October 30th, 2011
With Halloween fast approaching all types of sugary treats will soon be around to tempt you, but it is important to maintain some restraint, so as to look after your own teeth and your children’s teeth as well.
If you know that you’re likely to take advantage of the Halloween haulage, then there are a few easy steps you can take to make sure your teeth aren’t damaged. The first is simply trying to avoid too many sugary treats, maybe trying the old out-of-sight out-of-mind technique to help your resolve. Keeping sugar free treats at home can also help and are a healthy option to cakes, chocolate and candy.
Make sure you keep up your regular brushing and flossing routine. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing on a regular basis will help keep any excess sugar off your teeth, which in turn will prevent the build up of plaque on your teeth and decrease the chances of tooth decay.
If you have children managing the Halloween sweet consumption will be a bit trickier, but it is important to reduce your child’s intake of sweets, especially sticky sweets and soft drinks. The increased intake of sweets can lead to cavities and sticky sweets in particular heighten this risk, as they adhere to the teeth causing further damage. It is very important that your child brushes their teeth, however, always wait at least an hour after they have finished eating, as food weakens the enamel immediately after eating, which can then be accidentally brushed away.
You could also make an appointment with your Stockport dentist for a dental clean, to remove any unwanted Halloween sugar, or for children sealants could be fitted on their teeth before trick or treating, to protect them from the effects of sugary sweets. Both of these treatments are available from your local dentist.
October 24th, 2011
Tooth whitening in Stockport is a very effective form of cosmetic dentistry for stained or discoloured teeth.
How does it work?
The gel used for the treatment is carbamide peroxide, which breaks down to form hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide, itself, is also used for high-strength procedures. These are both oxidising agents that penetrate the enamel on the tooth to oxidise the stains and the layer underneath the enamel is also bleached leaving the teeth much whiter.
Types of procedure
There are different types of tooth whitening treatments of varying strengths. These include light-accelerated bleaching, high-concentration gel bleaching and low-concentration gel bleaching.
Low-concentration gel bleaching is used in over-the-counter kits for home treatment. The patient will receive a low-concentration gel with a mouth guard. They use this to apply the gel to the teeth for a set amount of time. Results often vary from instant change to no change at all with this treatment.
High-concentration gel bleaching is a procedure performed by professional dentists. They tend to use well-fitted mouth guards with the high-concentration gel, plus a protective layer on the gums to prevent burns from the gel. This procedure has a much higher success rate for patients.
Light-accelerated bleaching is also performed by professional dentists and is much the same as high-concentration gel bleaching. The only difference is the addition of a high-energy halogen light for 6-15 minutes, which speeds up the reaction in the gel used.
How long does it last?
The stronger treatments can last up to three years, with the over-the-counter treatments lasting, on average, around six months. Factors such as smoking, eating, drinking and brushing habits can affect how successful the treatment is over time. Results can also vary from person to person, as it depends entirely on the shade of teeth beforehand.
October 21st, 2011
A mouth full of traditional metal braces generally isn’t that appealing, but the straight, Hollywood smile they create most certainly is. However, for those who want a celebrity smile without the embarrassment of visible, metal braces, Lingual braces are able to provide you with the smile you’ve always wanted, without any sign of the brace work involved.
Lingual braces in Hyde are basically traditional braces fitted to the inside of the teeth, which means that they are entirely invisible. In addition to their discreet nature Lingual braces offer patients the luxury of speedy treatment and most cases are finished within six months.
As Lingual braces can be fitted to the insides of your teeth instead of the outside, one of their main advantages is the invisible treatment they provide.
People of a certain age and of a certain employment status may feel the need to conceal their orthodontic treatment and turn to Lingual braces as a way of ensuring this. As a result of this, another advantage of Lingual braces is that they allow patients to continue with their normal lives.
Unlike conventional braces fitted to the outer teeth, Lingual braces are custom fitted to suit individual patients, which grants a more comfortable treatment experience. Lingual braces also offer patients the flexibility of combining various types of braces available, with some people opting for Lingual braces on the upper teeth and other types of invisible braces on the lower teeth. One final advantage of Lingual braces is that they are suitable for persons of any age, providing discreet treatment for young and old alike.
October 19th, 2011
What is a smile makeover?
The latest research indicates that the majority of people are worried about the effect their smile can have on first impressions; whether this is at a job interview, on a date or simply meeting new people. A smile makeover is one of a number of combined cosmetic treatments which can help to give you the smile you deserve.
