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Dr Mary Baptista

Posted on 06.12.2017 by perfectsmile

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Dr Mary Baptista qualified from Newcastle Dental School and has since practiced in Singapore, before returning to her home City of London.

Mary completed her facial aesthetics course through Oris Medical, who provide their training to Dentists and Doctors only.

Mary’s passion in facial aesthetics developed from performing high end dental aesthetic cases. She provides a free consultation to develop a tailored treatment plan based on her client requirements at their consultation and uses technique sensitive procedures to ensure natural results are achieved and patients are comfortable throughout. 

Five differences between Invisalign and cosmetic braces

Posted on 26.10.2017 by perfectsmile



Invisalign is a treatment option uses transparent, retainer-like aligners to shift teeth into place. They are usually worn 22 hours a day or more and are changed every two weeks to a new pair that will continue to shift your teeth into place.


The treatment typically takes nine months to a year.


Cosmetic braces use ceramic brackets, which can either be transparent or made to match the colour of your teeth, so they are less noticeable when in place.


They work in a very similar way to metal braces, in that they are bonded to your teeth and then connected by an arch wire that puts pressure on the teeth and are adjusted every four weeks until teeth are properly aligned.


However, it’s easy to see why they get confused.


If you type cosmetic braces (or clear braces as they’re sometime known) into a search engine, chances are Invisalign will spring up somewhere in the results.


Here are five differences between the two product types, which will help you decide which ones are right to help you achieve your perfect smile.


Invisalign is more transparent

One of the biggest plus points about Invisalign is that they are virtually transparent. While cosmetic braces blend into the patient’s teeth, the brackets are more noticeable than Invisalign’s transparent retainer. In fact, many people won’t even notice when someone is wearing Invisalign until they’re told.


Invisalign is removable

Because ceramic braces are fixed in place, they can make it difficult to eat and brush and floss your teeth. Invisalign can be easily removed and put back in place at any time.


Invisalign is stronger

Invisalign is made of thin, clear plastic, which is robust and difficult to break. Because of the material used to make them, ceramic cosmetic braces can be brittle and more prone to chipping or breaking… although it should be said that it would still take a large amount of force to break them.


Invisalign is more comfortable

Cosmetic braces can irritate soft tissue of your lips and cheeks. You should get used to this over time, but when you first wear them, your mouth may get quite sore. Invisalign fits closer to the teeth, so it much more comfortable to wear.


Invisalign won’t stain your teeth

While the ceramic brackets used in your cosmetic braces won’t stain, if you smoke or drink a lot of coffee, the clear elastic wires holding them together will. With Invisalign, provided you take them out and clean your teeth regularly, they won’t stain when you wear them.



While both Invisalign and cosmetic braces are both good choices if you want to correct your teeth without drawing too much attention to them, there are differences between the two which may make one options more suitable than the other.


A consultation with one of our friendly, professional dentists will help you to understand the pros and cons of both treatments, so you can decide which one will help you achieve your perfect smile.


Book your appointment today

What are Dental Inlays and Onlays?

Posted on 19.07.2017 by perfectsmile

Decayed or badly chipped teeth not only affect your self-image but can negatively impact your life and health of your teeth.

However, dental inlays and onlays might be the key to fixing these problems. That’s why we’ve created this guide to dental inlays and onlays, so you can know exactly what they are and how they can help you achieve your perfect smile.


What are inlays and onlays?

Also known as ‘indirect fillings’, dental inlays and onlays are a way to restore teeth that are too badly decayed or chipped for fillings.

They are a durable, strong and natural looking solution that is more conservative and easier to fit than a crown and are most commonly used for the back teeth of your mouth.

Unlike fillings, inlays and onlays strengthen the tooth structure instead of weakening it. They are specifically made to fit exactly into your tooth cavity and are bonded into place, making them strong and hard wearing. After the procedure, the tooth can bear 50-75% more chewing force than before.

Inlays are bonded within the centre of the tooth, within the cusps (the raised points on your teeth) or rounded edges of your tooth.

Onlays are like inlays, but they are used when the damage to your teeth cover one or more than one cusps and cover the entire chewing surface of your tooth.

If cared for properly, dental inlays and onlays can last up to 30 years.

If the damage to your tooth is extensive, dental crowns may be a better option for your teeth. However, as crowns require a large amount of tooth structure to be removed, dental inlays and onlays are a much preferred and less damaging procedure as only a minimal amount of the tooth is removed.


