We are very pleased to announce that we have invested in a new diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of sleep apnoea.
We are now able to offer our patients this simple and effective home sleep study allowing us to accurately diagnose and treat sleep apnoea.
If you regularly snore there is a good chance you are at a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnoea which is a serious condition that can have major implications on your health.
Visit our snoring & sleep apnoea pages to find out more.
If you are concerned about snoring and/or sleep apnoea or you'd like to arrange a sleep study please contact us.
What is Six Month Smiles?
Have you considered orthodontic or teeth straightening treatment but been put off by the prospect of wearing braces or aligners every day for up to three years? Now there is an answer for those wanting a quick fix for their crooked smile – the revolutionary 6-Month Smiles treatment.
Six-Month Smiles can be used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic complaints, including:
· Crowding - teeth are too close together
· Spacing - gaps between teeth
· Overbite - teeth overlap too much
· Overjet - front teeth stick out
· Underbite - lower teeth stick out
· Crossbite - teeth bite the opposite side
· Openbite - your teeth do not meet when you bite
What are the benefits?
The main benefits of the 6-Month Smiles system are: · The wires are discreet and tooth-coloured.
· Treatment time is reduced by up to 75%.
· Discomfort is kept to a minimum, as the teeth are gently repositioned.
· Cost is around half that of traditional braces.
How long does it take?
The treatment takes on average 5—12 months. The length of your treatment will be determined by the complexity of your individual case.
What does the treatment involve? During your first visit, you will be fully assessed and your dentist will take some photographs, X-rays and examine your smile. Your dentist will also give you an indication as to whether the 6-Month Smiles treatment is suitable for you and the likely treatment time and costs involved.
On your second visit, 3 weeks later, you will be fitted with the special 6-Month Smiles braces, which are small, white brackets, and special wires that come directly from the 6-Month Smiles laboratory in the United States.
After your first fitting, you will visit your dentist every 4-5 weeks for 45minute—1 hour appointments for regular adjustments of your braces until the end of your treatment.
Does it hurt?
Like any orthodontic treatment, there will be some discomfort when you start the treatment, but over time you will become accustomed to it. What sets the 6-Month Smiles braces apart is that they use low force to move teeth more comfortably. 6-Month Braces utilise standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite. It may be advisable to take some mild painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol during the first few days of your treatment.
How much does it cost?
Six Month Smiles treatment at Birchfield Dental Practice starts from £2,000 per arch.
This can be spread over 6-12 months interest free (subject to status)
Other payment options
We appreciate that interest free credit may not be for everyone so we also offer a variety of other payment options including:
The above payment methods require full payment at the commencement of treatment.
Once treatment has started fees are non-refundable.
BOOK A FREE, NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION TO DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS AND FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR PERFECT SMILE! CALL 01425 615080 or CLICK HERE TO START YOUR STRAIGHT TEETH JOURNEY TODAY.
Do you worry about bad breath?
Here are a few helpful tips to ensure your breath stays as fresh as possible at all times!
1. Change your toothbrush
We recommend a new toothbrush at least every 3 months. Bacteria build up on toothbrushes and using a worn out toothbrush will not only be less effective at removing those 'bad breath' causing bugs but it may actually increase their numbers in your mouth!
2. Scrape your Tongue
Using a tongue scraper/tongue cleaner can dramatically improve your oral health and consequently your breath. Bacteria accumulate on the tongue and can cause bad breath. By using a tongue cleaner everyday you will minimise the bacteria and improve your breath!
3. Stay hydrated
Good hydration helps improve saliva production which is your body natural defence against bad breath causing bacteria. As well as the many health benefits drinking more water will go along way to improving your breath.
4. Floss Regularly
By flossing or using inter-dental brushes you will remove the bacteria between the teeth where you toothbrush can't reach thus reducing the number of bacteria and therefore making your breath fresher!
5. Chew Gum
Sugar free chewing gum is a great way to keep your breath fresh and may also help keep your teeth healthy. Chewing gum stimulates saliva production which helps protect the teeth from bacteria.
Using a mouthwash can help with bad breath, there are a number of specialist products on the market that are specifically aimed at improving bad breath. Be careful to avoid those containing alcohol.
7. See your Hygienist
Regular hygiene visits and following your hygienists advice is the best defence against bad breath and will definitely keep your breath fresher!
Will I have to wear metal braces?
NO! Most cosmetic straightening options use clear technology to make them as discreet and as invisible as possible.
How long will my treatment take?
Cosmetic straightening usually takes between 6 weeks and 6 months, how fast the treatment works will depend on how much movement is needed and in some cases how compliant you are with wearing any removable appliances will determine the speed of treatment. If you are having veneers you can expect the process to take between 4-6 weeks.
Will it hurt to have my teeth straightened?
Cosmetic straightening treatments work by gently moving the teeth. This process is not painful at all however some patients do report minor discomfort whilst their mouth adapts to an appliance. Veneers require a more invasive approach so you will need to have an injection however this should be relatively painless.
Will my teeth stay straight after treatment?
ANY orthodontic treatment needs to be retained. When teeth move away from their ‘natural’ position they will gradually drift back into place if no retainer is worn. All our cosmetic straightening treatments benefit from retention whether in the form of a removable appliance or a bonded retainer that is fixed to the back of your teeth. If you stop using a retainer your teeth will relapse and your straight smile will be lost. Veneers generally last around 8-10 years if cared for correctly after which you may need to replace them.
How long do I need to wear a retainer once my treatment is complete?
If you wear a removable retainer, this is usually worn full time for 6 months, every night for 6 months and every other night thereafter or for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight. You can also opt for a bonded retainer that is fixed to the back of your front teeth, that way you never forget to wear it!
How can I pay for my treatment?
Cosmetic straightening is very affordable compared to other cosmetic dental procedures. We can offer 0% finance (subject to status) to help patients spread the cost of treatment over 6, 10 or 12 months. We are also happy to stage payments over the course of treatment for those patients that don’t want to take out finance.
Tooth loss can occur due to a variety of reasons whether it be decay, gum disease or trauma and living with missing teeth can hugely effect your self-esteem and confidence and can lead to the inability to smile and live life to its full.
Replacing missing teeth is actually more straight forward that you might think and it need not cost you the earth. There are now various options for replacing missing teeth and there is usually a solution to suit all needs and budgets.
To find out more about the options for replacing missing teeth get in touch to arrange your no-obligation consultation.
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