Most people think of root canal treatment as a complex and painful procedure. At Blyton Dental we want to relieve any worries that you may have about this dental treatment.
We have seen a glimpse of the sun and spring is officially in the air - now is the perfect time to brighten up your smile!
Here at Blyton Dental we believe that your smile is one of your best assets, but lifestyle and food choices can stain your teeth, and affect the overall appearance of your smile. Red wine, coffee, tea, cola, tomato-based sauces, curry and beetroot are some of the culprits of everyday life that impact the colour and brightness of your teeth.
Invisalign® is fast becoming a favoured method of straightening teeth. Beautiful, straight teeth will improve your appearance, and of course your confidence! If you are dreaming of a celebrity smile where do you start? Blyton Dental offer a free Invisalign® consultation, read on to learn more about this effective treatment.
More and more adults are turning to orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles, and with so many options available there’s no need to feel self-conscious about having a mouth full of metal during treatment. Blyton Dental offers two types of short-term orthodontic treatment: clear ceramic braces and invisible braces. Read on to find out which might be right for you.
What are clear ceramic braces?
Clear ceramic braces work the same way as traditional fixed braces – the difference is that the brackets and archwires are transparent or coloured to blend in with your teeth, making them far less conspicuous. One type of short-term orthodontic treatment that uses clear braces is Six Month Smiles, which focuses only on straightening the teeth that show when you smile. Six Month Smiles will not alter your bite, but it can be used to fix a range of mild-to-moderate orthodontic issues, including:
· Unwanted gaps between teeth.
· Crooked teeth.
· Misplaced midline.
As the name suggests, the average treatment time is about six months, depending on the amount of correction needed.
Advantages of Six Month Smiles
Benefits of opting for short-term clear brace treatments include:
· Subtle – Clear braces are more discreet than traditional metal braces.
· Fast - Treatment time is quicker than both traditional braces and invisible braces.
· Convenient - Fewer dental visits are required during the treatment process than with traditional or removable braces.
· Affordable – Short-term brace treatments are more affordable than comprehensive orthodontic treatments.
What are invisible braces?
Invisible brace treatments consist of a series of removable clear plastic aligners (trays) that are custom made to fit over your teeth. You wear the aligners for 22 hours a day, taking them out to eat, drink, and clean teeth as normal. Every two weeks, you exchange your aligners for a new set, which gradually shifts teeth into their desired position. At Blyton, we offer several types of invisible brace treatments, including Invisalign and Inman Aligners. Invisible braces can commonly treat:
· Crowded teeth.
· Gapped teeth.
· Overbite/underbite/open bite.
The average treatment time for invisible braces is 9-18 months, depending on the severity of the issue.
Advantages of Invisalign/Inman Aligner
Benefits of opting for invisible brace treatments include:
· Extremely discreet – as the name suggests, the aligners are almost invisible.
· Removable – patients can remove the aligners for up to two hours a day, which makes cleaning teeth much easier than with fixed braces and means that there are no food restrictions during treatment.
· Comfortable – the aligners are made of smooth material and there are no wires or brackets that might irritate the inside of your mouth.
· Predictable results – Blyton Dental’s iTero digital scanner can show you what your teeth will look like once they are straightened before you even begin treatment.
Your dentist here at Blyton will be able to advise you on which type of orthodontic treatment is best for you. To book a free consultation, contact one of our helpful team members today.
Do you ever walk down the dental care aisle of your local supermarket and stare blankly at rows and rows of toothpaste, all promising different results? With so many options, how on earth do you know which tube to put in your trolley? Here’s how to look beyond the marketing hype and ensure your teeth stay in mint condition.
What is toothpaste made of?
The basic ingredients in toothpaste include an abrasive filler (which polishes your teeth and dislodges particles of food caught between them), and fluoride (which protects the enamel on your teeth and prevents caries). These are bound together with different variations of thickeners, sweeteners, stabilisers, and flavours.
