Straight teeth in time for your wedding!

Are you in the early stages of planning your wedding and dreading the thought of smiling for photographs? No matter how much time you spend finding the perfect dress, jewellery, and hairstyle, if you’re not confident with your smile on your big day you won’t be feeling your best. Fortunately, there’s a solution for even the busiest bride-to-be – read on to find out how Invisalign can help you achieve the perfect smile in time for the perfect occasion.

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Do I have time to straighten my teeth?

Most orthodontic treatment takes around 2-3 years to complete, and many brides are understandably reluctant to risk unsightly fixed metal braces ruining their wedding photos. The beauty of Invisalign is that treatment time is generally much shorter (usually between 9-12 months, depending on individual cases). Even if you are still undergoing treatment when your big day arrives, Invisalign aligners are both discreet and removeable so you can take them out for those all-important close-up photos. Many Invisalign patients find that they see noticeable changes in their smiles very soon after they begin treatment, so don’t let the fact that you can’t complete your entire treatment plan before your wedding day put you off improving your smile.

Can I fit orthodontic treatment around wedding planning?

As a bride-to-be, you probably have a million and one things on your to-do list and orthodontic treatment can seem like one obligation too much. With Invisalign, the reality is that treatment won’t interfere with your everyday life:

  • No dietary restrictions – Invisalign aligners are removable, which means you don’t need to worry about avoiding certain foods during treatment. Sampling wedding cakes or trying out different caterers isn’t an issue with Invisalign – you can simply remove the aligners while you’re eating, brush your teeth, and pop them back in. Many brides find that Invisalign helps them to stop snacking in between meals, so if you’re trying to lose a few pounds before your big day, orthodontic treatment might have an unexpected benefit!
  • Fewer appointments – After you’ve had your initial Invisalign consultation and we’ve created your step-by-step 3D treatment plan, your orthodontist here at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial will likely only need to see you once every 6 weeks to make sure your progress is on track. We’ll give you a detailed plan telling you when to switch out your aligners for a new set, so you know exactly what to expect throughout your treatment.
  • Discreet appearance – Invisalign is a great option for brides who might be worried about orthodontic treatment disrupting engagement photo shoots or family events. The aligners are practically invisible, and most people won’t even notice that you’re wearing them. For those who still feel self-conscious about their appearance, removing them temporarily for close-up photographs or speeches is an option as long as you keep your aligners in for at least 20-22 hours each day.

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment in time for your wedding, we recommend making an appointment as soon as possible to give you the maximum amount of time to transform your smile. We offer a free 15-minute Invisalign evaluation here at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial, with Saturday appointments available until 8pm. Contact us today to find out more.

Invisalign: Straighten your teen’s teeth without the stress

Being a teenager isn’t easy – between numerous academic and family commitments, exam stress, and social pressure to fit in with the crowd, the last thing most teens want is an uncomfortable, highly visible orthodontic treatment. Fortunately, Invisalign offers a discreet, comfortable alternative to traditional braces that was specifically created with young adolescents in mind.

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Why teens benefit from orthodontic treatment

Although it’s never too late to straighten your teeth, the optimal time to get orthodontic treatment is during the early teen years when you have most (if not all) or your adult teeth but the jawbone and facial structure is still developing. This makes it easier to adjust the position of the tooth roots if needed.

Advantages of Invisalign treatment for teens

Given the choice, many teens prefer Invisalign treatment to traditional braces, and the specialists here at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial will be happy to advise on whether it is suitable for your son or daughter. Some of the benefits of Invisalign include:

  • Barely visible appearance – As its name suggests, Invisalign clear aligners are hardly noticeable. This is ideal for self-conscious teenagers who may be worried about being teased about their appearance during orthodontic treatment.
  • No dietary restrictions – Traditional braces have fixed wires and brackets that necessitate a list of restrictions (no chewy sweets, for example). Because Invisalign is a removable treatment, your teen won’t need to miss out on any treats that their peers are enjoying.
  • Better oral hygiene – Brushing and flossing is much easier with a removable brace system that doesn’t involve navigating around brackets and wires.
  • No social restrictions – Traditional braces can sometimes get in the way of teens enjoying contact sports or learning some types of musical instruments. Because Invisalign is removable, your teen won’t need to worry about damaging their braces while they participate in extra-curricular activities.

Additional Invisalign features just for teens

The Invisalign Teen system offers some added features that are specifically designed to help teenage patients. These include:

  • Blue wear indicators – These are small blue dots at the back of the aligners that fade over time so parents and dentists can check that they are being worn for the required 20-22 hours a day.
  • Replacement aligners – Six free individual replacement aligners are included in the treatment plan in case any are lost or misplaced.
  • Eruption tabs – For teens whose adult teeth haven’t finished growing, eruption tabs leave space in the aligners to accommodate new teeth that are still erupting.

