How 6 Month Smiles can transform the appearance of your teeth

At Leicester dental practice Aesthetic Smiles, we have seen an increasing demand for 6 Month Smiles – a cosmetic brace system with an average treatment time of just half a year. If you have crooked, misaligned, or poorly spaced teeth that are stopping you from smiling, these braces could be the perfect solution. And if you’re worried about having a mouth full of metal – even for just six months – let us put your fears to bed. . .

six month smilesUnlike traditional metal braces, 6 Month Smiles are designed with discretion in mind. They comprise clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, meaning they blend in with the natural colour of your teeth so are not immediately noticeable. They are just one of the discreet orthodontic options available at our Leicester dental practice.

How treatment works

Braces remain the best option for teeth straightening in many cases, giving your dentist or orthodontist maximum control over the movement of each tooth. While 6 Month Smiles use the traditional principles of orthodontics, they have been modified and modernised to work both quickly and discreetly.

Average treatment time with 6 Month Smiles is just six months – many cases are complete in an even shorter time period. They work so quickly because they focus on the teeth that show when you smile, utilising gentle forces to move them into a better position.

Our 6 Month Smiles-certified dentist at our Leicester clinic uses a special assessment tool to work out if this is the best orthodontic treatment for you at your initial consultation. If you both agree to go ahead with treatment, your dentist will create a custom-made treatment plan, detailing the length of your procedure and the projected costs of treatment.

Dental implants: treatment options at our Leicester practice

A dentist uses dental implants to replace one, some, or even all of your natural teeth. At Leicester dental practice Aesthetic Smiles, our skilled implantologists have a strong track record of successful implant treatment. In some cases, it’s even possible to fit you with your implants and your new teeth on the same day.

Why should I choose dental implants?

dental implantsSome people consider dental implants to be an expensive treatment option when compared with other tooth replacements, such as standard bridges or dentures. But at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester we prefer to see implants as an investment in your smile – and that’s one of the best investments anyone can make.

Dental implants are the only permanent way for your dentist to replace missing teeth. They are small titanium screws that are fitted directly into your jaw bone here at our Leicester clinic. New teeth – crowns, dentures or bridges – are then affixed on top.

The functionality provided by implants is unrivalled. Because they act like natural tooth roots, your new teeth will enjoy very firm support, and you will enjoy the ability to eat whatever you like and to speak and smile with confidence. With proper care and regular visits to the dentist and hygienist, your implants could last your whole lifetime.

What is Teeth in a Day?

Teeth in a Day is a popular procedure at our Leicester clinic, in which your dentist places your implants and new teeth on the same day. This means that you can enjoy the benefits of having new teeth that don’t just look great, but provide improved functionality, too, without having to wait for the standard six-week healing period.

Who are dental implants for?

We recommend that anyone who has lost teeth, for whatever reason, considers dental implants. Investing in your smile is great for your physical health, and has been known to induce an improved sense of wellbeing.

Using 6 Month Smiles to make over your smile – quickly and discreetly

Subtle braces, such as 6 Month Smiles and Quick Straight Teeth, are fast-acting cosmetic orthodontic devices designed to improve the appearance of your smile in a matter of months. Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester is committed to helping all patients achieve the smile of their dreams. If worry about the alignment or positioning your teeth is stopping you from smiling, read on to discover how discreet orthodontic treatment can help. . .

Braces – a mouth full of metal?

six month smilesMany people still picture traditional metal wire and bracket appliances when they hear such words as “braces” or “orthodontics”. Yes, these are one treatment option, and are very effective, particularly where more major orthodontic correction is required. But they are by no means the only way your dentist or orthodontist can straighten your teeth.

Orthodontics has seen a number of significant advances over recent years, and many discreet devices have been developed with adult patients in mind. These include clear aligners and tooth-coloured braces. 6 Month Smiles fall into the latter category.

An introduction to 6 Month Smiles

Comprising clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, 6 Month Smiles are fixed appliances that will blend in with the natural colour of your teeth, so won’t be instantly obvious in daily life. What’s more, as the name suggests, they act very quickly, with six months being the average treatment time.

How do they work so quickly? The secret is simple: 6 Month Smiles focus on the teeth that show when you smile, significantly shortening treatment times. They are designed for cosmetic correction rather than major orthodontic procedures, but if you do need more intensive movement we have many other discreet options at our Leicester dental practice.

You will need to come in for a consultation with a dentist at our Leicester practice to assess your suitability for 6 Month Smiles.

