Friday, 30 January 2009

Invisible Invisalign Dental Braces Essex! Invisible Clear Dental Braces Essex!

Traditional braces or newer innovations , such as Invisalign or Clearstep, Clear Plastic Retainers,are used to move the teeth into better functioning,and better looking position.

Dr Basrai advises his patients who are having their teeth straightened with Invisalign to also use the trays to bleach the teeth at the same time.

What Can Invisalign Address!!

For Crowding.

One Limitation of Invisalign is that it can only move teeth Horizontally. Invisalign does not work well for bite problems and major movement, but it offers spectacular results for minor crowding.

To discreetly move crowded or crooked teeth into a major aesthetically pleasing position Invisalign or Clearstep may be an option.

This orthodontic treatment uses a series of 18 to 30 Clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth like a night guard.

Each Aligner moves your teeth to a certain point over a period of two weeks , and then you move onto the next one.

From Start to Finish , the treatment takes generally from 9 to 15 months.

The Key to getting the fastest results is wearing the aligners all the time, except when eating or brushing your teeth.

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Monday, 26 January 2009

Dental Implants Essex! Dr J Basrai

What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone. It is used to support one or more false teeth. In practice, both the false teeth and their supporting rod are known as ‘implants’.

Are implants safe and how long will they last?
Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. Over 95 per cent of modern implants should last for many years with the right care.

I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.

Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn?t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.

Do implants hurt?
Placing the implants needs a small operation. This can be done using a simple local anaesthetic, and sometimes with sedation if you are very nervous. Sometimes the dentist needs to use a general anaesthetic for complex cases. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery. This is usually due to having stitches, and the normal healing process.

How long does treatment take?
Your dentist will be able to give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts. Usually the permanent teeth are fitted 6 to 9 months after the implants are put in, but many implant systems now allow the time to be as short as 3 months. Some teeth can now even be fitted at the same time as the implants (known as immediate implants) but you should check with your dentist to see whether these are suitable for you.

What about after care of implants?
Your dentist may give you some pain relief after the surgery, or check whether you have them at home to take over the next few days if you need them. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics. Don't smoke, exercise or drive for the rest of the day. Don't rinse the area and only eat soft foods. However, it is important that you keep your mouth clean by brushing but do not poke the implant site. You can use a chlorhexidine mouthwash every day during the first week after surgery (you can get these from supermarkets and chemists).

What happens next?
The implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been put in. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw.

Sometimes the implants may be stable enough when they are fitted for the artificial teeth to be attached much sooner than this.

If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you may have a temporary denture in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then you can keep wearing these throughout the healing period once they have been modified after the surgery. A healing cap will usually be placed into the implant site to protect the area during healing.

Are the teeth difficult to clean?
No. But after care is important if you are going to have a long-lasting, successful implant. Your dentist should give you detailed advice on how to look after your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you'll be shown methods to help you. You may need to visit your hygienist more often but your dentist will be able to talk to you about this.

If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?
Yes, if you don’t care for them well enough. If you keep them clean, and don’t smoke, then you should not have any problems.

Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?
Most artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by the dentist. However, if you have complete dentures fixed to the implants by bars, then you’ll be able to take them out for cleaning.

Do the implants show?
Your dentist will make sure that the implants won’t show during all normal movements of the mouth and lips. You will need to be able to see them, so that you can clean them properly.

Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?
No, unless you’re only having a single tooth replaced. Normally, five or six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw, as each implant can usually support two teeth. For a few missing teeth, two or three implants may be used.

What if I have an accident?
Implants and the teeth they support can be damaged by an accident in the same way that natural teeth can. It is therefore important that you wear a professionally made mouthguard if you play sports that involve contact or moving objects. If there is damage, the teeth can be dismantled from the implant and replaced. However, if the titanium rod is damaged beyond repair, this part may be safely left in the jaw if it is too difficult to remove. Another implant may be placed alongside it to replace the damaged implant.

What happens if the implant does not bond with the bone?
This happens very rarely. If the implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there. Or, the dentist can make a bridge, using the implanted false teeth that have ‘taken’.

Is the treatment expensive?
Unfortunately, yes it can be. Your Implanologist will be able to provide you with a written estimate of cost. However, over the longer term, implants are usually a more cost-effective and satisfactory option. There are advantages to it, too. An implant to replace a single tooth avoids the need to cut down the teeth either side for crowns to support a bridge. Normal dentures often mean you can't eat or speak well, due to the dentures moving about. But teeth attached to an implant don't cause this problem as they are anchored to the bone more firmly than natural teeth.

