The straight talk on braces in Camden

Many people look to receive braces in Camden when they are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. However, they are also a great solution for crooked teeth, overbites or underbites and incorrect jawbone positions. Here at Ace Dental, we offer different straightening solutions to suit your needs.

Braces in CamdenTypes of treatment

We have embraced the fast and exciting advances made in the world of braces. In your initial consultation, our dentist will check out your teeth and gums, take bite tests, and discuss what you’d like, to suggest the best option for you. Our up to date technology allows us to offer the following treatments:

  • Quick Straight Teeth: QST is a bracket system that works if you’re looking to fix the front 6-8 teeth. It is a very subtle way to receive treatment which takes up to six months;
  • Lingual braces: this option takes longer. It is suited for more serious misalignments, not just the front teeth. It usually takes around 24 months. You don’t have to worry about having a visible metal mouth for two years though as the brackets are hidden behind the teeth;
  • Tooth-coloured braces: similarly, tooth coloured braces allow people to receive treatment without bringing attention to the fact that they’re sorting their teeth out.

Who can get braces?

People of all ages can reap the benefits of braces in Camden. However, the ideal time to start teeth straightening treatment is around 10 years old, as the mouth is still growing and therefore the teeth are more susceptible to being shaped and straightened.

That is not to rule out braces as an option for adults. It can be useful for those who want to improve the appearance of their teeth. Thanks to the alternatives to traditional braces, it means patients don’t have to feel self-conscious about choosing to acquire braces to treat their teeth as an adult.

It’s also important to have healthy gums and teeth, as they need to be reasonably strong to suit braces. Our braces dentist will determine whether or not you are suitable for treatment. If you generally maintain good oral hygiene, our braces dentist should be able to give you the green light.

Look as young as you feel with facial aesthetics in Camden

As well as offering a wide range of solutions for your teeth, at Ace Dental we also offer facial aesthetics to boost confidence in your appearance and help you to feel more at ease with yourself.

We provide non-surgical ways to reduce the signs of ageing and create a more youthful and natural appearance. We aim to help you feel pleased and smile at the face in the mirror, instead of frowning and examining the lines that are emerging. It’s too easy to get caught in the trap of worrying about wrinkles, and then stressing about the stress causing more wrinkles. That’s why facial aesthetics in Camden are a great option.

Facial Aesthetics in CamdenEveryone has their own insecurities and idea of what look they want to achieve. At Ace Dental we will listen to you in a completely non-judgemental environment. Teeth are not separate to your face, and we have spent years studying the face: we know all about muscles, tendons, nerves and skin, and how they relate to each other. We want to talk with you and come to a solution that feels good for you.

Botox

One option for facial aesthetics in Camden is Botox. This relaxes muscles and reduces the appearance of unwanted lines and wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyes. Botox has also been used to treat excessive sweating, migraines, and muscular disorders.

It comes from a purified protein that prevents nerve endings from contracting, which is the cause of wrinkles appearing. They appointment usually take only half an hour, the injection itself taking 5-10 minutes. It takes around a week to see the effect and can be enhanced every three months or so.

Dermal fillers

Alternatively, dermal fillers offer a cosmetic treatment for those with deeper wrinkles. It helps make the face look healthy and full by filling out lines in the face from mouth grooves, frown furrows and crow’s feet.

Dermal fillers inject the skin with hyaluronic acid to help restore a youthful look to the face. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance that reduces as we age. This treatment can be done in a matter of minutes, and you will be looking and feeling young again in no time.

Invisible braces in Camden – straight to your options

Getting braces as an adult is easier when you can choose options that fit in with your needs and lifestyle. If you need to be conscious of the way your smile looks for work or because of your social life, it’s good to know that invisible braces exist. Invisible braces are any teeth straightening method that is discreet or hidden once it is in place. They tend to be unobtrusive and either see-through or tooth-coloured.

At Ace Dental, we have lots of options when it comes to your invisible teeth straightening treatment. These can be divided into two categories – fixed and removable.

Invisible Braces in CamdenFixed systems

Fixed invisible braces are attached to the teeth in the same way as traditional braces. The difference is that the wires and brackets blend in with the teeth so they are harder to spot from a distance. They stay in place for the duration of your treatment and they are periodically adjusted to ensure that they remain effective.

