February 28th, 2011
If you have a wedding coming up or a family holiday, you probably want to look your best in the photographs that will be taken. You can make sure your clothes are immaculate and get your hair done but what if your teeth are dull or stained? Don’t despair, there is no need to feel embarrassed about smiling in the photographs. Instead you should talk to your dentist about the variety of teeth whitening procedures on offer.
Teeth become dull or stained for a number of reasons but the older you get, no matter how well you take care of your teeth, it is more likely that your teeth will lose some of the bright shine that they had when you were younger.
Teeth whitening usually involves the application of special gel to your teeth to remove any stains and restore brightness. Your dentist can administer the gel by placing it in special trays that have been constructed by taking moulds of your teeth. Your teeth might then be buffed and polished by your dentist to give a good finish to the process.
Teeth whitening kits are also available over the counter so you can carry out the treatment at home. They can be purchased from super markets and pharmacies and are often cheaper than having treatment in the surgery. They are convenient too, because you won’t have to take time out of your day to visit the dentist. You will apply the gel yourself to the whitening trays and probably wear them over night for a set period of time.
Don’t be ashamed of your smile anymore, talk to your Molesley dentist about the different options available for teeth whitening procedures and which one is best for you.
February 27th, 2011
If you have been put off the thought of wearing braces for several years then you might be interested in a revolutionary new treatment that is taking British dentistry by storm and leaving patients amazed at the results. Six Months Smile treatment can correct crooked smiles in just six months, a fraction of the time you used to have to wear a brace for.
Six months is just a quarter of the average time that patients wear traditional braces for. In that period, Six Months Smile can correct problems with crowded teeth, overbite and issues with the spacing of your teeth. What’s more, it costs about half the amount the traditional braces do even though this highly specialised product has to be shipped over the dedicated Six Months Smile laboratories in the United States of America.
They comprise tooth coloured brackets which are attached to the problem teeth and then slowly adjusted by your dentist every four or five weeks. These appointments only take about fifteen minutes so they can easily be fitted in around even the busiest of schedules.
The fact that they are so discreet means that you need not have your confidence dashed like wearers of traditional braces have for so long. The wires are made of nickel titanium which are light but incredibly hard wearing and durable.
Six Months Smile is able to be so quick because it focuses on the teeth which can be seen when you smile rather than the ones that can’t be seen. If you are interested in the speed and efficiency of Six Months Smile, talk to your Sunbury dentist today and see if they are registered with the company.
February 25th, 2011
Taking care of your teeth at home by brushing them and flossing them effectively is very important for the health of your mouth but this must be done in conjunction with regular visits to the dentist. A worrying survey recently found that as many as one in five British women and one in ten British men feel nervous about visiting the dentist. If you are a nervous patient, it is crucial that you overcome it.
Feeling nervous about going to dentist often stems from childhood memories. If you had a painful or invasive procedure when you were growing up, it can be hard to shift the feelings that it still generates in you. Perhaps you are afraid of needles and hate the thought of having to have one at the dentist.
What with negative stereotypes about dentists and dental surgeries persisting in the media, it is easy to understand why some feel nervous about visiting the dentist. If you had a personality clash with a member of staff at the surgery in the past then you might feel reticent about going back. You should choose another dental practice if this is the case, as having a good relationship with your dentist is vital.
If your fears stem from childhood you should know that dentistry has changed a lot in the last few decades. Generally treatments are far quicker and less invasive, with pain free gels available and even water drills used instead of the traditional dentist drill.
Letting a problem with your mouth just get worse can have really serious consequences so it is best that you deal with your nerves about visiting the dentist. Perhaps you can arrange an informal appointment with your Sunbury dentist and discuss your problems so that you can be put at ease.
February 23rd, 2011
Many millions of people over the years have benefitted from the effectiveness of traditional metal braces. But they are rather unsightly, with all the metal wires and brackets and often needed to be worn for three years or so. But there was no other option if you wanted to have your teeth straightened. Thankfully there is a new product on the market which is far more discreet and takes a lot less time.
The average treatment time when you use Inman aligners is less than six months. Some patients even complete the treatment in just six weeks. They are just as effective at straightening teeth and can be removed for social occasions and sports. The results for the confidence of the wearer is huge; no more hiding your smile and hoping nobody sees all the metal in your mouth. This also helps when cleaning and eliminates the difficulties that patients have with traditional braces in this area.
There are no metal brackets or wires with Inman aligners. They are much more discreet than that and the only visible part of Inman aligners is a single straightening bar which runs across your front teeth. The remaining working parts of Inman Aligners are to be found inside the mouth and away from prying eyes. A coiled spring behind the teeth pushes them against the bar, gradually straightening them out.
Talk to your Kingston-Upon-Thames dentist for more information about Inman aligners and they will be able to tell you about how they are convenient, discreet and competitively priced compared to other teeth straightening procedures on offer. Inman aligners are perfect for small alignment issues but unfortunately are not suitable for actually rotating teeth.
February 21st, 2011
Having a smile you can be proud of means you will be showing it off at every opportunity. This will put others at ease in social occasions and means you will get along with people better. The boost this gives to your confidence will be huge. But how can you do this if you have lost a tooth or have a tooth that is broken down or cracked? Dental crowns might be the answer you have been looking for.
Dental crowns can be fitted over broken down teeth or placed where you have lost a tooth. They are basically replicas of teeth and modern dental crowns are incredibly life like, with your dentist able to match it to your surrounding teeth in terms of colour, shade and even texture.
They are also incredibly convenient to have fitted thanks to advances in technology. CEREC techniques allow your dentist to take a digital image or x-ray of your teeth and send it to an online milling machine. This machine can construct your dental crown in about six minutes and it will be ready to fit there and then.
