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Get the Lowdown on Smile Imaging

November 28th, 2016

Healthy GumsAt City Dental Leeds, we’re always on the lookout for incredible new innovations to improve our patients’ experiences and ensure they have access to the best treatments out there. Many people come to us wondering how dental treatment could benefit them. We are able to discuss the ins and outs of different treatments, but it’s hard to get across how different you could look if you had dental treatment. This is where smile imaging comes in handy. Using the latest imaging software and technology, we are now able to show clients what their smile could look like after undergoing treatment.

What does smile imaging involve?

Before we start, we take a photograph of your current smile. We then use smile imaging to show you pictures of how we could change your smile using different techniques. This enables you to see how treatment could affect your appearance and make comparisons between different treatment options.

We are able to use smile imaging for many treatments including teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, crowns and bridges, orthodontic treatment, dental implants and veneers.

How could smile imaging benefit me?

Smile imaging gives you a visual representation of what can be achieved by dental treatment. Your dentist can talk to you all about the pros and cons of treatments, but it’s often hard to picture what you’ll look like after treatment. With smile imaging, you don’t have to guess. You’ll be able to see what you can expect using different types of treatment. This will help you to make decisions and give you something to look forward to if you do decide to take the plunge and treat yourself to a new smile.


What To Do If You Have a Missing Tooth

November 22nd, 2016

Missing ToothAt City Dental Leeds, we always encourage the replacement of missing teeth. If you have gaps in your smile, we can help. We have a range of impressive treatment options and we are confident that we can find the perfect solution for you.

Problems caused by missing teeth

If you have missing teeth, you may automatically think about the aesthetic impact. However, there are other implications. Gaps don’t just affect the look of your smile and your confidence. They can also increase the risk of dental infections and cause the remaining teeth to slip out of position. If you have missing teeth, you may also notice that your face looks different. This is because the teeth support your lips and cheeks.

Our treatments

Replacing missing teeth can boost your confidence and enable you to eat and speak normally. It also helps to improve your oral health. Whatever your dental needs, we can find a solution. We have options available for individual gaps and multiple missing teeth. When you come in for a consultation, our dentists will go through the options with you and discuss your treatment aims and preferences to find the best fit. Our treatment options include:

Dentures: dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for decades. They are a reliable, affordable option for people with a few gaps or entire arches of missing teeth. Dentures are customised for comfort and they provide natural-looking aesthetics. We offer partial and complete dentures in addition to stabilised dentures, which are secured using mini dental implants.

Dental bridges: bridges are a popular option for single missing teeth. A bridge usually comprises a false tooth, which is supported by a crown on each side. Bridges are often made from porcelain, which ensures that the false tooth matches the surrounding natural teeth perfectly. Designing and fitting a bridge usually involves two sessions, two weeks apart. A bridge should last for up to 15 years.

Dental implants: dental implants are a long-term solution for tooth loss. They are made from titanium and the aim of treatment is to replace the tooth root. The implant integrates into the jawbone and it can then be attached to a crown, bridge or denture. With implants, you can enjoy the same standard of functionality as with healthy natural teeth. The aesthetics are also incredibly lifelike, so you’ll have a beautiful smile to show off.

For more information, give us a call today!

5 Marvellous Facts About Mini Implants

November 18th, 2016

Surprised manDental implants have taken the world of modern dentistry by storm. As well as traditional implants, we are delighted to offer mini dental implants. If you already have a denture or you’re interested in tooth replacement treatments, mini implants may be an option worth considering. If you’d like to learn more, here are five marvellous facts about mini implants you might find interesting:

