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Five Tips To Protect Your Braces

Friday, April 14th, 2017

shutterstock_449128402When you wear braces, it’s important to look after them to make sure that they do their job and you can enjoy a perfectly straight smile when treatment draws to a close. If you have braces, here are 5 tips to help you protect them:

  1. Wear a mouth guard: if you’re playing contact sports, wear a mouth guard to protect your braces and your teeth and gums. You can get specially made guards for braces from your dentist.
  2. Avoid hard foods: if you’re wearing braces, you won’t have to make wholesale changes to your diet, but it’s wise to bear a few tips in mind, especially avoiding hard foods. Most foods will be fine, but take care when eating things like boiled sweets, popcorn and crusty bread rolls.
  3. Keep your braces clean: if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment and you’ve got a fixed brace, you need to keep it clean as possible to minimise the risk of dental decay. Clean your teeth at least twice a day, and make sure you do a thorough job each time. It can be beneficial to take a brush around with you so that you can brush after eating if you find that food tends to get stuck in your braces.
  4. Keep up to date with dental checks: if you have braces, it’s more important than ever to keep up to date with dental checks and follow-up appointments. Your dentist can keep an eye on your oral health, as well as the progress of your treatment.
  5. Use additional cleaning methods: brushing is often the most effective means of cleaning the mouth, but it’s also useful to floss or clean using an oral irrigator. If you need advice or help with cleaning, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.

Knowing the Invisible – Comparing invisible orthodontic treatments

Monday, January 30th, 2017

shutterstock_155143148 BOur patients often come to us looking for an orthodontic treatment, which will give them the smile they want without affecting their image or their confidence. The good news is that invisible braces are widely available now, and there’s a range of options for those who wish to remain incognito during treatment. Here are some of the options you may consider if you’re looking for invisible braces:

Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the world’s most popular orthodontic treatments. It uses clear aligners, which are virtually impossible to detect, to reposition the teeth. The aligners are removable, and you wear a series of custom-made appliances, with each one in place for a 2-week period. Invisalign is great not just because you can have treatment without anyone knowing, but also because it doesn’t affect your day to day life. You take the aligners out to eat and clean your teeth, so you can continue life as normal.

STb lingual braces

STb lingual braces offer an alternative to traditional fixed braces and invisible removable aligners. These braces are fixed to the teeth, but they sit behind your teeth, so they cannot be seen when you speak or smile. Fixed braces are guaranteed to work, and the process is very simple. Once the braces have been attached to the back of the teeth, you simply let them work their magic. You’ll need to keep your braces clean, but this treatment is rapid, and you’ll be having them removed before you know it. STb lingual braces are designed to target issues that affect the social 6, the front teeth, and this drastically reduces treatment time. Most cases are complete within 16 weeks.

If you’re interested in invisible braces, call us today and find out how we could help you achieve your dream smile in secret!

Damon Braces: Bridging the Gap between Metal and Invisible Braces

Friday, January 20th, 2017

damon-clear-bracketIf you’re looking for an orthodontic treatment, which offers the security of fixed braces and the discretion of removable braces, Damon Braces could be the answer. This versatile system offers a modern alternative to conventional fixed braces.

About Damon Braces

Damon Braces are fixed braces, which offer a host of impressive features. These braces are suitable for the majority of patients, including those who have complex needs. They are made from tooth-coloured and clear components, which makes them much more discreet than traditional metal fixed braces, and they work quickly. Damon Braces feature sliding brackets, which reduce friction, and there are no bands in sight. These braces are also lighter and smaller than conventional fixed braces.

The benefits of Damon Braces

Damon Braces are an excellent example of how far the world of orthodontics has progressed in the last decade. These braces offer:

  • Speed: Damon Braces typically produce results around 4-6 months faster than traditional fixed braces.
  • Comfort: Damon Braces use the latest friction-free technology to minimise discomfort. They also create space, so you don’t have to worry about teeth extracted before treatment.
  • Discretion: Damon Braces aren’t invisible braces, but they are much more discreet than many other types of brace. They are made from clear brackets and wires, so they are barely noticeable when you smile.
  • Versatility: Damon Braces are capable of treating a broad spectrum of orthodontic issues, including crowding, spaces between the teeth, overbite, underbite, crooked teeth and overjet (when the front teeth protrude)

If Damon Braces sound appealing to you, call us now to find out more and book a consultation.

The Amazing Benefits of Lingual Braces

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

shutterstock_155143142One of the main reasons some people are reluctant to have orthodontic treatment is the aesthetic of braces. Train-track fixed braces are highly effective, but they are also highly visible and this puts a lot of people off. Thankfully, there are some amazing discreet options now available for patients with orthodontic issues. One option that provides a truly invisible alternative to fixed braces is lingual orthodontics. We are delighted to offer clients the revolutionary STb Social 6 brace system.

