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Adult Orthodontics

April 3, 2018 by Fairlight Dental

Everybody wants straight white teeth. Every time you switch on the TV or internet, you will see celebrities with beautiful straight white teeth. Not everyone is blessed with a natural bright white beaming smile.

Here in the UK, our teeth and smiles are often made fun of by people from other countries, as up until recently, having straight white teeth was not seen as a priority for the British population. With the advent of social media and phones that can take great pictures anywhere, the ‘millennials’ are more image conscious and a great smile is an important part of this. They are also more educated in looking after their teeth, and more and more people are keeping their own teeth for longer and want a great smile to maintain a youthful appearance – a smile makeover can knock 10 years off your appearance!!!

The trend in having a “smile makeover” became popular in this country in the early 2000’s.  American dentists led the way and came over to the UK and taught our dentists the concepts of smile design using dental veneers. This is a great treatment, but, veneers, crowns and bridges eventually need replacing. Currently, we as dentists try to be as conservative as possible. Moving the teeth and whitening them is a better option in the majority of cases.

Adult Orthodontics?

So how do we solve the problem, how do we give our patients straight white teeth? Simple, we can now provide adult orthodontics or braces for grown-ups to straighten the teeth. Most of the time, when I mention this option to patients they instantly say “No chance, I had train tracks as a child, and I’m not having them again!!!”. However, upon explaining that now braces are different, soon, our patients begin to listen and the begin to understand the benefits of braces. The whitening bit is relatively easy once the teeth are straight.

Why patients don’t want braces

Commonly, patient’s main objections to adult orthodontics are:

  • I had them when I was young and the teeth moved back
  • I don’t want train tracks
  • I don’t want braces for 2 years
  • I don’t want to have any teeth extracted for the brace to work.
  • I don’t want people to see that I have braces
  • Braces hurt

Ok, so you have to permanently retain the teeth-period!  This means some form of retainer on a permanent basis, either a removable worn at night (my personal preference!), or a wire on the back of your teeth. Most patients feel this is a small price to pay for maintaining a beautiful smile!

Newer teeth straightening systems come in tooth coloured, or completely invisible options. The treatment times are much quicker; many treatments can be completed in as little as six months! Also, these days we try to practice extraction free orthodontics – we don’t want to take any teeth out if we can avoid it.

What are the problems that adult orthodontics/braces can treat?

  • Crowded Teeth – Teeth which are twisted or overlapping
  • Spaces –  Spaces between teeth
  • Teeth that stick out
  • Fang-like Canines
  • Open Bites – Teeth do not meet when you bite, especially at the front
  • Deep Bites – You cannot see your lower teeth when you bite
  • Cross Bites – Teeth that overlap in the wrong way.

What are the options?

Now the braces are tooth coloured. These can only be seen when you are standing very close to the person. You will be shocked at how many people have this type of appliance in their mouths and you will not have known!

Clear aligners (a removable brace that looks a little like a gum shield or whitening tray) can be made to be almost invisible. This device is only removed when you eat and causes your teeth to move into a straighter position. This type of brace was made famous by the Invisalign company.

For more complex cases there are lingual braces, where the brackets are put on the palate side of your teeth.

Although a dentist, I am also a dental patient. I can totally empathise with my patients, I had aligner treatment and am really pleased with the results.

Which dentist do I go to?

We are biased and would say come and see us here at Chepstow Dental Care and we will ensure that the solution provided is the right one for you. Take advantage of our offer this month of free whitening with adult orthodontics! Call us on 01291 622450! If you cannot come and see us, then talk to your normal dentist for advice.

P.S.  Here’s one of the team on a recent night out (over 50% of us have had adult orthodontics- can you spot them!)


Invisalign open day Saturday 17th March 2018 10am-2pm

February 14, 2018 by Fairlight Dental

If you’re considering a straighter smile, but aren’t keen on the idea of “train tracks,” clunky brackets or visible wires, Invisalign’s clear removable aligners allow you to straighten your teeth the discreet way – so all people will notice is your confident smile.

An alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of transparent plastic retainers to gently ease your teeth into position – you will change to a new aligner every 1 to 2 weeks, each time getting closer to that straight end result.

At Chepstow Dental Care we are having an open day so that you can learn more about Invisalign. We will be able to show you the system, answer any of your questions and give you a fantastic deal if you decided to go ahead with treatment.

