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Dr Nikita Mehta

Dr Nikita is a Senior Associate at the internationally renowned and ultra high-end dental practice The Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry. She is also Co-Founder and Clinical Director at West House Dental in Pinner, North West London.

5 Signs Your Child May Need Braces

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5 Signs Your Child May Need Braces?

There are several signs that may indicate your child could benefit from early interception orthodontics. These include:

Crowding or spacing issues

If your child’s teeth are crowded or there are spaces between their teeth, interceptive orthodontics can help guide their teeth into proper alignment.

Early loss of baby teeth

If your child loses baby teeth earlier than expected, this could indicate a potential orthodontic issue that can be addressed with early interception orthodontics.

Difficulty biting or chewing

If your child has difficulty biting or chewing, it could be due to misaligned teeth or jaw issues that can be corrected with early intervention.

Breathing issues

If your child has trouble breathing through their nose or frequently snores, this could be a sign of a potential orthodontic issue that can be addressed with early interception orthodontics.

Thumb-sucking or other oral habits

If your child has oral habits such as thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting, early interception orthodontics can help correct these habits before they cause more severe orthodontic issues.

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If you notice any of these signs in your child, it’s important to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist to determine if early interception orthodontics is the right choice for them.

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Early Interceptive Orthodontics

In this post, we’ll be discussing early interceptive orthodontics and how to determine if it’s the right chice for your child.

Early interceptive orthodontics is the practice of addressing orthodontic issues in children at a young age before they become more severe. By starting treatment early, we can guide the growth and development of the child’s jaw and teeth, potentially avoiding more extensive and invasive orthodontic treatments in the future.

What is interceptive orthodontics

Early interceptive orthodontics is a type of dental care for kids. It’s about simple corrective teeth and jaw issues early, usually before all the adult teeth come in.

This helps prevent more complex problems later on.

Benefits of early orthodontic treatment for children

Early orthodontic treatment helps children in many ways. It can make their teeth straighter and prevent problems with biting and chewing. It might also help them breathe better and improve their overall oral health.

Best age for braces

The best age for braces for kids is usually around 7 to 9 years old. At this age, we can catch problems as the teeth and jaw are still growing. But remember, every child is different, so it’s good to consult your dentist.

How to know if my child needs early orthodontic treatment?

Look for signs like crowded or spaced-out teeth, problems with biting or chewing, early loss of baby teeth, or even breathing issues. If you notice any of these, it’s a good idea to visit an orthodontist for advice.

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Early interception orthodontics is an effective way to address orthodontic issues in children at a young age, potentially avoiding more extensive and invasive treatments in the future.

If you’re concerned about your child’s orthodontic health, schedule a consultation with us at West House Dental

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Should you rinse after brushing teeth

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Should You Rinse After Brushing Teeth

The naturally occurring mineral fluoride can help strengthen teeth and prevent decay.

Many dental products contain fluoride, including toothpaste, mouthwash, and drinking water. Fluoride strengthens the hard outer layer of teeth, increasing the defence against tooth decay.

Spitting, Not Rinsing

When using fluoride toothpaste, it is essential to follow the advice of “spitting, not rinsing.” This means that after brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, you should spit out the excess toothpaste but not rinse your mouth with water. Although it may sound strange to most of you, I will explain the rationale below.

This advice is because rinsing your mouth with water after brushing can wash away the fluoride from the toothpaste, reducing its effectiveness. When you spit instead of rinsing, you leave a concentration toothpaste film layer, which increases the time for the fluoride to protect your teeth. At night your natural saliva defence goes down, and the risk of decay increases. By using this simple hack, you will significantly improve your oral health.

If not rinsing is off-putting for you (and for some, it can be), I recommend you rinse your mouth, as usual, to feel minty fresh and then brush for a few seconds with new toothpaste after, which allows the teeth to develop the fluoride film.

Fluoride toothpaste is essential for children, as their teeth are still developing and are more susceptible to decay. The NHS advises that children use fluoride toothpaste under adult supervision as soon as their first tooth emerges.

Correct Amount of Fluoride for Kids

The concentration of fluoride in the toothpaste and the amount of toothpaste used is age dependent. Using the correct amount for the age range and not overusing matters for protection.

Please review the image below for the correct amount and concentration.

