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Choosing The Right Braces For You

According to a recent study conducted by OnePoll, 57% of Americans feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. Although we may not be based in the US, we would not be surprised if this figure also reflected changing opinions towards dental hygiene in the UK, as more and more people than ever before are looking for a way to achieve their dream smile.

The fact of the matter is that very few of us are born with perfectly shaped, straight, gleaming teeth, and you shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed about that – we are all human, after all. Just because you weren’t gifted with a picture-perfect smile, that doesn’t mean that it is out of reach! Orthodontic and dental care has advanced significantly in the past few decades which means that tackling teeth misalignment or a crooked smile is becoming easier by the day.

Lots of people are now choosing to have braces to fix their smile, but did you know that there are many different types of braces available? Today, we are going to explore the different types of braces and when and why they are used!

What Are Braces?

Before we get our teeth stuck into the nitty-gritty, we thought we’d give you a quick overview of what braces actually are.

Simply put, dental braces are devices that are used in dentistry to straighten or move your teeth. Although this is usually done to improve the appearance of someone’s smile, in some cases, braces can also provide many practical benefits. These include the prevention of common oral issues, like gum disease or tooth decay, and more complex problems such as a bad bite.

Traditionally, most people who need braces will get them between the ages of 8 and 14. By this time, most people will have lost their baby teeth and had the majority of their adult teeth replace them. Despite popular belief, there is no upper age limit on braces and you can have them whenever you want – as long as your gums and teeth are healthy and strong!

The Different Types Of Braces

In our modern day and age, we have the luxury of being able to choose from a selection of different braces, each coming in a different shape, size and offering distinctive benefits. For example, some are so discreet you won’t even know that they are there, like one of our most popular treatments – Invisalign®.
Invisalign® Braces

Whilst it is on the tip of our tongues, we may as well begin with Invisalign® – the leading brand in ‘clear aligners’ and a favourite of our patients. For many people, Invisalign® is the only option they will consider and in the last fifteen years alone, these have seen a staggering growth in popularity.

Invisalign® braces come with a host of benefits. First and foremost, they are custom-made using innovative imaging technology for added comfort. Unlike other braces, they are also easily removed at your convenience. However, as per their name, their main appeal is near-invisibility which allows teenagers and adults to improve their smile in a discreet and less intrusive manner.

Here at Yew Tree, Invisalign® would be our recommendation for a good proportion of our clients if this treatment suits their needs.

Traditional Braces

For many of us, the thought of traditional metal braces might bring back horrible memories. Though it is safe to say they are highly effective, they haven’t always been the most popular! Despite this, traditional metal braces are the best way of dealing with severe cases of teeth misalignment and are still used frequently by our dental team.

Traditional braces tend to work quicker than the less invasive alternatives, and also offer the best value for money. Furthermore, you won’t ever have to worry about wearing or losing your aligners!

Although the main disadvantage of traditional braces is their appearance, they are significantly more subtle than they were a few years ago. In some cases, a range of colour options may even be available for both the brackets and elastics, something that just wasn’t thought of back in the day!

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, however, instead of the in-your-face metal brackets and wires found on traditional braces, ceramic ones use clear or tooth-coloured brackets.

You could almost consider ceramic braces to be a mix of Invisalign® aligners and traditional metal braces. Many people opt for these as they’re less visible than metal braces, but move your teeth faster than Invisalign®.

Yet, the trade-off is that they are also more expensive than traditional braces, and aren’t as unnoticeable as Invisalign®. Despite this, they are a great alternative for anyone feeling self-conscious about wearing their braces.

Picking The Right Braces For You

Before you begin your journey towards a straighter and healthier smile, you need to decide on which brace best suits you. For many, this comes down to their unique priorities. For example:

  • Speed

Some people will happily have braces that are more noticeable if it means that they can come on and off as quickly as possible. This could be especially important if you have a big event or celebration coming up.

  • Cost

If you have a limited budget, then you will want to look for the option that gives you the best results possible within your means. Usually, most people find that traditional braces are the most cost-effective option.

  • Appearance

For some people, having their teeth straightened is an embarrassing process that they do not want people to find out about. If this is the case, or you just want a less invasive and more comfortable treatment option, then you might want to prioritise aligners like Invisalign®. These may be slower than traditional braces but are far less intrusive.

  • Complexity

Sometimes, the choice is taken out of your hands. If you have a particularly complicated issue, such as severely crooked teeth or a problematic bite, then your options may be limited and your dentist might recommend a certain treatment.

Yew Tree Dental

Remember, the above points are things to consider before having your dental treatment, but they are not the be-all and end-all. Every dentist has a specific way of doing things and particular brands or products that they will recommend. You must choose a dentist you can trust and listen to their advice carefully – they are the experts after all.

Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre is an award-winning dental practice that has been established for over fifty years! We have helped generations of satisfied patients with their dental care and hygiene and we aim to build long-term relationships that last.

If you have any dental queries or concerns, please get in touch with us on 01753 522 500 or email info@yewtreedental.co.uk. Alternatively, you can also contact us via this link.

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In-Clinic vs At-Home Teeth Aligners: Our Opinion

Your smile can say a lot about you and it is one of the first things that people will look at when meeting you for the first time. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why you may not be happy with your smile, whether you suffer from misaligned teeth, have had a sporting accident or simply chose to avoid getting braces as a teenager when you probably should have. 

It doesn’t matter what other people think – it is your smile and If you are unhappy with it then this can really affect your confidence and self-esteem. Luckily, numerous in-clinic aligners are now available, such as Invisalign®, that can help you achieve a straighter smile that you’ll adore – something that we are proud to offer at Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre.

Recently, at-home aligners have become increasingly popular, something which we partly attribute to COVID-19. A lot of these aligners promise a discreet and easy way of straightening your teeth from home – but are they all they’re cracked up to be? Should you opt for dental impressions or one of these at-home kits? Find out what our experts at Yew Tree Dental think below.

At-Home Aligners

At-home dental aligner kits may seem like a great idea at first. They are convenient and easy to use, often being delivered directly to your door. Using the kit is usually simple, too, with most requiring you to take moulds of your teeth (in a similar fashion to the gum shields that you probably used as a teenager) to send back to the provider. Once your impressions have been reviewed, you will receive a set of aligners in the post that you are required to wear to realign your teeth. 

Despite what these products may promise, we truly believe that you should always visit a professional dentist for a consultation. Your smile is important, and choosing the wrong type of orthodontic treatment could cause permanent damage to your teeth. 

In-Clinic Aligners

When you visit a professional dentist, like one of our team at Yew Tree Dental, you can be confident knowing that your smile is in expert hands. Clinics like ours have access to the most advanced technologies and are able to create more detailed and accurate impressions of your teeth, in most cases also providing you with a 3D scan. 

At Yew Tree, we choose to provide the majority of our patients seeking aligners with Invisalign®, a leading brand in clear aligners that are more comfortable and less invasive than the traditional metal braces we have all come to dread. Each Invisalign® aligner is custom made for each individual, so you know you are receiving bespoke care for you and your teeth.

In-Clinic Vs At-Home Aligners

There are numerous advantages of having your teeth straightened or aligned by a dental expert. First and foremost, by consulting a professional you will be given bespoke advice that you can trust so you know the treatment you are getting is right for you and your smile. Furthermore, a dental expert will regularly check up with you to ensure your treatment is going as planned. With at-home aligners, you have no expert advice to fall back on and, in most cases, you are only provided with a customer service number – something which can be nerve-racking. 

Furthermore, when you visit us at the clinic we will take impressions of your teeth safely and professionally using our 3D scanning technology. This means that your aligners will fit perfectly within your mouth to help you achieve the best results possible. At-home kits, on the other hand, are often plagued with inaccuracies and we know of many cases where people have to send their aligners back as they do not fit their mouths properly. 

The aligners that you will find at places such as Yew Tree Dental will be of a much higher quality than those at-home aligner kits. Although in some cases our products may be more expensive, they will save you time, provide you with more effective results and remove the risk of costly and irreversible damage to your teeth. Teeth aligners are an investment in your health and wellbeing, and your body deserves the best. 

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Yew Tree Dental

Yew Tree Dental has been in operation for the past 60 years. In that time our family-run practice has gained renown for providing an extremely high standard of dental care and employing a patient-friendly approach to all of our work. 

To find out more about our in-clinic dental aligners, reach out to us on 01753 522 500 or email info@yewtreedental.co.uk. Alternatively, you can also contact us via this link.

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What’s New At Yew Tree Dental?

From now until the beginning of January you probably have a fairly hectic schedule full of fun festivities and family time. In case we don’t see you until the New Year, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of our patients and staff a very Merry Christmas, we know you’ve earnt it after everything that has happened in 2020!

We don’t want to sound too preachy, but we wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves as dentists if we didn’t remind you to look after your teeth over the Christmas period, especially if you are snacking as much as we are! Feel free to enjoy yourself and indulge to your heart’s content, just remember to brush and floss whilst you are at it!

We are always looking to improve upon our services and really do take your feedback to heart. That’s why when you visit us for your first appointment of the New Year, you may notice some changes in the way we operate at Yew Tree Dental. You can find out more about these changes below!

The iTero Digital Scanner

Recently we have invested in the iTero Digital Scanner as we believe it will improve the patient journey from start to finish. This device has had a huge impact on the dental and orthodontic industry, and we hope it will have a similar effect on our practice. The iTero has made it much easier to diagnose and treat any orthodontic issues, whilst also providing us with a clearer way of displaying and sharing our findings with you.

