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How To Remove Brown Stains from the Back of Teeth  2019

How do you remove brown stains from the back of teeth? It’s a common enough problem and a question that is asked often by people who have noticed that even though they may be strict about their dental hygiene, their teeth still becomes a little less pearly white.  We all want a dazzling, bright white smile. Many consider this to be a sign of good health, so if your teeth are a little on the stained side it can dent your confidence and make you feel a bit below par.   Identifying the triggers for this common issue is key, as is finding out the best way to remove them safely and effectively with a little help from a private Dentist, who will be able to assist and advise you should the problem be a little more persistent.   There are many causes for this, and some might surprise you more than others!  

Causes of Brown Staining on Teeth 

First, identify what the main triggers are for causing brown stains on teeth. Some of these are perhaps more obvious than others and it can be worth looking at your overall lifestyle to see what changes you can make to help you overcome the problem of brown stains between the teeth.  
  • Food and drink 

Food such as highly coloured fruits and vegetables (think blackcurrants or beetroot) contain stain-causing compounds that will build upon your teeth over time. Likewise, drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine contain tannins, which can turn your teeth a brownish colour if drunk regularly. Sugary soda-based drinks can also have the same effect, which is another reason why Dentists often advise against having these too often or avoiding them completely.   To prevent these stains from occurring, or to minimise the risk, regular, twice-daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste will help. Drink cold drinks or alcoholic beverages that can cause staining, through a straw.  
  • Smoking and Tobacco 

Of course, one of the other major causes of brown staining is smoking and tobacco products. The best course of action to prevent staining is to give up, but in the meantime, it could be worth speaking to an Aesthetika Dentist to see how they can help with professional removal of brown stains from the teeth, especially if it is as a result of long-term smoking. 
  • Tooth decay 

When layers of enamel start to get worn away by the bacteria that is present in the mouth, it can form cavities. The resulting decay can end up turning a brownish colour. These will show up as spots of brown in and around the front and back of the teeth.  
  • Tartar 

Bacteria causes is a build-up of a sticky substance on your teeth known as plaque. If this isn’t properly removed by adequate brushing and mouth washing twice a day it can harden and turn brown. The only way this can be removed safely and effectively is by getting an appointment with your Dentist or Hygienist.  
  • Medical conditions 

Certain medical conditions such as coeliac disease can cause brown staining on the teeth, which can in some cases be permanent. It is always best to seek professional advice to treat this both for proper management of your health condition and also for good oral health.  

How To Effectively Remove Brown Stains on Teeth 

There are many different options to remove brown stains from the teeth. Some are over the counter, and some require professional advice. If you’re unsure about what to do, then it is always best to seek advice from a professional Kingston Dentist who can give the proper treatment and help.   Over the counter options for treating this problem include:  
  • Mouthwashes that contain hydrogen peroxide – often labelled as ‘whitening’ 
  • Toothpaste that contain sodium hypochlorite – again, often labelled as ‘whitening’ 
  • Whitening strips that will contain carbamide peroxide 
  • Whitening systems that use a tray and contain carbamide peroxide bleaching gel 
It is important to only buy these products from a reputable supplier such as a private Dentist, or pharmacy, who will be able to verify their sources and assure you that the products they sell are safe.  Normally, if the brown stains are caused by medical issues or by tartar, it is recommended not to treat them at home and to simply make an appointment with a Dentist for further help and treatment.   The dentist or Dental Hygienists will use special tools to scrape, blast, or rub tartar and plaque away from teeth and they can also undertake minor procedures to help whiten the teeth safely and give you professional follow up advice for home use afterwards.   Sometimes, the brown staining on teeth caused by certain medical conditions like coeliac disease or the effects of years of poor dental hygiene can be permanent. It might be possible to lessen them, but it isn’t always possible to remove them.   Further discolouration can be aided by the use of the following techniques:  
  • White composite fillings 
  • Veneers 
  • Crowns 
  • Airflow Stain Removal – is the best treatment for stains built up from food/drinks and tobacco. It eliminates most dental stains very effectively. Airflow uses high-pressure water that sprays powder on the teeth and it is relatively painless. 
Sometimes wearing a retainer or night guard may also be recommended.  

Can you Prevent Brown Stains on the Teeth?  

It is possible to minimise brown spots on the teeth. The biggest key to this is good hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day and using an appropriate mouthwash.  Use the following plan to make sure your dental health is tip-top!  
  • Brush your teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride two minutes twice a day.
  • Floss at least once a day
  • If you eat a lot of food with high sugar or tannin levels, rinse your mouth thoroughly, with either mouthwash or plain water after eating/drinking.
  • Use a fluoride containing mouthwash twice a day.
  • Have a dental check-up regularly.
  • Stop smoking
If it isn’t clear what has been causing the brown stains or discolouration, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist, to find out what the cause might be. 

How Aesthetika Can Help 

We look forward to hearing from and meeting new patients. We’re happy to talk to you and have an initial consultation with you to see how we could help.   If you’re struggling with the problem of brown staining on your teeth, then don’t suffer in silence or feel embarrassed any more. We can help you get a bright, white smile to be proud of. Contact a professional Kingston Dentist today. Find out more on how we can help   

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05/Apr/2019

How long do braces take to straighten teeth? 

How long do braces take to straighten teeth? Having braces fitted is a simple, effective method of orthodontic treatment which focuses on gradually shifting teeth into alignment.  There are a range of different types of braces including traditional metal bracesclear braces such as Invisalign, or Fastbraces ®This form of treatment can be used to correct issues such as overcrowding, gaps and spacing issues. It can also be used to correct underbites and overbites.  Considering teeth straightening needn’t be a worry or a hassle and trusting a professional private dentist like Aesthetika will mean you get the best possible treatment, at an affordable cost.  

How long will it take Braces to straighten my teeth?

