Southampton Dentist Interview

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For many years, Dr Ben White has been at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry, especially in the area of dental implants in Southampton. Here, he looks at another well known area of dentistry which is becoming ever more popular – dental veneers.

For many years now, dental veneers have been used to create the ultimate smile makeover. It is possible to transform crooked, stained, damaged or badly worn teeth into a brand-new, straight, white smile, using dental veneers.

So what exactly are dental veneers?

Many dentists describe dental veneers as doing the same for your teeth as false fingernails do for your hands. Veneers can be porcelain, ceramic, or made from composite bonding material. Veneers are wafer thin laminates or shells of tooth-coloured material and are cemented to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance.

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What treatments or problems are veneers used for?

Here are some of the reasons why patients opt for treatment with dental veneers:
Stained teeth.

Badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening or prophyflex treatments can be greatly improved by dental veneers. In this case the veneers are used to simply cover any existing stains on your teeth. This is a very quick and relatively inexpensive procedure.

Damaged teeth.

Teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or indeed teeth that have been damaged by the continued and excessive consumption of carbonated drinks over a number of years, can be hidden using veneers. Also teeth that have been chipped or broken can also benefit from veneers. A small chip on a tooth can be quickly repaired using composite bonding also known as composite veneers. A single damaged tooth can also be easily repaired with a porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and colouring as your natural teeth.

Gaps.

Spaces or gaps (known in dentistry as diastemas) between your teeth can easily be closed using dental veneers giving you a more uniform looking smile.

Crooked teeth.

Veneers are not the ideal treatment for crooked teeth. In order to keep your natural teeth structure then orthodontics or Invisalign braces will probably be a better solution. However, such treatments can take up to a year or indeed longer. If however your teeth are not severely crooked then veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned looking smile. For this type of treatment, many people refer to veneers as “instant orthodontics” as you get a similar end result in a fraction of the time.
So which are better – composite veneers or porcelain veneers?

The most popular type of veneers are porcelain. Porcelain veneers offer a more durable alternative which is stronger than its composite counterpart. Composite veneers do not last as long as porcelain veneers and are prone to staining. Porcelain veneers also offer a more natural looking, translucent appearance. Whilst composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers, they do not last as long and need replacing more often, so,as a result, they could end up costing you more in the long run. Composite veneers are ideal for small chips, as this treatment preserves more of your natural tooth structure.

Dental Veneers – Your Questions Answered

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There are a whole host of manufacturers and brands involved in the dental veneers industry. Here, Dr Sunil Chudasama, an Essex dental implants provider, explains some of the different types of product on the market, and answers a few frequently asked questions.

How long do dental veneers last?

There is a difference in the lifespan of porcelain veneers compared with that of composite veneers. Porcelain veneers will typically last between five and 10 years while composite veneers last a year or two at most. Regardless of what kind of veneer you get fitted, they will eventually need to be replaced. Although veneers are strongly cemented into place, there have been cases where they have come loose and fall off. If such a situation arises, it is important that you keep hold of your veneer and contact your dentist immediately. If you follow a good oral hygiene program and visit your dentist for check-ups on a regular basis, your veneers will naturally last much longer.

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Is it possible to have veneers fitted on the same day?

Usually porcelain veneers are fitted over a minimum of two visits. A few cosmetic dentists have invested in CAM/CAD or in-house ceramic studios (CEREC) which can custom produce high-quality ceramic veneers on site in as little as six minutes. With this CEREC technology dental practices are able to offer single visit, same day ceramic veneers that can be fitted within an hour.

What about Lumineers? What are they?

Lumineers are similar to standard porcelain veneers but are fabricated (made) from a patented cerinate porcelain that is extremely thin. They are about the thickness of a contact lens but are very strong. With lumineers, the tooth surface does not need to be trimmed so the procedure is quicker and totally painless. There is another veneer system in the market known as Durathin veneers.

What are Da Vinci veneers?

Da Vinci veneers are similar to Lumineers in that they are extremely thin veneers that are often used for smile makeovers. They are only manufactured in the da Vinci laboratory in California. The da Vinci brand name is very popular, especially with high-profile cosmetic dentists in the USA, who often have celebrities amongst the clients.

What are MAC veneers?

MAC veneers are made from pressed ceramic, giving more strength than standard feldspathic veneers. There are the ideal veneer choice for smile makeovers. They are ultra thin shells of tooth coloured ceramic that are bonded over the front surface of your teeth in order to mask stains, close gaps or repair chips.

