Category: Braces

Improve your teeth

Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean. They also make for a much more pleasant smile. When you choose to have braces in Cheltenham, you’re improving your oral health as well as your cosmetic appeal. At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we offer a variety of discreet and lightweight braces that are comfortable and user-friendly.

Braces in CheltenhamBetter outlook

Braces in Cheltenham can help you to avoid the oral health problems associated with poorly-positioned teeth. When you have awkward spaces in the mouth that are tricky for the toothbrush to access, food particles and bacteria can build up to harmful levels. Bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease are given the chance to develop.

If you have a misaligned bite, you have to make extra effort to bite into and chew your food, putting your jaw at risk of strain.

As well as all this, if your teeth don’t look good, they can make you unhappy with your appearance. Our contemporary braces and aligners can significantly improve all of these problems without disrupting your day-to-day life.

Different types of braces in Cheltenham

The first part of your treatment is a conversation with our friendly team. We’ll assess your oral health while you tell us how you’d like to improve your dental positioning. We can then recommend the most appropriate processes.

You might benefit from clear braces like Invisalign. In this treatment, we’ll take 3D images of your teeth, and produce a series of transparent plastic aligners. You’ll wear a set of these aligners for 7-10 days, before moving on to the next one. After around 12-18 months, your teeth will have been gently pressured into improved positions. You can remove the aligners from your mouth when it’s time to brush your teeth or eat a meal.

Another type of braces in Cheltenham is known as Incognito. These braces are lightweight wires and brackets attached to the backs of your teeth. They’ll stay hidden while they do their work.

We also offer fixed braces in Cheltenham made of tooth-coloured and transparent materials. Six Month Smiles, for example, might be appropriate if you want to make relatively small adjustments to your front teeth.

Turn up the wattage on your smile

If you have a low-key smile, and you are not grinning the kind of grin that reaches up and makes crinkles round your eyes, then you are missing a happiness trick. If it’s because you have got wonky teeth that you are trying to hide, you could change your smile and get happier with braces in Cheltenham.

The Duchennes smile

Braces in CheltenhamThis is the name for the genuine smile that reaches the eyes. When we smile this kind of smile, people can tell we are for real, and react with more friendliness. The Duchennes smile is a great people connector, but, more than that, it can help you feel happier too. This is because when you smile a real smile, it triggers the release of the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, such as serotonin. And when you feel happier, you smile more. More serotonin released, you feel happier, you smile more, and so on.

However, if you have wonky teeth that are stopping you from smiling, you are also decreasing your opportunities for increasing your happiness levels.

For that reason alone, it’s worth investigating getting braces in Cheltenham. When you come to Cheltenham Dental Spa, we have a wide range of braces that can improve your smile. We also have a dentist who is specifically trained in fitting braces.

Fixing your social six

These are the teeth at the front of the mouth, the ones that are most on show when we smile and talk. We have a range of what are called cosmetic braces to fix mild misalignments with these teeth. This work can often be carried out much more quickly than misalignments with the bigger back teeth.

Invisalign

This is one of our most popular kinds of braces in Cheltenham. Instead of metal brackets and wires fixed to your teeth, you wear a series of transparent, removable aligner trays that use carefully placed pressure points to gently shift your teeth into alignments. Treatment takes, on average, a year and you can remove the aligners for eating and cleaning, which takes a lot of the hassle out of teeth straightening treatment.

Braces without brackets

If you have been toying with the idea of getting your teeth straightened, but do not fancy having to wear brackets and wires fixed with cement on your teeth, then Invisalign might be the treatment for you.

If you are looking for braces in Cheltenham, Invisalign is available from us at Cheltenham Dental Spa, and we think you’ll love its many benefits.

Braces in CheltenhamHard to see

Among the many so-called invisible braces systems, Invisalign really can claim to be almost invisible. Instead of brackets and wires, you get very thin, 0.3mm, transparent, thermoplastic resin trays called aligners. These aligners look like bite-guards. They snap on very snugly over the teeth, and disappear. Co-workers and friends will have to peer at you very closely to spot them. And you won’t be given away by that tell-tale braces lisp because Invisalign doesn’t interfere with speech in the way that traditional ‘train track’ metal braces can.

This alternative to traditional braces in Cheltenham also has the benefit of being removable. When you can the aligners out, you can eat what you like without worrying about what might get stuck in the equipment, or held against your teeth to discolour or cause decay. Removable systems are also much easier to clean, just take out the Invisalign aligner, clean it, and put it back in.

Also, should you absolutely have to (maybe you are getting married) you can leave your aligners out a few hours while you attend a particularly important occasion. You must put the aligners back in as soon as you can however, as you need to wear them for at least 20 hours a day if you are to stick to the straightening schedule. The number of aligners you will get through depends very much on your individual alignment issues.

When you come to us at the Cheltenham Dental Spa for an initial consultation about Invisalign braces in Cheltenham, we will show you a computer simulation of the path your teeth will need to reach alignment. You will get to see the end result, which is a great incentive to stick to your schedule.

To find out more about braces in Cheltenham, why not call us for an initial consultation?

How do regular and cosmetic braces in Cheltenham differ?

