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The Importance of Supporting Your Sports Smile

February 8th, 2016

2112592_blogWhether you compete on a global stage or just enjoy a kick around from time to time with your mates, it’s important to support and protect your smile. At City Dental Leeds, we’re proud to offer one of the world’s leading mouth guards, the OSO Athletic. This innovative device will not only reduce the risk of dental injuries, it will also provide you with comfort and enhance your sporting performance.

About OSO Athletic

OSO Athletic is an advanced mouth guard that takes dental devices to the next level. This custom-made gum shield is designed to adjust to the shape of your mouth, altering the position of your jaw joint to reduce tension in the facial muscles and improve the efficiency of muscle contraction.

Many people find wearing a mouth guard uncomfortable, but with OSO Athletic, the guard is bespoke to you, so it fits perfectly with no chance of slipping, sliding or rubbing.

Studies have shown that using the OSO Athletic guard not only protects your teeth and gums, but also improves strength and balance. By reducing muscle strain, this gum shield also helps to reduce the risk of TMJ disorder, a common problem that causes symptoms to develop in and around the temporomandibular joint.

Who is the OSO Athletic for?

The OSO Athletic offers numerous benefits for a wide range of athletes and sports performers of all ages and abilities. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to be at risk of injury and we strongly recommend this mouth guard to anyone who plays team sports, such as rugby and hockey, or participates in fighting sports or martial arts.

If you’d like to find out more about the OSO Athletic mouth guard or you’re keen to invest in this incredible innovation, call us today.

How You Can Benefit from Removable Braces

February 4th, 2016

header_image4There has been a significant increase in the popularity of adult orthodontic treatment in recent years and one major contributing factor is the introduction of a range of impressive removable braces. For many, removable braces offer solutions to issues encountered by orthodontic patients in the past and give them greater freedom during treatment. At City Dental Leeds, we’re delighted to offer some of the world’s leading removable brace treatments:

The benefits of removable braces

Braces have changed a lot over the last decade or so and if you still imagine painful and cumbersome metal train-tracks when somebody mentions braces, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Today, fixed and removable braces offer a range of benefits for both teenage and adult patients and you can get the smile you’ve always dreamed of with minimal hassle or discomfort.

Removable braces are a very popular choice because they offer:

  • discretion
  • flexibility
  • convenience

The Inman Aligner is a removable aligner and features a very fine metal bar and a coiled spring located behind the front teeth. Designed for patients with minor needs, this brace takes just 16 weeks to straighten the teeth and affords you the luxury of being able to eat and clean your teeth normally. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible as they are made from clear plastic. Treatment involves wearing a series of specially designed appliances in sequence and usually takes around 6-18 months.

Removable braces enable you to get on with life as normal. You can take your braces out when you eat, so you can enjoy a wide range of foods without any worries about getting food trapped in your braces and you can clean your teeth in exactly the same way, so you won’t have any greater risk of dental disease.

If you like the sound of removable braces, why not give us a call today and find out more?

How to Spot the Signs of Sleep Apnoea

February 2nd, 2016

4443553_blogEven an isolated bad night can leave you feeling tired and lethargic for days. If you regularly struggle with sleep, this can have serious implications for your physical and mental health. Sleep apnoea is a potentially severe sleep disorder, which can contribute to disturbed nights of sleep for you and those around you. If you’re worried about sleep apnoea or you frequently find yourself experiencing breathing difficulties during the night, we may be able to help.

Spotting the signs of sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea is not the same as snoring, but heavy and frequent snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnoea. Apnoea is characterised by episodes of interrupted breathing, which occur as a result of the airways becoming blocked. Apnoea is defined by episodes that last 10 seconds or longer.

In addition to loud, heavy breathing, sleep apnoea may also cause gasping for breath and repeated snorting.

How we can help

In milder cases of sleep apnoea, we may be able to help restore peace and quiet to your bedroom by providing custom-designed devices that help to keep the airways open while you sleep. We fit the device to ensure that it is comfortable and then schedule follow-up appointments to see how you’re getting on.

We can also offer advice about lifestyle changes that may help to prevent snoring and sleep apnoea, such as giving up smoking, losing weight by adopting a healthy eating and exercise plan and changing your sleeping position.

In more severe cases, it may be necessary to employ more intensive treatment, such as wearing a breathing mask at night and you will be advised to seek medical advice from your GP.

If you would like advice about snoring or sleep apnoea or you’re worried about disrupted sleep patterns, call us today and arrange a consultation.

Effective Tooth Brushing Techniques

January 28th, 2016

464425_blogBrushing your teeth is essential for good oral health and it also helps to reduce your risk of suffering from general health problems. Brushing is important because it removes plaque from the mouth. Plaque is a sticky white film made from food particles and bacteria and it clings to the tooth enamel. Plaque is a major cause of gum disease and decay and if it is left to collect, it hardens, becoming tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing.

