Irish People Dying to Take a Bite out of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Is cheap cosmetic dentistry driving demand for amazing teeth and incredible smile makeovers? We conducted a survey to find out people’s views.

Cosmetic dentistry is on the rise all over Ireland. We see many people coming to our clinics wanting to improve their look and smile by having crowns or veneers fitted — and we wanted to find out what the general view in the country is of such procedures. We commissioned a survey from Google in the middle of May, and the results were probably not all that surprising. According to the survey, most Irish adults would love to have cosmetic dentistry — especially to give them a boost in their work and personal lives.

The good news for them is that cheap cosmetic dentistry — of high quality and using the best materials and processes for a lasting result — is now widely available around Ireland. And thanks to the recent introduction of new dental technology, it no longer takes ages and lots of pain and effort to get the kind of smile makeover you want, as crowns and veneers can be made and fitted in as little as a day. That’s what we offer at our three clinics, using sophisticated CEREC technology to get the job done in a flash and deliver amazing new teeth and smiles.

Our survey found that the majority of those polled — 28% — agreed with the view that having your teeth improved might help to improve your career prospects as well as your relationships. A further 26.7% said that it was probably a good thing to have done to boost your chances of being promoted or finding a new partner — while 24.7% said they didn’t think to improve teeth made a difference and 20.7% “didn’t really care” one way or the other.

Importance of Good Teeth and Smile

A majority of respondents to our survey — 53.8% — said that having good teeth and a great smile was important to them because it made them more confident. This perhaps also translates into feelings of good teeth being beneficial for careers and relationships, because the more self-assured someone is, the more likely they are to succeed in whatever they’re doing or with goals they’re trying to achieve.

A total of 19.2% were somewhat oblivious about good teeth and smiles, saying they didn’t really think about it, while 18.2% of respondents said it was possible that good teeth and a good smile would make them feel more confident — as long as they actually had good teeth, which they currently may not have. And 8.3% of those who took part in the survey said they didn’t think it was all that important — if at all — to have good teeth and a dazzling smile.

As for how happy, or satisfied, respondents were with their teeth as they currently are, most — 42.7% — said they were perfectly content with them. But 34% said they were “a bit insecure about how they look” while 12.7% said their teeth were the feature they most wished they could fix and 10.7% “hate how my teeth look”.

The Desire for Cheap Cosmetic Dentistry

Overall, most survey respondents said that cosmetic dentistry was a good thing to improve someone’s overall look, with 33.5% saying “maybe” it was — and 32.9% agreeing with the view that it was “definitely” beneficial. Some people — 17.4% — held the view that natural teeth untouched by cosmetic dentistry were much better. However, 16.2% didn’t know and were not sure about the benefits.

Asked if they would consider having cosmetic dentistry — such as crowns or veneers — if the cost was not an issue, the majority (38.4%) said “absolutely” while 27% said no, they liked their teeth as they were.  20.1% said they weren’t sure but would probably go ahead. Finally, a total of 14.5% said: “why not?”

So now we know that there’s a clear desire among the public for better teeth and more radiant smiles to give a general boost in confidence and improve lives — and thanks to cheap cosmetic dentistry, it’s no longer out of reach.

If you’re looking for cheap cosmetic dentistry that will give you a total smile makeover and make you look radiant, contact The James Clinic today and we will be happy to advise you on the best procedure to deliver a winning smile. Get in touch now.

Invisalign: How Effective Are These Clear Braces?

Invisalign How Effective Are These Clear Braces

Millions of people have worn Invisalign braces, but are they a gimmick or effective at straightening teeth?

Braces are essential for many dental patients, to help correct their teeth by adjusting them in the right way, but almost no one likes wearing them — or to be seen with the metal devices in their mouth. Thankfully, we’ve had a great deal of progress in dentistry and various equipment, instruments and devices in recent years, and one development means you no longer have to wear clunky and visually unappealing braces if you don’t want to. You can opt instead for clear plastic aligners known as Invisalign that can work just as well and practically no one will know you’re wearing them.

It’s the aesthetic solution to the headache of wearing metal braces that many people had been looking for, and there are other pleasing options too, like the Damon System we offer that aligns the teeth using ceramics instead of unsightly wires to tie the teeth together. Today, however, we’re going to look at clear plastic braces and ask the question: How effective is Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces, and might they be the answer to your teeth-adjustment needs?

