Forget E3 check out our new dental digital scanner!

The video games industry congregate at E3 every June to see new ideas and the latest gaming news.

This year the big news was the release of the Xbox One X which will bring amazing looking graphics which is reviewed here.

Our news (for us at least) is just as exciting! We have managed to get an itero scanner which allows us to take 3D scans of your mouth!

The video below shows George explaining the scanner in more detail.

It allows us to show any problems with your teeth in 3D and more importantly take impressions for most procedures without the need for any liquid impressions in your mouth.

The itero scanner has an advantage over the other scanners on the dental market in that it allows us to show you the changes Invisalign (invisible braces) could make to your mouth on the same visit.

If you would like more information or want to book an appointment to see what your teeth would look like once straightened for free please do call us on 0208 946 2255 or email us on ​info@ridgwaydental.co.uk.

Children’s Orthodontics – What You Really Need To Know!

There are a few reasons why it might be necessary for your child to have orthodontic treatment. Common reasons for the need to correct teeth include:

  • ​Interceptive treatment to simplify later treatment as the baby teeth leave and the adult teeth grow·
  • Growth modification- using your child’s existing growth pattern to improve size and shape of the jaws
  • Crowding of teeth
  • Difficulty in adult teeth erupting into the mouth ( lack of space)
  • Correction of the bite to aid function

Essentially, it’s about making it easier to eat, talk, function,clean and hold onto a beautiful natural smile for life!

There’s no definitive age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, but it’s usually when the adult teeth start coming through to monitor smooth growth and development of the teeth and jaws.

The adult teeth begin to erupt often from the age of six. Treatment doesn’t usually start from this age, but identifying problems early ensures that effective orthodontics can begin at the best time for your child.

Orthodontics involves monitoring growth and development of the skull and face. Usually your general dentist will identify the need for a specialist opinion with one of our specialist orthodontists. This will begin with an initial orthodontic assessment.

This starts with an examination of the teeth and jaws and may be followed with an x-ray and a mould created of your child’s teeth to create an impression. This allows us to treatment plan your child effctively using the records taken and our clinical asessment.

Your child will be asked some questions, such as:

What bothers you about your teeth?- Is there anything you would change?
Have you experienced any ulcers when biting together?
Do you suck your thumb?
Do you have difficulties chewing or swallowing?

An orthodontic treatment plan will be created, and a discussion of not only the aims of treatment, but what to expect during treatment and how to retain the teeth in their new desired position for the long term.

Throughout the journey you may have questions but initially we will discuss the type of appliances available, the length of time it will take, the avaliability of your orthodontist and the need to wear retainers to hold the teeth in their new desired position when the braces come off.

Most children who have all of their adult teeth, embarking on orthodontics will have ‘fixed’ braces or “train tracks” These are the brackets, wires and rubber bands placed on the teeth and slowly tightened to increase pressure.  These can be aesthetic and clear or colourful and metal or a mix of both 🙂

Those children with a mix of baby and adult teeth may have “interceptive orthodontics”, these can be removable braces,  and can be just as colourful or sparkly as the fixed braces.

Interceptive orthodontics may be used to simplify treatment carried out later with the fixed braces. Types of interceptive orthodontics include widening of a narrow upper jaw as a result of thumbsucking or helping the growth of the lower jaw to improve your child’s profile.

This is usually just a 1st phase of treatment and your child will be assessed after this phase before progressing to another stage of treatment. Timing is everything!

What do we expect from appointments and what are the risks of orthodontic treatment?

We will see you and your child approximately every 6-8 weeks to monitor the progress of the treatment and to add any necessary mechanics. Orthodontics works by active tooth movement with light forces over a duration of time.

This will allow effective movement of the teeth but reducing any adverse risks to the teeth such as the roots shortening or the nerves and blood vessels being traumatised.

We will give written and verbal diet and oral hygiene instructions as soon as the brace is fitted.  This involves spending some time with your child to ensure that they take care of their teeth trhroughout treatment and beyond.

Failure to comply with good oral hygiene will lead to scarring of the enamel , white spots and potentially tooth decay. Your orthodontist will monitor for this clinically- but your child must maintain regular appointments with your general dentist and hygienist as well.

What to think about after the braces come off!

After treatment has been completed, your child WILL need a retainer to prevent the teeth from moving back to their original position. These can be fixed to the back surfaces of the teeth or removable. LIFE LONG WEAR OF RETAINERS is PARAMOUNT TO PREVENT DISAPOINTMENT AND TEETH SLIPPING OUT OF PLACE SLIGHTLY DURING THE AGING PROCESS AND AS THE FACE CHANGES.

We will check retainer compliance once the braces are removed for up to 1 year just to make sure that your child understands the commitment to long term retainer wear.

It may seem overwhelming to think about all of the factors associated with the best quality of treatment for your child.- But if you do have any concerns about treatment, at any stage, or simply want a chat before you start the process – please get in touch with us either by email info@ridgwaydental.co.uk, or by phone 02089462255 for  FREE orthodontic consultation..

Invisalign – the clear solution for a perfect smile

When a perfect smile is at the top of your ‘most wanted’ list, it can be infuriating to put up with ugly metal braces for the treatment’s duration. That’s why so many teens and adults are opting for Invisalign – and it’s available right here in Wimbledon at Ridgway Dental.

Invisalign is a unique system completely different to traditional metal braces   

Virtually invisible and effective, Invisalign uses a series of clear and removable aligners to straighten your teeth. Removing the need for ugly wires and brackets is an instant win for self-confidence regardless of your age or situation, making it the ideal choice for everyone.

