Self-confident smiles with braces in Colchester

If you look at pictures of celebs online or in magazines and wish you felt as confident as they looked, then it’s worth asking yourself what it is about them that seems to make them have so much self-confidence.

Braces in ColchesterYou may not be on TOWIE, but you can get that burst of confidence by mimicking some of the things that TOWIE celebs have done to improve the way they feel about themselves. One of the best investments you can make in your looks is not a new piece of clothing or hair colour, but getting a great smile, and great smiles start with lovely, well aligned teeth.

Very few of us are born with perfectly straight teeth. Most of us have some kind of mild misalignment issues that could do with being sorted out. Here at Hello Dental, we offer 2 different kinds of braces in Colchester that can quickly and effectively correct your teeth and so boost your self-confidence.

Braces in Colchester are not just about looks

If you are worried that getting braces in Colchester is just too vain, then you’ll be glad to know that having your teeth straightened won’t only make you look and feel great, it will also extend the life of your teeth.

Straighter teeth offer fewer hard-to-reach places for plaque to build up. Plaque damages teeth in 2 ways: it causes decay, which rots teeth, and it also causes gum disease, which loosens teeth and eventually makes them fall out.

Plus, teeth that are well aligned are able to work more as a team during eating, spreading the loads of the powerful forces created by chewing. With misaligned teeth, this load can fall on just a few teeth that, over years of chewing, can crumble away.

If you want your wonky teeth to last longer as well as look better, then you need braces in Colchester.

Braces at Hello Dental come in 2 forms. Fastbraces are fixed onto the teeth and are made of clear ceramic and tooth-coloured wire. They work to quickly straighten the teeth. ClearCorrect uses clear aligners that look more like mouth guards than braces.

Which one will work for you? Book a consultation to find out.

When should I start brushing my children’s teeth?

Here at Hello Dental, Colchester we often get asked when should I start brushing my children’s teeth? The simple answer is as soon as they come through. A baby’s first teeth usually erupt around 6 months. Up until 3 years of age you should be using only a smear of 1450ppm (parts per million) toothpaste as demonstrated in photo 1. Once a child reaches aged 3 then until 6 years of age a small pea-size blob of 14500ppm toothpaste, as seen in photo 2. After age 6 then a pea size blob can be used.

Brushing Teeth
We recommend a fluoride toothpaste to all our patients as per the Department of Health’s guidelines. Dental conditions such as dental decay and periodontal diseases can both be reduced by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride serves to prevent, control and arrest caries. In periodontal disease it is the action of brushing and physical removal of plaque which reduces the inflammatory response of the gums and improves gum health. The Department of Health document for delivering better oral health has published some principles that should be followed to maximise the preventive action of toothbrushing.

  • brushing should start as soon as the first primary tooth erupts
  • brushing should occur twice daily as a minimum – clean teeth last thing at night before bed and at least one other time each day
  • children under three years should use a toothpaste containing no less than 1,000 ppm fluoride
  • children under three years should use no more than a smear of toothpaste and must not be permitted to eat or lick toothpaste from the tube
  • family fluoride toothpaste (1,350-1,500ppm) is indicated for maximum caries control for all children except those who cannot be prevented from eating toothpaste
  • children between three and six years should use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste
  • children need to be helped or supervised by an adult when brushing until at least seven years of age and must not be permitted to eat or lick toothpaste from the tube
  • rinsing with lots of water or mouthwash after brushing should be discouraged – spitting out excess toothpaste is preferable
  • disclosing tablets can help to indicate areas that are being missed

if you have an questions regarding your children’s oral health please contact us where one of our staff here at Hello Dental, Colchester will be able to assist you.

What does a hygienist do?

Here at Hello Dental Colchester we have 2 hygienists who work alongside our dentists to provide patients with oral hygiene advice and care to improve and maintain your oral health. One of the common questions we are asked is ‘what does a hygienist do?’ As every patient is different so is every appointment. Firstly, they will assess your mouth, find out what you are doing in terms of cleaning your teeth, and examine you for signs of dental disease, such as gingivitis. Once this examination is complete, they will work together with you to make a cleaning plan that is easy for you to continue at home.  Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. It occurs when plaque or bacteria accumulates at the gumline. It is completely reversible through a good level of oral hygiene and the hygienist will help you to achieve this. If the plaque on your teeth is left for a long period of time it will calcify and turn into calculus, once this has gone hard you cannot remove this with a toothbrush. This is where the hygienist comes in, to remove this for you. We use a water scaler that works using ultrasonic waves to break up the calculus into smaller pieces, we then use the suction to take away the calculus with the help of water. This will then make it easier for you to clean at home and make your mouth feel a lot healthier. Advice we may provide you with here in Colchester is what the best type of toothbrush is best to use, advice on any interdental cleaning aids such as floss or interdental brushes and give toothpaste advice. We can help advise if you are suffering from sensitivity or a dry mouth along with other oral conditions.  A common misconception is that hygienist ‘just clean your teeth’ this is not the case, we are there to advise and encourage good oral hygiene at home. Yes, we do clean your teeth for you, but this is to aid improved cleaning at home for you to improve your overall oral health. Think about it this way – if any other part of your body was bleeding, you’d try to stop it, with a little tweak in your oral hygiene routine we can stop your gums bleeding too.