Once plaque collects in the mouth, there is a risk of cavities, decay and gum disease. Research has also shown that as well as causing gum disease, harmful bacteria can also increase your risk of serious medical conditions, including heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

How should I brush my teeth?

Most people think that there is no real technique to brushing your teeth and simply holding your brush against your teeth will suffice. However, perfecting your brushing technique will make a big difference to your oral health. Here are some tips for brushing your teeth:

  • Use a brush with a small head with soft or medium bristles
  • Hold the brush at an angle and cover all surfaces of the tooth
  • Remember to brush along the gum line
  • Brush every tooth and spend equal amounts of time on each quadrant of the mouth
  • Use an electric toothbrush (they are proven to remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes)

How long should I brush my teeth for?

You should aim to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. If you have difficulty brushing for the recommended time, try buying a toothbrush with a built-in timer or brushing along to your favourite song.  You can also download apps that time you when you are brushing.

Which toothbrush should I use?

We recommend using an electric toothbrush because they are proven to remove plaque more effectively than manual toothbrushes. Our friendly team at City Dental in Leeds will be happy to recommend toothbrushes, toothpaste and other oral hygiene products.

Watch Tooth Imperfections Vanish with Veneers

January 26th, 2016

4865112_blogAt City Dental we don’t claim to be magicians, but we are capable of achieving amazing smile transformations. If you long to watch your dental imperfections vanish in a flash, we can make your dreams come true with our incredible veneers.

All about veneer treatment

Porcelain veneers have become the treatment of choice for patients seeking a flawless, film-star smile. These ultra-shiny porcelain shells are famed for creating perfect smiles, and are capable of transforming smiles in just 2-3 weeks. Veneers are designed to sit on top of the natural teeth and there are lots of different shades and shapes to choose from, so you can help to design your ideal smile. Veneers are made to fit and once they are in place, your smile will look incredible.

Veneers are custom-made based on impressions of your teeth, which are created once the teeth have been prepared. The preparation stage is designed to make room for the veneers to ensure a natural finish and a comfortable feel and involves etching the tooth to remove a very thin layer of the surface.

Who can benefit from veneer treatment?

Veneers can be beneficial for anyone who wants to improve the aesthetic of their smile, and is a popular choice for patients who have cosmetic issues such as staining, worn and uneven edges, chipped teeth and gaps between the teeth.

Veneers have an obvious aesthetic advantage, but they can also really help to make people feel more confident.

If you would like to find out more about porcelain veneer treatment in the heart of Leeds, call us now. We can help to banish those imperfections and ensure you feel amazing every time you smile!

Excellent Oral Health is a Must No Matter How Old You Are!

January 22nd, 2016

2797271_blogAs a senior citizen you have every right to receive an impeccable standard of professional dental healthcare. After all, your mouth and teeth are a prized possession. They have served you during years of eating, drinking and celebrating, helped you speak and sculpt the smile and personality everybody knows and loves you for. They deserve your time and attention.

According to a survey carried out by Help the Aged, more than a third of over 75’s fail to have a regular dental check-up, a disconcerting discovery given that the elderly are more at risk of developing mouth cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure as a result of poor oral hygiene.

Although most people now regularly brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste, simply brushing your teeth twice a day is not enough to sustain adequate oral health. Read on to discover how to maintain the dental health care you truly deserve.

Why senior dental health is a problem

Senior dental health is an issue in Great Britain for several reasons. Firstly, more and more elderly people are now retaining their own teeth, which can lead to the development of gum diseases that can in turn lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and oral cancer. Secondly, we are more likely to develop dental problems as we get older and oral cancer mainly occurs in people over 40. Thirdly, a lack of mobility means that fewer senior citizens are attending their regular six monthly check-up with their dentist.

Magical Makeovers for Your Smile!

January 20th, 2016

529808_blogMost people agree that nothing is more attractive in another person than a beautiful smile and with our amazing cosmetic, restorative and orthodontic treatments, we can create stunning smiles and cater for all your cosmetic dental needs. Being unhappy with your smile can affect your confidence and hold you back, but we are ready to transform your smile and give you the confidence to achieve your dreams!

Our smile makeovers

Smile makeovers are cosmetic treatments that work together to produce a perfect smile. With a smile makeover, we use a sequence of treatments of your choosing to create your ideal result. Our clients have different needs and therefore every makeover is slightly different. Some of our patients need purely cosmetic work, while others require restorative or tooth straightening treatment. We can also provide tooth replacement treatment to fill gaps in the smile.

We offer personalised treatment and treat every patient as an individual. We work together with our patients during the planning phase to decide which treatments to use and design the new smile.

Treatments we can offer as part of a smile makeover include the following: porcelain crowns and veneers, white fillings, teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, gum reshaping, cosmetic braces, dental implants and dental bridges. The treatments you select will depend on what you want from your smile makeover, the look and condition of your teeth and also your budget and the time you want to devote to treatment.

