December 20th, 2014
Tooth whitening is a very popular cosmetic dental treatment, which aims to make the teeth look brighter and the smile more radiant, youthful and attractive. Home whitening is a home-based treatment, which uses a very simple, hassle-free process to whiten the teeth in an extremely convenient way. With this system, treatment fits in around your schedule and you can enjoy all the benefits of a beautiful white smile without even leaving the comfort of home.
How does home whitening work?
Home whitening is very simple and it’s a great option for patients who have busy work schedules and social commitments. With this system, you undergo treatment at home by simply wearing whitening trays. These trays are custom-made for each individual patient and they contain whitening agent, which gradually lightens the shade of your teeth when it comes into contact with the tooth surface. The trays aren’t painful and you wear them for around 6 hours per day. You can wear your trays during the day or night to suit your schedule.
We generally recommend a treatment period of between 10 and 14 days. After this time has lapsed, you should notice a real difference in the look of your smile.
Is home whitening safe?
Our home whitening treatments are safe and effective; we use the finest premium whitening products, we offer consultations before treatment begins and our expert dentists are on hand to provide assistance during the treatment process. If you are interested in lightening your tooth shade and enjoying a stunning white smile, we strongly recommend undergoing professional dentist-approved treatment; you will be in safe hands and the results will be incredible! Call now to book your consultation and start the New Year with a sparkling smile!
December 18th, 2014
At City Dental Leeds, we’re delighted to offer our patients the latest self-ligating brace systems, including Damon Braces. This innovative technology is designed to reduce treatment times by accelerating the movement of the teeth and optimise comfort by reducing friction.
What are Damon Braces and how do they work?
Damon Braces are a sophisticated orthodontic treatment, which uses state of the art self-ligating technology to straighten the teeth quickly and comfortably. The braces feature self-ligating memory wires and sliding brackets, which apply gentle force to the teeth, prompting them to move in the desired direction. Sliding brackets not only produce forces to move the teeth, they are also much easier to clean than traditional brackets.
This system is versatile and it provides a solution for many common orthodontic problems, including crowding, crooked teeth, spacing, overjet, overbite, underbite and crossbite.
Often, patients who have complex needs are advised to have fixed braces because they offer greater stability and generate more movement than removable orthodontic appliances; Damon Braces offer a more discreet, quicker and more comfortable alternative to traditional fixed braces.
What are the benefits of Damon Braces?
Damon Braces are:
- quick: treatment times are around 4-6 months shorter than traditional fixed braces
- discreet: Damon Braces are made of clear brackets and wires
- comfort: self-ligating technology reduces friction to increase comfort and reduce pain for patients
- versatile: these braces are suitable for patients with moderate and complex orthodontic needs
- easy to maintain: sliding brackets are easier to clean than traditional brackets
Most patients can also begin treatment without having to undergo a procedure to extract teeth; this is because Damon Braces are capable of creating space.
If you would like to learn more about Damon Braces or book a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for treatment, call us now!
December 16th, 2014
If you’re searching for an orthodontic treatment, which offers everything from speed to discreet aesthetics, allow us to introduce you to the Inman Aligner. This innovative treatment offers a modern take on traditional fixed braces for patients who require minor correction.
What exactly is the Inman Aligner?
The Inman Aligner is a fast-acting removable brace, which is designed to target minor issues with the front teeth, such as mild crowding or spacing. This innovative device uses forces generated by a coiled spring at the back of the teeth and a metal bar, which sits on the front of the teeth, to push and pull the teeth, moving them into the correct position and producing a beautiful, perfectly aligned smile. The aligner slides over the teeth in a similar way to a mouth guard.
Is the Inman Aligner visible when you smile?
The Inman Aligner is not invisible like other aligner systems; however, it is very discreet and the only part that can be seen is a very fine metal bar. Treatment times are also much shorter than most other aligner systems.
How long will I need to wear the Inman Aligner?
