Choosing a dentist is as important as choosing a doctor or other medical professional. You have to choose the person and practice that is right for you. More patients are now choosing the services of a private dentist, as this can offer more flexible appointments and a wider range of treatments. Here are some things to consider:
• The dentists themselves. If you are looking for a more specialist cosmetic treatment like tooth whitening or Invisalign, check whether there are qualified dentists at the practice.
• Accessibility. If you require wheelchair access or need to visit a dentist on the ground floor, let the practice know. A good dental practice will be accessible for all patients.
• Convenience. There are private and NHS dental practices everywhere so find one that is close to you. Ask about their appointment times and see if they can offer you timeslots that work around your job and other commitments.
Often, people will get braces fitted when they are children or teenagers. It’s a popular treatment once all of the adult teeth have come through and a dentist can see that some work is going to need to be done. If you didn’t get braces as a youngster though, it isn’t too late.
Braces are a good idea if you want to fix your teeth so that they are straighter, closer together or have a better bite. You can get braces or another kind of orthodontic treatment to fix the problem at any age via a private dental clinic. You will have the luxury of being able to choose any clinic you want to and if you have dental insurance, you may be able to claim through this.
If you would prefer not to have obvious metal braces at an older age, you could get Invisalign as an alternative. It is transparent and practically invisible so you won’t need to feel self-conscious.
Some people have had painful encounters with the dental “drill” because they weren’t properly numbed or at all. Unsurprisingly, if this has happened you are likely to feel terrified of the “drill”. Thinking of the sound alone will make you feel very anxious.
However, there should be no pain once the tooth is properly numb – only vibration and light pressure. Once you have learned to associate the sound of the handpiece with pain though, it can be quite hard to unlearn this association.
Few people like the sound of the handpiece, even if they haven’t had bad experiences in the past. Electric handpieces are quieter than traditional handpieces and thankfully are becoming more commonplace – they are quite a bit more expensive though. But also, the traditional air-driven models have become much quieter over the years (some brands are quieter than others).
People may also associate the handpiece with an attack on their bodily integrity. It may be useful to know that when a dentist cleans out an area of decay, this area is actually made of a mushy material, and not hard like the enamel on the tooth.
We all are self-conscious about our teeth and even more so if there are gaps at the front. If you want to get your gap fixed and your dentist tells you your gap is appropriate for bonding, there are still a few things to think about before you undergo the treatment. Some personal habits may make bonding a less desirable treatment for you, so make sure to discuss any of the following concerns you may have with your dentist:
If you smoke cigarettes or drink coffee regularly, the composite resin may become stained and take on a yellow appearance. If you are concerned about staining, your dentist may instead recommend closing your gap with porcelain veneers, which don’t stain as easily. Nevertheless, your natural teeth can become discolored, so to keep them consistent with your veneers, you should incorporate a whitening toothpaste.
Another consideration is that the bonding material isn’t as strong as your natural teeth. This means people who bite their fingernails or chew on pens may chip the bonding material because it’s located on the front teeth. Bonding usually lasts for several years, but if you have a biting habit, you may find you need repairs sooner than usual.
Dentures are used to maintain a good appearance and, more practically, to help you chew your food, but this presents some problems. The chewing can put a lot of stress on the security of your dentures, resulting in them steadily loosening over time, becoming increasingly bothersome and irritating.
Secure dentures and good oral hygiene may not seem to be particularly connected but they are, in fact, interrelated. An insecure set of dentures could irritate the gums they are rubbing against, creating sores and therefore a risk of infection. Loose dentures can also get food trapped between the gums and the dentures, which will, again, increase the risk of an infection developing. For these reasons, it is very important that you keep your dentures secure.
In order to do this, a number of different companies have produced their own brand of denture adhesives, that can guarantee a secure connection between your mouth and your dentures for the duration of the day, ensuring no embarrassing mishaps and comfortable meals throughout your day. Consult your dentist for which one would be most suitable for your dentures.