A guide to Invisalign by Dublin 18

Are you curious about straightening your teeth as an adult? Have you been told you would be suitable for invisible aligners?

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At Dublin 18 Dental Rooms, we can offer many orthodontic treatments to adults, including Invisalign Dublin. This nifty and clear aligner has boomed in popularity and is a simple way to straighten your teeth while also being lifestyle friendly. Great!

Here, our team at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms provides a brief guide about how to use Invisalign Dublin and get the straighter smile you want.

Daily use

When you begin using Invisalign Dublin, our team will generally recommend that you keep the aligners in for 22 hours per day.

We also advise that you remove the aligners when you eat food, drink any beverage besides water or when you brush your teeth. When not in your mouth, place the aligners in the carry case provided to keep them safe and damage-free.

Cleaning

You may be wondering if you need to clean your aligners when you use them.

The answer is yes, and it is to reduce the damage caused by plaque and food debris being pushed up against your teeth and gums.

Luckily, as your aligners are made from clear plastic, they are fairly straightforward to clean. Simply rinse them under a cold tap twice a day and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any tough debris. Try not to rinse your aligners under a hot tap, as this can cause them to warp and thus become unusable. Also, don’t use mouthwash to clean them unless advised by our team, as this method can cause staining to occur.

Discomfort

Even in 2021, there is unfortunately still no way to realign teeth without it being a bit uncomfortable. Sorry!

And with invisible aligners, you may notice the slight twinges that accompany the changing of them. To manage this by yourself at home, we recommend taking over-the-counter pain relief. If this doesn’t help, then we advise you to contact us immediately, so we can assess the aligner for correct fit and tracking.

Appointments

You may have read that this particular invisible aligner is accompanied by an app, which allows you to send photos of yourself to the dentist who is overseeing your care. This is a great way to reduce the amount of time you spend in the dental chair.

But remember, with an orthodontic tool, you will still need to attend appointments regularly with our team, but these appointments are used by our team to ascertain how well the treatment is going overall.

Accessories

When looking at the accessories that you may need to keep your invisible aligners working correctly, there are only a couple required. And even then, they are not mandatory.

To help their aligners fit on their teeth correctly, many patients use chewies, round pieces of rubber or plastic which help close air bubbles between the tooth and the aligner. Also, you can use cleaning crystals to help keep your aligners sparklingly clear and assist in eliminating microscopic plaque. But as mentioned earlier, many patients find that rinsing their aligners under a cold tap is enough to keep them clean.

Health advantages of dental implants

Want to close that gap in your smile but aren’t sure if oral implants are worth it?

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When you come to Dublin 18 Dental Rooms, we will ensure that the dental implants Dublin we fit look as natural as possible, while also reducing the associated health issues that accompany having missing teeth.

So, with that in mind, what are some of the physical health advantages of having dental implants Dublin fitted?

Fewer headaches

How do missing teeth cause headaches?

When you sleep at night, the teeth on your 2 jaws rest together and, if there is an issue with misalignment or a gap, they can grind together to try and correct it.

As a result, come morning, you may experience an unpleasant headache or  migraine and may feel unrested. With dental implants Dublin, your jaws will rest together correctly as you sleep and as you don’t need to remove them, any associated headaches or migraines that have plagued your sleep will soon be a thing of the past! Great!

Better oral health

If you have gaps in your smile, you are running a higher risk of developing plaque in these areas. Why? Because they are less likely to be brushed and areas on the adjacent teeth are also less likely to be cleaned properly.

Excess plaque can cause an array of issues with your teeth and gums, so by having oral implants fitted, you can permanently close those gaps and bypass the issue altogether.

Improved physical health

As in the above paragraph, gaps in your mouth often lead to a higher incidence of plaque.

And with a higher occurrence of plaque, you are more likely to develop gum disease, which can lead to secondary health complications.

Some of the more serious health issues include heart disease, increased cancer risks and strokes. By having oral implants placed, you will naturally lower the level of lingering plaque in your mouth and reduce the chances of these serious medical issues occurring.