  1. Mini implants are often used to anchor dentures: dentures are an excellent solution for missing teeth, but they’re not perfect. Dentures can slip and slide if they become damaged or worn and they don’t offer the same level of functionality as strong natural teeth. Mini implants offer a solution to these problems. With implants, the denture is secured firmly. There’s no risk of slipping and you can enjoy much more control and stability when you’re speaking and eating.
  2. Mini implants may be suitable for patients who can’t have traditional implants: traditional implants aren’t a viable option for everyone. If you don’t have sufficient bone mass in the jaw to support a traditional implant, you don’t have to rule out treatment. Mini implants are much easier to tolerate than traditional implants, which are larger.
  3. Mini implant treatment can be completed in a single session: unlike most forms of implant treatment, mini implants and a new denture can be placed in a single session. This enables you to enjoy your new smile straight away.
  4. A mini implant is designed to act like a tooth root: implants are specially designed to stabilise and support new prosthetic teeth in the same way a root anchors a natural tooth.
  5. The procedure to fit mini implants is minimally-invasive: we use a minimally-invasive technique to place mini implants. The implants are fitted into the jawbone, with the heads of the implant protruding through the gum tissue. The head is then attached to the denture.

How About a Magical Makeover This Christmas?

November 16th, 2016

3884462_blogChristmas is coming and it’s time to start writing lists and thinking about gifts for those special people in your life. If you’re looking to treat somebody this Christmas and want to give them a unique, precious present that will make them smile like the Cheshire Cat, why not consider a magical makeover? What could be better than treating somebody you love to a sensational new smile?

What is a smile makeover?

A smile makeover is made up of a series of dental treatments and the aim is to transform the teeth into a radiant, beautiful smile. At City Dental Leeds, we are lucky to have an array of treatments at our disposal. We offer a bespoke service that recognises that every patient is unique. We invite you to share your ideas, bring in pictures and offer input at the planning stage, so that we get the end result right. We want you to be completely happy with your new smile.

Every smile makeover is different and we can use varied combinations of treatment depending on your budget and what you want to achieve from your makeover. Some people may go for veneers, bonding and whitening, while others may opt for implants or cosmetic braces. The aim of every makeover is to make your dental dreams come true. We want you to walk out into the street showing off that amazing new smile of yours.

If you’re looking for a gift that will show somebody how much you care about them, give the gift of a new smile. Your smile is your most important attribute, and there’s nothing better than spreading smiles at Christmas. If you’d like to find out more about smile makeovers, or you’re interested giving a makeover as a gift, simply call reception or pop into the clinic. We’ll be delighted to talk you through some options and give you more information.

How to Straighten Your Smile in Total Secret

November 10th, 2016

18625010Years ago, it may have seemed impossible to straighten your teeth in secret. Fast forward to 2016, and this is a very real possibility. If you dream of having straight teeth, but you don’t want the hassle of other people seeing your braces, we bring you good news. With our incredible invisible brace options, you’ll have a beautiful smile without anyone even guessing that you’ve had braces.

Our treatments

We have two main options for those who are looking for a secret new smile. The first is invisible brace systems like Invisalign. The second is lingual brace treatments like STb lingual braces.

Invisalign is one of the world’s most popular clear brace treatments. It works by using a series of customised clear plastic aligners to gently move the teeth and realign the top and bottom arches. Invisalign aligners are comfortable, light, and most importantly, virtually invisible. You take them out to eat and clean your teeth, so they have almost no impact on your day to day life. You can socialise and work without anyone being able to see that you’re wearing braces. Invisalign is generally recommended for patients who have minor or moderate orthodontic needs. Treatment time is around 12-18 months.

Lingual braces are the ultimate choice for patients in search of secret treatment. These high-tech braces sit behind your teeth, so nobody can see them. Each bracket is custom-made to fit the contours of your individual teeth. STb lingual braces are ideal for those with minor problems such as mild crowding and crooked front teeth and are designed to tackle issues that involve the social 6, the front six teeth on the top and bottom arches.

Which treatment is best for me?

There’s no universal answer to this question. Every patient is different and one option may suit your orthodontic needs and your personal preferences more than the other. If you’re interested in treatment, why not call and book a consultation. We can have a look at your teeth, go through the ins and outs of the both treatments and help you decide which option would be most beneficial.


