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What is Invisalign?

Introducing Invisalign

With rapid advancements in technology, braces are becoming more discreet and awkward smiles are becoming less visible. Invisalign is the modern day’s take on traditional braces, but without the complicated age-old metal framework. Made with high-tech CAD/CAM technology, Invisalign clear aligners have redefined the way braces look and function.

What is Invisalign?

“Invisible” braces are a relatively new treatment alternative to braces with exclusive features like removability. With teens and young adults longing for straighter teeth as well as a dazzling smile, innovations in technology have offered them choices for just that. As their name suggests, clear aligners like Invisalign are made out of thin clear plastic, making them virtually “invisible” to onlookers.

A type of removable aligner, Invisalign involves a series of custom-made clear aligners, each one aims to adjust the position of your teeth one step further to its desired position. As an added benefit, these aligners can be removed when eating or brushing your teeth, making them ideal choices to seamlessly integrate into your daily life.

Are you a candidate for Invisalign?

No matter how old you are, you can be a great candidate for Invisalign clear aligners as long as your adult teeth have fully come in and are in impeccable health.

Invisalign is a viable orthodontic treatment option for common dental problems such as:

  • Overcrowded teeth: When there is a discrepancy between the size of your teeth and jaws. Overcrowded teeth can be unsightly and cause many hygiene problems.
  • Uneven gaps: When there is a discrepancy between the size of your teeth and jaws or when missing teeth.
  • Prominent front teeth: Also known as an increased overjet, can occur due to the position of the jaws or angulation of the teeth.
  • Crossbites: When the upper and lower jaws are both maligned.
  • Overbites: When upper teeth overlap significantly with the lower teeth.
  • Underbites: Also known as reverse overjets, can occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth.

What are the benefits of getting Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners are generally made in conjunction with 3D technology, making the procedure inherently painless and non-invasive.

Some other benefits you may receive with Invisalign over traditional braces are:

  • Superior aesthetics: Since they are almost completely invisible, they make for great accessories to social settings. You no longer need to feel self-conscious about your smile. Instead, smile big!
  • Comfort of wear: They are less irritating to the soft tissues, unlike braces that may cause nicks on your lips, cheek, and tongue.
  • Removability: You can remove Invisalign aligners whenever you eat or brush your teeth. This gives you an infinite list of food options. Eat anything you want with Invisalign.
  • Predictability: A great merit of Invisalign and other clear aligners is in the fact that you can visualize what the end result would look like even before the treatment has begun.
  • Better oral hygiene: Clear aligners are easy to maintain. All you have to do is clean them in warm water and your fresh new smile is here to stay!

Invisalign process: How are they made?

Invisalign clear aligners are made with specialised plastic and high level technology. With the unique ClinCheck system in York’s finest orthodontic practice, we are able to show you what your finished and polished smile will look like at the end of treatment. We can tailor the treatment to ensure that you get the picture-perfect smile you have always wanted.

If you are considering getting Invisalign, it helps to know what to expect first.

  • Consultation:

Before you can receive your aligner, you must first speak to your Orthodontist. During this appointment, your teeth will be critically examined to determine if Invisalign is the best treatment option for your dental and oral health. In some cases of extreme malalignment, you may be recommended an alternative option instead.

  • X-rays:

Your Orthodontist will also acquire x-rays of your teeth to evaluate your suitability, the health of your teeth and their position in your face. These radiographs will help them get the whole picture of your mouth.

  • Impression taking:

Your Orthodontist will take an impression of your oral structures and then create a digital 3D model out of it. This model will be a direct replica of your mouth and will allow the fabrication of clear aligners that perfectly compliment you and give great outcomes.

  • Fabrication and seating:

The data of your oral structures will then be transferred to the fabrication plant which delivers the finished product to your Orthodontist. These custom-made Invisalign aligners will ensure a flawless fit to effectively help your teeth move into alignment.

  • Follow-up:

After receiving your Invisalign clear aligners, you should schedule follow-up appointments with your Orthodontist. These appointments will help them check the progress of your treatment. Every seven to ten days, your Invisalign aligners will be swapped. If worn properly, Invisalign treatments have shown to correct malalignment as early as ten weeks.

How often should Invisalign be worn?

