The lowdown on Invisalign braces

Let’s face it, crooked, misaligned teeth are not teeth at their best. Individually your teeth may be perfect, but if they are not neatly lined up their beauty is lost. Not only that but your misaligned teeth be difficult to clean, which can lead to all sorts of unwanted dental hygiene issues.

Braces in OrpingtonChoosing your alignment method

So, you have decided that braces are your route forward. Now it’s time to choose which type of braces to run with. There are many different types of braces out there that will properly align your teeth. However, traditional metal braces can be unattractive, uncomfortable and sometimes painful to wear. This is where we can help you. Having had years of experience with braces and tooth alignment, we have seen the results of many different types of Braces. Here in Orpington, braces are in high demand and the type we recommend is Invisalign in most cases. They are clear, discreet, easy to keep clean and manage, results are fantastic and long lasting when cared for properly. Of course, they may not be suitable in all cases, for instance people who have drastic tooth misalignment.

Here are a couple of factors to consider when choosing your tooth alignment programme.

Maximum comfort and safety

Choosing Invisalign clear braces in Orpington is the right option for reducing damage to your teeth. Invisalign aligners are smooth and custom-made to fit your teeth. When properly fitted, your gums and other sensitive areas in your mouth will not hurt when wearing them. The brackets of traditional wire and metal braces are attached to the surface of your teeth, which can lead to demineralisation and damage to the tooth surface. Invisalign aligners will not do this. So long as you remember to brush and floss after each meal your teeth are at no risk of damage.


Invisalign aligners are so thin, 0.3mm, that they disappear from view once they are snapped on over your teeth.

When you choose Invisalign braces in Orpington, you will receive a comprehensive, computerised treatment plan. This means you know exactly what to expect and how long you will need to wear your braces.

Uses of dental implants

We all wish for a healthy and beautiful smile, but most people experience tooth loss at some point in their life. Missing teeth not only affect the way you look, but can also leave the surrounding teeth in your mouth vulnerable to other dental problems, including further tooth loss. Luckily, dental implants are a solution if you are missing one or more teeth.

At Orpington Dental, dental implants are our preferred choice of treatment for tooth loss. This is because, unlike conventional dentures and bridges, dental implants replace the missing tooth roots and create a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth.

Dental Implants in OrpingtonHow are dental implants used?

Dental implants are small, screw-shaped, titanium posts, which are surgically embedded into the jawbone. Once they are in place, they are used as anchors for artificial teeth. The restorations used with dental implants include dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.

Crowns are ideal for patients who wish to replace only one missing tooth. They are attached to the dental implants through an abutment, a connecting fixture that joins the implant and the crown. Crowns are commonly made of porcelain or composite materials and they are customised to match the colour of your natural teeth.

Dental bridges are used for groups of two or three missing teeth in a row. A bridge consists of two crowns, which are secured to dental implants on either side of the gap. The central piece of a dental bridge looks like your natural teeth but is made of one solid piece.

Last but not least, implant-supported dentures are securely attached to strategically placed dental implant posts through special fixtures. Implant-supported dentures are stable and do not require the use of dental adhesives. This treatment is a great and cost-effective option for patients who are missing all of their teeth.

Restore your oral health and function

If you have one or several missing teeth, do not let them compromise your health and quality of life. If you can benefit from dental implants, our experienced dentists will examine your teeth thoroughly and create a customised plan for your dental needs. To learn more about dental implants in Orpington, schedule an appointment today.

A new smile with dental implants

Missing teeth can have the potential of bringing down your mood, making you feel self-conscious, being afraid to smile, becoming less sociable and losing the confidence to speak in public. If any or all of these apply to you then don’t hold back any longer in turning your life around, just make yourself an appointment for dental implants in Orpington. At Orpington Dental Care, we can help you feel confident again.

Dental-Implants-in-OrpingtonBenefits of dental implants in Orpington

Dental implants are a long-lasting fixture which look, feel and function like normal teeth, so after a while you will not even realise you have had them inserted. There is no need for removal when cleaning or eating or sleeping. There is no chance of any embarrassing accidents and if you practice a continuous thorough dental hygiene routine, then your dental implants will last for many, many years.

