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Category “dental health information”

Do braces hurt and how do they feel? (Sharon’s smile makeover part 2)

If you remember earlier this year Sharon started on her journey to improve her smile. These are her thoughts:

“I had my ceramic braces put on in February, so have now had them for just over 3 months.
It took me just under a week to get used to the braces. The first few days were a bit uncomfortable, but not so much that I needed painkillers.
The worse thing was the braces rubbed a bit on my gums, but Cotteswold House gave me an aftercare packet which had some wax in which I could place on those sore areas.
I’ve seen Dr Neal 3 times now to have my elastics which hold my wire changed. This is quite a quick appointment – I’m normally only there for 20 minutes. Again because the brace is tight you do feel some pressure but that soon goes.
I’m really starting to see big changes to the position of my teeth qand am so pleased I’ve had it on. As an added bonus, it has really helped with my diet 🙂 ”

These are good points made by Sharon and really tie in with the main queries about braces (orthodontics):

1. How much will treatment cost?
We know price is an important consideration for you. There is no way to accurately answer this question without first coming in for a consultation.
At Cotteswold House are fees are generally between £3-4000. This fee also includes teeth whitening to really show off your new smile!

2. How can you prepare for treatment?
We would need to make sure all teeth are disease free and the gums healthy. This will provide optimum conditions for the best result.

3. How can your dentist work out if you are suitable for treatment?
The best way is to book a consultation. Please call 01452524024 to arrange a free initial consultation.


4. How long will the process take?
Each individual case varies. Treatment tends to range from 6 to 18 months.

5. What are the downsides/side effects of treatment?
There are very few downsides to these systems. With Invisalign® you will be required to remove the aligner or braces when you are eating to prevent food getting stuck under it and for fixed ceramic brackets you need to ensure your teeth cleaning is excellent.

6. Will it hurt?
There could be some discomfort during the initial stages of tooth movement. The way orthodontics works is to introduce constant but steady pressure on your teeth. This results in you only feeling light pressure on the teeth. You would not experience any pain, just some discomfort, which means the teeth are moving.

To find out more, please follow the link here to download our free guide into teeth straightening

Black Whitening Toothpaste?

At Cotteswold House Dental Care, in Gloucester, we are now stocking Beverly Hills Black Whitening Toothpaste. It has activated Charcoal present to help reduce surface staining to give the teeth a whiter appearance. It is also the least abrasive whitening toothpaste on the market (this has been an issue with whitening pastes for some time!). This makes it the perfect partner to one of our teeth whitening packages.

It gets a thumbs up on taste from the whole team.

Pop in to pick up a tube for £5.50.

Beverly Hills Perfect White Black toothpaste

Helping with stained teeth

As the Christmas season is soon to be upon us, we are sure you want to have a healthy sparkling smile to go with your party dresses and suits.

Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to provide you with tips to help reduce any embarrassment about stained and discoloured teeth.

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Why do teeth stain?

Stained teeth can be caused by drinking coke, coffee and tea, or consuming stain producing foods such as red wine or blueberries (!). Also nicotine is a main cause of staining.

Plaque deposits as a result of not brushing correctly or flossing can also cause stains.

Biting on hard objects can cause microcracks which will rapidly stain and are hard to clean.  

How do you stop staining teeth? 
  • Limit the amount of coffee and tea
  • Avoid smoking
  • Have regular visits with your dentist and hygienist
  • Brush and floss properly
  • The use of some toothpastes can help to remove minor stains
 

Next time we will be talking about ways in which we can help to remove stains.

Don’t Let Halloween Trick Your Teeth! Follow our recommended tips to help reduce the sugar damage.

tips to improve dental health and reduce sugar intake

Don’t let sugar ruin your Halloween fun!

Its that time of the year! Halloween is one of the most sugary days of the year. After “Trick or Treating” this saturday evening, its even more important to guard against the evils of tooth decay.   If you follow these tips, you will be able to enjoy the night and not feel guilty:
  • Regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing are the best way to prevent decay. Electric brushes are shown to be more effective at cleaning your teeth and we recommend either an Oral B Pro-Care or a Sonicare toothbrush.
  • The longer the teeth are exposed to sugars and acid, the more likely decay is. Try to avoid or limit hard sweets that stay in the mouth for prolonged periods of time. This also means that grazing on sweets (1 or 2 at a time over a long period of time) is much worse than a binge eating session.
  • Avoid fizzy and other sugary drinks. Sports drinks and flavoured water are also no good for teeth, especially in combination with sweets (a bottle of ready made Ribena has a staggering 14 teaspoons of sugar in it!)
  • Try to save  the sweets for directly after meals. The mouth produces more saliva during and after mealtimes, which helps balance out the acids and wash away bacteria and particles.
  • Chew sugar free gum with xylitol. Chewing for 20 minutes can help to prevent tooth decay by increasing saliva production.
Remember: daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and regular visits to the dentist are the best way to keep teeth healthy and free of decay. Please don’t ban your children from sweets – I’m going to be diving into them myself, but by following these tips, I am going to be keeping my teeth safe from zombies, ghosts and cavities throughout the year.