How are orthodontic conditions treated?

Orthodontics

The term orthodontics refers to a special type of dentistry that has a main focus on the treatment of misaligned teeth and jaws. These conditions have been with us since prehistoric times: even 50,000 years old human remains have been found to have crooked teeth. The first author to describe these conditions was the famous ancient Greek doctor, Hippocrates. Another Roman writer hundreds of years ago, Celsus, recommended newly appearing teeth to be pushed into their correct position by exerting pressure on them with the owner’s fingers. Even ancient Egyptian mummies have been shown to have a very early form of today’s braces in their mouths: they consisted of metal bands wrapped around each tooth, which were bound together with a material that is currently thought to be catgut. The biggest developments in dentistry and particularly in orthodontics however happened during the past 200-300 years. With the invention of dental adhesives and the more widespread use of stainless steel instead of precious metals, orthodontic treatments have become more available to the wider public than before. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat orthodontic conditions, why not book an appointment with us to get those teeth straighter! .

Metal braces

Metal braces are still one of the most common orthodontic treatment methods. These braces consist of brackets and archwires. The brackets are fixed onto the surface of the teeth using special dental adhesives. After this, they are bound together using the metal archwire. The archwire’s tension determines the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth. As the treatment progresses your dentist will progressively increase the pressure exerted on your teeth in order to get the desired results. Metal braces are still popular, probably down to the broad spectrum of orthodontic conditions they can treat and their relatively low cost. Metal braces with brackets are not removable and they require special oral health habits for the time they are used. Usually you will need a special type of toothbrush with a narrow end that allows you to clean some of the area under the brackets. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat orthodontic conditions, visit us or book an appointment with us via our phone number or email.

Alternatives to metal braces

Many patients with orthodontic conditions really require treatment, but are reluctant to get it because of their aesthetic or comfort concerns associated with metal braces. Luckily these are not the only treatment options today. For example Invisalign is a transparent plastic aligner that fits on a patient’s dental arches perfectly. These aligners are removable therefore you do not need special toothbrushes or oral health habits. Another popular alternative is to use lingual braces. These are custom made metal braces, but they are almost invisible to external eyes, due to their brackets being attached to the inner side of the teeth rather than the outside. Clear braces work on the exact same principles as the traditional metal braces with brackets. The only significant difference is that clear braces are made out of tooth coloured brackets and transparent plastic archwires, which makes them blend into your smile perfectly. If you would like to find a dentist in Wrexham to treat orthodontic conditions, book a consultation with us, so that we can find the perfect solution for you.

Prevalent dental conditions, their treatments and prevention

Dental injuries

Dental injury can include numerous different conditions. It can refer to traumatic damage occurring to the teeth, the gum tissue or the inside of the cheeks. Dental injuries can range in severity from mild scratches to a whole tooth or teeth getting knocked out, to even more severe orofacial injury. The treatment also varies depending on the severity of the injury. Chipped teeth or broken teeth are often treated with veneers. Veneers are small shells of a tooth coloured material, which are inserted upon damaged teeth to improve both their aesthetic appearance and their function. If an entire tooth gets knocked out, you may try reinserting it into the hole it is missing from, after gently cleaning it by really softly biting on a sterile handkerchief. See your dentist immediately if this occurs. Rinse or lick off any impurities from the knocked out tooth and store it in milk (but not water) while you get to your dentist. In case the original tooth cannot be reimplanted, a dental implant might be a good option. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat injured teeth do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Caries

Tooth caries are very common and a condition that affects a lot of us throughout our lifetimes at least once. They are caused by diets high in sugar and by poor oral hygiene. These two factors can result in our oral microbiota to overgrow. Our oral bacteria secrete waste products, such as organic acids while feeding on the sugar residues found in our mouth. These acids can contribute to the dissolution of our teeth’s calcium phosphate content, which gives it rigidity and durability. This can result in tooth decay and the subsequent formation of cavities. Tooth decay and cavities are primarily treated by fillings. Traditionally fillings were made out of amalgam, which is a type of mercury alloy. Due to both health and aesthetic concerns, today’s white fillings are made out of a composite material. While fillings do not cure the cavity, they can prevent further decay and they can significantly improve your quality of life. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat tooth decay or caries, book an appointment with us, so that our dedicated and experienced dental team can address any problems you have quickly and smoothly.