What is the procedure?

Dental inlays and onlays are fitted following the same, simple procedure.


  1. Removal of tooth decay

During the first appointment, your dentist will remove any tooth decay from the teeth. Once this is complete, they will take an impression of the tooth’s structure that will be sent to the laboratory.

While you wait for your inlay or onlay to be made, you will be given a temporary filling to wear and protect your teeth.


  1. The dental inlay or onlay is made

At the laboratory, your dental inlays or onlays will be made to exactly fit your tooth. The inlays or onlays can be made from either porcelain or gold and can be coloured to closely match and blend naturally into your teeth.


  1. The inlay or onlay is fitted.

Once the dental inlay or onlay is made, your dentist will fit and bond it to your tooth.

Happy with the results, you can then live your life as normal and enjoy your perfect smile.



Dental inlays and onlays are the perfect solutions to teeth that are too decayed or damaged for fillings, while also restoring the tooth to full strength.

Ultimately your dentist will be able to discuss whether dental inlays or onlays are right for you, based on your own unique needs and requirements.

Want to achieve your perfect smile with dental inlay and onlays? Book a consultation today.


Dental decay – how to tell if you need a tooth filling

Posted on 30.05.2017 by perfectsmile

Dental decay is a serious issue. If left untreated, it can become a serious threat to your dental hygiene and cause you a lot of pain.

Tooth fillings can be used to help solve this problem, and help you achieve your perfect smile.

Could you need a tooth filing? To help you find out, we’ve put together this guide on dental decay and tooth fillings.

What is dental decay?

 Simply put, dental decay is the process of sugary food dissolving teeth.

Whenever sugars in the food we eat and drink react to the bacteria in plaque, it forms acids that soften and dissolve the enamel and dentine of a tooth. The acid is eventually neutralised though natural salts in your saliva, but can attack your teeth for up to an hour after eating and drinking.

Overtime, the sugary food will make a cavity (hole) in the tooth. There are three types of cavities dental decay can cause:

  • Coronal cavities. This is the most common type and is located on chewing surfaces or between the teeth. This type of cavity is common in both children and adults.
  • Root cavities. Our gums recede as we age, which leaves parts of our tooth roots exposed. Since there is no enamel covering tooth roots, these exposed areas are more susceptible to dental decay.
  • Recurrent decay. This type of cavity is located around existing fillings and crowns which have accumulated a build-up of plaque.

Without treatment, dental decay can destroy your tooth and kill the delicate nerves at its centre. It can also cause the area at the root tip to become infected. Once this part is infected, it the tooth can only be treated with root canal, surgery or by extracting the tooth.

If the decay is not too serious, it can be removed. The tooth can then be restored with either a white or silver filling. The silver fillings contain mercury, while the white fillings are made from a durable white material that matches the colour of your teeth.

If caught early enough, sometimes dental decay can also be treated with a fluoride varnish to help stop more decay.

How to tell if you need a filling

Unfortunately, dental decay does not have a lot of symptoms in its early stages.

However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your dentist for a consultation.

  1. Tooth sensitivity. Does one of your teeth feel sensitive when exposed to certain foods, such as hot or cold temperatures, or sweet, sticky and sour foods.
  2. Flossing string tears. When you floss, does the string tear each time you floss a particular tooth?
  3. Damage to a previous filling. If a previous filling is cracked, broken or missing, you may need to replace the filling.
  4. A chipped or fractured tooth.
  5. Food stuck between teeth. When you eat, does your food always get stick on or between certain teeth?
  6. Dark spots. Can you see or feel a dark spot or a hole on your tooth? Does your tooth feel rough?
  7. This could be a throbbing or sharp pain in your mouth, or pain in your tooth when you bite down or chew your food.

It’s important to understand that even if you don’t have any of these signs or symptoms, you can still be at risk of dental decay.


Dental decay dissolves your teeth, creating cavities. If left untreated, it can lead to serious dental hygiene problems, infections and may even require surgery to fix. Tooth fillings are used to treat dental decay in common cases, but your dentist will be able to tell you if you need fillings or not.

Dental decay spreads fast, so if you have any signs or symptoms contact your dentist as soon as possible. Unfortunately, dental decay doesn’t always have symptoms until it’s too late, so it’s important that you go for regular check-ups.

Ready to achieve your perfect smile? Book a consultation today.