Whichever type of brace you choose, the end result will be the same, which is to effectively and gently shift your teeth into the right position. The time it takes to do this will vary case to case and depend on your overall oral health.  How long will it take Braces to straighten my teeth?   If traditional metal braces are being used, they are bonded to each tooth with dental wire threaded through each bracket. Every so often, the wire is tightened by the dentist at regular intervals, so that your teeth will gradually move into the right position.   In the case of clear or invisible dental braces, like Invisalign or Fastbraces ® bonding to the teeth isn’t needed and with the latter treatmentretainers either don’t need to be worn at all or worn for very minimal periods each day. They can also be taken out when eating or to clean them thoroughly. They can often be a better option for adults who have decided to undertake teeth straightening at a later age.  

What is involved in the Teeth Straightening Process? 

If you’re thinking about having your teeth straightening, then the process will often involve the following steps: 
  • Initial consultation with dentist 

An initial meeting will be set up with your dentist so that they can make a full assessment of your current oral health and the alignment of your teeth. They’ll then make a recommendation for the right type of braces for you.   In certain situations, it may be necessary to have tooth extraction(s) before straightening can commence. If this is the case, your dentist will talk you through this process too.  
  • First treatment session 

After your initial appointment a treatment session will be set up, and it’s here your braces will be fitted.   Your private dentist will explain how to look after your teeth and your braces, with use of good oral hygiene practices.   They will also explain any potential problems with discomfort after the initial fitting and how you can manage this. For most people, discomfort is minimal and can be managed with simple over the counter pain relievers.  
  • Follow up appointments

Over the following months you will need to have regular follow up appointments with your private dentist to have your braces tightened, or to have new aligners fitted (depending on the treatment you have opted for).   At these appointments, your dentist will also check how your treatment is progressing and discuss any changes to your dental plan, with you.  
  • Removal of braces 

When your teeth are straight and the treatment is complete, your braces will need to be professionally removed and your teeth examined. Your dentist may advise you to wear a retainer for a new months, if necessary, to keep your teeth in alignment.  

Treatment Times for Teeth Straightening 

The time taken to straighten teeth can vary from patient to patient. It depends on how severe the dental issues are such as: 
  • Severity of crowding 
  • Any spacing and bite issues 
  • The treatment option you choose 
The systems we use, in majority of cases take 6 months, some may take up to 1 year, no more than that  Everyone will respond differently to treatment of this kind. In some, improvements may be seen in a few weeks. In others it may be months.   However, for most patients, teeth straightening with dental braces can take anywhere between six months to two yearsA good private dentist will be able to give you a proper estimate of how long your braces treatment will take. This will be based on their experience treating patients of similar requirements.  Straightening teeth does take time. This is because your dentist is using specific techniques to shift your teeth into their correct alignment using gentle force. This must be done over time to protect teeth and gums from damage and give reliable, permanent results with minimum discomfort to the patient. A good private dentist will explain every stage of the process and make sure their patient feels comfortable with the treatment being undertaken.  

Choose Aesthetika For Braces 

If you’re considering teeth straightening for aesthetic purposes, or to correct other dental health issues then Aesthetika can help you.   We offer affordable, professional treatment in our Kingston based practice and have a range of different treatment options depending on your needs and your dental health requirements.   Aesthetika understand that teeth straightening is a treatment that needs careful discussion and consideration with each patient and we’re happy to talk you through all your options.   It doesn’t matter whether you require traditional metal braces, Invisalign technology or Fastbraces ® we can help you make the right decision to suit your budget and your lifestyle. If you’d like more information and help on the services we offer, visit our website or call us today for an informal chat. http://aesthetikadentalstudio.co.uk/treatments/  

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29/Mar/2019

Can Teeth BStraightened At Any Age? 

One question that many adults and older people ask when seeking private dental treatment is, can teeth be straightened at any age? A simple answer to this question is yes, adults can have orthodontic treatment to correct the same dental issues that children and teenagers might have. There is no real age limit for braces for teeth.   Adults may need treatment to correct crowding, an overbite or gaps between the teeth. Your private dentist will go through treatment and care options with you, depending on what needs to be done.   Choosing a professional, private dentist to carry out teeth straightening after 50 or braces after 40 will give you peace of mind, quality of care and a range of affordable options.  

Why Have Your Teeth Straightened?  

Having your teeth straightened will make them more aesthetically pleasing, and it will also make them work better too. Teeth straightening treatment will often involve wearing a removable, or fixed brace to help correct issues like over crowded teeth, or teeth that are crooked. Orthodontic work like this can be performed at any age.   Often, patients will have this form of treatment to correct malocclusion. Put simply, this means your teeth don’t sit together neatly as they are not properly ‘arranged’. Symptoms of malocclusion include:  
  • Teeth that are overcrowded or have too much space between them.  
  • A poor bite – for instance if your lower and upper teeth don’t meet when you close your jaw. 
  • Overbite – this is when your upper teeth cover your lower teeth when your jaw is closed. 
Teeth straightening after 50 can improve the positioning of your teethThis will also make them look and feel better. Crowded teeth can often be more difficult to keep clean, so teeth straightening, and orthodontic treatment can help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.  

What does orthodontic treatment for adults involve?  

Although many people have their teeth straightened once all their milk teeth have come out, there are now more adults than ever seeking orthodontic treatment.   Often, treatment to straighten teeth will involve wearing a brace. This can either be fixed, or removeable. A brace works by moving your teeth into the right position, using gentle pressure. Normally, this will be worn all the time and can be in place for anything from a few months to two years.   Every few weeks, you’ll need to see your private Kingston dentist to have the braces checked and adjusted if necessary. However, it’s worth pointing out that everyone’s treatment needs are different and it’s important to discuss all the different options with your dentist.   Your private dentist will carry out a full assessment before any treatment begins. Usually, this takes the form of examining your teeth, taking x-rays and then discussing what the best options to straighten your teeth are. For instance, you might need to have some teeth taken out if there isn’t enough room in your mouth, or you might simply need a brace fitting with no extraction of teeth required.   

What are the different types of braces? 