Tooth loss

Tooth loss can be extremely distressing. Numerous causes can be behind tooth loss. The leading causes of tooth loss are tooth decay, periodontal disease and dental trauma. Tooth decay and periodontal disease are both primarily caused by oral microbial overgrowth and the resulting increased rate of organic acid production. If the decay reaches the pulp tissue it can infect it and result in tooth loss. The bacteria also cause inflammation in the gum tissue, which if left untreated can cause severe and permanent damage of the gum tissues. This can result in tooth loss. Tooth loss can be treated by dental implants. These are screw-like metal appliances surgically inserted into the jawbone, with which they integrate to provide a reliable and strong fixing point for the replacement teeth. If you would like to find a dentist in Wrexham to treat tooth loss with dental implants, we can soon have you enjoying full functionality of your teeth once more.

How do some common dental treatments work?

Veneers

Veneers were invented in the 1930s by a Californian dentist, who intended to change the appearance of actors’ smiles prior to film shoots and acting performances. At this stage veneers were a very temporary solution, they only stayed on for the time of the performance, for a few hours at most. Luckily nowadays thanks to the advancement in dental technology, veneers can last for many years if looked after and prepared well. Veneers are used to improve the appearance and function of the teeth. They are small shells attached on the surface of the teeth made out of a certain tooth coloured material. There are numerous materials veneers can be made out of, however today composite veneers are used most often. The advantage of veneers in comparison to dental crowns is that they come with a smaller amount of preparatory work, they are less invasive and spare more of the original natural tooth. The only preparatory work that often has to be carried out is grinding a small part of the tooth upon which the veneer will be placed in order to make it stick easier. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to get veneers, we will soon have your smile sparkling with confidence again!

Teeth whitening

Tooth discolouration is a very common condition that affects most of the population to varying degrees. It is generally not pathological and is not a cause for serious concern, therefore teeth whitening is classified as a cosmetic dental treatment. Numerous reasons can be behind tooth discolouration. These include the frequent consumption of staining foods and beverages, e.g. coffee, tea and red wine. Also smoking, poor oral hygiene, dental plaque, ageing associated dentine exposure, certain antibiotic drugs, and the frequent use of certain types of antibacterial mouthwashes can cause staining. There are various types of teeth whitening treatments. Unfortunately most of the DIY methods available on the internet are not sufficient, and can even cause harm by damaging your enamel. Make sure you get professional help if you would like to whiten your teeth. Some teeth whitening treatments are carried out in the clinic using a special whitening gel and a light source, while others are carried out at home using custom made bleaching trays and a whitening agent. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat tooth discolouration, and regain the look of healthy white teeth, do not hesitate to book an appointment with us at the Future Health Partnership Practices.

Braces

Orthodontic conditions affect a large part of the population. The most popular treatment method for orthodontic conditions is the use of braces. The metal braces with brackets we know today have existed since the 1970s, when dental adhesives were invented. Nowadays there are numerous alternatives to metal braces for patients who would prefer not to get them. Invisible aligners, such as those manufactured by Invisalign are excellent for the treatment of conditions ranging in severity from cosmetic/mild to moderate. More severe orthodontic conditions can be treated with invisible braces, which work based on the same principle as metal braces, with the only difference being the transparent and tooth-coloured materials used during their manufacture. If you would like to find a dentist in  Wrexham to treat orthodontic conditions, book a consultation with us to determine how we can get you on the path to a straighter, beautiful smile.

What is tooth decay and what can it cause?

