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Can Invisalign Fix An Overbite?

Sunday, February 27th, 2022

Can Invisalign Fix An Overbite?

Invisalign clear aligners have become the most preferred and popular option for fixing tooth misalignment, owing to their comfort, convenience, and inconspicuousness. According to the manufacturers of Invisalign, over 12 million people have benefited from this treatment option worldwide, and the number continues to grow. Despite Invisalign’s popularity, many people are still not aware of the range of orthodontic problems which can be solved with removable aligners. Often patients ask their dentist whether Invisalign aligners can be used to fix an overbite. If you have also been searching for an answer to this question, this article is for you. So, read on to learn whether Invisalign aligners are suitable for treating a dental overbite.   

What Is The Difference Between An Overbite And An Underbite?

The terms overbite and underbite represent different types of misalignment of the teeth. An overbite is a condition in which the upper teeth excessively overlap the lower pens vertically. On the other hand, an underbite refers to a condition where the lower teeth lie in front of the upper ones. 

How Can Invisalign Be Used To Fix Overbites Or Underbites?

The most appropriate treatment for fixing an overbite or an underbite is orthodontics. Invisalign aligners can be used to fix mild to moderate cases of overbites and underbites. Sometimes, dentists have to use additional appliances with the aligenrs, which serve as anchors and help perform complex tooth movements. However, severe or complicated cases of overbites or underbites may sometimes require treatment with fixed braces. 

Do You Get Braces For An Overbite?

Fixed braces are among the commonly used and time-tested options for fixing a variety of orthodontic problems. If you have an overbite, you can get this problem treated by getting traditional braces. The braces will gradually move your teeth to restore optimal vertical overlap between your upper and lower front teeth. So, yes, braces can be used for correcting an overbite. 

How Can I Self Correct My Overbite At Home?

If you search the internet, you will find numerous at-home, alinger-based options for fixing an overbite. Although these at-home options are considerably cheaper than the dentist-supervised ones, they may not be as effective or safe to use. This is because these at-home aligners offer minimal dentist supervision, and there is no robust mechanism to ensure that your treatment is progressing in the right directiion. On the other hand, if you use Invisalign aligners for correcting an overbite, your dentist will constantly monitor your treatment progress and ensure that your treatment is completed in as little time as possible. Hence, it is always advisable to get an overbite fixed by an experienced and qualified dentist. 

Can Braces Fix A Weak Jaw Caused By An Overbite?

Weakening of the jaw joints can occur because of a long-standing, untreated overbite. This occurs because the of the excessive vertical overlap of the upper front teeth with the lower ones. As a result, there is constant pressure on the jaw joints causing long-term complications like limited of difficult mouth opening, clicking or popping sounds, and even jaw joint dislocation. As soon as Invisalign treatment is started, the pressure on the jaw joints is reduced and healing ensues. However, if there is severe damage to the jaw joints, additional treatment may be needed.  

How Long Does It Take To Fix An Overbite?

The time required to fix an overbite with Invisalign mainly depends on the severity of the issue. Generally, mild to moderate cases of an overbite can be fixed within 6-12 months. On the other hand, more severe or complicated cases may take up to 24 months for treatment. Another factor to consider is the dentist or orthodontist’s skill. That is why you should always visit a qualified and sufficiently trained dentist for the orthodontic treatment of an overbite. 

How Can I Prevent Getting An Overbite?

Unlike other tooth misalignment problems, such as an overjet, which can be prevented by controlling a child’s parafunctional habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrust etc.), there is not much one can do to avoid an overbite. Overbites are generally hereditary and tend to run in the families. Therefore, the best you can do is to take your child to an orthodontist at an early age so that they intervene and redirect jaw growth to reduce the severity of the issue. Later, once the child has grown all their permanent teeth, orthodontic treatment can be done with braces or Invisalign aligners to fix the overbite. 

How Can Braces Affect Your Facial Structure?

The primary function of braces is to move teeth. When the teeth move, it leads to changes in the shape and composition of the jawbones. Therefore, although braces do not directly affect one’s facial profile, they do have an indirect effect, which is caused due to the movement of the teeth within the jawbone. Also, when the teeth move, the soft tissues change their shape accordingly, causing the facial bones to change their shape. 

