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How To Care For Your Porcelain Veneers

You love your new natural-looking smile and investing in porcelain veneers was a worthy investment. Want to keep smiling for as long as possible without landing up back at the dentist? Make sure you give them the proper care to prevent wear and tear from damage.

  • Avoid biting on hard items

Biting on inedible items such as pens can wear down your porcelain veneers and cause irreparable damage over time. Take note of any unconscious biting habits you might have.

  • Treat your veneers to a professional polish and clean

A professional polish every few months will preserve the lifespan of your veneers. Dentists use high-quality products and utilise specialised equipment and cleaning techniques to ensure a thorough clean.

  • Reduce drinking teeth-staining drinks and using tobacco products

Certain foods and drinks increase the chances of your teeth and veneers staining. These include red wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks. Cigarettes and tobacco products are also commonly found to stain veneers.

  • Opt for high-quality whitening toothpastes

A non-abrasive toothpaste that includes a natural whitener as a key ingredient (such as baking soda) is effective for protecting your porcelain veneers from discolouration.

  • Have a night-time mouth guard fitted to prevent you from grinding your teeth

Grinding your teeth during sleeping is a cause for concern as it wears down your veneers, leaving the underlying area at risk for contact with harmful bacteria. Protect your veneers from the effects of grinding by having your dentist provide you with a night-time mouth guard.

  • Wear a mouth guard when playing sports

Certain sports (rugby, basketball) and activities put your veneers at risk. Wearing a mouth guard protects your mouth and teeth from potential trauma and the expense from having repair any damage caused.

  • Maintain an effective brushing and flossing routine

Even with veneers, without proper brushing and flossing, your mouth is still at risk of developing gum disease. Take care not to be aggressive in brushing or flossing as this can chip the veneer. A dentist can advise on suitable products to use and techniques to apply.

A regular check-up at the dentist is necessary to ensure your porcelain veneers are in excellent condition. Our dentists at Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic will provide you with care tips so that you can enjoy your porcelain veneers for a long time. Contact us today!

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How Restorative Dentistry Can Help You Get Your Smile Back

Convinced you’ll never smile again? Modern restorative dentistry techniques give back hope to those who thought they’d never be able to once again show off a brilliant smile. A range of treatments can not only restore a confident smile but improve your oral health and the function and appearance of your teeth. Here are some effective restorative dentistry methods you could benefit from.

  • Dental fillings

If the damage to your teeth is mild, you may only require a filling or two. Dental fillings seal off your tooth cavity and protect it from further decay. They can be made with a range of materials, ensuring you find the exact colour match for your teeth.

  • Dental implants

Have you stopped smiling because you’re embarrassed about a few missing teeth? Dental implants are fast becoming the first go-to restorative procedure to fill in gaps left by lost teeth. This is mainly because the benefits are natural looking and long lasting. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw to act as a substitute for both the root and tooth.

  • Dental crowns

Dental crowns are used to cover teeth that are broken, damaged or heavily stained. These are made of tooth-coloured porcelain material so that they appear natural looking. Once your dentist has cleared away decay, a dental crown is placed over the top of the tooth.

  • Inlays and onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown. They are durable, and prolong tooth life, preventing the need for more dental treatment in the future.

  • Full or partial dentures

Dentures are a cost-effective, non-permanent restorative method for those who need to replace numerous missing teeth or a full mouth of teeth. With the support of dentures, patients can eat their favourite foods once more without the worry and distress of them falling out as they are purposefully shaped to fit your mouth.

Let our experienced dentists at Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic give you your smile back. We provide high-quality oral care, from restorative dental implants to preventive dentistry. Schedule a consultation today and look forward to your renewed smile.

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Don't Want To Get Braces? Why You Should Try Invisalign Instead

For many who do not have naturally straight smile, you might be considering having orthodontic work to correct it. There are many options to correct crooked teeth, some easier than others. A great alternative to invasive dental work in Invisalign. Invisalign is the latest orthodontic option for patients who want an alternative to traditional braces. Here are some great reasons to choose them over traditional braces.

  • Comfort

Unlike traditional orthodontic braces that consist of uncomfortable metal wires, Invisalign braces are made up of gentler plastic material. Your dentist will ensure they are adjusted to fit your mouth to minimize pain and discomfort.

  • Much easier to clean

Traditional braces are known to be particularly difficult to clean. This is one of the reasons why patients are discouraged from eating certain foods. With Invisalign, you can continue to clean your teeth as normal. These braces are removable which means there is no trapping of food substances in them.

  • Barely noticeable

As they are made from clear plastic, Invisalign braces are barely visible and won’t impact your personal appearance. People will hardly know you’re wearing them.

  • Reduced treatment period

On average, Invisalign takes around 12 months to produce the desired results. This is, of course, if your teeth are not severely damaged. Braces can sometimes take up to 2 years to straighten teeth.

  • Completely removable

Invisalign are designed to be easily removable whenever you need to take them off, a special occasion for example. However, it’s recommended that you wear them for 20-22 hours a day to ensure they provide the optimum results.

  • Reduced damage to teeth and gums

There are no sharp edges or protruding bits of metal that may scratch the delicate gum and cause damage.

The amazing benefits of Invisalign braces include stress-free maintenance, the ability to eat confidently and a relatively quicker period to restore a new winning smile. Think Invisalign might be the ideal option for you? Make an appointment with one of our experienced dental practitioners at Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic today!

