Not all cosmetic dentistry involves lengthy treatment periods.
People are different, and whilst some dental patients plan their treatment months ahead, perhaps for a special occasion; others are more likely to do so on the spur of the moment.
This may not always result in immediate changes to the teeth though, and some procedures, such as dental implants and orthodontics, may take months, or even years in the case of orthodontics, for the full effects to be seen.
For the patient then, who looks in the mirror and decides that they need to improve the appearance of their teeth immediately, what are the options available at The Lodge Dental Suite?
One of the quickest ways to improve the appearance of teeth that look old and discoloured, is to have them whitened. This is a favourite treatment of many patients from Cheshunt and Broxbourne and perhaps not surprisingly. As well as taking just one hour for an in-house teeth whitening procedure, it is one of the most affordable cosmetic dental treatments available. For those not in such a hurry, equivalent results can be attained using our ‘at home’ whitening treatment. Both are highly successful and pain free.
‘Snap On Smile’
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Why do very hot or cold foods cause dental pain for some people?
Although teeth may look like a solid object to many people, they are far more sophisticated than that. Essentially composed of three parts, a tooth needs to be cared for as well as any other part of our body. When we fail to do this, we may well suffer from pain and discomfort and will very likely require some dental treatment to rectify the problem.
It is likely that too many of us will have experienced a toothache due to dental decay, but a significant number of people also experience tooth sensitivity which can build over a period of time and be uncomfortable, but often not to the extent that people seek treatment.
At The Lodge Dental Suite, we recommend for our patients from Cheshunt, Hoddesdon, Broxbourne and other surrounding areas, that if you are experiencing sensitivity, you should have your teeth checked by us as soon as possible.
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Why have some celebrities had facial treatments that went badly wrong?
If you mentioned the word ‘Botox’ to a random person in the street, it is likely that they would tell you about some famous person who had been left with very large lips, or a face that seemed to be totally expressionless. This is not an uncommon reaction and also not surprising as the press seem to delight in celebrity misfortunes.
Unfortunately, these outcomes have, for some people, given facial aesthetic treatments an undeservedly bad name. So in today’s blog, we look at why these outcomes may have occurred and why you need not worry about Botox and Dermal fillers when treated by experienced clinicians.
Why the ‘trout pout’’?
There can be a number of reasons why some celebrities have had procedures that have resulted in these sometimes strange looking outcomes. Some actually seemed to approve of the extreme results which may seem odd to the rest of us, but each to their own we guess! Some people may also become addicted to having treatments such as these, making them more exaggerated each time. These are very rare cases though, and most outcomes were most probably not as expected.
Some people perhaps underestimate the results of the procedure and are happy to push the outcome just a little more than they perhaps should. This is quite possibly the reason for the ‘trout pout’ as it has become known, where lips are over exaggerated. With an obvious facial feature such as the lips, a small change in their appearance can make a noticeable difference and it is wise to listen to the expertise of the facial aesthetics practitioner before leaping into any form of treatment.
Finally, there are always, sadly, a few practitioners that are happy to perform any procedure that is asked of them if the money is right. Some may also lack the expertise needed to perform these procedures and the results can go horribly wrong.
So is it safe?
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Brushing your teeth hard will not make them whiter and may result in damage.
Very occasionally we hear patients say that they are surprised that their teeth are dull in colour as they brush them so well. Of course, this won’t really help how white their teeth are and very often can lead to damage if brushing is too hard.
Receding gums and damaged enamel are two common results of brushing your teeth too hard, particularly where only a gentle circular motion is all that is required.
So if you can’t brush your teeth whiter then, what are the best options?
Where the surface enamel is stained to the point that regular brushing will not remove it, a professional clean with our hygienist is an excellent starting point. In addition to this, regular hygienist appointments are essential to fight gum disease. Whilst a ‘scale and polish’ won’t improve the natural whiteness of your teeth, it will help to remove surface staining.
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Dentures and gum health
Although there are alternatives to dentures in the form of bridges and dental implants, many patients of The Lodge Dental Suite still opt to have them to replace their missing teeth.
There are good reasons for this; a key one being that usually, no invasive dental procedure is necessary to have dentures fitted.
Once you’ve had your new dentures fitted, you will still need to take care of them with regular cleaning and our Cheshunt dentists have devised a checklist below to help you to do this effectively.
- Prepare the cleaning area by making sure that you have either a soft folded towel or a bowl of water over which to clean your dentures. This is to prevent any damage that might be caused, should you drop them.
- Give your dentures an initial brush to remove any trapped food particles. We would recommend that you use toothpaste for this, although, at this stage, mild soapy water would suffice.
- Soak your dentures using a fizzy denture cleaner. This both helps to remove any staining and will leave your dentures feeling fresh. Always read the label of your cleaner so that you know how long to soak them for. Do not use hot or warm water to soak your dentures as this may cause them to warp and not fit correctly.
- Finally, give your dentures a final brushing using toothpaste and your regular toothbrush.
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Dental braces that don’t have to be worn for years to achieve straight teeth
Having crooked teeth is no fun. Not only does it make them harder to clean, thereby increasing the risk of decay and gum disease, but it can cause a patient to become less confident and more reluctant to smile than if they had great looking teeth.