Is It Possible To Treat Crooked Teeth With Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are the most convenient and comfortable options for treating crooked teeth. Your dentist will design your aligner in a way that they gradually move your teeth and realign them into perfect occlusion. So yes, you can have your crooked teeth fixed with Invisalign. 

 When seeking treatment for orthodontic problems, it is prudent to visit a qualified and experienced dentist. If you are living in Didcot or in Oxford, the Smile Practice is there to look after all your orthodontic and general dentistry treatment needs. So, book an appointment today and let our capable dental team give you the healthy and beautiful smile that you truly deserve. 

Should You Consider All On 4 Dental Implants?

Sunday, January 9th, 2022

Should You Consider All On 4 Dental Implants?

Tooth loss brings with it a lot of complications. Not only one’s smile and facial aesthetics are affected, but also the ability to eat and speak properly. That is why dentists recommend that missing teeth be replaced as soon as possible. If you have lost all your teeth and you’re looking for the most durable, reliable, and natural-looking tooth replacement option, you should consider getting all-on-4 implant-supported prostheses. If you want to know more about all-on-4 implants, this article is for you. So, read on to find everything you need to know about the all-on-4 implant procedure. 

What Are All-On-4 Teeth Implants In Dentistry?

All-on-4 refers to a tooth replacement approach used to replace all missing teeth in a jaw using dental implants. According to the American Academy of Implantology, all-on-4 refers to an option in which upper and lower teeth are replaced with a complete fixed bridge supported by only four implants placed at strategic locations in the lower or upper arch. Unlike the removable full denture, the all-on-4 complete bridge remains fixed to the traditional implants and restores your ability to eat and speak normally. 

Are All-On-4 Dental Implants The Best Option?

If you look at the options available for replacing all missing teeth, there are only two options: removable complete dentures and all-on-4 implant-supported prostheses. Unfortunately, many people are satisfied with their dentures as they get stained frequently, require frequent repair or replacement and, more importantly, fail to provide sufficient chewing force. On the other hand, implant-supported full sets of teeth are the next best natural teeth. So, if you’re looking for the best option for replacing teeth in a full arch, all-on-4 is the best option.  

How Painful Is The Dental Implant Procedure?

Like other dental procedures, inserting the implants in the jaws is a surgical procedure. However, this does not mean that you will experience pain during the process. This is because your dentist will provide you with sufficient anaesthesia to make you pain-free and comfortable. Generally, implant insertion is performed under the effect of local anaesthesia. However, dentists sometimes  perform the procedure under conscious sedation or general anaesthesia for extremely frightened or uncooperative patients. 

Is It Possible To Do Dental Implants On Every Tooth?

It would seem that one implant is required for replacing every missing tooth. However, that is not the case; you don’t need an implant for each missing tooth. If you have lost all your teeth in a jaw, your dentist will replace all the teeth with a complete fixed bridge using up to four or six implants. Typically, two implants are placed in the front while two are placed in the middle of the jaw – one on either side. This is another benefit of the all-on-4 prostheses. You don’t have to pay enormous amounts for getting one implant for each missing tooth. Instead, you need only 4 or 6 implants in each jaw to get all your teeth replaced. 

Are Dental Implants A Permanent Solution For Tooth Loss?

One of the most significant advantages of dental implants is that they are strong and durable. According to the American Dental Association, dental implants can last for a lifetime if they are looked after properly. So, yes, implant-supported prostheses are a lifetime solution. You may need to get your prosthesis replaced after 10-15 years, but implants will remain there for life. On the other hand, removable dentures have a limited lifespan and hardly last ten years. 

How Do The Teeth Looks After Dental Implant Procedure?

Your new, implant-supported teeth will look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth. This is because dental implants are anchored into the jawbone, just like natural teeth. As a result, they offer the same natural aesthetics and dental function as natural teeth. 

Will I Be In Pain During Or After Getting A Dental Implant?

While getting your implants, your dentist will administer anaesthesia to make you free of pain. Therefore, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. However, it is not uncommon to experience some swelling, pain, and discomfort around the surgical site for the next few days or weeks after the surgery. This pain does not indicate something serious; instead, it shows that healing occurs around the surgical site.  Typically, dentists give pain medication to relieve this pain. You may also apply ice packs to subside the swelling and inflammation. 

