Month: March 2010

Easter Eggs – A Sweet Treat?

A guide to keeping your teeth healthy over the Easter period

Easter has always been a time to celebrate with family and friends. Originally involving the trading of eggs painted in bright colours, this tradition has evolved into a chance to indulge, if not over-indulge, in the consumption of less-than-healthy food – namely the chocolate Easter egg.

While it’s an exciting time for children with Easter egg hunts and their sugary prizes, what are the risks to young teeth? Could the onslaught of excessive amounts of sugar pose a real threat to decay starting?

As children naturally prefer sweet food, the challenge for parents and grandparents is to balance their diet by giving them the food they love while looking out for their teeth and gums.

Children can still enjoy the abundance of Easter confectionary without running undue risk of damaging their smiles.  The trick is to encourage them to eat sweets at the end of a meal, rather than constantly nibbling throughout the day:

Contrary to popular belief, frequent eating of sugary food and drinks is far worse for teeth than the volume that children actually eat. After eating sugar, teeth are under acid attack for up to an hour, so if the frequency of sugar consumption is reduced throughout the day, the chances of decay starting are reduced.

This is really important over Easter when children eat more sugary foods than normal, and the same principle applies any day of the year.

The Easter holidays are also a good time to check that children really are being diligent with tooth brushing. Teeth should be brushed thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for a period of two minutes, which can seem like a long time to them. 

An egg-timer in the bathroom can help to ensure that sufficient time is spent to really clean teeth thoroughly – special novelty tooth timers are available in some chemists.

So, with a little thought, children can still enjoy all that Easter brings. A few sensible steps can greatly reduce the potential for damage to children’s teeth from greatly increased consumption of chocolate at this time of year.

Top Tooth Tips For Easter

  Put sweets and chocolates in a special box or tin and allow children to choose some to eat at the end of a meal.

  Supervise children’s brushing up until around the age of seven years

  Ensure children brush with a fluoride containing toothpaste for 2 minutes, twice daily

  Avoid sugary snacks and drinks between meals

  Ensure children visit a dentist regularly for check-ups

* extract courtesy of Denplan

Inman Aligner in Hertfordshire

Straighten Teeth Fast with the New Inman Aligner

Did you once spend years undergoing painful orthodontic treatment and unsightly braces only to see your teeth slowly slip back to their former wonky ways? Are you one of many who are generally unhappy with the alignment of your teeth and longing for a beautiful, straight smile?

aesthetics is proud to introduce a new and leading edge cosmetic dentistry procedure that is taking the UK by storm – The Inman Aligner. This revolutionary concept sees protruding or crowded teeth transformed in a matter of weeks!

So how does it work?

The Inman Aligner is a clear plastic retainer with two spring loaded aligning bars that fit easily over the front four teeth. Unlike a regular brace, the Inman Aligner provides a constant gentle pressure on the teeth, easing them back into place far more quickly. 

Apart from its aesthetic benefits, the Inman Aligner is easy to use and can be inserted and removed at any time, allowing eating, brushing (and kissing) to continue as normal. Once teeth have moved to the desired position, a very discreet retainer holds them in place, so they remain in their new position.

During the first consultation, an impression is made of the teeth and in the second, teeth are smoothed to make room for movement and the aligner fitted.  For the duration of the treatment bi-weekly visits are required to review and adjust the aligner.

The Inman Aligner is priced from £1600. For further details, please visit Inman Aligner Hertfordshire.  To book an appointment please contact aesthetics on 01707 261367.

Why is a nice smile important?

A recent national study has found that teeth are the number one facial feature that people would change. Three out of four of adults think that a nice smile is important to landing their dream job. 84% think that an attractive smile is important for meeting Mr or Ms Right.

The study was conducted on a representative sample of 1000 United Kingdom adults (both men and women) between 18 and 50 years of age. The poll was the first national survey of its kind and explored the importance of smiles in relation to business and careers, dating and marriage, the social arena, and the overall value of smiles and self-esteem.

smiles and the social arena

94% of those polled said they are likely to notice a person’s smile when they meet them for the first time. People are less likely to notice someone’s eyes, height or figure. More than one half (71%) believe people with a nice smile make friends more easily than people without. Over one third agree bad teeth overshadow the rest of a person’s appearance. An overwhelming majority of adults (85%) consider a person’s smile to be very important at an initial meeting.

smiles and self esteem

Almost two thirds (64%) agree that people with a nice smile are more outgoing. 77% think that having discoloured teeth as an adult makes a person feel self conscious. 87% think one’s smile is very important to their self esteem. When asked which facial characteristic they would change if they could, one in four adults (25%) would change their teeth/smile. Smaller proportions would change their skin (17%) or nose (13 %).

smiles and the opposite sex

84% of adults perceive having an attractive smile as important for getting a date with Mr or Ms Right. Over one third would not be likely to set up their best friend on a blind date with someone with bad teeth. One third would not be likely to kiss someone with bad teeth. An overwhelming majority of adults (85%) consider a person’s smile to be very or somewhat important at a first meeting. Almost nine out of ten (86%) think people with good teeth are more attractive to the opposite sex.

survey source:

HPOL – the global leader in online market research. HPOL uses internet based and traditional methodologies to provide its clients with information about the views, experiences, behaviours and attitudes of people worldwide. Through its U.S. and Global Network offices, HPOL conducts research in more than 80 different countries, in more than 30 different languages.

Let aesthetics help you improve your smile, call us on 01707 261367 or visit cosmetic dentistry hertfordshire

Who is allowed to carry out teeth whitening?

With so many people wanting a brighter and whiter smile, there has been a big increase in advertising and promoting this service. We have had a number of patients comparing our fees for teeth whitening to the local beauty salon down the road.

Only dental professionals are allowed to carry out teeth whitening and this is reinforced by the General Dental Council.

General Dental Council statement on tooth whitening

The practice of dentistry

The practice of dentistry is limited to GDC registrants. It is the Council’s view that applying materials and carrying out procedures designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of teeth amounts to the practice of dentistry. So too does the giving of clinical advice about such procedures. Therefore all tooth whitening procedures, including bleach and laser treatment, are seen as the practice of dentistry by the General Dental Council. The carrying out of dentistry by non-registrants is a criminal offence and the Council will prosecute any persons undertaking this activity in appropriate cases.

Which GDC registrants can undertake tooth whitening?

Until recently, it was the Council’s position that only dentists could undertake tooth whitening. At the Council meeting in June 2008, it was decided that in addition to dentists being able to carry out tooth whitening, dental hygienists and dental therapists, on the prescription of a dentist, can carry out tooth whitening as an additional skill.
It has also been decided that dental nurses can, as an additional skill, take impressions and make bleaching trays to a dentist’s prescription.
Any registrant who undertakes work for which they are not sufficiently competent risks fitness to practise proceedings which may affect their registration.

I am all for competition, its makes us think about our own business and raises the standards for the public. In this instant, going for the cheaper option could have long term consequences. I remember my builder saying to me, ‘nothing cheap is good and nothing good is cheap’. Without a comprehensive examination and assessment of all the tooth structures, you will not know if teeth whitening is suitable for you, if it will achieve the desired result and if it will cause any sensitivity.

Why not look at the types of Professional Teeth Whitening we offer or call us on 01707 261367 for more information.