Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry

Restoring your smile without breaking the bank.

In some people’s eyes, cosmetic dentistry is unnecessary. As long as teeth are healthy, that is all that matters. Whilst we agree that the health of teeth and gums is the most important factor; having great looking teeth can offer many significant benefits, as many of our patients from Broxbourne, Cuffley and Cheshunt can attest.

Having an attractive smile not only improves the way that we look, but can also play a significant role in boosting our confidence. This, along with a warm and attractive smile, can help us to get a head start in friendships, relationships and even in our career.

Whilst it is true that some cosmetic dentistry can be relatively costly; dental implants being an obvious example, there are many ‘minor’ procedures which can really improve your smile without breaking the bank. We also offer payment plans for more expensive procedures to help patients spread the cost of their treatment.

Inexpensive cosmetic dental procedures

Amongst the most affordable cosmetic procedures that we offer for our patients are teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding and white dental fillings. All of these procedures can play a significant role in improving the appearance of patient’s teeth.

Teeth whitening

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Four Advantages Of Dental Implants Over Dentures

Why our patients from Cheshunt and Hoddesdon are increasingly turning to dental implants.

As a popular Hertfordshire dental practice, we often see patients from various parts of the county. Whilst many people are happy to stay with their local dentist for general dental care, when it comes to a more sophisticated procedure, such as a dental implant placement, more and more people are prepared to travel some distance for an experienced implant dentist such as those working with Lodge Dental Suite.

For patients who currently wear dentures but feel that there must be a better solution out there, they are right! In today’s blog, we take a look at why we believe that dental implants offer a better solution for replacing missing teeth in the majority of cases.

Stability

One of the main complaints of denture wearers generally, is that they are not as comfortable or stable as they feel they should be. Whilst some think that this is due to poor quality dentures, this is not necessarily the case, and it is more likely that any movement is caused by facial shape changes as the bone in the jaw erodes due to tooth loss. When dental implants have been placed and fully fused with the bone, stability is assured, providing that you take good care of them.

Cleaning

Anyone with dentures will know how fiddly they are to keep clean, requiring removal on a regular basis. Many dentures are broken during cleaning which may leave a patient ‘toothless’ whilst they are repaired. Dental implants are far easier to keep clean. In fact, once they are properly established, all that you need to do is to brush and floss your implant as you would your natural teeth. Although the implant itself cannot decay, cleaning is still important in order to keep your mouth free of gum disease.

Longevity

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How Damaging Is Prosecco Really For Our Teeth And Gums?

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A realistic look at this recent media news story.

Whether you are a local patient from Cheshunt, Goffs Oak or Hoddeson, the chances are that you may have, at some time, drunk Prosecco. This drink, which has become very  popular in the UK, has recently hit the the headlines with claims that it is causing a great deal of damage to the nation’s teeth. The Italians are, perhaps understandably, a little annoyed at this criticism of a popular export.

So, why is it claimed that Prosecco can damage the teeth?  As with many teeth damaging products, it is, of course, its high sugar content that causes the problem. Add to that the dry mouth sometimes experienced by people after they drink alcohol, and gum disease could also be a potential issue.

Should I stop drinking Prosecco?

Whilst, at The Lodge Dental Suite, we will always encourage our patients to try to reduce the amount of sugars that they consume, that doesn’t mean that we want you to stop enjoying yourself. Presuming that you are drinking alcohol in a social manner and are not becoming dependent on it, drinking alcohol in moderation is completely acceptable if drunk responsibly.

What can cause damage to your teeth, even if you only consume drinks such as Prosecco occasionally, is not taking into account the damage that can be caused if you neglect to keep your teeth clean. The key to good oral health is not only to take care of what you eat and drink, but to make sure that you look after your teeth and gums on a regular basis.

Whether you eat chocolate, or drink sugary drinks, alcoholic or not, the longer the sugars remain on your teeth and gums, the more likely it is that damage could follow.

Keep them clean!

