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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.

March 15, 2018
Katie Fogarty

Can anyone do Teeth Whitening

If you are interested in Teeth Whitening, then you will need to see a dentist first to be assessed.

When the dentist has assessed the patients mouth, then they will take impressions for the upper/lower to get the correct size mouth guard. And also a shade each time you come in for an assessment to see the stages of the whitening has got to.


We use a brand here called Pola Night.

Polanight is a convenient tooth whitening solution, that you can apply while you sleep. It contains fluoride which remineralises your tooth to protect against tooth sensitivity and also contains pola Desensistising Technology (PDT) to protect the nerves and nerve endings in your gums. PDT also protects your gums from irritation, burning, pain or long term nerve damage. polanight is available in a variety of different strengths, with the higher concentrations of carbamide peroxide able to achieve stronger whitening in a shorter period of time. The strengths of polanight available include:

  • 10% carbamide peroxide
  • 16% carbamide peroxide
  • 18% carbamide peroxide
  • 22% carbamide peroxide

Note, 1% of hydrogen peroxide equates to 3% of carbamide peroxide.


Please give us a call regarding on teeth whitening at




01793 722 266

March 14, 2018
Fatoumata Bah

Why have dentures?

Patients have dentures to replace missing teeth, this could be a few missing teeth or a full dentures. Day to day life like eating and speaking can be a real struggle without teeth therefore patients can have a denture(s) made to help with this, correct their bite and give them their smile back. Dentures are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.


If you need to speak to someone about dentures please come in and see our Clinical Dental Technician Simon Miles who is a specialist in making dentures at

Smiles Centre

3 Beechcroft Road

Upper Stratton


01793 722 266


March 12, 2018
Stuart Miles

Dentures or Implants

One of the questions we are asked frequently…

Should I Have Implants or Dentures?

We have an excellent answer, in this short blog, I’m going to present the pros and cons when comparing dentures to implants, this is based on situations whereby a denture or an implant are suitable options.

Please read to the end as we have an ideal solution to this question


A single dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth root but there are many different types of implant available and when competently used they all deliver the best possible results. The main objective when placing any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone and over time further growth of bone onto the implant surface enhances the stability of the implant.

If we are comparing implants to dentures then we would be looking at either a denture with several implants creating an implant retained denture that clicks in and out with implant abutments or a fixed bar. Assuming the implants are successful, either way will result in a stable fit, with no movement. But with this direct comparison of denture or implant – you are not getting the same benefits as a single implant tooth would provide you, a single implant has one implant and usually, a crown over the top, this is the closest possible to a natural tooth. 

Implants are available at Smiles Centre, our implant expert is Dr. Marques and all treatment is undertaken within our clinic in Beechcroft Road, Swindon.


  • Not suitable for everyone – See our question; Am I suitable for implants?
  • More Expensive
  • Takes Longer – On average, 6 to 12 months to fully finished
  • Intrusive Surgery


  • Very Stable When Successful
  • May Help Prevent Future Bone Loss


Dentures are by nature less reliable than implants because they remain removable, however, if dentures are made well, they can prove to be very suitable. There are many advances in denture technology making them lighter, stronger and ultimately easier to wear.

Smiles Centre have the experience and are at the forefront of modern technology, as well as our state of the art on-site laboratory, Smiles Centre work closely with a 3D metal printer in France, we scan and design our models and then they are printed in chrome cobalt which means for partial dentures, we can create very intricate frameworks that clip in around existing teeth.


  • Chance that denture may have some movement
  • Potentially more material in the mouth when wearing


  • More cost effective
  • Can be Adapted to Add Implants Later
  • Partials can be made with intricate metal framework
  • Quicker treatment

Our Ideal Solution

This is usually, a very popular way to proceed. If you are unsure whether to have implants or a denture, have Smiles Centre make a Premium Plus denture for you, we will make it to our highest specifications on-site in our laboratory, then, after it is finished and you have had some time to adjust to wearing it, you can add implants at a later stage, there is no additional cost other than to fit the implants and adjust the denture, often, the denture can be reduced in size too. Sometimes, you might decide that you would like just two implants on the lower denture as the top denture fits fine, every person has a different situation so we would always need to undertake a full consultation with x-rays and a diagnosis, then we can propose a suitable treatment plan with you.

full lower denture with 2 implants
full lower denture with 2 implants

If you would like to discuss further then call our team today on 01793 722266



March 12, 2018
Chelsea Salter

What does a dental hygienist do?

Hey Smilers!

I hope that everybody had a good start to their week =)

Today I am going to explain to you what a dental hygienist does.

Dental hygienists are registered dental professionals. They help patients maintain their oral health by preventing and treating periodontal disease. During the procedure, the hygienist cleans your teeth by removing plaque and tartar build up, as well as remove staining and polishing your teeth.  The hygienist also guides you on how to improve or maintain good oral hygiene at home.

The hygienist does not only clean your teeth, but is also able to do a range of skills such as:

  • Providing radiographs for patients
  • Providing preventive oral care to patients and assist the dentists with treatment of caries, periodontal disease and tooth wear
  • Apply topical treatments and fissure sealants
  • Give patients advice on how to stop smoking
  • Take impressions
  • Provide a patient with temporary dressings and re-cement crowns with temporary cement
  • Carry out oral cancer screening
  • Provide the patient with tooth whitening (as long as already prescribed by a dentist) Julie

If you have a hygiene appointment here with us at Smiles Centre, you will be seen by Julie. Julie is  lovely and has been looking after our patients for their hygiene appointments since May 2016. Julie has plenty of polishing paste flavours to choose from! These include strawberry, orange, mint and grape. My personal favourite flavour is grape!

At Smiles Centre, we have different plans you can go on to help cover the costs of your hygiene appointments. Click the link here to explore.

Enjoy the rest of your week

From all the team at Smiles Centre =)



March 9, 2018
Pamela Zukowska

Did a dentist sing “Shape Of You”?

The answer is yes! Well, a dentist sing a parody of Ed Sheeran’s song.

Hi name is Dr Milad Shadrooh and he creates parodies of well known songs to educate and inform the public about important aspects of dentistry. What a way to educate the nation!

You can check the video here. 

My favourite by the Singing Dentist is gotta be “Man’s got Floss”! What’s yours?


Have a great weekend!



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