So popular has Invisalign become as an orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth, over usual metal braces, that the company that provides the technology, Align Technology, says more than 6.8 million people around the world have used the clear plastic braces and straightened their teeth. That’s a lot of perfected smiles, and for many people, including our patients here at our dental clinics in Ireland, it’s not just about the look of the devices and how they’re almost invisible, but the feel too.

Invisalign: Fits Like a Glove

Anyone who has ever worn metal braces knows they can be uncomfortable at times, and many people who have worn them may have bad memories of how they also sometimes affected what they ate, having them tightened, occasional difficulties with speech and pronunciation — and high levels of anxiety about impending romantic encounters.

You can say goodbye to all that orthodontic torture with Invisalign. One of this system’s clear benefits is that wearing the plastic mould on your teeth so comfortable you’d hardly know you have it in. Like anything, it takes getting used to, but after a short while you’ll go about your daily life without having to worry about pains or irritations to your mouth or gums from the metal wires and brackets of ordinary braces.

And because every Invisalign brace is customised to each patient, using processes developed by Align Technology, you get an aligner that’s the perfect match for your teeth and gums and will fit like a glove. It starts with taking impressions of your teeth, and then a series of plastic braces are made that are used over a period of time. Typically, you can expect to replace each aligner every fortnight, so that your teeth are gradually brought together and straightened to give you that perfect smile.

So How Effective Are Invisalign Braces?:

For many people — and especially adults, who may not want the embarrassment of going around with metal braces to straighten their teeth, as it’s often associated with childhood — Invisalign braces are a real and effective solution to straightening their teeth. If you’re a busy executive, for instance, you won’t want to be attending management, client and other vital meetings with an off-putting mouth full of metal.

As for their effectiveness, you’ll most likely start enjoying the benefits of straighter teeth from the moment you begin wearing your Invisalign brace, and with each change of brace, you’ll see their alignment improve further. You can take them out any time you like, to clean them or just to give yourself a break, and later just pop them back in and wait for them to do their work in bringing your teeth nicely together.

It’s true that a good smile can change everything — boosting your self-confidence, happiness and your overall look. With Invisalign, you can drastically improve your smile without the world knowing.

If you think you may need braces or are unhappy with the current ones you’re wearing, talk to the friendly dental experts at The James Clinic and we’ll be happy to find the solution that’s right for you. Contact us now and find out more. 

How to Maintain Good Oral Health

How to Maintain Good Oral Health

A healthy smile is a great asset and can help keep the rest of your body healthy too. But how can you maintain good oral health? Make the most of your smile and keep your mouth clean and healthy by following these simple steps.

Neglecting your oral health can cause painful problems like decay and gum disease and ultimately lead to expensive dental treatments or even losing teeth altogether. In fact, research indicates that a healthy mouth can contribute to a healthy body and have wide reaching benefits for your overall health. Problems with your teeth and gums may cause or increase your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke or diabetes.

Tips on How to Maintain Good Oral Health

A few small changes to your daily routine could make a big difference to your teeth and gums. Following these simple steps will help you to get a clean, healthy mouth and maintain it.

Good Brushing Habits

Over time, bits of food and bacteria can form a layer over our teeth, called plaque, which produces harmful acids that attack our teeth and gums. These acids can cause irritation in the gums and wear down the hard coating of our teeth — the enamel — eventually causing long-lasting damage.

Brushing our teeth helps to remove food debris and bacteria in our mouths, preventing plaque build-up. It’s important to brush your teeth once before bed and at least one other time during the day.

Take your time when brushing and don’t rush; the optimum time is around two minutes. Be thorough, making sure you give attention to the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth and your tongue. Remember to use short, tooth-wide strokes without applying too much pressure.

Using the Right Products

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral and is added to many toothpastes and dental products. Making sure you use a fluoride toothpaste in your daily routine is an extremely effective way of protecting your teeth and preventing tooth decay.

Incorporating a mouthwash can also give you extra protection against bad breath and the build-up of bacteria. But using it straight after cleaning your teeth can wash away fluoride toothpaste; so remember to use it at different times of the day.

You may find it easier to clean your teeth more thoroughly with an electric toothbrush, many of which have special functions to make sure we brush for the right length of time and at the correct pressure. Whichever type of brush you choose, it’s important to keep it clean and to change your toothbrush, or the head of your electric toothbrush, every two to three months.

Cleaning Between the Teeth

Include using interdental brushes or dental floss in your oral health routine. They can aid with cleaning in hard-to-reach places between the teeth, helping to eliminate plaque and pieces of food that may be stuck there.

