Why might I consider botulinum toxin?

Botulinum toxin in Leicester (also commonly referred to as Botox) is a facial aesthetic treatment used to rejuvenate a patient’s face. Botulinum toxin in Leicester is a treatment we recommend to our patients in order to reduce the lines on the face, and to ensure youthfulness is restored, without having to resort to major surgical procedures. Individuals who may consider this particular form of treatment may be suffering from signs of natural ageing, which they may wish to soften. Individuals may consider receiving any form of facial aesthetics if they wish to increase their self-confidence, and enhance the appearance of their smile, and their face.

Why choose us to receive botulinum toxin in Leicester?

At our clinic within Leicester we know how hard it may be to choose a dental clinic right for you, however we believe our dental expertise is perfect for the administration of this particular form of facial aesthetics. One advantage of receiving Botox by dentists is that they have a detailed knowledge of the facial anatomy that many other administrators may lack. Qualified dentists are able to perform this type of facial procedure with great skill and care, ensuring the Botox is delivered safely to the patient. Regarding our dental clinic in particular, we are a team of various dental health care professionals, with a pride in delivering a high standard of dental care and customer service. Our dental team aims to produce a clean, professional, and relaxing dental environment for all of our patients.

How does botulinum toxin In Leicester work?

In terms of the treatment process, Botox is in fact extremely simple to administer, and can be completed within one dental appointment (typically taking five to ten minutes). We use botulinum type A at our dental clinic, which works by relaxing the tiny facial muscles (which cause expression or frown lines), blocking the nerve impulses in them allowing the face to appear smoother.

Which areas can I treat using Botox?

Despite Botox being widely available and offered by many medical clinics worldwide, many patients that are considering receiving this form of facial rejuvenation may be aware of the results it produces, however they may not be aware of the areas that can be treated. Areas that can be treated include the frown lines, the eyebrows, the forehead, and lines surrounding the mouth and the lip.

What are the benefits of receiving Botox?

The life benefits of receiving Botox include being a non-surgical alternative (which is therefore not painful), as well as a youthful looking smile. In addition to the physical improvements Botox can make, it can also dramatically increase a patient’s mental well-being, regarding their self-esteem.

How much does botulinum toxin In Leicester cost?

Much like any form of dental treatment (whether this be general, restorative, or cosmetic dentistry), the cost varies greatly, depending on the frequency and extent of the individual case. At our clinic, we offer finance plans to ensure our patients can avoid the upfront cost of any treatments, and therefore spread the cost of their treatments evenly over several months.

Teeth contouring, reshaping and shaving

Lots of people dislike the shape of their teeth and have a range of questions about tooth reshaping … So, in this blog post we will look at a range of cosmetic dental procedures all designed to help reshape and re-contour your teeth.

Can you file your teeth

Whilst technically the answer is yes, practically the recommendation is no! There are a range of reasons why you should NOT file your teeth yourself:

  • Your teeth are in fine balance with one another when they meet, this is known as an occlusion. The tips of all your teeth are designed to slide in a particular arc from left to right when you move your jaw, adjusting the tips of teeth can adjust this arc and result in a malocclusion. Malocclusion can then lead to jaw joint pain & headaches.
  • Your teeth will wear away naturally over time, this occurs even when the teeth are very smooth like they are naturally. If you try to file your teeth at home you are almost certainly going to leave the surface rough. This will then result in rapid tooth wear of the opposing tooth, this tooth where can then result in painful sensitivity or additional malocclusion.
  • The outer layer of your tooth is very hard (the enamel), not far beneath this is the softer dentine. If the dentine is exposed rapid tooth wear will occur as well is painful sensitivity. If you file your teeth at home you may accidentally go through the enamel and expose the dentine underneath.
  • You may slip and cut your gums or cheek

A dentist will be fully aware of how your teeth work together in a balanced and functional occlusion, they will also be able to smooth and polish teeth after they have been trained in the dental practice. A dentist will also be able to see if dentine is likely to be exposed and offer treatments if it is. None of this is possible at home!

Do orthodontist file teeth after braces

Sometimes tooth contouring is offered in conjunction with braces. This can be to:

  1. Make wide crooked teeth look more narrow and therefore create more space to straighten them out.
  2. Correct rough edges on front teeth or reduce the tip of pointed canine teeth.

