After orthodontic treatment retention is vital and your teeth take a while to adjust to their new position so whether you have had a fixed appliance or a removable appliance wearing retainers is the key to keeping your newly improved smile.
Following my recent six-month smile treatment, I decided to invest in Vivera® retainers.
So why would I recommend Vivera® retainers?
Although lab made retainers are great (I had no problem with mine) Vivera® retainers are more of a long term option. You get three sets and they are made of a stronger material which not only ensures the teeth stay in position they also have less chance of cracking or breaking which is crucial in the first few months as these are worn for 22 hours a day!!
These retainers are custom made by taking a digital scan of the teeth and sending the scan data electronically to Align who manufacture the retainers via an automatic process. Using this digital pathway means no more messy impressions, quality of scan data ensuring accuracy and speed! There is a much quicker turnaround time.
I have had only three days of wearing mine and I love them, I actually feel alien when I don’t have them in.
After a long treatment to me they were the perfect investment.
Look at these three pictures, what stands out to you?
I was recently looking on the internet for some oral health information that I could share with you when this campaign caught my eye. I tested this on a few of my colleagues and the result was the same for us all.
Colgate have launched this campaign to promote flossing and its importance.
So, who looked at the three pictures and saw the food caught in between the teeth first?
This clever campaign highlights that our eye is drawn to food debris or the smile first. In each photograph there is a physical defect that goes unnoticed or at least unnoticed until you look again in detail.
Photograph 1 – There is an ‘Extra’ arm on the gentleman’s shoulder
Photograph 2 – The gentleman is missing his right ear
Photograph 3 – The lady has an extra finger
Flossing and keeping on top of our oral health is key to maintaining healthy teeth and a smile that lasts forever.
Book to see our hygienist’s today and receive your personalised oral hygiene instruction to discuss a cleaning routine that works for you.
I think the phrase “it will all be worth it in the end” is something that’s used a lot and although it seems a little cliché it could not be truer.
When I started my Six Month Smile Journey back in July 2017 I was unsure if I would like the look of my teeth whilst wearing the brace, if I would be comfortable wearing them, how much it would affect my time wearing them and trying to imagine the end result.
There is no guarantee and the risks were ones I was fully aware of with such overcrowding.
Alison is an inspirational clinician and having her carry out the whole process made me one hundred percent at ease and excited .We knew this would be a case that looked worse before it looked better.
I think the result surprised us all and the time it took was also a shock thinking it would be longer than the usual. So, Friday 12th January 2018 I had my braces removed and I then had retainers made to keep my teeth in place. I love my new smile and my retainers are so comfy I will be wearing them to keep my teeth in the same position.
Sadly, my Six Month Smile Journey has come to an end and this is my last blog. I hope I have helped anyone who may be contemplating adult orthodontics after all……….
Today I had my final adjustments for my six months smile journey. I am so pleased with the results; my goal was to have my lower teeth straight and in line and the fact this has been achieved with not much interproximal reduction or any extractions is simply unbelievable. There was NO room!!
So here is my tooth journey so far,
When I was at primary school I fell over and fractured my front adult tooth (devastation!)
When I reached secondary school, I was old enough to have a porcelain bonded crown at the front which at the time compared to the temporary I had was brilliant. While this was being made I had to attend school with what I can best describe as Mr Chips (Catchphrase) at the front of my mouth. I was so upset.
I eventually had my crown fitted and all was fine, however I was always very conscious of my smile and it’s the first thing I would be drawn to in any photographs being taken.
Since being at Trinity I carried out the Enlighten whitening which was brilliant and Alison then replaced my crown with a ceramic crown. This made such a difference to me and I completely lost all worries of it being noticeable in pictures.
I am now coming to the end of my six-month smiles treatment in which I will then go on to wearing retainers.
Next week I will turn 28 and I couldn’t be happier to entering my birthday with the smile id always hoped for!!
No drilling, no pain, no unnecessary damage of healthy tooth structure.
Modern dentistry is focused on prevention by encouraging a healthy oral hygiene routine at home and by advising our patients of the need to visit a dental professional as often as their dental health requires which is usually 6-12 monthly.
In early stages, caries can be treated with fluoride. As caries deepen and progress the need for a filling may become necessary. Even in proximal areas (in between teeth) this means sacrificing healthy tooth structure to reach the infected lesion.
Caries infiltration with Icon builds a bridge between prevention and minimally invasive therapy methods. Infiltration with the highly fluid resin enables an innovative treatment of incipient proximal caries as well as smooth surface white spots which can occur following the removal of orthodontic brackets.
How does it work?