Are You Put To Sleep For Dental Implants?

Usually, implant patients are not put to sleep during implant surgeries. However, conscious sedation or general anaesthesia is sometimes considered for extremely frightened or uncooperative patients. 

How Long Does It Take For Dental Implants?

Tooth replacement with dental implants is generally carried out in multiple steps. During the first step, your dentist will prepare a treatment plan and insert the implants and then wait for 4-6 months for the surgical site to heal. Afterwards, once the implants have become fully anchored within the jawbone, they will attach a suitable prosthesis over them to replace the missing teeth. The entire process can take anywhere between 6-8 months. However, it may also be possible to get your implant-supported teeth in a day in some cases. 

Successful tooth replacement with all-on-4 implants requires careful planning, attention to detail, and excellent dental surgical skills. Unfortunately, not all dentists are trained and experienced in performing this procedure. But, if you are living in Didcot or in surrounding areas, The Smile Practice can help you get a beautiful, lasting, and healthy smile with all-on-4 implants. We take pride in having a team of highly experienced and qualified dentists and state-of-the-art equipment to perform this procedure. So, what are you waiting for? Book an appointment with us today and begin your journey towards your dream smile.   

Can You Smoke With Invisalign?

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

Can You Smoke With Invisalign?

If you are a heavy smoker and you’re considering clear aligner treatment, you might be wondering if you can smoke with Invisalign. A good question, indeed! Orthodontic treatment requires patience and strict adherence to lifestyle and dietary instructions given by your dentists. This article explains how smoking may affect orthodontic treatment and whether it is a good idea to smoke while wearing aligners. 

Can I Smoke With My Braces On?

Smoking is not only harmful to your general wellbeing, but it can also adversely affect your oral health. According to the British Orthodontic Society, smoking negatively affects gum health and increases the risk of systematic illnesses like high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems. If you are wearing braces, especially the tooth-coloured ones, smoking may result in their staining. Besides, the high temperature generated in the oral cavity while tobacco may result in the warpage of the clear aligners

Will My Braces Stain From Smoking?

Adverse effects can occur from smoking;

  • Systemic illnesses – Such as high blood pressure and other cardiovascular health issues.
  • Gum disease
  • Bad breath

But it can also result in the staining of your braces, particularly if you are wearing ceramic braces or clear aligners. That is why it is recommended to quit, or at least cut down on smoking while you’re getting your teeth straightened with orthodontic treatment. 

Do Clear Braces Stain? How Can You Prevent It If So?

Tooth-coloured ceramic braces and Invisalign clear aligner trays are particularly vulnerable to staining due to smoking. Particularly in the case of Invisalign, this staining not only presents a cosmetic concern but also indicates higher chances of aligner warpage due to the persistently high temperatures generated in the mouth while smoking. While the best thing is to avoid smoking altogether, there are ways in which you can smoke without staining your aligners. Whenever you wish to smoke, simply remove aligners. Once you’re done, rinse your mouth, wash your aligners with lukewarm water and put them back on. However, you should not remove your aligners frequently for smoking,  as doing so may adversely affect your treatment outcome. 

How Can I Prevent My White Braces From Stain As I Use To Smoke?

Giving up on smoking is the first and the foremost step in avoiding the staining of tooth-coloured braces. Now that you have quit smoking, there are lesser chances of your braces getting stained. However, you must ensure to keep the braces clean – to prevent them from staining due to plaque and tartar deposition – by brushing and flossing regularly. You may also use an interdental brush to ensure optimal cleaning. 

Can You Vape With A Retainer In? I’m Worried Because It’s Plastic?

Using a vape while wearing retainers – particularly if you’re using a low-temperature formula – should not cause any harm to your retainers. However, whether you are careful or use conventional cigarettes or vapes, your plastic retainers can still get stained. If you are wearing a removable aligner, you can minimise the chances of their staining by removing them while you smoke. Alternatively, if your dentist has attached a fixed retainer inside your mouth,  the best thing to prevent staining the retainers is to avoid smoking altogether. If you cannot control the urge, make sure you maintain optimal oral hygiene, as it may help in reducing or even in offsetting the staining issue

Can I Vape With Braces?

