Category: Orthodontics

How to straighten your smile without metal braces

Whilst orthodontic treatment is now seen as a standard part of growing up for children and teenagers in the UK, many adults missed out on treatment when they were younger (or had treatment but, as is the want of many teenagers, neglected to wear their retainer so that their teeth move back out of line).

metal-braces-north-harrowTherefore, an increasing number of adults are seeking out orthodontic services later in life. There is one major barrier to treatment, and that is the false belief that it has to involve obvious metal braces.

At Imperial Dental Care in Harrow, we appreciate the true value of a true smile, whilst also realising the need for discretion for adult patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. We are proud, therefore, to offer a number of subtler options for teeth straightening. This may involve wearing a fixed brace or a removable aligner.

Discreet orthodontics in Harrow

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are a popular system of cosmetic braces that work, as you may have guessed from the name, in an average time of just half a year. They act so quickly because they focus on the “social six” front teeth – in other words, the teeth that show when you smile.

It is these teeth the majority of adults are concerned about, so whilst these braces aren’t meant for major correction of issues affecting the bite, if you would like the teeth in your smile line to be straighter, Six Month Smiles could be the perfect choice.

These braces have the additional benefit of comprising clear and tooth-coloured parts, to blend in with your mouth.


FastBraces are available in both metal and tooth-coloured varieties. They have a unique design that enables the movement of both the roots and crowns of the teeth at the same time, significantly shortening treatment times. FastBraces can be used for more extensive correction that some cosmetic braces.

Inman Aligner

This popular clear aligner is designed to quickly correct issues such as protrusion or crowding with the front teeth. The Inman Aligner uses a special coil spring and bar design to push and pull the teeth into a better position – often in a matter of weeks.

Why orthodontics isn’t just for kids

Think orthodontics, and what do you picture? If it’s metal train-track braces and head gear, you are not alone – many adults still think this is the only form of orthodontic treatment available, which can be enough to put them off seeking treatment.

orthodontics-treatmentBut they are wrong. Discreet orthodontics is one of the fastest-growing areas of modern dentistry, and involves the use of either subtle braces or clear aligners to improve the position of your teeth. Imperial Dental Care in Harrow offers adults treatment with both discreet fixed braces and clear, removable aligners.

Invisible braces are made from tooth-coloured and clear parts. The brackets are usually clear and ceramic, whilst the wires are made from nickel-titanium that is designed to blend in with the natural shade of your teeth. This means they are not immediately obvious in everyday life.

These brace systems can be fast-acting cosmetic braces such as Six Month Smiles, or specially-designed systems such as FastBraces, which can provide a greater degree of correction in a much shortened time period thanks to their unique design, which enables the movement of the roots and crowns of teeth together.

In some cases, clear, removable aligners can be used in place of fixed braces. This type of treatment has next to no impact on your daily life, because you can safely take your aligner out for short periods to eat and drink, to clean, and to brush your teeth like normal – no special dental hygiene techniques are required with aligners.

At our Harrow dental practice we use the Inman Aligner, which is a single appliance that can rapidly correct issues such as crowding or protrusion affecting the front teeth. The Inman Aligner uses a unique design of springs, coils and a barely-noticeable bar to push and pull your teeth into a better position.

One of the most notable things about the Inman Aligner is how fast it works. Average treatment times range from just six to 18 weeks, making it the fastest orthodontic treatment available from our Harrow dental centre.

Anyone interested in subtle orthodontic treatment is welcome to join us at Imperial Dental Care for a no-obligation consultation.

Preventative Dentistry Will Help Your Child Enjoy Strong and Healthy Teeth

As a parent, you want to make sure that your child grows up healthy and strong and good dental health is a major part of this. Dental health and general health are closely connected, so by looking after your child’s teeth you are helping to give them the best possible start in life. Here at Ladbroke Grove Dental Care we take preventative dentistry very seriously and firmly believe it is the very best way to enjoy good dental health. As your child gets older they will certainly thank you for looking after their teeth and teaching them the importance of dental care.

preventative-dentistryGreat Dental Care Starts Young

We like to see our youngest patients for an initial check-up soon after they get their very first tooth, or by their first birthday. If you think this sounds young, it really isn’t as it’s the perfect age to get a child used to visiting a dentist in Ladbroke Grove. Our friendly dental team are incredibly gentle with young children and we are particularly good at helping to soothe a child who might be a bit anxious or nervous about being in a brand-new situation. All we need to do initially is to take a quick peek inside their mouth to make sure their teeth and jaws are developing as they should. At this first visit we also like to chat to parents about their child’s dental care at home. You will find we have lots of useful information and practical advice on how to clean their teeth while causing minimal stress to you both. It’s also your chance to ask us all the questions you might have about your child’s dental health.

