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Smile Makeovers – Everything you Need to Know

March 30th, 2021

smile makeovers everything you need to know

A beautiful and charming smile can do wonders. According to  a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, people who have beautiful smiles are perceived as being more attractive, confident and successful. If you have cosmetic teeth defects that are ruining your smile, no need to worry. Thanks to a complete smile makeover, you can also enjoy a picture-perfect smile. Interested? Continue reading to find out how. 

What people notice 1st when they meet someone

How Much Of Your Teeth Should Show When You Smile?

Did you know that the first thing that people notice about you is your smile? Yes, not your clothes, shoes, or personality – but how attractive your smile is. And what is the most essential component of the charming smile? Perfectly aligned, pearly white teeth. According to research, a beautiful smile shows all your upper front teeth – with no more than 2mm exposure of the gums. More importantly, the teeth that are visible when you smile must be perfectly aligned, with teeth on both sides being mirror images of each other. Finally, the shape, length, and size should be in harmony with the shape of your face and the size of your mouth.

What Is Included In A Full Smile Makeover?

 According to the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a smile makeover comprises a group of cosmetic procedures that are aimed at removing facial flaws, to give the patients the smile of their dreams. The cosmetic procedures required for transforming your smile with a cosmetic makeover depends on the extent of cosmetic defects. Typically, a smile makeover procedure includes, but is not limited to the following procedures:

What Is Dental Bonding In Cosmetic Work?

According to the American Dental Association, composite bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which your dentist will place a tooth coloured, resin-based filling material on your teeth to fix various esthetic and restorative dental problems like teeth stains, teeth gaps, and misshaped, chipped or crooked teeth. 

Dental bonding is a simple and straightforward procedure, but it can have a considerable positive effect on your smile and oral health. Before bonding, your dentist will first remove the decayed tooth structure, followed with thoroughly washing and drying the tooth. Next, your dentist will apply an acidic gel over the teeth to create surface pores that will help the filling material adhere to the tooth. Your dentist will then apply the bonding on the teeth, shape it accordingly and then finally harden it using a special light. That’s it! 

What Part Do Dental Implants Play In Smile Makeovers?

Missing natural teeth not only create problems in eating and speaking, they are also a cosmetic concern. Even a single missing tooth – especially if it is a front tooth – can ruin your smile and facial aesthetics, in addition to causing a number of complications if it is not replaced. That is why your dentist will replace your missing teeth as an essential component of a smile makeover. When it comes to one of the most esthetically pleasant, reliable and durable treatment options for replacing missing teeth, dental implants top the list. 

An implant is a screw-shaped fixture which is directly embedded into the jawbone and it serves as the replacement root. Once the implant is firmly anchored in the bone, your dentist will attach zirconia crowns over them – which are not only durable, but also possess lifelike, excellent aesthetics – to replace the missing teeth, and give you a charming and beautiful smile. 

Is The Smile Makeover Really Beneficial?

A smile makeover can completely transform your smile and facial aesthetics. If you are not happy with your smile, and would like to get a dazzling and charming smile, a smile makeover procedure will be highly beneficial for you. 

To perform a smile makeover, your dentist will perform a thorough clinical examination to detect the areas that need cosmetic improvement. They will also look at the 3D impressions of your teeth and use special software to digitally design your new smile and prepare a custom treatment plan. Using this software, your dentist will show you, how the planned procedures will get rid of the cosmetic flaws, giving you an unblemished smile which you can be genuinely proud of. 

Are Composite Veneers As Good As Porcelain Veneers?

Both composite and porcelain veneers are excellent options for fixing cosmetic tooth defects. However, there are significant differences between the two. Porcelain veneers are durable and possess translucency which gives them lifelike aesthetics. On the other hand, the composite veneers are made from a resin-based material that is not as strong as the porcelain veneers, making them more prone to accidental chipping, staining and fracture. However, a good thing about composite veneers are repairable. If you accidentally fracture your composite veneers, your dentist may repair them at the chairside. However, porcelain veneers if damaged, require replacement in most cases. 

What Are The Pros And Cons Of A Smile Makeover?Are

A smile makeover is a cosmetic procedure which allows you to get the smile you have always dreamed of. Being an owner of a brand new smile will not only make you look more charming and attractive, but more confident, friendly and approachable. While there are numerous benefits of a smile makeover, it also has a drawback – and that is the high cost of treatment. However, the benefits of this procedure surely outweigh this drawback as it is long term investment – one that will completely transform your personality and your smile. 

A beautiful and charming smile is not just for the celebrities – you can also benefit from one too! If you are looking for a cosmetic dental practice in Oxford, The Smile Practice should be your first choice. Our dedicated and highly experienced team will examine every aspect of your smile and prepare a customised digital smile design that will give you the smile of your dreams. 

So, what are you waiting for? Book a free consultation with us today and let us give you a smile that will bring the best out of you. 

How To Remove Stains From Teeth

March 2nd, 2021

How to remove stains from teeth

Do you know the first thing people observe about you when they meet you for the first time? Is it your clothes? No. Is it your personality? No. It is your smile! If you have an attractive and naturally beautiful smile, people will be drawn towards you. Unfortunately, people who have flawed smiles because of their stained or crooked teeth, are often perceived as being unattractive and less successful in their careers says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

If your teeth stains that are affecting your smile and facial aesthetics, no need to worry! Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, there are many ways in which you can get rid of your coffee tea stains. How? Continue reading to find out. 

How To Remove Stains Between Teeth?

There are many ways in which you can get rid of tooth staining. Mainly, there are two options – at-home teeth whitening or professional teeth whitening done at the dentist. While you can find numerous whitening products like whitening strips, whitening toothpaste and whitening kits available in the markets which claim removing teeth stains in a single sitting. While these options may be effective to some extent, they may cause more harm than good – as most of them contain high concentrations of bleaching agents that can harm your teeth and gums. Therefore, it is always a good idea to seek professional help for removing stains of your teeth. 

