Five Top Tips For Children to Cut Sugar Intake

If you read the news on a regular basis, you may have come across articles linking excessive sugar consumption to rising rates of decay in children. If you have children, and you’re eager to protect their smiles, here are 5 top tips to cut sugar intake.

  1. Swap sugary cereals for whole grain versions: breakfast cereals are often marketed as healthy products, but sometimes, they can contain a lot of sugar. It’s best to swap sugar-coated puffs, balls and flakes for whole grain cereals. These have a much lower sugar and higher fibre content, and they release energy slowly, so your kids shouldn’t get hungry between breakfast and lunch.
  2. Swap fizzy drinks for water or sugar-free cordial: fizzy drinks and energy drinks are among the worst offenders when it comes to sugar consumption among children. A standard can of cola, for example, may contain up to 9 teaspoons of sugar. Swap fizzy pop for water or sugar-free cordial.
  3. Make smoothies at home: smoothies can be really good for you, but if you buy them from cafes and shops, they may have a lot of added sugar. If you make your own smoothies, you’ll save money, and you can control the amount of sugar that is added.
  4. Swap sugar for honey: if your child has a sweet tooth and they like to sprinkle sugar on porridge or yoghurt, swap sugar for honey. Honey is sweet, but it is rich in natural sugars rather than refined sugars.
  5. Limit your child’s intake of treats: treats are supposed to be something you have from time to time, rather than every day. If your child has chocolate bars or bags of sweets on a regular basis, swap these foods for healthier options, and keep them as treats for the weekend.

How Skinceuticals can Help Revitalise Your Skin

At Advance Dental, we don’t just focus all our attention on creating beautiful smiles. We also offer the latest facial aesthetic treatments and a range of state of the art skincare products known as Skinceuticals.

Tell Me More About Skinceuticals

Skinceuticals is a specially formulated range of skincare products, which promises to reive and rejuvenate the skin. These products are not available to buy over the counter, and they can make a real difference to the appearance of your complexion.

Before you buy any products, we will go through the range with you during your consultation, and we can offer recommendations based on your skin type and what you’d like to achieve from the products. Our consultation includes an in-depth skin analysis, which gives us the information we need to make well-informed recommendations.

Our Facial Treatments

As well as offering advanced skincare products, we also provide non-surgical facial treatments including Botox and dermal fillers. Both of these treatments are quick and simple, and they offer a solution for common signs of ageing, including facial lines, folds, and wrinkles. Botox works by blocking nerve signals, which cause the facial muscles to relax and lines to soften while dermal fillers add more volume to skin, smoothing out wrinkles and folds. Both treatments can be completed in around 15-30 minutes, and both produce temporary results. Botox lasts around 3-6 month while fillers last up to 9 months.

If you’d like to find out more about our impressive range of facial treatments and products, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or pop in and visit us.

How the SynCone technique Can End Denture Discomfort in One Day

If you’ve been struggling with dentures, we may have just the remedy you’ve been looking for. With SynCone, we can fit implants and new teeth on the same day to transform your smile and end denture discomfort instantly.

What is SynCone?

SynCone is an implant system, which uses a series of 4-6 implants to anchor a new denture. The implants are designed to take on the responsibility of the missing tooth roots and they provide much greater stability for the denture than the natural suction power of the gums. SynCone implants have tapered posts, which are attached to a cap that fits onto the base of the denture. Once the denture is in place, there’s no risk of it slipping or irritating your gums. You’ll feel the difference immediately and you won’t have to worry about eating in public, giving up your favourite foods, or coping with pain.

What’s so different about SynCone implants?

Traditionally, implant treatment takes between 3 and 7 months, but with SynCone, we can transform your smile in just one day. You don’t have to wait for months to see your amazing new teeth, and you can start enjoying the benefits immediately. Normally, when a full set of new teeth is required, at least 6 implants are used, but with SynCone, fewer implants are required, and this means the procedure is quicker and less invasive.

If you’re interested in implants, why not give us a call and find out more?

Quick Ceramic Teeth Repairs While You Wait With Cerec

If you have a broken tooth or your crown is damaged, you may assume that you have to wait for weeks for repairs. However, with Cerec, the wait is over! This magical technology enables us to carry out repairs and restore the teeth in just one day.

About Cerec

Cerec is a form of technology, which has revolutionised the way we offer restorative treatment. Previously, when you needed a new crown, inlay or onlay, you had to wait for your new restoration to be manufactured in a dental laboratory before being sent back to the practice. With Cerec, we can now do everything on-site, which reduces treatment time from 2 weeks to one day.

Cerec covers all aspects of the treatment process from designing the new restoration to fabricating it ready for placement. Instead of creating putty moulds that are sent away to a dental technician, we take photographs of the mouth that are converted into 3D images. These detailed images are sent to the milling machine, and in minutes, your new restoration is ready.

