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What Can You Do to Reduce the Signs of Ageing?

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What is ageing?

Ageing has been perceived as a mysterious, unavoidable and incomprehensible part of life and nature for centuries. There is still a lot of mystery surrounding ageing, however, like biomedical and biochemical research advances every day, we uncover more and more of the mechanisms underlying ageing. Numerous theories exist for the explanation of ageing, but in reality, the truth is likely to be composed of a large number of these theories. One of the most established theories explaining ageing is the oxidative stress theory. During its normal operations, the body produces unwanted chemicals, so-called reactive oxygen species, abbreviated as ROS. These compounds are capable of damaging a wide range of important components found in cells. The body detoxifies some of these chemicals using antioxidant enzymes, like superoxide dismutase. However, as a person’s age advances the levels of these enzymes decrease, which leads to the accumulation of more acquired damage. This becomes visible through the appearance of wrinkles, grey hair and a range of other signs associated with ageing. There is currently research being carried out into potential anti-ageing therapies, however, there is still a long road ahead for this field. If you would like to get lip fillers Kent to alleviate signs of ageing, book an appointment with a dental practice also specialising in facial aesthetics.

Dermal fillers

Currently, there is no approved pharmacological or other treatment against ageing despite the large amounts of money and research effort invested in the topic. However, there are a number of promising results from cell and animal model experiments. Certain studies have concluded that the administration of GDF11 (Growth Differentiation Factor 11) has reduced the levels of age-related biomarkers in aged rats. While this is a very promising result, the translation of animal experiments into human treatments is a long and expensive process, which often does not even succeed. Watch out for scammers advertising such treatments, as it can be both very dangerous and completely ineffective. If you would like to reduce your signs of ageing using lip fillers, go where you can get professional help with the matter.

What is Botox?

Botox is a famous and well-established therapy for the alleviation of age-related signs, such as wrinkles. Botox is the abbreviation of botulinum toxin, which is a highly potent neurotoxin that can be used for medicinal purposes by specialists. It is produced by a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. These bacteria can be present in inappropriately conserved tinned food, which if consumed can lead to toxic effects. Luckily, in a clinical setting botox can have beneficial effects, without any toxicity or significant side effects. This drug acts by blocking the so-called neuromuscular junction, the junction where your motor nerves and target muscles meet. This ability can be utilised in facial aesthetics, as by blocking the neuromuscular junctions selectively in a localised area can smoothen the skin above them, leading to improved aesthetic appearance. Luckily the systemic toxic effects are nothing to be worried about in a controlled clinical setting, as only … Read More..

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Decided to go Ahead with Invisible Braces? What You Can Expect During This Orthodontic Treatment

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So, you’ve decided to try out invisible braces? Good for you!

Once a mere pipedream of adults across the UK, invisible braces offers a visually discrete alternative to traditional orthodontic options, while also giving you a straighter smile, on average, in under a year. Perfect for an upcoming wedding, or another special event.

But, like most things that are new (especially in the field of dentistry), invisible braces are surrounded by an air of mystery; how do they work? What can you expect? Will you need to wear them for longer? Indeed, one of the most worrying parts of the entire process for patients is what to expect at the appointments; is the fitting uncomfortable? Is there a mold to bite into?

Not to worry! In this article, these questions and more surrounding the process of having Invisalign Glasgow fitted will be answered.

The initial appointment

At your first appointment, your dentist will examine your mouth to assess your suitability for Invisalign. Remember, your overall health has to also be good for this treatment to be pursued, so any cavities, gum disease or plaque needs to be gotten rid of before proceeding.

Discuss how you want your final smile to look and, hopefully, the dentist will give you the go-ahead to start treatment with an invisible brace.

Molding process

Remember those videos of people biting into a gooey, grey mold?

Nowadays, invisible braces come with a digital scanner; your dentist will place the scanner into your mouth and a 3D image will be taken in under 60 seconds; better accuracy and no horrible tasting dental clay!

