Did you Know That You can Have a Perfectly Straight Smile in a Few Weeks?

If you thought you had to wait for months on end to get a perfect straight smile, you’re not alone. Many patients are shocked to hear that we can straighten the teeth in a matter of a few weeks. If you’re looking for a speedy solution for crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth, allow us to introduce you to some of our rapid treatments:

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a removable, fast-acting brace, which is suited to those who need minor correction for issues that predominantly involve the front teeth. This aligner uses forces generated by a coiled spring at the back of the mouth and a metal bar that is located at the front of the teeth to move the teeth. This aligner produces results in just 16 weeks and it is much more discreet than traditional fixed braces.

Quick Straight Teeth

You may have guessed from the name that this is an orthodontic system, which promises results in weeks. Quick Straight Teeth is a treatment geared towards those who have issues that affect the social 6, the front six teeth on the top and bottom arches. QST offers patients the choice between a fixed or removable brace and both options are much less visible than traditional train-track braces. The exact treatment time will depend on the individual patient and how much movement is required, but on average, treatment can be completed in just 4-24 weeks.

If you’re interested in a straight smile and you don’t want to hang around, you’ve come to the right place. Call us now to find out more! Your amazing new smile could be just weeks away!

Four Ways Stopping Smoking Will Help Your Teeth

Smoking is one of the most hazardous habits out there. Most people associated smoking with an elevated risk of lung problems, but smoking can also be incredibly damaging for your oral health. Here are 4 ways stopping smoking will benefit your teeth:

  1. Cleaner teeth: smoking is a leading cause of staining because cigarettes contain chemicals and substances that discolour teeth like tar. If you smoke, you’re likely to notice that your teeth have a yellow or brown tinge rather than a bright white glow.
  2. Fresher breath: smoking is a very common cause of bad breath. Giving up smoking will help you to enjoy fresher, cleaner breath, which may also improve your confidence, especially in social situations.
  3. Lower risk of gum disease: smoking can have a negative impact on circulation, which means that blood flow to the gums is reduced. This causes the risk of gum disease to increase. If you quit smoking, this will lower your chances of developing gum disease, a condition that can cause premature tooth loss.
  4. Reduced oral cancer risk: oral cancer affects the soft tissue in the mouth and throat. It has become much more common in the UK in the last decade, with the number of diagnosed cases rising by more than a third. Smoking is the most potent risk factor for oral cancer. Symptoms of oral cancer include red or white patches in the mouth, slow-healing ulcers and abnormal swelling.

If you’d like help to give up smoking, we are here! Give us a call and we can arrange a consultation.

Three Tips to Protect Your Veneers

If you have veneers, it’s important to take good care of them to maintain your gorgeous new smile. Here are 3 top tips to help you protect your veneers:

  1. Use a straw: it is possible for some veneers to become discoloured in a similar way to the natural teeth. If you drink a lot of cola, wine, tea or coffee, you may find that your veneers become stained. If you are partial to these drinks and you don’t have stain-resistant veneers, it’s a good idea to use a straw when you drink.
  2. Avoid hard foods: veneers are strong and durable, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t break. Try and avoid very hard foods, such as boiled sweets, which may chip and break your veneers.
  3. Make an effort with dental hygiene: even if you have veneers, it’s really important to take good care of your natural teeth and your gums. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes and don’t neglect dental visits. Your dentist will have a good look at your veneers every time you have a routine dental check-up.

When you have your dental veneers fitted, your dentist will give you some useful tips to help you protect and look after them. If you need any more advice or you have questions, just pick up the phone and we’ll be happy to help.

How to Turn Back the Years with Dermal Fillers

Most of us dream of eternal youth. Sadly, time travel isn’t available, but there are ways of rolling back the years. With our advanced anti-ageing treatments, we’ll have you looking and feeling younger in no time.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are an anti-ageing treatment, which helps to counteract the effects of reduced collagen stores in the body. Collagen is a fibre, which gives the skin firmness and flexibility. As you age, one of the things you’ll notice is that your skin loses elasticity, and this causes lines and wrinkles to form. Thankfully, we have an effective solution for unwanted facial lines. Fillers soften wrinkles and give you a smoother, more youthful complexion by adding volume to the skin.

We use a carefully-controlled quantity of filler to create natural looks, and our practitioner Monica has many years of experience, so you can enjoy peace of mind that you’re in good hands.

What does treatment involve?

If you’re interested in dermal fillers, you may be wondering what you can expect if you decide to go ahead with treatment. The treatment process is very simple and we usually complete sessions within 15-30 minutes. Before you have treatment, you can discuss the problems areas you want to address with Monica and she will tell you exactly what will happen when you have your session. A very fine needle is used to inject small amounts of filler into the desired areas of the face. These injections aren’t painful, but we can numb the skin first if you’re apprehensive. The effects of treatment will become apparent within around 48 hours.