Many people think that vapes are less harmful than cigarettes. Unfortunately,  this is not true. Research suggests that many formulas used for vaping contain harmful ingredients like nicotine, which, on the one hand, affects the ability of our teeth to respond favourably to orthodontic treatment and results in staining of the braces on the other hand. Therefore, it is better to avoid smoking or vaping while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. 

Can Dentists Tell If I Smoked Once A Day For The Past Week?

Even if you manage to avoid tooth smoking-related staining with regular brushing and flossing, other tell-tale signs may indicate that you have been smoking in the previous days. People who smoke, whether one cigarette or an entire pack, tend to have swollen gums. Besides, bad breath is also a commonly observed sign that can tell your dentist that you haven’t given up smoking. 

Why Did My Teeth Become Yellow While Using Invisalign?

One of the most common reasons for yellowing of the teeth is due to plaque and tartar deposition. If you’re wearing Invisalign trays and you feel that your teeth have become yellow, it indicates that you have not been maintaining optimal oral hygiene. However, no need to worry; this problem is reversible. Start brushing and flossing, and the problem should go away. 

How To Remove The Yellow Stains Around My Braces

Stains can form around dental braces due to various reasons. If you have plaque-related stains around the braces,  these can be removed with optimal oral hygiene care or professional teeth cleaning once your treatment is complete. On the other hand, if you observe “white spots” around the braces, these occur because of loss of minerals from the teeth and indicate the initiation of the tooth decay process. Therefore, white spot lesions should not be taken lightly, and immediate dental help should be sought. 

So, are you ready to get your teeth straightened with orthodontic treatment? Make sure you get your treatment done by an experienced and qualified dentist. If you live in Oxford or surrounding areas, The Smile Practice can take care of all your dental needs. Whether you need Invisalign aligners or ceramic braces, we have got you covered. So book a free consultation appointment today, and let us give you a smile you have always dreamed of.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Monday, July 26th, 2021

If you are thinking of getting your teeth straightened with orthodontic treatment, you might be wondering how long it takes to complete it. Unlike many other dental procedures that can be completed in one or two sittings, orthodontic treatment takes much longer and requires patience and commitment. If you are considering getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign aligners, this article is for you. This article provides an overview of the Invisalign process and how long does it to straightened misaligned teeth. Continue reading to find out more. 

How Long Does The Invisalign Treatment Take?

Like any other orthodontic treatment option, the treatment times for Invisalign aligners to fix your misaligned teeth depends on various factors. An important factor is the severity of your problem; the greater is the tooth misalignment or any other orthodontic problem,  the longer it will take to straighten your teeth. According to the manufacturers of Invisalign, on average, Invisalign aligners may take anywhere between 12 months – 18 months to fix an orthodontic problem. 

 Another factor is the orthodontist’s expertise. Naturally, if you visit a qualified and experienced orthodontist, they will utilise the most effective, quickest, and least invasive treatment plan to fix your crooked teeth. Finally, the duration of treatment also depends on how well patients adhere to their dentist’s instructions. 

How Long Does It Take To Get Invisalign Trays After Scans?

Once your dentist has completed the digital scanning of your teeth, the next step is to send these scans to an Invisalign authorised dental laboratory, where they will be used to fabricate a customised set of numbered aligners for you. It generally takes four weeks for your orthodontist’s office to receive your prepared aligners back or send them directly to your home address.  

How Many Times A Day Can I Remove Invisalign?

Unlike the fixed braces, the Invisalign aligners are removable. This means that you can remove them whenever you like. However, if you remove them very frequently, the aligners will not do their job optimally. That is why orthodontists recommend removing your aligners only when necessary. You can remove your aligners for eating or cleaning purposes, but you should put them on again – after washing and cleaning them – as soon as you are done. 

Do You Really Have To Wear The Aligners For 22 Hours?

In short, yes. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, wearing your aligners for at least 22 a day is essential to ensure that your orthodontic treatment progresses at an optimal rate. Failing to wear your aligners for the required time may cause unnecessary delays in your treatment. As mentioned earlier, you should wear the aligners throughout the day – even during sleep – and only remove them for essential tasks like eating and oral hygiene care. 

How Long Does Invisalign Take For 1 Tooth?

