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We Can Treat A Whole Host Of Orthodontic Issues With 6 Month Smiles

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

1567900_blogAt City Dental Leeds we pride ourselves on offering the best orthodontic treatments around and we are delighted to have 6 Month Smiles as part of our range of incredible orthodontic systems. If you’re searching for a versatile, quick and effective treatment right here in Leeds, look no further!

What is 6 Month Smiles?

6 Month Smiles is a fixed brace treatment, which corrects misalignment issues with the front teeth in record time. This treatment is geared towards the front teeth only, as these are the teeth that can be seen when you smile and it employs the latest self-ligating technology to move the teeth quickly. Self-ligating wires also help to reduce pressure by generating gentle forces.

6 Month Smiles is not an invisible system, but the braces are designed to work discreetly; they are made from clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, making them much less noticeable than traditional fixed braces.

As you may have guessed from the name of the treatment, 6 Month Smiles aims to complete cases within 6 months; this means that it is one of the fastest treatments out there. As fewer appointments are required during the treatment process, this system is also less expensive than many other treatments.

Who is the best match for 6 Month Smiles?

This treatment is versatile and it offers a solution to many patients with common orthodontic issues, including mild or moderate spacing, crowding or crooked front teeth. Ideally, this is suited to patients who require a limited amount of movement in response to issues that affect the front teeth; if you have more complex needs, which require more movement, another solution may be best and we can make recommendations once we are fully aware of your prescription and your needs.


Protect Yourself from Teeth Grinding with Help from Your Central Leeds Dentist

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Known medically as ‘bruxism’, teeth grinding may seem harmless but can cause serious long term damage to your dental health. Caused by many different factors, it is often difficult to figure out exactly why some people grind their teeth on a regular basis. Although we all grind our teeth at times (it’s part of chewing to an extent) when we do it constant and regularly there can be significant problems.

Teeth grinding will often occur at distinct times for different people: either awake or asleep. You may not be aware you are doing it while you sleep, though your partner may be able to hear the grinding if it is particularly bad. It is difficult to pin point where the subconscious instinct to grind your teeth comes from but it is often linked with stress levels. If it becomes severe your dentist may recommend using a mouth guard at night which will protect your teeth from the constant grind.

When awake it can become habitual instinct to grind your teeth with stress, anxiety or concentration. Mouth guards are obviously much less convenient when awake and so the best method is self-control and trying to becoming consciously aware of when you are doing it.

Your Central Leeds dentist will be able to offer some solutions for teeth grinding. Due to it be a mainly psychological instinct a lot of treatments involve conditioning yourself to stop or training yourself to become aware. Seek help for the problem before your teeth begin to wear away and you will save yourself a lot of dental work that could be avoided.

No Need to Feel Self-Conscious about Your Smile Anymore with Invisible Braces from Central Leeds Dentist

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Whether child, teenager or adult, having to wear braces can be an embarrassing experience. Invisible braces can now give you the dental benefits of braces while hiding the fact you wear braces. Permanently fixed braces are not now the necessarily best option for everyone. Your Central Leeds dental practice can offer a range of braces that will fit your unique needs, ask them if invisible braces may be right for you.

New types of invisible braces are made of clear plastic that is moulded to your exact specifications, meaning they blend right in with your natural appearance. They are normally removable and so can be removed when eating or for important social events. It is very important though that you wear them on average 22 hours a day in order to have the desired effect. As with all braces it is necessary to wear invisible braces for a minimum of several months and up to a year or two. The length of time it takes to have a permanent effect is largely dependent on the original position of the teeth and how much adjustment they need.

The fitting of invisible braces does not take too long but may take a few visits to your dentist. They will first consult with you on exactly what type of braces would be right for you. They will then need to take moulds, x-rays and photographs in order for the braces to be made to the exact shape and size of your teeth. The dentist will the fit them and likely ask you to return in a month or two to check whether they need any adjustments.