Types of toothpastes
Some of the main toothpaste categories include:
Transforming the colour of your teeth by choosing whitening toothpaste instead of regular toothpaste sounds almost too good to be true – and it is. Whitening toothpastes usually don’t contain any bleaching agents at all – instead they use abrasives or other additives to remove surface stains from the enamel layer of your teeth. If you have sensitive teeth you should steer clear of whitening toothpastes because they can wear down the enamel layer and exacerbate the issue.
Thinning enamel or receding gums can expose the nerve endings in your teeth, causing sensitivity to pressure or to hot or cold temperatures. Sensitive toothpaste uses potassium nitrate to soothe the nerves in your teeth and stannous fluoride to form a protective barrier over teeth that blocks triggers from reaching the nerves.
Nearly all toothpaste contains fluoride, and most dentists agree that brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is the best way to prevent cavities. Anti-cavity toothpastes contain levels of fluoride that are higher than normal toothpastes, but unless your dentist advises you that you need higher-strength toothpaste most over-the-counter brands with the ADA seal of acceptance are fine. The NHS recommends toothpastes with 1350-1500ppm fluoride for adults and 1000ppm for children.
Be cautious of natural or herbal toothpastes that don’t contain fluoride – many have not been approved by professional dental organisations and some ‘natural’ ingredients such as lemon can be harmful to tooth enamel because of their high acidity. If you prefer to go for a greener dental care product, choose a brand that leaves out the commercial additives but still contains fluoride and other essential ingredients.
· Read the label to make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride.
· Avoid heavily sweetened toothpaste – many children’s toothpastes are very high in sugar, so check the label carefully.
· Don’t believe the hype – most supermarket brand toothpastes are just as effective as their more expensive counterparts and contain the same ingredients.
To keep your teeth in top condition, visit your dentist for regular checkups. Contact Blyton Dental today to schedule your next appointment.
With our increasingly busy modern lifestyles it’s easy to let routine dental appointments slide. Here’s why you should attend a bi-annual hygienist appointment, even if you don’t have any current oral health issues.
1. Dental hygienists can detect problems early on
You might be brushing and flossing twice a day, but still experiencing very early signs of gum disease. In many cases, the problem is so slight it is unnoticeable except to the trained eye of your dental hygienist. Mild symptoms of gum disease (gingivitis) can easily be treated with a thorough clean to remove any hardened plaque (tartar) on your teeth. However, if left untreated gingivitis can develop into a more serious condition called periodontitis that may result in tooth loss. Clare and Emily, our experienced hygienists here at Blyton Dental, can show you the best way to keep your teeth plaque-free and stop the progression of gum disease before it becomes a serious problem.
2. Visiting the hygienist means less time in the dental chair
It may seem contradictory but keeping bi-annual visits to your dental hygienist can save you time and money on your dental bills in the long term. Hygienists play a vital role in preventative dental health – showing you how to keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid serious oral health issues that may require complicated and costly dental procedures.
3. Fresher breath, more confidence, better quality of life
One of the side effects of poor oral hygiene is bad breath, and this can negatively impact our daily lives – every social interaction from chatting with work colleagues to going on a first date is vastly improved when we have fresh breath. The hygienists here at Blyton’s Fresh Breath Clinic can show you the correct home care to keep your teeth and gums healthy and eliminate bad breath, enabling you to go about your daily life with improved confidence.
4. A dental hygiene visit means a brighter smile
Lifestyle habits such as drinking tea, coffee, and red wine can leave visible surface stains on teeth, making us feel self-conscious about our appearance. At Blyton Dental, we offer a 30-minute deep cleaning and stain removal that will remove superficial stains caused by eating and drinking and give your smile a boost.
5. Hygiene visits keep cancer in check
Dental hygiene appointments are particularly important for tobacco smokers, who are at an increased risk of developing oral cancer. During your appointment, your hygienist will be able to carry out an oral cancer screening to check for any early signs of the disease. When caught early, 1- and 3-year survival rates are much higher than survival rates for sufferers with more advanced forms of the disease.
