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Why It’s Important to Wear a Retainer

Monday, April 4th, 2016

2445507_blogIt is normal protocol to be fitted with retainers after your braces have been removed. The primary function of retainers is to ensure that the teeth do not move back to their original position. After the braces have been removed the teeth will still be relatively fresh in their new position, so they will still require more time to become fixed in place while the gums heal.

In the case of children, a retainer is vitally important due to the fact that children grow quite rapidly. If they have had their braces removed the gums and teeth will continue to change, so a retainer will keep the teeth in their desired position.

Most retainers are removable and can be taken out with relative ease. This can be very beneficial to the wearer, particularly if they have been used to wearing braces. The removable function of retainers means that you can take them out during meals, photographs, business presentations etc.

It is usually advised that retainers are kept in for a minimum amount of time (which will be advised by your dentist). The approximate time that most retainers should stay in is twenty to twenty two hours. The length of time for wearing a retainer varies but it can be for one year.

The retainer should be a comfortable fit. If the retainer has been issued after braces treatment then the teeth should already be in position so there is no need to continue the movement of teeth, therefore the fit should not cause any discomfort.

Retainers possess a lot of importance in orthodontic procedures. It can be devastating and quite traumatic if a person suffers a relapse. The sheer thought of having to go through all the treatment again is enough to help people realise the vital necessity of retainers.

How to Care for Braces

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

header_image4We 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 and the individual might be self-conscious on each occasion where they open their mouth, even to speak. No matter what your opinion is on braces itself, 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 a 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 own teeth. It is also a good idea for you to do this over a bowl of water so that if the brace does fall out of your hands it will not make your hard work pointless.

Soaking your brace is also a very good idea. By doing this, you will be able to clean your brace further, which conventional cleaning might not quite manage. But be that the water which you put your brace in is cold as hot water will distort the plastic and make them unusable. Asking your dentist about the right solution for your brace is a very good idea as well as they will have a wealth of knowledge that the internet might otherwise miss.

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 you will help the performance of your teeth, as their potential for good will be maximised.

Smile Confidently Whilst Wearing Braces

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

braces front teethMany patients come to us with concerns that they will feel unattractive and self-conscious when they smile if they choose to have braces. We understand that it’s important to look and feel good and our range of treatments takes these concerns into account and offers you the opportunity to feel confident during your treatment. We don’t just want you to feel amazing after your braces come off – we also want you to feel confident while you have treatment and we promise that our treatments will deliver.

Our discreet treatments

We are proud to offer our clients a host of discreet orthodontic treatment options, including Invisalign clear aligners, the discreet Inman Aligner and invisible lingual braces.

Invisalign: Invisalign is a transparent aligner system that uses a series of custom-made, light, plastic aligners to guide the teeth into the correct position. Invisalign not only offers virtual invisibility, but it also gives patients flexibility (as the aligners are removable) and comfort, as the forces are gentle and there are no metal parts or bands that need adjusting. Invisalign is suitable for most patients who have minor or moderate issues and it is an ideal choice for teenagers and adults who are worried about how braces will affect their image.

Inman Aligner: the Inman Aligner is not invisible, but it is extremely discreet and all you can see is a fine metal bar. Treatment time is so short that you’ll barely even notice that you’re wearing braces before they come off! The average case is complete in just 16 weeks.

Lingual braces: lingual braces are the perfect solution for anyone with reservations about having orthodontic treatment due to the impact it may have on their looks and confidence. With this treatment, you really can get the smile you want without anyone else even being able to see your brace, as the brace sits behind the teeth. We offer STb Social 6 braces.

How to Find the Right Brace

Friday, September 18th, 2015

braces front teethAt City Dental Leeds, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of treatment and solutions for orthodontic, cosmetic and restorative issues. We are proud to be able to offer our clients many of the leading orthodontic treatments and we are always on the look out for new innovations to enable us to continue to deliver exceptional standards of care and incredible results.

There is a huge amount of choice available to patients with orthodontic issues nowadays and while this is generally considered to be a major advantage, we recognise that it can make choosing a treatment rather confusing and this is where we come in! Our expert dentists will be able to make recommendations to help you decide which brace is best. Sometimes, patients are desperate for a certain treatment, while many have no idea what to expect when they start thinking about orthodontic treatment; we are here to guide you through the process and ensure you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of at the end of it all.

Which factors do I need to consider when choosing a brace?

The main thing to think about when you’re choosing a brace is your orthodontic needs; some treatments will not be suitable for some patients. Some systems, such as the Inman Aligner and STb Social 6 braces, are ideally suited to patients with more minor issues and are therefore not ideal for patients who have complex needs, while others, including Incognito lingual braces, are geared towards those who need a lot of movement. Once your dentist has assessed your bite and determined your needs, they will be able to explain which treatments would best suit your individual orthodontic prescription.

