June 28th, 2012
After spending somewhere in the region of 12 to 18 months or more with your braces firmly in place it can be a huge relief to finally be rid of them. However, patients near Hanwell and throughout the UK will still need to use a retainer to prevent your teeth from slowly drifting back into their original position.
Different types of orthodontic retainer
There are two types of retainer: removable retainers and fixed retainers attached to the rear of the teeth. Removable retainers can be made from either hard plastic or wire, known as a Hawley retainer. Or they can be made from hard plastic alone and these are known as Essix retainers. The latter option is generally more desirable as it is less noticeable due to the transparent nature of the plastic used.
Fixed retainers are made from wire and are permanently fixed to the rear of the teeth. These can be easier to deal with for some people, as there is no need to put them in and take them out. However they cannot be adjusted if the need occurs, whereas removable retainers can be adjusted if required.
In most cases retainers for the upper teeth are removable and fit onto the roof of the mouth whereas those for the lower teeth tend to be fixed. This is simply because there is less surface area space for the removable retainer to sit against.
In order to maintain your new smile and beautiful straight teeth you will need to wear the retainers every day for at least the first few months. It is in these first few months when the teeth are most likely to slip back into their old positions. After the first few months a retainer will only need to be worn at night, to continue to reinforce the new position of the teeth and prevent slippage.
June 25th, 2012
There are a number of issues that come with wearing dentures, from the inability to eat the things you want to low self-esteem and impaired speech.
If you are suffering with denture problems then the All-on-4 treatment could provide the answer you have been looking for. This revolutionary new technique allows for a full set of, upper or lower, teeth to be permanently fixed via just 4 dental implants.
What are the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants?
There are a number of benefits of the All-on-4 system such as there is no need to mess around with adhesives or powders ever again. Speech is made that much easier as the replacement teeth feel more natural due to less movement, which means you can eat whatever you like without worrying they may become loose or fall out. Permanent, non-removable teeth are fitted in just one day and self-esteem is boosted by the instantly beautiful smile and confidence that comes with a fixed set of teeth.
Because this treatment only requires 4 dental implants per arch the likelihood of requiring bone grating is greatly reduced. Prior to traditional dental implant procedures some patients have to undergo lengthy, painful bone-grafting operations in order to ensure there was adequate bone for the dental implants to be embedded into. This is generally not the case for All-on-4 dental implant patients.
The new arch of teeth is locked into place on the four dental implants that have been fitted. These prevent the arch from moving and give you the confidence to eat and speak freely. If you are struggling with your dentures it is worth asking your dentist near Ealing about the All-on-4 system. It could very well be the new lease of life you and your mouth have been waiting for.
June 21st, 2012
The reasons people from Hounslow and throughout the UK seek orthodontic help varies from person to person. It could be due to jaw pain, excessive wear on the teeth due to a bad bite or simply a cosmetic desire to have straight teeth. Lingual braces are a discreet alternative to conventional fixed braces, as unlike conventional braces lingual braces are attached to the rear of the teeth, which means that other people cannot see them.
Who are lingual braces suitable for?
Like conventional braces lingual braces are suitable for all types of dental issues and concerns. These include crooked, inverted, protruding and overlapping teeth. In order to plan the treatment a digital scan of your mouth is taken. This is then used to create your custom designed lingual braces. Once they are ready they will be fitted to the rear of your teeth.
Just like conventional braces there is an adjustment period where eating and speaking may be affected. However this is usually only a matter of days or weeks and you can quickly adjust to the sensation of the braces being there. The best part about this version of orthodontic treatment is no one will know you have braces unless you tell them.
How long is the lingual braces treatment?
The average treatment time is around the same as those provided by conventional braces, 12 to 18 months. However, the more complex the treatment the longer it may take and simpler issues can be corrected in less time.
If you are interested in lingual braces then make an appointment to come in and speak to one of our team. They will be able to assess the current state of your teeth and advise on the best possible treatment for you. If for whatever reason lingual braces are not suitable for you there are a number of other alternatives, which can be discussed at your initial consultation.
June 18th, 2012
People with one or several missing teeth are forced to search for solutions that can restore their smile and mastication. Full implant restorations are some of the most recommended alternatives for these patients. These implants have several advantages over similar restoration techniques and their durability and sturdiness are some of their main strong points.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Normal chewing, speaking and smiling functions can be successfully restored with the help of dental implants. The implants perfectly imitate the aspect and also the uses of one’s natural teeth. They are considered to be the best tooth replacement solution for patients who have one or several missing teeth. They can also be efficiently used to secure dentures. Elderly patients can have their entire mouthful of teeth replaced with the help of these dental implants.
The dental implant procedure
The full implant restoration process is not a highly complicated one, but it does presume several different steps that the dentist needs to follow. The first preliminary step the patient is going to have to take is getting a dental appointment. An assessment of the mouth will be carried out, including x-rays. This way the dentist can decide the exact position of the future implant.
