What is Invisalign?

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Gaps, crowded, twisted looking teeth?

While everyone of every age wants beautiful straight white teeth, braces are not for everyone! Here at Smilessence, we can offer clear removable braces!

Why not keep smiling and laughing without being self-conscious of metal showing?

Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth using a series of custom made, removable, virtually invisible aligners.

Continue on with your daily activities while straitening your teeth!

There are advantages of having Invisalign over traditional braces:

  • the appliance is removable for good hygiene
  • easy to clean your teeth
  • straight teeth can improve your oral health
  • more beautiful smiles
  • made of smooth comfortable plastic
  • allowing you to eat whatever foods you like
  • a reason to start smiling more!

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Invisalign FAQ’s

Can anyone see that I have the aligners on?
Fortunately the aligners are clear! When in the mouth they are almost invisible.The aligners are made of a clear, glossy material.

How often do I have to wear my aligners?

24/7 whilst you must remove them to eat, brush and floss.They are to be in the mouth a minimum of 22 hours a day.

Do I have to avoid certain foods with this treatment?

Unlike traditional orthodontic braces you will no longer have to give up your favourite foods for straighter teeth. With invisalign you won’t have the stress of breaking brackets, bending wires or having food stuck throughout the day.

How long does invisalign treatment take?
Treatments vary from patient to patient, depending on what the patient wants to achieve, for most patients treatment takes between 6-18 months.

How often will my appointment be with the dentist?

In most causes you will see your dentist once every 6 weeks, at each appointment you will be given 3 sets of your aligners that you will be asked to change every 2 weeks.

What happens after I finish my treatment? How do I keep my teeth I position?
Keeping your teeth in position is easily done. We will make you 3 sets of retainers, however do remember the retainers of for life! Simply wear them every night to bed.

How do I clean my aligners?
Keeping your aligners clean is easy and fast; simply give them a quick brush with Luke warm water and a bit of toothpaste.

Will I have discomfort throughout treatment?
You will experience discomfort for the first few days of each set of aligners, remember you are slowly moving your teeth into different positions.

Will wearing the aligners affect the way I speak?
As with anything new there is an adjustment period where we allow 1-2 days for our self to get used to having something new in your mouths. Most patients don’t have an issue with their speaking.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

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What is a dental implant?

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A dental implant can be thought of as a prosthetic tooth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone. This is then used to support an artificial tooth (crown) or teeth (bridge or denture).

Dental implant is fabricated from a very strong, biocompatible material placed in a procedure that, generally, is like tooth extraction. After an initial healing period, during which the implant is buried in bone and left undisturbed under gum tissue, it is uncovered and connected to a small metal post that secures and supports the artificial tooth.

The implant material is extremely biocompatible. The bone grows onto the implant and bonds to it.

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How long does it take?

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It depends on the type of bone, and where the implant is placed into your jaw. It can range from 2 months to over 9 months.These times may need to be lengthened if bone needs to be grown or grafting has taken place.

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Is everyone suitable?

Answer
Some people may not be suitable for this procedure. Conditions such as heavy smoking,
periodontal disease and uncontrolled diabetes can cause problems. Your dentist will also need to check to see how much bone you have and whether there is enough space for an implant. The adjacent teeth roots will also need to be away from the implant. If you don’t have enough bone, it is possible to grow bone or even graft bone from elsewhere in the mouth.

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What are the advantages of the implant treatment?

Answer
The adjacent teeth are not damaged or cut in any way as compared to a bridge which involves reduction of the adjacent teeth. It also helps to prevent bone loss. Implants are also used to stabilise loose dentures or even replace them with fixed bridges.

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What is the procedure for implant treatment?

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The gum is lifted and folded back and the bone is prepared to receive the implant. You may have this done in the chair with local anaesthetic like a tooth extraction. The implant is generally covered over and left to heal until the implant has integrated into the jawbone. Your dentist may also leave the implant uncovered by the gum at this first stage. A second operation may then be needed to uncover the top of the implant. Your dentist can usually start construction of your crown or a bridge after a month.

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How long will an implant last?

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This is impossible to predict, especially when done to repair a missing tooth that has diminished gum tissue. Though research has demonstrated a long life once the implants have been integrated with bone, each patient is different, and longevity may be
affected by overall health, nutrition, oral hygiene and tobacco usage. Individual anatomy, the design and construction of the prosthesis and oral habits may also have an influence.

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What is the cost of an implant?

Answer
In general, costs are closely comparable to those of other prostheses involving fixed
bridgework. The uniqueness of repairing a missing tooth (or teeth) depends on each patient’s restorative needs, which means this should be discussed with your dentist.

PLEASE NOTE:

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.