August 1, 2017

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Patient case study: Straightening in ‘secret’

Want to straighten your teeth without people noticing? The ‘Secret Smiles’ brace – otherwise known as lingual braces – allows you to do just that.

For this patient, they were the ideal solution. He knew he wanted a straighter smile but didn’t particularly want to wear braces that were visible. Lingual braces were bonded to the inside of his upper and lower teeth – completely out of sight – meaning he could achieve the results he wanted, without having a noticeable brace attached. The picture to the right shows the placement of the brace behind the teeth.

Lingual brace mid-treatment

The patient also had composite bonding and whitening to improve the shape and appearance of the teeth further, with the entire treatment – including straightening – complete in around nine months. Take a look at the before and afters at the bottom of this post.

Lingual braces are just as effective as any other straightening method, and are particularly good for those who want to straighten their teeth discreetly due to work or lifestyle reasons.

Depending on the position of the teeth to start with, they may not be the appropriate straightening method for everyone. A consultation will be able to assess your suitability, as well as giving you advice about the results you can expect.

Want to straighten in secret? Click here to book a consultation with me now and I can advise on your options.

Results of the lingual brace

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June 10, 2017

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Toddler teeth: At what age should children visit the dentist?

New figures released by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) at the Royal College of Surgeons have put the care of children’s teeth firmly back into the spotlight.

As reported in The Telegraph, statistics show that 80% of one to two-year-olds in England did not visit an NHS dentist in the year to 31 March 2017, while 60% of children aged one to four failed to attend a dental check-up at all in the same period.

According to the FDS, there are ‘widespread misunderstandings’ about when infants should start attending dental check-ups. This has resulted in dental problems being detected too late, and children requiring extractions at a young age – treatment a dentist may have been able to prevent through earlier intervention.

The earlier a child visits the dentist, the better. By starting a routine and attending regular check-ups, the dental chair doesn’t become such a scary, unknown place and children tend to be more aware of the importance of good oral hygiene if they’re in the habit of seeing a dentist.

Guidance recommends that infants should have regular check-ups as soon as their first teeth appear – this is usually around six months of age. If you do have young children, make sure you’re with a dentist who makes your child’s experience a positive one, and provides you with support at the right time on how to encourage good oral hygiene – no matter how young your child is.

Don’t forget, NHS dental care is free for children, and 10Dental – a practice I’ve worked at for almost ten years – is able to offer NHS treatment to a set number of young people. For more information, fill out the enquiry form here.

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June 1, 2017

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New smile in less than 24 hours?

It sounds practically impossible doesn’t it? But thanks to a technique called composite bonding, getting a new smile in a day is achievable providing a dentist deems you suitable for the treatment.

Composite veneers – achieved via the art of composite bonding – have grown in popularity over the last two years, and it’s not always about striving for a perfectly symmetrical ‘Hollywood smile’. While many patients do want to achieve an impactful, full smile, sometimes others just want to tweak a few teeth. Composite bonding caters for both of those needs.

The treatment involves the dentist re-shaping your teeth by hand, using material known as composite to create composite veneers. Although they won’t have the longevity of porcelain veneers, they tend to be a more cost-effective option and can be completed in one sitting, often with little or no preparation required to natural teeth.

As the final result is purely down to the skill and ‘eye’ of the dentist, it’s essential that you do your research and ask to see before and after pictures of similar cases. Most dentists undertaking cosmetic treatments should be able to show you examples of their work, and this should form a key part of your consultation.

Below is a great 10-teeth composite veneer case I completed recently for a patient who wanted a more symmetrical, impactful smile.

Interested in hearing more about the option of composite veneers? Contact me on 01704 360322 to book a consultation or fill out an enquiry form here.

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