Having matched the crown to your surrounding teeth, your dentist will clean the area of any debris and attach it using a strong dental bonding agent. The result is a lifelike appearance that is incredible durable. Modern dental crowns are usually made of porcelain which is extremely lightweight but extremely hard wearing.
In time you will even forget that you ever had a dental crown fitted because they can be treated just like regular teeth. If you would like more information, talk to your Sunbury dentist the next time you see him or her.
February 17th, 2011
What puts some people off going to the dentist is the thought of having to wait for hours in the surgery for a lengthy procedure to be carried out. If you have a busy life then it might not be possible for you to take the whole morning or afternoon off work to go to the dentist. Thankfully, advances in modern technology mean that the time many dental procedures take has been dramatically slashed.
CEREC techniques harness the very latest in cutting edge computer technology. For example, CEREC has revolutionised the way that porcelain crowns and veneers can be fitted. Your dentist need only take one digital x-ray of your mouth, which is in three dimensions. This is a great improvement on the need for expensive traditional x-rays and the associated lab fees.
This digital data of your mouth can then be sent to an online milling machine. This machine constructs a veneer or crown in an incredible six minutes. Your dentist will then be able to match it to your surrounding teeth and fit it there and then, with no need for temporary crowns or veneers. The reduction in waiting times is a huge bonus for anyone who is on a tight schedule.
Despite the use of such cutting edge technology, techniques using CEREC are actually on the whole cheaper or similarly priced to traditional methods. This is because there is no need for lab fees and the construction of temporary replacements, all of which could add to the price.
If you need a procedure to be carried out in your mouth, talk to your Surbiton dentist and see if CEREC technology can be used to reduce the time the process takes.
February 15th, 2011
There is a vital muscle which connects your lower jaw with the temporal bone of your skull. The temporomandibular or TMJ coordinates the way your jaw moves, very important when you are eating and talking. It also contains crucial nerves which come from the brain into the jaw. Unfortunately a disorder can develop in it which is extremely painful and might have detrimental effects on the way your mouth can move.
A TMJ disorder might manifest itself with pain when you yawn and difficulty eating and talking. If it is particularly bad your jaw might be in pain even when you are not moving it at all. If left to progress, the nerves which will be affected can cause you to feel pain in your neck and shoulders as well. You might even find that you suffer from spasms in your muscles or tinnitus, ringing noises in your ears.
Because it is connected with your mouth, your dentist will be trained in diagnosing TMJ disorders. They can give you a ‘clench’ test, where you will bite down and the dentist will analyse where you feel pain as a result. Your dentist might take a mould of your teeth or a digital x-ray to determine of the problem lies with the alignment of your teeth.
Thankfully most TMJ disorders can be solved with dental procedures and it is rather rare for sufferers to have to undergo surgery. You might simply need to wear a mouth guard to stop nocturnal teeth grinding or wear a brace to correct alignment issues. But it is always worth taking seriously because the long term effects of untreated TMJ disorders can be serious.
Make an appointment today with your Kingston-Upon-Thames dentist if you are worried about TMJ disorders. It is alwaysbetter to be safe than sorry
February 13th, 2011
Being ashamed of your smile can have serious effects on your confidence and, as such, your ability to function properly in social situations. Smiling is a vital tool in putting people at ease, whether you are chairing a business meeting or being introduced to new people in the pub. What with all the effective treatments on offer at dentists in the United Kingdom, there is no longer any need to be ashamed of your smile.
Smile makeovers are basically a combination of different procedures carried out to make the best of your smile. It might be that your teeth are a little dull or stained and you want to have them whitened, either under the supervision of your dentist or at home with a kit you can buy from a pharmacy.
If some of your teeth are a little crooked too then you can have a brace fitted. Modern braces are far more discreet than their traditional counterparts and the treatment times are usually far shorter. You might decide to have a porcelain crown or veneer fitted over a tooth that is crooked, cracked or chipped. These procedures are incredibly quick now thanks to CEREC technology and you can have a new veneer or crown fitted in just one visit to your dentist.
Thanks to interest free repayment plans that are widely offered by dentists, these procedures are far more affordable than you might think. If you have a wedding coming up or a holiday and want to look your best in the photographs, talk to your Weybridge dentist about having a smile makeover. They will be able to advise you about which parts of your mouth you might need to think about having work done on.
February 11th, 2011
There is no longer any need for you to be ashamed of your smile. Dentistry procedures can create stunning smiles and make you proud to show off your teeth. If you have stained, broken or cracked teeth then you can have them effectively covered by stunning porcelain veneers which can be fitted quickly and efficiently.
Porcelain veneers are used to cover cracked, crooked or, in some cases, stained teeth. The use of porcelain is crucial because it is such a hard-wearing yet light substance. This means it can be made incredibly thin and still be durable enough for your mouth. Some porcelain veneers are so thin that they are often dubbed ‘contact lenses for teeth’.
Modern dentistry procedures mean that you can have a brand new porcelain veneer fitted in next to no time. Dentists increasingly use CEREC technology to take a digital x-ray of your teeth and then send this data to an online milling machine. This allows a new porcelain veneer to be constructed in about six minutes flat, ready to be fitted.
Your dentist can match up the veneer to the shade of your surrounding teeth before cleaning the area of debris and then attaching the veneer using a strong bonding agent. You will then be free to walk out of the surgery with a veneer covering up your unsightly tooth. But so discreet are modern veneers that even your closest intimates won’t notice that it is not one of your natural teeth.
If you want more information talk to your Weybridge dentist and find out how porcelain veneers can improve your smile and give your confidence a huge boost.