How Fissure Sealing Can Help You Children Take Care of Their Teeth

In dentistry, prevention is always better than cure. At Advance Dental, we strive to do everything possible to keep our younger patients free from dental dramas, and we provide preventative treatments, including fissure sealant treatment.

What is fissure sealant treatment?

Fissure sealant treatment is a preventative therapy, which is recommended for children as a means of reducing the risk of tooth decay. A sealant is applied to the teeth, usually the molars, to provide a protective barrier, which fills the tiny cracks and crevices on the biting surface of the tooth. Sealant material is applied to the tooth, stretched out to cover the fissures and then hardened using a curing light. By filling in these tiny gaps, there’s a lower risk of food and bacteria becoming trapped in the tooth surface, which reduces the risk of plaque formation and protects the tooth from decay.

Is fissure sealant treatment painful?

Fissure sealant treatment is painless, quick and effective. Your child won’t experience any pain at all and within minutes, they’ll be free to get back to whatever the rest of the day holds.

Who can benefit from fissure sealant treatment?

This is a preventative service, which is recommended for all children. Generally speaking, this treatment is designed for children who have developed their adult molar teeth. Most commonly, treatment is provided for children aged between 6 and 10 years old. Once they are in place, sealants can last up to 10 years.

If you have children and you’d like information about the benefits of fissure sealants, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll be happy to answer questions and help you decide if this is a treatment you’d like your child to have.

How Dermal Fillers Can Give You a More Youthful Smile

Dermal fillers are an increasingly popular facial treatment. Fillers are an anti-ageing therapy, which can be used to soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles to create young-looking, vibrant skin. As well as rejuvenating the skin, fillers can also be used to showcase your smile by targeting sagging skin in the cheeks and enhancing your lips.

About dermal fillers

Fillers traditionally add volume to the skin and combat the effects of a loss of collagen. Collagen is a fibre, which is used by the body to give the skin structure and shape. As you get older, your body’s collagen stores become depleted, and this is why the skin sags and wrinkles form. Dermal fillers add bounce and firmness to the skin, creating a more youthful look. While fillers can work wonders for your skin, they can also bring out your smile in all its glory. Plumping the pout is an increasingly popular treatment and it can really enhance your smile.

Fillers are usually injected into the skin using a very fine needle in a painless procedure, which lasts around 15-30 minutes. With treatment on the lips, the procedure can take a little longer and it’s likely to be slightly more painful, due to the delicacy of the skin on the lips. To prevent discomfort, we apply topical anaesthetic prior to treatment. The aim is always to produce natural results, which enhance your beauty and showcase your best features.

Are dermal fillers a good option for me?

Dermal fillers are ideally suited to those who would like to look younger without going through surgery. This is a non-invasive treatment, which produces temporary results. You can have treatment, and then decide whether to repeat it once the effects start to wear off after 6-9 months. If you’re unsure, or you’d like to find out more, our team will be more than happy to answer questions and give you a better idea of what treatment involves and how it could benefit you.

Did You Know The Inman Aligner Can Give You A Straight Smile In Time for Summer?

Do you long for a perfect smile in time for summer? Have you got an important event coming up or are you desperate to look your best for your annual holiday? If you’re worried about crooked teeth or you’ve got a gap between your front teeth, we may have just the tonic. With the Inman Aligner, we can produce outstanding results in weeks.

Introducing the Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a brace system, which is removable and designed to tackle minor orthodontic issues. This innovative device features two components, which work together to create forces that push and pull the teeth, causing them to move. The aligner comprises a coiled spring at the back of the teeth and a fine metal bar at the front.

What are the benefits of the Inman Aligner?

The Inman Aligner offers some brilliant benefits for patients who need a limited amount of movement. The speed of treatment is a major draw for most patients. It’s often assumed that orthodontic treatment takes months, even years, but with this brace, you’ll enjoy results in weeks. The average treatment time is just 16 weeks, so you could have your dream smile by summer. The Inman Aligner is also convenient, as it is removable. You can eat and clean your teeth as normal, and you have more freedom and flexibility than you would with a fixed brace. The aligner is also discreet, as the only part that is visible is the thin metal bar that runs along the front teeth. The technology used also minimises discomfort.

Could the Inman Aligner be the best option for me?

If you’re looking for a solution for minor orthodontic issues, you need results quickly and you like the idea of a removable brace, the Inman Aligner could be an ideal match for you. If you’re keen to find out more, why not get in touch with us and book a consultation? We can answer your questions, have a look at your bite and get you started if you’re keen to go ahead and you’re a suitable candidate. Your sensational summer smile could be just around the corner!