Preventative Dental Care Treatments

As your child gets older we will be assessing their risk of developing tooth decay so we can provide a personalised treatment plan. This will detail preventative dental care treatments that we feel will be useful in keeping your child’s teeth healthy and strong. There are quite a few treatments that can be useful including applications of fluoride and fluoride varnish, and fissure sealants. We can also professionally clean their teeth to keep their teeth and gums healthy and strong as even children can develop gum disease.

We will be keeping a close eye on the way their teeth and jaws are developing and if we think it might be useful then we may recommend they see an orthodontist in Ladbroke Grove. Sometimes an early evaluation can be extremely beneficial and can take place at age 6 or seven. Early treatment can help address problems created by oral habits such as thumb sucking and can take advantage of a child’s growth spurts, guiding the jaws into optimal positions and creating sufficient room for their adult teeth to erupt properly.

When your child is old enough, we can work with them to show them how to brush and floss their own teeth. You will find our dentist in Ladbroke Grove is great at explaining things in terms that young children find easy to understand and we try our best to make it as interesting as possible.

If it’s time for your child to have a dental check-up then please contact us to book an appointment with our Ladbroke Grove dentist. You can call us on 020 7727 9836. If it’s more convenient, you can request an appointment online at

Teeth Straightening Doesn’t Have To Take An Age to Complete

If your teeth are overcrowded or crooked or if they don’t bite together correctly then you might have considered teeth straightening in Ladbroke Grove. However straightening your teeth will take many months or even a year or more, or will it? These days you will find our dentist in Ladbroke Grove can often straighten your teeth more quickly than you ever thought possible. This is because orthodontic technologies have advanced considerably over the past few years, making ugly and highly visible braces a thing of the past. Instead, you can have your teeth nearly invisibly straightened using the very latest braces that are specially designed to produce fast results in a way that is very comfortable and safe. So where do you start?


Finding out How Teeth Straightening Treatment Could Help You

The first step is to book a consultation with our dentist in Ladbroke Grove. You will need to have your teeth and jaws examined so our dentist can see the problems requiring correction. After your dental examination, we can discuss possible options to help you. You will learn the length of time required to straighten your teeth and what to expect during treatment. Our practice offers several different braces that can be highly effective. These include Six Months Smiles and another system called Fastbraces. We also offer a more cosmetically oriented brace which is called an Inman Aligner.

Some people will only need a few months to straighten their teeth while more complicated problems could take up to a year. The systems we have chosen to use offer reliable and predictable results and once treatment is completed you could find your teeth are easier to look after. Straighter teeth are healthier teeth as it is easier to brush and floss them, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Why Choose a Fixed Brace?

Removable aligners are often a popular option, but we frequently suggest that our patients consider wearing a fixed brace. There is no need to worry as the options on offer use discreet tooth coloured or clear brackets that are attached to very thin and often tooth colouredwires. The overall effect is virtually invisible. The main reason we might suggest you consider fixed braces in Ladbroke Grove is because of the results that can be achieved. A fixed brace can move teeth in a way that is extremely precise, producing excellent results, particularly for more complicated teeth straightening problems. Another thing to think about is that fixed braces are working continuously to straighten your teeth, allowing you to get better results more quickly.

One option that we do offer and which is removable is the Inman Aligner. This is a cosmetically oriented brace that is great for correcting small problems with the alignment of your front teeth. The Inman Aligner works amazingly quickly, with the results often visible within just a few weeks or months.

To find out more about teeth straightening in Ladbroke Grove, why not contact Ladbroke Grove Dental Care? Call us today on 020 7727 9836 or take a look at our website. You will find lots of information about orthodontics on

Getting a Straighter Smile Has Never Been Easier or Faster

If you have teeth that are wonky or unevenly spaced, or if you find that your teeth don’t bite together properly then you might benefit from having orthodontic treatment. The good news is that it’s never been easier or faster to straighten up your smile, and here at Felmores Dental Care we have quite the choice of braces in Basildon to help realign your teeth, improving your appearance and quite possibly your dental health.

orthodontist-basildonSo where do you start? The best thing to do is to book an appointment with an orthodontist in Basildon to find out more about how treatment could help you and the type of problems requiring correction.

