Things you might not know about braces

Most people know a little about braces, but there are many facts that you might not know. This information will help anyone considering getting braces in Camden.

Braces aren’t just for straightening teeth

The obvious use for braces in Camden is straightening crooked, gappy or overcrowded teeth, but braces can also be used to improve a misaligned bite. If you think you may have a misaligned jaw or teeth, here at Ace Dental in Camden we can see if braces could be the answer for you.

Braces in CamdenBraces can be invisible

Braces no longer have to mean having a mouth full of metal. Clear braces still use wires and brackets, but the clear brackets and tooth-coloured wire means they are very discreet. Lingual braces are another option, being fitted to the backs of the teeth they are practically invisible to anyone looking at you.

Braces can be used more than once

Many people wear braces in their teens, but that doesn’t stop them from needing them again as adults. Over the years, teeth can shift again, so a lot of adults return for a second course of braces in Camden.

You will need to watch what you eat

If you have fixed braces, you will need to be a bit careful when eating. Hard or sticky foods can damage the braces if you aren’t careful, and other foods can get stuck in them. The dentist will give you lots of advice about foods to avoid or be wary of.

Good oral hygiene is a must

As the dentist will tell you, it is very important to be extra vigilant about cleaning your teeth once you’ve been fitted with braces in Camden. Food can get caught around the brackets, so you will need to make sure you clean them well.

There are more advantages than straight teeth

A straight and even smile may be the main advantage to getting braces in Camden, but there are lots of other advantages too. Misaligned and crowded teeth can lead to lots of other problems, including gum disease, bad breath and tooth erosion. Bacteria is more likely to build up in hard-to-clean crevices, and mouth bacteria can lead to more serious conditions.

Easy to use teeth straightening

Having braces treatment is becoming more and more important for many young adults, and perhaps you are one of them. You have wonky teeth but they weren’t so out of place that NHS treatment was available to you. Now, you are in a world where almost everyone you meet has a perfect smile and you are becoming ever more self-conscious about your twists and leans.

What’s putting you off getting your teeth straightened? Is it the idea of having braces cemented onto your teeth for months on end, making you look strange and making mealtimes and cleaning a hassle? If so, then come into us at Ace Dental and ask about removable appliances in Camden.

Removable Appliances in CamdenThere are ways to straighten teeth that allow you to still be able to eat whatever you like and keep your toothbrushing routine. Let’s take a look at them here:

The Inman Aligner

This is a device that is designed for straightening your front teeth only. It has two spring-loaded aligner bows that go in front of and behind your teeth and use opposing forces to bring your teeth into alignment. Treatment takes only 6-18 weeks and you take your aligner out for eating and cleaning. The Inman Aligner can also be used as a retainer, which makes for a very cost-effective treatment.

Invisalign

Also known as aligners, these aren’t braces or spring-loaded bows, but a series of see-through plastic moulds that are very thin and fit perfectly over the teeth. Each one in the series has a slightly different set of pressure points inside it that use gentle pressure to move the teeth a tiny distance. You wear one after the other, each for about 7-10 days, until he pressure wears off, and then move onto the next one. You take the aligners out for eating and cleaning.

Quick Straight Teeth

QST has two kinds of removable appliances, one that is similar to the way Invisalign operates and the other to the way the Inman Aligner works.

Discipline

All these removable appliances work very well as long as you maintain the discipline to wear them for the specified time each day.

Hallowe’en teeth?

As we hurtle through 2018, it can come as a bit of a shock to realise that half-term and Hallowe’en are only weeks away. Already it’s time to start thinking about trick or treating and what to wear for that Hallowe’en party. You went as a Zombie last year, but didn’t everyone? Who will you be this year? And what will you do if people think you are wearing Hallowe’en teeth when they are really your own?

Horrible thought and unlikely to happen, we agree, but staining creeps up on your teeth. One glass of red here, an espresso there, all laying down another layer of staining in the pores in your tooth enamel, where neither your toothbrush nor the hygienist can get at it. What you need is teeth whitening in Camden here at Ace Dental.

Teeth Whitening in CamdenWhat is teeth whitening in Camden?

Teeth whitening works differently from brushes. Instead of trying to scrape out stains with bristles, it uses the action of hydrogen peroxide, a gentle cleaner and disinfectant, that has been used for a couple of centuries now to lift out stains. It gets into the pores and pushes the staining particles out.