Several options are available when it comes to straightening a single misaligned tooth:

However, only the orthodontic treatment options truly fix the problem; the other cosmetic options only mask the deformity.

When you wear the Invisalign aligners to fix a single crooked tooth, your orthodontist will design them so that they exert gentle pressure on that gradually to move it into optimal alignment. Since only the movement of a single tooth is required in this case, it can be completed in considerably less time than that required for more complicated orthodontic problems. Although it may take up to six or eight weeks to realign the tooth, you may start seeing improvement in a matter of weeks. 

Do Metal Braces Work Faster Than Invisalign?

Both metal braces and Invisalign aligners are effective options for aligning teeth. However, they differ significantly in the way they work. While the traditional braces remain attached to your teeth and move them because of the tension in the orthodontic wires, the Invisalign aligners are worn over your teeth. The clear aligners are designed to constantly exert gentle forces on your teeth to move them in the desired direction and angulation.

Invisalign aligners offer a convenient, less painful, and aesthetically pleasing option for correcting tooth misalignment. While Invisalign aligners may complete mild to moderate cases of crowding much faster than the fixed braces, the time required for them to fix an orthodontic problem ultimately depends on patient compliance. Your aligners won’t work unless you wear them as per your orthodontist’s instructions. 

On the other hand, the metal braces remain fixed to your teeth, and you cannot remove them at your own will. This means that they will continue to their job without any interruption. That is why metal braces sometimes fix the orthodontic problem earlier than the Invisalign aligners. Furthermore, metal braces are also better suited for timely fixing more complicated orthodontic issues involving the bite. After a detailed clinical examination, your dentist may be able to recommend a treatment option that best suits your dental needs and fixes your orthodontic problems in the shortest amount of time. Once you have made up your mind regarding an orthodontic treatment option, the next step is to find a reliable orthodontic practice.

If you live in Didcot or Oxford, let The Smile Practice take care of all your orthodontic and general dental problems. At The Smile Practice, we have the expertise and facilities to treat virtually all dental problems under one roof in a relaxing, soothing and pain-free environment. So, book a free Invisalign consultation appointment with us today and take your first step towards a charming, attractive, and healthy smile.

What Do Teeth Look Like Under Veneers?

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

What do teeth look like under veneers

If you are concerned about your crooked, chipped, or fractured teeth, dental veneers are an excellent option for restoring them. According to the Oral Health Foundation, a veneer is a thin shell made of porcelain or composite resins attached to the teeth’ front surface to restore tooth structure and aesthetics. Unlike the dental fillings, which are directly placed on the teeth by the dentist, the veneers are first prepared in the dental laboratory and then bonded to the prepared teeth. Dental veneers are much more aesthetically pleasing, stronger and durable than dental fillings. 

Veneers On Teeth Pros And Cons

Pros: Dental veneers offer several advantages over direct fillings. Since veneers are prepared in the laboratory, they fit perfectly over your teeth and are much stronger and durable. Also, the colour and shade of the veneers can be precisely matched with your natural teeth. Therefore, they get blended with your teeth and offer natural aesthetics, making them virtually indistinguishable from your teeth. Finally, they require considerably lesser tooth preparation than dental crowns. 

Cons: A drawback of veneers is that your dentist will remove a thin layer of the outer tooth structure to create room for the attachment of the veneers. In addition, veneers are more costly than direct bonding. 

Problems With Veneers?

Dental veneers do not cause many problems. One issue associated with the dental veneers is that a thin layer of the outer tooth enamel needs to be removed to create space for their attachment. However, the removed layer is thin that it will not cause tooth sensitivity or other problems. Another problem is that your veneers may come off if you eat hard or sticky food. Again, no need to worry; if your veneers come off, simply visit your dentist, and they will bond them back to the tooth. 

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How Long Do Veneers Last?

According to the American Dental Association, your veneers can last for up to ten years. Generally, the lifespan of dental veneers can be enhanced by taking care of your oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing. Visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and dental care will also go a long way in enhancing the clinical life of your veneers. 

Do Veneers Make Teeth Look Bigger?