As one of the most trusted brands of porcelain (ceramic) veneers, da Vinci veneers have been on the cosmetic dentistry market for more than 25 years. Having featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover show, da Vinci veneers have gained popularity in the public eye. As well as being highly resistant to permanent staining, da Vinci veneers claim to be thinner than conventional veneers and therefore require little or no anaesthesia during placement so that patients have a natural appearance.

Before they are bonded, your dentist will show you how your veneers look so that you can preview your new smile before you veneers are permanently cemented into place. If you or your dentist are not 100% happy with their colour then the colour of your da Vinci veneer can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used.

Should You Rent a Car on Holiday?

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Making arrangements for a holiday is quite tiresome for most people and requires a lot of thinking and planning. It is always important to ensure that everything is set appropriately to ensure comfort and efficiency during your vacation. After settling your Visas, a place to stay and places to visit during your vacation, the tasking issue of choosing a convenient mode of transport comes to mind.

There are various forms of transport available in your holiday destination such trains, buses, cabs, hotel transportation and a rental car. All the available means of transport provide comfort. However, the issue of convenience plays a big role when deciding to settle for a particular transport mechanism while on holiday. Rental cars may initially appear expensive but have various advantages which include:

Convenience

Rental cars are the most convenient means of transport for holiday makers. This is because; they do not rely on fixed schedules and you are able to travel to your destination at your pace. In addition, rental cars enable you to plan your holiday activities effectively without relying on the bus or train schedules. You are also able to explore more places in your holiday destination without the inconveniences caused by reliance on other transport services such as trains, buses or hotel transport. While in a rental car, you can take photographs of beautiful attractions of your holiday destinations since you are able to stop at your preferred points without relying on another driver’s decision.

Comfort

Comfort is necessary when on holiday since the main aim of a vacation to spend some time relaxing. Rental cars provide you with much needed comfort in many ways. First, you are able to visit different places during your holiday at your own pace. This allows you to plan your holiday activities effectively and comfortably without relying on the local transport schedules. Secondly, you are able to avoid the congestion of the local public transport hence adding more excitement and enjoyment to your holiday. Finally, the ability to travel at your pace provides a sense of peace, hence you are able to enjoy the holiday according to your plans.

Budget

Rental cars may seem quite expensive when compared to public transport but they are more convenient in terms of budget. This is because; the local transport charges may fluctuate hence forcing you to adjust your transport allocations on the budget. On the other hand, when renting a car, you only pay once for the time you are going to use the car. This makes it easier to plan your expenses during the vacation effective.

There are also various sites which allow you to compare rental prices from various companies (like this one).

The question still remains, “Should You Rent a Car on Holiday?” Renting a car is the most convenient, safe and comfortable way to enjoy your holiday hence when on holiday incur the cost of renting a car but enjoy your holiday safely, effectively and comfortably.

Interior Design Tips for Offices

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The interior design of an office is vital. You will need to make sure that the space reflects your vision, identity as well as attitude toward your employees. The following are some of the considerations that will help you come up with an exquisite design for your office space.

Colour

Colour has a great impact on the interior design environment, so you cannot afford to go wrong when it comes to the choice of colours. Make sure that you use colours that give the space an inviting look and set a positive ambience.

Bright colours will lift the mood of the employees and also evoke their emotions while dull colours will introduce a sombre mood in the working space. Also, make sure that the colour scheme you go for resonates with your brand identity.

Space Layout

It is important to plan the layout of the office carefully while considering the office work culture. The design of the workstations should be done while keeping in mind personal comfort, need for privacy, collaboration as well as flexibility.

The layout should also promote easy accessibility to colleagues, office equipment as well as spaces that require employees to effectively complete their tasks. Make sure that the space does not look cluttered since no one likes to work in such workplace.

Lighting

Lighting of the office space is very important since it gives it the right atmosphere. It also makes the office to look spacious. The workplace interior design should be equipped with an ideal consumption of natural as well as artificial lighting.

It will be a good idea if there are few artificial lighting sources and adequate sources of natural lighting including windows, high ceilings among other openings. Proper lighting in the office area will enable the employees to work without experiencing any visual strain or discomfort.

Planning Your Summer Garden

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As we move into spring, it’s around the time people start planning their garden for the summer. While the winter time is typically the time for decorating the inside of your house, the prospect of spending those warm summer evenings outside in the sun means thoughts quickly turn to the outdoors.

Deciding what kind of renovations you’d like can be tough, as there’s so many options open to you. Do you opt for a higher maintenance garden with plenty of greenery and flowers, or something lower maintenance with more concrete areas or decking?

