Smile! It’s A Magic Makeover In The Heart Of Leeds

July 25th, 2014

2445507_blogHave you ever wished you could just wave a magic wand and you would have a stunning new smile? Well now you can, thanks to our incredible, bespoke smile makeovers. Just think of us as your fairy godmothers!

Smile makeovers are designed to transform your smile and they often involve a series of different dental treatments, which come together to create an amazing result. We have a wide range of treatments on offer and we offer a personalised service, which involve assessing your needs, discussing your treatment aims and goals and working together to choose the best treatments. We invite you to share your opinions, bring in photos or pictures of smiles you like and tell us what you would like to see when you look in the mirror after your final treatment session.

Our treatments

We are able to offer all kinds of treatments to address aesthetic flaws, repair damaged teeth, replacing missing teeth and solve problems, such as crowding or crooked teeth. Each smile makeover is different because people have different ideas and varying needs. One smile makeover may involve tooth replacement, whitening and cosmetic braces, while another may involve veneer treatment, white fillings and cosmetic bonding.

We will go through the different options with you during the planning stage and answer questions and provide information about costs, timeframe and pros and cons to ensure that you have all the information you need to make the best decisions.

If you’re tired at looking at stained, worn and chipped teeth, you’ve been meaning to get a tooth replaced for years or you’re sick of smiling with your lips closed for photos because you hate your crooked teeth, now is the time for change! Call us now to book your consultation.

Always Wanted A Straight Smile? Do It Discreetly With Invisalign

July 24th, 2014

3943593_blogHave you put up with jibes about your buck teeth for years on end? Have you dreamed of a straight smile since you were small? Do you long for a picture perfect smile like the models in magazines and Hollywood stars? If so, we have some amazing orthodontic treatments on offer. We know that many patients are wary of having treatment because they have reservations about braces, but we are able to offer amazingly discreet treatment, thanks to innovative modern systems, such as Invisalign. If you thought your dream of a perfect smile was impossible, think again!

Everything you need to know about Invisalign

Invisalign is a wonder treatment because it provides a solution for the thousands of people who had worries about wearing braces because they didn’t want to feel unattractive. With Invisalign, nobody need know that you are wearing braces because this system uses clear aligners to straighten the teeth. These aligners are made from transparent components, which are virtually invisible and will enable you to smile with confidence while you are on your way to achieving your goal of perfectly straight pearly whites.

Invisalign works by using a series of different aligners; each aligner is worn for 2 weeks and the appliances are made based on a detailed plan, which is personalised. The aligners are removable, but they should be worn for at least 21 hours every day to make sure treatment is as effective as it should be.

Invisalign is suitable for patients of all ages and there is a special edition of the treatment for younger patients called Invisalign Teen. This treatment provides a solution for patients with minor and moderate orthodontic issues and is an excellent choice for patients who wish to remain incognito while they have treatment. Treatment times vary according to the individual, as different patients need varying amounts of movement.

If you would like to find out more about Invisalign and how it could transform your smile in secret, call us now or pop in when you are next in Leeds city centre.

Protect Your Teeth During Sports With A City Leeds Mouth Guard

July 23rd, 2014

Sport is fun. It’s373639_blog exhilarating and great for your health, but it is also a major cause of dental injuries. At City Dental we want our patients to enjoy playing sport and to get stuck in to the game without having to worry about their teeth and this is why we recommend custom-designed mouth guards.

Mouth guards are specially designed trays, which are worn over the top of the teeth to protect them from injuries. Common examples of injuries, which can occur while doing physical exercise, include dislodged teeth, jaw injuries, fractured teeth and chipped teeth. Wearing a mouth guard provides a barrier between the teeth and potential sources of harm, such as balls, rackets, sticks, other people and hard surfaces.

The OSO Athletic mouth guard

We are very proud to be one of a handful of practices in the UK to offer our clients the amazing OSO Athletic mouth guard. This snazzy gum shield is way more than your average mouth guard and it offers a host of benefits in addition to amazing protection for the teeth. This mouth guard is specially designed to improve and enhance sporting performance and it does this while also reducing muscle tension and pressure around the facial muscles.

The OSO Athletic mouth guard is made based on precise measurements from the individual and once in place in the mouth, it automatically adjusts the position of the jaw to its optimum place; this reduces tension and strain in the muscles and improves contraction. It also reduces the risk of muscular pain in the neck and shoulders and enables players to focus on the game, rather than worrying about pain. This innovative mouth guard is proven to improve balance, strength and flexibility by making muscle contraction more efficient and it is an ideal piece of kit to propel you to the next level in your chosen sport.

Who could benefit from an Oso Athletic mouth guard?

The Oso Athletic mouth guard is designed to provide benefits for participants of all abilities, from players who enjoy an informal match at the weekends to elite athletes who train day in, day out.

