Safe and effective cosmetic dental treatments at our Clapham practice.
The teeth whitening procedure is one of the most well known and popular cosmetic dental procedures currently available. All of us will have seen the result of this treatment when we see Hollywood ‘stars’ with perfect white teeth.
Unsurprisingly then, many people have visited the Confidental Clinic to have their own teeth whitened, greatly improving the appearance of their smiles.
Despite it being a non-invasive procedure, a few patients have expressed concerns about whether there are any risks attached to a whitening procedure; something that our experienced Clapham dentists discusses below.
To quickly recap; the whitening procedure offered by the Confidental Clinic is a personalised home whitening one which involves making trays to fit each patient individually. The whitening agent is placed into these and they are then worn for a few hours a day for a few weeks, until the whiteness you want has been achieved.
The first thing that we should say is that the biggest risk with this procedure is to choose to have it done by a non professional. High street whitening outlets were once commonplace but are now illegal. Only registered dental personnel can perform this procedure. A number of non professionals have been prosecuted for offering this treatment, very often in an uncontrolled and harmful manner. Please make sure that you do not take this risk!
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How our Clapham dental hygienist helps to prevent gum disease.
As we have mentioned in previous Confidental Clinic blogs, gum disease is responsible for more tooth loss than decay, yet, despite this, most people take less care of their gums than their teeth. Whilst regular brushing will help to look after the teeth, it is less effective at removing harmful bacteria from between the teeth and the gum line.
Additional techniques such as flossing, or inter-dental cleaning with a special brush, greatly improve the chances of removing this ‘bad’ bacteria, and yet, only around 20% of us floss and many that do, often do so incorrectly.
Even if someone takes really good care of their teeth and gums, there are still areas where bacteria can collect which make it almost impossible to remove with home cleaning. Visiting our Clapham dental hygienist, Lauren Bennet, should be seen as more than an ‘extra’ and, instead, an essential part of keeping your gums healthy.
There are a number of ways in which these visits are important for good oral health.
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Our Clapham dentist takes a look at this commonly used tooth replacement method.
Here at Confidental Clinic in Clapham, when a patient loses a tooth, either because of decay or due to an accident, we will always advise that they replace it with one of the restoration procedures that we offer.
If you lose a tooth or teeth, and they aren’t replaced, then after time the surrounding teeth can move to fill the gap left. Missing teeth can also cause problems with your bite.
A partial denture
We offer a range of procedures designed to help our patients that have suffered tooth loss. Not all of the treatments are suitable for everyone, and some whilst offering excellent results can be quite time consuming to complete, and very often they require quite invasive treatment or surgery. If you are looking for a means of replacing a missing tooth or teeth, without undergoing complicated and invasive dental surgery, then a partial denture may just be the treatment that you are looking for.
The modern denture is designed to be far more natural looking, helping to blend in well with your remaining teeth. They are comfortable to wear, less prone to breakages and far more easy to maintain than dentures may traditionally have been.
Types or partial denture that we offer include:
An acrylic denture is the most cost effective type that we offer. It consists of a gum-coloured plate that is moulded to fit over your gum, with the teeth attached. The teeth are carefully made to cosmetically match with your existing teeth, helping the denture to look as natural as possible.
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Looking at the pros and cons of travelling overseas to have dental implants placed.
If you are considering undergoing a dental implant procedure, then you may possibly have been tempted to travel abroad for your treatment. Maybe you’ve seeing adverts either on-line or in newspapers, from practices and agencies, attempting to lure people with the offer of cut-price dental implant procedures in far off lands?
Some factors to consider
Here at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, we would strongly recommend to anyone who is considering travelling abroad for dental treatment, that they fully research both the clinic, and the country in which the clinic is based. Particularly checking the country’s regulatory body, and the levels of treatment and care that it enforces. We also recommend that you should check the dentist’s qualifications, and their personal experience in carrying out the procedure.
Having a dental implant is a complex procedure that requires excellent communication between both parties. This is something that may prove difficult if English is not the first language of either the dentist or his assistants.