Your orthodontist will talk you through treatment options and which type of brace is most suitable for you. A brace will need to be worn all the time. There are some which can be removed for cleaning and eating, whereas others are fixed to the front and back of your teeth.  
  1. Removable braces 

Removable braces are used when teeth crowding is not severe, as they can only move or straighten teeth by ‘tilting’ or ‘tipping’ them.    A removable brace will need to be worn all the time, even at night and when you eat. This can take some getting used to and careful cleaning will be required. You will need to remove your brace to clean it and it’s best to do this when you brush your teeth, twice a day. It should be brushed under running water with a toothbrush and your normal toothpaste. A good private dentist will show you how to do this properly.  

2. Aligners 

Aligners such as Invisalign or the Inman Aligner are computer-generated moulds that are used to move your teeth into place if your condition is mild, and if you don’t need to have any teeth removed. They are only suitable for people with all their adult teeth, which make them a more ideal treatment for teens and adults.   They are less noticeable, and whilst they need to be worn all the time they can be removed when you eat and drink.   Usually, you’ll need to wear a set of two aligners one for your upper teeth and one for your lower, for roughly a fortnight. These will then be replaced with a new set. This treatment continues until your teeth are in the right position.  Your dentist or orthodontist will take bite impressions of your teeth, so that they can produce all the sets you need. They’ll do this using computer technology. 

3. Fixed braces 

Fixed braces are firmly attached to the surface of your teeth. This means that only your private Kingston orthodontist can remove them. They can be used to move your teeth in a very precise manner  They consist of small brackets that your dentist will cement together then join with a wire. It’s commonly made of metal, though there are now ceramic versions that aren’t quite as noticeable and may be better suited to adults who want a treatment that is less obtrusive.   Sometimes, you may possible need to have separators between your teeth, and possibly small elastic bands. These will keep the wires in place and move your teeth into the right position.  

4. Retainers 

Retainers are a type of brace that help stop ‘relapse’ happening. This is when your teeth move back into their original position.  How long you will need to wear them for, will depend on your specific needs and it is something you should discuss with your private dentist before and during treatment, as an option.   They can be removeable or fixed. Removable retainers are easy to keep clean, but sometimes it is difficult to remember to wear them in the first place. A fixed retainer needs more attention to keep it clean, but often offers more support to the teeth. It’s always best to discuss your options with your dentist.  

Fitting a brace 

Having a brace fitted by a professional private dentist shouldn’t hurt. They will talk you through the process and show you how to keep it clean, take it out and put it in correctly.   Treatment length will be dependent on how sever any malocclusion is and the type of brace, or other treatment you need to have.   Once a brace has been fitted there may be some slight discomfort in and around your teeth and gums. This is normal and taking some simple over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen should help.   Occasionally, there might be some discomfort from the brace rubbing your lips, tongue or the inside of your cheeks. Your orthodontist can give you advice on how to care for this problem.  

Choose Aesthetika For Teeth Straightening Whatever Your Age 

If you’ve been considering your options for teeth straightening as an adult, then it might be time to contact a professional private dentist who can help and advise on the best course of treatment for you and offer impartial and practical tips to care for your oral health.   Aesthetika can provide all aspects of dental care including cosmetic dentistry if you’re considering teeth straightening. If you’d like an informal chat on this, or for more information on the treatments we can offer, then why not give us a call on 02089367736        

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29/Mar/2019

What Are Fastbraces? 

What are Fastbraces®?  Fastbraces® were developed as a revolutionary solution to straighten crooked teeth in a different way to traditional braces. It is a complete, non-extraction based system and it provides patients with speedy, effective results.    The difference between conventional brace systems and Fastbraces® is that tooth movement is staggered. With traditional dental braces, the teeth move in two stagesfirstly the crown, then the root. Fastbraces® can often halve the length of treatment time because it focuses on both areas at once.   Aesthetika offer Fastbrace ® solutions. If your teeth are crooked, twisted or misaligned then this could be the treatment for you 

How do Fastbraces ® work?  

Fastbraces® use an innovative ‘elbow’ design in the brackets. This is coupled with a uniquely shaped wire and these two components work together to exert forces on the root and crown simultaneously.   When teeth are crooked, the root is typically not in the correct position. If Fastbraces® are applied, with a wire (instead of a bracket), this means that the distance between the braces is doubled. The extra space means there is more flexibility of wire. The root can be straightened upright, in a much shorter time frame.   Fastbraces® technology is a gentle treatment which allows the movement of the roots of the teeth into their final position, right from the start of treatment. This means that patients can complete treatment anytime from three months after the commencement, to a year. Some patients report seeing results and changes within a few weeks.   The technology associated with Fastbraces ® has a low frictional force and this means there is a reduction in sliding friction, and thus a reduction in pain when fitting front and back teeth together.   There is no need to wear retainers for hours during the day, either. In fact, retention treatment is only needed for around fifteen to twenty minutes per day whilst using Fastbraces®.  

Fastbraces ® Treatment Guide 

The first step to a great smile is to meet your private dentist to determine if you are a candidate for the Fastbraces® system  They will then undertake a comprehensive exam of your mouth and smile. This is followed by tooth impressions and x rays, to create a customized treatment plan designed specifically for your smile.  Before you go ahead and book an appointment to talk to your private Kingston dentist about Fastbraces® ask yourself a few questions to see if you’re a good candidate for this type of treatment:  
  • Would you like to have a straighter smile? 
  • Would you like to achieve that smile in a short space of time? 
  • Would you like to experience little to no pain with the treatment? 
  • Would you like to have a cost effective option for brace treatment? 
If you answered yes to more than one of these, then contact Aesthetika today, to discuss your treatment options 

Fastbraces® Can Give You Confidence Back  

Think about the following questions and answer them honestly.  
  • Do you have gaps between your teeth? 
  • Are your teeth crooked? 
  • Do you feel you have to ‘hide your teeth, for instance do you cover your mouth a lot? 
  • Do you tend to avoid smiling in photos? 
  • Are you generally unhappy with your smile? 
Then this treatment could really help you get your overall confidence back. One of the major keys to feeling confident, is having straight teeth! 

