Fall in love with your smile again

If you have reached the stage where you need to get replacement teeth, it’s probably been a while since you felt really good about your smile. Maybe you lost some teeth in an accident. Maybe, they’ve been crumbling away for a while. Whatever the reason, you’ve probably had feelings about your teeth that range on a spectrum from frustration to despair.

Looking into the future, how do you feel about your replacement teeth? Are you worried you’ll lose food choices and have to deal with embarrassing fails on the part of your false teeth? Would you like to fall back in love with your smile and feel great about your teeth again? At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we rather think you would, and we have a way that you can do so.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamInstead of getting fixed bridgework, or full or partial dentures, we can offer you dental implants in Cheltenham.

Dental implants in Cheltenham are small titanium tapered screws or posts that we put into your jawbone under local anaesthetic. After 2-6 months, your jawbone will have grown new tissue all over the implants because titanium is amazingly biocompatible.

Once this has happened, we can then attach custom-made porcelain crowns to the implants. These are made to match your existing teeth, and will be indistinguishable from them.

Everyone thinks that dental implants in Cheltenham are expensive and while it is true that the initial outlay can be a good deal more than having dentures or a bridge, it’s important to bear a few things in mind.

Firstly, one dental implant can support up to 3 crowns a bridge. We can put a whole arch of teeth onto 4-6 implants.

Secondly, dental implants in Cheltenham last for at least 15 years. You will probably need to get the crowns replaced at some point, but the posts can last for decades if you look after them well. This means careful brushing and flossing plus regular hygienist visits so that plaque does not turn into gum disease.

That’s all you need to do. Over the decades, you could have to replace dentures and fixed bridgework several times over, and they could work out to cost just as much as dental implants.

Smile for the camera with braces in Cheltenham

There’s no getting away from the camera these days, even if you don’t have your phone camera pointed at yourself every time you go out, any event is riddled with selfie opportunities and commands to smile.

If you have wonky teeth, then you have probably perfected a way round the photo nightmare. You’ve probably got a smile that has closed lips, or you will be looking away. Perhaps you even have your hand over your mouth? What do you think when you see those pictures of yourself? Do you look happy? Do you look like the miserable one in the group? Are you bit of a Posh Spice, the world’s most famous non-smiler? When you see pictures of her looking fabulous, but not smiling, do you warm to her? Do you think people warm to you when you don’t give the camera a big, fat grin?

Braces in CheltenhamTruth is, our smile is our most important way of signalling to the world that we are happy and friendly and worth getting to know, so if we can’t use it to its full advantage, we are doing ourselves out of some vital social contact.

You can turn all this around and get a camera-ready smile by investing in braces in Cheltenham with us at Cheltenham Dental Spa.

Braces in Cheltenham for adults

It’s very likely that if you are an adult looking for braces in Cheltenham, then your teeth don’t need serious treatment to get them aligned. The vast majority of the population’s misalignments fit into the mild to moderate category, and braces in Cheltenham for this category can be amazingly discreet.

With our range of discreet braces, you won’t have to suffer the embarrassment associated with wearing braces, which most people continue to wrongly associate with awkward adolescence. In fact, teeth can be realigned no matter how old you are.

We have fixed braces that blend in with the teeth, and removable aligners that pretty much disappear once they are in place. Why not come in for a consultation and find out which ones are right for you? If you are worried about cost, we have finance deals available.

Choosing the right replacement teeth

There are several things to consider when you lose one, some or all of your teeth and need to find the best way to replace them. What suits one person does not always suit another, so it’s a good idea to draw up a list of considerations.

Ask yourself, what are teeth for? Here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we believe that teeth play a vital role in:

  • how you eat
  • how you speak
  • how you look.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamYou need your replacement teeth to work as well as possible in all these areas, and in our experience the method that fulfils all these criteria the best is dental implants in Cheltenham.

Roots with dental implants in Cheltenham

The reason why dental implants excel in all 3 areas is because they replace the whole tooth, root and crown, whereas dentures and bridges only replace the crowns and use other, not so effective, ways to get stability. Dentures adhere to the gums (which is about 25% effective in terms of chewing) and bridges require 2 good teeth to be ground down to become buttress crowns.