What is involved in a smile makeover and what complaints can it treat?
That depends entirely on the individual having the smile makeover treatment. Each smile makeover is tailored to suit the person that it is undergoing the treatment, meaning that each solution is unique to the individual.
A smile makeover can include a number of individual treatments which combine to give the most pleasing and effective results. This can include porcelain veneers, which can repair the shape and natural whiteness of damaged teeth, Invisalign braces, which straighten out crooked teeth, dental implants to substitute absent teeth and orthodontics, which can close unsightly gaps between the teeth.
A smile makeover is not limited to these procedures. Depending on the individual it can also include treatments such as laser gum contouring, in order to take away surplus gum which causes small looking teeth or a “gummy” smile. You can even have Botox to diminish wrinkles caused by injury or ageing – whatever is necessary to give you the best results possible.
Is a smile makeover painful?
Not at all. All smile makeover treatments are delivered using completely pain-free methods. Your Audenshaw dentist will also discuss the sensations that you can expect to feel during treatment, ensuring that you have total peace of mind.
How much do smile makeovers cost?
As each smile makeover is completely tailored to the individual, the costs can vary. However, many people find that they can be surprisingly cheap – those interested in improving both their smile and confidence should make an appointment, in order to establish the most suitable treatment for that perfect smile.
October 17th, 2011
Lingual braces in Ashton under Lyne are an alternative to traditional braces and are a much more discreet way to straighten your teeth, as they are fitted to the back of the teeth making them completely invisible.
How do Lingual braces work?
The Lingual brace is comprised of small brackets and arch wires that are custom made just for you, so they fit comfortably inside your mouth. Although they are fitted to the back of your teeth Lingual braces work in almost the same way as a traditional brace, but have the advantage of being completely unnoticeable.
How do I get a Lingual brace?
There are two different stages when receiving your Lingual brace. The first stage is an assessment with your dentist where an impression of your teeth will be made, which will then be used to create your custom-fitted Lingual brace. The second stage will involve your dentist attaching your new Lingual Brace. The brace pieces are cemented to the back of the teeth, before the wire arch is finally attached to complete your Lingual Brace fitting.
What are the advantages of Lingual braces?
There are a number of advantages that come with the Lingual Brace, such as their being practically invisible. They are also a great deal more effective than modern, removable aligner systems, which can only be used to treat minor orthodontic problems. With Lingual braces a whole range of dental problems can be solved, such as twisted teeth, crooked teeth, overbites and gaps, as a greater level of control can be achieve when using fixed braces.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment time depends on each person’s individual circumstance, but Lingual braces have been able to treat conditions in as little as 6 weeks. Your dentist can tell you the estimated time during your initial consultation.
Lingual Braces can cost anywhere between £3,000 and £5,000 depending on the circumstances of your orthodontic condition. Discuss the costs with your dentist before you begin treatment and also ask about payment plans, which many dental practices now offer.
October 14th, 2011
Implant Retained Dentures are dentures that are assisted by dental implants and are usually recommended to people who want other teeth replacement options. They are an excellent treatment of choice for people in Dukinfield and further afield.
What are the reasons for having Implant Retained Dentures?
The patient may not be able to wear traditional dentures and may require Implant Retained Dentures for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons for the Implant Retained Dentures is to prevent bone loss, which often happens to those who have been wearing dentures for a number of years. Dentures coupled with implants remove the wear and tear of loose dentures and so keep the mouth and jaw bones healthy and strong.
What are the advantages of Implant Retained Dentures?
There are a number of advantages that come with the Implant Retained Dentures such as: eating and speaking will become much easier, they remove the problem of sore spots and pressure points, they prevent bone loss therefore preserving the facial structure and are also more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures.
October 12th, 2011
If you thought the only way to get the perfect smile for your wedding day was with a traditional brace system, you will be pleased to know that there are a number of quicker and subtler options now available.
Instead of taking between two and three years to straighten your teeth, Six Month Smiles treatment in Stockport is completed within around six months. This is because the system only focuses on the teeth you see instead of the whole mouth.
Six Month Smiles uses the latest dental techniques and technology to help move your teeth in a much quicker and safer way, which focuses on the teeth that are most prominent when you smile.
