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Your Dentistry Questions Answered

Welcome to the Smiles Centre dental hub, this is our dedicated page for sharing our news and answering all your questions. You can post questions to us by commenting on an existing post or by getting in touch by email, Facebook or by phone. We are always looking to answer as many questions as possible so please don't be shy, get involved and, if you find something you like then share it with your friends.

May 18, 2020
Stuart Miles

Swindon Dentist to reopen after Covid

 

At Smiles centre, we are working really hard to enable us to open up our dental practice as soon as we possibly can. That said, we understand that some of our patients will not want to be visiting the dentist just yet, that is absolutely understandable, we will be ready to serve you as soon as feel confident that it is safe to do so.

 

Swindon Dentist to Reopen After Covid Facing Unprecedented Costs 

We also have our own complications to overcome in the reopening, we will not be able to operate as much clinical time as our appointment times need to spread out with gaps in between appointments, we also have to factor in the cost of additional PPE. At present, we need to order over £8,000 and expect an ongoing cost of £4,000 to £5,000 per month.

 

As we continue to make plans, we would really appreciate your input, if you could answer the following two questions, it would help us enormously

If Smiles Centre reopened 1st June 2020, would you be confident attending an appointment? Live

  • No, It is too soon
    15% 95 / 633
  • Yes, but only if I need an emergency treatment
    25% 163 / 633
  • Yes, but only if additional PPE is being used and precautions have been implemented
    59% 377 / 633

 

 

To Help Us Overcome the Financial Burden, We Are Considering Applying a £15 PPE charge to Some Appointments

To ensure the safety of all our staff and patients, would you be prepared to pay an additional fee per appointment? Live

  • No
    38% 222 / 581
  • Yes
    19% 116 / 581
  • Yes but £15 is too much
    42% 247 / 581

Thank you for taking part in our survey, it will help us form our plan to reopen our dental practice in Swindon.

 

If you would like more information about how the coronavirus is affecting dental appointments you can check out the latest NHS info guidance at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you have any questions, you can request a callback and one of the team will be in touch, there is a form on our contact page here. Alternatively, you can call our main reception number 01793 722266 and leave a voicemail with your details.

January 8, 2020
Simon Miles

Celebrities Smile.

Celebrities Smile

Celebrities Smile.

Look at her t.....
Kirsten Dunst Celebrities Smile

teeth!!!
Ok so heres a better picture of Kirsten Dunst and her celebrities smile, a bit younger here but she still has the same teeth.

Kirsten Dunst  Celebrities Smile

See the lateral here that sticks out, just like mine. She's not beautiful because of her crooked teeth, my crooked teeth certainly don't make me beautiful, so what is it that makes us all feel bad about our teeth? Well its a natural instinc to find teeth and eyes attractive. Bright alert eyes, healthy gums and white teeth convey good health and therefore a long term mate. Straight teeth do not enter this equation though, and sometimes crooked teeth can be an attractive feature also.

 

 

 

Lets look at another celebrities smile. Here's an image of Scarlett Johansson when she was younger, here teeth are not straight but she still looks great!

Scarlett Johansson  Celebrities Smile

Here's a picture of her when she's a little older, towards the end of her brace treatment and you can see how much straighter her teeth are, clearly an improvement on her teeth before the treatment.Scarlett Johansson  Celebrities Smile

But what about the other things that affect the way our teeth look, like colour, shape and size etc?

Heres another celebrities smile. Will Smith, when i think i Will Smith i remember him in fresh prince of bel air. A young cocky lad full of confidence.

Will Smith  Celebrities SmileWill Smith  Celebrities SmileHow confident do you think he would have been if he had a tooth missing?
Do you think he would have gotten the part if he auditioned with a tooth missing? Do you think he would have had that confidence to smile with a missing tooth. Any one of his teeth could be a crown or bridge and we would never know.

What about Britney Spears celebrities smile.

Britney Spears  Celebrities Smile
Let's give her some caries (tooth decay).

Britney Spears  Celebrities Smile

Very common in young women, we see this when as a child are given too many sweets, sugary drinks and fruit juices. Look at the difference it makes to her though. This is not something she would have to live with though, we could easily get her looking amazing again.

