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.

3 Ways Advance Dental Clinic Can Repair a Broken Tooth

If you’ve got a broken tooth, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have a range of techniques and treatments we can use to patch you up and put a smile back on your face. Here are 3 ways we can repair a broken tooth:

  1. Crown: if your tooth is broken, we may recommend placing a crown over the top of the existing tooth structure. A crown is a restoration, which is designed to strengthen an infected, decayed or damaged tooth. Crowns can be made from various materials, but most patients prefer to opt for ceramic crowns, as they produce very natural and lifelike results. We can fit same-day crowns using Cerec or place a temporary crown, which can be replaced with a bespoke crown a couple of weeks later.
  2. Cosmetic bonding: cosmetic bonding is a very effective and versatile aesthetic treatment, which can be used to build up tooth surfaces that have been worn and repair chipped and broken teeth. In this case, your dentist will use composite material to repair the tooth. Composite is tooth-coloured and at room temperature, it has a putty-like consistency. Once the composite material has been applied to the tooth, it is set using a specific curing light. This treatment is quick and painless.
  3. Root canal treatment: if the tooth is badly broken and the nerves are exposed, root canal treatment may be recommended. Root canal therapy is a procedure used to treat and prevent infection when the pulp tissue, the living part of the tooth, is at risk. This procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and it is often followed by placing a new crown on the tooth.

If you have a broken tooth, don’t suffer in silence! We are here to help. Call and book an appointment today.

Did You Know A Beautiful Straight Smile is Only Six Months Away?

Time flies when you’re having fun!  At Advance Dental Clinic, we understand the importance of providing our clients with rapid results. If you’re after swift tooth straightening systems, we’ve got you covered. Did you know that you could be just six months away from a perfectly straight smile?

Introducing Six Month Smiles

As you’ve probably guessed from the name, Six Month Smiles is an orthodontic system, which was developed to provide patients with a rapid alternative to traditional fixed braces. Producing results in just six months, this is a fast-acting, comfortable and discreet treatment option, which is ideal for patients with minor or moderate issues that involve the front teeth.

Six Month Smile braces work faster than other fixed brace systems because they target the teeth that can be seen when you smile. They also feature advanced technology, which accelerates tooth movement.

What are the advantages of Six Month Smiles?

Because it is an innovative orthodontic treatment, Six Month Smiles offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Fast treatment times: on average, treatment can be completed within 6 months
  • Discreet aesthetics: these braces are made from clear and tooth-coloured components, making them much more discreet than conventional fixed braces
  • Comfort: comfort is key for our patients, and this system uses friction-free technology to minimise pain and speed up tooth movement

Who can benefit from Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles is a cosmetic orthodontic treatment that is designed for patients who have issues that predominantly affect the front teeth, also known as the social 6. As results can be achieved very quickly, this is often a popular choice for patients who have a time frame in mind, for example, those preparing for a wedding or a graduation ceremony.

Did You Know You Could Have Natural Looking Veneers Without Shaving Your Teeth?

Often, when you have veneers, your teeth have to be prepared first, and this involves shaving away a very fine layer of the tooth surface. With our incredible composite veneers, we can transform your smile while keeping the structure of the tooth intact. If you’re looking for a simple, painless and effective way to spruce up your smile, our natural looking dental veneers could be the solution.

About dental veneers

Dental veneers are shells made from composite, which are bonded onto the teeth to create stunning smiles. Composite is a tooth-coloured material, which is also used to create white fillings and to patch up worn and chipped teeth through a procedure known as composite bonding. Composite dental veneers produce instant results, and these veneers can be bonded directly onto the tooth surface with no need to remove tooth tissue in advance. This means that treatment times are shorter, the procedure is completely non-invasive, and you won’t experience any discomfort at all.

The benefits of dental veneers

Dental veneers are a very popular cosmetic option because they provide a solution for a range of different aesthetic issues. Composite veneers are cheaper than porcelain, the treatment process is simpler and your tooth structure will remain wholly intact. Veneers can really make a positive difference to both the look of your smile and your confidence. If you’re happy with the way your teeth look, this is likely to make you smile more, and we all know that smiling is contagious. If you have worn, discoloured, chipped or misshapen teeth, dental veneers could hold the key to a gorgeous new smile.

Call us now to find out more about dazzling dental veneers at Advance Dental Clinic.