If the tooth filing is being offered to make more space to straighten crooked teeth then this is done before braces, if it is done for cosmetic reasons then it may be offered after braces.

Tooth contouring canines

Lots of people dislike the point on the canine tooth and ask for this to be contoured or shaved off.

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This should always be done by dentist to ensure that the occlusion (the way the teeth bite together) is not affected. Sometimes, rather than removing the point of the canine tooth, dental bonding or a porcelain veneer can be used to build up the edges, maintaining the length of the tooth but making it look less pointed.

Dental contouring pros and cons

Pros: Happier with your smile, feeling more confident, and improved look and appearance.

Cons: Healthy tooth structure is removed which can lead to malocclusion or unnecessary tooth wear if not properly managed. Dental contouring is also usually pain-free as only a small amount of tooth tissue is removed.

Other ways to improve your smile, dental bonding, veneers

Shaving or re-contouring your teeth isn’t always the only way to create a more beautiful smile.

Re-contouring is a reductive technique, in other words it involves REMOVING areas of your tooth. There are also ADDITIVE techniques to change your smile.

Very often these additive techniques are used in conjunction with reductive techniques. Some your dentist will remove enough tooth structure to enable them to reshape the tooth in the correct way, they will then use and additive technique to rebuild, reshape and redesign the tooth exactly the way you want it.

Dental bonding

Bonding may involve some reduction of the underlying tooth although it is preferred to maintain as much natural tooth structure as possible. Bonding then involves your dentist placing some tooth coloured resin over the surface of your tooth to rebuild, reshape and redesign.

It is bonded to your tooth using a special technique which involves acid etching the surface of the tooth to create a micro porous surface into which the dentine bonding can grip.

Bonding is very often used in conjunction with teeth whitening, the whitening brightens all of the teeth and then the bonding is matched to this new white to colour and reshapes the teeth.

Dental Veneers

Veneers almost always involve some form of reduction, this is to ensure that the veneer has a nice finishing line where it meets the tooth, this ensures the veneer doesn’t leak letting in nasty bacteria.

Dental veneers give the most flexibility in designing a new smile as they can be made to cover up dark teeth as well as reshape teeth. Veneers are often used in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry procedures to design a new smile.

What are the top benefits of dental crown procedures?

Crowns in Leicester are a type of prosthesis designed to completely cover the whole tooth. These are custom-made and are widely used for both aesthetic purposes, as well as to restore the functional health of teeth. It is our aim at Aesthetic Smiles to provide our patients with a diverse array of dental treatments and procedures that meet their differing needs.

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Crowns in Leicester are a suitable option to use for many dental problems, from resolving shape and size of tooth issues to restoring the function and appearance of damaged or chipped teeth.  For many patients, this treatment is relatively more affordable than alternative procedures and can offer results in a faster turnaround time. In addition to this, due to the experience and expertise of our dental practitioners, we have found that our quality procedures in crowns in Leicester offer patients an excellent success rate.

Top 4 benefits of using crowns

  • Removes eating and chewing challenges

Dental crowns are often regarded as an aesthetic treatment, but there are plenty of functional benefits too. One such function is improved eating ability. Damaged or cracked teeth can make eating functions like chewing a challenge. A patient may also have to restrict themselves to certain food types, to avoid the pain and discomfort of consuming their favourite foods. Seeing that crowns are made of durable materials, these allow patients to lift their food restrictions and enhance their chewing ability.

  • Crowns play a protective role

The design of dental crowns allows this dental instrument to play a valuable protective role in dental health. As the cap covers the entire surface area of the tooth structure and is bonded securely in place, there is very little chance of bacteria reaching the vulnerable layers of the tooth. Many preventable dental issues can be eradicated as long as invading bacteria in the mouth is prevented from accumulating.

  • Cosmetic enhancements for teeth

A second benefit of the specially designed dental crown is that it can be effectively used to mask numerous tooth imperfections, such as misshapen teeth, discolouration and staining issues, fractures and cracks. A patient receives individualised treatment as crowns are custom-made according to their preferences in shape, length, width and colour.

  • Repairing enamel damage offers relief from discomfort

Damage to the surface area of a tooth can generate pain and discomfort. This is especially so if there is evidence of severe decay that has reached the root structures. Crowns are often used as a reliable treatment method to treat tooth sensitivity.