Using Invisalign to discreetly straighten your teeth

Invisalign is one of the most popular discreet orthodontic devices available. At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester this is just one of the ways our skilled dental team can straighten your teeth without the whole world knowing you are undergoing treatment.

The problem with metal braces

discreetly straighten teethBraces remain an excellent way to straighten teeth. However, as well as being effective, traditional metal braces are also pretty obvious in your mouth in everyday life. Whilst teenage patients often enjoy being able to personalise and customise their braces, older patients can find the concept of wearing obvious metal devices for an extended of period of time distressing to the point where they decide to just put up with crooked teeth.

At Leicester’s Aesthetic Smiles we are always keen to point out that there are health benefits as well as aesthetic ones to straightening your teeth. In a nutshell, straighter teeth are easier to clean, which helps to minimise your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease, thus diminishing your chances of tooth loss.

However, we also understand and empathise with the concerns of people who do not want to wear obvious metal braces. That’s why the dentists at our Leicester practice offer a number of more discreet ways to straighten your teeth. Invisalign clear aligners are a very popular and effective option.

How Invisalign works

Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. They are made from clear plastic and are custom-designed to fit perfectly over your teeth.

Your dentist will prescribe you a series of Invisalign aligners. The exact number of aligners will depend on the amount and type of correction required, and your dentist will tell you how many you will need when you start treatment.

You need to change your Invisalign aligners regularly, and pay frequent visits to our Leicester dental practice to monitor your treatment. You also need a retainer at the end of treatment.

Dental implants and new teeth – in just one day

Dental implants are a very modern and popular method of replacing missing teeth. Some patients, however, hear about traditional implant healing times and worry they will have to suffer a few months without teeth. At Leicester’s Aesthetic Smiles dental practice, we are often able to eliminate this concern thanks to our Teeth in a Day treatment option.

How does Teeth in a Day work?

dental-implantsTraditionally, after your dentist has placed your dental implants, you have to wait for at least six months for your custom-designed implants to fuse adequately with your bone structure. This is to ensure they provide maximum strength anchorage for your new teeth.

At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we embrace the latest technological advances in dentistry and use state-of-the-art technology to enable many patients to have their new teeth attached at the same time as their dental implants are placed.

After a consultation with an implant dentist to check that dental implants are the best solution for you, and that you are a suitable candidate for Teeth in a Day, your implant surgery will be booked. You will come into the practice and have your implants precisely placed in your jaw bone, using a minor surgical procedure. An artificial tooth restoration is then attached to your implants, meaning you will walk out of our Leicester practice with natural looking, natural functioning teeth on the same day.

Just like with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with Teeth in a Day, which will be explained by your dentist at your initial consultation. However, our skilled team of implant dentists are trained to minimise such risk and maximise the success of treatment.

Dental implants have a very high success rate – up to 98% – when properly looked after. This includes regular maintenance appointments and visits to the hygienist at our Leicester dental practice.

Introducing Invisalign: the route to straighter teeth without everyone knowing

Invisalign clear aligners are a popular alternative to braces for adults and teenagers looking to straighten their teeth. They are just one of the many discreet orthodontic treatments available at Leicester’s Aesthetic Smiles dental practice.

How treatment works

invisalignClear aligners such as Invisalign can be used to correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, without the whole world knowing that you are having treatment. These devices differ from braces because they are removable and contain no metal components, being made from clear plastic. They fit over your teeth and gently guide them into a better position.

If you are interested in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, we invite you to join us for a consultation at our Leicester dental practice. Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and, if Invisalign is agreed to be the best treatment option to suit your needs, will take impressions and photographs of your teeth.

Thanks to the advanced 3D software behind Invisalign, your dentist will be able to show you what results you can expect before you start treatment. They will then draw up a detailed treatment plan, which will include length of treatment and the number of aligners you will require. This varies from case to case and will depend on the type and amount of correction required, but average treatment time with Invisalign is between six and 18 months.

When your aligners are ready, you will be called back to our Leicester dental practice. As your teeth start to move, you will need to change your aligner, approximately every two weeks, and at the end of treatment you will need to wear a retainer.

Although they are removable – meaning you can take them out to eat and drink, to clean, and to brush your teeth – you should wear your aligners for approximately 22 hours a day so that treatment progresses as planned.

