We are bombarded in Kingston-upon-Thames with the options of cosmetic dentistry. From laser treatments to veneers, we are spoilt for choice. But on the subject of veneers, they have proved their versatility and durability over the years that have made them a very popular choice. But now there are a new generation of hybrids coming onto the market that are softer on the teeth and designed simply as a quick smile makeover. Lumineers are just so, and they are the epitome of how slick cosmetic dentistry has become. Traditional veneers, for all their advantages, involve the removal of the tooth’s enamel before being attached. With lumineers, they are simply ‘glued’ over the surface of the existing tooth, rather like fake nails on a finger, which if you think of them like that, makes them a fashionable ‘must have’ for the person on the move. Wafer thin and less durable than a porcelain veneer (they are good for 5 years with care), they do give a million dollar look to the mouth and they cover a multiple of sins, just like a veneer. Tooth preparation is minimal and if you combine them with CEREC treatment, you can have a new look in less than two hours, and like fake nails, the treatment is reversible.
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Everyone would love to do away with any ‘extra curricular’ visits to the dentist, but cosmetic dentistry is dangling a very desirable carrot to put the confidence back in our mouths and make us feel beautiful again. It would be lovely if we could be treated a home eh? Well, people of Surbiton, you can! Tooth whitening has gone DIY, and more and more people are turning to home whitening kits these days. One however, incorporates the expertise of your dentist too- Enlighten. Your dentist will assess your suitability before you start the programme (something dangerously overlooked when going it alone with over-the-counter kits), and then measures you up for your liquid-tight bleaching trays. These will hold your bleaching agent for the next fortnight. It works like this: you come home from a hard days work, eat, wash and then get ready for bed. This is when you pop the trays and the bleach into your mouth and then go to sleep; repeated for the next 14 days. Herein lies the greatest selling point of this treatment (that and the fact the results have been likened to the finish of a porcelain veneer), it takes no time out of your day at all! Once the course is complete, your dentist will give you a quick, deep bleaching laser treatment, and you walk away looking like a film star!
The quicker the diagnosis, the quicker the treatment and there’s no greater aid available to dentists right now in Weybridge to do just that, than the digital X-ray. Since their introduction, X-rays have been an invaluable source of reference before diagnosis and then treatment. But technology has moved on very fast over the past 20 years and with it, so has the X-ray, its gone digital! As a patient, you probably wouldn’t notice much difference in the process of having the actual X-ray, as it’s very similar to the traditional way (although, you are exposed to far less radiation). But then with digital, the image can be pulled up onto a computer screen immediately to reveal any problems such as tooth growth or decay; then you can be treated straight away. Storing images on a computer is a luxury never before been afforded to the dentist. But this is also beneficial if you require treatment that cannot be done by your dentist. The information can be simply forwarded onto another specialist via e-mail. For you the patient, you get the best diagnosis quickly, meaning that problems can be nipped in the bud and treated faster, before they have a chance to develop into something more sinister.
There’s an incredible range of techniques and products around to replace missing teeth in Surbiton these days; implants and bridges are in vogue right now as they are considered to be more desirable than dentures. But have you seen the dentures around today? Long gone is the imagery associated with them; they too have taken a leap into the 21st century, being made from far more flexible materials and more natural looking ‘teeth’- once in, they are hard to separate from the real thing. Modern dentists will resist the urge to ‘pull’ all of the teeth, as before, which means that where possible, partial dentures can be fitted. These come in many shapes and sizes, but essentially, they fit so true and firm around the remaining teeth, they allow a freedom similar to that of having a full set of teeth. But even if all the teeth have been lost, full dentures too are in a world of their own compared to the dark ages. Again, modern dentures fit the mouth far better than they ever did, thanks to the development of new, softer materials that adhere to the mouth far better than before, almost to the point that adhesives are almost unnecessary. Mini- implants have also been godsend to denture wearers. They can be located into the jaw within a couple of hours and once the dentures have been modified, they simply click onto the implants, locking them over the gums. Dentures now give you freedom, not imprison you.
One of the most fantastic ways of putting a smile back on your face in Kingston-upon-Thames, is to get some porcelain veneers fitted. One thing in life is certain, we’re all going to get old at some point, but there is know reason we shouldn’t get old gracefully and this applies to our teeth too. Over time, they will become discoloured, cracked or chipped. The gums may recede and gaps appear, but this is where veneers come into their own. In a simple procedure, all these problems are removed and your mouth is restored to a look that will change your whole life and give you an incredible youthful confidence in everything that you do. Once your dentist has got you ready and taken moulds of your mouth, the veneers are then made and simply cemented into position within a fortnight, or if you are feeling adventurous, you can opt for CEREC treatment and it’s all over with in a couple of hours! Longer lasting than other treatments (up to 15 years) and generally resistant to staining, they can even be laser bleached if needed. Porcelain is an extremely beautiful material that gives off a remarkable hue. Imagine having a mouthful of this and you’ll be beautiful too, and then, you’ll be fit to grace any red carpet, anywhere in the world…….let alone talk to you’re friends with confidence once more! SMILE!
