How old do your teeth look?

It’s fair to say that most of us care about how we look. We live in an image-conscious society, where how we look can sometimes be as important as what we can do. Part of looking good is looking as youthful as possible – 50 is the new 35, 60 the new 40 and so on.

People can spend a lot of money on clothes and hair and keeping fit, but there are a few parts of the body that can give away our real age, and one of those is our teeth.

Worn and Chipped Teeth in GlasgowWhat happens to your teeth over the years?

Thanks to the advances in dentistry in the past few decades, it is now not impossible for people to retain all their teeth into their 50s, 60s and beyond. Yes, you may still have all your teeth, but they are now several decades old and will have seen quite bit of action. All that biting and chewing will have had an impact on your teeth. Remember when they first came through when you were a kid, how your 2 front top teeth almost had little ridges along the bottom edge and were rounded at the corners?

Teeth can also get worn where we brush them all the time; we call this type of wearing erosion and it can mean that the enamel gets thinner and the yellow dentine below starts to show through, which is why old age is associated with yellower teeth.

Chips are not uncommon in teeth that have been around for a while. Maybe they are signs of a sports injury, or the tooth was chipped when you bit down on something hard like an olive stone.

Solutions

Whatever the cause, at Dental FX we can repair worn and chipped teeth using tried and tested methods.

If the broken tooth is near the back of your mouth, we can mend it with tooth-coloured composite, the stuff we use for white fillings. If it’s a really big bit that’s broken off, we’d do better to use a crown, as this will also strengthen the tooth.

At the front of your mouth, you might prefer to go for veneers, which are porcelain sheaths that are fixed over the front surfaces of the teeth.

Caring for children’s teeth in Glasgow

Good oral hygiene habits are acquired over time. Caring for children’s teeth is an important part of keeping their bodies healthy and it’s never too early to get started. Ideally, children should visit the dentist as soon as their first teeth erupt and that’s because healthy baby teeth set the stage for strong permanent teeth.

At Dental FX, we are passionate about preventive dentistry and we love receiving young patients to our practice. Looking after children’s teeth in Glasgow is what we do well and we have a dedicated children’s area in our practice, where children can relax while waiting to see the dentist. Dr Nahida Roy, has a friendly and relaxed manner and being a mother of two herself, she knows how important it is to take good care of children’s teeth and gums. If a child seems to be at risk for cavities or other problems, we recommend fluoride applications or dental sealants.

Childrens Dentistry in GlasgowFluoride applications

Dental fluoride treatment is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and prevent good oral health in children. Fluoride plays an important role in preventing tooth decay, which is why you can find it in most toothpastes and added to drinking water in some regions. Studies have shown that fluoride applications at the dentist are both safe and effective in decreasing cavities and preventing tooth decay. Fluoride acts as a shield against acid attacks caused by sugars and plaque bacteria and can be beneficial in controlled doses administered by an experienced dentist.

Dental sealants

Just like fluoride, dental sealants are also effective at keeping plaque bacteria at bay. Although brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque effectively, they cannot always reach the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. Sealants protect these hard-to-reach teeth (usually the molars) from tooth decay by keeping out plaque and harmful bacteria.

Children are good candidates for dental sealants, because they are at higher risk of developing decay. Typically, children should have sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth erupt. This way, dental sealants can protect teeth through the ages 6 to 14, when cavities are more likely form.

Repair worn and chipped teeth in Glasgow

Wear and tear on our teeth over the years is expected and, sometimes, we can do almost nothing to prevent it. If you have heavily worn or chipped teeth, it is really important to visit your dentist, as they will determine the causes and the treatment. At Dental FX in Glasgow, repairing worn and chipped teeth may include white fillings and composite bonding or porcelain veneers and dental crowns, if the damage is more extensive.

Chipped Teeth in GlasgowWhite fillings and dental bonding

If you have a single chipped tooth or cracked tooth, the result of injury or accident, we offer white fillings and dental bonding. Both are quick, safe and easy ways to repair the problem in just one visit to our practice. White fillings are very discreet because they are tooth-coloured to match the rest of your teeth. Your dentist will drill the affected tooth to remove any decay and smooth the edges before the filling is placed. White fillings are easy to install in one visit because they turn hard in seconds with the use of a special light.

If you have small chips on your teeth, on the other hand, your dentist will use composite bonding to restore their appearance. Using a tooth-coloured composite (made of glass and plastic), your dentist will repair the tooth and shape it to look like it used to originally.

Crowns

Crowns are ideal when larger pieces of the tooth have broken or chipped. Essentially, crowns are tooth-shaped caps made of porcelain or composite that cover the entire tooth and help protect it from decay and gum disease. The procedure is relatively quick and can be completed from a few days to a couple of weeks. The tooth will need to be prepared before the final placement of the crown and this may require removing part of the tooth enamel.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are very thin porcelain shells, which are ideal for covering chipped and worn teeth. Your dentist will lightly prepare the tooth by removing a small layer of the enamel and will take impressions, which are sent to the laboratory for your veneer to be made. Once ready, the veneer will be bonded to the front of your teeth with a special glue.

