All About Orthodontics

A straight smile is a good asset at any age

Orthodontic Treatments In Ealing, London 

Everyone wants a beautiful smile for social, personal or professional reasons. A straight and white smile is beneficial to both adults and children alike as an individual of any age can benefit from what a beautiful smile can offer. Orthodontics treatment may be used to treat: crowded or crooked teeth, spaces between the teeth or misaligned teeth and jaws. Some patients may find that orthodontic treatment improves the comfort of their bite as well as the function, however the main benefit you will receive from orthodontic treatment is the cosmetic transformation.

Benefits of Straight Teeth

Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew and speak. You may also be surprised to learn that straight teeth are less prone to decay, gum disease and injury. Straight teeth optimise your dental hygiene as it will ensure the teeth are properly aligned, making them easier to clean as straight teeth minimise the number of hard-to-reach crevices which reduces the risk of food debris getting stuck which can result in plaque and decay.

 

Children & Adolescent Orthodontics

The best age for children to begin orthodontic treatment varies depending on their individual needs. However, the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) recommends that children have an evaluation as early as possible. During this evaluation SSS Clinic may take a dental x-ray so that we can predict possible malocclusion and crowding.

Treatment is often divided into two phases.

Phase 1 is to align the opposing jaws into their correct position and this generally requires the use of plates and can begin from age seven until full eruption of permanent teeth depending on the individual case.

Phase 2 is the placement of braces to align and straighten the teeth. This is generally done when all the permanent teeth have fully erupted.

Many orthodontic problems are linked to health issues and have connections to adenoids, tonsils, middle ear infections, snoring, altered sleeping habits and mouth breathing. Where necessary treatment is carried out in conjunction with ENT specialists to clear airway obstructions and encourage proper breathing techniques.

Orthodontics for Adults

Today, more and more adults are also choosing to undergo treatment, making up more than 25% of all orthodontic patients. This proactive attitude towards a crooked smile can benefit your career as well as possibly enhance your confidence. Research has shown that a more aesthetically pleasing smile can actually improve your prospects and potential at work and in your social life.

 

At SSS clinic in London, our experienced dental surgeons offer the following adult orthodontic options:

 

1- Invisalign® Invisible Braces

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Unlike traditional orthodontics that rely on bars and brackets to straighten your smile, Invisalign® uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to gently and gradually move your teeth. Invisalign is an excellent option for adults and older teens who don’t want metal braces interfering with their busy lives.

If Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you, your dentist in Ealing, London, will walk you through the entire process prior to beginning treatment. We will take X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth, and together we will come up with goals for your new smile. Based on this information, we will carefully plan out each step of your treatment. You will visit our Ealing dental Clinic approximately every 4-6 weeks to receive new aligner trays. These trays will guide your teeth into their perfect positions.

In addition to being gentle and subtle, Invisalign are also removable. You can take out the aligners for short periods of time without affecting your treatment at all. Unlike traditional braces, you’ll find that with Invisalign, you can eat your favorite foods  and brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. Once you’re done, pop the aligner back in to continue the straightening process.

 

2- Six Month Smiles, Short Term Orthodontic Treatment

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Six Month Smiles® short term orthodontic treatment, is another orthodontic solution offered to our patients in Ealing, London, a modern twist on tried-and-true orthodontics.

Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits their lifestyle.

Here is what makes Six Month Smiles so innovative:

-Average treatment times of only six months.

-Six Month Smiles Lucid-Lok® clear brackets and tooth-colored wires are barely visible.

-Fast and comfortable low forces and short overall orthodontic treatment times increase comfort, safety, and hygiene.

-Six Month Smiles is typically less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers.

 

 

3- Inman Aligners to Straighten Front Teeth

 

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In case of crooked or crowded front teeth, where patients do not wish to undergo fixed braces or Invisalign, our Ealing Dental Clinic is pleased to offer an additional option: the Inman Aligner.

The Inman Aligner is a removable cosmetic dental appliance designed to straighten your front teeth, simply and effectively. Using powerful spring bows, the flexible aligner gently guides teeth into their new positions, with less discomfort and faster treatment than traditional braces. Inman teeth straightening aligners are also removable, making them an ideal choice for maintaining your natural smile while eating, taking photos, or enjoying special occasions.

Are Inman Aligners right for me?

Not every patient is an ideal candidate for Inman teeth straightening aligners. The typical Inman patient:

  • has mild to moderate crowding or protrusion of the front teeth (for more severe cases, consider Invisalign)
  • can wear the Inman aligner 16-20 hours a day
  • is available for simple check-ups once or twice during the course of treatment

Before you know it (normally within 6-16 weeks) , you’ll be enjoying a newer, straighter smile, improving your overall well-being and appearance.

To find out whether you’re a candidate for Inman Aligners, please contact SSS Clinic.