Category: Teeth Straightening

April 3, 2023 by Gentle Dental 0 Comments

Clear braces v Invisalign: Which is better?  

Orthodontics can help fix alignment or bite issues while giving you the gift of a more confident smile. Two of the most popular options for fixing crooked or misaligned teeth are clear braces and Invisalign. Both treatments are highly effective and more discreet than traditional wire braces. However, both treatments have their own pros and cons. Here’s how to decide what type of orthodontic treatment is right for you. 

Clear Braces: The Basics  

Clear braces are very similar to traditional metal braces. The main difference is that instead of attaching metal brackets and wires to your teeth, your orthodontist will use clear or white-coloured ceramic brackets. These brackets blend in with the colour of your teeth.    

Clear braces are a popular option for older teenagers and adults who want a more discreet orthodontic treatment and are sometimes called invisible braces. Like wire braces, the brackets are attached to your teeth and are connected with a thin wire. Your orthodontist will monitor your tooth movements and tighten the wire periodically to move them into the correct position.   

Pros of Clear Braces  

If you are weighing up the advantages of clear braces v Invisalign, one of the biggest advantages is that clear braces are more effective at correcting a wider range of orthodontic issues. They can be a better choice for people who have complex dental problems, such as severe overcrowding or a misaligned bite. Clear braces are also less noticeable than traditional metal braces, making them a more appealing option for people who are self-conscious about their appearance.  

Cons of Clear Braces  

One of the main disadvantages of clear braces is that they aren’t as strong as metal braces. This means it can take longer to complete orthodontic treatment and the brackets are more fragile. They can break more often than wire brackets. Clear braces can also be more difficult to clean than traditional metal braces, as the ceramic braces can sometimes become discoloured over time if you consume a lot of foods and beverages that can stain.  

Invisalign: The Basics  

Invisalign is a system of clear plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth. The Invisalign trays are designed to gradually move your teeth into the correct position over a period of months. For best results, these treatments require you to wear your aligners at least 22 hours a day. You can remove the aligner to eat or brush your teeth.  

Typically you will wear each set of aligners for two weeks before you can switch to a smaller set of aligners. Invisalign treatment is a popular choice for adults and older teenagers who want an even more discreet treatment than clear braces.  

Pros of Invisalign  

One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign v clear braces is that the aligners are virtually invisible. Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing aligners. The aligners are also removable, so you can take them out to eat, brush, and floss.  

This makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene during your treatment. Invisalign is also a good choice for people who have mild to moderate orthodontic problems.  

Cons of Invisalign  

One of the main disadvantages of Invisalign is that it may not be as effective as other types of orthodontic treatments for more complex dental issues. Invisalign may not be the best option for people who have severe overcrowding or a misaligned bite. Additionally, Invisalign aligners can be more expensive than traditional metal braces or clear braces.  

Clear braces v Invisalign: Which is better?  

Clear braces or Invisalign are both effective options for straightening your teeth. Clear braces are a better option for people who have more complex orthodontic problems, such as severe overcrowding or a misaligned bite. Invisalign is a better option for people who have mild to moderate orthodontic problems and want a more discreet treatment option. Ultimately, the best way to determine which treatment is right for you is to consult with an experienced orthodontist who can evaluate your needs and recommend the best treatment plan.  

Both orthodontic treatments are highly effective and can help you achieve a straighter, more beautiful smile. The choice between the two comes down to your needs and preferences.  

At Gentle Dental, our expert orthodontal team can talk you through a range of orthodontic options including traditional braces, Invisalign, clear braces and lingual braces and find the right solution for you. Book a consultation today.  

August 26, 2022 by developer 0 Comments

7 things you should know about Invisalign

Many people feel self-conscious about having crooked or misaligned teeth. While wearing orthodontics will realign your teeth, traditional braces made from wire and metal tend to stand out. This can make you feel even more self-conscious about your smile — especially if you are getting braces as an adult.  

