What are 6-month smiles?

Six Month Smiles in Essex are an adult implementation of orthodontics that we are happy to provide. It focuses on the aesthetic elements of orthodontic treatment. Mostly, traditional orthodontic tools like braces, separators and rubber bands are used to carry out a 6-month smile but the intensity of the treatment is tailored towards highly committed adults, who are going to comply with getting the most out of their orthodontics over the shortest possible time period.six-month-smiles-essex

6-month smiles are a condensed form of orthodontic treatment because they’re focused; the adult braces that are used involve low-impact subtle braces which are often shaded to match your enamel. The use of standard brace (as opposed to clear aligners) is often preferred due to their more predictable and rapid results. The appointment to have the braces adjusted occurs more regularly than traditional orthodontic treatment; they are still significant and can be quite uncomfortable. And so, the use of over-the-counter pain relief is recommended for the first day or so after each brace adjustment.

This allows treatment to occur in the shortest time frame for your desired results. Realigning your teeth faster also reduces the overall cost of treatment, usually bringing it down to less than traditional orthodontic methods or veneers in terms of resolving a cosmetic misalignment.

Who does it work for?

6-month smile treatment focuses heavily on the front teeth which are of the greatest aesthetic value. Assuming you have healthy structurally sound teeth which have not been compromised by decay, there should be no issue with the use of such intensive orthodontic treatment.

There is no upper age limit to the use of orthodontics but you do need your complete set of adult teeth and we would not recommend a course of Six Month Smiles in Essex treatment to a young adult or adolescence. The whole treatment program is more suited to an adult patient with the discipline and commitment to stick to the treatment. The enamel coloured archwire we use in our braces allows our adult orthodontic patients to continue with their everyday activities without the impact of an intrusive or overly obvious brace and at any reasonable distance, a 6-month smile brace system will go unnoticed.


Due to the speed at which a Six Month Smiles in Essex treatment schedule is carried out, it is highly likely that a retainer will be required at the end of your care. As with the rapid movement of teeth, reversion is more likely.

Reversion is a common complication of orthodontic treatment, where your teeth attempt to return to their original position once the brace has been removed. This is resolved by the use of a retainer, which holds your teeth in their final position until this becomes a permanent state, therefore retaining the progress you made during the procedure. Reversion occurs after a period of time of using a retainer and seems unresponsive to the use of a retainer. There are surgical options to permanently treat reversion, by cutting tendons that exist in the gum anchoring the teeth to the jawbone but this is a secondary treatment option that we would only perform after retainer use.

Dental implants in Essex

At Crofts Dental Practice, we are proud to be the premier provider of dental implants in Essex, with our long history in general dentistry. It’s been a tough year for us all and we have been very privileged to continue to serve our community through the ups and downs of a global pandemic.dental-implants-essex

Our services go far beyond just general dentistry and we are pleased to be able to offer dental implants to our incredible community which has pulled together during such difficult times. Dental implants are the most complete form of restorative dentistry, allowing us to replace a lost tooth with absolutely none of the original tooth remaining, not even its root.  We can even replace teeth which were lost many years or possibly decades ago, for which even their socket in the jawbone will have closed.

This has made it possible for our surgery to provide techniques developed to allow dental implants in Essex to be performed without full anesthesia. This means we do not require an anaesthesiologist or to order a full operating theatre. With further training, a non-surgical dentist can gain the necessary skills to perform implantation, and we are proud to have the team that can make your dental implants happen.

The implantation process occurs over two sessions with a significant gap of 4 months in between to allow the implants to become fully integrated into the jawbone. We have found that this is the most comfortable and convenient way to receive a dental implant, as receiving both the artificial root portion of the implant and the prosthetic two at the same time can result in the pressure of eating and talking dislodging and twisting the artificial root in its socket before new bone growth has an opportunity to immobilise it.

In the first session, the gum is opened and the lower half of the implant is placed in a socket or a new hole is drilled in the jawbone, in order to allow the titanian peg segment of the dental implant to be placed into the jaw. If the gum is closed over, the newly installed implant is either sutured or glued (depending on which is more appropriate in your case), this allows the implant to slowly become fixed into the jawbone without being disturbed as it is immobilised and protected by the gum tissue around it.

The second part of the procedure it’s very straightforward. This is mainly due to the connectors, which are a semi permanent locking mechanism that holds together the prosthetic crown part of the implant to its titanium artificial root. Once the gum is removed from above the implant the artificial crown is simply clicked into place and is immediately ready for use.