Blyton Dental offers a 20-minute hygienist appointment for £38.40 and a 30-minute deep cleaning and stain removal option equivalent to the band 2 NHS charge. Call us today to make an appointment with one of our experienced hygienists. We look forward to your visit.
Dental emergencies such as a chipped or lost tooth can be a frightening and stressful experience. Here at Blyton Dental we understand the need to deal with these types of situations as soon as possible and aim to see all urgent care patients the same day. Here are some tips to help you prepare for an unexpected dental emergency and what to do while you are waiting for your appointment.
No one expects to fall and knock out a tooth, but sometimes accidents happen. Keeping an emergency dental kit at home can help you temporarily deal with the problem until you get professional treatment. Your kit should include:
· Latex/nitrile gloves
· Paracetamol/Ibuprofen (for sudden severe pain or swelling)
· Antiseptic mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide
· Cotton wool balls/gauze
· Clove oil (a natural remedy for toothache)
· A small container (to keep loose teeth in)
· Sugar-free gum or dental cement (to temporarily fix a loose filling)
Remember that prevention is much better than cure – you can reduce your likelihood of developing severe toothache and other oral health issues by attending regular checkups with your dentist and making an appointment as soon as your symptoms appear. Dental pain can begin intermittently and return later to a much more severe degree if you ignore it.
Lost adult tooth
If your tooth comes out, call your dentist immediately to make an emergency appointment. Pick the tooth up from the crown, not the root, and rinse it with saliva or milk. If possible, try to push your tooth back into the empty socket (the saliva will improve your chances of successfully re-implanting your tooth). If this is not possible, store the tooth in milk and go to the dentist as soon as possible.
Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help prevent infection. Use clean gauze to apply pressure to your tooth if there is any bleeding and use an ice pack to reduce swelling. If the chip has left jagged edges in your mouth that may damage your tongue or the inside of your cheek, put sugar-free gum over the sharp corners to protect your mouth. Make a dental appointment as soon as possible – if the chip is large enough to expose the pulp you may be at risk of infection.
Lost filling or crown
If you can feel a loose filling or crown in your mouth, take it out so you don’t accidentally swallow it. Keep the area clean by rinsing with warm salt water and try to avoid foods that might cause pain or further decay. If you have dental cement you can temporarily seal the tooth while you are waiting for your appointment.
If you have sudden, severe toothache, make a dental appointment immediately. You can temporarily alleviate the pain by dabbing clove oil on the affected area and taking ibuprofen up to four times a day.
For urgent dental treatment, please call the practice on 01427 62899. If you are calling outside of surgery hours a recorded message will advise you of the number of the dentist on call or your call will automatically be diverted.
With a million other parental responsibilities, the temptation to leave dental visits until kids reach adolescence is high – after all, baby teeth will fall out to make way for their permanent counterparts so early dental visits aren’t a big deal, right? Wrong! Here’s why you should start your kids’ dental checkups as soon as their first tooth appears.
1. Get them into an early routine
An effective oral hygiene routine is the best way to prevent tooth decay and cavities, and regular dental checkups are an important part of getting your kids used to taking care of their teeth. At your child’s appointment here at Blyton, we will examine their teeth and gums for any problems and may apply fissure sealant (a thin coating of plastic that covers the back teeth to prevent food trapping in the grooves) and fluoride varnish, which strengthens the tooth enamel, helping to make teeth more resistant to decay.
2. Prevent cavities wreaking havoc on baby teeth
Baby teeth are softer and thinner than adult teeth, and a cavity can form in as little as six months. If left untreated, a cavity can reach the tooth’s nerve, causing additional damage. Children who lose their baby teeth to cavities or decay may face long-term issues such as speech impediments, overcrowding, and asymmetric growth of adult teeth. Regular dental checkups are essential for the prevention and early treatment of tooth decay.
3. Stop dental phobia before it starts
Around 1 in 4 patients in the UK dread visiting the dentist, but that fear is often rooted in traumatising experiences that took place when patient care and dental treatment were not as advanced as they are today. Taking your child to the dentist early on shows them that they have nothing to be afraid of and helps to prevent dental anxiety later in life.