Take a look at this short video to see how Icon can help you:
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So, I almost getting to the end of my six-month smile journey and I am over the MOON!!!
On the 14th December I will have been wearing my braces for exactly 5 months and the time has flown by!
At the start of my treatment I was made aware of the risks involved and that my crowding on the lower teeth may prove to be a difficult case but instead of extracting any teeth we tried the six month smile hoping it would work miracles…… guess what it did!!!
After the 5 months of wearing the braces I can safely say that I have no regrets other than I wish I had done this sooner. Like every treatment it had its tough times and the adjustment appointments can be sore but with a great team they are done quickly and are over before you know it. I did find that after an adjustment appointment my teeth would be tender but for only a day or so and the more my teeth have moved the less discomfort I have at each appointment.
The new Curaprox Ortho range……
……..Is amazing! The manual toothbrushes are great as they have a small line of bristles in the middle to adapt brushing around the brackets and the single tufted brushes help getting into the gaps a larger toothbrush just won’t reach.
I am now looking forward to finishing my treatment and moving on to wearing retainers ?
So, I can officially say I am almost half way!! Today I had my wire changed and as this is my eleventh week I can safely say I am over the moon!!
To think I had the braces fitted in July is just so hard to believe as the time has flown by. The arch is widening and my “secret tooth” almost has room to come through and join the others!!
Any further struggles since my previous visit…. No! all has settled. I have a new fantastic Curaprox Ortho brush that I have been using and our soft Curaprox brush in the clinic is my new best friend when dining out. It’s funny how your handbag priorities change. I went to a wedding at the weekend and usually I would pack into a small clutch bag a lipstick, phone, money, hairbrush and bronzer but no this weekend I packed my phone, money, Tepe brushes, travel toothpaste and brush and a compact mirror! Good job it did not rain as I definitely had no room for an umbrella.
I would still highly recommend the six-month smile treatment and I hope sharing my journey helps those who are debating adult orthodontic treatment. I did wonder if at 27 I would want to commit to having braces however all I think of is the end result and 6-9 months of my life is such a short time in comparison to a life of easy brushing, a more confident smile and better overall oral health.
During each and every examination our dental professionals will examine for signs of mouth cancer. There is a simple routine you can carry out at home which is very quick and could be life saving. Please share this blog with your friends and family too – they may be unaware of the signs.
Head and Neck – Look at both sides of your neck, do they look the same? Look for any lumps, bumps or swellings that are only on one side.
Neck – Feel and press along the sides and front of your neck. Is there any tenderness or lumps?
Lips – Pull down the lower lip and look inside for any sores or changes in colour. Then use your forefinger to feel the lip for lumps, bumps or changes in texture. Repeat on the upper lip.
Cheek – Use your finger to pull out your cheek so that you can see inside. Not opening so wide allows you to pull your cheek out a little further. Look for red, white or dark patches. Put your index finger inside your cheek and your thumb on the outside. Gently squeeze and roll the cheek to check for any lumps, tenderness or ulcers. Repeat on the other cheek.
Roof of your mouth – Tilt your head back and use a mirror to look for any change in colour. Run your finger across the roof of your mouth to feel for any lumps.
Tongue – Stick out your tongue and look at the surface in a mirror for any changes in colour or texture. Gently pull out your tongue holding it with a handkerchief or gauze and look at one side first then the other side. Look for any swelling, change in colour or ulcers. Put your tongue up to the roof of your mouth and use the mirror to look for swellings or ulcers.
Floor of your mouth – Look at the floor of your mouth (under your tongue) in the mirror. Look for any colour or texture changes. Press your finger along the floor of your mouth to feel for any lumps or tenderness.
November is Mouth Cancer Action Month A dedicated month-long campaign to raise awareness of mouth cancer. Our team is taking part in a 10km walk in Hyde Park in London to raise money for the Mouth Cancer Foundation. You can sponsor us in the clinic or via our Just Giving page:
“The quality of persisting at something and undeterred by drawbacks and setbacks”
This is now my sixth week of my Six Month’s Smile treatment and MY TEETH ARE MOVING!!!!
Since my previous blog I have experienced different stages of the procedure and I am pleased to say sore gums no more! As I may have already explained, during my first couple of weeks my gums were very tender and I needed to use wax to cover the brackets and create a barrier. I now no longer need to apply the wax and it makes my brushing routine a lot easier.
I have started to notice my lower teeth moving and it can be a strange sensation as you can feel them become slightly mobile however it is very exciting to see them shifting and this is only after six weeks.
I decided in this blog to start with a quote as I am a quote queen and I strongly believe that persevering is the key to everything!