Archive for the ‘Invisible Braces’ Category

Fantastic new clear braces product available at Ethicare

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 by glafcos

The arrival of i7 means that Invisalign re-alignment treatment is available for as little as £1,500

You’ve heard of the iPhone and the iPad and now it’s time to acquaint yourself with the i7.

The i7 is made not by Apple but by Invisalign, a company which has cornered the market in manufacturing clear braces which will re-align crooked and misshapen teeth without anyone knowing you’re wearing them. Read the rest of this entry »

A guide to invisible braces and clear aligners: which braces are best for you?

Monday, May 28th, 2012 by glafcos

Should it be Invisalign, Inman Aligner, Incognito, Damon Braces or Generic Clear Aligners?

When you see the fantastic results achieved by invisible braces and aligners it is often an easy choice to opt for treatment involving them. However, the process of choosing which course of treatment is best for you can be more confusing.

We recommend you always talk to your dentist before making a decision – if you want to research the topic before a consultation then here’s a quick guide to some of the most popular types of invisible braces and aligners which are currently available. Read the rest of this entry »

Link between bullying and buck teeth found

Thursday, December 15th, 2011 by admin

Adolescents referred for orthodontic treatment ‘more likely to be bullied’

New research has established a link between being bullied and the presence of malocclusion (sticking out teeth).

That is the conclusion of researchers at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust who collected evidence from 336 participants aged between 10 and 14. All of the adolescents had been referred for orthodontic assessment at three UK hospitals.

The findings of the survey have been published in the December 2011 online issue of the Journal of Orthodontics. They reveal that 12.8 per cent of the people involved in the survey had suffered bullying.

Malocclusion can be treated effectively by an orthodontist who can discuss options such as Invisalign Clear Braces. But fixing the distressing impact of bullying can prove a little harder… Read the rest of this entry »

Frequently-asked questions about orthodontics

Monday, December 12th, 2011 by admin

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What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? Find out the answer to this and other FAQ’s regarding orthodontistry…

Many people don’t really know the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist until they are told that they might benefit from orthodontic treatment.

A typical dictionary definition of dentistry will invariably mention the treatment of diseases and conditions which affect the teeth and gums. Mention will also probably be made of how dentistry can involve the repair, extraction and replacement of teeth.

Orthodontics does overlap with dentistry but it is a little more specialised. Read the rest of this entry »

5 healthy early Christmas presents for your teeth

Friday, November 25th, 2011 by admin

Photo by Wysz

Discounted cosmetic dentistry, electric toothbrushes and the world’s best toothpaste: some great early Christmas presents that will get your teeth ready for the festive season

Christmas is a challenging time for people who like to look after their teeth. The rich food and mulled wine on offer at office parties and Yuletide family gatherings can leave your teeth with stains which can prove a little hard to shift once the New Year starts.

So why not give your teeth a treat before the season gets into its full swing and make sure that your smile looks great as 2012 arrives?

Here are some suggestions of some fantastic dental products and offers you can pick up as you do your Christmas shopping.

1. Cosmetic dentistry at reduced prices

If you want your teeth to look as sparkling as the fairy lights on the Christmas tree, then bear in mind that the Christmas sales have started early at Putney dentist Ethicare.

The practice is offering expert cosmetic treatment at reduced prices before Christmas, including:

• £200 off Invisalign Treatment
• £100 off Inman Aligner Treatment
• £50 off home whitening treatment
• A free full check-up
• Botox treatment for £250 in three areas, £220 for 2 areas and £180 in one area

Invisalign treatment will be particularly appealing to those who wish to re-align their teeth without wearing braces which are noticeable as Invisalign Braces are clear and discreet. It is hard to spot someone who has braces made by Invisalign. London really is the place to go for reduced offers such as these.

2. An electric toothbrush

If you haven’t got an electric toothbrush already then now really is the time to brush up on what’s available and invest in one. Plump for a model with a removable rather than a fixed head. Doing this allows the head to be replaced when the bristles start to turn outwards and means the brush doesn’t have to be binned when this happens.

For those looking to really splash out when they go electric then the Philips Sonicare Toothbrush might appeal. This often retails at £200 but with features like a ‘massage setting’ it has proved popular.

At the other end of the price scale are electric products such as the Wisdom Deep Clean Micro Power Toothbrush. This has less whistles and bells than the Sonicare but does retail at under £10.

3. The world’s ‘best’ toothpaste

If you are going to upgrade your toothbrush then you might as well upgrade your toothpaste too. Oral-B made a lot of waves in July when they released their Pro Expert Toothpaste and, with great fanfare, trumpeted it as being “the best in the world”.

