New to wearing Invisalign? Some need-to-know tips from Archway Dental Surgery

While invisible and clear braces have almost eradicated the need for traditional aligners in the majority of adult orthodontics, many people are genuinely surprised that these braces also take some getting used to.wearing-invisalign

Of course, as is the way with having any new appliance in your mouth, you will have to get used to it simply being there for the majority of the day, which can cause initial issues with speech and comfort. But there are many other nuances to know about when it comes to treatment with invisible braces, which will make the entire process much smoother.

At Archway Dental Surgery, our team is able to recommend some gold-standard tips to make your treatment with Invisalign in Cornwall easier to manage. As we have helped thousands of adult and teenage patients straighten their smiles with this brace, we can offer you advice for coping in those first few awkward weeks and beyond.

Be aware, that these are only some basic tips to managing Invisalign in Cornwall and our team will be able to offer you more personalised advice during your first check-up post fitting!

Invest in a travel toothbrush

This first tip confuses many patients who have started to wear Invisalign in Cornwall.

As the brace is removable, you need to brush your teeth after each meal to avoid pressing food debris against your teeth.

Therefore, the easiest way to achieve this is with the purchasing of a travel-sized toothbrush. Don’t worry, you will just need the toothbrush and not the toothpaste!

Only drink water

Let’s be a bit more specific; when you are wearing your invisible brace, it is advisable to only consume water.

As the plastic which your invisible brace is made from is not stain resistant and can become discoloured if you consume acidic drinks while wearing the brace. If you want that invisible brace to stay invisible, stick to plain water.

Dental wax is a must!

It is true that invisible braces offer superior comfort to their wearers; after all, no metal and no tightening does indeed make for a more pleasant orthodontic experience!

But, while you are adjusting to your new brace in those first few weeks, you may be surprised at how often it rubs against your tongue, which can lead to sores starting to form.

In this case, our team will be able to provide you with a specialised dental wax, to reduce those irritated areas and make you feel more comfortable.

Store them in their case

When out and about, if your brace isn’t in your mouth be sure to keep it in the case it came with.

This will prevent it from warping, becoming damaged and of course, will ensure that you always know where it is when you need to put it back in!

Manage discomfort

While this brace does not cause as much pressure as regular braces do, it is important to manage any discomfort you notice. If over-the-counter pain relief does not alleviate the discomfort, contact our team immediately!

Want to discover if Invisalign braces are for you? Your top 5 FAQS answered by Archway Dental Surgery

As with most things in life, it is important to be 100% certain that you understand what you are doing.

Nowhere is this more necessary than when it comes to cosmetic procedures, especially when those procedures revolve around your teeth! And, if there’s a brace involved, well, all the more reason to double-check every point.invisalign-in-cornwall

If you are looking to straighten your smile as an adult or a teenager, you will undoubtedly have some questions about the procedure, the brace and other issues that surround these points.

And here, our team at Archway Dental can help.

As we have answered so many questions about the world-famous adult brace Invisalign in Cornwall, we are equipped and trained to help you with this process. We know everything there is to know about the preparation, the treatment and the aftercare, so when you choose Archway Dental Surgery to get the straighter smile you have always wanted, you know you have chosen the best!

But what are some of the most common questions our dental team is asked about Invisalign in Cornwall? Read on to find out!

How do they differ from regular braces?

There are many ways Invisalign in Cornwall differs from traditional metal braces.

For starters, as the name suggests, they are invisible, allowing you to undertake the orthodontic procedure without drawing unwanted attention from others.

Secondly, they offer a faster treatment time (on average) as well as being easier to use overall. There are many other ways they differ, which our team will be happy to discuss with you!

What happens during the fitting?

A 3-D scan of your teeth will need to be taken by our team in order for the set of trays to be created. Luckily, there is no impression that needs to be taken using a dental clay!

Once this has been done, you will need to wear the aligners for between 20-22 hours per day, or as long as our orthodontic specialist recommends. You will need to change your aligners every 2 weeks depending on your orthodontic issues, and you will need to visit our team about every 6 weeks.

How do I keep the aligners clean?

Simple; these plastic trays can be cleaned using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a rinse under luke-warm water.

Do not use boiling water to remove stains and refrain from using mouthwash to clean them.

How long will the process take?

While it was mentioned earlier that the process using this invisible brace may be faster, this will depend on the complexity of your orthodontic case.

However, this treatment takes on average between 6-9 months, but talk to our team about how long it may take to straighten your smile.

Isn’t it expensive?

While invisible braces may seem more expensive than traditional ones, due to shorter treatment times, they are often cheaper to undertake. Also, our team at Archway Dental are able to offer suitable patients 0% financing options, allowing you to break down the final cost into smaller, monthly instalments. Perfect!

Want to know why Invisalign is so popular? 5 reasons from Archway Dental Surgery

With more adults than ever before choosing to undertake orthodontic treatment, certain braces and aligners have undoubtedly become more popular than others.invisalign-cornwall

Why? Because when it comes to orthodontics, adults have different requirements to children; any brace needs to be comfortable to wear, as well as visually discreet. It will need to offer a faster treatment time (if possible), while also being good value for money.

With such a list of demands from a simple orthodontic appliance, one could think that no such brace could ever exist. However, such an aligner has been created and is currently the most popular brace amongst adults and teenagers.

And when you decide you want to undertake this brace, come to Archway Dental Surgery. Our team has helped thousands of patients to straighten their smiles with Invisalign in Cornwall, and know all the advantages that there are to choosing this aligner.