The advantages of Fastbraces® 

  1. Fast 

Fastbraces® work with a single orthodontic wire from start to finish. Traditional braces must have a series of wires and regular tightening procedures.   Fastbraces® use a special square nickel-titanium wire which is flexible and activated by the special design of the braces. The whole tooth is ‘upright’ in one stage, using the natural temperature of the mouth. This means that treatment can be completed much more quickly. 

2. Safe and Reduces Pain 

The technology for Fastbraces® has been in use for over twenty years now and in that time patients who use the treatment have found it to be incredibly safe and reliable.   Patients often report feeling much less pain and discomfort than with traditional braces. As the braces are typically ‘fixed’ for less time than normal braces, there is less risk of dental hygiene issues, too.  

3. Affordable  

Treatment can be very affordable in most cases. This is because there are often less visits to the dentist clinic needed.  

4. Different, Effective Design 

Conventional braces are square shaped, and this defines the distance between the brackets and determines how flexible the wire is.  Fastbraces® Technology is equipped with an elevated slot and possess a unique ‘elbow’ design. The way the bracket is shaped is critical because it alters the force and the flexibility of the brace.  It increases the distance between the individual brackets, which in turn, increases the flexibility of the wire.   Theses brackets also help with the ‘tipping forces to the root of the tooth, right from the start of your treatment. This alone means that Fastbraces ® treatment can be completed from three months to one year after their fitting. This is especially important for children or adults who have concerns about the aesthetics of braces and worry about their looks. They also might wonder how quickly Fastbraces ® can be removed and the quick treatment time can be a deciding factor!   Fastbraces® also now come in a clear option, for those who want their treatment to be as inconspicuous as possible. Talk to your private dentist about this today.  

Aesthetika For Fastbraces 

Fastbraces® are safe and effective method of dental treatment for both children and adults.   Finding a professional private dentist to talk to is extremely important as they will be able to advise you on your treatment options, cost and how long the process could take.   A straight, healthy smile is at your fingertips. Find out if Fastbraces® are the right choice for you. For more information on how Aesthetika’s cosmetic dentistry can help you, contact us today!

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07/Mar/2019

Dental Implants Versus Veneers – Everything You Need to Know

Dental implants versus Veneers, which is the right choice for you? The simple answer to this question is that one treatment is not better than the other. The most important distinction is that an implant is designed to replace a missing tooth, whilst veneers will only cover an existing tooth.

Both can bring a huge improvement to your smile (and thus to your confidence) but there are some differences between the two treatments and how they can benefit you. In some cases, it simply comes down to personal choice, and having all the facts and knowledge to hand can be really helpful.

A good, professional private dentist will explain all the pros of both types of dental work thoroughly. They will also help you to make the right choice based on your lifestyle and personal needs. Let’s take a look at the pros of both treatments and how they are carried out.

Dental Implants or Veneers – Which is Right For You?

Implants and veneers both have distinct advantages. The factors that patients must consider are the aesthetics, the procedural technique and also the financial aspects of the treatment. Implants are suitable as a treatment to replace a missing tooth, veneers will cover an existing tooth.

  • Dental Implants

A dental implant is a replacement root for your tooth, which is built to be as hard wearing as a natural tooth root. In some cases, it can end up becoming stronger.

Implants are a threaded post of titanium alloy, that is then securely screwed in place on to the jawbone.

After the procedure and over a course of roughly three to six months it will naturally meld into the jaw. This process is known as osseo-integration.

Porcelain crowns can be attached over implants, and multiple implants can support a full set of artificial teeth, usually just by using an abutment.

The procedure to apply implants takes place over several appointments, but there is little to no pain during the procedure and if you are worried or anxious about the treatment Aesthetika work with a dental phobia nurse who will help put you at ease.

Implant procedure usually follows the following steps:

  • Consultation and initial examination: This is the most essential first step. On your first appointment you will discuss your options with your private dentist. Your dental history will be examined and examine your mouth to ascertain your current dental health. X-Rays will be taken to look at your jaw bone. This is important, to make sure your jaw bone is able to support this procedure and will be able to stand up to everyday tasks such as eating, drinking and talking.
  • Extraction of Poor Teeth: If any of your existing teeth are not in the best condition and likely to give you problems further down the line, they will be removed, and your gums given time to heal over properly.
  • Implant installation: Holes are drilled into the structure at pre-calculated placements and angles. The implants are then fitted with an abutment, which will assist the artificial teeth later. Any gum flesh is then stitched over the implants. After this procedure the patient will have to wait three to six months for osseo-integration to occur.
  • Crown placement: Once osseo-integration has occurred another appointment will be made. Specially created crowns are affixed to the implants through the abutments. If all the teeth are being restored, then a complete set of fourteen teeth can be supported on four different angled implants.

The Benefits of Dental implants?

  • Long Life. With proper care, they can last up to, or indeed over, twenty years.
  • No deterioration over time. Discoloration, cracking or dislocation will not occur.
  • Osseo-integration. These implants are designed to perform osseo-integration (in other words, fusion with the bone) this enhances their life and gives them strength. Osseo-integration means that the implants also become a part of the patient’s mouth.
  • Bone Growth. To a certain degree, implants can also encourage bone growth.
  • No real aftercare required. Regular oral hygiene is all that is needed to support implants. You don’t need to avoid any foods or drinks.
  • No dental caries or gum disease. Implant supported teeth can’t slip off and won’t suffer from decay.
  • Full mouth restoration. Implants can be used for full mouth restoration, in a single jaw.

Veneers

Veneers are a shell like cap, usually less than half a millimetre in thickness. They are available in a wide range of shades and colours so they can be made to match the natural colour of your teeth perfectly, without any noticeable difference.

They are usually applied to the front teeth but can also be used on upper, lower, or both sets of teeth too.