But there is a catch – expense. At launch, Pro-Expert cost an eye-watering £3.50 for a 75ml tube compared to rival Colgate Total Advanced’s £2.39 100ml tube. Different people require different toothpastes – if in doubt, ask your dentist about which toothpaste is right for you.

4. Sports mouthguards

Mouthguards have certainly been in the news this year with several England rugby players being fined for wearing sponsored ones in the World Cup.

These devices are used to prevent injury in contact sports such as hockey, rugby and football. Wearing one can increase your enjoyment of these occasionally rough-and-tumble sports. It also looks very professional to wear one!

Argos stocks cheap mouthguards such as the Shock Doctor Gel Max for just £14.99. You can also seek a dentist who is willing to take an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made mouthguard.

With flavoured mouthguards now arriving on the market there are protective oral devices which suit all tastes!

5. Delicious food and drink

With a little planning there is no reason why you can’t consume tasty food and drink which is healthy for your teeth over the Christmas period. Treat yourself to a Christmas hamper of foods which are good for your oral health and you can approach the festive season with increased confidence.

Researchers suggest that Green tea is good for preventing plaque and decay. Studies suggest that it can also reduce bad breath – a nice thought to know for people who like to kiss under the mistletoe.

On the food front, cheese is something which is fine for your smile. Whether it’s crumbly or hard, cheese can help balance your mouth’s pH and produce saliva; killing the bacteria which lurk around the mouth.

And, to end on another positive note, turkey contains phosphorous which helps create our bones system and makes teeth stronger and healthier by protecting from teeth decay.

Have a great Christmas!

Invisalign Braces or Fixed Braces: which is best for you?

Monday, November 7th, 2011 by admin
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[‘Invisalign first tray’ photo by Haley Hughes

How do these two different types of braces score when it comes to factors such as appearance, flexibility and hygiene?

Once upon a time, fixed braces were the only way of straightening and re-aligning your teeth. But the advent of clear removable aligners such as Invisalign has given dental patients another option and a dilemma; which braces should they plump for?

It is always best to speak to your dentist so that you can make an informed decision about whether to opt for fixed braces or Invisalign. Dentist in Putney, Ethicare is always happy to discuss treatment options with patients who are considering investing in Invisalign. Read the rest of this entry »

4 common dental dilemmas

Monday, September 26th, 2011 by admin

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Electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush? Silver fillings or white fillings? A dentist gives some advice about these, and other, common dental dilemmas

Electric toothbrush versus manual toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes seem to be all the rage these days. But have we become a little too hasty at pushing trusty manual toothbrushes to the back of bathroom cabinets?

Dr Glafcos Tombolis of Wandsworth Dentist Ethicare says: “When it comes to brushing, using a manual toothbrush is harder to get right – you need to be more systematic when using one.” Read the rest of this entry »

Find out some more about Invisalign Clear Braces

Monday, April 4th, 2011 by admin
A London dentist reveals some things you might not know about Invisalign Clear Braces, including: the age range which favours the treatment, how you can track whether a teenager is sticking to the Invisalign schedule and why the treatment can help your dental hygiene and not just your appearance

You might think that you don’t know anyone who wears Invisalign braces. But because, they are clear, discreet and easily removable it might well be that you just haven’t noticed that a friend or relative is sporting them.

The results they get – when correcting crowded, overly-spaced or crooked teeth – are certainly noticeable.

Because these braces are so unobtrusive they perhaps don’t get the amount of attention they deserve. How can the treatment realign teeth in just a year when traditional braces take far longer to do this?

Too good to be true? Is this the case with Invisalign?

London dentist Ethicare, which is run by Glafcos and Klaudia Tombolis, has been offering the Invisalign treatment for some time.

The Ethicare website has a comprehensive section about Invisalign; below are a few more questions and answers about the braces which have been used by almost 2 million people worldwide.

How many people are suitable candidates for Invisalign treatment?

Glafcos says that an average of “about four or five people” per week come into the practice for the consultation which determines whether they are suitable candidate for Invisalign treatment – the vast majority are.

Occasionally, people with “complex” dental issues – for instance, they might need teeth removing – might find that this procedure is not appropriate for them. These people can be referred to an Ethicare orthodontist who can recommend alternative treatments.

Does the popularity of clear braces spell the end for more traditional metal braces?

