Eastbourne Orthodontics

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Orthodontics in Eastbourne

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Splash Orthodontics are the UK’s leading orthodontic practice based in Hove and Kent, specialising in adult and child braces. Despite our location, we actively encourage those from Eastbourne to make the very short journey to our clinic for expert advice on how we can help transform your smile.

Our team here at Splash Orthodontics is made up of industry specialists that have been chosen based on their background and experience within the dental and orthodontic industry.

Splash Orthodontics is the leading orthodontic clinic based in the Brighton and Hove area. While we are located in Hove, we encourage those travelling from neighbouring towns and counties to make the very short trip down to our clinic.

We offer no-obligation, free consultations for all those considering treatment. We understand that getting braces can raise several questions:

  • Am I an appropriate candidate?
  • What is involved?
  • What treatments are there?
  • How much will it cost?

We’re here to answer all of your queries and concerns and lead you in the right direction to a happier smile and a happier you.

Alongside your free consultation, we also offer a variety of braces options for you to choose from. We understand that some people would prefer a more discrete braces option, and this is something we will talk through with you to come to a solution that you’re happy with.

Orthodontist Treatment in Eastbourne

People travel from all over the world to get expert treatment and we believe that making the short journey from Eastbourne will ultimately benefit you.

Your comfort and safety is our top priority and our team will do everything required to ensure you’re happy with our service and care. If you would like to learn more about our practice, or what braces options we offer, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. You can reach us on 01273 203514, or get in touch via our contact form.

Our Braces Treatments in Eastbourne

When choosing braces, we know that variety and choice is extremely important. That’s why we offer braces that match everyone’s desires and requirements. From adult braces to children’s braces, from invisible braces to fixed braces, we’re sure to a design to match your needs.

Choosing braces isn’t just about aesthetics, however. Different braces serve different functions – of course, all serve to straighten teeth – however, the degree of control varies within each treatment and this is an important factor to consider.

For example, patients may be slightly self-conscious about having braces and may therefore opt for Invisalign as the aligners are far less invasive and they’re removable, in comparison to fixed braces which can only be removed by an orthodontist. Although, while Invisalign is a good choice for this reason, fixed braces offer a far greater degree of control and they’re more effective in solving complex tooth issues.

While both offer exceptional results, you as the patient have the final say over what option will best suit your personal needs. This is why it’s important we talk through your options and desires to come to a solution that’s practical and pleases you.

Ask Questions!

The consultation is used to discover what you’d like to achieve with us. Here, you will be able to voice any questions or concerns regarding your braces and talk through the options available to you. Our resident orthodontist Iain Hoeltschi will also be present to answer any questions you may have. He will also advise on the treatment best suited for you if you’re unsure.

Our team are dedicated to helping you choose braces that are both appropriate for tooth development and that you feel comfortable wearing them.

If you’d like more information on the treatments we offer, please see below:

Invisalign

As briefly mentioned previously, Invisalign is ideal for those looking for a more discrete approach to braces. They are made up of two removable aligners that need to be cleaned regularly and removed during meals to avoid staining. They’re known as ‘invisible’ braces due to their transparent design. They are particularly popular among teenagers who are looking to adopt a discrete braces treatment. While they have not been around for as long as fixed braces, they produce consistent results.

Fixed Braces

Fixed braces offer an exceptional degree of control, which is why they have remained in orthodontic practices for so long. If you are not bothered or concerned with aesthetics, fixed braces may be the choice for you. Fixed braces are usually worn for 2 years (on average) and simple brushing and flossing is all that’s required to keep them clean. Regular check-ups are required to ensure your teeth are developing healthily.

Lingual Braces

If you’re looking to adopt the control of fixed braces with the discreteness of Invisalign, lingual braces may be the choice for you. Positioned and fixed to the back of your teeth, they are hidden and offer a fantastic degree of control.

Early Treatment

We understand that early treatment may be daunting for children but it is thoroughly recommended that your child visits and orthodontic and/or dentist between the ages of 6-10.

It may be that there are no visible or immediate issues, but a check-up will ensure nothing is out of the ordinary. An orthodontist will be able to tell immediately if there are any glaring issues, or problems that may develop over time. Both of which will promote healthy tooth growth and may even help you avoid expensive treatment further down the line.

Teen Treatment

Teen treatment is becoming more popular, especially with regards to Invisalign. We know that some teenagers may be skeptical about braces, that’s why we take time explaining the options available and coming to a treatment plan that will please both parties.

Getting braces as a teenager should be seen as an exciting step to healthier teeth!

Adult Treatment

Many people are still under the impression that

braces have a certain age restriction – this is not the case! Braces are available to anyone and everyone, all that is required is a consultation to find out what treatment is best for you.

Some of our adult patients opt for Invisalign as they’d prefer to keep their braces low profile and Invisalign is perfect for this. However, speaking with a professional will help with your choice.

Visit Our Clinic for a Free Consultation

So, if you’re looking for specialist orthodontist, why not make the short trip down to Hove to visit Splash Orthodontics? A 50 minute drive could lead to a healthier, happier smile. Get in touch today for your free consultation!

Please see the map below for the easiest ways to reach us.

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Parking:

Sackville road:

Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 20:00 (anytime outside these hours is free)

1 hour – £1.00

2 hours – £2.00

4 hours – £3.20

Max – £5.20

For more information on parking, please visit this page here.

Burgess Hill Orthodontics

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Orthodontics, Braces and Teeth Straightening in Burgess Hill

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Splash Orthodontics is the leading orthodontic clinic based in the Brighton and Hove area. While we are located in Hove, we encourage those travelling from neighbouring towns and counties to make the very short trip down to our clinic.

