Please contact us to have your teeth straightened in Six months one of our Dentists Dr Robert Molloy is weraing them at the moment so he has put his mouth where his advice is!!!
The following are some of the frequently asked questions about Six Month Smiles with thanks to Six Month Smiles for some of the answers.
Q: How can teeth be straightened in only six months?
A: The Six Month Smiles technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely. The key components of the treatment are the use of unique, clear braces and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile.
Q: Six months sounds good, but will I still have a mouth full of metal for the whole time?
A: No! Six Month Smiles uses clear braces that are barely visible to gently straighten your teeth.
Q: How are Six Month Smiles braces more comfortable than regular braces?
A: Six Month Smiles uses low force to move teeth more comfortably. Many people think that the accelerated treatment means simply “tightening” regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that is not true. Six Month Smiles utilizes standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite.
Q: Do Six Month Smiles braces damage the teeth, roots, or gums?
A: There are no more risks of root damage or other issues than those associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles braces are lighter and teeth are seldom extracted, there are actually even fewer risks involved with Six Month Smiles.
Q: Will I have to wear a retainer?
A: Yes, as with any teeth-straightening treatment a retainer is necessary to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. If you don’t want to wear a removable retainer, you can have a bonded retainer placed. There are a variety of options that you can choose from according to your personal preference and situation.
Q: What's the catch?
A: There is no catch. If you are an adult (15 years and older) with crooked or spaced teeth and you're not looking for a major alteration to your bite, this could be the solution for you! Most adults ARE candidates for Six Month Smiles.
Snoring can be controlled.
A look at what you look like on the inside will help us to understand the explaination below.Everything is clearly labeled.
So many people snore, everyone thinks it's normal...
Snoring is the sound you make when you breathe through your nose and mouth while you are asleep. It happens when air doesn't move smoothly through the air passages making the soft tissue in the throat vibrate.
The Sounds of Snoring
The sound of snoring comes from the uvula, the back of the tongue and the other soft tissues of the throat flapping as air passes over them when you breathe during sleep. This can happen even when the tissues are normal size because when you fall asleep the muscles in the throat, soft palate and uvula relax.
Airway blockage is the root cause of all snoring problems. When you snore, your airway is partially blocked by the soft tissues in the back of the throat and by the soft palate and uvula. This causes a decrease of air flow to the lungs. A decrease in air flow causes a lack of oxygen to the brain.
At the very minimum, at least 30% of adults snore on a regular basis and up to 50% snore occasionally. Men snore more than women at a ratio of 2:1 but women do snore. Snoring increases with increasing age and increasing weight. Allergies, asthma, colds and sinus infections increase the risk of snoring.
Drinking an alcoholic beverage before you go to sleep, being overweight, smoking or overeating all can make the problem worse as can some medications like muscle relaxants. In some people simply sleeping on their back can cause snoring.
Snoring can ruin your sex life, and more...
- Living with a snorer can strain even the most dedicated relationship leading to dissension and in some case, divorce.
- If you are kept awake night after night by a bed partner's snoring, you are not getting the sleep you need. Sleep deprivation can lead to irritability, muddled thinking, illness, poor performance at work and drowsy driving.
- When a spouse is disturbed by snoring, he or she will move to a separate bedroom. A recent study pointed out that 80% of snoring couples slept apart.
- The effect of the noise on a sleeping partner of a snorer can raise blood pressure in direct relation to the intensity of the noise. High blood pressure is a known risk factor for stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and dementia.
Snoring can be more than just annoying there are many medical problems associated.
- Repeated deprivation of oxygen to the brain can cause high blood pressure which can damage the carotid arteries on each side of the neck. The carotid arteries carry oxygen to the brain. The damage can lead to the development of cholesterol and calcium containing plaque which further restricts blood flow to the brain and can lead to stroke.
- A report from the University of California School of Dentistry found that 21% of men who snore had hardened blockages in their carotid arteries.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- And now a new study has shown that loud snoring itself can have devastating consequences. An article published in March, 2008 stated that loud snorers had 40% greater odds of having hypertension, 34% greater odds of having a heart attack and 67% greater odds of having a stroke than people who did not snore.
what can your Dentist do about snoring...
Firstly we can give some very simple advice and point you in the right direction of where to start right up to refering you for a sleep study with a chest specialist. The dental device that we make helps keep the bottom jaw forward stopping it falling back as you sleep thus keeping your airway open and leading to better sleep and less snoring.