Where do I get implants treatment?
Talk to your dentist, so you can be referred to a specialist for assessment and treatment. Your dentist may already carry out some or all of this type of treatment and will give you the advice you need. Remember to ask exactly what treatment is proposed, what experience the dentist has in this work, the total cost of the treatment and what the alternatives are. Make sure you get a treatment plan, along with an estimate and ask if a guarantee is included in your payment. If you are unhappy with any of the answers you get then do ask for a second opinion. You will be spending a lot of time, effort and money, so you must be sure that you know what you are getting at the end of treatment.

Give us a call on 0137481000 to schedule a consultation with our implantologist and check out our website on

Tooth Whitening Essex ! Dr J Basrai

What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change; but it will lighten the existing shade.

Why would I need my teeth whitened?
There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and our teeth can also become more discoloured as we get older.

Your teeth can also be stained on the surface through food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth.

Calculus or tartar can also affect the colour of teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.

What does tooth whitening involve?
Professional bleaching is the most common form of tooth whitening. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment, and will supervise it if you are. First the dentist will put a rubber shield or a gel on your gums to protect the soft tissue. They will then apply the whitening product to your teeth, using a specially made tray which fits into your mouth like a gum-shield.

The ‘active ingredient’ in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.

After tooth whitening treatment

How long does this take?
The total treatment can usually be done within three to four weeks. First, you will need two or three visits to the dentist. Your dentist will need to make a mouthguard and will take impressions for this at the first appointment. Once your dentist has started the treatment, you will need to continue the treatment at home. This means regularly applying the whitening product over two to four weeks, for 30 minutes to one hour at a time.

However, there are now some new products which can be applied for up to eight hours at a time. This means a satisfactory result can be achieved in as little as one week.

What other procedures are there?
There is now laser whitening or ‘power whitening’. During this procedure a rubber dam is put over your teeth to protect the gums, and a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth. Then a light or laser is shone on the teeth to activate the chemical. The light speeds up the chemical reaction of the whitening product and the colour change can be achieved more quickly using this procedure. Laser whitening is said to make teeth up to five or six shades lighter.

How long does this take?
Your dentist will need to assess your teeth to make sure that you are suitable for the treatment. Once it has been agreed, this procedure usually takes about one hour.

How much does tooth whitening cost?
You cannot get whitening treatments on the NHS. Private charges will vary from practice to practice and region to region. Laser or power whitening will be more expensive than professional bleaching. We recommend you get a written estimate of the cost before you start any treatment.

How long will my teeth stay whiter?
The effects of whitening can last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Ask your dentist for their opinion before you start the treatment.
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What are the side effects?
Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others report discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing.

If any of these side effects continue you should go to your dentist.
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What about home kits?
Home kits are cheaper. Because tooth whitening is a complicated procedure we would advise that you always consult your dentist prior to undertaking treatment.

Many kits sold in the UK do not contain enough of the whitening product to be effective and some kits sold over the internet may contain mild acids and abrasives.

If you are considering using a home whitening kit, always look for the British Dental Health Foundation approved logo.
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What about whitening toothpastes?
There are several whitening toothpastes on the market. Although they do not affect the natural colour of your teeth, they may be effective at removing staining and therefore may improve the overall appearance of your teeth. Whitening toothpaste may also help the effect last, once your teeth have been professionally whitened.

We recommend that you look for our accreditation symbol on the packaging of oral care products. This is a guarantee that the claims made about the product have been scientifically and clinically checked by an independent panel of experts.

Can a single tooth which has been root filled be whitened?
Sometimes. Many dead teeth go discoloured after a root filling. If the tooth has been root treated, the canal (which previously contained the nerve) may be reopened. The whitening product is applied working from the inside to whiten the tooth.

When might tooth whitening not work?
Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour. Also it only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any types of ‘false’ teeth such as dentures, crowns and veneers.

If your dentures are stained or discoloured visit your dentist and ask for them to be cleaned. Stained veneers, crowns or dentures may need replacing; again ask your dentist.

How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?
You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drink you have that can stain teeth. Don’t forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discolouring and staining.

We recommend the following tips to care for your teeth:
- brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommed.

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Cosmetic Dental Braces 6 Six Month Smiles Essex ! Dr J Basrai!