Better digestion

It is easy to forget when talking about oral implants that our teeth are designed primarily to bite into and chew food.

And while other restoratives like dentures and bridges can aid in this, having gaps in your mouth can cause you to chew irregularly, thus leading to larger chunks of food hitting your stomach due to missing teeth. The end result is a higher incidence of acid reflux, heartburn and even indigestion.

With oral implants, you will not only receive a physically indistinguishable prosthetic to block a gap, but an aid to breaking down foods (whether they are hard or soft), thus eliminating all of these issues and more.

Prevents bone deterioration

When you have a tooth removed, the surrounding bone that was holding it in place begins to shrink back. As a result, your surrounding teeth may become misaligned or, in severe cases, even loose due to this. As oral implants are placed into your jawbone and are designed to fuse, they will help the surrounding bone to grow back and may even reverse signs of jawbone deterioration. This in turn can help to support surrounding natural teeth to stay aligned and will help your facial structure to stay symmetrical.

FAQs about Botox answered by Dublin 18

Are you looking for a long-term solution to lines and wrinkles, but don’t want the inconvenience of a surgical procedure?

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Although you may not know it, in recent years, many dental teams across the UK and Ireland have been training their staff to perform non-surgical facial aesthetics. In simple terms, this means the temporary eradication of lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing using injectables and other non-surgical methods. And not surprisingly, this has led to a boom in many people not only trying these procedures for the first time, but also discovering how remarkable facial aesthetics can be!

At Dublin 18 Dental Rooms, our dental team is proud to be able to offer our suitable patients facial aesthetics, such as dermal fillers and botulinum toxin, or Botox Dublin and will be happy to discuss these options with you. We will always aim to get you the cosmetic results you want, leaving you happy with your appearance.

If you are considering the traditional facial aesthetics procedures, you will probably have a few queries before booking the appointment. Here, our team answers 5 FAQs that we receive from our patients who are trying Botox Dublin for the first time.

How do botulinum toxin injections work?

The main ingredient in Botox Dublin (botulinum toxin) is a neuromodulator, which is injected into a specific area of your face, neck or even hands and then blocks the nerve signal. This prevents the muscles from contracting, thus leading to a reduction of movement and a lessening of lines and wrinkles.

Post-injection, you will notice that your wrinkles begin to reduce in around 3-7 days.

Can any facial area be treated with these injections?

Many facial areas benefit from the use of botulinum injections, but a few have yet to be tested.

Common areas that we inject at Dublin 18 include the eye area (crow’s feet), the forehead and lip lines. We can also inject the chin and the cheeks, to create a more noticeable dimpling effect.

It can also be used on the neck area, to soften the appearance of sagging muscles and may also be injected into the back of the hand to achieve a smoother effect.

Do the injections hurt?

In general, many patients who have had botulinum injections with our team describe a slight stinging sensation when the injections are applied. But you may feel nothing at all!

If you have concerns about discomfort with these injections, talk to our team and we will be able to apply a numbing agent to the treatment site beforehand.

How long do the effects last?

On average, the effects of botulinum toxin last around 3-4 months, but there are a few factors that can impact its longevity.

One is your age at the time of injection; more mature people tend to notice shorter-lived effects. If you smoke, drink alcohol, use sunbeds or sunbathe, then these can also cause a shorter lifespan.

Could I have them redone at a later date?

If you are happy with the effects of the injection(s) and wish to have them redone when they begin to fade, our team can reapply them every 3-4 months as required.

Facts about root canals from our dentist

Need to have a root canal performed and have concerns?

When you come to Dublin 18 Dental Rooms for endodontics, our dentist Dublin will ensure that all of the questions you have are answered, in jargon-free language. That way, you can make the best choice about your dental care for optimal results.

Here, our dentist Dublin explores the top 5 facts you may not know about root canals.

