What foods you can eat to protect your teeth

You often hear dentists telling you what you should try and avoid eating, but there are lots of foods that are actually good for your teeth. If you’re making changes to your diet and you’re looking for tooth-friendly options to include, here are some of the best foods for your oral health:

Dairy products

Dairy products are great for your oral health because they contain calcium. Calcium is a mineral, which is essential for building and maintaining strong, healthy bones, teeth and nails. Dairy products are also beneficial because they have a high pH value. This means that they can help to neutralise acids in the mouth and reduce the risk of enamel erosion. Good examples include milk, cheese and yoghurts.

Leafy green vegetables

Leafy green vegetables are high in fibre, which is good for digestive health, but they are also an excellent source of calcium. Next time you’re at the supermarket or you’re doing your online shop, add kale, broccoli, cabbage and bok choi to your basket.

Carrots

Carrots are good for your teeth because they contain fibre, they have high water content and chewing on carrots increases saliva production, which neutralises acids in the mouth. Raw carrots are a great snack option and a much healthier alternative to crisps, biscuits or sweets.

Strawberries

Strawberries have numerous benefits for the teeth. They contain vitamin C, which is important for general immunity, and their rough coating is also a natural cleaning tool, which can remove surface stains. Add strawberries to a bowl of porridge for a healthy, hearty breakfast or scatter some berries over natural yoghurt for a tasty, tooth-friendly dessert.

Discreet Invisible Braces with Invisalign

We often see patients who are desperate for a straight smile without having to go through the hassle of wearing visible braces. The good news is that orthodontics has come a long way, and today, it’s possible to straighten the teeth using discreet braces, such as Invisalign. If you’ve been putting off having treatment because you didn’t want people to see you with a brace or you were worried about the impact of wearing a brace on your social life or your career, Invisalign could be just what you’ve been waiting for.

How does Invisalign work and what does treatment involve?

Invisalign is a clear aligner system, which uses a sequence of custom-made braces to straighten the teeth. Each aligner is slightly different and treatment is planned and plotted in advance using sophisticated software. Every patient receives a set of bespoke braces and each aligner should be worn for a period of 2 weeks. Although Invisalign aligners are removable, it’s essential to follow your dentist’s advice and wear them for at least 21 hours per day to achieve the desired outcome.

Invisalign offers a very simple, hassle-free treatment process. All you have to do is wear your aligners, take them out to eat, drink and brush your teeth, and remember to swap them over every 2 weeks. When you’ve finished treatment, you can remove the last aligner and enjoy your incredible new smile.

Who can benefit from Invisalign?

Invisalign is suited to many patients, but it is usually recommended for those who have minor or moderate orthodontic issues. This is an excellent treatment option for patients who are looking for a discreet brace and those who would prefer the flexibility of a removable appliance. To find out if you’re a good match for Invisalign, why not call and book a consultation today?

Three things to avoid to prevent gum disease

In our book, prevention is always better than cure. If you can keep gum disease at arm’s length, this will save you from suffering from unpleasant symptoms and it could even save your teeth. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria, but the risk of gum disease can also be increased by lifestyle factors and choices. Here are 3 things to avoid to prevent gum disease:

  1. Smoking: smoking increases the risk of gum disease because it reduces blood flow to the gums. Smoking also affects the body’s natural healing abilities, so if you have treatment, it can take longer to recover. Giving up smoking also has benefits for your teeth and your oral health in general. If you’d like help with trying to quit, our friendly team is here to provide advice and support.
  2. Poor oral hygiene: gum disease is often caused by plaque, which forms when food debris combines with bacteria and saliva. If you neglect brushing your teeth, the risk of plaque developing increases. Take care to brush twice a day, every day and to clean along the gum line. It’s also beneficial to use inter-dental brushes or floss. If you need any tips or advice about oral hygiene, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
  3. Sugar: research shows that many of us consume too much sugar. Sugar is harmful for the gums because when you eat sweet foods, bacteria in the mouth feed and this causes them to release acids. These acids attack the tooth enamel and irritate the gums, causing them to become sore and inflamed. You don’t have to cut out sugar from your diet completely, but moderate your intake and avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks between meals.

How Lumineers can give you a straighter smile without braces

Are you desperate for a straighter smile? Do you feel uncomfortable with the idea of wearing braces? If you’re on the hunt for a solution that creates stunning smiles without the need for braces, Lumineers may be the answer. Lumineers are veneers, which are designed to produce healthy-looking, bright, natural smiles.

What exactly are Lumineers?

Lumineers are veneers, but they’re not the same as the traditional porcelain veneers many of us are familiar with. Lumineers are not crafted using porcelain. Instead, they are made from a patented ceramic material known as Cerinate. This material is incredibly light and it looks very similar to porcelain, but it’s much stronger and more durable. Lumineers are also much thinner than conventional porcelain veneers.

