What does your smile say about you?

For many people, a smile is the first thing they'll notice about another person. Whether that's because they're greeted with one that is warm, friendly and makes them feel immediately at ease, or whether they are faced with one that is forced – or even no smile at all – leaving them feel on edge and uncomfortable. A lot can be said for the way we smile and greet other people, especially during an initial impression.

Think about some of the everyday situations you have been in, such as popping to the shops, attending work meetings, or catching up with friends. In all of these cases there will have been times when you have walked away feeling either happy and positive, or angry and upset. Most of the time your reaction will be down to the way the other person initially greeted you. If a shop assistant doesn't look up it can instantly put you in a negative mood, whereas if they serve you with a smile that could set a great tone for the rest of your day. The same goes for career or social situations, our smiles can have a huge effect on those around us.

Do you hide your smile?

So, what about those who feel they need to hide their smile because they are embarrassed about their teeth? This can cause a whole host of problems ranging from others simply thinking that person is miserable, right through to impacting on job aspirations due to colleagues feeling dismissed or uncomfortable around someone who gives off a unenthusiastic tone due to not wanting to show their smile.

If you feel the need to hide your smile away, come and speak to one of our excellent dentists at Dental at MediaCity in Salford, about your concerns. We understand the insecurities that people can have about their teeth and we are here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams through a range of treatment options. Contact our reception team on 0161 207 3655 to make an appointment for a no-obligation consultation

Is snoring damaging your teeth?

It’s National Stop Snoring Week – easier said than done… which is why most of us don’t do anything about our snoring habit. It is often our partners that suffer the most anyway! However, you may be suffering more than you realise…

Do you brush your teeth twice a day, visit the dentist regularly and eat a healthy diet? Yet you are still frustrated and disappointed after visiting the dentist? How can you possibly need another filling…?

If you snore, it may be that this nocturnal habit is causing more damage than you realise.  That deafening gurgling grunting sound that we make when sleeping is caused by the muscles in the roof of your mouth, tongue and throat relaxing. It is these soft tissues that vibrate when the air flows past. This relaxation and the fact your mouth is most likely to be open when sleeping can cause a lack of salivary flow in your mouth. It is saliva that is your first defence against bad breathe, infections, tooth decay and gum disease. Ah ha!

1.       Saliva washes dead skin cells off your tongue, cheeks and gums. If not washed off these cells breakdown and begin to smell.

2.       Without saliva, harmful bacteria from food & drink can grow too quickly. These bacteria can cause infections and sores.

3.       The acids in your mouth produced by plaque are neutralised by saliva, and food particles are washed away. Without a sufficient flow these acids can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

4.       A dry mouth can lead to a burning sensation in more extreme cases.

Continuing with a good oral health routine will help to combat some of these effects. Additionally, it is something that you can explore with your dentist who may be able to adjust the bite of your teeth or recommend an appliance to ease your snoring.

If your mouth is not as healthy as you would like it to be, please don’t hesitate to contact us to see how Dental at MediatCityUK can help you.  You can make an appointment by calling 0161 207 3655 or message us using the form on the contact page. 

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Straightening Your Teeth

Straightening our teeth has become much more of a reality for so many of us. It is far more accessible now. No matter how small the imperfection is, adult orthodontics can help you. The types of braces available are more attractive too, no more metal train tracks (hurrah!), we offer Invisalign, Six Month Smiles and Inman Aligner braces that are far less visible, and work on a much shorter time frame.

Although more affordable, straightening your teeth is still an investment and something that you need to make sure you’re looking after. Whichever brace you went for; there are some golden rules that we advise all our patients to follow during treatment and after:

 
 

1.       Cleaning & flossing

This is important whilst you are wearing your braces, but it is also something that must continue once your treatment has finished. If you previously had larger gaps between your teeth these were probably easier to clean and food was less likely to get trapped between your teeth. However, once straightened and the gaps closed – regular brushing and flossing between teeth is a habit you must get in to.

2.       Extra hygiene appointments

More frequent visits to the Hygienist at Blyton Dental can help you keep your newly straightened teeth in tip-top shape. No point in having lovely straight teeth that are not polished to perfection or that are overpowered by bad breathe is there?

3.       Wear your retainer

We can’t say this enough! To keep your teeth in their new position you will need to wear a retainer at night or have a permanent retainer fitted behind your teeth. It’s tempting to think that your treatment has ended, but teeth naturally move as we age, so to ensure straight teeth for life they must be retained.

4.       Whiten them

So, your teeth are straight and you’re ready to show off your new teeth at the end of your treatment. Why not get them whitened? Whitening them just a few shades can be a great way of setting them off to their full effect.

 5.       Make friends with your Dentist

Keep in touch with us! See your Dentist regularly to keep your teeth healthy and to spot any problems early. We want your new smile to last as much as you do.

So there’s no excuse! Whether you’ve finished treatment, or still have a brace at the moment, we hope these top tips help maintain confidence in your new straighter smile. 

If you are reading this and considering straightening your teeth, Jackie will be very happy to discuss the different options available to you. And whilst we keep a close eye on all our patients; if you had your teeth straightened a while a go elsewhere and are no longer happy with the results please contact Dental at MediaCityUK who will be happy to discuss your smile.