At Dublin18 Dental Care we provide composite fillings, also known as white fillings, from just €90. We are proud to be an amalgam-free dental practice and look forward to restoring your teeth without impairing the natural beauty of your smile.
About white fillings
White fillings are very popular now, as many people are willing to pay a little more for natural looking aesthetics and there are concerns about the safety of mercury amalgam filings. White fillings are made from resins and dental composite, which is matched to the natural shade of your tooth for a flawless finish. Composite is safe and durable, and white fillings are an excellent option for patients who have cavities and signs of tooth decay.
Many patients are choosing to replace existing mercury amalgam fillings with composite filings because they are safer in terms of your health and the environment.
What are the advantages of composite fillings?
The most obvious advantage of composite fillings is the aesthetic; with metal amalgam fillings, you can clearly see the filling when you smile or open your mouth to speak, yawn or cough. With a white filling, the filling blends in with your natural tooth and it’s impossible to notice the difference.
Technology has advanced significantly in a relatively short period of time and modern materials are much tougher and more durable than those of old; white fillings are suitable for most teeth and they should last around 7-10 years. These fillings are also completely harmless for your health and they are more environmentally friendly than metal amalgam fillings.
What happens when you have a filling?
Before you have a tooth filled, it will be numbed using local anaesthetic, so you don’t need to worry about feeling any pain. Your dentist will remove any decayed tissue from the tooth and then clean the cavity completely; once bonding agent has been applied to the tooth, the composite is placed inside the cavity and shaped to fill the hole. Once the filling is in place, the composite is set using a curing light.
Dublin18 Dental Care is a forward-thinking practice and we like to ensure our clients in Dun Laoghaire have access to the best treatments available. This is why we are always on the look out for amazing innovations to create beautiful smiles and ensure that you are free from painful teeth and gums. One of our most impressive treatments is 6 Month Smiles, an amazing tooth straightening treatment, which could transform your smile for just €2500!
Everything you need to know about 6 Month Smiles
6 Month Smiles is a fixed brace treatment, which offers so much more than your average set of braces. These discreet, slender braces use state of the art technology to move the teeth rapidly with minimal discomfort and the best news is that your new smile will be ready in just 6 months, around half the time of other fixed brace systems.
There are two main reasons why 6 Month Smiles works so quickly. Firstly, the technology used is extremely advanced and secondly, the braces focus on the social 6 only. The social 6 is the name given to the top and bottom six teeth at the front of the mouth. By focusing on the social 6, the treatment time is cut significantly.
Who is a suitable candidate for 6 Month Smiles treatment?
6 Month Smiles is ideally suited to patients who have minor or moderate issues, which affect the social 6. If you have mild crowding, small gaps between your front teeth or your front teeth protrude slightly and you are looking for a swift, comfortable and convenient treatment, this could be an ideal choice. We often recommend this treatment for patients who come to us wishing to address minor issues in time for a special event, such as their wedding day, as the treatment works so rapidly.
There’s a warm glow in the air and everyone is looking forward to the summer, so what better way to celebrate than with a bright new smile? Our whitening services cater for everyone, with a range of convenient and affordable options to suit all.
Our home whitening kits
At Dublin18 Dental Care, we are well aware that time is of the essence and we offer amazingly convenient whitening treatment for patients who are pushed for time and looking for a simple and easy way of getting a gorgeous, glowing smile. Our home whitening kits are easy to use and the results are very impressive. All patients have to do is wear a bespoke whitening tray for a period of time at home. The tray contains whitening agent, which gradually lightens the shade of the teeth, giving you a beautiful new smile. Patients are advised to wear their whitening trays at night, so that treatment does not impact on their day to day life. With this treatment, you can expect your teeth to look up to five shades whiter in just 2 weeks!
What are the benefits of tooth whitening?
The most obvious benefit of tooth whitening treatment is a more attractive smile, but this can also trigger additional benefits, including increased self-esteem and greater confidence. Many people who have yellow, stained teeth admit that they are reluctant to smile in public because they are conscious of the appearance of their teeth and whitening can help to eradicate these concerns.
We comply with the latest EU regulations regarding the use of premium whitening products and all our treatments are approved for use in the European Union. We no longer offer Zoom! whitening treatment, but have found home whitening treatments to be extremely effective.
Unfortunately, accidents can happen at any time and often, you end up with a dental injury or sudden dental pain when you least expect it. At Dublin18 Dental Care near Dun Laoghaire, we offer emergency dental treatment to ease your pain and ensure you are fit and healthy. Whether you have a sudden, sharp pain in your tooth, or you’ve lost a tooth after an incident on the rugby pitch, we can help.