Lumineers provide a solution for patients with a wide range of cosmetic imperfections. If you have crooked, crowded, stained, uneven or worn teeth, Lumineers can transform your smile.

What are the benefits of Lumineers?

Lumineers are stronger than most other types of veneers and they can last up to twice as long. They are also incredibly natural looking and they are famed for their stunning aesthetics. As Lumineers are so thin, minimal preparation is required and this means that tooth structure remains intact. The process is also simpler and quicker.

If you dream of a dazzling, straight smile and you’re reluctant to have braces, why not consider Lumineers? Call us today to arrange a consultation and we’ll give you more information about the treatment process, the cost and what you can expect if you choose to go ahead and treat yourself to a brand new smile.

How Quick Straight Teeth will change your view on Fixed Braces

Have you got crooked or crowded teeth? Do you long for a simple, affordable treatment, which doesn’t take years to transform the smile? If so, we have good news! With Quick Straight Teeth, we can give you a beautiful smile with minimal hassle in a matter of months.

Introducing Quick Straight Teeth

Quick Straight Teeth (QST) is an exciting new orthodontic treatment, which offers versatility, speedy results and discreet aesthetics. If you thought it was impossible to get the smile of your dreams without enduring pain or the stress of wearing visible braces, think again! With QST, you really can have it all. You can choose from a fixed or a removable brace depending on which appliance you prefer, you can take advantage of discreet aesthetics and you don’t have to wait around to enjoy the results. Both the fixed and removable braces are made from clear components and the average treatment time is just 1-6 months. The treatment time will depend on how much movement is required and your dentist will be able to give you an accurate timescale when you have your consultation.

What are the advantages of QST fixed braces?

Many people have a negative perception of fixed braces. If you think that fixed braces are painful and unsightly, QST may change your mind. These braces are discreet and sleek and they use the latest friction-free technology to minimise pain. With these braces, you can get fast, painless results without having to worry about your image or what other people think about your appearance. It’s virtually impossible to detect the braces when you smile and treatment times are very short, so you’ll be showing off your new smile before you know it.

Refreshing your face this winter with Advance Dental Clinic Facial Rejuvenation

The hazy days of the summer are a distant memory and if you’re keen to recapture your youthful, healthy glow, you may be on the lookout for fabulous facial treatments. At Advance Dental, we pride ourselves on offering the best non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatments around and we have a highly skilled, experienced facial aesthetic practitioner on our team. With Monica Berrange here to guide you through the process, you have nothing to fear!

About our treatments

We offer Botox and dermal fillers in the heart of Essex. Both treatments are effective, non-surgical anti-ageing techniques, which can roll back the years and make you feel more confident in less than half an hour. If you’re considering facial surgery, this may be an option to give you an idea of what you can achieve without the risk of undergoing a surgical procedure. Alternatively, it may appeal to you if you’re looking for a painless, hassle-free means of enjoying younger looking skin.

Botox

Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin type A, which is injected into the skin to soften wrinkles and facial lines. Botox works by blocking nerve signals to the facial muscles. This prevents muscle contraction and causes the muscles to relax, creating a smoother, more youthful complexion. It is possible to have Botox on several areas of the face and we can discuss treatment options at your consultation. To administer the treatment, we use a very fine needle. The procedure only takes around 15-30 minutes and the effects should become visible after 24-36 hours. Botox is a temporary treatment and the results should last between 3 and 6 months.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are another popular treatment used to reduce the visibility of facial lines and create a more youthful, radiant complexion. Fillers are used to combat the loss of collagen and elastin, which can cause the skin to sag. Dermal fillers add volume to the skin and they define the natural features to enhance your cheekbones and your jaw line. We can also provide fillers to add volume to the lips. Like Botox, dermal fillers are a temporary solution. The effects of treatment last up to 9 months.

If you’re keen to treat your skin this winter, give us a call today!

Did you know Advance Dental Clinic Could Provide One Day Teeth Restorations in Essex?

If time is of the essence and you’re looking for speedy dental treatment in Essex, we are here to help! At Advance Dental, we offer same-day tooth restorations, so you don’t have to wait around.

One-day tooth restorations in Essex

We are able to provide our clients with same-day tooth restorations thanks to the wonder that is Cerec. Cerec is an innovative form of technology, which enables us to design, fabricate and fit brand new bespoke restorations in a single day. Gone are the days of temporary crowns and waiting around for 2 weeks to get a new customised restoration. With Cerec, the waiting game is over. We can complete the entire process is just one session.

How does Cerec work?

