Imagine having lovely straight teeth

Wouldn’t it be great to look into the mirror and see a set of pearly whites that line up correctly? No twists, no leans, no teeth that couldn’t quite be bothered to come all the way out of the gum? Imagine seeing that image for the rest of your life instead of the jumbled mess you try not to look too hard at every time you brush your teeth.

Braces in ColchesterWell, that line-up of loveliness could be your teeth in just a few short months when you get braces in Colchester from us at Hello Dental, where we provide gentle care with advanced technology.

At Hello Dental, we have 2 great modern devices to straighten out mild to moderate misalignments. They are called Fastbraces and ClearCorrect. These are braces in Colchester that use innovative technology to realign your teeth.

Fastbraces

You’d think with a name like Fastbraces, this device must somehow straighten out your teeth more quickly than traditional bracket and wire braces, and you’d be right.

Fastbraces can realign your teeth in just 3-12 months. Traditional bracket and wire braces straighten the crowns of your teeth first and then pull the roots into position. Fastbraces completes both stages at once, moving the roots as well as the crowns from the first day of treatment. Because of the way Fastbraces act on the jawbone, it’s also possible to straighten teeth without resorting to extraction.

ClearCorrect

If you want to get your teeth straightened without having your braces on public display then ClearCorrect clear aligners may be the braces in Colchester for you.

Instead of brackets and wires, you receive a series of what look like very thin, transparent mouthguards. Inside each one is a progression of pressure points that press on the teeth to move them into their correct positions.

Retainers

Whichever device you use, when you have finished your treatment with braces in Colchester, you will need to wear a retainer for a while. This keeps the teeth in position while the bone and ligament settle down around them.

Why not come in for a free consultation? Call us now for an appointment.

What is gum disease?

Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease is used to describe a condition affecting the tissues that surround our teeth, the severity of the gum disease can depend on several factors. You may notice that something is not quite right with your gums if you experience bleeding after brushing your teeth, if this goes on for a while it is recommended that you see you visit your Dentist as soon as you can, and they will be able to find out what is going on. Bleeding gums is often a sign of inflammation caused by the bacteria present in plaque (the white/yellow stuff that builds up on our teeth). To reduce this inflammation, you will need to regularly remove the plaque from the teeth, including in between the teeth, this can be done with a good toothbrushing technique at least twice a day and interdental cleaning once a day (cleaning between the teeth), mouthwash is not an effective replacement for cleaning in between the teeth.

You may also need a visit to a Dental Hygienist to remove any hard deposits which will allow you to clean properly at home, the Hygienist will also give you tailored instructions on what to use and demonstrate exactly how to use it.

Not all gum disease is curable, but it is always manageable with advice and treatment from your dental team. The type and severity of gum disease is often determined by factors such as family history, medical history, smoking, diet and alcohol.

Hidden Sugars

What are hidden sugars?

When sugar is consumed too frequently, we can develop holes in our teeth known as tooth decay or dental caries. We all know that sweets and fizzy drinks are full of sugar, however hidden sugars are in foods and drinks that we don’t normally associate with being sugary.

Hidden SugarsFruit is a great example as it contains naturally occurring sugars, these sugars break down in our stomach and therefore the affect on the teeth is small. However, when fruits are dried or made into juices and smoothies the natural sugar becomes more harmful to the teeth as it is broken down in the mouth. Dried fruits such as raisins can be particularly harmful as they are also sticky and can stick to our teeth for long periods of time.

This doesn’t mean that you should avoid all dried fruits, fruit juices or smoothies as they are still a healthy option, it just means this it is best to have these at a mealtime rather than grazing on them throughout the day. The best way to look out for hidden sugars is to check the ingredients on the packaging of a product and look out for any words ending in ‘ose’ and you will be surprised at what you find! Try to stick to neutral foods in between mealtimes such as low fat cheese, pitta bread, hummus, carrot stick, celery, plain rice cakes and plain bread sticks and restrict the sugary snacks and drinks to mealtimes.

Using a fluoride toothpaste can also help to protect the teeth against decay, after brushing it is important to spit the toothpaste out but not rinse it away completely with water. The fluoride works best if it is left to soak into the tooth surface. Fluoride mouthwash can have its benefits, but it does not contain as much fluoride as toothpaste therefore it is only beneficial to use it at a completely separate time to toothbrushing. Also ensure your mouthwash is alcohol free as alcohol has been found to cause slightly changes to the skin in them mouth which can be associated with cancer.

Great reasons to check out braces in Colchester

Having a straight smile not only looks good, it is better for your teeth and helps them to last longer.

People don’t always appreciate that having treatment with braces in Colchester makes them easier to keep clean in the long-run, and therefore less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. When the teeth are lined up correctly, it is so much easier to clean around each one with your brush and dental floss.

Braces in ColchesterBraces in Colchester also get the teeth to act better as a team. They bear the forces of chewing and biting as a unified whole rather than just one or two taking the brunt of the pressure, and perhaps crumbling away because of it after a few decades of chewing.

