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Did you know you can trial your smile before you go for treatment?

shutterstock_347846501Have you ever wondered what you’d look like and how you’d feel if you had a perfect smile? If you’re thinking of having cosmetic dental treatment or you’ve always wanted a Hollywood-style smile, we can show you the results of treatment before you make a decision about whether or not to take the plunge. Using a trial smile technique, we can show you images of what your smile could look like, enabling you to see the difference treatment can make before you agree to go ahead.

The benefits of a trial smile

It can be really hard to conjure up an image of how your smile will look based on galleries of photos of other people or descriptions provided by dentists. With the trial smile, you can gain a much better insight into the difference treatment could make to you. When you’ve got the images in front of you, it’s a lot less difficult to envisage your new smile and this should make it easier to decide whether or not you wish to have treatment.

We can use a trial smile for Lumineers and Emax porcelain veneers. If you’re interested in Lumineers, we can show you designs drawn up by experts at the Lumineers Lab in California. We can work with you to try out different veneers options, customise your smile and ensure you understand the benefits of treatment before you give the green light and we start work on your new, bespoke smile.

If you’re thinking about having veneers, but you’re not sure whether to go for it or not, the trial smile is a really useful resource, which could help you to make a decision. With this option, you get the chance to see exactly what you can expect if you choose to have treatment. If you’re interested in veneers and you’d like to learn more about trial smiles or different veneer options, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Mystery Lung Disease Is 23 Times More Likely to Affect Dentists

The Centres for Disease Control have reported a surprisingly high proportion of people suffering from a rare lung disease are dentists or dental technicians. Over a 16 year reporting period, 9 out of 894 patients (roughly 1%) that were treated for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) were dentists or other dental technicians, which was 23 times higher than the expected figure, which has the potential to shed light on what causes the disease, which is a chronic lung disease with a very low survival rate.

Seven of the 9 dentists had already died prior to publication of the report.

This suggests that environmental factors could be responsible for a disease which currently very little is known about. As dentists are exposed to a variety of risk factors, including silica particles, plaster, dust, tooth and bodily particles from drilling, as well as viruses and bacteria from a number of patients.

The disease causes progressive scarring of lungs, similar to the damage to the lungs caused by smoking. The average age of the dentists affected was 64, which suggests they could have been practising dentistry without exercising the safety precautions that are expected of more modern dentists.

Whilst the news could be concerning to the millions of dentists working around the world, one comfort is that modern practices regarding dentist safety, including ventilation standards, masks, occupational safety and delegation to laboratories with stringent safety requirements means that the likelihood is this figure will go down over the next several decades. However, it is a reminder of the long-term hazards dentists undergo, and may perhaps shed light on a rare condition with unknown causes and a high risk of causing death.

Parents urged to swap painkillers for dental visits for children with toothache

shutterstock_316266965Parents have been urged to swap painkillers for dental visits after it emerged that only a third of children see a dentist for dental pain.

Research conducted by a team at Queen Mary University London found that only a third of children are seeing a dentist for tooth pain, with many parents giving their children painkillers or taking them to a GP surgery or even Accident and Emergency departments instead.

The new study showed that parents were using other NHS services rather than going to the dentist for dental pain. Only a third of children who were given pain relief medication for oral pain at community chemists across London had seen a dentist before going to their GP or visiting a pharmacy or hospital department.

Dentists and public health experts are worried that parents are not making use of dental services, which is costing the NHS millions of pounds a year and resulting in children needing complex treatment later on. Pain relief doesn’t treat the root cause, and children who have decayed or infected teeth require procedures that eliminate the cause and prevent the need for further treatment, which can only be provided by trained dentists. If problems are left to fester, this can increase the risk of children ending up in hospital needing extraction under general anaesthetic. The research team estimated the annual cost to the NHS at £2.3 million.

In light of the findings, dentists and health experts have urged parents to take their children to the dentist every 6 months and to consult dental professionals if their child has symptoms or issues between appointments. NHS dental care is available free of charge and most practices offer an out-of-hours service during evenings and weekends.

Did You Know You Can Have Braces That Are Practically Invisible When You Smile?

shutterstock_155175200Are you apprehensive about having braces because you’re worried about how you’ll look? Have you put off having treatment in the past because you didn’t want to wear visible braces? Do you dream of being able to have a gorgeous smile without any anxiety related to your image or what others think? If so, we have amazing news for you! We offer an array of invisible treatment methods, which can transform the appearance of your smile without a trace.

Our invisible braces

We are proud to offer an extensive selection of discreet braces right here in London. Our treatment options include

Invisalign: Invisalign is a very popular orthodontic system, which uses specially crafted clear aligners to align the teeth. These aligners are made from high-grade plastic and they slide onto the teeth. Every patient is given a series of bespoke braces, and each aligner is worn for 2 weeks. The aligners use gentle forces to reposition the teeth. Invisalign aligners are removable and they cannot be seen when you smile. You can choose from Invisalign, Invisalign Lite for minor cases and Invisalign Teen for younger patients.