These images are sent to a laboratory so your custom-fitted aligners can be created, which should take up to about 10 days.

First tray fitting

Once your trays are returned to your dentist, it’s time to go in for the fitting!

Placed over your teeth and fitting snugly like a glove, your invisible braces may feel slightly tight but that is normal. They are removable and during your treatment, as you go through the set of trays, you will be required to wear them for up to 22 hours per day.

Your dentist will discuss with you at this stage how to clean them properly, how to ensure they are fitted correctly and with any other queries you have answered, you are good to go!

Check-ups

No two mouths are the same and therefore, you may have to adhere to a more frequent check-up schedule than another person also has an invisible aligner.

Fret not, though. Unlike traditional metal braces, invisible braces do not require tightening or reattaching; simply attend your dental appointments as scheduled so your dentist can check the progress.

Remember, on average, you will be wearing these braces for 6 months and that time will fly by!

Voila! Once your teeth are straightened, you will be given a custom-fitted aligner to wear, to ensure your teeth do not move back into their former misaligned positions. And voila! Enjoy showing off … Read More..

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Are Your Gums as Well Looked After as They Should be?

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Many people will book themselves a dental appointment without even considering that they might need to have their gums looked at too. People often brush their teeth twice a day, but will frequently miss out cleaning their gums as efficiently, because they do not realize that their gums are just as important as their teeth.

More often than not people will only make an appointment to see their dental practitioner for a general check-up, but if your dentist recommends that you have an appointment with your dental hygienist in Edinburgh this is something that you should take seriously. People who have poor oral hygiene are more likely to need to have their teeth professionally cleaned, but even people who brush religiously can still benefit from having a deep clean, to ensure there is no plaque or tartar build-up.

A routine scale and polish can boost your overall health

If you are guilty of not brushing your teeth enough or you simply believe that it is time for your teeth to have a professional clean, then you should book an appointment as soon as possible to reduce your risk of experiencing more severe problems. If plaque and tartar are left to build up then you are more likely to develop gum disease.

The plaque sits on the surfaces of your teeth and is generally removed via brushing. However, if you have a poor routine when it comes to cleaning your teeth it is likely that this plaque will harden and you will no longer be able to get rid of it when you brush. Your dental practitioner will scrape all of the plaque away from your teeth and ensure that there is no build-up in the pockets of your gums either.

What could happen if you avoid seeing your dental professional?

If you avoid visiting your dental professional for a routine check-up then all sorts of problems can be created. A build-up of plaque might seem innocent enough, but that plaque could turn into gingivitis or gum disease and potentially cost you a lot more in the future when you require more costly and complex dental treatments to resolve your problems.

Gingivitis is where your gums become inflamed due to a build-up of plaque and bacteria that is within your mouth. You may notice that your gums bleed slightly when you brush your teeth, or you may suffer from bad breath. Whilst gingivitis is primarily non-destructive and has no painful symptoms, if left untreated it can turn into periodontitis (gum disease). Gum disease is gingivitis’ evil twin and can cause much more severe problems. When your gum tissue becomes damaged it can begin to destroy the bone that supports your teeth, as well as damaging the roots of your teeth too. This means that your gums are no longer strong enough to successfully hold your teeth in place, resulting in tooth loss. If you think that you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease then it is vitally important that you seek … Read More..

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Wish you could have a Straighter Smile?

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How invisible braces can help you in three easy steps!

When you were a child, the idea of having to wear braces was unthinkable; you might have thought that they just get in the way and that you will have to visit the dentist more – this is something that a child would want to avoid as much as possible!

As an adult, you probably wish you could turn back time, to allow your younger self to agree to get those braces that your mum wanted you to get!

When you reach adulthood, appearances are more important and can have an impact on your success and self-confidence. If you have a less than perfectly straight, white smile, you may feel concerned about how others see you, causing you to withdraw from social interactions.

