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Brilliant Braces for Every Orthodontic Issue

July 3rd, 2015

header_image4If you’re one of the many people who have orthodontic issues, we have brilliant braces to suit you. Very few people are blessed with naturally perfect teeth, but if you have crooked, twisted or crowded teeth, we can provide the ideal remedy to give you a flawless smile.

Our treatments

We offer a diverse range of orthodontic treatments that cater for a whole host of issues, from crooked and crowded teeth to issues that affect the bite and gaps between the teeth. We have options to suit every patient, from those who need intensive movement, to those who just require minor correction. We have fixed and removable braces on offer, as well as those that offer amazing perks such as invisible aesthetics and speedy results.

Here are some examples of our outstanding orthodontic treatments:

  • Inman Aligner: a rapid solution for patients with minor issues that involve the front teeth, this removable brace offers flexibility, discreet aesthetics and incredible results in just 16 weeks.
  • Invisalign: this clear brace system is a perfect choice for patients who would prefer their treatment to remain a secret. Invisalign uses a series of removable aligners, which are made from transparent plastic, to guide the teeth into position. The aligners are light and comfortable and you can take them out when you eat and clean your teeth for added convenience.
  • Lingual braces: STb Social 6 braces are the ultimate solution for those who wish to remain incognito during the treatment stage. These fixed braces, which target issues with the front teeth (the social 6), are fixed to the back of the teeth, so they cannot be seen when you smile. This treatment also offers incredibly short treatment times, with most cases complete within four months.
  • Damon Braces: Damon Braces are advanced fixed braces and offer a great alternative to traditional fixed braces for patients who require intensive treatment and a considerable amount of movement. These braces use self-ligating technology and sliding brackets to minimise treatment time and discomfort. They work around four to six months faster than traditional fixed braces and they are also more discreet.
  • Six Month Smiles: this discreet, swift fixed brace solution is an excellent choice for those who don’t want to hang around for results. In just six months, these braces straighten out issues that affect the front teeth using the latest technology to minimise discomfort.

If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment and you’d like to find out more, why not give us a call and book a consultation? Our dentists will be happy to guide you through the different options and explain exactly how they work and what kinds of benefits they could offer you.

Going for Gold with Gum Treatment

July 2nd, 2015

2823674_blogAt City Dental Leeds we’re always aspiring to provide gold star standard treatment for our clients and when it comes to gum disease, we have an array of preventative and curative measures. We strongly believe that prevention is always better than cure and we’re here to keep gum disease firmly at bay. If you have signs of gum disease or you wish to maintain a clean bill of oral health, you’ve come to the right place.

About gum disease

Gum disease is a common oral disease, which is caused by harmful bacteria releasing acids that irritate the gums. The main symptoms of gum disease include swollen or sore gums, bleeding (which is most noticeable when you clean your teeth), tenderness and redness. The early signs of gum disease are usually relatively easy to treat and this is why it’s so important to see your dentist if you notice symptoms. If mild gum disease is left untreated, it can develop fairly quickly and advanced gum disease is much trickier to treat.

The main risk factor for gum disease is poor oral hygiene, but a diet packed with sugary foods, smoking and avoiding regular dental appointments can also elevate the risk.

Preventative measures

The best way to fight gum disease is to maintain good oral hygiene at home, see your dentist every six to nine months for a check-up and try to steer clear of sugary and acidic foods and drinks. It’s also really beneficial to be aware of the potential warning signs and to act on them if they become noticeable. Booking an appointment at an early stage helps to stop gum disease in its tracks. In order to keep the mouth as clean as possible, we recommend brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing every day. We also highly recommend seeing a dental hygienist at least once every 12 months for a deep clean.

Treating gum disease

Gingivitis, the mild form of gum disease, can usually be tackled with oral hygiene treatments and good cleaning techniques at home. In more severe cases, a number of sessions is usually recommended and these will be provided by our dentists and dental hygienists, who work together to ease symptoms and stem the spread of infection. The aim of gum disease treatment is to prevent the situation from getting worse and ensure that you don’t feel any pain. We tend to use a combination of techniques and treatments including regular hygiene sessions, scale and polish and root planing.

