Wishing all our patients a very merry Christmas in Stevenage

Dreaming of a whiter Christmas?

At Smilecraft we know that the run-up to Christmas can be a busy and hectic time, as we all carry out the various preparations needed in order to enjoy a merry Christmas Stevenage with our friends and family. Whilst getting your presents, crackers and Christmas trees in order is of great importance, so too is spending a bit of time on yourself to make sure that you look and feel your absolute best over the festive season.

If you’ve noticed that your enamel has become somewhat dulled or yellowed then there’s still time to arrange to undergo dental whitening treatment in order to shine and have the merry Christmas Stevenage you deserve.

What does dental whitening involve?

Noticing that your teeth are duller or more yellow in colour than before can be severely stressful and disheartening – but there is nothing to fear as there’s still time to get your smile shipshape to allow for a merry Christmas Stevenage and some remarkable photographs.

Dental whitening is one of our most popular and sought after cosmetic dental treatments which we provide to our patients here on a regular basis. Part of what makes dental whitening so popular is its ability to brighten and clean up the appearance of any smile remarkably quickly, either within a single session at our practice, or over a few weeks at home. 

If you are unhappy with the colour or shade of your teeth and would like to do something about it in the run-up to Christmas, then the first thing you need to do is book in for a consultation with one of our approachable and professional cosmetic dental experts. During this consultation, our whitening experts will first determine the cause of your dental staining, as there is more than one type of dental staining, before then working out which of our treatments is best suited to your needs.

What type of dental whitening treatments are on offer?

At our practice we aim to offer our patients all the procedures and treatments they could ever need in order to achieve the smile they desire. One such treatment which we offer our patients to brighten the shade of their teeth is the Enlighten Evolution whitening system, which is our most efficient and streamlined whitening system to date, and can brighten a patient’s enamel by as much as 16 shades! The Enlighten system involves a mix of both in-practice whitening and at-home whitening to give patients the best and most lasting results. 

Alongside Enlighten we also offer our patients Zoom whitening, which is one of the fastest ways to achieve a smile that is between 4-6 shades brighter. The main appeal of the Zoom whitening method is that it is carried out within the dentist’s chair, and takes just two hours to complete. After completing Zoom whitening, patients are then given bleaching trays to use at home to ensure the longevity of the treatment.

If time is less of a factor in your decision to brighten your enamel, then we also offer home whitening kits. These utilise a mould of your unique tooth shape and structure which is made within our practice, that you take home and place a small quantity of a peroxide-based gel within. These at-home whitening kits should be worn overnight for roughly 4-6 weeks and you should see visible improvements in your tooth shade after just two weeks of whitening.

Why dental hygienists matter

Dental hygiene in Stevenage may not seem like it but it is probably the most effective aspect of dentistry we have when it comes to saving teeth!

Dental hygienists may not be associated with much more and scale and polish. But again that is to do a disservice to the scale and polish. The short answer is that prevention is far better than cure. Cavities, gum disease and all of the treatments that are associated with it all start with a biofilm. A biofilm is an accumulation of bacteria; once they form, they cling to each other but also to the enamel. This collection of microbes, given enough time, form the thick milky layer that we refer to as plaque. But there’s not a lot that can be done about the tiny biofilms that form during the day, but as they become thicker and as noticeable as plaque, it is best to disrupt them with regular bruising.

Given enough time, they will calcify into tartar; this mineralized form of plaque is an excellent jumping off point for bacteria who will go on to form cavities in the enamel or attack local gum tissue. Tartar acts as a secure location beyond the reach of the immune system where the bacteria can rally in great numbers.

Once tartar has formed, there is no practical method of removing it at home. Some lightening toothpastes and bleaching gels have claimed to remove tartar, but what they actually do is stain it white making it less noticeable.

Scale and polish

The scale and polish is the most effective method of removing tartar and therefore it prevents the conditions stemming from its build up. This dental hygiene in Stevenage is carried out using a sonic scraper to dislodge areas of larger tartar build-up; for more precise areas, a dental drill can be used. This would be particularly helpful in between teeth or at the gum line.