They prevent extraction

As our dentist Dublin will tell you when you have had a dental abscess or have suffered damage to your tooth or teeth, there are typically only 2 options to restore the damage. The first is a root canal, which is preferred (especially if the tooth is largely intact) and the second is an extraction.

As you may have guessed, having a root canal prevents an extraction that can encompass a myriad of health issues including excessive plaque and even orthodontic issues.

They have aesthetic advantages

Many people have concerns that when they have a root canal performed, the tooth that is treated will die. And as you may know, a dead tooth is black or grey and doesn’t leave an aesthetically pleasing finish!

Luckily, root canals do not have this effect and, if used on one of the front teeth, will actually leave you with an impressively finished tooth that looks no different from the ones around it.

And while you may not like the idea of a root canal, you have to admit that having a gap in your smile will likely have a bigger impact on your confidence.

They are over 200 years old

You may be surprised to learn that, although they seem to be a rather modern procedure, the first root canal was performed in 1766.

While not as comfortable as the options available today, the underlying principle was the same; to treat a diseased tooth by removing the pulp. Today, however, we use more sophisticated techniques and will usually achieve better results than they did in 1766!

They don’t hurt!

Many dental patients worry that root canals are painful.

This is a common idea, which may have become so because when you attend a dental surgery to have a root canal fitted you will probably be in quite a bit of discomfort, especially if you have an abscess.

But our team will aim to reduce any discomfort you have when you attend our practice by applying a numbing agent to your mouth before we begin the root canal. So, you won’t feel a thing!

They can be lifelong!

You may have heard that root canals have a short lifespan and that they are only a stop-gap until the infected tooth is extracted.

However, if you have good aftercare, maintain good oral hygiene and see our team every 6 months, then your newly fitted root canal can easily last the rest of your life.

In the unlikely event that a root canal fails, our team will then aim to refit it. Should it continue to fail, we will probably opt for extraction, based on the clinical situation.

Which is better suited to you; Invisalign Dublin or standard braces?

Have you heard of invisible aligners and aren’t sure if they are right for you?

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When it comes to Invisalign Dublin, our team at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms knows a fair bit about this aligner and has helped many people straighten their smiles using it. But is it as effective as a standard brace?

Here, we compare Invisalign Dublin to standard braces to help you assess which one may be right for you. Enjoy!

Treatment time

When you wear a metal brace as an adult, you may need to wear it for up to 3 years depending on the severity of the misalignment that you have.

With Invisalign Dublin, there is an average treatment time of around 3-6 months but, once again, this depends on the severity of the issue. And, while our team will ultimately decide which type of orthodontic tool is suited for you, the invisible option is certainly faster at correcting crooked teeth.

So, invisible aligners win this round.

Comfort

Invisible aligners are indeed designed to offer superior comfort. However, many patients who have used both braces state that they are both somewhat tough to wear.

Braces tend to cause discomfort initially and after each tightening, but aligners can also cause pressure-related soreness after you switch between them. And, as comfort is very individualised and there is no way to move your teeth without some kind of soreness, for this round, we cannot pick a winner!

Discretion

Invisible aligners have that name for a reason.

They are made from clear plastic and use their customised fit to slot over the teeth. Braces are composed of typically metal components, such as a wire and brackets, which are attached to your teeth with dental cement.

One of the key reasons why invisible aligners are so popular is due to their superior discretion and so, for this round, invisible aligners take the gold!

Versatility

Invisible aligners are better at correcting minor and moderate issues with your teeth, especially if those issues revolve around the front teeth.

But, for decades, general braces have been used to correct everything from simple misalignments to more complex cases with success each time. So, for this round, we give the ribbon to the standard brace.

Hygiene

When it comes to wearing fitted braces, you will probably need to visit a hygienist a few times to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy.

And, while there are certain foods that you should avoid while undertaking a brace, you are also tasked with cleaning your braces after each meal. With an invisible aligner, you also have to clean your teeth after each meal but, generally, hygiene is easier. You can remove the aligner to brush your teeth and so, there is a lower chance of you developing cavities or gum issues.

