Category: Braces

Marvellous moving teeth

It’s not commonly known, but teeth can move around in the jaw throughout our lives. As children we couldn’t help but wobble our baby tooth with our tongue before it fell out, but as adults, if a tooth is on the move it’s usually considered a bad sign.

Braces in Kings HillAnd while a loose tooth isn’t usually good news, the surprising truth is that adult teeth can and do move. In fact, this is the very basis of teeth straightening treatment.

Traditional braces in Kings Hill are made from brackets and wires, and are generally much smaller than they used to be. The archwire is a clever device that has ‘metal memory’. This means that once in place on the teeth, it tries to return to its original shape. It is fed through the brackets that have been bonded to each individual tooth and as the archwire seeks to revert to its original shape, the brackets, and therefore the teeth, are gently pulled along with it. This process slowly realigns the teeth into their new and improved positions.

Many modern braces in Kings Hill work in this way; whether the brackets and wires are clear, hidden or in other ways discreet, this method holds for fixed braces.

There is another type of teeth straightening treatment that uses an entirely different method, and that’s Invisalign removable aligners. These aligners look like clear, plastic mouth guards and once in place are almost entirely transparent. So, no wires or brackets to pull the teeth along; instead, pressure points on the inside of the aligners move the teeth into place. This is why when you first put your new pair of aligners on, you may feel some pressure. This is simply just the teeth being subtly moved into place.

Removable aligners are custom-made for each patient to fit the unique profile of their teeth and to achieve the desired end point of the treatment.

Here at One Smile Oral Care, whichever treatment you choose, we use braces in Kings Hill to help our patients achieve a smile they can feel proud of. Call in today to find out which treatment is the best fit for you.

Braces in Kings Hill start younger

Remember having braces in Kings Hill when you were a nipper? You had to wait until all your teeth had just come through so that the dentist could see how out of line they were. Then you had to go through the double whammy of wearing clunky braces that made your teeth ache and your cheeks sore, whilst also dealing with the onset of puberty, the horror of spots and greasy hair and your voice breaking. Puberty was bad enough without those awful things on your teeth. At times, you may have thought you’d never be right again.

braces-in-kings-hillOf course, you got through the braces and the puberty, but we bet you wouldn’t wish that torture on any kid, especially in 2019 when social media is everywhere and utterly unforgiving.

Well, at One Smile Oral Care, we can’t do much about your children’s skin or their squeaky voices, but we can do something to take the sting out of braces in Kings Hill. We can treat them before they even hit puberty.

Yes, times have moved on and we now have the technology and understanding to be able to look inside the jaw at how the adult teeth are lining up and make accurate predictions as to how they will come through.

You can bring your child along to us for a braces consultation at as young as 5 years old and Dr Yasmin George will take an in-depth look at both their teeth and their jaws. It may be that just the teeth need help to align, but it could also be that the jaws need help too. While teeth can be realigned no matter how old you are, the jaws are only malleable until about the age of 18, when the bone sets hard.

The modern diet does not contain enough chewy food, so it is becoming increasingly common for the jaws to not be large enough to contain all the teeth. If you bring your child along when they are young enough, we can give them treatments to make the jaws large enough to accommodate all their teeth.

Early braces in Kings Hill

When is the right time to bring your child in for an assessment for braces in Kings Hill? It’s earlier than you may think. Due to advances in dental technology and techniques, our braces dentist here at One Smile Oral Care, Dr Yasmin George, is able to detect potential dental problems in children as young as five. The AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) recommends children have an orthodontic evaluation around the age of 7.

By utilising advanced scanning techniques, we can see how the adult teeth are descending before they’ve got here. This means that in some cases, Dr George can guide the adult teeth into position as they come in, rather than adjusting them once they are hereBraces in Kings Hill

It may seem a little scary for your youngster to be assessed for braces in Kings Hill so young, and even more so to wear them, but there are advantages to early treatment. One is that they get used to the dental environment and hopefully understand that it’s not a scary place. If children have a positive experience at the dentist, they are much less likely to have dental phobia as adults.

