Need a few more reasons to say yes to Invisalign? A guide to the benefits by Harrow Weald Dental

When you want to have straighter teeth as an adult, it can feel as though the only option involves a traditional, metal aligner, which is rarely a desirable look for anyone. Luckily for many adult dental patients, there is a solution to correcting misaligned teeth without enduring the unwanted effects of an orthodontic brace.

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Thanks to advances in orthodontic techniques, many adult patients can undertake a clear or invisible brace, which will straighten their smiles while also being discreet, without creating financial pressure. Perfect!

When you come to Harrow Weald Dental Practice to have your teeth realigned, our team may suggest Invisalign in Hatch End. A well-known aligner due to its ease of use and discretion, this invisible brace is the perfect match of efficient and modern.

But are there any other advantages to straightening your smile with Invisalign in Hatch End? Read on to find out!

Better oral hygiene

If you had a friend at school who wore traditional, orthodontic braces, you probably remember that they had to avoid certain foods to keep their braces clean and to avoid complications.

As they were fitted to the teeth, traditional braces often created issues surrounding oral hygiene, meaning that patients would often have to attend additional hygienist appointments to keep their teeth and gums in top shape.

When you have Invisalign in Hatch End, there is no additional cleaning required as the removable nature of this brace makes cleaning a doddle.

Removable

Helpful not only when it comes to keeping hygiene in line, wearing a removable aligner is useful when you want to take a bite of your food, when you are giving a talk at work or when you are playing sports.

As each set of braces is custom-fitted to slot over your teeth, it is no hassle removing the brace or putting it back in afterwards. Brilliant!

Accelerated results

Many people assume that when they undertake orthodontics as an adult, they will be wearing their aligner for years. While this may be the case with more severe cases of misalignment, when our team gives you the all-clear to begin treatment with an invisible brace, it will take an average of six months to complete!

And, as this invisible brace does not require tightening and only applies gentle pressure to your teeth to move them, it should not be an uncomfortable six months either!

Cheaper

All adults worry about money and often overlook orthodontic treatments due to worry about the price.

When you come to Harrow Weald Dental Practice for your adult orthodontics, our team may be able to offer you either 0% finance or one of our many dental plans to help you spread the cost.

Exceptional outcome

Once that last set of invisible aligners are off, you will be amazed at the final result.

With a success rate as high as regular braces, invisible or clear braces can transform your smile into one that you will feel confident about and won’t be able to stop showing off. Perfect!

Is Invisalign in Hatch End the right choice for you?

Many adults like you are finding that the image-driven world we live in is making them want to improve their smile and therefore they are looking for options to straighten their teeth, as some of you may have missed that boat in your youth. We at Harrow Weald Dental Practice understand this need and have a discerning solution to suit your lifestyle, no matter where you find yourself in life. Invisalign in Hatch End can fit into an active lifestyle and can also suit those of you who find yourselves in the corporate world or wishing to present a better smile on social media, either way, this product can treat your orthodontic needs.

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About the product

This system has been in use since 1997 and is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, it has helped millions of people from all walks of life and different cultures to uncover a better smile. If you are looking to fix crooked teeth with both discretion and speed, we highly recommend Invisalign, as the company is always creating and developing new technology to improve upon their own brilliance.

What is it and how does it work?

This is a clear and removable appliance that gently applies pressure to the teeth to push them into the correct positioning over time. Due to the fact that it is almost completely invisible and no one will notice you wearing it, this device with its revolutionary capabilities is a popular tooth straightening treatment among young adults the world over.

Our dentist will scan your teeth with 3D imaging technology then a computer will predict how your teeth are expected to move over time. Thanks to these predictions, a set of clear aligners can be made to fit over your teeth, each aligner follows the last and is changed every 1-2 weeks at home. This helps to make it the most convenient form of treatment available, as you only need to check in with your dentist every 6-8 weeks (depending on the length of your treatment) to ensure that Invisalign in Hatch End is performing as it should be and positioning your teeth correctly.

These custom aligners are completely removable for eating and cleaning so they fit into your lifestyle with ease and you will barely even notice they are there, they are reported to be so comfortable. Treatment does not take as long as traditional braces might do, therefore you could have a straight smile in under a year, which no doubt suits your busy lifestyle.

