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.
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape & appearance of a natural tooth.
Why would I need a crown?
Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken or have weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, including:
· you may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth.
· you may have had a root filling which may need a crown to protect what is left of the tooth.
· it may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
What are the different types of crowns?
Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials and new materials are continually being introduced. Some of the most popular options are listed below:
Porcelain bonded to precious metal– this is what most crowns are made from. A precious metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it.
Porcelain– these are made entirely out of porcelain and are not as strong as bonded crowns but they can often look very natural and are most often used for front teeth
All-ceramic– this modern technique offers a metal free alternative, which can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown. Therefore it is suitable for use in all areas of the mouth.
Gold Alloy– gold is one of the oldest filling materials, today it is used with other metal alloys to increase its strength, which makes it a very hardwearing restoration. These crowns are silver and gold in colour.
What is involved?
The dentist will prepare your tooth to the ideal shape for a crown by removing most of the outer surface, leaving a strong inner core. Once the tooth is shaped, impressions will be taken of your mouth. These impressions will then be sent to our laboratory where our technician will use them to construct the crown.
Once we receive the completed crown from our laboratory we will arrange for the crown to be fitted. Once you and your dentist are happy with the fit and appearance of the new crown it will be fixed in place with special dental cement or adhesive.
Does it hurt?
No. A local anaesthetic is used while preparing the tooth which should feel no different to having a normal filling.
How long does treatment take?
You will need to have at least 2 visits, the first for preparation and impressions, shade taking and fitting of the temporary crown and the second for fitting of the new crown. There will be between 10—14 days between these 2 appointments.
What will happen between visits?
At the first appointment after the dentist has taken impressions, a temporary crown will be made and placed by your dentist so that you can use this tooth while you wait for the permanent crown to be made.
Will the crown be noticeable?
The crown will be made to match your other teeth as closely as possible. The shade of the neighbouring teeth will be recorded to make sure that the colour looks natural and matches surrounding teeth.
What will it cost?
The cost of a crown will depend upon the type of crown and material used as well as other factors. A full written estimate will be given by your dentist.
What will happen if I don’t have a crown?
Teeth that have been weakened by decay, injury or those that have been subject to large fillings are no-longer strong enough to cope with normal biting forces and will continue to breakdown and ultimately fracture if left untreated.
Fractures will allow bacteria to enter the inner surfaces of the tooth causing an increased risk of decay and eventual tooth loss if left un-treated.
For more information please call us on 01425 615080 or click here to send us a question.
That moment when your child takes a knock to the face is a terrifying time but the best advice is to stay calm.
If a baby tooth gets knocked out there is no real urgency to do anything except provide comfort and support to your child who will likely be very upset.
Apply a cold compress to your child’s face to reduce any swelling and relieve pain. If there is any bleeding, have your child bite down on a clean cloth or a piece of gauze to apply pressure until the bleeding subsides. If your child appears to be in any pain you can give them the appropriate dose of child paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Baby teeth are very small and can easily be ingested or inhaled if they come out. If you think your child has swallowed the tooth and is having breathing difficulties you should go straight to A & E, otherwise don’t worry about finding the tooth (unless you want it as a keepsake) as it will be of no use to the dentist.
Baby teeth are not very deep rooted and your dentist is very unlikely to attempt to re-implant the tooth. A permanent tooth will be growing underneath and will eventually erupt to fill the space.
If you are concerned or need any reassurance call your dentist.
If an older child suffers a knock to the teeth and a permanent (adult) tooth is knocked out you should follow the same first aid advice above however you should try and find the tooth rinse it with milk, try to handle the tooth from the crown and avoid touching the root surfaces. DO NOT rinse the tooth with water or anything containing alcohol and don’t scrub the tooth to remove dirt. Once it has been rinsed try to put the tooth back in the socket and get the child to bite down on a clean cloth and make an emergency appointment with your dentist. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket you should store it in a small amount of milk or your child’s saliva until you can get to your dentist.
If you find yourself in this situation and don’t know what to do, try to call your dental practice who should be able to give you advise over the phone.
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