Another is that early intervention means the treatment they have can be less complex and time-consuming than if you waited until they were older. It also means that teeth straightening work can be complete during childhood, meaning that they can go into the self-conscious adolescent phase with a beautifully straight smile and without the need to wear conspicuous braces. They will definitely thank you for this one.

Straighter teeth are also easier to keep clean and have fewer nooks and crannies for bacteria to build up in. Young children can find it a challenge to get the hang of tooth brushing. If their teeth are crooked, crowded or twisted, this is only going to make the job more difficult. With a straighter smile, they are more likely to be able to maintain their teeth, cutting down or out altogether the need for filings and other restorative work.

So, by bringing your child in for an assessment for braces in Kings Hill at a young age, you are setting them up for a lifetime of happy smiles.

Happy, healthy smiles for life

Many of us associate braces in Kings Hill with teenagers. We remember kids at our school who had metal ‘train tracks’ on their teeth during adolescence, or perhaps we ourselves were the butt of ‘brace face’ taunts.

Fortunately for today’s youngsters, braces technology and techniques have advanced to the extent that teeth straightening work can be carried out at a younger age, meaning it could all be over before puberty hits.

Braces in Kings HillHere at One Smile Oral Care, we encourage parents to bring their little ones in for a braces assessment from as young as 5. We can determine whether or not a child will need to wear braces as their adult teeth descend. In some cases, it’s possible to guide the burgeoning teeth into position as they grow, avoiding the need for corrective work further down the line.

Why find out if your child needs braces in Kings Hill? First of all, as a UK resident, you might as well. Braces are free for children on the NHS, as long as the work is necessary for physical health and not just aesthetics.

Also, your kids will thank you for having teeth that are easier to clean. It’s easier to get brush and floss into properly aligned teeth than it is to work into the irregular gaps of crooked and twisted ones. Children can find it difficult to take on the habit of brushing their teeth, so anything that makes it easier can only be a bonus.

And the easier teeth are to clean, the less likely it is that decay and gum disease will set in. This gives your child a chance of keeping their teeth for life and reduces the risk of them needing restorations as they age.

And, even if teeth and jaws are realigned for health reasons, they are also going to look better. Your 5 year-old might not care about this, but you can guarantee that once they hit teenage years, having a beautiful straight set of gnashers they can show of in selfies is going to be a big hit with them.

By bringing your child in for braces in Kings Hill, you are setting them up for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.

Learn the basics of children’s braces in Kings Hill

While some children can’t wait to have their braces fitted, others worry that they won’t feel or look good. At One Smile Oral Care, we advise parents to bring their children to the dentist early on, since structural tooth problems can develop into more serious conditions as they age. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Braces in Kings HillAs parents, it’s natural to have concerns of your own about braces in Kings Hill and how your children will adapt to them. To learn more, book a consultation appointment and don’t be shy with your questions. Here’s a basic introduction to children and braces in Kings Hill.

Why do children need braces?

Children may need braces for a number of reasons – whether genetic or other. If you suspect that your children have crooked, overcrowded, overlapping or gapped teeth, then it’s time to pay a visit to the dentist. A lot of children may also need braces to fix jaw problems. For instance, when the upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw, problems with chewing and speaking can occur.

Tooth and jaw problems are caused by baby bottle tooth decay, accidents or bad habits such as thumb sucking. However, some children may be genetically predisposed to certain alignment and bite problems. Whatever the problem, chances are that braces can help fix it. The earlier your child starts a teeth straightening treatment with braces in Kings Hill, the better, since their teeth are constantly developing and it’s easier to manoeuvre their jaw into its correct position.

Their first visit to the dentist for braces

During a teeth alignment consultation, the dentist will examine your child’s teeth, mouth and jaw thoroughly to determine whether there is a problem. The dentist may take x-rays to see the extent of the problem, or may even take impressions of your children’s teeth. These examinations will help them determine what’s the best course of treatment for their misaligned teeth and/or dispositioned bites. Metal braces can correct so many types of problem and they are usually the best option for young children and teenagers. How long your child will need to wear them depends on their individual problem and your dentist’s recommendation.

Will your child need braces in Kings Hill?