Transforms smiles in few months.
Quick results with low force technique.
Clear braces not easily noticed.
Wires tooth-coloured and very small
Cost and committment less than traditional braces. Fewer visits needed.
Discomfort is minimal as teeth are gently repositioned
Uses latest technology

Q: Six months sounds good, but will I still have a mouth full of metal for the whole time?

A: No! Six Month Smiles™ dentists use tooth-colored braces that are barely visible. The wires are usually tooth-coloured as well. These are nothing like metal braces! Six Month Smiles™ braces are clear, wires are tooth-coloured and very small.

Q: How can teeth be straightened in only six months?

A: The Six Month Smiles™ technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely. The key components of the treatment are the use of special nickel titanium wires and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile. Treatment times fall within 4-9 months. Your dentist will inform you since everyone is different.

Q: How are Six Month Smiles™ more comfortable than regular braces?

A: Six Month Smiles™ use low force to move teeth more comfortably. Many people think that the accelerated treatment means simply "tightening" regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that is not true. Six Month Smiles™ utilizes standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite. Discomfort is minimal as teeth are gently repositioned. No heavy forces are used. The treatment becomes easier and more comfortable day by day.

Q: Do Six Month Smiles™ braces damage the teeth, roots, or gums?

A: There are no more risks of root damage or other issues than those associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles™ braces are lighter and teeth are seldom extracted, there are actually even fewer risks involved with Six Month Smiles™ orthodontics.

Cost and committment is significantly less than traditional braces.
6 Month Smiles system will give a perfect finish each and every time by simultaneously moving teeth in all directions unlike invisible braces and Inman Aligner.

Q: What's the catch?

A: There really is no catch. If you are an adult (15 years and older) with crooked or spaced teeth and you're not looking for a major alteration to your bite, this could be the solution for you! Most adults ARE candidates for Six Month Smiles™.

It is conservative, inexpensive, and highly effective. It may sound "too good to be true," but thousands of people already treated in USA are living proof that this is real!

Treatment is quick, comfortable, and convenient. Six Month Smiles™ is similar to the Inman Aligner™ and Invisible Aligners ® in that you will be fitted for custom-crafted appliances that are designed exclusively for you. The Six Month Smiles™ lab will create a customized set of braces for you.

When you receive your set of rapid braces, you will be pleased to see that the brackets and wires are tooth-colored and non-conspicuous. The great advantage to Six Month Smiles™ is that the braces are extremely comfortable. The short term ortho system exerts a constant, low-pressure force that gently moves your teeth into proper alignment. Brief monthly visits are needed to check your progress and address any questions or concerns that you may have. Treatment with Six Month Smiles™ works for virtually everyone who needs braces, although some exceptions remain.

Q: Will I have to wear a retainer?
A: Yes, as with any teeth-straightening treatment a retainer is necessary to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. If you don't want to wear a removable retainer, you can have a bonded retainer placed. There are a variety of options that you can choose from according to your personal preference and situation

We will carefully analyze your teeth and construct a written treatment plan to meet your dental needs. The Six Month Smiles™ lab will create a customized set of braces for you. This takes around two weeks.
When you receive your set of rapid braces, you will be pleased to see that the brackets and wires are tooth-colored and non-conspicuous. The great advantage to Six Month Smiles™ is that the braces are extremely comfortable. The short term ortho system exerts a constant, low-pressure force that gently moves your teeth into proper alignment. Brief monthly visits let us check your progress and address any questions or concerns that you may have. Treatment with Six Month Smiles™ works for virtually everyone who needs braces, although some exceptions remain.

There are some rare situations in which movement of the back teeth can cause unhelpful changes in bite. Some patients are unaware they have acute/ chronic trauma to their joints caused by clenching teeth (bruxism) or parafunction.

Chafford Hundred Dental Care can comfortably straighten your teeth and give you that attractive, pleasant smile you've always wanted. We are experienced in cosmetic dentistry and certified in tooth movement / arch alignment using the latest invisible braces, Inman Aligner and Six Month Smile techniques.

Six 6 Month Smiles Braces Essex! Dr J Basrai.

We at Chafford Hundred Dental Care will be offering a new procedure that knocks years off treatment time, and halves cost. Having teeth like Tom Cruise in just six months is not Mission Impossible, thanks to the latest dental treatment available in the UK.