Invisalign is an inconspicuous solution for straightening teeth as the treatment uses removable plastic trays to realign teeth. You get the benefit of a straighter smile without looking like you are wearing braces.  

If you are considering starting Invisalign, here are 7 things you should know before you start. 

1. For best results, keep your trays in as much as possible 

 Invisalign uses clear trays to realign your teeth. Although these trays are transparent, they are still somewhat noticeable and will take some getting used to. As a new wearer you may be self-conscious about people looking at your mouth or taking your retainers out to eat in public.  

 While your trays may take a few weeks to get used to, you should wear them as much as possible. The more you wear your trays, the faster your teeth will realign. You’ll also start to notice them less (and so will other people) if you wear them constantly. In general, you should only take your trays out if you are eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. 

2. You may have a speech impediment at the beginning of treatment 

 Invisalign is much less noticeable than traditional wire braces. However, when you first start wearing your trays you may speak with a lisp. This is because the tray alters the way your tongue can move against your teeth which impacts your speech. 

 Make sure you don’t take your trays out to speak, especially in the early days of getting them fitted. The more you practice speaking with them in, the faster your lisp will disappear. 

3. Invisalign treatment length can vary 

 There’s no guarantee that Invisalign will be faster for realigning your teeth than traditional braces. Some people only have to wear their trays for one year, while others have to wear theirs for much longer. It all depends on what your teeth are like and how much work it will take to get them into alignment.  

 Your dentist will be able to tell you how long they expect your treatment to last. The good thing about this treatment is the transparent trays make it easier than traditional braces to see how much progress your smile has made. Provided you wear your trays enough, you’ll be presented with new trays every two weeks to bring your teeth into the correct position. Failure to wear your trays enough will impact the length of your treatment.  

4. You’ll need to be dedicated to your dental care 

 Traditional braces come with some downsides — such as forcing the wearer to avoid certain foods, and making it difficult to floss. Invisalign are far easier to care for than wire braces, but you’ll still need to look after your teeth and your trays during treatment. 

 With Invisalign, every time you eat food you will need to brush and floss your teeth. If you don’t, food particles will end up coating your trays and teeth in plaque and sugars. You’ll need to put aside a few extra minutes after you eat when you are out at school or work. Putting together a dental care kit that you can take on-the-go can help make this feel more effortless. 

 As well as cleaning your teeth after every meal, you’ll need to look after your aligners too. Cleaning is relatively easy. All you need to do is clean them with a toothbrush using your regular toothpaste. 

5. Your eating and drinking habits will need to change 

 While using Invisalign does not require any food restrictions like traditional braces, there are still some changes like traditional braces do, there are still some changes you’ll need to make to your eating and drinking habits. First of all, you’ll need to take your trays out before you eat any food. It can be a good idea to always bring a napkin, paper towel or cloth with you while you’re having lunch. You can easily wipe away any saliva that comes off your trays as you remove them to eat.  

 You may notice that your mouth is dryer than usual after wearing Invisalign trays. This is because the trays feel like a foreign object, and when first fitted tight trays can cause swelling and irritation. Your body may respond by producing less saliva. Drinking water regularly will help to alleviate the feeling of dry mouth. It will also help you avoid bad breath.  

 6. You’ll need to wear a retainer after treatment 

 Just like traditional braces, you will need to wear a retainer at night after your Invisalign treatment has finished. A retainer helps keep your teeth straight for the rest of your life by preventing them from being able to move back into their old positions. Without a retainer, your teeth may move slightly and undo some of the hard work you’ve paid for. 

 The good news is, wearing a retainer is exactly like wearing an Invisalign tray. You’ll already be comfortable wearing one at night and you’ll know exactly how to care for it.  

