November 20th, 2014
Invisible braces have made orthodontic treatment much more appealing to people who have issues such as gaps between the teeth, underbite and crowding. We are proud to offer effective invisible brace treatment in the heart of Kent and we look forward to transforming your smile in secret!
In the past, many patients were apprehensive about having braces because of the way they look; braces are not the most attractive accessory and this contributed to fears about what other people might think, how to portray a professional image with braces and how to feel confident during treatment. With invisible braces, none of these problems remain issues and you can go through treatment without any worries at all.
Our invisible braces
We are delighted to offer a new clear aligner system, which enables you to enjoy complete discretion during the treatment process. These ultra-light aligners are made entirely from clear, high grade plastic, so they are virtually invisible when you smile.
The aligners are also removable, so you can enjoy better oral hygiene and eat without any worries about keeping your brace clean or getting bits of your dinner stuck in the brace.
Our invisible braces are available to patients of all ages and they can be beneficial for patients with a range of orthodontic issues, from mild crowding and crooked teeth, to underbite and overbite.
For amazing aesthetics, we can also incorporate whitening treatment to ensure that your new smile looks perfect once treatment is complete.
To find out more about our invisible braces and see if you are a good match for treatment, call us now!
November 18th, 2014
Injuries, accidents and general wear and tear can take their toll on your teeth, but if you’re in need of restorative treatment or you’re looking for a tooth replacement treatment, we can help. We offer high grade crowns and dental bridges to cater for your restorative needs and we are confident that we can repair damaged teeth and restore the look of your smile in no time.
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are restorations, which are commonly used when a tooth has become weak as a result of decay or injury. Crowns are positioned over the top of the tooth and they strengthen weak teeth, as well as making them look more attractive. Crowns can be made from metals and ceramics and we often recommend porcelain crowns for a flawless finish. Crowns are durable and they should last for around 10 years. We may advise you to consider having a new crown if you have a large cavity, your tooth is broken or the tooth has been weakened by a large filling.
Dental bridges are an effective solution for missing teeth; they are most commonly recommended for a single missing tooth. A traditional fixed bridge is made from a false tooth, called a pontic, which is anchored by a crown on each side; the bridge is supported by healthy teeth on either side of the gap and the result is a flawless, natural looking replacement. We usually recommend ceramic bridges because they blend in with the natural shade of the teeth.
Bridges are custom-made for each individual patient and they are a durable solution; in most cases, they last up to 15 years. The procedure is simple and usually treatment involves just 2 sessions.
If you’d like to find out more about crowns and bridges at Kent Smile Studio, call and arrange a consultation today!
November 13th, 2014
At Kent Smile Studio we like to move with the times and we’re always on the lookout for new and exciting innovations. We are delighted to offer our patients Quicklase laser dental treatment. With laser technology we are able to offer quick, accurate and painless treatment!
With the Quicklase Power Pen, we are able to carry ot dental procedures rapidly with minimal pain and no disruption to the surrounding tissue. We use laser technology for a range of different procedures and it has several different purposes. Laser treatment can often be used to replace more traditional techniques, which tend to take longer and involve a more invasive procedure.
We are able to use Quicklase to:
- Detect signs of tooth decay
- Treat gum disease
- Reshape the gums
- Sterilise and clean
- Destroy decayed tooth tissue
The benefits of laser treatment
Laser treatment offers a host of benefits for dentists and patients, including:
- Speed: with laser technology, treatment is much quicker
- Recovery: the healing time with laser treatment is much shorter, as lasers often eliminate the need for making incisions in the gum tissue
- Infection: with laser treatment there is a much lower risk of infection after treatment, as there is usually no need to make an incision in the soft tissue
- Comfort: laser treatment is quiet, painless and accurate and it often eliminates the need for anaesthetic and drilling, which is great news for patients who suffer from dental anxiety or a phobia of needles or the dental drill. You can also leave the surgery without that horrible numb feeling you get after having local anaesthetic.
- Accuracy: with lasers, treatment is much more accurate and we can carry out treatment without any interference to the surrounding tissue
November 11th, 2014
At Kent Smile Studio we strive to make our patients feel comfortable and we provide IV sedation for patients who suffer from dental phobia and those who feel very anxious about having dental treatment.
With sedation, we are able to make patients feel reassured and confident before and during treatment and patients can relax in the knowledge that they won’t feel any pain at all.
About IV sedation
IV sedation is a technique used commonly in medicine and dentistry; sedation is a means of helping people to feel relaxed and calm and it is often viewed as a safer alternative to general anaesthetic. With sedation, you don’t lose consciousness, but you do feel completely calm.