Next comes the fixing of the dental implant into the patient’s jaw. The dental implant is actually a post made of titanium and its small dimensions and high sturdiness make it like a natural root structure. After the implant is placed into the jaw the abutment follows in about 2 to 6 months, so that the bone can grow around the implant.
The abutment is the attachment used to connect the dental implant to the crown. Once the process is completed and the crown, denture or bridge is successfully fitted the abutment will not remain visible.
Bridges, dentures and dental implants
Bridges and dentures can also be used for patients from Brentford who are missing several teeth, with the restoratives fixed onto the implant abutment. Elderly patients who no longer have any natural teeth can also have removable or fixed restorations. Implants and implant bars help a dentist achieve the support you need to restore your smile.
June 17th, 2012
Why not treat your dear old dad to a smile makeover this coming Fathers’ Day? Stunning white, straight teeth are not just for the rich and famous anymore. Now anyone can have their smile re-designed to give them the look they have been longing for.
Cosmetic dentistry is becoming increasingly popular with treatments such as tooth whitening and veneers being high on the demand list. By utilising a number of treatments we will be able to give dads near Brentford and beyond the smile they deserve. An initial consultation will show us the current state of your teeth. This is also when you can address and highlight the areas that you are not happy with. We can then discuss what options there are and together we can decide on a treatment plan.
Re-designing your smile
To re-design it smile it take more than just your average dentist. You need to be seen by someone who cannot only perform the required treatments but has an excellent eye for detail and is an artist in their trade.
We also use the very latest and best technology and techniques to further enhance our practitioners’ expertise. In addition to this x-rays and oral cameras are used to ensure that an exact layout of your mouth is taken. This makes it possible for the team to fully evaluate the situation and design a treatment plan that will give you what you want.
What treatments are available to transform my smile?
There is a range of treatments that can be used to deliver the smile you have always wanted. These include tooth whitening, veneers, crowns and bridges. In some cases if teeth need to be removed dental implants and complete restorations can also be done. We will ensure that any veneers, crowns or bridges are made to match your natural teeth. This way they will be less noticeable and look like they belong in your mouth.
In most cases, even with the seemingly more extreme cases, the treatment can be completed in around two appointments. However the length of the appointments can run into a couple of hours each. By building a digital detailed image of your mouth your dentist cannot only see what there is to work with but how best to give you what you want. This means that the planning is made easier and any hidden complications can be addressed before the treatment begins.
June 14th, 2012
There are a number of reasons as to why teeth become worn and prone to breakage. It could simply be due to age, or it could be due to tooth decay or grinding of the teeth. Whatever the reason, if the wear and tear on the teeth becomes too great they will eventually crack or break.
There are a couple of options that can be used to deal with worn or broken teeth. The first is crowns; crowns are essentially caps, which cover the tooth to provide additional strength. They also protect the natural tooth from further wear and tear and work towards giving a healthier look to your mouth.
The dental crown process
Crowns are only used to cover existing teeth and cannot be used to replace a missing tooth or one that has had to be removed. The process of having a crown or crowns fitted usually takes about two appointments once it has been established that they are suitable for you. The first appointment will involve impressions and scans of your mouth to aid the process of creating the crowns so they match your existing teeth. During this appointment the dentist will also shape the tooth or teeth and fit a temporary crown.
The second appointment will be about 7 days later when the crown or crowns have been created and are ready to be fitted. The temporary crowns will be removed and the permanent ones will be fitted. With proper oral care and hygiene crowns can last for an average of ten years.
Crowns are often used after root canal treatment, to strengthen the tooth once the therapy has been carried out and the tooth’s internal dental pulp has been removed.
For more information on dental crowns please feel free to call our practice near Kew for more information.
June 11th, 2012
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry there is always another option, or another way to get the smile you want. Veneers are one way of creating the look of perfect ‘smile’ teeth but cosmetic bonding is another choice, which requires less preparation to the tooth enamel.
Cosmetic bonding vs veneers
Unlike veneers the natural tooth does not need to be shaved or shaped in order for the treatment to be done. Another bonus is that the whole process can be done in around an hour, depending on what is required. A composite resin, or white filling material, is used to help correct minor imperfections such as discolouration and chips. It can also be used to change the size or shape of the teeth and give uneven teeth a straighter appearance.
Cosmetic bonding- the ‘one hour smile makeover’
Because this treatment can be done in a single appointment is it sometimes referred to as the ‘one hour smile makeover’. Instead of having to have an initial consultation followed by a number of other appointments to fit veneers or crowns the issues can be addressed there and then. This means you can walk out with a smile you can be proud of the very same day.
Cosmetic bonding is ideal for teeth that have been chipped or cracked and need instant repair. The white filling material is moulded to the shape of the gap and the edges rounded off to give the appearance of natural dental material.
On average cosmetic bonding can last for around 8 to 10 years. However due to the nature of the material used they are prone to staining more easily than natural teeth. Therefore yearly professional polishes may be required to keep them looking clean and bright.
