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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.

January 16, 2019

How to Teach Good Dental Habits to Your Children

How to Teach Good Dental Habits to Your Children Teaching good dental habits to your young children comes with a lot of benefits. Taking care of their pearly white teeth, even if they are still milk teeth, helps build their confidence, prevent toothache and tooth decay, and result in less fear of the dentist as well as excellent oral and overall health.

Check out these effective tips that will help you develop good dental habits in your child.

Start them young

As soon as the first milk tooth erupts, brush it with a soft toothbrush with little to no-fluoride toothpaste for babies that do not require rinsing. This is important as toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed and babies do not know how to spit out at this stage. If you are not comfortable giving toothpaste to your baby yet, you can simply wet the toothbrush with water and brush gently.

Be a good example

Children love imitating adults and doing grown-up stuff. Encourage good dental habits in your little ones by showing them how it is done and leading by example. Take them with you when it is time to brush your teeth at night or make a fun demonstration when you have to floss after dinner. Always remind them to limit their chocolates and candies and to never go to bed without brushing because it can lead to tooth decay.

Establish a routine

Children are creatures of habit. Consistently brush their teeth in the morning and before bedtime, and soon enough they will be able to associate the times with dental care as part of their regular rituals.

Add a bit of fun

Children may find toothbrushing a boring activity at first. Make them feel excited about it by getting them colourful toothbrushes with their favorite superhero or cartoon character on it. You can also sing along catchy nursery rhymes and songs about proper hygiene every time they brush their teeth for extra fun and giggles.

Bring them on regular dental visits

When you bring them to the dentist for the first time because of a toothache, your child will associate pain to dental visits and will be scared of it and dread it all their life. Take away the fear of going to the dentist by bringing your child to your own dental appointments. This way the dental clinic becomes a familiar place and the dentist a friendly face for your child.

General and cosmetic dentistry Swindon

The Smiles Centre is one of the best in family dentistry in Swindon. We have an amazing team of professional dentists and dental technicians that offer a wide range of pain-free dental treatments, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, crowns, veneers, and more.

For enquiries and to book a dental appointment, please complete the contact form on our website or give us a call on 01793 200036.

January 15, 2019

Top Things To Consider Before Choosing A Dentist

Top Things To Consider Before Choosing A DentistWhether you’re looking for a new dentist or haven’t gone to one in years, there are still important considerations to look for when choosing a dentist. Because of our different dental needs, we need to consider personalised maintenance and specific treatments for our teeth. If your case isn’t checked early and allowed to worsen, an oral health condition might lead to other health risks including cardiovascular related ailments. So how do you find the right dentist that is ideal for you?

Here are some of the things you need to look for when choosing a dentist that is right for you.

1. Training and Clinical Experience

Experience is key and matters greatly when it comes to all medical conditions. The more experience a medical practitioner has with a procedure or condition, the higher the possibility of the client’s condition to be addressed.

First, you can start by developing a comprehensive list of all the potential dentists you know. Try asking friends, other healthcare providers and your family for recommendations and opinions. Take time to carefully research each dentist’s experience and credentials both online and on other related sources that might be helpful. As you go through the list, make sure you call each dentist and request for a consultation appointment. This will help you to meet, interview and analyse every dentist in question.

2. Research Hospital Quality

Good dentists treat their patients, especially those who need sophisticated dental treatments, in a clinical setting. They are mandated to ensure the quality of care offered by the clinic where they treat their patients. Patients in high quality clinics experience better survival rates and fewer complications than those in standard clinics. One of the things that you should also take into consideration is the dentist’s location. Should you be required to visit the dentists often for treatments or tests, you might want to consider a location that is ideal and not far away from your home. A location that is near will encourage you to go for the treatments while a faraway location may discourage a timely care.

3. Review Your Insurance

Your insurance coverage is critical when choosing a dentist. To get the most out of your insurance, check whether a dentist is within your plan.

Note that the dentist’s experience, credentials and track record are critical considerations. Follow these tips to find a dentist that’s perfect for you. If you find this article useful, check out our services and get yourself the best dentist.