They offer an answer to patients who wish to cover up any damaged, discoloured, or cracked teeth. As they are translucent, they will reflect the appearance of natural teeth. However, if teeth are badly stained coloured veneers can be applied, too.

Two visits to the dentists are required for this type of procedure.

  • Impressions: The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send this to the lab so that the veneers can be manufactured. The colour, shade, and material type that has been previously chosen by you and the dentist will also be sent along to the lab.
  • Application of veneers: In the second appointment, the teeth are prepped, and the veneers are cemented onto them.

The Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are the perfect solution to cover up the following aesthetic issues and concerns:

  • Discoloured teeth
  • Teeth with gaps
  • Teeth that are chipped
  • Cracked teeth
  • Crooked or deformed teeth

Choose Aesthetika For Your Implants or Veneers

If you’re still unsure or would like to speak to one of our private Kingston Dentists about the pros of either implants or veneers, then you can contact us for an appointment, where we can discuss all your options with you and help you make the right decision.

It is often down to personal choice, health concerns and general oral health as to which procedure one of our expert dentists will guide you towards.

You can also find further information here on Implants and here for  Porcelain Veneers. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


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05/Mar/2019

Composite Veneers or Porcelain Veneers – Which is Best? 

Composite Veneers or Porcelain Veneers, which is best? As with many of the different dental procedures on offer it can often be purely down to personal choice!  

Opting to have veneers fitted whatever they’re composed of is one of the first, excellent steps you can take to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and of course, your overall confidence.  

A happy, healthy smile is one of the real, genuine differences you can make to your appearance that says you care about yourself.  

Choosing a good quality private dentist to carry out the work, means you are investing in the best for your oral health now, and in the future too.  

Choosing Composite or Porcelain Veneers 

Opting to have veneers placed is the first step in improving the aesthetics of your teeth. The second is making sure you choose the right material to have them made from.  

The two most commonly used materials for veneers are composite resin and porcelain. If you choose an experienced private Kingston dentist to carry out the work for you, then you can be assured that whatever the material you choose you will have a transformed smile.  

How do you know whether composite or porcelain is right for you? Typically, this will come down to your specific requirements and which of the following are important to you: 

  • Cost 
  • Treatment time 

What Are The Advantages of Composite Veneers? 

There are advantages to both of these aesthetic treatments, and it is always best to talk to your private dentist about any procedure you are considering. 

  • Cost 

Perhaps the chief advantage of Composite Veneers over Porcelain is their cost.  Porcelain Veneers can sometimes work out to be more expensive than their composite counterparts. However, the cost of veneers will always vary, and it is best to discuss this with your private dentist so you know exactly what you will receive for your money.  

  • Same day treatment 

Composite veneers can be a same day treatment. They are sculpted on to your teeth, rather than being made in a lab which is off-site. This ‘tooth shaped’ resin is directly applied to teeth and then it can be sculpted and shaped by the dentist treating you. It is then hardened with a high-intensity light, and after this more layers of resin can be applied if they are needed until the desired aesthetics are achieved. Once the resin is in place, it needs to be polished to make it look like natural tooth.  

  • Less invasive 

The above factors, and the methods that are used in their application to the teeth often means that the composite veneer procedure can be much less invasive and noticeably quicker than applying porcelain veneers.  

  • They can be removed and replaced 

Perhaps the other main advantage is that composite veneers have an element of reversibility. With these types of veneers, there is minimal prep work required on your teeth, so this means that in the first instance they are not permanently altered. In the event the composite needs to be removed or replaced, it can be done as needed.  

What Are The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers? 

There are also distinct advantages to opting for porcelain veneers too.  

  • Durability 

Porcelain veneers are extremely durable. It is a naturally stronger substance than composite resin. Porcelain veneers that are well maintained can last anything up to fifteen years. There’s an important trade off, in that whilst composites might cost less, they might not last quite as long. However, that said, good quality composite veneers, professionally applied can last for up to a decade.  

  • Natural 

Many private dentists agree that a porcelain veneer will offer the most ‘natural’ tooth like aesthetics. This is because it appears quite translucent, and thus looks quite similar to normal tooth enamel. Porcelain is also more resistant to staining and chipping.  

  • Embracing more modern technologies 

Whilst the procedure to apply porcelain veneers is much more involved, more dentists are opting to use different and up to date technologies which means that on-site fabrication is sometimes possible. Always speak to your dentist about the sort of technology they have to hand, as this can sometimes reduce overall treatment time. Even if veneers are made off site, your dentist will supply you with temporary veneers, so that you are not left high and dry.  

  • Perfect solution for damaged teeth 

Porcelain veneers offer a really suitable treatment for cases in which tooth enamel is worn, or there is distinct wear and tear to the teeth. As an example, significant discolouration or issues that affect the spacing of teeth can be treated with porcelain veneers and can offer a natural looking approach to fixing aesthetic concerns.  

Composite or Porcelain? Choose Aesthetika For a Free Consultation 

The best course of action when deciding if composite or porcelain veneers are the right option for you is to speak to your dentist and have a thorough consultation with them.  

Think about the things that are most important to you. If it’s a cost effective solution, then composite might be the way forward. If your main concerns are aesthetics or repairing the look of damaged or worn teeth, then porcelain might be the better option.  

However, regardless of the material you opt for in the end, both composite and porcelain veneers will really offer you the enhancement to your smile that you have been looking for, for years. Aesthetika is the solution for your composite and porcelain veneersContact us for a free consultation 


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Private Dental Practice Vs NHS Dental Practices: Which Is Best? 

Private Dental Practice versus NHS Dental Practices: which is best? It’s a quandary many people have when assessing their treatment options with regards to their oral health.  

There really is no one correct answer to this question. Both methods of dental practice have their own benefits, though it is true that a private dentist will be able to offer more time to a patient, so they can make the very best of their appointment and fully address any issues or concerns they might have.  