The scanner carefully analyses your teeth and jaws to create a virtual 3D model of your mouth. For us, this is one of the biggest benefits of having the iTero Digital Scanner as it allows us to simulate the movement of your teeth, so you will be able to see exactly what your smile could look like before your treatment has even begun. The iTero is also much more comfortable than its predecessor, meaning we can minimise the discomfort you feel when we are taking impressions of your teeth!

The iTero Digital Scanner isn’t the only upgraded piece of technology at Yew Tree Dental – we have also updated our computer and IT systems to provide you with the most efficient service possible. This change will allow us to communicate with you more effectively and ensure that you are always kept in the loop when it comes to your dental care.

The Yew Tree Team

We are proud of the standard and quality of our Yew Tree Dental Team, and this isn’t something that comes easily. As always, we make sure that our staff have the most up-to-date training so they can provide you with the best standard of care possible. Recently, our staff have been learning about cross infection control, differing medical emergencies and how to ensure that patient confidentiality is kept at all times.

We are also thrilled to welcome an additional specialist dentist to our practice! Dr Narinder Dhadwal is a periodontist who has a clinical interest in the treatment of gum and peri-implant disease, as well as specialist knowledge of periodontal plastic surgery! The addition of the fantastic Dr Dhadwal to our team allows us to offer our patients a greater range of dental treatments on-site and we can’t wait for you to meet Dr Dhadwal!

Merry Christmas!

Yew Tree Dental is an award-winning, family-run dental practice that has been operating since the 1960s. Since then we have welcomed many happy faces through our doors and helped many people achieve their dream smile. Our expert team can provide a wide range of dental services, including Dental Implants, Invisalign and Teeth Whitening.
For those of you who we haven’t managed to see over the festive period, we wish you the very best and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. And to all of our patients, we thank you for your support through this difficult year and want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

If you would like to contact us about treatment, then please get in touch at info@yewtreedental.co.uk or on 01753 522 500.

Our Periodontal Specialist

Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre is an award-winning, family-led specialist dental practice based in Slough that is on hand to assist with all of your dental needs. Whether you need a specialist dentist for a specific treatment, an emergency appointment or simply a local dentist near you, we have all the expertise and know-how to keep you smiling happily.

Here at Yew Tree, we are proud of all the staff that work tirelessly to provide you with the best dental care possible. However, patients have recently been lauding the work of Dr Narinder Dhadwal, our periodontal specialist who is the inspiration for this month’s blog.

Dr Narinder is a valued member of the team who specialises in everything gum-related, recently taking a particular interest in the treatment of gum recession. This blog focuses on everything periodontal (relating to the gums) and discusses several areas of dental hygiene, providing you with advice on how to avoid gum disease and the general practices you should follow to keep your gums in the best of health.

How to Spot Gum Disease

When it comes to having a healthy smile, gleaming, straight teeth aren’t everything. Even if you are cavity-free and haven’t had a dental problem since day one, you may still be prone to gum disease. Instead of worrying about whiteness, you should be paying close attention to plaque, the plague of all healthy mouths.

Plaque is a sticky substance that forms as leftover food particles and saliva start to build up. It is the main cause of gum disease and can be responsible for numerous infections and even tooth decay. If you think that you are developing gum disease, you should keep an eye out in case your gums become:

Inflamed/red
Tender or swollen
More prone to bleeding

In severe cases of gum disease, the bones that hold your teeth in place will be impacted – this can result in your bite becoming wonky, and in drastic cases, your teeth may need to be removed.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way to manage gum disease is to ensure you never get it in the first place! Most mild cases of gum disease can usually be treated by simply keeping up a good level of oral hygiene, however, in some cases, you may need to visit a dental hygienist to give your mouth a thorough clean and remove any pesky plaque that has hidden away in those unreachable corners of your mouth.

We have included these top tips for preventing gum disease and keeping on top of your dental hygiene:

Floss, whenever you can, at least once a day. Flossing helps target the areas of your mouth that your brush can’t always reach, removing a good chunk of hidden plaque. It doesn’t matter when you floss, only if you floss.
Brush your teeth after every meal, for at least a couple of minutes. Remember to brush your tongue too, as harmful bacteria can also accumulate there.

Adjust your lifestyle, eat more healthily and quit smoking if you can as this may weaken your immune system. Also try and avoid coffee and wine as these can stain your teeth!

Invest in a medical-grade toothpaste and mouthwash, not only can these things help reduce plaque, but they can also prevent this from building up by removing food particles and debris from your mouth.
Last but by no means least, book in for regular dental check-ups and cleaning! A professional clean can go a long way and will leave you with an irresistibly fresh-feeling mouth.