Your choice will largely depend on how active you are and how much time you have to devote your garden. Many retired people look to their garden as a way of keeping active, and tend to opt for more plants, grass and vegetables as they require ongoing maintenance. They not only have the time to spend in their garden, but the health benefits of spending time tending it are well worth the additional work. For those who simply don’t have the time there are plenty of companies like Exteria Landscapes waiting to help you.

For working people with neither the time nor the desire to spend maintaining a garden, a paved or decked garden may be a better option. They often require a little additional work at first – laying slabs and cutting decking is fairly hard work – but beyond an occasional cleaning with a pressure washer there’s far less ongoing work needing to be done.

As well as the garden itself, consider the best way to enclose your property. Hedges can be an attractive option, but will need to be trimmed regularly to stay looking their best. Wooden fencing is relatively inexpensive and requires less maintenance than a hedge, but will require painting and occasional repair as wear and tear sets in. Metal fencing is a more expensive option, but involves far less maintenance than the other options.

Ultimately it’s important to not only get the garden you want, but one which suits your way of life. Although you may want a green, lush garden you may not have the time of the resources to give it the love and care it deserves.

The Future of Dental Appointments

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When was the last time you called your dentist and were able to get an appointment within a few days? For most dentists in the UK, finding a spot for new patients often means they need to wait weeks, if not months, before they can be seen. This is usually because there are a lot of other people waiting to be seen, however a lot of appointments go to waste through cancellations and people simply not turning up.

There’s a lot of administration work involved in running a dental practice. Patients need to complete forms to register with the clinic, office staff need to enter them in to the system, appointments need to be manually scheduled and managed by staff, reminders need sent out to patients, bills and cancellation fees need sent out… It’s not easy!

Fortunately, there are some clever applications now available to make everything easier, both for dental practices and patients. Appointment management software makes it much easier for everything to be managed, from registration to appointments to patient reminders.

Using one of the leading examples,Glasgow Smile Clinic,  we can see the benefits of these systems. Patients can register online and book their appointments, freeing up plenty of time for dental office staff. Reminders are automatically sent out to patients ahead of their appointments to make sure they don’t forget, saving on the number of missed appointments.

It’s a great system for dental staff too. Far fewer people will need to be manually entered in to the database, patients can book their own appointments (dentists can even set times for specific treatments to better manage their workload) and there’s far less chasing of patients involved. It even sends patients a message asking for reviews of the service, which can help to improve the overall experience for patients.

As more practices switch over to this system it should become easier for us all to get appointments faster and at a time which suits us. No more waiting weeks to see the dentist or calling for an emergency dental appointment first thing in the morning. The future of appointment management is here, and it’s going to be great!

 

Why Whiten your Teeth?

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Teeth discoloration can be a big problem for middle-age and elderly people. This is especially so for individuals who drink lots of tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages. Teeth discoloration also occurs because of aging. Even simple foods, as well as different types of chemicals used in processed foods, lead to stains on teeth. Simple discoloration can be removed with over-the-counter teeth whitening products, but if the stains are strong and deep then professional treatment under the supervision of a dentist is needed. Discolored teeth are not only cosmetic problem but also pose health risks. The hard stains start damaging teeth enamel. There are two types of teeth whitening options.

Home Use Products

If the stains are not that deep, then these products can be used to whiten the teeth. In this range there are products like teeth whitening toothpaste, gels, strips, bleaching trays and other types of kits. It is important to use any such over-the-counter product only if there is no other teeth problem. Even simple whitening products that do not require prescription contain harsh chemicals. These chemicals may help whiten the teeth but if a person is suffering from teeth problems like cavities or bleeding gums then the use of such chemicals can prove harmful. It is better to consult a dentist before choosing any teeth whitening system that can be used at home.

Professional Treatments

Dentists perform a thorough checkup before recommending any teeth whitening treatment. They take into account the patient’s age and present conditions of teeth and gums. They consider eating, drinking and smoking habits of the patient. They perform the procedure under their direct supervision so the patient can be sure of receiving the best treatment without any problem. Professional procedures involved use of bleaching agents in concentrated form. Most clinics also have laser teeth whitening treatment facility. While professional treatment can be expensive compared to home use systems, the results are better and there is less chance of anything going wrong.

Advantages of This Treatment

Discolored teeth give a wrong impression of the person. This problem can be a big drawback if the person aspires to work in a profession where personal appearance and look is very important. A person with white teeth smile has a better chance of being liked by other individuals. This can prove beneficial in personal as well as in professional life. Whitened teeth are also good for health because really clean teeth do not collect stains easily.