Simpli5: Simpli5 is another clear aligner system, which uses a set of five customised aligners to correct misalignment. The aligners are worn for 2-4 weeks, giving you a stunning smile in just 10-20 weeks. This treatment is ideally suited to patients who have mild orthodontic issues that affect the front teeth.

Lingual braces: lingual braces are fixed braces, which are a perfect option for patients seeking secret treatment. Lingual braces are fixed to the back of the teeth, making them invisible when you smile. Our lingual braces include STb Light and STb Social 6. Both these treatments work very quickly to eliminate minor problems that involve the front teeth.

If you’re looking to undergo secret tooth straightening treatment, why not give us a call today? We have some fantastic treatment options available and we’re confident that we can find the ideal match for you.

New study links increased enamel erosion risk with fruit tea consumption

shutterstock_140870710Fruit teas and flavoured water have become very popular in recent years, as people seek healthier alternatives to fizzy drinks, but a new study has warned that these options may not be quite as good for us as anticipated.

Researchers from King’s College London carried out a study to ascertain the effects of drinking fruit teas and flavoured water on a regular basis. The team found that sipping on these drinks, especially between meals, increased the risk of enamel erosion.

During the trial period, researchers analysed the dietary habits of 300 people who suffered from significant enamel wear and found that fruit teas, juices, cordials, diet drinks and flavoured water all contributed to acid erosion. The drinks are particularly harmful when held in the mouth or swished around the teeth.

Lead author, Dr Saoirse O’Toole, from the Dental Institute at King’s College, said that holding acidic liquids in the mouth or nibbling bits of fruit over a period of time can cause significant damage to the tooth enamel.

The research team discovered that people who drank water with a slice of lemon and fruit teas twice a day between meals were up to 11 times more likely to experience enamel erosion. The figure was 50 percent lower when drinks were consumed at mealtimes.

The report also revealed that sugar-free drinks were equally harmful in terms of acid erosion as full-sugar versions and the study identified vinegar and pickled foods as risk factors for enamel wear.

Russ Ladwa, from the British Dental Association, recommended finishing drinks in one go rather than sipping between meals, swapping acidic drinks for water and using a straw to minimise the impact.

Are you getting tooth care all wrong?

shutterstock_564882475Even if you clean your teeth twice a day, every day, there’s a chance that you’re not doing it right. There’s an art to brushing, and certain habits can prevent you from achieving the clean you want. To improve dental health and optimise results, dental experts have shared some common myths and helpful tips.

Brushing after eating

You may assume that the sooner you brush your teeth after eating, the better, but cleaning your teeth immediately after eating can actually do more harm than good. When you eat, your enamel softens temporarily and brushing at this point can cause it to become worn and thin. Consultant in dental public health, Derek Richards, urges patients to wait at least 10 minutes to brush after eating or drinking.

Rinsing after brushing

Many people rinse as part of their brushing routine. It comes naturally to clean your teeth, rinse and then spit. There’s nothing wrong with this pattern, but you could benefit more from skipping the rinsing step. When you rinse, this can wash away the fluoride, which is added to toothpaste to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Tooth whitening

You may think that white teeth are healthy teeth, but don’t be tempted to treat yourself to a whitening treatment that is provided by somebody without dental qualifications. Whitening is widely available at beauty salons, but this is actually illegal. Always make sure you see a registered dentist if you want whiter, brighter teeth.

Brushing takes time

Professor Damien Walmsley recently got involved in a discussion about whether you wet your brush head before cleaning or not. Some people on twitter were passionate about dampening the bristles beforehand, but Prof Walmsley, an adviser for the British Dental Association, said that all that matters is that people brush for two minutes twice a day (once before bed) using fluoride toothpaste. It doesn’t matter whether the brush is wet or dry, sticking to the basics is much more important.

Next time you go to brush your teeth, think about your daily habits and see if they need a little modification.

BBC report highlights dangers of cheap, illegal whitening treatments

shutterstock_575385391A BBC report has highlighted the dangers of cheap, illegal whitening treatments available in the UK.

Undercover investigations revealed some alarming experiences, including a beautician who was using chemicals containing 25% hydrogen peroxide. This is more than four times the legal hydrogen peroxide content for products used by trained, registered dental professionals.

The report showed that there are illegal operations throughout the country, and suggested that many people are unaware that the treatment they receive is not legal. As a customer, if you saw an advert in a beauty salon window, you’d probably assume that the salon is a perfectly safe place to have treatment, but in reality, whitening of this kind is illegal in the UK. According to EU legislation, whitening treatment, a dental service, can only be provided by qualified dentists who are registered with the General Dental Council. The report stated that consumers are facing potentially severe injuries, including burns, as a result of being treated by people who aren’t highly skilled or trained, and being exposed to treatments that aren’t approved for use.

