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Damon Braces: Bridging the Gap between Metal and Invisible Braces

January 20th, 2017

damon-clear-bracketIf you’re looking for an orthodontic treatment, which offers the security of fixed braces and the discretion of removable braces, Damon Braces could be the answer. This versatile system offers a modern alternative to conventional fixed braces.

About Damon Braces

Damon Braces are fixed braces, which offer a host of impressive features. These braces are suitable for the majority of patients, including those who have complex needs. They are made from tooth-coloured and clear components, which makes them much more discreet than traditional metal fixed braces, and they work quickly. Damon Braces feature sliding brackets, which reduce friction, and there are no bands in sight. These braces are also lighter and smaller than conventional fixed braces.

The benefits of Damon Braces

Damon Braces are an excellent example of how far the world of orthodontics has progressed in the last decade. These braces offer:

  • Speed: Damon Braces typically produce results around 4-6 months faster than traditional fixed braces.
  • Comfort: Damon Braces use the latest friction-free technology to minimise discomfort. They also create space, so you don’t have to worry about teeth extracted before treatment.
  • Discretion: Damon Braces aren’t invisible braces, but they are much more discreet than many other types of brace. They are made from clear brackets and wires, so they are barely noticeable when you smile.
  • Versatility: Damon Braces are capable of treating a broad spectrum of orthodontic issues, including crowding, spaces between the teeth, overbite, underbite, crooked teeth and overjet (when the front teeth protrude)

If Damon Braces sound appealing to you, call us now to find out more and book a consultation.

How OSO Athletic helps you compete at your best

January 19th, 2017

shutterstock_535349086Most people wear mouth guards to protect their teeth when they’re taking part in sporting activities, but what if we told you that we could give you the upper edge on your opponents? With the OSO Athletic, you can enjoy all the benefits of a standard mouth guard with a host of additional features, which are designed to enhance and improve your performance.

What is the OSO Athletic and how could it help me?

The OSO Athletic is a high-tech mouth guard, which promises to boost performance levels, as well as offering protection against sports injuries. This innovative piece of kit automatically adjusts the position of the jaw to ensure that it is in the optimum place when you play sport. This improves the alignment of the jaw and reduces tension in the muscles. Wearing the OSO Athletic mouth guard lowers the risk of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, decreases tension in the neck and shoulders, and improves strength and balance.

The OSO Athletic can offer amazing benefits for both amateur and elite athletes. If you play a contact sport, such as hockey, lacrosse or rugby, or you participate in fighting sports or martial arts, this piece of equipment will be a welcome addition.

If you’d like to find out more about the OSO Athletic, we will be delighted to answer your questions, and talk you through how the guard works, and what kinds of benefits it could offer you. If you choose to go ahead with treatment, we will create a mould of your teeth and take photographs of your mouth, which will be used to create your custom-made mouth guard.

In sport, there are fine margins between success and failure. The OSO Athletic may give you that extra boost you need to compete at the next level.

Dental CT Scan: Pinpoint Accuracy for Dental Implants

January 16th, 2017

shutterstock_370250474At City Dental Leeds, we aim to provide our clients with the best standards of care, and one way we do this is by investing in technology. We are proud to offer the latest innovations, such as dental implants, and cutting-edge technology, such as CT scanners, enable us to achieve pinpoint accuracy.

What happens when you have a CT scan?

CT scans enable us to see incredibly detailed images of your jaw, which is very useful when carrying out implant treatment. The actual scan doesn’t hurt in any way, and all you have to do is relax, and try and stay as still as possible. Before your scan, your dentist will tell you exactly what to expect, and you’ll be asked to remove glasses and jewellery. Usually, scans are complete within 15 minutes.

Why would I need a CT scan?

CT scans are often used to diagnose medical conditions, but in dentistry, we use them predominantly to plan treatment. With CT scan images, we can pinpoint the optimum site for an implant, increasing the chances of successful treatment. CT scans produce much more accurate pictures than X-rays. As well as locating the best site for the implant, the CT images can also act as a guide for dentists.

Initially, we may recommend a CT scan for patients who are thinking about having implant treatment. The findings of the scan will enable us to determine whether or not the patient is a good candidate for treatment. Implants integrate into the jawbone tissue, so it’s important there is sufficient density and strength in the bone to support the new implant. If your bone density is low, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have dental implants. There may be other options, such as bone grafting or mini implants, and our dental team will be happy to discuss alternative treatments with you.

Componeers: For a 2017 Smile on a Budget

January 13th, 2017

1304_Componeer-KitIf you thought you’d have to bust the budget to achieve an incredible looking smile, think again! With Componeers, we can give you a stunning smile without breaking the bank. If you’re eager to smarten up your smile, and inject a bit of sparkle, why not call us today to find out more?

What are Componeers?

Componeers are a blend of veneers and composite bonding; they offer a cheaper alternative to traditional porcelain veneers, and they have a range of uses. Unlike normal veneers, Componeers can be fitted in a single treatment session, as they can be attached directly to the surface of the teeth. The delicate nano-hybrid composite enamel shells are fixed onto your natural teeth, and the outcome is a stunning, flawless smile.

You may wish to consider Componeers if you have minor cosmetic flaws, such as chips, small spaces between the teeth or worn or misshapen edges. Componeers can address these problems in no time at all, and you’ll feel more confident when you smile.

Componeers were developed in Switzerland, and there are various options available. You can work with your dentist to select the size and shape of shells you want to design your perfect smile.

What does treatment involve?

Componeer treatment is much faster and simpler than traditional veneer treatment. The shells are incredibly light and fine, and this means that minimal preparation is required. These veneers can be placed directly onto the tooth surface, enabling you to enjoy a brand new smile almost instantaneously. Your dentist will place the Componeers on top of your natural teeth, and then check the aesthetic. If you are happy, they will then fix the Componeers in place, and you can start enjoying the results. The process is painless, and you can really can enjoy a brand new smile in an instant.

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.