July 31st, 2014
If you’ve been shopping for a new toothbrush recently, you will probably have noticed that there is a huge range of products on offer. From basic looking brushes, which cost just a couple of pounds, to futuristic products, which boats all kinds of gadgets and gizmos, choosing a toothbrush can be a minefield. If you need advice or pointers when choosing a brush, we are here to help!
Electric versus manual
Many people are not sure whether to choose an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush. Studies show that electric toothbrushes are proven to remove more plaque than manual brushes, as the brush heads oscillate much faster and it’s easier to manoeuvre the head of the brush into the corners of the mouth. However, it is possible to achieve a really deep clean with a manual toothbrush.
It is possible to get an electric toothbrush without spending a lot of money and you can also buy battery-powered brushes, which represent a happy medium.
Electric toothbrushes can be easier to use for those who have problems with grip or motor skills in the wrists.
How much should I spend?
The reality is that you should spend what you can afford. Even a basic brush will do the job providing that you have a good brushing technique and you brush for the recommended time. If you can afford to spend a little more, it is probably worth investing in an electric toothbrush, especially as you only have to replace the brush heads, rather than the whole brush.
How often should I change my toothbrush?
Ideally, you should try to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Some brushes have coloured indicators, which show you when they need to be changed. It’s important to swap the brush heads frequently, as they won’t be effective once they are worn.
July 29th, 2014
What better way to usher in the summer than with a beaming, white smile? Call us to book your whitening treatment now and take advantage of our amazing Zoom! whitening offer!
What is Zoom! whitening?
Zoom! whitening is a professional in-chair whitening treatment, which transforms the smile in just one hour! In just an hour, your teeth will be transformed from dull ganshers to perfect pearly whites and there is absolutely no pain involved.
Zoom! whitening uses powerful whitening agent to lighten the shade of the teeth and create radiant new smiles. Whitening agent is applied to the teeth and then activated using an intensive light. During treatment, patients are asked to pop on a pair of protective glasses and then sit back, relax and look forward to seeing the results.
Zoom! whitening is a quick, painless and affordable way of giving your smile a boost in time for the summer.
Our amazing Zoom! whitening offer
At the moment, we are offering a special discounted price on Zoom! whitening. For just £249, you can get a brand new gleaming smile and the fee includes the consultation. The regular price for this treatment is over £500, so this represents a huge saving.
Call us today to book your appointment or find out more about Zoom! whitening and our special discounted rates.
July 24th, 2014
At Kent Smile Studio we are always on the lookout for treatments that provide a solution for issues commonly brought up by our patients. Many clients want a straighter smile, but are reluctant to have orthodontic treatment because they don’t want their image to change and we are able to offer a treatment, which delivers amazing results without impacting on your looks at all. Our invisible braces are an amazing option for those who want to go through the treatment process without anyone else being able to spot their braces.
Our invisible braces
We offer amazing invisible braces to straighten your teeth without drawing away from your natural beauty. With these braces, which can barely be seen when you smile, you can through the treatment process incognito and enjoy the results without having to go through stress or hassle.
We offer comfortable, convenient removable clear aligners, which generate forces that move the teeth gently. As the aligners are transparent, they won’t have any bearing on your looks and you can feel confident during your treatment.
Removable aligners give you flexibility during your treatment and they also make life easier, as you can enjoy meals without any stress about food getting stuck and you can clean your teeth in the normal way. With fixed braces, it can be difficult to clean around the brackets and the bands tend to attract bits of food, which can increase the risk of decay and gum disease.
Are invisible braces suitable for everyone?
Invisible braces are suitable for patients of all ages with a wide range of orthodontic issues and they are a great option for those who would prefer something a little more discreet than traditional fixed braces. However, aligners are always the best choice for some patients and fixed braces are generally considered a better choice for patients with complex needs, as they provide more support for the teeth while they move and they generate more movement.
July 22nd, 2014
Dental phobia is one of the most common phobias. Phobias are irrational fears, which cause people to become extremely anxious, restless and scared when they come into contact with something that many people find completely harmless. In the case of dental phobia, patients may be scared of needles and injections, the dental drill, the dentist, pain or even simply the setting of the dental surgery. At Kent Smile Studio, we have expertise in caring for patients with a phobia and we use techniques to help patients to overcome their fear and feel more comfortable when they are at the surgery.
Sedation for nervous patients
Sedation is an effective technique, which is used to help patients relax when they have a dental or medical procedure. It works by using sedative medication to induce a state of deep calm. Under sedation, patients don’t feel any pain and they won’t have much awareness of what is going on around them, but they will still be conscious and they can hear and talk to the dentist if they wish to.
