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Flossing Teeth With Braces: Our Top Tips

Maintaining pristine oral hygiene is crucial for any patient, but even more so for patients with orthodontics, as you run a higher risk of developing gum disease, enamel scarring, bad breath and even tooth loss if your oral hygiene is neglected.

Cleaning and flossing are just as (if not more) important to your daily dental routine when you have orthodontic braces. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will massively reduce the risk of dental problems later down the line and will keep your smile in perfect order!

With that being said, many patients with braces find flossing a little tricky, and others skip flossing out of their oral hygiene routine altogether. If you do have braces or are considering orthodontic treatments, you should be aware of the best ways to floss with braces. Keep reading to find out our top tips! 

Take Your Time

Flossing can take much longer when you have braces, so you should expect to spend at least twice as long compared to when you didn’t have braces. 

Our top tip with flossing is taking your time and not rushing, as you may damage and irritate the gums if your flossing is too harsh. Though it may be tedious to take your time and gently floss, it’s definitely worth it in the long run when your braces are removed and you’re left with straight teeth and healthy gums, and a lowered risk of gum disease.

Careful Movements

Flossing (with or without braces) is about carefully manoeuvring the floss to avoid damaging the gums. Carefully flossing also means that you floss the correct way to rid the mouth of as much bacteria and food debris as possible.

In order to carefully floss between the teeth, you’ll want to thread under the main wire of the braces before moving between the two teeth. Gently move the floss up and down against the side of each tooth. You’ll then want to keep repeating these steps until you have reached every gap between your teeth.

In order to stay focused when flossing, we always advise flossing in front of a mirror. To ensure you are flossing carefully, you may prefer to ask your dentist to demonstrate in front of you to physically give you a better idea.

Floss Threader

Floss threaders are flexible loops of material that make it easier to clean difficult to reach areas in the mouth. They are much easier to floss with compared to traditional floss when flossing with braces. 

Floss threaders are fantastic for flossing with braces and makes it easy to pull floss behind the wire of your orthodontic braces. Using a floss threader can save several minutes compared with attempting to floss with traditional floss. Without a floss threader, flossing between braces would be difficult and time-consuming.

You can purchase floss threaders from your dentist (usually), from a supermarket or your local pharmacy. Along with regular brushing, floss threaders can help keep your mouth healthy throughout your orthodontic journey.

Water Flossing

An oral irrigator, also known to many as a water flosser, is an oral care device that removes food, bacteria and plaque from between the teeth and gums with a pressurised stream of water. Water flossing can really enhance your oral care routine.

A huge benefit of water flossing is the convenience of flossing for those with orthodontic braces who would otherwise struggle with traditional floss. 

Water flossing is proven to reduce gum disease and bleeding. It also makes it easier to floss correctly, as many patients are still unaware of the proper technique with traditional flossing.

We also recommend reading our guide to water flossing to find out more.

Straight and Healthy Teeth With Orthodontists in Essex

At Perfect Smile Spa, we provide our patients with the most pleasant dental experience to enable them to overcome any fears and maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

To maintain your oral care even with braces, you should ask your orthodontist for step-by-step advice if they haven’t already talked you through your maintenance. 

In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy with braces, it’s absolutely vital that you visit a dental hygienist as regularly as your orthodontist recommends. And if you do notice any changes in your gums, teeth or mouth, it’s critical to visit your dentist for a dental hygiene visit as soon as possible. 

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Six Things to Consider With Orthodontics

Realigning teeth can be achieved through a variety of procedures and are most common for patients looking to fix issues with misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, gappy teeth or problems with an anterior bite, underbite, crossbite or overbite.

If you have already decided that you would like to straighten your teeth with orthodontics, you’re most likely wondering how to begin and what steps you need to take. As there is a wide variety of treatment options available, you might be wondering how to choose which treatment is best for your lifestyle, oral health and your budget.

This guide explains the six things you should consider with orthodontics, including budget, appearance, treatment time, maintenance and how to choose the right orthodontist for you.

1. Appearance & Visibility

Orthodontics are extremely popular with younger adults and older children who have misaligned teeth. However, the thought of having orthodontic treatment to many adults is daunting and is something they would usually avoid as they feel embarrassed about others finding out. When we think of orthodontics, we most likely think of the old-fashioned metal brackets, also commonly referred to as “train tracks”.

