Go for straight teeth

If you could choose, which would you prefer? To have beautifully straight teeth, or stick with your wonky ones? If you answer to the latter, why is that? Is it because you don’t want to have to go through months and months of having brackets and wires on your teeth, making it hard to eat, hard to speak and next to impossible to look like a grown-up? You are not alone. And, you are not obliged to have metal braces now that Invisalign in St John’s Wood is here.

Invisalign in St John’s WoodAt Aura Dental, we offer Invisalign in St John’s Wood because we know how many of our patients long for straight teeth but don’t want to suffer through the indignities and hassles that can come with bracket and wire braces.

Invisalign is different. Based on the removable retainer, these clear aligners look more like mouth guards than traditional braces. When you choose this method of straightening, you don’t get just one appliance that is fixed onto your teeth and progressively tightened to pull your teeth into position.

No brackets and wires

Instead you get a series of incrementally different 0.3mm thick clear plastic aligners that snap on over your teeth and are held in place by metal clips on your back teeth. Each aligner has carefully placed pressure points. You put on one and it feels a bit tight against one or two teeth. Over the course of the next 7-10 days, those tight bits push your teeth a tiny bit of the way towards alignment. When the pressure wears off, you change to the next Invisalign aligner in the series. How many you have depends upon the complexity of your case, but the average treatment time is a year.

This means fewer visits to us for tightening.

No messy food issues

You take the aligners out every time you need to eat or drink anything other than plain water, and then you brush your teeth. This keeps the aligners transparent and pretty much invisible when you are wearing them.

Book yourself for a consultation and we can tell you if Invisalign in St John’s Wood will work for you.

Only you need to know they’re not real

People really rather dread other people finding out that their teeth are not real. There is quite a stigma attached to having false teeth that look like false teeth. Maybe it’s because false teeth on dentures have in the past been liable to behave badly and embarrass their owners, and the crowns didn’t look very real either.

Both pitfalls can be avoided, provided the crowns are made by a good dental technician, like those here at Aura Dental, skilled in crafting lifelike teeth for each person, and the foundation for the crowns will remain stable.

Dental Implants in St John’s WoodThis second requirement is what sets dental implants in St John’s Wood apart from other tooth restoration methods.

Strong and stable

It’s the way that dental implants in St John’s Wood are embedded in the jaw that makes them much more stable and strong than either dentures or fixed bridges.

Dentures only offer about a quarter of the chewing power of natural teeth because they rely on suction to the gum for stability. Bridges rely on neighbouring healthy teeth which are fitted with crowns that act as buttresses to the bridge. Trouble is, the teeth have to be ground down to take the buttress crowns and can never be whole natural teeth in their own right again.

Dental implants in St John’s Wood are tiny titanium posts or screws that replace the root of the teeth and then have porcelain crowns fitted on top, once the implants have integrated over several weeks into the jawbone.

Once integrated, dental implants provide as much chewing power as natural teeth, and can be very long-lasting, even for decades. As long as you look after them well, and avoid gum disease, there is no reason why they should start to wobble around and give the game away. Plus, they will prevent you getting a pointy chin and collapsed face, which come with jawbone loss.

The implants help preserve the jawbone, which starts to dissolve once it’s missing tooth roots. The jawbone needs the tremors of tooth roots to renew itself and without them it actively starts to melt away, losing as much as 25% of its size and density in the first year alone after tooth loss.

Give your teeth a longer life

You probably know all about how important it is to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. That’s how long dental research says it takes to remove the film of sticky, bacterial plaque that builds up during the day. But, if you have got wonky teeth, all that brushing may not be reaching the plaque. And if you can’t get at it, it will build up, harden into tartar and give off acids that cause decay and gum disease.

What this means is that in the long run, wonky teeth, with all those nooks and crannies for plaque to proliferate in, tend not to last as long as straight teeth. So, if you want to hang onto your teeth for as long as you can, you need to get them straightened with braces in St John’s Wood.

Braces in St John’s WoodAt Aura Dental, we can help you find the right braces in St John’s Wood to suit your lifestyle, your budget and your realignment needs.

If you are an adult, you will probably want braces that detract as little as possible from your looks. You might be happy with discreet braces in St John’s Wood, such as those from Six Month Smiles, clear aligners, or invisible lingual braces.

