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.

Braces or naturally straight teeth?

Not many people are lucky enough to have naturally perfect teeth, so there’s no reason to feel ashamed of your own ones. Most people who have straight teeth have simply managed to get braces before you. Many adults many think that it is too late to get braces; however, they would be wrong. Braces in Cheltenham can be used at any age to straighten teeth. Many adults also don’t bother getting braces because they hate the idea of wearing unattractive braces for two or three years. Now at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we think this is fair enough. That is why we have a wide range of discreet braces available for you to choose from. Adult, lifestyle-friendly braces are discreet or invisible and don’t interfere too much with your day-to-day life.

Braces in CheltenhamOur modern braces in Cheltenham include:

  • Invisalign: the thin, clear plastic, removable aligners that are almost invisible;
  • Incognito: the braces worn behind your teeth so nobody can see them;
  • Six Month Smiles: the fast-acting, clear, fixed brace;
  • Clarity Advanced: the extra comfortable, tooth-coloured, fixed brace;
  • Damon: the translucent, fast-acting braces;
  • Inman Aligners: the removable, fast-acting brace for front teeth only.

Modern braces

Today, modern braces can offer adults a way to get the teeth they had always hoped for. If you have mild to moderate issues with your tooth alignment, or crowded teeth, we can help you. We always aim to give you the best treatment possible and advise you on which braces will be the right fit for you.

Depending on the type of braces you opt for, your treatment times will differ. There is usually a quicker treatment time with fixed braces than removable braces. Some patients prefer quicker treatment, others prefer the convenience of being able to take their braces out if they feel like it.

If you are unsure which braces in Cheltenham will be right for you, come in for a consultation. Over the years, we have treated many patients with braces in Cheltenham, so we know a thing or two about what will work for you. During an appointment, we can give you a price estimate for the different types of braces, along with rough treatment times.

Get your teeth back with dental implants

Having missing teeth loose dentures can really undermine your confidence and self-esteem. Eating can become a big struggle and often you will have to avoid foods that you enjoy because they are too difficult to eat. Our dental implants in Cheltenham offer a reliable way to solve the issue of missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures. Implants are just as strong as your natural teeth, and sometimes they are even stronger. We can fit implants for one missing tooth or many, and we can restore your full set of teeth if necessary. For those who have suffered with badly fitting dentures for a long time, solving the issue with dental implants can bring great relief and a renewed sense of confidence.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamThink you can’t get dental implants? Think again

In some cases, people have been told they can’t get dental implants due to a lack of bone density. Here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we could help you overcome this. Many people who have had missing teeth for a long time, or who have severe gum disease, also suffer with loss of jawbone density. A jawbone that does not receive vibrations from healthy, secure teeth becomes redundant and is reabsorbsed into the body. The jawbone becomes weak, it’s no longer strong enough to hold dental implants and crowns. If you have this problem and would like dental implants in Cheltenham, we can offer you a bone regeneration treatment.

Bone grafting for dental implants in Cheltenham

We can regenerate your jawbone with bone grafting. This involves replacing an area of your jawbone with a stronger material. At first, this procedure sounds pretty scary. However, oral bone grafting is a routine, predictable and relatively low-pain procedure. In most cases, bone grafting can be performed comfortably in our practice with local anaesthetic. Bone grafts are made of a sterile material. Once we have performed a bone graft, your body will adopt the material as your own bone. The gum tissues around it will grow naturally too. Once this area has become strong, you are ready for dental implants to be fitted and crowns or dentures placed on top. Your new teeth will look natural and feel strong.

A world of options for straighter teeth

Perfectly straight teeth aren’t just something you see on TV presenters or actors anymore. Take a look around and you’ll increasingly see your peers with beautifully aligned pearly whites. Odds are they weren’t born with teeth in such harmonious alignment. Dentistry today offers a variety of teeth straightening systems to resolve crooked, crowded and spaced out teeth, as well as bites that don’t quite line up. At our modern dental practice, Cheltenham Dental Spa, we offer a full range of braces in Cheltenham for all ages.

Braces in CheltenhamAs children and teenagers our jaws and teeth are still in the process of growing. This makes them particularly malleable, making it a good time to get braces to straighten crooked teeth or correct misaligned bites. Our dentist, Tomos Crandon, has years of experience helping our youngest clients smile brighter with braces in Cheltenham.

If you missed out on the chance to have your teeth straightened as a child or were unlucky enough to have your straightened teeth shift back, you’ll be glad to know that you can still get your teeth straightened as an adult. While the adult jaw is set hard, which makes correcting bites a challenge, adult teeth can be shifted along at any age with braces in Cheltenham. There are a variety of discreet systems, both fixed and removable, which you can discuss with one of our experienced dentists. These include:

  • Invisalign: a series of removable, clear, plastic aligners custom-made to fit over your teeth and gradually nudge them into straighter positions;
  • Inman aligner: two spring-loaded bows that push the front teeth into alignment in a matter of weeks;
  • Six Month Smiles: a fixed system that uses clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires that won’t dominate the teeth, with results in on average just six months;
  • Incognito lingual braces: fixed braces that can handle all manner of misalignments but are hidden from view as they are fixed to the backs of the teeth.

