Are you ready to repair worn and chipped teeth?

Are your less than perfect teeth wearing your confidence down?  If you are struggling to maintain a golden smile through natural wear and tear, or possibly something like a sports injury, it could be time to visit us at Dental FX to repair worn or chipped teeth!

Worn and Chipped Teeth in GlasgowThere are various options available to patients that are suffering with, and needing to repair, worn or chipped teeth, but one thing is for certain, the sooner you contact us the better!  Apart from being sensitive and very painful if the nerves are exposed, your teeth can be vulnerable if left in this condition for too long and cause further problems to your oral health down the line.

So what are my options when treating this problem?

A small chip can be sorted out very easily, usually in just one visit to our dental practice.  If the problem is at the back of the mouth, a filling will suffice.  Whilst a chip at the front of the mouth may need a treatment known as dental bonding. This treatment allows the chip to be treated via the bonding of natural tooth coloured resin, which is then hardened with a special light.

But what if a larger section of my tooth has come away?

Never fear, a larger chip can be solved too with dental crowns. These are the perfect way to repair teeth that have been made weak from decay or broken during a hectic game of hockey or football!  Crowns can be made from various materials such as porcelain or metal and are simply a tooth-shaped cover that is attached to your tooth.

With this treatment, one of our dentists will remove a layer of the tooth’s surface, but ensuring that the strong inside is left.  Our dental professionals will make a mould of the prepared tooth and it will be given to our technician to make a bespoke crown. You may have a temporary crown put in place whilst your final one is being crafted.

What about unsightly chips in the front of my mouth?

Veneers are a superb option for worn or chipped front teeth and you can also experience the joy of having these made lovely and white too if you have all the front teeth replaced! This winning solution can help with a number of issues at once by changing the colour, size and shape of the tooth.

Now take that dental chip off your shoulder and out of your mouth!

Hiding your smile behind your hands, and feeling ever more uncomfortable in social situations, is not how any of us want to live our lives.  But help is at hand, due to the marvellous, dental innovations available nowadays. So why not give us a call so that we can discuss all the options available to you. With a great home oral hygiene regime and regular check-ups, there is no reason why your new smile can’t last for years to come!

Two ways to get your teeth looking lighter

Here at Dental FX in Glasgow, we like to offer two ways to get rid of stains to make your teeth look lighter and brighter.

Teeth lose their pearlescent luminosity over the years because of what we eat and drink. If you are partial to several litres of tea or coffee a day, or if you like to relax with a glass of good red in the evenings, then you increase your chances of staining your teeth. Particles of pigment from these drinks, plus various other highly pigmented foods and drinks get lodged in the pores of tooth enamel. Tobacco, of course, is another big offender.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowTucked away like this, they can’t be removed with a good brushing and flossing. Over time, the staining builds up.

So, how to get rid of these stains? Well, you can choose between two methods:

Airflow

This is a great way to remove stains that our hygienist uses. Airflow uses a gentle jet of air combined with fine particles and water to gently remove hardened plaque. It also removes stubborn stains without any scraping.

You may well find that once your teeth have been given the Airflow treatment, you don’t need to get them whitened. But if you do still want teeth whitening, then we also have that on offer.

Teeth whitening

This treatment works by lifting stains out using a gel containing hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient.

The first step with teeth whitening is to get bespoke gel trays made. To do this, we need to take impressions of your teeth. We can often make impressions and have them ready for you that same day. So, you could come into Dental FX in the morning and get your take-home kit on your way home from work. You put the whitening gel in the trays and wear them over your teeth for a short period every day. Generally speaking, it takes about 2 weeks to whiten your teeth.

Intrinsic discolouration

Sometimes your discolouration is in the tooth structure itself, and it can’t be removed. In this case, we would recommend veneers as a way to hide this problem.

Fresher smiles start with teeth whitening

Now that summer is knocking at the door, people are starting to think of new clothes, making over their houses and gardens and other ways to freshen things up a little.

One great way to bring a freshness to your smile, which is your most important non-verbal tool of communication, is to have your teeth whitened. Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive procedure and at Dental FX in Glasgow, we offer a same-day service so that you can get going on your treatment straight away.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowHow whitening works

Teeth get stained and discoloured as we go through life, and pigments from the things we consume get caught in our tooth enamel. Whitening lifts those stains out and also works on the enamel itself to lighten it.