- Avoid sleeping on your back. Sewing a tennis ball into the back of a T-shirt and wearing that as pajama tops will help to prevent rolling over on your back
- Ask your dentist about your snore problem and a stop snoring mouthpiece called an oral appliance to help stop snoring and control sleep apnea
- Raise the head of the bed 4 inches or so
- Lose weight
- Avoid drinking alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime. Do not take a drink to help you fall asleep.
- Stop smoking
- Avoid medications that relax the muscles (if possible)
- Don't eat a heavy meal within three hours of bedtime
- Ask your bed partner to wake you if you snore
- Exercise to improve your physical condition
- Try nasal strips or nasal dilators to keep the nostrils open
- If the problem is really severe and/or if you stop breathing during sleep get checked by a sleep physician. He or she may recommend a CPAP machine or surgery.
Dental Implants -
As our life span has been increasing, the need for some type of highly functional dental replacement system has become increasingly important. Dental implants are permanent dental replacements that are both natural looking and very functional.
A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth and is made from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V ELI) to exacting specifications. We surgically place the dental implant into either the upper or lower jawbone under local anaesthetic and generally oral sedation. After a period of time, this depends on the dental implant site and the quality of the bone, the dental implant will integrate with the bone and becomes a secure anchor for a replacement tooth, a fixed bridge, a removable partial, or a complete denture depending on the case.
If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene habits then dental implants can outlast any of the other replacement options. Dental Implants offer a similar force to natural teeth for biting. Dental implants are amongst one of the most successful procedures in dentistry. Whilst there is no guarantee that every dental implant procedure will be successful, studies have conservatively shown, a five-year success rate of 95% for lower jaw implants and 90% for upper jaw implants.
Dental implants are sometimes the only option where a tooth is missing and the procedure is more complex and can be a more time consuming treatment than some other tooth replacement options. Dental implants are a dependable solution to missing teeth. Compared with dentures, which can be loose and unstable, dental implants provide a permanent solution that is both functional and natural in appearance, giving you the confidence to smile and show your pearly whites.
Please contact us for an appointment with our implant specialist to have a consultation regarding replacing your missing teeth with implants. 01 67 86 070
The cost of implants can vary depending on where in your mouth the teeth are missing and the length of time the teeth have been missing and the amount and quality of bone, where the implants are required. On average in single tooth cases the cost is between €2000-2700,the difference in price will depend on the degree of difficulty, the type of implant system to be used and the amount of bone present in the area to be restored, there is also 20% tax relief available on implants, thus after this is taken into account the cost is €2025 on an implant costing €2500.
The total cost goes down for multiple implants restored, our Dentists / Implant specialists will advise you and give a written quotation for all the treatments required.
Three people die from head and neck cancer every week - greater numbers than die of skin melanoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma or cervical cancer yet the disease remains relatively unknown.
Oral cancer is also largely preventable as the major risk factors are Tobacco and alcohol consumption.
While the incidence of oral cancer is currently three times higher in males than females, it is rising in females and in younger males particularly with respect to Tongue cancer.
An analysis of recent data by the National Cancer registry of Ireland indicates the rates of oral cancer have increased by 26% in Irish females over the last decade ('94-'05) the most notable increase being the tongue and Tonsil lesions.
The prognosis for the early diagnosed is extremely good, with five year survival rates of 80%-90%, for advanced lesions it can fall as low as 10%-30%. The ability to control Head and neck cancer depends on prevention and early diagnosis.
The effectiveness of screening for breast, cervix and colorectal cancers has been well documented. However while screening for these involves some invasive tests and expensive equipment, oral cancer screening initially involves a relatively simple and painless visual examination of the oral soft tissues.
It usually takes less than a couple of minutes requires no special laboratory tests or special equipment and is routinely done as part of our routine dental check-up at Redmond Molloy.
Dentists are currently the only primary health care professionals that are trained in oral cancer examination. In Ireland only a third of the adult Irish population visit the dentist annually, while less than 50% visit bi-annually. The challenge is obviously to screen more frequently so regular attendance can make the difference between early and late detection and thus survival rates.
When it comes to cancer the message is simple early detection is key, and the easiest place to be screened is at your dentist.
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One in three holidaymakers go on their holidays without dental insurance, a new survey reveals. Research has discovered that a third (33%) of sun-seeking sightseers admit they have no holiday dental insurance, to cover them in the event of a dental emergency.