Periodontists and You!

Although preventing gum disease and more serious oral conditions should be your top priority, sometimes this just isn’t possible. If you find yourself in a position where you have a condition that isn’t responding well to your hygienist’s treatment, then it might be time to consider a more extensive procedure.

Dr Dhadwal is our expert when it comes to tackling more complicated and uncommon gum concerns, specialising in surgical periodontal treatments, periodontal plastic surgery and everything in between. If you are worried about your gums or have been recommended to a specialist periodontist, then our team will be on hand to help you get an appointment with Dr Dhadwal scheduled in as soon as possible.

We know most people aren’t sitting at home eagerly awaiting their next trip to the dentist, however, we cannot stress enough the importance of regular check-ups and frequent hygienist appointments. Even if the professionals performing these services identify a gum condition that is out of their remit, they will be able to point you to experts like Dr Dhadwal. Just remember, seeking a more advanced form of treatment could be the difference between a gleaming smile or one filled with missing teeth!

Our Periodontal Specialist

Dr Narinder Dhadwal is a specialist periodontist here at Yew Tree Dental – she qualified from St Bartholomew’s & The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2007. During her studies, she was awarded the Harold Fink Prize for outstanding academic achievement, and she hasn’t looked back since!

Dr Dhadwal continued her studies, completing a 3-year postgraduate training course in Periodontology and Implants at the Royal London Hospital and has presented some of her work in front of leading international dentistry associations. It’s safe to say we are proud to have Dr Dhadwal working with us here at Yew Tree, a feeling shared by her countless happy patients and colleagues.

About Us

Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre is proud to offer top-quality dental care to all patients in Slough and beyond. Established in the 1960s, we are well known for our commitment to excellence in all areas of dentistry and perform a wide range of dental services in a relaxing and friendly environment.

At Yew Tree, we like to believe that our success is no accident and we are always looking for ways we can improve our practice, from participating in postgraduate studies to acquiring the latest technologies. Our continuous effort to improve ourselves is emphasised in everything we do and we really enjoy providing exemplary dental care to all those who need it.

If you would like to be our next new happy patient, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us on 01753 522 500 or email us at info@yewtreedental.co.uk

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Tackling Toothache

Visiting the dentist isn’t a pleasant experience for everyone, and we know some people have anxieties and worries about dental and medical treatments at the best of times, let alone with everything going on with coronavirus. However, there are times when you need to be aware of what’s going on in your mouth – sometimes biting your tongue to get through the pain just isn’t going to cut it!

Toothache is extremely common, with most of us having suffered with it in some form or another at some point in our lives. Often, the pain is only small and temporary and can sometimes reveal itself after you’ve eaten something too hot or too cold! Yet, in certain situations, the pain can be unbearable – it is times such as these when visiting or contacting your emergency dentist at Yew Tree Dental is advised.

What Causes Toothache?

Toothache can be caused by numerous different things, ranging from ulcers or receding gums to an infected dental pulp. Normally, toothache won’t go away on its own, and if it does, it often comes back in a much more severe way. The longer you leave or tolerate toothache, the worse it is going to get – so seeking help sooner rather than later is something we advise!

One of the most common causes of toothache is tooth decay which occurs as a result of the bacteria that builds up in your mouth. This bacteria loves the food that you love – moulding with the sugars and starches to create a layer of plaque! Plaque is a sticky film which will erode the enamel on your teeth over time, eventually resulting in toothache!

Additional reasons for toothache include:

Bacterial infections
Jaw alignment issues
Sinus problems
Abscesses
Cavities
Broken fillings
Cracked or fractured teeth
Ulcers

When To Visit a Dentist

Toothache is often a sign of a bigger problem that can negatively affect your oral health, and in some instances, your health in general! That is why it’s best to see your dentist as soon as the problem arises – the longer you leave it, the more serious the problem is likely to become.

We recommend that you see a dentist if you have oral pain that lasts for more than two days or doesn’t go away after you have taken painkillers. Having a high temperature and pain when you bite are often signifiers that you should probably visit a dentist as well!

If you have made an appointment but are struggling to ease your pain whilst you wait, then we would recommend taking household painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. If this doesn’t work then you can also try rinsing your mouth with salt water. Try and avoid sweet foods and those that are very hot or cold as they can make the pain worse!

Visit Us At Yew Tree Dental

Yew Tree Dental is an award-winning, family-run dental and implant centre that has been running since the 1960s. In that time we are proud to have had generations of satisfied patients and customers visit us, and we look forward to helping many more long into the future.

If you would like to book an appointment or want to seek advice from a dental expert, you can contact us on 01753 522500. Alternatively, you can email us at info@yewtreedental.co.uk

If you are experiencing difficulties with your teeth, please call us immediately so we can make you an emergency appointment.

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