Positive long-lasting results

Getting your smile fixed as an adult, no matter what your age, can be a life-changing experience and with many of our patients having received treatment with Invisalign in Hatch End, we have the smile photos to prove the efficacy of the procedure for fixing crooked teeth. One of the contributing factors for patients who choose this therapy is how quickly it works; depending on each individual, your teeth can be straightened within 4 months to just under a year, adding to the convenience it has to offer.

Can’t see your dentist in Middlesex during the week?

We know how difficult it can be when you work all week to find the time to come into our local dental practice to visit your dentist in Middlesex. But if you are interested in experiencing a healthy and beautiful smile, oral health care and hygiene cannot wait for a day off.

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This is why as your dentist in Middlesex we have ensured that weekend appointments are available, both with an experienced hygienist who can offer a brighter, whiter and cleaner smile that you can show off on that weekend night out, and with the dental professionals who can perform routine check-ups, restorative and cosmetic care as well.

This means that if you are struggling to find a time that suits you during the week for non-urgent cleaning and care, then you can book a weekend appointment to alleviate any concerns you have and to allow you to maintain a healthy smile.

Your oral health care is of utmost importance here at Harrow Weald Dental Practice and we aim to help you to achieve those oral health and hygiene goals that we have worked through together during any initial consultations we may have had together.

By getting to understand and respect your needs and desires, we are able to provide you with a greater depth of care when it comes to your oral health. We recognise that every individual has different lifestyle choices and different perceptions of health and beauty.

By finding out what it is that is important to you, we can work on providing you with the tools and support that you need, so that you can feel and look as healthy as you possibly can.

Are you taking new patients? Can I come in for a visit?

We are always welcoming new patients and our non-judgemental and compassionate dentist in Middlesex is willing and able to listen to your oral health hopes and goals and take a look at your smile to see what treatments or procedures you may need to align your goals with reality.

Email us or give us a ring to determine a good time for your initial appointment. You will need to answer a few questions so that we can establish a foundation of knowledge regarding your medical and dental history, as well as your general health, your lifestyle choices and your diet.

As the body is intimately linked, every aspect of your physical wellbeing is affected by your oral health. By understanding the bigger picture in terms of your fitness, we can make educated decisions about your oral health and take preventive steps and measures to ensure we maintain the best situation for you dentally.

Learn to love your smile again with a range of different cosmetic, preventive and restorative treatments that are designed to bring out the natural beauty in your smile. By feeling confident about how your smile looks, we believe you are more likely to share your smile with other people, which can open more doors for you and allow you to enjoy a brighter and happier life.

Unsure if you need an emergency dental appointment? Five dental issues that require urgent treatment

When you hear the word ‘emergency’, images of ambulances, A&E departments, and coffee machines probably spring to mind. If you hear the words ‘dental emergency’, images of someone holding an ice pack up their swollen cheek is a common thing to visualise. Of course, while it is normal to associate emergencies with discomfort (especially dental ones), it is not always the case that a dental emergency is going to cause discomfort. Yet, many dental patients only attend their dental surgery for emergency appointments if they are in pain.

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While it can be hard to successfully identify a dental emergency, we can help. Our team at Harrow Weald Dental Practice knows all about things dental emergency-related, and can help you identify an urgent issue from home!

At Harrow Weald Dental Practice, our dentist in Middlesex is able to offer same-day appointments if you have an emergency, meaning that you can get rid of any associated discomfort and get back to your day. We will aim to treat your emergency quickly and effectively, ensuring that you are comfortable at every stage of treatment.

So, what conditions constitute a same day trip to our dentist in Middlesex? Read on to find out.

Swelling

While dental swelling is often associated with discomfort due to an abscess, in some instances it can be due to another issue, such as an impacted tooth. If you notice any swelling in your jaw, face, or upper neck, come and see our dentist in Middlesex for prompt treatment.

Bleeding

If you play sports or have had a recent facial trauma that has caused a consistent bleed (lasting more than an hour), you need urgent dental treatment. Our team will aim to identify the issue causing the bleed and may recommend stitches or closure with surgical glue. If you have recently had a tooth removed and you notice a persistent bleed, call our team for an appointment.