Missing teeth can deteriorate the strength of your jawbone. It is a common condition called jawbone absorption. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement procedure thatstrengthens your jawbone over time. With all this in mind, it is no wonder dental implants are a popular choice for patients deciding on which tooth replacement procedure to go for.

How do dental implants work?

At our practice in Orpington, dental implants are inserted during a quick surgical procedure. They are basically a copy of the natural root of a tooth. Initially there will be a tiny titanium screw inserted into the jawbone which will then over time fuse with the bone causing it to strengthen. Your new tooth or teeth can either be added straight away or, depending on the assessment of your mouth and jawbone, may be added at a later date after the jawbone has been given time to heal. It is possible to insert a single new tooth, several teeth or even anupper or lower arch set of teeth. The implant treatment may sound daunting but in fact it is a straightforward procedure. We can assure you that we will endeavour to make you as relaxed and comfortable as possible during the treatment.

A new smile in just six months

Six Month Smiles braces in Orpington are becoming one of the most popular methods of straightening teeth in the UK. This is largely due to the speed with which the system works, with many cases being finished in around six months (hence the name). Even Tom Cruise, the A-list celebrity has benefitted from this treatment.

Braces in OrpingtonSix Month Smiles braces in Orpington is a fixed brace system, meaning it is bonded on to your teeth in a safe and reversible manner. During the treatment the brace remains in place at all times and cannot be removed at home. Some of our patients here at Orpington Dental Care find this is a much easier option as they may not be as inclined to wear a removable brace as much as is needed.

How does Six Month Smiles work?

Six Month Smiles braces in Orpington use the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely. The key to the treatment is the use of the unique clear bracket and wire system. Plus having the focus on moving only the teeth that are visible when you smile makes the treatment faster.

Do they hurt?

Six Month Smiles braces in Orpington use low force to move teeth more comfortably. However, as with any dental appliance, there may be some discomfort. Many people assume that with the short treatment time that more force will be used on the teeth, but this is not true. As the treatment focuses on the teeth most seen when you smile, it can be done using a much lower force, which is much more comfortable for the wearer.

How visible are Six Month Smiles?

The Six Month Smiles brace is made up of clear brackets that are fixed to your teeth and a tooth-coloured wire. They can be a little more visible than some other forms of cosmetic braces, but are one of the most discreet fixed brace systems used today. Most of our patients find that the short amount of time the treatment is completed in is preferable to a system that is more undetectable.

Why choose us?

Here at Orpington Dental Care, we have a genuine passion for providing high quality, extensive and complex dental treatments, including dental implants and top quality cosmetic dentistry procedures. We constantly focus on keeping up to date with the latest technologies and modern techniques and always strive for the highest standards of care possible for your dental implants in Orpington.

Our highly committed dental team is continuously training to help you look after your new smile for years to come. Our staff educate patients on maintaining excellent oral health and will provide you with affordable and durable treatment options for your dental implants in Orpington.

Dental Implants in OrpingtonDo I need dental implants?

Do you have a missing tooth? Do you have several missing teeth or have been unfortunate enough to have lost all your natural teeth? If you answer yes to any of the above questions, then dental implants in Orpington could be the answer.

Unfortunately, tooth loss can affect anyone at any age. Be it through disease, surgery, illness, accident, or tooth decay. Tooth loss is distressing, but simplants mean you don’t have to have gaps in your smile forever. Implants offer a permanent fixed solution to missing teeth and restore the beauty to your smile.

Is it a problem that I smoke?

A non-smoker has a much better outcome long term for implants. However, if you are a smoker, please don’t be put off from booking a consultation for your dental implants in Orpington. The ideal mouth for dental implants is a mouth with little or no bone loss, with no evidence of gum disease.

That said, just because bone loss has occurred, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not suitable for dental implants. It may just take an additional procedure to get you there. Therefore, the consultation process is fundamental prior to commencing with dental implants in Orpington.

A full and comprehensive treatment plan including costs will be given to you after your initial appointment. Here, at Orpington Dental Care, you are under no obligation to commit to treatment. We understand completely that every patient needs to consider every aspect before starting treatment with us.

