Category: Braces

Getting ready for dating again with Invisalign in St John’s Wood

Anyone who’s ever watched the wonderful First Dates on TV will know that age is no barrier at all to going on a date. There are plenty of seniors out looking for love. One thing that is noticeable on First Dates is the big discrepancy in how the teeth of the young daters look compared with those of the over 60s.

Invisalign in St John’s WoodBut for many dental treatments, including Invisalign in St John’s Wood from us at Aura Dental, age is no barrier. If you’ve had to put up with snaggle teeth all your life and you want to get out there and find your new dream partner, why not lure more people in by having your teeth straightened the stealthy way?

Invisalign in St John’s Wood is the perfect solution for straightening and still being able to go on dates because the aligner trays are pretty much impossible to see once they are on over your teeth.

Here’s how they work:

Consultation

The first thing to do is to come in for a free consultation, and once we’re sure that Invisalign is the right treatment for you, we can scan your teeth and using the 3D image that appears on the screen, show you how Invisalign can move your teeth into their correct alignment.

Manufacture

If you decide to go ahead with treatment, we send your measurements off to Invisalign in the US, where your aligner trays will be 3D-printed (yes, really!) and sent back to us.

You will receive a series of aligner trays. You start with #1 and wear it until it starts to feel like it fits. This means that the carefully positioned bumps and ridges have done their job of nudging your teeth a tiny step along the path to alignment. Then it’s onto aligner #2, and so on through the series, which takes, on average, a year to complete.

You take your aligner out to eat and drink and to clean it and your teeth, which takes a lot of the hassle out of teeth straightening. Also, as long as you make sure you wear your aligners for 20 hours a day, there’s nothing to stop you going aligner-free on those exciting dates.

Back on the dating market?

If you are over 40 and find yourself single after many years in a relationship, you may have forgotten how to make the most of yourself. You may also have little idea of the current standards of what is acceptable in terms of looking well groomed.

Braces in St Johns WoodIn terms of grooming, standards have gone up a lot in the last 20 years. Hair colour and nails, hair removal, wrinkles and especially teeth all come under scrutiny on first dates in 2019.

Teeth are perhaps more important than many people realise. You are far more likely to get a second date if you have a great, spontaneous smile and that’s only possible if you have a lot of confidence in your teeth. If, however, you are one of the many people over 40 with wonky teeth, you may not be so confident. We can fix that pretty easily, however, if you come to Aura Dental for braces in St John’s Wood.

Teeth can be repositioned no matter how old you are with braces in St John’s Wood. We even have brands of discreet and invisible braces so that you can get your teeth straightened without looking like you never grew up.

Take Invisalign, for example. This is one of our most popular brands of braces in St John’s Wood. Instead of brackets and wires cemented to your teeth, Invisalign provides a series of transparent aligners that look like mouth guards and are so thin that they fit like a second skin. Put them on over your teeth and they pretty much disappear from view. People will think your teeth are magically lining up all by themselves.

The other great thing about Invisalign is that the aligners can be, indeed must be, taken out every time you want to eat, drink anything that’s not plain water and brush your teeth. So, there’s no spending ages picking out trapped food from under your braces, and, if you are really keen not to be rumbled, you can even leave them out for a few hours while you go on that next date.

Why not come and see how braces in St John’s Wood can up your dating game?

Why is Aura Dental a Platinum Elite Provider of Invisalign?

When you first start out at something, you may well be qualified but you still need to build experience to understand the nuances of your subject matter. There is no substitute for on-the-ground learning with real patients. To begin with, a dentist might offer good service and a tried-and-tested, teeth-straightening method like Invisalign but, as the years go by, they are able to demonstrate particular skills and insights that come from support lots of patients.

Invisalign in St John’s WoodInvisalign is a provider of dental equipment that we are proud to partner with at Aura Dental. We have a long-standing relationship with them and provide Invisalign in St John’s Wood to many patients. Over the years, they have developed a way to recognise providers, like us, who have treated more than 300 patients using the Invisalign method. That’s how we became a Platinum Elite Provider.

That doesn’t mean we rest on our laurels here at Aura Dental. We have to continue to provide at least 50 patients with Invisalign in St John’s Wood every 6 months in order to maintain our Elite status. If you would like to be one of those patients and benefit from our recognised skillset, then come in for a consultation.

Why choose Invisalign?