Implants at Hello Dental, Colchester

Implants are the best replacement for natural teeth. Implants are strong and resistant to decay however the gum surrounding an implant is still susceptible to disease therefore they require similar care to natural teeth. Failure to look after an implant properly can result in failure and ultimately loss of the implant. If you notice any soreness, bleeding or if the implant begins to move you should speak to your dentist as soon as possible.

Below are some tips on how to care for your natural teeth and implant.

Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste

Fluoride toothpaste is essential to prevent decay in the natural teeth, after brushing with fluoride toothpaste spit the toothpaste out but do not rinse the toothpaste away.

Clean between the implant and teeth 

It is just as important to clean in between implants as it is to clean between natural teeth. You can use floss, interdental brushes or water/air flossers, your dental professional can advise you on the best product for you. Clean in between all your teeth once daily before toothbrushing to remove food particles and plaque from between the teeth.

Attend dental appointments regularly

To ensure the tissues around the implant remain healthy it is important to attend dental appointments as regularly as your dentist recommends. Regular visits to the Hygienist will also help to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.

Keeping your teeth clean throughout your Braces treatment at Hello Dental

Now that you have started your teeth straightening at Hello dental, whether it is Fastbraces or Clear Correct invisible braces it is important to know exactly how to keep your teeth clean throughout the treatment process. It is more difficult to keep the teeth clean during orthodontic treatment as there is more in the mouth for the plaque to stick to. Not cleaning well enough can result in staining, gum disease or even tooth decay. So here are some tips for keeping on top of your cleaning:

Tooth brushing

Rather than your usual twice a day it is often better to brush at least three times a day as you will find more food traps around the braces than usual. This is likely to take around 3 minutes rather than 2 as there is more to clean. Always use a fluoride toothpaste and spit it out once you have finished brushing but don’t rinse the toothpaste away with water or mouthwash.

Cleaning between the teeth

If you have braces that are fixed to the teeth you probably can’t get floss in between them anymore, this is when interdental brushes or Superfloss should be used, your Hygienist or Dentist can show you the correct size for you and the technique to use, you can also use larger interdental brushes to clean between the brackets.


Mouthwash is good to use if you can use it at a separate time to toothbrushing. If the mouthwash contains fluoride it will provide the teeth with extra protection against tooth decay. Remember that toothpaste contains far more fluoride than mouthwash so don’t rinse your toothpaste away!

Regular dental visits

Regular visits to a Hygienist will keep your teeth clean during treatment, you will also get tailored advice on how to look after your teeth at home. You will also still need to see your Dentist as regularly as they recommend checking that everything is healthy.

Braces in Colchester: how they work

Having straight teeth has never been so important or so easy to achieve. We live in a time when we are reaping the rewards of the massive advances made in dental research over the past 30 years, much of it based on digital technology, and one area that has leapt forward is braces in Colchester.

Braces in ColchesterBraces for everyone, no matter how old they are

Anyone can get their teeth realigned, as long as they are over about the age of 9. Jaw realignment is different, the ability to do this stops when people reach the age of 18 and the bone sets hard. But teeth can be moved around in the jaw no matter how old you are. That’s why, at Hello Dental, patients of all ages come to us for braces in Colchester.

How do teeth move in the jaw?

There is a simple mechanism going on when the teeth are being moved around in the jawbone. Putting sustained pressure on the tooth that needs shifting is the first step. This is what the braces in Colchester do, put on pressure and then keep it up. Once the same pressure has been applied for 72 hours the body responds to relieve it.

The jawbone starts to dissolve the bone tissue in front of the direction of pressure so that the tooth has somewhere to move to. Then it builds up the bone behind the direction of pressure so that the tooth does not come loose in its socket. The fibres that hold the tooth in place in its socket stretch a bit to allow the tooth to move.

The pressure wears off. At least it does unless something is done to keep it up. This why people with fixed bracket and wire braces in Colchester need to get their wires tightened every few weeks. It’s also why people with clear aligner braces, need to keep putting in new ones every 7-10 days.


New bone takes time to set hard. Fibres take time to tighten up again. Until both have done so, there’s every chance the tooth won’t stay in its new position. That’s why everyone who has braces has to follow up treatment with wearing a retainer.

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.