Archives for May, 2010

Inman Aligners. The advantages of this revolutionary mobile brace. By a Molesey dentist

Inman Aligners were designed to help adults achieve straighter teeth, and they are one of those great ideas that actually do what they say on the tin, says a Molesey dentist. The braces are unique in that they are designed like a sporting gum shield, and they come as a series of prefabricated braces. They are designed with tiny weights and pulleys built into the brace, these are made in sequence so that the teeth are pulled and pushed in a certain direction. The way it works also alters the blood flow in the gum line, this allows for new bone to grow behind the tooth and this ensures that the tooth doesn`t go back to its old position. The brace is clear in colour, but there is a bar that runs across the front, this holds it all together. They are only effective on the top and bottom front teeth, the way the pulleys are placed doesn`t allow any pressure points on the inside, so the back teeth cannot be manoeuvred like the front ones. Your dentist will take photos and make a mould of your present teeth, this information is scanned into a computer and that works out all the maths. The series of braces are then made in advance, and they are fitted every two weeks by the dentist. You will also get a DVD in 3D that will show you the whole procedure, and the end result. You will be able to see the results, which can take from 3 to 8 months to complete, right from the start. Your dentist and you will also be able to keep track all the way through the treatment, now that is technology on the move, right here and right now.

Digital X-rays; are the as good as the old type ones. A Surbiton dentist explains

X-rays allow the doctor or dentist to see beyond what the eye can see, they have been used for decades to assist in seeing broken bones and growths within the body, says a Surbiton dentist. Dentists have only had them a short while compared to the general medical community, and this was mostly due to the size of the machines. These days we live in the space age, and everything is that much smaller; yet just as effective. Being digital the X-ray that is taken uses a fraction of the radiation the film X-ray does. The image is captured on a sensor and transferred to a computer, that way it becomes instantly visible and viewable. It can be turned around and even made into a 3D image that spins; this reveals a lot more information than the old method of using film. Most of the image is colour coded; this allows the dentist to see where and what the exact problem is. Digital X-rays are used in every aspect of dentistry today, from identifying infections to getting dimensions that will be used to make false teeth and veneers. The usage is limitless; it also helps to keep down the cost of cosmetic dentistry as well as having a positive impact on the environment. Most systems are so powerful that they will pick up and identify even the tiniest of infections within a filling or a deep cavity within a tooth. The image produced can be made into a computer generated image; this will allow you to see what a tooth or dental procedure will look like even before you start the treatment. So next time you`re at the dentist ask them if they use digital X-rays.

The Invisible Brace isn`t called an Invisalign for nothing, says a Surrey dentist

The invisalign brace is a brace that is almost invisible to the eye, and it does a brilliant job of straightening your adult teeth. It is also removable and so when you need to lose it, at a business lunch for instance, you can simply pop it out, then pop it back in afterwards. This doesn`t affect the procedure at all, in fact you will also want to take it out when you are cleaning your teeth, says a Surrey dentist. Your dentist will take digital photos and make a mould of your teeth; these are scanned into a computer program. The programmer then works out all the pressure points that will be incorporated into the series of braces that will form the main crux of the treatment, the braces are replaced with an advanced one every two weeks by your dentist. You will also be seeing a 3D film produced by the computer; this will show you and your dentist the whole procedure from start to finish. You will also get to see the end result as a CGI even before you start the treatment, you will also be able to keep a track on the progress on the way it is going as you go along. It is good for fixing front and back teeth as the pressure points are all installed on the inner part of the brace, with no visible parts to see this makes the brace almost invisible. The treatment takes around 8 months for most people, but there are reports of periods of just 3 months to fix minor misalignments. To find out if an Invisalign is right for you, you will need to consult with your dentist first. You should be able to start the treatment fairly quickly once the initial tests are done.

