At Carbasse Implant & Dental Centre, we pride ourselves on our reputation for the highest quality dental care – and teeth straightening is no exception. With the services of our consultant specialist orthodontist, Gavin Power, we can provide a straightening solution for you, no matter how old you are, or how complex your case. Orthodontic services at Carbasse Implant Dental Centre include, but are not limited to, invisible braces, such as Invisalign and Incognito; cosmetic and traditional fixed braces; orthodontics for children; and advanced treatment for complex cases.
Invisalign in Whitstable
Proving that it’s never too late to enjoy straight teeth, Invisalign is a game changer when it comes to having orthodontic treatment that doesn’t affect your lifestyle. Designed to treat the cosmetic ‘smiling’ teeth, Invisalign involves wearing clear, made-to-measure aligners that sit over the top of your teeth. They are removable for eating and cleaning, barely visible in your mouth, and completely comfortable to wear.
Incognito lingual braces
Lingual braces by Incognito represent a gold standard in adult orthodontics. Positioned on the back of the teeth, lingual braces can straighten teeth, including complex cases, while being completely hidden from view. Because the gold alloy brackets are custom-made, they offer predictably excellent results and minimise difficulty with speech and discomfort. Compared to removable braces, Incognito generally offers faster and more reliable treatment.
Early orthodontics for children
At Carbasse Implant & Dental Centre, we may recommend early orthodontic assessments for certain children from around the age of 7. Early orthodontics is a modern approach that looks at the root causes of crooked teeth and bite problems, which are often set in motion during childhood. Early orthodontic treatment can range from simple habit correction (such as dealing with thumb sucking) to devices that hold the jaw in the correct position, or which create or maintain space for adult teeth to emerge in the right place. In many cases, early orthodontics can reduce or eliminate the need for braces during the teen years.
Because it’s almost invisible, the Invisalign system is ideal for anyone with a lifestyle that wouldn’t suit traditional metal braces. They’re also removable for eating or cleaning your teeth – and you can even go brace-free for special events. Invisalign is a cosmetic treatment designed for the front ‘smiling’ teeth – so if there are deeper problems concerning bite and function, your dentist may recommend an alternative treatment.
Invisalign treatment always begins with a full consultation, during which you’ll be able to see a 3D time-lapse image of your teeth before, during and after treatment. You’ll need to sit for dental impressions, which will be sent to a lab so that your bespoke Invisalign retainers can be made. Then you simply wear the retainers for the prescribed amount of time, returning to change them every few weeks until your treatment is complete.
Incognito offers the best of all worlds – invisible, comfortable brackets and the ability to treat complex cases such as bite problems.
The custom-made brackets hug your teeth to minimise discomfort. The system does feel strange in the mouth at first, but patients generally get used to it very quickly. Some patients may experience a slight lisp at first.
Typically, fixed braces take up to 24 months to work.
You will be able to follow a healthy diet, however, certain foods can damage braces, or exacerbate hygiene problems. Take care when eating hard, crunchy foods (cut them into smaller pieces first), and avoid sugary, acid-rich items, such as fizzy drinks (even diet ones) and fruit juice. Sticky, chewy foods, such as chewing gum, toffee, chocolate and sweets, should be avoided.
Brush your teeth as normal, using a fluoride toothpaste. However, because food can easily get trapped by your braces, you’ll need to carry a toothbrush with your during the day and brush after all meals, paying particular attention to the gum line. Failure to keep your teeth and braces clean can lead to permanent discolouration on your teeth. We also recommend regular Air N Go treatments with our hygienist, to gently clean around your braces and reduce your risk of hygiene problems.