At Ace Dental, we offer our patients maximum choice so that, when you are selecting your teeth straightening system, you know you’re picking the one that is right for your needs. That’s why we carry many of the leading brands when it comes to fixed, invisible braces such as Quick Straight Teeth, Six Month Smiles and the Damon System.

Removable aligners

When you choose removable aligners, you are in control of your equipment and can remove it at any time. There are guidelines that you need to follow to ensure that you hit the minimum quota of hours that you are required to wear them so that they will be effective. Some aligners are made from very thin pieces of metal whereas others are clear plastic. Either way, they have a low impact on the appearance of your smile. You still need to visit the dentist for check-ups when you have removable aligners but each appointment will not be very long.

Removable invisible braces come in a number of formats and each is designed to suit different circumstances. That’s why, when you are choosing removable braces from Ace Dental, we can recommend Quick Straight Teeth, Inman Aligner or Invisalign depending on your circumstances.

The power of teeth whitening in Camden

At Ace Dental in Camden, teeth whitening is one of our favourite cosmetic treatments. We know that this easy and quick procedure can have a profound impact. Patients tell us that a simple brightening up of their smile has helped them to feel more confident, smile more often and feel more at ease for a big occasion such as a wedding or important job interview.

We use three different brands for teeth whitening in Camden: Zoom, Boutique and Enlighten – they are all well-established brands with a proven track record, each offering different options for shining up your pearly whites.

Teeth Whitening in CamdenThe consultation

Before you can go ahead with teeth whitening in Camden, you’ll need to come in for a consultation, so our cosmetic dentist can check that it’s the right procedure for you.

Not all stains can be removed with whitening gel: some teeth are more naturally yellow than others, disease can leave the teeth yellow and certain medications create stains that can’t be removed. Veneers are a better option if this is the case for you.

What teeth whitening in Camden is great for is removing stains that have built up over time, such as those from tobacco, tea and coffee, red wine and highly pigmented berries.

If your teeth are suitable for lightening up, the next step is to decide which method you want to use.

In-clinic teeth whitening in Camden

This is also known as power whitening because it is so fast-acting; it takes about 90 minutes in the dentist’s chair. Our cosmetic dentist will protect your teeth and gums with a shield, apply whitening gel to your teeth, then activate it with a UV light. Our treatment is especially luxurious, as you relax in a massage chair, while watching TV or listening to music.

At-home whitening

This can be just as effective as power whitening though it needs a little longer to take effect. We will create custom-made whitening trays for you to apply the gel to your teeth without affecting your gums. You wear the trays every day for a few hours or overnight for about two weeks.

Don’t wait too long to get dental implants in Camden

Whether your teeth are on their way out, or have hurriedly exited your mouth in an accident, you are probably pretty distressed about your situation. Sometimes that’s not a good time to make decisions that can affect the rest of your life. But, if you want to have dental implants in Camden, the sooner you look into getting them, the easier it will be procedure-wise.

The best thing to do is to book a consultation with us at Ace Dental so that we can take a good look at your mouth and also talk you through how dental implants work and what they offer in comparison with other tooth replacement methods, ie. dentures and fixed bridgework.

Dental Implants in CamdenDon’t wait too long

The reason that we are keen that you investigate dental implants in Camden as soon as you can, is that things happen to your jawbone when you lose your teeth. The jawbone needs the stimulation provided by vibrations in the tooth roots to keep renewing the bone cells. Without that stimulation, the bone cells don’t just sit there being inactive, they start to dissolve themselves and, within a year after tooth loss, the jawbone can shrink in size and density by as much as 25%. It gets smaller and more spongey, and so fixing dental implants into it becomes harder. Rather like putting screws into a crumbling brick wall and expecting them to hold a heavy mirror in place, putting dental implants into a shrunken jaw is asking for trouble.

If your jawbone is good

It’s best to get on with having the dental implants fitted as soon as you can. Fitting them requires cutting a flap in the gum and drilling an artificial socket into the jawbone. The dental implants are tapped or screwed into place and then left for several weeks, so that the bone can grow around the implants to hold them firmly in place.