Teeth whitening in Camden does not work on intrinsic discolouration. For that you will need to get a veneer or composite bonding to cover it over. But if your stains are surface stains, you are good to go, using one of 2 methods. With both we suggest you start with a deep clean from the hygienist so that the whitening gel can get straight to your teeth.

With us at the clinic

Once you have decided how white you want your teeth to be, we put coverings over your lips and gums. We paint on the whitening gel, and then activate it with a UV light. You get to chill out for about an hour and at the end, you walk out with fabulously white teeth.

At home

We make you some gel trays that fit your teeth exactly and you carry out the whitening at home over about a fortnight. This process is gentler because the gel is less concentrated.

Either way, come Hallowe’en, you’re more likely to be mistaken for Dracula than Frankenstein.

Does your face match your teeth?

Did you know that you can make a good guess as to someone’s age by looking at their teeth? If the teeth are white with rounded corners, then they are probably under 30. From then on teeth get duller, the edges flatten with use and after about age 45, little black triangles of space start to appear between them up by the gums. If you have teeth whitening or veneers, you are going to end up with teeth that look younger than you may be. If you are starting to look older (and most people over 30 are), then you could well end up with some kind of weird disparity between the apparent age of your smile and that of your face. You can even this out with facial aesthetics in Camden from us at Ace Dental.

Facial Aesthetic in CamdenFacial aesthetics in Camden is not about dramatic changes that make you no longer look like yourself. Our treatments at Ace Dental are designed to gently smooth away some of the years to reveal the real you under the hollows and wrinkles. We use 2 different treatments to achieve this:

Botox

This is an injectable treatment that relies on the purified protein of the Botulinum type A toxin. We inject it into muscles that are habitually held in contraction. Botox dials down the signalling between the nerve and the muscle, and over the week after your treatment, the muscle slowly relaxes, and the wrinkle smooths out. Botox is great for worry lines, frown lines, crow’s feet and even smoker’s lines around the top lip. The treatment takes only a few minutes per area and lasts for around 4 months. Lots of patients come back for a top-up treatment around the 3 month mark.

Dermal fillers

Injections containing hyaluronic acid, a natural gel that the body uses to hold in moisture, are carefully delivered into areas that need plumping out. These are wrinkles and hollows caused by the loss of fat under the skin, and loss of muscle tone. Great areas for treatment include: lines around the nose and mouth, flattened top lips and even the backs of the hands.

To find out more about facial aesthetics in Camden, book a consultation today.

Brighten up your autumn look with teeth whitening in Camden

It’s here already isn’t it, autumn? If you have been out and about recently, you will notice that the light levels have dropped and the gloomy months of dashing between the house, the tube and the office are upon us. Soon, the only light you will see when you are out on the streets will be the headlights of cars sitting in jams in the rain. So, how are you going to keep up your spirits up during the long winter months ahead?

Teeth Whitening in CamdenCan we suggest you be your own flashing beacon of hope by bestowing a really great smile on others? A good smile warms the cockles of people’s hearts and you can be the person who cheers them simply by getting teeth whitening in Camden with us at Ace Dental.

Teeth whitening is our most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment because it is so quick and easy, and doesn’t alter the structure of your teeth in any way. All it does is remove all those stubborn stains, where traces of the foods and drinks you have consumed have sunk into the enamel of your teeth. Tea, coffee, red wine, even berries can get left behind when you consume them and build up until it’s like someone turned down the wattage of your smile.

Turning it up back again is easy and you can even choose how to get it done. You can go for the quick and dramatic change, or the subtle and gradual change.

Quick and dramatic teeth whitening in Camden

Take an hour or so out of your day, come to the Ace Dental clinic on Kentish Town Road and then chill out in our super comfy chair while we whiten your teeth for you. We start by placing a protective plastic barrier over your gums and lips. Then we paint on a whitening gel that is activated by a UV lamp. About an hour later, you will have teeth in the shade of white you have chosen.

Subtle and gradual

Get a bespoke whitening kit, complete with custom-made gel trays, and do the whitening yourself at home over 2-3 weeks.

