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The pros and cons of veneers

July 24th, 2018

One of the most requested treatments here at S10 are, without doubt, dental veneers. Known to be the cosmetic dentistry treatment of choice for Hollywood stars, veneers have been around for quite some time, and are not going away any time soon.

The addition of veneers can achieve a true smile makeover, giving those who have lived with unsightly teeth the smile of their dreams in just a couple of visits. Here, we’ll take a look at what veneers are all about, what your options are and some of the pros and cons of veneers you should consider when deciding whether this treatment is for you.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin flakes of specialised ceramic, used to cover the front surface of your tooth. They are used to tackle chips, cracks, discolouration and other aesthetic issues in teeth, replacing your damaged tooth surface with a shiny new one. They are a quick and easy solution to unsightly teeth, giving you a beautiful smile in an instant.


Types of veneers

Not all veneers are made equal, and understanding the different types is your first step towards selecting the right product for your needs. Here in the UK, the most popular types of veneers include:

  • Composite: A resin-based veneer, cheaper to fit and often available in just one visit. Can be less durable than other materials.
  • Palatal: Applied to the back of your teeth, these are more about strength than appearance. Can be made from gold, porcelain or composite, these strengthen eroded teeth from behind to prevent further wear.
  • Lumineers: Super thin and super strong, these are as durable as porcelain veneers but do allow the process to be reversed if you change your mind. However, they do have a track record of detaching or of being so thin that the issues with the tooth underneath still show through.
  • Porcelain: The most popular choice for decades and still an effective solution today, porcelain looks natural, is very strong and last for years. The main downside is the need to reshape the tooth underneath.

So, you can see there are various pros and cons of veneers of different materials, which you should take into consideration when choosing the product that’s right for your teeth.

Getting veneers

If you decide to get dental veneers, you will need to visit your dentist twice. On the first visit, they will discuss your objectives with you and will explain prices and the procedure in detail. They will need to understand your issues with your teeth and smile, so that they can work towards an effective correction.

While you are at this first visit, the dentist will numb your teeth and gums and will shave a thin layer of tooth surface away, to create a perfect surface for your veneers. This thin layer will be replaced with the veneer once it has been made. They will then take an impression of your teeth to send away and have your custom veneers manufactured.

When your veneers are ready, you will be invited back to have them fitted. You can discuss the colour and shape of the veneers before they are cemented into place. Once you are happy with the product, your dentist will bond them to your teeth using dental cement.

It’s important that you recognise the pros and cons of veneers before you go ahead and book your treatment, as a balanced view is crucial to something as important as this.


·         Pros of veneers

Veneers look very natural, and can be colour matched to suit your natural tooth colour

They can be applied in just two visits

Veneers improve the strength of the teeth underneath

The finished look can be tailored to your personality; aggressive, feminine, super white or more natural… the choice is yours


·         Cons of veneers

Your own teeth have to be shaped, so the procedure is not reversible

They can be expensive compared to other cosmetic treatments

They will wear over time and require replacement in 15 – 20 years

Some clients experience increased sensitivity after the procedure

So, as you can see, there are a number of pros and cons of veneers to consider when you’re deciding if this treatment is right for you. If you have any concerns about anything we’ve raised here, our team will be happy to discuss it in more detail with you.

So, are veneers worth it?

Now you know all the pros and cons of veneers, do you think it’s a treatment you’d like to have? Speaking from experience, we know that this type of treatment can literally change the lives of people who have it. Instead of having to live with damaged teeth, deep stains or an ugly smile, in just a couple of sessions our clients can enjoy beautiful, Hollywood smiles for the first time.

We’ve see first hand just how much dental veneers can improve confidence, self-respect and happiness. If you are unhappy with your own smile, talk to our expert dentists today to discover just how easy it can be to get the gorgeous smile you’ve always wanted.

At what age should you get braces? A guide to the best time for orthodontics

July 14th, 2018

When we think about braces, the image that usually springs to mind is the embarrassed teen with a face full of acne and a mouth full of metal, but this is not always the case. People from as young as seven to as old as 67 have been known to use braces to correct problems with their bite, so if you’re wondering what age is best to get braces, you can be confident that you’re never too old to benefit.

Although there is no right or wrong age to get braces, it’s certainly more common in younger people. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about getting braces, and what age is ideal for you or your child.


