1. Do you want whiter teeth?

    24th October 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Everyone wants whiter teeth, now at The Courtyard Clinic we are offering the new and improved Zoom whitening to whiten your teeth with powerful yet safe results.

    Using the Zoom in surgery whitening you can whiten your teeth up to 6 shades in 1 hour. Over 4 million patients have used Philips Zoom! Whitespeed to whiten their teeth. It offers a number of advantages

    – Reduced sensitivity

    – Safe for your gums

    – Unique Philips Zoom! Gel Formula- compliant with new EU regulations

    We recommend for the best results that last, to also use a home tooth whitening kit:  Philips Daywhite or Nightwhite.

     

    We find that using this Zoom! combination we have fantastic results which really last!

    If you are interested in whitening your teeth please call 01932 582949 today.

     

     

     

     


  2. How to keep your teeth whiter for longer!

    3rd September 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    White teeth are a sign of beauty and health in modern society. Most of us have heard of dental bleaching or tooth whitening but there is a lot of marketing associated with the whitening industry.

    Here are 5 top tips for keeping your teeth white for as long as possible after whitening:

    1) Watch your diet: anything that can stain a white T shirt can stain your teeth. Curry, red wine, coffee, ketchup

    2) Invest in an electric toothbrush: manual toothbrushing can be very effective if done well. Electric brushes will in general be better at removing stains and so invest in a good one to keep your teeth sparkling!

    3) STOP SMOKING!!: smoking stains the teeth very quickly. In order to maintain sparkling white teeth you need to kick the habit!

    4) Increase the visits to the hygienist: maintaining regular visits to the hygienist will help to remove any stains as well as keeping the gums nice and healthy

    5) Whitening toothpastes: Most whitening toothpastes have abrasive components which can lead to sensitivity, make sure the toothpaste has a high fluoride content to counteract this

    For more information on how to keep your teeth white for longer or to book in with out friendly hygienist. Give us a call on 01932 582949.


  3. Gum disease- we can help!

    31st August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    Gum disease (also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease) is one of the most common disease in the modern world. The disease can progress for many years with no symptoms and thus the first sign of the disease can be when the teeth start to become mobile- by this stage the damage has been done and the supporting bone of the teeth has been lost. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that grow on the tooth surface, the body defends itself against these microorganisms by attacking them as well as the the bone and gum around them.

    The symptoms of gum disease if there are any will be redness or bleeding of the gums while brushing teeth, a receding gum line, halitosis and eventually loose teeth.

    Gum disease has also been linked to other diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes amongst others

    HOW CAN YOU PREVENT GUM DISEASE?

    Regular visits to the hygienist and dentist to screen for and treat the condition

    Good oral hygiene including brushing 2x daily with an appropriate technique as well as  cleaning between the teeth with floss or interdental brushes 1x daily

    Stop smoking

    WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU HAVE ADVANCED GUM DISEASE?

    There are various treatments offered by general dentists as well as periodontists (specialist gum dentists) to stabilise the condition if it is caught early enough.

    Once bone is lost it is very difficult to get back.

    WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE FOLLOWING LOSS OF TEETH?

    Once a patient has lost their teeth to gum disease there are multiple options available for replacing them. These include:

    DENTURES
    BRIDGES
    IMPLANTS

    WHY IS MAINTENANCE SO IMPORTANT?

    Following treatment for gum disease if dentures/bridges or implants are placed it becomes even more important for the patient to maintain good oral hygiene, to not smoke and to keep up regular visits with the hygienist and dentist.

    So if you feel that you may have gum disease or would like to discuss the options for replacing teeth following gum disease give us a call on 01932 58294.


  4. Is cosmetic dentistry for you?

    28th August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    img1.jpg   Here at The Courtyard Clinic our priority to provide our patients and their families with happy and healthy smiles. A number of our patients come to us to improve the appearance of their smiles, our expert dentists are all well trained in advanced cosmetic dentistry and so are more than happy to help. Here are the 5 main ways we help patients achieve bright, brilliant smiles:

    1) Tooth whitening: tooth whitening also known as dental bleaching is a simple and non invasive way of giving our patients a more youthful smile. It involves the placement of hydrogen peroxide gel either in the clinic or in thin plastic trays at home. Many of our patients go up to 7 shades lighter!

    2) Tooth straightening: Often patients will be unhappy with the position of a certain tooth or teeth. The best way to align the teeth is by use of adult orthodontics or braces. Traditional metal braces is still the gold standard of treatment however there are many other options which can be more cosmetic and much quicker than the traditional 2 years of treatment. Treatments such as Damon, Invisalign, Inman Aligner and Social 6 Lingual braces are all available for patients to get the smile they always wanted.

    3) Cosmetic bonding: Patients will sometimes be unhappy with existing visible fillings at the front of the mouth, or may want to correct small discrepancies in the shape of position of their teeth. Cosmetic bonding can be used to change the shape of teeth often without drilling away any of the natural tooth. This “no drills/no injection” technique is fantastic especially for our nervous patients!

    4) Replacing missing teeth: missing teeth can provide an unharmonious smile which many patients are embarrassed of. These spaces can not only be a cosmetic issue but also a functional one with the surrounding teeth drifting an affecting the bite.

