the body produces naturally, but less and less of as we age. The face loses fat and muscle tone as we get older, developing folds and hollows. Dermal fillers fill them back up again, restoring plumpness and glowing skin. Dermal fillers work really well on the lower part of the face, plumping out the nasolabial folds between the nose and mouth, the marionette lines between the mouth and chin, and also wrinkles along the top lip. Lips also get flatter as we age and dermal fillers can be used to plump them back out again. Treatments last on average a year, but with lips, the time is only about 6 months because we use our lips so much.

Come and have a consultation

Your consultation will be with a fully trained doctor with a medical background, who will give you a customised treatment plan. This costs £60 but this is redeemable against any of our treatments.

Wearing braces could help prevent gum disease, diabetes and heart disease

According to research, having crooked teeth can raise your chances of suffering from some serious diseases such as gum disease, diabetes, and heart disease. Chances of gum disease can be increased by up to 50% for people who have crooked teeth. So, why is this? Crooked teeth can cause problems with your cleaning routines. Often, people with crooked teeth find that they have hard-to-reach areas between their teeth. It is these areas that can be prone to a build-up of plaque, which can eventually lead to gum disease. In turn, gum disease is strongly linked to a number of diseases such as kidney and heart conditions.

Orthodontist in StanmoreThe link between your gums and diabetes

Research over the years suggests that diabetes and gum disease have a close relationship. Studies show that gum disease can result in poor blood sugar control, which can lead to diabetes. Likewise, diabetes can increase your risk of developing gum disease.

An orthodontist in Stanmore can help you combat gum disease

Having your teeth straightened with orthodontic treatment, such as braces,, is one way to help prevent gum disease and other connected diseases. Once your teeth have been straightened you will find it much easier to keep them clean. No more annoying places in your mouth that are difficult to get your floss into. Fortunately, here at The Centre of Dental Excellence in Stanmore, we have a range of modern and convenient braces, such as Invisalign, to help you straighten your teeth and prevent gum disease more easily.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign braces are popular with patients of our orthodontist in Stanmore. This modern system gently moves your teeth into correct alignment using removable, clear plastic aligners. The aligners are almost invisible, hence the name Invisalign. Many of our adult patients choose to use Invisalign because of its unique, unobtrusive appearance, and because it is very easy to manage. With Invisalign custom-fit aligners, you can have straighter teeth and less chance of diabetes and related diseases.

If you are considering teeth straightening with our orthodontist in Stanmore, you may be able to use Invisalign. Give us a call to arrange a consultation at our clinic in Stanmore to find out more.

What are the options for Invisalign in Stanmore?

If you’re a teen or adult considering braces, you’ve probably heard of Invisalign in Stanmore. These clear aligners are the next evolution in teeth straightening technology, as they do their job without the use of brackets and wires. This means that they are:

  • discreet
  • removable
  • easy to clean
  • have a low risk of causing tooth decay
  • fit into your lifestyle
  • unlikely to be seen by others or commented on.

Invisalign in StanmoreAnd while you may know the basics of Invisalign in Stanmore, you may not be aware of how many different types of treatment are on offer with this invisible brace system.

Invisalign Teen

Adolescence can be a tricky time. Everything is changing so fast, there’s life-changing exams to study for and growing pains can make life a bit of a challenge. Add into the mix a strong need to fit in and huge amounts of self-consciousness, and most would agree putting braces into this picture isn’t going to lead to a happy teen.

Unfortunately, many teenagers who need braces do have to have fixed metal ones because they need serious realignment work, and these are still the best tool for this job. However, if your youngster only needs a mild to moderate readjustment of their teeth, Invisalign Teen could be just the job. The clear aligners mean no taunts of ‘brace face’ or lengthy cleaning routines. The only thing to bear in mind is that it takes a certain amount of discipline to take the aligners out before each meal, clean them and the teeth, then pop the braces back in place. They need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day for the treatment to stay on track. As long as your teen is up to this job, this could be a great option for them to get straighter teeth and maintain their social profile.

Invisalign I7 and Lite

These use the same technology as Invisalign Full, but fewer aligners, for milder misalignments. I7 is less than one third the price of the full version, so it’s well worth considering all your options.

Call in today

Pay a visit to Centre of Dental Excellence and ask our braces dentist about which treatment with Invisalign in Stanmore is right for you.

