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Here is our list of answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about orthodontic treatment, dental implants, and oral health.
Orthodontics is a branch of dental treatment that focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment involves wearing a dental appliance that presses on teeth to slowly move them into ideal alignment. Treatment options include metal and tooth-coloured braces, lingual braces and clear aligners.
Getting braces is a good treatment decision for anyone of any age who wants straighter teeth. The important thing is to have healthy teeth and gums before starting treatment. To find out whether orthodontic treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with Specialist Orthodontist Dr Jonathan Allsopp.
It is easiest for children and young teenagers to wear braces for the first time because their teeth can move quickly in their still-developing jaws. However, adults of all ages can still have successful treatment with braces. It is never too late to get started!
Your orthodontic treatment plan is unique and depends on the complexity of your tooth alignment. If you have just a few slightly twisted teeth, then your treatment may take only a few months. If you need to correct a major bite alignment issue, then you could wear braces for up to three years.
Straightening your teeth has many benefits. Not only will your smile look nicer, but your teeth and gums will be healthier because of the lowered risk of disease. Crooked teeth trap plaque bacteria more easily than straight teeth. By straightening your teeth, you will keep them cleaner and will also enjoy a more comfortable bite.
Wearing braces can cause a small measure of discomfort, but this is easy to manage. Your teeth will quickly feel better as they yield to the pressure of the brace. Our dental team can provide you with personalised tips for staying comfortable while you have orthodontic treatment.
A Specialist Orthodontist is trained and qualified to provide orthodontic treatment in the UK. Orthodontists receive specialist education beyond that which is required for general dentists. Dr Jonathan Allsopp is a Specialist Orthodontist with extensive experience in placing lingual braces. He has already treated thousands of clear aligner patients and has achieved Invisalign® Diamond Provider status.
At Allsopp Dental, Dr Allsopp can provide you with metal or tooth-coloured braces, lingual braces, or clear aligners. Invisalign® is a popular brand of clear aligners, but there are others to choose from, as well. Dr Allsopp is also a ClearCorrect™ Provider. To find out which treatment is right for you, take our online smile evaluation. Dr Allsopp will recommend the orthodontic treatment he feels will give you the best results.
If you do not treat a gap in your smile, your other teeth may shift and tip over. This could create new dental problems. A dental implant is not the right tooth replacement option for everyone, however. If, after consulting with a dentist, you decide not to get an implant, you should consider an alternative tooth replacement. For example, partial dentures and dental bridges will help you eat and smile with confidence while preventing your other teeth from drifting out of place.
Dental implants are not covered on the NHS. You do not have to let this prevent you from getting implants, however. We offer dental implants as a private dental service at our Bridge Street dental practice and we can help you arrange a comfortable 0% financing plan, if you invest in your smile by getting implants.
The implant itself is a metal screw that fits into the bone in your jaw just like a tooth root. This is topped by a dental restoration which serves the visible upper portion of a missing tooth. You can get your implant restored with a dental crown to replace a single tooth. Implants can also support fixed bridges to replace multiple neighbouring teeth. It is also possible to have an entire denture supported by dental implants. Your implant should be restored according to the number of teeth you need to replace.
To qualify for dental implants, you need to be an adult with a healthy mouth, good overall health and a good oral hygiene routine. To find out if implants are right for you, schedule an online smile evaluation. If you are not a candidate for dental implants, Dr Allsopp will let you know the best treatment alternatives for you.
At our Walsall dental practice, we accept multiple payment options and we can assist you in arranging a flexible financing plan to help you afford the treatment. Contact us to schedule a consultation and get a quote.
We will anaesthetise the implant site before beginning your treatment. You will not feel any pain during your implant placement appointment, but there may be a small amount of discomfort in the hours after the anaesthetic has worn off. You can easily mitigate this by taking the medications Dr Allsopp recommends and by placing a cooling ice pack on the sore spots.
If you need to replace one or more teeth that are already missing, then you should not need to have any others extracted. You only need to remove teeth that will be replaced by implants or dentures.
Bad breath can be caused by temporary and reversible factors such as diet and poor oral hygiene. It could also be a sign of a serious dental problem, however. If you have foul-smelling breath that will not go away no matter what you do, this could suggest issues like gum disease, advanced tooth decay or some other oral infection. Schedule a dental checkup if you need help identifying the cause of your halitosis.
Teeth can naturally be yellow, or they may turn yellow over time because of things like age, gum recession, enamel wear, and stains from food, drink or smoking. Whatever the cause may be, some professional teeth whitening can help make your smile look younger and brighter.
Keep your teeth cavity-free by brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once every day. In addition, try to limit the amount of sweets, sweet beverages and refined carbohydrates in your diet as these foods promote tooth decay. Reinforce your tooth enamel by using a fluoride-based mouth rinse.
Flossing cleans those snug areas between your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. If you do not clean between your teeth frequently, the food acids and plaque bacteria that stay there can wear away your tooth enamel and cause cavities.
Plan to have a dental check-up and professional scale and polish at least twice per year. Some people can go longer between visits and some need to see the dentist more often than twice per year. Plan a visit to Allsopp Dental so we can recommend a dental care schedule customised to your needs.
Bleeding gums are suggestive of chronic gum inflammation, or gingivitis. If the inflammation extends beyond your gums, however, then you may be suffering from gum disease, also called periodontitis. Healthy gums do not bleed while brushing or flossing, so if you notice bleeding, schedule a dental health check-up.
You can continue to safely receive the dental treatment you need even during this unprecedented pandemic. While our Allsopp team has always placed a high priority on infection control and maintaining a clean and sterile facility, we are taking extraordinary precautions during these extraordinary times. We have made changes to our appointment scheduling process and we limit patient traffic inside our clinic to ensure the safety of all who walk through our doors. Call us for more details on our COVID-19 precautions.
If you are not satisfied with your treatment at Allsopp & Associates Dental Practice, please submit your complaint in writing to our complaint manager, Rebecca Docherty. Address your complaint to Dr J F Allsopp. Please see our patient information page for more details on the next steps to take if you are not satisfied with our initial response to your concern.