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How important is it to clean between the gaps of teeth?

June 30th, 2017

shutterstock_402210988Most people know that it’s important to clean the teeth twice a day. Although brushing is really effective, it only cleans part of your mouth. This is why we strongly recommend cleaning between the teeth.

The importance of cleaning between the teeth

When you brush your teeth, you clean away bacteria and food debris from the biting surfaces and the areas of the teeth you can access with a brush, but it’s not possible to get the brush head into every area of the mouth. It’s usually very difficult to clean between the teeth because the brush head is too large to fit between the gaps. This is when flossing and interdental brushing come in useful.

Flossing

Flossing is a popular means of cleaning the gaps between the teeth. It involves passing a thin piece of tape, called floss, between the teeth. Flossing displaces trapped bits of food and bacteria from those narrow cracks, reducing the risk of plaque formation. It can also help to prevent staining in areas that you can’t polish with your toothbrush. When you’re flossing, always be gentle, and never tug at the tape. If you pull too hard, this can hurt your gums.

Interdental brushing

Interdental brushes are specially designed, small hand-held brushes, which target the cracks between the teeth. There are various different sizes and thicknesses to choose from, and your dentist or hygienist can help you to choose the right brush for you and give you a demonstration to show you how to use your interdental brushes.

Brushing is really important for keeping dental diseases at bay, but don’t underestimate the importance of cleaning the cracks between your teeth. If you do this, you’ll achieve a much more thorough clean and you can reduce your risk of decay and gum disease by preventing plaque formation.

Did you Know we Could Provide a Complete Smile Transformation in the Heart of Leeds?

June 29th, 2017

shutterstock_358544162Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have a flawless smile like those you see on toothpaste adverts and Instagram feeds? It’s very rare to have a naturally perfect set of pearly whites, but there are lots of ways we can work our magic to create stunning smiles. We have an impressive range of treatments on offer if you’re keen on a smile transformation. We can make your dream smile a reality, right here in the heart of Leeds.

Our smile makeovers

Smile makeovers are designed to iron out imperfections and create a smile that you’ll be proud to show off. A smile makeover is a bespoke service, which utilises a series of different treatments to achieve a perfect outcome. No two smile makeovers are the same because every patient is different.

We have many treatments on offer when it comes to planning a smile makeover and we can draw up a treatment plan based on your expectations, the issues you want to address, your budget and any other factors that could influence the choices you make, such as time constraints. It’s really important to us that we get it right, so we actively encourage our patients to get involved in the planning process.

Our treatments

We offer the latest cosmetic, orthodontic and restorative services, all of which can be combined to produce an incredible smile transformation. Examples of treatments we may recommend include:

If you dream of a perfect smile, why not give us a call and find out how we can make your dreams come true?

How City Dental Leeds Use CT Scans to Perfect Your Treatment

June 27th, 2017

shutterstock_606801692At City Dental Leeds, it’s really important to us to provide our clients with the latest treatments and modern technology, which can improve the standard of care and range of services we provide. We are very proud to have a CT scanner on-site and we strongly believe that investing in technology enables us to perfect your treatment.

About CT scans

CT scans are used widely in medicine and they also play an important role in dentistry. CT scans are often preferred to traditional X-rays because they produce much more detailed images. With X-rays, you can only see the location of the teeth and get an idea of the thickness of the bone. With a CT scan, you can see 3D images, cross-sectional images and determine the density of the bone.

Our main use for CT scans is planning dental implant treatment. We carry out scans to ascertain if a patient is a good candidate for implants, and we also use the images to plan treatment with optimum precision. For implant treatment to be successful, it’s very important that the bone in the jaw is strong and dense enough to support the implant. If this isn’t the case, conventional implants may not be the best solution.

If a patient is a good match for implant treatment, CT scans enable us to locate the best possible position for the implant, and the images can guide our dentists to maximise the chances of a successful outcome.

What happens when you have a CT scan?

CT scans aren’t painful, and there’s nothing to worry about. The scan won’t last long and in most cases, it will all be over within 15 minutes. Before your scan, your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen, and you’ll be asked to remove jewellery and glasses. You’ll then be guided into position and asked to stay as still as possible while the scanner captures the images.

If you’d like to find out more about CT scans and how they work, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.

Protecting your Teeth While you Exercise With OSO Athletic

June 22nd, 2017

shutterstock_580318669If you’re a keen athlete, you may be aware of the importance of protecting your teeth when you play sport, but what would you say if we told you that we could provide you with a gum shield, which doesn’t just protect you from dental injuries, but also enhances your performance? We are proud to be a provider for OSO Athletic, a game-changing mouth guard, which could give you that competitive edge.

About OSO Athletic

The OSO Athletic mouth guard is not your average piece of kit. This is so much more than a standard mouth guard. This device is specially designed to adjust to the contours and shape of your mouth, and it alters the position of your jaw when you put it in your mouth. By doing this, you can enjoy the highest standards of protection, as well as a lower risk of injury and muscle pain and increased balance, power and strength. Many athletes experience discomfort when they wear mouth guards, but these appliances are developed based on precise measurements and images. By adjusting the position of the jaw, muscle contraction is more efficient, and you’ll have a lower risk of jaw pain, stiffness and aches and pains in the neck, shoulders and back.