As an adult, the door to orthodontic treatments has not closed and luckily, thanks to advances in dentistry, there are now many more stylish and minimalist braces available that you can wear to help you get that coveted, straight smile.

If you are looking for a more discreet way to correct your smile, choosing an invisible brace, such as Invisalign in Bedford, is probably the easiest way to help boost your confidence, without drawing unwanted attention from those around you.

While relatively new to the world of cosmetic and orthodontic realignment, Invisalign in Bedford is suitable for adults who present with mild to moderate dental alignment issues. It can also be used to help with common dental issues, such as spacing, gaps, and overcrowded teeth.

Curious about how it works? All it takes is three simple steps!

Have the consultation

At your initial consultation, your dentist will use advanced computer technology to plan how your teeth will move when wearing the invisible aligner. They will then create a different aligner for each stage of treatment, which will be removable and, as the name suggests, invisible to the naked eye.

You will probably require a 3-D scan of your mouth at this stage, so your dentist can accurately see how your teeth are aligned and assess the structure of your jaw.

Wear the brace

Once they arrive, you will have to wear your new braces for up to 22 hours a day, to get the most from the treatment.

As they are removable, you can take them out while you eat, drink and even brush your teeth! They are slim enough to sleep comfortably in and only require a quick rinse under the tap to clean, due to their flexible but firm plastic design.

Retainers and smile!

While wearing the invisible brace, you may require a few check-ups with your dentist, just to ensure all of your teeth are moving in the predicted fashion.

The average treatment time lasts between 9 to 15 months, with many treatments being completed sooner, so once your dentist feels it is time to move on to a retainer, all you will need to do is flaunt your smile and wear a … Read More..

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Want an Award-Winning Smile?

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If you find it hard to smile in pictures or are constantly worrying whether people can notice your teeth when you talk, then maybe you should consider investing in orthodontic treatment.

In recent years, more and more adults have been researching convenient and efficient ways on how to obtain the smile they desire. If you are one of these people, visiting a dentist in Mackay may help you in making the right choice of dental treatment.

Crooked teeth 

Common in both adults and children, crooked teeth can come with health problems that can be rectified at your dentist. Teeth can either come in crooked, or they can become crooked over time due to habits such as sucking on a pacifier or tongue thrusting, which is when your tongue pushes too far into the mouth, resulting in an ‘open bite’. Having crooked teeth also means that it can be harder to clean and floss which can result in tooth decay or gum disease. If your teeth are causing health issues, an option to consider is getting braces. Although braces are generally considered a treatment for aesthetic purposes, straightening your teeth does also ensure that your teeth remain healthier for longer.

What are your options? 

Braces are considered a great option for individuals of any age as they aim to straighten teeth into their ideal positions improving both appearance and functionality. There is the option of investing in traditional braces, which are a series of metal or clear brackets attached to each tooth, and an archwire that runs through the bracket slots. Traditional braces are known to straighten the most complex dental problems relatively quickly and are also the least expensive type of braces to invest in. Another option to consider is porcelain or ceramic braces which are exactly like traditional braces, however instead of metal, the brackets are either transparent or the same colour as your teeth. If you still do not like the idea of having fixed braces another dental treatment that is proving to be more popular with adults is Invisalign.

Invisalign 

Many dentists in Mackay are providers of Invisalign which are also known as clear aligners. With the aid of digital technology, you are given a set of clear plastic aligners to wear every day for two weeks before discarding and moving on to the next tray. Invisalign is ideal in that not only do you take the plastic aligners off to eat, but you can maintain your oral hygiene regime, as you are able to brush and floss as normal. It is important whilst undergoing your dental treatment to floss regularly to keep your gum line free from plaque. There are also interdental brushes which have bendable heads, these can reach areas of your teeth that are harder to clean.

If you still find it hard to clean your teeth during your dental treatment it is advisable to book regular trips to see your dentist for a hygiene session. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries … Read More..