Tooth decay

Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent of dental conditions, almost all of us experience it at least once throughout our lifetime. While it is a very common condition, it is very important to know that you can avoid it by introducing a few small changes into your lifestyle and oral health habits. Tooth decay is caused by large dietary sugar intakes causing oral microbial overgrowth. These bacteria produce organic acids as a byproduct. These acids can contribute to the degradation of our teeth’s mineral content if they are at a fairly high concentration. By reducing your dietary sugar intake and by practising appropriate oral hygiene habits you can keep these microorganisms under control. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, use dental floss and occasionally use some type of antibacterial mouthwash to keep your oral microbiome under control. It is very important to know that tooth decay usually starts with just a small, very bright and white patch on the surface of a tooth. At this stage you can reverse the process by changing some of your habits. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat tooth decay or any other condition, get in touch with us for quality dental treatment.

Cavities and their treatments

Cavities occur when the tooth decay causing bacteria have progressed through the enamel and reached the dentine. At this stage a hole or cavity is formed in the structure of the tooth. This is caused by the organic acids produced by the oral microbes mentioned above. At this stage the tooth decay process is unfortunately not reversible. It is important to know however, that tooth decay is treatable even at this stage. The treatments most commonly used for cavities are fillings. Fillings are inserted into the cavity after it has been cleaned out and sterilised to prevent further bacterial decay and colonisation or infection. Fillings can be made out of different materials. Historically, primarily amalgam, i.e. mercury alloys were used to manufacture fillings. However, as health concerns arose due to mercury leaking into the saliva alongside the aesthetic concerns associated with the metallic colour, amalgam fillings have slowly been replaced with white fillings. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat cavities, contact us, as soon as you can, to preserve your teeth and have them at their healthiest.

Tooth loss

Tooth loss can occur as a result of dental injuries, advanced tooth decay or advanced periodontal disease. Tooth decay and gum disease both mainly occur due to microbial overgrowth in the oral cavity. The increased acid production can degrade your teeth’s mineral content, while the increased bacterial presence can trigger an inflammatory response in the gum tissue. If the tooth decay has reached the pulp tissue and infected it, tooth loss will almost always occur. The chronic inflammation can also damage the gum tissue permanently, which consequently results in tooth loss. Tooth loss can be treated with dental implants, which are small titanium screws surgically introduced into the jawbone, resulting in their integration into the bone. Dental implants are very durable, some patients even perceive them as stronger than their natural teeth. If you would like a dentist in Wrexham to treat your tooth loss, get in touch with us via our phone number or email as soon as possible to preserve the integrity of your teeth and their function.

Been told you need to have a crown fitted? A brief guide to this procedure by our dentist in Wrexham

When attending your dental surgery for a check-up, and after having your mouth assessed, your dentist may tell you that you need a crown.

If you need to have a crown fitted, you will probably have had a clear indication when you attend your dental check-up to begin with, as a dentist will see obvious signs of damage or decay to your teeth immediately. A crown is a common type of restorative procedure, offered to patients who have a tooth (or teeth) that are damaged extensively by either decay or impact. And as it is the job of every dental professional to try and save every tooth in your mouth, a crown is a suitable way to restore the strength and functionality to your mouth, without needing to undergo a painful extraction.

And at Future Health Partnership Practices, we are able to offer all of our patients such restorative options, should their teeth succumb to decay or damage. Our dentist in Wrexham has helped to restore the strength and functionality of many damaged teeth by using a crown and can assure you that the process will be comfortable, straight-forward and long-lasting.

So what exactly is involved in fitting a crown to a damaged tooth? Our dentist in Wrexham offers a jargon-free, short guide to crowns and their fitting below.

Diagnostic appointment

Unlike a filling which can be fitted then and there, a crown will typically need 2 trips to our dentist in Wrexham to complete.

The first appointment will require our team to take a mould of the damaged tooth, in order to build a perfect crown. During the visit, our team will also prepare your tooth for the fitting, which will require removing any debris and/or decay. As a crown also requires your tooth to be shaped, we will use a slow drill to reshape the enamel. This can be a slightly longer process, but it is required to ensure a long-term successful fit of your new crown.

The fitting

As we will need to send the mould of your tooth away to a dental laboratory for the crown to be created, there can be a delay of 3-4 weeks between your first and second visit.

The crown will be fitted and then using dental cement, we will be able to colour match it to your surrounding teeth.

