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Get your summer smile with custom tooth whitening at Fresh Dental

We’re now officially into British Summer Time and with the sunny weather only a short few months away, you might be thinking about looking your best for all those big summer events. Professional tooth whitening is a custom treatment that produces excellent and long-lasting results – read on to find out about the process and benefits.

 

Be confident about your smile

A discoloured smile can leave your feeling lacking in confidence and reluctant to smile in photos and around friends. Having a professional whitening treatment can make a huge difference to your confidence levels and self-esteem.

 

Have a healthier and younger-looking smile

Tooth whitening produces amazing aesthetic results, but did you know that a professional whitening can also give you a healthier smile? A scale and polish treatment is included as part of the procedure, removing surface stains in the form of plaque and tartar and giving your teeth a smile a healthy new start before the whitening element has even begun.

 

Benefit from a custom treatment

Professional tooth whitening performed by someone with medical credentials is 100% safe; please note that having this type of treatment performed by a beauty therapist or other unqualified person(s) carries a great element of risk. This is because the trays used are not created for your exact tooth structure, which presents the risk of the whitening agent leaking over onto your gums. Here at Fresh we take digital impressions of your teeth in order to create whitening trays that are a perfect fit for your teeth.

 

Long-lasting effects

The effects of tooth whitening can last up to 2 years and subsequent treatment will lay a foundation to increase this time frame.

 

The process behind tooth whitening

  • During an initial consultation with your dentist here at Fresh you will discuss your expectations of treatment. Your dentist will take factors such as your skin, eye, hair, and natural tooth shade into account before creating your custom whitening trays.
  • Your dentist will take accurate impressions of your teeth – this will be done digitally as opposed to using the traditional alginate system; we are one of the few practices in the Maidstone area to offer digital impressions.
  • These impressions will be used as the basis for the design of your whitening trays, which you will take home and use to apply the whitening agent.

 

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatment at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How changing your smile can change your life

Your smile is precious and having a preventive approach to looking after your teeth is vital to maintaining the health and appearance of your smile. We explore some of the reasons why having a healthy smile is central to health and happiness.

 

Improve your confidence and overall wellbeing

When you smile, your brain releases endorphins and serotonin – feel-good hormones that act as natural anti-depressants. People who aren’t confident about their smile will find that they make a conscious effort to hide their teeth away, resulting in a lack of endorphins being released in their brain and negatively affecting overall wellbeing. This is perhaps the most significant reason to seek treatment for a smile to be proud of.

 

Those with great smiles are more efficient in maintaining good oral hygiene

When you have a healthy smile, you’re already incentivised to want to keep it looking great, putting in the time and effort to brush and floss correctly. Misaligned teeth can make maintaining good oral hygiene difficult, as food particles can become stuck between the gaps in your teeth and cause the onset of plaque and tartar. To ensure this does not develop into gum disease, be sure to visit the hygienist for regular scale and polish appointments to remove this type of staining.

 

A great smile will help prolong your lifespan

Your oral health is closely connected to your overall health and failing to look after your mouth and teeth can lead to a plethora of other health issues, such as tooth loss, jawbone loss, cardiovascular disease and even stroke.

 

A great smile makes a good first impression

In an image-conscious society, a healthy-looking smile is vital, whether you’re at work, out on a date, or interviewing for a new position. We are told ‘never judge a book by its cover’ however this happens every day – quick judgements are human nature as we instinctively want to paint a picture of who a person is, even upon a first acquaintance. Studies have found that after meeting someone, the facial aspect that 24% of people remember most is their teeth. Making a positive first impression is difficult if you are unhappy with the aesthetics of your smile; cosmetic or orthodontic treatment could be the best investment you make for your future.

 

If you would like more information about the cosmetic and hygiene we offer here at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How veneers started in Hollywood and the process behind treatment

Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available, but where did they first come from? Their story is fascinating, beginning in none other than Hollywood! Read on to find out about how veneers have evolved to become what they are today. 

 

The story of how veneers were born…

Before the existence of veneers, if your tooth surface became damaged you would either have to leave it as it was or have it filled. This changed when Californian dentist Charles Pincus invented temporary veneers for Hollywood film stars to use when they were on screen; the legendary phrase ‘Hollywood Smile’ is said to have been born from Pinus’s veneers.

It became apparent that with some improvements, veneers could be used in mainstream dentistry to treat decaying, discoloured, widely spaced and cracked teeth. The main issue with early veneers was that they were not designed to bond with teeth for long – film stars only needed them to last for the duration of the production.

