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FAQs

Why use dental hygiene services?

Regular hygiene check-ups can ensure your oral health is maintained and infections and diseases are prevented. Hygiene services are a preventative method that keeps your smile happy and healthy – if regular check-ups are avoided, it could potentially lead to undiscovered infections, diseases or even undetected mouth cancer. The best way to avoid dental problems and maintain good oral hygiene is to go to your dentist regularly.

Should I get my teeth cleaned the recommended twice a year?

Typically, people brush and floss their teeth twice a day, which tackles the cleanliness and appearance of your teeth when you look in the mirror. However, what you are not seeing in the mirror requires the recommended twice a year hygienist visits to sustain your dental health and keep your whole mouth happy.

How often should I have oral hygiene check-ups?

Depending on the level of oral hygiene, here at Azure Dental, we recommend a check-up to be scheduled for every 3 to 6 months. This way we can always keep an eye on your oral health and use preventative care to eliminate diseases or infections.

Do I continue my usual hygiene check-ups after I’ve had my implants fitted?

This is crucial- oral hygiene check-ups are just as important for implants (if not more so) as they are for teeth. Bacteria can accumulate around the implants, which can lead to infections potentially threatening the success of the rehabilitation.

What factors affect your oral hygiene?

Smoking:
Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease and at an earlier age. Research has found that smoking cigarettes more than doubled the rate of tooth loss for individuals and increased the chances of becoming completely toothless by 4 times.

Lack of Sleep:
It has been proved that sleep deprivation is the second leading cause (after smoking) of gum related health issues. People that have 6 hours or less of restless sleep are more susceptible to gum disease due to pockets forming between gums and teeth, as well as destruction of the bone.

Pregnancy:
A symptom of pregnancy that many people are unaware of is the softening of gums. This makes oral hygiene even more important than usual, as soft gums can be more susceptible to infection and plaque build-up. Infected and bleeding gums could result in damage to your teeth, so it’s recommended that pregnant women have regular dental check-ups to ensure any dental issues are dealt with as soon as possible.

What is the aim of the consultation?

There is a different story behind everyone who comes in to see us at Azure Dental. However, each individual holds the same interest: to improve their confidence through correcting their smiles.

When a client first joins the clinic we immediately set out to find out more about their story and what their motivation is to have any treatment done. Once we’ve fully understood that and their lifestyle, we can then make recommendations on how to help.

What are the common treatment solutions?

Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles® aligners are usually part of a bigger overall solution that we offer the patient. Based on these solutions, sometimes two or three, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of the options. After clinical examination and agreement on the treatment, then we progress to take records.

What happens initially?

Initially, we complete a full clinical examination on our clients and then go through the relevant consent procedures prior to starting any treatment.

With treatments such as Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles®, we need to take a full set of photographs and complete an orthodontic examination (this does not take long!). We then take either a digital scan or an impression.

What treatments can I have done with dental sedation?

Hygiene (scale and polish), advanced periodontal (gum) treatment, composite (white) fillings, veneers, crowns and implants

How do I get started with dental sedation?

Book an initial free consultation and visit our clinic to discuss your fears and concerns in person, answer any questions you may have and asses your suitability for dental sedation, before deciding if it is the best solution for you.

What are the benefits of dental sedation?

Dental sedation is completely safe and can help to calm and relax you. It can also reduce the fatigue associated with extended dental treatments, which can require longer visits.
The numbing process is also likely to be more effective in calm clients and when you’re relaxed it will take less time for our clinicians to perform treatment, meaning less time in the chair for you.
To find out more about dental sedation call 01704871743

Who is a good candidate for dental sedation?

If the following apply to you, you may be a good candidate for dental sedation:

  • You’re nervous of visiting the dentist
  • You’re nervous about completing a particular procedure
  • You have had previous traumatic experiences with dentists or dental treatments
  • You have difficulty becoming numb and are anxious about pain
  • You have difficulty controlling movements, for example those with Parkinson’s Disease or Cerebral Palsy
  • You are fearful of a specific procedure (for example needles or extraction)
  • You have a fear of injections
  • If nerves or fear are likely to impact on the quality or duration of treatment
How can teeth be straightened in just six months?

The Six Month Smiles® technique employs the latest technology in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely. Special nickel-titanium wires are used, and the treatment focuses on moving the teeth that show when you smile.

Are Six Month Smiles® braces more comfortable than regular braces?

Many people think that the accelerated treatment means simply ‘tightening’ regular braces to get the teeth moving, but this is not true. Six Month Smiles® braces use low force to move teeth more comfortably and focus on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite.

Am I suitable for Six Month Smiles®?

Most adults are suitable for Six Month Smiles® braces. If you are 18 years old or above, with crooked or spaced teeth and you’re not looking for a major alteration to your bite, this could be the solution you are looking for. To find out, book a free consultation so we can discuss your needs.

Will the treatment definitely take six months?

Every person is different, so treatment lengths vary from person to person. Most of the treatments will be completed within a four to nine-month period, but on average the treatment takes six months.

Do Six Month Smiles® braces damage the teeth, roots, or gums?

There are no more risks of root damage or other issues than those associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles® braces are lower and teeth are seldom extracted, there are actually even fewer risks involved with the Six Month Smiles® treatment.

Will the braces be obvious?

Six Month Smiles® braces are more discreet that traditional braces. The braces and wires are tooth-coloured, to ensure they blend in, and are barely visible. If you book a free consultation at Azure Dental, one of the team will show you exactly what they look like.

Will I need to wear a retainer?

As with any teeth-straightening treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. If you don’t want a removable retainer, you can have a bonded retainer placed instead. You can discuss your options with one of our team members at Azure Dental and decide which suits your personal preference and lifestyle.

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