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Have a Straight Smile by Summertime with the Inman Aligner

April 28th, 2016

2904341_blogIf you dream of a perfectly straight smile in time for the summer, you’ve come to the right place! With our amazing rapid orthodontic treatments, we will have you showing off a beautiful, beaming smile in no time!

One of our speediest and most effective solutions is the Inman Aligner, a modern, removable orthodontic appliance that takes just 16 weeks to align and straighten the teeth.

Inman Aligner treatment in Leeds

The Inman Aligner is a removable brace that slides over the top of the teeth. It uses gentle forces produced by a coiled spring and a metal bar to apply pressure to the teeth, causing them to move. The Inman Aligner doesn’t just promise fast results. This treatment is also comfortable and discreet and it offers a really appealing option for patients who require minor adjustment and correction to the front teeth, as well as for those who wish to combat relapse.

If you’re searching for first class standards of treatment in London, we can assure you that you will be in the best hands at City Dental. Our experienced dentists have expertise in a range of different systems and treatments, and they have created hundreds of dazzling smiles.

How can I find out if I’m a good match for the Inman Aligner?

If you like the sound of the Inman Aligner and you would like to find out more, simply call us to arrange a consultation. When you come to your appointment, your dentist will carry out basic, painless tests to analyse your bite and find out more about your orthodontic needs. This will help them to determine whether the Inman Aligner is a good option for you, or whether other treatments may be more suitable.

Say Hello to a Unique Fixed Brace System

April 26th, 2016

3014970_blogHave you ever thought about having orthodontic treatment and then pushed the thought to the back of your mind because you don’t want to be lumbered with highly visible fixed braces? If you have, we may have the perfect solution: STb Social 6.

What is STb Social 6?

STb Social 6 is a lingual braces system applied to the back of the teeth. The major benefit of STb Social 6 braces is that they are hard to see when you smile, so you can keep your treatment under wraps.

STb Social 6 braces are designed for patients with minor problems that affect their front teeth. They are a great option for patients who have mild crowding, a small gap between their front teeth or a crooked front tooth.

What are the benefits of STb Social 6 braces?

STb Social 6 braces are a truly invisible treatment so you do not need to have any concerns about what people think about your brace, what you see when you look in the mirror or how you go about your daily life. The braces are light and comfortable and they use the latest innovations to prevent friction. They also work very quickly, with most cases complete within 4-5 months. In very minor cases where slight adjustment is required, treatment may be finished within 6-8 weeks.

STb Social 6 braces are an ideal treatment for patients who want to make minor adjustments to their smile without the hassle of wearing visible braces or using removable devices, which need to be taken out and cleaned.

The treatment

After a consultation, the braces will be designed and fitted; lingual braces are different to traditional braces because the brackets must be fitted individually; this is because the shape of the back of each tooth varies. Once all the brackets have been fixed into position, the wire is passed through and treatment can begin!

What to do in a Dental Emergency!

April 22nd, 2016

3534882_blogAccidents happen and for that very reason, it is crucial that you do call a dentist! What to do immediately following an accident, however, is equally crucial. One natural reaction is to panic, but this possibly the worst thing you can do. Here, we will talk through a couple of things to keep in mind in a dental emergency. Knowing these points, you won’t need to panic.

What if my tooth is knocked out?

Firstly, can you find the tooth? If it has come cleanly out of the socket, it is possible that it could be re-inserted. If you do have it, hold it by the crown (avoiding the tooth’s root) and gently rinse it under a water tap. Then you can attempt to re-insert the tooth into its socket. If it won’t fit, either put it in a container filled with milk or place the tooth against the inside of your cheek. If you’ve lost the tooth, do not worry. We have a myriad of tooth replacement options available for you.

What if I fracture my tooth?

If it is fractured, it is likely the original tooth will be unsalvageable. You can, however, prevent your situation from getting worse by cleaning your mouth with warm water and if any swelling has occurred, using a cold compress on your mouth and cheeks. It is imperative in this situation that you visit a dentist as soon as possible.

I’ve badly bitten my tongue and lip!

It may sound trivial, but it’s not! If the bleeding will not stop, swiftly head to your local emergency room for stitches. Rinsing your mouth with warm water and the use of a cold compress can help curb swelling.

Very painful toothache…

Toothache mostly arises from dental infection. Good oral hygiene is one way to combat infection, but, if after washing and flossing you see no improvement, you may want to book an emergency appointment. The same goes if the pain worsens. One final warning: NEVER rest painkillers on your gums or teeth, otherwise you risk damaging your gums.

Call us

In all instances, we are here to help and to advise. If you have any dental concerns, call us at City Dental Leeds.

Start Your Summer with a Smile Makeover!

April 12th, 2016

2977218_blogSummer is a few weeks away, and we at City Dental can’t wait to bask in the warmth of the sun rays and enjoy the sound of birds among blossomed trees. While some of us may have already prepared for summer by losing some weight and doing exercise to firm our bodies, others may have had a smile makeover to enhance their natural beauty. City Dental Leeds offers choices in smile makeover treatments to bring out stunning looks and to create attractive appeal.