Because only low forces are used Six Month Smiles are much more comfortable than traditional braces. Six Month Smiles also uses tooth coloured wires and brackets, which are barely visible so your self esteem doesn’t need to take a hit while you try to adjust your smile.
This treatment is also becoming very popular with adult patients, because of the aesthetic benefits they can provide and the short treatment times. So don’t regret your wedding photo, make a consultation now to see your dentist.
October 10th, 2011
Dental veneers consist of a wafer-thin layer of material that is placed over stained, damaged or crooked teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance. The thin layer that covers the tooth is made of either a composite bonding material or dental porcelain. Porcelain veneers are very durable and aesthetically appealing. Composite veneers, on the other hand, are not as long-lasting and are a much cheaper alternative. Composite material, though, is more likely to be used for small chips rather than veneers.
How does it work?
- A Hyde dentist will prepare the teeth for the procedure by using a dental file to shave off the thickness of the veneer that is about to be fitted.
- The next step involves getting a mould of the teeth through biting into a tray of dental putty.
- This is sent to a dental laboratory where a cast is formed to help create veneers that are perfectly fitted to the teeth.
- Before the veneers are actually fitted, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and roughened up with an acid gel, which helps the dental cement adhere the veneer and tooth together.
- Finally, the veneers are cemented onto the teeth. A curing light is used to make sure the cement bonds the two surfaces together permanently.
How long do they last?
Both types of veneers will need to be replaced eventually. The porcelain veneers usually last between five and ten years and composite veneers tend to last around one or two years at the most. Veneers have been known to loosen or fall off prematurely, if this should happen it is important that you keep the veneer and contact your dentist immediately. Regular check-ups with your dentist and good oral hygiene will help the veneers last as long as they are designed to.
October 7th, 2011
The Damon Brace is a fixed cosmetic system that provides fast, effective treatment, using the newest dental technology. The braces also offer a much more aesthetically pleasing look, as they use tooth-coloured ceramic brackets rather than thick metal brackets as used by traditional braces.
What are the advantages of Damon Braces?
There are a number of different advantages that come with the Damon Braces. The first is the new slide mechanism, which replaces the wire bracket and elastic system of traditional braces. Treatment is much more comfortable and quicker, as the system enables strong yet gentle forces to be applied to the teeth for speedier correction. Also the new ceramic brackets and clear wires make it less detectable than traditional braces.
How do I get a Damon Brace?
With the Damon Brace you will first be required to have an impression made of your mouth, so that the Damon Brace can be manufactured to fit your specifically. This is done at our Saddleworth practice. Once the Damon Brace has been constructed and is ready to be attached, the brackets and wires will be put into place during a fitting session.
Will there be any discomfort?
After the fitting the patient may experience a slight discomfort, which is normal with any fitted treatment. This feeling will soon subside and Damon Braces have been noted for their comfort in comparison to other fitted brace treatments.
Will I have to return to my dentist?
Good oral hygiene is important, so ensure that your brush regular with both normal and interdental brushes. You will also be required to visit your orthodontist on a regular basis, so the braces and treatment can be completed successfully and efficiently.
How long will treatment take?
The Damon Brace has also been proven to take less time than traditional braces, with some people having the treatment completed within six months, which is much faster than the two to three years that the traditional brace takes. Each case, however, is different and your dentist will be able to tell you how long they estimate your particular treatment will take.
October 5th, 2011
Dental phobia can be a real setback, which causes people to avoid the dental treatment they need. Today, many Ashton under Lyne dentists are undergoing training and adapting various habits that ensure their capability to treat nervous patients with care and concern. Although dental phobia and dental nervousness affects a number of people, there is no reason for someone who is nervous about dental treatments to avoid getting braces.
While orthodontic work can seem extremely daunting, it is understandable that many people would feel nervous about the treatment. If this is the case it is important to speak to your dentist, as he or she can put you at ease before and during your orthodontic treatment.
Speaking with your dentist at your consultation about your nervousness regarding orthodontic treatment can help put you at ease, as there are many things your dentist can do to help eliminate your nervousness. Some of the most popular methods for calming nerves before a dental procedure include making the patient feel relaxed in a comfortable atmosphere by allowing them to listen to music or watch a DVD of their choice.
If you prefer a more medical approach to curbing your nerves, intravenous or inhalation sedation may also be an option; just be sure to speak with your dentist before treatment begins about which type of sedation is best suited to you. Some dentists even offer relaxation techniques, which they can teach you before your treatment begins.