Hassle Free Teeth Straightening In Epsom

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Taking advantage of Clear Aligner braces at Clocktower Dental Clinic

One common dental issue which cannot be resolved quickly is crooked teeth. Even fast acting orthodontics, designed to correct minor misalignment, can take a minimum of six weeks to achieve their aims. Where more extensive correction is needed, this can take a year, and very often more. Because of this, it is hardly surprising that patients look for a treatment that offers both comfort and discretion.

Amongst the range of orthodontic treatments at our Epsom practice, we are pleased to offer Clear Aligner. This system uses a completely different method to traditional braces, where wires and brackets are used, and can make the teeth straightening experience much less stressful for the patient.

Clear Aligner

Unlike most orthodontic systems, the Clear Aligner abandons the use of wires and brackets altogether. Replacing these is a series of transparent medical grade plastic trays that fit directly over the teeth. These are custom made for each patient from 3D scans that are taken of the teeth. Each tray is worn for a short while before being replaced by the next in the series. With each tray easing the teeth gently towards their correct position, this is one of the most comfortable methods available for straightening teeth.

The benefits to these almost invisible orthodontics does not end there though. In addition to the fact that these trays are barely noticeable whilst being worn, they can be removed easily by the patient. It should be noted that, whilst they are designed for this purpose, you should only remove them for eating meals and when cleaning your teeth. Excessive removal may lengthen the treatment process time.

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Six Potential Warning Signs Of Oral Cancer

These symptoms may be subtle, but should certainly never be ignored.

Oral cancers are on the rise. Despite the reduction in the  number of people smoking, there are other factors, such as the HPV virus, which mean that this matter should be taken seriously by everyone, including patients of The Clock Tower Dental Clinic.

Whilst it is still a relatively rare cancer, the fact that rates are increasing and that it can have serious consequences for your well-being and even result in death, means that you should remain aware.

The dentists at our Epsom practice routinely check for potential symptoms during your six monthly check ups, but also encourage you to contact us if you notice anything of concern between your appointments. We should stress, that, if we see anything that concerns us, we may refer you to your GP. A referral to your GP is purely precautionary but advisable – it does not mean that you have cancer but early checks are always sensible.

Below, are some of the symptoms that we look for. If you notice any of these between your appointments and would like us to check them, please don’t hesitate to call the Clock Tower Dental Clinic.

Mouth ulcers

Although not uncommon, if your mouth ulcers are sore and don’t heal within a few weeks, you should have this checked by our Epsom dentists.

Lumps

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Overcoming fear of dental injections and procedures in Epsom

The ‘Wand’ and sedation options – helping manage dental anxiety

Before anaesthetics were widely available, any dental procedure would have been quite painful for the patient.

Fortunately, modern anaesthesia now makes even the most complex procedures relatively painless, but despite the obvious advantages, many people still hold a real fear of the injection that is now widely used to administer it.

Interestingly, it isn’t actually the needle entering the gum that causes the initial unpleasant sensation, but primarily the rush of the anaesthetic entering the bloodstream.

This is small consolation for those who have a phobia of needles though, and, at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom, we are pleased to be able to offer an alternative which works equally effectively, and without the stress that the injection can cause some people.

The Wand

The Wand is an alternative to a regular injection, and the flow of anaesthetic is controlled by a computer to ensure that any discomfort felt by the patient, during their procedure, is as minimal as possible.

Naturally, it is necessary for an anaesthetic to have to enter the bloodstream so that the nerves can be numbed. This is still achieved through an injection, albeit a very minor one. First of all, the gums are numbed externally using a numbing gel. A tiny needle is then used to enter the skin in the area that has been numbed. The patient will notice the area becoming numb, as it would with a regular local anaesthetic, but without the discomfort caused by the rush of anaesthetic into the gum which typically happens with a regular injection.

The Wand should prove to be as effective as a normal local anaesthetic and is suitable for all procedures where this would normally be used.

Sedation

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Don’t Let Wrinkled Skin Age Your Appearance

A wide range of facial aesthetic treatments at our Epsom practice helping to restore a youthful look.

We are well known locally as very reliable Epsom cosmetic dentists. Fewer people though, may be aware that we also offer our patients a way of not only having nicer looking teeth, but that we can also help to relieve problems such as wrinkled skin or thinning lips.