Book an Initial Consultation to Find out Much More

Our dentist will carefully examine your jaws and teeth, looking at the relationship between your upper and lower teeth to determine any bite problems. We will also check to see if your teeth are overcrowded or incorrectly spaced, or if you have any gaps in between them that could be closed up or minimised using the very latest braces. After your consultation, our Basildon dentist will sit down with you and discuss all possible options. We do allow plenty of time to explain how each brace works, what to expect during treatment and the kind of results you can reasonably achieve.

Braces That Could Help You

We have three different types of braces that might be useful for you and which include Six Months Smiles, the Inman Aligner and Fastbraces. Both Six Months Smiles and Fastbraces are fixed braces, while the Inman Aligner is removable. One thing they all have in common is that they are very discreet, making them perfect for adults with busy social lives and careers and who really don’t want to broadcast the fact that they are having teeth straightening treatment.

Fixed Braces for Fast Predictable Results

While removable braces using clear plastic aligners are very popular, sometimes fixed braces can produce better results. We have two different systems that can work extremely well. Both are very discreet, using small clear or tooth coloured brackets that are attached to extremely thin wires. The main advantage about using fixed braces is that they will be working continuously to straighten your teeth.

Using the Inman Aligner for Cosmetically Oriented Problems

The Inman Aligner is a great brace for more cosmetically oriented issues that only affect your front teeth. It can provide results within just a few months or even just a few weeks and it works by using two aligner bows, one of which will go inside your front teeth while the other is fitted on the outside. The bows are powered by nickel titanium springs to create a squeezing action on your teeth to gently but firmly realign them.

Teeth straightening in Basildon can be very affordable and may well be an investment in your dental health so why not call us today to find out how braces could help you? Just give us a call on 01268 726789 or if you prefer you can contact us through our website at

Is Thumb or Finger Sucking a Problem for Children?

Thumb of finger sucking is perfectly normal behaviour for young children. It can provide comfort to a child who may feel bored or restless or who is hungry. It’s a habit most children will grow out of by age three or so and is generally not a problem in children age four or younger. Children who continue with thumb or finger sucking after this age are more likely to develop dental problems and it could potentially affect their speech. This is because prolonged thumb sucking affects the arrangement of the teeth, increasing the risk of malocclusion and it can affect the development of their jaws.

orthodontistPotential Problems Caused by Thumb Sucking

When a child does suck their thumb or finger then it can push the upper front teeth outwards, while the lower front teeth may be pushed inwards where the thumb rests on them. The action of sucking on a finger can also cause a change to the upper jaw, pulling it forward and elongating it so it becomes narrower. This can also lead to speech problems and children who suck their thumb or finger may have difficulty saying their Ts and Ds or will lisp slightly. If your child is still sucking their thumb or finger beyond the age of four then it’s well worth mentioning this to our dentist in Watton during their next visit so they can assess if it has caused any permanent damage.

Discouraging This Habit

We can talk to you about ways to discourage this habit at home which may include setting rules or trying to distract a child when they begin to suck their thumb. Some parents find it useful to give their child mittens or gloves to remind them not to suck their thumb, but obviously this does depend on the time of year. Perhaps a better idea is to offer positive reinforcement, particularly as thumb sucking can be a comfort for children and scolding them for having this habit may make the urge even stronger. One option is to set up a sticker system where they get one sticker for every day they managed not to suck their thumb. After certain the number of days then they can receive a small reward. There are also other options that include oral appliances that can be provided by our dentist in Watton which make it difficult for a child to suck their thumb.

Correcting Any Dental Problems Caused by Thumb Sucking

If your child has developed any dental problems as a result of this habit then we may recommend they visit a dentist in Watton. There are various oral appliances that can correct these problems such as a palatal expander which will help to widen the upper jaw, creating sufficient room for their teeth. This type of Teeth Straightening treatment can often be used to guide the growth of their jaws while they are still developing.

Most children will stop thumb or finger sucking on their own and it generally isn’t a problem for preschool children, but please don’t forget that we are always here to offer you advice when needed. You can contact Clarence House Dental Care to talk to our friendly dental team on 01953 882777.

What Is Bruxism and How Is It Treated?

Bruxism is the correct term for clenching and grinding your teeth. This is often a nocturnal habit that can be extremely destructive, causing damage to your teeth and gums and also to your jaw joints. In the worst case it can cause a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. The problem with bruxism is that often people aren’t aware they have this condition unless perhaps a sleeping partner has complained their teeth are making a noise, as grinding can sound pretty loud. However there are a number of symptoms that can arise as a result of bruxism and which include:


  • Noticing you wake up with an aching jaw or toothache
  • Your teeth may feel more sensitive to hot and cold because grinding wears down the tooth enamel protecting them
  • Teeth may look shorter than before as they become worn down or they may even look chipped or cracked
  • It might be painful to open your jaw and as you do so it could make a clicking or popping sound
  • Sometimes it’s possible for bruxism to cause chronic headaches or other facial pain that can extend down into your neck and shoulders

If you think you may have bruxism then it’s important to take action and to book an appointment with our dentist in Watton so we can take a look at your teeth and jaws to assess the problem.