There are many different types of dental injury and causes of dental pain; these may include:
- chipped teeth
- broken teeth
- dislodged teeth (also known as avulsed teeth)
- jaw pain
- dental abscesses
Sometimes, these issues require urgent treatment and we always try to arrange an appointment as quickly as possible when patients ring and ask to see a dentist in an emergency situation. In cases, such as a dislodged tooth, time is really of the essence and if we are able to see a patient quickly enough, we can often save the tooth.
Dealing with tooth pain
Many patients would admit to suffering from dental pain and simply hoping that it will go away; however, if you have tooth pain and it’s persistent or getting worse, the chances are that something is wrong. It is highly likely that whatever the issue, we will be able to arrange treatment very quickly, but you should never suffer in silence. If you have tooth pain, this could be a sign of decay, a fracture or a dental abscess and it’s always best to get the problem checked out.
What to do in an emergency
If you find yourself in need of urgent dental treatment, call the practice and the reception team will do their best to get you an appointment as quickly as they can. If you need help outside of normal opening hours, we also provide a weekend helpline. Our website also offers an enquiry form and one of our staff team will get back to you.
Over the course of your life your teeth can become weaker than they once were. When a tooth becomes weakened there are restorative treatments that can help. One of these treatments is a dental crown. Dental crowns are a form of tooth restoration that can help protect damaged or cracked teeth and teeth that have broken down over time. They cover the entire tooth and form a protective barrier against further injury or decay.
There are a number of different dental crowns available for you to choose from, but at Dublin18 Dental Care we also offer Cerec Crowns, which are crowns that can made in just one visit. It couldn’t be easier to protect damaged or weakened teeth.
Using modern technology
This efficient and time freeing option is a modern, computerized technology that allows dentists to restore decayed teeth, remove problem amalgam fillings and place crowns all in just one appointment.
This innovative technology uses a camera in order to take a digital picture of your tooth. By doing this, the need to make impressions of your teeth has been removed, thus meaning no more discomfort whilst you sit there with a mouth filled with moulds. The image of your tooth will then be converted into a three-dimensional virtual model of your tooth by the Cerec 3D software; this then allows the dentist to design your new restored tooth on the screen there and then. It is then created by the machinery and is bonded into place, completely eliminating the two or three week wait that was once mandatory.
Range of crowns
At Dublin18 we also offer a variety of other crowns which include; porcelain crowns, which can help achieve natural looking results, Post and Core crowns that are usually applied following root canal treatment and Procera Crowns that consist of stronger material and last longer than regular crowns. They can also be made the same colour as the rest of the teeth so that they look as natural as possible
So if you don’t know which is the best option for you, make an appointment at Dublin18 Dental Care near Dun Laoghaire to discuss the options.
Who needs a bonded retainer? You need a bonded retainer! That is… if you’ve just finished orthodontic treatment. Braces have an unfair cultural stigma attached to them which most people are quite eager to leave behind. The problem is that following brace treatment some people are a little too eager and inadvertently end up causing a relapse which, as you can probably guess, tends to lead to further brace work. Want to avoid this? Then you want a bonded retainer.
What is a retainer?
Well, it is a small removable device (usually consisting of wire and plastic) which retains the position of your teeth. Think of it as a brace-lite. There are three main types of retainer: Hawley, Essix and Bonded. Hawley is the most well-known of these three varieties and incorporates a metal wire which surrounds and keeps your teeth in position. They are also adjustable, which is handy. Essix retainers consist of clear PVC and similar in appearance to the positioners used in ‘invisible’ brace treatments. Bonded retainers, however, are made out of wire and are attached to your teeth via dental glue.
The advantages of a bonded retainer
Bonded retainers are able to hold even amongst the relapse prone teeth in place. They are glued into place, meaning there is no chance of you forgetting to put them back in. Bonded retainers are also mostly invisible as they are attached to the inside of your mouth!
The specifics of a retainer
Teeth are especially likely to relapse during your first month without braces, so make sure to have a retainer of some sort during this period! If your retainer is removable, it should only be taken out for cleaning your teeth and eating. Your dentist will most likely let you know how long to keep this up for. Obviously, if you are wearing a bonded retainer this isn’t an issue. This period can last between two months and a year, sometimes even longer. Following this period it is recommended you still wear a retainer occasionally, especially if you are prone to tongue thrusting!
Listen to your dentist
Remember to attend regular check-ups at Dublin18 Dental Care near Dun Laoghaire and take your dentist’s advice seriously!
Research suggests that if you ask people which physical feature they consider the most important, the majority will say their smile. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have flawless smiles, but this is not a problem, as there is a host of treatments available to fix any problem or cosmetic flaw you could possibly imagine.
Orthodontics is a rapidly advancing field of dentistry, but despite the dawn of exciting new treatments, the good old reliable fixed brace is still going strong and more people choose to have this kind of treatment than any other type of orthodontic treatment. If you are conscious when you smile or meet new people or you find yourself poring over photos of yourself and criticising your smile, a fixed brace could be the perfect solution and what better time to start thinking about your brand new, straight smile than Christmas?