Five Food Swaps For Stronger Teeth This Spring

If you’re keen to protect your teeth and gums, it’s hugely beneficial to keep an eye on your diet. Here are 5 food swaps you can make for stronger teeth this spring:

  1. Fizzy drinks for milk: milk is rich in calcium, which is essential for strong teeth, but it also has a much higher pH value and lower sugar content than fizzy drinks. Acids wear away the enamel, and most fizzy drinks have very little nutritional value. Next time you’re thirsty, pour a glass of milk rather than reaching for a can of pop.
  2. Ice cream for yoghurt: it may be warmer outside, but resist the temptation to stock the freezer full of ice cream. Ice cream is sugary, and it can also exacerbate symptoms of sensitivity. Yoghurt is a better option, as it contains calcium, and unsweetened versions have low sugar content. Sprinkle some raspberries or blueberries to increase your daily intake of fruit.
  3. Crisps for cheese: if you tend to graze on crisps between meals, try eating a small chunk of cheese instead. Cheese has a high pH value, it’s low in sugar, and it’s a good source of calcium.
  4. Juice for water: juice is often marketed as a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks, but most shop-bought products are full of added sugar. Juices also tend to be acidic. Water is pH neutral, it contains fluoride, it has no sugar content and it helps to keep dry mouth at bay.
  5. Cooked veg for raw vegetables: any form of vegetable is going to be beneficial for you, but raw vegetables are particularly good for your oral health. Chewing on raw carrots, celery sticks, broccoli and cucumber stimulates saliva production, cleansing the mouth and reducing acidity.

How Dental Veneers Can Give You The Teeth of Your Dreams

Do you dream of flashing a flawless set of pearly whites when you smile? If your smile isn’t red carpet worthy at the moment, we can help. We have a range of incredible cosmetic dental treatments at our disposal, including veneers. Dental veneers can transform your smile, giving you a set of teeth you’re proud to show off, whatever the occasion.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are delicate, tooth-shaped shells, which are commonly made from ceramic materials such as porcelain. Veneers are designed to mimic healthy, bright natural teeth, and they can transform your smile in no time at all. At Advance Dental, we have various options available, including same-day composite dental veneers and Lumineers. Composite veneers are made from dental composite, rather than porcelain, and they are a cheaper alternative to ceramic veneers. The treatment process is also faster and less invasive.

How could dental veneers benefit me?

Both dental veneers and Lumineers can be used to address a whole host of aesthetic imperfections, including worn edges, uneven teeth, gaps in the smile and staining. Many of us are conscious about the way we look, and our smiles are often the first thing we notice when we look in the mirror or see photos. If you’re not confident about the look of your smile, you’re probably not keen on showing it off, and this can hamper your enjoyment of life. Veneers are a simple solution, which can make you feel more confident and attractive and enable you to fulfil your potential.

What does treatment involve?

Composite veneers can be bonded directly onto the tooth surface, and this means that treatment can be completed in a single visit. Lumineers are very thin and they require minimal preparation, but treatment usually involves two sessions a couple of weeks apart.

If you’d like to find out more about our amazing veneers, why not get in touch today?

How Invisalign provide Wireless Teeth Straightening For a Wireless World

Have you ever dreamt of having a perfectly straight smile without the hassle of dealing with brackets and wires? If so, we have the perfect orthodontic treatment for you. With Invisalign, we can straighten your teeth without a wire in sight.

About Invisalign

Invisalign is an invisible brace system, which uses removable, transparent aligners to reposition the teeth. The aligners are made from high-grade plastic, and they are streamlined and sleek. They look similar to mouth guards that are worn for sport, and they slide over the teeth effortlessly. There are no metal parts, no brackets and no wires, and the best thing is that your braces will be virtually undetectable when you smile.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is different to most other orthodontic systems because it uses a series of aligners, rather than a single brace. Each patient is provided with a set of bespoke aligners, which are all slightly different. Treatment is planned in advance using advanced software, and the braces generate forces, which guide the teeth into position. Each aligner remains in place for 2 weeks and then you swap the brace with the next appliance in the series. Invisalign braces are removable, but ideally, they should be worn for around 22 hours per day to get the best results.

Is Invisalign suitable for me?

Invisalign is suitable for most patients who have either mild or moderate orthodontic issues, and it’s a really popular option for those hoping to undergo secret treatment. If you have crowded or crooked teeth or you have gaps between your teeth, this could be an excellent option for you. If you’d like to see if you’re a good match for Invisalign, we recommend booking a consultation. We can talk you through the pros and cons, give you more information about the treatment process and have a good look at your teeth to see if this could be a viable option for you. Call us now or pop in and see us!

Top Five Tips to Take Care of Your Newly Straightened Teeth

If you’ve had braces, it’s understandable to want your newly-straightened smile to look perfect for as long as possible. If you’ve just had your braces removed, here are some top tips to keep your teeth in order:

  1. Brush twice a day: dental hygiene is key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time, taking care to cover every individual tooth and to brush gently to protect your enamel. Electric brushes are proven to remove plaque more effectively than manual brushes, and we recommend using fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Wear a retainer: retainers are orthodontic appliances, which are designed for use after braces. The role of the retainer is to hold the teeth in position and reduce the risk of them sliding and relapsing. You can choose from a fixed or a removable retainer, and retainers are generally much more discreet than fixed braces.
  3. See your dentist: it’s really important to keep up to date with regular routine dental checks once you’ve had your braces removed. Seeing a dentist every 6 months will lower the risk of dental health issues, and enable your dentist to keep an eye on any tooth movement.
  4. Watch what you eat: your diet is really important when it comes to oral health. Some foods are much better for you than others, but your eating habits can also have an impact. Try and avoid snacking and eating between meals, and keep an eye on your sugar intake.
  5. Use a straw: if you’ve got a brand new, sparkling, straight smile, it’s wise to use a straw when you drink to avoid staining.