What is baby bottle tooth decay and how can you prevent it?

Posted on 14.05.2017 by perfectsmile

Baby teeth are incredibly important for your children. Helping permanent teeth come in correctly, it’s vital that baby teeth are looked after.

Common in children under five years of age, baby bottle tooth decay can seriously harm your child’s baby teeth. But what exactly is baby bottle tooth decay and how can you prevent your child from getting it?

What is baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by sweetened liquids clinging to children’s teeth for a long time. Bacteria in the mouth will feed on the sugary liquid, creating an acid that dissolves your children’s teeth.

The risk of baby bottle tooth decay is increased when your child drinks from a baby bottle, has a lot of sugary food or drinks or uses a pacifier (dummy) that’s dipped in sugar or honey.

Baby bottle tooth decay will dissolve your children’s teeth and can cause severe pain or tooth loss. Damage to baby teeth can cause your child to develop poor eating habits, speech problems as well as crooked or damaged permanent teeth.

How can you prevent it?

There are many tips you can follow to reduce the risk of your child getting baby bottle tooth decay.

  1. Reduce use of baby bottles – Teach your children to drink from cups as soon as possible. Drinking from cups reduces the risk of liquid collecting around the teeth and makes it easier for them to wean off a baby bottle. At night time, try to stop your child taking a bottle to bed as drinking from bottles overnight can be particularly harmful. If your child does take a bottle to bed, make sure it is filled with water instead of milk or other sugary drinks.
  1. Swap sugary drinks for water – Limit the number of sugary drinks like milk or juice your child has through the day. Encourage your child to drink water outside of meal times to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.
  1. Give your child clean pacifiers – If your child has a pacifier, do not dip it into sugar or honey. It’s also important to avoid cleaning pacifiers with your mouth, as bacteria from your mouth can be transferred to your child.
  1. Encourage a healthier diet – Encourage a healthier diet for your children and avoid giving them sweet, sugary foods. By avoiding sugary foods, your child reduces the risk of bacteria forming harmful acids and causing baby bottle tooth decay.
  1. Clean your infant’s gums after meals – After meals, use a wet cloth or gauze to wipe your child’s teeth and gums. This helps remove any bacteria-forming plaque and excess sugar that have built up on the teeth and gums.
  1. Brush their teeth – Once the first tooth starts to show, it’s important that you start a daily brushing routine. Brushing your child’s teeth will not only help with baby bottle tooth decay, but encourage great oral health.
  1. Get your child used to regular dental appointments – From the time their first tooth arrives or they reach one year old, you should start booking regular dental appointments for your child. These appointments will get your child used to visiting the dentist and will ensure that their teeth develop correctly without any problems.


Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by sugary liquids and foods that cling to children’s teeth. The sugary liquids react with bacteria in the mouth to create acids which dissolve teeth.

Left untreated, tooth decay can cause many problems for your children including severe pain, tooth loss, damaged to their speech and permanent teeth. Yet, baby bottle tooth decay can be prevented by regular brushing, limiting your child’s bottle use and encouraging them to eat and drink less sugary foods and drinks.

Want your children to find their perfect smile? Book a consultation today.

How to prevent gum disease to achieve a perfect smile

Posted on 26.04.2017 by perfectsmile


Gum disease is incredibly common, with most people experiencing it at least once in their lives.

It can be a painful experience, creating swollen, sore or infected gums. If left untreated, the disease can also result in tooth loss, gum abscesses and require surgery to treat.

Yet, gum disease is easily preventable. To help you prevent gum disease, we’ve put together four easy and simple tips to follow for healthy teeth and gums.

What causes gum disease? 

Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque, and can occur in many stages.

Plaque is a soft, film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth and gums. When it’s not removed, plaque produces toxins that irritate the gum tissue. This causes the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis.

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, and can include the symptoms such as bad breath and red, swollen or bleeding gums. As the earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis is the easiest to treat and the damage can be reversed. If left untreated, gingivitis can become periodontitis.

Periodontitis effects and permanently damages the tissues, bone and fibres that hold teeth in place. By forming a pocket below the gum line, your gums will also start to recede.

At this stage, periodontal therapy and improved oral hygiene can help to prevent any further damage. Without treatment, periodontitis can become advanced. As the tissues supporting the teeth are being destroyed, the teeth become lose, can shift position or fall out.