While more than half of holidaymakers (55%) admit they are unsure if their travel insurance includes adequate dental protection. And only one in nine (12%) knowing their travel insurance includes dental cover.
Dental emergencies can develop at any time, whether you are at home or while you are away. They can range from painful toothaches to broken, loosened or knocked-out teeth, so it is vital that you have the right level of cover to meet any medical or dental needs.“Take out travel cover as soon as you have booked the trip and make sure you carefully examine the small print to know what your policy entitles you to. Most private medical insurance includes dental emergency cover but make sure you check with your insurer to clarify this, as dental care in other countries can be expensive.
In addition to taking out suitable travel insurance which includes medical emergencies, holiday-goers are also advised to make sure they apply for an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which will cover any medical treatment, including dental, that becomes necessary during your trip. The EHIC gives you access to reduced-cost or free medical treatment from state healthcare providers within the EU but it is not an alternative to private travel insurance. ‘Most insurers now insist you hold an EHIC before being able to purchase private insurance. As the card will not cover any private medical healthcare costs, non-medical claims such as lost or stolen property, or trips outside the EU, it is vital you have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy.
Having an accident abroad can be a draining and traumatic experience and ruin your holiday experience so the message, cliché though it may be, is “better to be safe than sorry” and even though all your pre-planning will not prevent the emergency, it will certainly make it easier for you if something does go wrong.
New research reveals that 70%* (9.7 million) of people in the UK with bad teeth say it's negatively affected their lives.
And with 14 million people saying they have bad teeth – that's almost a third (29%) of the adult population that are risking decay to their mental wellbeing, as well as their teeth.
The research cites a reluctance to smile as the most common way that poor dental hygiene impacts lives.
5.4 million (39%*) of those with bad teeth say they try to hide their smile or even avoid smiling altogether. And self-esteem can be eroded too because 4.4 million (31%*) people say that having bad teeth has made them less confident in public.
A poorly maintained mouth is making 2.1 million (15%*) feel depressed and is even stopping 400,000 (3%*) leaving the house. 10%* (1.4 million) don't speak as much as they would if they had better teeth and one million (7%*) say their love life has been negatively affected.
The study reveals that women are more sensitive to the mental impacts of having bad teeth as almost four-in-five (78%*) women who have bad teeth are affected versus just 63%* of men. That's despite more men than women admitting to having poor oral hygiene (33% of men versus 26% of women).
Dentists are clear that maintaining good dental hygiene will help you avoid pain, discomfort and oral diseases which can lead to the loss of teeth; but now we know that it'll also help with your social wellbeing.
The negative mental impacts of having bad teeth identified in our study go beyond vanity – some members of the public are demonstrating some very serious psychological issues, and we'd urge them to see the dentist
The good news for those affected is that there's a solution to almost every dental problem, whether it's to treat pain or whether it's a cosmetic improvement. It's frustrating that most of the complaints we deal with are as a result of neglect and are completely avoidable – so putting more effort into oral hygiene is normally the best solution.
ICM Research conducted amongst a nationally representative sample of 2041 UK adults, 27-29 April 2012
* of those who claim they have bad teeth
Bad breath, morning breath, breath odor or halitosis are all terms used to describe a noticeably unpleasant odor exhaled on the breath. Halitosis is not a problem by itself, but it can cause concerns in our interpersonal relationships.
We are all familiar with how certain foods such as garlic and onions can affect our breath. This occurs because these foods are absorbed into our bloodstream, where they are transferred to our lungs and exhaled. Fortunately, bad breath caused by the foods we eat is only temporary.
The truth is, most breath odor comes from food particles trapped in our mouths. When food remains in the mouth, it becomes a breeding ground for the bacteria that can cause bad breath. Other causes can include poor oral health, improper cleaning of dentures, periodontal disease as well as smoking & tobacco products. Bad breath can also be sign of an underlying medical condition of the stomach, lungs and bloodstream.
Another little known situation that can contribute to halitosis is dry mouth. When our mouth is dry, saliva production decreases, leaving the mouth’s natural ability to clean itself impaired. Saliva is the mouth’s natural mouthwash, which contains properties that reduces bacteria in the mouth. Alcohol consumption, certain medications, breathing through the mouth instead of the nose or a salivary gland disorder can contribute to having a dry mouth.