Our clinic is made up of a small, specialised team dedicated to ensuring all our patients leave with the smile they deserve. Additionally, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation. During this consultation, we will talk about what you’d like to achieve, your expectations and the type of brace that would best suit your requirements and preference.

Alongside our free consultation, our team will provide expert advice on your best course of treatment. We provide a wide range of braces options, from Invisalign to traditional fixed braces for both children and adults. We can help you choose the braces that will best suit your requirements and individual needs.

Orthodontist Treatment in Burgess Hill

We know better than anyone that getting braces can be both scary and exciting. However, we are here to ensure that once you make the short trip down from Burgess Hill, your comfort and safety is paramount. If you’d like more information on how we can help you achieve the smile you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us before making the trip down. Our dedicated staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you have prior to your visit.

Our Braces Treatments in Burgess Hill

We understand that when choosing braces, variety is important. That’s why we provide our patients with a vast array of braces options to choose from.

Picking the right braces to fit your preference and requirements is hugely important. Not only is it important for the patient’s tooth development but comfort plays a pivotal role in the selection process. If a patient chooses an option that they do not feel comfortable with, they may exhibit symptoms of anxiety and insecurity. This is why it’s so important to discuss your options with our team during your consultation. We’re here to ensure your choice falls in line with your lifestyle and personal preference.

The consultation is where you will be able to voice any questions you have about the braces process and the options available to you. If you’re looking for a more discrete option, then you may want to ask about Invisalign – an increasingly popular choice for those seeking discreteness. If you aren’t bothered by the aesthetics, you may be a candidate for fixed braces, which have exceptional success rates and now come with the option of translucent tracks.

Here at Splash Orthodontics, our wide range of treatments ensure that you’ll be able to find the treatment that best fits you. We understand that personal preference is hugely important when choosing braces. Our team are dedicated to helping you choose braces that are both appropriate for tooth development and that you feel comfortable wearing them. 

Additionally, our resident orthodontist Iain Hoeltschi will also be present to help you decide on the appropriate treatment for you. 

If you’d like more information on the treatments we offer, please see below:

Invisalign  

Arguably the option that has seen the most attention over the last few years is Invisalign. They’re commonly known as ‘invisible braces’ due to their transparent design, alongside being removable. They are most popular among those who are interested in keeping their braces low profile. Teenagers and young adults often opt for this option.


Fixed Braces  

If you’re looking for a traditional option and you aren’t bothered about discreteness, fixed braces are a fantastic option. They produce exceptional results and offer immense control regarding positioning your teeth. Fixed braces are used in every orthodontic practice because of their high success rate and arguably offer the fastest teeth straightening solution.


Lingual Braces  

Often viewed as a combination between Invisalign and fixed braces, lingual braces are positioned behind your teeth. They offer a discrete alternative to fixed braces as they’re fixed to the back of your teeth. They offer the same degree of control as fixed braces as well as offering discreteness.


Early Treatment  

We recommend that children between the ages of 6-10 should visit an orthodontist. While there may not be any visible or noticeable signs of tooth problems, an orthodontist will be able to tell if your child may encounter problems further down the line. It’s also important to have a check-up to ensure your child’s tooth formation is developing healthily. This could also end up saving you a money if problems can be identified early (if there are any).

Our team will have no trouble identifying any underlying issues and will happily offer ways to treat and manage your oral health going forward.


Teen Treatment  

We know better than anyone that some teenagers can be very anxious when it comes to speaking about braces, let alone getting them! That’s why during every consultation we ensure that your treatment plan adheres to your requests, and we guarantee that the treatment we choose together will be comfortable and in your best interest.

We believe that the braces journey is an especially exciting one, and we’re sure that we can convince teenagers to feel the same!


Adult Treatment  

Adult treatment is available to every adult, there is no age limit when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Adult braces have seen a surge in popularity due to the media and how accessible it has no become. Not only that but options such as Invisalign have made the thought of getting braces much easier for adults.

Being able to conceal and remove your braces is something that’s very appealing to adults, especially those who would like to keep their braces low profile.


Visit Our Clinic for a Free Consultation  

So, if you’re looking for specialist orthodontist, why not make the short trip down to Hove to visit Splash Orthodontics? A short 20-minute drive could lead to a healthier, happier smile. Get in touch today for your free consultation!  

Please see the map below for the easiest ways to reach us. 

burgess hill orthodontics

Parking:

Sackville road:

Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 20:00 (anytime outside these hours is free)

1 hour – £1.00

2 hours – £2.00

4 hours – £3.20

Max – £5.20

For more information on parking, please visit this page here.

Orthodontics Shoreham

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Orthodontics, Teeth Straightening and Invisalign Braces in Shoreham

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We are the leading orthodontic clinic based in Brighton and Hove.

Our clinic is dedicated to giving all our patients the smile they deserve, and we encourage people to make the short trip down to our clinic, based in Hove. Our team is made of up of industry experts who specialise in both adult and child braces. On top of that, we offer free, no-obligation consultations to those who are interested or considering orthodontic treatment.
Our team are able to provide expert advice and treatment options during your consultation and advise you on the best course of treatment. Our vast range of braces treatments are suited to each patient’s individual needs.

We understand that the thought of getting braces differs from person to person. While some may be slightly apprehensive, others may be looking forward to the thought of getting braces. Either way, our team are on-hand to ensure you feel safe and completely understand the options available to you.

Orthodontist Treatment in Shoreham

We encourage those who are considering orthodontic treatment to make the short trip from Shoreham to Hove. Our team will ensure that your care, safety and treatment is worth the trip. If you’d like more information about the treatments we can offer you before you make the short trip down, please feel free to contact us here.
At Splash Orthodontics, our aim is to ensure all our patients feel safe, secure and know that they’re receiving the best possible treatment. We want every patient to leave our practice with a smile they’re proud of.