The Inman Aligner is one of the fastest treatments on the market and most cases are complete within just 4 months; you will start to notice changes after just a few weeks.
Who is the best candidate for the Inman Aligner?
The Inman Aligner is not a universal treatment and it is suited to patients who only need a small amount of movement and correction for minor issues. This treatment also focuses on the front teeth.
In addition to patients who are having treatment for minor problems for the first time, the Inman Aligner can also be very beneficial for patients who have suffered relapse (when the teeth begin to move out of position) following treatment in the past.
Will I need to wear a retainer?
We strongly recommend wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment; retainers are designed to hold the teeth in position and prevent them from slipping or sliding out of position.
December 14th, 2014
If you like the sound of porcelain veneers, but you would prefer a more affordable, quicker and less invasive treatment, why not consider Componeers? Componeers are single visit veneers, which are less expensive than porcelain veneers.
What are Componeers?
Componeers have been developed using the benefits of veneers and composite bonding; they offer a cheaper, faster and less invasive alternative to traditional veneers. These veneers, which are a hybrid of veneer and composite bonding treatment, are bonded directly to the teeth and they are pre-fabricated, so they can be applied in a single treatment session.
Componeers are made in Switzerland and they are available in a range of different sizes, shades and shapes, so you can choose the style you prefer and then enjoy a brand new smile within minutes.
What are the advantages of Componeers?
Many people long for a beautiful smile, but porcelain veneers can be very expensive and this means that they are not accessible to all. Componeers provide a more affordable solution. The treatment process is simpler and much quicker and patients only need a single visit, rather than a series of sessions.
Componeer enamel shells are incredibly thin and this means that minimal preparation is required. The fitting stage is painless, so you won’t need to worry about injections or dealing with any numbness afterwards.
The results of Componeer treatment are amazing and after just a few hassle-free minutes in the dental chair, your smile will be magically transformed. If you suffer from issues such as chipped, discoloured or worn teeth or you would like a brighter, healthier looking smile, this is a simple, affordable and completely painless means of achieving that goal. Call us now to find out more and to book a consultation!
December 13th, 2014
Leeds is home to some great sporting arenas and facilities; if you enjoy sports and you regularly participate in activities, which pose a risk of dental injury, we strongly recommend the OSO Athletic mouth guard. This is not just your average gum shield; as well as offering you protection against flying objects, hard surfaces and incoming opponents, this mouth guard also adapts the position of the jaw to improve muscle contraction and reduce tension in and around the facial muscles.
About the OSO Athletic mouth guard
The OSO Athletic mouth guard is an advanced mouth guard, which offers much more than a standard sports gum shield. These devices are custom-made using incredibly detailed information about the individual and the latest design concepts; when you place your bespoke mouth guard in your mouth, it will automatically adjust the position of the jaw joint to ensure that it is in the optimum place. This reduces tension and strain in the muscles around the jaw, increases the range of movement in the joint and also facilitates more efficient muscle contraction throughout the body; this also helps to improve balance and power.
The OSO Athletic mouth guard also helps to improve posture, which ensures that the individual trains or plays adopting good posture; this improves performance and reduces the risk of muscular pain.
Who is the OSO Athletic mouth guard for?
This high-tech mouth guard is suitable for anyone who plays contact sport or engages in fighting sports or activities that carry a risk of dental njury; you don’t need to be a professional athlete to enjoy the benefits of this amazing mouth guard. We recommend this product to anyone who enjoys the following sports and activities:
- rugby (union and league)
- ice hockey
- field hockey
- martial arts
We are proud to be one of few clinics in the UK to offer the OSO Athletic mouth guard; if you’d like to find out more, call us today!
December 12th, 2014
At City Dental Leeds, we offer a range of treatments for nervous and anxious patients, including sedation. If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia or you are very nervous about an impending procedure, we are here to help; we use modern techniques and the best treatments out there and our dentists are caring, compassionate and hugely talented.