It is important to note that Invisalign aligners are to be worn for up to 22 hours a day. You are permitted to remove your aligners for two hours every day which means that you will have to strategically fit your removals during eating and brushing in this two-hour timeframe. It also means that you will have to wear them when you go to sleep. Consistency in wear can significantly influence your treatment length.

What to expect with Invisalign?

Receiving your Invisalign aligners is only the first step. Maintaining and wearing them regularly is when your treatment process truly begins. While the experience with Invisalign feels different for every individual, here are some things you can look to expect from your first-time wearing an Invisalign clear aligner:

  • Speech: You may notice a slight lisp during the first few days of your treatment because your tongue takes time to adjust to and around the appliance. However, this goes away soon after continual wear.
  • Tenderness: Another complaint consistent with Invisalign wear is the feeling of tenderness on your gums and teeth. This also should subside as your mouth adapts to the material and feel of the aligner.

How to care for your Invisalign clear aligners?

Here are a few easy tips to care for your Invisalign aligners:

  • Remove before eating or drinking
  • Refrain from smoking and other tobacco products
  • Rinse your aligners with warm water or scrub lightly with a toothbrush when you remove them
  • Brush and floss before reinserting your aligners
  • Clean your trays regularly
  • Limit foods with excessive artificial food colouring

Important instructions for new Invisalign users

Here’s a heads-up of some of the things you might want to be aware of before you pop your first aligner into your mouth.

  • You can get attachments to speed up the process such as buttons and rubber bands
  • You can also whiten your teeth when you are getting your Invisalign treatment
  • You may need to carry toothbrushes where ever you go
  • You will still need to wear a retainer after the Invisalign treatment
  • You will need to maintain proper oral hygiene as much as you can!

Your teeth can make or break your smile. With Invisalign, you no longer have to hide behind the curtains of self-consciousness. At York’s finest orthodontic practice, we make sure that nothing comes between you and your smile.

Book a free consultation with Windmill Orthodontics York today.

Children's Orthodontics in York, North Yorkshire

Children’s Orthodontics – York

Children’s Orthodontics

A child’s smile is one of the purest and most joyous sights in the world. As parents, we do all that is in our power to preserve that smile by providing them with the proper care and affection that they deserve. Children speed through childhood faster than we can comprehend and pretty quickly they may show signs of a faltering smile and wavering confidence. One of the leading causes of lowered self-esteem in young children and teens is their dissatisfaction with their smiles. An abnormal bite, crowded or crooked teeth, and uneven gaps in between teeth can all cause children to feel overly conscious about smiles.

There is no ‘one-size-fits-all solution to misaligned teeth. However, braces and similar dental appliances have been widely contributing to rebuilding lost smiles. In fact, a recent NHS study stated that between 35 and 42 percent of 12-year-olds have teeth that clinically require braces. At Yorkshire’s number one orthodontics practice, we help restore the fragile smiles of your children and give them the confidence they deserve.

Why is orthodontics important?

While pediatric dentists focus on the health of the gums and teeth, Orthodontists study the growth and development of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the development, prevention, and correction of dental irregularities. With the help of Windmill Orthodontic’s specialist team, your child can not only be able to achieve a straighter smile but also a healthier one.

How will orthodontic treatment help my child?

Orthodontics plays a pivotal part in the child’s oral and dental growth and development. Orthodontic treatment is about making the best of your teeth and improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Proper orthodontic care can help prevent the risk of decay, trauma and correct even the most extreme cases of facial and jaw disfigurement. Once you can bite together correctly, you can eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily. Not to mention the benefits of a nice smile. Having a symmetrical and pleasing smile early on can significantly increase confidence in growing children and boost their sense of self-worth. Our Specialist Orthodontists have had extensive training that enables them to provide professional and personalised treatment plans to each individual patient.

Where did my child’s orthodontic problems come from?

Most orthodontic problems in children are inherited in some way or form. However, sometimes some dental problems develop as a result of uninterrupted oral habits such as sucking the thumbs or fingers and mouth breathing. Additionally, dental disease and poor oral hygiene can also contribute to the incidence of orthodontic problems. Whatever the case may be, our Orthodontists are able to treat most conditions with relative success.

Won’t my child’s teeth straighten out as they grow?

