Addlestone dentist, Dr Mani Virdee explains why this is a
popular teeth straightening solution for many
The need to have dental braces fitted is not something that most
people would hope for. The idea of a highly visible set of wires and braces
showing when you smile may even lead to some people deciding not to have them
fitted at all, and simply put up with crooked teeth instead.
This is not a good idea, and not just for long term aesthetic reasons either.
Crooked teeth are likely to become even more so if not straightened. In addition to this, uneven teeth are much more difficult to keep clean and are more likely to lead to problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
It is not all ‘bad news’ for those with crooked teeth though. At the Synergy Clinic in Addlestone, we are able to provide a solution that ticks all the right boxes.
Say hello to Invisalign!
Invisalign orthodontics are not ‘braces’ in the conventional
sense, avoiding the use of wires and brackets altogether. Whilst conventional
braces use metal wiring, there are other cosmetic orthodontics that use a
similar system, but replace the metal wires and brackets with finer tooth
coloured materials, helping them to be more discreet. Invisalign orthodontics
though, go one step further.
Say goodbye to wire and bracket braces
Instead of using wires and brackets, Invisalign uses medical grade transparent plastic to produce a series of trays which are designed to fit directly over the patient’s teeth. These are produced following scans, and each tray is designed to progressively move your teeth towards their final desired position. Each tray is worn for a week or two and is then removed and replaced by the next in the series. This continues until your teeth are correctly aligned. We will, of course, be available to monitor your progress and make any adjustment deemed necessary during the course of your treatment.
What are the main benefits of this method?
Why having this popular cosmetic treatment performed by a
dentist is safer, and more effective, than attempting a DIY approach
One of the most straightforward ways to give your teeth a visible boost is to have them whitened. You will, no doubt, have seen numerous advertisements on TV for whitening toothpastes and other similar products.
There is no doubt that these companies are tapping into a lucrative market, but unfortunately, the products on offer can produce disappointing results, as we shall see in a few minutes.
At the Synergy Clinic, our professional teeth whitening treatment is one of our most popular. We offer two ways of achieving this; either a one hour ‘in clinic’ treatment, or a custom kit that you can use at home, but which takes a little longer to achieve the same level of whiteness.
Teeth whitening toothpastes
Before we look at the treatments that we offer at our Addlestone dental clinic, it is worth investigating the pros and cons of using a whitening toothpaste. These are now widely available and it is natural that patients are tempted to use them. Unfortunately, any improvements produced are likely to be relatively minor and users may well be disappointed. There may even be some risk to the health of your teeth in some cases.
There are two ways in which a whitening toothpaste may
attempt to whiten your teeth. Some may include additional abrasive elements
that are designed to remove surface staining from your teeth. These can also
damage the enamel surface of your teeth, especially if you brush too often or
too hard. Others use a whitening agent similar to that used by dentists. The
difference is that, because this ingredient is potentially dangerous if
misused, toothpaste manufacturers are restricted by law in the amount that they
can use, and can only use a fraction of the amount that professionals can. The
end results are likely to fall a long way short of what the user had hoped for.
These toothpastes may have a useful role however, if used
following a professional whitening treatment, and may help to extend the length
of time before the results of the treatment start to fade. We are happy to
discuss this with you during your treatment consultation.
Periodontal diseases may increase the likelihood of Alzheimer’s and other health problems
When we talk about dental care, most people probably generally think about their teeth. As these are very visible when we smile, and are also necessary for eating, that probably isn’t too surprising. Unfortunately, it may also be one of the reasons that some people don’t always give their gums the care that they deserve. Gum health is important for maintaining healthy teeth and increasingly too, their health is being linked with diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, amongst others.
At the Synergy Clinic in Addlestone, we believe in full mouth care, and your regular six monthly examinations allow us to check the health not only of your teeth, but also of your gums and other soft tissues. Keeping your gums healthy is important for many reasons; some of which we discuss below.