What Causes Bruxism?

It’s not exactly clear what can cause bruxism to develop but often it can be stress-related and a simple way to help this condition is to reduce stress levels. However bruxism can also be caused by problems with your bite as if your teeth meet together incorrectly it can end up placing stress on some teeth. These are all things that we will be looking at when you visit us for a diagnosis and treatment.

How Can Bruxism Be Treated?

This depends on the cause as if your bruxism is due to bite problems then it could be you need to see an orthodontist in Watton or otherwise we may need to renew any old fillings or other dental restorations such as crowns or bridges that might be causing the problem. If this isn’t the case then a very straightforward way to treat bruxism is to prevent your teeth from biting together during the night. We can do this by providing you with a custom-made mouthguard that will be comfortable to wear and which is likely to fit over your upper teeth. It is made from a tough plastic material and will prevent you from clenching and grinding so your jaw can relax during sleep.

If you think your bruxism may be related to stress, then it’s probably worth taking action if you can to try to bring down your stress levels, perhaps by taking regular exercise such as yoga or even meditating, or having a hot bath or a soothing warm drink before bedtime. Once your bruxism is under control, then we can look at repairing any damage to your teeth.

If you woke up with tooth pain this morning or an aching jaw then please get in touch with Clarence House Dental Care as we can help you. Contact us on 01953 882777 to talk to our friendly dental team.

Wave Goodbye to Your Crooked Smile

These days there is no need to put up with crooked teeth in Harrow, particularly when Imperial Dental Care has a great range of treatments that can give you a beautifully straight smile, often more quickly than you ever dreamed possible. Imagine no longer feeling self-conscious about your wonky smile but instead you can feel confident that your teeth look wonderfully straight and attractive.

How Can Orthodontics Help You?

crooked teethThere are a number of different ways that orthodontics can help you but the first thing to do is to book an appointment with an orthodontist in Harrow to find out your options. An orthodontist can carefully examine your teeth and jaws and will check the relationship of your bite or occlusion, which is the way your teeth meet together. They might also wish to take x-rays and quite possibly impressions of your teeth. This information is required to make a proper diagnosis of the problems that require correction. Once they have all this information, your orthodontist can sit down with you to discuss all possible options for teeth straightening in Harrow.

Will My Braces Be Visible?

The great thing about modern orthodontics is that usually we can provide you with braces that are extremely discreet. There is no need to worry that you will be saddled with ugly train tracks four months or even years as the introduction of advanced technologies often means that we can straighten teeth within a few months with treatment normally taking up to a year to complete. There are a number of different options that might be suitable for you and which include invisible clear aligners as well as fixed braces that have incredibly discreet clear ceramic brackets.

Fixed or Removable?

Sometimes fixed braces in Harrow can be a particularly good option as they enable an orthodontist to plan incredibly precise tooth movements and can be ideal for correcting more complex problems. The fixed braces we use in our dental practice are fast acting as they can move both the crown of the tooth and the tooth root at the same time. If the idea of fixed braces doesn’t really appeal, then it’s quite likely we can provide you with a removable appliance in the form of clear plastic aligners or we have another orthodontic solution called the Inman Aligner.

Our clear removable aligners can be a great option as they are taken out whenever you want to brush or floss your teeth and whenever you want to eat. This does make treatment exceptionally easy and they can provide excellent results. Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks before being exchanged for a new set that will continue to move your teeth into the correct positions. The Inman Aligner is a more cosmetically oriented removable brace that works on correcting the position of your front teeth.

Whatever your orthodontic problems you can be sure we have a good solution and it is quite possible that orthodontic treatment could lead to you having healthy teeth that will be easier to keep clean and free from disease. These are all things that our dentist in Harrow can discuss with you during your initial consultation.

If you have decided this will be the year you get a straighter smile, why not call us on 020 8427 2264 to book your appointment today.