One of the most infamous and on-going misconceptions among parents is that their child’s oral hygiene does not matter. The logic behind such thought is that since milk teeth eventually fall out, they aren’t as important to be taken care of. However, this could not be further from the truth.

Primary or baby teeth, while being temporary, are also space-holders for the adult teeth. The space available for the permanent teeth does not increase as one grows. A poorly aligned set of baby teeth can also mean drastic impairment in the alignment of the permanent dentition. So, unfortunately, no- your child’s teeth will not straighten out as they grow. The good news, however, is that with the right orthodontic intervention at the right time, your child’s teeth can be straightened.

What is the right age for orthodontic treatment?

There is no set age when children should start to see an orthodontist. Whilst the majority of children are ready for braces by 11-16 a very small proportion could benefit from treatment earlier. This is sometimes referred to as interceptive orthodontics. The treatment plan will depend on the specific child’s unique needs. If you think that a problem is developing earlier then you should seek advice.

The goal of any orthodontic treatment is to prevent further problems from arising and to ensure a “normal” bite. Braces and other aligners are thought to be most effective in children as compared to adults as their bones are still developing. Adjusting the underlying bone and restructuring the positions of the teeth early on in the developmental process can improve their bite for the rest of their lives. Getting orthodontic treatment may be your child’s saving grace from a lifetime of poor oral health as the need for dental work is significantly reduced if orthodontic treatment is completed early.

What can orthodontic treatment fix?

Early intervention of braces and aligners in kids helps correct the developmental problems associated with their teeth and jaws. Your child maybe in need of an orthodontic treatment plan if they present with any of these conditions:

  • Overcrowded teeth: When there is a discrepancy between the size of your teeth and jaws. Overcrowded teeth can be unsightly and cause many hygiene problems.
  • Uneven gaps: When there is a discrepancy between the size of your teeth and jaws or when there are missing teeth.
  • Prominent front teeth: Also known as an increased overjet, can occur due to the position of the jaws or angulation of the teeth.
  • Underbites: Also known as a reverse overjet, can occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth.
  • Crossbites: When the upper and lower jaws are both maligned.
  • Overbites: When upper teeth overlap significantly with the lower teeth.
  • An open bite – when your front teeth remain apart when your back teeth meet; the tongue is often still visible between the upper and lower front teeth.
  • Impacted teeth – in some patients, secondary teeth come through in the wrong position or do not erupt at all. Orthodontic treatment can help bring these teeth into the correct position.

If there is a problem with your child’s bite it can sometimes be beneficial to treat them before the age of 11 years. Introducing braces when the child’s bones are still malleable can help expand the jaw to make room for their permanent teeth, thus, correcting the incidence of overcrowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth.

What are some benefits of early orthodontic treatment?

  • Creates more space for overcrowded teeth to erupt: Orthodontic treatment can help expand the jaws and make more space for the permanent teeth to erupt in uniformity.
  • Improves facial symmetry: Braces and aligners can correct crooked and misaligned teeth. This synergistic tooth movement can change the overall appearance of the face, making it look fuller and more symmetrical.
  • Reduces the risk of chipping of protruded teeth: Children who have protruded front teeth often do not have enough lip coverage to protect the teeth from a fall or a blow. This means that it will be easier for the child to lose teeth and incur damage if proper orthodontic care to correct these issues is not put into place.
  • Resolves speech issues: A visible problem with overbites can often cause an obstruction of the tongue while talking. Braces can successfully correct overbites and resolve speech impediment issues.
  • Prevents uneven wear of teeth: Sometimes if teeth have erupted into the wrong position they can wear down unevenly

What are my choices for children’s orthodontics?

We offer a range of treatment options that can significantly affect the way your child grows up with their smiles. We offer three main options for orthodontics such as:

  • Removable braces: Made from plastic and metal these appliances can incorporate springs and retractors to help correct a wide range of issues. They are very efficient.
  • Traditional fixed braces: Bracket and wire braces can help improve common bite-related issues like overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
  • Clear aligners: With the added promise to improve the self-image and confidence of your child, we also offer clear aligners like Invisalign that are discreet yet effective in the process of teeth straightening.
  • Lingual braces: When conventional braces become too conspicuous, you can opt for lingual braces that hide perfectly behind your front lower teeth.