Discuss the Importance of Oral Hygiene with Your Central Leeds Dentist

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Good oral hygiene is what stands between your confident, bright, white smile and an awkward, crooked grin. Taking care of your teeth throughout your life will pay dividends as your teeth stay healthy and strong. It is important that a good oral hygiene routine is developed at an early age when your teeth are still developing.

Your Central Leeds dentist recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day, three times if possible. Brushing your teeth removes all the food particles and plaque that build up on your teeth and can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing is equally a vital part of keeping healthy teeth. Flossing before brushing clears out the spaces between your teeth which can then be washed out by the fluoride tooth paste as you brush. Together doing these is the minimum and will protect you from the majority of dental problems.

Without good oral hygiene you may suffer from cavities which grow until the tooth is painful and unusable. If the cavities become infected it may be necessary to remove the tooth altogether and replace it with artificial alternatives. Although there are many good false teeth now available, none of them are equal to your natural teeth. Gum disease is also be a major cause of tooth loss, and can be avoided by flossing above the gum line and using a fluoride tooth paste. Visit your dentist frequently in order to catch any problems before they fully develop.

If you have any questions about maintain good oral hygiene ask your local dentist who will be happy to give you plenty of advice on how to stay healthy.

Central Leeds Highlights Causes of Teeth Discolouration.

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Dull teeth? Lost their shine? Teeth discolouration happens to most people with time but there are some things that can be done prevent it and treat it. Alcohol, coffee, tea, fizzy and juice drink will all stain your teeth over time when drunk and are normally the main factor in the discolouration of teeth. This staining can appear as isolated blotches of brown or grey colouring, or as general discolouration of the entire tooth. The tar that is inhaled when smoking will eventually turn your teeth yellow and grey with time, as well as causing numerous adverse health effects.

Some diseases can also cause a discolouration of your teeth, especially in young children. Medications can also be a contributing factor, including some antibiotics. If you are experiencing teeth discolouration and currently ill or under medication you should speak to your dentist or doctor about possible ways of dealing with it. Some dental treatments can also have an adverse effect on tooth colour, including some filling materials such as silver amalgam and too high levels of fluoride can all darken the colour of teeth.

If you are experiencing mild tooth discolouration there is a fair chance there will be no serious medical reasons and it is a purely cosmetic issue. Speak to your Central Leeds dentist about any worries you may have. They will be able to offer several options for returning a bright, white smile to your face. From teeth whitening tooth pastes and treatments, to using veneers there is a wide range of possibilities to get your teeth white again.

Gum Contouring Available from Central Leeds Dentist

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Gum contouring is a relatively new procedure that allows the reshaping of someone’s gum with the purpose of showing less of it when they smile. Gummy smiles affect a lot of people, while many have no problems, other may want it to be altered, it is an individual decision for each person and you should spend time thinking it through if you are considering it.

With a local anaesthetic, your dentist will make an incision above your gum line. Your gum line can then be moved further down (or up in the case of the bottom) the teeth. Above the gum line the root of your teeth are now exposed. Removing a piece of the lining of your mouth your dentist is able to transplant that piece of soft tissue into this new gap. Since the procedure is done very quickly all the tissue remains alive and will, with time, reconnect into a single piece of tissue as the blood vessels develop. After a recovery period your gums will look completely natural, the transplanted piece of soft tissue will be indistinguishable from the rest of your gums.

When recovering it is important to brush the gum line very gently, as to not slow the healing process. Smoking should be forgone during the recovery period due to the highly increased risk of infection. For a few weeks there may be some mild inflammation and tenderness of the gums, your dentist may prescribe you medication if they deem it necessary. Your Central Leeds dental practice will be able to answer all your questions regarding gum contouring and help you decide with the process if right for you.