  • Crowns are made from highly durable material

In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, materials used in the manufacture of crowns are highly durable. This factor contributes to its popularity among patients as they offer incredible value in terms of investment. For crowns to offer a long service life, it is critical that patients pay close attention to their oral hygiene habits – a key part of which are dentist-recommended check-up appointments.

Crown procedures are generally simple in nature and minimally invasive. Our dentist will first have to examine a patient’s mouth to determine the suitability and need for crowns. This is to secure the longevity of the tooth restoration and ensure that desirable outcomes can be achieved.

Think you might be suitable for dental crowns and want to know more about our procedures? Schedule a consultation with one of our dental practitioners at Aesthetic Smiles.

7 Tips for Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers, almost everyone gets them but what can be done if you have one and it is particularly painful or they keep recurring? This article takes a detailed look at ulcers, how you can treat them, how to prevent them and what causes them.

Mouth ulcer causes

Generally speaking mouth ulcers are something which you can’t control or prevent, there are however a few things which exacerbate a tendency for mouth ulcers to develop, these are:

  • Poorly fitting dentures. These can rub and irritate parts of your mouth.
  • Dental braces. Orthodontic braces which had brackets and wires can irritate insides of cheeks and cause ulcers.
  • Accidental bites. If you continuously bite your cheek it can become irritated and ulcers can develop, if you think this is happening speak to your dentist as they may be able to adjust your bite.
  • Burns. Classically from eating very hot food such as cheese on pizza.
  • Damage caused by brushing. Over brushing the same part of your mouth can irritate and cause ulcers.
  • Stress. Anxiety, tiredness and stress can make you more susceptible to developing mouth ulcers.
  • Hormonal changes such as during pregnancy.
  • Vitamin B12 or iron deficiency.
  • Some medicines, particularly beta-blockers.
  • Smoking. This prevents your mouth from healing properly.

The good news is that ulcers heal on their own and quite quickly, within a few days or a week.

Chronic mouth ulcers

If you have chronic mouth ulcers firstly, take a look at the list above, is there anything here you can do to reduce your risk?

If you are doing everything you can to reduce your risk of mouth ulcers and still get them frequently and have multiple ulcers at the same time this could be a symptom of either:

Are mouth ulcers contagious

No. However, if you have multiple mouth ulcers at the same time or continuously get mouth ulcers then it would be advisable to speak to your dentist or doctor as there may be a secondary condition which is contagious.

Mouth ulcer treatment

The key to treating mouth ulcers is to help speed up your healing time and not aggravate the area.

  • If you have a dental appliance such as dentures or a brace, visit your dentist and ask them to make adjustments.
  • Beware of over brushing and aggravating ulcers. Use a soft bristles toothbrush to ensure you are being gentle and consider switching to an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor to ensure you don’t press too hard whilst brushing.
  • Apply a mouth ulcer gel, commonly available from most pharmacists.
  • Eat softer foods and avoid extremely hot food.
  • Eat a balanced diet to ensure you get enough vitamins and minerals.
  • Quit smoking!

If I mouth ulcer lasts for more than 3 weeks, is exceptionally painful or is accompanied by additional reddening or bleeding then we recommend you visit your dentist or doctor.

Painless mouth ulcers

Generally speaking all mouth ulcers are painful. If you have something which looks similar to an ulcer but is not painful then it may be something else.

Usually this type of ulcer is completely harmless.

Possible causes of painless mouth ulcers are:

  • Leukoplakia. this is typically white or grey patch which developers in the mouth and can sometimes be mistaken crop a mouth ulcer. They are often a response to a chronic irritation, smoking is quite often a cause. They are sometimes sensitive but often painless.
  • Oral thrush (Candidiasis). This causes a creamy white patch to form on the inside the mouth, often accompanied by a bad taste. As oral thrush is caused by a buildup of yeast (Candida albicans) it may occur following antibiotic treatment when the regular bacteria in the mouth has been suppressed.
  • Oral Lichen Planus. this is an inflammatory condition of the mucous membrane in your mouth. Typically displaying as white lacy patches which are often accompanied by a burning pain.
  • Oral cancer. The least likely cause of a painless ulcer. Typically this would include painful mouth ulcers which last for several weeks. Painless white or red patches in the mouth can be a sign of mouth cancer, cheeks and tongue which can look similar to ulcers but our painless. If in doubt, get checked out by your dentist.