Our Braces Treatments in Shoreham

Here at Splash Orthodontics, our wide range of treatments ensure that you’ll be able to find the treatment that best fits you. We understand that personal preference is hugely important when choosing braces. Our team are dedicated to helping you choose braces that are both appropriate for your teeth’s development and that you feel comfortable wearing them.
Our team will talk through your options during your consultation. This will also give you the opportunity to voice any questions you have regarding treatment. Additionally, you may want to ask us what the advantages and disadvantages of choosing certain braces are. For example, while fixed braces have exceptional success rates, they are more visible than Lingual or Invisalign options. Our resident orthodontist Iain Hoeltschi will also be present to help you decide on the appropriate treatment for you.

Below are the orthodontic treatments we offer:

Invisalign

Known as the ‘invisible’ braces, Invisalign has become exceedingly popular over the years because of their discrete appearance. They are particularly popular among young adults who are conscious over wearing fixed braces and Invisalign provides an exceptional and effective alternative.
Invisalign braces are made up of clear aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. Unlike fixed braces, Invisalign braces can also be removed and applied when convenient.

Fixed Braces

Fixed braces are well-known in the orthodontic industry and produce exceptional results. This option offers a higher degree of control when positioning your teeth. While they may not be as discrete as Invisalign, they produce fantastic results, which is why all orthodontic practices use this treatment.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces share similarities with both Invisalign and fixed braces. Lingual braces are positioned behind your teeth for a discrete straightening option. They’re fixed, so they cannot be removed without orthodontic intervention. Lingual braces are commonly chosen because they combine the effectiveness of fixed braces with the discreteness of Invisalign.

Early Treatment

Early treatment is very important, and we recommend that every child visits an orthodontist between the ages of 6 and 10. Even if there are no immediate concerns, there may be some underlying issues that could cause discomfort or problems in the future.
Our expert team will be able to identify any issues that may halt the development of your child’s teeth and oral health. It could be that there are no underlying issues but it’s in your child’s best interest to have a check-up in this time.

Teen Treatment

Teenage treatment has never been more popular. However, some teens still have apprehensions about getting braces. At Splash Orthodontics, it’s our duty to ensure that we explain their treatment options as best we can. Some teens are very nervous about getting braces, so we take time in explaining how treatment will benefit them, outlining how safe and effective the treatment is.

Getting braces is an exciting step to take with regards to your oral health, and we encourage teenagers to embrace this!

Adult Treatment

If you think that you’re too late for braces, think again! When it comes to orthodontic treatment, there is no age limit. In fact, adult braces are becoming more popular. Patients have come to understand that having professional orthodontic will ultimately lead to improved oral health and less chance of encountering issues in the future.

Visit Our Clinic for a Free Consultation

So, if you’re looking for specialist orthodontist, why not make the short trip down to Hove to visit Splash Orthodontics? A short 20-minute train journey or drive could lead to a healthier, happier smile. Get in touch today for your free consultation!

Please see the map below for the easiest ways to reach us.

shoreham orthodontics

Parking:

Sackville road:

Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 20:00 (anytime outside these hours is free)

  • 1 hour – £1.00
  • 2 hours – £2.00
  • 4 hours – £3.20
  • Max – £5.20

For more information on parking, please visit this page here.

Orthodontics Seaford

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Orthodontics, Braces and Teeth Straightening in Seaford

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If you’re willing to make the short journey down to Hove for professional orthodontic treatment, then Splash Orthodontics is the clinic for you.

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to every patient who walks through our door. We often find that many people are unsure whether they need or require orthodontic treatment, and we’re here to help. Our expert team are specialists in both adult and child braces and we ensure that every patient leaves our clinic with a smile on their face.

We offer a wide range of treatments to help prospective patients select the right treatment plan. We understand that some patients may want to adopt a discrete approach to getting braces and we will talk through the options available to you to ensure you understand the treatment and that you’re happy with your treatment choice.

We have a range of treatments suited to each patient’s specific needs. From ‘invisible’ braces such as Lingual braces and Invisalign, to traditional fixed braces, we’re here to help you achieve the smile you deserve.

Orthodontist Treatment in Seaford

Many of our patients travel from different areas along the south coast seeking our services. Once you make the short drive from Seaford, our team will ensure the journey was worth it. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns before visiting us, please do not hesitate to call our team. We will be able to answer all of your questions regarding treatment options, customer care and travel.

Our Braces Treatments in Seaford

We offer a wide variety of treatments to our customers here at Splash Orthodontics and we can guarantee a treatment that will suit your needs.

Every patient requires different orthodontic treatment, that’s why we take time to sit down with you and discuss the treatment best suited to your requirements.

Our resident orthodontist Iain Hoeltschi will be performing the procedure and will also be present to answer any questions you may have. We do encourage patients to ask any questions they may like to raise during their consultations. Usually patients ask about which treatment is most discrete, what’s most effective and how long they will be wearing their braces. Our team will be able to answer these questions in detail.

Below are the orthodontic treatments we offer:

Invisalign

If you are looking for a more discrete treatment, Invisalign may be the choice for you. Invisalign allows you the freedom of removable, clear aligners. This makes them a strong option for teens who may be slightly self-conscious of opting for fixed braces (which are visible).

Invisalign are one of the newer additions to the orthodontic industry.

Fixed Braces

Fixed braces are the most traditional form of treatment. They offer a very high degree of control when realigning teeth, which is the main reason the technique is still used today.

While they may not be the most discrete braces option, their exceptional success rate cannot be argued.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces share certain similarities with both Invisalign and fixed braces. Lingual braces are placed behind your teeth and utilise wire that works similar to fixed braces. The main advantage of Lingual braces is their discreteness.