Would you seriously consider throwing yourself under the no. 71 bus in Surbiton high street rather than visit the dentist? As extreme as that sounds, it’s amazing the lengths that some people will go to, just to avoid the dentist; this is dental phobia and it’s this irrational fear that can have a dramatic impact on everything you do in life, let alone stopping you from keeping your mouth healthy. Of course, your teeth will deteriorate in time that will only add to the issue. The best way is to confront the problem head on and get to the root of your deep phobias- only then can it be treated. Deeply ingrained problems may take some serious therapy at first, just to acknowledge there is a problem. But for dentists today, dental phobias are part of their training and they are well aware of the fears their patients go through. It may take half a dozen visits to the dentists before you opt for treatment, but the more you go, the more you will learn about your treatments and the sedation techniques a dentist will employ to make you feel comfortable; of course you can then build up a sense of friendship and trust with your dentist This can also put you in the position to choose the type of treatment that you want. This give you control, puts you in the position of power and gives you the sense that the dentist your servant, not the other way around. Conquer this and your lifestyle will take on a whole new lease of life. Remember these are not the dark ages of dentistry any more- modern dentistry is designed to be ‘pain-free’.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is not really a complicated business. It is mostly about following the advice that you get from your dentist so that you have a healthy set of teeth and gums. The main aim of the maintenance of oral hygiene is to try and minimise the amount of plaque that is in your mouth. This is because plaque damages teeth and gums, causing teeth to decay and gums to become inflamed and diseased.
The most important thing to do is to brush your teeth. Use a brush with firm bristles that have not been worn down or become dirty. Apply a pea sized amount of fluoride enriched tooth paste and brush every corner of your mouth, including the inside of your teeth. Once you have done this, don’t forget to floss. By pulling dental floss between your teeth you are removing the plaque which can lurk there, out of the reach of the bristles on your tooth brush.
Along with this, you should go and visit your Weybridge dentist every six months so that your mouth can be checked over. Preventive dentistry is far more preferable than having to undergo treatment for a condition that has begun to develop such as gum disease or dental decay. As part of this you should pursue a generally healthy lifestyle, eat a balanced diet and avoid activities such as smoking tobacco and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
Having excellent oral hygiene means that you will be able to eat and drink in comfort. Not only that, you will be able to smile, knowing that your teeth look strong and healthy. If you follow the simple advice set out above then you won’t even have to think about the health of your teeth and gums.
No matter how crooked or misaligned your teeth are, your dentist can help restore them to a state of natural looking straightness. Teeth which are out of place or a bite that is not quite symmetrical can all be dealt with by the fitting of a brace; still the most effective way to straighten teeth that is available in British dental surgeries.
Braces consist of a series of metal brackets which are attached to your teeth. These brackets have metal wires threaded through them which your dentist can adjust to pull your teeth into the required positions to give you a perfectly aligned smile. This can be achieved at regular appointments in the surgery where your dentist will make the necessary adjustments.
Braces are worn, on average, for about two years but it really depends on what needs to be achieved in the mouth as to how long you will need to wear it for. They can be difficult to clean and some people worry about food getting trapped within all the brackets and wires. But it really just takes a little extra effort and you will find that you are soon used to your new routine.
Some people find them a little unsightly to look at, but just imagine what your teeth will look like once the treatment is finished! You will be able to feel comfortable in your skin and confident about the look of your smile thanks to the work done by the brace. If you have any anxieties about the length of the treatment or whether it will be painful then you should talk to your Weybridge dentist as he or she will be able to give you all of the relevant information.
Nobody wants to lose any of their teeth. But the fact is that sometimes it happens, as a result of a sustained lapse in oral hygiene, gum disease or even a one off accident which has affected your mouth and dislodged a tooth. It is very painful indeed to lose a tooth but it must be dealt with as soon as possible. This is so that your mouth is able to function as it is supposed to and also so that you can regain your confidence by having a full set of teeth to show off when you smile.
There are a number of options available to replace lost teeth, ranging from dentures (a full set or a partial on) to dental bridge work. All of these methods are effective in their own way but if you want probably the most permanent solution to tooth loss then you might want to consider dental implants.
Dental implants work by replicating the lost root part of your tooth. Instead of the root, essentially a socket is installed beneath the gum, into which a false tooth can be secured. The stability that this allows for is incredible, especially when one considers that the dental implant will, over time, fuse (or osseontingrate, to use the clinical term) with the jaw bone itself. The titanium they are made from has the special combination of properties that innovators always look for: extremely lightweight and also very durable.
Your Sunbury dentist will be able to give you all the information about what is involved with having dental implants fitted. The process is too invasive for some but the results are truly long lasting, allowing you to get on with your life as if you never lost a tooth in the first place.
The Inman Aligner is possibly the closest you can get to teeth ‘magic’ in Sunbury. Its unique mechanism rocks your awkward looking front teeth to and fro and into place………in as little as six weeks! That, computes at around £25 a day. It works on a spring activated device that, whilst applying pressure on the outside of the teeth, a bar reverses the pressure on the inside. The opposing forces caused by the mechanism, keep the teeth in constant movement, aligning them accurately and quickly. For an older generation, this device is a godsend, because the thought of lengthy treatments can be a ‘turn-off’. The flexibility and speed of the device also allows you to tailor your treatment around up and coming events in the year. But if you fit the agenda and this aligner is suitable for you, it comes with an added bonus- it’s removable! The advantages are obvious- you can take it out when you eat, when you clean your teeth, or if you are socialising for a couple of hours. In fact, with a single wire across the front of the teeth, it’s barely noticeable in the mouth too. It’s almost too good to be true!