The foundation for a great smile

In the past couple of decades, there has been an explosion in cosmetic dentistry, thanks to all the advances in dental techniques, materials and equipment. More and more people are focussed on having the best smile possible.

And we love this. A good smile can make such a difference to your life. But even so, here at Orpington Dental Care, we are also firm believers in providing an excellent level of care in general dentistry in Orpington.

General Dentistry in OrpingtonAfter all, there would be no point in letting you go ahead with spending your hard-earned money on treatments to provide beautifully white, straight teeth, if those teeth were housed in diseased gums, or on the verge of decay or infection.

That’s why we will only offer you cosmetic dentistry if your mouth is in really good shape, health-wise. Fortunately, it easy to stay on top of your oral health. You just need the discipline to clean your teeth twice a day and come for a check-up twice a year. Coming to us for check-ups allows us to spot any issues before they turn into a crisis. Decay and gum disease are sneaky and you probably won’t notice either in your mouth until they are already quite advanced. For example, you probably won’t realise you have decay in a back tooth, until it starts to give you toothache. And by the time that happens, it means the decay is into the pulp of your tooth, where the nerves are.

What things get to the pain stage, it means that treatment is going to take longer, cost more and be more stressful. It could even result in you having to have root canal therapy, or a tooth extraction. Losing a tooth brings you into a whole new level of dentistry seriousness. You need to start looking at tooth replacement, which could involve spending a great deal of money. There is a way out of this scenario: take great care when brushing and flossing and come to us every six months for a check-up, then you may not need to lose a tooth at all.

Braces in Orpington: your options

Say braces and the mind immediately turns to the metal ‘train tracks’ seen so often on teenagers. Most treatment with braces is carried out on children and teenagers, as it is ideal to make these readjustments while the jaw is still growing.

However, if you’ve made it to adulthood without having braces in Orpington and you still have wonky teeth, it’s not too late. And you may be excited to learn that these days, there are many different options if you want straighter teeth, including discreet, hidden and invisible braces. You don’t have to broadcast to the world that you are having treatment, which is great news if you work in a public-facing job such as teaching, reception work or sales.

Braces in OrpingtonAt Orpington Dental Care, we offer two discreet brace systems for cosmetic adjustments. These won’t work for serious misalignments of the jaw, but can help you to a more winning smile by working on the teeth that you show most clearly when you grin.

Six Month Smiles braces in Orpington

As the name suggests, these can bring results in just six months by working on the ‘social six’ front teeth that show when you smile. Six Month Smiles are made from clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires so they are discreet and blend into the teeth.

These braces use low forces to realign the teeth, making treatment comfortable and quick. This also makes them more affordable, needing less time in the dentist’s chair.

Orpington braces: Invisalign

Invisalign braces work with more complex cases than Six Months Smiles. They can treat some cases of misalignment of the jaw, as well as straightening the teeth.

And they are even more discreet! Invisalign is made up of a series of clear, plastic aligners. They are custom-made to fit snugly over the teeth and gums and once on, can’t be seen unless someone is close up and examining your teeth. And because they are also removable, you can even take them out for the odd special occasion for an hour or two. This also makes cleaning and eating easy – no chance of food getting stuck or having to work a toothbrush around brackets and wires.

Replacement teeth that really work

Round about the age of 50, most of us have lost a tooth or two. If you are around that age and are about to lose a tooth, you may be dreading what happens next, especially if you think what happens next is a choice between dentures or a bridge.

dental-implants-in-OrpingtonThat may have been the case once, but for a while now it’s been possible to get dental implants in Orpington. If you have never heard of dental implants in Orpington before then you are in for a nice surprise, because these little beauties allow you to replace your teeth and then carry on pretty much as if nothing had happened. You can continue to eat whatever you want, talk and laugh with no fear of embarrassment, and you can even carry on with your same careful, twice-daily brushing and flossing routine.

That’s got to be a whole lot better than having teeth ground down to have a bridge fixed on to them, or fiddling around with a partial denture that can move around in your mouth and has to be taken out at night to be cleaned.

What exactly are dental implants?

What makes dental implants in Orpington different is that they are a replacement for the root of the tooth, whicha crown or crowns are fixed onto. The implant is a post or screw made of titanium. It is put into the jawbone once an artificial socket has been drilled.