As there are a variety of materials with which we can make your crown, your new fitting may be made from either ceramics, resin, porcelain or metal. You can even have a gold crown fitted!

Aftercare

There is no specific aftercare required once a crown has been fitted.

In order to prolong its longevity, you will need to maintain a high level of dental hygiene, so we will need to see you every 6 months for a check-up.

Be advised that if you begin grinding your teeth at night, this may shorten the life of your crown, and our team will be able to discuss a more suitable solution to repairing your tooth.

Not sure if you should have braces as an adult? 5 benefits of aligners from our dentist in Wrexham

It sounds odd, doesn’t it?

The idea of undertaking braces as an adult when you fought so desperately as a child to avoid having them fitted.

But, as is often the way, with age many people realise that there may have been unforeseen advantages to wearing braces as a child, which they may now be concerned are no longer available. Luckily, this is not the case; you can still get that straighter smile you want and you may not even have to wear metal braces!

At Future Health Partnership, our dentist in Wrexham has helped hundreds of adults to obtain a straighter smile. Using traditional braces, clear or invisible (or a combination of the 3) we can guarantee that we will be able to get that smile realigned, and you feeling great when you flash your teeth. Brilliant!

So, why should you undertake orthodontics as an adult? Are there any advantages to be gained? Read on to find out!

Straighter smile

This is the most obvious benefit, and while our dentist in Wrexham can attest to this benefit, you may not be convinced!

Studies have shown that when you have a straight smile, people are more likely to notice you, take you seriously and listen to your ideas. This has obvious advantages in the workplace, but in daily life too. And, as a result of having your ideas listened to, your confidence will bloom.

Better dental health

While you may remember your friend at school having to go to multiple hygienist appointments to keep their dental health in check, this may not be the case with adult aligners.

While it is ultimately the decision of our dentist in Wrexham which brace is the best for you, many are removable, allowing you to maintain better oral health. Long-term, you will find it easier to clean your teeth too, minimising issues like gum disease and tooth decay. A straighter smile is an easier smile to clean!

Better general health

As your teeth will be easier to clean, there will be less plaque and bacteria present in your mouth. As innumerable studies have shown, having excess amounts of plaque in your mouth is a bad thing, as it can seep into your body through your saliva and gums, which is not very desirable.

And so, simple by straightening your teeth, you will have reduced your likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even cancer.

TMD reduction

TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) is an often degenerative condition of the jaw joint, which can lead to things like nocturnal grinding of teeth, alongside pain when eating or yawning.

While TMD may require a different orthodontic treatment to correct, a brace will realign your upper and lower jaw, reducing TMD and its associated symptoms.

Better sleep

And with no nocturnal grinding worsened by TMD, you can expect to notice an improvement in your sleep pattern. No more waking up with a stiff neck, no more headaches or disabling migraines to keep you awake, wearing a brace can truly change your life.

Want to makeover your smile? 4 common treatments that our dentist uses in dental makeovers

Did you know that it is now possible to makeover your smile?

A phrase that was once associated with makeup and clothing, many dental surgeries are now able to offer dental patients a treatment known as a dental makeover. As the name suggests, this is purely a cosmetic treatment, but it can have some remarkable results!

In a similar vein to makeup based makeovers, dental makeovers customise the techniques to correct your individual smile, leaving you with a grin that could make even red-carpet walkers jealous!

And at Future Health Partnership, our team has done just that!  However, while we cannot be sure that our dental makeovers have made any Hollywood celebrities jealous, we can attest to our dentist in Wrexham using a customised approach to each smile makeover, allowing each one of our patients to feel satisfied with their smiles.

So, what are some of the most common cosmetic procedures that make up one of our dental makeovers? Our dentist in Wrexham answers that question below.

Dental implants

Only really required when you have gaps in your smile, dental implants are one of the most common procedures that our dentist in Wrexham uses when giving someone a makeover.

Fitted to your jaw, these prosthetic teeth offer a sturdy, durable alternative to dentures and, as they can be customised to match your surrounding teeth perfectly, they won’t look out of place at all!

Whitening

One way to add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your smile is with whitening.