Additional factors you may like to think about when choosing an orthodontic system include cost, treatment time and preferences; for example, some patients may prefer the flexibility of removable braces, while others prefer the security of fixed braces.

What’s the Quickest Way to Get a Straight Smile?

Monday, March 30th, 2015

header_image4The field of orthodontics is advancing incredibly quickly and this means that new solutions which are quicker, more comfortable and more convenient, are becoming available all the time. Speed is a priority for many of our patients and we are delighted to offer some rapid treatment options.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

In the past, orthodontic treatment used to take at least 12 months in the majority of cases. However, treatment times are getting shorter and shorter and you can now enjoy amazing results in a matter of weeks. Generally speaking, the more complex your needs, the longer the treatment time. However, this is not always the case, as some systems work faster than others.

We have a range of speedy options on offer for patients with varying orthodontic issues. Our amazing treatments include:

  • Inman Aligner: this rapid removable appliance targets the front teeth and it offers a much faster alternative to traditional fixed braces for patients who don’t need intensive treatment. This option is ideally suited to those with minor issues. Treatment time is around 16 weeks.
  • STb Social 6 braces: this is a lingual brace system, which is great for patients who want to enjoy treatment in secret. Lingual braces sit behind the teeth, which means that they cannot be seen when you smile. They work in a similar way to traditional fixed braces, but they use advanced technology to reduce friction and move the teeth faster. STb Social 6 braces focus on the social 6, the six teeth at the front of the mouth on the top and bottom arches. Lingual braces are also smaller and less cumbersome than traditional braces. Treatment with STb Social 6 braces usually takes 6-16 weeks.
  • 6 Month Smiles: this is a swift solution for patients who have minor or moderate orthodontic issues that affect the teeth at the front of the mouth. These light, discreet, clear fixed braces use self-ligating forces to move the teeth quickly with minimal pain and treatment time is just 6 months.

To find out more about our speedy orthodontic systems, call today and book a consultation. Your new smile is not far away!


Forget All About Traditional, Bulky, Train Track Fixed Braces

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

2904341_blogIn years gone by, if you needed orthodontic treatment the only remedy was bulky, fixed braces. Today, there’s a new breed of treatments on offer to provide teenagers and adult patients with myriad benefits. One of the most impressive systems on the market is Damon Braces.

Damon Braces

Damon Braces are advance fixed braces that offer patients who require intensive treatment and more movement an alternative to traditional fixed braces. This system uses state of the art self-ligating technology to cut treatment times and enhance comfort. It is suitable for those with the most complex orthodontic prescriptions.

Damon Braces look different to traditional fixed braces, as they are lighter and sleeker and they feature sliding brackets, which are easier to clean and less cumbersome. The wires are fine and discreet and they use self-ligating forces to reduce pressure and friction.

How long will treatment take?

As with all treatments, there is no set treatment duration for Damon Braces and some patients will need to wear braces for longer than others. Treatment times tend to be 4-6 months less than they would be with traditional fixed braces, which are typically worn for 12-46 months.

What Do Damon Braces Treat?

Damon Braces are effective in many cases and used to treat varying orthodontic problems, including:

  • overlapping or crowded teeth
  • spaces between the teeth
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • overjet
  • misplaced midline
  • crossbite

In order to assess whether or not Damon Braces are the perfect match for you, your City Dental dentist will examine your teeth and take some tests and X-rays. If this is the right choice for you, they will talk you through the ins and outs of treatment and help you to gain a clear understanding of what treatment involves and how it works. They can also give you an idea of projected time-scale and answer any questions you have.

Sexy Smiling in half a year in Leeds

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

1567900_blogBraces have always been a bone of contention for anyone that has ever worn them in Leeds, but also for those about to embark on their orthodontic treatment. As history had stated, braces, though vital to your future oral health and the occlusion of your mouth (bite), are often ugly once they have been wrapped around your teeth, take a horribly long time to work and also are a nightmare to keep clean: the 6 Months Smile bucks this trend. On the ‘ugly’ front, this device utilises very modern components such as tooth coloured plates and wires, so once it is in and fitted, it gives a very discreet image when you smile. When it comes to the ‘horribly’ timely issue, this gadget does what it says on the packet: because it works brilliantly on the problem teeth when you open your mouth and is tightened regularly by your dentist as your teeth move, the treatment can be over in just 6 months. Cleaning: your dentist can supply you with ways to clean the device using flosses, dyes and brushes, designed specifically to keep the brace hygienic. In the scheme of orthodontic treatments, this brace not only works methodically on problem teeth and conditions, but it will ease your fears about getting your teeth straightened and maintain your health.