Six Month Smiles

These are bracket and wire braces, but the brackets are smaller and made of clear ceramic and the wires are finer and tooth-coloured. You can see these braces, but they blend in with the teeth rather than dominating them. These braces are designed to work on the front six teeth only and the average treatment time for realignment is six months.

Invisalign

These are clear aligners that snap on over the teeth like mouth guards. They are very thin and transparent and when they are in place, they are very hard to spot. The average treatment time is a year and they work best on mild to moderate misalignments.

Lingual braces

These are bracket and wire braces that are fixed to the inside (tongue-side) of the teeth, where they can’t be seen at all. Each bracket is made to exactly fit each tooth and so these braces can be used to correct even very complex alignment issues.

The age of great teeth

If you look back over time, you will find that people have always done their best to look after their teeth. There are human remains going back 9,000 years or more that have evidence of having had dental work done to them. And, certainly the ancient Egyptians were keen to experiment with ways to straighten teeth.

Invisalign in St John’s WoodNow, we have reached a time when braces work really well on all sorts of alignment problems and there are fewer and fewer excuses for wonky teeth. In fact, you rarely see them on millennials.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that more people are having straighter teeth come through naturally; there are as many wonky teeth as ever. The difference is that devices for straightening teeth are more discreet and more of them are designed to work on mild misalignments. Mildly wonky teeth take less time to straighten and can be fixed with devices that can barely be seen, such as Invisalign. In St John’s Wood, at Aura Dental, we are accredited to use Invisalign on our patients, and, they love this tooth straightening by stealth.

Invisalign in St John’s Wood: the lowdown

If you have never heard of Invisalign, then prepare to be a bit surprised. This device is nothing like traditional bracket and wire braces. There are no wires, and only two metal clips on your back teeth. The rest of the device is a very thin plastic tray that snaps on over your teeth rather like a mouth guard.

Instead of having just one device that stays glued to your teeth for months on end, Invisalign is a series of clear aligner trays. You wear each one for 7-10 days before moving on to the next. The straightening comes from precision-placed pressure points within each aligner that gently nudge your teeth one tiny step towards alignment. Once the pressure of each aligner wears off, it’s time to move onto the next one.

At 0.3mm thick, it’s almost impossible to see the aligners once they are in place. Plus, they are removable for eating, drinking anything other than plain water and for cleaning.

To find out more about Invisalign in St John’s Wood, why not come in for a consultation?

Long-lasting replacement teeth

If you suffer from missing teeth in St John’s Wood, dental implants will provide natural-looking replacements. At Aura Dental, we have a lot of experience in giving patients these high-quality substitute teeth in a wide range of tooth loss situations. Whether you’ve had a single front tooth knocked out while playing sports, or several teeth have failed over many years, dental implants are a fully-functioning solution.

Dental Implants in St John’s WoodThe stages of dental implants in St John’s Wood

The process begins with an in-depth consultation at our relaxing dental practice. The team will talk to you about your dental history and assess your oral health. It’s important to have healthy teeth and gums and sufficient jawbone density before treatment can begin. Some preliminary work might be needed to prepare you to receive the implants. The team will take precise measurements of your teeth and mouth and create a meticulous treatment plan.

Then comes the minor surgical procedure, during which the dentist will place small titanium posts into your jawbone. After a short period of rest, you’ll return to the practice to have the new teeth affixed to the implanted posts. These teeth are customised to look natural and perform effectively. From start to finish, the treatment can take several months.

Healthy future

Having dental implants in St John’s Wood brings numerous oral health benefits:

  • The jawbone meshes with the screw-like titanium posts, securely anchoring the new teeth in the mouth so you can use them just like natural ones. You’ll have no more worries about biting into and chewing your favourite foods;
  • Unlike with removable dentures, there’s no need to use dental adhesives;
  • The new teeth are easy to clean – brush and floss as normal;
  • Your smile will have much more aesthetic appeal;
  • You may find the stability of the new teeth makes certain words and phrases easier to pronounce;
  • Your facial bone structure will retain its robustness. You won’t develop the sunken look associated with tooth loss.