7. You may need adjustments to your teeth before Invisalign treatment 

 With any type of orthodontics, work sometimes needs to be done on your teeth before any treatment can be started. If your mouth is crowded, your dentist may recommend having a tooth or teeth removed so that your teeth can move back comfortable into the space created. If your teeth are too big you may need them filed down in some places for a better fit of your retainer.  

 If you are interested in straightening your teeth and want to avoid the look of traditional braces, Invisalign could be for you. Talk to the friendly team at Gentle Dental today about treatment options. Book a consultation now.

December 6, 2021 by Gentle Dental 0 Comments

Braces 101: What to Expect When Getting Braces

The short space of time you will wear braces for is worth a lifetime of having a great smile and well-aligned teeth. To prepare yourself for getting braces, we’ve put together this blog post which covers everything you should know about your orthodontic journey.  

Before getting braces

Braces don’t just improve the look of your smile. Braces are often recommended by a dentist to correct teeth, jaw, and bite alignment issues and improve the oral health of your teeth.  

Before getting braces, there may be some dental work you need to have done first. This could include getting teeth removed so that your teeth are not impacting others during the straightening process.  

Your dentist should talk you through what dental work needs to be done before you get braces. At Gentle Dental, we aim to only remove teeth if it is absolutely necessary to the patient. 

Your dentist should also have a rough timeline for how long you will need to have braces for your teeth to shift into position. Most patients need to have braces for around 18-24 months. One of the benefits of having braces as a teenager is treatment is generally faster than in adults. If you have the option to get braces in your teens, we recommend doing so.  

What to expect at your orthodontics consultation

Your dentist will schedule an initial consultation to listen to your concerns and what you want to achieve by having orthodontic treatment. After the examination they should discuss their findings with you and recommend some options to correct the problem. At this stage, your dentist should discuss how much braces cost, length of braces treatment, and answer any questions you may have about the process.  

 At Gentle Dental, once the consultation process is complete, we take digital scans, photographs and x-rays of your teeth for diagnosis and treatment planning. 

What to expect while getting your braces on

Getting braces is a relatively painless experience. During the appointment your dentist glues brackets onto each tooth and places a wire along them to start gently straightening your teeth. Some metal braces allowed for colours to be included around the metal bracket on each tooth. Braces colours come in many shades and are a fun option for kids and teenagers. 

The process of getting braces is usually completed in an hour or less. You may feel some pressure on your teeth for the first few days after getting braces fitted.  

You will usually have consistent appointments throughout the next 18-24 months to check and tighten your braces. Your teeth may feel a little tender after each tightening appointment.  

What to expect while having braces

Braces are a commitment and it’s important that the patient follows the dentist’s instructions on teeth cleaning and care. Failure to follow proper orthodontic care could prolong the length of your treatment. 

You may need to adjust the foods you eat after getting braces. Very soft and very hard foods can be a problem, for different reasons: 

  • Soft foods – like white bread and popcorn – can easily get stuck in your braces and are hard to remove.  
  • Hard, or sticky foods – like toffee, jerky, chewing gum – can actually dislodge the metal brackets on your braces. 

Brushing your teeth is very important when you have braces. Food can easily become stuck in the brackets and wires of your teeth so it’s important that you brush thoroughly twice a day.  

Carrying a small toothbrush with you when you are out of the house is a good idea. This will help clean your teeth if you get food lodged between the braces while you are at school or work. 

What to expect while getting your braces removed

Congratulations on getting through your braces journey! When the day comes to get your braces removed you may find your teeth feel weird and slightly slimy. That’s usually just because you’re not used to the feeling of smooth teeth. You should get used to not having them on fairly quickly. 

  • Getting your braces removed is not a painful experience. Your dentist will use tools to remove the brackets from your teeth and buff off any glue that remains on the surface of your teeth. 
  • You may be given a post-treatment plan which involves using a mouthguard at night. Make sure you wear it every night as your teeth may still move in the years after your treatment. 
  • If you have a metal bar paced behind your teeth, take extra care to brush and floss behind it. There are special types of floss that can be inserted behind the teeth for a better flossing experience.  