When you first decide to get your teeth straightened, there can be a confusing number of options based on your clinical and lifestyle needs. At Aura Dental, we help you figure out which options will work best for you and your teeth. If we can, we will offer you Invisalign in St John’s Wood so that you can see why we have chosen to work with them for so long and offer their clear aligners to so many patients.

Effective but low-impact

The treatment journey with Invisalign is designed to have minimal impact on your life. Perhaps one of the most disruptive aspects of conventional braces is the effect that they have on your look. Suddenly you have to talk about your teeth with everyone and this can make you feel self-conscious. With Invisalign, this doesn’t happen. In fact, most people won’t notice that you have started a teeth-straightening treatment at all.

Invisalign in St John’s Wood is not only about the way you look

Contrary to what magazines will tell you, Invisalign is not only about aesthetics. True, this innovative, convenient and easy-to-use teeth-straightening method has become a favourite among celebrities, but that’s not the only reason to choose it.

Invisalign in St John’s Wood is not only about the convenience of eating whatever you want or about foregoing a metal mouth effect. In fact, Invisalign has many advantages for your oral health and your dentist at Aura Dental will help you explore them before you commit to the treatment.

Invisalign in St John’s WoodImprove your bite

Braces were initially invented to fix problems with misaligned teeth and bad bites and that’s what Invisalign ultimately does. Instead of promoting Invisalign in St John’s Wood as the latest dental trend, we aim to educate our patients on the real benefits of this exciting teeth-straightening technique. There is no doubt that a beautiful smile will restore your confidence, but a healthy and functional bite will protect your oral health. Aligned teeth will prevent pain in your jaw joints as well as inefficient (or painful) chewing.

Improve your digestion

Did you know that misaligned teeth can affect your digestion? Our mouths are designed for the first step of the digestion process and misaligned teeth can hinder the proper mastication of food leading to stomach problems. If you want to get the most out of the food you eat, you should fix your misaligned teeth with Invisalign aligners.

Improve your speech and pronunciation

Your ability to speak clearly is determined by the position of the teeth in your mouth. If your teeth are misaligned, then it is possible that you lisp or have other speech problems. You may also have difficulty pronouncing specific words or you may even be whistling as you speak. All these problems can easily go away with Invisalign in St John’s Wood.

Spend your time in the dentist’s chair efficiently

Treatment with Invisalign in St John’s Wood does not require as many visits to the dentist as treatment with regular braces. You can now organise your time more efficiently without worrying that you will have to spend time every week in the dentist’s chair.

Help your teeth align with Invisalign

Misaligned teeth can affect the appearance of your smile, your self-esteem as well as the basic function and integrity of your teeth. If you don’t want to wear braces because you detest the idea of metal brackets and wires, maybe it’s time to consider Invisalign in St John’s Wood.

Even if you had a beautiful smile as a child or teenager, chances are that your dentition will change later in life. This could happen due to genetic reasons or bad habits. Sometimes alignment issues occur because of tooth loss complications. At Aura Dental, we will identify the problem behind your misaligned teeth and check whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign in St John’s Wood.

Invisalign in St John’s WoodCustomised aligners

Invisalign in St John’s Wood has many benefits and most people prefer this treatment over other types of adult braces because it is discreet. However, Invisalign is also customised to suit your needs. Our dentists at Aura Dental will guide you through the process of creating your aligners, while answering any questions you may have. Invisalign aligners are easy to wear and can be maintained very easily – simply wash them gently with some water every time you remove them and they are good to go.

Simplify your daily routine

Metal braces can often trap foods remains in-between the brackets or hard-to-reach areas in your mouth and this can become quite frustrating in the long run. Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, need to be removed every time you eat or drink anything except water. This ensures that the aligners remain clean and are not stained. Just make sure to put them back in straight after as you may compromise your treatment if you remove aligners for long periods of time every day.

It’s all about comfort

Invisalign aligners are particularly ideal for patients who have worn regular braces in the past and found them quite uncomfortable. With no metal touching your inner mouth, the feeling is different, and you will soon forget that you are undergoing treatment.

Don’t hesitate to call

Not convinced? Patients who have used Invisalign in St John’s Wood have reported great results in their teeth alignment journey. To find out more about this treatment, call us today.