At Chiswick Park Dental & Facial we offer a free 15-minute Invisalign evaluation, with Saturday appointments available until 8pm. Contact us today to book your teen an appointment with one of our friendly and professional specialists.

Dental anxiety? We can help with safe sedation

Does the thought of going to the dentist fill you with dread? You’re not alone – nearly half of UK adults have a fear of the dentist, with 12% of these suffering from extreme dental anxiety. If you’ve been putting off necessary treatment because of dental phobia, read on to find out about sedation at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial.

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If you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, you may be pleasantly surprised. Gone are the days of stark waiting rooms, stern dentists, and intimidating-looking equipment. At Chiswick Park Dental & Facial, all our dentists, nurses, and hygiene staff understand the importance of putting patients at ease to alleviate anxiety and calm nerves. We take time to ensure that each and every one of our patients feels comfortable in our care before we begin any form of treatment. If you are worried about sitting in the dentist’s chair, we recommend making an appointment to stop by the practice and chat with our experienced team. You may find that a gentle introductory approach and using some of the anti-anxiety tips that we can suggest is enough to reassure you without the need for medical sedation. For extremely nervous patients, we can discuss safe sedation. Sedation may also be an option for patients who:

  • Are unable to sit still in the dentist’s chair.
  • Have a very low tolerance for pain or discomfort.
  • Require a large amount of dental work.
  • Have very sensitive teeth.

How does sedation work?

While you are under sedation you will feel deeply relaxed, but still be able to understand and respond to requests from the dentist. Patients under sedation are usually unaware of what is happening and will have little or no memory of the procedure afterwards.

Is dental sedation safe?

Yes, our dentists are qualified at delivering dental sedation and will ensure that you are comfortable and safe throughout the procedure. The level of sedation is well below that of general anaesthesia.

How long will I be under sedation?

This will depend on the type of procedure you are having. We will discuss what to expect before your treatment, but you should anticipate a 15-20-minute recovery period after the procedure is finished. Most patients are able to return to work the day after treatment, but you should expect to feel drowsy for a few hours immediately following your appointment. For this reason, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from the practice on the day of your appointment.

Are there alternatives to sedation?

If you are unable to have dental sedation (for example, if you are pregnant or nursing), we can discuss alternative options, including anti-anxiety relaxation techniques or local anaesthetic alone.

At Chiswick Park Dental & Facial Practice, we offer early morning and late evening appointments two days a week to fit your busy schedule. Contact us today to book your appointment with one of our friendly and professional specialists.

Sparkling white teeth for the festive season!

The festive party season is upon us and hopefully your calendar is full of fun social events over Christmas and New Year. If you want to look your best throughout the holidays, treat yourself to a confidence-boosting teeth whitening treatment at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial that will ensure your smile sparkles all winter long.

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Noticeable results in minimal time

Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest and most effective ways you can improve your smile, making you look younger and healthier in just a couple of weeks. Whether you are looking for a dazzling white Hollywood smile or just looking to go a couple of shades lighter, our experienced dental team will be able to customise your whitening treatment so that you get the results you want.

Easy at-home treatment

At Chiswick Park Dental & Facial we use the Zoom! Whitening system – a reliable and predictable method that you can carry out in the comfort of your own home. During an initial appointment we’ll take an impression of your teeth using dental putty to create custom whitening trays for your treatment. Once the trays are ready (5-10 days later), we’ll show you how to apply the whitening gel. Depending on the shade of your teeth and the desired results you’ll wear the trays for a period of time each day until you achieve your brighter new smile. For some patients, an hour or two will be sufficient, while others will keep the trays in overnight.

Safe for teeth and gums

Because the whitening trays are custom-made for every patient, this method of teeth whitening is completely safe and will not harm your teeth or gums. Unlike some one-size-fits-all methods that can cause the whitening gel to leak onto your gums, our custom trays keep the gel within the tray, ensuring that you get the best possible results without irritating your gums. You may experience some temporary sensitivity during treatment, but we can provide specialist products to minimise any discomfort. Avoiding very hot or very cold food and drinks within the first 48 hours after treatment should help to reduce the risk of tooth sensitivity.

More reasons to smile

Did you know that smiling releases chemicals called endorphins that make us feel happier and less stressed? Numerous studies have shown that people with attractive smiles tend to perform better professionally and have more successful dating lives. You can’t gift wrap happiness or confidence this Christmas, but treating yourself or a loved one to a cosmetic dental treatment might just be the next best thing.