5 Brilliant Benefits to Invisible Braces

November 8th, 2016

InvisalignIn days gone by, people used to think of braces as cumbersome metal devices, which were painful and unsightly. Today, orthodontic treatment looks entirely different, and a growing number of people are taking advantage of incredible invisible braces. If you’re thinking of having braces, here are five amazing benefits you could enjoy:

  1. Invisibility: of course, the most important benefit of invisible braces is the fact that nobody can see them. Most of us are conscious about our appearance, and the idea of wearing braces doesn’t appeal to many. With invisible braces, you can get amazing results without any worry about what you look like.
  2. Confidence: confidence is very important. For many of us, the way we look can impact our confidence levels. Wearing braces can make people more self-conscious. Invisible braces enable you to go through treatment without feeling anxious about what others think or how you look now that you’ve started treatment.
  3. Simplicity: invisible braces enable you to get on with life as normal, even though you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. Most invisible braces are removable, which gives you flexibility, and more control over your treatment.
  4. Positive impressions: many people have put off having braces in the past because of the stigma attached to wearing visible braces. With invisible braces, you don’t have to worry about people making judgments based on your braces. If you’ve got a high-powered job, it’s not going to affect your career prospects. If you’re trying to fit in at school, your braces aren’t going to make you the butt of jokes and jibes. Nobody will know that you’ve had braces until your smile looks perfect, and you’re ready to show it off to the world.
  5. Results: invisible braces don’t just boost your confidence during treatment. They also provide you with a stunning smile that will make you look and feel a million dollars. Most of us consider our smile our most important feature, so it’s worth investing in invisible braces.

Meet the Quicker, Cheaper Alternative to Veneers

November 4th, 2016

Veneer SmileIf you’re dreaming of a flawless smile, you may be thinking that this is an unattainable, un-affordable goal. But if you have chipped, worn or damaged teeth, we have good news. With dental bonding, we can offer a cheaper, simpler and faster alternative to dental veneers, so you can have a perfect smile without a hefty bill.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a really effective technique that irons out minor cosmetic imperfections. This treatment is often recommended as an alternative to dental veneers. It is cheaper, faster, and more convenient.

Bonding involves carrying out minor repairs to the teeth using a material called dental composite. Your dentist will use their expertise to mould the composite, which has a similar consistency to putty, to build up uneven surfaces, patch up small chips and improve the shape of the individual teeth. This treatment has a wide range of uses and it can really make a difference to the overall look of your smile. As well as repairing minor damage, bonding can also be used to close gaps between the teeth and create a more balanced aesthetic.

Once your dentist has shaped the composite and it is in the right place, they will use a curing light to set it. This makes the composite firm. This only takes a minute and you won’t feel any pain at all. Once the composite has set, your dentist will carry out any final adjustments, such as trimming, to make sure your smile looks flawless.

How long does treatment take?

Typically, dental bonding can be completed in around an hour. Before you have treatment, your dentist will explain what is going to happen, and you can ask as many questions as you like. You won’t need any anaesthetic, as this is a painless procedure. You’ll able to check out your new smile and see the incredible results as soon as your dentist has finished. Bonding can be done in a single session.

If you’re interested in dental bonding, call us now to find out more!

What You Didn’t Know About Dental Implants

November 2nd, 2016

Dental implantsIf you’re not familiar with advances in the world of dentistry, you may never have even heard of dental implants. If you have missing teeth, learning about implants could be the best thing you ever do. These revolutionary dental devices have already changed thousands of lives. You could be next! If you’re unfamiliar with dental implants, here is some information you may find useful.

What exactly is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic device made from titanium. Implants are placed inside sockets in the jawbone; titanium is used because it is a biocompatible material. This enables the implant to integrate into the bone tissue. The implant takes on the role of the tooth root. Once it is in place, it anchors the tooth, enabling you to enjoy a healthy new smile.