Brits can now sort out their crooked smiles and gappy gums with hi-tech braces that are virtually invisible and more comfortable to wear. 6 Month Smiles cuts treatment time by 75% and is half the price of traditional braces.

Dr Swain was inspired to become a dentist after a skateboarding accident as a 14-year-old saw him require extensive work on his own teeth. Although the Americans have a reputation for top teeth, 95% of adults in the US refuse orthodontic treatment because it takes 2-3 years. In Dr Swain’s clinic, 95% accept the treatment.

“6 Month Smiles uses new technology and methods to produce brilliant results in a fraction of the normal time,” says Dr Basrai.

“Most adults think that it’s too late for them to have braces, but this should change their minds. Compared to traditional braces, the 6 Month Smiles brace is virtually invisible, requires fewer visits to the dentist, and cuts treatment time from two years to just six months. The new treatment is also cheaper, giving you even more reason to show off that sparkling smile.”

Tom Cruise is just one of the stars who turned to braces in adulthood, and now boasts one of the most brilliant smiles in Hollywood. Cindy Crawford, Cameron Diaz and Prince Harry have also joined the braces brigade.

“Braces are often portrayed as geeky, unattractive and uncomfortable,” adds Dr Basrai. “New technology means this is now not the case. Dramatically reducing both the treatment time and trips needed to the dentist makes 6 Month Smiles a convenient reality.”

“If you want a better smile, the message is simple – brace yourself!”

6 Month Smiles FAQs:

1. The average treatment time for a traditional brace is two years, meaning 6 Month Smiles reduces treatment time by 75%.

2. The braces are virtually invisible so most people won’t even know you are wearing them.

3. Rather than putting greater pressure on teeth to move them more quickly, lower but consistent forces are applied.

4. Less tightening means fewer visits to the dentist, which saves time and money.

5. Braces can eliminate gaps and straighten wonky teeth, helping you achieve a better smile.

6. A straighter smile helps you look good and feel great.

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Friday, 23 January 2009

Dental Veneers Essex! Dental Veneers Essex!

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain.

When would I need a veneer?

Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured or stained tooth or to lighten front teeth (usually the upper ones) generally. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.

What are the advantages of veneers?

Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy. Because they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond (rather like super-glue) very little preparation of the tooth is needed.

How are teeth prepared for a veneer?

Some of the shiny outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of enamel removed is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so that the tooth stays the same size. A local anaesthetic (injection) may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort, but often this is not necessary. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take an ‘impression’ (mould). This will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural.

How long will it take?

A veneer takes at least two visits: the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade, and the second to fit it. Before bonding it in place, your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a veneer in place is done with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.

Will I need a temporary veneer between visits?

Because the preparation of the tooth is so slight you will probably not need a temporary veneer. The tooth will look very much the same after preparation, but will feel slightly less smooth.

What happens after the veneer is fitted?

Only minor adjustments can be made to the veneer after it is fitted. It is usually best to wait a little while to get used to it before any changes are made. Your dentist will probably want to check and polish it a week or so after it is fitted, and make sure that you are happy with it.

How much will it cost?

The costs for this treatment can vary from practice to practice so it is important to discuss charges and treatment options with your dentist before starting treatment.

How long will a veneer last?

Veneers should last for many years; but they can chip or break, just as your own teeth can. Your dentist will tell you how long each individual veneer should last. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.

What about alternatives?

A natural-coloured filling material can be used for minor repairs to front teeth. This is excellent where the tooth supports the filling, but may not work so well for broken tooth corners. There will always be a join between the tooth and the filling material. Crowns are used for teeth which need to be strengthened – either because they have broken, have been weakened by a very large filling, or have had root canal treatment.

TMJ Problems and Headaches In Essex!

Jaw problems and headaches

What is dental occlusion?

Dental occlusion is another name for the way your teeth meet when your jaws bite together.

What is TMJ?

The letters TMJ are short for of ‘temporo-mandibular joint’, which is the joint connecting your lower jaw and your skull. The movement in this joint lets you open and close your mouth and chew from side to side.

What kind of problems might I have?

If your teeth don’t fit together properly, you can have problems not only in your teeth themselves, but also the gums, the temporo-mandibular joint or the muscles that move your jaw. These problems are called ‘occlusal’ problems.

Teeth that are out of line, heavily worn or constantly breaking, fillings that fracture or crowns that work loose may all be signs of occlusal problems. Your teeth may also be tender to bite on or may ache constantly.

Loose teeth or receding gums can be made worse by an incorrect bite.