January 2, 2019
Stuart Miles

Celebrity Smiles in Swindon

It’s all Smiles at Smiles Centre as celebrity favourite Richard Marques joins as an associate dentist

Richard Marques is very well known in London, he’s established himself as the go-to for celebrities in his London practice located in Winpole Street. He’s treated many high profile patients such as Jamie Redknapp, Rita Ora and Sadie Frost. Richard has vast experience in providing high quality cosmetic dentistry for his patients, often referred to as the Hollywood smile.

Because Smiles Centre already have a strong clinical team in place with Michael, Simon, Kate, Helen and Anne-Marie, there’s so many treatments on offer now such as facial aesthetics, teeth whitening, implants, dentures and the ever popular CFast teeth straightening. This makes it a really exciting time to be a patient at Smiles Centre, here’s Richard talking about cosmetic treatments with Stuart Miles, our non clinical director. It’s truly incredible to have so many experts working together under one roof, this is especially true as the practice has it’s very own laboratory on-site.

Here’s a video of Richard explaining a little about the cosmetic work he can provide

If you’d like a consultation with Richard or one of our clinical team, just pop over to our main page and fill in a quick form, we will then call you to discuss your options. Alternatively, you can call the reception team on 01793 722266.

The practice is open Monday to Friday, 9-5 but also opens late on a Thursday until 8pm.

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Richard Marques with Joey Essex

Just take a look at some of Richards dental transformations

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Before and After, dental work by Richard Marques

There are many payment options if you’re thinking of having some cosmetic dental treatment because Smiles Centre can offer you interest free payment plans as well as their ongoing regular Smile plans which cover your regular treatments like check ups and routine hygiene.


December 20, 2018
Stuart Miles

Dentures or Implants?

Many Patients Ask Us

Should I have Dentures or Implants?

We can never really say one or the other, but to help you make an informed decision on dentures or implants, the following video is Simon Miles of Smiles Centre, Swindon explaining the benefits of both implants and dentures.

Denture Pros

  • Treatment can be finished quicker, usually within 5-6 weeks
  • They are easy to maintain
  • There is no surgery or dental work required other than impressions
  • They cost less than Implants
  • Implants can be fitted after the denture is made

Denture Cons

  • Sometimes, there may be stability issues
  • You have to remove them to clean
  • Lower dentures are usually more unstable than upper dentures
  • Can be bulkier in the mouth, this does depend on many factors

Implant Pros

  • Can be fixed in place so no removing
  • Closest to having natural teeth
  • No interference with other remaining teeth ( like with a bridge )
  • Minimal bulk in mouth, single teeth and implant retained dentures

Implant Cons

  • It’s the most expensive option
  • There is some surgery involved
  • It takes longer

It really does depend a lot on your circumstances, many of our patients have dentures made first and then come back to have implants fitted if they feel they are needed. It’s more common that the patients are satisfied with the fit of the dentures and having premium dentures does make a big difference.

If you have a full upper denture, there are major benefits to have implants fitted, the biggest is probably that you can remove the pallet because this is no longer required for suction. We often find that lower partial dentures just don’t need the implants because you can make a really small intricate chrome frame.

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Recent denture patient at Smiles Centre

One thing is for sure, whatever you decide, having the best treatment can be life changing.

The best way to consider you options is to come in and speak to the team, at Smiles, we have an implant dentist and a clinical dental technician who can through all the options with you. Please book an appointment with us by the consultation form on this page



December 4, 2018
Helen Cantrell

The question of Botox – Could I? Should I? How do I?

Psst! The answer is, Yes, Of Course and Easy!


Botox isn’t something that ‘other people’ do – I can assure you that lots of people do it! The areas most commonly treated are:

the Glabellar (frowning)


Forehead (looking shocked)


and Crowsfeet, more politely known as ‘laughter lines’.


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These particular crowsfeet lines were removed from one of my extremely lovely patients, just last month.



