Our Practice Philosophy
Life's too short to spend a lot of time at the dentist's - but not spending anytime there is the surest way to ensure you do. A little prevention is better than a lot of cure. Everyone has had the experience of knowing we should do something, but then struggling to put it into action. We believe part of prevention is offering patients tips on how to build the necessary behaviour into their lifestyle.
We feel strongly that the children who come to see us in the practice should aim for no fillings. Our children have enjoyed their fair share of sweets and treats but have both avoided any dental work other than benefitting from braces. We know children will often take instruction from another adult before they will accept the advice of their own parents, so we strive to support parents with the vital guidance that many parents are already trying to impart to their children.
Hilary and I are delighted dentistry is moving away from the 'fix it when it needs it' approach, to a preventive outlook which means maximum use of diet advice, fluoride varnishes, resin tooth sealants and brushing technology. Unfortunately, despite the greater awareness within general population about oral healthcare, it is not always possible to avoid some problems developing. When this happens, we hope we can sympathetically sort the problem out and gently nudge the patient in the right direction for avoiding future trouble.
Minimally invasive dentistry is the modern approach to both correcting dental problems due to disease or for the purpose of some cosmetic improvement. This approach aims to preserve as much of the natural tooth tissue as possible which is best achieved using clever adhesive materials.
Tooth whitening is very popular as you get noticeable improvement in the colour of your teeth just by wearing clear thin mouth guards over your teeth at night while sleeping. These covers have a small amount of special whitening gel put in them every night for approximately 10 nights. Unlike crowns or even porcelain veneers, this technique is non destructive of tooth tissue.
Straight teeth with improved colour used to mean cutting teeth down to be covered with porcelain crowns. White resin adhesive materials are now so good they can often achieve the same results without having to destroy so much of the natural tooth. Even so, some changes are too great to be made using the above alone. Orthodontic appliances exist now that are more appealing to adults as they are less visible and required for less treatment time.
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