Cosmetic dental treatments available

Cosmetic dentistry treatments such as porcelain veneers aim to improve dental function in an aesthetically pleasing way. Porcelain veneers are an alternative to invisible braces and teeth whitening. Mildly misaligned teeth may be straightened with dental veneers and tooth discolouration may be masked for a beautiful-looking smile.

Smile makeovers are available throughout the year for that perfect impression at special events and meetings. Where once treatments such as dental veneers were only an option for celebrities, smile makeovers are now available for all who desire to bring out the best in their expression.

Custom-made of ceramic porcelain, the veneers fit over the teeth like wafer-thin shells. Each person chooses the shade and shape of their veneers for their unique smile design. Using the latest technology, porcelain veneers are sculpted to cover damaged or discoloured teeth, fill in tooth gaps, and neatly align teeth that are visible when we smile.

Smile makeovers improve tooth quality and refresh our expressions. The boost in confidence from a smile makeover may be life-changing. Get in touch with us to see before and after results of a smile makeover so that you can see the difference porcelain veneers can make to your look.

Royal Protection with a Dental Crown

April 8th, 2016

386703_blogDental crowns are used when a cavity threatens the health of a tooth or to protect otherwise broken or cracked teeth. As technology evolves, computers are playing a greater role in the design and manufacture of crowns. The material used is also constantly evolving, and all of this improves the quality of treatment received by the patient.

Most crowns are made from ‘porcelain bonded to a precious metal’. A base of precious metal is initially made in this case and then the porcelain is applied over it in layers. On occasions, the crown is made solely from porcelain. This is often viewed as the most aesthetically pleasing but is not always the most suitable. The advent of CAD (computer-aided design) dentistry in recent years, in Leeds and the rest of the UK, has meant that far more of the original tooth can be left intact using porcelain caps.

On the other hand, crowns made from an alloy of metal and porcelain can show dark gum lines over time, which are less aesthetically attractive. Your dentist will examine each case to work out the most appropriate treatment for your situation.

It is also possible to get a crown made from full gold. This is not to everyone’s taste but has the advantage of strength. Due to their popularity among some pop stars, gold crowns have achieved a certain ‘bling’ aesthetic credibility, which is unlikely to attract more conservatively minded patients.

Crowns should be used when the strength of the tooth is compromised, as the latter restorations only work when the tooth is strong enough to support the additions. The important thing to bear in mind when having a tooth crowned is getting the right mix of aesthetic and practical application. Clearly, the former aspect can depend on an individual’s taste but with the latter point it may be best to take your dentist’s advice on what’s best.

Wonderful White Fillings!

April 6th, 2016

2823674_blogThe best course of action to treat a cavity is usually to fill the tooth. We offer durable, aesthetically pleasing white fillings to strengthen and protect your teeth, without impacting on the look of your smile. We are able to fit new white fillings, as well as replacements for mercury amalgam fillings.

The benefits of white fillings

White fillings offer a range of benefits for patients who want to replace old fillings, as well as those who need a new one. Fillings help to protect decayed teeth from further damage and they also make the teeth stronger once they have been weakened by a cavity. Cavities are holes that form as a result of the enamel layer of the tooth being penetrated by harmful bacteria. Once a cavity forms it will grow in size, the tooth will get weaker and the risk of infection spreading through the tooth will increase.

White fillings are mainly made from dental composite, which is strong and durable yet also discreet, as it matches the shade of your teeth. Composite fillings last for many years and they are better for the environment and safer than traditional mercury fillings. Although mercury amalgam fillings are approved for use in the UK, many patients have concerns over their safety and we are proud to offer mercury-free treatment.

How is a filling placed?

If you need a filling, you will undergo a simple procedure that involves cleaning the cavity and then filling it with composite. The tooth will be numbed first to ensure you don’t feel any pain and the cavity will be cleared and cleaned thoroughly. The composite will then be put into the cavity and your dentist will spread it through the cavity to ensure that it is full. Once the cavity has been filled, it will be set firm with the use of a curing light. The light does not hurt at all and the process takes only a few seconds. Once the filling has had chance to harden, we will trim it to make sure it looks and feels perfect and then the procedure is complete.

Why It’s Important to Wear a Retainer

April 4th, 2016

2445507_blogIt is normal protocol to be fitted with retainers after your braces have been removed. The primary function of retainers is to ensure that the teeth do not move back to their original position. After the braces have been removed the teeth will still be relatively fresh in their new position, so they will still require more time to become fixed in place while the gums heal.

In the case of children, a retainer is vitally important due to the fact that children grow quite rapidly. If they have had their braces removed the gums and teeth will continue to change, so a retainer will keep the teeth in their desired position.

Most retainers are removable and can be taken out with relative ease. This can be very beneficial to the wearer, particularly if they have been used to wearing braces. The removable function of retainers means that you can take them out during meals, photographs, business presentations etc.

It is usually advised that retainers are kept in for a minimum amount of time (which will be advised by your dentist). The approximate time that most retainers should stay in is twenty to twenty two hours. The length of time for wearing a retainer varies but it can be for one year.