If you are interested in learning more about tooth whitening or other cosmetic dental treatments in time for the holidays, please contact us to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to welcoming you to the practice.

It’s never too late to straighten your teeth: Adult orthodontic options at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial

Have you always wanted straighter teeth? If you’ve been putting off orthodontic treatment because you don’t want to go through the embarrassment or inconvenience of getting braces, it’s time to take a second look. Advancements in dental technology mean that treatment is now faster and more discreet than ever before.

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Why get orthodontic treatment?

Do you cover your mouth when you speak or avoid smiling in photographs? People who are self-conscious about their teeth typically suffer from low self-confidence, which can negatively impact everything from career progression to romantic prospects. Many of our patients find that straightening their teeth significantly boosts their emotional well-being.

Having straight teeth isn’t just a cosmetic advantage – it’s also better for your oral health. Crooked teeth are more challenging to keep clean because overlapping areas can be difficult to reach when brushing and flossing. This can lead to more serious issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth can also interfere with a healthy bite, causing excessive wear and tear, jaw problems, and chipped teeth.

What treatments are available?

Here at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial we offer several adult orthodontic options, including:

Invisalign: A completely bespoke, invisible straightening system that fits over your teeth to gently move them to the correct position. You wear the aligners for 22 hours a day, removing them to eat and brush your teeth. Many adult patients love the flexibility that Invisalign offers, since there are no dietary restrictions and the aligners can be removed for special occasions.

Damon braces: The use of clear rather than metal brackets make Damon braces less obtrusive than traditional fixed braces. They also use a slide mechanism to connect the wire to the bracket, which allows them to move more naturally as teeth align – a faster and more comfortable way to straighten teeth.

Which treatment is best for me?

Your dentist will be able to recommend the best type of orthodontic treatment for you based on your individual requirements and circumstances. We will be happy to carry out a full assessment and discuss your treatment options during an initial consultation, after which we can put together a personalised treatment plan. Whichever option you choose, our expert team will make sure you have a smile to be proud of.

Contact us today to book your consultation appointment or chat with one of our team members. We look forward to meeting you.

PRF: A natural anti-ageing treatment

An exciting new area in facial aesthetics is the use of blood concentrates such as PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) for fresher, younger-looking skin. Read on to find out how this completely natural anti-ageing treatment works in association with other facial aesthetic treatments at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial.

What is PRF?

PRF is taken from your own blood, meaning that the treatment is 100% natural. We will draw a small sample of blood (less than a tablespoon) from you and then place it in a centrifuge to remove the red blood cells. The blood is spun in the centrifuge at a specific speed to extract the correct portion of cells and then harvested into a syringe ready for use. PRF has a greater concentration of white cell (for protection and repair), platelet and fibrin (for healing), and growth factors (for natural cell stimulation of collagen) than whole blood, making it an ideal anti-ageing treatment.

What are the benefits of PRF?

Some of the benefits of PRF include:

  • Non-surgical
  • 100% natural treatment (no chemicals or additives)
  • No recovery time
  • Alternative to synthetic fillers
  • Can be used in conjunction with other treatments

How is PRF different from dermal fillers?

Whereas dermal fillers primarily replace lost volume in the face, PRF is more directed toward rejuvenating the skin by improving its texture and quality, tightening loose skin, and stimulating collagen production. Most people are good candidates for PRF because it is a completely natural treatment that uses their own cells. Our qualified facial aesthetics technician, Dr. Marina Daoud, will be happy to discuss the best type of treatment for you based on your individual goals and skin type.

How long does treatment take?

Most treatments with PRF take less than an hour, but times vary depending on the procedure you are having. Unlike surgical cosmetic procedures, there is no recovery time necessary – you can carry out your regular day-to-day activities immediately after treatment.

What treatments are available with PRF?

At Chiswick Park Dental & Facial we offer several treatments in conjunction with PRF, including:

Micro-Needling with PRFA skin rejuvenating treatment that uses a controlled micro needle to stimulate collagen and elastin production, producing excellent results repairing fine lines, acne scars, traumatic scars, and enlarged pores.

Mesotherapy with PRFDeeper than micro-needling but with similar goals, mesotherapy achieves longer-lasting results and re-hydrates the skin from inside out. It can be combined with micro-needling during the same session.

To book your complimentary initial consultation appointment at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial, contact us by telephone or email. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice.

Reasons to choose Invisalign

Have you been hiding your smile? Don’t let the thought of lengthy and complex orthodontic treatment put you off getting the beautiful straight smile you’ve always wanted – Invisalign is a fast, gentle, and almost invisible treatment option that has helped more than 7 million patients worldwide. Read on to find out more about Invisalign at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial.

