Monthly Archives: October 2014

Why you are better off choosing a specialist Orthodontist! read more

If you suffer from crowded teeth or an improper bite, the problem can be corrected with orthodontics. However, when you have made that all important decision to do something about your imperfect teeth who should you trust with your treatment, a dentist or specialist orthodontist?

Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry that takes account of the development of the face, teeth and jaws to attain the best function and aesthetics. This is often achieved through the use of orthodontic appliances such as fixed braces or clear aligners. Treatment time can be as little as 6 months or over an extended period in more complex cases. In most cases treatment is discrete and unobtrusive.

An orthodontist is a qualified specialist who had first trained as a dentist and then undergone a further three year full time training. This extensive training is probably the most important reason why you should choose one for your orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists have the ability to recognise many characteristics of dentofacial deformities and bad bites. As orthodontic treatment has the ability to change the position of teeth and the profile of your face permanently, it is best to trust someone that specialises in this field.

There has been a recent boom in general dentists providing orthodontic treatment. This kind of treatment is known as short term cosmetic orthodontics. This generally focuses on the front teeth and does not concern itself with how the upper and lower arches come together. The results can be impressive but rapid relapse is also possible unless accurate retainers are employed. Of course, success rates will depend on the training, experience and talent of the dentist providing the treatment.

Choosing a specialist orthodontist gives you the added advantage of a high level of experience as well as peace of mind throughout the course of treatment and beyond. Cost is kept down as treatment planning is not farmed out to a third party as is the case with many of the highly publicised systems.

At The Mayhill, specialist orthodontist Justin Evans has over 20 years’ experience in this field. He offers a range of expertise that is hard to match.

Please feel free to call us on 01600 712020 for further advice or consultation or visit our website on themayhill.co.uk

Dental Implants- Home and Abroad read more

We have exalted the benefits of dental implants many times in these pages. The benefits to patients’ who have lost teeth or struggle with dentures cannot be underestimated. Cost is often the only barrier to treatment and quite understandably patients weigh this up against other disbursements that life throws at them.

The internet has alerted many patients’ to the possibility of dental tourism where implants are placed in Eastern Europe at a fraction of typical UK costs. Even in London’s Harley Street implants are often at bargain bucket prices!

In recent months we have had to deal with a number of cases where implants provided abroad have failed. In these patients’ the treatment planning was very poor and the quality of laboratory work left a lot to be desired. When things start to go wrong the free flight and hotel stays in Budapest dry up. The dentist who spoke perfect English when treatment is sold to patients’ can only speak Hungarian or Greek when they receive complaints. The long term success of dental implants relies on regular follow up appointments which can be another problem when taking treatment abroad.

Obviously we only see things when there are problems. Many patients are satisfied with their outcome. However, we would advise treading very carefully where implant costs are heavily discounted abroad or in the UK. We were recently offered copies of one of the major implant systems at a fraction of the cost of the genuine product. A tempting offer but one we refused very quickly. These copies have no scientific studies behind them and no proven history. The grade of titanium used is also lower. Like any other fake goods, they rarely live up to the expectations and we would never risk our patients’ care and longevity of their outcome with sub-standard implant components. We use Nobel Biocare or Astra implants which are the market leaders.

If you are considering investing in dental implants we would be happy to meet you at our implant open evening coming up on the 13th of November. You will need to register your interest as places will be limited. We will demonstrate how implants can help you and give examples of cases where patients have been helped by one of the most successful treatments in dentistry. Please call 01600 712020 or email info@themayhill.co.uk for more details or to reserve your free attendance.