How to prevent gum disease

There are four simple and relatively easy tips to follow to not only prevent gum disease, but also maintain good dental hygiene.

  1. Brushing your teeth.

Brushing your teeth is the key to removing and preventing a build-up of plaque.

For effective brushing, it’s important that you use a good technique when brushing your teeth. Holding your brush at a 45-degree angle, use small back and forth or circular motions with your brush, making sure that you reach every surface.

Some people may prefer to start a ‘bus route’ routine when brushing their teeth. This method allows you to start brushing your teeth in the same spot, following the same direction and pattern every time you brush.


  1. Flossing

Flossing every day will remove plaque and debris, and control the build-up of tartar.

With different types of floss available, there is bound to be a floss that works for you.

If you struggle with flossing, speak to your dentist who will be able to recommend alternatives such as flossing tape, inter-dental brushes or floss holders.


  1. Eating a balanced diet

Eating a balanced diet will help ensure proper nutrition for your jawbone and teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Without a balanced diet, your gum tissues won’t be able to receive the vitamins and minerals to keep your gum tissues healthy and able to ward off gum disease. In addition, if your diet has a lot of sugary foods, the sugars will react with plaque to create acids. These acids dissolve the teeth and lead to tooth decay.

Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal can help clear food particles away and restore your mouth’s healthy environment, limiting the time for plaque to create toxins and acids.


  1. Stop smoking

Smoking can cause many health problems.

For your mouth, smoking decreases circulation that keeps the gums healthy, and is a primary contributor to gum disease.



Following these simple tips can help prevent gum disease. It’s important that you also attend regular check-ups with your dentist, so any problems and a potential lead to gum disease can be found and treated as early as possible.

If you notice any symptoms such as red, sore, swollen, receding or bleeding gums, bad breath or tooth sensitivity, make an appointment with your dentist before any permanent damage is caused.

Ready to achieve your perfect smile? Book a consultation today.

Dentures and dental implants – which are right for you?

Posted on 09.04.2017 by perfectsmile

Missing teeth don’t just harm your self-image, but can also damage your remaining teeth, impair your speech and lead to bone loss.

Thanks to modern dentistry, missing teeth can be fixed with dentures or dental implants.

But how do you know which option is right for you?

To help you decide, we’ve put together this guide on dentures and dental implants so you know what treatment will help you achieve your perfect smile.


Dentures are a removable plate of false teeth. Usually made from plastic, the plates are available in either full or partial sets.

Without adhesive, dentures can move or dislodge in your mouth while you are chewing and eating. For some people, dentures will be uncomfortable to wear and can even cause difficulty with eating or speaking.

Dentures also need to be removed overnight, as wearing them for prolonged periods can cause fungal infections.

Dentures are a quick and easy solution to missing teeth. After taking an impression of your mouth, the dentures are made and fitted right away.

Although Dentures are a cheaper and quicker option, they aren’t long lasting. They will be refitted and aligned as your gum and jaw structures change while ageing and need to be replaced every five to seven years.

Dental implants

Dental implants are custom-made teeth replacements that are permanently attached to your jawbone.

Commonly made from a titanium screw with a tooth crown on top, dental implants can be used for multiple or single teeth.

Unfortunately, dental implants have a longer and more evasive procedure than dentures.  After the implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone, they need between eight weeks and six months to heal and allow the bone to grow around the implant. During this time, you’ll have a temporary crown to wear until your perfect, custom-made crown is made.

Although the procedure is longer than Dentures, dental implants look natural, let you eat and speak as normal and can last a lifetime.

Missing teeth can lead to bone loss. This is because your jawbone needs chewing action of your teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong. Without this action, the bone will begin to disappear and cause premature ageing and further dental problems.

As dental implants are attached to your jawbone, they are the only treatment that can stimulate chewing action and prevent bone loss.

Overall, dental implants are more natural, easier to care for and allow you to eat, talk and live your life as normal.


Dentures are a quick and easy fix for missing teeth. Yet, they can cause problems with eating and speech, have short lives and can be uncomfortable for many people.

On the other hand, dental implants are long lasting, let you live your life as normal and are the only treatment that can prevent bone loss.

Ultimately, your dentist will be able to discuss all the options and help you choose the best one based on your unique needs.

Ready to achieve your perfect smile? Book a consultation today.

Everything you need to know about Children’s Braces

Posted on 30.03.2017 by perfectsmile

As your children grow, their teeth may become crooked.

