Have you ever wondered how celebrities have such perfect smiles? Are you longing for a red carpet worthy set of bright pearly whites? If so, we have the perfect treatment for you.
Our amazing veneer treatments create beautiful smiles. Veneers are ultra-thin sheets of laminate porcelain, which are crafted to fit over the top of the natural teeth. The veneers are placed over the teeth and can hide a multitude of sins, from discolouration and staining, to chips, worn surfaces and even spaces between the teeth.
We offer Da Vinci veneers and Cerinate Lumineers, both of which produce incredible results. Da Vinci veneers shot to fame after featuring heavily on television makeover shows and Lumineers are known for their stunning translucent sheen, as well as their enhanced durability.
The veneer treatment process
The first step if you are interested in veneers is a consultation. During your consultation, your dentist will talk you through the different treatments and help you to decide which one suits you best. If you decide to go ahead with treatment, we will create impressions of your teeth, which will be used as moulds for your new veneers to ensure a perfect fit over your natural teeth. In most cases, it is necessary to remove a very thin layer of the tooth surface in order to make room for the veneers; this is not painful and will not take long. Once your new veneers are ready, we will fit them and then secure them in place. You can then start showing off your amazing new smile!
Veneers are a popular choice for patients who want a brighter, more glamorous smile, as well as those who have existing aesthetic problems they want to address. If you have any questions, our dedicated dentists will be happy to provide you with more information.
Are you planning a wedding? Are you nervous about smiling for the camera or do you simply want to have a perfect smile for your big day? Dublin18 Dental Care offers an array of amazing treatments to ensure that you are camera-ready and filled with confidence on your wedding day. One of our most popular treatments is 6 Month Smiles.
What is 6 Month Smiles?
6 Month Smiles is an orthodontic system, which can straighten the teeth in just six months. Usually, treatment takes at least 12 months, so this is great news for brides and grooms to be.
6 Month Smiles is a fixed brace system, which concentrates on the teeth that are visible when you smile, making it the perfect treatment for couples who are preparing for their big day. The treatment works very quickly because it focuses only on the teeth at the front of the mouth and the braces are made using the latest technology, including self-ligating wires.
Benefits of 6 Month Smiles
We understand that you want to look your very best for your wedding day. We also understand that you want to flick through the photos and look back on happy memories, rather than worrying about how your smile looks. 6 Month Smiles is an ideal treatment for patients who have minor problems affecting their front teeth, such as mild crowding, small gaps between the front teeth and crooked front teeth. In just six months, your smile could be completely transformed and you can look forward to showing off a beautiful smile on your big day.
6 Month Smile braces are very discreet; they are lighter and finer than traditional fixed braces and the brackets are clear and the wires are tooth-coloured. The braces are also very comfortable and obviously, the most important benefit, is the treatment time. Why not contact the team at Dublin18 Dental Care near Dundrum for more information.
A lot of people don’t like puns; one possible reason for this being that they expose the instability of language, how we aren’t quite as in control of communication as we might think. When writing an article on bridges, the temptation to pun to is almost irresistible. Given how stable dental bridges are, however, I feel exploiting the unstable nature of speech may be a little inappropriate…
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is essentially a way of replacing a missing tooth; they consist of a false tooth which is anchored on to the surrounding teeth. It is called a bridge as, much like a transportational bridge will cross a gap in land, it crosses over and covers the gap in your teeth!
Why would I want to replace a tooth?
Your appearance might be one reason. It isn’t however, the only reason: Tooth loss can affect the way you talk, eat and even the way your face is shaped! It can also increase the risk of you getting gum disease.
Types of bridges
At Dublin18 Dental Care near Dundrum, we specialise in two types of dental bridge: The conventional fixed bridge and the Maryland bridge. Which bridge is best suited for you is mostly determined by the size of your gap and the condition of your surrounding teeth.
The conventional fixed bridge
The conventional fixed bridge is the most common of the bridges and its popularity is mostly the result of its versatility. They are custom made to fit your mouth and teeth, so will blend in perfectly. They are, however, attached to the surrounding teeth by two crowns, which will require the surrounding healthy teeth to shaved slightly.
The Maryland bridge
Maryland bridges operate in a similar way to fixed bridges; they key difference being that these bridges do not use crowns to attach to the teeth adjacent to your gap. This means that no healthy teeth need be affected! The main drawback, however, is that these bridges can, subsequently, only be used in areas of low pressure in the mouth.
Want to talk bridges?
Then call us at Dublin18 Dental Care.
Christmas should be a time for spending time with friends and family, enjoying a few days off and celebrating but we all know that accidents can happen at any time and unfortunately, Christmas tends to be peak season for accidents and injuries. Thankfully, we are on hand to provide emergency dental care and we can also offer information to help you in the event of a festive dental emergency.