At what age can you tell if your child needs braces?

If you’ve already had an inkling that your child may need braces, you’re probably wondering when the best time would be to visit the orthodontist. Your child’s mouth is constantly changing, with new teeth emerging and the shape of the jaw altering as they grow. Your dentist will usually refer you on to an orthodontist if they agree they could benefit from braces, but some of the most common signs of needing this treatment include:

  • Unusual loss of baby teeth; later or earlier than expected, or in a very irregular way
  • Problems eating caused by issues chewing or biting down
  • A long habit of sucking fingers or thumbs, or using a dummy for many years
  • Teeth that look crooked, overcrowded or misplaced
  • Frequent biting of the inside of the cheek, tongue or the roof of the mouth
  • Teeth that don’t meet properly or meet in an unusual way
  • Jaws that click while chewing or are particularly recessed or protruding

Orthodontic treatment doesn’t often happen before the age of around nine, but if your child is experiencing any of these problems at a young age, you don’t have to wait to see an orthodontist. Even if they mostly have their baby teeth, there is still the potential for corrective treatment to benefit them when they are very young.


The perfect age for braces?

The ideal age to have braces fitted will depend greatly on the individual and the issues they are experiencing. As a general rule, orthodontists won’t look to fit braces until around the ages of nine to 14, when there are at least some permanent teeth in the jaw. Ideally, braces will not be fitted until the 12-year molars are through, also known as the second molars, which usually erupt around the ages of 11 to 13.

If your child is experiencing severe problems but doesn’t yet have their 12-year molars, there are ways in which your orthodontist can start to correct teeth alignment without waiting for the baby teeth to fall out. This type of treatment is only for the most drastic of cases and can include the use of dental appliances and some braces to adjust adult teeth while waiting for the primary teeth to fall out.

For teens and pre-teens getting braces, the thought of having a metal filled mouth can be very off-putting. However, there are ways to benefit from braces without any embarrassment too. These days you can choose from invisible braces, which really can hardly be seen at all, or rear mounted braces placed on the inside of your teeth. The Inman aligner offers a high-speed treatment process, so you won’t have to wear braces for months and months, or you can make a statement with customised braces in your favourite colours.


Can adults get braces?

If you’re wondering is there an age limit to getting braces, the simple answer is ‘no’. As with many things in life, the earlier you can start treatment, the more effective it’s likely to be, but there is no upper age limit for getting braces. Although we see most changes in the mouth during childhood, adults can experience changes that cause problems with their bite too, such as after losing a tooth or experiencing trauma to the face or mouth.

Of course, it could just be that you weren’t offered braces at a young age, but now are concerned about your appearance or the health of your teeth and want to investigate your options. Take comfort from the fact that around one in five people who come to us for braces are over the age of 18, so they’re really not just for kids anymore!

There are numerous benefits to having braces at any age, including:

  • Better speech
  • Healthy gums
  • Care for the jaw
  • Stop tooth grinding
  • Less chance of damage to teeth
  • Better physical appearance

It can be hard admitting that you need braces at an older age, but modern treatment methods are highly effective and painless, and the benefits could change your life. If you’re concerned about the way braces look, talk to your orthodontist about options for invisible or concealed braces which will hardly be noticeable at all.


Do braces cost more at different ages?

The cost of braces will depend entirely on your personal situation. The cost of your braces is not so much related to your age, but to how much adjustment is required to your teeth position. The more adjustment required, the more consultations you’ll need with the orthodontist and the longer you’ll need to wear braces.

However, adult braces can sometimes cost more due to the fact that their teeth move less easily than a child’s, so often treatment is longer. Adults may also have problems with weakened roots, gum disease and other factors, which may add to the cost of treatment.

If you’re thinking about getting braces at any age and want to know what the cost would be, why not pop in and see our orthodontic specialists for more advice and a quote? We’ve worked with people from primary schoolers to pensioners to help correct issues with the positions of their teeth, so whatever your age, we can help find the right braces for you. Call today for more information or to book an appointment to come in.


How to Properly Care for Your Dental Bridge

April 3rd, 2018

teeth, health, smile, dentist, dentalhealth,oralhealthA dentist will often install a dental bridge in order to protect teeth that may have become damaged. It is important to know how to care for these appliances in order to guarantee their longevity. Three takeaway points to keep in mind are:

– Always brush the bridge at least twice every day.