Cerec makes the process of fitting restorations quicker and cleaner. Many patients find the process of making impressions uncomfortable, and it can be messy. With Cerec, there’s no need to do this.

If you need a new restoration in a flash, we’ve got you covered. Call us today to find out more or arrange a consultation.

You Are What You Eat: What to Eat to Keep a Perfect Smile

Your diet plays a very important role when it comes to maintaining a perfect smile. Some foods are really good for your teeth, but others can spell disaster. Here are some tooth-friendly diet tips to help you keep your smile in shape for many years to come.

What to Eat

Your teeth are very strong, but they aren’t invincible. Try and ensure you get enough calcium every day to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Calcium is also good for your nails and bones. Foods that are good sources of calcium include milk, yoghurts, leafy green vegetables, nuts and cheese. Fruit and vegetables are important for your general health, but they also offer benefits for your teeth and gums. Fruits that are rich in vitamin C are excellent for helping you ward off infections, and strawberries also have a rough skin, which acts as a natural stain remover. Chewing on raw carrots, celery and apples helps to stimulate saliva production, which neutralises harmful acids in your mouth.

What Not to Eat

Unfortunately, many of our favourite treats are harmful for our oral health. Cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks and popcorn all have high sugar content, which increases the risk of tooth decay. Shop-bought smoothies and juices may look like a healthy option, but always check the sugar content. Often, they contain as much sugar as fizzy pop, and they are also acidic, which exposes the enamel to a risk of erosion. Try and avoid very hard foods, such as boiled sweets, as they can crack the teeth. Starchy foods, like crisps, can also be harmful, as they get stuck in the teeth, and the starch is broken down into sugars.

As well as thinking about what you eat, it’s also important to think about when you eat. This is because when you eat, the bacteria in your mouth release acids, which temporarily weaken the enamel, and it takes time for it recover. Try and stick to main meals rather than grazing throughout the day, and if you do fancy a snack, choose something sugar-free.

If you need advice about healthy eating, our dental team will be happy to help.

Five Tips to Avoid Discomfort With Braces

If you have braces, you may find that they feel a little uncomfortable for the first couple of days when you’re getting used to wearing them and having them in your mouth. If you’re about to have braces fitted, here are five tips to avoid discomfort:

  1. Take painkillers: for the first couple of days, it’s normal to experience mild discomfort. If you are in pain, you can take painkillers. Your dentist can advise what to take. If you have severe pain or pain relief isn’t working, contact your dentist.
  2. Avoid hard foods: eating with braces can be hard to get used to at first, so try and stick to soft foods which are easier to eat while adjusting. Avoid anything that is hard or chewy foods which may get stuck in the wires and brackets. For the first few days, it’s best to adopt a soft food diet.
  3. Apply ice: if your gums are sore, wrap an ice pack in a cloth or towel and hold it against them. This will help to reduce pain and make you feel more comfortable.
  4. Be gentle when you brush: it can take a little getting used to brushing your teeth when you have braces, so be very gentle. Your dentist will give you some cleaning tips, and they’re always on the end of the line if you need any help or advice.
  5. Drink cold drinks: if your mouth is sore, drinking cold drinks can help to ease discomfort.

When you have braces fitted, your dentist will give you advice about how to care for them, and also how to prevent and deal with pain in the first couple of days.

Virtually Straight Teeth: The Technology Behind Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the world’s most popular orthodontic systems, and it’s not hard to see why. This virtually invisible treatment is ideal for those who want straight teeth without the hassle or worry of wearing detectable braces. If you like the sound of secret treatment, here’s some more information about the technology behind Invisalign.

What exactly is Invisalign and how does it work?

Invisalign is a clear brace system, which offers an alternative to visible fixed braces. With Invisalign, you don’t have a brace fitted to your teeth. Instead, you wear a series of custom-made, transparent aligners. The number of aligners differs according to how much movement is required, and each aligner is in place for 2 weeks. You take the aligners out to eat, drink and clean your teeth. Invisalign treatment is planned in advance. Before you begin treatment, your dentist will take pictures and X-rays and these will be used to predict the movement of the teeth. The aligners are fabricated based on your unique prescription and treatment plan. Each brace is slightly different to allow room for movement.

What are the benefits of Invisalign treatment?

For many people, the main draw of Invisalign is the transparency of the braces, which makes them virtually undetectable. However, there are additional advantages. It’s very convenient to be able to take your braces out, as this means that you don’t have to adapt the way you eat or brush your teeth. It’s also better for your oral health, as you can clean your braces easily, and brush normally. Invisalign braces use gentle forces to reposition the teeth, and the braces don’t contain any metal parts, so you should find them very comfortable to wear.

Invisalign is suitable for patients with a wide range of minor and moderate orthodontic issues. Call us today to find out more and start planning your dream smile.