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Five Ways To Avoid Gum Disease

Both gingivitis and periodontitis can be avoided with appropriate care.

At The Lodge Dental Suite, we make a point of regularly reminding our patients from the Cheshunt and Cuffley area of the importance of looking after their gums as well as their teeth. Whilst having white and healthy teeth might be highly desirable, it is our gum health that plays a key role in ensuring that we retain our teeth for as long as possible. Periodontitis especially, can cause such damage to the bone in the jaw that it can no longer hold teeth securely in place.

To help patients keep their gums healthy, we have put together this simple guide, which, if followed, should go a long way in the prevention of gum disease.

Brush correctly – Most of us brush our teeth, but we can often improve how we do this. First of all, if your toothbrush is more than three months old (the same applies to electric toothbrush heads), throw it away and replace it. Bristles need to be straight and firm enough to effectively remove both food and bacteria from the teeth and gum line. Make sure that you angle the brush towards the gums so that bacteria is removed from just below the gum line.

Use dental floss – Despite the increase in publicity about gum disease, far too few people use dental floss. This is unfortunate as it is a very effective tool in the fight against gum disease. If you are unsure how to use it, or find it difficult to do so, our friendly Cheshunt dentist or hygienist will be only too happy to show you how to do so.

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Restoring Ageing Teeth

A recently asked dental question from nearby Waltham Cross.

In today’s blog, we thought that we would discuss a question that we recently received. Sometimes the general queries that we receive may be useful for others too, and we share an example of this type of enquiry with you. Of course, specifics and personal information are never shared but this type of “frequently asked question” can be really helpful for other patient’s general research.

Q. I’m in my middle age and whilst my teeth are healthy, they don’t look as great as they once did. They have gone darker and have a few chips and other minor things wrong with the way that they look. I’m not sure I want to undergo numerous treatments to put these right but I am interested in the Snap On Smile that you offer. I’d particularly like to know if it can be worn all of the time?

Hi there .. thanks for the question. Your problem is not uncommon, and, as you are probably aware, there are a number of treatments available to correct these issues and we’ll come back to those in a moment.

To answer your question about the Snap On Smile; it is not designed to be worn permanently but to be worn, for example, when you are out socialising. There is no reason that it couldn’t be worn for slightly longer periods of time, but it is important to remember that it is covering your natural teeth and will therefore need to be removed so that you can clean your teeth. Failure to remove it would result in buildup of bacteria between the teeth and Snap On Smile which could result in decay or gum disease. We have had many positive reports from patients, but generally, they are not used as a permanent solution and certainly are not designed to do so.

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Keeping Dental Implants Clean, Strong and And Healthy

Aftercare implant advice from our Cheshunt dental team.

Having had dental implants placed, it is only natural that patients will want to take good care of them to get the maximum benefits that they offer. There are two key parts to a dental implant, the crown, which can be seen above the gum, and the implant itself, which is largely below the gum line.

The crown itself cannot decay as it is made from porcelain. This also means that it is relatively stain resistant. Whilst it will not discolour to the same degree as a natural tooth, and can’t suffer from internal darkening; some stains, such as tar from cigarette smoke, may well stick to it. In order to keep the crown nice and white, you should brush the crown as you would a natural tooth.

Periodontal disease

By far the biggest threat to dental implants comes in the form of periodontitis or peri-implantitis. These have very similar symptoms and both not only affect the gum but also the bone in which the implant is placed. If this is left untreated, the bone may degrade to a point where the implant is no longer securely held in place.

In order to prevent gum disease or peri-implantitis, you should make sure that you brush the gum line and also use dental floss to clean between the teeth. Visits to our Cheshunt dental hygienist are also strongly recommended for periodic checks.

Other damage

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Whiter Teeth.. For Longer..

Aftercare following your teeth whitening procedure.

Whilst there is much that we can do to help keep our teeth white whilst we are younger, as time goes on, the inner parts of our teeth start to naturally darken. This often leaves them with a yellow appearance with the only means of reversing it by having a teeth whitening procedure, available here at The Cheshunt Lodge Dental Suite.