We highly recommend mouth guards for anyone who plays the following sports:

  • rugby league
  • rugby union
  • boxing
  • martial arts
  • hockey
  • ice hockey
  • body contact sports, such as wrestling and cage fighting
  • lacrosse

You’ll Buzz Over The Dental Bridges Leeds Can Offer You

July 22nd, 2014

18625013If you have a missing tooth and you’re searching for an affordable solution, look no further than a dental bridge. With this innovative restoration, you’ll be showing off your newly restored smile in no time!

About dental bridges

Dental bridges are so-called because they bridge the gap between two teeth when a tooth has been lost through injury, trauma or as a result of dental disease. The aim of the bridge is to replace the missing tooth and create a natural looking smile.

Bridges can be made from various materials and we often recommend porcelain or porcelain fused to metal bridges for the best aesthetic outcome. The bridge is designed to blend in with the neighbouring teeth and once the porcelain bridge is in place, you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the false tooth and the rest of the teeth.

There are 3 main types of dental bridge, including the traditional fixed bridge, the cantilever bridge and the resin-bonded bridge, which is also known as a Maryland bridge. The most common type of bridge is the fixed bridge, which is made from a false tooth, and is anchored by a dental crown on each side.

What are the advantages of a dental bridge?

Dental bridges are durable and aesthetically pleasing and they have functional benefits, as well as cosmetic advantages. Bridges should last around 10-15 years and the treatment process is simple and much less invasive than dental implant treatment. Treatment is usually complete within 2 weeks and there is very little pain involved.

Less Invasive Onlays Could Be The Perfect Crown For You

July 21st, 2014

iStock_000000363253XSmallIf you damage a tooth or you have a decayed tooth and a filling is not suitable, we may recommend an onlay. Onlays are often considered the middle ground between a filling and a crown and they can have amazing restorative and aesthetic benefits for your smile.

What is an onlay?

An onlay is a type of restoration, which may be used when you have a large cavity or you have damaged your tooth, but the damage is not extensive enough to require a crown. Onlays are custom-made and they are usually made from ceramic, such as porcelain, to give a lovely natural look. The aim of onlay treatment is to restore the tooth without affecting the look of the tooth and porcelain is a perfect material for creating a seamless finish.

Onlays are often a good option when a tooth needs more intensive treatment than a filling, but it unable to support a crown or cap.

What is the difference between an inlay and an onlay?

Inlays and onlays are essentially very similar, but they address different areas of the tooth. An inlay replaces lost tissue between the cusps of the teeth, while an onlay covers the cusps of the tooth.

How long do onlays last?

If an onlay is well looked-after, it can last for many years. You should care for your restored tooth in the same way as your other teeth and make sure to keep up to date with regular dental check-ups.

Whit-Woo! Whitening In Leeds Can Bring You Luck With The Lasses

July 20th, 2014

4683491_blogNothing makes you look more attractive than a bright, white smile, so if you’re looking to find ‘the one’ this summer in Leeds, call us now to find out more about our amazing whitening treatments! With a beautiful smile, you’re sure to be a hit with the ladies!

About whitening treatment

Whitening treatment is hugely popular because it’s a simple, quick and affordable way of making your smile look more attractive. White teeth look youthful and healthy and a new smile will also boost your confidence, which is a very attractive trait in a date.

We have done all the groundwork for you and tried and tested whitening systems to ensure our patients have access to the best treatment out there. We use a specially designed whitening gel, which contains carbamide peroxide, to lighten the shade of the teeth and give you a beaming smile.

The whitening treatment process is completely painless and very straightforward. We create an impression of your teeth and use this to make your custom-made whitening trays. These trays contain whitening agent and they are placed over the top of the teeth. The whitening agent lightens the teeth, creating a beautiful aesthetic without interfering with the structure of the teeth at all.

How long do the results last?

The results of whitening treatment should last for several years. However, if you’re partial to a latte in the morning, you smoke or enjoy a glass of wine from time to time, you may find that your teeth become discoloured and top-up treatment may be required.

Is whitening treatment safe?

Our methods of whitening the teeth are tried and tested, the products we use are approved and our dentists are highly trained, so you are in the best possible hands. Whitening treatment is very safe when performed by a trained professional and it is uncommon to experience side-effects after treatment. Some people suffer from very mild sensitivity after treatment, but this usually only lasts between 24 and 48 hours.

You Don’t Have To Put Up With Bruxism Any Longer In Leeds

July 19th, 2014

1787127_blogIf you wake up with headaches, you often experience stiffness and pain in your jaw or your teeth feel sensitive, you may suffer from bruxism. Bruxism is the medical name for teeth grinding, a very common subconscious action, which usually happens during sleep.

Grinding or clenching the teeth can contribute to shoulder, neck and head aches, but it can also cause tooth wear. When the teeth grind together, this can wear down the surfaces and damage the enamel, which increases the risk of sensitivity.

What causes teeth grinding?

Many cases of bruxism are linked to anxiety and stress, but grinding the teeth can also occur as a result of orthodontic issues, which affect the alignment of the teeth, and problems, such as loose fillings.

