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AUG 17
10
THURSDAY 10TH OF AUGUST 2017
Our case of the month for August is one involving a Social 6 lingual brace for the lower front teeth. Our client really disliked the crowding with the lower front teeth and was desperate for a solution prior to her wedding.

The Social 6 lingual brace is attached to just the front 6 teeth acting on the front 4 teeth i.e the Social aspect of your smile. It is also placed on the INSIDE of the teeth and hence is the only 'invisible' brace.

Due to the great technology of the brackets and wires  and the skill of our Principle Dentist Dr Nissit Patel, we can straighten the front teeth in a matter of weeks rather than years.

Just take a look:

Crowded lower front teeth. Note how the teeth are uneven, at different levels and inside/ out Crowded lower front teeth. Note how the teeth are uneven, at different levels and inside/ out


Straight front teeth. Level edges, aligned and straight. In only a few weeks. Straight front teeth. Level edges, aligned and straight. In only a few weeks.


 

If you would like to see the brackets in action, here is a photo:

With 2-D brackets - the lowest profile brackets on the market With 2-D brackets - the lowest profile brackets on the market


As you can imagine, our client was delighted.

If you would like to straighten the upper or lower front teeth this year, quickly and discreetly, then Social 6 lingual braces could be the solution. Why wait? Contact us today.

Treatment completed by Dr Nissit Patel. Photographs are the sole property of Dr Nissit Patel and may not be reproduced in any form.
JUL 17
27
THURSDAY 27TH OF JULY 2017
A common question we are asked is what is cosmetic bonding? The term itself does not mean a great deal and is not self explanatory. Well, I will try to explain as best as I can in simple terms and how the treatment is actually completed.

WHAT IS COSMETIC BONDING?

Cosmetic bonding involves the adding of a very aesthetic white filling to one or several of your teeth to make them look nicer. For example, if there is a chip on the edge of one of your teeth or it is worn down or there are gaps this can be corrected with cosmetic bonding.

The beauty of this technique is that we do not need to drill away any tooth to provide the treatment in the majority of cases. On occasion, some sharp edges or thick enamel may need to be removed prior to the bonding but this would be very minimal. Therefore, cosmetic bonding is reversible! Is that not great? A cosmetic treatment that can be reversed should you wish. I have never been asked to remove any bonding as of yet, but there is always a first time I guess!

If we look back a few years to the time of Extreme Makeover (remember that program?), virtually all of the cases involved a smile makeover using porcelain veneers and crowns. These look beautiful, no doubt. However, to make a porcelain veneer or crown especially, we have to cut the teeth down a great deal to make space for the porcelain. This is destructive and removes virtually all of the enamel from the tooth. Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the body and protects the biological aspects of the tooth such as the dentine (inner surface) and nerve area. Therefore, the tooth will be more prone to problems in the future without question. Now there is a time and place for porcelain veneers and crowns but, in my opinion, not on virgin teeth and with a minimal preparation as possible.

My point is therefore, that with a technique like cosmetic bonding, there is NO risk at all to the underlying tooth. The worst that could happen is that it chips, stains or becomes discoloured. Disaster! Not quite; the bonding can simply be replenished without fuss.

HOW IS IT DONE?

There are a few simple steps, which I will share with you now:

  1. The tooth is washed with an acid etch of phosphoric acid 30% for 15-30 seconds. This sounds harsh but the enamel is a mineral. It can take it. The etch enhances the bonding.

  2. A bonding resin is placed over the tooth and is activated by a light. We use LED these days which generates less heat that the old halogen lights.

  3. The white filling material is then layered over the tooth sequentially and set with the light. I use Empress Direct and GC G-aenial as my preferred composites.

  4. We may need to use certain cords, clear strips, wedges in between the teeth to create a sound margin to the tooth.

  5. Once the tooth is build back up, it is contoured to size and polished in a few steps with lots of water.

  6. The bite is checked and the final polished is completed.


Sounds simple? Well, it is. However, it takes a few years to get really good at bonding. As with everything in life, the more you do of something, the better you get.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

The price will vary at different dental practices. We charge £230 per tooth. Compared to porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns or even composite veneers or crowns, this is cost effective and non invasive. It is a treatment I highly recommend. After all, we were born with lovely tooth enamel. Why strip it all away when there is an alternative that is aesthetic, non invasive and more cost effective?

AN EXAMPLE

Our client did not like the gap between her teeth Our client did not like the gap between her teeth


After cosmetic bonding 1 The gap is closed with cosmetic bonding in 45 minutes


You can see what a difference the treatment can have. Our client was delighted as the gap had bugged her for ages. Within three quarters of an hour, we had closed the space. What's more is that after a few weeks, the area looks even better as the gum line adapts around the teeth and bonding.

If you would like to know more about cosmetic bonding or arrange a consultation, please feel free to e mail me: nissit@progressivedentistry.co.uk

Article written by Dr Nissit Patel
JUL 17
20
THURSDAY 20TH OF JULY 2017
Damaged teeth don’t just look unsightly, they can also cause a great deal of pain in your mouth. If your teeth are chipped, stained, or have unsightly gaps, then they may not just be causing you some discomfort, they could also make it difficult for you to eat, brush your teeth effectively, and knock your self-confidence. Everybody wants the perfect smile, and thankfully, it’s easier than ever to achieve with the help of a good cosmetic dentist or orthodontist. We’ve listed some of the best reasons to get porcelain veneers to help restore your smile and give you your self-confidence back.

#1. Easy Procedure:

You may think that getting porcelain veneers is a long, drawn-out procedure that means a lot of visits to the dentist, but thankfully, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Today, dental technology has become so advanced that many treatments that once seemed impossible can now be done in just one or two sessions in the dentist’s chair. In the case of porcelain veneers, there is often minimal preparation of the tooth necessary, allowing you to achieve the perfect smile quicker than ever with a treatment that is often completely reversible.

#2. Prevent Further Tooth Damage:

If you suffer with cracked or chipped teeth, then it doesn’t just look bad when you smile – damage to your teeth can worsen over time, leading to excruciating pain and sensitivity when eating or simply going about your daily life. Chips and cracks to the teeth can be covered up entirely with porcelain veneers, helping to prevent any further damage and keeping your teeth safe and protected underneath.

#3. Fix Misaligned Teeth:

If your teeth are crooked, misaligned, or have large gaps in between them, then you may have considered getting braces to repair this and achieve the perfectly straight set of teeth that you want. However, repairing misaligned teeth with braces can take many months or even years, along with being both painful and uncomfortable to deal with, especially when braces are tightened, for example. Along with that, many adults who work in professional positions are uncomfortable about getting traditional braces to fix their teeth. Veneers offer a suitable alternative; they can be placed over any crooked teeth to reduce the size of gaps and create a correctly aligned smile.

#4. Painless Procedure:

In most cases, getting porcelain veneers fitted to your teeth is a quick and easy procedure that won’t cause you any pain. If you are worried about going to the dentist because of the pain, then you’ll be glad to hear that veneers could be an ideal option for you. In most cases, an anaesthetic won’t be required since the procedure does not usually cause any significant discomfort or pain to the patient.

#5. Restore White Teeth:

As we get older, tooth staining is often inevitable – bad habits such as smoking can seriously stain the teeth, whilst the foods we eat and beverages that we drink can also play a part. In as little as three visits to your cosmetic dentist, porcelain veneers can be fitted to cover up unsightly staining and improve your smile with bright, white teeth.
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