Crooked teeth can cause self-image problems, particularly at young ages. On top of this, crooked teeth can also cause many future dental problems for your children.

Braces are the key to treating crooked teeth and unlocking your child’s perfect smile. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on everything you need to know about children’s braces.


When do children get braces?  

There’s no straightforward answer to this question.

The ideal age for children to get braces is between 12-13 years old. But this depends entirely on your child.

Some children may need to start dental treatment from easy ages of six or seven, before they have even lost all their baby teeth.

The goal of early treatment is to prevent further dental problems from developing. Early treatment will also help aid the proper alignment of their teeth by creating a better environment for the new teeth to grow into.

The sooner your child can begin treatment, the less treatment they may need.


What types of braces are available?

When it comes to braces, there are three main types to choose from.

Traditional braces – These are the most common and thought of treatment for teeth.

Made from metal brackets and bands glued to your teeth, these braces will slowly pull teeth into position.

They are the most obvious and difficult to maintain braces to have, requiring a great deal of upkeep and maintenance. This includes regular check-ups every three to eight weeks, alongside adjustment and repair procedures.

Lingual and ceramic braces – These are the less visible versions of traditional braces. They also need the same amount of maintenance.

Ceramic braces are designed to match the colour of your teeth, blending more seamlessly into your mouth.

Lingual braces are glued to the back of your teeth instead of the front. However, lingual braces can only be used on the bottom set of teeth.

Invisalign braces – Invisalign braces are sets of ultralight plastic aligners. Custom-made to your teeth, each set is designed to slowly and painlessly shift teeth into their perfect position.

Unlike other braces, Invisalign are completely removable and need less check-up appointments. With less upkeep and maintenance, Invisalign will allow your children to live their life as normal.


What maintenance is required?

When your child has braces, it is important that they take care of them.

Traditional, lingual and ceramic braces will be harder for your children to care for. With these braces, it is important that they avoid sticky, hard, chewy and sugary food that could get stuck in and damage their braces. They also need to avoid bad habits like chewing on pens or biting their nails, as this could also damage the braces.

It is also extremely important for them to maintain a great dental hygiene routine. Braces make children more prone to many dental hygiene problems, including serious issues like gum disease.

Poor dental hygiene and maintenance can also extend your child’s treatment time.

As Invisalign braces are completely removable, your children can take them out before eating and drinking and cleaning their teeth. This makes them a lot easier for your children to maintain while reducing the risk of poor dental hygiene.



If your children’s teeth are growing in crooked, they will need straightening treatment to prevent dental problems.

There are many braces options that your child can choose from. Ultimately, your dentist will be able to make sure your child has the perfect kind for them.

Is your child ready for their perfect smile? Book a consultation today

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Achieve your Perfect Smile with our Guide to Teeth Straightening

Posted on 20.03.2017 by perfectsmile

Your smile should be shared with the world.

Crooked or uneven teeth can happen to anyone.

Whether it’s something you’ve always had, or something that’s getting worse over time, crooked teeth is not only damaging for your self-image, but can also lead to dental problems in the long term.

With latest dental advancements, it’s easier than ever to find the perfect teeth straightening solution for you.

So, what options are there for you to achieve your perfect smile?


Traditional braces

When we think of teeth straightening, traditional braces are one of the first things that come to mind.

Traditional braces are one of the most visible and intrusive treatments for teeth straightening. Made of metal brackets and bands glued to your teeth, these braces are slowly adjusted until your teeth are straightened.

Less obvious forms of traditional braces are also available, including ceramic and lingual braces. Ceramic braces match the colour of your teeth to blend more naturally into your mouth, while lingual braces are glued to the back of your bottom set of teeth.

Although ceramic and lingual braces are less obvious, like traditional braces, they are also difficult to maintain and care for. These braces require regular check-ups and adjustment procedures. If a band breaks or snaps, it can make it difficult to maintain good dental hygiene, which can lead to oral health problems.

These braces also impact heavily on your day-to-day life, limiting some food and drink you can have as they may get stuck in or damage your braces.


Invisalign braces

Invisalign braces are the less intrusive and more comfortable teeth straightening treatment.

Custom-made for your teeth, Invisalign braces are a set of small, invisible aligners that are replaced every two weeks. Made from ultra-lightweight and clear plastic, each set will gradually and painlessly shift the position of your teeth until you have your perfect smile.