A guide to surviving adult braces in St John’s Wood

The time has come. You have decided to straighten your teeth as an adult and you are waiting for your next dental appointment. But suddenly you feel as if everyone will know that you will be wearing braces. Relax. Adult braces are very discreet and even if you are conscious of your appearance, there are some tips and tricks that can help you survive adult braces in St John’s Wood.

Braces in St John’s WoodAt Aura Dental, you can have your teeth straightened and your bite repositioned with fixed or removable braces in St John’s Wood. More specifically, we offer Invisalign, an innovative teeth-straightening treatment that employs aligners instead of brackets and wires. If you don’t like the idea of removable aligners, you can choose from Six Month Smiles or Quick Straight Teeth. Both of these treatments use fixed braces which are very discreet since they are made of tooth-coloured materials.

Pretend that your braces don’t exist

Depending on the type of braces you choose, you can pretend that they don’t exist to a certain extent. Once you get used to them and you witness for yourself the minimal impact they have on your appearance, you will start feeling more comfortable in your skin. Invisalign aligners in particular are so discreet that you will soon forget you are wearing them. And the best thing is that others won’t be able to notice. If you keep thinking about them, chances are that you will become obsessed with them.

Don’t neglect your oral hygiene

If you plan to spend much time out of your house over a day, it is wise to make oral hygiene arrangements well in advance – especially if you are wearing braces. A practical solution is to carry a mini toothbrush with you at all times, so that you can brush your teeth every time you eat or drink something. This way, remains of food won’t stick around your teeth and your breath will always remain fresh.

Be confident in your smile

It may sound like a cliché, but being confident in your appearance will help you go through your treatment with adult braces in St John’s Wood. Instead of letting your braces determine your mood, show your best smile with confidence.

A braces breath of fresh air

In 1997, the braces landscape was changed for good when Invisalign burst onto the scene. These clear aligners were a totally different way to straighten teeth, and what’s more, they were also transparent. Instead of pulling the teeth into position, using specially-designed pressure points on the inside of the aligners, Invisalign pushes the teeth into place over the course of several months.

Invisalign in St John’s WoodHere at Aura Dental in St John’s Wood, Invisalign has been a popular patient choice for enhancing smiles for years, and it’s easy to see why. As well as being clear, the aligners are also removable, and can be taken out for extra special occasions if required. Braces that fit into your lifestyle; no wonder they are popular. Here’s a bit more about how the process works.

Consultation and preparation

The first step is to visit our St John’s Wood Invisalign dentist for a consultation. This is where we assess your suitability for treatment. Invisalign isn’t the right fit for everyone, so we want to make sure they will bring you the most benefit possible.

Once we’ve established that treatment can go ahead, our St John’s Wood Invisalign dentist takes a digital scan of your teeth. This is fed into a computer programme that creates a 3D treatment plan. This has 2 functions. One is that it gives the Invisalign technicians the information they need to create your custom-made aligners. The second is that you can see the results of your treatment before it begins. The software models the changes that the aligners will create, so you can see an image of your new smile. Great motivation for sticking to your treatment plan.

Treatment

The aligners are sent directly to you and you wear each pair for 7-10 days. They will feel a little tight at first, which is right for the treatment to work. They will feel easier over time, which is a sign that you need to change them for the next set. You need to keep them clean and check in with your St John’s Wood Invisalign dentist every few weeks to make sure treatment is on track.

Aftercare

You will need to wear a retainer to keep the teeth secure in their new positions.

A guide to adult braces in St John’s Wood

Unlike popular belief, braces aren’t just for children and teenagers. Teeth can be shifted at any age; it’s the jawbone that sets hard around the age of 18. In fact teeth straightening treatment later in life can significantly improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important and teeth straightening can help with that too. Misaligned teeth can make toothbrushing more challenging, leaving teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay and uneven wear, as well as contributing to jaw problems.

Braces in St John’s WoodAt Aura Dental, although we appreciate the importance of traditional fixed metal braces for effective teeth straightening, we understand that they are not the best option for everyone and so provide alternatives. Adult patients are more self-conscious of their image and they tend to find metal braces unattractive and a hassle to deal with day to day. Luckily, modern dentistry has come a long way in recent years and we now offer many other types of braces in St John’s Wood.