Your dentist will carefully design the size, thickness and dimensions of your teeth, so they blend perfectly with your natural teeth. To ensure that your veneers do not look bigger than your teeth, your dentist will remove a thin layer of the dental enamel. This is done to create space for the attachment of your veneers. As a result, your veneers do not seem bigger or protruded compared with your natural teeth. Don’t worry; the removal of the dental enamel will not cause any permanent harm to your teeth, and they will not become sensitive – as only a thin layer will be removed. 

Many dentists also use digital smile designs to produce an accurate replica of what you would look like once the veneers have been completed.

How To Tell If Someone Is Wearing Veneers?

When designed by an experienced dentist and fabricated by a master dental technician, it is tough to tell if someone is wearing veneers. This is because well-designed veneers become virtually indistinguishable from your teeth. On the other hand, poorly designed or fabricated veneers do not match well with the natural teeth are distinctly visible when one speaks or smiles, they usually look incredibly white, very sqaure and with little character.  

Why Do Porcelain Veneers Look So Unrealistic?

Well-designed veneers offer excellent aesthetics and are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. This means when veneers are made well, they look so realistic you would think they are natural teeth.

The problem occurs when an inexperienced dentist designs the veneers. Poorly designed veneers have fitting issues that make them appear too small or too large, or they do not have the same shade or colour – which makes them appear unrealistic and unaesthetic. That is why you should always go to an experienced and qualified cosmetic dentist who has sufficient experience treating cosmetic dental problems

Is It A Bad Idea To Veneer Healthy Teeth?

Your dentist will only prepare different types of veneers for your teeth once they are free from any teeth cavities or other problems. If an infected tooth is veneered without fixing the problem, the infection can flare up at any time leading to a dental emergency. In such cases, not only will the veneer become unusable, but you also may end up paying heavy bills for the treatment of the infection – such as the root canal treatment. That is why dentists first treat underlying problems and then veneer a tooth. 

What Do Teeth Look Like Under Veneers?

Because the season usually need to be trimmed down to accommodate the newly shaped dental veneer, he can look like stumps. Your dentist will always try to keep this to a minimum, especially the dentist working to more conservative options, trying to maintain as much natural tooth structure as possible. Some dentists however, remove a considerable amount of tooth and this is not always the healthiest option.

 

 

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Dental veneers are made from tooth-coloured materials that allow them to blend in with your natural teeth. In the case of porcelain veneers, they are designed using different layers of materials that mimic each layer of your teeth. This gives the veneers natural and pleasing aesthetics. Since both the composite and porcelain veneers are made from opaque materials, your teeth will not be visible under them. That is why dentists also use veneers for masking tooth stains that cannot be removed through professional whitening. 

Dental veneers can be used to fix various cosmetic and restorative dental problems. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Oxford, look no more. At Smile Practice, our priority is giving a healthy, lasting and beautiful smile to our patients. Whether you have teeth stains or you would like to get your crooked or crooked teeth fixed, our experienced and qualified dentists can help you get rid of all your cosmetic dental problems. We offer all services under one roof – from teeth whitening to veneers and gum recontouring. 

So, what are you waiting for? Book an appointment with us today to discuss your options, and let us give you a smile that you can be genuinely proud of. 

Smile Makeovers – Everything you Need to Know

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

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A beautiful and charming smile can do wonders. According to  a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, people who have beautiful smiles are perceived as being more attractive, confident and successful. If you have cosmetic teeth defects that are ruining your smile, no need to worry. Thanks to a complete smile makeover, you can also enjoy a picture-perfect smile. Interested? Continue reading to find out how. 

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How Much Of Your Teeth Should Show When You Smile?

Did you know that the first thing that people notice about you is your smile? Yes, not your clothes, shoes, or personality – but how attractive your smile is. And what is the most essential component of the charming smile? Perfectly aligned, pearly white teeth. According to research, a beautiful smile shows all your upper front teeth – with no more than 2mm exposure of the gums. More importantly, the teeth that are visible when you smile must be perfectly aligned, with teeth on both sides being mirror images of each other. Finally, the shape, length, and size should be in harmony with the shape of your face and the size of your mouth.

What Is Included In A Full Smile Makeover?

 According to the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a smile makeover comprises a group of cosmetic procedures that are aimed at removing facial flaws, to give the patients the smile of their dreams. The cosmetic procedures required for transforming your smile with a cosmetic makeover depends on the extent of cosmetic defects. Typically, a smile makeover procedure includes, but is not limited to the following procedures:

What Is Dental Bonding In Cosmetic Work?