Look at this celebrities smile.

Leonardo DiCaprio  Celebrities SmileAgain fixable, he could have his teeth built up or replaced and it wouldn't take too much time to get Leonardo looking like Leonardo again.

Leonardo DiCaprio  Celebrities Smile

Here we have Brad Pitt with his cheeky chipmunk grin.

Brad Pitt  Celebrities Smile

Here's what he would look like with stained teeth

Brad Pitt  Celebrities Smile

This is so common with people who are over the age of 30. Over time our teeth naturally darken. Teeth whitening toothpaste is not going to help this guy, it's just not. Turmeric, charcoal, all these things are good at removing extrinsic staining, that is the staining on the tooth surface, but it's never going to whiten the teeth the same way that a dentist can whiten your teeth, even oral hygiene with a great hygienist cannot get rid of intrinsic staining, that is, the staining within the body of the tooth, its just not possible. The only way to do that without damaging the tooth is with a dentists prescription whitening gel. It's easy and within a couple of weeks you can have your teeth whitened and the difference this one treatment can make is amazing and you don't need to be a millionaire to afford it either.

Ok, it wouldn't be fair to photoshop Brad without having a go at Jenny celebrities smile.

Jennifer Aniston  Celebrities Smile

Worn teeth! Look at this, look at how worn teeth can change your appearance!

Here's the original. I've not changed anything on this image except the length of her teeth.

Jennifer Aniston  Celebrities Smile

This is common in people that grind their teeth, usually at night while they sleep. We can help prevent this from getting worse, which is the first course of action (preventative dentistry) and then look at ways to rehabilitate and fix the problem (restorative dentistry). It can be a bit more work and costly than some of the others we have looked at but it's still something we can put right and it would give massive benefits to the person having this treatment.

We see this a lot with denture wearers, acrylic teeth on dentures can wear down much quicker than the enamel of our teeth but the fix is a lot quicker too. And there are things we can do to prevent this from happening so rapidly in the future.

And last but not least we have Tom Cruises celebrities smile.. This is what he would look like with a mouth of bad crowns.

Tom Cruise  Celebrities Smile

Don't worry tom, we can help you out.

Again, you don't need to be a millionaire. Yes dental treatment can be expensive but the benefits can be life changing. It really is life changing. And we have different payment option available including interest free which we can discuss with you. We treat lots of nervous patients here too, if you are a bit worried you can book one of our very popular meet and greet appointments, that's where you get to meet a dentist and just have a chat, it's free and we do it so you can get to meet the dentist that will be treating you if you decide to join our practice. I have a fantastic team of dental care professionals here at the smiles centre and we would love to meet you.

Tom Cruise  Celebrities Smile

Come and see us, tell us about your story and we’ll help you get to where you want to be. We may not be able to get you looking like jennifer anderston or brad pit but we can give you some of their confindence!

November 19, 2019
Stuart Miles

What is a Dental OPG

Smiles Centre Swindon has just had a dental OPG machine installed

What is an OPG machine?

A dental OPG is a panoramic wide view x-ray of the mouth which displays all the teeth on a single image. Part of the machine then rotates around your head as the images are being taken. During a cephalogram procedure, you will be asked to stand or sit in front of the x-ray machine and small pegs will be placed in your ears to help align your head. The scan typically takes less than 30 seconds to complete.

OPG machine at Smiles centre Swindon Dentist

The practice can use the image to evaluate and diagnose treatments, they are often taken prior to oral surgery such as implants or complicated extractions.

Smiles Centre charges £75 to patients of the practice for an OPG but this is reduced for those patients that are currently on a Smiles Centre payment plan. You can find out more about our Smile Plans here.

What are the radiation risks?

What are the benefits vs. risks?

Benefits

  • No radiation remains in a patient’s body after an x-ray examination.
  • X-rays usually have no side effects in the typical diagnostic range for this exam.
  • Panoramic x-rays can be used for very young children since the film does not have to be placed inside the mouth.

