Are you looking for a simple, swift and painless means of getting the perfect smile? If you’re drawn to chips every time you look in the mirror or you can’t bring yourself to smile for photographs because you’ve got misshapen teeth, we have an ideal solution for you! Allow us to introduce you to dental bonding, a rapid, affordable cosmetic treatment, which can transform your smile in just one hour.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is also known as cosmetic or composite bonding. This is a cosmetic procedure, which involves using a material known as dental composite to carry out minor repairs and aesthetic changes to the teeth. The alterations that are made are minor, but the overall look of the smile can be modified significantly. If you have chipped, worn, misshapen or uneven teeth or you have gaps between the teeth, this could be an ideal option for you.
The procedure is relatively straightforward and the good news is that there’s no pain involved at all. Your dentist will first select the shade of composite that is closest to your natural tooth colour. They will then use their skill to shape and mould the composite to fill gaps and alter the shape of individual teeth to create a more attractive, healthy looking aesthetic. Once the composite is in place, it will be set firm using a curing light and then any final alterations will be made.
With dental bonding, you can see the results of treatment straight away and we don’t need to use any anaesthetic or needles, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with unpleasant numbness or taking any time off work to recover.
If you’re keen to find out more about dental bonding or you’ve been looking for a simple solution for aesthetic imperfections, call us today and book a consultation.
If you’ve been wearing a brace for weeks, months or even years, the last thing you want is for all your hard work and dedication to go to waste, and this is why we recommend that all our orthodontic patients wear retainers.
What exactly is a retainer?
A retainer is a custom-designed orthodontic appliance, which is designed to hold the teeth in position once the brace has been removed. Braces use forces to gently guide the teeth into a new positon, and if you take them off and then leave the teeth alone, this may result in the teeth slipping slightly and starting to move. A retainer holds the teeth, preventing relapse and ensuring your smile continues to look flawless for years to come.
There are different types of retainer available, including removable and fixed appliances. Your dentist can talk you through the options and make recommendations based on the kind of treatment you had and your orthodontic prescription.
Why is it so important to wear a retainer?
Many people choose to have braces because they’re unhappy with the appearance of their smile. If you have crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth or there are gaps between your teeth, this may affect your confidence, as well as increasing the risk of dental health issues and speech problems. Braces are used to straighten the teeth and correct misalignment issues, but the hard work doesn’t stop when you have your braces removed. Retainers represent the next stage of treatment and they help to prevent the teeth from moving. If you don’t wear retainers, there’s a risk of the teeth slipping out of position and you may end up needing further treatment.
If you have questions or queries about retainers or you’d like to learn more about what happens after you have your braces taken off, our friendly dentists will be happy to help.
Veneers are a very popular type of modern cosmetic dental treatment. These ultra-fine, light tooth-shaped shells, which are made from ceramic, are designed to create stunning smiles. Whether you have aesthetic issues or you dream of a perfect new smile, veneers could be the answer. If you do choose to have veneers, it’s important to look after them to keep your smile looking flawless for as long as possible. Here are some top tips to help you care for your new smile:
Check in with your dentist
Regular dental checks are essential for good oral health, but they’re also important to keep your smile looking fabulous. When you have a routine dental appointment, your dentist will have a good look at your veneers, give them a clean, and ensure that everything looks perfect. If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6 months, give us a call and make an appointment now!
Brush up on your cleaning skills
When you clean your teeth, you remove food debris and bacteria from your mouth, but you also polish the surface of your teeth, and this helps to keep your smile looking healthy and bright. Make sure you brush for 2 minutes every morning and evening and set a timer to ensure you’re doing a thorough job. Avoid brushing too hard, as this can damage your enamel or your veneers.
Avoid hard foods
Your diet can have an impact on your oral health and it can also put you at greater risk of dental injuries. If you’re eating very hard foods, such as boiled sweets, for example, you could chip a tooth or one of your veneers if you have a full set of veneers. It’s also important to resist the temptation to use your teeth to open bottles or bite off labels or anything else they’re not really designed to do!
If you have veneers and you’re keen to keep them in tip-top condition for as long as possible, hopefully these tips will come in handy! Call us today if you have any more questions or queries and we’ll be happy to help.
There are few things that make you feel more confident than a dazzling white smile. If you’ve just been to the dentist for a polish or you’ve had your teeth whitened, it’s natural to want to keep your smile sparkling for as long as possible. Here are 3 steps you can take to keep your pearly whites looking pristine:
- Set a timer when you brush: brushing is the best way to keep dental disease at bay and it can also give your smile a lovely, healthy glow. Many of us don’t devote enough time to brushing. If you’re worried that you don’t clean your teeth for long enough, set a timer when you brush or buy an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer. It’s important to cover every part of the mouth and to angle your brush head so that you can clean along the gum line.