What are the other considerations when weighing up your treatment options? Here, we’ll take a look at the benefits of both private dental practice and NHS dentistry so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatment plans.  

What Are the Main Differences Between Private and NHS Dentistry? 

Patients can sometimes feel confused about the difference between private and NHS dental treatment.  

There is of course, a common assumption that private dentistry will be more expensive, and this is really not the case. By choosing a private dentist in Kingston you are actively seeking out a professional service, with the treatment outcome you require, that is cost effective.  

  • Private Dentistry 

As a rule of thumb, cosmetic treatments are not available on the NHS. This can mean that materials and treatments that will produce the best overall cosmetic appearance in a patient’s oral cavity are not always used. In private practice, treatment will always give both the best possible function, whilst being aesthetically pleasing too.  

Private appointments are usually always offered any time a practice is open, and this includes evening, such as post 5pm and usually weekends too. Anyone that cannot make an appointment during their working week can get treatment on a Saturday, and sometimes even a Sunday.  

Treatment in a private practice gives freedom to provide the patient with the best possible standard of treatment, using the highest quality materials. There are usually no funding restrictions and clinicians can focus on the treatment itself.  

Treatment work such as dentures, crowns, bridges and implants are usually sent to private laboratories in which specialist technicians hand make the item. In the unlikely event that any work sent to a private practice is unsatisfactory there is often greater flexibility in returning items and getting replacements or repairs quickly.  

Appointment times are often longer, so that treatment can be conducted at a relaxed pace. This often works better for patients who get very stressed about dental work or have a phobia. Often, clinics like Aesthetika will employ a dental phobia nurse who can help relax patients during treatment.  

With private treatments you can often asked to be referred to a specialist if a difficult procedure needs to be carried out, for instance a tricky tooth extraction.   

Some orthodontic treatments are not always offered on the NHS and as a rule orthodontic treatment for patients over the age of eighteen are not always available either. In a private practice this would be available.  

If you need treatment, your private dentist will give you a range of treatment options and costs, plus a written estimate before you commit to any dental work.  

  • NHS Dentistry 

NHS patients will always be treated with the same level of care as any private patients are. However, it is worth noting that the government has a few restrictions on treatment and will fix the patient charges at a national level.  

Treatment on the NHS is for functional reasons only and no cosmetic dentistry problems can be fixed.   

That said, NHS treatment is cost effective for the tax payer. Every NHS clinic works to a fixed NHS budget, this means that more cost effective materials and laboratories are used for more serious and complex treatments.  

The Government set guidelines for dental patients to be recalled, this means you should (in most cases) be offered regular check-up appointments. However, it does mean you can’t always have them whenever you want.  

NHS cleaning will focus on gum health and always treat what is clinically necessary, so for instance if you are at risk of gum disease or tooth decay, so you are assured that the health of your teeth will always come first.  

Appointment availability on the NHS can sometimes be limited and you may not always be able to get one outside of normal work hours. This can vary from practice to practice though and there are NHS clinics who have contracts to provide emergency services out of hours on weekends and Bank holidays 

Unfortunately, some treatments are not available on the NHS in certain cases such as cosmetic treatments, dental implants and some preventative measures. However, clinics do vary and it is always best to check.  

Services such as the hygienist are not always funded by the NHS, so if there is one at your practice you may sometimes have to pay extra to see them.  

You can have referrals for certain specialist treatments on the NHS but waiting times may be higher.  

Why Not Give Aesthetika A Call?  

A good dentist who cares about their patient will always discuss every aspect of their treatment before proceeding, so you all know your options and can work out what is most cost effective and workable for you. You should always be given a written treatment plan so you can see the treatment required and how much this will cost.  

To summarise, there is no one better form of dental treatment. The NHS will give you a good standard of functional treatment, which will suit a great many people. Private dentistry offers both functional and cosmetic treatment, but with a personalised plan and a full breakdown of costs.  

If you are interested in a consultation for private dental treatment in Kingston, then call Aesthetika today or Contact us for a free consultation. 


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How Much are Veneers? 

If you’ve been wondering about investing the time and money into some cosmetic dental procedures, you’ve probably wondered how much are veneers  Over the last decade a raft of makeover shows, and now increasingly social media influencers have sought to prove the worth of having a beautiful, pearly white smile that many of us want to replicate. This can have the effect of making people feel self-conscious when being photographed, because of the shame in having discoloured, chipped or cracked teeth.   In these more media-oriented times, it seems that one in three of us is now considering some form of cosmetic dental enhancement to give confidence back. It’s possible to find a solution to this issue, but finding the right private dentist is essential for any kind of cosmetic procedure.  

What are Veneers? 

Veneers are thin strips of pearl white porcelain that can be bonded to one or more teeth to hide staining, discolouration or cracking.   The damaged tooth needs to be filed down first and then this instant beautifier can be fixed securely over the top. They are more natural looking than false teeth and can provide a quicker and faster solution than crowns or caps, which are often an invasive dental procedure.   It’s possible to pick the right shade of veneer for you, and to know that they will fit naturally with the rest of your teeth. Veneers can also be used to fill in small gaps in the smile, that other orthodontic procedures can’t fix.  

Why Choose Veneers? 

Why choose veneers? If you’re unsure or need to examine reasons why this procedure might be the best option for you, then here are three major reasons to speak to a Kingston Dentist about seeking this form of treatment.  
  • Brighten and whiten your smile 

Over time, the food and drink we consume takes its toll on our teeth. Tannins in tea and coffee and compounds from food can turn them yellow or brown. If you’re a smoker then this only makes the issue worse. It is possible to have bleaching or whitening procedures done at the dentist, but this is something that needs to be kept on top of. An easy way to whiten for good is to invest in porcelain veneers.  
  • Minor Cosmetic Issues Can be Fixed 

Veneers can often be used to correct minor dental issues that other orthodontic treatments can’t fix. As they are attached to the front surface of your teeth, they can camouflage small issues such as crooked teeth or gaps. Although they will only cover the issue, the only people that need know you have a slight imperfection are you, and your dentist. In some cases, orthodontic treatment might be the preferred method and it is always best to seek the advice of a trained dental professional in such matters.  
  • Damage to Tissues in the Mouth Can Be Minimised 

Overzealous tooth brushing or eating acidic foods can all have an effect on the tissues in your mouth, pushing back or eroding them. If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems that mean you produce a lot of stomach acid, or have reflux, this can also create problems too. Having veneers fitted can help stop this problem from worsening and correct any cosmetic issues that might have been created by any of the above.  