An improvement in the child’s smile and successful straightening of the teeth can concurrently occur when proper orthodontic treatment is assigned. At Windmill Orthodontics York, we believe that your child’s smile should be protected to the best of our capabilities. Get in contact with us to arrange a free consultation.

Radic8 Viruskiller - Coronavirus prevention methods in orthodontic dentist in York

VirusKiller System Protects Dental Patients

Riverdale Healthcare, which incorporates Windmill Orthodontics, have announced that they will be first UK dental group to have the revolutionary Radic8, VirusKiller clean air technology installed.

It is now clear that the entire landscape of dentistry will change at least during the transmission phase of COVID-19, forcing the dental profession as a whole to revisit its entire infection control method and policy, bringing about significant policy changes in the wake of the crisis.

Riverdale Director, Ian Gordon explains, “Dentistry has always had excellent standards of cross infection with single use instruments where possible, autoclaving of other instruments and disinfection of hard surfaces. One of the biggest challenges in infection control within healthcare settings is in dealing with the air and whilst there is no real evidence of transmission in a dental practice via this route it has remained an area of some concern.

Therefore, despite the small and theoretical risk of transmission in this way, to make sure our patients receive the best treatment and service, we are the first dental group in the UK to have partnered up with Radic8, who are leading the global fight against airborne viruses and have installed their clean air technology “Viruskillers” in our dental practices.”

The units, which will arrive this week, have a 99.9999% kill rate on all respiratory viruses, including Coronavirus, in a single air pass. The unit aims to completely and constantly recycle the air inside a standard size surgery both during and between patient appointments. While the patient is in the surgery, the unit creates an airflow that drags contaminated air away from the patient and the dentist and releases sterilized air back, creating a continuous cycle.

Ian added “This is a technology not just for now but for the future. Nobody who has lived and worked through this period will forget the impact of Covid 19 – we are confident this additional measure will reassure and protect our patients and staff from what admittedly is already an extremely low risk”.

 

Windmill Orthodontics in York - Reopening Policy Post Covid-19

Reopening After Covid-19

You may be wondering what steps we’ve taken to ensure your safety when you next visit our practice.

It is now clear that the entire landscape of dentistry will change at least during the transmission phase of COVID-19. It has forced the dental profession to revisit its entire infection control method and policy and no doubt there will be significant policy changes in the wake of this crisis.

Dentistry always had excellent standards of cross infection with single use instruments where possible, autoclaving of other instruments and disinfection of hard surfaces. One of the biggest challenges in infection control within healthcare settings is in dealing with the air and whilst there is no real evidence of transmission in a dental practice via this route it has remained an area of some concern.

Therefore, despite the small and theoretical risk of transmission in this way, to make sure our patients receive the best treatment and service, we are the first dental group in the UK to have partnered up with Radic8, who are leading the global fight against airborne viruses and have installed their clean air technology “Viruskillers” in our dental practices.

The units have a 99.99999% kill rate on all respiratory viruses, including Coronavirus, in a single air pass. The VK 401 aims to completely recycle the air inside a standard size practice in between every patient visit (around 5 minutes). While the patient is inside, the unit creates an airflow that drags contaminated air away from the patient and the dentist and releases sterilized air back, creating a continuous cycle.

 

There are other changes to our protocols and we would encourage you to look at the patient reopening policy prior to attending your next appointment.

You can click the image or the link to the patient brochure here

Windmill Orthodontics in York - Keeping our Patients & Team Safe

Patient Safety

We are looking forward to the day when we can see our patients again and are busy preparing.

To ensure we are safe for everyone, we wanted to share with you some of the changes you will see next time you visit.

UPDATE ON 26TH MARCH 2020

The safety of our patients and our teams is of paramount importance to us. In the interests of all, we are following the advice from the Chief Dental Officer and stopping any face to face consultations or treatment. This means that any appointments already booked in the next three weeks are cancelled and we will contact you to re-arrange.

Although we have had to close our doors, Riverdale Healthcare will continue to give telephone advice when you need us. Please just telephone your practice in the normal way for details of this service.

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

 

Coronavirus Impact update

25/3/2020

We will now see EMERGENCY PATIENTS ONLY

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19. If you do you will be asked to leave immediately.

