Although it’s a natural and common issue, uneven teeth can have a massive impact on your self-esteem. Many of us think it gives the impression that we don’t look after our teeth and perhaps would prefer the symmetry of an even smile in photos.
Despite this, the prospect of undergoing treatment to align uneven teeth can be a daunting one. Our heads become filled with images of noticeable, painful fixed braces that scratch your tongue and permanently have food lodged between them. At our local St Helen’s-based practice, we offer a much simpler solution: Invisalign.
Invisalign uses 3D scanning to create a plan for straightening your teeth; you’ll get to see what this will look like before you go ahead. We use this scan to create a series of clear aligners tailored to your teeth – each aligner is worn for around a week and then replaced, gradually moving your teeth to the desired position. Voilà!
There’s more than one reason why Invisalign has rapidly become one of the most popular orthodontic treatments in the world, but here are four reasons why it’s our orthodontic treatment of choice:
Remove them whenever you like.
You need to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 – 22 hours a day, but you can easily remove them when you need to eat, drink or clean your teeth. You won’t be restricted by brace-friendly foods, either – no wires means no risk of food residue!
They’re pretty much invisible.
Uneven teeth can make you self-conscious enough, and traditional ‘train track’ braces might be the last thing you need. You’ll be pleased to hear that Invisalign aligners are so discreet that no one will even notice you have them on.
Say goodbye to irritation!
Unlike fixed braces, Invisalign aligners use 3D technology to ensure they sit comfortably over your existing teeth. Medical-grade plastic makes for a smooth, soft fit – no sharp corners, coarse brackets or jutting wires.
Get better results faster.
Traditional braces take three times as long to straighten your teeth as Invisalign. In some cases, they can straighten your teeth in less than a year!
At Alverna House, we’ve teamed up with an orthodontic expert, Dr Dwyer, to offer you the best possible treatment – more complex cases will be referred directly to his specialist practice just a couple of miles away, around the corner from St Helen’s Central train station.
Not sure if you’re Invisalign is for you? We offer a FREE online evaluation to see whether you’re suitable for the treatment and how complex your case may be. All you need to do is send over a few photos of your mouth, and we’ll get back to you with your assessment.
Here’s How Our Cosmetic Dentist in St Helen’s Could Transform Your Smile
Very few people start life with a perfectly symmetrical, white smile, and even the lucky ones don’t stand much chance against the daily toll that life takes on our teeth. Whether it’s chipping, discolouration, shape, misalignments or even a missing tooth, let’s say it is hard to get through without at least one dental concern.
Cosmetic dentistry relates to procedures that enhance the look of your teeth or gums. Cosmetic dentists complete extra training in prosthodontics (replacing missing teeth) and orthodontics (treating misaligned teeth. This training makes them experts at treating missing and irregular teeth.
Despite their title, the work of the cosmetic dentist is not only skin deep – whilst these additional skills fundamentally improve the overall appearance of your teeth, cosmetic dentists are also concerned with improving their function.
Dr Conor McCann is the resident cosmetic specialist at our St Helen’s-based dental practice. Originally from Ireland, Conor joined the practice in 2018 after qualifying at Liverpool University in 2016. He is committed to creating perfect smiles – whatever your dental concern, Conor will work with you to transform your teeth using a range of innovative treatments.
Cosmetic dentistry is an art, and composite bonding illustrates this excellently. During the treatment, a composite resin is colour-matched to your other teeth and contoured in whichever way is needed; to close unwanted gaps, fill cracks or chips, remove marks or re-shape teeth. As a non-invasive procedure, composite bonding can often be over in a single visit and retains every part of your natural tooth.
Implants are the best example of how cosmetic dentistry can be beautiful and practical. If you’ve lost a tooth or multiple teeth, implants provide you with a realistic, discreet and permanent solution. A screw in your jaw acts like an artificial root, to which a crown (or artificial tooth) is attached – the result looks and functions just like your other teeth do.
Tea, coffee, red wine, fizzy drinks and tobacco are all the biggest culprits for causing teeth staining. Whitening is a popular treatment that causes no lasting damage to your teeth, but your mouth must be healthy before going ahead. Once we’ve assessed your mouth, we’ll create your whitening trays – you’ll need to use these with whitening gel each day or night for around two weeks.
Last but by no means least, we offer Invisalign transparent aligners that can straighten your teeth in less than a year. Compared to traditional, fixed braces, they’re almost invisible and very comfortable to wear. All you need to do is wear a set of different sized aligners to adjust your teeth until they’re perfectly straight. Book a FREE online evaluation to see if you’re eligible!
If you’re interested in any of these treatments or want to speak to our cosmetic dentist about transforming your smile, don’t hesitate to book a consultation. You can find us a 25-minute walk from St Helen’s Central train station.