Month: September 2010

Free Smile Evaluation

Do you have crowded teeth, spaces between your teeth or twisted teeth? Does this affect your confidence? Do you avoid smiling in photos?

We have treated a number of patients that were embarrassed of their smile and covered their teeth when they were talking. After our treatment, they are over whelmed and in some cases actually smile for the first time on their lives. In one case a patient wanted to straighten her teeth and would not get married until she had fixed this problem. In a matter of months we transformed her smile and later that year she returned with her wedding photos. These smile makeover treatments are really life transforming.

We are passionate about this kind of work and want more people to experience this treatment. Some people are afraid that nothing cannot be done for them, or it may hurt or it may not be affordable. So to take all these potential problems away I am offering 10 FREE consults worth £75 each and that in order to get them you simply need to visit our FB page http://www.facebook.com/aestheticsherts, like it, and then tag yourself in the image that is on the FB page.

We will then contact you to arrange the free smile evaluation.

This is a limited offer for only the first 10, I don’t want you to miss out, you have everything to gain and nothing to loose.

How times have changed……

Thanks to Smita for this blog entry.

Remember the days:

  • When you didn’t even have a home computer? 

        Now, most people have more than 1 computer at both work and home!

  • When we listened to vinyl records and tapes for our cassette players  enjoy the sounds of music?

         Now most people have 3-5 I-pods, even CD’s are becoming a thing of the past!

  • When we had to queue to use public telephones?

       Now everyone in the house has a mobile phones!

  • When we had to go down the shops to buy furniture, and do our food   shopping?

        Now at the click of a button we can get these items delivered to our home.

…and once we got these new gadgets/features our lives were never the same. These changes can make us feel better and give us a better quality of life, don’t you think?

Well the same thing has happened in Dentistry!

We have seen changes that have irreversibly affected the direction of our profession and improved the quality of our services and treatment available for our clients.

Below is just a small list of some of the changes that have occurred specifically in Dentistry?

  • We have better materials  so we can now say to our patients  “We can make that crown look better”.
  • Quick and instant insight to your mouth via digital x-rays (90% less radiation compared to conventional x-rays) and so no waiting days to get the results of your x rays.
  • Large plasma or computer screens to show patients images of their own mouth in order to educate them of their dental problems and requirements.
  • Ultra fast dental drills and equipment – which produce less noise but more patient comfort!
  • Computers in the practice, no more paper client records tucked in folders that get misfiled or misplaced. In just 5 minutes we can see everything we need to know about our clients. This system all client records are kept secure and confidential.
  • We use as many disposable items as possible when treating clients.
  • Have protective clothing and eyewear for clients as well as staff, to minimise any risk of cross contamination.
  • Modern sterilisation techniques, being monitored regularly to ensure equipment is totally sterile. It is absolutely not acceptable or legal to just make do with placing unsterile and used instruments in boiling water or strong chemicals anymore.
  • Ultrasonic scaling machines– to remove tartar and stain more efficiently in a comfortable way.
  • Anaesthetising gel can be applied prior to dental treatment so you avoid feeling the dental injection…how clever is that!
  • Modern Soft Tissue laser therapy – to help in gum healing.
  • Antibiotic Therapy and Chemotherapeutics are now available to assist in fighting gum disease and dental decay.
  • Power toothbrushes which has been proven to be more effective than a manual toothbrush.
  • We have new products and treatments available help our patients in their fight against bacterial infections in their mouths.
  • We have excellent home care products that are easy to incorporate in to your daily routine after tooth brushing.
  • We are able to educate and teach children and young adults from a young age how to prevent dental diseases such as decay and gum disease.
  • Allow clients to make informed choices about the dental treatment available for their needs.
  • We give our clients a choice of cosmetic and more aesthetically pleasing smiles with tooth coloured fillings, veneers, implants, same day crowns, and professional teeth whitening.
  • We can now avoid having to wear unsightly metal braces for years and years to straighten crooked teeth with the different option in choosing invisible or tooth coloured orthodontic treatments.
  • We have sealants and fluoride available to protect enamel of teeth from a young age.
  • New research has encouraged new treatments on how we can actually reverse decay.

www. aesthetics-dentistry.com                                                                                                 01707 261367

Botox® being injected by ‘practitioners’ with less than half a day’s training

This article appeared in the Daily Mail earlier today. aesthetics are the first clinic in Hertfordshire to be registered with this scheme and were recognised in early June 2010. Visit botox herts for more information on our quality standards.

It is estimated one in 20 suffer from resulting complications from facial fillers

Botox® administrators with less than half a day’s training are injecting patients’ faces with the muscle-paralysing poison.

Dozens of medicals firms are allowing employees to carry out this cosmetic treatment after learning to how to perform the procedure using an orange, the Independent Healthcare Advisory Service (IHAS) found.

And many trainers have no medical employment history or qualifications.

This lack of regulation is putting trusting clients at risk as many hairdressers and beauty therapists are storing Botulinum toxin at the wrong temperature and in unhygienic conditions, the IHAS said.

Approximately one million Britons have Botox® or facial fillers injected each year.

It is estimated one in 20 suffer from resulting complications such as droopy eyelids from the former and lumps developing under the skin from the latter.

Actress Leslie Ash, famously suffered from a disfiguring ‘trout pout’ after liquid silicone was injected into her lips by a plastic surgeon at a friend’s house.

The silicone had set around the muscles in Leslie’s lips and it is now impossible for surgeons to remove it.

The IHAS have launched a new website that only lists medically qualified practitioners who are also injectable cosmetic providers, to help weed out cowboys in the industry.

So far, 156 clinical sites are registered on treatmentyoucantrust.co.uk and a further 113 are in the process of registering.