Early Treatment

We strongly recommend that children between the ages of 6-10 should visit an orthodontist. Even if there are no noticeable issues, it’s important that children’s oral health is inspected during this time, in case there are issues that may cause problems in the future. Children’s mouths are constantly growing and developing, so it’s important to keep on top of their oral health during this stage in their life.

Teen Treatment

Having braces during your teenage years can be both exciting and nerve-racking, depending on your outlook. Teens can sometimes be quite apprehensive when it comes to getting braces, as it’s a change to their appearance and take some getting used to. However, our team are on-hand to brush aside these apprehensions and focus on the benefits of opting for orthodontic treatment.

Our job is to educate teens on why they should consider braces to achieve a smile they can be proud of.

Adult Treatment

Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to getting braces, there really is no age limit! Adult braces are on the rise thanks to advancements in technology and people wanting to take better care of their oral hygiene. For more information on what treatment will be best for you, feel free to get in touch with our team today and arrange a free consultation.

Visit Our Clinic for a Free Consultation

So, if you’re looking for specialist orthodontist, why not make the short trip down to Hove to visit Splash Orthodontics? A short 35-minute train journey or drive could lead to a healthier, happier smile. Get in touch today for your free consultation!

For your convenience, we have attached a map detailing the easiest travel routes via car. If you are travelling by train, the journey is approximately 20 minutes (depending on timetables).

seaford orthdontics

Parking:

Sackville road:

Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 20:00 (anytime outside these hours is free)

1 hour – £1.00

2 hours – £2.00

4 hours – £3.20

Max – £5.20

For more information on parking, please visit this page here.

Orthodontics Worthing

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Orthodontics Worthing, Braces and Teeth Straightening

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Splash Orthodontics is the leading orthodontics practice based in Brighton and Hove and we encourage those form Worthing to make the short journey to visit our practice. We are specialists in both adult and child braces, offering free, no-obligation consultations. Our team are dedicated to providing expert advice and treatment to every patient who walks through our doors. We aim to deliver a healthy, straight smile that both adults and children can be proud of.

We have a range of treatments suited to each patient’s specific needs. From ‘invisible’ braces such as Lingual braces and Invisalign, to traditional fixed braces, we’re here to guide you to the smile you deserve.

Orthodontist Treatment in Worthing

At Splash Orthodontics, our aim is to ensure all our patients feel safe, secure and know that they’re receiving the best possible treatment. We want every patient to leave our practice with a smile they’re proud of.

Our Braces Treatments in Worthing

Splash Orthodontics offer a number of bespoke treatments to ensure your expectations are met. We appreciate that every patient requires personalised treatment and an important part of our process involves discussing the type of treatment the patient desires and the results they’d like to achieve. After this, our resident orthodontist Iain Hoeltschi will decide on the appropriate treatment. Below are the orthodontic treatments we offer:

Invisalign

Invisalign braces are an increasingly popular choice for patients who are looking for a slightly less invasive and discrete option to traditional braces. Invisalign braces are removable and essentially ‘invisible’, in the sense that the treatment uses a series of removable, clear aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. This treatment is exceptionally popular for those who are anxious about opting for fixed braces, due to their low invasiveness and discrete design.

Fixed Braces

Arguably the most traditional treatment, fixed braces offer a higher degree of control regarding the position of the patient’s teeth. While they may not be as discrete as Invisalign, they are known to produce exceptional results, making them a mainstay in dental and orthodontic practices.

Lingual Braces

Commonly known as ‘invisible braces’, they are positioned behind your teeth. They operate in a similar fashion to fixed braces, with the only major difference being their visibility. Similar to Invisalign, they are commonly chosen because of their discreteness.

Early Treatment

We strongly recommend that every child visits an orthodontist between the ages of 6-10. While there may be no immediate issues or concerns, it’s safe practise to visit an orthodontist to ensure their oral health and hygiene is up to standard.

Visiting an orthodontist early also helps identify any underlying issues that may not be immediately apparent to the parent or the child. An orthodontist will be able to identify any issues and offer appropriate treatment going forward. This ensures that your child will not encounter any discomfort or oral issues as their mouth continues to develop.

Teen Treatment

Teenage treatments can be daunting for some, and this is completely normal! The thought of braces during your teenage years can seem both appealing and slightly scary. Again, this is very common. Many teenagers understand that having braces will ultimately help them achieve the smile and comfort they deserve, whereas others may be slightly more apprehensive. Our job is to educate teens on why they may want to consider braces to help their mouth develop healthily and achieve a smile they can be proud of.

Adult Treatment

There is no age limit for braces, so if you think you’re too late to opt for treatment, think again! Adult braces are becoming increasingly popular thanks to advancements in technology and patients wanting to live a healthier life with a healthier smile. Our patients range from as young as 10 all the way to their 70s! Whatever your age, we are sure to find the treatment that’s right for you.

Visit Our Clinic for a Free Consultation

So, if you’re looking for specialist orthodontist, why not make the short trip down to Hove to visit Splash Orthodontics? A short 20-minute train or drive could lead to a healthier, happier smile. Get in touch today for your free consultation!

Are Teeth Whitening Products Safe?

Teeth WhiteningAre Teeth Whitening Products Safe?

The rise of the cosmetic beauty industry has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people opting for teeth whitening procedures. Teeth whitening kits are more readily available to people than ever before and often at a far lower cost than visiting your dentist. It’s an interesting concept, as while the majority of teeth whitening kits are backed by dental professionals, there is still a degree of controversy surrounding their use.

Today, we’re going to be looking at what lies behind the smile of whitening products, how effective they are and most importantly, if they are safe.

What are Teeth Whitening Kits?

While the majority of tooth whitening brands will differ slightly, all kits will include whitening gel, an LED whitening light and a mould tray and/or impression kit.