Once in place the titanium sparks a growth explosion from the bone tissue and over the next few weeks the bone grows all over the implant. The result is thatthe implant is held in place as firmly as that tooth you lost.

And the crowns?

One dental implant a single crown, or a bridge of two or three crowns fixed onto it. These are hand-made by skilled technicians out of dental porcelain, which they size, shape and colour to match your own teeth. If you have a photo of the one you lost, they can use that to recreate it.

One thing’s for sure, no one will be able to tell it’s not a real tooth, and you too may even forget it’s not yours.

Which will you choose?

There’s never been so much choice in braces in Orpington before. And there has never been so many adults investing in their long-term dental health by getting their teeth straightened. Yes indeed, having those mildly wonky teeth realigned is not only good for how you look, but also gives your teeth the chance to last much longer.

Braces in OrpingtonStraighter teeth are cleaner teeth

When you have straight teeth, you will find it much easier to keep them free from plaque, which likes to build up in hard-to-reach crevices. Plaque is a layer of sticky bacteria that feed on the sugars in our mouths and give off an acid. This eats through our enamel and allows decay in. It also irritates the gum and can lead to gum disease, which, in its advanced stages can cause teeth to fall out.

Straighter teeth share the burden

When you chew, your teeth are meant to work as a team, each one exerting and receiving equal pressure as you process your food into a paste. If only a few are doing all the chewing, over the years they will start to split and crumble away, and then you’ll have to go through the expense and hassle of getting them replaced, possibly repeatedly if you have dentures or a bridge.

So, lots of great reasons to get yourself some braces. In Orpington, at Orpington Dental Care, we have a couple of great systems for adults, both of which are so much more discreet than the cumbersome ‘train track’ metal braces of old.

Six Month Smiles

Taking the tried and tested design of brackets and wires and updating them for use on the front six ‘social’ teeth, the ones we see the most of when people smile and talk. The brackets are much smaller and made of clear ceramic, the wires finer, and the whole process takes, on average, only six months.


Not even braces in Orpington, but clear plastic aligner trays like mouth guards. You wear a series of aligners, each with its own carefully placed pressure points that nudge the teeth into alignment. Almost invisible and removable for eating and cleaning, this is teeth straightening with almost no drawbacks.

Regain your confidence with teeth whitening in Orpington

A great smile is an asset, but not everyone is born with a set of bright, white teeth. In recent years, professional teeth whitening has become very popular, since it is a quick, effective and inexpensive way for people to brighten their smile. There are a variety of techniques to ensure that you can whiten your teeth safely. However, it is always advised to visit a cosmetic dentist.

At Orpington Dental Care, we offer power whitening and home whitening. Both methods are safe, tested and offer lasting results. Our experienced dentists will examine your teeth and help you determine which method is better for you, based on your individual needs and lifestyle.

Teeth Whitening in OrpingtonWhy do teeth become discoloured?

Regularly consuming certain highly-pigmented foods and drinks, such as berries, soy sauce, coffee, tea and soda, can cause discolouration over time. Luckily, these stains are surface stains, and can be easily removed with teeth whitening in Orpington. Forgetting to brush your teeth can also cause stains. Patients with poor oral hygiene see their teeth gradually become yellow and darken as cavities form as well.

However, the most natural cause of tooth discolouration is ageing. As we age, tooth enamel thins down and our teeth become more yellow and translucent. Finally, smoking and certain medications can also cause your teeth to darken over time. Most of these stains can be removed with teeth whitening. However, if you are pregnant or have sensitive teeth your dentist may recommend an alternative treatment.

Power whitening

Power teeth whitening is more immediate than home whitening, taking only about an hour in the dentist’s chair. Power teeth whitening uses a more powerful bleaching gel, which is activated by a special lamp, for the best of all whitening results. The gel is applied directly to your teeth and your dentist will be careful to protect your gums and soft tissue.

Home whitening

Home whitening, on the other hand, involves the use of customised bleaching trays, which are made for each patient in advance of the treatment. You will have to wear them along with bleaching gel for a few hours every day or while you sleep, for two weeks before you get the shade you want.