Further to the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday evening, the definition of a dental emergency will need to be much more restrictive. It would be unsafe to provide certain treatments unless we are given access to the appropriate equipment.

Postponing routine appointments
All routine appointments have been suspended in keeping with the current policy from our Professional Body (the BDA) and to respect social distancing in line with Government Policy.  This is for the safety of both our patients and our colleagues.

If you have a routine appointment booked you can expect to hear from us again shortly to postpone your appointment to a later date.

Please don’t worry, you will not miss out on any dental care that you need in the longer term.

Once we are able to get back to our normal operation we will be extending our opening hours to catch-up on postponed appointments although your treatment needs may require reassessment with a new examination, depending on the delay in resuming limited or normal services.

Please do contact the practice by phone if:
1. You require emergency treatment
2. You need advice or reassurance
3. You need a treatment completing such as a crown or denture fit – your original appointment will be cancelled – there may be circumstances where this treatment is provided IF we consider it would prevent a problem or the denture is essential for function.
4. Separate arrangements are being made on a case by case basis for Orthodontic patients and you will be contacted directly by the practice.

In hours emergencies
Please rest assured that whilst we are operating on reduced staffing levels, we are still available to provide emergency dental care. If you experience a problem, please call the practice and we will aim to see you for treatment on the same day if appropriate.
The treatment we are able to provide is governed by regulatory guidance and may be more limited than usual.

Out of hours emergencies
If you have a dental emergency and are unable to wait until our practice is open, please call NHS 111. This service is overstretched so please do so on an extreme emergency basis only.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please remember to check our website and social media pages for further updates.

Do stay safe and my very best wishes to you and your family in these difficult times.

Ian A Gordon BDS MFGDP
Managing Director Alpha Vitality Group
Riverdale Healthcare

Important Information

Dear Patient

Covid 19 is affecting all our lives in a way we could not have contemplated even 2 weeks ago. I have delayed writing to you in relation to any change in arrangements at the Practice simply because things are changing daily and at times hourly.

As of today, Sunday 22 March ALL practices in the Riverdale Healthcare Group, including Alpha and  Vitality practices, Archway, Eston, Framwellgate, Pelaw and Hebburn are moving to see patients for Emergency treatment only.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE OR HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19. If you do, you will be asked to leave immediately

NHS Commissioners, our regulator and the Chief Dental Officer still only advise a reduction in the number of patients we see and to not provide certain treatments. However our Professional body, the British Dental Association (BDA) backs the position we are adopting.

​I hope you can understand our decision as we support social distancing for our teams and our patients.

All appointments are now cancelled until further notice.

Please contact the practice if:-
1) You require emergency treatment
2) You need advice or reassurance
3) You need a treatment completing such as a crown or denture fit – your original appointment will be cancelled but we will try to accommodate completing your treatment by arrangement.
4) Separate arrangements are being made on a case by case basis for Orthodontic and Implant patients and you will be contacted directly by the practice.

Our senior dental team will be available to give telephone advice if your query cannot be managed by our reception team – you will be called back as soon as possible.

In the interests of safety, OUR DOOR WILL BE LOCKED – PLEASE RING THE PRACTICE FOR ADVICE OR AN APPOINTMENT

We are working to keep our team together and will do all we can continue your treatment when this situation is over.

In the meantime please follow Government advice on social distancing.

Do stay safe and my very best wishes to you and your family in these difficult times

Ian A Gordon BDS MFGDP
Managing Director Alpha Vitality Group
Riverdale Healthcare

Corona Virus Update

We live and breathe our passion for delivering high quality, ethical dental care which is why we are looking at ways to reduce areas of potential risk for our colleagues and patients during this difficult time.

We have therefore taken the decision to postpone all routine treatment which involves an aerosol. We will be directly contacting patients who have appointments which are affected by this decision. In addition, if you are a vulnerable person and have an appointment booked, we invite you to use our website contact form or phone the practice to postpone your appointment.

If you require treatment now and are NOT in a “risk group” ( ie not Covid-19 positive, not self isolating, or in a self isolating household) then please contact the practice and we will provide what treatment we can within the scope of treatment we are advised to provide.
When our services fully resume, we will of course, invite you to rebook.

Whilst this may cause some inconvenience, please know we are acting in the best interests of everyone.

We thank you for your patience, understanding and for your continued support.