How much Fluoride and Toothpaste to use

It’s worth noting that while fluoride is generally safe and effective, it’s possible to get too much of a good thing. In rare cases, excessive fluoride intake can cause fluorosis, resulting in white spots or discolouration on the teeth. To avoid this, following the recommended dosage of fluoride toothpaste and other fluoride sources is important.

Another way to get fluoride is through professional dental treatments, such as fluoride varnish or fluoride gel. A dentist or dental hygienist would usually apply these treatments. They can provide an extra boost of fluoride to help protect your teeth. If you are interested in this, please ask your dentist. These are prescriptive treatments as the amount of fluoride is at a higher concentration. Your dentist can advise on the benefits and their suitability.

In conclusion, fluoride is an important mineral for dental health, and fluoride toothpaste effectively protects your teeth against decay. Remember to follow the advice of “spitting, not rinsing” after brushing to ensure that the fluoride in the toothpaste has time to work.

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How long does it take Invisalign to close a gap?

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How long does it take Invisalign to close a gap?

If you want to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and smile with confidence, Invisalign is a good alternative to traditional braces.

These orthodontic aligners are hard to notice even from up close, so people tend to choose this option instead of old-fashioned ones.

Plus, they are more comfortable for the patient.

But how fast are they and how long will it take until Invisalign aligners close a gap?

Invisalign braces are some of the fastest to work, but, because no two patients are the same, the treatment may take between 3 to 18 months.

Because the interest in these aligners is growing and people have a lot of questions, especially when it comes to the time it takes to see improvements in closing a teeth gap completely, here is more information.

The right answer to this question is “it depends”.

Because patients are different and they have orthodontic issues that vary in complexity.

Invisalign offers a 0.2 mm movement per aligner.

This means that is you have a 2.0 mm gap between the teeth, you’ll have to wait about 3 and a half months for the gap to close.

However, you will have to wear aligners for each tooth.

The entire set of teeth has to be moved by a small distance, so gaps in the back teeth won’t appear.

Most dentists recommend wearing the aligners for three to six months to fix teeth gaps and prevent others from appearing.

The daily recommended amount of time for them to work this fast is between 20 and 22 hours during a day.

In complex cases, you should wear retainers after the treatment.

Sometimes, gaps tend to re-open if you don’t wear adequate retainers.

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Best New Practice 2019

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Best New Practice 2019

We are immensely proud to learn that West House Dental has been shortlisted for Best New Practice 2019 at this year’s Private Dentistry Awards.

It has been an incredible, incredible journey to get here.

Thank you and congratulations also to all our lovely patients, whose kind words, recommendations and amazing feedback has really made all this possible and we are eternally grateful to you all.

Update

It turned out to be an incredible night for West House Dental at the 2019 Private Dentistry Awards.

We are so pleased to announce that West House Dental was crowned as highly commended Best New Practice for 2019.

Co-founder Dr Shabnam Zai said “it’s been hard work, not least juggling starting a business with family and two young children, but we are over the moon”.

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Is Dental Bonding Permanent?

Is Dental Bonding Permanent?

Dental bonding is a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth because it’s fast, painless, and provides natural results.

Whether you have a cracked tooth or you are dealing with discolouration, this cosmetic solution can be just what you need.

But once you get your teeth bonded, you may be wondering: is dental bonding permanent?

Will you be able to enjoy the fantastic results of dental bonding for a lifetime or will you have to redo the procedure?

The answer?

Dental bonding is long-lasting, but not a fully permanent procedure.

With proper care and maintenance, it can last for up to 5 -7 years.

Some bad oral habits can damage or reduce the life span of the composite bonding, so it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene and avoid risk factors.

Why isn’t dental bonding permanent in some cases?

Dental bonding is the application of either porcelain or composite bonding on the damaged tooth.

Although these two materials are strong, they aren’t as durable as your natural enamel, which is why they will damage or stain over time.

How can I maintain dental bonding?

When you leave the dentist’s office with a perfect, pearly-white smile, you want to enjoy it for as long as possible, so here’s what you need to do to expand the lifespan of dental bonding:

  • Avoid putting pressure on the bonded tooth: don’t open food packing with your teeth, don’t bite your fingernails and don’t chew pen caps.
  • Don’t bite down on hard candy, ice cubes, or crunchy foods in general.
  • To prevent staining, avoid coloured foods and drinks such as red wine, coffee, and tea.
  • Give up smoking; tobacco is one of the main culprits behind tooth stains.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with non-abrasive toothpaste and schedule a professional cleaning every six months.