Using sharp objects like toothpicks between your teeth can actually cause damage to your gums and should be avoided.

Good Habits

The sugars and acids in food and drink can cause your teeth to become sensitive and contribute to tooth decay. You can help to prevent this by limiting your intake of products that are high in sugar, such as fizzy drinks, fruit juices, sweets and chocolate.

Habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol can also negatively affect your oral health, causing discoloured teeth, bad breath and an increased the risk of gum disease. If you do drink or smoke, trying to limit these habits will have an extremely positive effect not only for your oral health but for your whole body.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Having regular dental check-ups is a great way to monitor and improve your oral health. Your dentist will be able to identify potential problems early on, treating issues as soon as they appear, or preventing problems altogether. Different people need checks at different times so ask your dentist how often you need to be seen.

To book your next oral health check, contact The James Clinic today. You’re just a check-up away from a happier, healthier mouth.

Dental Fillings, Crowns and Implants — How to Decide What’s Right for You

Fillings, Crowns and Implants — How to Decide What's Right for You

Puzzled by the types of dental fillings and other work you might have performed at your dentist? No need to be — we’ve extracted all you need to know.

If you’re going to have some work done on your teeth, perhaps an extraction or a procedure to save a tooth (root canal) or something else, you may be wondering what the end result will be. What method will your dentist use to cover over any work so that your teeth still look good, what types of dental fillings might you have and is it possible you could even have a dental implant or crown?

For the layperson, the choice of dental procedures now available at most dentists, including our three at The James Clinic, can often be bewildering, if not downright confusing. This is why it’s always essential to have a dental team that puts you first, as we do, and after a careful examination of your problem advises you on the range of options available. In this case, it would be the types of dental fillings and crowns and implants — and what might be best suited to you. Only then, when you’re fully satisfied with the work to be done, will they go ahead.

The fully devised treatment plan will contain every step that’s needed to carry out the procedure in a highly professional manner. It will address any particular needs or concerns you may have and also — equally importantly — it will have a budget for the work. If it’s an expensive procedure (one costing several thousand euros, for example), it’s possible that your clinic may have financing options available, as we do, and this will lighten the burden and allow you to make payments over several months or up to a year or more.

Types of Dental Fillings

Fillings have long been the main solution to repairing a damaged or decayed tooth, but generally they’re only possible where there’s a small amount of damage; anything larger and you could be looking at a crown to restore the natural look of the tooth. When a filling is required and there’s a suitable tooth, the decayed part is first removed and then the tooth is cleaned in preparation for adding a type of dental filling.

This is usually — now — something that is a close colour match to the tooth and doesn’t look strange, such as the traditional silver/grey fillings that have previously been used in dentistry. That would be a substance called amalgam, which is a combination of metals, including mercury; it’s incredibly hard and long-lasting, and there are no known health risks to using it in patients. But due to the introduction of new legislation in Ireland, and across the European Union, the use of amalgam is being phased down, and it’s more for environmental reasons than anything else. Instead, the types of dental fillings you can expect to have include porcelain, a composite resin and even gold, if you like a bit of oral bling.

Dental Implants

If you’re missing much or all of a tooth, due to disease or damage, it’s possible you’ll need either a bridge, which will cover the gap after it’s extracted, or a dental implant. The procedure takes place over several months and involves several stages and types of material: a screw that’s placed in the jaw; an abutment that’s placed on top of the screw; and a crown that covers the abutment and gives you the look of a natural tooth. Dental implants are not for everyone, however, as the condition of the jaw may render it unsuitable, and this can be due to a variety of reasons, including existing health conditions. But if you do have an implant, you can look forward to a lasting piece of dentistry that will drastically improve your smile.

Crowns

If you have a tooth, or teeth, that are badly damaged and your dentist is looking at what’s best to restore its functionality and look, they may recommend you have a crown. This is a piece of material, usually made from hard-wearing porcelain, that’s fitted over the entire tooth after it’s prepared by filing it down to a suitable size. The crown will have the effect of helping to strengthen the tooth and it will also give a big boost to how it works and looks. Crowns are bonded to the existing tooth structure and are highly durable and will last for many years. They will also give you an amazing, dazzling smile.

The James Clinic has the best types of dental fillings and everything else you may need to improve the function and appearance of your teeth. Contact us today to make an appointment with our friendly dentists, and restore your oral health.