After sedation, most people don’t have much memory of what happened during the procedure.
When can sedation be beneficial?
Sedation can be beneficial for patients who are nervous or anxious about having treatment, as well as those who are undergoing a long or complex procedure and patients with a sensitive gag reflex. Sedation is also helpful for patients who have had negative experiences in the past, as it helps to make you feel relaxed and you don’t have much recollection of the procedure when you come around after treatment.
If you’re interested in sedation or you suffer from dental phobia, we can help. We understand that having dental treatment can be scary and we will do everything we can to help you to feel more confident and assured before you have treatment. We are happy to arrange consultations, show you around the clinic and introduce you to our team before you have treatment to help you prepare and enable you to get a feel for the surgery and get to know your dentist.
July 17th, 2014
We recommend replacing missing teeth for a number of reasons. Gaps in your smile can affect your confidence and the look of your smile, as well as your oral health and your ability to eat and enjoy a range of foods. At Kent Smile Studio, we offer various tooth replacement treatments, including dental implants, to restore the beauty of your smile and enable you to enjoy improved oral function.
Everything you need to know about dental implants
Dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement solution. The role of the implant is to replace the root section of the tooth. The implant is placed inside a hole in the jaw bone and left to integrate through a process called osseointegration. Once the implant is in place, it is capable of anchoring a new restoration, which replaces the visible crown section of the tooth.
Implants are the closest prosthetic to natural teeth and once treatment is complete, your new tooth will look exactly the same as your other tooth and function in the same way. You can smile without feeling conscious about gaps, eat without worrying about whether you’ll be able to chew and enjoy enhanced facial aesthetics. Your speech will also be clearer and easier to understand. Implants have also been proven to help to reduce bone loss.
How long does dental implant treatment take?
Implant treatment typically takes between 3 and 9 months. There are various stages, including consultation and planning, placement of the implants and finally, placement of the new teeth. The procedure to place the implants is usually done under sedation or local anaesthetic to ensure that you feel comfortable. The process may seem time-consuming, but once treatment is complete, your implants will last a lifetime. Implants are also really easy to maintain.
If you have missing teeth, dental implants could provide the ideal solution! Contact us today to find out more!
July 15th, 2014
Many people long for a healthier looking, more beautiful smile and with our smile makeovers, we can make your dreams come true. Whether you have chipped, stained, worn, missing or crooked teeth, we have treatments available to eliminate these problems and transform your smile.
About our smile makeovers
Smile makeovers have been featured heavily on television makeover shows and in newspaper and magazine articles and they are the best way to transform broken, stained and crowded teeth into a radiant set of pearly whites. The aim of a smile makeover is to address existing problems and create a beautiful smile using the latest cosmetic treatments. We offer a wide range of cosmetic services, as well as restorative and orthodontic treatments and we can also combine dental treatment with facial rejuvenation.
We offer a bespoke service and we tailor our treatment plans to each patient. No smile makeovers are the same because our clients have different needs and everyone has a different view of what constitutes the perfect smile. We work with our clients to select the treatments that will address any problems and create outstanding results.
We have an array of treatments on offer to solve any problem you can imagine. From the latest restorative techniques, such as bridges, crowns, white fillings and dental implants, to tooth whitening, veneers and cosmetic bonding and cosmetic braces to iron out issues such as crooked and crowded teeth, we are confident that we have the treatments to produce your dream smile! Once we have established the areas you want to address and discussed ideas of what you would like your smile to look like, we can start formulating your personalised plan and decide which treatments to go for. We take many factors into consideration at this stage, including treatment time and cost.
July 10th, 2014
Have you ever flicked through the pages of the newspaper on the morning after the Oscars and lusted after the gorgeous gowns and the perfect pouts? Do you long for a Hollywood style smile? If so, we have the perfect treatment for you! You don’t need to be a red carpet regular to show off a beautiful new smile with our veneer treatments.
What are veneers?
Veneers are very thin shells, which are made out of ceramic, usually porcelain. They are secured onto the natural teeth to create a brand new, flawless smile. There are different systems available and you can select your shade and shape to design your ideal smile.
During the consultation process, we will work together to create a picture of your dream smile and we can then go about making your veneers. We create impressions of your teeth and take photographs, which are used to make your new veneers and we prepare your teeth to ensure that they are ready for the veneers. Preparing the teeth involves etching the tooth surface to make room for the veneers.
Once the veneers are ready, they are placed on the teeth and you can have a look at what your smile looks like before they are secured using dental adhesive.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers should last between five and ten years. When you have your regular check-ups, we will have a good look at your veneers and help you to keep them in good condition, so that your smile continues to look amazing for years to come.