Glafcos revealed that a lot less people are opting for metal braces now that clear braces are an option. He said: “Metal braces just aren’t as discreet as the clear braces used by Invisalign.” Ceramic braces can still be used by patients who don’t want to have metal in their mouth.

Who is the typical Invisalign customer?

At Ethicare, the typical Invisalign customer is a lady aged 25 to 50 but the clear braces have proved popular with men too. Glafcos says: “With the relatively new Invisalign Teen brace product we do get quite a few patients aged about 14 to 18 fitted with the clear braces.”

How do teens generally react to the idea of wearing braces? Do they prefer clear braces to more noticeable metal braces?

Glafcos acknowledges that teens, like all patients, should only wear braces that they are comfortable with.

It seems that tastes vary as Glafcos says: “We had a teenage patient recently who was really quite proud to have metal braces fitted.” (Perhaps this patient was happy to stand out in the crowd or maybe their peers all favoured metal braces!)

Other teenagers can be quite self-conscious about their appearance and so the idea of easily-removable clear braces which don’t cramp their lifestyle inevitably appeals.

According to YouTube Invisalign promotional footage, some American dentists quiz teenage patients to find out whether they are likely to lose books, contact lenses etc. as this will evaluate whether they are likely to lose the braces! Does Ethicare also take this line of questioning?

Glafcos says: “With the Invisalign Teen treatment, the aligners have ‘markers’ so that you can see whether a patient has been wearing them and how long they have been wearing them for.” (You have to wear each aligner for about a fortnight, before moving on to the next one).

With the adult Invisalign braces, no such markers exist – but people who don’t use them properly know that they won’t see the benefits.

Are Invisalign braces just a cosmetic product? Can they improve dental health as well?

The answer seems to be yes as studies have shown that having the braces can even improve your dental hygiene during treatment.

Many people wear the braces to realign teeth which are too crowded or too widely spaced.

Glafcos says:  “Spacing is normally just a cosmetic issue but crowding among the teeth can cause cleaning and flossing difficulties so realigning teeth, in this instance, isn’t just a cosmetic issue.”

Have there been any new developments in the world of Invisalign recently?

Invisalign Anterior (which used to just treat the front teeth) has now been cancelled. However, Invisalign Lite treatment, which is for mild (rather than pronounced) misalignment, has been introduced.

Glafcos says: “Invisalign Lite can be a great option as it’s cheaper than the Invisalign Full treatment, which although it treats all of the teeth in the mouth, isn’t needed by every patient.”

The news that newer, cheaper Invisalign Braces are appearing on the market is good news for the many people who are considering getting this innovative new treatment.

Invisible Aligners are the way forward at Ethicare Dental

Monday, October 25th, 2010 by glafcos

At Ethicare Dental we can provide almost any form of Orthodontic treatment. Indeed we are a london practice that has 3 dental professionals that can carry out one form of orthodontic treatment or another. Dr Klaudia Tombolis is trained to treat patients with both Invisalign and Inman Aligner. Dr Glafcos Tombolis is trained to use Invisalign and Dr Rana Muwahid is our specialist orthodontist and tends to deal with more of our complex cases. They are available to carry out treatment on late evening, early morning and Saturday appointments.

The 2 most popular form of alignment that we do at the practice are with the Inman Aligner and Invisalign. These are both removable appliances. The Inman aligner is worn about 16 hours a day and is best suited to moving the front 4 teeth in the upper or lower jaw- Please go to our Inman page for more details.

Invisalign has various products: Invisalign Full will move all the teeth if this is what is required and you can have as many aligners as is required including a number of refinements at the end of the course of treatment. Invisalign Lite again will move all the teeth but only with a maximum of 14 aligners so this for milder discrepancies only. Invisalign anterior will move only the upper and lower front teeth and again as many aligners as is necessary can be made. Invisalign is their latest product which is targeted specifically for teenagers. Invisalign is not the same wherever you go. It should involve  considerable time effort and input from the dentist for each case if it is to be done properly. Impressions of the teeth are taken. These are sent off along with photos and an x-ray and Invisalign will produce a clincheck video. This will invariably need to be adapted by the dentist in order to produce the best possible result for the patient. This requires attention to detail, experience of orthodontic movement of teeth with Invisalign and a  good cosmetic eye. At that point the Clincheck video can be presented to the patient and advancement into treatment will only occur if the patient is happy. At this point all the Invisalign trays are constructed.

Invisalign is an excellent form of orthodontic treatment and can work for most patients requiring alignment. At Ethicare Dental we pride ourselves in the quality and value for money that patients receive in all forms of dentistry, Invisalign included

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