Month: October 2010

what causes a wrinkle

As we age our skin cells become thinner and less sticky.

Obviously thinner cell mean the appearance of the skin is thinner.

The lack of stickiness reduces how effective our barrier function is. This means moisture in our skin is released rather than being kept in making in drier.

The amount of cells decreases by 10% every 10 years, as the reproduction of cells slows down the speed in which our skin repairs itself also slows and becomes less effective.

The natural production of collagen also decreases and our elastin fibers start to wear out. These are the building blocks of our skin; the elastin is what keeps everything in place. As this starts to wear out the building blocks of our skin start to crumble, this is what causes our skin to sag and wrinkle.

Our sweat glands reduce in numbers and although our sebaceous glands increase in size they produce less moisture. This causes again a drier skin. Dry skin looks dull and tired.

You fat cells also shrink no longer plumping out those wrinkles/folds.

It is important to keep the skin well hydrated to prevent loss of water, keep it protected so it doesn’t have to work harder to repair itself. Eat well with lots of healthy non saturated fats (omega oils). Look at products that target free radical damage (free radicals are around us all the time in the environment pollution) and cause aging. Antioxidants will help fight the free radical damage.

If interested in a skin consultation why not book in for a free 15minute assessment or a 30 minute Medi Facial treatment (this will help soften the skin deliver a good source of antioxidants and allow the therapist time to advise on how to keep your skin healthy).

Medi facial’s are currently on offer at £45 with an additional £10 voucher being given for another facial or other dental of facial rejuvenation services.

http://www.aesthetics-dentistry.com

01707 261367

exposed myths about skin

  1. Cucumbers on the eyes. Although they may feel refreshing unfortunately they do not contain any special ingredients to penetrate the skin and reduce puffiness. The high water content may decrease slight swelling but there are other more effective ingredients on the market that will also repair and strengthen the delicate tissue.
  2. Foaming cleansers work better. Sodium lauryl sulphate is the foaming agent found in the majority of foaming cleansers and although this gives the impression of working more effectively it can actually cause harm. This ingredient is also found in a lot of detergents and floor cleaners. This is probably more common in your cheaper high street brands but always check the ingredient list on the bottle.
  3. Sun cream in summer. The suns UV rays are present all year round with an amazing 30% still penetrating through the clouds on a really over cast day. UV rays are responsible for skin aging, pigmentation and cancer. With most creams and makeup now containing a SPF (sun protection factor) there really is no excuse for not protecting your skin.
  4. Strip oily skin of its oil. All skin needs moisture, and natural oils are the most important. If you strip the skin of its oil it will react by working harder to produce more. Controlling the production is the key. Find its trigger, stress, diet, pollution, hormones and other irritants will increase this production. Then find a good health skin care programme to control the oil rather than prevent it.

For more information contact us on 01707 261367 or visit http://www.aesthetics-dentistry.com

Take care of your Dental Health during Invisalign Treatment

A great article written by Smita our hygienist at aesthetics.

Many people have crowded or crooked teeth will have Invisalign treatment, to improve their smile and confidence. Invisalign a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work, using tough, clear plastic aligners that are removable and almost invisible.

Preventive dentistry is the modern way of reducing the amount of dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy disease free mouth. The two major causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better we prevent or deal with these two diseases, the more chance people have of keeping NEW STRAIGHT TEETH for life!

We know that Periodontal Disease (gum disease) is a chronic bacterial infection that can affect the gums and bone supporting our teeth. This disease can affect one tooth or many teeth, and if bone loss occurs it can cause straight teeth to become mobile, tilt or drift out of position again and even cause tooth loss, thus can slowly reverse the fantastic results achieved by your Invisalign treatment!

The lifetime success and longevity of your Invisalign treatment will heavily depend on a partnership between you, your Dentist, and your Dental Hygienist.

The skills and advice given by the Dentist and Dental Hygienist are paramount and essential along with the commitment and compliance of the patient to keep their mouth disease free, as the patients are in control of their mouth between visits to the dental practice.

As your personal guide to dental disease prevention, your Dental Hygienist is the preventative expert whose primary role is to “help patients save their teeth so the dentist can restore and straighten them so patients can smile and eat with them.”

  • Initially your dentist will assess your teeth and gums, and discuss with you any treatment that you need and then refer you to the hygienist for more specialist care.
  • A course of treatment may be recommended to get your mouth into good condition, and a maintenance plan will be worked out to enable you to sustain long term dental health.
  • The hygienist will thoroughly ‘scale and remove all bacterial deposits of plaque and calculus from surfaces of your teeth, which are often in areas that patients cannot clean themselves.
  • The hygienist can advise and show you the best oral hygiene tools, products and techniques to help you’re mouth plaque free in between visits to the dental practice.                                                                                                                     
  • The hygienist can give you dietary advice to minimize the risk of tooth decay.
  • The hygienist can inform and advice you how smoking, alcohol, certain health problems & medication can affect your teeth and gums.
  • Your dentist will also make sure that all your fillings and other teeth are in good condition and do not present with any rough edges that can become plaque traps as plaque retention factors on your teeth can make those areas more difficult to clean and more prone to gum infection and disease.

aesthetics Invisalign Treatment can give you eternal results providing you follow the correct advice and maintenance pre, post and during your treatment…..so  let aesthetics help you make the most of your investment and new smile last for ever. Visit http://www.aesthetics-dentistry.com or telephone us on 01707 261367.

veneers

This young lady visited us from Hertfordshire and was interested in veneers to improve the appearance of her 4 upper front teeth. She was also concerned with the uneveness of the gums as well.

