November 29th, 2014
If you’re starting to suffer from seasonal blues and you’re in need of a boost to turn your frown upside down, why not treat yourself to a cosmetic dental treatment or a smile makeover? Our incredible treatments will ensure you look and feel confident and content in perfect time to banish those blues and kick-start the festive season with a bang!
With cosmetic dentistry, we don’t just produce amazing smiles and eliminate aesthetic flaws, we also enable patients to enjoy greater confidence and self-esteem and it’s amazing the difference dental treatment can make. If you have problems that you want to address, you’ve been conscious of the look of your smile for as long as you can remember or you dream of a perfect white smile, now is the time to go for it and treat yourself!
We offer a broad spectrum of cosmetic dental treatments, including:
- porcelain and composite veneers
- tooth whitening
- invisible braces
- gum reshaping
- cosmetic bonding
- white fillings
- porcelain crowns
- smile makeovers
We can also combine multiple treatments to create a bespoke smile makeover.
Which treatments should I choose?
In most cases, your dental needs, along with the look you want to achieve, will dictate the treatment or treatments you choose. For example, if you have discoloured teeth, tooth whitening is usually the best option. If you have a number of issues you want to address or you want to completely transform your smile, we can combine treatments to make a smile makeover; we will help you to choose treatments based on your needs, your idea of the perfect smile and the amount of money and time you want to devote to your makeover.
If you’d like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry, why not call us today and arrange a consultation. We can go through the options with you, answer your questions and help you to decide which treatments would be best suited to you.
November 27th, 2014
At Kent Smile Studio we believe our clients deserve the best and we are delighted to be able to offer same-day bespoke restorative treatment thanks to incredible Cerec technology.
With Cerec technology, we are able to carry out the entire restorative process on-site at our clinic, rather than sending away moulds and waiting for 2 weeks to fit new restorations.
What is Cerec?
Cerec is an innovative form of technology, which enables us to design, manufacture and fit a new inlay, onlay, veneer or crown in a single day on-site at the surgery. Usually, dentists send impressions away to a dental laboratory and the permanent restoration is fitted 2-3 weeks later, but with Cerec, we do everything in just one day.
With Cerec, we take photographs of the tooth and these are converted into 3D models by state of the art imaging software; these models are sent to the milling machine, which is responsible for manufacturing the restoration.
The benefits of Cerec
There are so many benefits of Cerec that it’s difficult to know where to begin! Speed is an obvious advantage, as we can complete a process that usually takes 2-3 weeks in just a single session; we also require fewer treatment sessions, which makes treatment more convenient for patients with a busy schedule and we don’t need to use temporary restorations. The process is also much more accurate and cleaner, as we use photographs, rather than putty moulds and patients don’t have to go through the process of having putty in their mouth, which can be uncomfortable.
Cerec also gives dentists more control of the design process and they can also guide the patient through the procedure and show them what is happening and how the treatment works.
November 25th, 2014
If you have a cavity, we can provide a white filling to strengthen your tooth without any negative impact on your health or the look of your smile. With white fillings, the finish is seamless and you won’t be able to tell the difference between your filling and the rest of your teeth.
About white fillings
White fillings are made from dental composite and resins; they are used to fill cavities to protect the teeth and reduce the risk of infection spreading to the dentine. Dental composite is available in an array of different shades and we choose the closest match to your natural tooth to ensure the best aesthetic results.
When you have a filling, any decayed tissue will be removed from the tooth before the cavity is filled; the procedure usually takes less than an hour and it is carried out under local anaesthetic to prevent pain. Once the cavity is completely clean and clear of damaged tooth tissue, your dentist will place the composite inside and mould it; composite is like putty at this stage and it can be shaped to fit the hole perfectly. When the cavity has been filled, the composite will be set; this is done by shining a curing light onto the tooth. This process only takes a few seconds and it’s not painful, but we will ask you to pop on a pair of goggles to protect your eyes. When the composite is hard, your dentist will then trim the filling for a perfect fit.
What are the advantages of white fillings?
The most obvious advantage of white fillings is the aesthetic; with white fillings, it’s impossible to see the filling, as it blends in with the natural tooth colour. White fillings are also considered to be safer and more environmentally friendly than mercury amalgam fillings.
November 22nd, 2014
Ageing is inevitable, but if you’re longing for a fix, which turns back the clock and makes you look and feel younger, we can help. Our incredible facial rejuvenation treatments provide a non-surgical solution to common signs of ageing skin, including lines and wrinkles.
What is Botox and how does it work?
Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin type A; it is used in extremely small quantities and is approved for use in the UK as a safe and effective means of reducing the visibility of facial lines. Botox is injected into the skin and it works to smooth and soften the complexion by reducing muscle contraction. It does this by restricting nerve signals to the facial muscles.
Botox is most commonly used to treat fine lines, facial folds and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes and nose; it helps to create a smoother and more youthful look.
One of the best things about Botox is the simplicity of treatment. When you have Botox treatment, we will discuss the areas you want to treat and target and then go through the procedure with you; we will then book your appointment at a time that is most convenient for you. When you come in for your treatment, we will inject Botox into the targeted areas of skin using a very thin needle; once we have covered all the areas you desired, treatment is complete and t really is as simple as that. Following treatment, you can get back to whatever you had planned for the rest of the day and you’ll soon start to notice the effects of your treatment.
The results of Botox treatment are not permanent and most patients have top-up sessions. The effects usually last for between 3 and 6 months and you have the choice whether or not to repeat treatment.
November 20th, 2014
Invisible braces have made orthodontic treatment much more appealing to people who have issues such as gaps between the teeth, underbite and crowding. We are proud to offer effective invisible brace treatment in the heart of Kent and we look forward to transforming your smile in secret!
In the past, many patients were apprehensive about having braces because of the way they look; braces are not the most attractive accessory and this contributed to fears about what other people might think, how to portray a professional image with braces and how to feel confident during treatment. With invisible braces, none of these problems remain issues and you can go through treatment without any worries at all.
Our invisible braces
We are delighted to offer a new clear aligner system, which enables you to enjoy complete discretion during the treatment process. These ultra-light aligners are made entirely from clear, high grade plastic, so they are virtually invisible when you smile.
The aligners are also removable, so you can enjoy better oral hygiene and eat without any worries about keeping your brace clean or getting bits of your dinner stuck in the brace.
Our invisible braces are available to patients of all ages and they can be beneficial for patients with a range of orthodontic issues, from mild crowding and crooked teeth, to underbite and overbite.
For amazing aesthetics, we can also incorporate whitening treatment to ensure that your new smile looks perfect once treatment is complete.
To find out more about our invisible braces and see if you are a good match for treatment, call us now!
November 18th, 2014
Injuries, accidents and general wear and tear can take their toll on your teeth, but if you’re in need of restorative treatment or you’re looking for a tooth replacement treatment, we can help. We offer high grade crowns and dental bridges to cater for your restorative needs and we are confident that we can repair damaged teeth and restore the look of your smile in no time.
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are restorations, which are commonly used when a tooth has become weak as a result of decay or injury. Crowns are positioned over the top of the tooth and they strengthen weak teeth, as well as making them look more attractive. Crowns can be made from metals and ceramics and we often recommend porcelain crowns for a flawless finish. Crowns are durable and they should last for around 10 years. We may advise you to consider having a new crown if you have a large cavity, your tooth is broken or the tooth has been weakened by a large filling.
Dental bridges are an effective solution for missing teeth; they are most commonly recommended for a single missing tooth. A traditional fixed bridge is made from a false tooth, called a pontic, which is anchored by a crown on each side; the bridge is supported by healthy teeth on either side of the gap and the result is a flawless, natural looking replacement. We usually recommend ceramic bridges because they blend in with the natural shade of the teeth.
Bridges are custom-made for each individual patient and they are a durable solution; in most cases, they last up to 15 years. The procedure is simple and usually treatment involves just 2 sessions.
If you’d like to find out more about crowns and bridges at Kent Smile Studio, call and arrange a consultation today!
November 13th, 2014
At Kent Smile Studio we like to move with the times and we’re always on the lookout for new and exciting innovations. We are delighted to offer our patients Quicklase laser dental treatment. With laser technology we are able to offer quick, accurate and painless treatment!
With the Quicklase Power Pen, we are able to carry ot dental procedures rapidly with minimal pain and no disruption to the surrounding tissue. We use laser technology for a range of different procedures and it has several different purposes. Laser treatment can often be used to replace more traditional techniques, which tend to take longer and involve a more invasive procedure.
We are able to use Quicklase to:
- Detect signs of tooth decay
- Treat gum disease
- Reshape the gums
- Sterilise and clean
- Destroy decayed tooth tissue
The benefits of laser treatment
Laser treatment offers a host of benefits for dentists and patients, including:
- Speed: with laser technology, treatment is much quicker
- Recovery: the healing time with laser treatment is much shorter, as lasers often eliminate the need for making incisions in the gum tissue
- Infection: with laser treatment there is a much lower risk of infection after treatment, as there is usually no need to make an incision in the soft tissue
- Comfort: laser treatment is quiet, painless and accurate and it often eliminates the need for anaesthetic and drilling, which is great news for patients who suffer from dental anxiety or a phobia of needles or the dental drill. You can also leave the surgery without that horrible numb feeling you get after having local anaesthetic.