Tips for avoiding dental emergencies
Sometimes dental emergencies are completely unavoidable, but there are some simple steps you can take to try and reduce the risk of spending Christmas day in the dental chair. Now is the perfect time of year to have a dental check-up, especially if you haven’t been in the last 6 months; we can have a look around your mouth and check for any signs of dental problems, such as decay or gum disease and arrange treatment if necessary. Check-ups are very quick and painless and they are really important; if you have decay or symptoms of gum disease, these are likely to get worse, not better, so it’s best that we get them sorted as quickly as possible.
Look after your teeth
Christmas is a time of indulgence and that’s fine, but remember not to neglect your teeth. At this time of year, you are probably thinking about going crazy with mince pies, Christmas cake and chocolates, washed down with a drop of Snowball or a glass of red, but spare a thought for your teeth. Sugary foods are a delight for the tastebuds, but they are a nightmare for your teeth, so remember to brush twice a day and try to stick to eating treats at mealtimes.
What to do if you have a dental emergency
If you need urgent dental treatment, contact your dental practice; if it is not open, there should be information online or in the local newspapers about out of hours dental services. If you have damaged or fractured your jaw, you have lost a tooth or you are experiencing prolonged bleeding, visit your Accident and Emergency department; if you’ve lost a tooth, keep it in a glass of milk and avoid holding it by the root; if you are able to see a dentist or doctor quickly enough, they may be able to fix the tooth back into its socket. Contact the team at Dublin18 Dental Care near Dundrum for more information on the emergency services we offer over the Christmas period.
Dental implants are one of the most exciting dental innovations of the last century. Implants are now widely regarded as the most effective long-term treatment for missing teeth and they are becoming increasingly popular.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws, which are used to replace the root section of a mission tooth; the implant is inserted into a pre-drilled socket in the jaw bone and once it has integrated into the bone, it can then support a dental bridge, a denture or a single crown.
Am I a suitable candidate?
Dental implants can benefit a whole range of people; they can support dental bridges, dentures and crowns so they are versatile and suitable for people of all ages. If you lose a tooth as a result of an injury or a sporting incident, an implant is the best long-term solution and once the crown is fitted, the tooth will look exactly like a natural tooth and you will not be able to tell the difference between the implanted tooth and the other teeth.
Implant-retained dentures are ideal for people who have encountered problems with traditional dentures. If you have had dentures in the past but found them uncomfortable and cumbersome, dental implants could be the solution. Implant-retained dentures are much more secure, which improves their function and there is no risk of them coming loose, which gives patients peace of mind and reduces the risk of irritation and sore spots.
Dental implants are suitable for most people; however, if you smoke or you have poor oral health you may be advised to give up or have treatment prior to having implants. Smoking slows the body’s natural healing process and it is beneficial to treat any existing oral health conditions before having any additional treatments.
If you would like more information about dental implants please do contact the team at Dublin18 Dental Care near Dundrum.
The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) congress recently passed a motion making it mandatory for juvenile players to wear mouth guards from the start of 2013. This rule will come into effect for senior player from the start of the following year. According to the IDA (Irish Dental Association), Ireland has one of the highest rates of sports related dental injuries in all of Europe. Unsurprisingly, they have shown great support for the ruling. Of course, this is only the tip of the issue; Mouth guards may now be obligatory, but the one size fits all mouth guard sold in most sports shops are the least effective of the guards available and ‘boil and bite’ guards aren’t a huge improvement. Sadly, it is these store-bought guards that make up 90% of the mouth guards used.
Custom fitted guards
The summer may be upon us, but it won’t be long till until the ‘back to school’ signs are up in the shops. If you your child will be playing contact sport and you really want to protect their pearly whites, then you might want to investigate in custom fitted mouth guards. One common complaint about stock guards is their impact on speech; as these guards lack retention, they must constantly be bitten down on so that they are held in place. This can lead to kids and adults alike altering the guards so that they are better held in place. Often these alterations completely negate what little protection the guards offered in the first place. Custom guards, in contrast, are custom fitted to the wearer’s teeth and will provide the highest degree of both comfort and protection that a mouth guard is currently capable of.
Having a mouth guard fitted is a simple process which we at Dublin18 Dental Care near Dundrum are happy to provide. We will simply take an impression of your teeth and send it on to a dental lab. It really is as easy as that!
We all know that dental hygiene is important, for several reasons. Cleaning and flossing teeth regularly helps stop teeth decaying and thus helps prevent damage. Keeping a clean mouth helps prevent bad breath, and also helps teeth look their most brilliant and white, to ensure a bright smile you can be proud of flashing. However, no matter how much we try to keep our teeth clean, certain foods and drinks, such as tea, coffee and red wine, as well as cigarettes, can stain teeth and cause them to become discoloured. Some degree of discolouration is normal, but it can be easy to feel self-conscious about this and wish there was a way to achieve brighter, whiter teeth, but without the need for expensive artificial tooth-whitening procedures.