Lost filling or crown

A nuisance and an often overlooked dental emergency, losing a crown or filling does require a same-day appointment. Not only will a same-day appointment stop any potential discomfort from arising, but our team will clean the tooth to ensure that the pulp or exposed area is free from bacteria. Bacteria in the pulp of a tooth can cause abscesses, which is something that we are sure you will want to avoid!

Cracks and chips

Again, if you play sports, chips, and cracks to the teeth are more common. As soon as you notice a crack or chip, call our team for an appointment. Similar to a lost filling, cracks and chips can act as access points for bacteria to get into the pulp of the tooth even if you have no pain, so it is best to get them filled quickly.

Lumps and bumps

The sudden appearance of a lump in your mouth is another reason to visit our emergency team.

Even if you do not smoke, our team will assess the growth for signs of oral cancer, though oral bumps are often benign.

Invisible Braces

There is a solution to having straighter teeth without having to wear metal braces. Known as invisible orthodontics, this type of treatment offers you the choice of wearing a clear and sometimes removable appliance while straightening and aligning your teeth.

This is often a favourable option for adults who have professional careers and don’t feel comfortable wearing unsightly ‘train track’ braces for months on end. The technology behind invisible orthodontics is highly advanced and often gives patients a much shorter treatment time, depending on their individual cases.

Benefits of this type of treatment include having teeth straightened in a generally shortened period of time, straighter teeth and alignment of your top and bottom jaws. You can also enjoy the flexibility of your braces being hidden from an untrained eye, making you feel less self-conscious when socialising or speaking in public. With removable devices you can also take them out to eat or for special occasions, so they fit around your lifestyle.

It is important to remember that straighter teeth are healthier teeth. When your bite is properly aligned and your teeth are straightened, there are less gaps and areas for food to get trapped and plaque to build up on the teeth, causing decay. In that sense, invisible orthodontics is a long-term investment in your oral health.

What are differences between NHS and private dentistry?


Many patients are confused about the difference between private and NHS dental treatment so we have outlined some of the differences below. The common assumption is that private dentistry is more expensive but this may not always be the case and usually the service and treatment outcome you receive is better and unrestricted.

Private

    • Cosmetic treatment is not available on the NHS. This means the materials/treatments which produce the best appearance are often not used. Private treatment will always give you the best possible functional but also cosmetic result.
    • You are able to have private appointments at anytime a practice is open including in the evening after 5pm or on Saturdays and sometimes Sundays
    • Private treatment gives us complete freedom to provide the very highest standard of treatment and materials. We have no funding restrictions and focus purely on quality of the treatment.
    • Private work such as dentures, crowns, bridges and implants are usually sent to different private laboratories where named experienced technicians hand make the item. In our case we have used the same award winning private dental laboratory and technicians since 2005. There is also usually more flexibility in returning items from a private laboratory quickly.
    • Appointments are longer to allow plenty of time to complete your treatment at a more relaxed pace.
    • Certain treatments are not always available on the NHS eg. dental implants
    • Tooth whitening is not usually available on the NHS
    • With private treatments you can request your treatment to be performed by a specialist and be given quick and easy access eg. a difficult extraction
    • Orthodontic treatment for patients over the age of 18 is usually not available on the NHS and invisalign is usually not offered on the NHS
  • Your dentist will discuss your treatment options and costs and give you a written estimate before you commit to any treatment.

NHS

    • NHS patients are treated with the same care as our private patients though the government does impose some restrictions and fixes the patient charges nationally.
    • Treatment needs to be functional on the NHS and not for cosmetic reasons
    • NHS treatment is designed to be cost effective for the tax payer and each NHS clinic works to a fixed NHS budget so naturally this means more cost effective materials and laboratories are used
    • We must follow government guidelines for recalling patients which may mean you may not be entitled to a check up or clean as often as you want.
    • NHS cleaning is designed to ensure gum health and treat what is clinically necessary eg gum disease and not to specifically remove all stains or for cosmetic reasons
    • Appointment availability may be limited. You may not be able to get appointments outside school or work hours. You may also not be able to see more experienced dentists or specialists who choose to work outside the NHS
    • The government imposes limits on the amount of NHS treatment each practice can provide and the contracts are usually Monday to Friday 9-5. Once a clinic reaches its NHS limit they may not be able to offer any more NHS treatment until the next financial year.

