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Discretion assures with Invisalign braces from Weston-super-Mare dentist

For people of a certain generation the idea of wearing braces can be quite terrifying. Ugly, chunky and messy metal ‘train track’ braces were the scourge of a generation but things have come a long way in the last fifteen years. Orthodontic treatment now comes in many shapes and sizes but thankfully all of them are more attractive then the old fixed metal braces. None more so than Invisalign clear plastic braces. Introduced in 1999 by Align technologies, the Invisalign system utilises a series of twenty or so clear plastic retainers, each worn for a period of two to three weeks. Each retainer is designed with a subtle change in order to move teeth into the required position. Made from one millimetre thick clear plastic, the retainers are almost invisible to anyone not standing up close to the patient’s teeth. They are also completely removable meaning that they can be taken out for eating and for important business or social occasions. In fact in most cases, no one will ever really know you are wearing a brace at all. Although treatment times do vary from patient to patient depending on the level of overcrowding, most treatments last approximately 18 months. This is slightly more than some of the ultra-fast braces on the market but in terms of discretion and effective straightening, Invisalign braces are hard to beat. It is also worth saying, however, that for cases of severe overcrowding it may be necessary to have some teeth extracted and a temporary metal brace before starting the Invisalign treatment. Whether you are a school student in your difficult teenage years or a professional eager to avoid the stigma attached to metal braces but still desiring straight teeth, Invisalign braces might be the solution you have been looking for. Weston-super-Mare dentists can offer you more extensive information about the benefits of Invisalign braces, so make an appointment today and start your journey to beautiful straight teeth.

Chepwstow dentist straightens teeth in rapid time with Inman aligner

Orthodontic teeth straightening has come along way since the days of ugly and unseemly metal ‘train track’ braces. Today it is possible to straighten teeth in a fraction of the time, a minimum of discomfort, and this is perhaps the key bit, with a far greater element of discretion. One of the new breed of braces is called the Inman aligner and it promises visibly straighter teeth in only six-months. This is an incredible 75 per cent faster than the old fixed metal braces. For patients who want to have beautiful straight teeth but don’t fancy the prospect of nearly two years with a mouth full of metal and wires this could be just the answer. This is especially true when you consider that most brace wearers are in their difficult teenage years. Standing out for the crowd can have long-term effects on self-confidence and self-esteem. The Inman aligner works by using the power of a coiled spring to force the lateral teeth outwards. This creates room for the overcrowded front teeth to move into the space, where a front bar-brace straightens them to the desired position. This metal bar at the front is the only visible part of an otherwise very discreet straightening system. Patients may feel some discomfort when the brace is initially fitted but this rarely lasts longer than a week and is common to almost all orthodontic straightening devices. After this period the treatment is relatively painless throughout. The Inman aligner is also completely removable meaning that it can be taken out for meal times and also important business or social occasions. If you have always wanted to have straight teeth but were never that keen on traditional braces, make an appointment to see a Chepstow dentist and ask them about the Inman aligner and the other magnificent advances in brace technology over the last twenty years.

Dental pain relief from Gloucester dentist

Dental pain can come in many forms, with the most obvious being toothache, but it can also be caused by gum disease, bite and jaw misalignment and sensitive teeth. The best way to avoid all kinds of dental pain is of course to keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing and flossing regularly and keeping up six-monthly appointment with your dentist. Most dental pains are caused by problems arising from poor dental hygiene. Toothache arises because a dental cavity has penetrated to the central chamber of a tooth and become infected. The infection then begins to attack the very sensitive dental nerve causing pain. Infected teeth can also lead to painful tooth abscesses. These abscesses arise when the body tries to fight the infection by bombarding it with white blood cells. Both infected teeth and abscesses are very painful and susceptible to extremes of temperature. They can both be prevented by brushing and flossing because this removes the bacteria rich substance called plaque that causes dental erosion in the first place. Dental pain associated with bite is usually cause by teeth moving around and leaning within the dental arc. This is often caused by a missing tooth due to decay or dental trauma. Dentists can treat this pain by fitting mouth guards or other appliances to prevent teeth grinding or bite adjustment. Whatever kind of dental pain you are suffering it can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain relief but it is always necessary to have your teeth examined by a dentist first. Some tooth infections and gum diseases require antibiotics or even surgery. If you are suffering from dental pain, make an appointment to see a Gloucester dentist and have a thorough check up. Dental pain can be treated but it is more effective to prevent the causes of dental pain far in advance.