Alcohol and mouth ulcers

Drinking alcohol in small quantities won’t cause or effect mouth ulcers, however statistics show that regular drinkers of alcohol are more at risk , particularly if they also smoke.

Drinking excessive alcohol is more likely to cause a stomach ulcer as it irritates the lining of the stomach causing it to become inflamed, this condition is known as gastritis.

Alcohol can also affect the bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth are in fine balance ensuring that food begins to be digested and that the pH level (acidity) remains under control. Alcohol (and smoking) can affect this natural balance of bacteria leaving your mouth open and susceptible to attack from the bad bacteria which are also present.

Foods to eat with mouth ulcers

GOOD:

  1. Eat softer food.
  2. Drink cool drinks. Ice cream can be good to help soothe the pain from ulcers
  3. Drink through a straw, this keeps any aggravating liquid away from the ulcer.

BAD:

  1. Avoid high-temperature food which can burn as this will make the ulcers worse.
  2. Avoid very spicy food.
  3. Avoid particularly salty food.
  4. Avoid highly acidic food, including fruit juice.

Curious about the benefits of smile makeovers? Five reasons to book one with Aesthetic Smiles today!

In the world of cosmetic dentistry, there are many options available to rejuvenate your smile.

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Many patients feel like a child in a sweet shop when trying to decide which aesthetic treatments would be best suited to them, but they could be in for a surprise when they realise the added benefits of some cosmetic procedures.

While there are many benefits to all of the choices offered by dentists to boost your confidence, it is always worth discussing with your cosmetic dentist which type of treatment will give you the best result, not only for restoring your appearance, but also for improving your mouth’s function.

At Aesthetic Smiles, we have worked with many patients to restore their smiles and can offer our patients smile makeovers in Leicester. Combining everything from tooth whitening to invisible braces, we customise every makeover to your specific needs, giving you the best possible results!

How can smile makeovers in Leicester improve your life? Read on to find out!

Better oral health

Regardless of the procedures involved in the smile makeovers in Leicester, many of our patients report that their oral health improves and we can confirm it!

There are many benefits to makeover treatments that straighten and realign the teeth, such as veneers or cosmetic braces. Straighter teeth are easier to brush, reducing the likelihood of tooth decay, plaque accumulation and gum disease.

Also, eliminating gaps in your teeth through veneers or even implants, makes it difficult for bacteria to hide, once again minimising the risk of gum infections, ulcers and cavities.

Precision bite!

Dental implants are a great addition to a makeover and can hide those larger gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth.

Implants allow you to break down those harder to chew foods with a precise and tougher bite, without you worrying about your teeth moving or coming loose.

Better digestion

We often forget, but our mouth is the first stop in our digestion system and so our teeth have to be up to the job of chewing food correctly.

A makeover that also entails gap correcting veneers, implants or invisible braces can help with the correct chewing of food, allowing for easier digestion. Indeed, many patients who have undergone dental makeovers report a reduction in digestive issues such as bloating, acid reflux and even flatulence!!

Higher confidence

Of course, we would be foolish to overlook the obvious health benefits that come from the improved confidence you will gain after your makeover. The mind and the body are intrinsically linked so when you look good, you will feel good too!

Lower stress levels, fewer headaches, less stomach pain, happier moods; all of these and more can be gained from an oral makeover.

Facial rejuvenation

When teeth are lost, the face can appear somewhat drawn, giving it a much older appearance. A smile makeover that fills those lost teeth with implants and stops the associated tensing of the facial muscles will lead to a reduction in facial wrinkles and give your face a more plump, symmetrical look; essentially, you will almost have a miniature face lift too!

‘Should I skip my general dentistry appointment?’ 5 reasons to not skip your check up with Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester!

In with your morning mail drop off is a dental check-up reminder. Chances are, you will probably start thinking of reasons to put it off or to skip it all together.

Although they are a far cry from the glamour of other dental procedures like implants, whitening or veneers, attending check-ups regularly are extremely important for both oral and general health. Links between poorly maintained oral health and other major health concerns are reported daily in the media, yet many people still delay that biannual visit to their dentist.

general-dentistry-appointmentAt Aesthetic Smiles, we understand the importance of general dentistry in Leicester and aim to provide you with a thorough and high-quality check-up, to keep your teeth and gums in top shape!