One of the key issues with metal braces is the lifestyle restrictions they place on the wearer. Limited diet, restriction in sporting activities, and even turning down social engagements can all be a problem. Invisalign aligner trays can be removed whenever necessary, meaning you can eat the food you like and participate in your favourite sports and activities.

You see the end result before treatment begins with Invisalign

Using state of the art technology such as 3D scans and x-rays, enabling a 3D representation of your teeth showing how they will move and what they’ll look like in their final position. The scans and images taken are sent to the Invisalign lab to create the aligners that will create your perfect smile.

The aligner trays are custom built to your exact requirements using special SmartTrack material – the elasticity of which ensures a snug and comfortable fit. Invisalign aligner trays gradually shift your teeth into place requiring less painful pressure than wire braces. The video below shows the 3D model or clincheck of your mouth that shows the changes invisalign can make, this is all done in your free consultation.

So, how does Invisalign actually work in creating my new smile?

You’ll receive a series of aligners in pairs – for your top and bottom teeth. You wear each set for around two weeks, only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss. Your teeth will gradually begin to move, and you’ll progress to the next set of aligners. As you work your way through each different set, your teeth will be moving into their final position – once that’s reached, the treatment is finished.

A retainer is usually recommended for the bottom set of teeth to prevent them moving back into their original position over time.

Easier to clean and faster results – what’s not to love about Invisalign?

Wired braces must be cleaned ‘around’ and this often results in inadequate cleaning and can lead to poor oral hygiene, and additional problems. As each aligner tray can be removed it’s far easier to keep them clean – and brush and floss your teeth effectively.

Receding gums and gum disease – what are they and why might I be affected?

Gum disease is a common problem that affects many people, though something that isn’t commonly talked about.

It’s the process in which the gum tissue surrounding the teeth becomes inflamed, pockets around the teeth are being formed and the bone starts wearing away. The gums around the teeth also start pulling  back. This exposes more of the tooth – and can lead to the root being exposed. This causes the teeth to appear longer and to be more sensitive to cold.

If gum disease is left untreated, it can severely damage the supporting tissues of the teeth – leading to tooth loss.

Most people aren’t aware that they have experienced gum recession. 

Initial signs are tooth sensitivity or noticing that a tooth looks longer than normal.

There are numerous causes of gum recession. Let’s take a look at them in more detail.

Gum disease is one of the key causes of gum recession, as mentioned earlier.

Gum disease is very common in the UK, affecting 3 out of every 4 adults over the age of 35.
It’s caused by the bacteria found in our mouths, that constantly form a sticky film on the teeth known as ‘plaque’. Ineffective brushing and flossing that fails to remove the plaque can lead to it hardening and forming ‘tartar’, which can only be removed by a deep clean from your dentist or hygienist.

The longer the plaque and tartar are on your teeth, the more damage they cause.

The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums known as ‘gingivitis’ – this makes the gums red, swollen and causes them to bleed easily. It’s a mild gum disease that can be reversed with effective brushing, flossing and regular dental visits.

When gingivitis is not treated it can advance to ‘periodontitis’ – causing bone loss and subsequent gum recession to occur.

Smoking (including vaping) is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease and recession. Smoking also makes the treatment for gum disease less effective.

Aggressive brushing technique can be doing more harm than good!

Slow and steady wins the race – and saves your teeth from gum recession too.

Using a hard toothbrush or doing horizontal “aggressive” brush movements can damage the gum tissue surrounding your teeth, and cause the enamel to wear away too.

However, brushing the teeth too gently, may not be sufficient to remove the plaque effectively and may lead to gum disease and recession.

Using a medium or soft brush or an electric toothbrush with the correct technique is the best way to brush effectively, yet not aggressively. If you’re unsure, ask your dentist or hygienist to show you the best method for you.

Unfortunately, there are other causes of gum recession too

There are also other causes of gum recession – these include thin gum biotype, which is prone to recession (this is genetically defined and cannot be altered), position of the teeth too far outside (may be genetic or due to orthodontic movement of the teeth) and presence of an aberrant frenum (a piece of gum, which connects the lip to the teeth and can be too deep).

So, what can be done about gum recession once it’s started?

A deep clean by your dentist is the first step for the early stages of gum disease and recession, enabling the bacterial plaque and tartar to be removed from the teeth.

If the recession is more extensive gum graft surgery can possibly repair the wounded area and prevent further recession from occurring.

Gingival grafting is used as a treatment for gum recession or as a preventive measure, so that recession does not occur

Gingival grafting is where tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth and is stitched over the area where the gum has receded or is likely to recede.

This can stop the process of gum recession and reduces the risk of tooth sensitivity . Gingival grafting can also even the gum line giving a more even appearance and improving your smile.

There are different types of gum graft and your dentist will discuss the best one for you. Although you might not have heard of it before, it isn’t a major dental procedure but can cause some pain and discomfort. Though it certainly saves on a lot more pain and discomfort than not dealing with the issue. Our Periodontist Chaido gets great results with gum grafting and a great example is shown in the video below.

Gum disease and gum recession are serious issues that should never be ignored. Please speak to your dentist as soon as you spot the initial signs of sensitivity and bleeding from the gums.

If you’re concerned about gum disease, gum recession or would like to find out more about gingival grafting, get in touch with us today at Ridgway Dental by emailing info@ridgwaydental.co.uk or calling 02089462255.