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?
Have you ever dreamed of showing off perfectly straight teeth when you smile? If so, you may assume that you need to go through months of gruelling orthodontic treatment and wear a bulky, painful brace to make this a reality, but you’d be wrong. With Invisalign, we can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
Invisalign is one of the world’s most exciting and innovative orthodontic systems. It uses transparent braces, known as aligners, to gently reposition the teeth without anyone knowing that you’re wearing a brace. Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic, and they slide onto your teeth. When they are in position, they can barely be spotted.
Invisalign is different to traditional braces. With this treatment, a series of appliances is used, rather than a single brace. Each patient receives a set of custom-designed aligners, and you swap over your braces every 2 weeks. It’s important that you wear the aligners in order to achieve the results you want.
The benefits of Invisalign
Many patients want a straight, attractive smile without the hassle of wearing a visible brace. With Invisalign, you can achieve an amazing smile without anyone even knowing that you’re wearing a brace. You don’t have to worry about what you’ll look like, or what other people will say or think.
In addition to discreet aesthetics, Invisalign also offers you flexibility and convenience. You can take your aligners to eat and clean your teeth, so you don’t have to adapt the way you live at all. You can also clean your teeth without trying to navigate your way around brackets and bands, and there’s a lower risk of dental health problems. Invisalign aligners are also designed for comfort. They are made from plastic, and they don’t contain metal parts. They use gentle force to reduce discomfort.
If you like the sound of Invisalign, call us now to find out more and book a consultation.
Are you shy when it comes to smiling? Do you hide away from friends brandishing cameras or try your best to conceal your teeth when smiling in public? Your smile is often the first thing other people notice about you, and if you’re not happy with the look of your teeth, this can have a negative impact on your confidence and self-esteem. If you lack confidence when you smile, here are five ways to overcome shyness in 2017.
- Tooth whitening: are you conscious of smiling around others because your teeth are stained or discoloured? If so, tooth whitening could be the solution. Daily wear and tear, eating and drinks certain foods and drinks, smoking, and taking some types of medication can contribute to staining. Call us now to find out about or amazing whitening treatments.
- Invisible braces: it’s very rare to have a perfectly straight smile. If you’re worried about exposing crooked and crowded teeth, you’re not alone. The good news is that we can offer an array of solutions, including invisible braces. With this option, you can get the smile of your dreams without worry about the stigma attached to wearing braces.
- Cosmetic bonding: do you have chipped or worn teeth? Even a minor imperfection can make you feel self-conscious. Cosmetic bonding is a simple, safe, and effective way of remedying flaws, and giving you a beautiful, confident smile. Bonding takes less than an hour, and there’s no pain involved.
- Dental implants: if you have a missing tooth it can affect your oral health, as well as your confidence. Implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth, and they offer a host of benefits. Implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth, and they’re renowned for their incredibly natural looking aesthetics.
- Gum reshaping: do you have a gummy smile? If so, you may feel shy when you meet new people. Gum reshaping, also known as contouring, is a treatment used to reduce the amount of gum tissue that is visible when you smile. It makes the teeth look longer and larger and creates a beautiful, balanced smile.
Many of us set ourselves the target of going dry for January to combat overindulgence during the holidays. You may be thinking of your liver when you start dry January, but did you know that cutting out alcohol can also have incredible benefits for your teeth? Here are five ways dry January can help your oral health.
- Decreased sugar intake: many alcoholic drinks are laden with sugar so cutting down is a great way of reducing your sugar intake. You may not even give sugar a second thought when you’re pouring a drink, but cocktails, spirits and mixers and alcopops often contain more sugar than cakes and chocolate bars.
- Reduced acid erosion risk: tooth enamel is an incredibly tough substance. In fact, it’s the hardest material in the body. However, it can become weak as a result of acid erosion. Acids wear away the enamel, exposing you to a risk of infection and cavities. Many alcoholic drinks, including wine and prosecco, have a low pH value, which is harmful for your teeth.
- Decreased oral cancer risk: many people link cancer to smoking, but drinking is often a risk factor too. Alcohol is one of the most significant risk factors for oral cancer, a disease, which has become increasingly prevalent in the last 10 years.
- Lower risk of staining: most us want a bright and beautiful smile. Many drinks, including dark ales, spirits and mixers and wine contribute to staining and discolouration.
- Peaceful nights: we often have patients come to us experiencing problems with snoring. Sometimes, when you drink, you tend to snore because alcohol causes the muscles in the throat to relax. If you’re giving up drinking, you’re more likely to enjoy those peaceful nights and wake up feeling fresh and ready for the day ahead.
