How long does adult orthodontics take for straight teeth?

June 23rd, 2016

before adult braces at Time Dental in Farnham, SurreyAfter clear adult braces at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

 

This is a question I get asked alot at Time Dental. It can be very important to some people especially if there is a big event such as a wedding to go to!

As there are different types of appliances the length of time varies due to the way the appliance works and how crowded/ spaced/ rotated the teeth are in the first place.

If your case has multiple options for teeth straightening then you need to decide what appliance is suitable for your lifestyle, if it’s within your budget and not just how long it is going to take.

The Inman aligner for example is excellent at moving teeth quickly. I have had cases finish in as little as 4 months! However the appliances will work this fast for very specific cases and is only designed to move the upper or lower front 4 teeth. It’s bulkier than the other appliances but it is removable and works very well to achieve the end result.

Invisalign clear aligners is another option. The time frame can be anything from 9 to 24 months depending on the goals that need to be achieved. Invisalign is not suitable for all cases and careful treatment planning is required. It’s very discreet, its removable but has its limitations.

Clear fixed brackets is another option that can take from 5-11 months depending on the starting point. You can achieve some amazing results with this option. The case above was treated with clear fixed bracket braces and was completed in about 7 months!

There are other brackets that are attached on the inside of your upper or lower teeth, but that is often uncomfortable due to the tongue rubbing on the brackets.

These short time frame orthodontic cases are very popular. In some cases comprehensive orthodontics is required by a specialist which can take 2-3 years of treatment. The reason it can take this long is because the back teeth are also being moved, the jaw relationship is often changed, or certain teeth at the front are in such a position that it simply takes longer to get it into the correct alignment.

The best thing to do is discuss whats important with the dentist who is providing your treatment and carefully making an informed decision about your exciting treatment.

If you’re interested why not give me a call for a FREE consultation on 01252 723 008.

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Does teeth whitening hurt?

June 16th, 2016

Before tooth whitening at Time Dental, farnham in SurreyAfter tooth whitening at Time Dental in farnham, Surrey

At Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey this is another common question I get from patients who are considering teeth whitening.

The straight forward answer is no, teeth whitening does not hurt when carried out properly. About 90 % of the cases that we have carried out patients experience no issues at all. About 5 % may experience mild temporary sensitivity for about 12 hours after teeth whitening. The remaining 5% may experience moderate temporary sensitivity.

There are a number of factors that need to be taken into account to minimise potential temprorary teeth sensitivity when teeth whitening. The first thing is to makes sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. So make sure you get them checked out by your dentist to ensure you have no cavities and gum disease.

Some people suffer from sensitivity so they would need to regularly use a special sensitive toothpaste.

If you use professional teeth whitening gel from your dentist which is the correct product to whiten your teeth with then you will also reduce the risk of sensitivity.

Follow the instructions given to you by your dentist very carefully- each step is important.

We provide custom fit whitening trays designed to be made specifically to seal the gel to the teeth- this is vital to achieve a fantastic teeth whitening result and reduce any sensitivity.

At Time Dental we provide written instructions and show you how to do your teeth whitening. It’s actually very straight forward when done correctly with minimal hassle.

If you’re interested, call us on 01252 723 008 for a FREE teeth whitening consultation and receive professional teeth whitening half price! Hurry as its for a limited time only!

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Is teeth whitening paste or teeth whitening gel safe?

June 9th, 2016

Before tooth whitening at Time Dental in Farnham SurreyAfter tooth whitening at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

This is a very good question. At Time Dental I get asked this alot.

If you use a whitening tooth paste regularly then you maybe damaging your teeth. That’s because of the way in which teeth whitening pastes work. They often have abrasive particles that can wear your teeth.

If you wear the enamel of your teeth down they will start looking darker. So I would recommend just using it once a week to remove superficial staining- NOT every day. Sensodyne have brought out a new toothpaste that whitens your teeth as well as not being as abrasive. But I would personally still be cautious.

Professional teeth whitening systems however are an excellent way to whiten your teeth. They are safe to use as long as you are shown properly how to do it. You need to have special custom fit teeth whitening trays made that are designed to seal the gel to just your teeth- NOT the ones that you make yourself with boiling water or the generic “one size fits all” trays.

You should have your teeth checked by your dentist first to make sure the teeth and gums are healthy and to ensure you are suitable for whitening your teeth. I always take before and after photos so you can see the final results yourself!

Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey are currently running a Special teeth whitening offer at the moment. Half price teeth whitening for a limited time only. So get in while you can and lets getting you smiling for Summer!

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Why do I need to see a dentist every 6 months?

June 1st, 2016

National Smile Month at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

National Smile Months 3rd key message is:

Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

Why do I need to visit the dentist regularly?

This is a great question and at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey we love helping people on their dental journeys and educating them about their dental health. As we have already discussed in previous posts, plaque bacteria that causes tooth decay can build up on your teeth within hours of brushing. This means that your teeth and gums are under regular attack from the bacteria, which can result in your teeth and gums can quickly deteriorating  in areas of your mouth that you cannot see.