4. Teach them a sense of responsibility
Like household chore timetables and homework assignments, keeping regular dental appointments is a great way to teach children the importance of committing to necessary obligations. If they view dental visits as an important part of caring for their teeth from an early age, they will be more likely to maintain healthy oral habits throughout adulthood.
5. Give them positive self-esteem
Smiling has numerous health benefits, from boosting our immune system to relieving stress. When children are ashamed of their teeth they often try to hide them, which can prevent them from smiling. Ensuring that their teeth are in good condition and aren’t a potential source of anxiety for your children is vital for their emotional wellbeing.
We recommend that parents bring their children for regular dental check-ups from a very young age when they start having baby teeth to establish a comprehensive oral health prevention program for your child. To schedule an appointment, contact one of our friendly team members today.
If you’re unhappy with your smile, it’s no exaggeration to say that your entire wellbeing is in jeopardy. Smiling boosts our immune system, lowers our blood pressure, and improves our mood when we’re feeling low. Read on to find out how affordable cosmetic dentistry can give you back your self-esteem, so you can smile with confidence.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry improves the aesthetics of your smile (for example the colour, shape, size, or alignment of your teeth). Common cosmetic dentistry procedures include bleaching, bonding, crowns, and veneers.
What are the advantages of cosmetic dentistry?
In addition to boosting your confidence levels, cosmetic dentistry offers numerous other benefits, including:
· Improved bite – Fixing minor alignment issues can prevent additional damage to your teeth and enable you to eat the foods you enjoy.
· Younger-looking appearance – Correcting minor issues such as discolouration and dental erosion can take years off your appearance.
· Prevention of future dental damage – Cosmetic dentistry often gives patients the motivation they need to rethink their oral hygiene routine and prevent the need for future treatment.
· Better relationships at home and at work – Higher confidence levels mean that patients who are happy with their smiles speak up more in the workplace, pursue the promotion they want, and are more successful in their personal lives.
What types of cosmetic dentistry do you offer?
At Blyton Dental, we can help you with a range of cosmetic dental procedures, including:
· Teeth whitening – We provide whitening treatment at a cost equivalent to a Band 3 NHS charge.
· Veneers – These fit over the front surface of teeth to correct worn out enamel, uneven alignment, chipped, damaged, or discoloured teeth.
· Smile makeovers – This often involves a combination of teeth whitening, veneers, or crowns for a sparkling new smile.
· Gum reshaping – Got a gummy smile? We may be able to help you reshape your gums using painless dental soft tissue lasers.
· Replacing old fillings/crowns – We can replace your unsightly amalgam fillings with strong and natural looking ceramic options.
Call one of our friendly team members today to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to your visit.
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your health. Your doctor will tell you that it increases your risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke, among many other deadly diseases. But did you know that your dentist has issues with your smoking habit too? Here are 4 ways it can negatively affect your oral health.
1. Gum disease
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque around the gumline, which causes swelling and irritation. Smoking weakens the body’s immune system, making it more difficult to fight off an infection. Once gums are damaged, the lack of oxygen in your bloodstream (caused by nicotine) means that they will take much longer to heal. Smokers often find that their gums do not bleed, which is actually a bad sign – it masks the early signs of gum disease and by the time it is discovered it can be much harder to treat.
2. Tooth loss
Advanced gum disease is a primary cause of tooth loss, and since smokers frequently miss the early warning signs they are prone to periodontitis – the irreversible later stage of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. As gums recede and plaque collects at the gumline, the bone and tissues that support teeth are damaged, loosening teeth and eventually causing them to fall out.
3. Oral cancer
Here’s the bad news: as a smoker you are six times more likely to get oral cancer than a non-smoker. Approximately 90% of people with mouth cancer are tobacco users. On the plus side, even heavy smokers can drastically reduce their chances of getting oral cancer by kicking their tobacco habit. After 20 years of being smoke-free, your chances of getting mouth cancer are exactly the same as someone who has never smoked.