If you are looking to straighten your smile and improve the health of your teeth, you will soon find out that there is no shortage of solutions. Different types of braces can be used to achieve a beautifully aligned smile. However, they accomplish this in different ways.

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we use traditional braces as well as cosmetic braces in Cheltenham in order to cover our patient’s needs. Both types of braces are effective and can fix quite a few teeth straightening problems; however, they look different and fix different types of problems. Our experienced dentists will examine your teeth carefully, evaluate the extent of your alignment issues and help you decide which type of braces in Cheltenham is ideal for your individual needs.

Braces in CheltenhamWhat are traditional braces?

Traditional metal braces are fixed to the teeth and consist of a mechanism of brackets and wires. Metal braces are very effective and can correct a wide variety of different dental problems by applying constant pressure to the teeth and their roots.

Metal braces can fix problems with the position and alignment of your teeth as well as problems with the way your bite comes together. Conventional braces in Cheltenham can also solve problems with your occlusion and can create a harmonious smile, moving all your teeth in their correct positions, if necessary.

What are cosmetic braces?

Cosmetic braces are often more aesthetically appealing than regular braces; however, they use the same teeth straightening mechanism. For instance, Invisalign aligners help move the teeth into their correct position through a series of transparent, removable, plastic aligners. Cosmetic braces, such as Six Month Smiles, are designed to produce faster results, using low forces to move only your front six or eight teeth. Finally, Incognito braces work just like metal braces, but are entirely invisible because they are fixed behind the teeth.

Making a proper choice

There are lots of different braces in Cheltenham that can be used to give you a beautifully straight smile. The best way to find out more is to book a consultation with one of our dentists at Cheltenham Dental Spa.

Confidence is key

Being a confident person is what gets you the apparently lucky breaks in life. You dare to say and do things that under-confident people shudder at the thought of. You also know when to say no and somehow don’t end up in those sticky situations that can so often come with a quiet voice of negativity inside. One sure-fire way to boost your confidence and improve how you relate to the world is to straighten out your wonky teeth with braces in Cheltenham.

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we know all about the difference that braces in Cheltenham can make to the way people relate to the world. We’ve seen the transformation time and time again. Someone comes in to see us, not quite looking directly at us, not really smiling, somehow not taking up their space in the room.

Braces in CheltenhamA few months later, with lovely straight teeth, they walk out, head held high, speaking more certainly and with a big grin on their face. Often they come back with tales of how things at work, or at school, or on the dating scene seem to have magically changed for them. They may think it’s just about having straight teeth, but we know that their whole demeanour has undergone a subtle yet radical transformation.

Don’t put it off

People have the mistaken idea that to wear braces as an adult is to undergo some kind of social torture, that everyone will be pointing and staring at them and asking endless rude questions about their treatment.

It is not like that anymore. Braces in Cheltenham are no longer heavy metal things that barely leave room in your mouth for speaking. The new generation of braces have been designed to be as minimal as possible and as convenient as possible too. Many are designed for use on only mild to moderate misalignments, which is what most people have, and so can be even smaller. The materials used are chosen to blend in with the mouth rather than dominate it: clear ceramic brackets, tooth-coloured wires, even clear plastic mouth guard-style aligners that disappear once they are in place and braces that go behind the teeth rather than on the fronts.

Discretion is the name of the game with braces in Cheltenham

More and more patients are turning to the new generation of braces to straighten their teeth in their adult years. When you come to us at Cheltenham Dental Spa for braces in Cheltenham, we understand that what puts most people off having their teeth straightened is the thought of having to wear cumbersome metal braces for months or even years on end. But you don’t have to when you choose from our range of more discreet alternatives.

Discretion is an increasingly important aspect of braces in Cheltenham as increasing numbers of adult patients are searching for braces that do not take over their mouths.

descreet-bracesAt Cheltenham Dental Spa, we have collected together discreet treatments that feature both fixed and removable appliances. Both ways of straightening teeth have their own advantages. One may be better suited to your needs. You will need to come into our clinic for a consultation, so that we can thoroughly examine your teeth, jaws, bite and mouth in order to decide which system will provide the best treatment for you.

Not just cosmetic

Teeth straightening treatment goes into the category of cosmetic dentistry, because it is only available on the NHS for children with serious bite correction issues. However, the benefits of straighter teeth are not just aesthetic, there are definite health benefits too. Straighter teeth are likely to last longer because they are much easier to keep clean. Straight teeth have fewer hard-to-reach areas in which dental plaque can build up. This means that with regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, and good dental hygiene practices at home, you can reduce your risk of both gum disease and tooth decay.

Invisalign

More than four million people have used this system of clear, removable aligners that fit comfortably over the teeth to guide them into a new position. You change your aligners every week to 10 days, and can take them out to eat, drink, clean, and to brush your teeth.

Damon Clear Braces

Damon Clear braces are both more discreet and more comfortable than their metal counterparts. They use a passive slide mechanism to maintain arch wires within the bracket, enabling them to move freely, thus reducing friction and binding.

