1. Dentistry 'Down under'!

    13th September 2010 by thecourtyardclinic

    Dr. Yasmin George has just returned from a week’s stay in Sydney where she was the guest of Dr. Derek Mahony the owner of Australia’s largest private orthodontic practice and leading orthodontic educator worldwide.

     Dentistry, in particular orthodontics (braces) is a  rapidly progressing field, and it was extremely stimulating and interesting to not only see a wide variety of cases but  to discuss latest techniques for adults and early treatment for children.

  2. Braces, son age 16 in Banstead Surrey

    18th August 2010 by thecourtyardclinic

  3. Invisible Braces, Female in Sunningdale

    12th July 2010 by thecourtyardclinic

  4. Thumb Sucking

    16th April 2010 by thecourtyardclinic

    Sucking the thumb is considered normal behaviour for babies and may even start in the womb. However, if it continues after the age of two or three, it can have negative effects on developing teeth and bite.

    Thumb sucking has the following effects on the mouth and teeth:

    • An open bite in the front: The front teeth in the upper jaw and the lower jaw cannot meet.
    • The back teeth in the upper jaw are pushed inward towards the palate, affecting the bite.
    • High palate: The pressure from the thumb on the growing palate bone affects the shape of the palate.

    If the habit is interrupted very early, the bite recovers and the permanent teeth often grow into a correct position without the need of orthodontic treatment.

    How to stop thumb sucking?

    • Support and encourage your child to stop.
    • You could try coating your child’s thumb with a taste you know they find unappealing such as vinegar.
    • Use Mavala Stop. The bitter but harmless taste help your child (over 3 years) stop sucking the thumb.
    • Consult your dentist. A dentist can provide your child with a thumb sucking deterrant but also can advise if there is an effect on the developing teeth . If there is an adverse  effect ‘orthopaedic’ orthodontic treatment may be indicated.
    • Be patient, children do often grow out of the habit but if you are concerned seek professional advice.

  5. 'State of the Art' Fixed Braces

    13th April 2010 by thecourtyardclinic

    On Saturday 10 April, despite the lovely weather and the Grand National(!) Dr Yasmin George joined 50 experienced othodontists from all over UK and Europe  in London’s Hilton Hotel Paddington, and attended a seminar in Advanced Smile Design using the Insignia brace.

    Insignia is a computerised system that combines digital treatment planning and ‘custom made’ fixed braces and wires to give the patient a faster, more comfortable, predictable treatment outcome with fixed braces.

    Insignia is idea for children and adults who want straight teeth, and not only can show you a preview before treatment starts, of how the teeth will look at the end of treatment….but also  allows the dentist to work to a high level of detail previously not possible with ‘off the shelf’ braces.

    We at The Courtyard Clinic are very excited to be able to offer this level of care to our patients.

  6. Invisible braces

    16th March 2010 by thecourtyardclinic

    What are invisible braces?

    One type of Invisible braces use a method of straightening teeth gradually with a series of clear plastic trays or ‘aligners’ instead of conventional metal braces.

    The distinctive feature of this treatment is that the plastic trays are virtually invisible, making them less noticeable to others.

    How does it work?

     The treatment starts with:

    • Your dentist taking impressions, x-rays and pictures of your teeth.A model of your teeth is cast and then scanned by a specialised scanner.
    • Computer software is used to design custom made trays for you to wear for each step of the treatment.
    • Each tray is designed to gradually move the teeth and therefore has to be worn in a specific order to achieve the desired effect. 
    • Trays are usually worn for two weeks before being replaced by the next ones in the series.
    • Trays are worn at all times including night time. The only time they are taken out is when eating or cleaning the teeth.
    • Treatment time may vary depending on the complexity of the individual case and can take between six and eighteen months.
    • This method is not suitable for every case. Ask your dentist whether you are a candidate.

    Why Invisible braces?

    Compared to conventional metal braces:


    • Cosmetically more appealing.
    • Easier to clean the teeth during the treatment period. 
    • More comfortable to wear.


    • The treatment is dependent on the patient’s consistency of wearing the trays. 
    • The trays have to be removed when eating. 
    • The treatment is not suitable if the patient suffers from bruxism.

    If your teeth are not suitable for the clear ‘aligners’then metal braces on the insides of the teeth are another ‘invisible’ option….this can be on all the teeth or just the front teeth.

    Check out our orthodontic page for more information.

    Companies providing invisible braces:

    • Invisalign®

  7. How often will I need an appointment if I start orthodontic treatment?

    18th December 2009 by thecourtyardclinic

    Appointments for orthodontics usually are between four and eight weeks depending on each individual case.

    Once the appliance has been fitted…the appointments tend to be short ie: 20 to 30 minutes, therefore they won’t take up too much of your time.

  8. Am I too old for braces?

    18th November 2009 by thecourtyardclinic

    No! Treatment can start at any age. Adults in their 50’s have had succcessful treatment.

    ‘Invisible’ braces are more popular with adults…these can be aligner based (such as Invisalign) or fixed metal braces put on the insides of the teeth where they don’t show.

    Here at The Courtyard Clinic, we offer a variety of techniques and a free orthodontic consultation so you can see what options there are for you

    Contact Alison on reception on 01932 582949 to find out more.

  9. Do I have to change my diet during my orthodontic treatment?

    17th November 2009 by thecourtyardclinic

    Not really but  avoid chewing ice cubes, and eating very hard foods such as nougat and pork crackling. It is also a good idea to reduce sweet, sticky, sugary foods.

    Oral hygiene does have to be good during orthodontic treatment, therefore we at The Courtyard Clinic recommend regular visits with Marie our hygienist.

  10. Will my teeth move after orthodontic treatment?

    16th November 2009 by thecourtyardclinic

    Yes, unless proper retainers are fitted and worn as we advise.

    Retainers can be removable or fixed in….Full advice is given on this at the start of    treatment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         At The Courtyard Clinic our courses of treatment include retainers at no extra charge.

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