Brighten your teeth with teeth whitening in Glasgow

We all want a brighter smile, yet very few people have pearly white teeth naturally. If brushing, regular dental cleanings and lifestyle changes just aren’t enough, professional teeth whitening is a safe and cost-effective solution to make your smile bright again. At Dental FX in Glasgow, we believe that the most comfortable, effective and safest way to brighten your teeth is for us to provide you with a customised tooth whitening kit with bleaching trays.

What causes yellow teeth?

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowTeeth tend to become darker as we age, however, genetics and lifestyle choices may accelerate this process. Coffee, tea and red wine are notorious for staining the teeth, yet other drinks with high acidity such as soda, juices and sports drinks can also stain tooth enamel. Highly pigmented foods can cause staining over time. Even healthy foods including blueberries and strawberries can stain your teeth.

Your genetic profile also determines whether you teeth will be on the white or the yellow side. This not about the colour, but the thickness of the enamel. People with thin tooth enamel are more likely to have their teeth appear yellow compared to people with very thick tooth enamel. Last but not least, some medications are also responsible for tooth staining.

At-home teeth whitening with trays

At Dental FX, we use tray bleaching, a type of professional whitening that employs custom-made trays and whitening gel prescribed by our dentists. Once you receive the custom-fitted trays, you will fill them with whitening gel and wear them for a few hours a day for two or three weeks. At-home teeth whitening is entirely safe and will not hurt your teeth and gums. It generally takes 10-14 days, but you will be able to notice results within the first few days.

Ready to regain your smile?

Once the treatment is over, you will notice how different your teeth look. Unlike over-the-counter products that can cause gum irritation and discomfort, professional teeth whitening at Dental FX is safe, tested and entirely comfortable. If you would like to know more about teeth whitening or any of our cosmetic procedures, just give us a call and our friendly dentists will be happy to help you.

Focus on Gareth Calvert

Questions and Answers Gareth Calvert

Q1. Did you always want to be a dentist? If not, how did it happen?

A. In the final years of school, I was torn between Engineering and Dentistry. I always enjoyed the mechanical aspects of problem-solving, so combined with caring for people, Dentistry was the obvious choice. These aspects still motivate me today and undoubtedly why I chose a career in Restorative Dentistry.

Q2. Where did you train and what have you done since you qualified?

A. I completed my Undergraduate training at the University of Glasgow Dental School and Hospital. I then spent 2 years working between general practice and secondary care in Glasgow. After which I was fortunate enough to begin postgraduate education in Newcastle Dental Hospital’s Restorative department.

After 12 months I returned to Scotland, to work in the Maxillofacial unit in Forth Valley. Shortly after this, I entered specialist training in Restorative dentistry back in Glasgow Dental Hospital and part time in general practice.

On completion of specialist training, I was awarded the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow and appointed a Consultant in Glasgow Dental Hospital.

Gareth CalvertQ3. What do you find most challenging in dentistry today?

A. Negotiating what radio station we listen to or is with the window open or closed.

Q4. What type of dentistry do you enjoy doing best and why?

A. I enjoyed my specialist training in gum treatment, root treatment, implant treatment and crowns/bridges, but In Glasgow Dental Hospital I am fortunate to treat patients with hypodontia which require all aspects of these treatments. In Dental FX I enjoy delivering gum treatment as this is the foundation of oral health but would be happy to discuss any other concerns you have regarding your smile.

Q5. What advice would you give to a nervous patient?

A. Come in for a chat. We can talk through any concerns you have and put you back in control of your smile.

Q6. What do you like to do outside of dentistry?

A. My obsession with gadgets doesn’t stop at work, it includes anything with a petrol engine. I enjoy competitive sport to blow off steam so I play squash and 5 a side football. Otherwise, I’m a dog person with a soft spot for baking which my friends like to remind me of.

Q7. What have you found most rewarding

A. Professionally, it was travelling to Ghana with a charity to develop the skills of 20 undergraduate dentists in emergency care for a small village that had no access to dentistry. Personally, it was navigating myself across China for 4 weeks.

Professional teeth whitening in Glasgow

As we age, our teeth tend to become yellow and lose their natural shine. This is caused by many factors, some of which cannot be controlled. One of the easiest ways of regaining your smile’s youthful appearance is through professional teeth whitening.

At Dental FX in Glasgow, we understand that your smile has seen whiter days. This is why, we are able to help our patients whiten their teeth professionally either in the dental chair or in the comfort of their own home, depending on their lifestyle and individual needs. Whiter teeth can make a great difference in your smile and overall appearance.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowCommon causes of tooth discolouration

Even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly, chances are that you will develop tooth discolouration at some point in your life. There are many factors that many cause your teeth to darken. Some of them are directly under your control, while others are not preventable. Generally, your dental health is determined by genetics beyond your control.