The retainer should be a comfortable fit. If the retainer has been issued after braces treatment then the teeth should already be in position so there is no need to continue the movement of teeth, therefore the fit should not cause any discomfort.

Retainers possess a lot of importance in orthodontic procedures. It can be devastating and quite traumatic if a person suffers a relapse. The sheer thought of having to go through all the treatment again is enough to help people realise the vital necessity of retainers.

How to Care for Braces

March 26th, 2016

header_image4We would all love to have them. They do the power of good for the look of our teeth. Of course, the topic of discussion is braces.

Modern day braces are remarkably good. They literally straighten out any problems our wonky teeth might have had for quite some time. But, braces of any kind can be distressing to many people. They might not be aesthetically pleasing and the individual might be self-conscious on each occasion where they open their mouth, even to speak. No matter what your opinion is on braces itself, one of the most important aspects is looking after them so that they can fully help your teeth. This can be done in many ways.

Just like your mouth, cleaning a brace regularly throughout the day is very important. As the brace is positioned in your mouth for long periods of the day, the probability of bacteria building up in your mouth is very high. In order to stop a harmful spread of bacteria from entering your mouth, it is advised that you brush your brace with some toothpaste and a toothbrush every day just as you do with your own teeth. It is also a good idea for you to do this over a bowl of water so that if the brace does fall out of your hands it will not make your hard work pointless.

Soaking your brace is also a very good idea. By doing this, you will be able to clean your brace further, which conventional cleaning might not quite manage. But be that the water which you put your brace in is cold as hot water will distort the plastic and make them unusable. Asking your dentist about the right solution for your brace is a very good idea as well as they will have a wealth of knowledge that the internet might otherwise miss.

So, if you’re one of the countless number of people who do have braces then following these steps would be a very good move. Being kind to your brace means that you will help the performance of your teeth, as their potential for good will be maximised.

Hints and Tips for Brushing Your Teeth

March 24th, 2016

608718_blogNumerous studies have found a link between poor oral health, plaque, dental bacteria and the onset of heart disease, cancer and exacerbation of rheumatoid arthritis. Brushing your teeth is one of the best things you can do for not only your mouth but also the rest of your body.

Brushing your teeth: the basics

When brushing your teeth it is advisable to spend at least 2-3 minutes thoroughly cleaning. Teeth should be cleaned along their front, back and in regard to the molars, along the tops. The gums should also be gently brushed to prevent bacteria from building up and cause tartar, which is hardened plaque that can only be removed by a dental hygienist. Rotating the toothbrush head in circular motions is better than just brushing back and forth as it covers more surface area.

Why should I floss?

Flossing should also be an important part of your dental routine, as floss can reach between the teeth in order to reach plaque and debris that has become stuck and cannot be removed by a toothbrush. When flossing it is recommended that your clean down towards the gums. This will ensure that all plaque is removed and your teeth and gums remain healthy.

What is a good dental hygiene routine so important?

Dental hygiene is paramount to the health of your mouth, as unlike the rest of your body your teeth are unable to heal themselves. Once plaque is allowed to build up on the teeth, it will strip away precious enamel and minerals, causing holes and cavities to appear. If cavities are left untreated, whether by a dental hygienist or with fillings, they can expand until the tooth is completely decayed and falls out. This decay can then spread to other teeth and may also affect the gums and jawbone. One of the easiest ways to prevent this from happening is to brush your teeth twice daily, for at least 2 minutes. This prevents the plaque from settling on the teeth and wrecking its havoc. To arrange an appointment with one of our dental hygienists please get in touch with us at City Dental Leeds.

Smile Confidently Whilst Wearing Braces

March 22nd, 2016

braces front teethMany patients come to us with concerns that they will feel unattractive and self-conscious when they smile if they choose to have braces. We understand that it’s important to look and feel good and our range of treatments takes these concerns into account and offers you the opportunity to feel confident during your treatment. We don’t just want you to feel amazing after your braces come off – we also want you to feel confident while you have treatment and we promise that our treatments will deliver.

Our discreet treatments

We are proud to offer our clients a host of discreet orthodontic treatment options, including Invisalign clear aligners, the discreet Inman Aligner and invisible lingual braces.

Invisalign: Invisalign is a transparent aligner system that uses a series of custom-made, light, plastic aligners to guide the teeth into the correct position. Invisalign not only offers virtual invisibility, but it also gives patients flexibility (as the aligners are removable) and comfort, as the forces are gentle and there are no metal parts or bands that need adjusting. Invisalign is suitable for most patients who have minor or moderate issues and it is an ideal choice for teenagers and adults who are worried about how braces will affect their image.

Inman Aligner: the Inman Aligner is not invisible, but it is extremely discreet and all you can see is a fine metal bar. Treatment time is so short that you’ll barely even notice that you’re wearing braces before they come off! The average case is complete in just 16 weeks.

Lingual braces: lingual braces are the perfect solution for anyone with reservations about having orthodontic treatment due to the impact it may have on their looks and confidence. With this treatment, you really can get the smile you want without anyone else even being able to see your brace, as the brace sits behind the teeth. We offer STb Social 6 braces.