So, why is it important to visit Aesthetic Smiles for general dentistry in Leicester? Here are our top 5 reasons!

Spotting potential issues

Even if your teeth are glowing white, perfectly straight and you have never had a cavity, it is still important to attend our dental surgery for general dentistry in Leicester.

While your teeth may appear fine to you, one of our dentists may be able to spot potential issues arising in your mouth, such as accumulation of plaque, a strange lump or the start of a cavity. These all require further exploration and preventative treatments.

Up to date records

Our dentists needs to record any changes in your oral health since your last check up. This is essential in order to predict your dental health over the next year and can help our team identify signs of tooth or gum deterioration.

Decay

While it is easy for anyone to spot decay on the front of teeth, only someone armed with a set of dental tools and a trained eye can detect decay that may be hiding between or behind teeth.

Spotting decay early can allow our team to take preventative measures, such as fluoride sealants, meaning you may not have to undertake a filling or extraction in the future.

Previous treatments

If you have ever had a filling, a crown or any kind of cosmetic work, attending check-ups allows our team to check that there are no loose fillings and that your crowns are secure, and enables us to spot any potential problems with prior cosmetic work.

Loose or lost fillings and crowns can cause immense discomfort and can lead to more serious complications, like abscesses or tooth loss, so you have nothing to lose by having a trained professional check yours out at a check-up!

Oral cancer screening

An often overlooked part of dental check-ups from the position of patients is oral cancer screening.

Even if you are not a smoker, it is of vital importance that a dentist screens and examines your mouth for any abnormal lumps and, if necessary, can then refer you to a specialist. Oral cancer is easy to treat but only if it is identified early.

If you do smoke, regular dental check-ups are more important, to enable identification of issues associated with smoking, like gum recession.

Veneers Cost UK – An Investigation into Dental Veneers

As with many treatments in dentistry, one of the first questions people ask is, how much – ‘veneers cost the UK’ is undoubtedly a hot topic? However, this question is far too simple, and it would be very much like saying “How much is a car?”… The answer will always depend; it depends on what you want it to do, what the requirements are, and what your budget is! So let’s undertake an investigation into teeth veneers, look at some of the options and the cost in the UK.

Throughout the post, we will look at three different types of veneer:

  • Clip-in veneers, sometimes known as secret veneers.
  • Composite veneers, sometimes known as immediate veneers.
  • Porcelain veneers.

What’s a veneer?

In is very simplest form a tooth veneer is a shell like layer which is placed over the surface of the tooth. Regular dental veneers are made as individual teeth and bonded to your natural tooth, click on veneers are usually made all as one, with all of the teeth joined together and they are not bonded permanently to your natural teeth.

Clip on veneers

These types of veneers are manufactured as a single block of tooth coloured plastic. They click in over the top of your natural teeth.

One of the biggest problems is that the ability to correct misshapen or crooked teeth is challenging with this type of clip in secret veneer, as you can see from the video above. People look for cheap veneers, find one of these manufacturers online and end up with results that are far from perfect.

BUT the biggest problem with these is often overlooked. While they may not look great, this is one of the more minor issues. These clip-in veneer systems can damage the delicate gums by rubbing on them, causing inflammation. This inflammation of the gums can then lead to bone loss, which if left to its logical conclusion can also result in tooth loss.

If people are then tempted to wear these veneers too often, their oral health also becomes compromised. The veneers hold the harmful bacteria against the teeth giving the bacteria ample opportunity to excrete the acid over the teeth and cause extensive tooth decay. This type of cosmetic dentistry still requires excellent oral hygiene to ensure that this type of problem doesn’t begin.

The cost of this type of click in veneer is often around £250 for either the top or the bottom, and this is why it has become incredibly popular with people looking for cheap dental veneers and cosmetic dentistry, however, they may be storing up more dental problems than they realise!

Composite veneers

Composite veneers are a thin layer of tooth-coloured composite resin which are usually bonded directly to the surface of your teeth. This type of immediate veneer are used to straighten crooked teeth, rebuild chipped or broken down teeth and cover over small pits or holes in the surface of your teeth.

One of the most significant advantages of this type of composite veneer is that they are immediate, you can arrive at the dentist, have your treatment and then leave with a brand new look and brighter smile.