Choose the Right Dentist 

Committing to having veneers is one step of the process, knowing and choosing the right dentist to perform the procedure is another. There are growing demands for different types of dental cosmetic procedures and making sure you find someone you can trust and who is fully qualified is key.   A good quality veneer that fits properly and is comfortable needs a skilled private dentist to carry out the work. The maximum amount of tooth should be conserved. One of the key criteria for a well fitted veneer is that another dentist should not be able to spot it unless they examine you very closely.   Poorly fitted veneers can often appear bathroom-fixture white, and the porcelain they are made from is poor quality and will not be durable. Skilled technicians at a private Kingston Dentist clinic such as Aesthetika will use high quality materials to create an individually tailored veneer that will last and provide protection and durability.   Teeth are not uniform in size or colour and that is why getting a good colour match is essential. We’ll take the time to make sure we talk to you and help you choose correctly.   If a row of veneers needs to be fitted, an expert dental clinic such as ours will also work with the patient to make sure the shape and length of the teeth are also accommodated.   This is very important in terms of matching your front teeth on the top and bottom rows. A little tooth length needs to be visible, especially when the lips are relaxed. The upper teeth also need to follow the curve of the bottom lip.    The width of a smile needs to be considered too and adjustments will need to be made in order to make sure that your smile shows off you, and your personality and not a row of false looking teeth!  

How Much Do Veneers Cost?  

This will depend very much on the number of teeth that need treatment. Your dentist will be able to advise you of how much veneers will cost, alongside the colour match that will suit you best.   You can always book a free consultation with us, to talk to us about the procedure and what to expect. Call us today if you’re interested in having veneers to Find out more how we can help   

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Do braces hurt?

It’s a common question when youngsters and adults find they need this type of orthodontic treatment. It’s simple to answer and one that can make the difference between having the procedure done or avoiding it completely which could potentially lead to further oral health problems down the line.   Many people from teenagers to adults find that at some stage, they’ll need a brace fitting to help straighten crooked teethor to simply help them feel more confident and reassured about their smile! Whether you’re having braces as part of routine procedure or as part of a programme of cosmetic dental improvement it can help to understand how the procedure works.   In recent years, the technology for measuring, making and fitting braces to those in need of them has improved greatly. The introduction of innovations such as Fast Braces, that can help straighten and improve teeth quicker are worth considering and can shorten treatment time by up to nine months. It’s worth talking to a private Dentist about this, if your child, or indeed yourself need a brace.   With better technique also comes improvements in patience, care and understanding for those people who might find they scared of visiting the Dentist for regular treatment and procedures. Aesthetika is a Kingston Dentist that has a Dental Phobia certified Dentist who is available for appointments on request.   Having braces fitted need not be an ordeal, or something to be frightened of if you read our guide to understanding how the fitting process works and what to expect.  

Does Having a Brace Fitted Cause Discomfort? 

At an initial consultation your Dentist will take a good look at your teeth. They might want to take x-rays of both these, and your jaw too. These are completely pain free and shouldn’t cause any discomfort. The important thing to remember is to keep still and follow the instructions of your Dentist.
  • 1 – Taking impressions 
Impressions of your teeth might need to be taken. This is done by creating a mould with a putty like substance known as alginate. A tray, constructed of plastic will be filled with this soft, pliable material and then carefully placed over your teeth, one jaw at a time.   This should be completely pain free and will take about thirty seconds to set. Whilst there is no pain, it’s fair to say some patients do worry about feeling uncomfortable in such a situation and feel scared in case they gag. Try to relax and remember to breathe slowly and deeply through your nose. If you know you have a higher gag reflex, talk to your Dentist and Dental Nurse and they’ll do everything they can to make you feel as safe as possible.  
  • 2 – Fitting the braces 
Once your impressions have been taken and your private Dentist has discussed the type of brace you need, the braces will be constructed and a further appointment to have them fitted will be made. This will be a simple, short process in which we fit the brace and then discuss (if applicable) how to insert and remove any aligners to make sure they fit comfortably and correctly.   An appointment to have a fixed brace fitted will take slightly longer but is also very straightforward too. A special cement will be mixed and used to properly affix the brackets of the braces to your teeth. Once it is in place a blue light will be used to set them and prevent them from coming off. The brackets will then be joined using a metal wire. Depending on the type of fixed brace you’re having, it will be held in place with clips or elastic bands.  
  • 3 – Appointment aftercare 
Once you leave the treatment room you might possibly experience a period of a few hours in which your teeth start to ache, or where the inside of your mouth and particularly your cheeks feel a little sore.   These symptoms are perfectly normal and should not cause too much discomfort. Yes, they’re unwelcome, but there is no real need to worry. How long you might feel discomfort for can vary person to person, some may only feel it for a few hours, whilst others may notice it for a couple of days.  
  •  4 – Treating discomfort 
If you do find that you’re suffering with aching and discomfort, then simple painkillers that you might take to relieve a headache will help with brace pain first day.   Salt water rinses can also help to soothe and comfort sore gums and the inside of the mouth. Simply put a teaspoon full of salt into a glass of freshly boiled water. Allow to cool sufficiently, then gargle with it and spit out.   Remember to follow any advice given to you by your Dentist with regards to dental hygiene, brushing, cleaning and using mouthwash.  
  • 5 – Adjusting braces 
From time to time follow up appointments are required to have your braces adjusted (if they are fixed) or to have new sets of aligners fitted. Again, you may feel some slight discomfort after the appointment, but this should subside very quickly and can always be relieved by a dose of painkillers to manage any symptoms.  
  • 6 – Brace removal 
It won’t be long before your brace will be ready for professional removal. This is often the patient’s favourite appointment, and understandably so, but it can still feel a little nerve wracking.   Braces are removed carefully with special tools that are designed to clip them off without causing any harm to your teeth. Any cement that is set on the surface of the enamel will be gently removed. There may possibly be a slight feeling of pressure as this is done but shouldn’t be anything to worry about.  
  • 7 – Retainers 
After your orthodontic treatment you may be supplied with either a fixed or removeable retainer. These are made after taking a mould from your teeth. At the appointment when your braces are removed some more impressions will be taken. The retainer should sit comfortably on your teeth and not cause any pain at all. Wear this as instructed by your Dentist.  

