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Monthly Archives: August 2016

10 reasons why we love orthodontics

Orthodontics can be a particularly dry topic. However, it has a fascinating history that dates back to the Ancient Egyptians as well as many facts and stats that boggle the mind! Let’s take a look at some of these….


1. The range of treatments available just keeps growing and growing….Once upon a time, orthodontics meant putting up with an uncomfortable metal mouth, complete with annoying brackets and archwires. Today, these metal models have been modernised to be more comfortable – achieved by rendering the brackets smaller, creating more space in your mouth.

2. Other options such as the range of ‘Invisible braces’ available, including Invisalign, lingual braces and six-month-smiles bring flexibility to the table for patients – their lives no longer have to fit around their treatment.

3. Braces can be fashion-friendly. Many young people in Asia are actually considering braces to be a recent trend, with many wearing fake braces merely for aesthetic purposes! It can be a drag trying to inspire children to wear their braces. But the traditional metal braces of today can be accompanied by coloured archwires, which are a great incentive for kids!

4. Braces are suited to people of all ages. Did you know, 1 in 5 patients undergoing treatment are adults – many this is a huge rise from in previous decades.

5. Orthodontics doesn’t involve any unpleasant drilling or needs – so you need worry about any severe pain.

6. Celebrities are loving orthodontics. Some of the celebrities who have embraced orthodontic treatment and braces include singing sensation Zara Larson, Gwen Stefani and Niall Horan. Celebrities are also discovering the benefits of Invisalign – a set of clear, removable and discreet aligners. The likes of Tom Cruise, Eva Longhoria and Nicholas Cage used Invisalign to straightening their teeth (though many journalists did not catch on due to their inconspicuous nature)!

7. The most common commonly treated orthodontic problem is crowding of teeth. Some teeth can be poorly aligned as a result of a patient’s dental arch or teeth being too large or small. If left untreated, the gums and bone that cover the roots of exceptionally crowded teeth can grow thin and begin to recede.

8. Dental impressions originated in the 17th century thanks to Matthaeus Gottfried Purmann, who used wax to carry these out. Later in 1756, Philip Pfaff began to used plaster of Paris. Another pioneer of orthodontics was Pierre Fauchard who invented the ‘bandeau’, an appliance used to correct misaligned teeth. This basic appliance was a U-shaped piece of metal lined with holes for each tooth.

9. Here’s one that is a little confusing…. All orthodontists are dentists, yet only 5% of dentists are orthodontists…. Orthodontists must first train as dentists and then branch off into the specialist field of orthodontics.

10. It takes 7 years to become a qualified orthodontist. As mentioned above, all orthodontists must first possess the arsenal of knowledge and skills it takes to be a dentist. Following this, 2 additional years must be spent building on this to become an orthodontist thus learning about misaligned teeth and jaws.

What is a ‘Smile Makeover’ treatment?

The concept of ‘smile makeover’ is one that we receive much curiosity over here at Fresh Dental.

A Smile makeover encompasses several different treatments, all centred around rejuvenating and accentuating your smile, though the process is different for each patient. Some of treatments included as part of this process is:

  • Crowns/cracked or chipped teeth. These are also used for teeth that require straightening due to damage as a result of root anal treatment or a filling.
  • Orthodontic work to align crowded teeth.
  • Correct a ‘gummy smile’ by treating crooked or overlapping teeth.
  • Tooth whitening.
  • Implants to replace missing teeth – missing teeth can be the source of insecurity for many. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth. Missing teeth can also affect your bite which can become uncomfortable and lead to health complications if left untreated.


Am I eligible for a smile makeover?

You will need to attend a consultation so our specialists can assess whether you need any treatment carried out before you undergo smile makeover treatment. You will be checked for signs of gum disease, severe misalignment and teeth grinding as well as any build up of tartar and plaque. This is because it is important that your mouth and teeth are as healthy as they can be beforehand, as this renders the treatment more successful and safe.

A smile makeover takes involves taking your whole face into consideration. Your skin tone, facial appearance and tooth colour.

Smile makeovers are for many different degrees of treatment –  whether you would like to change one or two things about your smile, or completely redefine your smile, at Fresh Dental we can help.


Benefits of Smile Makeover

A smile makeover is probably the most bespoke orthodontic treatment you can undergo as it’s essentially a pick and mix of treatments. A smile makeover will:

–  Boost your confidence.

–  Improve your smile and the overall appearance of your face (depending on the treatments selected).

– ‘Reset’ your dental health.

If you would like more information on the treatments we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us. 



14 reasons to love braces….

Here at Fresh Dental, we are always receiving such positive feedback from our patients about the orthodontic treatments we provide. We thought we would share 10 of our patients’ favourite reasons for having braces.