When you are sedated, sedative is injected into your bloodstream through a vein in your arm. You will shortly start to feel the effects of the sedative and you will probably feel a little drowsy. During the procedure, you won’t feel any pain, but you will be awake, so you can talk to your dentist if you want to. When the procedure is finished, your dentist will give you medication to make the effects of the sedative wear off and you will gradually feel more alert.
After sedation, you may feel drowsy and sleepy for a while and we strongly recommend asking a friend or relative to drive you home and stay with you until the effects have worn off completely. It’s important that you take it easy and avoid doing anything strenuous, driving or drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours.
If you are a nervous patient or you are having a long or complex procedure, we may recommend sedation as a means of helping you to overcome your nerves and feel more comfortable in the dental chair. We will explain what happens and answer any questions you have and we will be with you every step of the way when you are having treatment and afterwards when you come around.
November 6th, 2014
Veneers are an extremely popular cosmetic dental treatment and if you’re searching for a solution for aesthetic flaws, such as chips and staining, or you dream of a flawless, radiant smile, they could be just the tonic. Here are 5 reasons why you could benefit from veneers:
- Amazing aesthetics: veneers are famed for creating stunning smiles and we use high grade ceramics to produce bright and beautiful teeth. Whether you’re desperate to cover up stained teeth or you’re unhappy with the overall look of your smile, veneers could transform your troublesome teeth into a truly stunning smile.
- Simple treatment process: we are able to complete veneer treatment in just 2 weeks, usually with 2 treatment sessions. During the first session, we plan treatment and create the impressions for your new smile, which are used by dental technicians to create your bespoke veneers. During the second treatment, the veneers are fitted and you can check out your new smile for the first time. Prior to fitting veneers, it is usually necessary to prepare the teeth, which simply involves taking away a wafer-thin layer of the tooth surface to make space for the new veneers.
- Durability: veneers will provide you with a timeless, beautiful smile and we expect our porcelain veneers to last between 5 and 10 years. Porcelain is more durable than composite and often represents a better long-term investment.
- Confidence: many people who have aesthetic issues with their smile suffer a lack of confidence as a result. Your smile is something you should feel proud to show off, rather than something you’re desperate to hide away from others and with veneers, your dreams of a perfect smile really can come true.
- Choice: with veneers, there is a wide range of choices when it comes to the shape, size and shade, so you can customise your smile to create your perfect look.
November 4th, 2014
One of the most exciting and innovative treatments we offer is All-on-4; this incredible implant system enables us to replace missing teeth and create amazing new smiles in just one day! If you thought you had to wait for months for new teeth, think again!
All-on-4 is a really impressive same-day implant treatment, which enables us to place dental implants and new teeth in a single session. With All-on-4 we use just four dental implants to secure a full arch of missing teeth and the results are there to see and enjoy immediately.
Usually, it takes between 6 and 10 dental implants to support a full arch of missing teeth, but the location and angle of All-on-4 implants increases stability and fewer implants are needed. Two of the implants are placed at the front of the jaw, with the other two at the back. Traditionally, implants are placed at 90 degree angles, but with this system, the back implants sit at 45 degree angles.
The advantages of All-on-4
Speed is the obvious advantage with All-on-4, as traditional implant treatment usually takes several months; however, there are many additional benefits. With dental implants in place to secure the new teeth, stability is increased significantly and if you’ve had dentures in the past, you will notice a difference immediately. The teeth are secured, so there’s no risk of them slipping and you can enjoy much more power when you chew; your smile will also look amazing. Implants are easy to care for and they last for many years, so you don’t need to worry about adjustments or replacements.
If you’d like to find out how All-on-4 could transform your smile, call and make your appointment today!
October 25th, 2014
Laser technology has become increasingly commonplace in modern dentistry and we are very proud to be able to offer our clients in Kent and beyond simple, hassle-free and painless laser dental treatment. With laser technology, we are able to produce excellent results with minimal disruption.
What is the PowerPen?
The Quicklase PowerPen is a laser device, which has a range of uses. With Quicklase, we are able to work quickly and accurately and carry out procedures without causing patients any pain or anxiety. Laser treatment often eliminates the need for more traditional techniques such as using scalpels and drills and this is particularly good news for patients who suffer from dental phobia or anxiety. With the PowerPen, we can carry out a range of treatments and services, including periodontal treatment for gum disease, detection and treatment of decay and gum reshaping, as well as sterilisation.
What are the benefits of Quicklase?
The Quicklase Power Pen has many benefits; treatment is quicker and more accurate and the concept is much less daunting that traditional treatment. With the Power Pen, there is no drilling and no pain, which means no needles or injections to anaesthetise the gums are required. The procedures are also quite and less intimidating and healing speed is much shorter, as there are usually no incisions in the soft tissue.