How do Teeth Whitening Kits Work?

Additionally, there are numerous ways to whiten your teeth, but the most important thing to remember is that there are correct and incorrect ways of doing it. Always be sure to arrange a consultation with your dentist or orthodontist if you’re thinking about having your teeth whitened, as there are many teeth whitening kits that claim to be effective but may actually be doing more harm than good.

Generally speaking, teeth whitening kits are designed to enhance the appearance of your teeth, making them appear whiter using various whitening agents. The main bleaching ingredient found in the majority of teeth whitening products is carbamide peroxide (CP) or hydrogen peroxide (HP) – both of which are successful whitening agents. Both produce exceptional results and are designed and manufactured by dental professionals, so you can rest assured that they are both safe and effective.

What Teeth Options are There?

Teeth whitening kits are not the only effective way to help brighten your smile. There are a number of other techniques you may want to try before opting for teeth whitening kits, such as toothpastes, mouthwashes, and in-office whitening treatments. Be sure to speak with your dentist about which options are right for you, especially if you’re considering treatment at home, as it requires more discipline and time to complete.

The Side Effects of Teeth Whitening

Of course, there are scenarios where teeth whitening kits are abused and this is when side effects can occur. It isn’t necessarily the ingredients found within teeth whitening kits that can cause problems, it’s incorrect use of the kits or overusing them in the hope to achieve whiter teeth. So, what can you do to help prevent any negative side effects?

Consult your dentist – if you’re apprehensive about whitening kits, or you’d simply like more information on what it involves and whether you’re a suitable candidate.

Follow the instructions – this is especially important when applying the teeth whitening gel, do not leave it on for longer than necessary. This will not make your teeth whiter, instead, it will weaken your tooth’s enamel and therefore make your teeth more sensitive.

Avoid staining – once you have finished the teeth whitening process, be sure to avoid foods that will stain your newly whitened teeth. Such foods will be detailed on the instructions but foods such as pasta sauce, red wine, coffee and fizzy drinks are best avoided.

The Effect it has on your Gums

Many people prefer having their teeth whitened in-office (performed by a dentist or healthcare professional) because it gives them peace of mind, knowing the process is being carried out by an expert. This in-office approach usually means that you’re able to see results faster than you would using a home kit. This is because dentists usually use bleaching lamps and sometimes a higher concentration of bleach.

What Happens if Bleach Touches your Gums?

If bleach does make contact with the gums, irritation is possible. The level of irritation also depends on the concentration of the bleach, so the more concentrated the application, the more unpleasant the irritation. However, special protection is applied during in-house bleaching procedures, so the bleach will be harmless and if any were to make contact with the gums, they would heal soon after the bleach was removed.

The Effect It Has on Your Teeth

Tooth sensitivity is something else to consider when opting for teeth whitening. Some people have far more sensitive teeth than others, so this is something to address and discuss with your dentist before you undergo the whitening process.

Similarly, decaying teeth, broken fillings and generally damaged teeth need to be addressed before you begin the whitening process, as the bleach may cause irritation. While bleaching damaged teeth may cause some discomfort, it won’t damage the enamel underneath.

When You Shouldn’t Whiten?

While teeth whitening is a fairly straightforward procedure, there are some circumstances where you might want to avoid whitening, or at least contact your dentist or healthcare professional if you have concerns.

If you have crowns and/or bonded teeth – while teeth whitening had no problem whitening your enamel, it won’t achieve success on the surfaces of bonded or crowned teeth if, however, you have bonded or crowned teeth towards the back of your mouth (molars), as they’re less noticeable than your front teeth.

Pregnancy – there is a debate on whether teeth whitening does affect pregnant women. The reason is that there isn’t enough conclusive evidence to suggest that teeth whitening is completely harmless to pregnant women. If you are considering using teeth whitening kits, it’s essential that you first speak with your doctor.

Remember, Talk to Your Dentist or Orthodontist!

While teeth whitening is an entirely elective procedure and one that you can essentially buy over the counter, it’s worth speaking to your dentist about all your teeth whitening options and whether it’s right for you. Understanding the process is extremely important and understanding the risks of excessive bleaching is equally as important.

What is the ‘Best Age’ for Braces?

Best age for bracesWhat is the ‘Best Age’ for Braces?

You, along with the vast majority of society, may believe that the best age for braces is in your early teens. When we think of braces and who wears them, everyone usually pictures a young teenage boy or girl. This is because many assume braces are fitted at an early age to help promote healthy oral development. Today, however, it’s not uncommon to notice adults wearing braces.

So, why is this? Is it better to have braces early? What are the reasons for this? Is there a point where you’re no longer applicable for braces? And above all, what is the best age to have braces? Well, we’re about to answer all those questions!

Looking at Age in Relation to Braces

Let’s start with children. It’s common to see children wearing braces, more so than adults. Why is this? Because when we’re young, our mouths are continuously changing. We lose teeth, we grow teeth, but somewhere along the way, we may require dental intervention to help promote a healthy mouth development.

While there is no specific age a child should pay their first visit to a dentist or orthodontist, it’s encouraged when their permanent teeth start to appear. In most cases, this is between the ages of 7-10.

There are of course, exceptions to this ‘rule’. For example, if you feel as though your child is having difficulty eating or you notice there is a clear problem with their mouth, gums or teeth which is affecting them, a visit to the orthodontist may be required. In most cases, your dentist will refer your child to an orthodontist, so it’s important to visit the dentist at least once a year to ensure their oral health is in check.

Is there an Age Limit for Braces?

You’ll be glad to know there is no age limit to having braces! In fact, many adults visit the orthodontist to have their teeth correctly aligned. This is either because they neglected to see an orthodontist, or they were not able to arrange a visit during their childhood.