Cerec takes care of every phase of the manufacturing process and it enables us to do everything on-site. Using photographs taken with a camera, Cerec creates 3D templates, which are sent to an on-site milling machine. In a matter of minutes, the fabrication process is complete and your new, bespoke restoration will be ready to fit. Your dentist will use their expertise to place the restoration and secure it. You can then take a look at your new smile and get back to whatever the rest of the day holds in store. There’s no need for multiple appointments and you don’t have to worry about taking more than one day off or trying to sort out childcare. This process is a lot simpler, more convenient and faster than traditional methods.

We are able to use Cerec to create custom-made crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays.

If you’re interested in same-day restorative treatment or you’d like to find out more about Cerec could benefit you, call us now and book a consultation.

Three Signs of Gum Disease to look Out For

Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions, affecting thousands of people in the UK every year. At Advance Dental Clinic, we’re always eager to try and prevent gum disease wherever possible. Early signs of gum disease are usually relatively easy to treat, and this is why we urge our patients to be mouth aware. If you’re keen to keep gum disease at bay, here are 3 signs to look out for:

  1. Swollen gums: swelling is a common symptom of gum disease. If you’ve noticed that your gums look or feel inflamed, call us and make an appointment. It may be possible that swelling is linked to something else, but it’s always best to double check. It’s much easier to treat mild gum disease than advanced periodontal disease.
  2. Bleeding when you brush: have you noticed spots of blood when you brush your teeth and spit into the basin? Bleeding is one of the most significant signs of gum disease. If you notice bleeding on a regular basis or your gums have started to bleed for no reason, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
  3. Painful gums: if your gums hurt, especially when you clean your teeth, it’s a good idea to pick up the phone and book an appointment. Sore gums can be caused by other problems and injuries, but if you do have gum disease, the sooner it is treated, the better.

Gum disease is a progressive condition, so if you are worried about signs and symptoms, don’t hesitate to call and make an appointment. We will do our best to see you and treat you as quickly as possible. It’s really important not to ignore symptoms, especially if they are getting worse, as this could lead to advanced gum disease.

How to keep your teeth healthy this Halloween

Halloween is almost upon us. While many people look forward to dressing up and going trick or treating, Halloween can be a nightmare for dentists. Traditionally, this is a time of year when people tend to treat themselves to all kinds of sugary delights, which can take their toll on the teeth. If you’re eager to be a little healthier this Halloween, here are some simple tips to bear in mind:

Brushing tips

It’s really important to take good care of your teeth all year-round. Don’t neglect brushing even when you’re in a rush. Take just 2 minutes every morning and evening to brush and floss daily. Swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months and be gentle. If you brush too hard, this can damage your enamel.

Healthy eating

Many of us enjoy sweets, cakes and biscuits at Halloween parties. There’s nothing wrong with having the odd treat, but try not to go too crazy. Avoid snacking between meals and limit your intake of sugary foods. If you’re throwing a party for the kids, it’s really easy to create healthier alternatives using fruit and vegetables. Check out some cool ideas online and try and be creative! You can make spiders, ghosts, witches, cats and frogs with a little imagination and some carefully selected ingredients.

See your dentist

If it’s been longer than 6-9 months since you went to the dentist, call and make an appointment for a routine check-up. Even if you haven’t had any problems and your teeth look fine, it’s really important to keep up to date with regular checks, as they enable dentists to spot early warning signs.

If you need some more healthy Halloween tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

How Dermal Fillers Could Refresh Your Face this October

Summer is over and if you’re in need of a little pick me up with chilly weather and dark nights on the way, why not treat yourself to an indulgent, youth-boosting facial treatment? If your skin is crying out for some TLC or you’re desperate to banish those lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers may be ideal for you.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are an anti-ageing treatment, which helps to make you look and feel younger by giving your skin more bounce and definition. As you get older, the amount of collagen in your body decreases and your skin loses firmness and structure, causing lines to develop. Fillers help to add volume, reducing the visibility of wrinkles and facial folds. Fillers can also be used to define your features and enhance your natural beauty and they’re also commonly used to add plumpness to the lips.

What does filler treatment involve?

Fillers are injected into the skin using a very fine needle in a procedure that usually takes around 15-40 minutes. Before you have treatment, we will invite you to attend an informal consultation so that we can discuss what treatment entails and talk about where you want to have treatment. Most commonly, wrinkles develop around the eyes and forehead and between the mouth and nose and fillers can be used to enhance the cheekbones and jaw line. Our experienced team always strives to produce a natural result and we can assure you that you’re in the best hands.

If you’re keen to find a non-surgical solution for lines and wrinkles or your complexion needs rejuvenating, call us now and book an appointment.