Your Central Leeds Dentist can help with Mouth Ulcers

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Mouth ulcers can appear for numerous reasons, making eating, drinking and talking a painful experience. The vast majority of people will have the unpleasant experience of a mouth ulcer at some point in their lives. For some it is a short experience which, though uncomfortable, quickly heals and disappears. For others, numerous mouth ulcers can appear, become highly inflamed and make everyday life miserable. Whichever is your situation, your Central Leeds dental surgery will have a range of preventative measures and treatments to help deal with the problem.

The most frequent cause of mouth ulcers is a cut to the inside of the mouth. These cuts can easily become infected and inflamed. To prevent this be extra careful when eating hard and sharp foods that could be damage to the lining of your mouth. For some people ulcers can be a chemical reaction caused by a range of products, alcohol and aspirin are two common causes. If you have had unprotected sex there is the possibility you have contracted herpes, mouth ulcers are a obvious symptom of this, you can have a health check from your local GP or sexual health clinic if you think this might be the case.

There is no single, ideal treatment for mouth ulcers. Generally it is a matter of waiting for the ulcer to heal and beginning preventative measures for the future. Eliminating any chemical or food products that may be causing the ulcers is the best first step. If you find your are consistently biting your cheek, your dentist may recommend filing down a tooth if it is particularly sharp. Gargling water with either salt or paracetamol will provide temporary relief from the pain.

Talk to Your Central Leeds Dentist About Interdental Teeth Cleaning

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Just from everyday use, your teeth will gather all manner of food particles and plaque in between your teeth. Cleaning between your teeth, otherwise known as interdental teeth cleaning, will help to remove these materials and help keep you free from tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and all manner of dental problems. If it isn’t already, interdental teeth cleaning should become an important part of your regular oral care routine.

The most commonly used tool for interdental cleaning is floss. Coming in many different varieties and available from all good pharmacies and supermarkets, floss is thin strips of nylon or plastic that you can run in between your teeth to clean out the areas where your tooth brush will not fit. Floss can also safely be used to clean above the gum line. Just gently run the floss along the tooth and carefully push it above the gum line, being sure not to put excessive pressure on the gums. If you struggle to hold the floss in a comfortable position, flossing ‘wands’ are available that will hold floss tautly on the end of handle. For an even more thorough clean, ask your Central Leeds dentist about the use of interdental cleaning brushes and other methods of interdental cleaning.

Alongside brushing, flossing is one the most effective ways to combat gingivitis, the inflammation of the gums. Regularly using floss will remove any plaque or food that is trapped and may become infected. Left untreated gingivitis can cause a lot of pain and eventually the loss of teeth. Tooth decay will also be prevented by the removal of plaque from around the teeth.

Visit Your Central Leeds Dentist for Dental Bridges

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

A missing tooth makes eating difficult, can change your speaking patterns and be unsightly. Dental bridges offer a solution to filling in missing teeth with strong, durable and naturally looking artificial alternatives. Dental bridges are permanent replacements that have a life span of several years.

Your Central Leeds dentist can offer bridges in two forms. The most commonly used type is the fixed bridge, though these are only possible when the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are strong and healthy. The dentist will file down the two healthy teeth into a shape that will comfortably and effectively hold a crown. Using a mould to achieve the perfect fit, two crowns are bonded either side of a false tooth. With each crown then bonded to the adjacent healthy teeth the middle false teeth is securely anchored into place. If there are not two adjacent teeth, or you do not want crowns for aesthetic reasons (such as for front teeth) a resin bonded bridge can be used. With this type, metal strips protrude from the false tooth which can then be bonded onto the adjacent tooth.

Bridges normally have a strong central core of metal (frequently silver) with a layer of white porcelain layered on top. The whiteness of the porcelain will allow the artificial tooth to blend into the rest of the natural teeth without standing out. A few visits to your dentist may be required to complete the procedure and fit the bridges. While normally dental hygiene practices can continue with a dental bridge, your dentist will advise you on any special methods for cleaning under and around your new bridge.