A look at pros and cons for the various methods available.
Teeth whitening is one of the most widely taken up cosmetic procedures by our local Cheshunt dental patients. One obvious reason for this is that it is an affordable and effective way to greatly improve your smile, without the need for an invasive procedure.
Whilst few people would attempt to fill their own teeth, the straightforward and non invasive nature of a teeth whitening procedure, does mean that there is scope to perform this at home. In today’s blog, our long-established Cheshunt dentists look at some of the methods available and what patients should expect if they use them.
Search the internet and you will find many ways to whiten your teeth naturally. The fact is though, that if these really did work, they would already be well known. It is possible that some may whiten the teeth just a little, but this is highly unlikely to make a noticeable difference. Some natural teeth whitening solutions may also be harmful to the teeth; for example, the use of lemon juice is just one example. This will have a minimal, if any, effect on the whiteness of your teeth, but the acid in the lemon juice is harmful to the protective enamel of your teeth.
Many teeth whitening toothpastes use the same bleaching ingredient that is used in a professionally applied teeth whitening procedure. In this sense, they do work. However, because of safety concerns, the amount of the active ingredient allowed is restricted, and, quite naturally, this means that the results you should expect are also reduced. Whitening toothpastes may be useful to help with very minor discolouration or may be used to extend the period of whiteness following a professional whitening treatment, but to make a real difference, are of limited use.
Home whitening kits
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Our Cheshunt dentists discuss how lifestyle choices can affect our oral health.
We are not here to judge people, or to moralise and we’re sure that any regular patient of The Lodge Dental Suite would happily tell you that.
As can be seen from the testimonials that we receive, our friendly approach is one of the main reasons that people attend our practice.
The reality however, is that some choices that we make in life can have negative consequences for our teeth, gums and oral health in general. So with this in mind, we offer our views on a number of common habits that can affect you in this way.
Aside from the staining impact that smoking has on your teeth, it can lead to increased infections due to restricted blood flow to the gums. Oral cancer is another real possibility and stopping smoking is one of the biggest things you can do to keep your mouth healthy – as well as improving your health generally.
Studies seem to show that a small amount of alcohol may actually be beneficial and many of us will occasionally drink to wind down after a stressful day at work. Excess alcohol however, can have a similar negative impact on our teeth and gums to smoking. Additionally, dehydration is common when alcohol is drunk, and the dry mouth that this causes adds to the increased likelihood of gum disease as the ‘bad’ oral bacteria thrive in this environment.
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Fast acting modern orthodontics at our Cheshunt dental practice.
Selecting the right method to straighten a patient’s teeth can only be done by a qualified dentist, such as those in the experienced team at The Lodge Dental Suite.
There are many things to consider before making a decision, including the extent of the problem, as well as the patient’s expectations of how their teeth will look following the procedure.
Because ‘invisible’ braces do not use either wires or brackets, many patients are keen to use this method. Whilst it is an excellent system, it is not always appropriate. For example, when the teeth only need minor correction and where it is a ‘cosmetic’ problem only, for example with the visible front teeth; other systems may be more suitable.
In these circumstances, we may suggest the use of the Inman Aligner system. This is an excellent method that can be used to correct minor cosmetic orthodontic issues. There are many advantages of using the Inman Aligner, which include.
- It is fast acting and can take just between 4 and 16 weeks to correct minor problems. Bearing in mind that invisible braces often have to be worn for at least a year, this is a major advantage.
- They are comfortable to wear and the spring used in the system is made from nickel titanium, a lighter metal that helps patient comfort.
- The materials used in the Inman Aligner system are produced in a natural tooth colour and blend in well with the teeth, leaving you with a much nicer appearance than would be the case with traditional metal braces.
- It involves just a single appliance, not a range of trays as with ‘invisible’ braces and should give you a trouble free experience.
- It is not as costly as some other teeth straightening alternatives.
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Regular dental checks in Cheshunt help to keep teeth strong and healthy.
There may be occasions where a patient is unable to keep a dental appointment. For example, if you have a viral infection such as a cold or flu, it is obviously not hygienic or practical to carry out a dental inspection. In situations like this, we do understand and simply request that you call The Lodge Dental Suite to let us know as soon as you possibly can. By doing so, you may free an appointment slot for someone who is in severe pain and needs an emergency dental appointment.
Generally, we do ask that patients keep their dental appointments and avoid cancelling them unless absolutely necessary. Whilst the appointment may be for a routine dental check only, missing an appointment could have a negative impact on the health of your teeth.
Six monthly dental checks enable us to detect any early signs of dental problems. What may result in a small and straightforward filling if detected in its early stages, could well lead to a larger filling, root canal treatment or even extraction if allowed to deteriorate. Even a small breakage which causes you no immediate trouble may break further or lead to an infection due to the protective enamel layer of the tooth being compromised.
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How we carry out a tooth extraction at The Lodge Dental Suite in Cheshunt.
Although there are many treatments available to save a damaged or decaying tooth; fillings, crowns and root canal treatment being some of the more obvious, there are times when a decision has to be taken to remove the tooth. This usually happens when a tooth is very badly broken or the decay is so extensive that it would leave little of the natural tooth after the decayed material was removed.
This is not a step that we take lightly and we always aim to save the natural tooth whenever we can. However, if we do need to extract a tooth, you can be sure that you are in good hands with our Cheshunt dentists based in Hertfordshire.