Ten reasons to have Invisalign:

1. The clear aligners are almost invisible, making them popular with adults.

2. Invisalign is easily removable for eating, contact sports and the odd special occasion

3. Using ClinCheck software, we can show you how your teeth could look after treatment before you even start!

4. Your aligners are custom-made to suit your smile and fit securely over your teeth

5. Invisalign is able to treat a range of issues, from slight misalignment to more dramatic transformations

6. We work around you – our clinicians will provide you with batches of aligners so that you can change them on time, wherever you are

7. Treatment times are usually about 6 months. Everyone is different but unlikely more than 9 months

8. With no wires or brackets, Invisalign is smooth and comfortable to wear

9. You can care for your teeth as normal, as Invisalign can be removed to brush and floss

10. It’s tried and tested – used by over 5 million people worldwide (and counting!)

Invisalign® braces step-by-step

If you’re interested in Invisalign braces you’re probably keen to know more about what your treatment will involve. Invisalign sounds great, but will you need to undergo long and arduous appointments with us to achieve a straighter smile? The short answer is ‘no’ (phew!).

From the very beginning, treatment is comfortable and convenient. To give you an idea of what to expect, here is a step-by-step guide to the typical Invisalign patient journey:

1. Invisalign consultation

Come and see us for a consultation to find out if an Invisalign treatment is suitable for you. This appointment is very relaxed and will include a brief examination of your teeth and the opportunity to ask lots of questions. We’ll also go through the cost of your treatment and our payment options. Photos will be taken sent to the Invisalign who will quickly give us an idea if treatment is possible of not.

2. ClinCheck®

At your next appointment, we’ll take impressions (moulds) of your teeth, which we send off to Invisalign’s team in Costa Rica. On our open day we will have access to the latest technology and a scanner will be used instead of the impressions…..very clever!! They’ll then use these impressions to create a digital model of your teeth and, based on our recommendations, they’ll plan your treatment using special ClinCheck software.

3. Virtual treatment plan

Your virtual treatment plan is then sent back to your us so we can make sure we are both happy with your end result and the way your teeth are going to move throughout your treatment (we can anticipate how your teeth will look at every stage!).

4. Your Invisalign Braces

Once your ClincCheck has been approved by your us, Invisalign will make the custom aligners that will be used to straighten your teeth. The number of aligners that you’ll need will depend on how complex your treatment plan is. Usually, you’ll have one aligner for every two weeks of treatment. It’s important to wear your retainers for between 20 and 22 hours every day.

5. Check-ups

We will give you a few aligners at a time and see you every six to eight weeks to check your progress and hand over the next set of aligners. Usually, this is a quick routine appointment to make sure everything is moving as planned. Occasionally we may need to make small adjustments to your teeth or Invisalign braces. For example, it might be necessary to fit small tooth-coloured buttons to your teeth to help your aligners move them in a particular direction. These are called Invisalign attachments – you can see an example of an attachment in the below photo.

6. Refinements

As you reach the end of your treatment we may need to make some extra refinements to give you the very best results. These would be included in the cost of your treatment and might involve taking another set of impressions, from which Invisalign can make you some extra aligners to refine your results.

7. Retainers

Once your treatment is complete you’ll be given fixed and removable retainers. Before you stop wearing your Invisalign braces we’ll fit a discreet fixed retainer behind your teeth, which will permanently hold them in place. At the same time, we’ll take impressions for a removable retainer, which will arrive back from our lab the following week. Your removable retainer will be very similar to your Invisalign aligners, but you will only need to wear it at night.

8. Follow-up care

Included in cost of your treatment are two years of follow-up care, so for the next 24 months we’ll see you for regular check-ups and you can also get in touch if you have any problems.


Receptionist vacancy available

January 16, 2018 by Fairlight Dental

We are looking for a dedicated and motivated individual to join our first class team. The position is a full-time role working front of house. The individual must have people skills and an understanding of excellent customer service. Experience in the dental industry would be helpful but not essential as training will be provided. Please contact our team if you are interested on 01291 622450.


New year’s dental resolutions

January 3, 2018 by Fairlight Dental

It’s a brand new year and people up and down the country are busy trying to keep to their new year’s resolutions.

If you’re yet to make your resolutions, or if you’re looking for some new ones, why not think about improving your dental health? Making simple changes to your dental routine in 2018 could set you up for a life time of healthier teeth. We’ve made some suggestions to help get you started!

Visit your dentist at least twice a year

Regular visits to your dentist should be an essential part of your dental health routine, and yet nearly 40% of UK adults admit to not visiting the dentist at least twice a year. Dentists can advise on how to improve your dental health, and recognise potentially dangerous signs early and together with our team of hygienists we can help keep your teeth sparkly clean but more importantly keep your gums healthy, preventing periodontal disease which is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK.