Discreet orthodontic treatment

Unlike the fixed metal ‘train track’ style braces that you may associate with your teenage years, Invisalign aligners are both clear and removable. When you’re wearing them, they’re all but invisible to others, so you won’t feel self-conscious about your appearance during treatment. And should you need to remove them for a special occasion or workplace presentation you have that flexibility.

Advanced 3D technology

Thanks to incredible advances in orthodontic technology, you’ll be able to see the changes that your teeth will go through – including how your smile will look at the end of your treatment – before you even put in your first set of aligners. Your dentist here at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial will be able to create a 3D treatment plan using photos and impressions of your mouth so you know exactly what to expect throughout treatment.

No lifestyle restrictions

Whereas fixed braces can limit the types of food you are able to eat, Invisalign aligners enable you to have total freedom with your diet – crunchy, chewy, or sticky foods that could potentially get stuck in fixed braces are not off limits to Invisalign patients. Their removable quality means that brushing and flossing is also easier during treatment, minimising any oral hygiene risks.

Shorter treatment times

Depending on the severity of the issue, Invisalign treatment can be completed in as little as 6 months for mild to minor corrections. The average treatment time for most adult patients is 12 months, after which they can enjoy new-found confidence in their smiles.

Designed with comfort in mind

Invisalign aligners are made from SmartTrack material, which is specially engineered to fit snugly around your teeth and apply gentle, constant force to shift them into the desired position. There are no jagged edges that could damage the inside of your mouth or irritate the teeth and gums. Most patients report feeling very little discomfort while wearing the aligners; you may experience some soreness the first couple of days after putting in a new set, but once your mouth adjusts you will barely notice them.

At Chiswick Park Dental & Facial we offer a free 15-minute Invisalign evaluation, with Saturday appointments available until 8pm. Contact us today to book your appointment with one of our friendly and professional specialists.

 

A beginner’s guide to facial aesthetics

Do you look in the mirror and wish you could turn back time? Many people are doing the next best thing by undergoing subtle cosmetic treatments to achieve a more youthful looking complexion. Read on to find out more about how facial aesthetic treatment at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial Practice can transform your appearance and boost your confidence levels.

What is facial aesthetics?

Facial aesthetics is the use of non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers and wrinkle reduction to reduce the signs of ageing or enhance specific areas of the face for a more youthful complexion.

What causes the signs of ageing?

As we age, stress, sun exposure, and diet all begin to take their toll on our appearance. The body’s natural supply of collagen and elastin decrease, causing skin to lose its firmness and elasticity. Production of hyaluronic acid – the molecule that helps skin retain moisture – also declines, causing skin to become drier and lose its youthful radiance. Facial aesthetic treatments help to boost these components to reverse the signs of ageing.

Are facial aesthetic treatments dangerous?

No – when performed by skilled professionals, facial aesthetics treatments are completely safe. At Chiswick Park Dental & Facial Practice, your treatment will be carried out in a clean and safe environment by experienced team members who have an in-depth knowledge of the facial structure. We provide a free initial consultation to discuss treatment options and ensure that any questions and concerns are covered before your treatment begins.

What type of treatments are available?

Here at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial Practice we offer a selection of gentle facial cosmetic treatments, including:

Anti-wrinkleInjecting purified protein into specific facial muscles to temporarily relax them, softening facial expressions and reversing signs of ageing.

Dermal FillersUsing hyaluronic gel (a synthetic version of the body’s natural supply of hyaluronic acid) to correct deep lines, replace lost volume, or enhance what you already have.

Micro-Needling with PRFA skin rejuvenating treatment that uses a controlled micro needle to stimulate collagen and elastin production, producing excellent results repairing fine lines, acne scars, traumatic scars, and enlarged pores.

Mesotherapy with PRFDeeper than micro-needling but with similar goals, mesotherapy achieves longer-lasting results and re-hydrates the skin from inside out. It can be combined with micro-needling during the same session.

Micro-Needling and/or mesotherapy with hyaluronic acidCombining skin rejuvenating techniques with liquid hyaluronic acid to repair and thoroughly re-hydrate skin.

How long does treatment take?

Most treatments take less than an hour, but times vary depending on the procedure you are having. Unlike surgical cosmetic procedures, there is no recovery time necessary – you can carry out your regular day-to-day activities immediately after treatment.

How long do the results last?

This will depend on several factors, including what type of treatment you have, the area of the face you are treating, and how your body reacts to treatment. Your practitioner will be able to give you specific guidelines during your initial consultation.