Without incisions, there is also a much lower of infection following treatment, as there are no open wounds or incisions that may get infected.
If you would like to find out more about laser dentistry or the Power Pen in particular, call us today!
October 23rd, 2014
Many patients who need a filling now choose to have white fillings and this is mainly because of aesthetic benefits. In the past, mercury fillings were very popular because they were widely available and affordable, but new materials, including dental composite, have become much more popular. If you have a cavity, we can offer white fillings and we also replace existing mercury fillings for patients who wish to enjoy the benefits of more modern materials.
What are the advantages of white fillings?
White fillings offer many advantages but perhaps the most obvious is the aesthetic appeal. Unlike mercury fillings, white fillings are designed to match the tooth colour and therefore, they cannot be distinguished from the rest of the tooth; with metal fillings, the filling is clearly visible in the tooth and may be seen when you eat, smile or speak.
White fillings are also strong and durable and they are now suitable for most of the teeth; in the past, the materials were not as strong and they were generally only recommended for the teeth towards the front of the mouth.
Some people also have concerns about the safety and environmental impact of mercury fillings and white fillings are considered a safer option.
If you have a cavity, fillings are a really effective way of helping to stem an infection and make a tooth stronger. If the tooth is not filled, the infection can become more advanced and widespread and more intensive treatment, such as root canal therapy, may be required.
What are the disadvantages?
White fillings are more expensive than mercury amalgam fillings and they may not last quite as long. Sometimes, it may also be advisable to have a metal filling (this may be made from precious or non-precious metal) in a molar tooth, as these teeth are required to withstand more pressure than the front teeth and a metal filling is likely to last longer.
October 23rd, 2014
We aim to provide our patients with the best treatments and one way of ensuring this is to invest in state of the art technology. With Cerec technology, we can offer same-day restorative treatment for clients, so there’s no need to wait around for a new crown or veneer.
What is Cerec?
Cerec technology enables us to offer same-day treatment for patients who need restorative treatment; this technology takes care of the design and fabrication processes, enabling us to do everything on-site with no need to send off moulds to technicians or use temporary restorations. With Cerec, we can create bespoke crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers.
The treatment process is very simple and quick with Cerec. We take photographs of your tooth and these are converted into three-dimensional designs by state of the art Cerec software. These designs are sent to the milling machine and the new restoration is fabricated on-site in a matter of minutes. Your dentist will then be able to fit the new restoration and you will be free to go home with a newly restored tooth.
What are the advantages of Cerec for patients?
Cerec is quick, clean and accurate and it requires a single session, rather than repeat appointments 2 weeks apart. With Cerec on-site, we can do everything at the clinic in a very short space of time, so we don’t need to fit temporary restorations and patients only need to book a single appointment. Cerec eliminates the need for temporary measures and also for creating putty moulds, which can be an unpleasant experience for some, especially those who have a sensitive gag reflex.
Patients can also get more involved in the treatment process with Cerec and dentists have more influence over the finished result.
If you need a new crown or your dentist has recommended an inlay or onlay, why not try Cerec? Call us today and we’ll arrange an appointment for you.
October 18th, 2014
When it comes to modern orthodontics, there are few options that beat clear aligners. With transparent aligners you can enjoy all the benefits of tooth straightening treatment with peace of mind and confidence. With this option, there’s no worrying about how you look or what people think; you can simply get on with day to day life and look forward to an amazing new smile.
About clear aligners
Clear aligners are an excellent option for patients who list aesthetics as their primary requirement when selecting an orthodontic treatment; with this treatment, image is not an issue, as the aligners are virtually invisible. As you can’t see the braces when you smile, you can feel confident during your treatment and you don’t have to worry about feeling self-conscious when you meet new people or you have professional duties to carry out.
How do aligners work?
Clear aligners work by using forces to move the teeth. Aligners are custom-made and they are shaped to encourage the teeth to move into the correct position. Aligner systems use a series of appliances, rather than a single device and each one is different. Aligners are made from very light, high grade plastic and they sit over the teeth, rather than being fixed onto them like conventional braces. After a period of time, usually 2 weeks, the aligners are switched and this is repeated until the series is complete.
What are the advantages of removable aligners?
Removable braces give you more freedom than fixed braces and they are also much easier to adapt to, as they don’t really much of an impact on your normal daily life. You eat and brush your teeth in the normal way, as you take the aligners out, and you can also take the aligner out if you are going to party or a special event and you want to look your absolute best. The only requirement is that you wear the aligner for at least 21 hours per day.