Lumineer’s can solve many problems in dentistry, by a Weybridge dentist

Lumineer’s are made from a new formula that is so hard wearing, it only needs to be a fraction of the thickness of the conventional Porcelain Veneer, says a Weybridge dentist. The method of making it and fitting it is much the same, but it is much quicker to make and everyone is still custom made just for you. You need to have a consultation to see if you qualify for a Lumineer, but don`t worry not many are refused them. The dentist takes digital photos and digital X-rays of the tooth that is going to take the veneer. This information is scanned into a computer and an image is created of the finished product. A dental technician then makes the Lumineer and sends it to the dentist, as it is so thin it usually only needs a light scrape of the tooth to make a good adhesion. The tooth and smile make over is quickly finished, and you can be out the door in around 15-20 minutes. The Lumineer can be used just like the tooth it is covering, it is cleaned by brushing, flossing and mouth washes. Tests have given an indication that these veneers will last up to 20 years if taken care of properly. The cost is a lot less than conventional veneers as the work involved is more than halved, it fixes all the usual problems from discolouration, cracks, chips and misaligned teeth. See your dentist first though to see if you qualify for one, they are a perfect solution to an age old problem of ugly teeth, and the effect is instant.

Tooth whitening; does it really work? A Sunbury dentist tells all

Teeth whitening has become a popular way of getting that Hollywood Movie Star look for our teeth, there are some very popular and successful methods on the market, says a Sunbury dentist. They range from DIY kits to a Blue Light and gel method. The DIY kit is available at most chemist shops and is easy to apply. Basically you simply mix up a bleaching agent and pour some of it into a mould of your teeth. The mould kit is included and consists of a hard gum shield, which you put into hot water, as you would do with a sporting shield, and then bite into it to make an impression of your teeth in the shield. You then wear the shield, top and bottom, with the bleach in it and take it off after a set time. You clean the shield so you can use it again. The intense Blue Light whitening is done in a salon by a trained technician. It takes just an hour and consists of 3 fifteen minute sessions. The sessions start with a gum shield to protect your lips, gums and tongue from the light, then a gel is coated onto the teeth and the light is shone on your exposed teeth, the reaction blends the natural enamel of the teeth with the gel, and makes them instantly whiter. It costs from £200-400 and is available in a lot of High Street salons. There is no real comparison with the methods, they all work and they all work in different ways and to different degrees on individual teeth, but one thing they all have in common is that they do work and well.

What is the difference between a conventional and a digital X-ray? A Surbiton dentist tells us

X-rays allow the doctor or dentist to see beyond what the eye can see, they have been used for decades to assist in seeing broken bones and growths within the body, says a Surbiton dentist. Dentists have only had them a short while compared to the general medical community, and this was mostly due to the size of the machines. These days we live in the space age, and everything is that much smaller; yet just as effective. Being digital the X-ray that is taken uses a fraction of the radiation the film X-ray does. The image is captured on a sensor and transferred to a computer, that way it becomes instantly visible and viewable. It can be turned around and even made into a 3D image that spins; this reveals a lot more information than the old method of using film. Most of the image is colour coded; this allows the dentist to see where and what the exact problem is. Digital X-rays are used in every aspect of dentistry today, from identifying infections to getting dimensions that will be used to make false teeth and veneers. The usage is limitless; it also helps to keep down the cost of cosmetic dentistry as well as having a positive impact on the environment. Most systems are so powerful that they will pick up and identify even the tiniest of infections within a filling or a deep cavity within a tooth. The image produced can be made into a computer generated image; this will allow you to see what a tooth or dental procedure will look like even before you start the treatment. So next time you`re at the dentist ask them if they use digital X-rays.

Oral Hygiene and its importance in our dental routine, by a Worcester Park dentist

Oral Hygiene advice is free, and anyone who ignores it does so at their own peril. It is a tried and tested preventative way of keeping our mouths, teeth and gums free from early decay and disease, says a Worcester Park dentist. Flossing is something that most people over look, yet it is so important in the prevention of all problems our teeth encounter. Flossing will remove most of the food particles trapped in between the teeth; this debris is full of natural and unnatural sugars and fats. The bad bacteria in our food lives off this debris and then dies, it is then deposited onto the enamel of our teeth and forms a hard material called Tartar. Tartar is the off white deposits that usually lay at the bottom and top of the teeth, sitting initially on the border between the root and the gum line. When this gets out of control it starts to eat away at the protective layers of gum that guard the root, when this happens infections will set in. One of the most devastating consequences is a receding gum line, this exposes the vulnerable part of the enamel and it wears down quite quickly. This will lead to the tooth breaking off and causing us more problems. The bacteria can also leak into the blood system and cause heart and other problems, and all for the sake of a few minutes flossing.