The scale and polish is completed with a set of rotary brushes and polishing tools, leaving a smooth surface to the enamel which bacteria find difficult to adhere to, slowing down the time it takes for biofilms to develop on a tooth surface.This reduces the need for future scale and polishes assuming regular brushing continues.

Oral hygiene education

With younger patients, prevention is far more about education than any form of intervention; their temporary teeth don’t require scale and polishing. Monitoring the establishment of adult teeth and recording dental alignment is far more important, as well as establishing the habits that will prevent dental treatment in the future. This includes the fundamentals of brushing technique and the effects of acid erosion caused by soda consumption. We also encourage younger patients to report any toothaches they have to their parents as and when required.

If you have any questions about dental hygiene in Stevenage, please feel free to get in contact with our clinic. We would be happy to hear from you. If you leave your query with a contact number we will be happy to get back to you if you call outside of our operating hours.

Recreate a dazzling smile for a satisfying life with white fillings

Why is it essential to maintain our dental health?

Having good dental health is essential as it contributes to overall health and wellness. Having poor dental health can lead to pain and distress, affecting your productivity and, therefore, your overall performance. Furthermore, dental issues can harm your facial appearance causing you to have low self-esteem. We, at Smilecraft, believe that having good dental health can uplift your overall quality of life.

What are white fillings?

White fillings are a minimally invasive restorative treatment. There are different materials used for fillings, all of which are pliable and fill in a part of a tooth that has lost its structure due to damage caused by tooth decay. Our dentists can offer this treatment, giving you a better-looking smile.

By filling in a tooth to make it whole again, we can restore your bite and reduce the risk of further dental problems. We believe that this treatment will help boost your overall dental hygiene.

Why are white fillings used?

Commonly, white fillings Stevenage are used to restore lost strength and structure to a tooth or set of teeth following cavity treatment. This is done by removing the decayed tooth structure. Whilst this restores dental health, it may leave your teeth vulnerable to future decay. Therefore, if you are experiencing a toothache, we recommend that you see our dental team immediately as this is a sign of tooth decay.

Why are white fillings popular?

White fillings Stevenage have risen in popularity as it is known to blend in well with the surrounding natural teeth. Therefore, a tooth filling will not stick out like a sore thumb, and no one will be able to notice that you have one. At Smilecraft, our professionals are highly skilled at applying white fillings.

What are some advantages of white fillings?

The first benefit to having fillings is the lower risk of sensitivity. Composite resin, which is what white fillings Stevenage are made of, does not transfer heat quickly and it is this quality that can help you avoid unpleasant sensations when consuming anything hot or cold whilst also insulating your teeth from temperature variations. Moreover, the fillings are biocompatible; they do not contain any harmful chemicals and, therefore, are not harmful to the body in any way.

The next benefit is the stability of the fillings as they do not expand or contract as temperature varies. Therefore, they are less prone to falling out.

The final advantage is that these fillings are aesthetically pleasing. They can be shaped to blend in with the surrounding teeth and matched to the lustre of the teeth. We can even polish the fillings to mimic the reflective quality of natural teeth.

We, at Smilecraft, believe that such advantages make white fillings an amazing restorative treatment option.

Is it difficult to maintain these fillings?

Caring for these fillings is quite easy. All you need to do is brush and floss regularly, and as long as you maintain this properly, the fillings will last you a few years.

Mouth cancer screening during dental check-ups

Never something we want to think about, but can really make all the difference. Mouth cancer screening Stevenage is one of the key roles we perform at our dental practice.

Oral carcinoma is one of the most common forms of cancer in smokers. Thankfully, they are also common to recover from and relatively easy to operate on if necessary, but early detection is one of the biggest factors in the prognosis. Screening is part of the standard 6-monthly check-up at our clinic; it is carried out based on observation looking for odd formation of tissue or the start of suspicious growths. Not only are these growths usually painless, but can occur quite slowly meaning patients would not notice of their own volition. Growths that do cause any kind of discomfort or rubbing, are usually put down to other things like mouth ulcers or minor gum disease .