Eating

Dental implants on the other hand provide 100% of the chewing capability of natural teeth because they are embedded into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone, which grows new tissue all over them over the course of several weeks. You have to watch your diet while this is happening, but once the process is complete, you can eat whatever you like.

Speaking

Once dental implants are securely integrated, you need never worry that your teeth are going to start sliding around in your mouth. Denture wearers fiddle around with messy adhesives to get their teeth to stay in place so they can talk, laugh and yawn without embarrassing themselves. With dental implants, you don’t have to worry about any of this. Your teeth stay exactly where they should be.

Looking great

Dental implants in Cheltenham help you maintain a strong, healthy jawbone and facial structure by stimulating jawbone cells to renew themselves. Other replacement methods cannot do this and lead to a shrinking jaw and collapsed face.

Wave goodbye, say hello to dental implants in Cheltenham

As you bid a sad farewell to teeth that have done you proud, it’s ok to feel a sense of loss. These have been valued body parts and losing them is a big deal. You may also feel a sense of trepidation as you look to the future and wonder how best to replace them. You have 4 options:

Dental Implants in CheltenhamIf you want our opinion, here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we think that dental implants are the most effective way that modern dentistry has found to replace teeth. This is because dental implants:

  • Replace not just the crowns of the teeth, but the roots too
  • Give you back your full chewing power
  • Are stable and won’t start wobbling around
  • Maintain a strong and healthy jawbone
  • Are easy to look after
  • Last for a long time, maybe your whole life.

That’s quite a long list of advantages. Let’s look at a couple in more depth.

Easy maintenance

Because dental implants in Cheltenham are embedded into the jawbone, you don’t have to take them out at night to rest your gums or to soak them clean. All you have to do is brush and floss them carefully morning and night. You also need to make sure to have regular deep cleans with the hygienist. You are aiming to keep plaque at bay so that your dental implants do not succumb to gum disease. They can’t be affected by dental decay. If you do this, you can expect your implants to last for at least 15 years, but it’s not uncommon for them to last for decades.

Full chewing power

Because dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, where they integrate with the bone tissue, they have immense chewing power, as good as your natural teeth. That’s about 200lb or 97kg, which is no mean feat for a little titanium post. You get your food choices back (think nuts, celery, roast potatoes, even steaks) and as eating is one of life’s fundamental pleasures, that’s a big, big plus.

Get the change done with braces in Cheltenham

If you have never had anything done to improve the look of your teeth, then you don’t yet have any idea how the subtle yet profound change that having a great smile can make to your life. If you grew up with mildly to moderately wonky teeth, you already know that you seem to be able to function just fine with them in terms of eating and speaking, but what about self-consciousness?

Braces in CheltenhamHow do you feel about smiling? Even if you are just the tiniest bit embarrassed about your wonky teeth, then each time you smile, you won’t be doing it completely spontaneously. Maybe, you hold a hand over your mouth when you grin, or have perfected the art of smiling with your lips clamped tight together.

Imagine if you could just go for it with a huge great beaming grin without having to worry about what other people think of your teeth? Wouldn’t that be great? Here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we have a dentist specially trained to straighten out even the most wonky of smiles with braces in Cheltenham.

Whether you are an adult or a parent with a child whose teeth need sorting out, we can help you get the most effective braces in Cheltenham for the job. And by effective, we mean that not only will the braces we fit you with straighten out your teeth, but that they will meet your lifestyle needs as well.

Many people these days don’t want to have to wear metal braces that obscure their teeth if there is some way they don’t have to. We have a range of braces that are discreet, and some that are almost invisible. Dr Tomos Crandon will be able to advise you on which ones are the right ones for you or your child.

Discreet braces in Cheltenham

If discreet braces are right for you, there is quite a range to choose from. You can have bracket and wire braces that feature clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires. You can have transparent plastic mouth guard-like aligners that come out when you need to eat. You can even have braces that go behind your teeth and are completely hidden from view.

Chew with confidence with dental implants in Cheltenham

If you have lost some, or even all, of your natural teeth, dental implants could be the answer for you.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamWhat are dental implants?