Porcelain Veneers; the best way forward in getting a smile makeover, says a Shepperton dentist

A Porcelain Veneer is the perfect way to achieve a long term look to your teeth, they are tailor made just for you and so they look so natural once fitted. Your dental surgery will first arrange a visit so the cosmetic dentist can take digital photos and X-rays of the teeth that need the veneers on them, says a Shepperton dentist. These are then made by a technician specifically for you and your problem. That can be a cracked; chipped of discoloured tooth, in some cases a veneer can also hide a misaligned tooth and instantly fix it. There are different thicknesses of veneer, but for a porcelain one you will generally get the thickest and most hard wearing. In order to fit it the dentist will have to skim the tooth of some natural enamel, the amount is always equal to the thickness of the veneer. Because of this once the enamel is removed, you can only ever have more veneers placed on the tooth when the veneer wears out or becomes discoloured, as they will do after around 10-15 years. The new veneer is fitted in much the same way, although instead of skimming the enamel the dentist will just remove the old veneer, and then fit a new one. There are thinner versions that require less skimming, but it really is a case of horses for courses here as the thinner veneers don`t last as long. Porcelain is a natural clay and very hard wearing, and as more people have the treatment, the quicker the price is reduced. With a method called CEREC it is now possible to have a veneer made and fitted in one sitting, in around an hour or more.

A movie star smile; straight and white teeth in just 6 months, by a Molesey dentist

Misaligned and discoloured teeth are a real pain at times says a Molesey dentist, especially when we have to go a wedding or a family gathering and know we will be in photos. Well, the good news I bring you is that in just 6 months, sometimes a little less, you can have a completely different smile to the one you have now. An Invisalign Brace and an intense light whitening session can get you a set of straight and white teeth in just half a year. The Invisalign is a real revolution in misalignment dentistry; it is almost invisible to the eye as it is see through. This method will straighten both front and back teeth; it has all the pressure points built in and is also removable like a sports gum shield. You have digital photos taken, along with a mould being made of your teeth, from this information a set of braces are made that will straighten your teeth in months, some clients have reported straight teeth in just 3 months. New bone also grows behind the teeth to make sure that they stay in place. Once that`s done you then get your teeth whitened, this is done using a special gel and an intense blue light that reacts with the gel to give your new straight teeth a brighter, whiter look. The session takes place in a salon, and is done by a trained technician rather than a dentist. It takes just an hour to do it, and is done in three 15 minute sessions to keep the heat down. A soft rubber gum shield will keep your teeth exposed and your gums protected. You can even remove your brace while having this done, it won`t harm your treatment.

Dental Implants; the facts and the advantages of permanent false teeth by a Surrey dentist

Dental Implants were developed in the 1950s with the first operation being carried out in Sweden in 1964, says a Surrey dentist. They really are a revolution in dental care, and a real alternative for clients who really don`t get on with, or want dentures. They are a false tooth in all the right tones of what a false tooth is, in that I mean they aren`t a natural tooth. In the far past they were made of sea shells, ivory and in some cases they were actual real animal teeth. Thankfully today they are made from a porcelain material that feels and looks like a real tooth, right down to the colour and texture. Firstly your dentist will take digital photos of your teeth and from these a dental technician will make the tooth, and the plate that it fixes into. The plate is made from Titanium which is a non-ferrous metal which won`t rust. This is screwed into the jaw bone and allowed to settle in for a few months, the original experiments showed that this metal fuses with the bone and becomes part of it. The plate has a fixing in it, this will take a stem that is screwed in and glued. Onto this stem is fixed the false tooth. It is literally just slid on and glued. It is made to blend in with your other teeth, and for all intents and purposes it will act, feel and wear just like a real tooth. For patients that want a false tooth with all the usual maintenance this method is just the ticket, once in it can be forgotten about. All your usual dental oral routines can be performed on the implant to keep it pristine, and tartar free.