Bad breath may seem trivial compared to tooth loss or mouth cancer, but it can have a major lifestyle impact, ruining romantic relationships and hindering job prospects. Several factors contribute to smoker’s breath, including dry mouth (xerostomia), which enables bacteria to thrive and increases the likelihood of gum disease.
Your dental team at Blyton Dental can advise you on the best ways to maintain your oral health and support you on your journey to becoming smoke-free. Regular hygienist appointments are the best way to treat early stage gum disease and prevent tooth loss. To make an appointment with our experienced hygienists, Clare and Emily, contact us today. We look forward to your visit.
Everyone knows that to keep your teeth in top condition you should steer clear of sugary soft drinks, chocolate, and other sweet treats. But are you aware of all the hidden sugars lurking in foods that seem relatively healthy? Some of the top culprits may surprise you…
Toast may seem like a healthy option for an afternoon snack, and it certainly beats a slice of cake. But if you’re choosing processed supermarket brands, make sure you check the label – even bread that is marketed as ‘multigrain’ or ‘wheat’ may contain added sugar. Look for caramel colouring among the ingredients – this is an indication that a wheat loaf is actually just white bread with food colouring added. The healthiest options have ‘whole wheat’ or ‘whole grain’ listed as the primary ingredient.
2. Salad dressing
Nothing is healthier than a big bowl of leafy greens – until you smother them in full fat dressing! Some salad dressings (including French dressings and vinaigrette) have as much as 7 grams of sugar per serving, which is nearly a third of the recommended daily intake for women and nearly a fifth of the recommended daily intake for men. Watch out for sugar variations on the label such as maltose, honey, glucose, and dextrose.
3. Baked beans
Baked beans have a reputation for being healthy because they are full of fibre, however many tinned supermarket brands also have a high sugar content. Check the label and opt for a brand that has reduced salt and sugar. Tomato products (including pasta sauces and ketchups) are naturally acidic and can contribute to tooth erosion. You can minimise the damage by rinsing your mouth with water after you eat.
They’re commonly marketed as being both healthy and delicious – but are smoothies a dentist’s worst nightmare? Fruit is naturally acidic, which can erode the enamel of your teeth. When blended into a smoothie, the combination of acid and sugar (in the form of fructose) can have a damaging effect, especially when you choose brands that use concentrated fruit juice. Making your own instead of buying bottled versions is the best way to avoid additional hidden sugars.
Unbelievably, some savoury crackers contain almost as much sugar as a biscuit. Don’t believe it? Take a look at the ingredients on the back of a packet next time you’re in the supermarket – if the second or third ingredient is sugar you may as well be eating a cookie. Rice crackers or oat cakes are a healthier alternative for your teeth.
Avoiding sugar completely is almost impossible, so it’s important to maintain your oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss twice a day and make regular appointments with your dental hygienist. To schedule an appointment with our experienced hygienists, Clare and Emily, contact Blyton Dental today. We look forward to your visit.
Getting an unpleasant taste in your mouth once in a while is nothing to worry about – it could be caused by anything from eating strongly flavoured foods to using tobacco products. However, if the taste remains in your mouth all the time and you are unable to get rid of it by brushing and rinsing, a trip to the dentist may be required.
Causes of unpleasant taste in the mouth
Poor oral hygiene
Dental health issues such as cavities and gum disease may be the underlying cause of the taste you are experiencing. Not brushing and flossing regularly can cause gingivitis, which is often associated with an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Other types of dental problems, including infections and abscesses, can also cause a bad taste. Brushing and flossing and rinsing daily with an antibacterial mouthwash will help to prevent these issues, as will regular dental check ups with your hygienist. If you are experiencing oral health problems already you should make an appointment with your dentist to establish the cause of the issue. Symptoms to look out for include:
· Tooth sensitivity
· Red or swollen areas in your mouth
· Bleeding gums
· Bad breath
Dry mouth (xerostomia)
When your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva you can get a sticky feeling in your mouth that is often accompanied by a lingering unpleasant taste and bad breath. Saliva is important for good oral health because it washes away bacteria and food particles that collect in the mouth. Some of the causes of dry mouth include:
· Tobacco usage
· Some medications
· Cancer therapy
· Autoimmune disorders
You can help to manage the condition by sipping water throughout the day, chewing on sugar-free gum, and using an alcohol-free mouthwash to help prevent tooth decay.