You’re never too old for straight teeth

If you think you have left it too late to get your teeth straightened, then think again. There is no upper age limit for treatment with braces in Cheltenham with us at Cheltenham Dental Spa. So, whether you are in your teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, or even your 70s, you can get that lovely straight smile you have been dreaming of.

But why have you left it so long? True, it has never been easier to get straighter teeth with braces in Cheltenham, but maybe you are put off by the idea of wearing cumbersome metal braces that will provoke unwanted comments from strangers and maybe even make you the butt of your friends’ jokes for months on end.

Braces in CheltenhamOr maybe, it’s the cost?

If either of these is the case, you’ll be glad to hear that we have solutions for both.

Discreet braces in Cheltenham

We are proud to offer a wide range of brace systems for discreet straightening, as well as the services of Dr Tomos Crandon, who has a special interest in teeth straightening.

If you want to get your teeth straightened, then, depending on what your misalignment issues are, we can offer fixed braces with discreet brackets and wires that blend in with your teeth. Brands include the well known Six Month Smiles, which is designed to the move the front six social teeth in an average time of just six months.

Invisalign is another popular straightening system. It does not use brackets and wires but mouth guard-style aligners that snap on over the teeth. They are so thin that, once they are in place, they cannot be seen. They don’t interfere with speech and are removed for eating, drinking and teeth cleaning. The average treatment time with Invisalign is a year.

The Inman Aligner is another removable device that straightens the very front teeth only, with pressure created by sandwiching the teeth between two spring-loaded aligner bars.

If cost is what keeps you from coming to see us for braces in Cheltenham, you may be eligible for 0% finance to help you spread the cost into monthly payments.

Different types of cosmetic braces in Cheltenham

Few people are lucky enough to be born with perfect teeth, and, if you weren’t, teeth straightening treatment can make a huge difference to your smile and overall health. However, many adults who have never had braces, feel like their chance for straight teeth has passed, or they are reluctant to commit to two or more years of wearing unattractive metal braces.

Modern dentistry has come a long way and there are now many options if you are looking for a more discreet way to straighten your teeth. At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we offer a wide range of cosmetic teeth straightening options including Invisalign, Incognito, Six Month Smiles and Clarity ceramic braces. Most cosmetic braces in Cheltenham are best suited for mild to moderate spacing or crowding of the teeth, and minimal bite alignment issues.

Braces in CheltenhamInvisalign

Treatment with Invisalign involves multiple clear aligners that you wear in a predetermined order to achieve the desired treatment result – each new aligner takes the adjustment of your teeth one step further. Invisalign aligners are easy to wear and can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth. Since they are transparent, nobody will know that you are undergoing dental treatment.

Incognito lingual braces

Incognito braces, also known as lingual braces, offer a invisible option for teeth straightening treatment. While lingual braces in Cheltenham use the same methods as traditional braces, they have one major difference: the brackets are fixed to the inside of the teeth and they are customised to fit each individual tooth. This means they are hidden, creating a treatment option that is as discreet as possible.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles braces reduce treatment time to around six months by concentrating only on straightening the front teeth. These braces are made of tooth-coloured brackets and wires and can be used to treat a wide variety of problems, including crowding, crossbites, overbites and gaps between teeth.

Clarity advanced ceramic brackets

Ceramic braces work in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made from a clear, translucent ceramic material. Ceramic braces are very comfortable and will not harm the soft tissues in your mouth due to their slim dome-shaped design.

Regain confidence in your smile with discreet braces in Cheltenham

If the idea of having to wear braces to straighten your teeth, makes you feel uncomfortable, then you should not worry. Teeth straightening technology has come a long way and braces that are barely noticeable have been developed to provide adults with more discreet choices when it comes to teeth straightening treatment.

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we believe that healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there is no such thing as being too old for braces in Cheltenham. We strive to find the correct treatment for each of our patients’ dental problems, including crooked, misaligned, gapped and twisted teeth. Our discreet teeth straightening treatments can also fix jaw problems such as overbites, underbites and crossbites. Here are some of the braces we offer:

Braces in CheltenhamInvisalign

An innovative, teeth straightening treatment, Invisalign has gained much popularity in recent years as an alternative to metal braces. Used by teenagers and adults alike, Invisalign consists of a series transparent, removable, plastic aligners that are customised to fit over your teeth.

Incognito

Incognito braces in Cheltenham are the invisible alternative to metal braces. These customised, fixed braces are hidden behind the teeth, allowing patients to continue their daily routine without feeling uncomfortable or image-conscious. Incognito braces can fix a number of dental problems including severely crooked and misaligned teeth and they are suitable for all age groups.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles braces are fixed, tooth-coloured braces that gradually move your teeth into their correct position within six months (or less!). Unlike regular braces, Six Month Smiles braces only focus on the front teeth and do not alter your bite. They are ideal for patients who wish to straighten their teeth on a schedule.

Clarity ceramic braces

Clarity ceramic braces are very lightweight. They are made of tooth-coloured brackets and ceramic wires that easily blend with your natural tooth colour. Because they are made of ceramic they do not stain easily. Their slim design makes them very discreet, while at the same time they are very comfortable.

Interested in discreet braces in Cheltenham, but not sure where to start? Contact our friendly team today and we will book a consultation appointment for you.