Invisalign

Invisalign aligners are transparent and custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth and gums. Since they are easily removable, Invisalign aligners make it easy to brush and floss the teeth. However, you must wear them for at least 22 hours per day for effective treatment. Invisalign is a great option for those who want to shape up their smile on the sly and avoid conspicuous traditional braces.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are adult braces, which straighten the front teeth on average within just 6 months using clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires. Unlike traditional metal braces, Six Month Smiles braces are discreet and blend into the background of the teeth. They are ideal for people who wish to straighten their front teeth for a more appealing smile.

Inman aligner

We also provide treatment with the Inman aligner, a removable appliance that gradually guides your front teeth into straighter positions within a matter of a few weeks, ranging from 6 to 18 weeks. The Inman aligner uses 2 spring-loaded bows to push the teeth into alignment.

Healthy teeth can be straightened at any age, so if you are interested in adult braces in St John’s Wood, contact us today.

Why choose Invisalign in St John’s Wood?

In St John’s Wood, Invisalign clear braces are a popular choice for our patients at Aura Dental. There are several reasons for this. Let’s take a closer look at some of them.

Invisalign in St John’s WoodTransparent

The number one reason patients love Invisalign in St John’s Wood is because it means you can get straighter teeth without the stigma of conspicuous braces. Wearing metal ‘train tracks’ on your teeth for up to 2 years is quite a price to pay for lining up your smile. And while for some, braces are medically necessary, if they aren’t and you’re looking only for a cosmetic enhancement, there’s even less reason to put up with visible braces.

Invisalign changed all that because once the clear aligners are in place over the teeth, they can’t be seen. Someone very close up may be able to spot them, but for the purposes of normal daily interactions, they are invisible. This is a great benefit for self-conscious teens and adults with high profile jobs.

Removable

The aligners are taken out for eating and cleaning, meaning they are easy to maintain. Food doesn’t get caught in the braces and there’s no lengthy cleaning routine to follow. Some mindfulness is required however, because Invisalign in St John’s Wood need to be taken out for eating or drinking anything other rather plain water, and then you have to remember to clean your teeth and replace them. However, if you have the discipline to stick with this, then Invisalign in St John’s Wood could be for you. Patients also find that bringing this extra awareness to their eating routine cuts out mindless snacking.

Custom-made

Not all braces are made to measure. Many are off-the-shelf appliances that are fitted by your dentist. Invisalign, however, are created using digital software that plots the course the teeth need to travel with pin-point accuracy. The measurements are then given to the Invisalign technicians who make each pair of aligners to fit each patient’s unique needs.

Digitally enhanced

As mentioned above, Invisalign braces use 3D software to create the aligners. The measurements are taken using a handheld digital scanner, getting rid of the need for messy putty impressions.

Brace yourself for fast and discreet teeth straightening

At Aura Dental, we help our patients achieve straighter smiles with 3 types of braces in St John’s Wood: Invisalign, Six Month Smiles and the Inman Aligner.

Invisalign braces in St John’s Wood

Adults love these braces because they allow you to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Invisalign clear aligners are like thin, transparent gum shields, and once in place over the teeth, can’t be seen.

Braces in St Johns WoodAs well as being discreet, the aligners are also removable. This means that they are easy to take care of. They are removed for eating and drinking anything but plain water and are cleaned and replaced after each meal. There’s no chance of any food getting caught in the aligners, and, there’s an added benefit that patients who wear Invisalign tend to cut out mindless snacking too.

The aligners are custom-made by technicians in the US, using a digital treatment plan that our Invisalign dentist creates. Each pair of aligners is worn for 7-10 days until the course is complete, which takes around 12-18 months.

Six Month Smiles braces in St John’s Wood

These are loved for a different reason: they act fast. Because Six Month Smiles only work on the front teeth that show the most when we smile, they can do their job quickly, in 6 months on average.

These braces in St John’s Wood use the same technology as traditional metal braces, but use tooth-coloured and ceramic materials, so blend into the teeth, rather than stand out from them.

Inman Aligner

These braces work even quicker and are effective in 6-18 weeks. The braces are removable, so are taken out for eating and cleaning. And although there is a single metal wire across the front of the teeth, with such quick work, it’s not going to disrupt your life too much.

Retainers

All treatment with braces in St John’s Wood is followed up by the fitting of a retainer. This can either be fixed or removable, depending on your individual circumstances and preferences.

Find out more

Call into our surgery today and chat with our teeth straightening dentist. Find out which braces in St John’s Wood are the right fit for you.