Knowing what to expect before you get braces makes the experience easier. At Gentle Dental, we do gentle braces and use state-of-the-art technology to make the process as comfortable as possible. If you are interested in discussing orthodontics, book your appointment here. 

November 21, 2021 by Gentle Dental 0 Comments

Invisalign: Frequently asked questions

Invisalign can be a great alternative to braces especially for adults as their clear and removable aligners are far less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Invisalign works by using custom made aligners to move your teeth into place. These aligners are changed out every two weeks for a new set. These removable aligners are practically invisible and less conspicuous than braces.

Invisalign is the market leader in clear aligner braces. If you have been considering Invisalign here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses clear aligners that are customized and are robotically made to fit your teeth. At Gentle Dental we use 3D digital scanning technology to ensure the aligners fit perfectly. Our custom-made aligners are made in the US and are shipped to us for use.

Invisalign liners gently reposition your teeth into alignment by using a slightly tighter tray every two weeks. These trays can be removed to eat and can be easily cleaned.

How does Invisalign move your teeth?

Braces and Invisalign both work by putting pressure on the teeth to move them into the correct position. While traditional braces use wires and brackets to create pressure, Invisalign uses custom aligners that are just tight enough to pressure the teeth into moving.

This is why the aligning trays need to be changed every few weeks. Over time your teeth move enough to fit the new trays comfortably which means it’s now time to get a tighter tray to continue the alignment of the teeth.

Is Invisalign cheaper than braces?

No. Invisalign is not cheaper than traditional braces. Generally, the cost of Invisalign is determined by how many aligning trays you require. Invisalign can sometimes be twice as expensive as traditional braces. However, most people choose Invisalign for the look and feel of the treatment.

It’s not uncommon for people who have had braces in the past to re-correct their teeth with Invisalign. Invisalign can be a good option for people who are looking for a small correction to the alignment of their teeth and don’t have major misalignment issues.

What is better braces or Invisalign?

There is no major difference between the end result of your smile when choosing between braces or Invisalign. Braces can be a better option for teenagers and young adults as they are permanent, and some parents don’t want the added hassle of having to remind their children to wear their aligners.

Many adults choose Invisalign as they are transparent and they like that they are removable. However, Invisalign will work faster if the trays are worn consistently. Some people will find their Invisalign journey takes longer than expected because they aren’t wearing their aligners as much as they should. Consider whether you will wear your aligners for the prescribed amount of time before committing to Invisalign.

Braces can also be a better option for severely misaligned or overlapping teeth. Your dentist will be able to tell you whether Invisalign is right for your smile.  Check out our blog post on the pros of cons of braces and Invisalign here for an in-depth comparison.

Is Invisalign bad for your teeth?

No, Invisalign is not bad for your teeth. In some cases, braces are a better option, or a combination of braces and Invisalign may be recommended.

Which is better: Smile Direct or Invisalign?

As highly qualified dentists we always recommend that you see a dentist in person for any teeth realignment procedures. Services like Smile Direct rely on the patient to keep track of their progress which means misalignment issues have a higher chance of occurring.

Furthermore, a dentist may sometimes recommend the removal of teeth to ensure that once you start your braces or Invisalign treatment, your teeth won’t become overcrowdedx in your mouth. Smile Direct may be a better option for small realignment issues.

If you are interested in exploring whether Invisalign is the right option for your smile, book in now to see one of our highly qualified dentists and we can talk you through a treatment plan.

May 12, 2021 by Gentle Dental 0 Comments

Where Can I Go For Great Dental Care in Upper Hutt?

Gentle Dental have been offering gentle, professional dentistry to Wellington patients since 1992. As one of Wellington’s largest privately-owned dental practices, we are pleased to be expanding our dental practice with the opening of our new location in Upper Hutt.