It’s not uncommon for an orthodontist to suggest that there is in fact a better age to seek orthodontic treatment. However, this does not mean that the effects of having treatment later in life will hamper the development or the results of undergoing treatment. It’s simply a case of addressing the issue before it worsens – to ensure the patient wouldn’t be living in discomfort.

Are there Major Differences Regarding Braces for Kids and for Adults?

Strictly speaking there are no major notable differences between adult braces and braces for children. This is because all braces are unique anyway, so no patient will ever have ‘the same braces’. Of course, there are different types of braces: Invisalign, lingual braces, metal (wired) and retainers etc but the technique (or, application) remains very similar for evert patient.

The Psychology Behind Braces

While there are not notable differences regarding the application of braces, there are psychological implications worth considering. For example, having braces as a child can be both exciting and a bit scary, depending on how your child reacts to the news! Some children are anxious about the idea of braces and may even be nervous about visiting the dentist, whereas others may believe that getting braces is a ‘transformational’ period of their lives.

Teenagers present more difficulties, as they’re more conscious of their image. While they are aware that the application of braces will transform their smile in the long-run, the thought of living with braces isn’t easy to digest, at least for some. This is why Invisalign is becoming an increasingly popular option for teenagers. Being translucent, they present a subtle alternative to braces, making the thought of having braces more appealing.

However, your orthodontist will ultimately decide the most appropriate treatment.

The Cost of Braces in Relation to Age

Due to the fact braces are priced on how many adjustments are needed, there’s no fixed price. It also depends on how long the braces need to be worn and how many adjustments are required during this time.

However, in most cases, braces for adults may cost slightly more because they take longer to have an effect. This is because adults’ mouths are more susceptible to gum disease, weakened roots and other factors that simply come with age. Whereas children’s teeth are able to be shifted into desired positions far easier because they’re still developing. This means braces take less time to work.

Again, the condition of your mouth depends on the price of your braces. However, in most cases, braces for adults do cost more. You can always speak with your orthodontist to get an idea of how much your braces will cost.

Beginning the Braces Journey

You can get braces during any stage of your life but it’s important to do your own research before opting to visit your orthodontist. Find out which option you’d prefer and then arrange a consultation with your orthodontist. They will perform some standard checks such as taking x-rays of your mouth and bite.

Arranging a consultation with your orthodontist is just the start of your journey towards a brighter smile and a healthier you. All orthodontists understand that getting braces is a big commitment for some, that’s why it’s important to raise any questions or concerns you may have during your consultation. However, you can rest assured that once your braces are fitted, your orthodontist will be there to answer any questions throughout your treatment process and thereon after.

Is smoking bad for your teeth?

Is smoking bad for your teeth?Is Smoking Bad for Your Teeth?

It’s now common knowledge that smoking causes various diseases, including lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. If you suffer from asthma it can make an asthma attack worse, sometimes even fatal. Despite all the health and safety warnings promoted throughout the years and the constant bans on advertising, people who smoke tobacco are not only aware of the risks but continue to smoke.

However, we’re not here to talk about that side of things today. Instead, what is less-talked about is the damage that smoking can have on your dental health and hygiene. Smoking constantly weakens the health of your mouth, as it restricts the blood flow to your mouth, turning it into a breeding ground for bacteria. With this comes multiple other problems, including:

  • Foul breath
  • Raised risk of oral cancer
  • Teeth discolouration
  • Increased healing time for any oral surgery

Of course, we understand that simply naming the health risks that come with smoking isn’t helpful without providing a solution. We also understand that smoking isn’t easy to quit, as nicotine is one of the most addictive substances in the world.

This is why we have written an article on how and why tobacco damages your teeth in order to educate people on the risks that come with smoking. Let’s start with the core focus: teeth.

How Does Smoking Damage Your Teeth?

Smoking hurts your teeth in a number of ways, one of the worst being how it hinders your mouth’s ability to deal with infection. This means that if your mouth does succumb to infection, it will have a tough time fighting it off because of the bacteria produced by smoking. So, essentially your mouth is left defenceless to bacteria, which will just sit there until you visit a hygienist or dentist.

If the bacteria is left untreated, it can lead to yellowing of the teeth and in severe cases, the loss of your teeth (which would require root canals). Smoking generally lowers your body’s defences, making it more prone to infection and illness. This will eventually lead to tar build-up, because your body has no way of fighting it off. This becomes a major issue because your body literally has no defence to fight off potential infection.

What this means is that the circulation in your mouth is severely affected. Additionally, the grit found in tobacco will rub teeth and eventually chip away at the enamel.

But what about smokeless tobacco? Well, that’s a tricky one. While inhaling any amount of nicotine is unhealthy, there is still some debate as to whether vaping harbours similar affects.

What Are The effects of Smoking to Your Tteeth?

Every time you inhale a cigarette, your teeth come into direct contact with the toxins laced inside it. In truth, it’s no surprise that smoking severely harms your teeth. The most common symptoms are:

  • Browning of your teeth
  • Gum irritation (sometimes bleeding)
  • Build-up of calculus (hardened plaque)
  • Dry mouth
  • Enamel erosion

In severe cases these symptoms can lead to root canals, loss of teeth and severely damaged tooth enamel. While many people may simply see the above symptoms as purely cosmetic, if left untreated they can lead to severe tooth decay and end up costing thousands to repair.

Is Smoking Bad for Your Gums?

As we’ve already mentioned, smoking affects everything in your mouth. This includes your teeth, tongue, gums and general oral hygiene. The gum problems that come with smoking not only look unappealing but can become incredibly painful. Some of the symptoms you might encounter are:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Irritation when eating/chewing
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

While these symptoms are treatable, they are best avoided. Most dentists will suggest a number of healing techniques to combat gum and tooth irritation, including:

  • Mouthwash
  • Surgical intervention (bridges, implants etc)
  • Deep cleaning
  • Oral antibiotics

Talking to Your Dentist About Smoking

It’s not uncommon for people to be embarrassed or even lie when asked if they smoke. However, a dentist can tell if you’ve been smoking as the symptoms are blatantly obvious.