We combined some gum reshaping with 4 all porcelain veneers with teeth whitening. The patient was over the moon with the end results.

skin fitness

Thanks to Jenna for this article.

Drink more water, it’s something that has been repeated over and over again, but to really achieve hydrated skin it has to come from within. No amount of topical products will benefit the skin as much as water. Ideally 8 glasses a day, more if you drink caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, as these dehydrate your system.

Keep clean; it’s like a starter before the main course. A good cleanser prepares the skin for the next stage (exfoliation, hydration) making it more effective. A good cleanse doesn’t strip the skin of natural oils but removes any barrier so the next product can really get to work.

Don’t dry out, your skin absorbs things easier when wet so apply your hydration while the skin is still damp to get the most from the ingredients.

Skin-amins, Vitamins will do wonders for your skin, your skin is an organ and needs these to function properly. A balanced diet is the best source with lots of fruits and vegetables; if you struggle with this a good multivitamin will nourish the skin from within.

Sun smart, protect your skin all year round, with UV exposure increasing you run the risk of age spots, dry dehydrated skin, loss of firmness and premature aging. Prevention is a more effective anti-aging products then any cream on the market.

Don’t skimp, although some skin care ranges appear pricey, maintenance is defiantly cheaper than trying to reverse damage. A good skin care range will invest lots of time and money into researching the best ingredient combination for your skin. Finding the right one for you is always the hardest, speak to someone that deals with skin on a regular basis and don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. Facials are always a good way to get to trial lots of products and speak to someone who knows what they are talking about.

For more information on how to look after your skin visit skin hertfordshire

Take care of your gums & help Dental Veneers last longer!

The best candidates for veneers are individuals who already have healthy teeth and gums, but who want to improve the look of their smile and correct minor problems, such as position and discoloration of unsightly looking teeth.

The long term success veneers does depend on a partnership between the specialist skills of the Cosmetic Dentist, the Dental Hygienist as the Preventative Expert along with the enthusiasm and compliance of the patient regarding their dental home care regime. With the right care and maintenance veneers can last approximately 15 years or more, but maintaining a disease free mouth will maintain and increase the longevity and durability of veneers.

It is important for the patient to be committed to carry out the advice prescribed by the dental team, as they are the ones that are in control of their mouth between visits to the practice.

Two main dental diseases that can decrease the lifespan of dental veneers are Tooth Decay & Periodontal Disease.
There are many oral care products now available that can all help to keep these diseases under control and at bay, along with attending your recommended dental appointments regularly.

Your dental hygienist is not a dentist but can certainly be of benefit to you as the Preventive Dental Specialist within a dental practice. Their key role is to save teeth whether they are natural teeth, implanted teeth, crowned or bridged teeth, filled teeth or veneered teeth!

Not only are they qualified to perform hygiene and periodontal maintenance therapy to eliminate and control dental disease but hygienists can be a great source of knowledge they are your in-house Dental Health Care Expert and support person in between your visits to the actual dentist.

Below is some simple advice to help preserve and protect your new veneers from the two most common dental diseases:

  • Initially your dentist will assess your teeth and gums, and discuss with you any treatment that you need and then refer you to the hygienist for more specific care.
  • A course of treatment may be recommended to get your mouth into good condition, and a maintenance plan will be worked out to enable you to sustain long term dental health.
  • Visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly, as often as they recommend.
  • The hygienist will professionally scale and remove all bacterial deposits of plaque and calculus from surfaces of your teeth, above and below the gums, which are often in areas that patients cannot clean themselves.
  • The hygienist can advise and show you the best oral hygiene tools, products and techniques to help you you’re your mouth plaque free in between visits, including around your veneers to help control and maintain periodontal disease.
  • Your hygienist can help you, by looking at your decay problem, your diet and by making some recommendations for you to consider and give you dietary advice to minimize the risk of tooth decay
  • The hygienist can inform and advice you how smoking, alcohol, certain health problems & medication can affect your teeth and gums.
  • Your dentist will also make sure that all your fillings and other teeth are in good condition and do not present with any rough edges that can become plaque traps and therefore making those areas difficult to clean and more prone to gum infection and disease.

 

aestheticsPreventative Treatment can give your veneers eternal results providing you follow the correct advice and maintenance pre, post and during your treatment…..so let aesthetics help you make the most of your investment – veneers herts