Tobacco-Stained Teeth Home Remedy?

If you search the internet, you may find numerous recipes or home remedies which claim to remove tobacco stains. No doubt, some of these remedies are effective. But many people do not know that while these home remedies can “magically” remove brown stained teeth, they are not safe. This is because most of these home-remedy formulae contain acids, which work by removing a thin layer of the enamel’s outer layer and the surface stains. With repeated home-remedy treatments, the enamel layer is destroyed, and the underlying sensitive layer, the dentin and pulp, is exposed, causing permanent tooth sensitivity. 

Can I Whiten Teeth Overnight?

The whitening effect of the whitening kit or formula you use depends on the extent of your teeth’ staining. If you have mild coffee stained teeth, it may be possible to get rid of them overnight, or in a single sitting. However, if you have highly stained teeth caused by eating strong-coloured foods, you may require multiple sittings to achieve the desired effect. However, one thing is clear; dentists use highly concentrated yet safe whitening formulae, which offer better results in terms of the whitening effect. Therefore, if you are looking for rapid results, then you should go for professional overnight tooth whitening. 

How To Whiten Teeth With Hydrogen Peroxide And Baking Soda? 

Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredients of most the at-home and professional whitening formulas used for whitening teeth. Chemically, hydrogen peroxide is very unstable – it breaks down quickly and reacts with the oral soft tissues to cause severe burns and injury. When dentists use hydrogen peroxide-based whitening agents, they coat the oral soft tissues, the cheeks, gums and the lips with a protective agent to prevent their accidental bleaching or injury. Unfortunately, when these formulae are used at home, sufficient protective measures are not taken, increasing the risk for soft tissue injury, including burns, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Similarly, baking soda, while generally safe to whiten teeth in lower concentrations, can prove harmful if used at higher concentrations. Therefore, teeth whitening should always be done under the supervision of a trained and experienced dentist. 

How To Get Rid Of Red Wine Stains?

Wine stains are often very hard to remove using a conventional home remedy or whitening toothpaste, strips or gels. Perhaps, the most efficient method to get whiter teeth after red wine staining is a professional teeth whitening procedure. Today, dentists use a highly efficient whitening technique called the laser whitening. In this method, the whitening agent, usually, carbamide peroxide, is activated with a special light. The activated bleaching agent then penetrates beneath the surface of the teeth and chemically dissolve red wine, coffee or tea stains. You can also red wine-induced staining of your teeth by drinking afterwards, to let the saliva perform its cleansing action

Are Stains On My Teeth Bad, Do They Lead To Decay?

Apart from their apparent cosmetic drawback, teeth stains can also cause other dental problems. Stained teeth have a roughened surface, which promotes plaque and tartar formation, leading to periodontal issues. Simultaneously, the bacteria present in the plaque increase local acidity, leading to the formation of teeth cavities. Therefore, tooth staining is not just a cosmetic problem; it can lead to a host of other issues if not treated properly. 

How To Remove Black Stains From Teeth?

It is not necessary that black stains always occur due to tooth discolouration. Sometimes, teeth appear black due to underlying cavities. Another reason for the appearance of black triangles between two teeth is the recession of gums due to underlying periodontal inflammation. Making the hollow space appear black. In such situations, it is always a good idea to consult your dentist regarding the actual cause of your teeth discolouration before initiating any whitening treatment. 

If you are looking to get you whitened in a safe and comfortable environment, under the supervision of experienced cosmetic dentists, then The SmilPractice is where you should go. Not only you will feel that you have whiter teeth in just one sitting, but you will also have minimal post-op sensitivity. Wait, there’s more! You can book a free virtual consultation appointment with us today to make your dream of a charming, pearly white smile a reality.

Everything You Need To Know About Fake Teeth

January 28th, 2021

Everything you need to know about fake teethYour smile is your most valuable social asset. Research by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry shows that people who have perfectly aligned, pearly-white teeth, and a beautiful smile are often perceived as successful, confident, and attractive. While some people are naturally gifted with a charming smile, others are not that lucky. If you have crooked, chipped or missing teeth affecting your smile and self-confidence, then there is no need to worry. Thanks to modern cosmetic dentistry, your dentist can fix even the most complicated and complex aesthetic problems. 

But how do dentists fix damaged teeth? You might ask. The answer is that they use various cosmetic restorations and tooth replacements, also known as “false teeth” to restore cosmetic tooth defects. This article explains how tooth restorations, or false teeth, can help you get rid of your cosmetic facial flaws, and enjoy a youthful, healthy, and attractive smile. 

What Are Fake Teeth Called?

As the name implies, fake teeth are called such because they are not the real teeth. However, apart from that, modern tooth replacement and restoration options are made from such high-quality materials that they are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth in terms of their appearance. 

  • Veneers and Crowns – If you have a chipped or a crooked tooth, your dentist will cosmetically restore it by placing tooth coloured veneer or crown over it. A veneer is a thin shell made of porcelain attached to the teeth’ front surface to mask cosmetic and structural defects. On the other hand, a crown is a tooth-coloured restoration that sits on the entire visible surface of a tooth and is used for masking tooth stains, reinforcing damaged teeth, and aesthetically correcting minor tooth misalignments. 
  • Dentures and Bridges – If your cosmetic issue is your missing natural teeth, your dentist can use various options to replace them – such as the removable dentures, bridges, and implants. A denture is a removable appliance which contains the false teeth and sits over soft tissues overlying the gap created by a missing tooth. A partial denture is used to replace a few missing teeth while a complete denture is used to replace a full set of missing teeth. On the other hand, a bridge is a fixed appliance that gains support from the healthy teeth on either side to replace the missing teeth. 
  • Dental Implants – Currently, the most popular option for replacing missing teeth is dental implants. An implant is a screw-shaped, metallic fixture that your dentist will insert into the jawbone, and it serves as a replacement root. The implants have a unique capability to form intimate contact with the neighbouring jaw bone, thereby serving as a firm foundation for any tooth replacement attached to it. Among all the tooth replacement options currently available, the dental implants are the most durable, reliable, and aesthetically pleasant options. Whether you need a single, multiple or complete tooth replacement, you can benefit from dental implants. 