Some people are born with thinner and more sensitive tooth enamel or discoloured teeth. Several medications can also lead to tooth discolouration. Failing to brush and floss your teeth will also lead to tooth decay and yellowing of your teeth. Finally, ageing takes a toll on your teeth as well as consumption of certain foods, including coffee, tea and red wine.

Teeth whitening treatments

After determining the cause of your discolouration, our experienced dentists can suggest suitable treatment options. Over-the-counter whitening agents might help, but professional whitening is safer and more effective. When teeth whitening is not an option because of tooth sensitivity or other reasons, veneers can also brighten your teeth permanently.

We appreciate that people with different lifestyles have different requirements. Keeping this in mind, we offer customised treatment options, which are specifically designed for your needs.

In-practice whitening

Whitening treatment at our practice can be performed at your own convenience upon scheduling an appointment. This way you can have your teeth brightened by several shades in under an hour. It involves whitening your teeth with prescription-strength hydrogen peroxide and laser technology.

At-home whitening

Alternatively, our dentist can provide you with custom-fitted bleaching trays that will help you whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own house.

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Scottish Dental Awards 2017

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Tooth cleaning and polishing with Airflow in Glasgow

If you have been postponing your dental exam indefinitely, you should schedule that appointment for the sake of your teeth. Taking care of your teeth and gums involves more than just brushing and flossing at home. Good oral hygiene is important not only for your smile, but for your overall health as well.

At Dental FX, our experienced dentists and hygienists can give you a brighter, whiter smile, remove persistent tooth stains and help to keep your mouth in great condition. Our Airflow Polish machine uses compressed air, fine powder particles and water to remove plaque and tartar build-up from the teeth. Many patients find this procedure more comfortable than a traditional scale and polish.

Airflow in GlasgowWhat is the Airflow system?

Airflow is an innovative teeth cleaning system that uses a mixture of air, polishing powder and a gentle stream of water to remove surface stains and plaque from the teeth and gums. Airflow is gentle, kind to the tooth enamel, non-damaging to the teeth and significantly improves tooth brightness, giving you conspicuously lighter and brighter teeth just after the treatment.

Benefits of Airflow

Airflow removes dental plaque up to 5mm and helps prevent various types of gum disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis. Moreover, it removes tooth stains more easily than traditional polishing and scaling. Airflow does not compromise your dental implants or other tooth restorations – in contrary, it helps maintain them in good health. Airflow also cleans and opens fissures on your molars for sealing. More importantly, it is a great choice for cleaning around braces as well as for deep cleaning after braces are taken off. Finally, unlike regular scaling and polishing, Airflow does not apply any pressure on your teeth.

Is it safe?

The Airflow system is perfectly safe since it has been designed to take care of your teeth and gums. The mixture of air, water and polishing powder is non-toxic and if accidently swallowed, it will not cause any harm to the patient. Plus, cleaning your teeth with Airflow is a non-invasive treatment with no pain or discomfort. Since it uses kinetic energy and wind power instead of pressure, it causes no damage and will not scratch your tooth enamel.

Improve your smile this Mothers’ Day with cosmetic dentistry

This Mothers’ Day, a treat of cosmetic dentistry could be the ideal gift – for your mum or yourself!With so many choices, how do you go about finding a high quality cosmetic dentist in Glasgow? Choosing to have cosmetic dentistry can be a daunting procedure and you need a dentist you can depend on. You need to be assured that you are being treated with the latest technology, by well trained and professional staff, in a comfortable, clean and safe environment.

cosmetic-dentistry-in-glasgowAt the forefront of science

Dental FX prides itself on being at the very forefront of technological advances in the field of cosmetic dentistry. We keep continuous track of all the latest scientific advances and ensure that new, workable techniques are employed at our dental practice in Glasgow.

Our attention to detail, luxurious surroundings and quality of service sets us apart from other cosmetic dentists. You deserve something special this Mothers’ Day, so why not give Dental FX a try for your cosmetic dentistry?

Stained and discoloured teeth

If you are suffering from stained or discoloured teeth, we can offer you our Airflow treatment. This system uses a mini jet wash for the teeth to remove stains and plaque using air, sodium carbonate powder and water.

The tooth surface is not damaged during this cleaning procedure and it is quick and painless. This allows reaching and cleaning in all those difficult to access areas, such as the tight spaces in between the teeth. After the procedure, your teeth will look and feel refreshingly clean.

This is also an ideal method to remove any underlying stains or scale before having teeth whitening treatment with us.

If you decide to treat yourself this Mothers’ Day to some teeth whitening, we can help you. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the level of whitening you want to achieve and give you options of how to achieve the shade you’re after.

You will then have impressions of your teeth taken and custom made trays will be made for you. This is even possible in just one day! You will be given a whitening gel to use every day for two weeks to achieve your desired effect.