1. Braces can be super subtle – With advancements in brace technology such as Invisalign, your treatment can be virtually invisible. Or if you are feeling more adventurous and wish to flaunt your treatment, you can always brighten up your smile with a rainbow of colours, as you can choose to have coloured braces if you wish. We have found this an be a great way to pursuade young children to em(brace)! their treatment!

2. Braces are suitable for everybody – No matter what the dental alignment issue may be, we can access each patient perfectly on an individual basis. And we are seeing more adults embrace orthodontic every year! In fact, since 2011, 1 in 5 patients seeking braces is an adult.

3. Orthodontics fixes what you’ve got – braces straighten your natural teeth rather than hiding them behind a perfect veneer. They are the cheaper option if you wish to have flawless looking teeth.

4. No needles! – We understand that needles can be our patients’ biggest fear when visiting the dentist. But fear not! There will be no drilling or filling involved!

5. Celebs embrace braces too – You can be safe in the knowledge that even celebrities have braces – they aren’t naturally perfect either! Kendall Jenner, Niall Horan and Gwen Stefani have orthodontic treatment to thank for their star smiles. The stigma behind having a ‘metal mouth’ is disappearing rapidly, with more and more celebrities wearing them in the public eye. There are also some famous faces such as Justin Bieber and Tom Cruise who take the subtler approach, opting for Invisalign treatments.

6. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean – With fewer crevices and gaps for food and bacteria to hide in, post orthodontic treatment, your cleaning routine is made so much easier.

7. Braces just keep on getting better – With Invisalign braces, you can now straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets in sight. Invisalign is a removable treatment that allows for flexibility and comfort.

8. Orthodontics can chance your whole face – Not only do braces straighten teeth, they can also improve the profile of your face, aligning your jaw and the way your teeth bite together.

9. Braces are only temporary – If you are worried about the appearance of the brace, don’t worry! Take some comfort in the fact that they are not on forever…the only thing that lasts forever is the perfectly straight smile you will receive.

10. The results are AMAZING! – It is always such a pleasure to see how joyful our patients are with their smiles after orthodontic treatment.


What can cosmetic dentistry do for me?

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses several treatments that can restore your teeth and smile as well as boost your confidence and improve your dental health. We’ve seen cosmetic dental treatments change patients’ lives  – but what are the procedures involved and how can they benefit you? We take a look at some of the most popular treatments….


Teeth whitening – Teeth whitening is becoming more and more popular across the UK and indeed worldwide. If you are considering getting your teeth whitened, be sure to have the procedure carried out by a trained specialist and not someone unqualified. When this procedure is carried out at a dental practice, is it safe because it is bespoke.

How does this procedure work? – Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, so that the whitening trays are pinpoint accurate to your teeth’s structure. Bespoke impressions are essential to your safety, as the ‘one size fits all’ trays that come with DIY kits and which are used by many non-qualified beauticians, can cause the whitening agent to leek into your gums and cause serious damage. Once these have been created, the whitening agent can be applied to your teeth, giving you a brand new smile.

Dental Hygienist – If your teeth are simply in need of a deep clean, our dental hygienist can give your teeth a deep clean, removing the tenacious tartar and plaque that sits on your tooth enamel.  You should aim to visit your dental hygienist each year, though they will advise you on how often this should be depending on the condition of your teeth. Here at Fresh Dental, our dental hygienist can also offer you friendly advice on how to keep plaque and tartar at bay.

Veneers – These acts as a substitute for tooth enamel. They are thin shells designed to go over the front of your teeth, enhancing your appearance. Veneers are used to change the size, length, shape and colour of your teeth, depending on what you are looking to achieve.

When can veneers help?

  • If your teeth are discoloured.
  • Your teeth are misaligned.
  • You have gaps between your teeth.
  • Teeth that are worn, broken or chipped.

Dental implants – These are generally made from titanium and are the next best thing to a real tooth. Your dentist inserts a titanium screw into your gum, which acts as a new tooth root. Following this, a crown (false tooth), is placed over the top.

Why are implants the next best thing to a natural tooth?

  • It is very rare for a patient’s body to ‘reject’ a dental implant.
  • They’re comfortable and feel like a normal tooth.
  • Improved speech.
  • Eat the foods you enjoy without hassle.
  • Improved oral health.
  • The best aesthetic solution for replacing a missing tooth.

Tooth- coloured/white fillings – Fillings no longer have to be a worry or a hassle. Tooth-coloured blend in with your teeth’s natural colour, so you need no longer feel self-conscious about fillings. As well as being more aesthetically pleasing, the material used is stronger than mercury amalgam fillings.

If you would like any further information on these treatments, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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