Bristol dentist replaces lost teeth with modern dentures

Losing your teeth at any stage of your life can be an embarrassing and traumatic experience. The two most common reasons for tooth loss are dental decay and head trauma, and both can be the underlying cause of further physiological and psychological conditions if not addressed. For example, missing teeth can cause facial muscles to sag and sink making the patient look much older than they actually are. Missing teeth can also be the cause of increased gum disease because it is hard to clean in hollows left by lost teeth. Missing teeth can make the patient very embarrassed and can lead to a loss of self-confidence and self-esteem. For these reasons and others it is important to replace the missing teeth as soon as possible. If only a small number of teeth are missing it may be easier to replace them with dental bridges or implants, but if the majority or all the teeth are missing then it may be necessary to fit a set of dentures. This restores the cosmetic appearance of a full set of teeth and also protects the remaining gum tissue from further erosion. Many denture wearers are anxious that they are going to fall out and resort to wearing dental adhesive strips or gels. A well-fitting pair of dentures should require nothing more than suction to stay in place so denture wearers require regular check ups from a dentist. Alternatively, more and more denture wearers are opting to have mini-implants fitted to which the dentures can be snapped on and off. This provides the desired level of security without the need for messy adhesives. This can be very reassuring to denture wearers especially when eating certain foods. Dentures have come a long way to escape the stigma attached to them. Modern dentures feel more like real teeth than ever before. If you have suffered from multiple tooth loss and want to restore a smile to your face, ask a Bristol dentist about having a set of dentures fitted.

Replace a missing tooth with lifelike dental implant from Gloucester dentist

A dental implant is a metal screw that is anchored into the jawbone to act as a rigid support for an artificial tooth. It is one of the most sturdy and realistic ways to replace a missing tooth and is becoming one of the most popular. If you have had a lost a tooth either due to head trauma or sporting injury, or simply from decay you will know that it is not a very pleasant experience. Not only can it be very painful initially, but it can also have serious repercussions for your future dental health. A missing tooth can be the underlying cause of a number of dental and muscular problems. If a tooth is missing from the dental arc it leaves a hollow which can act as a breeding ground for bacteria. Because the hollow is difficult to clean, plaque forming bacteria builds up there and attacks other teeth and gums in the mouth. Missing teeth also encourage the remaining teeth to shift and lean into the gap. This can cause disruptions in bite which can lead to painful jaw conditions such as bruxism and TMJ. Missing teeth can also be responsible for sagging facial tissue, especially if more than one tooth is missing. There are several options for patients wishing to replace a missing tooth. Partial dentures and dental bridges are two of the options but are often not sturdy enough to provide patients with the necessary degree of comfort and confidence. Dental implants are a more rigid alternative for replacing real teeth. The dental implant itself is a metal screw, usually titanium or other non-harmful metal. It is drilled into the jawbone and allowed to settle for a few weeks. During this time the metal fuses with the bone and tissue in a process called osseointegration. When this is complete the dentist will attach a post and artificial crown to complete the procedure. Due to the added level of security offered by a dental implant they are one of the most popular option for patients looking to replace a missing tooth. Gloucester dentists offer dental implants for patients with missing teeth and also mini-implants to act as a locking device for dentures.

