St. John’s Wood Smiles

Dental implants on a grey surfaceOrthodontics in London’s best kept secret village.

Where on earth’s St. John’s Wood?

St. John’s Woods is a quaint, sleepy, historically rich and preserved village – quite unexpectedly found in the beating heart of London’s vibrant city centre. It is an area revered many things, including beautiful Italian style 19th-Century villas, Victorian-era canals and its proximity to Regents Park. It is also an area held in high esteem for retaining its true sense of community, with numerous family orientated events and establishments, as well as highly renowned schools and local amenities. Also in St. John’s Woods is the zebra crossing, forever immortalised by the Beatles on the cover of their 1969 quintessential album Abbey Road.

History of dental alignments

Additionally to this, St. John’s Wood also boasts some of London’s most highly regarded doctors and dental practitioners – such as Aura Dental – who are committed to providing residents with a patient-tailored level of care and respect that has earned the area its reputation.

Dental implants are one of many procedures offered here, and are an area of orthodontics that has been evolving with advancements in medical science from as early as Egyptian times.

Whilst dental alignment of teeth is by no means a modern phenomenon, orthodontics as it is recognised today really began to take shape around the year 2000. This was when NASA (the National American Science Association) replaced common steel wire braces, which were popular in the 1970s, with heat activated nickel-titanium alloy wires. These wires allowed the patient far greater comfort and flexibility. Although this design was revolutionary in taking orthodontics to new heights, it did not address the issue of visibility of the braces affecting the patients’ self-esteem.

Moving forwards

Teeth model with invisalignToday however, as scientific advancements have come on leaps and bounds, the issue of braces impairing a patient’s self-confidence is practically redundant. This came about, in part, by the invention of invisible orthodontics procedures such as Invisalign, which is a near-invisible plastic mould that is worn over the teeth, which aligns them over time. Invisalign is made of a patented, flexible plastic called SmartTrack®. The procedure consists of creating a removable mould of the patients’ teeth, which is then worn for around 12 months. When worn, the mould gradually aligns the patients’ teeth to the required specifications of the patient and their orthodontist. Each mould is unique, as each patients’ needs and requirements are different. It is for this reason that Invisalign is only offered after extensive consultations with a trusted dental practitioner of the patients choosing.

Bridging the gaps

This procedure is particularly popular with teenagers and young adults, primarily due to its concealing nature. In the past, large headpieces were used to align children’s teeth, which not only caused severe discomfort, but were also a large and crude site. This, in the Playground Jungle, was not a desired look. Today, contemporary ‘train track’ braces, whilst being nowhere near as much of a spectacle, still can attract unwanted attention – which is why procedures such as Invisalign have gained such popularity. Another reason for Invisaligns popularity is that, unlike other orthodontic treatments offered, they are removable and patients can wear them at their own desecration. Another modern orthodontic treatment offered are dental implants, which are false teeth fixed to a metal root – and are used to replace teeth that are broken or damaged beyond repair. Unlike Invisalign, implants are a permanent procedure that involves a small amount of surgery. The process entails drilling into the patients’ gum and attaching a metal screw to the root of the tooth, then – after a short healing period, a veneer (or false tooth) is screwed into the new root. This fills in the gap in the patient’s mouth with a near-identical, durable plastic tooth and can help massively boost their self-confidence and bring back their smiles.