How Stoptober will help your teeth

October is here and that means that the annual Stoptober campaign is underway. Most people know about the impact of smoking on your heart and lungs but giving up smoking can also be hugely beneficial for your teeth. If you are thinking of trying to quit after being inspired by Stoptober, we are here to help! Research suggests that if you can avoid smoking for a month, you have a really good chance of quitting for good.

How smoking affects your oral health

When you smoke, you expose your body to numerous toxic chemicals and some of them can be incredible harmful to your oral health. Smoking increases the risk of gum disease because it slows blood flow to your gums, it increases healing time after dental treatment and it puts you at risk of failed dental implant treatment. It is also very common for smokers to suffer from bad breath and smoking also discolours and stains the teeth.

One of the most alarming effects of smoking is an elevated risk of oral cancer. Oral cancer affects the soft tissue in the mouth and smoking is the main risk factor. Many people don’t know much about oral cancer, but it has become increasingly common in the UK in the last ten years, with the number of cases rising by almost a third.

How Stoptober can help

Giving up smoking has benefits for almost every organ in the body. In terms of your oral health, quitting will decrease your risk of oral diseases such as gum disease and help you avoid staining and bad breath. You’ll also have a lower risk of mouth cancer.

Giving up smoking isn’t easy, but if you want to try, we’re here to help and support you and cheer you on. Get in touch now if you’d like to find out more.

One Appliance, Rapid Teeth Straightening with Inman Aligner

Are you searching for a simple, swift orthodontic treatment? If so, the Inman Aligner could be an ideal option for you! using a single appliance, this system can straighten your teeth in a matter of weeks.

Everything you need to know about the Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a fast-acting brace, which is ideally suited to people who have minor orthodontic issues that involve the front teeth. The brace is removable and it uses forces that are generated by a coiled spring as well as a metal bar to move the teeth quickly and gently. The spring is located at the back of the brace and the fine bar rests in front of the teeth. The brace is designed to be taken out when you eat and clean your teeth, so this treatment fits into daily life very easily. You don’t have to worry about what you can eat with your brace and you can continue to brush as normal.

The advantages of the Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner offers an array of benefits, especially for those looking for a rapid treatment. The most attractive selling-points include:

  • Short treatment times: the average case can be completed within 16 weeks
  • Convenience: the aligner is removable, enabling you to carry on with life as normal without any anxiety about eating in public or trying to keep your teeth clean
  • Fewer appointments required
  • Enhanced comfort brought about by technology that produces gentle forces

The Inman Aligner is not suitable for everyone, but it is often an excellent option for patients who only need minor correction. If you’d like to see if you are a suitable candidate for treatment, give us a ring today and we’ll set up a consultation.

How Advance can Enlighten Your Teeth

At Advance Dental, we know the difference a gleaming white smile can make and we are delighted to provide Enlighten whitening treatment. Enlighten is widely viewed as the best professional whitening system on offer in the UK. If you’re looking for a beautiful, radiant smile, this could be the treatment for you!

What is Enlighten and how does it work?

Enlighten is a professional cosmetic whitening treatment, which lightens the shade of the teeth to give you a whiter, brighter smile. Enlighten combines a period of treatment at home with a power whitening session, which takes place at the clinic. In total, the duration of treatment is 15 days. For the first 14 days, you will be advised to wear your custom-made whitening trays at home for around 6 hours per day. This will be followed by a one-hour in-chair whitening session. The end result is a dramatically whiter smile, which will make you feel a million dollars.

Is treatment painful?

Aside from the promise of incredible results, one of the best things about Enlighten is the simplicity of treatment. There’s no pain involved at all, and you can fit treatment in around your daily schedule.

How can I find out more?

If you like the sound of Enlighten and you’d like to find out more, simply give us a call and we will arrange a consultation. At your consultation, one of our friendly dentists will have a good look at your teeth and explain everything there is to know about Enlighten, what it involves and what you can expect. Feel free to ask as many questions as you like. If you do want to go ahead with treatment, we will arrange another appointment and create the moulds for your whitening trays. When your bespoke trays arrive, you can start treatment and a gorgeous, glimmering smile will be just a couple of weeks away!

How Advance Dental Clinic Can Help Eliminate Bad Breath

Are you struggling with bad breath? Do you feel self-conscious when you speak to people or have you noticed that you suffer at certain times of the day or after eating specific foods or drinks? Many people feel embarrassed about having bad breath, but we can assure you that you’ll be in safe hands. We understand that you might be apprehensive about coming to the dentist, but we can help eliminate the problem for good and we’re here to help you and make you feel more confident.