Get an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes remove more plaque, simply stated, rechargeable electric toothbrushes (or “power” toothbrushes) provide superior plaque removal to regular manual toothbrushes. And because they provide the brushing action for you, many people find using power toothbrushes easier than using regular manual ones. Additionally, with so many different types and features available, it’s easy to find one that suits your specific oral health needs.

Commit to flossing

Flossing should be an essential part of your dental routine. Yet according to the British Dental Health association, only 21% of adults in the UK floss regularly and one in three have never flossed in their life. Simply brushing your teeth means that 40% of the tooth surface area can be missed in the cleaning process. This increases the risk of cavities, tooth decay and tooth loss.

Quit smoking

Quitting smoking may already be on your list of resolutions, but did you know that it could yield serious health benefits for your mouth as well? Smoking is one of the leading causes of mouth cancer and gum disease in the UK. Studies have shown that smoking is a contributing factor to gum disease in 75% of cases, and that smokers are likely to lose twice as many teeth as non-smokers.

Cut down on sugar

The bacteria that form together to become plaque use sugar as a form of energy making them multiply faster growing in size and thickness. Some of these bacteria cause tooth decay and gum disease, so cutting down on sugar will help improve your dental health, giving you stronger, healthier teeth for longer.

These are just a few ways in which you can improve your oral health and have a healthier, happier mouth for 2018. Why not take advantage of our January offer and start the year as you mean to go on with an initial consultation, extensive dental health check and a hygienist visit, all for £79. Just give us a call on 01291 622450 as wewould love to see you.


Christmas Blog

December 14, 2017 by Fairlight Dental

A Very Merry Christmas to you all!! We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our patients for their custom and support throughout the year, we appreciate your loyalty and have enjoyed looking after your dental health and creating lots of new smiles as a team.

Jon and I wanted to personally take the time to thank our wonderful team for their continuous hard graft and dedication. Their commitment to the practice is second to none and the practice wouldn’t be what it is without them.

So, 2017 is nearly over! Time flies when you are busy and having fun! And we have been busy!! The main change to the practice is our new exterior look. We love it, thanks to That Media Group for their help with colour choice and the fantastic new signage. We have fitted a handrail at the back to enable access for our less able patients and internally our consultation room has had a makeover. Our new Panoramic x-ray machine is installed and being greatly used.

As for the staff, Liz is now restored to her original hours and it is great to have her back. Our girls have been busy, with Jo finishing up her NVQ in administration, Vic has started a Dental Radiography Qualification and is now our resident photographer too. Margarita has started her Dental Health Education course, so we have all been busy behind the scenes. Our annual practice night away this year took us to the Dentistry Show in Birmingham where we learnt lots about advances in dentistry, got to look at lots of new technology and had a great evening out as a team.

So, on the whole, a really productive year, check out the photographs below, now we are all busy planning our next year’s exploits. Please like us on Facebook to keep up with all our news and once again have a lovely Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Sian


Teeth Whitening

December 1, 2017 by Fairlight Dental

December, wow, where did that year go? Christmas will soon be on us with the hustle and bustle of shopping for presents and the crowded shops. I love this time of year, and as the decorations go up in the practice today, we also launch our Christmas Offer.

Being privileged to work in dentistry I am lucky enough to have easy access to all our range of treatments and have tried a lot of our cosmetic procedures. This year I have had my teeth straightened by Jon and am thrilled with the results!

When we were thinking of what we could offer our patients as an accessible Christmas treat, it got me to thinking about what I would like for Christmas, and the answer was obvious. I started whitening my teeth in my twenties, and when I look back at my teenage photos there is a significant difference – if I had those colour teeth now, pushing 40, it would be really ageing- so that was number 1 on my wishlist, TEETH WHITENING. The next thing that I would want is BOTOX. Again, I started having botox after the birth of my second son and I feel it has made a big difference. It really works, and it doesn’t hurt (much) – the most common questions answered! It has given me more confidence, and I now don’t stand in front of the mirror looking for the onset of more fine lines and wrinkles!

So there it is a Christmas treat (my style) – ‘Anti-wrinkle Treatment and Whitening Christmas Package’, see our offers page for details. I’ve had mine and am all ready for the festive season!!

Have a Happy, White and Wrinkle Free Christmas!!

Sian and the team


I want them white! – teeth whitening options explained:

October 23, 2017 by Fairlight Dental

These days, everyone wants whiter teeth, but what is the best way to get them white without? Searching on the internet can be confusing, max white, rapid white, pearly white and all those percentages. What is safe to use?