There are even more braces in Cheltenham that you can explore at a consultation with one of our dentists. The pros and cons of each treatment will be clearly explained so that you can make an informed decision, with cost and convenience also factored in.

Rebuilding smiles with dental implants in Cheltenham

Tooth loss is commonly associated with old age but the truth is it can strike at any age. Accident, injury or poor dental health can all result in missing teeth. If you’ve experienced tooth loss it is vital you seek treatment as soon as possible. At Cheltenham Dental Spa we provide the most reliable means to restore missing teeth and rebuild your smile in Cheltenham: dental implants.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamWhy should you treat your tooth loss now?

Missing teeth can draw attention to your smile for all the wrong reasons. However there are more than cosmetic consequences to tooth loss.

The absence of tooth roots causes the jawbone to deteriorate as it no longer receives vital signals from the teeth clashing together. The gums recede and neighbouring teeth become more likely to fall out.

Missing crowns mean that the remaining teeth have to work harder, become worn down faster and are more likely to become damaged.

Gaps in the teeth also give food debris more places to get lodged, giving bacteria a feast to thrive on, resulting in a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium. They are placed directly into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Here they encourage new bone growth in and around them. This secures them in place, ready for the attachment of replacement teeth in the form of crowns, bridges or even customised dentures. As a single dental implant can support multiple replacement teeth, no matter how many teeth you have lost, dental implants in Cheltenham can effectively restore them all.

Are dental implants right for you?

For treatment with dental implants in Cheltenham to be successful, your general and dental health needs to be in good shape. This means, for example, any tooth decay or gum disease is resolved and diabetes is under control. Your jawbone also needs to be in a good state so that it can support your implants. Years of wearing dentures may mean your jawbone has already degenerated. There is hope however as we offer bone grafting to help rebuild your jawbone.

Kids and braces in Cheltenham

Nowadays, there really are no reasons left for not having straight teeth. As a parent, you are probably very keen to make sure your child has the best dental care to ensure they enter adulthood with teeth that should last a lifetime if they continue to take good care of them.

As with all dental treatments, braces in Cheltenham have evolved in leaps and bounds over the last couple of decades. So has the way in which we treat children who need to get their teeth straightened.

Braces in CheltenhamEarly diagnostics

It used to be that children would get braces in Cheltenham when they were about 12 years old and all their adult teeth had come through. Nowadays, we can get them checked out for possible problems when they are as young as seven and their adult teeth are just starting to come through.

The preferred age for treatment with braces in Cheltenham is now younger than it used to be so that we can use braces to guide the teeth into their correct positions rather than moving them once they have already arrived.

Jaw alignment

If your child has jaw alignment issues, it is important that they are treated when they are still young. Crossbites, overbites and underbites are all issues with the jaws not meeting properly. There can also be problems with the jaws not being wide enough to accommodate all the teeth and this can result in something known as crowding. The jaw can be widened to make room for all the teeth. This is preferable to having teeth removed as this often means a smaller jaw that does not hold the face out properly.

Treatments for the jaw need to be completed before the age of 18, around which time the bone sets hard and can no longer be manipulated.

Dr Tomos Crandon

Dr Crandon extended his study time by several years in order to become highly skilled and qualified in all aspects of dentistry having to do with alignment of the teeth and jaws. Bring your child to see him at Cheltenham Dental Spa for a diagnostic assessment and treatment.

Understanding the dangers of losing a tooth

Finding yourself with a damaged or missing tooth can put you in an uncomfortable situation in many ways. Talking in public can become awkward or embarrassing as you may feel the need to hide the gap in your mouth. When teeth are missing biting and chewing can be impaired. This can mean that you avoid some foods for fear of the embarrassment of not being able to finish your meal. Perhaps you even stop going to dinners out or other social events. These reasons and many more can negatively affect your confidence and self-esteem.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamAs if these psychological factors weren’t bad enough, there are also serious physical implications for those suffering from a missing tooth. Firstly nearby teeth become at risk of losing their position in your mouth. Teeth are designed to adapt to pressure and to a certain extent they support each other. If one tooth falls out, it’s neighbours can begin to slide towards the gap that is left behind.

Even more worrying t is the fact that missing teeth can lead to the loss of jawbone density. Without the essential vibrations that travel through your tooth to its roots and on into the jawbone, bone density will decrease. This spells a big problem for your jawbone health and the future of your other teeth. It is possible for a jawbone to lose 25% of it’s density within the first year after tooth loss. Symptoms following on from loss of bone density include further tooth loss, a shrinking jawbone and eventually a sagging face.

If you have recently experienced tooth loss, dental implants in Chelthenham are a fantastic way to keep your existing teeth safely in their place and your jawbone in tip top health. Our dental implants in Cheltenham are as strong as your natural teeth. They will match your natural teeth in colour and shape and you won’t need to worry about additional maintenance as implants should be cared for in the usual way with careful brushing and flossing.

Opting for dental implants in Cheltenham will give you new, healthy teeth and peace of mind. Now there’s something to smile about. We can even design, create and fit dental implants for you in one day.