5 Tips for Brighter Looking Skin

Do you dream of glowing skin for spring? If you’re eager to inject new life into a dull or drab complexion, here are 5 top tips for more radiant skin:

  1. Exfoliate: exfoliation is a technique used to remove dead skin cells from the surface layers of the skin. Ideally, you should exfoliate once a week. This will help to remove old cells and promote the development of new skin cells. Exfoliating gives your skin a healthy glow, and it can also make your skin feel much softer.
  2. Moisturise: the winter months can take their toll on our skin, and by the time spring comes around, your complexion may be dull and your skin dry. Moisturising nourishes and hydrates the skin, reducing the risk of dryness and making your complexion brighter and more youthful.
  3. Chemical peels: chemical peels are an excellent way to boost radiance and make the skin look younger. A chemical mask is applied to the skin and you have a series of sessions over a period of weeks. Chemical peels are suitable for most skin types, as different strength masks are available. Ask our expert team for more information.
  4. Dermal fillers: dermal fillers are a popular non-invasive facial treatment. This type of treatment is used to revive the skin and make you look and feel more youthful. Fillers are used to add volume and they can help to counteract the effects of lost collagen. Collagen is the fibre, which gives the skin its structure.
  5. Stay hydrated: dehydration is a common cause of dull, flaky skin. Stay hydrated by taking plenty of fluids on board. Aim for two litres of water per day and increase your intake if you exercise or it’s a hot day.

The Importance of Flossing: Cleaning Between Teeth

Most of us are aware of the importance of brushing, but studies show that very few people floss. Flossing is essential because it cleans between the teeth, removing food debris and bacteria from areas that you can’t clean with a brush.

Why is flossing so important?

Flossing plays an influential role in good oral health because it helps to remove bacteria and bits of food from areas of the mouth that cannot be reached with a brush. When you’re cleaning your teeth, it’s not possible to fit the bristles in the tiny cracks between the teeth, and this leaves you vulnerable to decay and gum disease. If bacteria and food debris are left in the mouth, they can combine with saliva to form plaque. Flossing boosts your oral health and it can also help to prevent bad breath.

How often should I floss?

Daily flossing is recommended as part of a good oral hygiene regime. Floss after brushing to complete cleaning. If you feel like you’ve got food stuck in your teeth, it’s also a good idea to floss between meals.

How to floss

Flossing is very simple, but if you’ve never done it before, you may find it a little awkward to begin with. Take a short piece of dental tape and gently guide it through the cracks between the teeth. Take a new piece and continue until you have cleaned the whole of the mouth. When you floss, take care to be very gentle, and don’t pull at the tape, as this can harm your gums.

Is it normal for my gums to bleed?

If you’ve never flossed before or you haven’t flossed for a long time, you may find that your gums bleed the first couple of times. If you notice your gums bleeding when you brush or they start to bleed when you floss, and you are used to flossing on a regular basis, call your dentist. Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease, and it’s best to get checked out.

If you have questions about flossing or you need some helpful advice or tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Did you Know You Could Be Six Months Away from a Straighter Smile?

Have you ever noticed how fast time flies? Before you know it, months have passed and it feels like days. While many of us lament the speed time passes, it can be good news, especially if you consider that we have treatments that can straighten the teeth in just 6 months. If you dream of having a beautiful smile in just 6 months’ time, why not give us a call today?

Introducing 6 Month Smiles

6 Month Smiles is a fast-acting fixed brace, which is ideal for people who need results in a hurry. This system is designed to align the front teeth. By focusing on the teeth that can be seen when you smile, treatment times are reduced and you can enjoy the results sooner. As you may have guessed from the name, the average completion time is 6 months.

You may be wondering how 6 Month Smiles works so quickly. There are various factors that play a role. Firstly, this brace is geared towards the social 6, the teeth at the front of the mouth and this eliminates unnecessarily intensive treatment for patients with minor or moderate issues. Secondly, the technology is advanced and the teeth move faster than they would with other types of brace.

Is 6 Month Smiles suitable for me?

We recommend 6 Month Smiles for patients who don’t need a huge amount of movement. This treatment is ideally suited to patients who have mild or moderate issues that affect the front teeth, and it’s a very popular option for those who are eager to look good for special occasions, such as weddings. If you’re keen to see if this is a viable option for you, call and arrange a consultation. Our friendly Essex dentists can have a look at your mouth and check your bite and then make tailored treatment recommendations.