Modern orthodontic treatments provide a variety of discreet solutions that are completely invisible to others. Some examples of discrete orthodontics include Invisalign and Smilelign, which are extremely effective.

2. Treatment Time

There are a wide range of orthodontic treatments to choose from, each with a very different treatment time. Of course, the treatment time does depend on the condition of your teeth (how aligned they are) and also if you have oral health problems or require treatment before undertaking orthodontics.

As each orthodontic treatment can move your teeth at a different pace, the type of orthodontic treatment you choose can impact the treatment time. While many patients are looking for orthodontic treatment ahead of a work event, wedding or birthday, they are usually looking for a quick treatment that can provide results in as little as a few weeks.

During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will give you a tailored plan of your orthodontics journey and how long you should expect each treatment to take. As an example, Invisalign, which is the most popular form of orthodontics, takes between 12-18 months for the complete treatment time. 

3. Treatment Cost

Orthodontic treatments massively vary in cost due to the duration of treatment and your preferred option which can both play a part in determining the final cost of treatment. As you may require treatment before having orthodontic treatment, this can also impact the overall cost and may influence your decision of which treatment is best.

As we provide 0% finance on all treatments, this also gives you interest-free and low cost payment plans to pay for your treatment, without the need for a deposit.

4. Maintenance of Braces

Orthodontic treatment is a commitment. While most orthodontic treatments require minimal fuss of maintenance, others will require you to use particular orthodontic floss to clean your teeth, while some orthodontic treatments require you to wear them for a set amount of hours each day.

With Invisalign, for example, you need to clean your teeth before replacing them each time while regularly cleaning the removable retainers throughout the day.

You can live a completely normal life with orthodontics with no restrictions. With that being said, you may be advised to steer clear of sticky foods that can get stuck in your teeth (e.g. chewing gum) or foods that are hard and crunchy (apples or raw carrot).

5. Pain and Discomfort

It’s inevitable that you may experience minor discomfort with orthodontic treatment when it is first applied. Every orthodontist is different but you should never experience significant pain during any stage.

If you are concerned about pain and discomfort or if you have a general phobia of the dentist, we do recommend carrying out research on orthodontic clinics and to opt for painless dentistry if possible. At Perfect Smile Spa, we provide completely pain-free dental treatment meaning that you will never experience pain during or after a treatment.

6. Your Orthodontist

Whether you’ve decided on which treatment option you’d like, or if you still can’t yet decide, the next step will be to find an orthodontist to discuss your treatment options and give you a tailored plan of what to expect. At this point, you’ll also get an idea of how much each treatment will cost.

Orthodontics are best placed to identify which treatments are suitable and unsuitable for you, so don’t panic if you are still unsure.

An experienced orthodontist can also give you a strong estimate of exactly how long each treatment will take and which will produce the best results for your budget and preferred timescale.

Orthodontics in Essex

If you are considering orthodontics, we are more than happy to provide you with a free consultation to guide you on each treatment we have available.

All of our treatments are completely pain-free too, so there’s no need to worry about feeling uncomfortable during any treatments or appointments. Best of all, we offer 0% finance and affordable monthly payment options if you’d like to spread out the costs.

For more information, please get in touch or call us on 01708 207526.

Invisalign VS Traditional Braces: Comparing Orthodontic Treatments

Invisalign VS Traditional Braces

Traditionally, braces are made of metal and are attached to the outside of the teeth. However, there are now a wide variety of teeth straightening options that are comfortable, discreet and provide fantastic results in a much shorter frame of time.

Some of these teeth straightening treatments include Smilelign, Inman Aligners, Six Month Smiles, Fastbraces, and Invisalign, the most popular aligning treatment we have at Perfect Smile Spa. 

If you’re reading this, you are most likely looking to straighten your teeth but can’t decide between Invisalign or traditional braces, also known as Fastbraces. This guide compares the two treatments together to help you decide which is best for you.


Discreet and Invisible

Want teeth straightening without the need to feel worried about the appearance of braces? Invisalign alleviates the requirement for the use of visible wires – which can often become a source of embarrassment for many of our patients who would prefer to avoid traditional train-track braces.