Some medical conditions can cause an unpleasant taste in the mouth, including:
· Acid reflux
· Oral thrush
· Respiratory infections
· Neurological conditions
· Hepatitis B
· Hormonal changes (such as pregnancy or the menopause)
If you suspect that your issue is related to a medical ailment, seek advice from your doctor as soon as possible.
Treatment for unpleasant taste in the mouth
There are a number of effective remedies you can try to alleviate a recurring bad taste in your mouth:
· Brush and floss twice a day, and use an antiseptic mouthwash.
· Sip water regularly throughout the day.
· Avoid tobacco products.
· Chew sugar-free gum to encourage saliva production.
· Make regular appointments with your dental hygienist.
At Blyton Dental, we take pride in offering the best possible care to our patients, treating them in a friendly, caring manner and delivering the best quality dentistry at affordable prices. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact one of our helpful team members today. We look forward to your visit.
Do you suffer from loose-fitting or uncomfortable dentures? Are you worried about the cost of dental implants? Read on to find out about how Blyton Dental can offer an affordable and pain-free alternative for patients with missing teeth.
What are two-implant overdentures?
Overdentures are replacement teeth that are held in place with dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures, which can move around in the mouth and cause discomfort when eating or speaking, overdentures are retained by dental implants – small titanium anchors that are permanently fixed to the upper or lower jawbone. Advances in 3-D printing and the use of dental CT scans mean that the implant placement procedure is relatively quick – there is often no need for any gum flap to be raised or for stitches after the implant has been placed.
What are the benefits of overdentures?
Overdentures offer several advantages over traditional dentures, including:
· Better digestion – Dentures are held in place using adhesives, which can cause them to slip in the mouth and cause difficulty chewing. Since overdentures are held in place with dental implants they are more stable, allowing you to chew food more thoroughly and absorb more nutrients. Foods that can be difficult to eat with conventional dentures (such as apples or carrots) are easier to chew with implant retained overdentures, resulting in fewer lifestyle restrictions.
· Improved self-confidence – When teeth are missing, the jawbone loses the stimulation it naturally receives from chewing, resulting in a shrinking process called resorption. Over time, this can give the face a sunken, aged appearance. Because implants continue to stimulate the jawbone, overdentures can help to retain your facial features and prevent resorption from occurring. In addition, patients with overdentures need not worry about loose dentures causing embarrassment in social situations, giving them more confidence in their day-to-day lives.
· Higher comfort levels – Overdentures that are fitted with implants are more secure than dentures held in using adhesives. By reducing additional movement during the process of chewing or talking, overdentures can help to prevent mouth sores and irritation of gum tissue, improve the aesthetics of your smile, and have a positive impact on both physical and psychological welfare.
Am I a candidate for two-implant overdentures?
Only a qualified dentist will be able to advise you on the best treatment to replace your missing teeth. Advancements in dental implant technology mean that generally if you are healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction you are also a candidate for the two-implant overdenture treatment. In most cases, if your existing dentures are not too old they can be stabilised with implants without the need to remake them.
To find out more about overdentures or to make an appointment with one of our dedicated dental professionals, contact us today. We look forward to your visit.
Missing one or more teeth not only affects our physical health and wellbeing – it can also cause a huge drop in self-confidence. Fortunately, teeth replacements have come a long way in recent years and there are several treatment options available. With the right solution you’ll be able to eat more comfortably, speak more clearly, and smile with confidence again.
Dental implants are a permanent, long-term solution for one or more missing teeth. An implant is a post (usually made from titanium) that is surgically implanted into your upper or lower jawbone. The implant fuses with your jawbone and is capped with one or more natural-looking replacement teeth. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants because they involve a surgical procedure that requires healthy gums. Your dentist at Blyton Dental will be able to tell you whether you meet the criteria for implant surgery.
