Archive for March, 2010
The Smile Awards ceremony was held on the evening of Saturday 27 March 2010 at the luxurious Royal Garden Hotel in central London.
Paul (left) our lab technician was nominated for Aesthetic restorative technician, while Dr Neil Gerrard (Right) was nominated for the Restorative smile award and Conservative composite smile award.
There is little doubt that orthodontic braces are the best way to treat misaligned teeth. However, traditional braces are seen by many to be a rather ugly and uncomfortable way to straighten teeth. Fortunately, a more modern approach to teeth straightening has been taken by Six Month Smile braces. They have taken all the best aspects of conventional braces and made adjustments to make them a more sensible and less invasive alternative.
The most significant difference between Six Month braces and traditional ‘train-track’ braces is the time of treatment. Regular orthodontic treatment takes on average between sixteen and eighteen months. Six Month Smile braces are able to achieve the same results in as little as six (that’s right, it does exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak).
Six Month Smile brace are also manufactured using clear brackets and tooth coloured wires to lessen the visual effect of braces, one of the most common complaints with fixed-metal braces. The unseemly appearance of metal brackets and wires can put many people off wearing braces to straighten their teeth, so this more modern approach is proving to be very popular.
Six Month braces also produce a very predictable result. Unlike some other braces where the final appearance of the teeth may vary, Six Month braces produce very accurate and controllable final results. They also use lower forces and are more hygienic which means they cause less discomfort and long-term damage to the teeth. Possibly most pleasingly, they are also cheaper than most other orthodontic treatments. Dentists in Swindon are on hand to give you more information about Six Month Smile braces at your next appointment.
March 22, 2010 at 5:07 am | 6 month smiles | No comment
Technology is changing our world at an incredible rate. New devices are being invented and implemented to make our lives more comfortable and more convenient, at a remarkable pace. The world of dental treatment is experiencing a similar technological revolution that is changing the way dentistry is practised and making lives easier and more comfortable for patients.
One of the most notable and impressive new dental technologies is known as Cerec, and in many respects represents the future of modern dental practise. In the past, if a patient needed a dental crown or a veneer to repair a damaged tooth or restore the health of a decayed one, it would take several appointments and several weeks to design and fit. Cerec has made this process possible in a single visit to your Chepstow dentist.
Using new dental equipment like digital x-rays and 3D imaging, the dentist can create an incredibly accurate picture of your mouth in only a few minutes. There is no need for time consuming traditional x-rays or dental moulds. Using this digital image the dentist can then begin to design the new crown or restoration on the computer. When satisfied with the appearance, they can then instruct a computer-guided mill to sculpt the new tooth from a single piece of carefully colour-matched porcelain. This manufacturing process can take as little as six minutes per tooth, which is an incredible improvement on the previous laboratory method.
Also known as chair-side treatment, Cerec reduces the need for dental appointments, making your life more convenient and shortening waiting times for all other patients. With stunning results possible, it is easy to see why more dentists and even more patients are opting to choose Cerec dental restorations.
March 21, 2010 at 8:06 am | dental crowns | No comment
There are many types of cosmetic dentistry available for patients of all budgets and with all conditions of teeth. Over the last twenty years technology has allowed an amazing improvement in the nature of cosmetic dental treatments to the point that there are now very few patients who could not benefit greatly from a cosmetic treatment.
This improvement in treatment has been echoed by a reduction in price. As many treatments are now more easily performed, they are also more cost-effective. This has opened up the world of cosmetic dentistry to many more patients. Cosmetic dentistry has also benefited from increased exposure on the many and multifarious television makeover shows, which advertise just exactly what kind of level of improvement is possible.
One of the most popular and affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments is tooth whitening. This involves placing a special whitening gel in contact with the enamel, to bleach any patches of discolouration or staining. This can yield stunning results with teeth being made up to ten shades whiter. With treatments starting from as little as sixty pounds, there is now every reason to ask your Swindon dentist about teeth whitening.
Other cosmetic dental procedures include ceramic restoration such as veneers and crowns. These can improve the appearance of stained, misaligned and worn teeth helping to improve the appearance of your smile. Although slightly more expensive than some other treatments, they are also capable of transforming the appearance of teeth in as little as one appointment. Ask your dentist at your next check up about which of the cosmetic treatments would be most suitable for your teeth. They will also be able to give you a clearer indication of the price for each individual procedure.