How to Get a Suddenly Straighter Smile with No Braces

If you have wonky or crowded teeth, but you don’t like the idea of wearing braces, you may have given up on the dream of a straight smile. If this is the case, we may have good news for you. With veneers, we can give you a stunning straight smile without a bracket or band in sight.

About Veneers

Veneers are incredibly fine and delicate shells, which are made from ceramics like porcelain, or dental composite. They are shaped like teeth, and they are applied to the surface of your natural teeth. Often, veneers are used to address aesthetic imperfections like discolouration, chips, and worn teeth, but they can also be used to hide gaps between the teeth and create the illusion of perfectly straight teeth. Unlike braces, which actually move and align the teeth, veneers simply cover the flaws, and create a beautiful new aesthetic.

Veneer treatment usually takes 2-3 weeks. During the first appointment, we’ll go through the ins and outs of treatment, talk you through the process, and start preparing your teeth for treatment. Depending on the type of veneers you choose, we may have to remove a very fine layer of the surface tissue to make space for the veneers. Each patient receives bespoke veneers. During the second appointment, we will fit your veneers, and you can take a look at your incredible new smile for the first time.

The Advantages of Veneers

Many people who don’t have perfectly straight teeth are reluctant to have orthodontic treatment, and veneers offer an alternative. If you don’t want to wear braces, but you want a straighter, more attractive smile, veneers may be an option worth considering. Veneers are famed for producing flawless smiles, and you don’t have to wait to see the results. The process is painless, and you’ll emerge the other side with an amazing smile and bags of confidence.

If you like the sound of veneers, why not give us a call and find out more?

Did you know that Fissure Sealants can Help Your Children Keep Healthy Teeth?

At Advance Dental Clinic, we’re always keen to highlight the benefit of preventative dental treatments. We want all our patients, young and old to have beautiful, healthy smiles. If you have children, we offer a range of general dental services, including fissure sealant treatment. Prevention is always better than cure, so why not let us tell you more about fantastic fissure sealants.

About fissure sealant treatment

Fissure sealant treatment is a preventative technique, which we use to reduce the risk of children developing dental decay. On the surface of the teeth, there may be tiny cracks and pits known as fissures. These fissures can trap food and bacteria, increasing the risk of plaque forming, and cavities developing. The aim of fissure sealants is to create a barrier, which prevents anything from getting stuck in the fissures. The sealant forms a protective coating, which decreases the risk of decay and helps to keep children free from dental pain.

Fissure sealants are used routinely, and the procedure is quick and painless. The sealant is applied to the teeth at the back of the mouth. Before the tooth is sealed, the dentist will clean the mouth thoroughly. The sealant is then applied to the tooth surface. At this stage, it is in liquid form. Your dentist will then use a bright light source to set the sealant. Once the tooth has been sealed, it will be protected against harmful bacteria and there’s no risk of food getting stuck in the tiny grooves.

This treatment doesn’t involve any pain at all, and it takes minutes. Our dental team has experience in caring for children, and we do everything we can to make young patients feel relaxed, and to make the experience as fun and stress-free as possible.

If you have young children, they could benefit from fissure sealants. If you’d like to find out more or book an appointment, call us today!

Compared: Removable or Fixed Braces

Today, orthodontic patients have more choice than ever before. If you’re considering braces, you may have a number of different options available to you, including fixed and removable braces. Here is a guide to tell you more, and help you choose which brace is best for you.

Fixed braces

Fixed braces are braces that are secured either onto the front or back of the teeth (these braces are known as lingual braces). Once the braces are in place, they can only be removed by your dentist. Fixed braces are usually made from metal and ceramics. You can get clear fixed braces, as well as lingual braces, which sit behind the teeth. Today’s braces are much more discreet than the fixed braces of old. The main advantage of fixed braces is that they are guaranteed to work. The parts of the brace work together to apply pressure to the teeth, which causes them to move. With a removable brace, the success of treatment is dependent on the patient wearing their brace according to their dentist’s advice. The treatment process for fixed braces is straightforward, and they are suitable for almost all patients. If you have complex orthodontic issues, you may find that removable braces are not suitable. Popular fixed brace treatments include Six Month Smiles.

Removable braces

Removable braces, as you can probably guess from the name, can be removed by the patient. They are generally considered to be more convenient, and they enable you to continue eating and cleaning your teeth as normal. Some people prefer the freedom a removable brace gives them, but it is essential to make sure that you were your braces for at least 21 hours a day. Some removable braces, like Invisalign, are virtually invisible, but not all of them are transparent. The Inman Aligner, for example, contains delicate parts, which are visible; however, the brace is much more discreet than a traditional fixed metal brace, and treatment time is just 16 weeks. Removable braces may be a better option if you have minor or moderate issues, as they usually work faster, but they can only achieve a limited amount of movement.