Advantages of dental implants
- Natural appearance – Dental implants look and feel just like regular teeth.
- Durable – Implants will last for many years, or even decades if they are properly looked after.
- Preventative – Implants can help to prevent shrinkage of the jawbone from tooth loss.
- Bite strength – Implants will give you the same bite strength as your natural teeth.
A dental bridge is a prosthesis that, as the name suggests, bridges the gap between two teeth. A typical fixed bridge is made up of one or more pontics (artificial teeth) that are attached to two surrounding anchor teeth using hollow crowns. The anchor teeth need to be filed down for the bridge to be fitted, and your dentist permanently secures the bridge in place using strong dental cement.
Advantages of bridges
- Permanent – Dental bridges are a fixed solution so you do not need to remove them for cleaning.
- Natural-looking – When made from porcelain or other comparable materials, dental bridges look just like natural teeth.
- Cost-effective – Dental bridges are cheaper than implants.
- Comfortable – Dental bridges pass chewing forces to the anchor teeth, rather than the gums underneath, which can make eating more comfortable than chewing with dentures.
Dentures are removable false teeth that can either replace a complete set of upper or lower teeth (full dentures) or one or more missing teeth (partial dentures). They require careful maintenance and must be taken out at night and soaked in a denture cleaning solution. With proper care, dentures can last for several years but due to everyday wear and tear and the shrinking of our gums as we age, most dentists recommend replacing them every five to eight years.
Advantages of dentures
- Cost-effective – Dentures are much cheaper than dental implants.
- Non-surgical – Dentures do not require any invasive surgery.
Wondering which treatment option is right for you? To book your free assessment, contact Blyton Dental today.
Feeling self-conscious about your smile? Your teeth are one of the first things that people notice, and a bright, healthy smile can be a huge confidence booster. As we age, the enamel on our teeth becomes thinner and more transparent, exposing the darker layer of dentin beneath it. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can use to keep your teeth sparkling white.
1. Change your eating and drinking habits
Drinking tea, coffee, red wine, and soda stains your teeth, so limiting your consumption of these types of beverages can help to prevent yellowing. If you can’t kick the habit completely, try to brush your teeth soon after you finish your drink to minimise the effects on the colour of your teeth. Smoking and chewing tobacco also have a discolouring effect, so giving up these habits is beneficial to both your smile and your overall health. Try to avoid processed foods and drinks that are high in simple sugars and may thin tooth enamel.
2. Maintain a healthy brushing routine
Brushing and flossing soon after you eat or drink is the best way to prevent plaque build-up on your teeth, which can cause them to look yellow. Replace your toothbrush or change the head of your electric toothbrush at least every two to three months (sooner if the bristles are frayed) and use a tongue scraper once a day to remove any build-up of bacteria on your tongue.
3. Eat nature’s tooth whitening treats
Some types of foods have been proven to naturally whiten teeth. Strawberries and apples not only taste delicious, they also contain high concentrations of malic acid that acts as a natural astringent to remove surface discolouration. Cheese contains minerals such as calcium and phosphorus that help keep teeth strong, and the lactic acid it contains can also protect against tooth decay. Hard cheeses are best for whitening because they help to remove food particles from your teeth. Other tasty tooth whitening treats include raw broccoli, pineapple, celery, and oranges.
4. Brush with baking soda
Baking soda has natural whitening properties and is a popular ingredient in a lot of commercial toothpaste. Many people mix it with water and use the paste a few times a week to help scrub away surface stains. However, baking soda is abrasive and overuse can damage tooth enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. If you have concerns about using baking soda on your teeth, talk to your dentist before adding it to your whitening routine.
5. Book a professional whitening treatment
Tooth whitening treatment from a dentist is a simple and safe cosmetic procedure that can give you effective, long-lasting results. Blyton Dental provides teeth whitening treatment at a cost equivalent to a Band 3 NHS charge. Book your free consultation today.
