Are adult braces in Colchester right for you?

Wearing braces is commonplace in children and teenagers, with some considering it a rite of passage. But increasingly, adults are also drawn to the benefits of braces.

Here at Hello Dental, we want to make your life easier and for this reason we offer adult braces in Colchester. Just like regular braces, adult braces will help move your teeth into their correct position, but will do so without being visible. And if you ask how this is possible, you only need to book a consultation appointment with us so that we can show you.

Braces in ColchesterNot the braces of your childhood

Teeth straightening treatment can be quite challenging for adults, since they may be experiencing problems with receding gums or bone loss. However, you can overcome these problems if you work closely with your dentist to choose the right type of braces in Colchester. If your teeth are healthy and gum disease is kept at bay, you can start your journey towards a better smile.

At the same time, patients need to understand that modern braces are nothing like the braces of their childhood. Even metal braces are less chunky than their predecessors and technology has advanced considerably. Not to mention that some types of adult braces such as Invisalign do not even need to be fixed on your teeth.

Can I have any type of adult braces I want?

Determining the right type of braces for your individual dental needs can take some time. In general, different types of adult braces serve different needs, therefore you need to have your teeth examined by your dentist in order to understand which treatment will fix your problem effectively. If you are eligible for more than one treatment, then you can take into consideration several factors including your wish to have fixed or removable braces as well as various lifestyle considerations.

Life with braces is not as hard as you may think

Adult teeth may not move as quickly as children’s teeth, however, once you have adjusted to your teeth straightening routine, you can expect to see great results within the first months of having adult braces in Colchester. Getting braces as an adult has never been easier.

Adult braces in Colchester are your best bet for straight teeth

In recent years, an increasing number of people have gathered the confidence to undergo teeth straightening as adults. Your teeth are so important to your wellbeing and a great smile can work wonder for your confidence. Instead of settling for a lower quality of life, maybe it is time to consider adult braces in Colchester at Hello Dental.

Braces in ColchesterWhat are my treatment options?

Braces have come a long way since the days of metal brackets and wires. At Hello Dental, we use the most advanced teeth-straightening systems available, such as Fastbraces and Smilelign, to ensure that your crooked, gapped and misaligned teeth are fixed in no time. Braces in Colchester are destined for busy adults who do not wish to spend months (or even years) on end to achieve a straighter and healthier smile. Both these treatments are tried and tested with success among our patients.

How long will my treatment take?

The average time frame an adult will wear braces in Colchester can be anywhere between 3 months (Fastbraces) to 2 years (Smilelign), depending on the type of treatment you choose and the oral problem you are addressing.

What foods are off limits?

Depending on the treatment you choose, some modifications to your diet may be required. If you opt for Fastbraces, your dentist will encourage you not to eat chewy, sticky and hard foods, since they can break your brackets. However, if you opt for Smilelign you can have whatever foods you like, since these braces are not attached to the teeth and can be removed when you want to eat. However, be careful not to keep them out of your mouth too long, since you may end up compromising your entire treatment.

What’s next?

Whether you are considering Fastbraces or a more invisible alternative to braces such as Smilelign, only an experienced dentist has the training, and expert knowledge to be able to offer you the best treatment available. To help you decide which treatment is right for your needs and lifestyle, book a consultation with a Hello Dental dentist today. We are here to answer your questions.

Can you have dental implants if you are a smoker?

Dental Implants are possible for smokers. Like with any patient looking to have Dental implants we would carry out a full examination including x-rays and scans to check the suitability for dental implants.

However, you must be made aware that those who smoke are known to have an increased chance of complications and possible implant failure.

Smoking can also reduce the healing process after implant surgery and can affect the integration of the implant to the bone itself.

If you are looking for Private dentistry in Colchester or would like further information about dental implants, we are holding an open event on Wednesday 6th February 2019.

What’s included:

  • FREE 30-minute consultation with Dr Neel Sanghavi or Dr Bhavin Raichura
  • The opportunity to take a tour of our modern and welcoming practice, giving you a chance to become familiar with the surroundings and the way our team works.
  • Find out about credit options and costings for treatment
  • Refreshments

How to register:

Call us on 01206 589777 or email to book your place.

Appointments are on a first come first served basis. Limited spaces available.

Can I have white teeth and still drink tea and coffee?

Yes! You can have white teeth and drink coffee…. Drinking coffee can stain your teeth and prevent them from appearing white. It is important to remember that teeth are not meant to be ‘white’ but there are ways to remove coffee stain and prevent it from building up. Drinks such as tea, coffee or red wine contain a substance called tannin, this is what causes staining and stops your teeth from appearing white.
A good tip is to rinse your mouth with water after consuming tannin containing products. Another option is to drink them through a straw. Once the stain has built up it is a good idea to visit a dental hygienist to remove this and to advise on preventing further build up.

A great way we can remove is an Air polishing, this is a gentle treatment we use to remove heavy stains on your teeth. It can access hard to reach areas that we cannot get to with our usual instruments. It works by polishing your teeth with a mix of bicarbonate powder, water and high-pressure air.