The biggest benefit of Invisalign is that the retainers are virtually invisible, and are therefore discreet and ideal for patients who are self-conscious and would rather their treatment went unnoticed. Invisalign is also highly suitable for adults who feel embarrassed to wear braces.

Traditional braces are almost impossible to hide and are typically very noticeable. However, with more of us wearing masks and now working from home, is COVID-19 the best time to get braces?


Comfort and Adjusting

Best of all, Invisalign is far more comfortable to wear than other treatments. Invisalign have far fewer mouth and gum problems because they are specially tailored to the mouth, so there is no possibility of cuts to the inner cheeks or uncomfortable rubbing.

Traditional braces are not painful but can cause some slight discomfort when adjusted as the teeth are pushed into position. This discomfort usually lasts for a day or so and is bearable.


Daily Activities

Unlike other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign can be easily removed for brushing, flossing and eating. The ability to remove Invisalign is a huge selling point as it means that patients can continue on as normal. 

You will need to be strict and wear your Invisalign for 20-22 hours each day, so if you’re a little forgetful, you may find that treatment will take much longer and we do advise being disciplined.

However, as traditional braces cannot be removed at home, they are continuously working all throughout the day and night and can be easily worn when eating and drinking, with some small restrictions on eating extremely hard foods. It doesn’t cause any pain to eat with traditional braces, although you may find some small discomfort if you are eating shortly after having your braces adjusted.


Treatment Visits

When you come to our clinic, we discuss your insecurities to find out the most suitable orthodontic treatment for your exact budget and requirements. If Invisalign is suitable for you, we will discuss your treatment plan, including payment and the treatment timeline. We will then take a 3D scan of your teeth to create customised retainers in a laboratory. 

With Invisalign, you’ll have fewer consultations and check-up appointments at the dentist, which can be an extreme selling point for patients who lead a busy lifestyle or are situated further away from Essex.

On the other hand, traditional braces require more consultations and visits to tighten the braces for adjustments. These trips mean that you’ll be required to visit our dentist more frequently compared to Invisalign patients. With that being said, our dental clinic is open on Saturdays, so you will be able to visit us outside of your working week.



Both Invisalign and traditional braces are fantastic in delivering effective results. Although, Invisalign isn’t suitable for everyone, and we will discuss the best treatment for you during your free consultation.

For more complex cases, we may advise traditional braces or steer you away to our other orthodontic treatments

Our free consultation talks through your options, determines the timeframe and what to expect from the results. We aim to give you a detailed summary of each orthodontic treatment to allow you to make an informed decision that is best for you.


Orthodontics in Essex

Whether you’re looking for Invisalign, Fastbraces, or if there are other orthodontic options you are considering, we are more than happy to provide you with a free consultation to guide you on each treatment we have available.

All of our treatments are completely pain-free too, so there’s no need to worry about feeling uncomfortable during any treatments or appointments. Best of all, we offer 0% finance and affordable monthly payment options if you’d like to spread out the costs.

For more information, please get in touch or call us on 01708 207526.

Is COVID-19 the Best Time to Get Braces?

For many of us, COVID-19 has turned into a time for self-improvement, both mentally and physically. Whether we’re pledging to increase our steps, become better in the kitchen or even taking more time out for ourselves to relax and step away from our usual hectic schedules, there’s no doubt that the last few months have changed our lifestyles.

Orthodontics are incredible for fixing problems with misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, gappy teeth or other combinations of orthodontic issues. A primary concern for patients looking into orthodontics is aesthetics. There’s no shame in wanting a perfectly straight smile, however, many of our patients often opt for the most discreet orthodontic option or decide to avoid orthodontics altogether in order to prevent others from finding out.

With that being said, the COVID-19 pandemic has ordered almost 46.6% of the UK population to work from home at one time or another this year. With this in mind, the pandemic could potentially be the best time to finally begin your smile transformation. So, if you’ve been on the fence about getting braces, now is the time to bite the bullet and talk to your orthodontist!

Why Is Now the Best Time for Orthodontics?

With a second national lockdown looming over the UK which is rumoured to last longer than the first initial lockdown, we are being advised to ‘stay at home’ and reduce contact with others by not meeting other households. When usually we would be regularly seeing friends and family in the evenings and weekends or constantly on the move, we are now staying at home with fewer opportunities to see our loved ones.