There are implants, and then there are implants!
We would recommend that you determine the type and quality of the implant that will be used, prior to agreeing to any aspect of your treatment.
Here at Confidental Clinic we will only ever use quality implants that are manufactured to the highest standards, by companies that have become established names in the field of implant dentistry. There are cheaper implants available, though these are often without the quality and reliability that our implants offer. It is usually these cheaper, so called ‘copy’ implants that are used in clinics that offer cheaper procedures.
Consultation and aftercare
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Fast acting orthodontics in Clapham for great results
Protruding or badly miss-aligned front teeth can often have a severe and detrimental effect on the sufferer’s levels of self-confidence, and ultimately their quality of life.
Here at Confidental Clinic in Clapham Junction, we are pleased to offer to our patients, the Inman Aligner system. This is an extremely efficient and fast way to correct crowding and protrusion of the front teeth. The removable brace can offer excellent results, with a treatment period that is often as short as just eight weeks.
Why choose the Inman Aligner?
It can be used to straighten teeth in a relatively short period-of-time. This is especially the case when compared to other types of dental brace.
- One single device is worn from day one to the end of the treatment period, meaning fewer visits to the clinic.
- The brace is designed so that it can be easily removed by the wearer, this means that it can be inserted and removed as required, to allow for normal eating and drinking.
- Easy removal of the brace also allows for maintenance of your usual day-to-day oral hygiene programme.
- The shorter treatment period means that it is a cheaper alternative to some of the invisible clear braces that are currently available.
How does it work?
The Inman Aligner is a simple removable brace, that is designed to quickly and safely straighten problem front teeth which features coil springs made from nickel-titanium. These springs power two alignment bows, that fit either side of the front teeth. These exert a gentle force on one another. While the inner bow is pushing forwards, the outer bow is exerting a backwards force on the front teeth, gradually moving the misaligned teeth into their correct position.
What is the Inman Aligner like to wear?
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Straight teeth without the inconvenience.
Dental braces have long been used by dentists as a method to straighten teeth. Although nowadays used by a wide age range of patients, many people would probably associate their use with childhood, or early teenage years.
It might therefore surprise some of our older patients, that here at Confidental Clinic in Clapham, we can now offer a wide range of dental braces that have been designed specifically for use by adults. To alleviate the possible social and cosmetic implications surrounding wearing braces, these have been designed to be worn as discreetly as possible.
Invisalign can provide you with a great smile, whilst at the same time being difficult to detect. They also benefit from being extremely comfortable, and easy to use; leaving you to get on with your busy life. We use an advanced 3D computer imaging technology to scan the inside of your mouth following which Invisalign then design a custom series of clear teeth aligners, built specifically for your teeth. Each aligner will be worn for up to two weeks, before being replaced by the next in the series. These will incrementally re-position your teeth, until they achieve the desired final position, giving you a great new smile!
Unlike other brace systems that try to be discreet by using tooth coloured enamelled metal, the Invisalign virtually invisible aligners are constructed from a strong medical grade thermoplastic material, that has been uniquely developed. The aligners are custom built for you, and will fit snugly, comfortably and unobtrusively over your teeth.
The benefits of using the Invisalign system.
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Our Clapham cosmetic dentists can bring back your youthful smile!
Have you ever wondered why your teeth have become a shade of yellow as you get older? Some of this may be due to consumption of tooth staining foods and drinks and smoking will of course, have stained the teeth, but even with the ‘purest’ of diets, most of us will find that our teeth appear more discoloured as we get older.
The reality is that this is due to changes inside the tooth. The softer internal tissues start to darken over time and it is this which gives our teeth their sometimes yellowish appearance.
Brushing your teeth well is essential in order to have healthy teeth, and it will also help to remove some staining too. Unfortunately, regular brushing will do nothing to lighten the inner part of your teeth. There are some toothpastes which are designed to do this however, but due to health and safety restrictions, these have limited results. Indeed, the most that we have seen such products claim to do is to whiten your teeth by “up to” three shades. Compare that to the eight shades that our custom home whitening kits can achieve and we are sure that you can deduce which will produce the better results.