Clicking, grinding or pain in your jaw joints, ringing or buzzing in your ears and difficulty in opening or closing your mouth could all be due to your teeth not meeting each other properly.

If your jaw is in the wrong position, the muscles that move the jaw have to work a lot harder and can get tired. This leads to muscle spasm. The main symptoms are continual headaches or migraine, especially first thing in the morning; pain behind your eyes; sinus pain and pains in your neck and shoulders. Sometimes even back muscles are involved.

How can I tell if I have a problem?

Many people have imperfect occlusion and missing teeth, yet never have symptoms because they adjust to their problems. Occasionally, in times of increased stress and tension, the symptoms may appear and then go away immediately. Or, your teeth and gums may be affected straight away and instead of headaches, you may suffer: • flattened, worn teeth • broken teeth, fillings and crowns • loose teeth • continual sensitivity of your teeth to temperature change • toothache with no apparent cause. If you think you have any of these problems, ask your dentist. You may find that you clench or grind your teeth, although most people who do aren’t aware of it. Sometimes can be caused by anxiety, but generally most people clench their teeth when they are concentrating on a task - housework, gardening, car mechanics, typing and so on.

You may wake up in the morning with a stiff jaw or tenderness when you bite together. This could be due to clenching or grinding your teeth in your sleep. Most people who grind their teeth do it while they are asleep and may not know they are doing it.

If you suffer from severe headaches, or neck and shoulder pain, you may not have linked this with possible jaw problems. Or you may keep having pain or discomfort on the side of your face around your ears or jaw joints or difficulty in moving your jaw. These are all symptoms of TMJ problems.

If you are missing some teeth at the back of your mouth, this may lead to an unbalanced bite, which can cause uneven pressure on your teeth.

Together, all these symptoms are called ‘TMJ syndrome’.

How are occlusal problems treated?

See your dentist. He or she may be able to help you or may refer you to a specialist who deals with occlusal problems.

Depending on the problems you are having, it can be possible to spot the signs of an occlusal problem. Various muscles may be sore when tested, or the broken and worn areas of your teeth will show you are grinding your teeth - a common sign of an incorrect bite.

If your dentist suspects that your problems are due to an incorrect bite, he or she may help to improve the problem by supplying a temporary soft nightguard or hard plastic appliance that fits over your upper or lower teeth. This appliance needs to be measured and fitted very accurately so that when you bite on it, all your teeth meet at exactly the same time in a position where your muscles are relaxed. You may have to wear this all the time or, just at night. If the appliance relieves your symptoms then your bite may need to be corrected permanently.

Tooth Adjustment (equilibration)
Your teeth may need to be carefully adjusted to meet evenly. Changing the direction and position of the slopes that guide your teeth together can often help to reposition the jaw.

Replacement of teeth
The temporo-mandibular joint needs equal support from both sides of both jaws. The chewing action is designed to work properly only when all your teeth are present and in the correct position. Missing teeth may need to be replaced either with a partial denture or bridgework.

Replacement is not usually done until a diagnosis has been confirmed by using an appliance and this has fully relieved the symptoms. Relief in some patients is instant: in others it can take a long time.

Some drugs can help in certain cases, but this is usually only temporary. Hormone replacement therapy may also help some women.

Diet and Exercise
As with any joint pain, it can help to put less stress on the joint. So a soft diet can be helpful, as can Corrective exercises and external heat. Physiotherapy exercises can often help, and your dentist may be able to show some of these to you.

Counselling and relaxation therapy may help in some cases. These techniques help the patient to become more aware of stressful situations and to control tension.

Will straightening my teeth help?

If your teeth are too far out of line or in a totally incorrect bite position, it may be necessary to fit an orthodontic appliance to move them into a better position.

How many people suffer from these problems?

Up to 1 in 4 people may have some symptoms. Both men and women are affected equally, although women tend to seek treatment more often than men. The symptoms can often start with the menopause or other hormonal changes

Cosmetic Dentist essex! Cosmetic dentist essex.

Cosmetic treatment

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Dentistry is no longer just a case of filling and extracting teeth, as it was for many years. Nowadays, many people turn to cosmetic dentistry, or ‘aesthetic dentistry’, as a way of improving their appearance, much as they would use cosmetic surgery or even a new hairstyle. The treatments can be used to straighten, lighten, reshape and repair teeth. Cosmetic treatments include veneers, crowns, bridges, tooth-coloured fillings, implants and tooth whitening.
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What is a veneer?