Here at Hello Dental, we can straighten your teeth with fixed bracket and wire Fastbraces or with clear aligners from ClearCorrect.

Fastbraces

Fastbraces are bracket and wire braces but with a difference. They have a revolutionary design that means they can straighten your teeth more quickly, in just 3-12 months. The difference with Fastbraces is that they move the root of the tooth at the same time as the crown. Other fixed braces move the crown first and then the root.

ClearCorrect

These are great if you don’t want people to know you are wearing tooth straighteners. ClearCorrect uses clear aligner technology instead of brackets and wires. You get a series of very thin, clear plastic aligners that, like mouth guards, go over your teeth. Each aligner has carefully placed pressure points inside it that press on your teeth to move. It takes about a fortnight for each aligner to do its work and then you move onto the next one.

One of the big advantages of ClearCorrect aligners, apart from being virtually unnoticeable, is that you take them out for eating and cleaning. People find these aligners can therefore be a lot less hassle than fixed bracket and wire braces. Aligners aren’t suitable for every kind of misalignment though. Undescended teeth, for example, can’t be corrected with aligners.

Why not book a free consultation with us to find out which braces system is right for you?

Taking care of your denture

dentureHere at Hello Dental, Colchester we have many patients who wear a denture. We often get asked how best to look after them. It is important to regularly visit your dentist if you are a denture wearer, even if you have none of your own teeth, your dentist will check the fit of the denture and examine your soft tissues for any abnormalities. Dentures can be fragile so its always best to take care when removing them. If you have a full denture you should gently brush your gums with a soft toothbrush and water and if you have a partial denture you should clean the remaining teeth with your usual toothbrush and toothpaste. When it comes to brushing your denture, you should use a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft nylon denture brush to remove any remaining residue. Dissolve a suitable cleanser in a glass of water and soak your denture. Uses a cleanser can remove stain, kills bacteria and keeps them clean. Before placing your denture back in your mouth, be sure to rinse with water first. Some patients choose to use a denture adhesive to ensure their denture doesn’t move whilst eating or speaking. The benefits of an adhesive include the increased hold of your dentures, provides a seal to prevent food packing underneath and enable the wearer to feel confident in social situations. One of the questions we often get asked is how do I remove denture adhesive from my palate? The simple answer is with a toothbrush, gentle massage the palate with a wet toothbrush to remove the adhesive. If you find it is still present, you can use a mouthwash to try and dislodge the adhesive further.

Links between dental health and general health

‘The mouth is the window to the rest of the body’

Much research has been done and it has shown that poor dental health is linked with problems in other parts of the body.  These problems include:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimers/dementia
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Diabetes &
  • Respiratory disease

The link

The mouth contains bacteria which, if removed regularly through regular toothbrushing and flossing is harmless. However, when these bacteria are left to accumulate it can lead to tooth decay and inflammation of the gums known as gum disease. This inflammation can affect other parts of the body. The bacteria present in the mouth can also spread through the bloodstream into damaged areas of the heart or clogged arteries which can increase the likeliness of a cardiac event or a stroke.

There is a two-way link between diabetes and dental health. Diabetes reduces the bodies resistance to infection which makes infection from gum disease more likely and generally those with uncontrolled diabetes are more likely to suffer with more severe forms of the disease. Research has also shown that blood sugar levels are harder to control when gum disease is present which highlights the importance of keeping diabetes well controlled for the sake of your general and oral health.

Severe forms of gum disease can also cause pregnancy complications and lead to premature birth and low birth weight babies, pregnancy hormones can also increase bleeding gums therefore maintaining good dental health before, during and after pregnancy is vital.

Poor dental health has been linked with lung problems as bacteria in the mouth can congregate towards the back of the mouth and throat which can ultimately be inhaled into the lungs and cause irritation.

Finally links have been found between poor dental health Alzheimers and dementia as the bacteria present in severe gum disease has been found in the brains of those suffering with the condition.

How to keep your mouth and whole body healthy

  • Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, we recommend an electric toothbrush over a manual brush
  • Clean between the teeth once a day with floss or interdental brushes
  • Visit your Dentist as regularly as they recommend
  • Eat a diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol in excess
  • Exercise regularly

Composite Resin Bonding – what is it? And can I have it done at Hello Dental, Colchester?

Composite bonding is the process of applying a material called dental composite or composite resin to the teeth to improve the appearance and aesthetic.

Composite bonding is different from veneers. Veneers are made from porcelain and cover the whole front of a tooth. A veneer requires your tooth to be reduced to make room for the veneer and requires the services of a laboratory to make the veneer. Composite bonding can be done in one visit with the dentist and doesn’t require any laboratory intervention or fees. Composite bonding also doesn’t require your own tooth surface to be reduced as it would with a veneer. Although veneers have their place, for example, if a patient has damaged their own tooth, composite bonding gives a good result without the need for a second visit and reduction of your tooth surface.

Below is an example of composite bonding carried out by Neel, at Hello Dental. The upper four front teeth have had composite material applied to improve the appearance.