Having straight teeth not only looks great but it makes it easier for people to keep them clean. Being able to easily clean the plaque off teeth makes them far less prone to tooth decay and gum disease and therefore they tend to last longer. These days, dentistry is all about helping you find ways to keep your natural teeth for life, and one way to do that is to make them easy to keep clean. So, if you’d like to give the gift of teeth for life to your child, you need to make sure they have straight teeth.

Braces in Kings HillUnfortunately, wearing braces in Kings Hill has tended to coincide with the onset of puberty, which is well known as the time when kids tend to suffer from the most excruciating self-consciousness. Having to suffer the taunts that teens can throw at each other can be a nightmare for many kids, especially in these times of cyber-bullying on social media. Wouldn’t it be great if your child could get their braces treatment out of the way before all that teen stuff sets in? Well, they can, if you bring them along to One Smile Oral Care.

Here at One Smile Oral Care, our braces dentist is Yasmin George. She is a great believer in assessing children for braces in Kings Hill early. Early treatment can help the face develop properly. If teeth are crowded, having them straightened out can mean that your child develops a broad jaw, which is what is wanted.

Yasmin George can assess children for braces in Kings Hill from as early as 5 years old, thanks to advances in dental technology which mean that we can now look inside the jawbone to see how the adult teeth are lining up behind the baby teeth. Bring your child along for an assessment before they are 7 years old, and we can make sure they get the treatment they need to get a properly developed face and jaw. Changing the shape of the jaw can only happen when your child is under the age of 18, before the bone sets hard. The earlier this treatment is carried out, the more plastic and malleable the jawbone is.

Things to consider about braces in Kings Hill for your kids

If you are a parent, you will be very keen to make sure that your children have the best breaks when it comes to getting good teeth for life. That means making sure they learn how to brush well and bringing them to us at One Smile Oral Care from an early age so that six-monthly check-ups become a lifelong habit.

We can also help protect your children’s teeth against decay with treatments to harden their enamel and also to create a barrier on the back teeth, which are the ones mostly likely to get dental decay.

Braces in Kings HillSo that’s decay taken care of, but what about alignment? Having teeth and jaws that line up well against each other is essential for several reasons. Let’s explain the benefits of braces in Kings Hill by looking at what happens to people who need braces but don’t have them, ie. looking at the negatives.

What happens when you don’t get the braces you need:

More decay and gum disease

Decay and gum disease are both caused by the acids that bacterial plaque gives off. The bacteria love to hide out and proliferate in the nooks and crannies in the mouth, so if you have wonky teeth, they will be building up in all the places it’s hard to reach with your toothbrush. Thus, having wonky teeth increases the chances of early tooth loss from decay and gum disease.

Crumbling away

When only a few teeth are taking all the strain from eating instead of the powerful forces created by chewing being spread out evenly around each arch, those teeth will probably start to split and crumble after a few decades. The world of replacement teeth is a series of choices between expense and efficiency.

Pain

If your teeth or jaws don’t fit together properly it can lead to a lot of unnecessary pain. People find their teeth ache from grinding at night, their jaw joints start to play up, they get headaches, neck aches, shoulder and back aches. Living in pain is debilitating.

The way to avoid all this is to bring your child in for a consultation for braces in Kings Hill when they are aged 7 years and upwards.

Can braces in Kings Hill actually improve your oral health?

If you wish to have your teeth straightened simply because you dislike your smile, that’s perfectly fine. However, you should be aware that braces can change your life in more ways than you ever expected.

At One Smile Oral Care, we firmly believe that crooked and misaligned teeth are not just an aesthetic problem. For this reason, braces in Kings Hill can help patients avoid unwanted oral health consequences. But what are the benefits of braces in Kings Hills besides straight teeth?

Braces in Kings HillLook out for gum disease and tooth decay

Crooked and misaligned teeth tend to overlap each other and/or create narrow crevices. This can make it very difficult to brush and floss and there is no guarantee that food remains are completely removed. Over time, the accumulation of plaque and bacteria can lead to gum disease and tooth decay, even if you visit the dentist regularly. The increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay is one of the most alarming concerns of misaligned teeth. If you want to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and strong, you should consider braces in Kings Hill.

Correcting your teeth with braces can reduce these hard-to-reach areas in your mouth, therefore lowering the overall risk for oral disease. Patients with straight are able to brush and floss more effectively and comfortably, without worrying that food remains are still stuck in-between their teeth.