If you need any more advice or useful tips about keeping your smile in pristine condition, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

One Day Crowns are Now Possible with CEREC 3D

Have you got a damaged tooth or do you need a new crown pronto? In the past, patients had to wait for new crowns, but now, thanks to Cerec 3D, we can provide same-day treatment.

What exactly is Cerec?

Cerec (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is a form of dental technology, which enables us to restore the teeth in a single treatment session. Typically, if you needed a crown, you would be advised to book two sessions, around 2 weeks apart. During the first appointment, your dentist would prepare the tooth and create a putty mould, which would be sent away to the dental laboratory. During the second session, the permanent, bespoke crown would be placed and fixed. With Cerec, we can undertake all aspects of treatment on-site. There’s no need for putty impressions and we don’t need to send moulds away to the lab. We can design, make and fit new crowns right here at the clinic.

Cerec uses camera images, rather than putty impressions, to form 3D templates, which are used to design and fabricate the new crown. Once the templates are ready, they are sent to the on-site milling machine and minutes later, the crown will be ready to fit.

What are the benefits of Cerec?

Cerec offers benefits for both patients and dentists. Firstly, the speed of treatment is accelerated, as every stage of the process can be completed on-site. The process is also much less messy and invasive than traditional techniques, and it’s also more precise and accurate. Dentists have more control over the design stage and patients can start benefiting from the treatment they receive straight away. There’s also the added convenience of needing one session, rather than two or three.

To find out more, call us today!

Four Implants, One Day, New Teeth

Modern dentistry is nothing short of incredible! With treatments like the amazing All-on-4 system, we can transform smiles in one day. If you can’t wait for incredible results, we’ve got the swift solutions you need!

About All-on-4

A revolutionary implant treatment, All-on-4 enables us to create a brand new smile in one day using just four dental implants. All-on-4 differs to conventional implant treatment because it uses fewer implants and it produces instant results. Traditionally, between six and ten implants are required to support a complete arch of new teeth and implant treatment takes several months. With All-on-4, we use four implants and treatment can be completed in a single day. The treatment is able to produce results faster and reduce the number of implants required by adjusting the angle of the back implants and choosing locations that take advantage of the densest tissue in the jaw bone.

Normally, implants are fitted at an angle of 90 degrees, however the two implants at the back of the mouth are placed instead at an angle of 45 degrees to maximise stability.

What are the advantages of All-on-4?

All-on-4 offers an array of advantages for patients who have missing natural teeth. These include:

  • Speed: normally, you’d have to wait months to reap the rewards of implant treatment, but this system produces results in just one day, as we can place your new teeth in the same appointment as your implants.
  • Stability: implants provide the same level of stability as healthy, strong natural tooth roots, giving you enhanced functionality and peace of mind when you eat and speak.
  • Natural looking aesthetics: there’s nothing more attractive than a healthy, bright smile, and All-on-4 is famed for creating beautiful, natural looking smiles.
  • Confidence: losing teeth can knock your confidence. All-on-4 is a fast, simple way of enjoying much greater confidence when you smile.

If you’d like to find out more about All-on-4, why not get in touch today?

Preventing Gum Disease in Five Easy Steps

Gum disease affects thousands of adults in the UK, and it is currently the leading cause of premature tooth loss. The good news is that gum disease can be prevented. If you’re keen to keep your gums in check, here are 5 simple steps you can take:

  1. Brushing: brushing is essential for keeping the mouth clean and reducing the risk of plaque formation. Spend two minutes brushing your teeth every morning and evening to keep gum disease at bay.
  2. Floss: brushing has limitations, as you can’t fit a brush between the teeth. This is where flossing comes in handy. Floss daily to clean between your teeth and prevent plaque.
  3. Book a dental check: routine dental check-ups play an important role in preventing gum disease. Dentists are trained to spot very early warning signs, and if you visit regularly, this means that any potential problems can be addressed as early as possible. Ideally, you should visit your dentist every 6-12 months.
  4. Avoid smoking: smoking increases the risk of gum disease because it reduces blood flow to the gums. If you smoke, and you’d like to give up, we may able to help. Ask our friendly team for more information about stop smoking services.
  5. Keep an eye out for warning signs: gum disease is a progressive condition, which means that it develops with time. Mild gum disease is relatively easy to treat, but if it is left alone, it can quickly become more serious. Advanced gum disease, or periodontal disease, causes permanent damage to the gums and it may result in tooth loss. Keep an eye out for warning signs such as swollen, painful and bleeding gums. If you spot these signs, see your dentist.