What are lingual braces?

Lingual braces are fixed braces with a difference! Far from being unsightly and inconvenient, lingual braces are completely invisible because they are fixed to the back of the teeth instead of the front.

This type of brace is lighter and smaller than conventional fixed braces and they can be worn on the top and bottom teeth. They are a popular option for adults who want to have treatment without anyone being able to see that they’re wearing braces.

About STb Social 6 braces

STb Social 6 is a lingual brace system designed for patients with minor orthodontic issue. The braces focus on the social 6, which is the term used to describe the six teeth at the front of the mouth.

These braces are comfortable, completely invisible and very speedy. In most cases, treatment is complete within 4-6 months, making this one of the quickest treatments available. The wires are thin and light and they use self-ligating technology to accelerate the movement of the teeth and reduce friction and discomfort.

If you want to find out more or see if you’re a suitable candidate for STb Social 6 lingual braces, call the practice to arrange a consultation in central Leeds.

Stunning Smiles with STb Social 6 Braces

Friday, October 14th, 2016

18625010Have you ever dreamt of an orthodontic treatment that straightens your teeth in secret? Well now your dreams can come true, thanks to STb Social 6 braces. These innovative braces sit behind the back of your teeth, so they are totally invisible to everyone else!

The ins and outs of STb Social 6 braces

STb Social 6 braces are a lingual brace, which means that they are fixed onto the back side of the teeth. This system is specifically designed to fix problems with the social 6. The social 6 is the name used to describe the teeth positioned at the front of the mouth (the six front teeth on the top and bottom arches), which are most visible when you smile.

STb Social 6 braces are a really effective solution for patients who have minor or moderate orthodontic issues with the front teeth and they offer a speedy, invisible alternative to traditional fixed orthodontic systems. With these braces, you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, straight smile without having to deal with many of the issues commonly linked with wearing braces, such as feeling self-conscious when you smile.

Do lingual braces hurt?

It’s understandable to assume that these braces must cause discomfort because there is limited space between the tongue and the back of the teeth. However, lingual braces are a lot smaller than traditional braces and these braces use the latest technology to prevent friction and pain. As with any brace, it does take a little time to familiarise your mouth with wearing STb Social 6 braces, but most patients find them very comfortable after a couple of days.

The benefits of lingual braces

The most obvious benefit of lingual braces is that they can’t be seen when you smile or speak, so nobody need know that you are even wearing braces. STb Social 6 braces are also very quick, with an average treatment time of just 4-6 months and they are comfortable and light. The treatment process is very simple; once the braces have been fitted, you simply sit back and let them work their magic. We will organise regular check-ups until treatment is complete and your smile looks fantastic.

How Braces Have Become More Comfortable and Discreet

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

2445507_blogWhen you ask people about braces the same image pops into most heads: the bulky, metal ‘train-track’ braces that everyone used to have at school.

New types of brace

Fixed metal braces do still exist but the world of orthodontics has advanced at a rapid rate and new, innovative treatments are coming onto the market all the time. Times have changed so much that you can now choose between incredible treatments that work in weeks and invisible braces that nobody else can even see. Braces are now so discreet and comfortable that they have almost become a trend in themselves. Numerous celebrities have been snapped sporting examples of the new range of treatments, which include lingual braces, Invisalign and Clearstep and even the dreaded train-tracks enjoyed something of a revival after the television character Ugly Betty unknowingly made them cool!

Comfort as well as style

Braces used to be associated with pain. Everyone used to dread going to have their braces tightened because it would hurt and the thought of a seemingly never-ending series of trips to the orthodontist was never very appealing. However, discomfort is now becoming a thing of the past and many of the new braces have been specially designed to move the teeth quickly and comfortably. Most of the braces and orthodontic devices now are much lighter than traditional braces and they use state of the art technology to guide the teeth into the right position. Many have also banished the dreaded bands and therefore there is no need for tightening appointments.

The Top Choices for Adult Braces

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

header_image4Times have moved on from the days when only children wore braces, which by the way, were likely to be made of metal and highly noticeable. Today’s modern braces are much more discreet and for the most part, can be used by patients of all ages.

As well as being clear, many braces are now removable, meaning greater flexibility and better oral hygiene. Picking from the multitude of braces and aligners on offer can be confusing, so here is a quick look at two of the most popular choices.

Invisalign

Invisalign uses clear aligners which gradually move your teeth into the desired position, without anyone noticing that you are wearing braces. The removable aligner is worn for 22 hours a day and an average of between 20 and 30 separate aligners or trays are used throughout the treatment.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is of the range of removable orthodontic appliances that have become a hit with many patients who are seeking comfortable and discreet methods of having their teeth straightened. It is an appliance whereby competing forces between a bar on one side of the teeth and a spring on the other work to move teeth into position. It is a very effective means of straightening teeth and one City of Leeds dentists are happy to offer patients.

