Halloween is not far away. The nights are drawing in and Autumn certainly has arrived with the leaves now falling off the trees. Don’t forget the clocks go back one hour Saturday night on the 29th October.
Here’s some scary statistics for you:
1 in 8 three year olds have visible signs of tooth decay.
1 in 4 five year olds have signs of tooth decay.
Tooth decay is a preventable disease, so its up to the parents and guardians to help educate the kids to make Halloween a happy one and not scary one for their teeth! Every time a sugary drink or food is eaten the teeth are under attack for about an hour. If sweets are constantly eaten the teeth don’t get a chance to recover and decay will be the result.
Here are some top tips from Time Dental for a happy Halloween:
Offer sugar-free sweets- ones that contain xylitol are actually beneficial for oral health.
Dried fruits are NOT a healthier option for the teeth because they will stick in the teeth and are very high in sugar.
Limit the number of houses you visit as this will limit the number of sweets collected.
Keep sweets to mealtimes as this will reduce the amount of time the teeth are exposed to them.
Supervise the children brushing with a fluoride toothpaste before they go to bed. The night time brushing is most important as the saliva rate is reduced.
See how you get on with these top tips. Have a Happy Hallooooowweeeeeeennn!
Teeth whitening is a very popular treatment at Time Dental in Farnham. We’ve carried out many cases and the reason it’s so popular is because it’s safe, easy to do and you get excellent results.
We’ve seen patients who have tried the over-counter products and the long and short of it is that they just don’t work as well. These products can often be acidic and can damage the teeth and gums.
The best way is professional teeth whitening. Have a look at the case above. This patient came to see us because he had discoloured teeth and gaps between them
He was very affected by this as he would try to hide his smile by tipping his head down. In doing so his body was hunched and he didn’t feel confident.
After a course of professional teeth whitening and composite bonding in between the gaps we restored his smile. He now holds is head up high and lots of people have mentioned how happy he looks as he is smiling all the time.
At Time Dental we have a gold standard professional teeth whitening package. This involves having specially designed custom fit teeth whitening trays made from moulds of your teeth. The professional teeth whitening gel is then placed into the trays and the trays are placed in the mouth for 30 minutes. This process is repeated daily for about 2 to 3 weeks.
It makes a huge difference so why not get the confidence you’ve always wanted?
At Time Dental we’ve noticed that many of our patients grind or clench their teeth. Teeth clenching and grinding can destroy your teeth. Have a look at the pictures above. Notice how the teeth edges are uneven in shape. These are moderate grinding cases and the only way we could treat this was to protect the remaining teeth by crowning them.
This situation could have been prevented. When you clench or grind your teeth you may not even be aware that you do it. The signs to look out for are jaw ache or headaches at night or first thing in the morning; ridges on the inside of your cheeks; scalloped sides of your tongue; Migraines; chipped, worn or broken teeth; a strong jaw line muscle.
There are a number of reasons why people clench or grind the teeth. One reason is a neuromuscular reason which is when your brain just tells your jaw muscles to clench; another reason could be a bad bite which triggers muscle tension; a stressful lifestyle can result in clenching; neck, shoulder or back ache can also result in teeth clenching or grinding.
So how can you stop teeth clenching? Well, we’ve found two ways to help reduce the clenching problem. One is to wear a bite guard. This is worn at night and works in about 85% of patients. It helps to deprogram the muscles and effectively reduces the muscle tension of the jaws. This is a great solution for those who are night time grinders. Although the bite guard works very well it is not always tolerated in the mouth.
An alternative solution would be to use Botulinum treatment. These are the same injections used to treat frown lines and crows feet. Instead, they are injected into the strong jawline muscle on either side of the jaw. The effect takes about 2 weeks to work and can last 3-6 months. The benefit for this type of treatment is that it will be working all the time, day and night. It doesn’t affect your facial expressions and you are still able to eat and function normally. It just reduces the destructive bite force that you place on your teeth.
If you want to find out more, why not call us on 01252 723 008 to see how we can help you.
This is Vicky. Her overlapping lower teeth really bothered her and she didn’t like the the way her upper front teeth were also starting to cross over. She found that she wasn’t smiling as much as she was very conscious of the crowding. She lived in Surrey and wanted to find someone she could trust to complete her adult orthodontic treatment.
She had heard about us from a friend whom we had also treated for teeth straightening at Time Dental. Her friend had recommended us as she had a great teeth straightening result too.
We discussed all the treatment options and she decided to go with the clear fixed brackets as this was the fastest way to get to her end goal.
Clear fixed brackets is an excellent choice to treat many crowded cases. The clear brackets are bonded onto the teeth with a special cement and a tooth coloured wire is placed in the brackets to start the aligning treatment. We saw her once a month for her adjustment appointments and within 7 months we had achieved her end goal. Once the teeth have been aligned the brackets are removed and the teeth are polished to remove any cement.
After completing her orthodontic treatment we provided retainers to hold her teeth in this straight position and she also carried out professional teeth whitening to really show off her new smile.
She was so happy with the result!
If you want help getting more confidence in smiling why not give us a call on 01252 723 008.
This is Michelle. She didn’t like her smile because her teeth were overlapping. She initially said that it didn’t affect her in any way, but when she thought about it she said she wouldn’t show her teeth when she smiled and she tended to keep her lips closed when having photos taken. So without realising it her crooked teeth were affecting her subconsciously!
This is a very typical story which we have heard alot at Time Dental. This is why after fully assessing her case we were able to give her treatment options to help her smile without hiding her teeth.
