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FAQs

Invisalign

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign treatment is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign shows you your complete treatment plan based on your Invisalign Provider’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth towards the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth to move them little by little.

Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. The treatment time depends on your specific needs and will be decided by your Invisalign Provider.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign aligners move teeth through a series of carefully controlled movements. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign treatment not only controls the amount of movement that each aligner delivers but also the timing of the movement. So, at each stage, only certain teeth can move, following the Invisalign treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.

How much does Invisalign cost?

As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign treatment depends on the complexity of your teeth straightening issue and your course of treatment. As a general rule the cost for adults is comparable to traditional fixed braces and is typically between £2,500 and £5,500, although if only minor tooth movement is required, prices could start from £1,500. However, only an Invisalign Provider can accurately determine the cost.

Why do we put off a visit to the Dental Hygienist?

It’s so easy to put off a visit to The Dental Hygienist, particularly when you are not aware of any problems. We know many of you are worried about,

  1. Time/ other priorities
  2. Cost
  3. Fear

These are all reasons we need to address, so we would like you to know

How we can try to help you.

Time: We offer flexible time slots between 8.30 am / 6.00pm to allow the most convenient time for you to visit us.

Cost: We offer a payment plan & standby appointments; our Receptionists Magda, Kelly and Mary will explain these options to you.

Fear: We feel this is the most important reason, that’s why our two Hygienist’s (Alison & Annie) are fully qualified health care professionals, who will make your appointment informative & enlightening. There is always lot’s to discuss and you are given time to express any concerns and to explain how you are feeling.

Remember oral health is not just about bad breath, smoking, or sensitivity it’s also proven to be a risk factor in Heart disease or Alzheimer’s.

Gone are the days of a quick ‘polish’ and a lecture about flossing or smoking. Now our Hygienist’s will carry out a thorough examination of your gums, tongue, & soft tissues, (An oral cancer check) also a gum assessment or screening.

The Hygienist will spend time explaining how you can prevent gum disease & tooth decay by improving your home care. You will get oral hygiene advice, be recommended a suitable toothbrush & interdental aids to help you keep your mouth healthy, and to prevent any problem’s coming back.

A professional deep clean will be carried out with your full co-operation. This will remove any deposits or stain from your teeth. This could include an opportunity for an Air Polish, which is fantastic for removing unsightly stains caused by smoking or from red wine, tea, & coffee.

We hope you have found this information informative.

Top tips to consider before selecting an Implantologist.

  • Experience: Ask how many years experience the dentist has and how many implants he/she has placed, request testimonials if possible.
  • Qualifications and training: Some dentists can do a course for implants in just one weekend.
  • Check the make and quality of implants: Have they any evidence of long-term success rate. A few successful and well-known companies are for example Astra, Straumann, Ankylose, Nobel Biocare.
  • Implant company background: Recently new implant companies have reached the market. Check these companies have evidence, as some are even made in the Far East. Like other companies, they start up and close down. At The Gallery, Dr Balaji has seen some patients who have previously had these implants which have failed. Due to the unawareness of the company, there was nothing that could be done for them apart from new implants.
  • Does the dentist offer guarantees? Is your dentist willing to give you a guarantee and are they going to replace it for free if the implant fails?
  • Is the dentist or surgeon local? Check if he/she is just visiting, as you need to guarantee if something was to go wrong someone will know how to treat you in the long term.
  • Cheap is not always a good option: All of the aforementioned points should be considered before making your decision. Would you really want to go through this expensive surgical procedure again? The recent PPI Breast Implants scandal is a worrying example.
  • Quality of implant crowns: Implant crowns need to be well made to fit the implant, ensure the teeth suit your bite and look as natural to your smile as possible

Information about the temporary practice closure and emergency treatments

Dear Patients,

Following the announcement by the government on 28th May, we are incredibly pleased and excited to announce that we are hoping to re-open The Gallery Dental Group Practices mid to late June for appointments. The announcement was publicised on the news to the public without giving dental practices any prior notice to fully prepare and we are still waiting for confirmed guidelines so do please bear with us.

We have had to cancel numerous appointments since the lockdown began 3 months ago and will initially be prioritising appointments for our existing patients who have had dental emergencies or appointments cancelled, in order of urgency. Please do not attend the practice unless you have an appointment. The reception teams are available to take calls from immediate effect and we would ask if you do have an emergency to email the practices initially with the subject heading “I have a dental concern” with a brief message of the problem/symptoms. We will be able to add you to the priority list and will contact you in due course.

At The Gallery Dental Group the most important thing is patient safety and comfort, and that is why we have spent the time of closure upgrading the practices, training the team and introducing the following measures to keep our patients and staff SAFER than ever.

The practices, as you are aware are always a very clean and safe environment. However, we have placed hand sanitisers at entry points, upgraded our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all appointments and where treatment is prescribed you will notice different PPE worn by the clinicians. We have also redesigned the patient journey in line with social distancing.

We thank you all for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Assuring you of our best attention at all times.

The Gallery Dental Group Team

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Practice Closure Update

Information about the temporary practice closure and emergency treatments. The practice will be closed from Tuesday 24th March 2020 to ensure we are protecting you, our lovely patients as well as our staff.