To book your complimentary initial consultation appointment at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial Practice, contact us  by telephone or email. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice.

 

Overdentures vs conventional dentures: What’s the difference?

Losing some or all of your teeth can drastically impact your quality of life. If you’re struggling with uncomfortable dentures or finding that you’re unable to eat some of your favourite foods, read on to find out whether overdentures may be the best solution for you.

What are overdentures?

Overdentures are replacement teeth that are secured in your mouth with dental implants. The implants are titanium posts that are carefully inserted into your jaw to act as artificial roots. Over time, the implants bond with your jawbone to become a permanent part of your body. We can then either attach the denture to the implants or enable them to be removed for cleaning. Either way, you will benefit from securely fitting, comfortable dentures that offer improved functionality and many health benefits.

What are the benefits of overdentures versus conventional dentures?

Conventional dentures are held in place using adhesives, which can slip and even fall out – many traditional denture patients find them uncomfortable to wear and feel self-conscious about eating or speaking in public. In contrast, overdentures offer several benefits, including:

  • Improved stability – No more messy, unreliable adhesives that can cause dentures to dislodge while eating or speaking.
  • More comfortable fit – Dentures retained with implants fit more securely than conventional dentures, reducing the likelihood of mouth sores or regular discomfort.
  • No dietary restrictions – Conventional dentures offer less bite strength than implant-retained overdentures, making hard and chewy foods difficult to eat. Overdentures enable you to eat the foods you enjoy and chew food more thoroughly, promoting better digestion.
  • Preserves jawbone – Unlike traditional dentures, overdentures help to prevent bone resorption (shrinkage) by stimulating the jawbone. The implants act as artificial tooth roots, preserving the bone and preventing the shrunken, prematurely-aged look that occurs over time if you lose your teeth and don’t replace them.
  • Better quality of life – With renewed confidence in their appearance and ability to eat and speak without embarrassing dislodging incidents, many of our patients find that overdentures have a positive impact on both their physical and mental health.

Am I a candidate for overdentures?

With advancements in dental implant technology, many people are candidates for implant-retained overdentures. Our experienced dentists here at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial will take the time to fully assess your teeth and mouth, to understand whether implant supported dentures are the right solution for you. They will fully explain the process and answer any questions you may have, including considering whether you may need to undergo a bone graft to create a suitable base for the implant.

To book a consultation with one of our specialists, contact us today.

5 top advantages of dental implants

Losing a tooth can be stressful, but thanks to recent advances in dental technology you no longer have to put up with uncomfortable dentures or an embarrassing gap. Read on to find out why dental implants are usually the best solution for both patient confidence and long-term oral health.  

1. Dental implants look completely natural

When you have an implant, a custom-made false tooth is attached to the post in your jaw and looks just like a regular tooth. At Chiswick Park Dental & Facial Practice, we will match the exact shape, size, and colour of your existing teeth to ensure that your implant blends perfectly with your smile. The result is an incredibly realistic tooth that looks just like the original – no one will know that you have an implant unless you tell them.

2. Dental implants help to prevent bone loss

One of the side effects of losing a tooth is the degeneration of the jawbone – the bone requires stimulation from chewing and biting to retain its structure and once the tooth root is no longer there to provide it the jawbone begins to deteriorate. This process (known as resorption) gets progressively worse over time and is the reason that people with missing teeth develop a sunken, aged appearance. Fortunately, dental implants prevent bone loss from occurring by imitating the behaviour of a natural tooth root.

3. Dental implants are long-lasting

Unlike removable dentures, dental implants fuse with your jawbone to become a permanent part of your body. With good oral hygiene, a dental implant has the potential to last a lifetime.

4. Dental implants don’t limit what you can eat

One of the most common complaints from people who wear dentures is the inability to eat certain types of foods because the dentures are not strong enough to bite them or don’t stay in place well enough to eat them. You won’t have this problem with an implant – it behaves just like a regular tooth, which means you can eat all your favourite foods without worrying that the implant will slip or fall out.

5. Dental implants enable you to smile with confidence

If you’ve been reluctant to smile or socialise because you’re self-conscious about a missing tooth/teeth or ill-fitting dentures, talk to one of the experienced Specialists and Oral Surgeons who are resident at at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial Practice about dental implants. We’ll be able to quickly assess your suitability and advise you on the next steps toward a permanent solution. Many of our patients who have had dental implants tell us that they are more confident, happier, and socially active following their treatment.

To book your initially complimentary consultation at Chiswick Park Dental & Facial Practice, contact us today by telephone or email us. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice.