TALK IT THROUGH BEFORE GOING FOR A ‘CELEBRITY’ TREATMENT

The importance of discussing any type of proposed cosmetic  treatment with your dentist has been underlined in a recent article on ‘celebrity smiles’ featured in a Body & Soul supplemt in The Times national newspaper.

Dental veneers and teeth-whitening treatments came under the microscope in the article written by Simon Crompton, who quoted the concerns of some dentists that patients are not always presented with the complete facts or alternatives.

Veneers, involving removing a layer of tooth to replace with white porcelain or resin, “have to be very carefully looked after and need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years”, said one dentist quoted in the article.

It was noted that some younger female patients, with slightly rotated teeth or with small gaps between them, asked for veneers – when orthondontics, which could correct teeth over several months without damaging them, was the best option.
He regularly referred patients to an orthodontist but, as the article makes clear, “Not everyone has a dentist who does this”.

Reassuringly, the qualified dental and orthodontic dentists at the Chattering Class Clinic have a great deal of experience in the complexities of cosmetic dentistry, and it is an absolute ‘must’ among all members of the team to discuss and communicate all aspects of treatment with a patient before it is agreed.

The article stressses the importance of discussing the  advantages and disadvantages of treatments with patients – which is common practice at the Chattering Class Clinic, where a range of orthodontic alternatives to veneers, such as Invisalign, the 6-Month Smile, Inman Aligner, Damon Braces and Lingual Braces, are regularly recommended and carried out by the team.

“Dentists have a professional responsibility to inform them (patients) of the options”, said the article, adding that “The General Dental Council’s code of conduct says that dentists must explain the treatment proposed, the risks involved and alternative treatments”.
Quoting James Goolnik, the president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), which has a membership of 1,000, out of the 26,000 dentists in the UK, it continues:
“New orthodontic procedures, such as invisible braces, are much quicker and less obvious (than veneers), which make them more appealing to patients. Dentists are also more aware that veneers aren’t the only option, and are getting that over to patients”.

The article also covers the investigation by consumer watchdog Which? into teeth whitening advertised on some popular websites, and already discussed on Chattering Class Clinic  web pages, pointing out that dentists can safely tailor treatment according to your teeth and their sensitivities.
It concludes: “The simplest – and cheapest – way to foster a Hollywood smile is to look after your teeth: have them scaled and polished regularly, stop smoking, and cut down on strong-coloured foods and drinks that may stain”.

MAKE AN EARLY START FOR HEALTHY TEETH

While research over recent years has revealed that the health of children’s teeth has improved, it’s still true that five year olds in the UK rank only seventh in Europe for dental health, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds are 50% more likely to have tooth decay.
So learning about how to keep teeth healthy from an early age is still important, and your dentist or hygientist at the Chattering Class Clinic are always on hand to advise on how to take care of your children’s teeth to prevent decay.
Brush your child’s teeth twice a day, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day. Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it.
With a tooth-brushing routine established at home, bring your child with you when you visit the Chattering Class Clinic, so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist, who can identify any problems at an early stage.

Some tips for healthy young teeth include to start brushing your baby’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through – usually at around six months, but it can be earlier or later.
Children under the age of three can use a smear of family toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm (parts per million) fluoride, and between the ages of three and six they can use a small blob of toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride.

Just opening up their mouths for the chelsea dentist to take a look is useful practice for the first time they need treatment, and will help to make a visit to the dentist as routine as it is for you.

TELL YOUR DENTIST ABOUT A CHANGE IN YOUR HEALTH

The importance of telling your dentist about any changes to your general health has been underlined in a timely reminder issued by the British Dental Health Foundation.
” It is especially important to tell them if you are pregnant or have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or have ever had a stroke. You also need to tell them about any medicines you are taking as these can affect both your treatment and the health of your mouth”, says the Foundation.
Gum disease is another major issue raised by the Foundation, which comments that although there is some evidence that gum disease runs in families, the main cause is the plaque which forms on the surface of your teeth. To prevent periodontal gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day.
Your Chelsea dentist will also show you how to effectively remove the soft plaque yourself, by cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly at home. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria and biofilm which forms on the teeth and gums every day, and leaflets are available from the Chelsea Clinic to help you with your home treatment.
When you make one of your regular visits to your dentist or hygienist at the Chattering Class Clinic, your teeth will be given a thorough clean to remove any scale or tartar, which may take a number of sessions. Periodontal Gum disease is an on-going problem, but with routine home care you can slow down its progress and even stop it altogether. It’s important to remove plaque every day, and have regular check-ups with your Chattering Class Clinic dentist and hygienist, as often as they recommend.

TAKE A HOLIDAY – BUT NOT TO TREAT YOUR TEETH

Patients taking a trip overseas after seeing tempting website offers of cheaper treatment may gain short-term financial benefits, but a lack of aftercare can cause long-term problems for the ‘dental tourist’, warns an article in the dental magazine ‘The Probe’.
 Some in search of quick-fix and cheap cosmetic dentisty, particularly for implants, are travelling to clinics as far away as Mexico, Thailand and India, while European countries are becoming increasingly popular.
Overseas dentists may be as professional as their UK counterparts, but many patients go abroad for implants only to discover there has been little treatment planning prepared, and that when there are problems there is no follow-up strategy in place.
The article makes the point that “In order to get the treatment right, you must know the patient’s history”, be able to communicate clearly with the patient, have the correct equipment and know how to use it, and be conveniently placed for aftercare.
An added complication is that the British NHS will only provide a returning dental “tourist” with emergency treatment for such problems as infection or bleeding, and any other problems with an implant, for example, will have to be solved at the patient’s expense – often a costly exercise.
With more than 800 implant systems available worldwide, if can often be a major exercise for a UK dentist to identify exactly what the overseas clinic used in its treatment before starting to sort out the post-operative problem.
“Many of those who go abroad for impant treatment wont return to the (overseas) clinic for maintenance care as they expect their own UK dentist to provide it. Long-term care is often an after-thought”, says the article.
The good news is that your Chattering Class Clinic dentists are more than capable of providing expert implant treatment, as well as a range of other cosmetic dentistry solutions, with a financial plan that means you need not travel overseas –  unless you fancy a holiday.

DON’T SLACKEN – GET A SMILE LIFT

Having a facial re-shape while sitting in the dentist’s chair is claimed to be the latest technique for those seeking to keep their youthful good looks.
Pioneered in the USA, the Non-Surgical Smile Lift is now available in the UK where, according to the Daily Mail, Dr Mervyn Druian can restructure the face to make it look up to 10 years younger.
Using veneers, widely used in cosmetic dentistry on mis-shaped, chipped or discoloured teeth to provide a whiter smile, he places the thin layers of porcelain over the upper and lower teeth to subtly reshape the face.
“As we age the teeth wear down and the jaw recedes, leading to the facial height [the area between the nose and chin] decreasing and the lower part of the face dropping. All this causes the facial -proportions to change and you get a slackened appearance. Veneers can be used to lift the whole face”, the Mail quotes him as saying.
The treatment has its critics, such as Dr Irfan Ahmad who said: “Having a treatment like this is a serious decision with serious consequences. The irreversible damage done by grinding natural teeth is permanent. It may have a subtle effect on lips and cheeks for someone who has missing teeth, but for the majority of people not affected in this way, you may want to look at alternative treatments before parting with thousand of pounds”.
But Deborah Chester, a 45-year-old London writer, said she was pleased with her new grin, and pleasantly surprised by the changes to her face, which made her look younger.
” My lips were slightly fuller and my face looked more filled out and balanced. It wasn’t a dramatic change, but it definitely made me feel younger”, she told the Mail.
Meanwhile, you may decide to join the hundreds of patients who have sought the expert advice of the cosmetic dentistry team at the Chattering Class Clinic about how to improve your smile – and how to maintain good dental health as the years pass by.

NEW SENSOR COULD ADD TO THE FLUORIDE DEBATE

An age-old debate could be renewed after news that a Florida State University researcher has developed a molecular sensor that changes colour when a sample containing fluoride is added to it.
The device, for which a patent has been applied, is said to detect about one ten-thousandth of a milligram of fluoride in a litre of water, making it one of the most sensitive fluoride sensors developed to date.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in many foods and in all drinking water, where the level varies from area to area. According to the British Dental Health Foundation it can greatly help dental health by strengthening tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay, particularly among  children.
Where you live will determine whether or not your drinking water contains fluoride, but most toothpastes now contain fluoride, and many people get their fluoride this way.
Opponents of its use point to ‘dental fluorosis’, caused by having too much fluoride when the teeth are developing. This can happen when fluoride supplements are taken by children under 7 who live in areas where the water supply is fluoridated. It can also happen when children swallow toothpaste.
Many reports have been published throughout the world about the pros and cons of fluoride, but the Dental Foundation maintains: ” After many years the scientific conclusion is that fluoride toothpaste and correctly fluoridated water, salt and milk are of great benefit to dental health and help to reduce decay, and cause no harmful side effects to general health”.
For a professional view, feel free to consult your dentist at the Chattering Class Clinic, who will be pleased to advise on any topic concerning your dental health and that of your family.