Time for braces?

Some people jump at the chance of receiving braces and acquiring those straight teeth and Hollywood smile. On the other hand, many people suffer from dental phobia, and may be more hesitant about going ahead with braces in Colchester.

People’s anxieties can often get in the way of their visits to the dentist. Not only does this mean the dentist cannot spot signs of gum disease, or even oral cancer, in its early stages, it also means they won’t be able to give you advice on whether or not you need, or are suitable to receiving braces.

Braces in ColchesterAt Hello Dental, we believe that no one should have to compromise their confidence or health due to dental phobia. We never undermine the anxieties that people may have, be that fear of receiving braces in Colchester, or a general dislike of the dentist.

Our dentists our friendly, non-judgemental, and empathetic. We offer a relaxing environment where you can chat to our dentists about any worries you have regarding your treatment, and they will do their best to reassure you and help you feel at ease.

Your choices

Once you have decided to embrace the braces in Colchester, you can begin to look at your options. We pride ourselves in staying up to date with the latest technology, allowing us to offer treatments such as Fastbraces.

The clue is in the name. Fastbraces is a system that straightens the teeth more quickly than traditional braces. This can work its magic in as little as months, although it depends on the severity of the patient’s teeth. Most Fastbraces take up to 12 months maximum. Nowadays, having braces doesn’t necessarily have to involve years of feeling self-conscious in metal braces. With Fastbraces you will be smiling with confidence before you know it.

If you are excited to get those teeth straightened as soon as possible, come and see us, and we’ll see what we can do for you. If you fear the dentist, please try to voice any concerns you have and speak to one of our friendly dentists. If you do your best to look after your teeth, we can do our best for you.

Going for braces in Colchester

For a long time, braces have been a great option for those suffering with crowded teeth, an overbite, under bite, cross bite and open bite. Today, there is a wide range of solutions for straightening your teeth and fixing problematic bites. Here at Hello Dental, we use the latest systems, to maximise the efficiency of your treatment.

Braces-ColchesterSome people may feel uneasy about going for braces in Colchester. The notion of having foreign metal in your mouth can seem quite invasive. However, it’s important to discuss these fears with your dentist, who can help you feel at ease and inform you on the many benefits braces can bring.

Bountiful benefits

The most notable benefit, to others at least, is the appearance of your teeth. Having straight teeth can play a key role in boosting your self-esteem. You may be surprised at how much more comfortable you feel smiling and talking in social situations.

Besides this, you may notice subtle, but significant changes in your day to day activities. Straight teeth can improve your ability to eat, and even speak, as disproportionate teeth can make the pronunciation of some words quite difficult.

One of the main reasons dentists encourage braces for those who need them is to help prevent gum disease. Misaligned teeth are generally harder to clean and floss, resulting in poor dental hygiene and the potential build-up of plaque and tartar. Straight teeth help to maximise fresh breath and minimise the risk of cavities. In the long run, this reduces the likelihood of needing treatments to restore deteriorating teeth.

A speedy solution to straight teeth

If you chose to receive braces in Colchester at Hello Dental, you could be looking at having straight teeth within 3-12 months. We offer Fast braces, a system that works quickly, without compromising efficiency.

They are made from triangular brackets with a square wire to move the crown and the root of the tooth at the same time. As with all braces, they require a retainer, to stop the teeth from moving about after alignment.

As an alternative to braces, we also straighten the teeth with Clear Correct removable aligners. Your dentist will be able to advise the best solution for you.

Wonky teeth but don’t want braces in Colchester?

The trouble with braces that have brackets and wires is that they don’t come out. They are cemented onto your teeth and are there for months. You may have to adjust your diet to make it easier to keep them clean. You may find yourself spending ages after each meal fiddling around with dental floss and interdental brushes trying to remove food stuck behind the wires. You may find yourself having to deal with invasive questions when you are at work, or out having fun. All of these are reasons why you may have wonky teeth but can’t face braces in Colchester.

If that’s the case, then you need to know about ClearCorrect clear aligners available from us at Hello Dental.

Braces in ColchesterWhat is ClearCorrect?

ClearCorrect clear aligners do the same job as traditional bracket and wire braces in Colchester, but use devices that look like clear plastic mouth guards instead.

We take detailed measurements of how your teeth are now and calculate how they need to move to become properly aligned. We send this information off to ClearCorrect and they make a series of aligners. You wear each one in the series for a period of time. Usually, each aligner starts off feeling somewhat uncomfortable, like it doesn’t quite fit, as pressure from the aligner activates a bone removal and rebuilding process that allows your teeth to move in your jawbone. When the pressure wears off, and this happens more quickly in kids than in adults, then it’s time to move onto the next aligner in the series.