What other factors can influence the lifespan of dental bonding?

Apart from oral hygiene and eating habits, there are a few other aspects that may influence the lifespan of dental bonding without you realising it:

  • An imperfect bite. Because the composite bond isn’t as strong as enamel, an imperfect bite will put too much strain on the structure and cause it to wear down sooner than usual.
  • Teeth grinding. If you have a history of grinding your teeth at night, you should wear a mouthguard. Not only will this prevent damage to the bond, but also other dental problems, such as jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, and tooth cracking.
  • The location of the bonding. Dental bonding at the edge of your tooth or on the front teeth is likelier to crack.

 

 

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Can Tooth Bonding Be Replaced

Can tooth bonding be replaced?

Tooth bonding can last for up 5 to 7 years if you follow the recommended oral health practices, but some accidents, such as biting down on hard foods, can shorten its lifespan.

Damaged tooth bonding can be uncomfortable, so you have to take action immediately.

So, can tooth bonding be replaced?

Yes, tooth bonding can be replaced and this is, in fact, a quick and painless procedure.

When should you replace Tooth Bonding?

If you are no longer happy with the way your dental bonding looks now, you can see your dentist for a replacement.

For example, if you notice that the bonding composite has become stained or discoloured, a replacement can restore your glowing Hollywood smile and boost your confidence.

Unlike staining and discolouration, which are aesthetic concerns and not dental emergencies, a crack in your tooth bonding needs to be addressed as quickly as possible to prevent failure of restoration or leaking and decay.

A professional dentist will carefully examine the chipped tooth, clean the area, and replace the bonding material with a new one.

If you can’t get to the dentist right away, follow these steps to reduce the risk of infection:

  • Avoid swallowing the chipped bonding material
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water

Tooth bonding replacement options

When it’s time to replace your tooth bonding, you can choose from two options:

  • You can replace the old bonding with a new composite resin that matches the natural shade of your teeth. The procedure is quick and painless and can be completed in a couple of dental visits¹. Composite resin isn’t as strong as your natural teeth, but with proper care and maintenance, you can count on it for many years.
  • You can opt for an indirect restoration, which can be more durable and can last for more than 10 years. Veneers or dental crowns are an excellent long-term solution, but keep in mind that placing a dental crown requires more than one dentist appointment.

No matter why you want to replace your tooth bonding, it is important to take action.

There are many professional solutions out there, and a consultation with your dentist will help you choose the one that matches your needs and lifestyle.

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  1. The amount of appointments required is case dependent and may vary depending on the complexity of your particular circumstances.
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Private Dentistry Awards Winner 2018

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Award-Winning Dentistry

We’ve won the coveted 2018 Private Dentistry Awards for Best Practice & Design.

These industry awards, judged by dentists recognises the best that dentistry in the UK has to offer.

We’ve been recognised for the uniquely relaxing environment we’ve created for patients.

Many patients get nervous and anxious when visiting the dentist.  Dr Nikita says, “creating a calm, relaxing atmosphere for patients to de-stress before their appointment was a key consideration when designing and selecting a location for the dental practice”.

Dr Shabnam added, “we are delighted the industry has recognised our efforts in building a patient centric dental practice, which we designed to help calm and relax patients and to provide a refreshingly unique experience”.

Daniella Mancuso a specialist dentist herself and also a patient of Dr Nikita says “aside from Dr Nikita’s outstanding clinical skills, I have to say the practice is stunning”.

Priya Rathod, a patient at West House Dental commented on Facebook, “the environment inside is just stunning and like a show home”.

Best Dental Practice
Dr Shabnam Zai, Dr Nikita Mehta shared the stage with Dr Shivani Patel of Elleven Dental

Dr Shabnam and Dr Nikita of West House Dental shared the stage with Dr Shivani Patel of Elleven Dental, who were also recognised for their outstanding practice in the Harley Street district.

The awards ceremony took place at the Royal Lancaster London on 7th December 2018.

Congratulations to all the team at West House Dental!

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