While we are currently only able to leave the house for emergencies, essential shopping or if we physically cannot work from home, having orthodontics at this time means that patients can take advantage of this treatment without the need to explain to others. 

Even when we are able to get out of the house, we are still required to wear a mask in public buildings and some public spaces. Covering the nose and mouth has become a life-saving precaution, meaning that the chances of someone seeing your braces have never been lower. There’s also a good chance that by the time the need for wearing masks is massively reduced, whether that be in a few months or even several years, you are likely to be at least halfway on your journey to achieving the perfect smile, or even completely finished with your treatment!

In order to keep in contact with work colleagues and loved ones from afar, most of us have also taken to Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype or FaceTime to communicate rather than face-to-face. Of course, this also means that the appearance of metal braces are minimised.

What Are the Benefits of Orthodontics?

While there are other cosmetic dentistry treatments available, orthodontics can gently push the teeth together to create a more natural and even smile. At Perfect Smile Spa, we have a wide selection of cosmetic straightening treatments, which range in price and treatment time. 

Orthodontic treatments are used to align your teeth for a straight smile and can resolve a number of issues, including diastema, overbite, or generally crooked teeth. Orthodontics can improve confidence, make the teeth easier to clean, facilitate oral hygiene and can also resolve other issues relating to dental health.

While orthodontics are generally most commonly used during teenage years, teeth can be corrected at almost any age, whether that is for practical or cosmetic reasons.

What Are the Types of Orthodontics?

There is a wide range of orthodontic treatments available, with some more tailored to unique orthodontic problems and others providing faster and more effective results. Some of the most modern and advanced procedures at our popular dental clinic include metal braces, ceramic braces, Smilelign, Fastbraces, Damon Braces, Inman Aligners, Six Months Smiles and Invisalign.

If you’re looking for invisible orthodontics, you can take advantage of our discreet teeth straightening options at Perfect Smile Spa.

Essex Orthodontics

Although orthodontic treatment is beneficial in your teens, it doesn’t mean it isn’t suitable for adults. More and more adults are now taking advantage of the discrete teeth straightening options currently available.

Our dental practice in Essex is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our orthodontics treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

The Best Dental Treatments For Gap Teeth

Also known as diastema, gaps (or spaces) between the teeth can form anywhere in the mouth but are most noticeable between the two upper front teeth. This can affect both adults and children.

Gaps between the teeth can make many people feel self-conscious and are a common factor of some disliking their own appearance. Not only this, but they can also cause some problems with chewing food, and can cause you to develop bleeding gums, painful gums or bad breath.

Whilst diastema is completely normal and isn’t usually a cause for concern, if the gaps between your teeth are causing you problems, you should know that there are dental treatments you may benefit from, including dental veneers, dental implants and dental bonding.

As a painless dental clinic in Essex, we have a great variety of advanced cosmetic dental procedures that are pain-free and can give you the perfect smile by closing in any unwanted gaps between your teeth.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a single layer of material placed over a tooth to improve the aesthetics or function of your teeth. The main advantages of dental veneers are that they can transform the smile and require minimal preparation as a quick and painless procedure. 

Veneers are thin pieces of ceramic that are fixed to the front of your teeth and are most often applied to just the top set of teeth. They can give a natural and healthy appearance to your teeth and are held in place by a special strong bond adhesive. Even clients with perfectly healthy teeth may wish to have veneers to ‘upgrade’ their smile from nice, to perfect.

They can last for a long time with good maintenance and care and are an excellent investment if you’d like a bright and white smile.

Dental veneers can close in gaps between the teeth whilst disguising them and can improve the proportions of the surrounding teeth. We recommend veneers when patients are looking for a total smile transformation, however, the good news is that you can choose to have just two veneers rather than a full set, which is perfect if you are just looking to close in a gap.

Dental veneers also solve common dental problems, such as teeth which are chipped, discoloured, misshapen or overcrowded.

Dental veneers come in two different materials, porcelain and composite. Take a read of our recent guide to find out more about enhancing your smile with dental veneers.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a more affordable alternative to dental veneers and uses a dental resin that can appear the same colour as your teeth. The resin is moulded around each tooth and is often used to fill in gaps, shape the teeth or make them appear whiter. A special light is then used to harden the resin, making it bond to your teeth for long-lasting and durable wear.