Let me give you some background on who I am: I’ve been a dental hygienist for over 18 years, and am also qualified in administering Botox and fillers. Because of my training and the nature of my work, I have extensive knowledge in the anatomy and physiology of the face – especially all the nerves and blood supply. Personally, I only carry out the treatment I’d be comfortable doing to myself, so I don’t treat bunny lines (wrinkles at the bottom of the nose). Unfortunately, I can’t administer it on myself – so everyone here is looking fresh-faced and lovely, except me. I can’t frown about it because I’ll give myself even more wrinkles! The irony is not lost on me…..




Can I have Botox if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
There is no scientific evidence that Botox can cause any problems during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding, but we always recommend to err on the side of caution, and wait until you are weaning.



What if I discover I’m pregnant after I’ve had a Botox injection?
Congratulations! We recommend that you let your midwife know and invite them to call us if they have any questions.



What can I expect?
When you come for your consultation, you’ll be asked to give a full medical history. This is very important, as certain conditions and medications mean that you may not be suitable for this treatment, or get the results you are aiming for.
Your consultant will need to take photos. This is to help with diagnostics and planning your treatment. These photos remain confidential. Unless you have agreed to let your photos be used for promotional purposes, your photos will not be shared with anyone.



Does it hurt?
There might be some slight discomfort, at the initial placement site. This is normal.
Will you need anaesthetic? No.



How quickly will I see results and how long do they last for?
The final results are seen after 2 weeks of having the treatment. You may start seeing results before then, but there is nothing to worry about if you do not. Results will always vary between patients.
The effects will last around 3 months.



How does it work?
The injection relaxes the muscles,and makes them unable to perform as much as they would normally. This means that even though you are still able to use the muscles, the lines are unable to be created or renewed. You shouldn’t be left with a ‘frozen face’, this is a sign that too much solution has been used.



Is it safe for vegetarians and vegans?
Yes, absolutely. The material used is synthetically produced in a laboratory. There are no animal products used at all.



Am I too old for Botox?
The ‘optimum’ time to have the treatment is when you first start developing ‘dynamic lines’ These are the ones you see when making expressions, such as frowning. The older you are, the more ‘developed’ the muscles are, in creating those lines. All this means is that the effects will be softer. Botox doesn’t eliminate lines, it slows down the development of them. As the muscles are not able to make the expressions, the lines will appear less obvious and will not be given the chance to develop any further.
The particular brand of Botox that we use doesn’t have any studies performed on people after the age of 65.



Is there any ‘Down time’ after I have a Botox injection?
After injections, you can return to work straight away. For the first 30-45 minutes you may have small raised areas at the site of the injection, They look a little similar to ‘bee stings’. These will naturally go down and be indistinguishable. You’re advised to avoid any strenuous activity (this includes the gym!)
You should avoid rubbing the area and putting on any face creams for the first 12 hours, as with any injections, as you do not wish to introduce bacteria into the site.
You should avoid laying down for the next hour and no wearing helmets for the next 4 hours.
No alcohol for 24 hours.
No extended exposure to sun or heat – this also means sunbeds!



Will I get bruising?
Certain medications can make you more susceptible to bruising, and your consultant will advise you of this at the consultation, this is why it’s so important to us to take a full medical history.
You may experience slight redness at the site of injection, mild tenderness and slight irritation.This is all normal.



I’ve had Botox before, so why are you advising me to get a small amount first?
This is for your safety. Even though you may have had Botox before, the amounts, the strength of formula and the actual product may all vary from what you’ve had previously. After the initial 2 week period, if the results are not as expected, we can always top it up. As with anything, we can always add but we cannot take it away.



What should I be asking myself?
Why am I choosing to do this now? This is also a question that the clinician should be asking you. As with everything, you should have time to consider the treatment that you are wanting. Even after the consultation, you should be allowed at least a week to think about whether the treatment is right for you.



Do I feel confident in the results?
You should have the risks and the results clearly explained to you. Your results will not be definitely be the same as any one else. All results are individual.



Can I come and see you?
Absolutely! Just book yourself a consultation appointment on 01793 200036. We’ll have an informal chat, where I’ll answer all of your questions. Don’t worry if you feel a question is daft – the whole point of this conversation is so you’re fully informed. There’s no pressure to book anything or commit yourself to having the treatment, so don’t let that be a concern. I look forward to seeing you!

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