Long-lasting benefits

If you look after them properly in St John’s Wood, dental implants will last for decades. It’s a procedure that can significantly enhance your quality of life.

Feel proud to show of your teeth

Having braces in St John’s Wood will not only enhance your smile but also improve your dental health. At Aura Dental, we have a range of contemporary braces and aligners. Made of lightweight materials and often transparent, these appliances will stay discreet while they do their work. Once your teeth are properly aligned, you’ll have a smile you’ll be proud to show off, and a mouth that’s easier to keep clean.

Braces in St John’s WoodAvoiding harmful developments

In St John’s Wood, braces give you the opportunity to avoid future oral health issues. Poorly-positioned teeth leave awkward spaces in the mouth. The toothbrush can have difficulty reaching these spaces, which allows food particles and bacteria to build up to harmful levels. Gum disease and tooth decay can result.

As well as this, a poorly-aligned bite means your teeth are under more strain, putting you at risk of injury. Our modern-day braces and aligners will greatly reduce your exposure to these problems, while increasing the appeal of your smile. Having braces in St John’s Wood can improve your overall quality of life.

A range of braces in St John’s Wood

The first stage of your treatment is an in-depth assessment with our dental team. We’ll look at the condition of your teeth and your dental history and find out how you want your teeth to look when the treatment is over. We can then offer you the most appropriate methods of achieving your desired effects.

If the problem is with your front teeth, Six Month Smiles might be the best option. This appliance uses tooth-coloured wires and transparent brackets attached to the surface of your teeth. As the name suggests, average treatment times can be relatively speedy.

Alternatively, Invisalign might be a good option. In this procedure, a dental laboratory produces a series of clear plastic aligners. You’ll wear a set of these fully-customised appliances for 7-10 days, before moving on to the next one. Because each set is a slightly different shape, your teeth will gradually take up improved positions. These innovative St John’s Wood braces are highly discreet and very user-friendly. You can remove them from your mouth when you need to eat a meal or brush your teeth.

The subtle way to straighten your teeth

Snap judgments based on visual cues and the use of other senses make up the bulk of what we decide about people when me meet them for the first time. All this takes place within a few seconds of meeting. We use those cues to decide if someone is warm and friendly or cold and distant, whether they are happy and if they are open, honest and trustworthy.

Picking up visual information is almost a subconscious action. And while we are busy deciding what we think about that new person, they are doing the same with us. First encounters, and what people decide about others from them, can make or break dreams. Certainly, lack of a warm smile can make an encounter trickier than it needs to be.

Invisalign in St John’s WoodIf you are too ashamed of your smile to turn it on when meeting new people, they will probably assume you are miserable or unfriendly, even though in reality, you are simply too embarrassed by your wonky teeth. Don’t let yourself lose out on life’s opportunities because you’re too ashamed of your teeth to smile.

At Aura Dental in St John’s Wood, Invisalign is an innovative way of teeth straightening that allows you more freedom during treatment, while at the same time, being so discreet that no one will know you are undergoing treatment.

In St John’s Wood, Invisalign straightens out crooked, over-crowded or misaligned teeth without the use of brackets, bands or wires. Instead, with Invisalign you wear a series of clear resin trays, resembling mouth-guards, to move your teeth into a straighter position.

The Invisalign method means you can avoid the ‘train-track’ look associated with being a teenager. Also, the 3D printed, clear plastic aligners are so thin that, when they are snapped on over your teeth, they become almost invisible, and do not interfere with speech.

Thirdly, in St John’s Wood, Invisalign trays are removable so that brushing and flossing is easy, and you can continue to eat whatever you like. Also, if absolutely necessary, you can remove the aligners for a few hours for ultra-important business or social events (although you should not make a habit of this).

You will love your new teeth

When you are faced with losing your teeth, you may feel a bit depressed and daunted. This is a body part you have lost and it’s not small thing. Also, you now face a choice between three replacement methods and if you have only just lost your tooth or teeth, you may not yet know how bridges, dentures and dental implants in St John’s Wood vary.

When you come to us at Aura Dental, we can talk you through the differences between these three methods. Here, we are focussing on dental implants in St John’s Wood because these are the most recent way to replace teeth and they offer the best functionality in terms of being able to eat and speak properly. They also last longest and preserve the health of your face, jaw and mouth better.