Once they are integrated with the jawbone, we can put on your crowns. Each implant can hold up to three crowns on a bridge, and we have ways to put a whole arch on as few as 2-4 dental implants in Camden.

Which are the braces for you?

Being a modern human is all about choice. Sometimes it can even feel like there is too much choice and you can find yourself spending hours in the haircare aisle wondering which shampoo is best for you, trying to find that one that will cater to all your issues. It’s getting a bit like that with braces in Camden. There are metal braces, plastic braces, braces for the front teeth only, and even braces that go behind the teeth.

Braces in CamdenAt Ace Dental, we stock the whole wide range of braces so you can be sure that there is one to suit your needs. However, we aren’t going to leave you to work out for yourself which ones are right for you. When you come to us for braces in Camden, our trained braces dentist will take a good look at your teeth alignment issues and answer all your questions. Together you and our dentist will work out which brand of braces is going to best suit your lifestyle, your alignment issues and your pocket.

Yes, you may have a yearning for those invisible plastic aligners, but if they can’t do the job, we are going to steer you towards braces designed for your issues. You may want to get the job done as quickly as possible, but teeth can only move so fast, and you only get one set of teeth, so it’s better to get the right braces for you and take your time with this process.

Discreet braces for adults

Taking your time does not have to mean being burdened with unattractive metalwork all over the front of your teeth for months on end. The really big clunky braces are out of date and really only used for super serious alignment issues these days. For most adults, it’s more a case of straightening up a few mildly misaligned teeth at the front of the mouth. For such issue, we can probably use either clear aligners or clear ceramic brackets with tooth-coloured wires. If you do have more complex issues, we have braces in Camden that go on the backs of your teeth rather than the front, and no one can see them.

Facial aesthetics in Camden with Botox and dermal fillers

At Ace Dental, we offer two different kinds of facial aesthetics in Camden: Botox and dermal fillers. If you aren’t sure what we mean by facial aesthetics, you may also know them as anti-wrinkle treatments. These are two in a huge variety of procedures that reduce the signs of ageing such as crow’s feet around the eyes or smoker’s lines around the lips.

Facial-Aesthetics-in-CamdenAs we age, the skin loses its natural elasticity and those daily frowns start to make their mark. And while there is nothing we can do to stop this process from happening, we can alter the appearance of the skin with a little help.

Botox

This is the brand name for treatments with botulinum toxin type A, a purified protein that temporarily freezes nerve endings. Although it is a poisonous substance in its natural state, botulinum also has many medical applications. It was first developed as a treatment for excessive sweating. In the course of that research it was discovered that it can smooth out wrinkles. This is because it prevents nerve endings from contracting, which causes the wrinkles to appear.

It’s a simple procedure and the whole appointment can be completed in around 30 minutes. It is administered using an injection, which takes 5-10 minutes. It doesn’t register immediately; you’ll need to wait 4-7 days to see the full effect. Botox lasts about 3-4 months, so you can book in for a top-up after three months.

Dermal fillers

The skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid, the substance that gives it that plump and youthful glow. As we age, we produce less and less of it. Dermal fillers replace this natural substance with hyaluronic acid made from synthetic or plant-based sources.

We use a local anaesthetic with dermal fillers to make sure the treatment is as comfortable as possible for you. The injection takes a few minutes and you can see the effects straight away. It lasts from 6-12 months and you can have a follow-up appointment once the effects are starting to wear off.

Both treatments with facial aesthetics in Camden are quick and simple, so you can go about your daily life straight afterwards.

The best version of yourself

If you work hard at staying fit and healthy and looking fabulous, it can be pretty distressing when your face starts to exhibit the signs of ageing when the rest of you looks and feels so much younger. Having a toned and fit body can seem so wrong under a face with wrinkles, bags and hollows. How dare they not match!

Facial Aesthetics in CamdenThere is a way to get more congruence between the two, when you come for facial aesthetics in Camden with us at Ace Dental. It may seem odd to come to your dentist for beauty treatments, but if you think about it, we already have the underlying skills and knowledge to deliver great, natural-looking results.