Many people are lured in by special offers and lower prices, but consultant in restorative dentistry, Martin Ashley, said that there are major risks involved with undergoing treatment administered by untrained practitioners. Dentists are regulated rigorously and this kind of monitoring protects patients. When you see a dentist, you can also enjoy peace of mind that they have experience in this field and that they can act quickly to resolve any problems in the unlikely event that there are side-effects or complications.

Anyone who is interested in having tooth whitening is encouraged to see their dentist and the General Dental Council is also urging patients who have been treated by non-dentists or come across illegal providers to contact them. The GDC has already prosecuted several individuals for providing illegal whitening treatment, and this is an area in which they are clamping down.

Did You Know Baker Street Dental Can Boost Your Smile for Valentine’s Day?

shutterstock_529070848It’s that time of year again when we all try and spread a little love. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be excitedly planning perfect date outfits or wondering how you can make sure you look and feel your best. If you’re keen for your smile to steal the show, why not pay us a visit? We have a range of incredible, fast-acting treatments that are capable of transforming your smile in perfect time for the 14th February.

How we can boost your smile

We have a range of treatments available for those who are hoping to show off a sparkly, shiny smile for Valentine’s Day. Some of our best options include:

Cosmetic bonding: if you have chipped teeth, worn or uneven edges or gaps between your teeth, we can create a healthier looking, more attractive smile in less than an hour. Using a technique called cosmetic bonding, we can alter the shape of the individual teeth, repair chips and close gaps between the teeth to produce a stunning smile. There’s absolutely no pain involved and you can enjoy the results straight away. Your dentist will use dental composite, a tooth-coloured material that blends seamlessly with the natural teeth, to reshape and repair your teeth.

Tooth whitening: tooth whitening is an ideal option for those who are keen to unveil a radiant smile for Valentine’s Day. Whitening is a safe and pain-free solution for those who want a brighter, whiter smile. We recommend home whitening as a simple and convenient treatment option, which fits in with your daily schedule. All you have to do is wear bespoke whitening trays for around 6 hours per day for 10-14 days. You should notice a difference from the beginning and by the time you finish, your smile will look amazing.

If you long to showcase a spectacular smile for Valentine’s Day, why not get in touch with us today?

Researchers support the provision of preventative dental care in early stage dementia

shutterstock_553352002Researchers have backed the use of preventative dental care in the early stages of dementia, suggesting that it reduces the risk of more severe dental health problems as the disease progresses.

Robert Emmanuel, from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said that dementia has a major impact on lifestyle habits and this can affect oral health. As dementia develops, it can affect the diet and the ability to maintain a good oral hygiene routine, both of which are likely to have a negative impact on oral health. Mr Emmanuel, a special care dentist who has expertise in treating patients with late-stage dementia, said that it’s very common for patients to encounter complex oral health problems and often, these issues are untreatable.

Mr Emmanuel and his research colleague, Anne Sorensen, from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, surveyed more than 50 patients who had been diagnosed with dementia. They found that patients received dental treatment, but there was a lack of preventative measures on offer. It was uncommon for patients to be offered advice about their diet and oral hygiene tips and most had not been offered fluoride varnish treatment, which helps to strengthen the enamel and reduce the risk of cavities.

Mr Emanuel said that providing preventative care at an early stage could help to eliminate more serious dental issues later on and this would improve health and wellbeing. If patients are given the right information and support, they can use this to boost their dental health and reduce the risk of developing issues that cannot be treated or managed.

Five Reasons Why Retainers are So Important after Orthodontic Treatment

shutterstock_780480697If you’ve had orthodontic treatment, we strongly recommend using retainers once your braces have been removed. Here are 5 good reasons why retainers are so important for orthodontic patients:

  1. Results maintenance: if you’ve got a stunning new straight smile, the last thing you want is for the good work to be undone. Wearing retainers helps to keep the teeth in position, enabling you to enjoy the amazing results of your treatment for longer.
  2. Prevention of movement: the job of a retainer is to hold the teeth in their new position and prevent movement. If the teeth continue to move, this can affect the alignment of the arches and the bite.
  3. Lower chance of relapse: if your teeth slip once you’ve had your braces removed, this is known as relapse. By maintaining the position of the teeth, the retainer can help to prevent relapse. The outcome is a beautiful smile that will stand the test of time.
  4. Lower cost: orthodontic treatment can be expensive and if you need to have further treatment as a result of the teeth moving, the total cost of treatment could be significantly higher. Wearing retainers could help to save money in the long-term.
  5. Reduced chance of needing repeat treatment: when you’ve worn braces for months or years, you probably don’t want to think about having to wear them again. With retainers, you can dramatically reduce your chances of needing repeat treatment further down the line.

If you have any questions about retainers or you’d like more information about how they work or why you need them, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

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