Following this treatment, our Cheshunt and Enfield patients can expect many months of whiter and brighter teeth. In today’s blog, we look at how you can extend this period to keep those new white teeth nice and sparkly for longer!

Diet and lifestyle

General advice for keeping our teeth white also applies following a teeth whitening procedure. Smoking and the consumption of teeth staining foods and drinks e.g. coffee and red wine, should be avoided, or limited, to help prolong the whiteness of your teeth.

Toothpastes

Whilst tooth whitening toothpastes are largely ineffective at whitening teeth to a noticeable extent, they could be useful for maintenance following a whitening procedure. The whitening ingredient in these is similar to that used by our Cheshunt cosmetic dentists and whilst the effect will be relatively minimal, every little bit may help in keeping your teeth whiter for a little bit longer.

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Is It Worth Having My Teeth Straightened?

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Answering this common dental question….

There can be a number of reasons for wanting to have your teeth straightened. The main one though, for patients of The Lodge Dental Suite, is usually  to have a nicer looking smile, and there is little doubt that straight and even teeth look more attractive than crooked and uneven ones.

How concerned a person is about any misalignment of their teeth may depend on both the extent of the problem, but also the person’s own priorities. Whilst we all like to look our best, it is quite possible that some people may not want to go to the ‘trouble’ of having their teeth straightened, especially if the problem is relatively minor. But should they?

Confident smile

It is not only our appearance that can be improved using modern braces to straighten teeth. The end result of wearing modern dental braces often means that we find our confidence is also improved. Subconsciously, many of us might hide our smile more if we know that our teeth are less than perfect, but with the use of appropriate orthodontics, we no longer have to do this.

A boost in confidence can benefit us in many ways, whether at work or in our social lives, and wearing a dental brace for a short period of time truly can transform our lives.

Fewer dental problems

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Missing A Front Tooth In Cheshunt? – Dental Implants Could Be The Answer

Both natural looking and secure, titanium implants offer a superior solution.

The distress caused by losing a front tooth can be significant. Whilst we can, to some extent, hide gaps in our teeth towards the rear of our mouth, doing so with missing front teeth is next to impossible.

Very few people will leave a gap in their front teeth for any length of time, with the majority seeking to replace the missing tooth as soon as they can. The question for patients of The Lodge Dental Suite then, is which method to use to replace it.

Pros and cons of dentures

There are pros and cons to all methods of tooth replacement. The most obvious replacement is a partial denture which offers three particular benefits. Firstly, modern dentures offer a realistic looking replacement tooth that can be matched to your own natural teeth. The second advantage is that they can be fitted reasonably quickly; as soon as the dentures have been made. Finally, dentures require no invasive treatment, making them popular with nervous patients.

The disadvantages of dentures is that they can have a tendency to be less secure than other methods and may move around in the mouth, sometimes at very embarrassing moments. They can also feel a little strange and may, in some cases, even affect speech a little.

Bridges

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Surface Staining And Stubborn Discolouration Of Teeth

Whiten them safely and effectively at our Cheshunt dental practice.

Stained and discoloured teeth are one of the most common factors that detract from a patient’s smile.

Others, such as crooked teeth, can take longer to change, even with the fastest acting braces, but tooth discolouration can be rectified in the space of just one hour.

There are two different types of tooth discolouration; surface staining caused by substances such as tar (from smoking) and inner discolouration, caused by general ageing which no-one can really avoid. At The Lodge Dental Suite, we offer two ways in which teeth can be whitened.

Dental hygienist

If you are unsure as to the main cause of the discolouration problem, you might like to visit our friendly dental hygienist as a first step. She will provide a thorough clean, using a high speed rotating brush, not only removing hardened tartar deposits but also removing surface staining. Indeed, whilst we generally recommend six monthly visits, some patients from Cheshunt and surrounding areas such as Broxbourne and Hoddesdon have this done more regularly as they find their teeth both look and feel better after treatment.

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