Implants are the most versatile tooth replacement treatment out there

If you’re not up to speed with implants, you may not realise that they are the most versatile tooth replacement treatment out there. Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants are suitable for most patients with missing teeth. An implant is compatible with different types of restoration. This means that you can benefit from implants whether you’re missing a single tooth or several teeth. Once the implant has integrated into the bone, it can be attached to a crown, bridge or denture.

Implants are built to last

Implants may be the most expensive way of replacing natural teeth. But they also offer the best value for money. This is because they are built to last for several years. Bridges and dentures are both temporary solutions. With implants, you can rest assured that your beautiful new smile will last.

Implant treatment can change your life overnight

Implants really can change your life and with systems like All-on-4, you can enjoy an overnight transformation. This innovative treatment replaces missing teeth in a single session, so you don’t have to wait to show off your new smile. All-on-4 uses four implants to anchor an entire arch of new teeth. If you have multiple missing teeth and you’re eager for rapid results, this could be the solution you’ve been searching for. Ask our friendly team for more details!

The Rise of Cosmetic Dentistry

October 28th, 2016

White smileMany people are deciding that their dental health needs improving. This could be choosing to have a filling they were unsure of having due to one reason or the other, or finally booking an appointment with their dentist which they were avoiding from going to. But lots of people have also decided to improve the way their teeth look.

Cosmetic dentistry and its many forms

Our teeth were born natural white and looked unbelievably healthy in our school photos. However, whether this is thanks to drinking coffee or consuming tobacco products, they change colour and develop a yellowish tinge, which is not to everyone’s liking. With teeth whitening products that have instantaneous results, this very popular dental treatment is increasing in popularity all the time.

The other types of cosmetic dentistry

As well as teeth whitening, there are also veneers. Applied to the front of a person’s tooth using very strong glue, they make the tooth look white, unlike its previous colour. If one tooth is discoloured, this can help change the colour of this singular tooth.

Unlike their silver versions, white fillings blend in with the natural colour of the tooth, which can make any filling present in the tooth literally invisible. Silver fillings are prone to staining surrounding teeth but white fillings do not do this and leaves the tooth looking as natural as possible.

One more to consider

Just like white fillings when compared to silver fillings, Invisalign offer a person the chance to have braces without the metallic “train track” brace, which is very noticeable and might affect a person’s confidence. Invisalign technology uses clear aligners to straighten the teeth which allows for the confidence of the person to improve, as they won’t be self-conscious of having a metallic brace attached to the front of their teeth.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

October 26th, 2016

2839654_blogUnfortunately, dental emergencies are fairly common, so it’s advisable to learn how to act in an emergency situation.

Examples of dental emergencies

Examples of dental emergencies include broken teeth, avulsed teeth (teeth that have been knocked out), jaw injuries and severe dental pain.

If you are involved in an accident and you lose a tooth or your tooth is badly broken, it is advisable to contact your dentist as quickly as possible. In some cases, if you can get to the practice very quickly, it may be possible to save an avulsed tooth. If you have lost a tooth, try to wipe it clean while holding it by the crown at all times and then place it between your gum and the inside of your cheek or in a glass of milk.

If you have a broken tooth, you may need urgent treatment to repair it and prevent any further damage. When you see your dentist, it is likely that they will order an X-ray to determine the extent of the damage and identify the best course of action.

Dental pain can be very severe and it may come on very suddenly. If you have serious dental pain, contact your dentist. It may be that you have an infection or an abscess that requires treatment. If you have bearable yet persistent toothache, arrange to see your dentist as dental pain usually indicates an underlying issue, such as a cavity.

Emergency appointments

We always try to cater for patients with dental emergencies as quickly as possible. If you need urgent treatment, contact the practice and we will do everything we can to see you and treat the problem swiftly. If you suffer a jaw injury, such as a fractured jaw, you will need medical attention, so visit your local Accident and Emergency department.