As we get older in Birkenhead, we can tend to get rather set in our ways and the idea of lengthy treatment, such as having a brace fitted, can seem quick ridiculous at our time in life and we can be very reluctant to take on lengthy treatments later on in life. There are more pressing matters to spend our money on such as getting the car fixed, paying bills or decorating. But if you still have niggling problems with your teeth when you sleep at night, maybe there’s still time to take action. What if you could get those buck teeth finally sorted out in as little as 6 weeks. Well, with the Inman aligner, you can. It has a unique mechanism and design that can only work on the front teeth. Once fitted, a thin metal bar applies pressure to the outside of the teeth, whilst a small spring system applies an opposite pressure on the inside. This allows the teeth to be rocked backwards and forwards very quickly, moving them softly into place. Once the treatment is complete, a retainer should be worn to stop the process reversing itself, but this can be done at leisure until the teeth have settled. The Inman aligner boasts several advantages over other techniques. Firstly, it’s removable, allowing you to carry out the normal functions in life such as eating, brushing, socialising and kissing! Secondly, the speed of the treatment allows you to plan it around specific events in your social calendar. But finally, the price is also attractive, coming in at around £1400.
Archive for December, 2010
If you’ve lost a tooth in Bootle of late, chances are you’ll want to get it replaced sharpish, probably for vanity reasons. Depending where the tooth has gone missing, it can not only look unsightly, but cause other problems in the mouth with speech and chewing and in some cases, affect the shape of your face. But there are other more serious problems that losing a tooth can cause in the future. A gap such as this is a haven for trapping food, causing bacteria to build up- this can lead to further decay, infection and disease, and the surrounding teeth can start to move towards the hole that’s been left. One solution to this problem is a bridge; they are available in various shapes and materials depending on the position of your loss. If your tooth has been lost at the front of the mouth, you can get away with a porcelain replacement that can be matched in colour to the rest of your teeth. If however, the tooth is in a position where a lot of chewing is done, a stronger replacement is required, such as porcelain over metal or gold. There are three main types of bridge on the market. A Maryland bridge is a plastic tooth that is attached to the surrounding teeth with wires and covered with a resin bond- as is the cantilever bridge that is used when there is only one tooth to fix the bridge to. The most common however is where a false tooth or teeth are bonded to two crowns that are cemented onto the adjacent teeth that remain- in this case where two or three teeth need replacing, the fitting can be enhanced further by using an implant to anchor the bridge. Caring for a bridge is important. It will require an attentive cleaning regime and special cleaning tools, as well as regular oral hygiene, but if looked after, a bridge can last you up to 20 years and re-instate the beauty
If you’ve sit at home in Toxteth and are a fan of a certain human make-over programme, you’ve probably noticed that fixing the teeth is as important as fixing the body and one of treatments used on the show is a new technique for teeth whitening called Zoom. Having bad, ungainly looking teeth can in still a low level of confidence and self esteem in us just as having a bad body can, but if all it takes is an hour of bleaching at the dentist to restore that confidence back in your smile, then you should seriously consider Zoom. It’s the perfect treatment for deep, entrenched stains in the teeth and can also be used for treating stained crowns, partial dentures and even veneers. Prior to the process beginning, any signs of gum disease must be attended to first. Then it’s into the dentists chair for an hour to have your three quick bleaching treatments. The dentist will first protect your gums and lips with a cover to avoid any chance of damage from the bleach and the heat from the lamp. Then a bleaching gel is applied to the teeth and heated by a light to start the bleaching process. Further top-up treatments may be required in some cases and Zoom also offers a back up home kit too, but essentially, that’s it! That simple! And if that’s not fantastic enough consider the cost. Zoom comes in at around £400, depending on the depth of colour to your teeth that you want.
On Merseyside, as in the rest of the country, recognised cases of oral cancers are on the increase. There are considered to be many reasons behind this. We are considered to be a nation on the go, always busy with little time to worry about simple things like dental check-ups and oral hygiene, and this can lead to bad lifestyle choices such as poor diet, smoking and drinking. This has a knock on affect in the rest of the body such as stress and a weak immunity system that can leave us exposed to all manner of oral problems such as gum disease, ulcers and lesions leading to bad breath, tooth loss and possibly oral cancer. It’s important that we take charge of our lives and be able to spot the problems before they turn nasty. Regular contact with the dentist is paramount to catching oral cancer early on and this can be achieved with a simple cell and biopsy- tissue diagnosis of the mouth and throat. If this proves to be positive, further in-depth examinations will be carried out to determine the extent of the disease and then a course of treatment decided upon. It all sounds extremely scary, but as the level of technology increases in the field of cancer treatments, so does the success rate. Only by gaining a greater understanding of the problem, can we avoid it in the first place. Wouldn’t it be preferable to avoid such hefty treatments such as radiothereapy and physical surgery by taking control of how we treat our mouth in the first place, such as with, diet, smoking, drinking and good oral hygiene?
Mouth guards are used in a range of dental procedures, their most common application being for orthodontic practises such as Invisalign or Clearstep aligners, and home bleaching kits. They can also be used to treat teeth grinding (bruxism), in order to protect the ‘bite’ or occlusion of the jaws and/or joint disorders. But if we think of a mouth guard we would normally associate them with sports, like rugby, martial arts or boxing. If you’ve had a hard week at work in the Wirral, it’s often great to let your hair down at the weekend and more of us are turning to sport as our choice of leisure activity. Chances are though that the sport of our choice is going to involve some form of contact, so it might be wise to get some protection for the mouth. Mouth guards not only save the lips, teeth and gums from damage and prevent injury to the jaw and neck too, but they can also protect the mouth from injury led infections and expensive corrective treatments. There are essentially three types to choose. Top of the range is a bespoke guard made and shaped specifically for you. Further down the market is a thermo-plastic guard that is softened up by boiling and then moulded to the exact shape of the mouth. Finally, the more economical end of the scale is a guard bought off the shelf that can be trimmed to fit once you get it home. Playing sport can be invigorating, healthy and rewarding, getting a mouth guard can keep it that way.