We all want to start the year feeling fresh, and nothing puts pay to this like sleepless nights. If you’re struggling to get a restful night because you’re living with a snorer, or snoring is making your life a misery, we can help!
What causes snoring?
The noise you hear when somebody is snoring is caused by the soft tissue at the back of the throat vibrating. In many cases, snoring is a temporary problem caused by sleeping in certain positions, drinking, or illnesses that cause you to feel congested like coughs and colds. Sometimes, however, snoring is a persistent issue, which can keep the people round you awake at night. Most of us can cope with one bad night, but if you consistently miss out on sleep, this can have far-ranging implications for your health.
Many cases of snoring are linked to smoking and being overweight. You may also find that you snore if you have allergies or you sleep on your back.
What is the Silensor and could it benefit me?
The Silensor is a specially designed device that could help to restore peace to your bedroom and enable you to sleep soundly. In most cases, people snore because the airways are slightly constricted, and this reduces air flow. The aim of the Silensor is to open up the airways to enable you to take in more oxygen. It does this by adjusting the position of the jaw, and moving it forward slightly. The appliance is made from lightweight plastic, and most individuals find it very comfortable. To begin with, it’s normal to feel mild stiffness in the jaw, but this wears off very quickly, and the results are excellent.
If snoring is getting you down, give us a call today, and we can arrange a consultation. A peaceful night could be just around the corner!
Dental implants have taken the world by storm. If you’re keen to know why, here are five fabulous facts:
- Implants are a long-term solution for tooth loss: dental implants are built to last for many years, meaning that they offer a long-term alternative to bridges and dentures.
- Implants are suitable for most adult patients: dental implants are suitable for most adult patients because they are compatible with bridges, dentures and crowns. This means that they are a viable option for patients with a single missing tooth or multiple gaps.
- Implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible material: implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material. Titanium integrates with the bone tissue, which means that the implant fits into the jaw bone without any irritation or damage to the surrounding tissue. The aim of the implant is to provide a substitute for a healthy tooth root. Once the implant is in place, it will provide the same level of functionality as a natural root.
- Implants create beautiful smiles: implants are renowned for their incredible aesthetics. Our expert implant dentist, Dr Szilvia Mihalyi, uses the finest quality materials and her expertise and experience to produce amazing results.
- Implants can change your life! It sounds a little over the top, but implant treatment really can change your life. Have you struggled with low confidence levels because of the look of your smile? Have you been restricted in terms of what you can eat? Do you feel like you look older than you are? Have you experienced speech problems? If so, implants can have an incredibly positive impact on your day to day life. You’ll feel much more confident and attractive when you see a stunning smile in the mirror. You can eat what you like, and you’ll be able to speak and read aloud without anxiety.
To find out even more about impressive implants, call us now!
Dental treatment is often feared by many. Thankfully, there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to having dental treatment at The Frederick Dental Clinic. Many people assume the worst when they hear the term ‘root canal treatment’, but don’t be put off by horror stories. There’s absolutely nothing to worry about. This is a very effective routine dental procedure that can help to save a decayed tooth.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a procedure used to treat an infected tooth. Dentists opt for this procedure when the pulp (the living section of the tooth) has become infected or damaged. The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels. Once harmful bacteria reach it, the tooth is at risk of dying. Root canal treatment can help to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed.
Before you have root canal therapy, your dentist will explain exactly what treatment involves and talk to you about what to expect. Your dentist will numb your tooth using local anaesthetic before they do anything. This will prevent any pain during the procedure. When the tooth is numb, your dentist will drill into the tooth to access the root canals. They will then remove any decayed pulp tissue and fill the canals with material known as gutta percha. The root canals will then be sealed to help prevent infection from spreading.
After root canal treatment, it’s common to have a new crown placed over the tooth. Initially, a temporary crown may be fitted. Crowns are restorative devices that help to strengthen a damaged or infected tooth. The temporary crown will be replaced with a permanent substitution, which is custom-designed, around two weeks later.
Many people worry about root canal treatment because it tends to have a bad reputation. In reality, it’s a general procedure that can have incredible benefits for a troublesome tooth. Our dentists have many years of experience in carrying out this procedure, so you really are in good hands. If you are worried or have questions, our team is always willing to help.
Do you feel anxious when a dental visit is approaching? Do you get butterflies even thinking about sitting in the dental chair? Do you dread the sound of the dental drill? If so, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is very common. Thankfully, we have an experienced and dedicated dental team, who will do everything possible to make you feel calm and relaxed.
What causes dental anxiety?