A dental implant is a very small metal screw that is fixed directly into the jaw bone in the space where a tooth is missing. This screw can then be used to secure crowns, bridges and dentures in place. Over time the bone around the screw will actually mesh with the metal, adding even more strength and stability and making it a natural part of your jaw. At our practice, dental implants in Cheltenham start with a consultation, where we will look at your jawbone density and oral health to access your suitability for implants.

Advantages of dental implants

If you are thinking of getting dental implants in Cheltenham, you will need to know the advantages before you make such a big decision:

  • replacement teeth are secure and indiscernible, giving you confidence in your smile and improving your self-confidence
  • by replacing a missing tooth, you are preventing neighbouring teeth from tilting or shifting
  • you will be able to eat, bite and chew your food normally
  • you will no longer need to suffer the discomfort of a hard piece of food digging into your gum
  • dental implants help prevent bone loss in the jaw, which can occur after losing your natural teeth.

Dental implants can be life-changing

Even if you’ve only lost one single tooth as an adult, the effect can be quite stressful and devastating. People feel self-conscious if the gap is visible, and it can make eating certain foods uncomfortable and awkward. A dental implant can replace that lost tooth in a way that both looks and feels natural.

If you have lost several teeth, you are at risk of your face taking on a sunken appearance as the jawbone recedes without your teeth to keep it whole. Dental implants will stop this from happening, plus you won’t have to suffer the indignity of avoiding certain foods or having to deal with a bridge or dentures.

Here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we will be more than happy to talk you through the advantages and process of dental implants in our Cheltenham practice.

Exceeding expectations with braces in Cheltenham

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we hope to offer an exceptional experience when it comes to having your teeth straightened with braces in Cheltenham. We appreciate that getting this kind of treatment can appear to come with inevitable inconvenience or discomfort. We can talk to you about any aspects that are of concern to you and offer you advice and skills that will help your journey along. Below are some of the aspects of our service that we think of as particularly beneficial.

Braces in CheltenhamThorough consultation

Communication is one of the pillars of good dental service. This is a two-way process. We want to listen to your needs as well as supply you with all the information you need to feel comfortable choosing braces in Cheltenham with us. While this conversation is ongoing throughout your treatment, much of what you need to know is discussed during the initial consultation after a thorough examination of your teeth. This forms the basis of your treatment plan.

Options to choose from

Modern braces come in many shapes and sizes. We offer a number of those that are available so that, in some cases, you may have a choice about which one suits your lifestyle and budget. We will make recommendations as to which ones are best for your concern. Your options may include:

  • Aligners – these are clear and made from thermoplastic, so they are comfortable, removeable and discreet
  • Invisible braces – this is the term given to any braces in Cheltenham that make some effort towards blending in with the teeth to minimise the aesthetic impact of your teeth-straightening treatment
  • Lingual braces – for the ultimate in cosmetic discretion, some patients opt for braces that are fixed to the backs of the teeth. These sit close to the teeth so as not to interfere with the tongue once it becomes accustomed to the presence of the equipment.

Excellent aftercare

A dental treatment like teeth straightening doesn’t stop the day that your braces are removed. You will need to wear a retainer for a while. We also want to monitor your dental health to make sure that you enjoy your smile for as long as possible. That’s why we offer a comprehensive aftercare service at Cheltenham Dental Spa.

Why we love dental implants in Cheltenham

When it comes to replacing lost teeth, here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we think the most effective replacement method is dental implants in Cheltenham. Teeth are meant to be anchored into your jawbone, stable, and able to cope with anything you choose to eat (this does not include using your teeth to remove bottle tops, although there’s always one who will try this).

Dental Implants in CheltenhamSo, if your replacement teeth can’t do what your natural teeth can do, you are looking at having to narrow down your food choices and at living with teeth that don’t behave as well as they should, wobbling and sliding around in your mouth instead of staying put and getting on with the job of eating, talking and generally looking fabulous.

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement method that anchors the crowns into the jawbone. By doing so they provide all the chewing power that you expect from your natural teeth, coping with forces up to 200lbs or 97kg, which is more than the average male chew.