A beautiful set of teeth is a fantastic thing, but if our skin looks old and tired, we may not see the full benefits of our new smile.

At The Clock Tower Dental Clinic, you can be sure that our facial aesthetics team are fully trained and the procedures will be carried out safely, and without the exaggerated effects that you may have seen in some sections of the media. These have usually been the result of poor and perhaps inexperienced application, or exaggerated demands by the patient. We pride ourselves on an ethical approach to our facial treatments and reserve the right to refuse treatment if we feel that the results may be detrimental to the patient.

Wrinkled skin

The most common problem that people come to us with, is when they notice lines and wrinkles that have started to appear on their face. Whilst a healthy diet, plenty of fluids, no smoking and perhaps a good quality moisturiser will help to delay this, facial wrinkles are inevitable at some point in our lives.

These lines can usually be minmised using a muscle relaxant which is injected, using a very fine needle, just underneath the skin where the wrinkles are. These work by blocking the nerve signals that cause the skin to wrinkle. After a few days, you will see your lines and wrinkles start to ease, with the full effects being seen within a week or two.

Thinning lips

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Managing The Effects Of Diabetes On Your Oral Health

This common health problem can have a knock on effect for teeth and gums.

Along with a rise in obesity in the population of the UK, diabetes is becoming more and more common; perhaps partially due to our often unhealthy diets. Diabetes can have a number of serious effects on your health and should not be taken lightly. Professional advice should be followed to treat or manage the disease.

It can also increase the risk of dental problems, especially gum disease. There are certain things that you can do, however, if you have diabetes, to prevent or at least reduce some of the effects of these problems.

Especially if you are a diabetic, it is important that you see both the dentist and the dental hygienist at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic on a regular basis. Whilst generally healthy patients may usually see a dentist no more often than every six months, we may suggest that you see us on a more regular basis if you have diabetes so that we can monitor for any potential oral health issues.

Here are some suggestions of our Epsom dental team which are designed to help diabetics manage their oral health:

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Three Warning Signs That You Should See Your Local Dentist

If you have any of these symptoms, please call our Epsom practice today.

Most of us probably rely on our family dentist to decide when we need a filling or other procedure. Sometimes there may be no major symptoms that are noticeable to us but can be seen on a closer inspection by the dentist. In many cases these problems are caught, through regular check ups, in the early stages, hence the lack of obvious symptoms.

Even when symptoms do occur, we can sometimes be tempted not to see the dentist, especially if we know that we have our six monthly check up in a month or two’s time. If you have any symptoms of dental problems at all though, you should have these checked as soon as possible, rather than allow the problem to become worse.

Toothache

Let’s start with the obvious one. A toothache will nearly always mean tooth decay, although it could also mean that you have a full root canal infection. Whichever it is though, prompt treatment at Clock Tower Dental should be sought. Whilst most people will generally ring the dentist if the toothache is bad enough, we may sometimes take a ‘head in the sand’ approach if it is a ‘manageable’ problem, with the hope that it will subside. Any toothache should be a warning though, that if you don’t have it treated, it will almost certainly become worse.

Sensitive teeth

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Fast Acting Teeth Whitening In Epsom

Our Surrey patients can now benefit from whiter teeth in just one hour.

Most cosmetic dental procedures take a certain amount of time to work. Dental braces can take over a year in some cases, and implants take a few months before leaving a strong and secure tooth replacement in place.

For those looking for a quick boost to the appearance of their teeth though, you don’t have to wait very long at all. You need look no further than the teeth whitening treatment that we offer at The Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom, Surrey.

Unlike at many dental practices, where a custom home whitening kit is supplied, which achieves whiter teeth in around two weeks, we are pleased to offer a one hour teeth whitening treatment that can improve the whiteness of your teeth by up to eight shades very quickly indeed.

A quick boost smile for special occasions

If you find yourself invited to an important event or social function at short notice, you will probably do what you can to look as good as you can for the day. It only takes a quick trip to the shops, or the hairdressers to improve your appearance. The same cannot usually be said for your discoloured teeth though. These are not something which you can easily hide, and can really detract from an otherwise attractive smile.

Our chair-side whitening treatment enables you to have a pain free and almost instant whitening in just a single visit to your local Epsom cosmetic dentists. The Phillips Zoom 2 is a state of the art tool that allows us to achieve this great result for our patients.