High risk groups

There is a strong connection between those consuming high alcohol content spirits whilst smoking, as a dual risk to developing mouth cancer. Regular consumption of alcohol disrupts oral tissues allowing carcinogenic products, such as smoke, to penetrate into a tissue. If you are in a high-risk group it is recommended that you get screened once a year, so your twice yearly check-up and mouth cancer screening Stevenage would have you covered. If anything is of concern you should follow up with your standard physician or GP and we would be happy to provide a statement of our observations if they require it.

Just mouth ulcers?

Due to the prevalence of misdiagnosing tumours as chronic mouth ulcers, if you have been suffering with a mouth ulcer that has not responded to treatment after 4 weeks of medicated mouthwashes and self-care, please book yourself in for an appointment as soon as possible.  There are several prescription medications that we can provide to relieve chronic mouth ulcers, as well as ensuring that it is nothing more serious.

If you are concerned about the risk of mouth cancer for yourself or any of your loved ones, please feel free to book an appointment at our clinic, as we would prefer to give you an all clear and have you put off your concerns. There is no harm in double checking.

Dental phobias

We understand that attending the clinic can be particularly difficult if you have a dental aversion or deep distrust of dentistry in general, but if you do have a suspicious growth, it is very important to have it checked out. You do not have to consent to any further work if you do not wish to. Our mouth cancer screening Stevenage is not there to make you feel guilty or to judge you, simply to help provide some guidance towards better overall health and to ensure that you do not have any greater issues that need to be addressed.

Feel free to contact the clinic in order to find out more information. We are always empathetic to the needs of nervous patients, taking each patient’s care at the pace they require.

I am unhappy with my smile

Many people are unhappy with the way that their smile looks, but that could be where we step in to assist. We, at Smilecraft, can help you achieve the smile that you have always wished you had and enable you to become happier and more confident in the process. We have the knowledge and capabilities to be able to do this in a relatively short time, if the condition of your dental health allows it. If this sounds like a treatment that could do wonders for you, then you should consider reading on to the rest of our article, this will take you through exactly what our treatment will offer you as well as how this treatment works. We will round off the article by outlining what your next steps should be if you decide this treatment is an ideal option for you.

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What are Six Month smiles?

Six Month Smiles Stevenage can be used to correct crooked or misaligned teeth. This treatment does not use metal braces and can be used as an alternative to more traditional treatments that are used to straighten teeth. Six Month Smiles uses tooth-coloured wires and brackets that blend into your mouth so you can carry on without worrying about how your smile looks as your treatment takes place. A healthier mouth is promoted through straightening your teeth and you also will not have to go through the lengthy process of a more traditional dental brace. As the name suggests, you could straighten your smile in six months, although different cases can take longer or less time depending on the severity of the correction. You will be advised on how the procedure will work for you during your consultation. You should read on to the next section to see how this treatment works.

How do they work?

Six Month Smiles Stevenage work through being discreet and reliable. They are also a cost-effective treatment that you could consider if you are looking to straighten your smile without great expense. You will be given the right amount of support needed to be able to see the treatment through. The brackets are used to exert a force to straighten your teeth and we will check all adjustments are occurring within the correct time frame. Any questions you have can be answered by your dentist who will take the time to make sure you understand the process properly. You should read on to the next section to see what you should do next.

What should I do next?

If you think that Six Month Smiles Stevenage could be for you then you should consider booking an assessment with us. You will meet with one of our accredited dental professionals who will work with you to determine what your end goals are post-treatment and if this treatment could be beneficial for you. You should consider getting in touch with us at your earliest convenience. We have been able to provide top quality services to many patients and we would love to be able to work with you to give you the same level of care. We look forward to hearing from you and being able to put a treatment plan in place so you can start to feel your best.

An overview of Enlighten Teeth Whitening in Stevenage

We are all living in a world that has become more about image than ever before, as Facebook, Instagram, and other social media outlets allow us to instantly post images of ourselves to share with others. This has led to people paying more attention to their looks, we are now all looking to create the public image we wish to portray by having the perfect hairstyle, make-up, and clothes to look our best.