March 18, 2010 at 5:42 am | cosmetic dentistry | No comment
Braces are becoming ever more popular for straightening teeth in the UK. In an age when appearances matter more then ever, being comfortable with you teeth and your smile is very important for retaining confidence and self-esteem. Having misaligned or crooked teeth can be difficult and cause many patients, especially those in their difficult teenage years, to feel slightly embarrassed.
Orthodontic braces have been used for many years by Bath dentists but they are now more widely available to all patients, and also more affordable. There are a number of different types of treatments to choose from which vary in price, duration of treatment, visual impact and comfort. Many people are unaware of the choice on offer, believing the traditional fixed metal braces to be the only option.
For patients wishing to disguise the fact they have braces, there is Invisalign. These clear plastic braces are almost impossible to see when in the mouth. This means that patients can go about their lives not having to feel self-conscious about their braces. They are also completely removable making them ideal for patients who may need to remove them for important business or social occasions.
As well as invisible braces, there are also braces with a significantly reduced visual impact. Treatments such as Damon braces and Six Month Smile use clear brackets and tooth coloured wires to lessen the appearance of braces. They are also both more comfortable causing far less irritation to the soft tissue of the mouth.
The most impressive improvement in virtually all orthodontic treatments is the duration. Most traditional brace treatments last between sixteen and eighteen months (they can even be longer) but the more modern braces and aligners can achieve results in only a fraction of that time, in some cases as much as 75% faster. Ask your dentist about the possibilities of modern braces.
March 14, 2010 at 7:12 am | orthodontics | No comment
Cosmetic dentistry can frighten some people and not just because it involves a visit or the dentist. The price of many cosmetic dentistry treatments has, for many years, simply been beyond the reach of many people. For those with badly discoloured teeth, the tantalising thought of a set of porcelain veneers is ruined by a price tag they simply cannot afford.
However, there is one cosmetic dental treatment that is both affordable and very effective. Cosmetic bonding, also known simply as dental bonding, is the skilful application of a composite resin to various areas of the teeth to improve both their shape and their colour. Cosmetic bonding is a very versatile treatment that can improve the appearance of teeth in many ways.
It can be added to broken or decayed teeth to restore the cosmetic appearance as well as prevent any further damage. It is also widely used to replace the more controversial silver amalgam fillings that have traces of mercury. Bonding can also be used to repair small chips and cracks that occur as a result of dental trauma.
Cosmetic bonding is also widely used to treat teeth that are affected by staining or discolouration. Any discoloured patches are covered by a thin layer of dental bonding, mixed to closely match the appearance of the rest of the enamel. This can be used on one or all of the teeth depending on the patient.
The application process involves putting the bonding into the desired area and manipulating it to the most pleasing position. When satisfied, your Bristol dentist will then set the bonding hard with the heat of a dental laser. The bonded area will then be polished and buffed to resemble tooth enamel, leaving you with healthier looking teeth.
March 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm | dental bonding | No comment
Teeth whitening is the process of whitening discoloured or stained teeth by artificial means to make them appear whiter and more healthy. Teeth whitening has existed for many years but it has become more affordable and more available in recent years. Increased media attention and coverage of whitening procedures on television programs has done a great deal to bring teeth whitening to a larger public.
Whitening procedures are now offered by nearly all dentists with both in-surgery and take home treatments being two of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. The whitening process involves using a beaching agent, usually hydrogen peroxide in strengths varying from three to thirty per cent. Stronger treatments are usually used by dentists in surgery because of the possible damage to soft tissue with high-concentration bleaching. Dentists are also able to use the necessary safety equipment. Whitening treatments are available for purchase over the internet but dentists strongly advise against using these as the variation in strength combined with home application can be very dangerous.
Whitening may cause some mild sensitivity to patients after the initial treatment, which usually settles down after about 48 hours. Most whitening treatments last between a week and two weeks, including home whitening and the effects last for up to three years but this can vary depending on which treatment you are using. The cost of whitening also varies upon the level of whitening required and which system the patient chooses.