Dermal fillers do not produce permanent results, but the effects should be visible for up to nine months. At this point, you can decide whether to continue treatment or not.

If you’re keen to turn back time and you’re looking for an effective non-invasive treatment, dermal fillers could be the solution. Call us today to find out more!

Did You Know We Can Brighten Your Teeth in Just One Hour?

Tooth whitening is a very popular treatment. Polls show that most people would like a whiter smile. If you’re interested in whitening treatment, we can provide you with the finest techniques around. Our dental team, led by Dr Andrew Moore, has tried and tested a range of treatments to bring you the very best results. After trialling a number of treatments, Dr Moore is delighted to offer patients the incredible Enlighten whitening system.

What is Enlighten whitening?

Enlighten is widely regarded as the best professional whitening system on the market at the moment. In the UK, this is the only treatment that is capable of producing shade B1, the lightest tooth shade. If you dream of a glistening, radiant smile for summer, this is the option for you!

Enlighten whitening involves aspects of at-home and in-chair treatment. The in-chair treatment takes just one hour and it is preceded by 14 days of treatment at home. Home treatment is incredibly simple, there’s absolutely no pain involved and you can fit it in around your schedule. All you have to do is wear the bespoke whitening trays we provide you with for around 6 hours per day for 14 consecutive days. When you’ve done this, we’ll invite you to the clinic for an hour-long power whitening session, which will leave your pearly whites sparkling. You won’t feel any pain during the treatment and you can just lie back and relax. We’ll ask you to pop some goggles on, and then we’ll leave you to chill out while the Enlighten bleaching agent works its magic.

Is Enlighten a good option for me?

Enlighten is an excellent option for anyone who wants a noticeably whiter and brighter smile. This treatment can lighten the teeth by several shades and it’s very convenient. When administered by a trained dentist, whitening treatment is safe and there is a very low risk of side-effects. Treatment can make a massive difference to the look of your smile, as well as your confidence levels.

To find out more about Enlighten whitening, call us today!

How CEREC can restore your tooth in one day

Did you know that we could restore your tooth in just one day? Thanks to CEREC, we can offer same-day treatment to repair broken and damaged teeth. Gone are the days of waiting around for results!

What is CEREC?

CEREC is a brilliant example of how far dentistry has come. In the past, we had to wait 2-3 weeks to fit a new crown or some new veneers. Today, thanks to CEREC, we can do this in just one day. CEREC technology enables us to design, manufacture and fit new crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays in a single day. The best thing is that we don’t even have to leave the building. We can do everything on-site, bringing you rapid, reliable results.

CEREC takes care of every stage of the process of replacing an old restoration or a fitting a new one. With this technology, we take photographs of the teeth, which are turned into 3D models and then sent to the on-site milling machine. In minutes, your new crown or inlay will be ready for us to fit. The process is accurate, fast, and hassle-free.

The benefits of CEREC

CEREC offers an alternative to traditional restorative treatment, which usually takes up to 3 weeks. If you take a crown, for example, we would usually use dental putty to create an impression, which would be sent away to a laboratory. The new crown would be fabricated by a dental technician and then sent back to us. We would then schedule another appointment to fit the crown. With CEREC, there’s no need to create moulds or send them away, and the process takes one day rather than 2 weeks.

CEREC isn’t just a speedy alternative to traditional treatment. It’s also cleaner and more precise. Many patients also feel more comfortable with this technique, as your dentist won’t have to make a putty mould. If you have a sensitive gag reflex, this can be an unpleasant process. It’s also more convenient for patients to have a single treatment session, rather than two, especially if they work full-time or they have child care commitments.

The Dos and Don’ts of Good Oral Health

Many of us make an effort to work out and eat well, but how much thought do you give your oral health? Your oral health is linked to your general health, so taking good care of your teeth and gums is incredibly important. Here are some dos and don’ts to help you improve your dental health:

Dos

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste: brushing is the best way to prevent plaque. When you’re brushing, use fluoride toothpaste and set a timer for 2 minutes. Brush every tooth and be gentle.
  • Swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months: if you’re brushing with an old brush, you won’t be able to do as good a job as you could with a new brush. If the bristles are worn, you won’t be able to achieve a deep clean, and your dental health may suffer.
  • Keep up to date with dental checks: seeing your dentist every 6-12 months can reduce your risk of developing decay and gum disease by up to 60 percent. If you have any issues between check-ups, don’t wait and hope that they go way. Give us a call and arrange an appointment sooner.