Risks

  • Women should always inform their dentist or oral surgeon if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

What are the limitations of dental opg Panoramic X-ray?

A panoramic x-ray does not provide precise and detailed information about each individual tooth or soft tissues, such as the muscles. It is generally used as an initial evaluation of the bones and teeth. Because your mouth is curved, the panoramic x-ray can sometimes create a slightly blurry image where accurate measurements of your teeth and jaw are not possible. If your dentist or surgeon needs more information, a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be ordered. This may include Dental Cone Beam CT, an imaging exam developed specifically for this part of the body.

 

April 20, 2019
Admin Admin

Best Practices for Your Daily Oral Care Routine

There are few things as important as your dental care, and while we all know how important our teeth are, we’ve all made the mistake of overlooking their hygiene. In this article, we’re going to show you the best practices to keep your dental care on track every single day.

First of all, visit a dentist like Smiles Centre Swindon! Yes, it can feel like a chore, but it’s what makes the most sense when you don’t know where to start. We can advise you on what to do on a daily basis and if there’s any product that could help you achieve your dental care goals.

After you’ve done that, here’s what you should do to keep on track.

Keep a Healthy Schedule

Once you’re confident you’ve found the solution to apply, make sure you keep a healthy schedule every single day. This can be hard if you love going out late or if you have flexible hours at work, but having a routine is what makes the process of dental care that much easier to handle.

Smiles Centre Swindon can provide you with a family dentistry service to improve everyone in your homes dental care habits.

The reason why electrical toothbrushes are circular is that they are made specifically to brush each and every single tooth, one-by-one. In fact, one of the best ways to improve your dental care habits is to get one of these. They are easy to operate, and they do most of the work on their own.

Stay Consistent with Your Dental Care

Staying consistent is the key to achieving a smile that will shock your co-workers and friends. If you don’t know where to start, Smiles Centre Swindon provides general dentistry services that allow you to focus on what truly matters – your teeth.

In order to stay consistent with your dental care, you have to find a rhythm. It’s hard to keep track of everything in our hectic world, but your teeth should always be your top priority.

Even then, if you’re still having trouble and you want to find a quicker solution, Smiles Centre Swindon is at your disposal. Contact us now and get your very own personalised plan created by a professional to stay on track with your daily dental care!

April 20, 2019
Admin Admin

Why You Should Visit a Dentist

Dental care is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Brushing your teeth regularly is always a great way to prevent them from staining or losing their natural bright white colour, but even when your brushing routine is impeccable, dental care still requires a lot of minute attention.

That’s why you should always visit a dentist like Smiles Centre Swindon every six to twelve months. Using professional tools and leveraging the expertise of our dentists, our dental sessions will provide a refreshing way to tackle everyday life.

You should visit your Dentist every 6 months, it’s a great way to check that nothing is wrong with your teeth and that there’s nothing to worry about in your daily dental care routine.

Most problems with our clients’ teeth are found during these checkups. Things like tooth decay, bleeding gums, and other problems are common in day-to-day life and they can be fixed early. This is the main reason why going to the dentist is so important for your dental care.

If you have problems with your teeth and you don’t believe they look nice, or maybe they’ve lost their natural white colour, a cosmetic dentist will be able to advise you on what’s best, and if it makes sense to undergo a dental whitening procedure.

You could be great at brushing your teeth, but you still wouldn’t be able to reach all the hard to reach areas that a professional dentists can. And even if you could, you wouldn’t be able to clean them as deeply and as properly as a dentist can.

This is because dentists have access to specific tools that they can use to improve your overall dental care by applying paste and scraping the areas in between the teeth. Yes, you can do that with dental floss, but not to the same degree that a dentist with professional tools would.

This means that dental care at the dentist guarantees absolute cleanliness once completed. If you had any bad bacteria in your mouth before you go in, then you’d definitely have none when you come out.

For older people, teeth cleaning can mean care of dentures and dental implants. In fact, these implants are often hard to clean on your own. Smiles Centre Swindon will take care of everything. Be it a simple checkup or a dental implant, we have the solution for you.

Call us for a quick roundup of our services!

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