- Accuracy: with lasers, treatment is much more accurate and we can carry out treatment without any interference to the surrounding tissue
November 11th, 2014
At Kent Smile Studio we strive to make our patients feel comfortable and we provide IV sedation for patients who suffer from dental phobia and those who feel very anxious about having dental treatment.
With sedation, we are able to make patients feel reassured and confident before and during treatment and patients can relax in the knowledge that they won’t feel any pain at all.
About IV sedation
IV sedation is a technique used commonly in medicine and dentistry; sedation is a means of helping people to feel relaxed and calm and it is often viewed as a safer alternative to general anaesthetic. With sedation, you don’t lose consciousness, but you do feel completely calm.
When you are sedated, sedative is injected into your bloodstream through a vein in your arm. You will shortly start to feel the effects of the sedative and you will probably feel a little drowsy. During the procedure, you won’t feel any pain, but you will be awake, so you can talk to your dentist if you want to. When the procedure is finished, your dentist will give you medication to make the effects of the sedative wear off and you will gradually feel more alert.
After sedation, you may feel drowsy and sleepy for a while and we strongly recommend asking a friend or relative to drive you home and stay with you until the effects have worn off completely. It’s important that you take it easy and avoid doing anything strenuous, driving or drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours.
If you are a nervous patient or you are having a long or complex procedure, we may recommend sedation as a means of helping you to overcome your nerves and feel more comfortable in the dental chair. We will explain what happens and answer any questions you have and we will be with you every step of the way when you are having treatment and afterwards when you come around.
November 6th, 2014
Veneers are an extremely popular cosmetic dental treatment and if you’re searching for a solution for aesthetic flaws, such as chips and staining, or you dream of a flawless, radiant smile, they could be just the tonic. Here are 5 reasons why you could benefit from veneers:
- Amazing aesthetics: veneers are famed for creating stunning smiles and we use high grade ceramics to produce bright and beautiful teeth. Whether you’re desperate to cover up stained teeth or you’re unhappy with the overall look of your smile, veneers could transform your troublesome teeth into a truly stunning smile.
- Simple treatment process: we are able to complete veneer treatment in just 2 weeks, usually with 2 treatment sessions. During the first session, we plan treatment and create the impressions for your new smile, which are used by dental technicians to create your bespoke veneers. During the second treatment, the veneers are fitted and you can check out your new smile for the first time. Prior to fitting veneers, it is usually necessary to prepare the teeth, which simply involves taking away a wafer-thin layer of the tooth surface to make space for the new veneers.
- Durability: veneers will provide you with a timeless, beautiful smile and we expect our porcelain veneers to last between 5 and 10 years. Porcelain is more durable than composite and often represents a better long-term investment.
- Confidence: many people who have aesthetic issues with their smile suffer a lack of confidence as a result. Your smile is something you should feel proud to show off, rather than something you’re desperate to hide away from others and with veneers, your dreams of a perfect smile really can come true.
- Choice: with veneers, there is a wide range of choices when it comes to the shape, size and shade, so you can customise your smile to create your perfect look.
November 4th, 2014
One of the most exciting and innovative treatments we offer is All-on-4; this incredible implant system enables us to replace missing teeth and create amazing new smiles in just one day! If you thought you had to wait for months for new teeth, think again!
All-on-4 is a really impressive same-day implant treatment, which enables us to place dental implants and new teeth in a single session. With All-on-4 we use just four dental implants to secure a full arch of missing teeth and the results are there to see and enjoy immediately.
Usually, it takes between 6 and 10 dental implants to support a full arch of missing teeth, but the location and angle of All-on-4 implants increases stability and fewer implants are needed. Two of the implants are placed at the front of the jaw, with the other two at the back. Traditionally, implants are placed at 90 degree angles, but with this system, the back implants sit at 45 degree angles.
The advantages of All-on-4
Speed is the obvious advantage with All-on-4, as traditional implant treatment usually takes several months; however, there are many additional benefits. With dental implants in place to secure the new teeth, stability is increased significantly and if you’ve had dentures in the past, you will notice a difference immediately. The teeth are secured, so there’s no risk of them slipping and you can enjoy much more power when you chew; your smile will also look amazing. Implants are easy to care for and they last for many years, so you don’t need to worry about adjustments or replacements.
If you’d like to find out how All-on-4 could transform your smile, call and make your appointment today!