Imperfections Vanish with Extraordinary Veneers

July 1st, 2015

Beautiful young lady smilingIf dental imperfections affect your confidence when you smile, veneers could be just what you need to make sure you look and feel great when your pearly whites are on show. At City Dental Leeds, we understand how important it is to be happy with the look of your smile and we have a host of incredible treatments on offer to banish dental problems for good and create stunning, bright smiles.

About veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped shells and are usually made from porcelain. They are placed on top of your natural teeth and provide an aesthetically pleasing solution for many common imperfections such as discolouration, chipped or worn teeth and gaps between the smile. There are lots of different types of veneer available and you can design your new smile by selecting the shade and shape of your veneers.

Veneers are custom-made for the individual using a set of impressions made once the teeth have been prepared. The preparation stage creates space for the veneers and involves etching the tooth surfaces and applying agent to facilitate bonding. Once the impressions have been created, they are sent away and the veneers are made by highly skilled and experienced dental technicians. When they are ready, we will then place them on your teeth and fix them into position using dental adhesive.

Veneer treatment usually takes around two to three weeks and involves two appointments.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers should last for several years providing they are well looked-after. Like natural teeth, veneers can become damaged through injury or accident and it’s important to take good care of them. The exact life-span will also depend on the type of veneer, as materials vary slightly and some systems last longer than others. Your dentist will be able to answer any questions you have about veneer treatment when you have your consultation, so don’t be afraid to ask away!

What is a Dental Cap?

June 30th, 2015

2823674_blogAt City Dental Leeds, we are proud to offer an extensive range of restorative treatments including dental caps, which are also known as crowns. Crowns are nicknamed caps because they sit over the tooth in a similar way to how a cap sits on your head. We are able to offer same-day CEREC crown treatment or traditional hand-crafted crowns.

What are crowns and why would I need one?

Crowns, or caps, are dental restorations that sit on top of the natural tooth structure to add strength and stability. You may be advised to have a new crown if you have an infected or injured tooth, you have fractured your tooth, you have had root canal treatment or you are having tooth replacement treatment in the form of implant treatment. Crowns can be made from ceramics and metals and they should last for several years.

Crown treatment is designed to add strength to a weakened tooth and the procedure also helps to reduce the risk of an infection spreading through the tooth, as harmful bacteria and decayed tissue are removed prior to the placement of the new crown.

CEREC same-day crown treatment

We offer a choice of CEREC same-day treatment and hand-crafted crown treatment. With CEREC, we use advanced technology to design, create and fit new restorations, including crowns, in a single day. CEREC uses the latest software and milling machinery to design and manufacture new restorations within minutes and this enables us to offer quick, simple and hassle-free treatment.

Traditional crown treatment

We also offer traditional crown treatment, which involves creating impressions of the teeth and sending them away to a dental laboratory, where the crown is made by highly skilled dental technicians. The process usually takes around 2 weeks and the tooth is prepared prior to the new crown being placed; a temporary crown may be fitted between the two appointments.

 

How to Choose the Right Brace for Your Needs

June 30th, 2015

header_image4Many people thinking about having orthodontic treatment come to us wondering what kinds of braces are available and which systems would suit them best. At City Dental Leeds, we recognise that selecting a treatment can be confusing, especially if you aren’t familiar with the treatments available to you and this is why our expert dentists take the time to carry out a thorough consultation that gives them chance to explain the ins and outs and pros and cons of each option and answer as many questions as required.

Choosing the right brace

When you have your consultation, your dentist will carry out some tests and checks to ascertain your dental needs and get a clear idea of your individual orthodontic prescription. This will usually dictate which kinds of treatments are available to you. Often, treatments are geared towards people who have specific levels of need and what suits one patient may not be viable for another. Once your dentist has completed their analysis, they will go through the options with you and talk you through each one. They can also make recommendations based on what they think would be most beneficial for you.

In addition to your dental needs, your dentist can also take additional factors into account when discussing the options with you. For example, if you would like discreet brace or you have a certain date in mind and want a faster option, these preferences can be taken into consideration.

If you have any questions at all during the planning stage, our dentists are there to help. It is very common for patients to have concerns and questions before they begin treatment, so don’t ever feel like a question is silly or unnecessary. Our dental team will ensure that you have all the information you need to make the best decision.

Wise Up on Wisdom Teeth

June 29th, 2015

5828041_blogFor many people, even hearing the words wisdom teeth is enough to make them anxious. Unfortunately, some people have a very negative experience with wisdom teeth as they can be painful, but often they don’t cause any trouble at all. If you do have troublesome wisdom teeth, we can help to ease your pain and have you fighting fit again in no time.

About the wisdom teeth

The wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars. They are nicknamed wisdom teeth because they are the last teeth to develop, usually appearing in your adult years. There are four wisdom teeth in total, one in each corner of the mouth. Some people get their wisdom teeth without any problems at all, but for others it can be an uncomfortable process. The wisdom teeth tend to be painful when there is not enough space in the jaw for them to develop normally. If there is a lack of space, the teeth may start to grow and push against the neighbouring teeth or grow at an angle and this can be painful. These teeth are known as impacted wisdom teeth.

Coping with dental pain

If you have painful wisdom teeth, you can try taking over the counter pain relief to ease discomfort in the short-term. However, we recommend calling and making an appointment with your dentist. If you are suffering from pain on a persistent basis or your tooth is impacted or decayed, we will usually recommend extraction. You don’t actually need your wisdom teeth and often the best course of action is to take them out. This way they won’t cause you any more discomfort or harm the surrounding teeth.

Wisdom tooth extraction is much the same as normal tooth extraction. However, the procedure may be more complex because of the location of the tooth right at the back of the mouth. Your dentist will explain how the treatment works and what the procedure entails and they will also talk you through the possible risks and side-effects. Extraction is carried out under anaesthetic, so you shouldn’t feel anything, but we understand that the procedure may make many patients feel anxious. If you are a nervous patient, we will do everything we can to prevent discomfort and help you to feel as relaxed as possible.

If you have questions about wisdom teeth or you’ve been suffering with dental pain for a while, now is the time to get in touch. Call us today to book an appointment.

How to Stop Tooth Grinding for Good

June 28th, 2015

18625010Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, can have negative implications for your health, as well as the quality of your sleep, but thankfully, we have some excellent solutions at the ready. If your partner is complaining about you grinding your teeth or you regularly wake up with symptoms such as headaches or jaw pain, call us today!

What causes tooth grinding?

There are several possible causes of tooth grinding, but most cases are linked to stress and anxiety. Other possible causes include loose fillings and orthodontic issues. It is not fully understood why feeling anxious or worried makes you grind your teeth, but research suggests that if you are feeling stressed, have a high pressure job or have character traits such as being highly-strung or a perfectionist, you are more likely to grind your teeth. Most people grind their teeth without even knowing it, as it occurs while you sleep.

What are the effects of tooth grinding?

Tooth grinding has various implications for your oral and general health. Grinding and clenching the teeth can contribute to tooth wear and damage and you may also find that you wake up with headaches, pain, stiffness in the jaw and dental pain. Grinding your teeth can also disrupt your sleep patterns, which may make you feel tired during the day.

Dealing with tooth grinding

If you’re struggling with tooth grinding, we recommend wearing a bite guard during the night. A bite guard is a custom-fitted device designed to protect your teeth by providing a barrier between the upper and lower arches of teeth while you sleep. With the guard in place, there is no risk of the teeth clashing together and you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep and wake up without any pain. We can also offer advice to help our patients cope with stress.

Getting Rid of Gummy Smiles

June 27th, 2015

3129552_blogDo you feel self-conscious when you smile? Do you feel like your teeth look short and small? Do you long for a beautiful smile? If so, we have the perfect solution for a gummy smile. Although a gummy smile is nothing to worry about health-wise, it can affect people’s confidence and we have excellent cosmetic solutions to make the smile look more attractive and prevent our patients from feeling self-conscious when their smile is in the spotlight.