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath is most commonly caused by bacteria, which release odorous gases when they feed. These bacteria tend to collect at the back of the tongue. It’s common for people who neglect oral hygiene to experience bad breath, but it can also be caused by smoking, taking some types of medication and eating strongly-flavoured foods.

If poor oral hygiene is to blame, we can provide cleaning treatments and offer advice to help you improve your oral care at home. We can also offer assistance if you’re trying to give up smoking.

How we can help

Cleaning treatments are often the most effective solution for bad breath. We can offer much more powerful cleaning techniques than brushing at home and this enables us to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar. Our dentists may advise you to schedule regular appointments with a dental hygienist and we may also recommend more frequent check-ups.

If you have good oral hygiene, but you’re prone to temporary bouts of bad breath, we may advise you to keep a food dairy. You may find that you react badly to some foods. Foods that commonly result in bad breath include spicy foods, garlic, onions and coffee.

If you need any advice about bad breath or you’re worried that bad breath is holding you back, call us today! We can fix the problem and have you smiling again in no time.

Custom made dental restorations with CEREC

Even as dentists, we are amazed at how far dentistry has come. Today, we have some simply incredible treatments and technology at our fingertips and we’re excited to offer our clients an impressive array of services, including same-day tooth restorations. Thanks to a form of technology known as Cerec, our clients don’t have to wait weeks for a new custom-made restoration. We can restore your teeth in just one day.

The ins and outs of Cerec

Cerec is an amazing form of technology, which shortens treatment time dramatically, enabling patients to benefit from same-day crowns and veneers. Before the days of Cerec, we had to create impressions of the tooth, which were sent away to a dental laboratory. Dental technicians used these impressions as moulds for the new restorations and we fitted them once they were ready, usually around 2 weeks later. With Cerec, the waiting game is over and we can now provide a same-day service.

Cerec utilises images of the teeth to create detailed templates, which are passed on to the on-site milling machine. The bespoke restoration is then fabricated and your dentist can fit it as soon as it is ready. The entire process can be completed at the clinic in a single appointment.

The benefits of Cerec for patients

Cerec offers a host of benefits for patients, including:

  • Reduced treatment times and only one appointment required
  • No need for putty moulds or temporary restorations
  • Greater accuracy
  • Bespoke restorations in just one day
  • Enhanced comfort

If you’d like to find out more about same-day Cerec veneers, inlays, onlays or crowns, call us now and book a consultation!

Three Ways to Look After Your Veneers This October

The days may be getting darker, but that doesn’t mean that your smile can’t shine bright this autumn. If you’ve got a gorgeous set of sparkly veneers, here are 3 easy ways to look after them this October:

  1. Polish those brushing skills: brushing isn’t just about removing harmful bacteria from your mouth before it can cause plaque to form. It’s also about polishing the surface of the teeth, or in this case, your veneers, and making your smile look glossy and bright. We strongly recommend at least 2 minutes of cleaning every morning and evening. Brush gently and don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. If you need any brushing tips, we’ll be happy to help!
  2. Visit your dentist: if you haven’t been for a check-up in the last 6 months, we advise you to pick up the phone and give us a call. Your dentist will check your mouth for any potential signs of trouble and they will also give your veneers a quick clean to keep your smile sparkling.
  3. Go easy on the coffee: many veneers are stain-resistant, but if you want to keep your radiant smile for as long as possible, we advise you to cut down on coffee or use a straw when you drink to protect your veneers.

If you have veneers and you’re keen to keep them in tip-top shape for as long as possible, don’t hesitate to get in touch for more helpful tips and tricks.

Three Reasons Stopping Smoking is Good for Your Teeth

When you hear people talk about smoking, it’s common to think about the impact on your heart and lungs, but smoking is also very harmful for your teeth and gums. If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, here are 3 reasons why giving up is good for your teeth:

  1. Bad breath: smoking is one of the most common causes of persistent bad breath (halitosis). Cigarettes contain a host of toxic chemicals and the odour lingers in the mouth for hours.
  1. Staining: cigarettes contain many dangerous chemicals, including tar, which stains and discolours the teeth, causing the enamel to become yellow or brown. Discoloured teeth tend to look unhealthy and they can make your smile look less attractive.
  1. Oral cancer: smoking is a leading risk factor for oral cancer. Oral cancer affects the soft tissue in your mouth. You’re particularly vulnerable to mouth cancer if you smoke and drink. Giving up smoking will reduce your risk of developing oral cancer, as well as countless other forms of cancer.