According to the American Dental Association, composite bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which your dentist will place a tooth coloured, resin-based filling material on your teeth to fix various esthetic and restorative dental problems like teeth stains, teeth gaps, and misshaped, chipped or crooked teeth. 

Dental bonding is a simple and straightforward procedure, but it can have a considerable positive effect on your smile and oral health. Before bonding, your dentist will first remove the decayed tooth structure, followed with thoroughly washing and drying the tooth. Next, your dentist will apply an acidic gel over the teeth to create surface pores that will help the filling material adhere to the tooth. Your dentist will then apply the bonding on the teeth, shape it accordingly and then finally harden it using a special light. That’s it! 

What Part Do Dental Implants Play In Smile Makeovers?

Missing natural teeth not only create problems in eating and speaking, they are also a cosmetic concern. Even a single missing tooth – especially if it is a front tooth – can ruin your smile and facial aesthetics, in addition to causing a number of complications if it is not replaced. That is why your dentist will replace your missing teeth as an essential component of a smile makeover. When it comes to one of the most esthetically pleasant, reliable and durable treatment options for replacing missing teeth, dental implants top the list. 

An implant is a screw-shaped fixture which is directly embedded into the jawbone and it serves as the replacement root. Once the implant is firmly anchored in the bone, your dentist will attach zirconia crowns over them – which are not only durable, but also possess lifelike, excellent aesthetics – to replace the missing teeth, and give you a charming and beautiful smile. 

Is The Smile Makeover Really Beneficial?

A smile makeover can completely transform your smile and facial aesthetics. If you are not happy with your smile, and would like to get a dazzling and charming smile, a smile makeover procedure will be highly beneficial for you. 

To perform a smile makeover, your dentist will perform a thorough clinical examination to detect the areas that need cosmetic improvement. They will also look at the 3D impressions of your teeth and use special software to digitally design your new smile and prepare a custom treatment plan. Using this software, your dentist will show you, how the planned procedures will get rid of the cosmetic flaws, giving you an unblemished smile which you can be genuinely proud of. 

Are Composite Veneers As Good As Porcelain Veneers?

Both composite and porcelain veneers are excellent options for fixing cosmetic tooth defects. However, there are significant differences between the two. Porcelain veneers are durable and possess translucency which gives them lifelike aesthetics. On the other hand, the composite veneers are made from a resin-based material that is not as strong as the porcelain veneers, making them more prone to accidental chipping, staining and fracture. However, a good thing about composite veneers are repairable. If you accidentally fracture your composite veneers, your dentist may repair them at the chairside. However, porcelain veneers if damaged, require replacement in most cases. 

What Are The Pros And Cons Of A Smile Makeover?Are

A smile makeover is a cosmetic procedure which allows you to get the smile you have always dreamed of. Being an owner of a brand new smile will not only make you look more charming and attractive, but more confident, friendly and approachable. While there are numerous benefits of a smile makeover, it also has a drawback – and that is the high cost of treatment. However, the benefits of this procedure surely outweigh this drawback as it is long term investment – one that will completely transform your personality and your smile. 

A beautiful and charming smile is not just for the celebrities – you can also benefit from one too! If you are looking for a cosmetic dental practice in Oxford, The Smile Practice should be your first choice. Our dedicated and highly experienced team will examine every aspect of your smile and prepare a customised digital smile design that will give you the smile of your dreams. 

So, what are you waiting for? Book a free consultation with us today and let us give you a smile that will bring the best out of you. 

What Is Teeth Bonding?

Monday, December 21st, 2020

what is teeth bondingDid you know that your teeth have one of the toughest substances in your body?

This happens to be the outer covering of your teeth called the enamel. Its toughness allows you to tear up and break down food into smaller digestible portions.

Despite this toughness, it also has its limits. Your teeth can take so much wear and tear that it will end up chipping or cracking. It also chips when dealt with a forceful blow.

There is a solution for chipped, cracked, and damaged teeth. You can mend this through teeth bonding. We will look at how dental bonding can help your teeth when put in the right hands.