At Splash Orthodontics we know that giving up smoking is difficult, but the truth of the matter is, if you want your oral hygiene to improve, you need to give up for good. However, just because you smoke doesn’t mean you should neglect your oral hygiene habits.

Part of the reason why smokers don’t visit the dentist often is because they feel guilty and don’t want to be lectured. However, every dentist, orthodontist and oral hygienist simply wants to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your mouth healthy. 

Keeping Your Oral Health Intact (if you’re a smoker)

If you’re a smoker looking to keep your oral hygiene in check, here are a few essential tips to act on:

Use mouthwash – if you’re a smoker, your mouth is more at risk of infection. So, using mouthwash will help fight off bacteria left in your mouth after smoking. We advise that you wash your mouth with the mouthwash for at least a minute every day to kill as much of the bacteria as possible.

Flossing – flossing is something many people forget to do. Flossing is even more important for smokers, as it helps avoid the build-up of calculus on your teeth. If you notice substantial bleeding when you floss, it may be a sign of early periodontal disease.

Regular gum check-ups – regular check-ups keep your oral health in check. If you let your dentist or orthodontist know you’re a smoker, then they’ll be able to closely monitor and watch for signs of periodontal disease and any other oral infections.

Visit Splash Orthodontics today for a free consultation

Here at Splash Orthodontics, we not only provide sound advice on all areas of dental and orthodontic hygiene, but we offer exceptional orthodontic services. We recommend you book a no-obligation, free consultation with us so you can find out how orthodontic treatment could benefit you.

How often should you change your toothbrush?

How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Is it Important to Regularly Change Your Toothbrush?

How often should you change your toothbrushIf you’re wondering how often you should change your toothbrush, you’re not alone! Changing your toothbrush at the right time is essential for maintaining oral hygiene. No matter what type of toothbrush you use, the bristles will eventually become frayed and when this happens, their effectiveness suffers. Clinic research similarly highlights that new toothbrushes are far more effective at maintaining a good level of oral hygiene in comparison to those that have been sitting on the bathroom sink for a year. There are a few things to consider when changing your toothbrush and understanding these might see your oral hygiene vastly improve.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

While this may sound like a fairly simple concept, choosing the correct toothbrush cannot only save you money in the long run but it can also keep your oral hygiene in check. Sometimes, it can be quite tricky to find a toothbrush that is right for you. Below are some important things to consider before you buy your toothbrush:

The size of your toothbrush – using a toothbrush head that allows you to properly navigate your mouth is essential. Not only does it make cleaning easier, but it allows you to clean those hard-to-reach areas. While bigger toothbrush heads do have their own advantages, nothing makes accessing those tricky areas like a small toothbrush head.

The type of bristles – unless your orthodontist suggests otherwise, it would be wise to choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles. Why? Because medium or hard bristles are, most of the time, unnecessary. Hard bristles can actually damage your tooth enamel. So, unless you have been instructed to use other bristles, choose soft nylon bristles.

Disposable toothbrushes vs electric – results show that there is in fact, very little difference in the effectiveness of brushing with a disposable or electric toothbrush. So, it’s down to a matter of personal preference. Some dentists may recommend that you use an electric toothbrush, however it really depends on how ‘well’ you brush your teeth. We always advise that you brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes.

When You Should Get a New Toothbrush

Most orthodontists and dentists recommend that changing your toothbrush (or toothbrush head) every 3 months. Although, there are certain circumstances where an earlier switch may be necessary, such as illness.

Changing Your Toothbrush After Illness

While high-end toothbrush bristles stand a better chance of lasting longer than less-expensive ones, the bristles alone will not destroy bacteria in the mouth or prevent you from getting sick. Celebrity dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman claims that “Even if you haven’t been sick, fungus and bacteria can develop in your toothbrush.”

Toothbrush maintenance has never been more important, so it’s advised that you change your toothbrush (or toothbrush head if you own an electric toothbrush) at least every 3 months. It’s also important to make this change to help maintain healthy teeth, gums and general oral hygiene.

Maintaining Your Toothbrush

The main point to remember with any toothbrush, is keeping it clean. The American Dental Association claims that rinsing your toothbrush under tap water after you’ve finished brushing helps to eliminate leftover toothpaste and saliva (which could carry germs). Once this has been done, try storing your toothbrush upright, so that the bristles are better able to dry.

Some people might assume that storing their toothbrush in a closed container will be better at keeping bacteria away. However, this simply is not the case! Storing your toothbrush in a closed container actually encourages bacteria build-up. It’s healthier to allow the toothbrush fresh air in order to dry between each use.

Why Not Check-in Today?

If you have any concerns about your toothbrush, or you’d simply like to learn more about how to keep your oral hygiene up to scratch, why not get in touch with us today? Our staff are always on-hand to help with any queries you may have. Simply click here to get in touch, or call us on 01273 203514.

Braces before and after: what to expect

Braces before and afterBraces Before and After – What to Expect

It is common knowledge that braces (once worn and removed) can be a massive confidence booster for the patient in question. The realigning of a person’s teeth may not only improve the patient’s confidence but comes with multiple health benefits, all of which combine to offer a better quality of life.

What many people initially struggle with is the thought of having to wear braces for several months or even years. In order for you to fully benefit from braces and achieve the look or smile you’ve always wanted, you’re going to have to overcome these thoughts before you proceed with the procedure. However, once the braces have been applied, the social and physical discomfort you may be feeling can be quickly overcome! Below is a guide to help you through the before and after braces process, outlining what to expect and the procedure you will undertake.