The problem is tooth decay and gum disease can start without you feeling any symptoms. This means by the time that your teeth are causing you pain it can often result in more advanced, complex treatment to sort it out . Dentists can use magnified lenses called loupes to check on the health of your teeth and gums as well as check in-between your teeth using x-ray radiography. That way they can give you the correct preventative advice early to help you keep your mouth in tip top shape.

Dentists also check for oral cancer, jaw joint problems, aesthetic problems, help reduce certain types of migraines, give dietary advice and give you excellent tips on how to look after your gnashers.  They can also detect general systemic conditions such as anaemia as they often first show signs in the mouth.

Why can’t I just see a hygienist?

It’s an excellent habit to regularly see a hygienist to help keep your gums healthy. They are also expert in dental health advice and treating gum disease. Dentists, however, have had the necessary extensive training and qualifications to be able to diagnose dental health conditions and help to ensure that your entire mouth is kept healthy.

There are so many people who think that if things aren’t hurting or causing them any pain then everything is fine. That’s the equivalent of burying your head in the sand! Don’t do it.

Most dentists are nice people who want to help. You just need to find one. Like us!

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Why is sugar bad for my teeth and what can I snack on?

May 26th, 2016

National Smile Month at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

The 2nd key message of the National Smile month Campaign is:

Cut down on how often you have sugary food and drink

This may be a tough challenge for many people! At Time Dental we also carry out a dietary lifestyle assessment to help encourage good habits and help highlight habits which can be improved.

Why is the frequency of sugar intake so important? Well, tooth decay is caused by 3 factors: plaque, sugar and time. Harmful plaque bacteria in the mouth feeds on the sugar which then produces acid which results in tooth decay.

So if you have lots of sugary foods or drinks throughout the day, your teeth are under constant acid attack which will result in decay.

HEALTH TIP: Get into the habit of checking Nutritional info (Carbohydrates of which are sugars- 4g is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of sugar). If you are going to snack between your main meals think carefully about what you are eating. As an example, so called healthy cereal bars with no added sugar have contained 5 teaspoons of sugar! Eating dried fruit is very sugary. It actually sticks in your teeth and will cause decay.

So what can I snack on? If your lacking inspiration simply get on the internet and get some health snack ideas! Here are a couple of simple suggestions:

  • Eating whole fruit rather than dried fruit. If you choose berries make sure you eat them in one go rather than grazing on them.
  • Try savoury biscuits instead of digestive, sweet biscuits
  • Carrot or cucumber sticks are very healthy
  • Porridge/ Weetabix/ Shredded wheat with add fresh fruit for breakfast
  • Homous or  other pulses are great
  • Low fat cheese / cottage cheese- cheese is great for neutralising acid
  • Drinking plenty of still water. It has helps wash any food debris away as well as keeping you hydrated.

Remember, just make one or two small changes and it will make a huge difference, I promise!

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Why is adult orthodontics so expensive?

May 23rd, 2016

Before adult braces at Time Dental in Farnhamafter adult orthodontics at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

 

One question that is always asked is how affordable is adult orthodontics? This is a great question.

Treatment for adult orthodontics can range between £2000 – £9000. So why is there such a broad range?

There are many factors that affect the fee for orthodontic treatment. Each orthodontic case is completely unique. Some cases require just a few teeth to move whereas other cases may require all the teeth to move. Some cases require just the upper teeth moving, some the lower and some both upper and lower. Certain types of teeth movement are more complex than others. A tooth with a single root is sometimes easier to move than a tooth with multiple roots.

There are many types of orthodontic appliances which work in different ways. Your dentist should have the experience of being able to discuss all your options with you.

The time frame for treatment can also vary between a few months to 3 years. Again this is dependent on what your goals are, what orthodontic system is used and what your starting point is.

The dentist providing your treatment will have had extensive training and expertise. Careful measurements will have been taken and a treatment plan for your case will be planned to suit your requirements.

The fees for orthodontic treatment would often include an orthodontic examination; all necessary radiographs; clinical photographs; treatment planning of your case; impressions of your teeth; fitting of your braces; monthly review appointments; fitting of your retainers; laboratory fees; orthodontic appliance fees; follow-up appointments and the skills and expertise of your dentist.

When discussing fees it’s important to keep things in perspective. Think of this: once you have reached your end result and you have a confident smile what would it mean to you and how much do you think it’s worth?

Consider the cost of monthly spend on make-up and beauty treatments which can be a lifelong cost, or the average cost of a car (circa £9000) which would last 3-6 years. Now compare that to the investment on your smile which will last you your LIFE TIME.

Finance plans allow you to pay £160 per month to help you achieve a confident smile. Is that within your budget? If so, let’s talk.