The concept of etching was introduced by Dr Michael Buonocore in 1959; this is the process of removing some of the tooth in order for it to fit amongst a patient’s existing teeth, ensuring that the veneer does not exceed these teeth in thickness.

In 1982  – 52 years after veneers were first developed – research showed that porcelain veneers could be etched using hydrofluoric acid, allowing for permanent bonding to the tooth. Subsequent design improvements and changes in the types of materials used mean that today’s veneers can last up to 30 years if properly looked after.

 

Why choose veneers to improve the look and function of a tooth?

Veneers can help reverse discolouration or damage that has been sustained due to simple wear and tear or as a result of lifestyle choices such as smoking, consuming certain foods, or failing to brush properly.

Veneers offer a bespoke solution to a damaged tooth, as they are specially created to match the shade and shape of your existing teeth; this is achieved by taking accurate impressions of your teeth. Offering a natural aesthetic result, patients find that veneers treatment dramatically improves their confidence, giving them back their desire to smile.

 

If you would like more information about veneers of any of the cosmetic treatments that we offer here at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Adult orthodontics at Fresh – what are my options?

Once upon a time, braces were known to be solely for children and teenagers. Many adults who needed treatment avoided it, shying away from the cosmetically-invasive brace designs and associated discomfort. Times have indeed changed. Braces are less invasive in terms of function and aesthetic than ever before, attracting an increasing number of adult patients. Read on to find out about the types of adult brace options offered by us here at Fresh in Maidstone.

 

Removable braces: Invisalign 

We offer two different types of removable brace options, both part of the popular and well-respected Invisalign system; Invisalign i7 and Invisalign Express.

Invisalign i7 is a relatively new addition to the Invisalign family and is specifically used for minor tooth movements. Producing results in as few as 3 months, the brace can tackle minor crowding and misalignment issues that are cosmetic rather than issues that affect the function of your teeth.

Invisalign Express is another strand on the Invisalign tree and has recourse to the same computer smile design technology and consultative support as the traditional Invisalign system. Invisalign Express amalgamates the best of its predecessors traits to correct more minor orthodontic issues.

Invisalign aligners are custom made to fit your exact tooth structure, which equates to higher levels of comfort. Since the brace is removable, Invisalign is particularly popular with customer and client-facing professionals who wish to have the freedom of removing their braces for meetings and presentations, for example.

 

Cfast braces

Despite being a non-removable brace, Cfast is a highly-appealing choice of brace for patients. Cfast braces offer patients a faster treatment period and more discreet appearance than traditional fixed metal braces, incorporating ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured wires into their design. The three principal benefits of Cfast are:

  • Comfortable: Cfast focuses on what is known as the ‘social six’ teeth (the teeth visible when you smile), so the force required is minimal, rendering the treatment more comfortable than conventional brace models.
  • Affordable: Cfast’s shorter treatment time cuts the cost of your treatment, making it more affordable than other brace options.
  • Subtle: as mentioned above, Cfast uses tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to ensure the patient’s smile remains as unchanged as possible throughout treatment.

 

If you would like more information about adults orthodontics at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How Botox can transform your facial aesthetic and smile

Botox is a non-surgical, minimally-invasive facial aesthetics treatment used to add volume and straighten out wrinkles and deep lines across certain areas of the face.

Why would I need Botox ?

Over time, the ageing process causes wrinkles across certain areas of the face, making you appear older. Botox is a globally popular treatment used across the world – in 2010, the number of women seeking Botox treatment surpassed 1 million and this figure has risen year after year.

What types of problems can Botox be used to address?

  • Horizontal brow lines
  • Smoker’s lines
  • Bunny lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Lip areas – corners of the mouth

How does Botox work?

Botox makes no permanent changes to your facial aesthetic, instead temporarily blocking the signals from your nerves to your muscles, resulting in no facial movement and thus, no wrinkles.

What is so attractive about Botox?

The non-surgical sector is booming and it’s no surprise – in today’s fast-paced society we expect instant results. Procedures such as Botox are faster and more convenient than cosmetic surgery, which has a much longer treatment and recovery time.