The long-term care and maintenance required for dental implants is extremely minimal and is identical to that of your regular natural teeth. This is one of the reasons why our patients are eager to see our dental implants in Essex as it’s the closest possible restorative to your natural teeth.

Offering pivotal facial aesthetics Essex

We understand that the days are long gone where we pretend that cosmetic treatments are not a reality of life. People shouldn’t need to seek out underground and potentially risky cosmetic surgery options, because they are ashamed or simply unable to locate legitimate practices that can offer them the solutions they are looking for.facial-aesthetics-essex

And the fact of the matter is that thankfully, this is no longer a necessity, because facial aesthetics Essex are a proudly offered service that we can provide. Our dental practice can offer you treatments that have been rigorously tested and routinely monitored and which are safely administered by professionals who have extensive training in such treatments, as well as having vast experience in facial structure and anatomy.

Who better than a dentist who has trained for years to understand everything there is to know about the anatomy of the face and jaw to provide you with facial aesthetics Essex treatments? We provide you with a balance so that you can confidently ensure that the final results are one of natural beauty, where people do not realise that you have had any cosmetic enhancements performed, but certainly notice an improvement in your appearance.

If plumped lips, smoothed lines and a more youthful appearance sound appealing to you, then we are confident that our facial aesthetics Essex team will be able to complete your smile and give you that natural, refreshed appearance that you have been looking for.

What are some of the treatments that we can offer?

By using naturally occurring materials, we can plump areas of your lips and cheeks or other parts of your face to slightly alter the shape of your face to attain that desired look you have been aiming for. This can also be an option for those looking for a non-invasive solution to rhinoplasty; commonly referred to as a nose job.

A more youthful appearance is one of the more common effects with this line of treatment, as plumping certain areas of the face quickly adds a more luscious overall look. We are careful when adding volume to lips to ensure that you are happy with the final result and take into consideration your expectations, as well as our experience, to find that perfect spot so that you can really come away from the experience smiling.

Other treatments focus on smoothing out fine lines using Botox, a material that dentists have worked with for a long time as a treatment for sleep apnoea and even headaches. With accurate placement of this toxin, certain muscles in your face are made to relax and this results in many beneficial experiences.

Not only are there physical releases allowing for relief, but lines, particularly on your forehead and around your eyes, can be reduced.

If you would like to understand more about what we can offer you, then we do warmly invite you to discuss your thoughts with us. We will be able to offer you insightful information so that you can better understand the bespoke options that will suit your unique needs.

What are Invisible Braces?

If you are looking for a straight smile then you could consider an Invisible Braces Essex. Orthodontics have gone on to be a very accessible, safe, quick and easy practice that can be used to straighten your smile. Invisalign has been specially designed to show off your beautiful smile and not highlight that you are currently undergoing dental treatment. Invisible braces are made up of clear materials and designed to gradually push your teeth into its designated position. These braces are especially designed to be quickly effective so your brand new smile is released in due course. If you have ever wanted to improve your smile by straightening it then this could end up being the treatment for you. Everyone should have a smile that they can be proud of. This can be done without the need for invasive fixed braces. You can place trust in this treatment and your dentist will work with you to ensure the braces work to the best of their ability. This article will run through why we think that you should get braces as well as what you should do next if you decide if this treatment could be the one for you.invisible-braces-essex

Why should I get braces?

There are many reasons why you could consider an Invisible Braces Essex. A straighter smile is a healthier one as it becomes easier to clean and care for. You can be assured that your treatment will be near invisible to other people. Whilst you undergo your treatment, you can remove your braces so you can eat and drink like usual. Many people have been impressed by the results they had yielded from this treatment. You should consider this treatment as the aligners themselves offer to you clarity in your treatment. The aligners remain removable and when you are wearing them they are comfortable. These aligners can correct various issues with the alignment of your smile. We think you could benefit from this treatment to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. If you think that this treatment could be for you, then you should read on to see how you could access this treatment.

How should I go about getting a brace?

If you do think that Invisible Braces Essex could be a good fit for you, then you should consider getting in touch with us here at Crofts Dental Practice. We are always keen to meet new patients looking to enhance their smile. You can have a look at our website to read more about the treatments that we offer to straighten your smile.

If you have any questions about this treatment then you could consider getting in touch with us directly here at our practice. Patients who have had this treatment in the past would not hesitate to recommend this treatment to anyone who wishes to improve the appearance of your smile. If you think this treatment could be the one for you, then you should consider making the move to improve your smile. We look forward to hearing from you and being able to help you become happy and comfortable with your smile again.