How Do Fake Teeth Stay In?

Your dentist will use various options to restore cosmetically flawed teeth. If you have one or two crooked teeth, your dentist may choose to fix them using porcelain veneers. The veneers can simply be bonded to the prepared teeth using an adhesive – which offers an excellent bond strength, allowing the veneers to remain attached to the teeth for many years, even decades. Even if the veneers fall off, your dentist may rebond it back to the tooth

Another cosmetic option is snap-on veneers. These veneers are custom-made, removable veneers which you can remove at your own will. The snap-on veneers fit your teeth perfectly, as they are designed carefully after making impressions of your teeth and mouth. Despite being very thin, the snap-on veneers are quite durable, and they won’t affect your speech capability. Most importantly, they will blend in perfectly with your teeth and give you a naturally beautiful smile. 

Why Are Fake Teeth Made Of Porcelain?

There are 3 primary reasons that fake teeth made of porcelain:

  1. Porcelain is convenient as dental technicians can use different types and shades of porcelains to match your teeth’ appearance.
  2. Dental porcelains have a shine or “translucence” which is similar to the natural teeth.
  3. The dental restorations made from porcelain can easily bond to the prepared tooth structure.

The ultimate result is a restoration that is virtually indistinguishable from your teeth. 

Do Fake Teeth Feel Different?

Thanks to modern cosmetic dentistry, artificial teeth, especially the implant-supported teeth, look, feel, and function just like the natural ones. Of course, the material used for making the artificial teeth and restorations is different from what teeth are composed. You may have a slightly different “feel” with them initially. However, you will soon get used to them, and they will become a part of your oral cavity. 

What Are Permanent Fake Teeth Called?

There are different forms and types of permanent fake teeth. Some of these include:

 

  • Bonding – bonding refers to a cosmetic treatment option in which your dentist restores a damaged tooth using tooth-coloured filling materials – the resin composites. In addition to possessing the capability to bond directly to the tooth, their colour and the shade can be precisely matched with the natural teeth. As a result, they restore tooth function as well as aesthetics. 
  • Veneers – these are very thin shells of porcelain which can be bonded directly to the prepared teeth. Dentists use veneers for correcting minor cosmetic defects. They are also used for masking teeth stains and cosmetically correcting slight tooth misalignments. 
  • Crowns – a crown is a restoration that rests over the entire visible portion of the tooth. It is used to reinforce a grossly damaged toot, and mask moderate to severe cosmetic defects such as fractures tooth chipping. Crowns are also used to restore genetically misshaped teeth. 

 

When it comes to giving you the smile of your dreams, your dentist has many tools under his or her belt. Did you know that you there is a cosmetic procedure, the cosmetic smile design, which you can actually see – even before your treatment begins -how your teeth and smile will look like after your treatment?  How convenient would that be? Before investing your time and money on cosmetic treatment, you have the option to visualise your future smile and be able to virtually design it the way you want it to be?

For the residents of Didcot and Oxford The smile Practice now offers you a free smile design consultation. So, what are you waiting for? Book an appointment with us today and be the creator of your smile.

What Is Teeth Bonding?

December 21st, 2020

what is teeth bondingDid you know that your teeth have one of the toughest substances in your body?

This happens to be the outer covering of your teeth called the enamel. Its toughness allows you to tear up and break down food into smaller digestible portions.

Despite this toughness, it also has its limits. Your teeth can take so much wear and tear that it will end up chipping or cracking. It also chips when dealt with a forceful blow.

There is a solution for chipped, cracked, and damaged teeth. You can mend this through teeth bonding. We will look at how dental bonding can help your teeth when put in the right hands.

1. How Does Teeth Bonding Work?

Dental bonding is a process that involves the use of composite resin to repair minor damages on the tooth. The resin material is effective in repairing the chips and cracks on the tooth, as well as fix discolouration.

The good thing about this process is that it does not need any anaesthesia to administer unless it involves filling a cavity.

The process comes in phases. The first one is the preparation, where the dentist checks the shade guide to find a composite resin that matches the natural tooth colour. After which, the dentist roughens the surface and shapes up the tooth for the process.

The next phase is the bonding process. Here, the dentist applies the conditioning fluid for the bonding material to adhere. After this is applying the resin, where it gets moulded, shaped, and then hardened by a bright light or laser.

Depending on the extent of the damage and how many teeth need dental bonding, the time for it to complete varies. The usual range is between 30-60 minutes per tooth.

2. How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

This would depend on several factors. These factors include oral habits and the extent of the bonding. Take note that compared to normal teeth, bonded teeth would not have the same strength.

Factors that can affect both the tooth and the bonding material involve how hard you bite down. Biting down hard can cause the bonding material to break off.

If you drink dark beverages a lot or if you smoke, the bonding material would stain far quicker. This would end up with the bonding material needing a replacement sooner.

With those factors set, bonding materials can last for years before needing a replacement. It comes at three years minimum. At most, the bonding material lasts for 10 years before retouching or replacing it.

3. Eating With Bonding On The Front Teeth

As part of caring for your bonded teeth, you might wonder about how teeth bonding can affect your eating. This also affects your other habits as well now that you need to avoid certain habits and take up new ones. Let us look at some of them.

After receiving the teeth bonding, don’t rush in using them right away. Instead, give it time for the tooth to recover. It may usually take 48 hours or more, so don’t rush and let the resin set.

During that time, consider avoiding any contact with that tooth. Consume soft foods and drink cold or lukewarm beverages. You have to avoid smoking and drinking dark beverages that could stain the bonding.