Why Choose Aesthetika? 

We’re a long standing and respected dental clinic and our work reflects this. Our passion for providing cutting edge dental treatment in a relaxed setting is second to none.   Our skilled team of dental professionals will look after all your dental and orthodontic needs. We offer everything from routine check-ups through to more complex treatments including braces and aesthetic work full smile makeovers and veneers.   We want our patients to receive an individual and personalised treatment service that considers their needs. We also understand that some people are more phobic than others about visiting the Dentist and so offer appointments with a trained Dentist who specialises in dental phobia. Contact us for a free consultation today, to experience the difference that is Aesthetika.  

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How do you get perfect teeth?

It’s quite simple, here are 7 little changes you can do that will give you perfect teeth. Just tweaking your oral health routine can improve the cosmetics of your teeth that will give you a smile to be confident about. Implementing techniques into your daily routine can help your teeth to last longer and look their best, it can also help you avoid painful issues that can arise from improper care.  Over the last few years we can see an increase in people paying for brighter, whiter teeth. But just painting a broken-down fence won’t make it look it’s best, the fence needs mending first, and the same can be said for your teeth. Remember you are beautiful no matter what, but your teeth can sometimes make you lose your confidence, start at the basics and get your teeth into shape and you will start to feel good about yourself again.  We are all busy and knowing how to care for our teeth the right way isn’t always easy along with conflicting advice can be confusing. Our 7 little changes to your routine will give you everything you need to do to make your teeth look and last better than ever. So next time you can visit your dentist with a big smile. 

7 Little Changes that’ll Make a Big Difference to your Smile 

 
  1. Brush Twice a Day 
Use a fluoride toothpaste twice a day for between 2 to 3 minutes. If you don’t brush them properly a film of bacteria will build up around the teeth causing plaque that could lead to gum disease and tooth decay. 
  1. Use the Correct Tooth Brush 
The amount of force you use will affect the overall look and health of your teeth. The NHS advise that it doesn’t matter whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush, as long as you brush all the surfaces of all your teeth.  
  1. Check your Technique 
Don’t just sweep the toothbrush around your mouth, hold the tooth brush at a 45-degree angle. Keep your brushing pace slow and gentle and make sure you reach the front, back and tops of your teeth.  Your dentist or hygienist can give you more advice based on your own dental health and needs. 
  1. Floss Daily 
Start at the top of the tooth, be firm but gentle using a scraping motion between the teeth. If you find floss hard to use, you can try dental tape, which is thinner. Flossing is a great way to remove tartar and plaque that brushing sometimes can’t  Again, your dental team can advise you about using dental floss. 
  1. Cut down on sugar and acidic drinks 
What you eat, and drink can cause tooth decay, so a healthy diet is important for your teeth. 
  1. Straighten Crooked Teeth 
According to the NHS around a third of children need orthodontic treatment. There are different types of aligners which can be used to help with this, which can be either removable or fixed onto the teeth. Find out more on how we can help. 
  1. Get Routine Dental Check-Ups 
To get perfect teeth visit your dentist regularly, your dentist can make sure that you are brushing and flossing sufficiently and ensure your gums and teeth are healthy as a result. They can also offer you tips and advice to make sure your smile is one you can smile with confidence with, as well as catching any issues before they become big problems.  Why not book an appointment today to get started on getting the perfect teeth you deserve? At Aesthetika Dental Studio, our modern dentistry techniques ensure all our oral hygiene check-ups and consultations are as thorough as possible. Allowing accurate diagnosis that our dentists can then use to recommend the best possible treatment plans for you and your individual needs moving forward. 

Why choose Aesthetika? 

  We value patient health and comfort above all.  We’re deeply proud of what we have created here at Aesthetika Dental and we feel our work reflects this. You are assured that we will always deliver our best, simply because we are passionate about what we do.  At Aesthetika Dental Studio, our highly skilled team of passionate and dedicated dental professionals can cater for all your dental needs. The comprehensive dental services we offer range from routine dental check-ups, through to complex cosmetic dentistry solutions including; dental implants, full smile makeovers and veneers.  Our aim is to ensure that each patient experiences the ultimate in individual, personalised cosmetic, general and specialist dental treatment, in a comfortable, warm and friendly environment.  Our years of experience mean that we have seen all manner of dental problems and the challenges that these can pose. Having overcome all of these we strive to give to our new and loyal patients alike the same standard of care that we would expect ourselves.  So, don’t be frightened to come visit the dentist, book an appointment  online or call us on 02089367726 and come see for yourself. 

People also ask: 

  Should I use an electric or manual toothbrush?  It doesn’t matter, electic or manual are both equally good, if you brush all the surfaces of all your teeth and you use fluoride toothpaste.  What type of toothpaste should I use?  It’s important to use a toothpaste with the right concentration of fluoride. Your dentist can help advise on this if you are unsure.  Should I use mouthwash?  Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay, but don’t do this straight after brushing your teeth or it’ll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth. Try to choose a different time to use mouthwash, such as after lunch.  How can I make my teeth healthy again?  Follow our 7 steps and you will begin to see a difference. 





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