Treatment times for composite veneers vary, depending upon the complexity of the treatment. Sometimes natural tooth structure is removed to make way for the composite resin, and this is particularly true if you have a tooth which sticks out a lot.

The cost of these veneers also varies depending on the size, sometimes only a small amount of composite resin is added to cover a hole in the tooth or restore a chipped tooth, the price of this is often from £90. To cover a complete tooth will be more than this.

Porcelain Veneers

Of all the types of veneer, these are usually the most expensive at around £500 per tooth; however they come with a whole range of advantages:

  • Porcelain veneers are permanent. Because they are permanently bonded to your teeth, there is no chance of them causing problems to the gums (such as with clip-in veneers).
  • Being made of porcelain, they last the longest amount of time, typically around ten years. Composite veneers tend to fade and wear away after approximately 5 to 7 years and click in veneers can last even less time than this, especially if you wear them lots.
  • Ceramic porcelain veneers are designed to be used 24 hours a day. It doesn’t matter when you go out, your veneers are always with you, unlike click in veneers where you have to ensure you carry the veneers around and click them in before you go out.
  • Infinitely customisable. Because the ceramic veneers are handmade by a highly skilled dental technician, they can be completely customised in terms of shape and colour, you can have the match your existing teeth or have a much brighter, depending on the result you wish to achieve. This can be great for achieving those Hollywood smiles.
  • Completely stain resistant. Composite veneers (and click in veneers especially) can stain with strong other foods such as turmeric, red wine, tea and coffee. In fact, you shouldn’t be eating or drinking with clip-in veneers at all. Porcelain veneers are utterly impervious to any of these stains.
  • Totally natural appearance. Because the underlying tooth does not compromise the veneers as with clip-in veneers, they are made to look completely natural without looking too big or false.

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What are the other options?

Dental veneers or often used to realign teeth, rebuild broken down teeth, whiten teeth and generally restore your smile – there are other ways to do this too:

  • realigning teeth can be done with orthodontics
  • restoring broken down teeth can be done with composite bonding and in extreme circumstances, dental crowns
  • whitening teeth can be done with teeth whitening

This is why an excellent cosmetic dentist near you will take a holistic approach to dental veneers, examining what you want them for and what results you want to achieve, and then ensuring you have the best treatment, tailored exclusively for you.

Are veneers worth it

Dental veneers can definitely be worth it, the investment is often around £500 per tooth, but this can usually be financed over an extended period bringing the cost down to unaffordable monthly amount. The benefits of dental veneers include being able to smile confidently, eat and chew the foods you want to and generally enjoy a brighter, whiter and more appealing smile. All without having to take those teeth out at the end of the night, as happens with clip in veneers!

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Your Perfect Smile with Quick Straight Teeth

Looking for a perfect smile?

Looking for quick straight teeth with a cost-effective treatment?

This blog post is dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful smile, in as short a period as possible with the most cost-effective options.

let’s get started…

What is the fastest way to straighten teeth?

Understanding which is the fastest way to straighten teeth begins with answering a simple question, “Which teeth the straightening and what do you want to achieve?”.

If there is a single tooth which is rotated and needs to be straightened into line then very often dental bonding can be used. This is a process whereby a dentist applies a layer of tooth coloured resin over the surface of a crooked tooth, building it out into line so that it looks straight when viewed from the front. Dental bonding can often be done with no injection and in the treatment room.

This means there is no waiting, no impressions and a new beautiful straighter smile is achieved in about 30 min.

the Inman aligner
the Inman aligner

If more teeth require straightening, for example concentrating on the front 6 to 8 teeth, then a rapid orthodontics system such as Inman aligner may be best suited. This uses a revolutionary spring and wire system which both pushes and pulls in different directions at the same time to achieve a perfect smile rapidly.

The braces work by only putting pressure on exactly the right place on the tooth. However, one of the biggest disadvantages of the Inman aligner is that it is removable, this means patient compliance needs to be at its greatest wearing the aligner for at least 20 hours a day; it is also more visible as the wires can be seen clearly. This system is also only suitable to correct mild to moderate problems.