HOW WE GOT THE EDGE OVER THE NEANDERTHALS

A high-tech new examination of teeth from 11 Neanderthal and early human fossils shows how we slow-growing more modern humans had the edge over our ancestors.
The finding suggests that our characteristically slow development and long childhood are recent and unique to our own species, and may have given early humans an evolutionary advantage over Neanderthals.
Led by scientists at Harvard University, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (MPI-EVA), and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the findings are detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Teeth are remarkable time recorders, capturing each day of growth much like rings in trees reveal yearly progress,” says Tanya M. Smith, assistant professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard. “Even more impressive is the fact that our first molars contain a tiny ‘birth certificate,’ and finding this birth line allows scientists to calculate exactly how old a juvenile was when it died.”
Professor Smith and her colleagues found that teeth growth in a young Neanderthal – an indicator of overall development – was significantly faster than in our own species, including some of the earliest groups of modern humans to leave Africa some 90,000 to 100,000 years ago.
The current study involves some of the most famous Neanderthal children ever discovered, including the first hominin fossil, discovered in Belgium in the winter of 1829-30. This individual was previously thought, based on comparisons with modern humans, to have been four to five years old at the time of death. Now, powerful synchrotron X-rays and biological rhythms inside teeth have revealed the child was only three years old.
So next time you look in the mirror, remember that early humans may have taken longer to grow up than their ancestors, but this gave them longer to learn and think about life, possibly giving early Homo sapiens an advantage over their Neanderthal cousins.

HOW TO DEAL WITH A KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH

Experiencing the sort of accident when your child has fallen over and has knocked out one of their permanent front teeth is  a scenario that panics even the most calm parent, and  how to deal with the situation quickly and efficiently can make a huge difference to the outcome and the child’s appearance.
So this advice from the Chattering Class Clinic could be invaluable:
1. Comfort the child, and immediately try to find the tooth.
2. Do not scrub it, but clean any debris gently.
3. Ideally, rinse the tooth in the child’s saliva, or if you are the parent use your own saliva – but otherwise use milk.
4. If you can, place the tooth gently but with a little pressure into its socket, checking it’s the right way round – but don’t worry too much about the angle.
5. If you can’t put the tooth in place, keep it wet in saliva or milk – and get to a dentist as soon as possible.
6. Tell the dental practice you need to be seen immediately.
If you have any concerns about what to do in an emergency, or what day-to-day steps to take to care for your child’s teeth, your Chelsea dental team will always be pleased to talk to you on the telephone or live on-line.

YOUR SMILE CAN BE A GOOD INVESTMENT

The average person in the UK still spends about £20 a week shopping for clothes and accessories, while ignoring that vital indicator of good looks – their teeth.
Research has found that women generally own 100 items of clothing yet only wear 30 of them, while the rest stay on their hangers.
Naturally enough, most women want to look good, but having bad teeth can age a woman by a staggering 13 years, says Dr Phil Stemmer, dental ambassador for Oral B.
“Teeth are one of the first things we notice about a person. When people don’t look after their teeth, they tend not to smile, which can give off a bad impression.
Whether or not we are aware of it, when we first meet someone who doesn’t smile or has unhealthy looking teeth we can form negative views about their lifestyle from their relationship status, career success and pay packet to their character and even their age.
The research highlights the importance the appearance of your teeth can have on the way people perceive you, he says.
Having a healthy set of teeth can also have its economic advantages, as the Oral-B Smile Report revealed that the majority of people believe those with nice teeth earn more.
So discussing how you want to look with the team at the Chattering Class Clinic, as well as getting the latest professional advice on how to keep that healthy smile, could be a good investment in more ways than one in the year ahead. We offer teeth straightening, dental implants, Invisalign, 6 month braces, lingual braces and porcelain veneers.

Awesome Perks Of 6 Month Braces

A crooked smile does not always come out as often as an individual might like. This of course is due to the fact that people are not feeling as confident as they should. Those who are looking into the different options that they have will need to see how 6 month braces can come to the rescue.

With typical braces, the wait time for the perfect smile can take a year and a half to two years. Adults typically do not want to wait this long, which is why the other option is so much more popular. This is a perfect way to get the right smile in less than a year.

Due to the fact that the overall process is going to be much shorter, fewer appointments are needed. This is perfect for those who are busy with work or school and do not always have a free day to get away every month for a check up. With fewer appointments comes less money, so make sure to find someone that can book the 6 month braces right away.

Believe it or not, these braces are also going to be quite comfortable. Once they are fitted properly, the individual will be able to wear them throughout the entire day. They are clear mouthpieces so no one is really going to be able to tell that the braces are even on. Take them out when the next meal arrives and it will be incredibly easy.

Many people tend to stay away from this option simply because of how much they think it is going to cost. However, this option is very affordable and often come with great discounts. Talk with the professional chosen and see what kind of plans they currently offer.

Now is the right time to start thinking about getting 6 month braces. This is a great option that anyone will be able to benefit and feel good from. Start now and talk with individuals who are trained to take care of this type of treatment and enjoy the brand new smile.