While over-the-counter tubes of toothpaste can offer some whitening power, our team will be able to whiten your smile by up to 16 shades, using our specialised oxidising gels.

Applied to your teeth with a brush, these gels remove deeply set stains from your teeth, leaving you with pearly whites you can’t help but show off. We can offer you at-home whitening too, using custom-fitted trays. Depending on the type of whitening process you use, you can expect to see a noticeable change in your grin in about 14 days.

Veneers

Do you want whiter teeth but are worried about sensitivity?

Then veneers may be able to offer the solution that you want! Able to whiten your smile by up to 18 shades, veneers are like false nails; placed over the front of your teeth and held in place with dental cement, they can conceal any discolouration or cracks that you may have.

They can also be used to close gaps, create better symmetry and lengthen teeth which have been shortened due to wear and tear.

Orthodontics

Finally, the jewel in any dental makeover crown is adult based orthodontics.

While it may seem odd to associate a brace with cosmetics, it is now possible to have your teeth straightened using an invisible or clear brace, allowing you to move your teeth without attracting unwanted stares from colleagues. Faster than traditional braces, these also offer a more comfortable way to straighten your teeth, and rarely require extensive dental check-ups or tightening. Brilliant!

Need to correct an off-centre smile? Six facts about Six Month Smiles from our dentist

When you are looking for a way to straighten your smile, it is unlikely that you will want to spend more than a year wearing braces.

And while this may have once seemed like an unreasonable request, thanks to advances in adult orthodontics, you may now be eligible to straighten your teeth using one of the braces which offer an accelerated treatment. 

If you only require a minor alteration of your smile, you may be a bit less keen to undertake an orthodontic aligner which is designed to move your teeth in a more dramatic fashion. Luckily, there is a brand of cosmetic aligners, known as Six Month Smiles, which have been created for such an occurrence!

At Future Health Partnership, our dentist in Wrexham knows the ins and outs of the Six Month Smiles aligner, and can quickly assess whether or not you are suitable for this brace. And, with the simplicity of this brace, our team will be able to offer you all the support you need without too many dental appointments or additional inconvenience! What more could you want?

Want to learn more? Here are the top six facts about Six Month Smiles aligners from our dentist in Wrexham.

Not for complex cases

As stated earlier, this is not a brace for more complex orthodontic issues.

In fact, Six Month Smiles aligners are specifically designed to straighten the front six teeth in your mouth, hence the shorter treatment time and the easier overall treatment.

If our dentist in Wrexham determines that you need more complex treatment, don’t despair! You may still be eligible for treatment with another invisible or clear aligner.

No need for an orthodontist

Growing up, you probably had at least one friend who wore an orthodontic (or metal) brace.

And, as the name suggests, this brace required the input and expertise of an orthodontic practitioner to create the desired final effect.

While Six Month Smiles do indeed move your teeth, there is no need for an orthodontist and our general, highly skilled dental team can oversee your treatment.

It really does take six months!

You may have scoffed at the idea of a brace which straightens teeth in six months, but it isn’t named Six Month Smiles without reason!

On average, the procedure to move your front teeth will take about six months, but depending on the severity of misalignment, it may take slightly longer. And as it is a fitted brace, there will be some targeted adjustments required to get that straighter smile you want!

No root damage

Despite the myths, Six Month Smiles does not cause any root damage when compared to traditional braces and will not put pressure on your jaw.

Clear braces

Although it is fitted aligner, the brackets which hold the slim wire to your teeth are clear, making it less noticeable than traditional, metal braces.

More comfort

With a shorter treatment time and fewer adjustments, Six Month Smiles is more comfortable than traditional braces in both day-to-day life and after tightening sessions.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are fast becoming the most popular way of replacing missing teeth. At Gwersyllt Dental Care, we transform our patients’ lives by replacing their lost teeth with a permanent and natural-looking solution. Poorly fitted dentures are a thing of the past when you invest in long-lasting dental implants. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing and lost teeth. They offer a comfortable, reliable and natural appearing replacement to natural teeth. They are colour matched to your teeth, meaning that your dental implants won’t even be recognised by other people. 

