What are the alternatives of metal braces?


Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that is concerned with the treatment of jaws and teeth that have been misaligned due to various reasons. Orthodontics as a field of dentistry has only really established itself in the past 300 years, despite that even ancient Greek physicians like Hippocrates have already described orthodontic conditions. Prior to the widespread use of the metal braces everyone knows today, orthodontists have used headgears and braces that consisted of a precious metal band wrapped around each tooth. A major breakthrough in orthodontics was the invention of dental adhesives, which facilitated the widespread use of stainless steel braces with brackets. This allowed a significantly wider range of society to have access to orthodontic treatment due to the reduced costs. Today, metal braces are not the only option for patients who would like to straighten their teeth. There are now numerous alternatives, such as invisible aligners, lingual braces and clear braces. If you are interested in getting Invisalign in Welwyn, you should consider booking a consultation session with Neel Dentistry.

Invisalign – how does it work?

Invisalign – as the name suggests – is a brand of invisible aligners, which have been developed during the late 1990s due to a pressing need for alternatives of metal braces. These aligners are moulds of a patient’s dental arches, which fit perfectly on them. During the treatment multiple aligners are made to adjust for the progression of the treatment. The aligners are made out of a transparent plastic, therefore their visibility from external perspectives is significantly reduced compared to metal braces with brackets. Before the treatment starts a 3D image is created based on a patient’s mouth using a special device developed by Invisalign called iTero. An important benefit coming with the use of this device is that it does not use any harmful ionising radiation, like traditional X-rays do, which can cause lesions in your DNA and predispose you to the development of certain cancers. Instead, this device uses visible light to create a detailed 3D image of the mouth. If you are interested in getting Invisalign in Welwyn, you should book a consultation session with Neel Dentistry to find out whether you are a suitable Invisalign candidate.

The benefits and drawbacks

As it was mentioned above, Invisalign aligners are almost entirely invisible from an external perspective, which is a significant benefit when it comes to aesthetics. But the benefits do not stop here: these aligners have improved comfort due to the smooth plastic surface. Moreover, the aligners can be removed easily, which means that you can prevent them from getting stained, clean them and eat what you would normally eat without any additional hassle. Another important benefit is that the imaging technology used prior to the manufacture of your personalised aligners does not use ionising radiation, therefore you do not have to worry about any adverse effects. Unfortunately certain tooth types and certain more severe orthodontic conditions can mean that a patient is not suitable to be treated with Invisalign, as in these cases the aligners could not get an appropriate grip on the teeth. In these cases, traditional metal braces or clear braces can solve the issue.

Is a beech worktop right for your kitchen? Your top 5 FAQs about beech answered

When you are deciding to refurbish your kitchen and have chosen to use a wooden worktop, you will probably have a few questions.

Of course, the primary queries will probably revolve around cost, but when it comes to choosing the perfect wooden worktop, there is a compare and contrast exercise that needs to be undertaken, so you can choose the perfect wood for your kitchen.

While not as well known as oak, a beech worktop from the UK may be just the wood you are looking for. Its golden honey colour makes it easy to contrast with other designs, and its price can make it more practical if you are wanting to makeover your kitchen on a budget.

But how does it compare to more traditional materials, such as oak or walnut worktops? Here, some of the most commonly asked questions about beech countertops are answered, to help you determine if they are the right accompaniment to your kitchen design.

Is it durable?

Even if you are not a chef in the kitchen, you will want a worktop that can handle pressure, water, wine spills and of course, heat.

And if it is maintained correctly, beech is indeed a durable wood. In fact, many experts refer to it as a hard-wearing wood, meaning that it doesn’t lose its strength with repeated use and ensuring it will be as strong 15 years from now as it was when it was first installed.

Is it rot-proof?

No wooden worktop is completely rot-proof and in order to keep your beech countertop in workable order, you need to take good care of it.

This will include keeping water and spills to a minimum and ensuring that the surface is sealed with an antimicrobial and antibacterial varnish.

Is it as antibacterial as oak?

Yes, it is.

Like any tree that is native to the UK, beech has evolved to be resistant to humidity based bacteria or water-based microbes. However, in a kitchen, it will be exposed to higher levels of humidity and a denser concentration of water than it would be in its natural environment, making it more susceptible to these problems. And so, in order to keep it bacteria resistant, it will need an antibacterial varnish applied to it every 6-8 weeks.

How do I maintain it?

Like many other wooden based worktops, beech is best maintained by keeping it dry, varnishing it every 6 weeks with Danish oil and applying some regular buffing!

If you notice a scratch or dent in your beech countertop, simply use a handheld sander to buff out the imperfection, and then apply varnish to the area. If you wish, you can stain the beech, but be sure that the staining agent used is compatible with this wood type or it may appear blotchy, spoiling the finish.

How long will a beech work surface last?

With the aforementioned maintenance tips (and any others as recommended by the supplier), your beech countertop can last well over 30 years. Just be sure to keep it varnished!

A digital marketing campaign that works

Digital marketers are experts in their field. They have knowledge and experience which enables them to forecast marketing trends and to meet the expectations of both the people who are coming to a website and expecting certain content, as well as Google ranking algorithms which determine who actually visits the site.

It can be a delicate balance between the two of them, however Google is constantly evolving and improving to be more in line with the reader’s experience. This doesn’t make the more than 200 factors that make up Google’s ranking any easier to fulfil however.

As much as a digital marketer knows all of this and how to achieve the results that their clients are looking for, they don’t know much about teeth and the fine skills that are needed to perform restorations or extractions. Nobody would expect a digital marketer to perform an oral health examination and therefore, it shouldn’t be expected of a dentist to understand the ins and outs of digital marketing.

Unfortunately, for many, this is a reality and as a result, a dental practice as a business can suffer. If a dentist is not willing to put an investment into their business, then it is a reality that they will not see the returns that they might otherwise.

There isn’t really enough time in the day for a professional to both manage their marketing strategy effectively as well as run a dental practice. Social media should be consistently updated, and a website needs to be full of links and active with a professional blog that is both rich in content and backlinks for it to have the impact that it should have.

Thankfully, such an investment comes at a price of less than a cappuccino a day and this can provide a dental practice with an active and compliant website and dental SEO, which can bring them to the forefront of Google searches and as a result, create shockwaves of positive change to their business.

What should a website include?

Although it is great to have a bespoke website, there are a few key elements that have been proven to be effective and therefore should be a staple in every dental practice’s website, so that readers can gather the information that they seek quickly.

A contact form is critical, as is information on the people who are in the practice, as well as on the premises itself. Some dental websites have found that a virtual tour of their practice has been received extremely well, especially those that have gone above and beyond to create a modern and welcoming atmosphere designed to encourage people who don’t like the dentist to give it another try.

Another way to bridge the gap between potential patients and dentists which results in more phone calls and subsequent bookings is by being clear and transparent with both prices and testimonials. This gives a patient more control over what it is they are to expect which can eliminate that fear that would otherwise hold them back.

The right marketing strategy ensures that more people discover a website and are so impressed by what they see that they make that connection, allowing the dentist to do what they do best.