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One of the areas people have become more conscious about is the teeth, as we are now paying more attention to them than ever before. This has created a demand for dental treatments and over the counter solutions for whitening our teeth.

At Smilecraft Dental Care we have decided to start offering a specialised tooth whitening service. By offering Enlighten Teeth Whitening in Stevenage we believe our clients can truly benefit from the best treatment of its kind.

A new form of tooth whitening treatment

Enlighten Teeth Whitening in Stevenage, is a streamlined system for whitening your teeth that can improve the whiteness of your teeth by sixteen shades, allowing you to achieve the perfect whiteness you are looking for. With at-home and in-surgery options available, we do believe that this is one of the most effective tooth whitening systems available on the dental market today.

The Enlighten system also makes use of a special toothpaste serum to be used for two weeks prior to and during the whitening process, followed by the Evo White toothpaste to give a life long whitening effect after the treatment is completed.

The best thing is you can keep your teeth white for as long as you wish but using the specialised gel that you can purchase from your dentist, you can top-up the whiteness of your teeth quickly and safely, without leaving your home. This gel will need to be applied regularly to achieve the best results and the perfect white teeth for you.

Cosmetic procedures are not just for the vein

Tooth whitening is one of a group of procedures offered by many dentists that are classed as cosmetic surgeries, while we are aware of how many people view these types of procedures, we would be quick to point out how wrong it is to attach any negative ways of thinking to these procedures. We would also point out that many people seeking these types of treatments have genuinely personal reasons for why they are seeking a cosmetic procedure of any kind.

Look at it this way, if someone having their teeth whitened experiences a boost in their self-confidence that leads to them becoming more out-going and sociable, then they have gained a positive effect upon their mental state of mind and, in our view, that’s a good reason for them to undergo tooth whitening treatment.

When someone approaches our practice for a tooth whitening treatment, we will ask them why they feel the need for treatment. We are not trying to judge, we are more concerned with knowing that someone has thought their reasoning fully, this allows us to make sure we are providing the right treatment to the right client.

So…you want pearly whites

If you are looking for tooth whitening, then we would recommend you contact Smilecraft Dental Care to find out more about Enlighten Teeth Whitening in Stevenage.

At Smilecraft Dental Care we provide you with the latest in dental technology and techniques.

A modern practice with dental e-consultation in Stevenage

By now we should all realise what a different and strange world we are currently living in, as we are in the era of restrictions, tiers, and lockdowns. Covid-19 has now become the largest national emergency in living memory, it has changed every aspect of our lives and forced us to rethink how we continue to do the simplest of everyday tasks that need us to leave our homes.

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While dentists have now mostly re-opened, there is still a requirement to consider the steps that need to be carried out to keep people safe and well. While strict cleaning routines and PPE are still in place, dentists have also started to look towards modern technology to see how it can be used within the dental practice environment.

Smilecraft Dental Care is one such dentist that has decided to fully embrace technology, in the hope of creating a new way for our patients to receive the consultations they require. A dental e-consultation in Stevenage is simple and quick, making it so that the patient does not need to leave their home for a check-up.

This time you can get out your phone

A dental e-consultation in Stevenage all starts with the camera on your phone, a device that almost everyone has access to. We will ask you to use either camera. If you are alone, we recommend using the selfie camera, to take several images of your teeth. You will need to take these pictures at a high quality, as this will give us a clear set of images to look at when we are carrying out our consultation.

You will need to take images from several different angles, this will allow us to see all the teeth. Start with taking a frontal image of the teeth, then take left and right angles. Where you need to, use your fingers to insert into the mouth and move the lips and flesh of the mouth out of the way, as this will help to give us a better image of the teeth to look at.

Next, you will need to open your mouth wide, this will help you to take photos of the top and bottom of your mouth. Try to move your tongue out of the way of your teeth, if possible.

One good tip is to take the images in a well lit area if you are using your selfie phone camera. If you have someone helping you, use the camera on the back of your phone with the flash on. This will allow for clear images to be taken.

You have your images, now what?