– Chewy foods and hard candy should be avoided.

– Schedule regular appointments with your dentist to check the status of the bridge.

“In the first few days after the dental appointment to place a bridge, it is common for patients to experience some tooth sensitivity.”

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How to Manage Post-Root Canal Pain

March 30th, 2018

teeth, health, smile, dentist, dentalhealth,oralhealthA dentist will often perform a root canal in order to remove dead or damaged pulp from one or more teeth. The pain is usually mild and it can be managed with a handful of useful tricks. Let’s look at three options.

– OTC pain medication (such as acetaminophen) will often help to reduce pain and inflammation.

– Try not to use the affected tooth to chew foods.

– Always practice the proper oral hygiene techniques.

“Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers should be sufficient to relieve the pain after a root canal.”

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Can Implants Break on Occasion?

March 26th, 2018

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A dentist will often recommend an implant if you have a missing tooth. While these replacement teeth are quite durable, they can crack on occasion. Why might this occur and how can you protect these implants to extend their longevity?

– Implants can become damaged due to a sudden impact

– If you accidentally bite something very hard you can damage your implant.

– If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), your implant can get damaged. Wear a mouthpiece for protection.

“Dental crowns can become damaged from an injury such as a contact sport hit or a fall.”

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Teenage Dread of Braces

March 22nd, 2018

teeth, health, smile, dentist,dentalhealth, oralhealthNo teenager relishes the prospect of wearing braces to correct problem teeth and will fight their parents and dentist tooth and nail to avoid doing so. However, there are now real alternatives that are less obtrusive and some almost invisible. The top modern dental alternatives to old-fashioned braces include:
– Invisalign trays are removable and virtually invisible
– Lingual Braces are secured to the rear of the teeth and are almost unnoticeable
– Damon Braces are similar to traditional braces but fitted on translucent brackets
Teenagers are “reluctant to get braces” but the newer options make correcting the teeth a less traumatic experience and further information about these alternatives can be found at

Fillings Versus Root Canals

March 20th, 2018

teeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist ,oralhealthThere can be instances when a simple filling will address a dental issue while other times might require that a root canal is performed on one or more teeth. What are some of the parameters that a dentist will take into account?

– A root canal might be necessary if the nerve of the tooth has died.

– Treating large cavities can be performed with a root canal.

– Severe pain or discomfort could signal that a root canal is required.

“You’ll still be able to save your natural tooth, which is the most important thing.”

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Should I See A Dentist About My Sensitive Teeth?

March 15th, 2018

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dental health, oral health,There are times when sensitive teeth are a symptom of a dental condition and should be treated by a professional.

Key takeaways:

– If you’ve had a dental treatment and sensitivity hasn’t gone away by the time your dentist said it would, have it checked

– If you’ve been struggling with teeth sensitivity for a while, you may need professional treatment

– If you grind your teeth, you need to see a dentist to ensure sensitivity doesn’t get worse

To sum up, if you experience unexplained or persistent sensitivity, it’s time to visit your dentist.

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Are Red Wine and Oral Health Related?

March 12th, 2018

teeth, dental health ,smile, dentist, oral healthYou might be surprised to learn that a glass of red wine may be beneficial to your teeth and gums. A Spanish study has found that substances called polyphenols can exert a positive influence upon tooth decay and that when taken in moderation, red wine could very well represent a means to avoid dental problems.

A handful of other benefits associated with red wine include:

– The prevention of heart disease.

– Increased blood circulation.

– Lower blood pressure.

“Many of the health benefits of red wine come from its content of polyphenols, which are a series of micronutrients with antioxidant properties.”

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Cavities: Do you need a filling or root canal therapy?

March 8th, 2018

teeth, dental health, smile, dentist, oral healthUntreated cavities can lead to teeth loss. While some cavities only require fillings, others need root canal therapy. How do you know which one you need?

Key takeaways:

– Fillings are sufficient when the decay hasn’t progressed to the third layer of the tooth or to the pulp.

– Root canal therapy is necessary where the cavity has eaten into the nerve tissue of the tooth.

– Radiating pain, sensitivity to hot and cold foods, and discolouration are signs that you need root canal therapy.

– A root canal procedure will end the intense pain.

Visit the dentist immediately, to save your teeth.

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