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Quick Straight Teeth Braces

For a perfect smile in around 6 months (or 24 weeks depending on complexity) then Quick Straight Teeth braces can be used. This employs fixed orthodontics (so the patient is not tempted to take the braces out and therefore increase treatment time), the brackets and wires are tooth coloured meaning they are completely discreet and virtually invisible in the mouth when viewed at a regular speaking distance. This system is good for resolving moderate problems quickly.

Is there any way to straighten teeth in one day?

Yes, teeth can be straightened in a single day in some circumstances, dental bonding can be used over the surface of the teeth to give the illusion of straightness. Some practices also have digital technology allowing them to manufacture a series of dental veneers. Dental veneers require removal of the front surface of the teeth, the new veneer is then made to cover the surface in a straighter tooth alignment.

How do celebrities get their teeth fixed so quickly?

In many instances it is an allusion that celebrities have their teeth fixed so quickly, remember, many of the times one sees a celebrity online it is a recording and there is often little way to put a timing or date on this. It can therefore seem that celebrities teeth become straight very quickly, when the reality may not be the case.

It may also be that the celebrity has dental veneers rather than orthodontics. Dental veneers can reshape teeth, whiten them and give a straight a look very rapidly, typically in around 3 weeks. This is how some celebrities seem to have straighter teeth so quickly.

Tom Cruise

Can a dentist file my teeth to be smaller and straighter?

The anatomy of the tooth

Another question which gets asked frequently on the chat forums online. When thinking about having teeth filed down it’s important to bear in mind the anatomy of the tooth. On the very inside of the tooth is the nerve and blood supply, this is extremely sensitive and needs to be covered up.

Over the top of the nerve and blood supply is a thick layer of dentine. This is a softer structure than the final outer layer of the tooth but provides some form of cushioning effect. Finally there is the hard outer layer of the tooth known as the enamel. Enamel is the hardest structure in the human body.

If the outer surface of the tooth is filed to be smaller and straighter then the enamel will be worn away and some of the dentine may become exposed. The dentine has fine tubules which reach from the outer surface down to the nerve and blood supply, if these tubules become exposed then teeth can become extremely sensitive.

It is therefore important to retain as much natural tooth enamel as possible, the human body is amazing and puts the enamel structure there in order to protect the tooth. Removing it is therefore not a good idea unless it is then covered up again by something such as dental bonding, of veneer or a dental crown.

Where can I buy braces for my teeth online?

This is a very common question that more and more people are beginning to ask, there are indeed places where you can buy braces online however we would like to give warning about doing this.

When you have teeth straightening procedures at a dentist the dentist is not only looking to straighten your teeth, they are checking to make sure that the teeth are in a healthy state to be moved in the first place. Your dentist will also be checking for dental health issues which can arise whilst wearing braces, this will be done during the routine appointments throughout the orthodontic treatment.

Missing out the dentist and purchasing braces online through one of the many direct systems can mean that the oral health care of the patient is compromised as there is no dental professional overseeing the treatment directly. We advise extreme caution when going down this route of treatment.

Summary

A perfect smile can be achieved in many ways using a combination of restorative techniques such as dental bonding, crowns or veneers as well as orthodontic techniques such as the Inman aligner or Quick Straight Teeth orthodontic system. The real secret to understanding how to achieve a perfect smile in the shortest period of time is to have a conversation with a dentist, they can then advise on the best treatment protocol to achieve your desired results.

Can routine mouth cancer screening increase my chances of beating cancer?

A trip to the dentist is far more than a simple routine to ensure your mouth is in tiptop shape. One of the series of tests performed by some dentist practitioners is used to identify the signs of early cancer.

While these screenings should not be described as “life-saving”, they do help to diagnose oral cancer in infancy, and early diagnosis means an improved chance for a cure.

Mouth Cancer Screenings in LeicesterWe administer mouth cancer screenings in Leicester at our practice, Aesthetic Smiles, not only to keep your mouth in prime condition but also your overall health.

What can you expect from a cancer screening?

Cancer screening is a thorough mouth examination, where our dentist checks for red or white spots called lesions, while also feeling the tissue for any abnormalities or lumps.

The colouring of your tissue is also a telltale symptom of early-onset cancer – healthy tissue is dark, while cancerous tissue appears white. Instruments such as lights and mirrors are used to confirm signs of mouth diseases that could prove fatal.

The only difference between a screening and other standard procedures, are the tools that are used to highlight oral issues. Commonly used tools include micro-optic cameras and specialised blue light rays.