So, for this round, aligners win!

If you are interested in straightening your teeth, please contact our dental team at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms and we will assess which orthodontic tool is right for you.

A short and sweet guide to dental implants Dublin

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, it can be tough to choose a treatment that is suitable, affordable and, more importantly, long-lasting.

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Our team at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms is proud to be able to offer our suitable patients dental implants Dublin and have many years of experience doing just that. We can colour-match them to your smile so they look natural, while also ensuring that the fitting is straightforward and comfortable.

Want to know more about dental implants Dublin? Here, we offer a short guide and aim to answer any of the burning queries you may have about the procedure.

What does the procedure involve?

The process of fitting dental implants Dublin takes between 3-6 months on average to complete.

Firstly, we will need to see you for an assessment. During this, we will look at the overall health of your mouth and take some x-rays to determine if your jaw bone is strong enough to support implants. We will also ask you some questions about your health and any medications you may be taking, as there are a few contraindicated health conditions and medications when it comes to having implants fitted.

On the day of the fitting, we will numb your mouth, make some incisions into your gum line and drill a small hole into your jaw (if needed). Then, we will fit the implant and sew the gum back together.

The implant will then need time to fuse with the jaw, which can vary based on your age and general health. During the next 3-6 months, our team will need to see you and assess whether the implant has fused. Once we are happy that it is secure in your jaw, we will fit the prosthetic tooth or teeth. After this, you can bite into and eat whatever foods you wish without issue. Great!

If your implant is deemed to not be fusing, after 12 months, we will remove it and look into other restorative prosthetics.

Will I be suitable?

Most people are suitable for oral implants; there is no upper age limit, provided that you have good oral and physical health!

As mentioned earlier, there are some conditions such as osteoporosis that can make it harder to fit implants successfully, but we will always aim to meet your aesthetic and functionality needs when possible.

Are there any risks?

As the implants are made from titanium, there is a very low chance that your body will reject them; titanium is safe for use in almost all bone-related surgeries.

However, there is a slight chance of infection, but we will aim to mitigate this by fitting the implants in a clean environment using high-quality tools and techniques and providing you with strict aftercare instructions.

How long will they last?

Provided that you maintain good oral health and hygiene (brushing twice daily and seeing our team every 6 months for checkups), your implants should last up to and over 15 years without a problem.

Of course, if you have concerns that your implants are failing, please contact us.

Facts you may not know about Botox Dublin

Are you looking for a way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face or neck? Are you less than keen on having a procedure like a facelift?

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When it comes to non-surgical facial aesthetics, our team at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms can help you restore more than just your smile. Offering a range of treatments such as Botox Dublin, we can ensure that you feel great about your smile and more!

But how much do you know about botulinum toxin injections? Here, we discuss 5 facts that you may not know about having Botox Dublin. Enjoy!

It doesn’t erase wrinkles

While it is a treatment to smoothen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, you could be forgiven for thinking Botox Dublin fills in the wrinkles in the same way that fillers do.

What it actually does is temporarily freeze the nerves and muscles in your face, thus preventing them from contracting and deepening the fine lines and wrinkles that are already present.

So, many people who undergo the treatment see it as more of a preventive procedure than a restorative one.

It isn’t permanent (sorry!)

Sadly, there is no aesthetic treatment that is permanent.

And, when it comes to having botulinum toxin injections, the longevity of the results is on average between 3-6 months. However, some factors can shorten or even lengthen its effectiveness.

If you are a smoker or you regularly sunbathe, these activities can shorten how long the effects of this treatment remain. There is also evidence that points to the location of the injections impacting on longevity; around the eyes is one of the shorter-lived locations whereas injections to the cheeks tend to have effects that last longer. Your age at the time of administering the injections will also play a part in how long they last, with older individuals needing more regular top-ups of this procedure.

There is some aftercare

Botulinum injections do require some aftercare to ensure that the procedure is effective.

