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  1. 3 Cosmetic Treatments To Achieve Your Perfect New Year Smile


    Ever wanted to have the smile of your dreams?

    Read below to find out more about 3 cosmetic treatments to make 2014 the best year for your smile yet!

    If you’ve always wanted brighter whiter teeth, then why not try teeth whitening?

    If your teeth have become stained or discoloured, whitening can transform the colour quickly and painlessly with no damage to the enamel.

    Whitening works by applying special bleaching gels to your teeth. Your dentist will make you clear and comfortable custom made trays that fit over your teeth and the whitening gels are applied in the trays. The trays are worn for a short time each day over a few weeks. The gel will gradually lighten the colour of your teeth without damaging them in any way.

    If you have crooked teeth and want to make them straighter then you could try C-fast.  This is cosmetic teeth alignment for adults and only focuses on the front six teeth which make up your smile line.  Using tooth coloured wires and clear brackets it gently straightens your teeth in as little as 4-6 months!  After completing the treatment you will need to wear a retainer to support your teeth in the new position. C-fast is comfortable, safe and affordable, call us now for more information.

    If you want the wow effect, you could have porcelain veneers.  Veneers allow you to change the appearance, colour and shape of your teeth.  They can fix many dental problems such as chipped, gapped, stained or misaligned teeth and you can have them as white as you want!

    Veneers require a minimum amount of tooth reduction which make them a lot more conservative than a crown.  They can make a massive difference to your smile and really boost your self- confidence!

    If you would like to find out further information on one or all these treatments go to our website or call the practice now on 01923859678 and book an appointment with Lily our Treatment Co-ordinator.

  2. Broken Teeth



    Broken teeth can cause you panic and distress but no need to worry there are always options to restore your tooth!

    Although the enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest, most mineralized tissue in the body, its strength has limits. Falling, receiving a blow to the face, or biting down on something hard -particularly if a tooth already has some decay can cause a tooth to chip or break.

    If your tooth is chipped or broken, see your dentist as soon as possible. Leaving a broken tooth could cause further damage or it could become infected meaning the need for more extensive work and may result in losing the tooth.

    Treatment for a broken tooth will depend on how badly it is damaged. If only a small piece of the tooth has broken off, the repair is usually quite simple. A badly broken tooth may require a more a more complex treatment option.

    One option to repair a broken tooth would be to have a filling. There are two main types of fillings; amalgam and composite. Amalgam is a silver metal filling which contains mercury. Composite is a white filling material which is bonded to the tooth. It comes in a variety of shades to match your natural tooth colour.

    If your tooth is severely broken and does not have enough tooth structure left to withhold a filling your dentist may recommend having a crown. There are different types of crowns available. There are gold crowns, porcelain bonded to metal and all –ceramic crowns. Gold crowns may not be popular because of its appearance but they are known for their strength and durability. All-ceramic crowns are considered to be the best match with your own natural teeth. The transparent colour and lifelike shape ensures that it is unlikely to be noticed amongst your own natural teeth.

    If you have a broken tooth phone your dentist and they will be able to give you all the treatment options available or book an appointment online.

  3. Fillings


    When a tooth has a hole that is created by either tooth decay eating away at the tooth tissue or because a piece of enamel has broken off, the tooth cavity needs to be restored with a filling.

    Apart from the discomfort derived from having the inner part of the tooth exposed to the elements, the darker inner part of the tooth looks unsightly and, most importantly, further deep decay can cause infections in the root leading to an abscess.

    The two most commonly used filling materials used for teeth fillings are amalgam and composite.

    Amalgam is silver in colour is made up of different metals which hardens when mixed with mercury. Their life expectancy is very good but bad press, associated with the worry of placing metals in the mouth, have caused a decline in their use. However, it should be noted that there is still no strong evidence to suggest that these filling materials are in any way deleterious to one’s health and there are still some situations where your dentist may safely recommend their use.

    Composite materials on the other hand contain no metals and are tooth coloured. They come in a variety of shades that can be matched to your tooth so that they become almost invisible. When filling front teeth this presents an obvious advantage over the more traditional amalgam fillings. Furthermore, under good operating conditions, these tooth coloured materials are bonded to the tooth surface, thus providing a firmly held filling.

    If you think you may have a hole in one of your teeth, or if you are experiencing sensitivity or pain that may be a result of a cavity, please contact your dentist to assess whether a filling is necessary. Click here to book an appointment online.



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