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The MOST important dental health habit…

May 19th, 2016

National Smile Month at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

As part of National Smile Month here at Time Dental, we’re exploring the 3 key messages that the campaign is promoting. The first key message to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy is:

Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste

This might seem obvious but there is a huge percentage of the population who brush only once a day.

Why bother brushing twice a day? The reason for brushing at least twice a day is because within hours of brushing your teeth the harmful plaque bacteria, that causes tooth decay and gum disease, begins to reform. Brushing twice a day will keep your teeth and gums healthy. Effective teeth brushing not only removes the harmful bacteria but it also removes food debris that the bacteria feed on as well as superficial staining. This will help keep your breath fresh and your gnashers looking white!

Why a fluoride toothpaste? The hard outer surface of your tooth is called enamel. A toothpaste that contains Fluoride helps to keep the enamel strong which helps make it resistant to acid attack.

One little tip for you: do NOT rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. You will just be washing away the benefit of the toothpaste.

If you use a mouth wash, use it at a different time to teeth brushing.

Keep a look out for the next 2 important ways to keep a healthy mouth.

Until next time…….

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National Smile Month 16th May-16th June

May 18th, 2016

National Smile Month at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

It’s that time of year again! National Smile Month has started from 16th May to 16th June. It celebrates its 40th birthday this year.  The aim of the National Smile Month campaign is to raise dental health awareness in the UK.

Current stats show that the number one reason for child addmissions for hospital general anaesthesia is the removal of teeth due to dental decay. This is a shocking statistic as it drains the resources and funds of our health care system with a dental disease which is compeltely preventable.

Lots of organizations are taking part in the excellent campaign.

By engaging with the local communities the campaign is promoting the importance of a healthy mouth with 3 key messages:

  • brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • cutting down on how often you consume sugary food and drink
  • and visiting your dentist regularly…

…will lower your chances of experiencing nasty oral problems.

National Smile Month, which is organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, has been designed with your health in mind.

To celebrate, Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey are happy to announce they will be providing every patient who books in for their dental check up a FREE cosmetic smile assessment on top of an oral cancer health screening, (oh, and free toothpaste!) by your local highly trained dental team.

Look after yourself and your smile.

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Ready to smile for the wedding……

May 12th, 2016

before adult orthodontics at Time Dental in Farnham,SurreyAfter adult orthodontics at Time Dental in Farnham,Surrey

This is Sam. She came to see us at Time Dental, because she was getting married in 10 months. She was horrified by the thought and stress of having to smile in photos for her wedding day. She wasn’t happy with the way her upper teeth were crooked and the way that they overlapped. She wanted to get her teeth looking straight for her wedding day but didn’t know how or what could be done.

After discussing her main concerns and what she wanted her final smile to look like, we talked about how we could do this for her. We had photos of cases that we had treated which were similar to Sams situation. The time factor was most important, so she did not care what the orthodontic braces looked like. Luckily we had an option that would get to her end result in time for her wedding, and as a bonus look relatively discreet.

The fastest option was clear fixed orthodontic brackets. So gone are the days of metal traintracks. We can now use tooth coloured orthodontic brackets to make them more discreet.

She was happy with the treatment plan and we got working straight away. We had a deadline line to meet!

You can see the results for yourself. In 10 months we had got to a really nice position. We removed the brackets, placed retainers to keep her teeth in place and whitened her teeth for the best result.

All in time for the wedding. Which was a great success.

Are you interested? Call us for a FREE consultation to see how we can help you.

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Don’t bury your head in the sand!

May 11th, 2016

dont bury your head in the sand- get an dental health check at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

I saw a patient recently at Time Dental for a comprehensive dental health check. He hadn’t been to the dentist for 15 years. He told me he used to go regularly and as nothing needed to be done he thought it was a waste of time. The reason why he came to see me was because he was having problems with his wisdom tooth.

On further discussion he told me he drank alot of regular cola and recently switched to diet cola. He brushed his teeth once a day and never cleaned his teeth interdentally.

I took a series of clinical photographs and x-rays and we sat down and went through them together.

His photos showed that he had the first stages of gum disease (gingivitis) and he also had acid erosion. Gum disease can start with the collection of plaque bacteria around the teeth just by the gum line. The gums can react by becoming swollen and then they can bleed when you brush them. At this stage you often don’t have any pain. If that was left in place the bacteria would start to irreversibly destroy the boney support around your teeth, again you may not have any pain when this happens.

Acid erosion occurs when carbonated drinks such as soda water, sparkling mineral water, fizzy drinks are regularly consumed and they wear away the enamel layer of your teeth. It can also occur with cirtus fruits or drinks, acid reflux and other medical conditons. You wont always get pain from the early or moderate stages of this problem. Often when the damage is advanced, you can start to get symptoms like sensitivity to temperature or sweet foods.

The take home message for this patient was not bury his head in the sand and think everything is ok if he is not getting any pain. Regular dental health checks means that problems can be caught early and the appropriate advice can be given to stop things from deteriorating.

We are here to help!

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