About fixed braces
Fixed braces have been used for decades and they remain a very popular option because they are highly effective and they can treat almost all orthodontic cases. Fixed braces are made from brackets and wires, which are attached to the teeth; the forces generated by the braces cause the teeth to move, producing a perfect, straight smile.
The perfect Christmas gift
If you’ve spent all your money on everyone else and you fancy treating yourself, why not invest in a gorgeous, healthy looking smile and see one of our dentists about getting braces. Braces are not just a treatment for problems like crooked, misaligned and crowded teeth, they are also a means of boosting your confidence and helping you to feel as great as you look. To find out more about fixed braces and how we can help to give you the smile of your dreams contact Dublin18 Dental Care near Dun Laoghaire.
When it comes to straightening your teeth, there are literally hundreds of options available. Traditional braces have competition and many patients opt for clear aligners to get the work done in half the time as traditional wire and metal. One such innovation that has taken teeth straightening by storm is the Clearstep treatment and its completely clear aligner.
If you’re like the vast majority of our patients who desire a straighter smile without the bulk of metal braces, you’ll love the discreet option Clearstep provides. This is an excellent treatment choice for patients who want desirable results without the social stigma of wearing a brace.
Clearstep braces use advanced technology to help you achieve your perfect smile. Through the use of clear positioners that are worn for two weeks at a time your teeth are gently nudged in the right direction. Unlike other types of braces, Clearstep aligners do not affect your speech and they are completely removable, making maintaining your oral hygiene routine easy. What’s more, the aligners can be removed at meal times, which mean you can enjoy your food without the hassle of braces getting in the way.
This new innovative technology is one that needs to be seen in person. Clearstep aligners have taken the world of smile makeovers by storm and we are inviting you to get in touch with us at Dublin18 Dental care near Dun Laoghaire to arrange a consultation today. We are confident that if the Clearstep treatment provides the right fit for you, you will not be disappointed.
An orthodontic retainer is a device made out of wires or clear plastic that ensures that your teeth do not relapse to the original position that they had before the braces treatment.
Dental retainers are not all the same. There are three types of retainers: fixed, removable and clear or invisible.
Fixed retainers (or bonded retainers) are typically glued on the inner surface of your teeth with the help of dental glue. Continuing the work done by the braces treatment, fixed retainers are very efficient at maintaining the positions of your teeth. However, just like in the case of wearing braces, they also make cleaning your teeth more difficult. So make sure that you stay away from sugary foods and drinks, so that your retainer and teeth remain in a perfect condition.
Removable retainers are probably the most common type of retainer. Basically, there is a wire that runs across your front teeth that helps maintain their symmetry and alignment. The most popular type is the Hawley retainer which is custom made out of stainless steel wire and plastic for both your teeth and mouth.
Clear or invisible retainers are more aesthetically pleasing, more comfortable and require no adjustment. However, they are not durable and after a while they can break down. Most people use the invisible retainers as a back-up retainer for the removable ones when they go out to parties or any other kind of social event.
Normally, after the braces treatment, the retainers should be worn full-time for the first 6 months. That is when most relapses or unwanted tooth movements take place. After that, it is ok to wear them only while sleeping. Obviously, depending on the individual needs, that period can be longer or shorter. For questions about dental retainers please do contact Dublin18 Dental Care near Dun Laoghaire.
Maintaining a good level of dental health isn’t only about brushing your teeth morning and night, flossing and using mouthwash. Your diet can also have a significant impact on the state of your teeth and gums. If you are to maintain a good level of dental health, it is best to:
- Consume sugary foods and drinks in moderation.
- Beware of foods with high acidic content, such as fruit juices.
- Drink milk and water to maintain healthy teeth.
Such dietary advice is necessary because:
- Frequent consumption of sugary foods and drinks increases the risk of dental health problems, such as dental caries.
- Acidic food and drink can lead to dental erosion, weakening the teeth and leading to potential sensitivity.
- Water from the tap is fluoridated in many areas, giving people a beneficial level of additional fluoride for their teeth.
Extrinsic sugars are particularly harmful to oral health. These include sugars found in fizzy drinks, confectionery and sweetened cereals. Substituting these foods with healthier choices is fat better for the wellbeing of your teeth and gums.
Dentist Dietary Advice and Patient Education
We at Dublin18 Dental Care have an important role to play in educating patients about nutrition, diet and lifestyle factors that can contribute to poor oral health. We believe that information on dietary advice for healthy teeth and gums should be clear, consistent and accessible for all patients.
Dental Health Promotion and Dietary Intervention
Young people are particularly at risk of dental caries in the Ireland. Statistics of current cases are high and 53 percent of young people aged four to eighteen have dental caries. At Dublin18 Dental Care we provide dental health checks and inform patients how best to care for their teeth and gums. We also provide a wide selection of treatments when required.