- Use a straw: unfortunately, lots of our favourite drinks contain staining agents, which discolour the teeth. If you’re partial to tea, coffee, dark juices, cola or wine, it’s a really good idea to use a straw. If you sip through a straw, the liquid won’t come into direct contact with your enamel and this will lower the risk of staining.
- See your dentist on a regular basis: brushing is really good for your teeth, but you can’t achieve a clean like you get at the dentist no matter how fantastic your skills. Make sure you see your dentist every 6-12 months for a check-up and a polish.
In the past, there was a good chance that having a filling could have a negative impact on the look of your smile. Now, thanks to amazing developments in dentistry, we can use much more aesthetically pleasing, natural techniques, which enable us to fill cavities, whilst also preserving the beauty of your smile. If you thought you had to contend with ugly dark fillings, think again!
About white fillings
White fillings, also known as composite or tooth-coloured fillings, are used commonly in modern dentistry. Most of us consider our smiles our most important feature, so it makes sense that the majority of patients prefer a natural look when they need a tooth filled. Mercury amalgam fillings are clearly visible when you open your mouth and a white filling is a much better option for those in search of invisible results.
White fillings are made from dental composite and resins. Composite comes in an array of tooth-coloured shades, which enables us to select the colour that is closest to the natural tooth. This means that it is virtually impossible to distinguish the filling from the rest of the tooth.
As well as being more attractive than amalgam fillings, white fillings are also safer and they are better for the environment. We can fit new fillings or replace old amalgam fillings.
The benefits of a filling
We generally use fillings to treat cavities. Cavities are holes, which form in the surface of the tooth. They are caused by bacteria. Once there is a hole in the tooth, it’s possible for these harmful bacteria to spread through the tooth causing severe decay and increasing the risk of infection. To stem the spread, we fill the cavity. Fillings also make the tooth stronger.
If you need a filling or you’re interested in replacing an old amalgam filling with a new tooth-coloured filling, call us now and book an appointment.
If you’ve recently had cosmetic dentistry, you’re probably keen to keep your smile in tip-top condition for as long as possible. Here are 3 top tips to help you protect your stunning new smile:
- Maintain good oral hygiene: brushing and flossing are the best ways of keeping your teeth clean and protecting them from harmful bacteria. Ensure you devote at least 2 minutes every morning and evening to brushing your teeth thoroughly. Use a brush with a small had to reach into the corners, use fluoride toothpaste, and be gentle to prevent damage to the enamel.
- Use a straw: if you’ve got bright white teeth and you’re keen for them to sparkle for as long as possible, it’s a really good idea to use a straw when you drink. Drinks like coffee, tea, iced smoothies, cola, wine and fruit juices can all stain the teeth. If you suck the liquid up through the straw, this reduces contact with the enamel, lowering the risk of discolouration.
- Book regular dental check-ups: seeing your dentist on a regular basis is one of the best ways to eliminate dental problems and keep your smile in check. When you go to the dentist, they will examine the mouth and check for any potential warning signs and give your teeth a clean. You can also ask any questions or seek advice if you’re wondering about teeth cleaning, healthy eating or how to keep your smile looking perfect for longer.
We strongly recommend replacing missing teeth for health reasons and to boost confidence levels. If you have a missing tooth and you’re looking for a solution, why not consider a dental bridge? Bridges are a type of restoration, which literally bridge the gap left behind by a lost tooth.
About dental bridges
Dental bridges are restorations, which are used to replace a missing tooth. There are different types of bridge available and the type you choose will usually depend on the location of the gap. The traditional fixed bridge is the most common type of bridge, and this made from a prosthetic tooth, which is supported by a crown on either side.
Bridges are a more affordable option than dental implants and they’re easier to look after than dentures.
We can use a range of different materials, including lifelike ceramics, to make a bridge. Most patients choose ceramic bridges because they are the most aesthetically-pleasing option.
What is involved in treatment?
We can usually fit a new bridge in just 2 sessions, which take place 2 weeks apart. During the first appointment, we’ll plan your treatment and create a putty mould, which will form the template for your bridge. All our bridges are custom-made to make sure they fit your mouth perfectly. Once your bridge is ready, we will invite you back and we will fit the bridge and secure it firmly. Once the bridge is in place, you will not be able to tell the difference between your bridge and your natural teeth, and hopefully, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable and confident when you smile.