Risks and Drawbacks of Teeth Whitening

All types of teeth whitening systems and products contain some type of bleaching agent, usually hydrogen peroxide. Individuals allergic to this chemical may not undergo this treatment. If products intended for home use are not used properly and as instructed by the manufacturer then the result may not be as expected. Most treatments require multiple sessions. People having bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, or other such teeth or gums problems may not undergo this treatment.

Most problems associated with this treatment can be avoided easily by consulting a dentist before choosing any particular teeth whitening system. A dentist is the right professional to diagnose type of discoloration and determine the right course of treatment according to the type and level of stains.

A Look at Healthy Holidays

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body-massage-1255004-mRelaxing and de-stressing are common prerequisites of holidays. They present the chance to forget about mundane everyday life and all of its’ little problems too. Most people tend to put on a few pounds over the holidays, meaning that after all of the relaxation, upon their return to normalcy they are faced with the very real prospect of having to get back into shape.

However, have you ever considered the possibility of using your holiday to kick start your get in shape and get healthy regime? It might sound a bit of an oxymoron to use your hard earned rest and relaxation time to overhaul your body, but by getting healthy, your overall wellbeing will improve.

For those of us who are fit, eat healthily and are a healthy weight, we tend to be happier, more proactive and better sleepers. Not to mention the overall health benefits such as a healthier body and lower risk of obesity related diseases such as diabetes.

The great thing about holidays is that obviously you do not have to work so you have more free time. This time could be spent getting used to cooking healthy, wholesome meals, and getting into the habit of it. If you can get used to cooking your own food instead of reaching for fast food and microwave meals (major culprits of an unhealthy lifestyle), you may find that even come around to enjoying it.

You can also use this free time to educate yourself a bit more about food, and become more aware of what you are putting into your body. Diet is such a huge part of weight loss that if you can really focus on it whilst you have the time, it can stand you in good stead when you have less time for this education.

Exercise is the other important factor that is involved when it comes to losing weight. But with the stresses and heavy demands of modern working life, this can mean that you have little or no time to take part in exercise. If you are not naturally an active person, the last thing that you will want to do after a long day is be active.

Obviously though, holidays and the free time that they bring, offer the chance to kick start an exercise regime. You will be able to find what suits you as an exercise, be it the gym, exercise classes, or just running around a park. Exercise releases endorphins which are addictive as they make you happy, so if you implement an exercise plan you could find yourself beginning to look forward to it. If a sudden exercise results in stiffness and sore muscles, the free time also means that your body has the time to recover.

This is all very well, but you may be thinking when will I get the chance to actually relax and get away on my holidays?! There are plenty of activity holidays out there, but if luxury, relaxation and pampering are more your thing, then perhaps a luxury resort would be better option. De Vere resorts are a good example of holiday resorts where you can relax and get fit. There are modern gyms, luxurious spas, swimming pools and a wide range of activities. Click on this link http://www.devere-hotels.co.uk/spa-leisure/gym-swim.html for more information.

So, getting in shape does require dedication, but it does not have to be a chore. Using your holidays to begin a lifestyle change can be a great investment for your general health and happiness too.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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carpal blogCarpal Tunnel Syndrome is an increasingly prevalent problem, although it is still not commonly diagnosed. But the question begs, what exactly is carpal tunnel?

Carpal Tunnel is a condition of the hands, which causes tingling, numbness and aching in the affected hand. It usually affects the index, middle and part of the ring finger, and can lead to weakness in the thumb too.

It is all down to the median nerve that controls sensation and movement in the hands. If this nerve becomes compressed, then it leads to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The carpal tunnel itself is a narrow passage in the wrist that is made up of a tough band of tissue and small bones. It is this that means you are able to bend your fingers, and it is also a pulley for the tendons.

Although it is not always evident what has led to this syndrome, there are some factors such as family history, pregnancy, wrist injuries and repetitive work involving the hand.

This last cause is probably the reason for the sudden surge in diagnoses of Carpal Tunnel, with typing at desk jobs being the most likely culprit.

Fortunately, it is an easily treatable condition. For mild cases, wrist splints and corticosteroid injections can be used to treat the symptoms, which can sometimes even disappear of their own accord.

For more severe cases, carpal tunnel surgery may be required in order to reduce the pressure on the median nerve. There is a recovery time of course, but it is a permanent solution.

So if you think you have the same symptoms, then head to the doctor’s for a check-up and hopefully a solution too.