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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Cfast braces at Fresh Dental

Cfast focuses on aligning what dentists call the ‘social six’ teeth (those most exposed to others).

 

A round –up of the benefits:

  • Fast-acting. Your front teeth will be straight in 6 months.
  • Cost-effective. As the treatment time is shorter than other brace treatments, the cost is dramatically less.
  • The archwires and brackets are inconspicuous.
  • They are worn for a small fraction of the time compared to traditional brace methods.
  • More comfortable than traditional metal braces, as the pressure applied is minimal.

 

What is Cfast?

We offer Cfast braces as they have several benefits in comparison to traditional fixed braces. Treatment is straightforward and fast-acting as well as minimally invasive, aligning your top and bottom front six teeth and levelling out your arches. Although Cfast braces are not invisible, they are very discreet  as the archwires and brackets are made clear coloured and made from nickel-titanium, so they’re also strong and hardwearing.

 

Are Cfast braces comfortable?

Cfast braces apply minimal force to move your teeth into a desired position. The arch wires employ minor pressure to move the teeth and there is no need for harsh tightening to achieve this.

 

Cfast origins

Cfast braces were created by Dr Biju Krishnan in 2009.

 

Am I eligible for Cfast braces?

Many people believe that their age is a factor contributing to whether or not they can have orthodontic treatment or not. In fact, it is more to do with your dental health.

Since 2011, 1 in 5 patients undergoing orthodontic treatment is an adult and the stigma around having a ‘metal mouth’ is no longer prevalent. ‘Invisible’ treatments have also encouraged many adults to undergo treatments, as they do not their appearance in the workplace. Cfast braces cannot address any complex orthodontic issues, though straightening your front teeth is a good start to fixing more fundamental problems.

Your orthodontist here at Fresh Dental can talk your through more details regarding Cfast braces entail and address whether or not you are eligible.

 

 

If you would like more information about Cfast braces, take a look at our Cfast braces page. You can also arrange a consultation with one of our orthodontists to discuss possible treatment.

6 things you should know before getting braces

 

Are you looking to straighten your smile? Here at Fresh Dental, we have an extensive and specialist knowledge of orthodontics. Here are a few pointers to bare in mind before undergoing treatment….

 

  1. There is absolutely no age limit for orthodontic treatment

Usually when people think of braces, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a teenager with a mouthful of metal. But these days an increasing amount of adults are getting braces, especially now thanks to the virtually invisible aligners, Invisalign. We also offer other ‘invisible’ brace treatments if you’re worried about your appearance changing during the treatment period.

  1. Fixing the alignment of your jaw, is as important as the aesthetics of your teeth

Not only will the brace make your teeth perfectly straight, but they will also contribute to straightening your bite. This makes the result of the treatment even more remarkable, as you will notice the whole profile of your face will be improved dramatically.

  1. Cost and treatment times vary

Both the typical cost of braces and treatment time depends on the type of brace chosen, the practice, the patient’s oral health and whether or not there are any other dental issues. The average treatment time is around 24 months (2 years) but with braces such as Cfast, this can be reduced to as little as 6 months.

  1. Make sure you choose the right brace

Take careful consideration into the type of brace you wish to have for your orthodontic treatment. Ask yourself this…what would I feel most comfortable with? For example, you may find Invisalign to be the best choice, as you attend many social events and you love the idea that you can remove the brace. Lifestyle factors are usually a good basis to work from, as you need whatever brace you choose to easily fit into your day-to-day life.

  1. Take good care of your teeth

You must ensure that you keep your mouth and teeth as healthy as possible. You may find with fixed braces there are more crevices for food to get stuck in, which could lead to a build-up of cavity causing bad bacteria. To address this problem make sure you floss regularly, and spend slightly longer brushing so you can reach those tricky areas. It’s also important to avoid eating any sticky or tough foods, as these can damage your braces and easily become lodged in the brackets.

  1. You will need to wear retainers afterwards

Most people just assume that once their braces are off, that their orthodontic journey is over. But if you want to keep that perfectly straight smile, you will need to wear a retainer at night time to stop your teeth from drifting back into their original position.

 

 

 

 

’10 point assessment’ at Fresh Dental

Why are check-ups so important?