A great benefit of dental bonding is that it can take as little as one hour, depending on the amount of bonding you are having done. This can be a much quicker treatment than dental veneers.

Similar to your natural teeth, the resin can chip and stain over time, so it’s important that you take good care once it is in place to ensure longer wear.

Dental bonding can also repair other common dental issues, including tooth decay, cracked teeth, chipped teeth, as well as issues with stains or discolouration. Bonding also protects part of the tooth root if it has been exposed to gum issues before. The procedure also enhances the shape of the teeth for a straight, natural and perfect smile.

Combining skilled dental work and high-quality materials, cosmetic bonding works wonders on aesthetic dental problems by completely transforming your smile.


If the gap between your teeth is caused by your teeth being uneven, you may benefit more from an orthodontics treatment to close the gap. Orthodontic treatment can gently push the teeth together to create a more natural and even smile. At Perfect Smile Spa, we have a wide selection of cosmetic straightening treatments, which range in price and treatment time. 

Orthodontic treatments are used to align your teeth for a straight smile and can resolve a number of issues, including diastema, overbite, or generally unstraight teeth.

Our selection of orthodontic treatments have varied result times, so your dentist in Essex will be able to provide you with an intensive overview of each option available to you.

Get Your Perfect Smile

Not only do we believe dental treatments keep your teeth and gums in good health, but they also boost your confidence by giving you the perfect smile you have always wanted. Whether you haven aesthetic dental problem that is making you feel self-conscious or you’d like to improve your smile, we have every cosmetic dental treatment that you would need.

At Perfect Smile Spa, we recognise how important a smile is to our patients. This is why our highly-skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists are there for you every step of the way in achieving your perfect smile.

We pride ourselves by giving our patients the most pleasant dental experience to enable them to overcome any fears and maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

The Invisible Alternative of Braces – Invisalign

Invisalign -The Invisible Alternative of Braces

Invisalign braces are similar to transparent gum shields. They are a series of aligners that invisalign-bracesslowly move the teeth into the desired position and are changed every two weeks to ensure they are constantly putting pressure on the teeth to keep them from moving. It is advised that the Invisalign brace should be worn at least 20 hours a day.

A series of aligners will be made and you will wear each set of custom-made aligners in two-week increments. As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will begin moving, little by little, gradually moving towards the desired position. Continue reading The Invisible Alternative of Braces – Invisalign

Get Straight Teeth in Just 6 Weeks

Inman Aligners:

This brace consists of clear plastic and metal springs that aid quick movement of front teeth only. The combination of the metal bar and a coiled spring pressing against the teeth inman-alignerscauses a ‘push-pull’ movement which moves the teeth into the correct place. The Inman Aligner applies gentle pressure to the teeth that need to be moved to an ideal position. Once the teeth are corrected, we retain your teeth with a fixed or removable retainer. The treatment can take from 6 – 16 weeks. Normally lower front teeth move a little faster than uppers. You wear it for ideally 20 hours a day, any less and the treatment will take longer. It will only work if you wear it every day. Remove it when eating and clean your teeth before replacing it. Continue reading Get Straight Teeth in Just 6 Weeks

Want Perfectly Straight Teeth?

Want straight teeth? are various reasons why a person may be unhappy with their teeth. But the good news is that there are many ways to improve a smile using modern cosmetic dentistry!

Invisalign and Smilelign

Few people are lucky enough to be born with straight, asymmetrical teeth. More and more people are leaning about the benefits of the Invisalign and Smilelign System. It uses a series of clear, removable, plastic aligners which are customised and made specifically for your teeth. There are no metal wires or brackets. As your teeth move little by little, week by week, all you need to do it replace each aligner every two weeks. Over a period of six months to a year, the Invisalign system moves the teeth into their perfect position, resulting in a more beautiful, balanced smile. Continue reading Want Perfectly Straight Teeth?

Is Cosmetic Bonding a Good Option for Me?

What is cosmetic bonding?

six1Dental bonding is a technique that has been used in cosmetic dentistry for many years and can transform your smile in just a single visit. The process involves the skilful/artistic use of the correct amount and colour of “dental composite”, which is a mouldable material with a paste-like consistency made from acrylic resins and a variety of fillers, depending on the type used. Bonding is used for a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures, including: Continue reading Is Cosmetic Bonding a Good Option for Me?