Veneers are thin slices of porcelain. These are precisely made to fit over the visible surface of front teeth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail.
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Why might I have a veneer?

Veneers are an ideal way of treating discoloured or unsightly teeth, closing gaps between front teeth, or repairing chips and cracks.
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How are veneers made?

A small amount of enamel is removed from the tooth, usually the same thickness as the veneer will be. An impression is taken by the dentist and sent to a dental technician for the veneer to be made in the laboratory. The veneer is then bonded to the tooth to form a strong and natural-looking repair. Sometimes a natural colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain. Composite veneers can be completed in one visit and involve bonding tooth-coloured filling material to the front of the tooth. Although these veneers are slightly more prone to staining and have a shorter life, they are easily replaced.
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Can I have white fillings?

For over 150 years standard fillings have been made out of a silvery-grey material called ‘amalgam’. This is still one of the strongest and longest-lasting materials available for fillings. However, many people find it unattractive and some are concerned about possible health risks.

White fillings are now becoming a popular alternative to amalgam fillings. The new dental materials mean it is much easier to find a perfect match for the shade of a particular tooth. In most cases, it is quite impossible to see that the tooth even has a filling. Sometimes white filling material can be used to cover unsightly marks on the teeth, in a similar way to veneers.
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My tooth is badly broken - what can I do?

When a tooth is badly broken or heavily filled, the dentist may need to crown or ‘cap’ it to restore its appearance and strength
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How does the dentist make a crown?

The usual procedure for fitting a crown involves shaping the tooth under local anaesthetic and then taking an impression using a rubber-like material. The impression is then sent to the laboratory along with the details of the shade to be used, where the technician makes the crown.

What happens to my teeth while the crown is being made?

While your crown is being made, the prepared tooth can be protected with a temporary crown, which is easily removed just before fitting the permanent one. In most cases, the temporary crown is in place for about two weeks.
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What is a crown made of?

Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials, such as porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold. New materials are continually being introduced. There are different crowns for different situations and it is a good idea to discuss with your dentist which crown would be best for you.

How can my dentist fill a gap in my mouth?

If a tooth is missing, or needs extracting, there are several ways to fill the gap that is left. In some cases it is important to try to replace any missing teeth in order to balance the way your jaw bites. If you have several missing teeth, the remaining teeth are under more pressure, which can lead to broken fillings or even jaw problems. A partial denture is the simplest way of replacing missing teeth. However, some people find dentures uncomfortable and eventually decide to look at alternatives

What is a bridge?

Bridges are ideal for people who don’t like dentures or only have one or two teeth missing. Conventional bridges are made by crowning the teeth on either side of the gap and attaching a false tooth in the middle. They are fixed in the same way as crowns. These bridges are usually made of precious metal bonded to porcelain. Sometimes other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength.

What if I don’t want my remaining teeth drilled?

Adhesive bridges are another way of bridging a gap, and less of the tooth needs removing. These bridges are made up of a false tooth with metal ‘wings’ on either side. These wings are made to bond to the teeth on either side, with very little drilling of these teeth. The teeth are roughened and the bridge is fitted using a very strong composite resin.

Can implants be used to replace missing teeth?

‘Implants’ are an alternative to dentures or bridgework, but they are more expensive. Implants are titanium rods, which are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as anchors for fastening dentures or crowns onto.

Can I lighten the colour of my teeth?

Tooth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it will lighten the existing shade.

What does tooth whitening involve?

Professional bleaching is the most common form of tooth whitening. We will apply the whitening product to your teeth, using a specially made tray which fits into your mouth like a gum-shield.

The ‘active ingredient’ in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.

Once we have started this treatment you will need to continue it at home.

What other tooth whitening procedures are there?

There is now laser whitening or ‘power whitening’. During this treatment a light or laser is shone on the teeth to activate the chemical. The light speeds up the chemical reaction of the whitening product and the colour change can be achieved more quickly. Laser whitening can make teeth up to five or six shades lighter. This procedure usually takes about one hour.

What is an incorrect bite?

This is when the teeth do not fit in the jaw properly, when the teeth are not in the correct relationship with the rest of the face or if teeth are lost and not replaced.

What can happen if an incorrect bite is not treated?

If an incorrect bite is not treated the face can ‘collapse’. This can cause the face to sag, the chin to stick out or the smile to droop. It can even cause headaches, neck pain and other pains in the body.

