When you need dentures, your dentist will help you to make the right choices about the design and the construction of your dentures. They will also do a lot of the preparation work, including taking X-rays and moulds of your teeth so that dentures can be constructed from them. However, the majority of dentists are not able to make the dentures themselves. This job is performed by a group of people known as dental technicians or clinical dental technicians. They make and sometimes even fit dentures and partial dentures for dental patients in the UK.
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Ice-clear orthodontic brackets were designed to help patients to wear their braces discretely, and to give them an attractive finish to their braces. Sometimes known as Sapphire or Radiance braces, they consist of ceramic brackets which are designed to match the colour of the patient’s teeth, making the braces harder to spot, and therefore less embarrassing to wear. Although there are reasons to have these braces, many patients have found that they don’t always live up to expectation, and there are could be other reasons to change your mind and select an alternative method of straightening your teeth.
If you have decided that you want to try dental implants as an alternative to dentures or plates, then your dentist might ask you to have a CT scan before you start the process. CT scans can help the dentist to see the layers of tissue in your mouth, and will give them a much clearer image than that offered by x-rays. The CT scan is simple and easy to do, and there are several reasons why your dentist might consider having a scan the next step in getting the implants you need.
If you have a problem with the position of your teeth where you suffer from something known as an ‘open bite’, then you may have been advised to use braces to correct this problem. Open bite conditions may involve a number of different problems, from teeth not meeting in the centre of the mouth, to gaps between teeth, meaning that the teeth are not able to meet. You may have found that some foods are more difficult to chew upon due to this open bite, and that gaps between the teeth are obvious and unattractive. This type of dental problem is known as a malocclusion of the jaw. Your dentist may have recommended a few different types of brace to help you alter your bite, and one variety they may have chosen is the Invisalign brace.
If you need to have dental implants to replace missing teeth, then you will usually be offered a standard implant, which includes metal fixings. These are fine for the majority of people, but if you have had a reaction to titanium or nickel alloys in the past, then you may be wary about having metal in your mouth indefinitely. Finding non-metallic dental implants can be difficult, since most dentists only offer the standard versions of implants. However, we can offer you a metal-free ceramic version for peace of mind.
Do you need braces for the first time in your life? If you are an adult having to face being fitted with braces, it can be an unnerving and embarrassing experience. You may decide that you would like a more discrete version of the braces, and lingual braces are becoming more popular with people who want to keep their use of teeth straightening devices a secret. These braces are designed to fit on the rear surface of the teeth, close to the tongue, where they cannot be seen by others. You will know that you are wearing them, but no-one else needs to know.