    5) Porcelain veneers or crowns: if the teeth have multiple cosmetic issues i.e. problems with a combination of colour, position and shape then porcelain veneers or crowns can be used. Often a patient will have old crowns which they are unhappy with which can be replaced for more cosmetic materials. In specific cases porcelain veneers can be used to provide a beautiful smile- this is frequently used for the “Hollywood smile” appearance that many people desire. If you are unhappy with your smile then give us a call- many of our patients have been putting off improving their smile for many years,  all of our patients who have improved their smiles wish they did it earlier! Call 01932 582949 and book in for a complimentary smile consultation today!


  5. Is it time that you finally made the decision to smile more? With Invisalign clear braces you can!

    7th August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    What is Invisalign?

    Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable clear aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.

    With Invisalign, achieving the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of doesn’t have to be a big deal. In fact, it barely has to impact your day-to-day life at all.

    Comfortable, clear and removable – Invisalign transforms your smile without disrupting your life. Something that over 2.5 million people worldwide have already discovered.

    If you are worried about the straightness of your teeth and would like a complimentary consultation for Invisalign treatment give us a call today on 01932 582949


  6. The Courtyard Clinic named on Top Dental Website Awards 2014

    31st July 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    The Courtyard Clinic is proud to announce that we have been featured in the 2014 Top Dental Sites awards from BracesOrInvisalign.com under their “Sharp-Looking Dental sites” section:

    http://www.bracesorinvisalign.com/top-dental-sites-2014/

    The panel of judges reported that The Courtyard Clinic offered a simple design but covered nearly every single question with ease on its homepage.They particularly liked our dedicated a page to patient anxiety, especially for younger and first time patients.

    Here are The Courtyard Clinic,  we pride ourselves on giving our patients as much information as possible, we feel that especially with our nervous patients this is incredibly important. We are very happy to receive such a lovely award.


  7. Self conscious about white spots on your teeth- we can help!!

    25th July 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Utilising a revolutionary new technique we can now get rid of white spots on your teeth without the need for drills or even injections!!
    DMG Icon is a state of the art technique which The Courtyard Clinic are pioneering. It allows us to give our patients a beautiful even smile whilst still being minimally invasive – requiring no drilling of the teeth!

    Traditionally this would have been treated with veneers or removing the white spots and placing a filling- both of these techniques require drills to remove healthy tooth.
    Now with Icon we infiltrate the teeth with resin which changes the way the light behaves on the teeth. This makes the white spots invisible even under magnification and as you can see with the photo shown the results are fantastic!!

    If you have white spots on your teeth which have always bothered you and would like a homogenous white smile give us a call today on 01932582949 or email on reception@thecourtyardclinic.com


  8. New smiles in a day with CEREC at The Courtyard Clinic

    21st July 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Here at The Courtyard Clinic all of our dentists are experienced users of the CEREC system.
    CEREC is a state of the art technology which allows our dentists to provide crowns and veneers to an incredible level of accuracy in 1 visit instead of the traditional 2 visits you will find in most dentists.

    This means
    1) no temporary crowns or veneers
    2) less time needed in the dental chair
    3) No gooey impression material
    4) Metal free restorations

    The dentists at The Courtyard Clinic are so passionate about this topic that one of our dentists (Dr Simon Chard) even lectures nationally to other dentists on how to use this fantastic technology.
    So if you have old crowns/veneers which no longer look there best or are interested in new crowns or veneers then give Alison a call on 01932582949 and book in today!


  9. Dental Implants: a time machine for lost teeth

    2nd July 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Dental implants have changed the face of dentistry over the last 25 years. It used to be that if you lost a tooth the only options were to live with the space, have a removable denture or have a dental bridge held off the adjacent teeth. None of these solutions were ideal and all of them require some form of extra load being placed on the remaining teeth.

    A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is placed in the bone of the jaw to replace the missing tooth or teeth roots. The bone of the jaw grows towards the titanium screw and it becomes integrated into the jaw, it can then have a tooth or many teeth built on top of it.

    Who can have dental implants??
    If you have good general health then dental implants will almost certainly work for you. However, habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase the number of problems associated with initial healing and thereafter may negatively influence the long-term health of gum and bone surrounding each implant. Remaining teeth might also be compromised making treatment planning less certain.

    How do you choose your implant dentist?

    The placement of dental implants requires the additional training following qualification as a dentist, make sure your dentist has been appropriately trained and is experienced. Using a dentist who only uses the highest quality materials is also to be advised, there are some dental implant companies who do not have a lot of evidence supporting their product. Here at The Courtyard Clinic our implant surgeon is extremely experienced and we only use the best implant materials to make sure we provide the highest success rates for our patients.

    If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to see if you are suitable for dental implants, give Alison a call today on 01932 582949 and book in for a free consultation.


  10. National Smile Month May19th-June 19th at The Courtyard Clinic

    11th June 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    In a nutshell, National Smile Month is the UK’s largest oral health campaign.
    National Smile Month promotes three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:

    •Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
    •Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
    •Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

    The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the British Dental Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people throughout the UK.

    Here at The Courtyard Clinic we fully support National Smile Month and so to celebrate this fact we have put on some great offers for the rest of the month- please check the offers section of the website to find out more!!


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