How does it work?

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6 Changes You Can Make For A Healthier Mouth

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Your oral health is important – simple changes can make all the difference.

With the new year now well underway, it is still not too late to make those resolutions that you may not have had time to make up to now.

Whilst some of these may involve life changing decisions, you should not underestimate the impact of less dramatic changes. This is especially the case in the area of oral health care, where just a few changes could make a real difference to the health of your teeth and gums.

At The Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we are firm believers in preventative dental care. Although we can restore damaged or infected teeth with procedures such as root canal treatment, or replace missing teeth with implants, we would prefer our Epsom patients not to need these treatments in the first place.

Below, we have listed 6 changes that you can make, that will make a real difference.

Stop smoking – This should be at the top of your list. Not only can smoking cause life threatening illnesses, especially of the heart and lungs, but oral cancers are also on the rise and should be taken seriously. Smoking is a leading cause of this, but, even if you are fortunate to avoid mouth cancer, you greatly increase the risk of advanced gum disease if you smoke.

Use floss – Although gum disease now has more media exposure than ever before, still very few people clean their teeth well enough to completely prevent it. Cleaning between the teeth is an area often neglected and if you use dental floss, you will be taking another step towards avoiding gingivitis and periodontitis.

See the hygienist – Although the majority of people do see their dentist at reasonably regular intervals, fewer will see the dental hygienist. Those that do though will notice a real difference. Not only will a six monthly scale and polish help to rid your teeth and gums of any built up hardened bacteria, but your mouth will feel cleaner and fresher too.

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Why It’s Best To Avoid Online Dental Remedies

However harmless they seem, some ‘wonder’ solutions to dental problems can be harmful!

If you are at all concerned about the appearance of your teeth, there is a very good chance that you have may have used that well known search engine to try to find an easy solution to the problem.

Whilst very few people will search for how to extract their own teeth, preferring instead the professionalism of an experienced dentist, less invasive treatments are quite widely searched. Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the most common of these is ‘how to whiten your teeth at home’.

The results tend to throw up a mixture of solutions, from common long standing ones, such as using lemon juice to bleach your teeth (we’ll come to that later), to celebrity endorsed ones which range from the bizarre to the downright harmful.

Below, we take a look at why you should generally be very cautious about these methods and should always consult one of our Surrey based cosmetic dentists if you want to whiten your teeth. We focus on two of the most popular results, but you should beware of others too.

Lemon juice teeth whitening

The theory behind this method is that lemon juice acts as a natural and harmless form of bleach that will whiten your teeth. Whilst it is true that it is obviously much less harmful if you accidentally swallow lemon juice than if you do so with bleach, it can still do serious damage to your teeth.

‘Natural’ does not always mean harmless, and using lemon juice to brush your teeth may possibly lighten the colour of your teeth a little, but will do so by removing not only some of the surface staining, but by removing some of the enamel too. This is important as it is the hard enamel exterior that protects the softer dentin area from bacteria and acids. As you erode the outer enamel, the risk of decay and root canal infections rise. In addition to this, the thinner enamel will start to show the darker colour from the inner part of the tooth, negating any whitening benefits from any stain removal. In short, don’t do it!

Charcoal toothpaste

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2018 – Your Year For A Great New Smile?

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Why not investigate a smile makeover at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom?

A smile says a lot about a person. Especially when we meet someone for the first time, a warm and attractive smile can really make a great impression. Unfortunately, most of us have some type of noticeable ‘defect’ with our smile; but this does not need to be permanent and is something we can definitely help with.

Our Surrey cosmetic dentists often see a rise in the number of patients each January, as people make determinations for the New Year. Increasingly, a smile improvement treatment is high on their list, along with losing weight, stopping smoking and getting fit. This comes as no surprise, as cosmetic treatment is now more affordable and accessible for an increasing number of people.

Smile makeover

At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we offer a treatment plan known as a smile makeover. This is not necessarily an individual treatment (although it can be), but is usually a combination of cosmetic treatments designed to bring out the best in your smile.

Although some advanced procedures, such as dental implant placement, can also be used where necessary, a smile makeover often consists of one or more of the following treatments.

Cosmetic bonding – If the patient has a small chip in a tooth, but one that is not extensive enough for a crown to be needed; either bonding or a small tooth coloured filling may be used to restore its appearance.

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