Whitening treatments use hydrogen peroxide, a tried and trusted whitener. This is put into a gel that you soak your teeth in every day for a short period to lift out the stains.

To make sure that the gel gets maximum contact with the teeth, you need bespoke gel trays. These trays fit you precisely and means there is less chance of any gel coming out and getting into the rest of your mouth.

When you come into Dental FX, we taken impressions of your teeth and then make the gel trays for you that very same day.

You go home with a whitening kit and then put some gel into the trays and wear them for a short period every day. Depending on the severity of your discolouration, it takes 2-3 weeks for your teeth to reach the desired shade of white.

Keeping up appearances

Whitening is not a permanent treatment but you can extend the life of it by being careful to avoid the foods and drinks that cause staining. These include tea, coffee and red wine. You can also brush your teeth after every meal to remove stains.

When your teeth do need a top-up treatment, all you have to do is come in for more gel and you are good to go.

Great isn’t it? Why not book a consultation and let’s get started on your summer smile.

Another way to get rid of stains

The things that many of us rely on to get us through the day can also leave evidence behind. Those cups of tea and coffee, that red wine, even that tobacco (as apparently there still are smokers in the UK) leave stains behind on our teeth. Over time, the stains build up and discolour the teeth.

Airflow in GlasgowOrdinary brushing doesn’t get rid of these stains and sometimes even a trip to the hygienist for a scale and polish doesn’t seem to do the job. You don’t really want to get your teeth whitened. Is there another way you can get these stains removed without having to go the whole hog of having your teeth go several shades lighter?

Yes, there is and we have it here at Dental FX in Glasgow. It’s called Airflow and it does a grand job of getting rid of stains.

Airflow is a jet of air, water and finely powdered sodium bicarbonate. Here at Dental FX, our hygienists, Michelle Britton, Teresa Cameron and Nicola McPherson, use it to great effect. They love seeing people’s face when they look at their teeth after a session with the Airflow equipment. It’s like the years have been stripped away from their teeth along with the stains.

They are back to their usual gleaming look without being made artificially lighter.

You can ask about Airflow at your next session with the hygienist or at your next check-up, or you can ring up to find out more and book a session. We usually recommend that you have any build-up of plaque removed first and the Airflow machine can do this for you.

This is a great way to spruce yourself up for an important occasion such as a wedding, or a first date.

If you have Airflow as an extra during your hygienist appointment, it will cost £20. If you have it as a full appointment, the price is £47.

There are some stains that Airflow cannot remove, so it’s a good idea to let us have a look at your staining before you book a session. If your staining won’t budge with Airflow, you can try teeth whitening, or have the discolouration covered over with veneers.

Improve your smile this Mother’s Day with cosmetic dentistry

Mother’s Day is coming up soon. Have you thought about what you would like your family to give you this year? If you’ve already got enough perfume, flowers and chocolates, maybe 2019 could be the year that your family help you upgrade your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in GlasgowIt may seem like an odd idea for a gift, but getting a great new smile can have wonderful knock-on effects in other areas of your life.

If you look around you, you will see that having a lovely smile has become a vital part of looking well-groomed for the under 40s, and there’s no reason why all mothers should not join their children in upgrading their smiles.

Here at Dental FX in Glasgow, we have highly experienced cosmetic dentists who can advise you on the best way to improve your smile. All you need to do is come in for a consultation. We can take a good look at your smile and suggest some ways that it could be improved.

Here are some simple treatments that can make all the difference:

Tooth contouring

If you have teeth that have been damaged or are bigger than the rest of your teeth, we can reshape them using a polishing tool. This easy treatment doesn’t even require an anaesthetic and it can transform your look in minutes.

Veneers

Another popular treatment is using veneers to cover over imperfections. Veneers are tiny sheaths of dental porcelain that are shaped and coloured to blend in with the rest of your teeth. We cement them on over the front of your teeth to hide problems such as cracks, chips, worn edges, discolouration that can’t be removed with whitening, and to make teeth that are mildly out of alignment appear straight.