There are NHS clinics which will have contracts to provide emergency services on weekends and Bank holidays.

    • Some treatments are not available under the NHS at all or in certain cases eg. cosmetic treatments / dental implants or certain preventative treatments eg. fissure sealants for low decay risk patients
    • Tooth whitening is usually not available on the NHS
    • Hygienists are usually not funded by the NHS
    • Specialist referral on the NHS may not always be available and you may have to be placed on a waiting list if accepted

Your dentist should always give you a choice of NHS and private treatment options to enable you to make a choice which is right for you. You should then always be given a written treatment plan so you can see the treatment required and likely cost of treatment. In summary NHS dentistry is designed to be functional, whereas private dentistry is usually functional and cosmetic. Each treatment plan is individual and it is best to discuss with your dentist the available NHS and private options.

How to prevent tooth decay?

Although widespread, tooth decay is one of the most preventable health conditions. As long as you look after your teeth well and visit your dentist regularly i.e. every 6 months, you should be able to prevent tooth decay. Did you know that the children of most dentists have none or very few fillings? If you know what to do you can prevent fillings.

If you are unsure as to what tooth decay is and its process please read our previous blog.

There are also some changes you can make to your diet to minimise your risk of tooth decay.

Tooth decay is more likely if your diet is high in sugar. It is also far more likely if you have a higher frequency of sugary snacks in a day than if you have a high dose of sugar in one sitting. Cutting down on sugary food and drinks, particularly between meals or within one hour of going to bed will decrease your risk of decay. The best time to have a sweet food is as a pudding immediately after your main meal.

Effective tooth brushing i.e. brushing for 2 minutes twice daily with the correct technique and fluoridated toothpaste can also contribute towards reducing incidence of tooth decay. An electric brush is usually better at cleaning your mouth than a manual toothbrush. In addition, flossing is an important part of oral hygiene. If spaces are bigger you may need special small interdental brushes(tepee) rather than floss. It removes plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under the gum line – areas a toothbrush cannot always reach. You should clean between your teeth at least once a day with floss and then also visit a hygienist to have anything you have missed removed. A dentist and hygienist can give you personal tailored cleaning advice to help reduce your risk of tooth decay.

Straightening your teeth eg. via orthodontics can also help you to keep your mouth clean and reduce your risk of tooth decay. Your dentist can also perform fissure sealants, which is a simple pain free way to smooth the biting surface of your molar teeth. This reduces the amount of plaque building up and therefore reduces your risk of decay on one of the most prone areas in the mouth. Ask your dental professional for more advice.

What is tooth decay?

You may also have heard it called dental decay or dental caries. Over time, symptoms of tooth decay can include:

  • toothache
  • pain when eating or drinking
  • visible discoloured spots on your teeth

If left untreated, a build up of plaque could lead to complications of tooth decay such as gum disease (gingivitis) or a dental infection. Regular dental checks can help your dentist spot signs of tooth decay early and identify any cavities (holes or damage in the teeth). Tooth decay is much easier to treat successfully in its early stages, sometimes without the need for an injection.

Causes of tooth decay:

Your mouth is full of bacteria, which combine with small food particles and saliva to form a sticky film known as plaque, which builds up on your teeth.

When you consume food and drink high in carbohydrates (sugary or starchy), bacteria in plaque turns carbohydrates into acid. Over time, acid in plaque begins to break down your tooth’s surface. Left untreated, plaque can completely destroy the outside of the tooth and expose nerves inside.

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Once this happens, you will have toothache. When a deep enough  hole is created in your tooth by this process you will need to have this restored with a filling.

So you are more likely to get tooth decay if you don’t clean off the plaque ( brushing twice daily/flossing) or if you have a diet high in sugar. Your dentist/hygienist can analyse your diet and also advise on how well you are cleaning as well as other factors to assess your decay risk.