Whitening toothpastes

These products DO NOT affect the colour of your teeth. They can be effective at removing staining or maintaining the colour of your recently bleached teeth, but they won’t change the natural colour of your teeth. (Be wary of the smokers toothpaste, and newer charcoal toothpastes, as they can be abrasive and not good to use over long term.)

Tooth Whitening Products

A recently passed European directive made it law that only qualified dental professions can legally whiten your teeth (Jon and I fall in this category!!!) People offering tooth whitening illegally won’t be insured and they will not have the same vigorous standards of hygiene that your dental practice has. Any peroxide products over 6% are banned in the EU as they are more likely to cause teeth to become sensitive and can also cause chemical burns to your gums and cheeks. The kits you buy over the counter that contain or release up to 0.1% peroxide do nothing. Some other kits contain abrasives or acids which may look like they whiten your teeth but they do so by dissolving the top layer of your enamel!

Tooth whitening using EU approved products are the only safe and effective way of bleaching your teeth without removing any of your tooth surface. There are two options:

  1. At home whitening systems (my personal favourite)

We will make you custom made trays that you fill with a gel and wear. You can select 30mins-1hr a day, or an overnight solution. You wear the trays daily for 7-10 days until your teeth are the desired shade white. We use Boutique Whitening https://www.boutiquewhitening.com/  and it costs £250.

  1. In-surgery whitening.

This uses a stronger, more active peroxide gel which is then accelerated using a LED or laser light. It takes around an hour and you get the same result as wearing 14 days of trays. You will get trays at the end to top-up. We use Pola Office, www.polawhite.com, and it costs £500.

Both methods need regular top-ups to maintain the colour.  I advise top ups with trays at least once every 6 months to keep your teeth shiny white!

Your whiter smile should last up to 3 years depending on your diet and whether your smoke.

Dr Sian Jones


I want them white! – teeth whitening options explained

by Fairlight Dental

These days, everyone wants whiter teeth, but what is the best way to get them white without? Searching on the internet can be confusing, max white, rapid white, pearly white and all those percentages. What is safe to use?

Whitening toothpastes

These products DO NOT affect the colour of your teeth. They can be effective at removing staining or maintaining the colour of your recently bleached teeth, but they won’t change the natural colour of your teeth. (Be wary of the smokers toothpaste, and newer charcoal toothpastes, as they can be abrasive and not good to use over long term.)
Tooth Whitening Products

A recently passed European directive made it law that only qualified dental professions can legally whiten your teeth (Jon and I fall in this category!!!) People offering tooth whitening illegally won’t be insured and they will not have the same vigorous standards of hygiene that your dental practice has. Any peroxide products over 6% are banned in the EU as they are more likely to cause teeth to become sensitive and can also cause chemical burns to your gums and cheeks. The kits you buy over the counter that contain or release up to 0.1% peroxide do nothing. Some other kits contain abrasives or acids which may look like they whiten your teeth but they do so by dissolving the top layer of your enamel!

Tooth whitening using EU approved products are the only safe and effective way of bleaching your teeth without removing any of your tooth surface. There are two options:

a)At home whitening systems (my personal favourite)

We will make you custom made trays that you fill with a gel and wear. You can select 30mins-1hr a day, or an overnight solution. You wear the trays daily for 7-10 days until your teeth are the desired shade white. We use Boutique Whitening https://www.boutiquewhitening.com/ and it costs £250.

b)In-surgery whitening.

This uses a stronger, more active peroxide gel which is then accelerated using a LED or laser light. It takes around an hour and you get the same result as wearing 14 days of trays. You will get trays at the end to top-up. We use Pola Office, www.polawhite.com, and it costs £500.

Both methods need regular top-ups to maintain the colour. I advise top ups with trays at least once every 6 months to keep your teeth shiny white!
Your whiter smile should last up to 3 years depending on your diet and whether your smoke.

Dr Sian Jones


Anti-Wrinkle Injections Explained

September 25, 2017 by Fairlight Dental

I am often asked when is the correct age to start having Anti-Wrinkle Injections.  The short answer is… there is no recommended age to start, so ultimately the choice is yours. However, under 21 years is probably a little young in my opinion.

Suitability for anti-ageing treatments such as Anti-Wrinkle Injections is based on various factors. These will include your skin type, the amount your skin has aged and what you want achieve. Factors such as skin type, genetics and environment eg: smoking, sun exposure and skin care all influence the rate our skin ages.