Teeth whitening

Remove stains from red wine, coffee, tea, berries, smoking and more with teeth whitening treatments. We can make you gel trays in a day and then you carry out the treatment yourself at home.

We have a range of other treatments including reducing gummy smiles, cosmetic braces and replacing amalgam fillings with white fillings. Come on in and find out more.

Keep plaque at bay

Plaque is the root of all evil in your mouth. That may sound harsh, but it’s true. Plaque is that sticky layer of bacteria that coats your teeth, tongue and even the inside of your teeth.

It’s not the only bacteria living in your mouth, and in itself it’s harmless. The trouble is it feeds off the sugars in your mouth and then gives off acids. These acids, at source where they are most concentrated, eat away at your tooth enamel, creating holes for decay-causing bacteria to sneak in through and start attacking the soft layers of your inner tooth.

Visit our Hygienists in GlasgowThe acids also irritate and inflame your gums, as acids do, leading to gum disease, which, in its later stages can also result in infection. Both problems eventually lead to tooth loss.

Your part in plaque removal

You need to remove plaque twice a day. The best way to do this is by brushing with a soft-bristled brush for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Back this up with a good floss once a day to remove plaque from around the gumline.

You also need to visit our hygienist at Dental FX in Glasgow twice a year for a scale and polish. The reason for this is that, no matter how hard you try, you will never be able to get rid of all the plaque.

After plaque has been on your teeth for around 3 days, it hardens into a cement-like layer called tartar. The only way to get this off your teeth is to scrape it off with special tools. If you leave it, the layer of living plaque next to your teeth will still be giving off damaging acids.

What the hygienist does

The hygienist uses sonic removal as well as manual tools to remove the build-up of tartar and plaque. They then use a paste and polisher to polish the surface of your teeth. This makes it harder for plaque to cling to.

If you need help with brushing, the hygienist can suggest techniques and tools to make your twice daily regime more effective.

Why not book to visit the hygienist today and start the year with lovely clean teeth?

What was your favourite present?

You know that question. You will hear it from everyone after the winter festive fun dies down. But if, year after year, you are disappointed by what’s been wrapped up under the tree, why not take a different tack this year? Instead of leaving it to chance, take the initiative and ask your nearest and dearest to help you get a new smile.

Get a New Smile in GlasgowA new smile can be a big investment, but it’s one worth making. No one can argue that you won’t get enough use out of it. You will use it hundreds of times a day. That’s the thing with a great new smile. You will want to flash it at all and sundry.

Firstly because you will get a warm and friendly smile back and even sometimes much more. People can’t help but respond with generosity to a warm smiler.

Secondly because when you smile a proper genuine smile, your body releases a hit of serotonin, one if its natural happiness chemicals. The more you use your smile, the happier you will feel and the more you will want to smile.

What does your smile need?

You may have noticed some aspects of your smile that could do with an upgrade. Maybe you have a chip on one of your front teeth, or you wish they were straighter. But, if you bring your smile along to us at Dental FX in Glasgow, we can take an in-depth look at it. We will look at the size, shape, colour and position of your teeth, and how they are in relation to your mouth and the rest of your face.

We can then suggest which treatments would benefit it. We call this a smile makeover.

Popular treatments include:

  • Whitening to bring out the gleam
  • Veneers and composite bonding to cover over a variety of imperfections
  • Cosmetic braces to reposition misalignments
  • Laser treatment to remove excess gum tissue
  • Dental implants to replace missing teeth
  • White fillings to replace dark amalgam.

We will give you a written treatment plan, with costings, so that you can see what you need and in what order. Why not book a consultation today?

Looking good is only half the story for teeth

It’s great that everyone now has access to cosmetic dentistry treatments that allow them to have really great, confidence-boosting smiles, but let’s not forget that beauty is only skin-deep and that it’s possible to have great looking teeth that are quietly going rotten with decay and gum disease behind their veneers, dental implants, whitening or whatever else in the way of cosmetic dentistry you choose to have done.

General Dentistry in GlasgowThat’s why, at Dental FX in Glasgow, we place as great an emphasis on general dentistry as we do on cosmetic dentistry, and we want you to do so too.

The check-up

The check-up is the backbone of all dental treatments. It’s our bi-annual opportunity to have a good poke around in your mouth and check that everything is in good nick. We look at your natural teeth, your restorations, your gums, your fillings, everything. And if you are over about 40, you should get all the soft parts of your mouth checked too, to make sure there are no mouth cancers showing up.