Using botulinum toxin to combat the signs of ageing

Facial aesthetics treatments are becoming increasingly popular with both men and women, and it’s not difficult to see why. Treatments such as botulinum toxin and dermal fillers are an excellent, non-surgical method of combatting the signs of ageing, those unwanted lines, wrinkles, and folds that begin to appear on our skin as we get older.

botulinum toxinYou may be wondering why dentists are offering facial aesthetics treatments. As people become more savvy about their treatment options, they want to know such intricate and delicate treatment will be provided by a professional whom they trust. Dentists and other medical professionals are actually in a prime position to provide aesthetics treatments, because they have an excellent knowledge of facial anatomy and structure, and can deliver just the right amount of targeted treatment to produce completely natural-looking results.

The facial aesthetics team at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester have undertaken additional training to be fully qualified in facial aesthetics treatments, including dermal fillers and botulinum toxin.

Botulinum toxin: How it works

Many factors cause unwanted lines and wrinkles to appear on our face. Dietary factors such as not drinking enough water or drinking too much alcohol, spending too much time in the sun, and smoking can all lead to lines, wrinkles and folds appearing on our face.

Botulinum toxin is a popular and non-surgical method of treating frown lines, eyebrows, crow’s feet, forehead lines and smoker’s lines around the lips. A purified version of the botulinum type A toxin is delivered via pain-free injection to the area that requires treatment. The botulinum blocks nerve impulses to the tiny facial muscles, forcing them to contract and smoothing out the skin. Treatment only takes a few minutes and it will take a couple of days for the full results to show.

Typically, results will last for at least three months before a repeat treatment is required.

How 6 Month Smiles can straighten your teeth quickly and discreetly

Cosmetic braces such as 6 Month Smiles are a very popular choice with patients at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester. There have been vast developments in the world of discreet orthodontics in recent years, meaning that it is now possible for more people than ever to straighten their teeth quickly and discreetly.

six month smilesBraces remain the best option to straighten teeth in many cases, giving your dentist or orthodontist maximum control over each tooth’s movement. However, at our Leicester dental practice we understand the concerns that many adult patients have about wearing obvious metal braces for any length of time. Whilst effective, these appliances are also very obvious, and a lot of adults are concerned about constraints on their lifestyle during treatment.

The 6 Month Smiles system has been designed to address such concerns. These devices are based on standard brace design, but have been modified and modernised to produce fast and subtle treatment.

These braces are designed for cosmetic orthodontic correction and are not meant to correct major issues with your bite, but if you do need more intensive correction we have several other discreet orthodontic options available at our Leicester dental practice.

If you think 6 Month Smiles could be the perfect option for you, you should book a consultation with one of our Leicester cosmetic dentists. They will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine if this is the most appropriate treatment option.

The brackets of 6 Month Smiles are made from clear ceramic and the wires are tooth-coloured, which means they will blend in with the natural colour of your teeth and will not be immediately obvious in everyday life. As the name suggests, average treatment time is just six months, with many cases being complete even more quickly. These braces work so fast because they concentrate only on the teeth that show when you smile.

Cosmetic dentistry explored: One-visit smiles

Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that covers many treatments, all concerned with the aesthetic appearance of your smile. At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester our skilled cosmetic dental team offer a large variety of treatments, and the good news is that some can be completed in just one appointment.

cosmetic-dentistryOne-visit smiles is exactly what the name suggests – a complete restoration of a tooth or teeth in just a single visit to our Leicester practice. When many people think of cosmetic dentistry, they think of major, time-consuming procedures; the truth is, not every cosmetic dental patient require such extensive work.

At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester we have a CEREC 3D machine that is able to create restorations such as crowns and veneers while you wait. If your teeth are worn, damaged or broken, this machine enables us to create tooth-coloured restorations quickly, so you can walk into the practice with damaged or worn teeth and walk out a few hours later with a brand new, beautifully restored smile.

The CEREC 3D machine is a major technological breakthrough for modern dentistry. It uses Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology and includes a camera, computer, and milling machine. One of the biggest advantages for patients, aside from fewer visits to the dental practice and new teeth in one day, is that instead of impressions this machine uses scans and photographs, which is much more comfortable.

Many popular treatments from our extensive cosmetic dentistry menu – including veneers, inlays, onlays and crowns – can be created using the CEREC 3D machine. Your dentist will first remove any worn fillings or areas of decay before taking a 3D image of your tooth or teeth.

Restorations created by the CEREC machine will be closely colour-matched to the natural shade of your teeth and your dentist will ensure that they fit comfortably before bonding it to your tooth with a strong adhesive.