Once you have taken your images you will need to fill out a simple online form, this will register you for your e-consultation. Once we have your form, we will send you an email requesting your photos of your teeth, with instructions about how to send them to us.

Once we have your photos one of our dentists will examine them and write a clear report to send back to you, via email. This report will outline any treatment you may need.

Dentistry in the Covid-19 era

A dental e-consultation in Stevenage allows the clients of Smilecraft to carry on having their dental check-ups in a world with Covid-19, should you consider joining them.

If you are seeking a dentist who will look after you, the health of your mouth, and the appearance of your smile, Smilecraft will be a welcome discovery.

Explore our Direct Access Dental Hygiene treatment benefits

For patients who wish to keep their natural teeth for life, our advice to them is quite simple – make regular appointments to see our dental hygienist. Our dental hygienist at Smilecraft is a dedicated dental health professional with many years of real-world experience in a varied range of treatments integral to keeping teeth and gums healthy and great smiles happy.

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At our dental clinic, we are proud to offer a patient-centric approach to dental care, and a part of this philosophy is to ensure we offer a convenient service to our patients. Towards this aim, patients can access dental hygiene treatments with a qualified dental hygienist without needing a prescription from a dentist thanks to our registration for the Direct Access Dental Hygiene Stevenage initiative.

The Direct Access Dental Hygiene Stevenage allows dental hygienists to carry out a number of dental hygiene treatments (preventive and cosmetic) without the need to see a dentist first. We believe that through Direct Access Dental Hygiene Stevenage our patients are able to access quality dental hygiene services at their convenience.

Why should you see a dental hygienist? We take a look at some of the key treatments carried out by dental hygienists to maintain a healthy mouth.

The role of a dental hygienist, in patient oral health

Patients can benefit in a number of ways from an appointment with a dental hygienist to ensure the oral health of their mouth and keep their ability to smile confidently. Dental hygienists are specially trained to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases and can offer the following quality services:

  • Removal of resistant plaque and tartar
  • Gum treatment for gum disease
    • (Provided it is within their scope of practice)
  • Application of tooth-protective treatments
    • (Sealants, fluoride gels, etc.)
  • Treatment for bad breath

In addition to the above, a dental hygienist offers another vitally important service – that of dispensing instruction and advice on how to best protect teeth and gum health. Our hygienist can offer best practice tips and techniques on toothbrush instruction and flossing as well as the most suitable dental products to use. This guidance and advice is most valued to take care of teeth and keep them clean in between dental visits.

Seeing that one’s diet has a direct link to oral health, our hygienist can also offer advice on a tooth-friendly diet and effective ways on how to limit excessive sugar consumption.

A dental hygienist can help patients understand the cause of their dental issue or disease better and empower them to take better care of their oral health. Please feel free to speak to our highly knowledgeable dental hygienist about your dental goals so we can guide you on how to achieve them.

The best way to avoid all the dreaded dental treatments and procedures, like root canal procedures and extractions, is to see a dental hygienist for regular deep dental cleanings and gum inspection.

Get to know more about our dental hygiene services by getting in touch with our friendly reception staff at Smilecraft who will be happy to assist you in making an appointment.

What to know about the role of The Wand in dental care

At Smilecraft we use attainting patient service excellence as a driving force in all that we do. We don’t just ‘talk’ about patient comfort but take active measures to ensure it. We understand how unsettling the thought of certain invasive dental procedures can be for patients.

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Some patients may have had the misfortune of receiving dental care at the hands of uncaring dentists resulting in them developing dental phobia. Others may not like the effects of a numbed mouth after receiving anaesthetic administered through a syringe. By relying on modern anaesthesia techniques such as The Wand Stevenage, we circumvent all the above issues and more. We take a look at this clever piece of equipment that has changed the way in which patients receive dental care.

What is The Wand Stevenage and how does it work

The days of the syringe to administer pain-relieving medication to patients receiving dental care are numbered thanks to the introduction of The Wand Stevenage. The device can be used effectively in a range of dental care services, from restorative treatments to cosmetic procedures. Here are a few important takeaways about this game changing device.