Also, make sure to avoid eating hard foods and avoid biting down on hard objects like ice. Don’t bite your fingernails, and make sure to not grind your teeth at night.

If there is anything that you should do regularly, it is to brush your teeth to remove plaque. Floss at least once a day as it helps you clean hard-to-reach spots. Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once or twice a day helps with getting rid of bacteria.

4. Teeth Bonding vs. Veneers

Which would be a better choice between the two, teeth bonding or dental veneers? The similarities between the two are in what issues they address. In this case, both take on cosmetic concerns such as chips or discolouration.

What makes the two different from each other is in which parts of the tooth they stand out in. Dental bondings take on the affected section of the tooth. This can vary depending on the damaged portions.

The application of dental bondings works well due to how malleable the bonding material is before it hardens. This allows the dentist a chance to shape it as needed.

Meanwhile, veneers have a different application due to how thin they are. They also take on a custom build and would work for either one tooth or multiple teeth. Veneers also bond to the front surface of your teeth permanently.

5. Teeth Bonding for Gaps

The good thing about teeth binding is that you can also use this to address gaps. With how easy it is to sculpt the bonding material, dentists can cover up the gap and close it. This works great for the front incisors, where gaps in that section may appear problematic.

Teeth bonding for gaps can help make your smile look perfect. Consider going for dental bonding to fix up minor issues.

6. Teeth Bonding at Home

There is a trend spreading on social media such as the popular video site TikTok, where it shows the filing of teeth. These unsupervised methods pose potential dangers that can harm your teeth. The trend of the DIY Dentist may seem convenient, but it is highly discouraged.

For your dental needs, including teeth bonding and other forms of cosmetic and general dentistry, don’t do them at home. Instead, set a dentist appointment and visit the clinic. This saves you the trouble of harming yourself, and you get the results that you wanted for your teeth.

Go for Teeth Bonding Today

For chips, cracks, and discolouration, you need to set an appointment with the dentist. Teeth bonding happens to be one of the many ways they can help you make your teeth look better. They can also give you advice regarding oral health.

Consider setting an appointment with us. Visit this page and request a free consultation today.

How to Fix An Ingrown Toenail

November 30th, 2020

 

How to fix an ingrown toenail

Is your toenail causing you a world of pain and irritation? Getting an ingrown toenail can be a daunting experience, to say the least.

Oddly enough, ingrown toenails are quite common, and that’s no surprise. It’s easy to cut your nails in an improper way and not even know it. Not to mention, a variety of other reasons why nails start to grow in.

In this article, we will cover how to fix an ingrown toenail, so that you can get back on your feet and walk for miles without pain. Starting with chiropodist Oxford treatment, and going as far as at-home nail maintenance.

So whenever you’re ready to mend your body and no longer fear your own step, keep reading.

Can a Chiropodist Oxford Remove a Toenail?

In most cases, the sequence of chiropodist Oxford treatment is similar within the realm of this industry, starting with moderate treatment first, but taking a more serious approach later on.

However, depending on the circumstance and condition of your ingrown toenail, drastic measures might be attempted first.

How to Get Rid of an Infected Ingrown Toenail?

For a slightly ingrown nail, which has pain and redness with no puss, your doctor might carefully live the edge of the nail, and place something under it, such as a splint, floss, or cotton.

This will separate the date from the skin and help it start growing over the skin edge. When you’re sent home, you will need to soak the toe daily and replace the material.

For a more serious condition, which does have pus, your doctor will remove or trim the ingrown part of the nail. Before this, they will numb the toe with an anesthetic.

If the problem continues to happen after removal, your doctor might suggest removing a greater part of your nail along the nail bed. This might prevent your nail from ever-growing back, but that’s not a certainty.

Your doctor will use a laser, chemical treatment, or some other method to remove the nail. They might also advise using oral and topical antibiotics, especially if there is a risk for infection.

Will an Ingrown Toenail Cause Numbness? How to Tell if a Toenail Is Infected?

To the first question, simply said, no. To the second question, you will be able to tell quite easily. If your skin is inflamed and has pus coming out of it, that’s a pretty good sign of infection.

However, there are some things to consider. If you suspect the nail will become ingrown, you can try to trim your nails straight without making them pointed or rounded.

You should also avoid cutting them too short, leave them just long enough so that the corners lie loosely against the skin. Use clippers that are designed for toenails.

Healthcare specialists do not advise people to cut their own ingrown nails. If the nail brings lots of pain and is getting worse, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Bathroom surgery should be avoided at all costs, this is because cutting the nail short or too often can make ingrowing even worse, thus increasing the risk of complications.

It’s also recommended that you fully avoid clipping or digging out an already ingrown toenail. An ingrown nail can easily pierce the skin, this makes it easy for bacteria to enter the body and cause an infection.

Attempting to cut the nail yourself will increase this risk even more, as it will damage the skin further, especially if the nail is already embedded in the tissue. Cutting the edge too shot will increase the risk of another toenail becoming ingrown.

Ingrown Toenail Care At-Home

If you do get an ingrown toenail, there are some things you can do to ensure your medical treatment goes even better. Furthermore, some of the advised things will help you alleviate the pain.

For instance, you can take over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help. You can also use a numbing spray or cream, even though this will not treat the infection, it will help reduce the pain.

You should definitely soak your feet in warm water regularly. Adding Epsom salt can help with the swelling and pain. In some cases, gentle massage around the area can improve blood flow, which might expedite healing.

After soaking your feet, always dry them well. Apply antibacterial cream to the area, to avoid a toenail infection. Wear loose-fitting shoes, even better if you can wear open-toe shoes.

Some people would advise placing dental floss or cotton under the toenail to reduce pressure, but this should be done by a doctor. Especially, because cotton can actually make things worse and increase the infection risk.

How to Prevent the Nail Getting Ingrown?

You should always make use of clippers that are created for toenails since they help accommodate the proper shape and have enough force to quickly trim.