Before Braces: The Psychological Impact

There are a few psychological changes that come with having braces, and learning how to manage them will make the early stages far easier to handle.

However, while braces offer a plethora of benefits, it’s important to understand that the transition is not only physical but psychological. For many, braces will initially be uncomfortable and may even take a month or so to get used to, but the real struggle for some is the psychological discomfort. Some of the most common fears patients have or develop with braces are:

  • Impaired speech
  • Bullying – being laughed at
  • Paranoia
  • Social anxiety

 

The struggle between choosing to wear braces and the end result is often a battle between fear and desire. However, what patients need to be reminded is that the smile they’ve always dreamed of will far outweigh the initial discomfort of wearing braces. If you’re one of these people that cannot stand the thought of wearing braces, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Our study on The Mental Benefits of Straight Teeth is a good read for those still apprehensive about the initial braces transition.

Although, once your braces are applied, that anxiety is eased and while it will take some getting used to, the hardest part is over. Below, we will discuss the journey you will undertake.

Wearing Your Braces

Your first encounter with braces might seem intimidating, restricting and slightly uncomfortable. This is entirely natural. The ‘before’ process is obviously the most trialling part of your journey, just keep thinking of that amazing smile and healthy mouth at the end!

The process itself usually takes between 1-2 hours (depending on the patient, some may take slightly longer). This includes teeth cleaning, the attachment of the braces, wiring, placing the brackets and the aftercare cleaning instructions.

Fitting Your Braces

Braces before and afterThe first step towards fitting your braces starts with your orthodontist cleaning and drying your teeth. This is so orthodontic bonding can take place. Once the bonding glue has been applied (which is completely harmless), your orthodontist will brush it on the back of the brackets, which will then be individually placed on each tooth. The bonding process takes approximately 10-20 minutes and is completely pain-free.

Once the glue has hardened, your orthodontist will attach the archwire into your brackets and secure everything in place using elastics. This is where you may feel your braces pushing on your teeth – but don’t worry, this is normal! This means the braces are doing their job.

However, if the pain becomes too much and doesn’t settle, do consult your orthodontist, as your braces may simply need readjusting. Once this has been completed, you will then be given instructions on how to maintain your braces. After that, you’re all set!

What to Expect When Your Braces Come Off

You will be told during one of your later check-ups when your braces should be coming off, this is usually during your next visit to the clinic. However, this can change, in that your teeth may move unexpectedly, speeding up the process, or they may take slightly longer to move into the desired formation. It is also worth noting that the removal process may differ slightly depending on the type of braces you have. You can find more information about our bespoke brace options on our treatments page.

Does Removing Braces Hurt?

No. you may feel a small amount of pressure while the braces are being removed but this is not meant to be painful. You will be given a retainer, however, and this may take some getting used to, especially in the early stages.

The Brace Removal Process

The usual process will see your orthodontist check the tracks and position of your teeth during each visit and at the same time, assess your progress. Your orthodontist will use pliers to remove the brackets and while this sounds daunting, there is no need to worry! The process is swift and pain-free. Your teeth will be scraped and cleaned of any remaining glue and a mould will be made of your teeth for your new retainer.

Caring for Your Teeth After Braces

It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions once your braces have been removed. Generally, you will be advised to avoid any bleaching or whitening treatment, as you will need to allow the exposed enamel time to become less sensitive.

Additionally, your teeth and gums will be sensitive after your braces have been removed. Again, this is natural. Do not attempt to eat particularly hard or crunchy food, or any food your orthodontist told you to avoid when you were wearing braces. It is safer to ease yourself back into your previous food plan or diet.

Ensure you effectively clean your teeth, now more than ever, because you will have naturally missed cleaning areas of your mouth that were previously unreachable.

Your Retainers and Appliances

Once your braces are off, it’s important that you remember to wear your retainer. Naturally, you will want to show off your new teeth and will be happy to be rid of your braces but it’s imperative you wear your retainer, as your teeth will still be adjusting to their new position. Depending on what your orthodontist provides you with, your retainer will either be removable, or fixed in a discrete, unseen position in your mouth.

Caring for your retainer is very simple. All you need to do is clean it with fluoride toothpaste, just as you would with your teeth!

Braces Before and After for Children

While many might assume the application process for braces will differ between child and adult, there are no real distinct differences.

Children rarely develop perfectly straight teeth naturally and it’s strongly advised that they see a dentist if they do experience any discomfort early on. Children’s teeth are far more susceptible to changes simply due to their erratic growth rate.

An orthodontic consultation is strongly advised as soon as your child’s adult teeth have come through. This is simply to assess their general oral health and make sure their teeth are falling into a healthy formation. If your child does need braces, the process is fairly straightforward. If you’d like to have an informal talk with one of our staff, do feel free to contact us here.

Your Child’s Braces Before

First, your orthodontist will take align impressions of your child’s teeth. This is so that an accurate mould of their mouth can be taken. This is a quick and easy process that only takes a few hours. Your orthodontist will only use these moulds for treatment assessment purposes.

Your Child’s Braces After

After orthodontic treatment, the teeth tend to shift back to where they were before braces were ever worn. Because of this, orthodontists recommend that your child wear a retainer every night for several years after the appliances are removed and then several times a week for the rest of their life to maintain results.

Living Brace-free!

Getting your braces off is definitely the most exciting part of the entire experience. By listening to your orthodontist’s advice and following their instructions exactly, you can protect your investment and maintain that perfect smile for life. Here at Splash Orthodontics, our staff will be happy to assist you in anyway. If you’d like to arrange a consultation, you can get in touch via our contact form, or call us on 01273 203514.