Ageing, only more slowly

If you are over 40, you might think you want to look 18 again, but in fact, that would be a bit weird. What most people want when they come to us at Ace Dental for facial aesthetics is to look somewhere around how old they are but timeless. Looking timeless means having fewer lines and wrinkles, fewer folds and hollows, and to have skin that glows.

When we age, what happens is that the muscles in our faces start to drop, they also habitually contract to create particular lines. As for our skin, well, from about the age of 30, we start producing less of the compounds that give our skin that plump, glowing look and instead it starts to look thin and papery.

Facial Aesethetics in CamdenAt Ace Dental, our facial aesthetics in Camden are chosen to help you temporarily soften out wrinkles and smooth out hollows and folds. We use 2 treatments to do this: Botox and dermal fillers. Each contains different ingredients, works differently and is better on different parts of the face. You can use them separately, or combine the 2 treatments to great effect.

Facial aesethetics in Camden with Botox

Botox, the purified protein of the Botulinum toxin, is injected into muscles that are constantly contracted to create wrinkles. These tend to be on the upper third of the face: frown lines between the brows, worry lines above them, crow’s feet around the eyes, and smoker’s lines along the top lip. Botox temporarily prevents the muscles from receiving the signals from the nerves to contract. Over the next week after treatment, the muscles relax and smooth out. Treatments last about 4 months, and can be topped up after 3 months.

Facial aesethetics in Camden with dermal fillers

Dermal fillers plump out hollows and folds, which tend to appear around the lower part of the face. These are injected with hyaluronic acid, which is a compound the body uses to lock moisture into cells. Over the next 6 months to a year, the injected hyaluronic acid is absorbed by the body. It works really well on nasolabial and marionette lines, smoker’s lines, flattened top lips and even the backs of the hands.

Do you wish you’d looked after your teeth?

If you are over 50, you probably remember a poet with a Berkshire country accent called Pam Ayres. She wrote a classic about losing her teeth and lying in the dentist’s chair as she gazed up his nose in despair, and she’s still going strong today.

Well, maybe you are that person now, and yes, although it was a funny poem, being in despair over losing teeth is not at all uncommon. Fortunately, you and Pam don’t have to be in despair for long because things have moved on hugely since Pam wrote her classic comic poem back in the 1970s. Now, you can have dental implants in Camden with us at Ace Dental.

Dental Implants in CamdenBack then, Pam’s 2 options were either dentures or fixed bridgework, neither of which is all that good a solution.

Dentures

Dentures, well they have to rely on suction to the gums to get any chewing power. For that, you’ll get about a quarter of the chew your natural teeth gave you. It’s not much and it’s coupled with the fact that you will be highly likely to suffer from dentures sliding as the jawbone shrinks away from lack of stimulation. Dental implants in Camden keep your jawbone strong and healthy by providing the stimulation that used to come from your tooth roots, plus because they are embedded into the jawbone, your pearly whites will be able to get through whatever takes your fancy, food-wise.

Bridges

Bridges are so called because they feature one or more replacement crowns suspended on a bridge that is fixed to the healthy teeth either side of the gap, piggybacking on their roots for stability. Sounds like a pretty good solution, but is it really when it means having those perfectly good teeth ground down to have buttress crowns fitted over them?

In Camden, dental implants are their own tooth roots – posts or screws that are tapered like real roots and fitted into artificial sockets created in the jawbone. They are made of titanium, which the body accepts like one of its own, growing new bone tissue and blood vessels all over the implants to hold them in place as securely as a natural tooth.

A full menu of options for braces in Camden

When it comes to dentistry, no area has moved forward in such leaps and bounds as that of teeth straightening. Public knowledge lags a bit behind though and many people continue to labour under the misapprehension that braces in Camden are chunky metal things that totally obscure their teeth and dig into their cheeks. Not so, at least, not here at Ace Dental, where our list of options for braces in Camden is so long it’s like a good restaurant menu.

Why do we have so many braces in Camden?

Yes, we know that there can be too much choice, but when it comes to braces in Camden, we think that having a really good range of options means that we can cater to everyone’s alignment issues, their lifestyle and their budget.

Braces in CamdenWhat about budget?

Teeth straightening is an investment in the future of your teeth. Straighter teeth last longer because they are easier to keep free from plaque and they are more efficient at chewing, with the whole pressure shared equally so that some teeth don’t crumble away from overuse before their time.