For 24-48 hours post-injection, you must avoid extended periods of time in the sun, smoking or drinking and applying pressure to your face. No wearing makeup, no facial massages and you should sleep with your head elevated for at least 3 days after you have had the injections.

For more advice on aftercare in your specific case, please talk to our team.

The injections are customised

Much like dental care, the amount of botulinum toxin and its strength is tailored to your needs.

For instance, if you are looking to remove extensive wrinkles, we will use a stronger concentration in our injections and may use multiple injections to gain the desired look. This is also done to prolong the effectiveness of the treatment.

It is used in medicine too!

Botulinum toxin isn’t only used for aesthetics.

In medicine, it is used to prevent migraines, treat overactive bladders and even help with excessive sweating. It is also used in optometry to treat a condition known as lazy eye.

A guide to oral cancer from our dentist Dublin

Everyone knows that dental checkups are important for maintaining good oral health.

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But did you know they play a crucial role in defending you against cancer too?

At Dublin 18 Dental Rooms, we know that your mouth can affect the rest of your body and so, during your biannual checkup with our dentist Dublin, we will be sure to check you for signs of oral cancer and, if we spot anything to be concerned about, we will refer you to a hospital immediately.

With that in mind, what exactly are some of the warning signs of oral cancer that you can look out for during your twice-a-day brushing routine? Our dentist Dublin answers that question and others below.

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

Some general warning signs could point to oral cancer and, if you notice them, contact our dentist Dublin immediately for a checkup. These signs include but are not limited to lumps, bumps, and swellings that are inside or around the mouth or on the lips.

Another sign to look out for is the presence of ulcers that show up often, are larger than a 5 pence piece or bleed when touched. If you have problems chewing, swallowing or speaking, then you may need to contact our team for a checkup and an oral cancer screening.

Risk factors

As is the way with most cancers, you can have a heightened risk for the condition due to genetics; if someone in your family has had oral cancer, then we recommend regular screening for it.

Also, if you smoke or chew tobacco, spend long periods in the sun or drink excessive amounts of alcohol, your chances of developing oral cancer can go up. There has also been a link discovered between certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) and the development of oral cancer so, if you have had this ailment in the past, please contact us right away.

How is it diagnosed?

We check for oral cancer during a standard checkup by feeling around for lumps and other swellings in your mouth. We will also look for any oddly coloured areas of tissue and ask you to move your mouth and jaw into certain positions to determine if you have any hidden growths.

If we suspect that you have a lump that looks worrying or detect any related problems using an x-ray, we will refer you to a hospital for more detailed biopsies and diagnostic tests.

Treatment

Should you be diagnosed with oral cancer in the early stages, there is a very high chance that you will make a full recovery. Treatments for it include radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy.

How to prevent it

To prevent oral cancer, we recommend that you stop consuming any tobacco-based products and reduce your alcohol intake. Furthermore, you must aim to reduce your exposure to the sun and, if you work outside, wear a strong anti-UV sunblock. And, of course, make it a point to see our team every 6 months for a checkup!

Dublin 18 Dental Rooms: bringing you Invisalign!

There’s no getting away from it, having misaligned teeth can bring you down. If you are feeling low about your teeth not being aligned, we at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms have a discreet, convenient and comfortable solution for anyone with adult teeth, that will give you the answer you need. Whether you are a teenager at school, who isn’t feeling keen on people seeing you with a mouth full of metal, or an adult who feels too mature to have ‘train tracks’, Invisalign Dublin could be the solution you need to realign your teeth without anyone knowing you’re having treatment!

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What is it?

Invisalign Dublin comprises clear plastic aligners which are worn like a gum shield over the teeth and sit comfortably along the gum line. They apply a small amount of pressure to the teeth to gradually move them into the desired position. They are made bespoke to fit your mouth thanks to iTero 3D scanning technology from which we will be able to take the measurements to have your aligners manufactured. With this scan, we can also generate an animation to show you how your teeth will look once treatment has been completed, and that’s before you’ve even received your aligners. When you do receive them, we will give you sets to change between every week and you will only need to pop in to see us for a check-up every 6 weeks.

