What can I do about my sensitive teeth?

July 21st, 2016

what can i do about sensitive teeth? from Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

Most people have it at it some stage. You take a sip of ice cold water, you drink a cold orange juice, you have a cup of tea or you eat something sweet and you get a very focused sensitive spot on a tooth.  This is pretty common.

Why is there sensitivity?

Often sensitivity can result from the gums receding resulting in a layer of the tooth, called dentine, to be exposed. Dentine has thousands of tiny tubes that lead to the nerve in the middle of the tooth. These channels can be triggered when you have something hot, cold or sweet to eat.

Sensitivity can also occur if you have advanced tooth decay, if you grind your teeth, if you eat or drink lots of acidic foods and drinks and if you have gum disease.

What can be done about the sensitivity?

Well that depends on why the sensitivity occurs in the first place. As you can see from above there are multiple reasons why sensitivity happens. The best place to start is to see your dentist and explain where you have the sensitivity. The dentist can then assess the tooth, assess your dietary lifestyle and give an indication of why the sensitivity is happening in the first place. Once that’s established recommendations or treatment can be advised.

Let me give you a scenario: You see your dentist and tell him/her that you suffer from sensitivity around the gum line of one of your back teeth. On assessment the gum has receded in this area, there’s no sign of decay, you don’t drink or eat excessive citrus fruits or drinks, but you use a scrubbing action with a manual tooth brush. So in this instance switch to a soft headed electric/ manual tooth brush, giving advice on correct tooth brushing technique, use a toothpaste designed for sensitivity, and the dentist can place a special desensitising coating on the area that will help to keep everything under control.

If you suffer from sensitivity why not give us a call on 01252 723 008

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Summer teeth whitening offer ends soon….

July 13th, 2016

teeth whitening before at Time Dental in farnham, surreyteeth whitening after at Time Dental in farnham, surrey

Time Dental in Farnham have been running a very popular teeth whitening offer. Half price professional teeth whitening offer ends on the 31st July. So you’d better get your skates on!

Check out the pictures above. Sam came to see us because she was unhappy with her crooked teeth as well as the colour. She had a wedding coming up and wanted to freshen up her smile so she would look great for the wedding. After completing the teeth alignment we also used the Time Dental professional teeth whitening package for her smile, which made it brighter which meant she felt confident when she was smiling for the pictures.

Time Dental uses the gold standard of professional teeth whitening. So if you feel unhappy with the colour of your teeth, if its made you self conscious about smiling, if you hide your teeth when you smile, then you want come see us for a FREE consultation before July 31st.

What have you got to lose? Nothing, but what you’ll gain is a whole load of confidence. Just imagine what you could do with that!

Time Dental will guarantee you a brighter smile. You can’t say better than that. You’d better hurry to take advantage of the offer, it ends on the 31st July.

At your consultation Dr Rashid will assess the colour of your teeth and take a series of photos. He’ll also give you an indication of the results you will achieve and make sure that the teeth are suitable for whitening. Once that has been completed he’ll take moulds of your teeth so that we can construct your bespoke custom fit teeth whitening trays. We use the gold standard method for teeth whitening as it gives the best results.

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An amazing adult braces result you just have to see…

July 6th, 2016

before adult braces at Time Dental in Farnham, Surreyafter adult braces at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

This lovely lady came to see me at Time Dental as she was recommended by a friend of hers who had just had adult braces. You can see what her main problem was: very crowded teeth and at different heights.

All she wanted to do was be able to smile without having to hide her teeth. She was keen on getting the treatment completed as fast as possible. We went through all her options and she just wanted the treatment that would be best for her.

In this complex case the best and most effective way was fixed clear brackets. These are carefully and precisely bonded to the teeth and because they are fixed they provide a fast result.

Alot of people ask if the teeth move so much does the adult braces hurt? The answer is it is uncomfortable for the first couple of weeks, then after that your teeth and mouth get used to the braces. The secret is that when only very gentle pressure is used the teeth move very quickly.

Only nine months later and check out the result!

After we finished the teeth straightening we carried out some professional teeth whitening to really show off her smile. Now that is a fantastic transformation. Not only to her smile but also to her confidence. She’s constantly smiling, she’s walking tall with her head held high. It really is humbling to see such a huge transformation in a person. I see it as a privilege to be part of her journey.

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

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What does adult orthodontic braces look like?

June 30th, 2016

clear fixed braces at Time Dental in Farnham, SurreyInvisalign at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

 

At Time Dental we have different orthodontic options for different situations. Check out the pics above. This gives you an idea of how discreet a couple of the options are.

Clear aligners is a very discreet way of straightening your teeth (have a look at the photo on the right). Each aligner is worn for 2 weeks and is only taken out when eating or having a hot drink. It’s also very easy to clean your teeth. However due to the way the aligners work they do have limitations on what situations they are used for. They can also take twice as long to achieve your end result. Very careful planning is required by your dentist at the treatment planning stage.

Clear fixed braces is also a very popular choice. As you can see from the photo on the left, its relatively discreet. Although cleaning your teeth is slightly harder, your hygienist and dentist will be able to give you the best techniques to keep your teeth and gums clean. The big advantage is that more complex cases can be completed in a shorter time frame (average cases finish in 6-10 months!)

The questions that you need to ask yourself are these: “How quickly do you want to get your new smile?”

If its as fast as possible then go for the clear fixed brackets.

and: Do I want to have it as discreet as possible even if it takes longer to complete?”

If this is important to you then clear aligners is for you, as long as your case is suitable.

The best thing to do is see us at Time Dental for your complimentary consultation, and we can advise you how to go about it.

If you’re interested call us on 01252 723 008 to see how we can help you.

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Jubilee Church, Farnham wins top Farnham Carnival prize

June 29th, 2016

Jubilee Church wins Farnham carnival top prize

Yes that is Dr Rashid in the right of that picture with an x-wing hat on his head!

Jubilee Church, Farnham walks away with 2 awards this year! Best in Group and Best in Show!

The theme of the Carnival this year was Disney, superheros and fairy princesses. Jubilee Church had a great idea thinking out of the box with a display of a space battle from Star Wars. Those of you may know that Disney bought the rights for Starwars. So it was a very unique entry!

The display included a full size Tie- fighter, a Death star and lots of x-wings, tie-fighters and even the Millennium Falcon! Each costume was hand made by individuals and families of Jubilee Church in Farnham.

The level of detail to the costumes were of an excellent standard. The only thing that could have ruined the display was the rain!

Fortunately the rain held off from the judging stage as well as the actual parade. The streets were full with families applauding the winners. Great fun had by all.

Well done to the clever design team by Sara and Anna. You’ve set the bar very high this year. What are you going to come up with next time?

 

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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