Teeth whitening can have a very dramatic effect and can completely rejuvenate a smile and make the patient look years younger. Because of the limited discomfort and small amount of risk from the treatment it is fast becoming a very popular procedure with Chepstow dentists.
March 11, 2010 at 6:12 am | teeth whitening | No comment
First impressions really count and nothing helps you make a better one than a beautiful smile. For many people, uneven or badly stain-damaged teeth can cause a loss of confidence that makes them nervous or ashamed of smiling. But there is something that can be done to give you the beautiful, 100 per cent confident smile you have always wanted.
We’ve all seen the makeover shows where people’s teeth are completely transformed, helping them to look younger and more attractive, and the secret weapon behind these transformations is dental veneers. Veneers are wafer thin, shaped-porcelain pieces that are specially designed to fit over the top of damaged teeth. They can be used to cover damaged caused by discolouration, uneven or crooked teeth, or teeth suffering from enamel erosion.
Veneers can be fitted in only a single appointment to the dentist, being manufactured with the aid of 3D imaging and computer-guided technology. They are cemented in place using tooth-coloured composite dental bonding and are so thin they don’t require any prior enamel removal. Because veneers are made from wafer thin porcelain they can closely resemble the appearance of real enamel, making them look extremely realistic.
The cost of veneers from a Chepstow dentist will vary according to the nature and extent of treatment needed but the spectacular results they can achieve make them worth every penny. Anxiety about your teeth can be very hard to live with but with dental veneers it can become a thing if the past.
March 7, 2010 at 9:02 am | dental veneers | No comment
Thousands of people all over the world suffer from dental anxiety or the more serious dental phobia, so if you are terrified of the dentist it is important to remember that you are not alone. Dental phobia is one of the most common phobias in the UK but there is help at hand for sufferers.
Dental phobia can be caused by a number of factors including fear of embarrassment, fear of diagnosis or fear of the dentist’s tools. Any number of factors or a combination can lead a person to completely avoid the dentist’s surgery altogether. This can be very bad for a patient’s dental health as missing regular check ups can lead to an increased risk of dental problems, increasing the need to see a dentist.
The first step in overcoming dental phobia is simply to talk to a dentist. Dentists in Bristol are specially trained to deal with anxious or phobic patients and very often just talking through a procedure can help to calm the nerves. Dentists can also recommend other techniques such as self-hypnosis or breathing exercises that can help control adrenaline and reduce the anxiety. Recent studies into dental phobia have also found that aromatherapy, particularly lavender oil, is very beneficial for anxious patients before treatment.
Dental phobia can be overcome with the right help and support allowing you to get the dental treatment that you need. Make an appointment to talk through your concerns with a Bristol dentist and take the first step towards conquering your fears.
March 6, 2010 at 8:10 am | dental phobia | No comment
A child’s smile is such a lovely thing to see, the little mites are so full of life that when they smile they don’t care about how they look, although we as parents do. A Bristol dentist is advising their patients on tips to keep that smile healthy; one factor is a healthy diet without too much acid or sugar in the basic ingredients. What we put in our mouths as part of our dietary plan will affect our smiles in two ways, firstly the food has to go into our mouths and then it is consumed by the body, and gets into the blood stream. The vitamins in our system are fed to our gums, the same gums that are still fighting the bacteria that come with the food. It seems that we have to fight attacks on the teeth and gums from inside and out. Baby bottle diets can attack the teeth even before they start growing, bacteria is prevalent in all our food and it needs to be kept under control. Acid is a product of the bacteria that feeds off our food residue, we produce saliva to counteract it, but if we feed our babies with a bottle and then allow them to sleep we are damaging their teeth. Saliva stops producing when we sleep, so baby needs to be kept awake for at least 30 minutes after feeding to stop the build of this harmful substance. Sweet stuff will keep them quiet, but this also produces a lot of acid that attacks our children’s teeth; and in turn their smile. There is a lot more to our children’s smiles than the eye sees, and just a few conscious tips like these will help to keep their little faces smiling; and they won’t also have too many problems with decaying teeth.
March 5, 2010 at 5:54 am | general dentistry | No comment
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