I am unhappy with my smile

Do you wish your smile looked and felt cleaner? Do you wish your smile looked like the ones you see in magazines and on TV? Do you simply wish you were happier with your smile? Many people are unhappy with the appearance of their smile and wished that it looked brighter and cleaner. We can sometimes become stalled with our smile and wonder what we can do to improve it. As we age our smiles can become dull and stained, we can become increasingly unhappy with the appearance of their smile. Our smiles can be one of our most redeeming features so if it doesn’t look its best then it can wreak havoc on your own self confidence. If this sounds like you, then you should read onto the rest of this article where we will discuss how you can improve your dental hygiene Essex as well as what you can do if you think that we might be the practice for you.dental-hygiene-essex

What can I do about it?

We understand how important your smile is to you and that is why we want to offer you services to improve your dental hygiene Essex. We deliver services through our dental hygienist who will help to carefully remove any plaque from your teeth. Plaque can build up on your teeth but can be removed. We can offer you the treatment of having your teeth professionally cleaned. We use a series of special equipment and pastes in order to have your smile looking and feeling as clean as possible. If you think that scaling and polishing could be for you then we might be the practice for you. We will also advise you on the best way to care for your smile, we will show you the most efficient way to brush and look after your teeth. Our help can help fend on bad breath as well as issues such as gum disease. We do recommend that you come in for regular hygiene appointments to ensure that your mouth stays as clean and healthy as possible. You should read on to the next section to see how you can get in contact with us.

What should I do next?

If you think that we here at Crofts Dental Practice could be the one to provide treatments for your dental hygiene Essex then we recommend that you get in touch with us here at our practice. We can offer you a free consultation so we can determine how to best help you and your smile look its best. You can check up on how the process works on our website as well as reading about the other treatments we offer. If you do have any questions then you could contact a member of our friendly team directly by giving us a call. We always look forward to meeting new patients and being able to help them get the smile that they always wished that they had. We hope you do get in contact with us soon so we can begin to help you and your smile look and feel like its best.

Do you know if you have healthy gums?

There are some visible and physical signs that help you to identify whether you are caring for your gums enough or if they are in need of some extra attention in order to maintain appropriate oral health for your general wellbeing. By having regular checkups, we are able to inform you as to whether you have healthy gums Essex, or if you are in need of some treatment and care to heal this very important feature of your smile that is extremely underrated.healthy-gums-essex

Your gums are the cushions that protect and support your teeth in your jaw. This is a very important role and it is critical that you care for them as much as you care for your teeth. You can do this by brushing regularly (but not over-brushing or brushing too hard), flossing and rinsing often. This all helps to remove harmful food debris from between your teeth, bad bacteria that can multiply and cause infection and plaque, which sticks to both teeth and gums.

Signs of unhealthy gums

There are a few visible signs that will indicate to you and your dentist that you do not have those healthy gums Essex that we would like to expect. These include having red and swollen gums, having gums that bleed when you push on them or blood when you spit after brushing your teeth.

Some physical signs that you should be aware of include pain of any kind in your gums, excessive heat associated with that redness, swelling and other indicators of infection.

Unfortunately, these visible and physical signs are not all that common in helping you and your dentist to identify whether you have healthy gums Essex because you may not present with any of these symptoms before your condition can deteriorate. It is therefore imperative that you seek professional guidance and allow frequent examinations to ensure that your smile is as healthy as can be at all times.

What can happen if your gums are unhealthy?

Gingivitis is a disease of the gums which can be identified by bleeding of the gums among other signs. If gingivitis is left untreated, then this can lead to a more serious condition called periodontitis, which affects more than the gum it concerns the entire area surrounding the tooth.

These infections can lead to loss of your teeth and are therefore vital that you avoid them, especially because with appropriate care, it is relatively easy to keep your gums healthy.

How do I keep my gums clean and healthy?

By attending regular appointments with your dentist as well as having professional cleaning consultations with a hygienist, you will be able to maintain good oral hygiene and the subsequent health of your gums.

We recommend that you visit both a professional who can clean your teeth as well as a dentist to provide you with regular check-ups twice a year, to ensure that we do not miss any subtle changes between appointments.

If you want to ensure that your mouth is as healthy as it can be, book an appointment with us so that we can help you achieve your oral health and hygiene goals.