1. How Does Teeth Bonding Work?

Dental bonding is a process that involves the use of composite resin to repair minor damages on the tooth. The resin material is effective in repairing the chips and cracks on the tooth, as well as fix discolouration.

The good thing about this process is that it does not need any anaesthesia to administer unless it involves filling a cavity.

The process comes in phases. The first one is the preparation, where the dentist checks the shade guide to find a composite resin that matches the natural tooth colour. After which, the dentist roughens the surface and shapes up the tooth for the process.

The next phase is the bonding process. Here, the dentist applies the conditioning fluid for the bonding material to adhere. After this is applying the resin, where it gets moulded, shaped, and then hardened by a bright light or laser.

Depending on the extent of the damage and how many teeth need dental bonding, the time for it to complete varies. The usual range is between 30-60 minutes per tooth.

2. How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

This would depend on several factors. These factors include oral habits and the extent of the bonding. Take note that compared to normal teeth, bonded teeth would not have the same strength.

Factors that can affect both the tooth and the bonding material involve how hard you bite down. Biting down hard can cause the bonding material to break off.

If you drink dark beverages a lot or if you smoke, the bonding material would stain far quicker. This would end up with the bonding material needing a replacement sooner.

With those factors set, bonding materials can last for years before needing a replacement. It comes at three years minimum. At most, the bonding material lasts for 10 years before retouching or replacing it.

3. Eating With Bonding On The Front Teeth

As part of caring for your bonded teeth, you might wonder about how teeth bonding can affect your eating. This also affects your other habits as well now that you need to avoid certain habits and take up new ones. Let us look at some of them.

After receiving the teeth bonding, don’t rush in using them right away. Instead, give it time for the tooth to recover. It may usually take 48 hours or more, so don’t rush and let the resin set.

During that time, consider avoiding any contact with that tooth. Consume soft foods and drink cold or lukewarm beverages. You have to avoid smoking and drinking dark beverages that could stain the bonding.

Also, make sure to avoid eating hard foods and avoid biting down on hard objects like ice. Don’t bite your fingernails, and make sure to not grind your teeth at night.

If there is anything that you should do regularly, it is to brush your teeth to remove plaque. Floss at least once a day as it helps you clean hard-to-reach spots. Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once or twice a day helps with getting rid of bacteria.

4. Teeth Bonding vs. Veneers

Which would be a better choice between the two, teeth bonding or dental veneers? The similarities between the two are in what issues they address. In this case, both take on cosmetic concerns such as chips or discolouration.

What makes the two different from each other is in which parts of the tooth they stand out in. Dental bondings take on the affected section of the tooth. This can vary depending on the damaged portions.

The application of dental bondings works well due to how malleable the bonding material is before it hardens. This allows the dentist a chance to shape it as needed.

Meanwhile, veneers have a different application due to how thin they are. They also take on a custom build and would work for either one tooth or multiple teeth. Veneers also bond to the front surface of your teeth permanently.

5. Teeth Bonding for Gaps

The good thing about teeth binding is that you can also use this to address gaps. With how easy it is to sculpt the bonding material, dentists can cover up the gap and close it. This works great for the front incisors, where gaps in that section may appear problematic.

Teeth bonding for gaps can help make your smile look perfect. Consider going for dental bonding to fix up minor issues.

6. Teeth Bonding at Home

There is a trend spreading on social media such as the popular video site TikTok, where it shows the filing of teeth. These unsupervised methods pose potential dangers that can harm your teeth. The trend of the DIY Dentist may seem convenient, but it is highly discouraged.

For your dental needs, including teeth bonding and other forms of cosmetic and general dentistry, don’t do them at home. Instead, set a dentist appointment and visit the clinic. This saves you the trouble of harming yourself, and you get the results that you wanted for your teeth.

Go for Teeth Bonding Today

For chips, cracks, and discolouration, you need to set an appointment with the dentist. Teeth bonding happens to be one of the many ways they can help you make your teeth look better. They can also give you advice regarding oral health.

Consider setting an appointment with us. Visit this page and request a free consultation today.

I am dropping a note to say thanks for all the work you have done for me, I am aware that I am not the easiest of patients. Your patience and explanations whilst work is underway was very much appreciated. The bridge work is really outstanding, here’s hoping I need nothing more than routine checks for some time.
- Mr R G
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