What to do about multiple missing teeth

Anyone who has lost multiple teeth could be wearing a denture of some kind. Dentures can be a burden for a number of reasons. They are not the most practical type of tooth restoration for many patients. With dentures you have the possibility of embarrassing situations and discomfort. However, there is another option: dental implants in Stanmore. This type of tooth replacement is tried and tested. It is a healthy, easy-to-manage alternative to dentures that can restore your confidence with many aspects of your life.

Dental Implants in StanmoreWhat are dental implants in Stanmore?

Dental implants are small titanium fixtures that are inserted into your jawbone. Titanium is used because it naturally fuses with bone tissue to create a strong, durable and safe replacement tooth root. Once you have a dental implant fitted you can have crowns fitted on top of it. One or more dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or several teeth. Even a full set of teeth can be restored with dental implants here at Centre of Dental Excellence.

Replacing multiple teeth with dental implants in Stanmore

More than one tooth can be replaced with just one dental implant in Stanmore. One implant screw is strong enough to support a restoration bridge of up to four teeth. With good hygiene and careful maintenance, dental implants can last for a long time. They are a reliable and strong alternative to dentures that will not slip around in your mouth or fall out. What’s more, you will be able to eat normal foods with dental implants because the implants are so strong.

Bone grafting

If dental implants are not used to replace missing teeth soon after they have been lost, there is the danger of jawbone loss. Your jawbone will deteriorate when not stimulated by natural tooth roots or replacement tooth roots, such as dental implants. This can eventually lead to a sunken appearance. In this case, a bone graft can be used to regenerate lost bone. This bone will then be able to support dental implants.

To find out more about dental implants in Stanmore and how they can transform your life, contact us today.

Botox for wrinkles and sweating

Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is a purified protein that is used to control wrinkles and excessive sweating. In Stanmore, Botox is administered as an injection, using fine needles. It is usually used for cosmetic reasons but other medical uses also apply.

Botox in StanmoreBotox for wrinkle reduction and prevention

Botox in Stanmore works by interfering with the signalling between your nerves and your muscles. It blocks your nerve signals to certain muscles, paralysing them. Doing this reduces the movement in your muscles, and over the next few days your wrinkles will relax. If you don’t have so many wrinkles yet, Botox can be used to delay or reduce your wrinkles in the future. If your muscles cannot contract so easily, you will not form many wrinkles in the first place.

Botox in Stanmore does take a little time to activate. When you get Botox, it can take 2-4 days before you start to see the results. It can take 7-10 days for the maximum effects to take place. You will be able to enjoy the effects of your Botox treatment for around 3-4 months. Many people come back for top-up treatments around the three month mark.

Botox for sweating

Botox in Stanmore can be used to treat excessive sweating. It has an effect on the nerves that stimulates your sweat glands. Excessive sweating is an uncomfortable condition that can leave people feeling embarrassed. Often patients will have limitations in the clothes they can wear. Botox can stop excessive sweating and help patients to have a normal life again. You will start to see the effect of Botox on sweat glands after 2-4 days, the full effect is reached at 7-10 days. Your Botox should control excessive sweating for 5-6 months before you will need top up injections.

What to consider

Botox injections can be a little bit painful, some patients will experience mild bruising after their Botox injections. Some other rare complications can also come up such as drooping eyelids, some small headaches, or an allergic response to the Botox injection. These side effects, although very rare, cannot always be prevented. You can rest assured that our team are fully trained to recognise and treat any complications early.

All about your orthodontist in Stanmore

What is an orthodontist?

Your teeth are precious. You only get one adult set after all. This one set of adult teeth needs to last you a lifetime and there are certain things you can do to make sure they will go the distance. One great way to ensure your teeth are in good condition is to have them standing in a line with no uneven bite pressure, no hard-to-reach areas where plaque can hide and cause tooth decay or gum disease. Yes, that’s right, straight teeth are usually much healthier than wonky ones for a number of reasons, which you can ask your orthodontist in Stanmore more about if you wish at a consultation.