About gummy smiles

A gummy smile is the name given to the look of the smile when the teeth are covered by a considerable amount of gum tissue. This means that  a large amount of gum tissue is on show when you smile and the teeth usually look shorter and smaller than normal. There are no medical symptoms associated with a gummy smile and you don’t experience any pain or other unpleasant effects, but the look of your smile can have a major bearing on your confidence and if you’re unhappy with your smile, this can lead to a lack of self-esteem and you may feel uncomfortable in settings when your smile is on show.

If you have a gummy smile, we are able to address this issue using gum contouring, which is also known as gum reshaping.

What is the aim of gum contouring?

Gum contouring is designed to shape the gums in order to create a more balanced and attractive smile. The procedure involves removing a very small amount of gum tissue and contouring the gums to unveil more of the tooth structure and create a better aesthetic. Gum reshaping makes the teeth look slightly longer and larger and ensures that more of the tooth structure and less of the gum tissue can be seen when you smile.

How does gum contouring work?

Your dentist will use their expertise and skill to gently remove targeted areas of gum tissue. We use the latest techniques and after just an hour, your smile will look completely different and you’ll be overjoyed with the result.

Smile Brighter with Amazing Teeth Whitening

June 26th, 2015

4683491_blogIf you wish your smile was lighter and brighter, we have the perfect solution for you. Teeth whitening is a simple, effective and painless way to give your pearly whites some added sparkle this summer and the best news is that you don’t even need to leave home to enjoy the results. Our convenient home whitening systems give you a gorgeous smile in the comfort of your own living room.

About home teeth whitening

Home teeth whitening is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to make a noticeable difference to the aesthetic of your smile. If your teeth are looking a little yellow or dull due to wear and tear, coffee or tea consumption or smoking, whitening treatment can give them a beautiful, radiant glow, which will make your smile look healthy and bright and increase your confidence.

Home whitening is really straightforward and all you have to do is wear a set of custom-made trays that contain whitening agent for a set period of time every day for 10-14 consecutive days. We typically recommend wearing the trays, which look similar to mouth guards, for around six hours per day and it’s up to you when you choose to do this. You can fit your treatment around your social and work commitments and after 14 days you’ll notice an amazing difference. Before you begin treatment, your dentist will explain how treatment works, check your oral health and create impressions of your teeth. These will serve as templates for your bespoke whitening trays.

When the whitening agent comes into contact with the teeth, it gradually lightens their shade, creating a stunning white smile.

Is home whitening safe?

We use premium tried and tested home whitening treatments, and we carry out a consultation with all patients prior to the start of treatment. Our dentists have many years of experience and are experts in achieving the perfect result, so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands. It is fairly common to experience slight sensitivity during and after whitening treatment, but this should only be very mild and it will be temporary.

How to Clean Your Braces During Treatment

June 25th, 2015

3943593_blogWhen you have braces, you have to be particularly mindful of oral hygiene, as there is a greater risk of food debris getting trapped in the mouth and subsequently an elevated risk of decay. When you have braces fitted, your dentist will explain how to keep them clean and which foods to try and avoid to protect your braces and promote good oral health and show you some effective cleaning techniques.

Keeping braces clean

If you have fixed braces, it can be tricky to keep them clean, especially after eating. But once you get used to a cleaning regime, you will find it becomes second nature and you should have no problems at all. If you are struggling at any point, don’t hesitate to get in touch and our dentists will be happy to help.

We recommend brushing the teeth after meals, but it is best to wait around 40 minutes. You can use a normal toothbrush and there are also specially designed brushes you can use for braces. We also recommend rinsing with mouthwash to wash away bacteria and food particles.

Dental checks

In addition to a good oral hygiene routine, we also recommend regular dental checks throughout your treatment so we can see how you are getting on and give your teeth a good clean and polish. If you have any problems at all between scheduled checks, we are always at the end of the phone to arrange extra appointments.

Diet

Your diet is really important when it comes to oral health and this is especially pertinent if you have braces. There are some foods that increase the risk of decay and gum disease and there are also some foods that may cause problems for your brace, such as boiled sweets and other hard foods. Generally speaking, it’s best to try and stick to a healthy, balanced diet, avoid chewy and sticky foods and moderate sugar intake.