Dental Implants in St John’s WoodIt’s all about root replacement

Replacement teeth are only as good as their stability, which natural teeth get from having roots embedded into the jawbone. Different replacement methods have different ways of gaining stability: dentures rely on suction to the gums; bridges use the neighbouring healthy teeth; and dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into channels that are drilled into the jawbone.

Dental implants in St John’s Wood are made from titanium, a miraculous metal that bonds with the body’s natural tissues. The jawbone grows blood vessels and bone tissue around the implant. It takes about a couple of months for bone and implant to integrate so that the replacement tooth becomes as stable and secure as the original natural tooth.

Chewing power

This makes all the difference to what you can do with your new teeth. Dentures only offer about a quarter of the original chewing power of your teeth, and this lessens over time as the gums and jawbone naturally recede. With dental implants in St John’s Wood, you can continue to eat whatever you like, however crunchy or chewy it may be.

Lasting power

Dental implants can last for the rest of your life as long as you take good care of them, brushing and flossing twice daily, and making regular visits to the hygienist.

Get that smile, the discreet way

There aren’t many people who wouldn’t like to have a lovely smile full of straight teeth. Smiles are worth investing in because they are so important in our daily interactions with those we love, those we work with and those we encounter briefly and may never see again. When a smile is in good working order, it’s a pleasure to behold and to use. Getting a great smile by having your teeth straightened can feel like something of an ordeal, and the idea of the hassle and inconvenience that comes with braces may be putting you off getting your smile upgraded. If that’s the case, you’re going to love Invisalign in St John’s Wood.

Invisalign in St John’s WoodIf you’ve never heard of Invisalign in St John’s Wood, then you need to pop into see us at Aura Dental. We are an accredited provider of Invisalign, a great way to discreetly straighten teeth without the hassle of having brackets and wires fixed to your teeth.

What do they look like?

Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign in St John’s Wood is made up of aligners that look more like very thin plastic mouth guards moulded to the teeth, hugging them so tightly that, once they are snapped on, they are pretty much impossible to see.

How do they work?

Instead of one device, you receive a series of aligners. Each one has pressure points carefully designed into it and these press on your teeth. You start at aligner number one and work your way through them, changing each one for the next when that feeling of pressure wears off, which takes 7-10 days. How many aligners you will need to wear depends on the severity and complexity of your alignment issues.

Cleaning and eating

You take your aligners out to clean them, and also whenever you consume anything other than plain water. This means you can continue to eat whatever you like. You need to wear them for at least 20 hours a day.

After completion

Treatment with Invisalign in St John’s Wood takes, on average, a year and afterwards you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new positions while they settle in.

Retainers: the final phase of teeth straightening

If you are thinking about getting braces in St John’s Wood, you are probably mostly concerned with how you are going to look while the braces are on your teeth, and you are already looking forward to the day that the braces come off and your lovely straight teeth are there looking marvellous for the whole world to admire.

But, hang on a minute. It’s not quite as simple as that. Once you have been through treatment with braces in St John’s Wood with us at Aura Dental, there is another phase. This phase is when you need to wear a retainer.

Braces in St John’s WoodWhat is a retainer?

A retainer is a device that holds the teeth in place once they have reached their final position during treatment with braces in St John’s Wood. You need to wear it on your teeth for some time after treatment ends, possibly even the rest of your life. Your teeth will naturally want to return to the position they were in before braces, you see.

Bonded retainer

A bonded retainer is fixed to the insides of your teeth, so no one will be able to see it. The bonding is very strong and only we will be able to remove it. So, if you are not so great at being disciplined about such things, this is probably the retainer for you.

Essix retainer

This is more like a mouth guard, being a very thin sheet of plastic that is heated and sucked down over a plaster-cast of your newly straightened teeth. Once it has hardened the edges are cut away and this becomes your new retainer, which you wear at night. Patients using Invisalign will probably opt for this kind of retainer, and, in fact, Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, do their own version of an Essix retainer, called a Vivera retainer.

Ask us about retainers

If you are planning on getting braces in St John’s Wood with us, you can ask us all about retainers when you have your consultation appointment. We will be happy to answer all your questions and can even show you examples of retainers.