When you come for treatment, your dentist will be with you every step of the way and you can rest assured that you’re in the best hands; our entire team works to ensure that every patient feels calm and relaxed and we will do everything we can to help you overcome anxiety from the moment you arrive at the clinic.
What is sedation and how does it help anxious patients?
Sedation is a technique, which is used to help patients to feel relaxed and prevent them from feeling pain when they have medical or dental procedures. Sedation involves the use of sedative medication, which helps to induce a state of complete relaxation. When you are sedated, you don’t feel any pain and you feel calm; you don’t lose consciousness like when you have general anaesthetic and recovery time is shorter.
Sedation is a really effective way of making patients feel relaxed when they have treatment, but it also helps people to feel calmer in the build-up to a procedure, as they know that they’re not going to feel any pain. Sedation is also beneficial for patients who are having a long or complex procedure.
What happens after treatment?
When you have sedation, you feel drowsy and a bit sleepy and it can take a while for the effects of sedatives to wear off. We allow patients to go home after treatment, but we do ask for them to arrange a lift home and for somebody to stay with them. After sedation, it’s advisable to take it easy and avoid exercising, drinking alcohol, driving or operating machinery.
December 11th, 2014
If your smile is letting you down or holding you back, we have an amazing treatment, which is sure to make you feel happy, confident and proud every time you smile or introduce yourself to new people. 6 Month Smiles is a rapid tooth straightening treatment, which offers an amazing solution to orthodontic issues that compromise the aesthetic and positioning of the front teeth. If you’re looking for a fast and effective treatment to give you a stunning smile, the search is over!
About 6 Month Smiles
6 Month Smiles is a discreet fixed brace system, which works quickly to correct orthodontic issues, which affect the teeth that are visible when you smile. By focusing solely on the front teeth, results can be achieved rapidly and patients can enjoy peace of mind that their smile will look incredible once the braces are removed and treatment is complete.
6 Month Smile braces are made from tooth-coloured wires and clear, discreet brackets and as you’ve probably guessed from the name of the system, patients can expect results in just 6 months.
How does 6 Month Smiles work so quickly?
Most fixed braces tae at least 12 months to produce results, so it’s natural to question just how this treatment can straighten the teeth so quickly. In addition to focusing only on the front teeth, which shortens treatment time, this system also uses self-ligating memory wires, which increase the speed of the movement of the teeth without causing discomfort.
Is this treatment suitable for me?
If you have minor or moderate orthodontic imperfections with your front teeth, 6 Month Smiles could be a good match. We will be able to ascertain whether this treatment is suitable when you come in for your consultation.
December 10th, 2014
If you’ve been struggling with dental pain, you have early signs of gum disease or you simply want to make a resolution to work harder to achieve good oral health in the New Year, our amazing hygienists can help. Dental hygiene treatments are the perfect tonic for existing dental conditions, as well as being an effective preventative treatment for those with a clean bill of oral health.
Dental hygiene for gum disease
If you have gum disease or you have high risk of developing gum disease, visits to the dental hygienist are highly recommended. Our hygienists work with our dentists to provide expert care for patients fighting the symptoms of gum disease; our aim is to free you from pain and treat the condition so that it is unable to progress. In cases of mild gum disease, oral hygiene treatment is usually sufficient; however, if gum disease is left untreated, gum disease can become more severe and much harder to treat. An effective treatment for gum disease is a scale and polish.
Dental hygiene sessions can also be hugely beneficial for patients who suffer from bad breath.
Preventative dental hygiene treatment
Seeing a hygienist is not just beneficial for patients who suffer with oral health issues; it can also be really effective in the quest to keep dental diseases at bay. Not only will seeing a hygienist on a regular basis reduce your risk of developing decay or gum disease; it will also ensure your teeth look healthy, bright and clean.
If you’d like to find out more about our dental hygiene services or book an appointment with our excellent hygienists, call us now or pop in and see us when you’re next in Leeds.