Great things about ClearCorrect

Two big pluses about ClearCorrect are that they are pretty much unnoticeable once they are in place over your teeth, as the plastic is so thin. So, you can go about your daily business without having to fend off unwanted questions and suffer stares from strangers. Also, because the aligners are removable, you can continue to eat whatever you like and won’t have to spend ages cleaning your teeth, although you do need to clean them every time you eat or drink anything other than plain water, or the plastic will stain.

You can still get braces in Colchester

Even if you missed out on braces as a child – maybe your misalignments weren’t severe enough to qualify you for NHS treatment – you can still get braces in Colchester as an adult. In fact, braces can work no matter what your age, so even if you have been living unhappily with your wonky teeth for decades, we can straighten them for you at Hello Dental.

Braces in ColchesterNot just vanity

Many of us have a strange relationship with looking good. We want to look our best but at the same time have a sneaking suspicion that by spending money on our looks we will be accused of being vain. Vanity, back in the day, was a deadly sin, and that mean a trip to somewhere hot and firey after you die. But, in reality, looking good can do wonders for your confidence levels, and this is especially true when it comes to your smile.

Your smile plays an all-important role in your ability to communicate. It is the thing that everyone sees when they meet you for the first time, even before you say hello, and it can continue to engage people’s warmth and willingness to be a friend to you in a way that words can never do. So, if your misaligned teeth have got you smiling with closed lips, or hiding your smile behind your hand, then you are missing out on all that extra warmth and generosity that is a hard-wired response to a big, friendly, genuine smile.

Easier to clean

Teeth that are well aligned are also easier to keep clean, and this means that you are less likely to suffer from decay and gum disease with straight teeth. Having braces in Colchester can help you hang onto your teeth in the long-term, as long as you follow a good oral care routine.

Our braces in Colchester

We offer bracket and wire braces from Fastbraces. These work faster because they work on the root as well as the crown right from the beginning of treatment, using just one wire, which means they are more discreet than traditional bracket and wire braces.

We also offer clear aligners from ClearCorrect.

The science behind braces in Colchester

As you look in the mirror at your wonky teeth, do you think that because you are an adult you can no longer get them straightened? Teeth get set into the jaw and can’t be moved, right? Well, no, wrong, actually. Teeth are not exactly set into the jaw and they can be moved, no matter how old you are, with braces in Colchester.

Your teeth are secured into sockets in your jawbone by the bone, which is packed tightly around them and thousands of tiny fibres. They are separate from the bone, and that’s why they can wobble around and fall out. Moving teeth is simply a matter of using sustained pressure to change the bone around the teeth. Braces in Colchester here at Hello Dental provide that pressure.

Braces in ColchesterThe physiology of teeth straightening

When we apply even pressure for more than 72 hours to your teeth, the bone in your jaw responds to get rid of the pressure. It does this by dissolving the bone cells in front of the direction of the pressure, to ease it, and by simultaneously building new bone behind the direction of the pressure, to stop the tooth from becoming wobbly. It’s very clever, but it does require pretty much constant pressure for it to work. And bone can only dissolve and rebuild itself so fast, and that’s why teeth straightening takes time.

That said, modern braces tend to take quite a bit less time than the old-fashioned treatments. These could take two or three years because they were also realigning the jaws, in teenagers usually.

Modern braces for adults do not even bother with jaw realignment, which cannot be done after about age 18 as the bones have set hard. Instead, they focus on realigning wonky teeth, so treatment with braces such as Fastbraces can be completed in 3-12 months, depending on the alignment issues.

There are also clear aligners, we use ClearCorrect, for some misalignment issues. These can be removed for eating and cleaning teeth but must be in situ for 20-22 hours a day to keep up that constant pressure we referred to above.

Come out from behind your lips

Is your smiling hidden away behind closed lips? If so, and it’s because you think your teeth are too wonky to be shown the light of day, then you doing yourself a disservice. Having a great smile has important knock-on effects that are not to do with vanity. Being able to smile a knock-out smile has a subconscious effect on other people that makes them warm to you and want to help you. Your smile makes others feel good and, in return, they usually want to make you feel good too by getting closer to you and being generous with you. In short, your smile is your first port of call in the world of non-verbal communication and you need to be able to use it as often as you can. If you aren’t happy with your smile, we can help you with braces in Colchester, that’s why we are called Hello Dental.

Braces in ColchesterNow, you may think that having braces is too much effort and takes too long to get results, but, if you don’t have issues with the alignment of your bite, treatment with braces in Colchester can take as little as three months. Most adults don’t have issues with how their jaws line up because this problem is treated on the NHS and must be done before the jawbones set hard at around age 18. The NHS does not have the funds to align teeth that are only mildly to moderately wonky, so there are lots of adults out there who need braces.

You don’t often see any adults wearing braces in Colchester, not because they are not doing so, but because modern braces are often so discreet that they don’t catch the eye in the way the braces of the 1970s and 80s did, when they were so big and clunky that they were impossible to miss.

At Hello Dental, we offer two brands of braces that can align your teeth in 3-12 months. Fastbraces is the only system that guarantees straight teeth for life. ClearCorrect is a clear aligner system that is a great alternative to fixed braces.