Because they are completely removable, these braces will allow you to comfortably eat whatever you want and easily maintain good dental hygiene.

Invisalign braces are the perfect teeth straightening treatment to let you continue your life as normal.



If your teeth are only slightly crooked, or have space and gaps between them, veneers could offer the quick, long term fix for you.

Veneers are wafer thin shells that attach to your teeth, giving the appearance of a fuller, straighter and more even smile.

Strong, resilient and relatively stain resistant, veneers are a great option for those who want the appearance of straighter teeth without a longer treatment.



There are many teeth straightening options out there for you.

Ultimately, your dentist will be able to discuss the options and help you find your perfect solution depending on your unique needs.

Ready to achieve your perfect smile? Book a consultation today.



Your Step-by-Step Guide to Dental Implants

Posted on 17.03.2017 by perfectsmile

Losing one or more of your teeth can have a massive impact on your life.

Not only will it impact your self-confidence, it will also affect your speech, eating and can lead to serious dental problems.

Dental implants have long been recognised as one of the most effective treatments for teeth which are badly damaged or missing.

No longer taking several months to complete with same day dental implants, they could be the perfect solution to achieve your perfect smile.


What are dental implants?

Dental implants are custom-made teeth replacements that are permanently attached to your jawbone.

Used for multiple or single teeth, the dental implant is most commonly made from a titanium screw with a tooth crown on top. Custom-made for your teeth, dental implants look natural, undetectable and if treated properly, will last a lifetime.

Unlike other options for tooth replacement, like crown and bridge procedures or dentures, dental implants are the only treatment that will prevent bone loss.

Dental implants also do not damage heathy teeth, which is why many leading dental organisations recognise them as the standard of care for tooth replacement.


What does it treat?

Dental implants are used to replace missing or badly damaged teeth.

Not only do missing teeth pose cosmetic and speech problems, they will also result in the loss of chewing function and the inability to eat a complete diet.

Missing teeth also pose a serious bone loss problem.

Your jawbone needs the chewing action of your teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong. Without this action, the bone will begin to disappear. Alongside the dental problems this causes, without your teeth and facial bones you face will sink in and make you look prematurely aged.

As dental implants are attached to your jawbone, they are the only treatment that can stimulate chewing action and prevent bone loss.

In addition, dental implants are also shown to improve comfort and allow you to eat, talk and live your life as normal.


What is the procedure?

The procedure for dental implants is relatively straightforward, and follows five simple steps.

Step 1. Planning and preparation

During your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth, take x-rays of your jaw and begin to plan your perfect treatment.

At Perfect Smile, we will use our state-of-the-art CT scanning machine to give the most accurate 3D mapping of your jaw, ensuring safe and effective long-term results.

Step 2. Implants

Once you’re happy to proceed, your dentist will begin preparing for the implants.

These will be surgically inserted into your jawbone, with a temporary crown in place. For the procedure, you can either stay awake with local aesthetic or be fully sedated, allowing you to wake up with a full and perfect smile.

Step 3. Healing

Once the implants are in, you need to take the time to recover fully. As one of the most important steps, this time will allow your bone to grow around your new implant and firmly secure it in place.

Ranging from eight weeks to six months, this time is also used for you to decide on any changes in the colour texture, sparkle and positioning of the teeth.

Step 4. Final crown

This is where your final crown is inserted into your implant. Using impressions of your teeth, the crown is custom-made to perfectly suit your smile and is usually ready three months after your initial consultation.

Step 5. Show your smile

With your dental implants secure and in place, there’s nothing left to do but enjoy your brand new smile.



Dental implants are almost impossible to replace. Replacing missing or damaged teeth, they are the only implants able to prevent bone loss while providing your perfect smile.

Ultimately, your dentist will be able to discuss whether dental implants are the perfect fit for you, depending on your unique needs.

Ready to achieve your perfect smile with dental implants? Book a consultation today.



How to Maintain Dental Hygiene

Posted on 09.03.2017 by perfectsmile

How to maintain dental hygiene with braces

Straightening your teeth through braces is great for your self-image and preventing many dental problems in the future.

But the downside of braces, particularly traditional ones, is that it can be hard to maintain dental hygiene.

That’s why we’ve put together a guide to help you understand the importance of good dental hygiene and some tips for maintaining it with your braces.


What are the risks of bad dental hygiene?

