News & stories relating to our dental & cosmetic treatments.
The results of Teeth Grinding(Bruxism)
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching that abrades teeth and may cause facial pain. People who grind and clench, called bruxers, unintentionally bite down too hard at inappropriate times, such as in their sleep. In addition to grinding teeth, bruxers also may bite their fingernails, pencils and chew the inside of their cheek. People usually aren’t diagnosed with bruxism until it is too late because so many people don’t realize they have the habit. Others mistakenly believe that their teeth must touch at all times. About one in three people suffer from bruxism, which can easily be treated by a dentist.
Stress and certain personality types are at the root of bruxism. For as long as humankind has existed, bruxism has affected people with nervous tension. Anger, pain and frustration can trigger bruxing. People who are aggressive, competitive and hurried also may be at a greater risk for bruxism.
Can bruxism cause any harm?
Mild bruxism may not require treatment. However, in some people, bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.
Because you may have sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until complications develop, it's important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.
People who have otherwise healthy teeth and gums can clench so often and so hard that over time their teeth become sensitive. They experience jaw pain, tense muscles and headaches along with excessive wear on their teeth. Forceful biting when not eating may cause the jaw to move out of proper balance.
There are several methods to help prevent any further damage to your teeth, such as custom-made night-guard appliances, TMJ toxins, rising the bite, composite or porcelain Veneers.
Composite Veneers picture courtesy by dr Sina Salimi
The objective of therapy is to get the bruxer to change behavior by learning how to rest the tongue, teeth and lips properly. When some people become aware of their problem, simply advising them to rest their tongue upward with teeth apart and lips shut may be enough to change their behavior and relieve discomfort.
Smile Makeover-Angela's Journey at estetica
Angela visited our clinic to discuss her options in improving her existing Smile. She told us how much it was bothering her the colour and shape of the old crowns/veneers/bridge and the fact that her midline was shifted to the right for some time in the Upper Jaw.
And not only aesthetical but there was functional problem with her dentition: food trap in both upper and lower jaw after each little meal; exposed root surfaces(shrunken gum around some teeth) which became sensitive to cold and showed them when smiling.
After thorough discussion of all her options, Angela opted for changing her existing veneers/crowns and bridgework onto new ones as well as straightening and matching in color the lower front teeth.
Following estetica's 8steps of Smile Makeover we now have a very happy Angela with her brand new smile, getting compliments from all her friends.
Smile Makeover estetica's way
What to expect from your Free consultation?
Addressing/evaluating your needs
Discussing different options
Showing similar before and after cases
possibility to do a Mock up
Picture taking and discussing your needs and options in details
discussing estimate of each treatment options
What is involved?
Clinical examination and Xrays
discussing clinical and radiograph findings
Finalising treatment plan and discussing payment plan by phases:
diagnostic phase, preparation phase, temporary phase, fitting final restorations
Proiding detailed written quotation which includes payment sequence for each step
Once you decided to go ahead with treatment next step is to
book 45mins appointment for impression taking
none refundable deposit of 200 to be paid
this fee going towards the diagnostic(study models, wax up, bite records)
What is involved?
Impressions for Study models, Wax up Temporaries and bite records
What is a Wax up?
Wax ups are custom made temporaries designed by your dentist and technician
Balance is payable
Presentation of wax ups and study models
discussing next visit
booking preparation appointment
25% of total cost is now payable
What to expect?
Long appointment, all teeth will be prepared,
all impressions will be taken, temporaries which are made based on wax up will be placed on your teeth.
You will see for the first time how your teeth will look like at the end
50%of total is now payable
6th and 7th Visit
What is involved?
During 4 weeks period you test the temporaries,
all necessary adjustments(bite, shape)will be done
once you are happy with the new smile's look, function
your final restorations(veneers,crowns) will be manufactured,
these restorations will bethe duplicate of what you have already approved
try-in final restoration, once happy fit them permanently
Remaining 25% payable
Why we do SmileMakeover this way?
Your treatment plans are clear and transparent
You will have enough time to consider all your options
From the first stage of your treatment you will be involved in designing your New Smile
Staged payment plan
Temporary phase will allow your dentist to deal with possible complications in future and avoid them
The Revolutionary Invisalign
What is Invisalign and how does it work?
The Invisalign system provides the perfect solution for patients who want to improve the aesthetics of their smile, but are worried about their appearance during the treatment process. Many people still imagine bulky train-track braces when they think of orthodontic treatments. But Invisalign is a discreet orthodontic system using a series of transparent aligners – thus practically invisible to others which is an excellent choice of braces for adults.
Invisalign was designed to provide solutions for many orthodontic problems faced by patients in the past:
• CLEAR - The aligners are invisible to others, which is a real advantage for adults who want braces and worry about their appearance during the treatment process. Traditional fixed braces can be unattractive and this can impact on a person’s confidence. So this is perfect as an adult brace for teeth straightening.
• REMOVABLE - The aligners are removable so clients can eat their usual food. No more food sticking in between braces! This also promotes good oral hygiene as you are able to clean your teeth thoroughly.
• COMFORTABLE - Invisalign is comfortable as there are no metal brackets or wires to irritate your gum or the inside of your mouth.
• EFFECTIVE - Even before your Invisalign treatment is finished, you'll begin enjoying the benefit of a better smile. Teeth alignment will start right from the beginning.
• CUSTOMISED - Invisalign aligners are designed to move the teeth gently thus minimising any discomfort the patient may experience. Each aligner is custom made for the individual so discomfort should be kept to a minimum.
There is also no need for appointments to tighten the braces, which is often the most painful part of the treatment process.
Invisalign is a discreet, comfortable and effective choice of teeth straightening treatment for adults. A great choice for adults looking to have straight teeth with braces that are virtually invisible!