When you become a patient with us, we will invite you to attend an oral examination twice a year. This will be like a check-up but not in the conventional sense. These appointments will focus on a 10-point clinical assessment. This system is centred around prevention and identifying problems in their early stages.

Beautiful young woman smile. Dental health background.

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  1. Radiographs – If necessary, we will take X-rays of your teeth to examine the structure of your teeth and get an overall picture view of your mouth.

 

 

  1. Photographs – These help us plan your treatment and are a good visual tool to help us to explain your oral health. We also use these in conjunction with our dental laboratory to asses your facial shape and symmetry.

 

 

  1. Tooth Check – A thorough assessment of the health, function and appearance of your teeth and any existing restorations.

 

 

  1. Gum Heath – You will undergo an extensive gum assessment so we can analyse the your teeth’s foundations. Depending on the outcome, we may recommend a hygienist programme or bespoke at home products.

 

 

  1. Bite Records – Your bite is an important aspect of your dental health. We will check and record how your teeth meet and move across one another. This is an important indicator when it comes to any new restorations.

 

 

  1. Jaw Joint – If your external jaw joints are misaligned, you could suffer from headaches and migraines. The 10-point assessment will help keep these kind of complications at bay.

 

 

  1. Internal Soft Tissue – The health of your cheeks, palate and tongue are vital to your overall oral health. A comprehensive oral cancer screening will also be carried out at each consultation.

 

 

  1. Lifestyle – your lifestyle affects your oral health. We will discuss your diet, lifestyle and habits, so that we can help you make any improvements and offer your advice.

 

 

  1. Your needs – Your dentist will listen to any worries or questions that you raise.

 

We’ve just released a free essential guide to ‘secretly straightening your teeth’. Download it online here. If you would like to arrange a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

 

Smile Consultation/Makeover – Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Fresh Dental, we offer Smile Consultations and makeovers, a treatment that encompasses one or more cosmetic or restorative procedures, to help you rejuvenate your smile.

Restorative procedures: 

  • Dental crowns
  • Bridgework
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Dentures
  • Crowns
  • Implant restorations and placements

 

Cosmetic procedures:

  • Replacing discoloured filings (front teeth).
  • Whiten teeth to a more natural shade.
  • Straightening crooked teeth using orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign.
  • Re-contouring your teeth.
  • Dealing with crowded or mis-spaced teeth.
  • Porcelain or resin veneers to change the alignment and shape of your teeth.
  • Tooth-coloured fillings as opposed to silver fillings as a more aesthetic alternative.
  • Porcelain or resin inlays.
  • Replacing missing teeth with implants of bridges.
  • Remove stained fracture lines from your tooth enamel.
  • Restore chipped teeth.

 

Some of the treatments in each list are the same. Restorative procedures can be amended or double up to become classed as ‘cosmetic’ treatments. For example, fillings are classed as ‘restorative’ however, tooth-coloured fillings are a ‘cosmetic’ procedure as they focus on fitting in with your natural appearance.

 

Q. How long does a smile makeover take?

A. This varies from patient to patient and depends on which treatments you choose to undergo. If you have chosen one or two treatment types, your makeover may only take one or two visits, though some procedures such as dental implants take a little longer, as the implant needs time to fuse with your jawbone.

Q. What are the benefits of a smile makeover?

A. Each treatment has its own benefits and so does a smile makeover as a whole. As it is tailored to you, each treatment will revolve the structure of your teeth, for example if you’ve chosen to have your teeth whitened, the trays will be made for your teeth only.

– improve your self confidence and wellbeing.

– improve your oral health and your overall health.

– revive your desire to smile again.

Q. What is the difference between restorative procedures and cosmetic procedures?

A. Restorative dental procedures focus on replacing and repairing damaged teeth, amending the function of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry focuses the position, alignment, size and shape of your teeth and gum and includes procedures such as porcelain veneers, gum contouring, teeth whitening and Invisalign.

Q. Are there treatments that function both as restorative and cosmetic? Some procedures go hand in hand to offer reparation and aesthetics such as teeth whitening and porcelain crowns, dental implants and porcelain veneers.

Q. Is a smile makeover expensive?

A. This depends on the treatments that you select. More complex treatment that require several visits will cost more than straightforward walk-in walk out on the same day procedures.

 

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 

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