Braces make dental hygiene harder to maintain, and are more prone to several common dental problems such as gingivitis, tartar, and demineralisation. In some cases, these can even lead to more serious issues such as gum disease, through a build-up of plaque.

Not only are these problems unpleasant for you to deal with, they may also prevent your braces being removed on schedule.

Being more susceptible to cavities and sore, swollen gums can cause your regular adjustments to be paused. In severe cases, your orthodontist may even have to remove your braces while you heal.

Maintaining good dental hygiene is also important to prevent staining.

The last thing you want to do is end up with whiter, visible unstained squares on your newly straightened teeth.


Tips for maintaining your hygiene with braces

The first step to maintaining good dental hygiene is making sure you have the right equipment to do the job.

Although some will be down to your personal preferences, here’s what you will need:

  • Don’t forget the most important part to great dental hygiene! A normal, soft-bristled toothbrush works great for braces. When using your toothbrush, make sure not to press too hard. Tip your toothbrush at an angle so it reaches the surfaces of your teeth, and brush using a smooth, circular motion. Braces can cause extra wear on your toothbrush, so it may need replacing more often.
  • Inter-dental brush. These brushes are used to clean between your brackets and under wires and are great at removing large pieces of debris. This brush should be used every single time you brush your teeth to make sure nothing will get stuck.
  • Four-tuft interproximal brush. These brushes aren’t for everyone, but can really help clean between your teeth if you have any gaps or spaces. They are also good for cleaning around your brackets and fixed retainers.
  • This process is incredibly important to stop a build-up of plaque and should be done once a day. If you’re struggling with the floss, you can get special floss and threader made for braces to help get the floss between your teeth.
  • Check your teeth after brushing and make sure you haven’t missed a spot.

The key to maintaining great dental hygiene with braces is to build a routine.

Start off with the inter-dental brush and remove all pieces of debris from your braces and wires. Then thoroughly brush your teeth (with the help of a four-tuft interproximal brush if required), taking care not to press too hard.

You will need to brush your teeth several times a day, particularly after big meals. It’s also important that you remember to floss once a day.

Take things as slow as you need and make sure you don’t miss a spot.



Maintaining good dental hygiene with braces is difficult, but incredibly important for your health and treatment.

If you struggle with maintaining dental hygiene, you may want to consider opting for Invisalign braces instead. As Invisalign are completely removable, you can easily take the braces out while you maintain a normal dental hygiene routine.

Need more information on your braces? Book a consultation today.

Posted in: General Dentistry

Are Veneers Right for your Teeth?

Posted on 09.03.2017 by perfectsmile

Are veneers right for your teeth?

Your perfect smile can do wonders for your self-image.

Smiling should be a happy, enjoyable experience. No one should be stressed or embarrassed by their smile.

With veneers, hiding your smile can be a thing of the past. They can be the fast, painless answer to answer to unlocking your perfect smile.


What are veneers?

Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are cemented to the front of your teeth. Made from either porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material, veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth.

They provide an immediate makeover to your smile, changing the size, shape, colour or position of your teeth while maintaining a natural look.

Many dentists use the analogy that dental veneers are for your teeth what false fingernails are for your hands.


Why choose veneers?

Strong, relatively stain-resistant and long-lasting, veneers are a fantastic long-term solution to a number of cosmetic problems.

Custom-made to your teeth, they hide a variety of problems, including:

  • Badly-stained teeth – allowing you to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. Porcelain veneers are particularly resistant further staining.
  • Damaged, chipped or broken teeth – giving the appearance of full and heathy teeth. Small chips on a tooth can be quickly repaired with composite bonding veneers, while larger chips and damages can be covered with a veneer with the same characteristics and colour as your natural teeth.
  • Space, or gaps in teeth – allowing you to achieve a fuller, more even smile.
  • Crooked teeth – Giving the appearance of straighter teeth. Severely crooked teeth would need longer braces or Invisalign treatments to straighten the teeth.

The process of attaching veneers is quick, easy and does not require any anaesthesia. Veneers are also easy to care for and don’t impact on your everyday life. They can give you your perfect smile while letting you live your life as normal.



Veneers are the quick, easy and long-lasting answer to many cosmetic problems.

Ultimately, your dentist will be able to discuss whether veneers are the perfect fit for you, depending on your unique needs.

Ready to achieve your perfect smile with veneers? Book a consultation today.

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