When you have a consultation with a City Dental dentist, they will chat with you and examine your mouth to try and determine the cause; once this has been established, they can discuss possible treatments with you and offer advice to help you stop grinding your teeth.

Treatment for bruxism

In cases where tooth grinding is linked to anxiety or stress, we can offer advice about coping with stress and recommend stress management techniques, such as exercise, breathing exercises and massage therapy.

In severe cases, we recommend wearing a bite guard, which is similar to a gum shield; it helps to protect the teeth by preventing contact between the upper and lower teeth. Our bite guards are custom-made for maximum comfort and they shouldn’t interrupt your sleep in any way.

City Leeds Can Rid You Of That Bogus Breath

July 18th, 2014

2464492_blogDo you dread work meetings and presentations? Do you feel nervous in social situations? If you do and bad breath is to blame, we can help! We are experts in banishing bad breath for good and we can help you to feel confident, whether you’re aiming for a promotion, sealing a deal or going on a first date.

Bad breath is something, which affects most people at some point. In the majority of cases, people suffer from unpleasant smelling breath in the mornings or after eating or drinking certain foods, but sometimes, people suffer from persistent bad breath and this may indicate that there is an underlying dental cause.

What causes bad breath?

If you have persistent bad breath (known as halitosis), this is almost always the result of bacteria build-up in the mouth. When bacteria collect in the mouth and start to feed, this causes them to release odorous gases, which is why your breath smells unpleasant. Commonly, bad breath is linked to bacteria at the back of the tongue. Bacteria can be removed by regular brushing and flossing; if you neglect your oral hygiene routine, bacteria multiply and the risk of bad breath is much higher.

Bad breath can also be caused by smoking and it can be a side-effect of taking some types of medication.

Treating bad breath

If you suffer from bad breath, you’re not alone and we have treatments and therapies that can help to ensure your breath is fresh and clean smelling. Our oral hygiene treatments provide intensive cleaning to rid the mouth of armful bacteria and plaque, cleanse the tongue and clean and polish the teeth. We recommend regular hygiene sessions coupled with a thorough oral hygiene regime at home.

We also recommend steering clear of food triggers and smoking and chewing a piece of sugar-free gum after eating.

Is Your Day Blowing Hot And Cold? Get Treatment For Sensitivity

July 17th, 2014

3534882_blogTooth sensitivity is a very common problem and with the sun shining and many people looking forward to enjoying ice creams, iced coffees and lollies, it’s the perfect time to get your sensitive teeth sorted. If you suffer pain when you sip on a hot drink, you wince when you bite into an apple or your teeth throb after polishing off a knickerbocker glory, there are things you can do to ease the pain and prevent sensitivity in the future.

What causes sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel becomes thin or worn and the dentin section of the tooth is exposed; this is the part of the tooth, which contains the nerves and blood vessels and this is why you feel pain when your teeth come into contact with something hot or cold. There are various causes of enamel wear, but the most common is acid erosion; this occurs when you eat acidic foods or you eat sugary foods, which prompt bacteria to release plaque acids. These acids gradually wear down the enamel, exposing the dentin and increasing the risk of decay and gum disease.

What can be done for sensitivity?

There are some simple measures you can take to avoid pain associated with sensitivity, including using a straw and cutting up fruit, rather than biting straight into an apple or pear, for example; however, there are longer term solutions available. Sensitive toothpaste is specially designed to protect the tooth enamel, as well as providing relief for tooth pain, and it can really help.

If you have sensitivity, this may be indicative of decay and we advise arranging a check-up with your dentist. If you have a cavity, we can place a filling to reduce the risk of damage to the tooth and prevent the infection from spreading through the tooth.

Beauty And The Botox: Look Younger in LS1

July 16th, 2014

Happy buddies laughingMost people would admit to wishing they looked younger and nothing makes you look more youthful than smooth, bright and clear skin. Botox is an effective non-invasive anti-ageing treatment, which smoothes the complexion by tackling lines and wrinkles. If you’re searching for a non-surgical solution to the common signs of ageing in the skin, why not try Botox this summer?

What is Botox?

Botox is a purified form of a toxin known as botulinum toxin type A; it is used to reduce the visibility of facial lines and wrinkles and it works by preventing the transmission of nerve signals to the muscles in the face. This reduces movement of the muscles, resulting in the skin looking smoother and more youthful.

Botox treatment was initially very popular with the rich and famous, but its popularity has spread and it is now used by men and women in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and beyond. It is often seen as a safer alternative to cosmetic surgery on the face.

What happens when you have Botox treatment?

One of the main draws of Botox treatment is the simplicity of the treatment process. When you have a consultation, we will explain how treatment works and what you can expect during and after the procedure. We will also chat with you about the areas you want to treat so that we can plan your treatment. When it comes to the treatment session, we simply use a very fine needle to inject Botox into the areas you have specified and it really is as simple as that. We can use a very mild anaesthetic to numb the skin beforehand to prevent any discomfort and you can get back to the rest of your day as soon as the session is finished (usually sessions take between 10 and 30 minutes).