Veneers are wafer thin shells or laminates of porcelain that cover the anterior or front surfaces of your teeth. Many people compare veneers to false fingernail for your teeth. The beauty of veneers is that they can be fabricated to any size and shape with surface characteristics that make them look natural and fit in with your surrounding teeth. We currently have great offers on porcelain veneers and you can call us to book an appointment to discuss your requirements when we will be able to give you some options and tailor make your treatment plan for that brand new smile!
Is using dental floss necessary? In the US the government has quietly dropped the recommendation, based on scientific evidence showing no benefits. And now the NHS is set to review their own guidelines. Our view is that there is a place for the use of dental floss so long as it is used correctly. The technique is very important and the use of dental floss in tight spaces, where interdental brushes cannot fit without causing damage, can be very useful. Interdental cleaning is very important because it removes food debris from the in between areas of the teeth which can prevent gum disease. Most people find using dental floss tedious and often get the technique wrong causing gum damage. The use of interdental brushes is gaining in popularity as they are more user friendly.
Whenever you eat or drink anything sweet, your teeth become exposed to acids for up to one hour. This is because the sugar will react with the bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) to produce harmful acids. So if you really must have sugary foods or drinks it is better just at mealtimes, limiting the amount of time your mouth is at risk.
Acidic foods and fizzy drinks can be just as harmful. The acid ‘erodes’ or dissolves the enamel, exposing the dentine underneath. This can make your teeth sensitive and unsightly. This is also true for carbonated (fizzy) water.
A diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh fruit and vegetables can help to prevent gum disease. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and cause bad breath. The diagram below is a good example of what you should eat as part of a healthy and balanced diet.