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Roll back the signs of ageing with facial aesthetics
One of the main visible signs of ageing is when lines and wrinkles start to appear on our skin. Although this is entirely natural, it is something that most of us would like to avoid, or at least delay for some time.
Whilst lifestyles habits can help to keep our skin healthy looking for longer, for example by not smoking and staying hydrated, sooner or later, those first lines will appear.
The first thing that many people do is to reach for the various creams that are advertised. These can help, but many also simply mask the fact rather than treat it. In fact, one of the very few recognised ways of reducing facial lines and wrinkles is using facial aesthetic treatments of the type available at our Clapham dental practice.
At the Confidental Clinic, we help patients to have smoother skin by offering either Botox or dermal fillers. These have similar results, but are used for different problems. Botox is largely used for reducing the wrinkles on our face and it does this by relaxing the muscles that cause the wrinkles to appear. Please do not be concerned about some of the “horror” stories you may have heard regarding this treatment; Botox provides excellent and natural results when performed by experienced practitioners such as those at our Clapham dental surgery and only tends to cause problems in the hands of the inexperienced.
Dermal fillers are used to replace the collagen which is lost as we get older. It is this which gives our skin the fullness and elasticity of our youth. Dermal fillers are often used in areas such as the lines around our eyes or lips, or to give more fullness to our lips, which often thin as we get older.
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Same day dental implants as an alternative to dentures.
We have all seen the comedy sketches or cartoons where a person sneezes and their set of dentures fly out across the room. In reality, of course, this extreme version never (presumably!) happens, but loose and uncomfortable dentures are a fact of life for many wearers.
For these people, the discomfort of sore gums and potential embarrassment in public is certainly no joke. Although many may feel that they have little option but to put up with it, a modern solution, known as an ‘all on four’ or ‘teeth in a day’ can put a stop to loose dentures once and for all.
To replace a full arch of dentures, whether top or bottom, it is necessary to first of all place dental implants in the jawbone. Instead of replacing each individual tooth though, usually four, or occasionally five or six, dental implants are placed into the jaw. The two front dental implants are standard and are placed at the usual ninety degree angle. The rear implants are typically bespoke implants that are placed at a carefully calculated angle to provide maximum support. The system is very flexible and can often be used for patients with reduced bone density without the need for a bone graft.
Once the implants are in place; unlike regular dental implant placement, they can be used almost immediately. A fixed bridge of replacement teeth is attached to the implants and once this has been completed, the patient is able to leave our Clapham Junction dental practice with a brand new set of stable and secure replacement teeth.
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A few tips from our Clapham Junction dentists to help keep your teeth healthy.
With less than a week to go until the start of the Christmas holidays, all of us are, of course, hoping for a wonderful and trouble free times with our family and friends.
As dentists though, we are all too aware that dental issues do not take a holiday and toothache and similar issues are as likely to strike on Christmas day as any other day of the year.
The following are just a few suggestions that we hope will help patients of the Confidental Clinic, your local Clapham dentist, avoid the need for emergency dental treatment over the festive period.
Get problems checked now
Although there are only a few days to go before the holidays, if you have, for example, broken a part of your tooth off and are hoping that it will be OK until after the holidays, then please don’t. Although this is a busy time of the year for any dental practice, we will always do all that we can to see a patient who needs urgent treatment. Simply keeping your fingers crossed could lead to a very uncomfortable time over the holidays indeed!
Whilst many people do like to have a drink at Christmas, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with it. Whilst gum disease is more likely to occur when you drink, largely due to a dry mouth and lack of saliva to flush the bacteria away, a more immediate concern is the amount of accidents that tend to happen when too much alcohol has been drunk. Whether this be a fall or a result of simply ‘fooling around’ a blow to the teeth can result in breakage and a significant amount of pain. Being conscious of how much you have drunk and being sensible in your approach, will hopefully help to avoid accidents, and, of course, help to reduce those hangovers too!
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