Don’ts

  • Brush straight after eating: you may think that brushing straight after eating will do your teeth the power of good, but it can actually be harmful. This is because our enamel becomes softer when you eat, and it takes time for it to recover. If you brush when the enamel is weak, this can contribute to accelerated wear and tear. Wait around an hour after eating to brush.
  • Snack: if you can avoid snacking, your oral health will benefit hugely. Snacking means that the enamel is under attack throughout the day and soft constantly, which increases the risk of erosion and damage. Try and eat three main meals, and if you are hungry between meals, choose sugar-free or low-sugar snacks, such as raw vegetables or whole grain toast.

Flossing – How To Clean Between Your Teeth

Most of us understand the importance of brushing, but flossing tends to get overlooked. If you don’t already floss daily, now is the time to start!

About flossing

Flossing is the practice of using dental floss to clean your mouth. After brushing, you can use floss or dental tape to target areas that you can’t brush, such as the cracks and gaps between your teeth. Flossing is very simple and quick, and it can have a very positive impact on your oral health.

How to floss

Flossing can take a little getting used to, but once you’re a flossing pro, it will become second nature. Firstly, take a piece of dental floss, and then guide it through the gap between your teeth. Repeat this with new pieces of floss until you have cleaned every gap. When you’re flossing, take care not to tug at the tape or be too aggressive. If you pull at the floss, you can hurt your gums.

If you’re having trouble with flossing, your dental hygienist or dentist can help. You could also consider using inter-dental brushes, which are tiny hand-held brushes that are used to clean between the teeth.

Is it normal for the gum to bleed when you brush?

If you’ve never flossed before, you may find that your gums bleed the first couple of times. However, bleeding should not be a common occurrence. If you have bleeding gums and you’ve been flossing for a while, see your dentist. Bleeding can be a sign of gum disease, and it’s best to get symptoms like this checked out. If you do have gum disease, treating it in the early stages is much easier than managing advanced gum disease, and it’ll prevent you from experiencing pain.

Call us today if you have any oral hygiene queries or you need some tips.

Did you Know You can Have a Perfect Straight Smile in Just a Few Weeks?

What kinds of images pop into your head when you hear somebody talking about braces? Do you still picture bulky metal braces or assume that treatment will take years? If so, you may be pleasantly surprised to hear all about modern orthodontic solutions. With state of the art braces, we can give you a perfect, straight smile in a matter of weeks.

Our rapid brace range

We offer fast-acting orthodontic treatments, which are suitable for patients who need minor correction. Our options include:

Inman Aligner: the Inman Aligner is a removable brace, which uses gentle but powerful forces to gently squeeze the teeth, causing them to move in the right direction. The aligner works incredibly quickly, with an average treatment time of just 16 weeks. Although it isn’t invisible like other aligners, it works much faster and it is very discreet, especially compared to some fixed brace treatments. The only component that can be seen is a fine metal bar, which runs across the front of the teeth. With this brace, you can enjoy eating and cleaning your teeth as normal, and in just 3-4 months, you’ll have a brilliant new smile.

Quick Straight Teeth: Quick Straight Teeth is a versatile orthodontic system, which can use either fixed or removable braces to correct minor orthodontic issues in just a few weeks. Both braces are made from transparent materials, so you don’t have to worry about discretion, and treatment times vary from jut 4 weeks to 24 weeks for more complex cases.

If you’re keen for rapid results and you can’t wait to show off a brand new, straight smile, why not ring us today and book a consultation. Our experienced Essex dentists will have a good look at your teeth and make recommendations based on your bite and your treatment preferences. A gorgeous new smile could be just weeks away!

Four Ways Stopping Smoking Will Help Your Teeth

We tend to focus on our heart and lungs when we talk about the benefits of giving up smoking, but did you know that quitting can also have major benefits for your teeth? Here are just 4 of the reasons your oral health will improve when you stop smoking:

  1. Reduced risk of gum disease: smoking reduces blood flow to the gums, which increases the risk of gum disease. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in British adults. Signs to look out for include swollen and sore gums, increased redness and bleeding when you brush.
  2. Lower risk of bad breath: smoking is one of the leading causes of bad breath. Although brushing your teeth and hewing sugar-free gum can help to disguise odours, nothing will work better than giving up smoking.
  3. Cleaner, whiter teeth: cigarettes contain hundreds of different chemicals, many of which can stain and discolour your teeth. If you smoke, you may have noticed that your teeth have a yellow or brown tinge. Giving up smoking will help to prevent further staining and make you smile look whiter and brighter.
  4. Decreased risk of oral cancer: did you know that the number of cases of oral cancer diagnosed in the UK has increased by over a third in the last ten years? Oral cancer affects the soft tissue in the mouth. Smoking is the leading risk factor for mouth cancer, and it is particularly dangerous when combined with drinking alcohol. If you drink and smoke, you’re up to 30 times more likely to develop oral cancer than a non-smoker who doesn’t drink.

If you want to give up smoking, our expert dental team is on hand to help. We have expertise and experience in providing advice and support to patients who are trying to give up smoking, and we’re here to cheer you on every step of the way.