How can it be treated?

There are a number of treatments, including crowns, bonding and orthodontics ( braces). We can discuss which treatment is most suitable for you. Ask for an estimate of the cost and a written treatment plan before you start.

Can my crooked or twisted teeth be straightened?

Teeth can be straightened with orthodontics (braces). This is usually done during the teenage years, when the teeth are going through a period of growth. However, many adults also have treatment to straighten their crooked teeth or to approve their appearance. The procedure can take much longer in adults and is therefore more expensive. For cosmetic reason, clear or plastic braces can be used, which are hardly noticeable. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, first go along to come see us and get our advice. We can discuss your treatment options and if necessary refer you to an orthodontist.

Are there any alternatives to orthodontics?

Cosmetic contouring can be used to improve the appearance of teeth. It is ideal if you have slightly crowded teeth. However, in contouring the teeth a small amount of enamel would be lost. Contouring can also be used to improve the shape and appearance of your gums. These treatments are not recommended for young children.

What is tooth jewellery?

Tooth jewellery involves sticking small accessories onto the teeth. They should be fitted by a dentist, who can easily remove them if necessary. It is important to keep the area around the jewel clean as plaque can easily build-up around it and you will be more likely to get tooth decay.

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Why should I replace missing teeth?

Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your "bite" is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
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How are missing teeth replaced?

This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in the mouth. The condition of the other teeth also affects the decision. There are two main ways to replace the missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth � a partial denture. The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
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What is a partial denture?

This is a plate with a number of false teeth on it. It may be all plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. Both types may have clips (clasps), to help keep the denture in place in the mouth. Depending on where they are, some of these clips may show when you smile or open your mouth.
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What is the difference between a plastic partial denture and one that contains metal?

Plastic partial dentures are less expensive to make. But unless they are designed very carefully they can damage the teeth they fit against. Metal partial dentures are usually from an alloy of cobalt and chromium and they are much stronger. They are lighter to wear and can be supported by the remaining teeth. Although the base is metal, they have gum-coloured plastic and natural-looking teeth fixed to them. They are more expensive than the plastic ones.
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How do I choose the best type for me?

Be guided by your dentist. He or she will know the condition of your remaining teeth. In most cases a metal-based partial denture gives the best result.
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Can I have a bridge fitted straight after having a tooth removed?

In many people it can take up to 6 months for the gums to heal properly after and extraction. This means that you may need to have a temporary denture for 6 months before the bridge is fitted.
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How do I look after my denture?

The general rule is: brush, soak, brush. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. Brush your dentures before soaking, to help remove any food debris. The use of an effervescent denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher � always follow the manufacturers� instructions - then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface. Most dentists advice using a small to medium headed toothbrush and toothpaste. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which comes into contact with your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.
If you notice a build up of stains or scale, have your denture cleaned by your dentist or hygienist.
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Should I take my denture out at night?

Your dentist may recommend removing your dentures at night to give your mouth a chance to rest. If you remove your dentures, it is important to leave them in water to prevent any warping or cracking.
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What is the alternative to a partial denture?

The main alternative is a fixed bridge. This is made by putting crowns on the teeth at either side of the space, and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth in the space. This is all made in the laboratory and then the pieces are cemented into place with special adhesives. The bridge can�t be removed. Another option is an adhesive bridge. This has wings that are bonded to the back of the supporing teeth with very little drilling involved.
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Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?

Bridges are only possible if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dentist will help you decide which is the best way of replacing missing teeth.
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What are bridges made of?

Bridges usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.
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What will a bridge cost?

Cost will vary according to the size and type of bridge you need. Always get a written estimate and treatment plan before beginning any dental treatment. Although a bridge may seem expensive it should last many years.
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How do I look after my bridge?

You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.
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Are there other methods for fixing false teeth?

There are other methods, such as using a combination of crowns and partial dentures that can keep the retaining clips out of sight. These are quite specialised dentures, so you should ask your dentist about them.
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Can I have teeth which attach to the jawbone?

Yes. By having implants. The success of this technique means you may be able to replace missing teeth without crowning other teeth.Remember that it is as important to care for your remaining teeth as it is to replace the missing ones.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Snap on Smile in Essex. Snap-on-Smile Essex.