You should also wash your clippers before and after each use. Using dirty tools will introduce bacteria and increase the risk of infection.

Do not cut your nails short. The nail should not be much shorter than the toe. Cutting your nails short will increase the risk of it growing unusually.

You should also cut the toenails in a straight fashion across. Pointed or rounded shapes will induce the possibility of ingrown toenails even more.

Don’t wear tight-fitting shoes. Shoes that are too tight will pinch your toes, making it hard for them to move. Pointed-toe shoes are even more conducive towards this.

Keep in mind that some people are more susceptible to ingrown toenails, either because of medical or genetic conditions. For instance, nerve damage and diabetes can cause serious problems, as well as slow healing.

People with a weaker immune system will be at greater risk of infection too. Repeatedly getting ingrown nails can be a symptom of a more serious health condition.

Ingrown Toenail Begone

Now that you know how to fix an ingrown toenail, you are well on your way to ensure your feet get taken care of. As long as you act soon and push through the fear of consequence, you will be recovering in no time.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment and get your toenail examined by a chiropodist Oxford, get in touch with us and we will happily accommodate your needs.

What Is Hyperhidrosis (and How Do I Treat It?)

October 26th, 2020

The International Hyperhidrosis Society estimates that 365 million people suffer from excessive sweating. If you are among them or suspect that you are, it’s important to know the facts about hyperhidrosis.

In fact, hyperhidrosis is a medical condition, and treatment options do exist.

Read on to learn more about hyperhidrosis and its treatments.

What Is Hyperhidrosis (Face, Feet, Hands, Underarms, and Full Body Excessive Sweating)?

“Hydrosis” is the medical term for sweating. Of course, sweating is a natural bodily process that helps you cool down. It is necessary when you are active or exposed to extreme heat or other stimuli, like stress. As with many bodily processes, however, your body’s cooling process can go awry.

The prefix “hyper” means “over” or “excessive.” Thus, hyperhidrosis refers to a condition in which your body sweats more than normal. People with hyperhidrosis also sweat in the absence of stimuli, like exertion or heat.

Some people with hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating all over the body. Others find that their excessive sweating is limited to certain parts of the body. Common localised diagnoses include:

  • Axillary hyperhidrosis (underarms)
  • Facial hyperhidrosis (face)
  • Plantar hyperhidrosis (feet)
  • Palmar hyperhidrosis (hands)

While these locations tend to have a high concentration of sweat glands, people with hyperhidrosis don’t have more sweat glands than others. Rather, they have more active sweat glands than others. People with hyperhidrosis have an overactive sympathetic nerve response.

What Causes Excessive Sweating (Neurological Disorders, Genetics, Medication, and More)?

Hyperhidrosis can be a primary or secondary condition.

Primary hyperhidrosis is genetic. It can occur in the absence of any other medical conditions. Individuals with a family history of hyperhidrosis are more likely to experience excessive sweating.

Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs as a side effect of medication or a symptom of an underlying condition. Conditions commonly associated with hyperhidrosis include:

  • Hyperthyroidism and other hormonal disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Anxiety
  • Menopause
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Certain infections
  • Heart attack

In addition to these conditions, the International Hyperhidrosis Society publishes an extensive list of medications associated with hyperhidrosis. These include prescription and over-the-counter medications. Alcohol use can also cause excessive sweating.

When Should You See a Doctor for Excessive Sweating?

Many people with hyperhidrosis are reluctant to seek treatment. Some are embarrassed by their condition. Others incorrectly assume that their excessive sweating is simply a fact of life, even when excessive sweating significantly impacts their lives.

This is unfortunate because hyperhidrosis is not a reason for shame, and it need not be a fact of life. In fact, hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that can be treated.

You should see a medical professional and pursue treatment if you meet any of the following conditions:

  • Excessive sweating prevents you from going about your daily routine
  • Excessive sweating has caused you to experience mental distress or social withdrawal
  • A pattern of excessive sweating has come on suddenly
  • Excessive sweating occurs at night

As you prepare for your appointment, it’s important to keep track of your symptoms and make note of any triggers. These observations can help your doctor to diagnose and treat your condition.

Because excessive sweating can occur during a heart attack, it’s especially important to seek emergency medical assistance if you experience it along with chest pain, lightheadedness, or nausea.

How To Stop Excessive Sweating All Over the Body: What Are Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options?

Whether you’re hoping to eliminate localised hyperhidrosis or you’re wondering how to stop excessive sweating all over the body, treatment is available. Treatments include self-help measures, medications, injections, and surgery.

Self-Help Measures for Hyperhidrosis

You can take steps to calm your body’s sweat response. These include proper hygiene and skin care. Daily baths or showers are especially important if you sweat excessively. While bathing or showering won’t affect how much you sweat, it will help you control any odours associated with perspiration.

Proper hygiene, especially for those with hyperhidrosis, includes using an antiperspirant. Astringents can further help to clean the skin and constrict the pores.

If you suffer from excessive sweating, you should also take your condition into account when choosing clothes. Loose-fitting clothes made from natural materials, like cotton, are more breathable. They can, therefore, keep your body cooler and reduce sweating.

If your body’s sweat response is particularly reactive to stress, you might benefit from relaxation techniques.

Finally, modifying your eating habits to avoid skipping meals and reduce alcohol consumption can also help.

Many people with hyperhidrosis find some relief from these self-help measures. However, proper diagnosis and treatment from a medical professional remain necessary.

Medication for Hyperhidrosis

Treatment options for hyperhidrosis include various prescription medications.

Most hyperhidrosis patients find little relief from over-the-counter antiperspirants. Prescription-strength antiperspirants can be a more effective option. These include sprays, creams, and roll-ons. If you suffer from excessive sweating all over your body, you might find antiperspirant sprays easiest to use. Other topical applications are commonly used to treat localised hyperhidrosis.

Your doctor might also prescribe oral medications to control your hyperhidrosis.