How to Care for Your Braces

Monday, October 26th, 2015

braces front teethWe would all love to have them. They do the power of good for the look of our teeth. Of course, the topic of discussion is braces.

Modern day braces are remarkably good. They literally straighten out any problems our wonky teeth might have had for quite some time. But, braces of any kind can be distressing to many people. They might not be aesthetically pleasing to all and the person might be self-conscious about how their mouth looks. No matter what your opinion is on braces, one of the most important aspects is looking after them so that they can fully help your teeth. This can be done in many ways.

Just like your mouth, cleaning a brace regularly throughout the day is very important. As the brace is positioned in your mouth for long periods of the day, the probability of bacteria building up in your mouth is very high. In order to stop the harmful spread of bacteria from entering your mouth, it is advised that you brush your brace with some toothpaste and a toothbrush every day just as you do with your teeth.

Soaking your brace is also a very good idea if you have removable braces. By doing this, you will be able to clean your brace further, which conventional cleaning might not quite manage. Asking your dentist about the right solution for your brace will help as they will have a wealth of knowledge that the internet might otherwise miss.

Looking for a Leeds dentist? City Dental Leeds dentists are here to help.

So, if you’re one of the countless number of people who do have braces then following these steps would be a very good move. Being kind to your brace means that it will help the performance of your teeth as their potential for good will be maximised.

Three Modern Braces You Might Want To Consider

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

2823674_blogOrthodontics is one of the most rapidly advancing areas of dentistry and patients have an ever-expanding range of options to choose from. If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment to remedy crowding, spaces between the teeth or crooked teeth, here are some of the best modern treatments you may wish to consider:

  1. Damon Braces: Damon Braces are fixed braces, which use the latest technology to minimise treatment times, provide convenient, comfortable treatment and create stunning aesthetics. These sleek, discreet braces feature sliding brackets and clear wires and they employ advanced self-ligating technology to prevent discomfort. Damon Braces offer a modern alternative to traditional train-tracks and they are suited to patients with a diverse range of orthodontic issues, from minor problems to complex issues, which require intensive correction. Treatment times vary according to the individual but the time-span is around 4-6 months shorter than with conventional fixed braces.
  2. The Inman Aligner: the Inman Aligner is a fast and effective solution for minor issues that predominantly concern the front teeth. The aligner is a removable appliance, which is made from two key parts: a coiled spring and fine metal bar. These components generate powerful friction-free forces, which push and pull the teeth, squeezing them and causing them to move rapidly. Although the aligner is generally designed to provide corrective treatment for mild problems, it can also be very useful for those who have already had treatment and started to experience relapse. Treatment is very quick, with an average duration of just 16 weeks and the aligner is removable, which provides convenience and simplicity and discreet, so you don’t have to worry about what you look like once you start treatment.
  3. Invisalign: Invisalign has changed the face of modern orthodontics because it offers clients the option to enjoy virtually invisible treatment. Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of custom-designed aligners, which are made from transparent plastic. Treatment is planned using advanced software, which predicts the movement of the teeth; each individual aligner is designed based on this personalised treatment plan and the patient swaps the aligners over every 2 weeks following a set order. Invisalign is not just a very discreet way of straightening the teeth; it also offers the perks of a removable brace, including freedom and convenience, and there are no metal parts or painful adjustments to contend with. The treatment time will vary depending on how much movement is needed; however, the average duration is around 12 months.

How to Choose the Right Brace for Your Needs

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

header_image4Many people thinking about having orthodontic treatment come to us wondering what kinds of braces are available and which systems would suit them best. At City Dental Leeds, we recognise that selecting a treatment can be confusing, especially if you aren’t familiar with the treatments available to you and this is why our expert dentists take the time to carry out a thorough consultation that gives them chance to explain the ins and outs and pros and cons of each option and answer as many questions as required.

Choosing the right brace

When you have your consultation, your dentist will carry out some tests and checks to ascertain your dental needs and get a clear idea of your individual orthodontic prescription. This will usually dictate which kinds of treatments are available to you. Often, treatments are geared towards people who have specific levels of need and what suits one patient may not be viable for another. Once your dentist has completed their analysis, they will go through the options with you and talk you through each one. They can also make recommendations based on what they think would be most beneficial for you.

In addition to your dental needs, your dentist can also take additional factors into account when discussing the options with you. For example, if you would like discreet brace or you have a certain date in mind and want a faster option, these preferences can be taken into consideration.

If you have any questions at all during the planning stage, our dentists are there to help. It is very common for patients to have concerns and questions before they begin treatment, so don’t ever feel like a question is silly or unnecessary. Our dental team will ensure that you have all the information you need to make the best decision.