Category: Braces

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?

Braces in Kings Hill for children and teens

Every parent wants their child to grow up healthy and happy. We all wish the best for our young ones and if possible, want them to avoid painful and uncomfortable experiences. However, sometimes, children have to go through challenging times to grow and develop. One way in which this is very obviously true is if they need braces in Kings Hill.

Wearing a mouth full of metal for up to two years is no kid’s idea of fun. Add adolescent angst and extreme self-consciousness to the mix and it’s not a happy time in their life.

Braces in Kings HillBut thanks to developments in dental techniques and understanding, straightening a youngster’s teeth is nowhere near the ordeal that it used to be. With the advent of early screening and better materials, braces in Kings Hill aren’t so bad these days after all.

Get them young

At One Smile Oral Care, our teeth straightening dentist, Dr Yasmin George, recommends you bring your kids in for an assessment at five years old. It is now possible to detect whether adult teeth are going to descend correctly, before they have arrived. This way, Dr George can guide the adult teeth into position as they come through and avoid complex treatments further down the line. This means that your child could get their teeth straightening work done and dusted by age 13, before the raging hormones of the teenage years take over and they are permanently embarrassed.

Modern braces in Kings Hill

Braces are no longer the metal horrors of the 80s and 90s. Even for children, who generally need more in-depth work than adults, braces can be clear, lightweight and even hidden.

Some cases are suitable for Invisalign clear aligners, which pop on over the teeth like a thin mouth guard. Once in place, they can’t be seen, unless someone is really up close. Even traditional bracket and wire braces can now be made from lightweight, tooth-coloured materials, to blend into the teeth. And if your child wants to make a statement with their braces, they could opt for multi-coloured elastics.

For total discretion, lingual braces fit to the underside of the teeth and so are hidden from view.

When is a good time for braces in Kings Hill?

If you have children, you are going to want them to have teeth that look good, work well and last a lifetime. Every parent does. So, no doubt one thing you are wondering about is whether or not your child is going to need braces and if so when. Braces are available for severe bite and tooth alignment problems on the NHS, but there is only so much money for this and there are long waiting lists. What if your child has to wait for ages? Maybe even so long that it’s too late to solve some problems? How can you make sure that you know in good time what’s likely to happen regarding your child’s teeth and what is going to be the best way to give them a good, strong, well aligned set of teeth on well matched jaws?

Braces in Kings HillEarly diagnostics for braces in Kings Hill

Here at One Smile Oral Care, we are great believers in giving children braces as soon as possible. With recent advances in diagnostics, as well as braces, we can now predict what is going to happen to your child’s teeth instead of waiting for them to come through to see what the problems are.

Dr Yasmin George, our braces dentist, can diagnose problems from as early as the age of 5. Certainly, they need a braces check before they are 7. This means that we can treat your child’s teeth as they come through rather than waiting for them to arrive and settle in, and then moving them. This means that treatment could start from the age of around 9 or earlier, and be all done by the age of 13, just when your child hits adolescence and that awful self-consciousness sets in. They could be a teenager and not have to wear embarrassing braces in Kings Hill. How great would that be?

Free consultation

If you are unsure about what your child needs, you can bring them in for a free consultation with Dr Yasmin George. Dr George can also advise on any habits, such as thumb or finger sucking, that are causing your child’s teeth to come through at the wrong angle.

What do you need to get straight?

Most people have a list in their head of things they are intending to get around to at some point. The longer the list, the more subconscious pressure we can feel. Life feels like it revolves around achievement sometimes. One of the ways to lighten the load is to really have a think about what you want and either scratch something off the list or act to get it done. If one of the things on your list is paying attention to your teeth, One Smile Oral Care want to make it easy for you to act to cross this off your list.

Braces Kings HillOne of the things that can affect our desire to face an item on our list is the amount of effort or investment of time or money that we associate with it. If it’s a lot, it can tend to slip further down the list every time we think about it. If, for example, you want to realign your smile, you probably know that this requires some sort of equipment and a long-term dental process.

When you think about braces in Kings Hill, what negative associations do you have that might be preventing you from acting? Knowing the answer to this question and talking to One Smile Oral Care about them can get you on the path to a better-looking smile.

What’s standing in your way?

We all want our lives to be as easy as possible. While you know that achieving things that have value in your life often comes with challenges that you gain satisfaction from overcoming, you don’t want to give yourself unnecessary issues.

For example, if you think that braces in Kings Hill are going to negatively impact your appearance in a way that has a knock-on effect on your social life or career, you may find this reason enough to learn to live with crooked teeth. However, during a quick consultation with One Smile Oral Care about braces in Kings Hill, you may discover that you can choose to work with teeth-straightening equipment, like Invisalign® clear aligners, that does not unduly affect the way that you look. We hope we can address all your concerns easily, so you can go ahead with your treatment.