Snap-On Smile® is the revolutionary, patented appliance that is non-invasive, requires no shots, no drilling, and no adhesives. Patients can eat while wearing the appliance. Snap-On Smile’s retention is completely tooth-borne so it does not impinge on gingival tissue nor cover the palate. It has many applications including use as aesthetic provisionals for implant restorations, as a vehicle for raising vertical dimension, as cosmetic removable partial dentures, and as a long-term smile enhancement.

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Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Inman Aligner Essex. Cosmetic Dentist Essex Dr J Basrai

Want straighter teeth without the pain and embarrassment of childhood train tracks? Look no further

Ugly Betty channelled the look, Tom Cruise has worn them too and R&B star Estelle is the latest to be sporting a pair – can't guess? Braces, that's what.

The quest to achieve the perfect pearly whites continues and now, instead of the drastic action of veneers and teeth whitening, dental experts are offering alternative, far less invasive treatments to create a smile makeover to challenge any Hollywood star.

A relatively new procedure on the dentistry scene is the Inman Aligner which will come as music to the ears of so many of us who are vaguely disgruntled with teeth that may have gone slightly wayward, but who don't want to take extreme measures to adjust any minor crookedness or small gaps.

Gone are the days of youth when we endured the pain (and ridicule) of train tracks for two years. The Inman Aligner – a removable brace – is perfect for the pain-fearing, vain ones amongst us.

The fixture is a simple, thin piece of wire that sits across the front four to six teeth and promises to straighten them within three months – give or take.

Dr J Basrai describes the treatment perfectly when he calls it a 'mild fine-tuning' in cosmetic dentistry. 'The great thing about the Inman Aligner is it's opened up the field to a greater number of people who previously would rather not have anything done at all.

'In many ways cosmetic dentistry has been failing these patients for many years. But now we have an option for every single case. For those who have got really nice teeth, but have crowding in their mouth, this is available.'

How does it work?

We will assess your teeth, take impressions and it takes around two weeks for the brace to be made to fit you. The aligner works by gently pushing on the teeth with a spring action. This differs to the more archaic process of train tracks which only put pressure on the teeth in the days after a dentist has tightened the brace.

Regular visits to the dentist are required throughout the treatment so that space can be made for the teeth to move into.

This is the part that may make the more squeamish amongst you...erm, squirm. In order to create space, a process known as 'stripping' is administered. In effect, a very thin strip of metal is rubbed between the teeth, filing them ever so slightly, so that the teeth have room to move into.

Whilst the process sounds alarming, it is utterly pain free. I would simply recommend closing your eyes and taking yourself off to an imaginary beach somewhere – the filing noise is the only thing that might stop you from managing to do so...

A little light relief

There is one element of 'stripping' that takes the edge off and which I'd never come across before: the rubber mouth guards used to get to your teeth. Known as 'optragates', they simply slip into the mouth to protect the lips and mouth area when the dentist starts filing away. It is the shape of the optragates that will give you the giggles – imagine suddenly turning into a cartoon character version of youself with oversized rubber lips and you should get some idea!

So how long does it really take?

Well, in all honesty, my treatment ran over – but only slightly – to three months each for both top and bottom front teeth. I had a schedule to keep to when I started last October, with the aim of having perfect pearly whites by the time May came round, and my wedding day.

The treatment wasn't entirely pain-free. I do remember the first two days wearing the brace left my teeth incredibly tender and a meal out with my husband, Anil, was something of a joke the day I picked up the appliance. Let's just say there would have been zero dinner conversation had I not left the damn thing firmly in the bottom of my handbag.

Phone calls at work were a little bottom-clenching too. Trying to explain why you've suddenly developed a minor lisp to a PR you talk to most weeks was mildly embarrassing. And of course, despite being 28 years old, the gentle teasing from an older brother who should know better was par for the course.

What happens when the treatment's complete?

Obviously although your teeth have moved into a straighter position, they do need a little help in staying put. So a further impression of your new teeth is taken and a second brace made, which must be worn at night for six weeks – oh, that's a passion thriller on honeymoon, oh yes – as well as the dentist fitting permanent small fixtures (a very thin piece of wire) behind the teeth to keep them in place and ensure they don't start to wander.

How much does it cost?

The Inman Aligner costs 1495 Pounds! We Offer Free Tooth Whitening worth 295 Pounds with each Treatment.

Is it worth it?

Yes, without a doubt. My teeth are now noticeably straighter and I feel much more confident about my smile. On my wedding day I could grin away as much as I liked, safe in the knowledge the photographs would do me justice.

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