If you’re keen to give up smoking, we are here to help. We understand that it’s not easy to quit, and we can use tried and tested methods, in addition to providing you with information, support and encouragement to help you quit. Give us a call today if you’d like to find out more.

Top Five Autumnal Tooth Friendly Foods 

Autumn is upon us, and it’s time to wave farewell to summer favourites and embrace some new tooth-friendly, seasonal foods. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Casseroles and stews: casseroles and stews will fill you up for hours and give you that warm fuzzy feeling on a chilly, dark evening. You can pack stews full of vegetables that are laden with vitamins and minerals, and you don’t have to slave over a hot stove for hours.
  2. Eggs: eggs are a good source of protein and they’re really versatile and easy to eat. You can rustle up scrambled eggs for breakfast, hard boil some eggs to add to a salad for lunch or prepare an omelette for tea.
  3. Porridge: if you’re looking for an autumnal treat in the morning, porridge is a great choice. Porridge oats are filling, they’re full of fibre and the milk you add is an excellent source of calcium. Avoid adding sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, add some honey.
  4. Green tea: most of us love a hot drink on a chilly day, and green tea is a brilliant option if you’re flagging in the afternoon or you need warming up in the morning. Green tea is full of antioxidants and studies show that it can help to reduce your risk of gum disease.
  5. Cheese: if you’re looking for a dessert to replace ice cream or meringues now that summer has faded into a distant memory, why not embrace savoury flavours and have cheese and crackers? Cheese has a high pH value and it’s also a good source of calcium.

If you need any more tips or ideas or you’d like more information about healthy eating, our dental team will be happy to help.

How Syncone Can Give You a Secure Natural Smile In a Day

If you’re looking into tooth replacement options, you may have come across dentures and dental implants. All treatments have pros and cons, but how would you feel if we told you we could offer you the best of both worlds? With Syncone, we can give you a secure, natural looking smile without the wait.

What is Syncone?

Syncone is a same-day denture stabilisation treatment, which combines the benefits of dentures and dental implants. Traditionally, when you have dental implants, the process takes months, as you have to wait for the implants to integrate into the bone tissue before the new teeth are attached. With Syncone, we can fit both the implants and the denture on the same day, so you don’t have to wait around to enjoy your incredible new smile.

The Syncone technique involves placing between 4 and 6 implants, all of which have tapered posts. The posts fit securely into a cap that is found on the base of the denture. Once the implants are in place, the denture is attached and secured, and you can take a look at your brand new smile!

The benefits of Syncone

Syncone treatment is much faster than traditional dental implant treatment and it offers greater stability than normal dentures. With Syncone, the denture is anchored by implants, and this means that there is no risk of the denture slipping around or causing irritation. Syncone also reduces the risk of gum shrinkage and bone loss.

If you’re looking for an effective solution for missing teeth and you’d like to see if you’re a suitable candidate for Syncone treatment, call us today and arrange a consultation We can give you more information about the treatment and take a look at your teeth to check that this solution is viable for you.

How Advance Can Help Those with Swollen Gums

Swollen gums can be a sign of gum disease. At Advance Dental Clinic, we firmly believe that prevention is better than cure and we’re on hand to help you do everything possible to keep swollen and sore gums at bay.

What to do if you have sore, swollen gums

If you have sore or swollen gums, we strongly recommend getting in touch and booking an appointment. Inflammation can be a sign of gum disease, and the sooner this is detected and treated, the better. If you do have gum disease, you may also notice additional symptoms, such as bleeding when you brush. When you see your dentist, they will ask you a couple of questions about your symptoms and then examine your mouth.

If you have gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, your dentist may recommend intensive cleaning, which helps to remove plaque and tartar from the mouth. It’s important to treat gingivitis because it can become more advanced. Periodontitis, or periodontal disease, is a more severe form of gum disease, which causes irreparable damage to the supportive bone tissue. This can result in the teeth coming loose and eventually falling out.

Preventing gum disease

The best ways to prevent gum disease are to practice good oral hygiene at home, to see a dentist on a regular basis and to try and limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks. It’s also really important to be aware of potential warning signs and to contact your dentist if you do have sore, swollen or bleeding gums.

If you have any questions about gum disease or you’re worried about inflamed gums, call us now.