Enjoy lasting results with smile makeovers Essex

If you haven’t heard of smile makeovers in Essex, then perhaps it is time that you found out more about this innovative technique that many celebrities enjoy the benefits of. For those individuals who are looking for that Instagram perfect smile, then look no further than smile makeovers Essex as your one-stop treatment option to disguise any issues that you might have regarding the appearance of your smile.smile-makeovers-essex

This treatment provides fast results, especially for the dramatic change that you can expect. We can usually finalise and present your full smile makeovers Essex treatment plan within a couple of appointments, allowing for a week or two to create your bespoke veneers. Our professionals have mastered that balance between perfection and expectations with the appearance of a smile and honouring your natural beauty so that the result that you can expect will always be an outstanding one. In other words, we hold true to your unique beauty whilst perfecting, whitening, straightening and, in general, beautifying your teeth so that you can feel confident with having picture-perfect teeth that rival the stars’.

How do we do this?

We use porcelain veneers to achieve this look, a long-lasting and durable solution to many of your cosmetic dental issues. These veneers are extremely thin shells made from very tough material then cemented on to the outer surface of your teeth using a special dental glue. We first need to roughen up the surface of your natural teeth by removing an extremely fine layer of enamel before applying the cement and positioning the veneers on top of this.

Because of this, it is important that you understand the commitment to using this style of treatment. Although your veneers are expected to last many years, once they chip or break off, you do need to replace them quickly to protect the integrity of your teeth. This cosmetic solution is not for the budget-minded, but if you are willing to commit to this expense, then you can enjoy beautiful teeth that might otherwise not be possible without lengthy treatment plans.

What can they protect and cover?

Your dental veneers can be used to cover and protect chipped teeth, broken teeth, slightly misaligned teeth, stained teeth, short teeth and much more. Although we have specific solutions for these issues, we might not be able to achieve the result that we could otherwise provide for you when using a veneer in a quick and effective way.

You can choose to use a single veneer to cover a problem tooth, but should you opt for a more dramatic and life-changing result, then using a full set will enable you to push the boundaries and create a brilliantly white smile, larger teeth or some other feature that you feel compliments your personality in the best possible way.

If you’re interested in seeing the change that this treatment can offer and discuss in more detail some specific features of the process, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more.

Wondering why our team is offering you white fillings? 5 advantages they offer over metal ones

If you were someone who grew up in either the ’70s or the ’80s, chances are that if you required a filling of any kind, it would have been made from metal.white-fillings-essex

Of course, making fillings from metal was commonplace for centuries; metal is hardy, durable and can handle the pressure which your teeth undertake every day without altering the taste of food.

But if you have ever needed restorative work or a filling placed on your front teeth, chances are that your dentist would have chosen either a composite or porcelain filling. Aside from the aesthetic appeal, are these filling types any different from metal ones?

At Crofts Dental, our dentist has fitted thousands of white fillings in Essex and can attest to the advantages that these alternative restoratives offer to patients. Aside from being able to more accurately control the colour to blend it with the surrounding tooth, we now almost exclusively fit either porcelain or composite fillings for our patients, using metal options in rare cases.

So, why do we prefer to fit white fillings in Essex as opposed to metal ones? Read on to find out!


As mentioned earlier, one of the main reasons metal was used for centuries in relation to fillings was its durability. It can withstand excessive amounts of pressure which no other material could, making it ideal for this purpose.

However, the materials used to make white fillings in Essex (composite or porcelain) are also able to withstand these pressures and won’t draw stares when you throw your head back laughing. They blend right in!

Temperature resistant

We all know that metal contracts in the cold and expands with heat.

Well, when you have fillings made from metal, they do the same thing! If you regularly consume hot drinks like tea, your metal fillings will expand, causing cracks in the surrounding tooth. And as they cool, they will shrink which, due to the cracks, can cause them to come loose.

Porcelain and enamel do not have this issue, and remain the same size they were when they were put in, regardless of what you eat or drink. Great!


In modern dental care, we have all the tools to make your teeth function so now, we focus a lot of our efforts onto the cosmetics.

And as mentioned earlier, porcelain or composite fillings can be colour matched to your surrounding tooth, allowing them to blend in.


Composite fillings are often used to protect or strengthen your teeth after procedures such as root canals.

As they are chip and crack resistant, they offer superior protection against bacteria. So, should any stains accumulate on them indicating less than adequate hygiene, it is easily spotted by our team and removed.

Long lasting

Composite and porcelain fillings offer you a superior lifespan when compared to metal ones.

As they rarely crack or chip, they are unlikely to need replacing and due to their lack of response to temperatures, they will not damage the surrounding tooth.