Rejuvenate your teeth in one afternoon with cosmetic bonding from Bath dentist

Cosmetic bonding is a dental process that has been used for a long time to rejuvenate the appearance of a smile. The versatile resin can transform a patient’s teeth in only one visit and because of its affordability it is a very popular procedure. The process itself involves the skilful mixing of resin to closely match the colour of the existing teeth and then moulding it to the desired shape before setting it hard with the intense heat of a laser. Cosmetic bonding has a wide variety of uses in dentistry. It is most commonly used to fill dental cavities, especially to replace old sliver amalgam fillings that many believe to release dangerous mercury vapours. It is also widely used to repair broken or damaged teeth and also for cosmetic purposes on discoloured or worn teeth. These are just some of the many uses of cosmetic bonding (also known as dental bonding or resin bonding). Cosmetic bonding is not ideally used to fill large cavities because it loses some of its strength over large areas. In these instances many dentists are turning to computer aided technology to manufacture porcelain inlays for large cavities. These can then be cemented and covered with dental bonding for extra support. Most dental bonding procedures, unless dealing with an exposed cavity, can be carried out without the use of anaesthetic. The application usually involves etching the surface of the tooth to allow for added grip then spreading several thin layers of dental bonding over the area. This is set using the laser heat source before the bonding is polished and buffed to closely resemble the smooth appearance of tooth enamel. Nearly all dentists are skilled in the application of dental bonding because of its many uses, however, for cosmetic purposes some dentists are more highly skilled in finishing than others. A Bath dentist will be able to advise you further on the details of dental bonding. call 0117 973 1910 to make an appointment with Dr Gerrard for a consultation.

Bristol dentist recommends six-monthly dental check ups

In the war against dental decay, after effective brushing and flossing, the most important weapon is a regular dental check up every six months with a dentist. Brushing and flossing are crucial for maintaining a high standard of oral hygiene. They help to control plaque, a bacteria rich substance that is responsible for enamel erosion and tooth decay. But even the most dedicated teeth cleaner can still suffer from dental conditions they will not be able to spot. For example, even effective brushing and flossing may not be enough to prevent gum disease or tooth decay. Some people are more susceptible to these conditions than others and tooth decay especially develops in areas that are hard to clean and therefore impossible to see. Areas in between teeth and below the gum line can be very difficult to clean and so dental decay can occur without the patient knowing. A dentist will examine all the hard to reach places as part of a thorough check up. Dentists recommend that you make an appointment every six months. Not only will they be able to carry out a thorough check for the signs of tooth decay and gum disease but they can also examine your diet and cleaning regimes and give you advice on more effective dental care. They will also be able to give your teeth a thorough clean or refer you to a dental hygienist. Dentists can also give advice about the natural discolouration of teeth that occurs with age and the most effective ways to control it. For patients with certain conditions it may be necessary to visit a dentist on a more regular basis. Smokers and pregnant women are particularly at risk and need to make more regular appointments. A Bristol dentist will be able to further advise you on the need for regular check ups and can carry out a thorough check up for any dental problems.

Swindon dentist combines brushing and flossing advice with check up

The preventative measures of brushing and flossing, if performed correctly and diligently everyday, can help to prevent nearly all forms of dental problems. Dentists recommend that patients brush for at least three minutes everyday and floss once a day. It is also recommended to use an appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste for your gums and teeth.

Brushing and flossing help to prevent the build up of plaque on the teeth and gums. Plaque is a filmy bacteria rich substance that coats the tooth enamel. The acid released from decaying bacteria erodes tooth enamel causing dental cavities which leads ultimately to tooth loss and gum disease. Brushing removes the majority of plaque and flossing gets to the harder to reach areas between the teeth and under the gum line.

As well as keeping teeth free from plaque, brushing and flossing also removes trapped food debris from between the teeth which is the cause of over 90 per cent of cases of bad breath. It is also advised by dentists that patients brush the surface of their tongue with a specially designed tongue brush.

By keeping a high standard of oral hygiene, mainly by correct brushing and flossing, you can help to have healthy teeth and gums for the rest of your life. However, it is also important that you maintain regular visits to the dentist for check ups. Even brushing and flossing cannot prevent all types of dental disease. Make an appointment with a Swindon dentist for a check up and for more information about correct brushing and flossing tips.

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Dr Gerrard is a Bristol based Cosmetic dentist with many years of experience and is one of only a small number of dentists accredited by The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Dr. Neil Gerrard BDS (Bristol), RDT, MSc (Dental Implants),  GDC no 76257. Clifton Dental Studio is a Private Dental Practice. Website last updated: July 2018
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