As a large group practice, now working out of three locations, we have a team of highly qualified experts that can help with everything from wisdom teeth removal, to braces, and even dental surgery including wisdom teeth removal. Create your perfect smile at Gentle Dental Upper Hutt by booking an appointment today.

Choose the gentlest dentists in Upper Hutt

Gentle Dental have been offering dental care in Wellington for nearly thirty years. With two locations in the Wellington CBD — one on Ghuznee Street and one on Lambton Quay — we thought it was about time we brought our brand of friendly, professional, and gentle, dental services to patients in the Hutt Valley.

Our newest Gentle Dental practice is located at 22 Royal Street, Upper Hutt. Whether you are experience toothache, or dental pain, are due for a dental examination, or would just like to find a dentist closer to you, our practice is open and taking on new patients. Whatever your needs, the friendly Gentle Dental team can help!

The Gentle Dental difference

Our vision has always been to provide professional, exceptional care that treats people how we would like to be treated. That’s why we’re so excited to be extending our practice into Upper Hutt. When you book with us, you’ll experience the Gentle Dental difference.

Firstly, we’re a service focused team, and your comfort is our top priority. We focus on supporting you through each visit and our bedside manner is second to none. If you’re anxious, apprehensive or worried our team are here to help. We’re also happy to explain each step of the process as we go along.

When you book in with us, you’ll meet with one of our team of experienced professionals. Our dentists have 125 years of combined experience, so you know you’re in good hands.

It’s not just our staff that takes a gentle approach to dental care. From digital x-rays to cameras that help us diagnose decay, we utilise the best state-of-the-art dental technology to make your appointment quicker, and more comfortable. Our intra-oral cameras also allow you to see what’s going on in your own mouth. If you’d rather zone out while you’re in the chair, you can watch movies or listen to music, to feel more at ease.

Booking a preventative dental appointment is the easiest way to keep your smile in good health. That’s why we like to make sure you’re comfortable while in our care. Book in your appointment with Gentle Dental today and experience our difference.

We make getting a dental appointment easy

We know how hard it can be to book in an appointment with a dentist. That’s why we’re open longer than many other clinics. Can’t find the time to visit us between work and family commitments? Our Upper Hutt dental clinic is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

We’re also open late on Tuesdays  until 8:00pm. Need a weekend appointment? No worries! Pop in on Saturday and we’ll get you sorted.

While we know the importance of preventative dental care, we also know that accidents happen. If you’re experiencing toothache or pain, or have a dental emergency – like losing a tooth — we try our best to get you in for a same-day emergency appointment.

No matter what type of dental service you require, we make accessing dental care easy. Call our friendly receptionists today to book in an upcoming appointment at any one of our three clinics.

Get the dental care you require

As a locally owned dentist practice, we’re here to make sure Upper Hutt residents have access to the best dental care in Wellington, without having to drive into the city for something as simple as a check-up.

While our Upper Hutt dental centre is slightly smaller than our Wellington practices, you’ll still get the benefit of being part of the Gentle Dental family. With three locations, our team of dentists have expertise in most aspects of dentistry. This includes wisdom teeth removal, surgery and even full mouth rehabilitation and enables us to treat most cases in-house without having to refer you to a specialist.

For our Upper Hutt clients, this means if you require a more specific service or surgery, we can still handle it at one of our city clinics.

Whether you need an emergency appointment, preventative care, orthodontics, restorative or cosmetic treatment you can get it all at Gentle Dental.

Become a new dental patient at our Upper Hutt practice

At Gentle Dental, our technology, expertise and gentle approach allows us to produce top quality results in all aspects of dentistry. With longer opening hours, same-day emergency appointments and weekend appointments, our Upper Hutt clinic is open and ready to help! Book your dental appointment in now and keep your mouth smiling.

August 5, 2019 by Jay 0 Comments

Invisalign Vs Braces – The Pros & Cons Of Each

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