If you have a missing tooth and you’re on the lookout for a quick, simple and affordable solution, call us now to find out more about our brilliant bridges.
If you’re like most people, you probably assume that braces are reserved for teenagers. It’s common to have orthodontic treatment when you’re young, but more and more people are choosing to have treatment when they reach adulthood. If you’ve put off having braces because you were worried about your image or you didn’t want to endure painful treatment, you’ll be pleased to hear that orthodontic treatment has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. With amazing adult treatments available, it’s never too late to get a perfect straight smile.
The benefits of braces
Most people want to have orthodontic treatment because they’re unhappy with the appearance of their smile. However, there are many other benefits of braces aside from gaining a beautiful, straight smile. Having treatment, no matter how old you are, can increase your confidence, improve your oral health and make it easier for you to keep your teeth clean.
We often recommend early intervention in cases where orthodontic issues are obvious at a young age because results tend to be better and the individual is able to enjoy the benefits of treatment sooner. Although early treatment may be preferable, this certainly doesn’t mean that you won’t get brilliant results if you have treatment later in life. Sometimes, treatment may take a little longer, but having braces can make a really positive difference to your health and wellbeing.
We have an array of treatment systems on offer, including removable and fixed braces, discreet options and braces that work incredibly quickly.
If you’re interested in adult orthodontic treatment, call us now and book a consultation. We can have a look at your bite, go through some treatment options and talk about the pros and cons of braces to help you make a decision. Remember, it’s never too late to get a smile to be proud of.
At The Frederick Dental Clinic, we often come across patients who are scared of going to the dentist. Dental anxiety is very common, but we can promise that you’re in good hands with us. We encourage all our patients to visit on a regular basis, and we promise that there’s nothing to be scared of. Here are 3 good reasons why you don’t need to worry about your next dental trip:
- Improved oral health: many people worry about going to the dentist because they’re scared of being told that something is wrong, but the longer you leave it, the higher the chance of developing oral diseases. If you go to the dentist on a regular basis, you can cut your risk of decay and gum disease by more than 50 per cent. Check-ups are quick and easy, and we promise you that you won’t feel a thing!
- Our friendly team: it’s common for patients to suffer from phobias or extreme nerves because of negative experiences they’ve had in the past. We understand that what’s happened to you before can have a major bearing on how you feel about putting yourself in a similar situation again. We have a very understanding, compassionate dental team and our dentists have experience in caring for nervous patients. If you’re feeling anxious, we’ll always go the extra mile to help you to feel more relaxed.
- We offer sedation: we know that it can be very daunting to face undergoing a dental procedure. We offer sedation dentistry for patients who feel very anxious about having more complex courses of treatment. When you’re sedated, you’ll feel drowsy, but you won’t lose consciousness. You’ll be relaxed and you won’t feel any pain.
If you’re a nervous patient, we are here to help. Give us a call and see how we could help to make your next dental trip a much less daunting prospect.
When you hear the word braces do you still think of cumbersome metal train-tracks, which take years to give you the smile you want? If so, you’ll be ecstatic to hear that times have changed, and we have a whole new breed of incredible treatments on offer. If time is of the essence, allow us to introduce you to Six Month Smiles.
The ins and outs of Six Month Smiles treatment
Six Month Smiles is a fixed brace treatment, which as you’ve probably guessed from the name, takes just six months to straighten the teeth. Usually, it takes at least 12 months to correct orthodontic issues. Six Month Smiles work faster than conventional orthodontic braces because they target problems that affect the front teeth only; these are the teeth that are visible when you smile, so it’s important that they look perfect. The braces also use the latest self-ligating technology to minimise treatment times and reduce pain.
Six Month Smiles is a fixed brace system, which means that treatment is very simple. All you have to do is have your brace fitted, keep it clean, and then await the grand reveal. The braces are made from clear and tooth-coloured components, so you don’t have to worry about showing off an ugly brace every time you smile.
Who is a good candidate for Six Month Smiles?
Six Month Smiles is a fantastic treatment, but it’s not ideal for everyone. This system was developed for patients with minor and moderate orthodontic imperfections who wanted rapid results. Ideally, patients would be seeking treatment for issues that affect the front teeth. As the system works so quickly, it’s an excellent option for people who have limited time, for example, couples who want to look their best for their wedding day.
If you are interested in Six Month Smiles, and you’d like to see if this is a good match for you, why not contact us today?