For more information about tooth whitening or other cosmetic procedures at Blyton Dental, contact one of our helpful team members today.
If you’ve been putting off visiting the dentist for a while because you can’t face biting into the sticky material that’s used to take impressions of your teeth and jaws, we have great news for you – 3D scanners have replaced traditional alginate impressions at Blyton Dental. Read on to find out all the ways the iTero scanner can improve your next dental appointment.
How does the iTero scanner work?
With the use of a small, handheld scanner (called a ‘wand’), your dentist will take thousands of pictures of the inside of your mouth. By gradually rotating the wand around your mouth to capture every possible angle, he or she will be able to get a complete scan in a matter of minutes. The images are sent to the computer and rendered to create a 3D model of your teeth. Your dentist can use this model to assess your dental needs and determine what treatment options are available to you to give you the best possible outcome.
What are the benefits of the iTero scanner?
More comfortable – Traditional alginate impressions use gloopy, clay-like material that can be messy and uncomfortable for patients. The iTero scanner eliminates the need to bite into a tray of impression material, making the process far less stressful for patients.
More accurate – With a 3D digital model to work from, dental devices can be created with a flawless fit, improving the performance of crowns, aligners, or veneers. Traditional impressions often need to be retaken from scratch, which can be costly and inconvenient. In contrast, if any data is missing from a digital scan, your dentist will notice immediately and be able to rescan the area during the same appointment.
Predictable results – One of the most satisfying aspects of using the iTero scanner is that you will be able to see the effects of a treatment before you have it. By viewing a simulated model showing what your teeth will look like after you complete your treatment, you can be reassured that the time, money, and effort you are putting into your dental treatment is worth it.
What treatments is the iTero scanner used for?
The iTero scanner can be used to create impressions for the following treatments:
· Invisalign/Inman/Six Month Smiles aligners
· Dental implant crowns
If you would like more information about the services we provide here at Blyton Dental, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly team members today.
Many adults would love to straighten their teeth but are put off by the idea of traditional braces, which can leave wearers feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious. Fortunately, there are cutting-edge options that will give you the perfect smile you want without the negative aspects of conventional brace technology. Read on to find out why millions of adults are opting for Invisalign.
Unlike traditional braces, which consist of metal brackets that are fixed to your teeth and tied together with wires, Invisalign uses removable aligner trays. Worn for 22 hours a day, the clear plastic trays fit over your teeth to subtly and gently move them into the desired position. Patients can take them out for eating and cleaning, which makes dental care throughout the treatment process much easier. Whereas traditional brace hardware can cause food particles to stick between the teeth, Invisalign trays are easy to pop out and clean, meaning there are no dietary restrictions during treatment.
Made of smooth, BPA-free clear plastic, Invisalign is as comfortable as wearing a customised bleaching tray. In contrast, traditional braces have brackets with sharp edges that can sometimes irritate the inside of the mouth. Invisalign also doesn’t require tightening by your orthodontist – instead you are given multiple sets of aligners that you change every two weeks as your teeth begin to move into their new position.
3. Time efficient
Since Invisalign doesn’t require tightening, trips to the dentist are less frequent during your treatment period than with traditional braces. Brushing and flossing also requires less time and effort with removable trays, as you do not need to navigate around brace hardware. Depending on the complexity of your case, treatment typically takes between 6-12 months, but you will begin to notice a difference within a matter of weeks.
4. Virtually invisible
Invisalign’s clear aligner trays are so discreet that they are hardly noticeable when you smile. Since they are removable, patients who are self-conscious about their appearance can take them out for special occasions such as a wedding, meeting, or important presentation.
5. Predictable results
Thanks to Blyton Dental’s iTero digital scanner, you can see what your teeth will look like once they’ve been straightened before you even begin treatment. The scanner takes a 3D image of your teeth and shows how their position will change throughout your treatment. This means that you can confidently invest in your orthodontic treatment knowing that the results will be worth the cost and effort.
For more information about Invisalign treatment at Blyton Dental, contact one of our friendly team members today.