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What Is A Root Canal And Why Might You Need One?

Have your teeth been giving you trouble lately? Perhaps you can no longer have coffee or ice cream without feeling pain. Some teeth might feel sore when touched, and you might see swelling in the gums near the offending area. All signs point to you requiring endodontic treatment – more commonly known as a root canal. While this is a term that fills most people with dread, learning what causes it and how much the procedure has advanced will give you the confidence to book an appointment with your dentist.

  • Causes of root canal pain

Unchecked damage, disease and decay can erode the outer layers of your teeth, causing your inner tooth pulp and roots to become exposed and infected. When this happens, the exposed nerve will cause discomfort until the infected pulp is removed and a crown or restoration is placed over it. Once this is done you’ll be able to eat, bite and chew freely as you did before.

Many things can lead to you needing a root canal treatment, but only a dentist will be able to tell you exactly what you can do. Diagnosis is usually done with an X-ray, and if it indicates that treatment is needed, your dentist will discuss your options with you before proceeding.

  • What’s the procedure like?

An emergency root canal may require two or more visits depending on the complexity of the case and the infection. Your tooth’s crown will be opened, and the infected pulp removed. The resulting gap will be cleaned and shaped before being filled with cementing material. At this point, you might need to get a crown or complex restoration to protect your tooth and prevent fracturing.

  • Don’t delay treatment!

Most people are more apprehensive about the root canal itself than the actual inflamed tooth. This is because, in the past, root canals had a reputation for being drawn out and very painful. Like all dental services, it’s very different today compared to what it was like years ago. The actual procedure doesn’t take very long and is only performed under anaesthetic. Once the procedure is over, you might feel some pain while it heals, but it will be nowhere as bad as how you felt before your treatment.

At Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic, we perform root canal procedures as well as other general dentistry services. Contact us to book an appointment today.

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Why You Should Take Your Toddler To The Dentist

Doctors are fond of saying that prevention is better than cure, and dentists feel no different. Many common dental ailments are preventable by practising good dental habits as early as possible. So how soon should you begin taking your child to the dentist? If they’re a toddler, there’s no better time than the present! Here’s why you should be taking your toddler to the dentist.

  • Prevent a fear of the dentist

Being afraid of the dentist isn’t always a fear based on experience. Many people have a negative perception of dentistry based on stories told by friends and family or through the media. In most cases, dentists are friendly and approachable, and dental visits aren’t painful. Taking your toddler to the dentist for regular check-ups will go a long way towards preventing an unfounded fear from developing. Remember to only talk about positive dental experiences around your toddler and highlight the new, fun and interesting aspects of the dentist to encourage excitement.

  • Spot problems early

When it comes to your child’s alignment and bite, the sooner you detect an issue, the better. It’s much easier to resolve these problems while their jaw and teeth are still developing and malleable, preventing expensive and painful surgery later. A significant problem that dentists assist with is preventing thumb sucking as, if left unchecked, this common childhood habit could impact your child’s teeth formation.

  • Get oral health care tips and advice

Knowing how and when to brush your child’s teeth is one of the best preventative actions for tooth decay. Dentists will be able to advise you on a daily oral health routine for your toddler which you can implement at home. By establishing the importance of a daily oral health care routine in your children from an early age, you’re encouraging a habit that will help protect their teeth for life. The result will be them enjoying healthy teeth and gums with little need for intervention.

As a rule, dentists recommend bringing your child in after their first few teeth emerge or at least before they turn two years old. At Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic our kind and compassionate children’s dentists will provide your children with the highest standard of dental care. Contact us to book an appointment for your child today.

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The first thing many people notice about a person is their smile. For people with missing or damaged teeth, this natural expression can be an uncomfortable one. If you feel self-conscious or have been avoiding photos because of your teeth, a dental crown can restore your smile to its former glory and help you get your confidence back.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are tiny caps that look exactly like teeth and fit over each tooth. In the past, dental crowns were made from gold, metals and ceramic materials. These are still used today but are mainly placed in the back of the mouth as they are stronger than porcelain crowns and will ensure a natural looking smile. For the front of your mouth, porcelain crowns are used as they can be made to match the colour of your existing teeth and therefore give you a more natural looking smile.

With each crown modelled using your mouth and matched perfectly to your existing teeth, it’s impossible to tell a porcelain crown from a real tooth. Only a qualified dentist can fit dental crowns to your teeth, and they can last for years before you’ll need to replace them. The process itself usually takes two or three sessions and is relatively pain-free.

Could dental crowns work for me?

Dental crowns are an excellent solution for a variety of oral and tooth problems. If your teeth are misshapen or discoloured, a crown is a perfect solution. It can also disguise dental fractures, implants and fillings. It can protect weak teeth and be used to attach a bridge. Depending on your smile, you’ll need anywhere from one to a handful of crowns to create the perfect smile.

Provided you take care of your crowns as you would your teeth, you can look forward to years of smiling ahead of you. However, it’s important to keep in mind that bite and alignment issues can’t be resolved with crowns, so you might need to treat these issues before you get your crowns fitted.

If you’re looking to replace damaged teeth or fix a crooked smile, Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic can help you choose the right procedure for you. We have a range of cosmetic dentistry services to help you improve your smile. Contact us to book an appointment with one of our experienced dentists today.

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