To extract a tooth, you will be given a local anaesthetic which will prevent you from feeling pain. Although it is common for patients to anticipate that the procedure will cause distress, the reality is that modern local anaesthetics are extremely powerful and whilst you may feel a little pressure as the tooth is manoeuvred, any pain should be minimal. Once the area is numb, the dentist will grip the tooth with special tools and, rather than pull the tooth as some expect, they will gently move the tooth from side to side in a rocking motion. This has the effect of loosening the tooth from the jawbone. Once the tooth is sufficiently loose, the tooth can then be gently pulled from the socket.
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The relationship between dental implant quality and a successful outcome.
There is no doubt that having dental implants placed is an invasive and reasonably expensive procedure, but one that is very well worthwhile.
Whilst this could deter some from having implants to replace a missing tooth, many of our Cheshunt patients have completed this treatment and are now benefitting from strong and healthy replacement teeth that may last for twenty years or more, but also require no special care other than regular cleaning, flossing and periodic professional checks.
The long term benefits of dental implants are excellent, and it is for this very reason that it is important to carry out the procedure with the best quality implants possible.
Our implant dentists
Naturally, one thing which should concern patients is to make sure that the implant dentist is fully trained and experienced. At The Lodge Dental Suite, you can be assured that our dental team are not only fully trained but also keep up to date with the latest developments in implant technology and undergo appropriate training where necessary.
Even nervous dental patients find that our friendly dentists help them to relax during the procedure and you can be assured that you will be in good hands during your time at our implant provider in Cheshunt.
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The treatment free way to have a great smile in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.
At The Lodge Dental Suite, we see a lot of patients who come to us specifically for cosmetic dental treatments. Those whose teeth are nice and even and who simply require a teeth whitening procedure to make them brighter require no invasive dental procedures at all.
Other patients with chipped, cracked or crooked teeth may need to undergo minor corrective dental surgery or perhaps a lengthy period of wearing braces to correct their problems. Whilst these offer incredible benefits, the idea of this type of treatment can deter some patients. For these people, we do offer an alternative method which requires no surgery at all and is very effective and convenient way to improve your appearance.
The Snap On Smile
As the name implies, the Snap On Smile is a dental appliance that literally ‘snaps’ over your natural teeth; the flexible material used allows them to flex with your teeth and hold tightly on to them, enabling you to eat and continue your daily life as normal. There are a wide range of styles and shades to choose from. As a guide, for a natural appearance, it is often advised to match the colour of your new smile to that of the whites of your eyes.
Impressions of your teeth will be taken and the results sent to a laboratory for your Snap On Smile to be produced. This process should take approximately one month before it is ready.
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Pregnancy can increase the risk of gingivitis
Here at The Lodge Dental Suite in Cheshunt, the health and dental care of all our patients is our number one priority.
We believe that regular dental visits can help to identify problems in their early stages, making them easier to treat, and helping to prevent them from developing into more serious problems later on.
Dental care during pregnancy.
Changes in hormonal levels in your body during pregnancy, can make moms-to-be particularly prone to the development of plaque, which unless removed can lead to the onset of Gingivitis or gum disease. Gum disease is one of the main contributory factors leading to tooth loss and therefore it is vital that a good and thorough oral hygiene routine is maintained during the period of your pregnancy.
It is also important that you continue to make regular visits to your dentist during your pregnancy as regular dental check-ups will help to ensure that the early signs of Gingivitis are detected and treated. Your dentist will also be able to offer advice on maintaining your personal dental hygiene and health during your pregnancy.
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Facial aesthetic treatments for our Cheshunt patients.
Has the recent cold weather taken it’s toll on the appearance and condition of your skin ?
We are often warned about the dangers that the summer sun can have on our skin. However the cold temperatures, driving rain and biting wind of the long British winter can cause untold damage to the exposed skin of our face, leaving it red and sore, dry, chapped and crying out for a bit of tender loving care.
Here at The Lodge Dental Suite in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, we offer a full range of rejuvenating facial and beauty treatments, each helping to put the spring back in your step, and a smile back on your face.
Our popular treatments include:
Botox treatment has been called the ’non-surgical facelift’. It involves the injection of small amounts of Botulinum toxin, a purified bacterial substance, into the areas of your face requiring treatment. This is a treatment that can help to reduce the visual effects of ageing, including wrinkles, frown lines and crows feet that start to appear around the corners of the eyes.
The Botox injection will be given either by your dentist, or under their supervision. The effects will start to be visible two or three days after the treatment, and will last for between three to five months. We have a series of before and after Botox photographs on our website, where you can see the affects of the treatment.
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Modern orthodontic systems – straighter teeth in shorter time.
Having to wear dental braces at all can feel bad enough for some people, but to be told that you have to wear them for well over a year is certainly news that many people don’t want to hear.
Indeed, it is likely that a large number of people have decided against having their teeth straightened when faced with this reality.
This certainly used to be the case when the only orthodontic options available were traditional metal braces. Whilst these were effective at their task, they could be unsightly and uncomfortable too. Thankfully, things change, and we are now able to offer a wider selection of discreet and convenient braces at our Cheshunt dental practice.
Six Month Smile
In today’s blog, we are going to focus on the Six Month Smiles orthodontic system. This is one of our most popular ones as it achieves the key aim for most people, of giving them a wonderful even smile. Whilst some other cosmetic braces act to straighten all of the patient’s teeth, including the rear ones, the Six Month Smile focuses solely on those visible front teeth that play such an important part of our appearance.
Because these braces do not attempt to move the more firmly embedded rear teeth, they can act much more quickly than traditional braces. In fact, depending on how crooked the patient’s teeth are, they can work in less than the six months mentioned in their name.
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