If you would like more information on cosmetic bonding please contact the practice today. We provide cosmetic dental treatments for patients near Kew and throughout the UK.
June 7th, 2012
The teenage years can be hard enough but add braces into the mix and it can be a recipe for disaster. Like many other dental issues the need for braces can be avoided, or at least minimised. By looking for the tell-tale signs of tooth misalignment our trained orthodontists can pick up on potential issues and work towards correcting them before they become a problem.
When can you first spot orthodontic problems?
The best time to start looking for possible crookedness is around the age of 7, which is when most children will have a mixture of both milk and adult teeth. It is also the time when complications that could result in braces will arise. Issues such as crowding, extra or missing teeth and excess space between teeth can all result in misaligned adult teeth if not tackled soon enough. Jaw growth problems can also be responsible for a number of dental issues in young adults.
There are some factors that can cause issues with adult teeth such as thumb sucking. Dental disease, poor dental hygiene, accidents and the premature or late loss of milk teeth can have an influence on the alignment of the teeth. Our specialist orthodontists will be able to care for your child’s oral wellbeing and provide the necessary treatment to avoid braces ever being needed.
Oral hygiene and crooked teeth
Not only does tooth misalignment cause embarrassment it can also lead to a number of oral health related problems, which arise due to difficult to clean crooked areas. Food debris and plaque are able to accumulate in these spots, which may lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
The simple rule of prevention is better than cure stands true here. The sooner an issue is spotted the sooner it can be countered and the less likely it will be that braces will be needed later in life.
June 5th, 2012
Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile and this includes have clean, white teeth. With the Queen’s Jubilee fast approaching and a long weekend of parties and fun you will want to look your best. Tooth whitening is one of our most popular procedures, and is a popular treatment for patients near Chiswick and across the UK.
The limelight trend for perfect, white teeth has infected the nation and with a combination of treatments anyone can have their dream smile. In order to determine an appropriate treatment plan we will need to see you for an initial consultation. This is where we can assess the current state of your teeth and discuss the options open to you.
Zoom2 teeth whitening
The simplest option is of course tooth whitening which can be done in the office or in the comfort of your own home. Philips has created the new Zoom2 technology, which allows you to get the whitest and brightest smile in as little as two weeks. Because tooth whitening can cause sensitivity it is recommended to limit the number of in office appointments to 2 or 3. However the whole process can be easily done at home over a two week period.
A combination of both in office and at home whitening is proving a popular choice. This allows you the chance to get the instant whitening effects from the in office treatment while following it up at home with a more gradual treatment. An initial treatment in the office can lighten teeth anywhere from 5 to 10 shades and by combining this with the home whitening treatment you can achieve a dazzling white smile in only a couple of weeks.
What is the Zoom2 whitening process?
The in office process is very simple and usually only takes around and hour to complete. The Zoom2 tooth whitening gel is applied to the teeth and the teeth are then exposed to a special light. The light helps to activate and speed up the bleaching process hence giving dramatic results in a single session. A five minute fluoride treatment is done at the end of the whitening to help strengthen and protect the teeth.
If you wish to opt for home whitening or a combination of both the process is just as simple. We will take an impression of your teeth and have a custom tooth tray made. Once this is done we will provide you with the whitening gel and tray along with detail instructions on how to carry out the treatment at home. If you are using the home kit as a top up to an in office treatment then you will need to wear the tooth trays for around an hour a day. If the entire process is to be done at home then the trays can be inserted at night and left while you sleep.
If you want to get the white, bright teeth of your dreams then simply make an appointment at one of our centres to discuss tooth whitening and see what it can do for you.
June 2nd, 2012
Dental bridges can be used to deal with these sorts of issues for patients near Ealing and throughout the UK and unlike dentures they are a permanent fixture. They are made from dental grade porcelain and will be linked to the surrounding teeth to keep them securely in place.
The process takes about two appointments. During the first a mould is taken of the mouth, which will be used to create your personalised bridge. In the interim a temporary bridge is fitted. The second appointment occurs about a week later when the custom bridge has been created. The temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is securely fixed into place.
The types of dental bridge
There are three main types of dental bridge and each is used to deal with different issues and areas of the mouth. A Maryland bridge is generally used when only a singular tooth needs to be replaced. The restoration is made from dental grade porcelain and has two metal wings. These wings are then bonded onto the rear of the adjacent teeth so there is no visible link and the tooth looks completely natural.
The next type of bridge is the cantilever bridge, which is usually only used at the front of the mouth. Again this type of bridge is best suited to replacing a single tooth. The restoration is fixed to one of the adjacent teeth to keep it in place. Due to the single fixing these are only used where less stress and force is likely to be used.
The last option is known as a traditional fixed bridge. This option usually consists of at least 3 porcelain restorations and the adjacent teeth on both sides will be prepared in order to have the bridge permanently fixed to them into place. Like crowns bridges can last for an average of around ten years, provided they are properly cared for.