Remember that unusual lumps and bumps can be found in and around your mouth, and so checks for lumps are performed on the face, neck and nasal cavities, where anything unusual will be quickly identified. Bear in mind that these checks can be considered invasive. If you suffer from dental anxiety, let our dentist know ahead of time.

If the results of your initial mouth cancer screening in Leicester are inconclusive, an additional test might be necessary. Another commonly used method includes rinsing your mouth with a harmless dye. If there are abnormal cells, they will absorb the dye and show up blue.

Are mouth cancer screenings recommended to everyone?

Our dentist will use their discretion regarding whether mouth cancer screenings in Leicester are necessary or not. For some dental practitioners, the examination forms part of a routine.

That said, certain patients are dubbed higher risk than others because of the following factors:

  • Smokers and tobacco users
  • Heavy drinkers
  • People previously diagnosed with cancer
  • Sun damage caused by prolonged exposure without taking necessary precautions, i.e. sunblock.

What happens if my results show up positive?

Irregularities are not a definitive sign of cancer but should be regarded with caution. These sores, lesions, lumps or bumps might be benign or non-cancerous, but this should not be taken as an assumption.

Schedule another follow-up appointment with us in two weeks to see whether it has grown or changed shape. We might also advise you to undergo a biopsy with a specialised doctor. The procedure involves taking sample cells that are tested for cancer in a laboratory.

Debunking the myth: screenings cannot cure cancer

These procedures can identify early signs of cancer, and an early diagnosis is advantageous.

At the same time, not all abnormalities show up easily. Your mouth is a tiny space from which to administer the procedure, despite advanced technologies, and so irregularly shaped cells might go undetected. If you feel that something “isn’t quite right”, it is best that you see your local doctor straight away!

Looking into general dentistry in Leicester?

Keeping Leicester smiling

General Dentistry in LeicesterHere at Aesthetic Smiles, our trained and highly professional staff are committed to providing Leicester with a bespoke dental service which is tailored to people’s specific needs and requirements. It is our philosophy that, as no two sets of teeth are identical, so no two sets of treatment should be exactly the same. Rather, we feel that each treatment we provide ought to be moulded to fit the individual requirements presented to us by each of our patients. Those seeking general dentistry in Leicester need look no further than our dedicated and approachable, fully qualified dental practitioners here at Aesthetic Smiles.

Prevention

At Aesthetic Smiles, we believe that prevention is the best form of treatment. By properly educating our clients on the correct way to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene, we endeavour to ensure that the patient will have less need for more complicated procedures and thus save themselves any potential discomfort and extra fees. However, at Aesthetic Smiles, we understand that there are numerous factors as to why patients may be seeking general dentistry in Leicester and we tailor our services to fit whatever is presented to us. One method of general dentistry in Leicester we provide is a polish, scale and cleaning service. This utilises specialist dental equipment to eradicate plaque and tartar build-up in difficult-to-reach grooves in a patient’s mouth. This can instantly rid the teeth of years of stains which may have arisen from smoking, drinking red wine, tea or coffee, general neglect or certain medications. Those who seek this method of treatment can walk out of our practice with a brighter, cleaner smile and a renewed sense of self-esteem and confidence.

The root of the issue

Gum disease is the leading preventable cause of tooth decay and loss within the UK, and here at Aesthetic Smiles, we feel that education is one of the most effective ways of preventing gum disease. Recognising the telltale signs of gum disease is a key method of stopping it in its tracks, before it can manifest into something more harmful. The initial stage of developing gum disease is called gingivitis, it results in gums becoming red and inflamed. Patients may also spit blood when brushing their teeth – which is a crucial indicator that gingivitis is developing. If it is not properly dealt with, then gingivitis can develop into what is known as periodontal disease. This is when the gum tissue surrounding the patient’s teeth becomes infected and it spreads to the periodontal ligament, which is what connects the teeth to the bone in the jaw. If this occurs, then there is a far greater risk of the patient’s teeth becoming looser. This, if left untreated will eventually result in one or more teeth separating themselves from the periodontal ligament, and the patient losing them. However, this is only the worst case scenario – which is the result of patients not seeking treatment. Here at Aesthetic Smiles, we offer a full range of comprehensive gum disease treatments to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.