Dynamic lines on your forehead, frown and around your eyes occur naturally with facial expressions but as we get older the effects of ageing mean that these lines become static which means that they are present all the time regardless of whether we are frowning, smiling or lifting our eyebrows. These lines become wrinkles so treatment with Anti-Wrinkle Injections would be corrective rather than preventive. As with all aspects of anti-ageing, prevention is better than cure.

It’s only natural to be a little apprehensive before having a cosmetic treatment for the first time. Our fears are reinforced with media images of overly frozen faces which promote the misconception that this is the only outcome of Anti-Wrinkle Injections injections. It is important to remember that the result of the treatment with Anti-Wrinkle Injections is dose dependent; the more Anti-Wrinkle Injections injected the more frozen the look. Preventive Anti-Wrinkle Injections uses smaller doses so you can still retain movement and achieve a more natural look. This tends to be my approach.

Opting for preventive Anti-Wrinkle Injections in “baby doses” is a good way of stopping lines of expression becoming permanent wrinkles.


15 years of Dentistry- So what’s changed?

September 14, 2017 by Fairlight Dental

This month I suddenly felt really old. With my 40th Birthday looming next year and my 15th Anniversary of graduating from dental school, it made me reflect on the wealth of changes that I have seen in my practicing career. Advances in science, technology, materials, research and a host of other fields have affected dentistry over the years. These breakthroughs have resulted in a higher quality of care, increased comfort and more choices for patients.

St Helen’s 2002, my first job! I was really fortunate to have a great boss who was really forward thinking- the practice was computerised (not many were then!). We still had the old fashioned paper notes too as he couldn’t quite completely trust the new computers. The NHS dentistry provided, although of good quality was very much, drill and fill focused, with not an awful lot of emphasis on prevention. On returning home to South Wales I worked as a locum in a few practices which didn’t share my VT bosses visions. In 2004, I was lucky to land a job in Chepstow and the practice was awesome! I had a state of the art chair which even had a camera on it. I couldn’t work without this now, it helps patients to see what we see, and to understand the issues in their mouths. Imaging has come on leaps and bounds. We first introduced digital x-rays in 2007 and it made a huge difference to my practicing life. Images appear instantly on screen and we can use ever developing software to manipulate them to see more detail than ever before. We have recently invested in a state of the art digital panoral machine and the quality is mind blowing! 3D imaging is the next step for us and it is out there.

These days, technology aside the main difference in my working life is the breadth of treatment that we are able to offer. Implants are readily available I myself have been placing them for 10 years! 15 years ago there were a handful of specialist practices placing implants and general dentists didn’t seem to know much about them, let alone the public. Adult orthodontics has taken off with the advent of invisible braces and short term orthodontics. It is much more accessible and treatment times are becoming shorter and shorter – my own before and after photos will be posted soon- 3 weeks to go! Whitening treatments are cheaper than they were 15 years ago! Solutions are better, resulting in less sensitivity and better results. Filling materials, crown and bridge materials have all come on leaps and bounds, with more aesthetic alternatives- gone are silver fillings and unsightly metal restorations.

As a profession, prevention has become much higher on our agenda than cure. I have always been fortunate to work with a team that have this attitude. In support of us dentists, our hygienists are constantly helping our patients understand their mouths and how to prevent disease. Gum disease is still the leading cause of tooth loss in the adult UK population but as a profession we are tackling it more thoroughly.

Raising Standards- The year that I graduated saw the implementation of compulsory CPD, unbelievably, before this there was nothing! In 2008 our nurses all had to register with the GDC and hence they are now required to undertake regular CPD. As a practice this has brought us together more, as we have regular practice outings to conferences and guest speakers in to train us and we all benefit from the motivation that this gives the team. A few dentists in the national press, unfortunately giving us all a bad name, has resulted in a shift in legislation and required standards. These changes have resulted in a change to the working week as we now have a designated decontamination room, with very distinct procedures (not an autoclave in the corner of the room in sight!!), legionella tests, risk assessments, the list goes on! We have a defibrillator on site and the team are generally much more geared to patient safety than they were 15 years ago- it can only be seen as a good thing.

Websites, social media, emails, text messages have all evolved in the last 15 years and keeping in touch with our patients is a far cry from the 6 monthly reminder card that was sent back in the day. Embracing this technology has helped us reach our patients and give them more choice. Why not like us on facebook!

All of these changes have resulted in extraordinary progress in the dental profession, and it has been quite a ride! I can’t wait to see what the next 15 years hold.

Dr Sian Jones