As dentists, we have spent five years studying the complex anatomy of the head, face and neck. We know where the nerves, blood vessels, tendons and muscles are, how they relate to the overlying skin, and how they interact. Plus, we are really good at delivering anaesthetics in just the right quantities and places to numb people for dental work. We can transfer these vital skills to facial aesthetics in Camden.

At Ace Dental, we offer Botox and dermal fillers, both of which are treatments to reduce the signs of ageing that are delivered by injection. Too much Botox and you can end up being unable to make natural facial expressions for several months. Too much dermal filler and you can end up with lumpy skin or a face more like a hamster than a person.

Botox

This facial aesthetics treatment smooths away wrinkles by blocking the signals from nerves to muscles so that they can no longer contract. It works really well on frown lines, worry lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, and smoker’s lines around the lips. Botox lasts for about four months.

Dermal fillers

This treatment with facial aesthetics in Camden works by plumping out hollows and wrinkles that develop when we lose the facial fats under our skin, and our muscles start to sag. It is great for smoothing out nasolabial folds and marionette lines, as well as for flattened top lips and smoker’s lines. Treatments last for about six months to a year.

Making teeth bright again

Just like our laundry whites, our teeth can lose their brightness over time, no matter how careful we are to brush, floss and visit the hygienist. The hard enamel that covers our teeth is in fact porous and soaks up traces of staining foods and drinks, as well as tobacco. But these stains can be gently lifted back out with teeth whitening in Camden at Ace Dental.

Teeth Whitening in CamdenTeeth whitening uses hydrogen peroxide gels to clean away stains and brighten teeth back up. Hydrogen peroxide was first discovered a couple of hundred years ago and has been in use as a safe and gentle bleach and disinfectant ever since. Not only does it work brilliantly to lighten hair and clean out infected wounds it also removes stains from teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is basically water with an extra oxygen molecule, H2O2. The gels used to whiten teeth come in different strengths, depending on where they are going be used.

At Ace Dental

When you opt to have teeth whitening in Camden at our clinic, the treatment takes about 90 minutes in all. We put plastic barriers over your lips and gums to protect them and then apply the whitening gel directly onto your teeth. As you watch TV or a movie and get a free massage in our massage chair, the gel, activated by a UV light, is working away to lift out stains and leave your teeth several shades lighter.

At home

In Camden, teeth whitening can also be carried out by you in your own home at your own convenience, with one of our take home whitening kits. You will first need to come into so that we can take impressions of your teeth. We use these to make gel trays that will exactly fit your teeth to ensure they come into maximum contact with the gel without it squidging out and irritating the soft parts of your mouth. This gel is milder than the gel we use in the clinic, so it will take a couple of weeks of wearing the trays for a short period each day for the results to come through.

Are you one of the 13%?

Although being scared of the dentist is not unheard of, did you know that about 13% of the population has some kind of dental phobia? It’s a bit of a spectrum, ranging from mildly nervous to downright terrified. For some people, their phobia is so extreme that they prefer to avoid the dentist altogether. The trouble with avoidance is that minor dental problems can progress into major ones and then getting them fixed is more invasive.

Nervous Patients in CamdenHere at Ace Dental, we would far rather that nervous patients in Camden came to see us and talked to us about their fears than they let their fear lead them down a path of decay and gum disease.

We are trained to be able to deal with nervous patients in a sympathetic manner, so if you are one of the 13%, please come in and see us. We will take the time to listen to your fears and set up a system of communication so that you can stop treatment and take a breather at any time.

As well as taking things slowly, we can also offer you a choice of sedation. Sedation is not an anaesthetic. What it does it calm you down and make you feel deeply relaxed so that you can float through treatment and not build up further trauma that might prevent you coming to the dentist again.

Inhalation sedation

This is a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide that you breathe in through a small mask that we place over your nose. It will calm you right down and you will be able to really relax throughout your treatment, while at the same time remaining awake and able to communicate with us. It wears off very quickly once you stop breathing it in, and you can quickly get on with your day after you leave us.

Intravenous sedation

This gives an even deeper form of sedation and is delivered straight into your bloodstream via a needle that goes into the back of your hand. You may fall asleep with this sedation, and you will need someone to drive you home afterwards, as you will feel quite groggy for a while.