If you experience secondary hyperhidrosis, taking medication to address the underlying condition can control excessive sweating.

The most common oral prescription medications for primary hyperhidrosis are anticholinergics. These drugs impede communication between the nerves and the sweat glands.

In the UK, the only anticholinergic approved to treat hyperhidrosis is propantheline. Other drugs in this class may be used off-label to treat hyperhidrosis. These include oxybutynin and glycopyrrolate.

While these drugs can provide effective relief, they can also cause side effects. Some of these may be severe. Side effects of anticholinergics include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Stomach cramps
  • Difficulty urinating

Recent studies have also noted a potential link between these drugs and dementia and brain atrophy.

Botox Injections

The side effects and long-term risks of prescription medications make them a less-than-appealing option for many hyperhidrosis patients. Many of these patients find that Botox injections offer a safer alternative.

Botox injections work by paralyzing the nerves that send signals to the sweat glands. Without these signals, your glands can’t produce sweat.

Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis focus on a particular area of the body. During treatment, your doctor will use a microneedle to inject a small amount of botulinum toxin protein in a grid-like pattern. These injections directly target the affected area. If you experience hyperhidrosis in more than one part of your body, you can receive multiple injections.

Treatment with Botox injections is quick. You can expect to be in the office for only 30-40 minutes. You’ll also be able to resume your regular routine within two hours of your visit.

When you choose to treat your hyperhidrosis with Botox, you can also expect quick results. Most patients experience a noticeable decrease in sweating within two days. Studies show that, within a week, Botox treatments reduce sweat production by an average of 87%.

These results usually last between six and twelve months. Eventually, the nerves in the treated area will regenerate. When this happens, you’ll begin to experience symptoms again. However, you can return for treatments as necessary.

Even when it is used on an ongoing basis, Botox is a safe treatment option for hyperhidrosis. Botox injections rarely cause side effects. The most common side effect is minor bruising at the injection site. This bruising usually fades within a few days.

Surgery

Conservative treatment options are effective for many hyperhidrosis patients. Patients who have pursued more conservative treatments without success may consider surgery.

Surgical Removal of the Sweat Glands

Some hyperhidrosis patients choose to have their sweat glands surgically removed. Besides excision, or cutting, procedures can include curettage, or scraping, and liposuction. The goal of this treatment is to remove or damage enough sweat glands to reduce perspiration in that area.

Compared to other surgery options, removing sweat glands involves fewer risks and a shorter recovery. Doctors usually perform these procedures in the office with the patient under local anaesthetic.

Fortunately, current research suggests that removing sweat glands from one area does not increase sweating elsewhere. However, sweat glands are tiny. Thus, precision in their removal can be difficult to achieve. Patients who elect this treatment may, therefore, see varied results.

Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy

Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) is the most invasive surgical treatment for hyperhidrosis. ETS involves cutting the nerve path from the spinal column to the sweat glands. This procedure is complicated and requires general anaesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon must temporarily collapse the patient’s lungs.

Risks include oxygen deprivation, brain damage, and even death. ETS patients also risk severe hypotension, arrhythmia, and heat intolerance.

A less serious but still problematic side effect of this surgery is compensatory sweating. Like many other treatments, ETS targets excessive sweating in a particular part of the body. While ETS may reduce sweating in the targeted area, it can lead to excessive sweating elsewhere.

Because ETS is irreversible, it’s important to weigh the risks and benefits before pursuing this option. It’s also extremely wise to try less invasive treatments, like Botox injections, first.

Don’t Sweat It: Seek Effective Treatment for Hyperhydrosis

Hyperhidrosis is a common medical condition, affecting millions of people worldwide. Despite the condition’s prevalence, hyperhidrosis patients often suffer alone and in silence. This is unfortunate and unnecessary because treatment is available.

Treatments for hyperhidrosis include safe and effective options, like Botox injections. Talking to your doctor is the first step toward enjoying the benefits of these treatments.

Contact The Smile Practice to book an appointment or video consultation with Dr Ajay Murgai, our hyperhidrosis expert, today.

Does Aloe Vera Gel Work? What to Do After Your Laser Treatment

September 28th, 2020

Does Aloe Vera Gel Work? What to Do After Your Laser TreatmentHow do you take care of yourself after having a laser treatment for hair removal? Should you take a hot shower? Slather on aloe vera gel? Enjoy a relaxing beach day?

Laser treatments are safe for most people and your technician will let you know if you are not eligible — such as if you are pregnant.

However, there are some dos and don’ts you should be aware of so you can take good care of yourself after your treatment. Read on to find out what you should do after a laser hair removal treatment!

Avoid UV Light and the Sun

UV rays already have a detrimental effect on the skin and too much exposure can cause premature ageing. Laser hair removal can make your skin even more sensitive. To limit the risk of skin redness, irritation, and other side effects, avoid exposure to the sun and UV rays for a least 7 days both before and after treatment. Also, avoid sunless tanning products for 7 days before.

If you get a sunburn or a tan, your skin needs time to heal before treatment with the laser. Avoid both for at least 2 weeks before. If you have a sunburn or tan at the time of treatment, you will usually be asked to wait 2 weeks and come back.

After the procedure, use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to further protect the skin.

Avoid Heat

Exposing the treated area to heat too soon after your treatment can lead to blisters and even burns. Avoid heat as much as possible for at least 48 hours after treatment.

Opt for a cool shower rather than a hot one. Definitely stay away from hot tubs and saunas and avoid using heating pads or a heated blanket.

Use Aloe Vera Gel

We mentioned this at the beginning and yes, it’s true! Aloe vera gel is an excellent way to take care of yourself post-laser treatment. Apply the cooling gel to the affected area for up to 3 days after treatment.

Aloe vera gel helps to keep your skin moisturized as well as speed the healing process with it’s anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties.

If your skin blisters, the gel will help to soothe the irritation and help clear it up. Don’t puncture the blisters on purpose, but if they break, be sure to apply a bit of antibiotic ointment to help avoid infection.