It is an industry-regulated website but is backed by the Government.

Surgeon Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, Chairman of the IHAS Working Group, which developed the website, said: ‘Whilst there continue to be calls for full regulation from some within the industry, Treatments You Can Trust will give the public access to the best possible standard of care.

‘We are appalled by the sheer volume of bad practice within the industry but there is also a lot of good clinical practice and we are convinced that the great majority of providers are 100 per cent behind improving patient safety.’

He added: ‘One of the biggest issues within the industry is remote prescribing i.e. prescribing drugs like Botox® without actually seeing the patient; it is unacceptable for a patient to not have a face-to-face consultation with the prescriber.

‘The Treatments You Can Trust scheme is all about assuring best practice in these injectable cosmetic treatments.’

However, The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has warned that the new website makes no distinction between practitioners who have trained for six or more years and those who simply took a weekend course.

Consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS President Nigel Mercer, said: ‘It is evident from the information circulated by the IHAS to the profession that the scheme is being used as a marketing tool, its regulation appears rudimentary and their ‘Quality Mark’ is not recognised by the British Standards Institute or any other regulatory body.

‘It seems to be sold to the profession on the basis of marketing rather than patient safety. The unenforceable IHAS register seems to amount to State-sponsored marketing of cosmetic procedures, and that is not appropriate
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what to do in a dental emergency

Dental Emergencies may include teeth that have been knocked out (avulsed), forced out of position (extruded), or broken (fractured.) The soft tissues can also sometimes be affected (lips, gums or cheeks). We would recommend seeking dental care and advice immediately. Most dentists will have some system that allows out of hours calls. We at aesthetics provide all our registered patients with the dentist’s mobile number for such emergencies.

AVULSED TEETH

When a tooth is knocked out you should:

  • Try to find the tooth
  • Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment
  • Rinse, but do not scrub the tooth to remove any dirt 
  • Put the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum
  • Don’t attempt to replace the tooth into the socket. This could cause further damage
  • Get to the dentist as soon as possible. If it is within a half hour of the injury, it may be possible to re-implant the tooth
  • If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person (e.g., a young child,) wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and place in a glass of milk

EXTRUDED TEETH

If the tooth is pushed out of place (inward or outward), it should be repositioned to its normal position with very light finger pressure. Do not force the tooth into the socket. Hold the tooth in place with a moist tissue or gauze. Again, it is vital that a dentist see the injured individual as quickly as possible.

FRACTURED TEETH

How a fractured tooth is treated will depend on how badly it is broken. Regardless of the damage, a dentist should always be consulted as quickly as possible to determine appropriate treatment.

Minor Fracture – Minor fractures can be smoothed by your dentist with a sandpaper disc or simply left alone. Another option is to restore the tooth with a composite (white) restoration. In either case, you should treat the tooth with care for several days.

Moderate Fracture – Moderate fractures include damage to the enamel, dentin and/or pulp. If the pulp is not permanently damaged, there are a variety of procedures your dentist can use to restore your tooth to its original shape and function, including the placement of a full permanent crown. If pulpal damage has occurred, further dental treatment may be required, such as root canal treatment.

Severe Fracture – again depending on the extent of the fracture, the tooth may be able to be saved or may be loss. Once the dentist has assessed the situation, they can discuss all the options available to you.

INJURIES TO THE SOFT TISSUES OF THE MOUTH

Injuries to the inside of the mouth include tears, puncture wounds and lacerations to the cheek, lips or tongue. The wound should be cleaned right away and professional help seeked immediately, whether this is with you dentist or the local hospital.

Bleeding from a tongue injury can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the affected area.

www.aesthetics-dentistry.com                                                                       01707 261367

Bruxism

This is the dental term for grinding or clenching your teeth. It can occur during the day or night and is normally as a result of stress.

If is it mild, then you may be unaware that you are doing it. If it is more severe it can lead to headaches, jaw ache, sensitive teeth and worn teeth.

We would recommend a full assessment with your dentist to see if you suffer from this.

The most popular form of treatment is a night mouthguard. This acts as a cushioning effect and relaxes your jaw muscles.

We have seen a gradual increases in the number of bruxist cases. Most of us are keeping our teeth for longer and the signs of tooth wear are not uncommon.

‘Alcohol To Blame For Rise In Oral Cancers’

Figures released by Cancer Research UK show that since the mid-1990s, rates of oral cancers have gone up by 28% for men in their forties and 24% for women. Smoking and alcohol consumption are the two main risk factors for oral cancers, the charity says. But since cancers caused by smoking often take up to 30 years to develop, it is thought alcohol consumption is the reason for the increase.

Other possible causes include low fruit and vegetable consumption and the presence of the sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), which can also cause cervical cancer and gential warts. Cancer Research UK’s health information manager Hazel Nunn said: “These latest figures are really alarming.

“Tobacco is, by far, the main risk factor for oral cancer, so it’s important that we keep encouraging people to give up and think about new ways to stop people taking it up in the first place. But for people in their 40s, it seems that other factors are also contributing to this jump in oral cancer rates. Alcohol consumption has doubled since the 1950s and the trend we are now seeing is likely to be linked to Britain’s continually rising drinking levels.”

Each year around 5,000 new oral cancers are diagnosed in the UK and 1,800 people die from the disease. Oral cancers include those of the lip, tongue, mouth, throat and a region called the piriform sinus. The most common signs of the disease are ulcers, sores, or red or white patches in the mouth that last longer than three weeks, together with unexplained pain in the mouth or ear.

“The good news is that oral cancer can be treated successfully if it’s caught early enough and thats why we recommend regular visits to your dentist,” said Dr Singh.