How long does a smile makeover take?

The length of treatment varies hugely according to the types of treatments you choose. Some treatments only take an hour, while others can take several months. When you see your dentist they will chat to you about the different options and they can take your time restraints into consideration when making recommendations. If you need braces or are interested in dental implant treatment as part of your makeover, the treatment may take months, while other cosmetic services tend to be much quicker.

New and Discreet Fillings for Patients in Leeds

January 18th, 2016

2904341_blogIf you’ve ever heard the dreaded words from the dentist that you need a filling, you’ve probably done the same thing as most people: fret and sigh at the thought of having a grey chunk sat between your teeth, reminding you of your visit.

However, at City Dental Leeds, the days of this experience could be over as they offer discreet white fillings.

White fillings

White fillings have become extremely popular in recent years for a number of reasons, such as being more aesthetically pleasing than the traditional amalgam filling and for a number of environmental reasons.

Although like many other dental procedures, there are various options when it comes to white fillings, that all depend on the size and location of the cavity.

Firstly there’s the white filling made of dental composite that look natural and can be fitted in one appointment. These fillings can be used on both the front and the back teeth, with some designed for the back teeth being made to withstand great force to help when eating, and they come in different shades in order to blend well with your other teeth.

There is also a composite or porcelain inlay white filling, which is usually used for larger fillings as they are much more durable than the normal composite. These are also used for aesthetic purposes, but do require two appointments, as the inlays have to be manufactured in a lab.

How the procedure works

These fillings are bonded to the teeth and once this is done an intensive light is used to help harden the filling, which takes less than a minute. The best thing is – you can eat as soon as it’s finished as the filling will be set straight away.

So next time you need a filling, enquire about white fillings so you don’t have to see grey next time you open your mouth!

Flossing or Inter-Dental Brushing?

January 14th, 2016

357249_blogFlossing and inter-dental brushing form part of a good oral hygiene regime. Dentists will advise when is best to use either dental floss or an inter-dental brush, and on the most appropriate technique. Where dental devices or restorations are present, an inter-dental brush may be more suitable than floss.

The difference between floss and an inter-dental brush

Floss is made of a collection of nylon fibres or a plastic thread. The thread is held between the fingers and inserted between and around each tooth to remove all debris and plaque. Some flossing disposable devices have a small plastic handle that may be held during flossing.

Inter-dental brushes comprise a tiny bristled head attached to a plastic handle, similar to the handle of a toothbrush. The bristled head comes in different sizes, attaches to the handle and is replaceable. Individuals hold the inter-dental brush handle while moving the bristles between and around the teeth, cleansing the surfaces between teeth and just below the gum line.

Dental flossing technique

Take a piece of dental floss, about 18 inches in length. Wrap the floss around the each index finger and gradually insert it between the teeth, starting at one end of the upper dental arch. Clean each tooth, ensuring the floss gently moves in a C curve between and around the tooth and gum line. Use a fresh part of the 18 inch piece of floss per tooth. When the upper dental arch is complete, get another 18 inch piece of floss and repeat the action for the lower dental arch.

Inter-dental brushing technique

Use the right choice of brush head and to place it gently between the teeth, carefully removing it along with stuck food debris and sticky plaque. Repeat the action for each tooth so that any bacteria-attracting agents are removed to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you would like you would like to know more about oral hygiene, please contact the team at City Dental in the heart of Leeds.

Restore Your Smile With Composite Bonding

January 12th, 2016

2904346_blogComposite bonding, also known as cosmetic bonding, is a very effective treatment used to repair damaged teeth. This treatment is simple, quick and affordable, yet it can make a massive difference to the look of your smile. If you’ve put up with chipped or worn teeth for too long, now is the perfect time to call us and find out more about composite bonding.

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that also has restorative benefits for your teeth. Dental composite is used to repair damaged teeth. In its putty-like form, it can be shaped and moulded to repair chipped teeth, build-up worn tooth surfaces and even close the gap between two teeth. Your City Dental Dentist will use their creative flair and experience to create amazing results using dental composite and once they are happy with the look of your new smile, the composite will be hardened before final touches are made.

Before bonding, your dentist will clean the affected teeth, roughen the edges and apply resin and bonding agent to ensure that the composite will bond properly. The composite is then added and set hard using a curing light. After final adjustments have been made, your dentist will give your teeth a polish to ensure you leave with a gleaming smile.

Composite bonding usually takes less than an hour and only a single appointment is required. The procedure is painless and most patients do not require local anaesthetic.

Who can benefit from composite bonding?

Composite bonding is an ideal treatment for patients who have chipped teeth, worn teeth or a small gap between two of their teeth. This is a more affordable option than veneers and it is also quicker and more straight-forward.