Absolute Dental Website Re-Launched

We at Absolute Dental are acutely aware that the internet browsing habits of the nation are changing, and more and more of us are using mobile devices (mobile phones and tablets) to browse the internet.

We’ve always been very proud of our website, and the reflection it gives of the beautiful practice we work in and the uncompromising dentistry we offer.

Our website has now been redesigned so that it meets the needs of both the mobile web browser and also the more conventional user too.

We’d love to know what you think, please visit our new look website today by clicking here.

For those of you who subscribe to our blog, you will now no longer automatically receive each post, but you can visit the website weekly to keep up to date with our news, events and useful information.

Online DIY braces are a bad idea!

There are now websites that offer people the opportunity to carry out their own tooth straightening in the comfort of their own home….

The websites encourage you to take a series of “selfies” and these are used to carry out an assessment and based on this, a person is deemed suitable (or not) for the treatment.

The British Orthodontic Society (the branch of dentistry specialising in improving the appearance, placement and function of teeth) have warned people of the dangers of this treatment.

“When it comes to the health of your teeth and gums, cutting corners is a really bad idea.” says Richard George (their director of external relations).

He goes on to say that the aligners that you would purchase online for this treatment, and then actually carrying out this treatment unsupervised, could actually end up causing permanent damage to your teeth.

Taking selfies and uploading them to a website in order to purchase DIY aligners cannot match the level of care and skill of a qualified clinician trained in the clinical diagnosis and treatment planning of such specialist treatment.

People need to be aware that these websites are not regulated and are run by non-dentists (sometimes even business operating from abroad) and there is absolutely no protection for those undertaking the DIY procedure.

The cost of treatment may be lower but the risks to health and wellbeing are far greater”.

So, the message is, if you want to know more about tooth straightening, speak to your dentist!

Don’t let too much festive cheer ruin your Christmas teeth!

Christmas is nearly upon us and regardless of whether or not you’re excited about it, there’s no doubt you will be indulging in plenty of delicious food over the coming weeks. Buffets, Christmas parties, Boxing Day leftovers, various tins and boxes of chocolates, shortbread biscuits, cakes – the list is endless. Whilst all this food is fabulous for our tastebuds, our teeth really aren’t such big fans.

At such an exciting time of the year with presents, music, socialising and generally having a good time it really is no surprise that all aspects of our health are neglected. Oral care in particular is something most people don’t think about at all over the holidays, usually because there’s often no obvious quick consequence like there is with overeating or drinking.

We love to help you care for your teeth, so it’s important we gently encourage you to protect your beautiful smile over Christmas so you don’t end up suffering in the New Year.

Here are some festive treats to be aware of in relation to your oral health:

Food That Cracks Your Teeth

We get a lot of cracked teeth to treat over the Christmas period, which some people may find surprising. However, when you think about the many different types of food we indulge in, it becomes more obvious why so many people’s enthusiastic eating has caused them this dental injury. Toffee is a common culprit for cracking teeth, especially as many people don’t eat it often and forget that it can be rock solid, unfortunately something they only remember once the damage is done. Whole nuts are another common cause of cracked teeth, with people either biting into a particularly hard nut, or failing to see a bit of the shell still attached to the nut and biting down on it.

Food That Actively Damages Your Teeth

There’s a lot of sugary and acidic food around at Christmas – exactly what your teeth hates. All the sweets, cakes and chocolates can damage your tooth enamel. Red wine, coffee and strong coloured foods can stain your teeth, and all the acid in the fruits and alcohol can provide a hefty acid attack that leads to tooth erosion. Basically, all of the popular Christmas treats combined make for a pretty terrifying few weeks for your teeth.

Neglecting Your Oral Care

Unfortunately, this is the time of year when we most commonly put the least effort into our dental care. The amount of patients who have told us they have fallen asleep without brushing (at least once), or they have simply not had time to even think about flossing or paying any attention to their teeth over Christmas is high.

What To Do About It

We completely understand that Christmas is a really hectic time of year.  It is important to be kind to yourself, relax and accept that not everyone is perfect and you will eat more treats than usual, and you might well forget to floss once or twice. However, your oral health does still need to be considered so you don’t end up regretting this after a few weeks indulgence, in the New Year. Consider your oral health part of your general health; that way, it won’t seem like you’re having to make any extra effort.

●     Only treat yourself to the nicest, most special foods when you do have something naughty, don’t waste your indulgence on any old treats!
●     Stick to government guidelines when it comes to drinking (you can find out more about government alcohol guidelines on-line easily enough)
●     Chew on sugar free chewing gum after eating to increase saliva production which helps combat decay
●     Leave your toothbrush and toothpaste out if you’re going out and think you might forget to brush – if it is right there in front of you, you might be more likely to remember
●     Drink lots of water in between eating

Talk To Absolute Dental Dental About Festive Dental Care

Avoid starting the New Year with toothache, cracked teeth, missing fillings or stained teeth and care for your teeth over Christmas so you can keep grinning through all the festivities.
If you’re due for a visit to us in the next few weeks, please ask us about caring for your teeth over Christmas – we want to help you go into 2017 smiling!

A quarter of men want straighter teeth

A new survey has revealed that 26% of men would like to straighten their teeth.

The survey was taken to find out more about men’s confidence in their appearance and showed that those aged 18-24 were most likely to have looked into treatments to change something, despite being the most likely age group to say they thought it wrong for a man to try to change his appearance.

Issues surrounding tooth appearance ranked highly as a concern, with statistics showing just over a quarter of men surveyed admitting they would straighten their teeth if they were given the chance to change one thing.

The survey taken in October 2016 by Align Technology, asked men of all age ranges, socio-economic groups and geographical regions asked men what they were most likely to change about themselves, and although they said they would like to change their appearance, many were reluctant to take the plunge.

The survey also showed interesting regional variations:

  • Those from the South West and West Midlands were least likely to consider themselves happy with their appearance (only 57% and 56% respectively saying they were happy)
  • Only 2% of those surveyed from Yorkshire and Humber were confident about their teeth
  • Those most likely to be confident about their teeth were from Scotland

We carry out short term orthodontics here at Absolute, if you want to know more, call us on 01548 852165 or email us info@absolute-dental.co.uk today!

Imperfect teeth – “One of the biggest turn offs”

A new survey from Iwhite Instant has found that imperfect teeth are one of the biggest turn offs.

The research shows that the top five turn offs for Brits as being:

  1. A cheesy chat up line – 77%
  1. Imperfect teeth – 65%
  1. If they pay too much attention to their mobile – 64%
  1. Arrogance – 53%
  1. Lack of hygiene – 52%

Carien Veldhuis, marketing manager at Iwhite Instant said “’It’s interesting to see what Britons consider to be the top turnoffs when meeting new people, and that cheesy chat up lines are considered to be the worst.”

“That being said, it’s no surprise that imperfect teeth came second on the top turnoffs either; this is one of those evolutionary things we look for in a mate.”

“That’s not to say people have to have the kind of perfect pearly whites we see in a magazine, but make sure you take good care of your teeth!’’

If you aren’t happy about any aspect of your smile, come and see us at Absolute Dental for a consultation and we may have a simple fix that could make your teeth less imperfect and make you smile more!

rj-before     rj-after

The pictures above are before and after pictures of a patient who came to see our clinical director Rhodri John, as they were unhappy about their smile.

After a course of tooth whitening and composite build ups (where the teeth are added tooth with a tooth coloured material and no natural tooth removed) the results are amazing, and this patient went away VERY happy.