There are lots of different reasons why you may suffer from dental anxiety. One possible cause is a fear of pain. Perhaps you had a bad experience in the past, or you’re worried that you may have to have further treatment after a check-up. Sometimes, dental fear is linked to worrying about what your teeth look like or being embarrassed about the state of your teeth; this is common when you haven’t been to the dentist for a long time. Other people may worry about going to the dentist because they have a phobia of needles, or they don’t like the feeling you get when you’ve had an injection. For some, it’s simply a matter of fearing a loss of control.
Whatever the cause of dental anxiety, we are here to help. We have designed our practice to offer you comfort and our team is incredibly friendly and approachable. We understand that some of our patients are apprehensive. We make sure we give thorough explanations and we’re always happy to answer any questions you have.
How to feel calm at the dentist
When you go to the dentist, try and relax and stay calm. Take deep breaths, and think positively. Nothing bad is going to happen to you and you’re in very safe hands. If you are nervous, please don’t hesitate to talk to our dentists. They can discuss options with you, such as having treatment under sedation. Sedation is not the same as general anaesthetic, but it does ensure that you can’t feel any pain while you’re having treatment. You will be conscious, but you’ll feel relaxed and slightly drowsy. If you want to, you’ll be able to talk to your dentist. When you come around from sedation, it can take a few hours for the full effects to wear off. It’s best to take things easy at home, rest up, and avoid doing anything strenuous. If you are having treatment under sedation, we encourage you to arrange for a friend or relative to give you a lift home, as you won’t be able to drive.
Veneers are a very popular type of cosmetic dental treatment. They are often associated with Hollywood stars, but you don’t have to be rich or famous to enjoy a stunning new smile. At The Frederick Dental Clinic, we are proud to offer an affordable, convenient alternative to porcelain veneers in the form of EMPRESS veneers. Here’s everything you need to know about this incredible treatment.
What are EMPRESS veneers?
EMPRESS veneers are made from dental composite. They are designed to look like radiant natural teeth and they can be bonded directly to your teeth. These veneers are different to porcelain veneers, not just because they’re made from a different material, but also because they can be fitted in a single appointment. That’s right- you don’t have to wait for your brand new smile!
These amazing veneers are made using composite, which comes in a range of tooth-coloured shades. Your dentist will select the best match based on your preferences and then bond the veneers onto your teeth. There’s no need to prepare and trim away the natural tooth structure and you’ll be able to see the incredible results straight away.
The benefits of veneers
Veneers are a versatile treatment and can be beneficial for people with many different types of cosmetic flaws. If you have chipped, worn, stained or uneven teeth, for example, veneers could be the perfect choice for you.
If you’re interested in EMPRESS veneers and you’d like to find out more, call and make an appointment. Our dental team can go through the pros and cons and discuss the ins and outs of treatment with you to help you decide whether is the perfect match for you.
If you have a cavity in your tooth, your dentist will often recommend that you have a filling. Fillings can help to make your tooth stronger, improve its function and reduce the spread of decay. In days gone by, it was common to have mercury amalgam fillings, but today, white fillings are much more popular. If you have old or worn fillings or you need a new filling, we will be happy to fit a white filling for you.
About white fillings
White fillings are so called because of their colour. Unlike amalgam fillings white fillings are designed to blend in with the natural tooth shade seamlessly, so you can’t see them when you smile. These fillings are made from dental composite and glass ionmers. The shade of composite is selected to provide the most aesthetically-pleasing results.
Aesthetic appeal is the most common reason people opt for white fillings. However, there are many other benefits. White fillings bond to the teeth better, and they are also much more environmentally-friendly. Some people also have concerns about the safety or mercury fillings and they have actually been banned in some countries. In the past, white fillings were used mainly for the front teeth, but they are now suitable for most cavities. Modern materials are much stronger and more durable.
Why would I need a filling?
Fillings are predominantly used to fill holes in the teeth. When your enamel becomes thin, worn or damaged, cavities can form and this increases the risk of infection. Filling the hole makes your tooth more robust and decreases the risk of infection spreading through your tooth. Fillings don’t last forever. If you’ve had one for a while, you may need a replacement. You may also choose to have a white filling placed if you have mercury fillings.
What happens when you have a filling?
A filling is usually placed under local anaesthetic so that you can’t feel any pain. Before the filling material is inserted into the cavity, your dentist will clear the hole, removing any decayed tissue. They will clean your tooth thoroughly and then apply bonding agent. This helps the filling to stick firm. Your dentist will then carefully place the filling material into the cavity and shape it to fit. The composite will then be set firm using a curing light. At this stage, we’ll ask you to pop some goggles on for a minute. When the filling is hard, your dentist will then trim the edges to ensure a perfect finish.