How dental implants work

There are 3 parts to dental implants in Cheltenham. The actual implant is a small tapered post or screw. We insert this into a carefully sited and excavated channel in your jawbone. Once it is in place, we cover the top with a temporary cap, replace your gum and give it several weeks to integrate with your bone tissue, which will grow all over its surface.

Once the bone and implant have integrated, we open up your gum again and put a connecting part called an abutment into the implant, which has an internal screw, and attach your replacement crown or crowns to the abutment.

The crowns are handcrafted from dental porcelain, coloured, sized and shaped to blend in with the rest of your teeth. If you are having all your teeth replaced, our technicians can use old photos to create crowns that look like the teeth you lost.

We can put up to 3 crowns on a bridge onto each implant and we can replace an entire arch with only 4-6 implants. Come in and find out how we can give you replacement teeth that act like real teeth.

Cosmetic or complex? Braces in Cheltenham

Seems every high street dentist is offering braces these days. You may have seen banners for popular brand names such as Invisalign and Six Month Smiles braces in Cheltenham.

The reason teeth straightening is so visible these days is because it is now possible for a general dentist to learn, in a fairly short space of time, how to fit certain cosmetic braces.

Braces in CheltenhamTime was, braces in Cheltenham could only be fitted by a dentist who had not only completed their 5 years at general dental school, but another 2-3 years studying how the teeth and jaws fit together. This is so they could diagnose misalignments and use appliances, such as braces, to correct any issues.

Braces before the 1990s were pretty much of the fixed, metal variety, highly conspicuous, and built with the strength to shift the strong back teeth with 2-3 roots each, as well as the lighter front teeth, which are held in place with one root. They had to be measured, fitted and maintained by a braces dentist, to make sure treatment stayed on track over the course of around two years. Not for the faint hearted and not surprisingly, people with mildly wonky teeth didn’t bother going through this ordeal.

However, advances in dental technology and techniques in the last 20 years means that braces are now made from lighter materials, are more discreet and in some cases only shift the front teeth, meaning they can do their work quickly: sometimes in as little as four months. These braces make cosmetic rather than necessary health changes, straightening up the smile rather than realigning the jaw.

So, while these modern braces in Cheltenham don’t require the same level of care as complex fixed metal ones, who would you rather have looking after your treatment? A dentist who has done a weekend course in fitting a particular kind of brace, or one who has trained for years on how to bring harmony to the teeth and jaws?

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, Dr Tomos Crandon, our braces dentist, fits both cosmetic and complex braces, and can meet all your teeth straightening needs. Call in today to find out more.

Confused about dental implants?

Not many people will know about dental implants until they lose a tooth, so it’s not surprising if you feel clueless about dental implants in Cheltenham. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. Once in place, natural looking crowns can be fitted on top of them.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamDental implants in Cheltenham for a better smile

Dental implants at Cheltenham Dental Spa can make a huge difference to our patients’ lives. We have seen many success stories over the years with patients who have been suffering with missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures. For them, having dental implants is like getting their natural teeth back. No more awkward moments of slipping dentures, no more gaps, just natural-looking tooth restorations. Dental implants in Cheltenham can give people the confidence to laugh and enjoy life again. We want all of our patients to have a smile they can feel proud of.

Worried about a pain?

Did you know, this procedure is less painful than getting a root canal and more like getting a filling. Your jawbone has very few nerves running through it, fewer than your teeth. This is why getting a dental implant isn’t as bad as it sounds. You might be worried about pain in your gums, just as well then that your mouth is the fastest healing part of your body. The procedure is simple and carried out under a local anaesthetic to numb any feeling during the procedure. You can also opt for sedation to calm you if you feel you will be too stressed during the procedure to make you feel totally relaxed.

Recovery

It has to be said, you aren’t likely to feel your best for a couple of days after the treatment. We recommend that you ask someone to accompany you home, you should also spend the first 24 hours in bed to let your body recover properly. You will need to eat liquid food for the first week whilst your mouth heals. Over-the-counter painkillers will help you with any pain after your procedure.

Outcome

Our patients agree that the outcome is well worth the liquid diet for a week. They are left with beautifully natural-looking teeth that function just like normal teeth.