If you’re after a dream smile in just 6 months, get in touch now!

Five Reasons to Floss

You may be an ace at brushing, but do you floss every day? If you don’t here are 5 reasons that may change your mind:

  1. Lower risk of decay: decay is caused by plaque, which forms when bacteria combines with saliva and food debris to form a sticky substance that clings to the teeth and gums. When you brush, you can’t clean everywhere and flossing helps to lower the risk of decay by eliminating more bacteria and bits of food from the mouth.
  2. Cleaner, brighter teeth: you can only do so much with a brush. Flossing helps you to achieve a cleaner, brighter smile, which should help you feel more attractive and confident.
  3. Lower risk of gum disease: plaque is also the most common cause of gum disease. Flossing helps to keep harmful bacteria at bay, keeping your teeth and gums safe.
  4. Lower risk of bad breath: many cases of bad breath are caused by bacteria feeding on leftover bits of food in the mouth. When you brush, it can be hard to remove every trace of food, and this is why flossing is so beneficial. If you floss regularly and you stick to twice-daily brushing, you should find that you have fresh breath all the time.
  5. Achieving a deeper clean: brushing is great for your oral health, but you can’t cover the entire mouth with a toothbrush. Flossing cleans the areas that are missed with a brush, enabling you to enjoy a much deeper clean.

If you have any more questions about flossing or you need advice or flossing tips, we’ll be happy to help! Simply give us a call or bob in and see us if you’re passing by.

How Enlighten Teeth Whitening Guarantees Dramatically Brighter Teeth

Do you dream of showing off pristine pearly whites when you smile? If your teeth are a little more dull than dazzling, we have just the tonic for you. Enlighten whitening is a professional tooth whitening treatment, which has an exceptional reputation. This treatment is guaranteed to achieve dramatic results.

What does Enlighten treatment involve?

Enlighten treatment involves 15 days of treatment, 14 of which take place at home. For two weeks, you’ll wear a custom-made tray, which contains whitening agent. This tray is similar to a mouth guard and it’s designed specifically for you for maximum comfort and optimum results. You can wear your trays at any time of day or night and we recommend wearing them for around 6 hours. On the 15th day, we’ll invite you to come and see us for the final part of your Enlighten treatment. This is a one-hour in-chair treatment, which is designed to give your smile than final bit of sparkle. All you have to do is pop some protective goggles on and lie back and let Enlighten work its magic. We will apply whitening agent to the teeth and activate is using a lamp. After one hour, you can check out the results and start showing off your gleaming, glistening smile.

What are the benefits of Enlighten?

Enlighten is the only treatment available in the UK, which is capable of achieving the lightest tooth shade. This is a tried and tested method, which produces amazing results every time with no pain and no hassle. If you’re keen to refresh and revitalise your smile, this is an excellent choice. The process is very simple, there’s absolutely no discomfort involved and the results should last for many years to come.

Call us now to book your consultation!

Inman Aligner: How One Appliance Could Revitalise Your Smile

Are you on the hunt for a magical orthodontic treatment that could transform your smile in weeks? If so, we recommend the Inman Aligner. This innovative brace is capable of producing amazing results with no hassle at all.

Tell me more!

The Inman Aligner is a unique, removable brace, which uses gentle forces to push and pull the teeth, causing the teeth to move in the right direction. The aligner slides over the teeth and it offers a flexible, rapid alternative to fixed braces. The Inman Aligner consists of two key components: a coiled spring and a metal bar. These parts work together to squeeze the teeth, aligning them and creating a beautiful smile.

The Inman Aligner is ideally suited to patients who don’t require intensive treatment and it is best for those who have issues that affect the front teeth.

The advantages of the Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner offers a wealth of advantages for orthodontic patients, including:

  • Flexibility: the Inman Aligner is a removable brace, which gives you more flexibility and enables you to incorporate your treatment into your daily schedule seamlessly. You can take your brace out to eat, drink and brush your teeth.
  • Discretion: the aligner is much less visible than a traditional fixed brace, so you don’t have to worry about what you’ll look like during treatment.
  • Speed: the Inman Aligner is one of the fastest treatments out there. Typically, we can complete treatment in just 16 weeks.
  • Comfort: this brace uses the latest technology to move the teeth quickly and painlessly.

If you’d like to find out more about the inimitable Inman Aligner, why not contact us today and book a consultation?