Is your kid reluctant to see our team? How we help nervous patients at Crofts Dental

When it comes to dental visits and check-ups, many people can spot when they are feeling a bit apprehensive about the whole process.nervous-patients-in-essex

But if you have children, what are some of the signs that they may be struggling with their biannual trip to see our team?

While very young children may be a bit fearful of seeing a dentist, this is usually due to unfamiliarity and can usually be overcome with a few visits. But if your child is a bit older and still irritable whenever you remind them that it is time for a check-up, it is likely that they may be developing anxiety around dental care.

At Crofts Dental Practice, we are extremely sympathetic to all of our nervous patients in Essex and aim to help them overcome their anxiety or phobias, regardless of their age. We will take the time to listen to your child’s concerns and help them to see our team as caring professionals, who only want them to be happy and healthy!

But what are some of the signs that your child may be developing anxieties around dental check-ups? Read on to find out.


We have already mentioned irritability and while you could be forgiven for assuming that this is limited to toddlers, we see many nervous patients in Essex of all ages who display irritability when they come to see us.

This is easy to spot; if you mention to your child that it is time to go to a check-up and they react with tutting or irritation, it may be worth coming to see our team for a more compassionate approach to a check-up.


While younger children cannot procrastinate their way out of a dental check-up, many nervous patients in Essex in their teenage years will delay attending our surgery, saying they will do so next week or when they have time.

As you know, delayed treatment can result in minor issues becoming more severe, so talk to your child about their worries and if necessary, come to our surgery with them.


The day before a check-up is scheduled, does your child seem distracted?

This can be a sign that they are worried and while it never hurts to ask what their concerns are, try to do so in a way that doesn’t put them on the spot.

Remember, our team at Crofts Dental are dedicated to helping patients who have anxieties, so if you have worries that your child is developing anxiety around attending the dentist, our team can help.

Physical responses

In the waiting room, is your child fidgeting? Shaking?

Please talk to our team before they come in to see us; such signs of anxiety are quite serious and we will aim to alleviate their concerns before they get into the surgery chair.

Emotional responses

Does your kid have outbursts on the morning of their check-up?

This is a sign of intense distress so talk to our team about how both you and us can manage this issue.

The advantages of dental implants in Essex

Have you considered dental implants Essex as a long-lasting solution to your missing teeth? If you haven’t perhaps it is time to understand some of the advantages you will benefit from should you wish to embark on this rewarding journey with us.


Some 98% of implant treatments are deemed successful and because they last so long, several decades in fact, chances are you will not need to worry yourself again about the condition of the  tooth replacement. You can carry on with life knowing that your implanted tooth will remain intact, strong and support your surrounding teeth; or if you have dentures, will help them stay in place when you want them to.

Who is this treatment for?

Dental implants Essex provides a wonderful solution for many, because the ways in which we can utilise the procedure to benefit a wide range of different patients is vast. Younger patients, as long as they have all of their adult teeth and their jawbone has ceased growing and moving, can benefit from the long-term gains of replacing a missing tooth that they might have lost during an accident or fall.

This can be devastating, especially if the tooth is visible, with the patient generally facing many different procedures over the course of their lives to restore that tooth to full functionality again. But with dental implants Essex, a single implant procedure is all it takes and they can confidently know that that tooth will remain in place for many years.

Older individuals are also warmly invited to discuss their options regarding this style of treatment, either for those with several missing teeth or even those looking to stabilise their dentures.

Single implants and bridges can be secured with a single implant and with four strategically placed rods, two on the upper arch and two on the lower arch, a complete set of teeth can be held in place, with this all being done in a single day!

What is denture stabilisation?

This is a term used for holding dentures in place that are otherwise rubbing, slipping and even falling out unexpectedly; a great cause of distress and embarrassment for the individual.

Dentures begin to shift after extended periods when the jawbone begins to lose its density over time. This is a natural occurrence, but is an unfortunate side effect of teeth replacement systems that are positioned only on the gums and not deeper into the jaw. The jawbone is simply not stimulated as it normally is with natural teeth and as a result, begins to deteriorate and recede.

When this happens, an individual’s dentures no longer fit as they once did. With denture stabilisation, we can offer you a chance to feel confident and comfortable again, even eating foods that you haven’t been able to eat for many years.

We would be more than happy to discuss the personal advantages that you will benefit from having used this treatment for yourself. It is important to gain a complete understanding, so an in-depth and bespoke treatment plan will be discussed giving you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.