If we do find something that needs fixing, whether it’s decay that needs to be removed, fillings that are wearing out, teeth that are starting to crumble from bruxism, or signs of gum disease, we can send you for more general dentistry treatments to sort them out.

We are an NHS dentist as well as a private dentist, so you may well be able to get your general dentistry treatment on the NHS. It will even be free if you are:

  • Not yet 18
  • Over 18 but in full-time college
  • Pregnant or nursing.

The scale and polish

We usually recommend that patients have twice-yearly scale and polish sessions too. Allowing our hygienist to remove all that plaque and tartar that your brush couldn’t get at not only makes your mouth feel great but extends the life of your teeth as it helps prevent gum disease.

For kids

Children are more prone to decay, so we can help them with fluoride treatments to harden up their tooth enamel and fissure sealants to stop decay-causing bacteria getting into crevices on their back teeth.

Come and get checked out for mouth cancer

The Scots have a terrible reputation for being unhealthy, and while this is not as true as it used to be, we do love a wee dram (or several), and we are not as fond of fruit and veg as we used to be. Fewer of us smoke than in the past, but there are still enough of us at it, and most of us could do with losing a bit of weight. It’s just life in Glasgow in the 21st Century right? Well, yes, but it’s not having a good effect on our mouths.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowYou may be more worried about lung cancer or bowel cancer, but if you are over 35, you should be getting a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow once every 12 months. Sounds a bit dramatic? Well, the statistics are dramatic. Mouth cancer is the 6th most common kind of cancer worldwide.  Around 6,800 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer each year in the UK, which is about 2% of all cancers diagnosed.

There are direct links between mouth and throat cancers and lifestyle. If you are a smoker, if you drink alcohol regularly, if you don’t eat much fresh fruit and veg, if you are overweight, then you are more likely to develop mouth cancers.

At Dental FX, we can carry out a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow along with one of your bi-yearly check-ups. It won’t take long. All we do is have a good look round inside your mouth, using a mirror to check your tongue and underneath it, at the back of your throat, around your gums and palate and inside your cheeks. Once we’ve done that we will also use our hands to feel into your neck and throat to check for any lumps there.

Mouth cancer usually shows up as lumps and bumps that won’t heal, but it could also be what’s behind a suddenly hoarse voice or a tingly lip. We will ask you if you have notice anything unusual recently.

If we do find something, don’t panic. In its early stages, mouth cancer is pretty easy to treat. Any lumps can be cut out and analysed.

How are you going to replace missing teeth?

Some people think that there is too much choice now in the world. Choosing the right shampoo, for example, can take hours as you weigh up the pros and cons of frizz removal versus colour brightener. There is also more choice in the world of tooth replacement: dentures, or bridges, or dental implants? How do you know which to go for?

Replace Missing Teeth in GlasgowMaybe it’s a good idea to come to see us at Dental FX in Glasgow and we can talk you through the different ways to replace missing teeth. One thing is for sure though, if you want stable teeth that don’t need to be replaced for at least 15 years, allow you to eat what you want and are easy to maintain, then you need to get dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts or screws, usually tapered like tooth roots, that are inserted into channels carefully sited in the jawbone to avoid nerves and blood vessels. They get their famous stability from the fact that titanium is highly biocompatible and the jawbone greets it like another body part and grows new bone and blood vessels all over it, thus fusing with it and holding it securely in place.

Dental implants are very versatile. One implant can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge, which means that you can fill a small gap without having to compromise the integrity of neighbouring teeth, as you have to with fixed bridgework.

Over the 30 or so years since dental implants first became available, dentists have experimented with ways to make them more versatile, and techniques to make them available to more people, those who would have once been told that their jawbones were not good enough for dental implants.

For example, extra-long implants can be inserted through the upper jaw and anchored into the cheekbone if there is not enough bone density in the upper jaw.

Also, All-on-4 is a technique that uses only 4-6 implants to anchor an entire arch of teeth. Nowadays, same day teeth means that you walk out the door after implant surgery with a set of temporary crowns already in place, so that you never have to be without teeth.