Despite this, many people refuse to have their teeth straightened, preferring to have crooked teeth rather than having to wear unsightly dental braces for long periods of time. Whilst this is understandable to some degree, it is also unnecessary, and, at The Lodge Dental Suite, we are pleased to offer our Cheshunt patients a fast and convenient orthodontic system which can help you achieve this aim in a fraction of the time.
Six Month Smiles
The Six Month Smiles orthodontic system is designed to be fast acting and, as the name implies, can achieve its aims in just a few months. Minor corrections may even take significantly less time than the name suggests. Whilst this system does work on the same principles as traditional braces; i.e. with wires and brackets which reposition the teeth, it does so using much finer, tooth coloured materials. These are much less visible than traditional metal and, combined with the short treatment period, provides an excellent way to have straighter teeth without the high visibility of metal braces.
How does it work?
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The Lodge Dental Suite team offer thoughts on this traditional technique.
Although the first set of dentures, or false teeth as they are called by some, were first used around 700BC, they are still around today, albeit as a far more sophisticated product.
Despite the advent of dental implants, and bridges, both of which offer additional stability, dentures are still popular with many people as their first choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
In today’s blog, we take a brief look at modern dentures, and some of the reasons why many people still opt for this tooth replacement treatment.
The dentures made in 700BC were made from either human or animal teeth and would degrade very quickly. Modern dentures are more sophisticated and come with artificial teeth typically made from acrylic on a plate, or base, made from either acrylic or metal. Whilst older style dentures were often noticeable as being artificial; modern dentures blend in well with the natural teeth and offer a greater degree of comfort and discretion than previously.
Why have dentures?
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Maintaining gum health and tooth condition.
Whilst a small number of patients do suffer from a ‘gummy smile’, where the gum line extends down the tooth; it is more common for patients to suffer from receding gums.
In today’s blog, our Cheshunt dentists take a look at some of the potential risks of receding gums as well as the possible causes.
There are two problems associated with receding gums. The first of these is that of appearance. Gums that recede make the teeth appear longer than they actually are. You may have heard the phrase ‘long in the tooth’, meaning someone quite old. Old age is one of the potential causes of gum recession, but most can be avoided until this stage with a little care.
A more serious threat is that when the gums recede, they expose the dentine material around the root of your tooth. This is a yellowish material which can detract from your appearance, but, more importantly, is not protected by enamel and is more easily exposed to bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
There are a number of potential causes of gum recession, including old age, which we mentioned above. Many causes though can happen much earlier in our lives and include:
If you do not look after your gums, they are likely to be affected by the ‘bad’ bacteria in our mouths and even early stage gum disease can affect your gums and cause them to recede. A good home cleaning regimen and appointments with the hygienist is a great way to help avoid this potentially serious problem.
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Why nervous patients have more cavities and other dental problems.
It will come as no surprise to most, that patients who avoid dental visits due to their phobias are more likely to suffer from decay and cavities than those who attend a dental practice regularly.
Whilst it can be argued that some people who are afraid of the dentist may take better care of their teeth in order to avoid the need for treatment, this is not always the case, and, even with the best care in the world, cavities can occur. Whilst these may be initially minor, without appropriate treatment at our Cheshunt practice, this will inevitably worsen and require more extensive and potentially more costly treatment later on.
The reality is that nobody enjoys receiving invasive dental treatment. This is an additional reason to make sure that you keep your regular appointments so that we can keep any treatment needed to the minimum by detecting and treating problems in the early stages. We pride ourselves on having a friendly dental team that takes the time to make sure our patients are comfortable. A number of patients who have registered with us have commented about how much more relaxed they feel at The Lodge Dental Suite than with their previous dentist – comments we love to hear!
Modern dental practice
Our Cheshunt dental practice is not only presented in a way to help patients relax, but our surgeries are thoroughly clean and modern and equipped with the latest in dental technology. This helps us treat patients both quickly, efficiently and safely with the minimum of stress.
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A local Cuffley patient asks for advice….
Another in our occasional series of questions received at The Lodge Dental Suite which we feel might be of general help to some of our patients.
Q. Hi .. I moved to Cuffley a little while ago and haven’t yet got around to registering with a dental practice. My teeth are generally OK but one tooth has been filled a few times now but the fillings never seem to last long. My previous dentist suggested that if it didn’t stay in place this time, then he would have to consider a crown. I mentioned this to a friend who rolled her eyes and said that her crown had been nothing but trouble and kept coming off. I don’t want to keep having the tooth filled, but if a crown keeps coming off, is that really a better option? Any suggestions please?
Hello, and thank you for your email. As with all cases which we are told about via email or phone conversation, the only way to be sure of the problem and correctly diagnose it is to have your teeth examined by one of our Cheshunt dentists. We are very conveniently situated for Cuffley and already have a number of patients who come to see us from there. With regards to your problem, it is possible that the cavity is bordering on being too large for a filling. Most fillings should last for a number of years and the fact that yours keeps coming out indicates that perhaps a dental crown would be a better choice. We will assess this when we meet you.
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