A dental implant is actually made up of three different parts:

The implant itself

This is a titanium screw that is surgically fitted into your jaw bone, to provide a stable foundation for your replacement tooth. 

The abutment

The abutment is what connects the titanium screw to the prosthetic. Your jaw bone must regrow around the implant before the abutment is fitted.

The prosthetic

This is the part of the implant that you will be able to see, and is your natural looking replacement to your missing tooth or teeth. A prosthetic could be a crown, bridge or even a full arch denture. 

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Why should you replace missing teeth? 

If your tooth falls out through trauma, neglect or is surgically removed for a medical reason, it is important to replace it as soon as possible. When you lose a tooth, over time, the surrounding teeth will start to move position. This will lead to you having misaligned teeth. 

Another reason to replace any missing teeth is to prevent premature ageing that is caused by bone loss. To keep your jaw bone in a strong and good condition, it needs to be stimulated. This is done by general day to day activities like eating and speaking. However, when there are no teeth sitting within the jaw bone this does not happen. Over time, as the bone deteriorates, it will lead to a change in face shape, making you appear older.  

How long do dental implants typically last?

Dental implants have an extremely high success rate of 98%. This means that 98% of dental implants fitted heal correctly and are able to support a prosthetic for a lifetime. In the large majority of cases, dental implants will last a lifetime. However, they should be treated in the same way as natural teeth and an excellent oral hygiene routine is absolutely necessary. 

What factors affect the longevity of dental implants?

Although in theory, dental implants should last you a lifetime, there are some factors that may impact their longevity. These will be discussed at your initial appointment with the implantologist, but they include:

  • Bone quality
  • Smoking
  • Drinking excessive amount of alcohol
  • Underlying medical conditions
  • Certain types of medication

If you are missing teeth, and would like to speak through your options with one of our dentist, please call Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham on 01978 757 409. Take the step towards a new and improved smile today.  

Start your six month journey to a straight smile

If you are a believer in the saying ‘New Year, New You’ then what better time to reflect and plan for the future than the start of a new decade? We often think about how we want to improve our fitness, our diets or our finances, but how much thought have you put into your teeth? 

Many of us are unhappy with the appearance of our teeth, in particular, the alignment of them. If you suffer with crooked or misaligned teeth, your confidence can really be knocked. You may have noticed yourself hiding your teeth behind your hand when you speak or laugh, or not smiling in photographs. 

The good news is, you can achieve the smile of your dreams in just six months!

Six Month Smiles

At Gwersyllt Dental Care, we offer an affordable and quick teeth straightening solution – Six Month Smiles. The Six Month Smiles straightening method uses tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to provide a discrete brace, perfect for adults wanting to see quick and effective results. 

Just as the name suggests, the average treatment time for the cosmetic fixed braces is six months – saving 75% of time taken for traditional fixed braces. This makes it a very popular choice with those patients wanting to straighten their teeth for a certain occasion. 

Six Month Smiles fixed braces use a low amount of force to gently guide the teeth into their desired position. This ensures a more comfortable treatment for patients, as less pressure is applied compared to traditional fixed braces. 

Your teeth can be difficult to clean while you’re wearing fixed braces, as the wires and brackets can prevent you from reaching certain areas. Because of this, having a shorter treatment time is safer and more hygienic for your teeth.

How much does Six Month Smiles cost?

The Six Month Smiles straightening system is generally more cost-effective compared to other adult braces and alignment systems. This is mostly down to the short treatment time, and less dental appointments are needed throughout the whole process.

At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, our Six Month Smiles solution has an average cost of £3,000. However, this price will vary depending on the severity of the case.

Why choose your local Wrexham dentist?

At Gwersyllt Dental Care, we understand that choosing to begin the six month journey to a beautifully straight smile is something that needs to be a well-informed decision. Our treatment co-ordinator is on hand to discuss the treatment process with you and answer any questions you may have about the treatment method or results that you will be able to achieve. 

To book an appointment with our treatment co-ordinator to discuss adult braces, please call our practice on 01978 757 409.