Her options were to use clear aligners to incrementally move her teeth into the right position. They are very discreet and treatment time would take about 12-18 months. Another option was clear fixed brackets. These are like traintracks but the brackets are clear that make them very discreet. The time frame is approximately 7-10 months. The other option was a removable appliance called the Inman aligner and the time frame was about 5 months.
Michelle wanted to get her treatment finished as soon as possible. So she opted for the Inman aligner.
You can see her result above. We finished her treatment in only 5 months and she was walking away smiling and showing her teeth! Now that is a result.
If you’re interested in straightening your teeth, then call 01252 723 008. And see how we can help you.
Have you ever thought about why we are here on Earth? Is there more to life than this? What’s the meaning of life? (and no I don’t mean the Monty Python film!)
If those questions have ever crossed your mind than why not try Alpha?
The Alpha course is way of openly discussing the Christian faith. It’s designed for people who want to understand if there is a God and explore more about the meaning of life and Christianity.
Jubilee Church, in Farnham invite you to the Alpha supper on Wednesday 5th October at Weydon Christian Centre. It’s FREE, you’ll have a great meal and you’ll get a chance to meet other people who are looking to start the course too. There’ll be a small taster talk about the course and it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new people.
If you want to attend please contact Jubilee Church on this email address: email@example.com or visit the Alpha website HERE.
This is a great question. Last time we discussed what botulinum toxin is and where it comes from. As well as how it relaxes the muscle by stopping a special neurotransmitter being taken up, which in turn stops the muscle from contracting and forming wrinkles.
As the name states the botulinum is a toxin. So is it safe?
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin protein. Infection with the bacterium may result in a disease called botulism. The dose of botulinum toxin used for facial wrinkle softening is extremely small in comparison to the amount needed to cause a toxic effect.
Injections with botulinum toxin are generally well tolerated and side effects are few. As with ANY form of medication there are a number of effects that occur. There can be mild injection pain, localised redness at the injection site, slight inflammation, there may be a slight headache feeling later that day. The main adverse effect which can occur in 1-3 % of patients is a temporary unwanted action of the toxin on the wrong muscle group which can lead upper lid or brow ptosis. A Ptosis is a drooping of the upper eyelid or the brow. This can last 2-6 weeks and resolve back to normal.
To avoid ptosis a careful analysis of facial muscle movements is carried out by the clinician. This is why dentists often carry out botulinum treatment procedures as they have had extensive head and neck anatomy training that is required.
Botulinum toxin is contraindicated in patients with a pre existing motor neurone disease, myasthenia – gravis, Eaton- Lambert syndrome, neuropathies, history of reaction to toxin or albumin, pregnancy and breast feeding.
If you are interested, why not give us a call for a FREE consultation on 01252 723 008.
You may have read about this or know someone who has had it. If you want more info about it you’ve come to the right place.
Botox is actually a commercial brand name made by a company called Allergan. There are many other brands that contain exactly the same product. The ingredient in the product is a neurotoxin protein that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
There are 2 types: Botulinum toxin type A and type B. It has been used in medicine for many years for example treating upper motor neurone syndrome; hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating); chronic migraine and bruxism; bladder and bowel disorders; as well as widely used in cosmetic treatments.
Botulinum toxin is commonly used for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines.
In order for your muscles to contract the nerve endings release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) at the junction the nerve endings meet the muscle. This neurotransmitter causes the muscle to contract.
When injected in small concentrations in facial muscles, botulinum toxin works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching the muscles. The muscle therefore cannot contract and stays relaxed thereby reducing the skin wrinkle occurring.
How is botulinum treatment done?
Botulinum toxin is administered buy diluting the powder with a saline solution. The solution is then injected directly into the muscle. It takes a few days for the muscle to relax and by the 2nd week it will be at maximum affect. The effects can last for 3-5 months depending on each case.
Come back for more info on our new series of facial wrinkle softening. If you are interested why not give us a call on 01252 723 008 for a FREE consultation?
Is there more to life than this? Why are we here? Is there a God? What’s the meaning of life?
Have any of these questions ever crossed your mind? Would you like to explore these questions? The Alpha course may be just the thing for you.
The Alpha course is designed to help you explore these deep questions in a safe, open environment. It’s a 10 week course which helps you to explore the Christian faith.
It’s being held at the Weydon Christian Centre in Farnham, Surrey starting on Wednesday the 5th October at 7:30pm. Come along for the Alpha supper for some food and a chance to meet other people looking to start the course.
Have a look at this result! Charlotte came to see us because she didn’t like the way her top teeth were uneven and her canines looked very pointy. She also had spaces between her lower front teeth as she had a tooth extracted many years ago. This affected her confidence as she was always aware of it especially when she was having her photo taken. She was interested in adult orthodontics and after reading our Google reviews, she decided to see us for a free consultation.
We hear this type of story a lot at Time Dental. So we know what works and what’s going to give the best result. We talked through her options of using clear aligners or fixed clear brackets. She wanted to go for the fixed clear brackets as they worked the fastest to get to her end result. Her treatment time took only eight months. We also carried out some composite bonding on her lower front teeth to improve the shape of them. She was really pleased with result, and you can see why!
Clear fixed brackets for adult orthodontics are just that. The clear brackets are bonded to the teeth and tooth coloured wire is used to help gently move the teeth into the correct position. The reason why they work so fast is that we are only dealing with the front teeth. Once the teeth have been aligned we use retainers to stop the teeth from moving back and keeps them in their straight position.
Clear aligners was an alternative option for her but that would have taken about 14 months to achieve this result.
If you are interested, call us at Time Dental to see how we can help you.