Beyond ™ Pearl White ® Whitening toothpaste
Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of Beyond Pearl White toothpaste. Using this dentist-recommended toothpaste regularly will not only help to keep your teeth clean and protected, but it will also help whiten your teeth. The toothpaste contains a powerful stain remover, calcium peroxide, which will help remove stains inside the teeth, while its fluoride will ensure that your teeth remain clean so there is no further build-up. Surface stains are also gently removed by regularly using this toothpaste. The toothpaste will remove tartar build-up and plaque, leaving teeth feeling smooth, looking shiny and protected against bacteria and plaque. In addition, the fresh minty flavour will leave your breath smelling and feeling fresh. Two varieties of the toothpaste are available, Advanced Formula to ensure a thorough clean, and Sensitivity Formula, suitable for more sensitive teeth. This toothpaste is now available exclusively from Dublin18 Dental Care, and is in high demand, so place your order today to ensure that you don’t miss out.
We all like a bit of chocolate. There’s no denying that. And we’re sure everyone will expect dentists to be killjoys when it comes to the topic of Easter eggs, but the fact is that eating a small amount of chocolate or sweet treats during the holidays is no problem at all – provided that you take care of your teeth by means of good oral health maintenance. This is important for children and adults alike, especially those with a particular liking for chocolate treats.
Adults should keep up with a good oral hygiene routine; brushing teeth, using mouthwash and don’t forget flossing. Sugar-free chewing gum can also prove a valuable asset after you have finished eating all those chocolate eggs. It helps to remove debris from around the mouth and aids in the production of saliva. This is vital to the removal of plaque and other bacteria in the mouth – though it is always best to go sugar-free.
Children also need to keep up with a good oral health routine, especially as their teeth are likely to come under attack from more sugar than normal. If your child is old enough then chewing gum can once again prove beneficial.
Sugar-free Easter eggs may not sound fun, but they do actually taste great and still give you that chocolate fix. What’s more they make sure that your teeth are not coming under constant attack from potentially damaging bacteria.
If you do partake in some munching of Easter eggs over the break, which we are sure many of you will do, please stick to a good dental health routine and don’t overdo it. And don’t forget that Dublin18 Dental Care near Dundrum is always here to help.
Oral cancer does not generate the same headlines as some other forms of the disease, such as lung cancer or breast cancer, and many people are under the misapprehension that because it does not affect any of the vital organs it is not as deadly. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, oral cancer – which covers cancers of the mouth and throat – is one of the most dangerous types of the disease, with early detection and treatment essential if the patient is to survive.
Part of a routine check-up at Dublin18 Dental Care for clients from Dundrum and neighbouring areas includes a check for any signs of oral cancer. Often these signs can be very small and subtle with no symptoms that the patient is able to notice. This is just yet one more reason why attending regular check-ups at Dublin18 Dental Care is so important. Yes, it might save a few of your teeth but it could also save your life.
Research has found that there are some things that can increase a person’s risk of developing oral cancer; smoking and drinking damage the cells in the mouth leaving them open to attack from the condition while unprotected sexual contact can also be a factor.
Early symptoms are often mistaken for general issues with oral health; bleeding from the mouth or gums, ulcers and a general feeling of soreness. If you experience any of these symptoms, it would be wise to make an appointment with Dublin18 Dental Care to check if there is anything to worry about. Early detection is so important and you shouldn’t worry that you are wasting anyone’s time. Throat cancer, the most serious of the oral cancers, has a survival rate of 90% if the disease is found and treated early; this drops to just 50% if it is not discovered for several months.
Speak to one of the dental staff at Dublin18 Dental Care today if you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer. We provide free oral cancer screening as part of your 13 point dental health check. This is important for all patients including patients with full dentures.
Dublin18 Dental Care has a vast array of cosmetic dental treatments available, but our primary concern has always been the health of your teeth. It is impossible to achieve a healthy smile if your teeth aren’t at their natural best.
Dental health checks
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly helps maintain the health of your teeth, but it is also important to get checked out by Dublin18 Dental Care near Dundrum every so often (approximately every six months). This means your dentist can check that there are no problems developing and you can discuss any worries you have. Your dentist can also offer advice about how you can improve your oral hygiene routine.
Fillings are designed to provide protection against bacteria by forming a seal over a damaged tooth. Composite fillings are white in colour and therefore far more popular than traditional amalgam metal fillings. They often cost more but are worth it for a completely natural looking smile. Cerec onlays combine the sturdiness of amalgam fillings with the discreet nature of composite fillings and able to treat larger cavities.
Root canal treatment
This is a slightly unpleasant but completely necessary treatment that involves drilling into the tooth cavity and removing diseased pulp. The tooth is then refilled with dental putty and sealed. This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic so it is completely painless and can save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
Unfortunately, leaving an infected tooth inside the mouth can endanger your health, and that tooth will need to be removed. Usually teeth can be removed under local anaesthetic by your dentist, but sometimes more invasive surgery may be required. No matter what happens, you will always be in the hands of an experienced dental professional who is acting in your best interests. There are many options available for replacing lost teeth, which can be found in other areas of the website.
No matter how large or small, Dublin18 Dental Care is here to deal with all your dental needs.