The Wand is a computer-assisted anaesthesia administering system that was specifically developed to replace the old fashioned syringe system and avoid all related challenges that arose with its use.

The introduction of the device has realised the possibility of painless injections. More than this, the device is found to be more accurate in locating the exact spot where the anaesthetic would provide most benefit to the patient and highly effective in delivering a great patient experience. Patients are completely relaxed and at ease during the treatment process.

The pen-like device proffers a slow and gentle supply of local anaesthetic to the localised site and because it looks more like a pen than a syringe, it is less likely to scare off patients.

Unlike the numbing sensation produced by traditional syringe injections, this excellent tool sidesteps the numbness to ensure less pain, more comfort, reduced anxiety and minimal downtime for recovery. Patients can be up and at it in no time at all.

Sedation dentistry has completely changed the way patients see and feel about receiving invasive dental care. In the past these procedures at the hands of an indifferent dentist could be a nerve-wrecking experience resulting in patients avoiding the dentist chair at all costs and jeopardising their oral health. To encourage and assist dental phobic patients to take care of their dental health needs, sedation dentistry is used to helping patients relax and be comfortable whilst in the dental chair. With the use of The Wand, patients may not even be aware that an anaesthetic is being administered.

If you need an invasive dental procedure performed but hate the thought of being injected, then our painless anaesthesia method is just the thing. Would you like to know more about painless injections available at Smilecraft? Get in touch with our reception desk for an appointment with one of our competent dental practitioners who would be happy to answer all of your questions.

What are the benefits of preventative dentistry for kids?

Many patients are under the misconception that it is only adults that need to look after their teeth. Children have only a temporary need for their baby teeth and these will eventually fall out once they have served their purpose. But it should be noted that there are significantly weighty reasons to look after children’s oral health that will carry a long-lasting impact well into their adult years. Preventive-focused dental measures and treatments is the branch of dentistry dedicated to preserving teeth and gums and safeguarding oral function.

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Our approachable and competent dentist at Smilecraft dental clinic is well-experienced in providing quality preventative dentistry for kids Stevenage. We are of the opinion that it is never too early to bring in a child for an oral health assessment which is why we welcome children of all ages including babies who have sprouted their first tooth. Here’s why we encourage parents to focus on preventative dentistry for kids Stevenage.

The need for children to visit the dentist

Preventative dentistry for kids Stevenage is a key part in maintaining children’s oral health and avoiding serious issues from developing that will lead to dental pain, tooth discomfort, tooth decay and traumatising treatments such as tooth extractions.

The advantages of preventive dental care for children does not only benefit children in their younger years as the appreciation they have for their teeth and the positive habits they practice towards  maintaining oral health are likely to stay with them for life.

There are many parts to preventive dental care and includes check-up appointments scheduled at dentist-recommended intervals, a comprehensive oral assessment, treatments and procedures carried out by an experienced dental practitioner such as in-clinic cleanings, fluoride treatments and fillings as well as the oral hygiene practice at home – daily brushing and flossing and the use of specially-formulated kid-friendly mouthwash.

Dental issues that are identified in a child’s early years allows a dental practitioner to put in place suitable measures like orthodontic treatments to prevent major problems (teeth spacing issues or jaw problems) from developing at a later stage.

As part of our preventive care services specifically focusing on children, we provide:

  • Education for children on the importance of looking after teeth.
  • Recommend ways to parents on appropriate products to use and tricks to employ when supervising children’s oral hygiene routine.
  • Fluoride and sealant treatments.
  • Use of x-rays to track development of teeth and jawbone.

Parents are welcome to address any concerns about their child’s teeth or general oral health with our dentist. We can advise on the best guidelines and techniques to use (games to play, songs to sing and products to use) to make cleaning teeth fun. It is important that parents do not leave their children to clean their teeth on their own. For the oral hygiene routine to be effective, this practice must be supervised at all times to ensure the child is doing it correctly.

To help your child avoid the pain and trauma of cavities and dental decay, we recommend visiting us at Smilecraft dental clinic for exceptional preventive dental care.