Digestion problems solved

People with misaligned, crooked and misshapen teeth, often experience issues with digestion because they cannot bite or chew their food properly. Badly placed teeth cannot process food normally and this can lead to heartburns and other stomach issues. Straightening your teeth with braces in Kings Hill is not only beneficial for your smile, but it is also beneficial for your digestive system.

No more speech difficulties

Our teeth play a very important role in speech and when they are out of line, our speech can be severely compromised. Braces encourage your teeth to move to their correct position, allowing for clearer and more professional speech. Realigning your bite will also help your tongue get more space in your mouth, therefore solving further speech issues.

Using braces to correct uneven teeth

Many people suffer with problems relating to uneven teeth or misaligned bite, but don’t realise that even as an adult it’s not too late to correct your teeth with braces in Kings Hill.

There are many types of braces available, including some that are very discreet. From teens to adults and from mild problems to more complex issues, at One Smile Oral Care we can find the ideal braces solution for you.

Braces in Kings HillOptions in braces

When most people think of braces in Kings Hill, they think of the traditional wire and bracket style. This type is still in use, especially when treating younger patients, as they are more robust. However, they are much smaller than they used to be and you might be surprised by how they look now.

Adults often prefer to go for clear or tooth-coloured ceramic braces in Kings Hill, which are more subtle and harder to see. Clear aligners are another option that are often considered by professionals, as they are even more discreet and barely noticeable at all. There is also the option of lingual braces, where the brackets are fixed to the back of the teeth and are therefore virtually invisible from the front.

What can braces do?

A number of problems can be worked on with a set of braces, including:

  • uneven teeth, whether one or many teeth are twisted or have grown unevenly
  • misaligned bite, where the teeth don’t meet properly when biting down
  • uneven gaps between the teeth
  • overcrowded teeth.

Everyone’s teeth are different, but we all want to make a good first impression with a nice smile, and having straight teeth is an important aspect of that in today’s society.

Benefits of straightening your teeth

Although there are obvious cosmetic reasons for wanting straighter teeth, it’s not just about looks. There are also oral health benefits to correcting orthodontic problems with braces in Kings Hill. It will be easier to eat and chew once a misaligned bite is corrected. Straight teeth are easier to keep healthy as there are fewer nooks and crannies for plaque to build up. It’s amazing what a difference corrected teeth can make to self-confidence. People smile more without feeling self-conscious, and therefore feel happier.

Thinking about straighter teeth? Go invisible

Having straight teeth means you’ll be able to flash a beautifully straight smile for years to come. It will also mean you’ll have a mouth that’s easier to clean. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss so straightening your teeth with braces in Kings Hill is a good investment for your long-term oral health.

Braces in Kings HillWhich braces to choose?

Here at One Smile Oral Care, our team has years of experience in fitting patients with braces. We have a range of braces to cover all lifestyles and tooth-straightening needs. One of our most popular braces is Invisalign, a clear and discreet brace system. If you’re looking to get your teeth straightened, we can help you decide which brace will suit your needs by assessing your oral health and alignment requirements.

Invisalign braces

Lots of our patients choose Invisalign aligners to straighten their teeth. These modern braces are almost invisible, only people who look up close will be able to see them in your mouth. This innovative brace system uses a number of sets of custom-made see-through plastic aligners. Each set fits over your top and bottom teeth. You’ll wear each set for around 7-10 days, moving from one set to another in succession. At the end of your treatment with Invisalign braces in Kings Hill, you’ll have straight teeth. During your treatment you’ll need to wear your Invisalign aligners for around 22 hours per day. You’ll need to take your aligners out for eating and cleaning your teeth, so you’ll be wearing your aligners for the rest of the day and night to make up your 22 hours. As with any brace system, you will need to be patient during your treatment. The results are by no means instant. The average treatment time with Invisalign braces is one year. Depending on your alignment requirements, the treatment may take a longer or shorter time.

Want to find out if Invisalign will work for you?

If you have teeth that stick out too much, are not symmetrical, are twisted, or gappy, give us a call to book a consultation appointment in Kings Hill. Braces will make your smile look better so why not start now?