Composite Bonding Colchester

Here at Hello Dental, Colchester we offer composite bonding with all our dentists who all enjoy improving the aesthetic of your teeth and improving your smile.

We often get asked here at Hello Dental, Colchester are my teeth suitable for composite bonding?  Bonding is all about selecting the right patient for the procedure.  Not everyone is suitable, and your dentist will need to assess your mouth fully to determine whether you are suitable for the treatment. That said, most people are suitable for composite bonding. Please do not hesitate to ask at reception if this is something you would be interested in.

Do you suffer from frequent headaches, and or jaw pain?

Cerezen Appliance

Here at Hello Dental Colchester we can offer a solution, with the Cerezen appliance. Our dentists are full trained in assessing these common symptoms associated with clenching and grinding which are also related to TMD.

What is TMD?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. This what allows you to move your jaw to speak, to function and eat, and so on. Up to 12 percent of adults can suffer from regular headaches, jaw pain, and even chronic face pain, and these symptoms are frequently associated with Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).

What is a Cerezen appliance, and how does it work?

The Cerezen appliance is a unique, custom made medical solution that effectively treats symptoms such as Tension Headaches, jaw and facial pain, and helps to manage clenching and grinding habits, associated with TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) These can be worn throughout the day and even night. The Cerezen appliance uses custom made and discreet hollow inserts that fit in your ears. This appliance is a clinically effective, and safe to use treatment.

Self-confident smiles with braces in Colchester

If you look at pictures of celebs online or in magazines and wish you felt as confident as they looked, then it’s worth asking yourself what it is about them that seems to make them have so much self-confidence.

Braces in ColchesterYou may not be on TOWIE, but you can get that burst of confidence by mimicking some of the things that TOWIE celebs have done to improve the way they feel about themselves. One of the best investments you can make in your looks is not a new piece of clothing or hair colour, but getting a great smile, and great smiles start with lovely, well aligned teeth.

Very few of us are born with perfectly straight teeth. Most of us have some kind of mild misalignment issues that could do with being sorted out. Here at Hello Dental, we offer 2 different kinds of braces in Colchester that can quickly and effectively correct your teeth and so boost your self-confidence.

Braces in Colchester are not just about looks

If you are worried that getting braces in Colchester is just too vain, then you’ll be glad to know that having your teeth straightened won’t only make you look and feel great, it will also extend the life of your teeth.

Straighter teeth offer fewer hard-to-reach places for plaque to build up. Plaque damages teeth in 2 ways: it causes decay, which rots teeth, and it also causes gum disease, which loosens teeth and eventually makes them fall out.

Plus, teeth that are well aligned are able to work more as a team during eating, spreading the loads of the powerful forces created by chewing. With misaligned teeth, this load can fall on just a few teeth that, over years of chewing, can crumble away.

If you want your wonky teeth to last longer as well as look better, then you need braces in Colchester.

Braces at Hello Dental come in 2 forms. Fastbraces are fixed onto the teeth and are made of clear ceramic and tooth-coloured wire. They work to quickly straighten the teeth. ClearCorrect uses clear aligners that look more like mouth guards than braces.

Which one will work for you? Book a consultation to find out.

When should I start brushing my children’s teeth?

Here at Hello Dental, Colchester we often get asked when should I start brushing my children’s teeth? The simple answer is as soon as they come through. A baby’s first teeth usually erupt around 6 months. Up until 3 years of age you should be using only a smear of 1450ppm (parts per million) toothpaste as demonstrated in photo 1. Once a child reaches aged 3 then until 6 years of age a small pea-size blob of 14500ppm toothpaste, as seen in photo 2. After age 6 then a pea size blob can be used.

Brushing Teeth
We recommend a fluoride toothpaste to all our patients as per the Department of Health’s guidelines. Dental conditions such as dental decay and periodontal diseases can both be reduced by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride serves to prevent, control and arrest caries. In periodontal disease it is the action of brushing and physical removal of plaque which reduces the inflammatory response of the gums and improves gum health. The Department of Health document for delivering better oral health has published some principles that should be followed to maximise the preventive action of toothbrushing.

  • brushing should start as soon as the first primary tooth erupts
  • brushing should occur twice daily as a minimum – clean teeth last thing at night before bed and at least one other time each day
  • children under three years should use a toothpaste containing no less than 1,000 ppm fluoride
  • children under three years should use no more than a smear of toothpaste and must not be permitted to eat or lick toothpaste from the tube
  • family fluoride toothpaste (1,350-1,500ppm) is indicated for maximum caries control for all children except those who cannot be prevented from eating toothpaste
  • children between three and six years should use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste
  • children need to be helped or supervised by an adult when brushing until at least seven years of age and must not be permitted to eat or lick toothpaste from the tube
  • rinsing with lots of water or mouthwash after brushing should be discouraged – spitting out excess toothpaste is preferable
  • disclosing tablets can help to indicate areas that are being missed

if you have an questions regarding your children’s oral health please contact us where one of our staff here at Hello Dental, Colchester will be able to assist you.