Who can benefit from the OSO Athletic?

The OSO Athletic can benefit anyone who participates in sports or activities that carry a risk of facial or dental injuries. This includes sports such as hockey, rugby and lacrosse, as well as fighting sports and martial arts. You don’t have to be an elite performer to enjoy the advantages of using an OSO Athletic mouth guard, and we strongly recommend competitors of all abilities to consider using this incredible innovation.

If you like the sound of the OSO Athletic mouth guard, call us now to find out more and arrange a consultation.

Three Ways we can restore a broken tooth

June 20th, 2017

shutterstock_621876419You’d be amazed at how strong the teeth are, but they’re not immune to damage. If you’ve got a broken tooth, there are various treatments and restorative techniques we can use to repair your damaged tooth and restore your smile to its former glory. These include:

  1. Dental bonding: in cases where the tooth is chipped, rather than broken, we can use a technique known as dental bonding. Bonding involves using a tooth-coloured resin material called composite to fill in the broken part of the tooth and reshape the tooth. This treatment offers both restorative and cosmetic benefits, and it only takes around one hour. There’s no pain involved, and you’ll notice the difference immediately.
  2. Crowns: dental crowns are types of restoration that are used to repair broken and decayed teeth. Crowns are sometimes called caps because they are placed over the top of the remaining tooth structure. Before a crown is fitted, the tooth will be shaped and cleaned and any damaged tissue will be removed. Every crown is custom-made to ensure a perfect fit and we can use ceramics to produce very natural aesthetics.
  3. Filling: if the tooth has a very minor fracture, it may be possible to restore it using a white filling. These fillings are made from a mixture of dental composite and resins. Your dentist will match the shade of the composite to your tooth colour so that you won’t be able to tell the difference between the composite and the natural tooth tissue.

If you have a broken or chipped tooth, we recommend getting in touch as soon as possible.

Did you know the Inman Aligner can straighten teeth in as low as six weeks?

June 15th, 2017

shutterstock_386744653In the past, you never really associated braces with speed, but today, it’s a very different story. Gone are the days when you had to wear braces for years on end. Today, thanks to incredible innovations like the Inman Aligner, we can straighten the teeth in weeks, rather than months or years. Did you know that in some cases, it can take as little as 6 weeks to produce amazing new smiles?

What is the Inman Aligner and is it suitable for me?

The Inman Aligner is a removable orthodontic appliance, which is used to correct minor issues and imperfections. This system is geared towards those who need limited movement and it is ideally suited to patients with problems that affect the front teeth.

The Inman Aligner comprises of two main parts. These parts produce forces, which push and pull the teeth, causing them to move in the desired direction. There is a coiled spring located at the back of the teeth and a fine metal bar, which runs along the front. Although this isn’t an invisible solution, it is much less noticeable than traditional fixed braces.

The benefits of the Inman Aligner

Speed is the greatest selling-point of the Inman Aligner. While some treatments take 12-24 months to work their magic, the Inman Aligner produces results in just 6-16 weeks. The brace is discreet, and you can also enjoy the convenience and flexibility of being able to remove your brace. This makes life much easier when it comes to eating and brushing your teeth.

If you’d like to find out if the Inman Aligner is a perfect match for you, call us now and book an appointment or pop in and see us if you’re in Leeds city centre.

Why are Retainers So Important after Teeth Straightening?

June 13th, 2017

shutterstock_616998494If you’ve spent weeks or months wearing braces to straighten your smile, the last thing you want is for your teeth to start slipping out of position. We strongly advise all our orthodontic patients to wear retainers after they have finished treatment. This helps to prevent relapse and will ensure your beautiful new smile looks perfect for years to come.

About retainers

Retainers are orthodontic appliances, which are worn to keep the teeth in order after braces have been removed. There are various types of retainer, including fixed and removable appliances. Retainers can be made from transparent materials and they can also be fitted to the back of your teeth, so you don’t need to worry about spoiling the aesthetic of your new smile.

Wearing a retainer is incredibly important because it holds the teeth in position. If you don’t have a retainer, there’s a high risk of the teeth slipping and starting to move out of position, and in the worst cases, repeat treatment may be required. By wearing a retainer, you can increase your chances of keeping your smile in check.

Are retainers painful?

Initially, when you wear your retainer for the first time, you may find it a little uncomfortable, but like braces, you’ll soon get used to it. If you do find it painful, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we will do our best to make you feel more comfortable.

If you’d like to find out more about retainers or you’re interested in our orthodontic treatments, why not give us a call and book a consultation? Your dream smile could be just around the corner.

Three Ways We Can Give You a Bright Summer Smile

June 8th, 2017

shutterstock_102761273After months of wind and rain, the summer is finally within touching distance. If you’re keen to sport a bright summer smile, we have some great treatment options available. Here are three incredible ways we can give you a radiant smile in perfect time to enjoy those hazy summer days.