Here are some of the other reasons why Botox is increasingly popular:

  • No associated downtime – once you have had your treatment, you can leave the practice and resume your normal activities with no interruption.
  • Subsequent treatments can make treatment longer-lasting – undergoing continued Botox treatment will lay a foundation for additional treatment and help it last longer each time.
  • Botox treatment causes no permanent change to your facial features – cosmetic surgery (notoriously) brings about the risk of permanent change to your facial aesthetic and this is one of the reasons why non-surgical treatment is favoured.
  • Authentic and natural-looking results – Botox does not change your features in any way – it eliminates the deep creases and lines in your skin that cause the look of ‘ageing’. Predictable and reliable, Botox enhances your features and restores a younger-looking version of you, rather than adding something that was never there, as can be the case with cosmetic surgery.

We can arrange for your Botox treatment to coincide with your routine oral examination.

 

If you would like more information about Botox at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

All-on-4 at Fresh

With All-on-4, we can replace a full arch of lost teeth in a single day. All-on-4 is a fast and cost-effective alternative to conventional implants.

Benefits of All-on-4

  • Treatment is complete in a single appointment – Once we have assessed whether you are suited to All-on-4, your implants and restorations can be placed in a single day.
  • No temporary dentures – As treatment is carried out in a single appointment, there is no need for us to fit you with a temporary denture.
  • Cost-effective alternative to conventional implant treatment – As there are only 4 implants needed, All-on-4 works out as a cheaper treatment to traditional implants.
  • Function and look like natural teeth – As with traditional implants, the implants for All-on-4 are custom made to match your tooth shade and to be in-keeping with your tooth structure. They are secured deep into your jawbone, so you won’t feel any shifting or loosening as you would with standard removable dentures.
  • Fewer dietary restrictions – Unlike conventional dentures, which make eating some foods challenging, implants are a fixed solution, so you do not have to worry about eating chewy foods that can impact the function of dentures.
  • Restore your confidence – Missing teeth can have a huge impact on your confidence and wellbeing. You may have found that you’ve been reluctant to smile for fear of exposing a vacant gap in your mouth; in replacing your missing teeth, you’ll restore your desire to smile again and have a smile you love.
  • Improve your dental health and overall health – Missing teeth can have a huge impact on your dental hygiene, as vacant spaces in your mouth become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

 

If you would like more information about treatment at Fresh, please do not hesitate to ask our friendly team.

 

Dental hygiene: fresher breath, healthier smile

Have you ever felt self-conscious about your breath? It’s possible your dental hygiene routine could be lacking. Here are a few reasons why taking dental hygiene seriously is essential to your oral health and indeed, your overall health.

Build up of plaque and tartar

Brushing and flossing regularly is paramount in helping you to avoid an unhealthy amount of plaque and tartar, which is bacteria that cannot be removed through brushing alone. A certain build up of plaque and tartar is inevitable, however failing to remove this over time can lead to gum disease. Visits to the dental hygienist are the only way to remove such bacteria and will actually result in your teeth looking healthier also.

Boost your confidence

A build up of tartar and plaque can make your smile appear unhealthy and put you off exposing your teeth to smile around others. By maintaining good oral hygiene, you can feel good about your smile day-to-day.

Poor dental hygiene will affect any future treatments you wish to undergo

Should you wish to have certain cosmetic and orthodontic treatments performed, you will need to have an adequate level of dental hygiene – you do not want to have to wait for a period of months or possibly even years until your teeth are healthy enough to undergo the treatment you desire.

Maintaining good oral hygiene prevents bad breath

Failing to brush and floss correctly to remove lingering food particles can lead to bad breath if these particles are allowed to stay for lengthy periods. This can be a source of embarrassment that can be easily avoided by maintaining healthy gums. If you are unsure about the correct techniques where brushing and flossing are concerned, please do not hesitate to ask your dentist here at Fresh – many patients find that they are brushing for the correct time and do not understand why their teeth and gums are not as healthy as they should be. This is often down to technique and your dental hygienist here at Fresh can help you apply an effective brushing technique.

Dental hygiene is much to do with prevention as once your tooth enamel is worn, it is impossible to restore it. With this in mind, it is paramount that you attend regular dental hygiene appointments, even if you have no obvious concerning symptoms of poor oral hygiene.

If you would like more information about our range of treatments or our 10-point clinical assessment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dental hygiene: things to consider

Dental hygiene is easy to forget about alongside dental health, with many people substituting one for another. Here are a few reasons why taking dental hygiene seriously is essential to your oral health and indeed, your overall health.

 

Build up of plaque and tartar

Brushing and flossing regularly is paramount in helping you to avoid an unhealthy amount of plaque and tartar, which is bacteria that cannot be removed through brushing alone. Some

build up of plaque and tartar is inevitable however, when failing to remove this overtime can lead to gum disease. Visits to the dental hygienist is the only way to remove such bacteria and will actually result in your teeth looking healthier also.

 

Boost your confidence

A build up of tartar and plaque can make your smile appear unhealthy and put you off exposing your teeth to smile around others. In maintaining good oral hygiene, you can feel good about your smile day-to-day.

 

Poor dental hygiene will affect any future treatments you wish to undergo

Should you wish to have certain cosmetic and orthodontic treatments performed, you will need to have an adequate level of dental hygiene – you do not want to have to wait to get your teeth heathy for a period of months or possibly even years before having the treatment you desire.

 

Maintaining good oral hygiene prevents bad breath

Failing to brush and floss correctly to remove unwanted and lingering food particles can lead to bad breath if these particles are allowed to stay for lengthy periods. This can be a source of embarrassment that can be easily avoided by maintaining healthy gums. If you are unsure about the correct techniques where brushing and flossing are concerned, please do not hesitate to ask your dentist here at Fresh – many patients find that they are brushing for the correct time and do not understand why they’re teeth and gums are not as healthy as they should be – this is often down to technique.

 

If you would like more information about our range of treatments or our 10-point clinical assessment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Frequently asked questions: dental implants

Thinking about having dental implants? Get the information you need by taking a look at some of some of the most frequently asked questions we are asked by patients. 

Q. What are dental implants?

A. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and provide support for your jawbone, offering functionality and a highly aesthetic result.

 

Q. What is a dental implant made up of?

A. Dental implants have 3 components:

  • Implant – the small screw that is placed into the jawbone, responsible for stimulating your jawbone.
  • Abutment – connecting element between the implant and the restoration.
  • Restoration – aesthetic covering for the implant providing cosmetic appeal and functionality.

 

Q. What are the benefits of dental implants?

A. They look and feel like natural teeth and are widely considered to be the next best thing to a natural tooth. Unlike dentures, dental implants prevent bone loss, are a fixed solution, and can last a lifetime if properly cared for.

 

Q. Is there an age limit on dental implants?

A. Age is not a factor where dental implants are concerned however, the quality of your jawbone and remaining bone density may affect your suitability. Patients who do not have enough bone to support dental implants can undergo a procedure known as a bone graft, where bone is taken from another area of the body and grafted to the jaw region.

 

Q. Is there any pain associated with dental implants treatment?

A. You will be under local anaesthetic throughout the procedure, ensuring that it is as pain-free and as comfortable as possible. You may experience some discomfort once the anaesthetic wears off, but this can be managed with pain relief medication and will not last more than a few days.

 

Q. What is involved with the dental implants procedure?

A. You will be placed under local anaesthetic for the short procedure and the implant will be inserted into your jawbone. Before we can fit you with a restoration (crown or bridge) the implant must fuse with your jawbone over a period of months – you will be fitted with a temporary restoration during this time.

 

If you would like more information about the treatments we offer here at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Restore your missing teeth and regain your confidence

One of the most notable consequences of a missing tooth is the issue of jawbone loss and resorption – read on to find out more about how important it is to replace missing teeth ASAP and what the consequences are if they go untreated.

Consequences of resorption: trouble eating and speaking  

Resorption initially affects the toothless area of the face but this will eventually spread to other areas of the jawbone.

Change to facial structure

In combination with the weathering of the jaw, losing teeth will lead to sunken-in cheeks and unwanted nuances to other areas of your face, such as thin lips and changes to how your chin appears. After a period of 15-20 years, bone loss advances at a faster rate which causes loss of definition to the jaw, making individuals appear older than their years. This can however, be avoided with dental implants.

Dental implants for tackling dental resorption

Dental implants are considered to be the next best thing to real teeth. They fuse with your jawbone to become a natural part of your body, tackling the issues of resorption. The implant (tiny metal posts inserted into the jawbone), and the tissue around this area can grow around the implant, strengthening the jaw and keeping your new tooth stable.

The aesthetic consequences of a missing teeth can take their toll on your confidence

After a tooth is lost, after the first year 25% of the bone in your jaw is lost and this continues at a rate of about 4mm each year.

Other causes of bone loss:

  • Misaligned teeth – misaligned teeth can impair chewing ability, which in turn causes loss of the vital stimulus to the bone.
  • Bone can be lost through infection that damages the bone.
  • Tumours in the face can warrant the need to remove some of the jawbone.

 

If you would like more information about resorption or dental implants treatment at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

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