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Cosmetic Dentistry

Five differences between Invisalign and cosmetic braces

Posted on 26.10.2017 by perfectsmile

 

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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.

 

Conclusion

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.

 

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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.

Conclusion

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.

Conclusion

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.

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

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.

Conclusion

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.

Ten Celebrities Who Transformed Their Smiles

Posted on 17.03.2015 by perfectsmile

If you open a newspaper, turn on the television or go to watch a film at the cinema, the chances are that you’ll find yourself looking at the faces of celebrities all boasting perfect smiles. Straight teeth which are dazzlingly white and perfectly even are the rule when it comes to actors, presenters and other celebrities, but the days when they were the only people who could claim this are long gone. Thanks to advances in know-how and technology it is now possible for ordinary people to seek out cosmetic dental treatment capable of completely transforming the appearance of their smile. Having the smile you’ve always dreamed of isn’t simply about looking good, it’s about feeling good. The knowledge that your smile looks as appealing as possible will fill you with confidence in a huge variety of work and social situations. More importantly, not having to worry about your teeth being discoloured, damaged, crooked or missing will mean you can simply forget about them altogether and concentrate on expressing your personality, being relaxed in a manner which will mean those you interact with are also at ease.

Give Your Mum a Perfect Smile on Mother’s Day

Posted on 10.03.2015 by perfectsmile

March 15th is a special date in the UK this year because it marks the day upon which Mothering Sunday (usually known as Mother’s Day) falls, and, as such, is the day upon which children of all ages get to repay just a little bit of the debt which they owe to their mother. Celebrating this special day is a way of saying thanks for everything that your mum has done for you over the years, and helping her to transform her smile would represent a gift that vastly improves her life in a dramatic and permanent manner.

Finding Affordable Health Care Without Needing Costly Insurance

Posted on 03.03.2015 by perfectsmile

Although the advances in dental technology which have taken place in recent years have greatly broadened the demographic of people who can access cutting edge cosmetic treatments, there is still the thorny issue of price to be overcome. The days when a perfectly straight and even smile was the preserve of Hollywood superstars and other celebrities might have gone, but there’s still no getting away from the fact that many treatments – particularly those which achieve the most spectacular transformations – are still very expensive, and this means that anyone genuinely unsatisfied with the condition of their smile (which, realistically, includes most people) will have to think long and hard about budgeting for the required treatment. Tracking down affordable cosmetic dental treatments in London is by no means impossible, but it does require a degree of forethought, planning and research.

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Periodontal Health – Separating the Myths from the Facts

Posted on 27.02.2015 by perfectsmile

If most people who aren’t professionally involved think about dental care at all, then the chances are, perfectly understandably, that they assume it is a subject which revolves around teeth and the condition they are kept in. It’s easy to assume that the average trip for a check-up at a dental clinic begins and ends with the state of the enamel of the teeth – how white it is, how straight it is and whether it has been cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged at all. The truth, however, is that a dentists is concerned with the good health of all parts of a patients mouth, and in particular the gums in which the teeth themselves are anchored.

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Selecting the Perfect Dental Practice for You

Posted on 10.02.2015 by perfectsmile

Your health is, quite literally, the most important thing in your life and the lives of your family members. Without good health, nothing else really matters, and that’s why it’s so important that you take the time and trouble to select the medical practitioners who are just right for you. This is just as true when dealing with dental matters as it is with any other medical issue. Looking after your teeth isn’t just a question of worrying too much about how you look, since a healthy smile will allow you to fully engage with other people in a relaxed and confident manner, assured of a the good impression you’re creating. Besides this consideration is the fact that healthy teeth and a healthy mouth are key indicators of all round general good health, since problems such as gum disease and excess plaque have been linked to conditions such as heart disease and arthritis, whilst a dentists is also almost bound to be the first person to spot serious problems such as oral cancer. Good general health often lies in building a strong long term relationship with your dentist, and making just the right choice in the first place will mean this is far more achievable.

Create Your Perfect Smile Using Invisible Invisalign Braces

Posted on 06.02.2015 by perfectsmile

If you’ve always been dissatisfied with how straight your teeth are – hating the fact that they’re crooked, overcrowded or protruding – but have put up with them that way because you didn’t want to go through the stress and inconvenience of a year or more wearing unsightly metal braces, then Invisalign might just be the answer to your prayers. Dubbed ‘invisible braces’, the Invisalign system of clear plastic retainers actually lives up to this impressive description, and is able to shift your teeth into the right position in a manner which is effective and convenient, whilst being all but unnoticeable as far as the rest of the world is concerned.

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Make Sure Your Smile Looks Perfect for Valentine’s Day

Posted on 27.01.2015 by perfectsmile

As Valentine’s Day gets closer the chances are that you want your teeth look as clean, white and dazzling as they possibly can. Whether you’re hoping to treat someone to a romantic night out, meeting a new person for the first time or just wanting to catch the eye of that someone special, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of ensuring that your teeth are in the best possible condition. A perfect smile sends out all the right signals, making you look happy, healthy and like someone who takes care of themselves. Over and above the aesthetic bonus of great teeth there is the fact that knowing your smile will make a positive impression allows you to relax and truly be yourself. Chatting, laughing, drinking and smiling will all come that much more easily if you know your smile looks wonderful.

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Transform Your Smile With Air Flow Stain Removal Treatment

Posted on 24.01.2015 by perfectsmile

Making sure your teeth look as white and clean as possible is the key to having the kind of attractive, appealing smile you’ve always dreamed of. Whilst a good dental hygiene regime and the right diet can go a long way toward keeping the enamel of your teeth in the best possible condition, there are still some forms of discolouration or staining which have to be dealt with within the expert confines of a dental clinic. In the past, cleaning of this kind would have meant visiting a hygienist and having debris, plaque and tartar removed from your teeth using a variety of scraping tools and scouring discs. Treatment of this kind, however, was often lengthy and uncomfortable, which meant that many people did their best to avoid it, opting to put up with dull, grey teeth. The good news is that the development of new technology has led to a new form of cleaning known as Air Flow Stain Removal Treatment. This is an advanced method of tooth polishing which utilises a machine which combines water, compressed air and fine powder particles in a highly targeted flow which leaves the teeth feeling and looking ultra-clean.

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