Orthodontist in StanmoreBadly aligned teeth are more prone to decay, plaque build-up and gum disease because they are harder to clean. They are also prone to uneven wear and erosion. Having a badly aligned bite can be the cause of headaches or jaw ache. Our orthodontist in Stanmore is passionate about getting your bite right, and we have a number of types of modern braces that make this possible.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist in Stanmore is a dentist who has done a lot of extra training on the movement of teeth and manipulating the jaw. They have undergone extra years of study on tooth development, jaws, teeth and how to align them. They can straighten your teeth with health and aesthetics in mind, meaning great results every time. An orthodontist can use impressions, x-rays, photographs and examinations to determine the best method of treatment for you. Your orthodontist in Stanmore will always discuss your treatment options, costs and give you estimated treatment times.

Types of misalignment

There are two levels to consider when deciding on the treatment for aligning teeth. Some people require only simple orthodontics, moving only the teeth. Others have more complicated needs that involves changes to the jaw itself, as well as the teeth. Moving only the teeth can be done at any age with a wide range of braces. Issues with the jawbone need to be addressed before the age of 18 while the bones are still growing and can be manipulated.

Invisalign explained

Invisalign uses digital 3D printing technology to bring you custom-made, discreet, near invisible braces. The straightening process requires you to use a set of thin, clear plastic aligners. Each set in the series will take you one step closer to your teeth being straightened. In Stanmore, Invisalign is available at Centre of Dental Excellence, and many of our patients are delighted with the results and treatment process.

Invisalign in StanmoreHow does Invisalign in Stanmore work?

As soon as you put your Invisalign aligners in for the first time, you will be able to answer this, you will feel the braces doing their job immediately. The aligners work by pressing on your teeth, different teeth can be targeted at different stages during your Invisalign journey. Each set of aligners should be worn for 1-2 weeks. As you put in each new aligners, you will feel pressure on all or some of your teeth. You will know when to change your aligners to the next set because they will start to feel as though they fit perfectly. This means their job is done and you can move on to the next set of aligners in the series.

It’s down to you

You will need to wear your aligners for 1-2 weeks each. You can take small breaks from wearing your aligners but the more you wear them, the quicker your treatment will be. The aligners should be worn for most of the day. It’s best if you only take them out for cleaning your teeth or eating. The ideal amount of time to have them in each day is 22 hours. Of course, you can take them out for some situations where you don’t feel comfortable wearing them, but try to put them back in as soon as possible. When it comes down to it, if you don’t wear your aligners enough, you will have longer treatment times.

How to get Invisalign in Stanmore

Our team are experienced Invisalign providers. If you would like to get your teeth straightened with Invisalign in Stanmore, we can help you. Give us a call today to find out more about Invisalign.

Solve slipping dentures with dental implants in Stanmore

Whether you have one missing tooth or lots of them, dental implants in Stanmore can help you achieve a natural-looking and reliable smile restoration. Over the years, we have treated many patients with missing teeth. In most cases, the results have dramatically improved the lives of our patients at the Centre of Dental Excellence in Stanmore, particularly those with extensive tooth loss. We understand how it feels to face the prospect of missing teeth and the life drawbacks that come along with it. Let us help you smile again. If you are suffering from tooth loss, or you are a denture wearer who would like their dentures stabilised, we can help you. With the right care, time, and procedures you can have a beautiful smile again.

Dental Implants in StanmoreThe problem of jawbone shrinkage

Unfortunately for denture wearers, the jawbone tends to shrink over time due to lack of use. This will lead to ill-fitting dentures. We have seen many patients with loose dentures. Sadly, having loose dentures means experiencing limitations with food, drinks, and many aspects of day-to-day life. Speech will also often be affected. This will leave many patients feeling down. It can have a negative impact on social interactions and self-confidence.

Denture stabilisation

Luckily, if you are a denture wearer, there is now a procedure available to fix your dentures in place with the use of dental implants in Stanmore. This treatment is called denture stabilisation. It offers you secure teeth and permanent solution. Enjoy your favourite foods just as you once did with your natural teeth. Feel confident in your smile, safe in the knowledge that your teeth are staying just where you put them.

How does denture stabilisation work?

Firstly you will need minor surgery to fix implants in your jaw. Your dentures can be stabilised with as little as four dental implants in Stanmore. Once these implants are secure in your jawbone, after a period of time, you can fix your dentures onto the implants with special attachments. You can take still take your dentures out for cleaning, but once you have secured them in again, they will stay in place.

For more information on denture stabilisation or other dental implants in Stanmore, contact us today.