So, why is Invisalign in Cornwall one of our most popular aligners among adults? Read on to find out!

Removable

While you may have already heard this, one of the key reasons for the success of Invisalign in Cornwall is because it is removable.

Why is this a popular feature? Because it allows you to take it out when you are eating food, giving a talk at work, or even when you are going on a date. And as it can be removed, it will not impinge on your oral hygiene.

Simple

The basis of this invisible aligner is simple; simply wear each aligner tray for around 2 weeks, switch to the next one and visit our dentist at Archway Dental every 6-8 weeks. No tightening, no additional trips to the hygienist and no fiddly wires, this brace is straightforward to use.

Comfortable

And, as there is no tightening associated with this brace, it is more comfortable to wear.

While there may be some initial pressure once you put this brace in, this will be short-lived, and may also occur when you switch between aligners.

But as this brace uses no metal to push on your teeth, there is no overwhelming feeling of pressure in your jaw, allowing you to undertake this orthodontic treatment without discomfort.

If you do notice any intense discomfort at any stage of wearing this brace, contact our team for a check-up!

Fast-acting

Even children aren’t fond of wearing braces for extended periods of time and so, it is reasonable to assume adults aren’t either.

Luckily, due to the design of this invisible brace, the average treatment time ranges from between 6-9 months, meaning you won’t have to endure endless months of dental check-ups and other appointments.

Discreet

Finally, the reason this brace has boomed in popularity is that, as its name suggests, it is invisible!

Made from clear plastic, it slots over your teeth and seamlessly blends in, perhaps adding an additional shimmer to your smile. It is easy to clean (run it under a lukewarm tap) and easy to remove when you need to. What’s not to like?

‘Green Dentistry’

‘Green Dentistry’

The dental industry is notorious for its large carbon footprint. We know dentistry as teeth, diagnosis, treatments dental care, but each and every practice produces unfriendly waste! Here at Archway we feel we have a role to play in helping to tackle climate change and we are actively working on and identifying ways we can help and deliver services more sustainably.

How can we do this??

  • We are identifying the areas we need to improve on.
  • We are implementing alternatives.
  • Researching and looking at ways we can improve.

 

Here are a few of the changes we have been working on and will continue to participate towards saving our planet….

  • Changing to Digital X-rays – not only are patients exposed to less radiation but we no longer generate chemicals, paper, lead waste.
  • We have been trying to reduce our paper waste, patient files are electronic.
  • In our waiting areas our magazines are recycled and we have reduced the volume and frequency of magazines.
  • We support the local Kicks Count Charity and have a recycling box in our waiting room and encourage patients or anyone in the community to bring in there dental waste to recycle.
  • We are actively encouraging our patients to have recall reminders via SMS and email.
  • We have just ordered re-usable metal mouthwash cups we can sterilise to get rid our biggest plastic waste!
  • Currently we are working on reducing our paper/plastic waste through our sterilisation pouches, and looking at alternative ways to do this but still be compliant.
  • Using social media to encourage our patients to recycle and participate.

“It’s all our responsibility”

 

Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth… We now sell ‘Bioxtra Dry Mouth Oral Gel’

Dry mouth is a condition which affects the flow of saliva causing your mouth to feel dry.

It can be caused by simply just getting older, or a side effect of the menopause. It can be a side effect of medication, or medical treatments such radiotherapy to the head and neck. And it can be caused by a medical conditions such as diabetes.

Dry mouth can cause a higher rate of decay, affect the taste of foods and making it harder to eat drier foods and furthermore can cause bad breathe and is generally uncomfortable for the patient.

We now sell Bioextra dry mouth oral gel, it is alcohol and menthol free, and mimics saliva’s natural activity and provides a normal balance of saliva in the mouth with a fresh breath.

We offer many different dental product for sale, inter-dental brushes, floss, electric toothbrushes, Blue M products, toothpastes do pop by and have a look ?

Your one stop local dental shop ?

6 Main Reasons You Need a Regular Dental Health Review

6 Main Reasons You Need A Regular Dental Health Review (Check Up)

1. For oral cancer detection.
2. To look and examine for gum disease and provide professional help with dental hygiene.
3. To check for any cavities, damaged fillings, broken teeth.
3.To offer advice on stopping smoking, incorrect brushing techniques, dietary advice and much more…
4.X-rays if necessary to diagnose problems that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
5.To check jaw opening, lymph nodes and neck area for any abnormalities.
6. To identify any unnoticed signs of larger health issues.

A dental health review (check up) is as important as any other health screening appointment so ensure you attend regularly!!

MY FIRST BLOG!

OK, so. Here it goes.

Hello I am Hannah and I am a registered Dental Nurse at The Archway.

I recently went on a marketing trip along with my boss (Felicity) and manager (Heidi) up to Manchester to learn how to promote Felicity’s business. I took a lot away with me that day but one of the main things I learnt was that people like to read blogs? Really? People are interested in other people’s lives. I’ve never really read a blog; I haven’t ever really been interested in blogging? How am I going to write a blog?  All of these questions were going through my mind.  As it was a dental marketing trip I assumed the business coach meant blogging about dentistry. NOPE. He suggested blogging about human interests, things that people may be interested in knowing about, maybe writing about yourself, things that you are up to. WHAT? I’m not very interesting; I’m just a dental nurse with two dogs and a fiancé. I would say I’ve got a pretty normal life. Nothing interesting happens to me. But here I am writing my VERY FIRST BLOG?

I’ve written a blog about a blog.

Happy first blog to me! YAY!