Discomfort and antisocial effects
Before we look at some of the more potentially serious
implications of having gum disease, it is worth looking at some of the ‘stand
alone’ effects that it can have. When gingivitis occurs, patients are likely
to suffer from sore and swollen gums.
These may also bleed when brushed. Sore and tender gums will make it more
difficult to eat and will almost certainly spoil the enjoyment of your food.
Halitosis, or bad breath, is also a distinct possibility and is caused by the
gases that are expelled by the bacteria that are present with gingivitis and
Loose or missing teeth
Our Addlestone dental team looks at how patients can benefit from this modern treatment
To some patients, dental implants may seem like a new idea. They have, however, been around for over fifty years now and have been refined and improved over the years to a point where they are now widely used to replace missing teeth.
Whilst many patients still believe that dentures are the only way to do this, dental implants arguably offer a more sustainable, stable and stronger way to do so. Consequently, we and many others, believe that implants are a superior option, as we shall see in this blog.
What are dental implants?
We could write a whole blog, or perhaps several of them, on the intricacies of dental implants and the fine details on how they work. For the purpose of this introductory blog though, a brief description will suffice.
Essentially, a dental implant is a sophisticated ‘screw like’ piece of titanium which is placed into the jaw bone, in effect, replacing the natural tooth root where a tooth has been lost. The implant is allowed to fuse with the bone for a period of around three months. After this stage, an abutment is attached to the implant to allow a crown to be fitted to replace the natural tooth. We will look at the procedure itself in more detail in a future post, but here we will focus on the benefits of dental implants.
What’s wrong with dentures?
Helping our Addlestone patients avoid dental problems over the Christmas holiday period
We hope that you enjoyed our introductory blog which was posted recently. We promise that we will get into the ‘nitty gritty’ of procedures and dental problems in the New Year, looking at each of them in more detail. With Christmas now just a few days away though, we thought that it would be a good idea to look at a few simple ways that you can make the most of the festivities, without harming your teeth and gums.
No one wants to spend Christmas in pain with a severe toothache, or a tooth that has broken or been knocked out, making it difficult to enjoy their Christmas dinner. Whilst accidents can, and do, happen, here are a few things that our Synergy Clinic patients might wish to consider in order to have a safe and happy Christmas.
There is little doubt that some of us will drink more than we usually do over the Christmas holidays. Whilst we may rarely drink during the rest of the year, there is a tendency to ‘let ourselves go’ over the Christmas break. This can have disastrous results for a few people and accidents such as falls or blows to the face are much more likely if we are under the influence of to much alcohol. Do try to moderate your intake, perhaps alternating your beverages with good old water. You will probably be grateful for it the next day!
Use a bottle opener
A straightforward guide to achieving good oral health
Hello and welcome to the first dental blog from the Synergy Clinic in Addlestone. We will be using these blogs to bring you up to date with the latest news in the dental world, and to take the opportunity to explain to our patients, the treatments that we have available, in more detail. We will also look at general oral health care and start with a basic guide to this today.
Good oral health practice
To have healthy teeth and gums, we need to look at a number of aspects of how we look after them. These include what we eat and drink, how we clean them at home, and the professional care so necessary to ensure they stay in good health. All of these factors are important and we will focus on each in turn.
What we consume materially affects how healthy our teeth and gums are. Excess sugar consumption is already widely known to be harmful to our teeth, leading to tooth decay. What fewer people probably appreciate is that it also acts as a food source for the bacteria in our mouth that can cause gum disease. This is important, as gum disease is not just about sore gums and spitting a little blood after brushing our teeth, but also about damage to the bone that holds the teeth in place. Without professional intervention, this can lead to tooth loss.
It is not only sugar that is harmful though. Acidic foods are equally problematic as they damage the protective enamel layer on our teeth. Once this has become compromised, decay and root canal infections may well follow. Even healthy foods such as citric fruits can be harmful in this way, although one of the worst culprits at the moment would appear to be the regular consumption of sports or energy drinks.
Smoking too is a real problem and significantly contributes to gum disease and also oral cancers. We will discuss these in more detail in future blogs.