  1. Tooth whitening: tooth whitening is a very popular cosmetic dental treatment, which enables us to lighten the shade of the teeth significantly to give you a dazzling, healthier looking smile. We offer convenient home whitening treatment, which can fit into your schedule easily. You don’t even need to leave the comfort of the sofa to enjoy the results. Home whitening is really simple. All you have to do is wear a pair of customised whitening trays for around 6 hours per day for 10-14 consecutive days. Your trays will be comfortable, and you can wear them whenever is convenient for you.
  2. Veneers: veneers are famed for creating stunning smiles and if you want a dream smile for summer, they could be the ideal solution for you. If you have stained, chipped, uneven or misshapen teeth, we can use veneers to transform your smile. After your consultation, we will plan your treatment and in just 2-3 weeks, you could be showing off your incredible new summer smile.
  3. Hygiene treatments: have you ever noticed how much brighter and cleaner your teeth look after a trip to the dentist? When you have a check-up, your dentist will give your teeth a quick polish, but if you’re desperate for even better results, you can book a session with one of our talented, friendly hygienists. Our hygienists offer intensive cleaning treatments, which will remove surface stains and give your smile a gorgeous, healthy summer glow.

If you’re dreaming of a sparkling smile for summer, call us now to make an appointment.

Four Ways to Invisibly Straighten Your Teeth in Leeds

June 6th, 2017

shutterstock_644474866Have you always been conscious about your smile? Are you reluctant to have treatment because you don’t want to be lumbered with unsightly, cumbersome braces? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, we have good news! With modern orthodontic treatments, we can provide you with a beautiful, straight smile without anyone even being able to spot a brace. Allow us to introduce you to our incredible collection of invisible braces:

Invisalign: Invisalign is a clear aligner system, which uses a sequence of specially designed removable clear braces to straighten the teeth. Invisalign braces slide over the teeth in a similar way to a gum shield you wear for sport. As they are made entirely from transparent plastic, they are virtually undetectable when they’re in place. Invisalign is a great option for those with minor or moderate issues.

STb Social 6 braces: if you’re looking for the ultimate in invisible braces, STb Social 6 braces may be the choice for you. These braces are lingual braces, and this means that they are positioned behind the teeth, making them completely invisible when you smile. Lingual braces are fixed braces, but they are much finer and smaller than traditional fixed braces. STb Social 6 braces are designed to correct minor orthodontic problems that affect the front teeth, also known as the social 6. Treatment takes just 6-24 weeks.

Inman Aligner: the Inman Aligner is not strictly an invisible treatment, but it is considerably more discreet than conventional braces. The aligner is removable, and the only part that can be detected is a fine metal bar, which sits on the front of the teeth. The best thing about this treatment is the speed. It takes just 16 weeks to produce amazing results.

Six Month Smiles: Six Month Smiles is a fast-acting fixed brace treatment, which uses streamlined braces made from clear wires and tooth-coloured brackets to correct issues that affect the front teeth in just 6 months.

If you’re keen to undergo orthodontic treatment in secret or you’ve been hoping to find a discreet alternative to traditional braces, give us a call now and find out more about how we could help you get that perfect, straight smile.

Did you know Veneers could Transform your Smile Dramatically?

June 1st, 2017

shutterstock_571312708In this day and age, we’re bombarded by images of people with perfect smiles. Whether you’re watching a film or browsing your news feed on Instagram, there are flawless sets of pearly whites everywhere. In the past, veneers were associated with celebrities, but today, they are accessible to all. If you dream of a bright white, beautiful smile, we can make your dreams come true, right here in the centre of Leeds.

About veneers

Veneers are tooth-shaped pieces of incredibly fine laminated ceramic material (usually porcelain), which are fixed onto the surfaces of the natural teeth. Each veneer is fitted individually, and the outcome is a stunning new smile. As well as porcelain veneers, we also offer Componeers, which are a cheaper option. Componeers can be bonded directly onto the teeth and they are composed of a mixture of materials, including composite. If you’re worried about the cost of porcelain veneers and you want results fast, Componeers may be the best solution for you.

Veneers are very versatile and they can be used to treat a multitude of imperfections. Very few people have naturally perfect teeth, but you don’t have to let chips, worn surfaces, discolouration or gaps between your teeth get you down. With veneers, we can transform your smile dramatically and make you feel much more confident when your pearly whites are on show.

What does veneer treatment involve?

If you’re interested in veneers, the first thing we recommend is booking a consultation. During your consultation, we’ll give you all the information you could possibly need about veneers and answer any questions you have. We’ll also examine your teeth and have a chat with you about what your dream outcome would be. We can also show you some images of smiles we have created using veneer treatment. If you choose to go ahead and have veneers, we can usually complete treatment in two sessions. During the first, we’ll prepare your teeth and create impressions, and when your veneers are ready, we’ll invite you back and secure them onto your teeth.