Exfoliate

As the hair follicles die and fall out, very gentle exfoliation is good to help remove the excess debris and clean the skin. Only use a very mild exfoliant and don’t scrub too hard. Remember, your skin will be more sensitive than normal and you must take care.

Choose a Competent Laser Treatment Professional

Choosing the right professional to handle your laser treatment is crucial. Proper techniques can diminish laser hair removal side-effects and ensure that you have a more pleasant experience and get the results you expect.

Once you have undergone the procedure, follow these laser hair removal instructions to properly care for your skin and promote healing.

Ready to get started? Contact us here at The Smile Practice for a free consultation!

The cost of Invisalign UK

September 1st, 2020

The cost of Invisalign

Many people nowadays prefer Invisalign removable aligners over the conventional braces to get their teeth aligned. This is because the removable aligners are much more comfortable and less conspicuous than fixed braces. However, one of the most critical factors that need to be considered while selecting an orthodontic treatment option is the treatment cost.

This article explains everything you need to know about Invisalign treatment costs in the UK.

Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?

If you’re looking for a treatment option that does not affect your facial aesthetics and offers comfort and convenience, then Invisalign is often better than braces. However, Invisalign aligners can only be used to fix mild to moderate orthodontic problems.

For complex or complicated issues, dentists recommend using fixed braces as they offer better control over tooth movement.

Is Invisalign Cheaper Than Braces?

Whether you are using braces or Invisalign aligners, the cost of your treatment depends on various factors such as the complexity of the problem, patient compliance, and the availability of financing options. Invisalign braces generally cost the same or slightly more than the traditional braces. This is because Invisalign is a cosmetic orthodontic system that allows you to eat your favorite foods and maintain optimal oral hygiene without affecting your smile.

Some dental offices provide 0% finance or interest-free loans to facilitate payment. It is always a good idea to book a free consultation with your orthodontist and discuss all your queries before you start your aligner treatment.

Why Are Braces So Expensive in the UK?

Orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners requires extensive training and investment by your dentist and is not simple as it seems. Before starting your treatment, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, jaws and surrounding structures to identify the underlying problem.

Based on the findings, your orthodontist/dentist will then prepare a detailed treatment plan that is customized according to your dental needs – and one that offers the best aesthetic outcome. All this requires effort and time on the part of your Dentist.

Furthermore, orthodontic treatment sometimes requires additional procedures such as teeth cleanings, dental fillings, root canal treatment, and teeth extraction – that drive-up the braces cost. Not only this, but orthodontists also have provided specialized training to their staff in orthodontic procedures and advanced cross-infection control methods. Finally, the materials and equipment used in orthodontics are quite expensive.

All these factors can affect the total cost of your treatment.  Your dentist or orthodontist will provide you with an overview of the estimated treatment cost after preparing a treatment plan.

Is Invisalign Really Invisible?

Invisalign aligners are made from a clear plastic material – which makes them virtually invisible. People will not notice that you’re wearing aligners unless they observe very closely. However, if you do not clean your aligners properly, they may get stained and affect your facial aesthetics.

But if you clean them properly, you can wear your aligners to any official meeting, social gathering, job interview, or date! – with confidence that no one can see that you’re wearing aligners.

Alternatives To Invisalign?

Nowadays, there are many orthodontic systems available in the market that can be used as an alternative to Invisalign. Apart from the time-tested conventional braces, some of the alternative treatment options in the UK include:

You can consult your orthodontist regarding an Invisalign alternative that best suits your need for teeth straightening.

Does Invisalign Work For Under 18’s?

Invisalign now offers Invisalign Teens – a clear aligner system that is customized for the teenagers. Keeping in view that school or college students are highly conscious of their smile and appearance, Invisalign allows teenagers to get their teeth straightened without affecting their daily life activities.

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign aligners may cost you more in the short-term, but consider this is a long-term investment. Consider its positive impact on your smile, your ability to speak and eat without difficulty, and, most importantly, your self-confidence and personality!

Invest in your oral health today and enjoy its benefits throughout life!

How to get over fear of dentist

July 27th, 2020

Fear of the dentist is one of the primary reasons that patients give for not visiting the dentist regularly. However, this can often lead to the progression of tooth decay or gum disease which can progress painlessly on the whole, only becoming noticeable at home when there is pain, at this point it may be too late to prevent the disease doing irreparable harm.

If only these patients had been to the dentist sooner, they could have prevented this pain and treatment… So let’s look at how we can overcome fears of the dentist.

I’m scared to go to the dentist because my teeth are so bad, what can I do?

The 1st thing to note is that your dentist will not judge you, they see this all of the time and they are there to help. Here are a few simple tricks if you are scared of going to the dentist.

  • Book an appointment time early in the morning. This means you simply wake up, get ready and go to the dentist, without having to worry all day.
  • Bring a friend. This means you have a distraction, a good tip is to agree topics you will talk about when you are at the dentist, for example your latest holiday.
  • Tell the dentist. Do not try to be brave and just put up with being scared. Let your dentist know, they are trained to help and can modify the treatment accordingly (For example, giving you longer breaks).
  • Agree a stop signal. This is a great way to let your dentist know that you need a break, usually razing of one of your hands is a good idea.
  • Avoid alcohol. Whilst it might be tempting to have a drink before you go to the dentist it can actually exacerbate the problem.

How to distract yourself at the dentist

It would be good to think of things to do before your appointment, during your treatment and afterwards.

Before your appointment – bring a friend to the dentist and agree a topic you will talk about, this can be a really great way to help you distract yourself from any anxiety in the waiting room. If you have to go to the dentist alone then take a book or magazine that you find really interesting.

During your treatment – we recommend that at the beginning of the appointment you listen to the dentist, let them know you are nervous and agree a stop signal. This puts you in control. During the actual treatment it can be good to take your mind off somewhere else. If you have an interesting hobby, think about that hobby, plan what you might be doing next, plan your next project, think about all of the details of your hobby. This can be a really good way to take your mind off things with something you enjoy doing.

After your dental treatment – why not treat yourself. Consider treating yourself to something good. If you are able to eat after your appointment why not visit a local cafe and have something you really enjoy. Having something to look forward to after the treatment can really help time fly!

How does sedation help?

Dental sedation can often help with dental phobia, Very often a simple oral tablet can be taken in advance, allowing you to relax. If you an extremely nervous patients then ask your dentist about either inhalation sedation (gas and air) or intravenous sedation. Both of these techniques can help you relax and disappear into your own world and to feel comfortable during dental work.

Will I be judged by the dentist if my teeth are really bad?

Definitely not. Your dentist is there to help and not to judge. Your dentist is a healthcare professional that wants to help you be as fit and healthy as possible, even if you are afraid of the dentist they want to help you overcome any bad experiences and dental anxiety. Looking after your oral health is their primary concern.

What dentist anxiety medication is available?

There are usually 3 types of anxiety medication available:

  • Oral medication – usually taken a few hours before treatment help you relax.
  • Inhalation sedation – typically known as laughing gas. Modern administration techniques have changed hugely since the old mask design. You now simply were very comfortable nose piece allowing you to read your nose and gently relax.
  • Intravenous sedation – this is where a drug is injected into your bloodstream, it allowed you to drift into a twilight world where you are still conscious but have no recollection of what’s happening

Summary

The key takeaway from this blog post helping you to find a dentist that can help with dental anxiety is to talk to your dentist. They are there as a professional to help you with your dental health, they are there to modify any treatments and never judge you. Be honest, let them know that you are fearful and they can help you with relaxation techniques during treatment such as root canal and treatment of other dental problems.

 

How Does Invisalign Work?

March 27th, 2020

how does Invisalign work

Are you worried about your crooked and misaligned teeth, but the thought of wearing metal braces makes you think twice about seeking treatment? Don’t worry; now you can get your teeth straightened without anyone noticing, thanks to the Invisalign clear aligners. Owing to their inconspicuousness, comfort, and convenience, the Invisalign clear aligner has nowadays become the most preferred option to straighten teeth.

Is Invisalign the right option for you? It is best that you should know what Invisalign is and how it works before you decide. This article will take you through the steps that are involved in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Aligners.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic system based on the use of virtually invisible removable aligners. A unique feature of these aligners is that they are made from a transparent material, this puts pressure on the teeth in a similar way to conventional wires brackets. Therefore, they won’t be visible to other people while you’re wearing them. Your dentist will give you a set of numbered aligners, which you will successively wear to move your teeth in proper alignment and occlusion.

How Invisalign Works?

Here are the steps involved in getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign invisible aligners:

  1. Consultation and Treatment Planning

When you visit your dentist for a consultation about getting Invisalign, he or she will perform a detailed examination of your oral cavity and look at x-ray images of your teeth and study models. This is done to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for getting Invisalign aligners. Considering your current oral health status, your dentist will prepare a treatment that will be fully customized for your treatment needs. Your dentist or orthodontist will also calculate the exact treatment time, typically this is anything from 6 months to 2 years.

  1. Designing your Aligners

In the next step, your dentist will use a special device to make digital impressions of your teeth and gums. Your dentist will then send this information to an Invisalign affiliated lab. Back at the dental laboratory, the digital impressions and models will be evaluated thoroughly, in consultation with your dentist, to design a series of aligners that will sequentially align your teeth in optimal angulation and position. Once the designs for your aligners have been made, the laboratory will fabricate them by using the 3D printing technology. These aligners will then be transported to your dentist’s office. Before you start to wear your aligners, your dentist may place some composite patches. These patches allow the aligners to grip onto the teeth and move them in the desired direction.

  1. Wearing your First Set of Aligners

During your next appointment, your dentist will instruct you regarding the use and wearing of your new aligners. For optimal results, you must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day. You should keep in mind that your new aligners may feel slightly uncomfortable during the initial few days of wearing. Don’t worry; it will go away in a few days. You may also have slight difficulty in speaking while your aligners – no need to worry, you will soon get used to your new aligners.

  1. Switching to the Next Set of Aligners

Most dentists ask their patients to wear each set of aligners for about 14 days. Once you have worn a set of aligners for the specified time duration, you should then switch to the next set of numbered aligners. You will feel slight pain and discomfort immediately after switching to your new aligners. This is because the new aligners are continuing to move your teeth, and as your teeth get adjusted, the discomfort should decrease. In this way, you should continue to switch to the next set of aligners after the duration set by your dentist. By the time you have worn two or three aligners, you will start to feel a positive improvement in your smile and facial esthetics.

  1. Visiting your Dentist for Regular Checkups

 While wearing the Invisalign aligners, your dentist will ask you to come for a checkup every four to six weeks. This is to ensure that your treatment is heading in the right direction, and the desired results are being achieved.

  1. Wearing the Retainers

Once your treatment has been completed, your dentist will give you the Vivera retainers by Invisalign. The purpose of wearing these retainers is to ensure that your teeth don’t move back to their previous positions once they have become properly aligned. Even after your treatment has been completed, your dentist will ask you to visit for a follow-up, so that your treatment can be consolidated, and you can retain your brand-new smile. During the Invisalign treatment process it is important to brush and floss your teeth, this will mean removing your aligners.

How Long Does the Treatment Take?

The duration of your treatment depends on two main factors: the severity of your problem and your compliance. Mild problems can normally be treated in 6-8 months. More complex problems may require up to 12 months to complete. Similarly, your treatment will take lesser time if you adhere to your dentist’s instructions and wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day.

Invisalign aligners offer an esthetically superior and more comfortable option in comparison to the fixed braces. Visit us today to discuss the option of your teeth straightening with Invisalign.

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