How Invisalign comes up trumps

While there are other discreet solutions available, we offer Invisalign for mild to moderate alignment issues. With Invisalign, your treatment could be completed in as little as 6 months. It is a convenient system that allows you flexibility around when you wear the aligners. It is recommended that you wear them for 22 hours a day, leaving you with a couple of hours when you don’t need to have them in; whether you’re playing sports or meeting up with friends, the choice is yours. You can also remove them when you eat and drink, so you won’t need to modify your diet – carry on, as you were! You can also take them out for brushing and flossing your teeth, allowing you to keep up with your oral hygiene routine. This can be a really important benefit when compared with fixed braces that sometimes make it difficult to keep teeth and gums clean, with all of the wires and brackets in the way! And, if you’re the type of person who doesn’t have a lot of time to be spending in a dental practice, then don’t worry! Invisalign’s aligners are really hard to break because they are made of plastic, so you shouldn’t need to see us for emergency appointments. As much as we’d love to see you, we know you have better things to be doing than checking in with us and having to take time off work or school.

Come and see us

If you would like to know if Invisalign Dublin could work for your alignment issues, why not book in for a consultation? We would be happy to meet you and discuss your concerns about your smile. We are a friendly practice who will take all the time you need to answer your questions and examine your mouth thoroughly to devise a treatment plan that is right for you. Let’s forget feeling low and start your dental journey on a high!

Dental implants at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms

It will come as no surprise that having missing teeth can cause all sorts of problems; from leaving any remaining natural teeth and gums exposed more to bacteria which can lead to further complications, to your face shrinking due to a lack of structured support from your teeth. The problems aren’t glamorous! With problems like these, you could also experience anxiety about the appearance of your smile and concern about the concomitant issues attached to having gaps in it. At Dublin 18 Dental Rooms, we have a solution that is effective, comfortable and almost like having natural teeth. Dental implants Dublin allow you to replace just a single tooth, a number of teeth, or all of them!

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What are implants?

Dental implants Dublin consist of metal screws that are made of titanium. These screws are attached to your jawbone where your missing teeth should be. They are designed to act like artificial roots for your replacement teeth which can be crowns, bridges or dentures depending on how many you are replacing. These replacement teeth are attached to the screws with an abutment and once they are, they won’t be going anywhere. Titanium is an amazing metal because it naturally fuses with human tissues and so the screws will be firmly fixed in place. You can rest assured that even when crunching on an apple or chewing on the ribeye steak, your teeth won’t be going anywhere! The implants can be fitted using just local anaesthetic and we are highly experienced in delivering excellent care.

Why should I choose implants?

At Dublin 18 Dental Rooms, we won’t be giving you a hard sell with any of our treatments. We will have an initial consultation with you to discuss your concerns and to examine your mouth. From this investigative session, we will be able to offer you treatment options which will suit you best. When it comes to dental implants Dublin, however, the benefits are clear. Aside from the fact that they won’t loosen when you are talking, they also look completely natural. Your replacement teeth will be made to match any remaining natural teeth you have. We will ensure that the shape, size and shade are all the same so that your smile will be seamless from natural to replacement teeth – nobody will be able to tell the difference! You will also have increased confidence when you are eating and talking, knowing that you won’t have to worry about your teeth loosening as other replacement teeth methods may do.

Alongside these benefits, you may also experience better diction when you speak. Having missing teeth can affect the way we talk, so by filling in the gaps, you are removing an impediment to your clear speech. We also find that patients who have experienced shrinkage in their face benefit from a more youthful appearance after treatment, because the implants give their visage the structure it needed.

What do I need to do?

If you are keen to find out more about dental implants, why not book in for an initial consultation with us? We can discuss everything with you and get your personalised treatment plan on the go and get you smiling with your brightest smile!