So, what you pay out now will no doubt be saved on later when you avoid fillings, crowns, and maybe even dentures, bridge and dental implants.

Of course, we understand that not many people in austerity-struck London can afford to pay for their braces in one go, which is why we offer different finance options, including 0% finance. Please call for more information.

You can choose from:

Fixed braces – these feature smaller brackets and finer wires than before, but are still the best way to correct severely misaligned teeth. Braces that go on the front of the teeth are made with clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured wires so that they blend in with the teeth. We also have braces that go on the tongue side of the teeth and are completely hidden from view.

Removable braces – no brackets and wires, but very thin clear plastic trays that go over the teeth like a mouth guard. The movement is done with pressure points built into the aligners that press on the teeth to nudge them into position. Progression is achieved by having a series of aligners.

Filling in the gaps

There must be somewhere in the world where having missing teeth is considered beautiful, but London is not it. Here, missing teeth, especially when they are at the front of the mouth are unattractive, speaking of lack of self-care and bad health. The trouble is that having missing teeth means finding a good reliable way to replace them so that they look and behave like natural teeth.

Dental implants are the latest generation of tooth replacement options and now sit alongside dentures and fixed bridgework in the menu of options for replacing teeth.

Dental Implants in CamdenHere at Ace Dental in Camden, we are finding that dental implants are becoming more popular than the earlier generations of tooth replacement, and it’s easy to see why.

Roots and all

Dental implants are the only way you can replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. You need tooth roots for stability. They are what keeps the tooth rock steady when you bite into an apple or chew on a great steak. They are also what keeps your jawbone strong and healthy. Without tooth roots transmitting vibrations from all the impacts going on in your mouth into the surrounding jawbone, the bone receives a message that it is no longer in use. When the bone thinks that, it doesn’t just sit there doing nothing, it starts to dissolve itself and 25% of its size and density can disappear in one year alone after tooth loss.

Leave the gap?

Of course, people think about not replacing their teeth, especially if those lost are to the side or the back of the mouth. But doing so leaves an open invitation to neighbouring teeth to drift into the gap, tilt into it and even fall out. Gaps can destabilise all your teeth.

Looking real

Dental implant crowns are handcrafted by technicians so that they blend in with your remaining teeth. They can be sized, shaped and coloured to look like the teeth you have left, or if you don’t have any teeth, like the teeth of someone your age.

Lasting longer

You can expect dental implants in Camden to last for at least 15 years. In fact, many last much longer than that.

Brighter teeth

Your teeth can take on a strange variety of colours as you get older. This happens for various reasons. Food and drink leave behind traces on your dental enamel, and these traces can build up into stains. This staining will be especially pronounced if your tooth-brushing habits are not quite as rigorous as they ought to be. At Ace Dental in Camden, teeth whitening will solve this unsightly problem. Our customised and comfortable teeth whitening procedure will turn your discoloured smile into a dazzling one.

Teeth Whitening in CamdenComfortable whitening

Our patients choose teeth whitening in Camden because their teeth’s enamel surfaces are an unsatisfactory colour. While the range of colours can vary, they all tend to be equally unsatisfying to look at. You might have already started trying to hide your smile when laughing or in photographs. By this point, it’s usually very hard to remove the stains using products available over the counter in Camden. Teeth whitening with Ace Dental is a powerful process that significantly brightens the shade of your dental surfaces.

You can choose exactly which shade of white you want to apply to your teeth. Then this new shade will be applied either by power whitening, or the more gradual at-home process.

In power whitening, you’ll be given a tray to wear over your teeth. This tray is customised to fit comfortably inside your mouth, and contains a special whitening agent. As you relax in our treatment chair, we’ll activate the whitening agent with a lamp, and after around an hour and a half, you’ll have a bright new smile and a mouth that feels super-fresh.

At home in Camden, teeth whitening will take place over a couple of weeks. You’ll wear the tray according to our instructions for specific periods of time. Your teeth will become the same shade of white as in power whitening, but the process will be more gradual.

Ease and appearance

Teeth whitening in Camden is a great way to achieve a significant cosmetic benefit. Your bright smile can help you to feel at ease in social situations, leading to an overall boost in your self-image.