Why Orthodontics Is about Far More Than Just a Straighter Smile

If you are fed up of having crooked teeth then you might have thought about investigating the possibility of having braces in Southend. It is likely that your primary objective is to get a nicer and more attractive smile which is an extremely good reason for having this treatment. There is no denying that an attractive smile can be a real asset and has helped many people both professionally and personally by boosting their self-esteem and self-confidence.

orthodontist in southendHowever from the point of view of your dentist in Southend, the objective of having a straighter smile is often to help a patient have healthier teeth. If you are sitting on the fence about having orthodontic treatment, then this could be an excellent reason for teeth straightening in Southend because you could be investing in your dental health as well as the appearance of your smile.

Why a Straighter Smile Is a Healthier Smile

If your teeth are quite overlapping or are very overcrowded then you probably struggle to brush and floss properly. Flossing can be a particular problem as it can be hard to get the floss in between teeth that are tightly packed in. Unfortunately, being unable to clean your teeth thoroughly greatly increases your risk of both tooth decay and gum disease. Those contact areas in between your teeth account for approximately one third of your tooth surfaces so it is a real issue if you cannot floss every day.

Orthodontic problems can also cause issues with the way your teeth bite together or occlude. If you have what is called a bad bite, where some of your teeth meet together before others then it can make it difficult for you to chew food properly. In addition, having a bad bite increases the chances of some teeth wearing down before others and the additional stress placed on these teeth can increase the risk of them becoming chipped or fractured.

By correcting all these problems, our orthodontist in Southend can help you enjoy all the benefits of having teeth that look fantastic and which are far healthier.

We Have Both Fixed and Removable Braces

When you come to see our dentist in Southend to find out more about orthodontics, then we will carefully assess your teeth and jaws before recommending a solution that we feel will provide the very best results. We are able to offer our patients both fixed and removable braces, both of which are extremely discreet. Our fixed braces are actually a very good option, using extremely small triangular ceramic brackets that are attached to very thin wires. Once in place they are pretty difficult to see but can provide amazing results, moving both the tooth root and the crown of your tooth the same time so treatment is quicker and more comfortable. Our removable aligners are made from clear plastic and are a very popular option that can be used to correct a wide range of orthodontic issues.

If you are ready to find out how straighter teeth could help improve your smile and your oral health, then why not give Southend Dental Care a call today on 01702 465000.

Learn How Orthodontics Could Help Your Dental Health

If you have been contemplating teeth straightening in Watton then it’s usually to help improve the appearance of your smile which is perfectly understandable and is a great reason for treatment. However, have you considered the fact that braces could help improve your dental health? As well as providing you with a beautifully straight and more attractive smile, your orthodontic treatment could help improve your dental health, reducing your risk of common diseases that include tooth decay and gum disease and making it much easier to look after your teeth and gums.

How Orthodontics Can Help Improve Oral Health

orthodonticsOrthodontics is a treatment that can help straighten up crooked and overlapping teeth or correct problems with your occlusion which is the way teeth bite together. By correcting these problems, you should find it easier to brush and floss and will be able to reach all the surfaces of your teeth without any problems. Treating problems with overlapping teeth will mean your toothbrush can reach a greater surface area and flossing will become a doddle. The same applies if your teeth are currently packed in too tightly as you will be able to slide your dental floss in between your teeth without fear of it getting stuck. Closing up or minimising spaces in between your teeth helps to eliminate food traps. These not only feel very uncomfortable but increase the risk of packed in food causing tooth decay.

Orthodontic Treatment Is Faster and Safer Than Ever before

Over the past few years adult orthodontics has become increasingly popular and the main reason is due to the introduction of much newer and more effective technologies. Nowadays your orthodontic treatment could be faster than you ever thought possible and it is much more comfortable and safer than ever before. Here at Clarence House Dental Care, we use a system called Fastbraces.

This is a fixed brace and there is a reason why our orthodontist in Watton has chosen to use this system. By using fixed braces, we can reposition your teeth extremely accurately. This particular system uses triangular shaped, high-performance brackets that move both the crown of the tooth and the tooth root at the same time, right from the moment the braces are first fitted. This helps to speed up treatment times while reducing tooth sensitivity. Your treatment time can now be measured in weeks or just months.

Who Can Benefit from This Brace?

The really nice thing about these braces in Watton is that they can treat many different types of orthodontic problems. If your teeth are severely overcrowded then Fastbraces can help correct them. If your eye teeth or canines are too high up, a problem that can occur if there is insufficient room for them to erupt properly, then we can move them into the correct positions in your dental arch. It can correct all sorts of different bite problems as well as problems with spacing so it is extremely versatile.

If you are interested in finding out more about how braces might help you or wish to make an appointment to see an orthodontist in Watton, then please give us a call to book an appointment on 01953 882777.