Who can benefit from veneers?
Veneers are beneficial for many patients who have aesthetic flaws with their smile. They are a viable option for patients with chipped an worn teeth, as well as those who have discoloured teeth and they are also a great choice for patients who would simply prefer a brighter, more glamorous looking smile.
July 8th, 2014
Most of us would admit to wishing we looked a little younger and with our amazing non-surgical treatments this dream can become a reality. Our facial rejuvenation techniques roll back the years, leaving your complexion smooth, bright and glowing.
Botox is actually a toxin, known as botulinum toxin type A, but it is used in extremely small quantities in a purified form. It is a very effective treatment for reducing the visibility of wrinkles and facial lines and it works by blocking nerve signals, which prevent the contraction of the facial muscles. Botox is most commonly used to address signs of ageing on the forehead and around the eyes, nose and mouth.
Botox treatment is simple and it is so quick that it can be fitted into your daily routine very easily. The results are temporary and the procedure is non-invasive, making it a safer option than surgery. During the procedure, we will use a very fine needle to inject Botox into the skin in the areas you want to treat. After treatment, the results will start to become visible.
We are delighted to offer our clients Restylane filler treatment to add vigour and bounce to the skin and make you look younger. Restylane is a filler treatment, which was developed in Sweden using substances that occur naturally in the body. The aim of treatment is to add volume to the skin to combat the loss of collagen and to smooth lines and wrinkles. Fillers can also be used to add definition to the cheeks and volume to the lips.
Filler treatment is very similar to Botox. The results are temporary and the procedure is as straightforward as placing very fine needles in specific areas of the skin.
How long do the results of facial treatment last?
Botox treatment tends to last around 3-6 months, while fillers last slightly longer, at around 6-9 months. One the effects of treatment start to become less noticeable, it is possible to arrange repeat treatment sessions if you wish to.
July 3rd, 2014
Cavities are a sign of tooth decay and they are small holes, which develop in the tooth surface. If cavities are left untreated, they get bigger and the risk of infection increases. Fillings are a means of protecting the tooth and preventing the spread of infection. We recommend white fillings, to strengthen your tooth without distracting from its natural beauty.
The ins and outs of white fillings
White fillings are made from dental composite and resins; they are matched to the shade of your natural tooth so that it is impossible to tell the difference between the filling and the rest of the tooth. Fillings are a form of restoration and they help to make the tooth stronger once a cavity has formed; with a filling you can use your tooth in the same way as your other healthy teeth.
White fillings are an increasingly popular choice for patients, not just because they offer superior aesthetics, but also because they are a safer option than mercury amalgam fillings. We can place new white fillings or replace existing metal fillings with composite fillings.
The procedure to place a filling is straightforward and painless and there is nothing for you to worry about. Before we start filling the tooth, we will numb it so that you cannot feel any pain. We will then clean the cavity, by clearing out all the decayed tissue, and add bonding agent to ensure that the composite sticks. The dental composite will then be placed inside the cavity and shaped to ensure that it fills the hole. The composite is then set firm using a curing light; this process stakes seconds and you won’t feel anything. Once the filling is hard, we will make any final trimmings or adjustments to ensure that you are comfortable and your filling looks perfect.
July 1st, 2014
At Kent Smile Studio we like to keep our finger on the pulse and offer our clients the latest treatments. We are delighted to offer the best dental implant techniques, including traditional implants and the innovative All-on-4 system.
About dental implants
Dental implants are a relatively new developing in the world of tooth replacement, but they have already taken the world by storm. Implants are small posts, which are made from titanium; they are placed inside holes in the jaw with the aim of replacing the root of the missing tooth. Traditionally, the implants are left to heal and then a restoration, such as a bridge, crown or denture, is attached.
Dental implants are compatible with different restorations and this means that they are suitable for patients with a single missing tooth or a full set of lost teeth.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is an impressive dental implant system, which uses four implants to secure a full arch of new teeth. Usually at least 6-10 implants are needed, but this system uses the dense bone tissue, which is located at the front of the jaw. Two implants are placed at the front of the mouth, with the other two at the back and the back implants are placed at 45 degree angles, rather than 90 degree angles.
The other major difference with All-on-4 is the speed of treatment. Traditional implant treatment takes at least a few months, but with this treatment, the new teeth can be connected to the implants on the same day.
Which implant treatment is best for me?
Some implant systems are better suited to patients than others and we will be able to determine which treatment suits you best during your consultation. Traditional implants are suitable for most patients, while All-on-4 is a great option for patients who have lost most of their natural teeth and those who have may have had issues with dentures in the past. When you have your consultation, we will be able to explore the options with you and discuss the pros and cons of each treatment.