Helens Bay Dental Practice – Short Term Orthodontics

Do you like your smile? Or do you feel embarrassed about your smile and even shy away from smiling occasionally? If you are embarrassed about your smile, don’t worry, you are not alone.

According to an article and study taken by Bupa and published in ‘Dentistry Today’ more than a quarter of people don’t like smiling because of their teeth. Some 28% of people surveyed indicated that they don’t show their smile when taking photos on social media because they feel their teeth are unattractive. A whopping  81% of people state that they believe their teeth look unattractive in photographs.

Well, there are so many different teeth straightening (orthodontic) solutions available on the market now, that you don’t have to feel this way anymore and do something about your teeth, achieving the smile you’ve always wanted.

Helens Bay Dental Practice in Bangor, Northern Ireland offer several short-term orthodontic solutions. These include Invisalign and Six Month Smiles.

Invisalign

One of the options available at the dentist in Bangor is Invisalign. It is an invisible way to straighten out a person’s teeth and uses a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. They have been proven effective in both clinical research and practices nationwide, and they are safe.

So, if your teeth are overcrowded, too far apart or have shifted since wearing braces, you could try Invisalign. Our dentist, Dr Sarah Lochhead, has now achieved Silver status as an experienced Invisalign doctor.

Six Month Smiles

Helens Bay Dental Practice are also now pleased to offer the Six Month Smile®, tooth straightening system.

It is an effective, fast and simple way of straightening your teeth. It uses a more discreet method than normal brackets and braces. Six Month Smile allows minor tooth movement using tooth-coloured brackets and wires, which are comfortable, safe and a fast method of moving teeth to the desired position. Treatment time is approximately six months.

For further no obligation information on any of the above treatments or to join the dental practice, please just contact:

Helens Bay Dental Practice – Dentist Bangor

1B Station Square

Helens Bay

Bangor

County Down

BT19 1TN

Tel  02891 853 304

Email : reception@helensbaydental.co.uk

Web : www.helensbaydental.co.uk

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Helens Bay Dental Practice – Short Term Orthodontics

Invisalign Treatment

What is Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign is a set of discreet, removable aligners, used to straighten teeth that are individually manufactured specifically for your teeth. Each aligner moves teeth incrementally and causes the teeth to gradually move into the desired position. They are replaced every two weeks, by the next in the series, until the final position is achieved.

The aligners are comfortable, clear and easily removable and more discreet than clear braces. Invisalign is a great option for many patients looking to improve their smile and treats a range of straightening issues including overcrowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, under bites, deep bits and cross bites. The aligners are less likely to stain as they are removed for eating and drinking – it is therefore easier to maintain good oral hygiene.

 

What happens during treatment?

The procedure starts with an initial consultation between you and the orthodontist. He or she will examine your teeth and take an impression of your teeth to check whether they can be straightened using the Invisalign System. Once confirmed a complete, 3d virtual treatment plan will be created which will show the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of your treatment. This will allow you to fully understand how your teeth will look at each stage of the process.

Unlike clear braces, which are worn for the whole orthodontic treatment period, each set of custom-made aligners is worn in two week increments for around 20-22 hours per day. This means that Invisalign aligners are less prone to damage and breaks.  Your Invisalign Provider will monitor your progress to ensure you are comfortable with your treatment.

Post treatment you may notice you have a slight lisp for a little while although this should disappear after a little while.

 

Does it hurt?

Treatment with Invisalign is generally more comfortable than traditional treatment with clear braces. The aligners are made from smooth, soft plastic which is much kinder to the soft tissue than clear braces which can often irritate your mouth and gums due to the roughness of the brackets. However you may encounter some minor tenderness or sense of pressure initially though this should recede as treatment progresses.

 

What is the cost?

Typically the cost is comparable to traditional fixed braces and starts at around £2500 and ranges up to around £4500.

 

Aftercare

Most doctors recommend that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment use a retainer to prevent teeth from moving back towards their initial position – it is therefore recommended to wear some form of a retainer post treatment.

 

Further Information

If you require further information then check out the Invisalign website:

http://www.invisalign.co.uk

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Invisalign Treatment

Knebworth Invisalign

You may have heard about the new ‘invisible brace’ and wondered what it is all about. If you have teeth that are crowded, too far apart or that may have shifted since wearing conventional braces, invisalign® may give you a new reason to smile! Whether you are looking to straighten up a few teeth or deal with a more complex issue but are put off by noticeable metal train track braces then Invisalign could be the answer.

Using a clear, strong plastic aligner which sits over the surface of your teeth the Invisalign® system is virtually invisible so no-one can tell you are wearing it. They are free from metals wires and brackets so are much more comfortable to wear and do not cause allergies. Braces can be removed as required enabling you to clean your teeth properly and also eat and drink more easily. In fact, studies have shown that it can be better for your dental hygiene during treatment The convenience and ease of use have made it the choice of over half a million people, giving hundreds of thousands of people amazing new smiles. So, feel free to smile during as well as after your treatment!

How does it work?

Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, invisalign® uses your dentist’s instructions to create a series of custom made removable mouth trays (aligners). Impressions of your teeth are used to make models from which a series of aligners will be created each of which will be worn in turn. These aligners apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, causing them to move. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position.

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