Recommendations For combatting bad breath
Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal to remove food particles from the teeth and gums.
When you are brushing your teeth, also brush your tongue. The tongue is covered with thousands of tiny hairs that can trap bacteria.
Have regular check-ups at Redmond Molloy to rule out gum disease and to correct any faulty restorations, overhanging fillings or leaking crowns, all of which can trap food and hence bacteria in the mouth causing the bad odour.
Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless sweets to increase the flow of saliva.
If your mouth is dry, drink plenty of water. Try swooshing it around in your mouth for at least twenty seconds to loosen any food particles the bacteria can feed upon.
Avoid breath mints and mouthwashes that contain sugar. Instead of helping, they can make things worse. They only temporarily cover the smell and tend to dry the mouth, creating a more favorable environment for bacteria.
Snacking on vegetables such as raw celery or carrots can keep plaque from forming.
If you are going to an important meeting or on a big date, avoid foods that can cause bad breath, such as onions and garlic.
Avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption, which can dry the mouth.
Quit smoking. Tar and nicotine can build up on the surface of the teeth, tongue and cheeks. It can also dry the mouth and inhibit saliva flow.
Chlorophyll is a natural breath freshener and is found in leafy green vegetables like parsley.
A mixture of 50% hydrogen peroxide and 50% water can be swooshed around in the mouth and used as a mouthwash. Hydrogen peroxide can kill many of the bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Establishing good habits can help your child avoid oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease and also wont lead to them having anything to fear about going to the Dentist. Redmond Molloy tries to answer some questions to give your kids the best start in life. As the proverb says “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”
Can I let my child have sweets?
Most children want sweets, so denial does not work, try and make sure they don’t eat them often and encouraging them only to eat their sweets with or after a meal. This way, your child avoids having extra 'acid attacks' from eating sweets between meals. This helps prevent tooth decay by giving the teeth time to recover from the effects of the acids. We give the same advice to adults who are trying to reduce their cavities.
What are the best snacks to give my child?
The best snacks are the ones that don’t contain refined sugars like fruit and raw vegetables. Try tangerines, bananas, pieces of cucumber or carrot sticks. Other good snacks include breadsticks, crackers, rice cakes and plain popcorn.
Should I let my child have fizzy drinks?
No. Fizzy drinks contain sugars and acids that can affect the enamel on your child's teeth, making it thinner and weaker more susceptible to acid attack and decay, if you find it hard to stop fizzy drinks then always get them to use a straw as it will send the drinks away from the teeth and down to their tummies causing less damage.
What are the best drinks for my child?
The best drinks for children aged over one year old are water or milk. Cow’s milk is not suitable as a drink until your baby is 12 months old. Where formula is a better alternative.
Fruit juices contain sugars and acids so it's best to limit these to mealtimes and use a straw, as then the drink avoids the teeth as it is ingested straight down to the tummy. If your child is thirsty, it's better to give them water than to encourage a taste for sweet drinks. It's best to avoid giving babies fruit-flavored 'baby juices' as then they will develop a sweet drink habit and it is harder to wean them off these drinks, and never give them in feeding bottles."
Fruit juice is not suitable for babies under six months.
Can I let my child have milk at bedtime?
Water is the best drink to give at bedtime, but if you do give milk, don't add anything to it. Chocolate-flavoured 'bedtime' drinks and milkshake powder usually contain sugars, which can increase the risk of decay if given at bedtime. It is best to try and develop the routine where the last thing before bed is brushing the teeth, which can be made into fun time like counting the teeth etc and then after that brushing the only thing allowed is water. so milk then brush not the other way around.
Are sugar-free medicines better for my child?
Yes. Always ask for sugar-free medicines, the usual ones you would use like Calpol and Neurofen also have sugar free versions and remind your doctor about this if you're being given a prescription for your child. This is especially important if your child is taking long-term medication.
When should my child give up bottles?
Your child should begin moving off the bottle and on to a feeder cup at six months and try and get them using normal cups with a straw. Bottles should be given up completely by the age of one especially the night time one, because the teats and spouts encourage children to suck for long periods of time, which can mean the drinks that cause tooth decay stay in contact with your child's teeth for a long time.
Will a dummy or thumb sucking harm my child's teeth?
These won't harm teeth but will encourage an open bite. This is when teeth move to make space for the dummy or thumb. They may also affect speech development. Thumb sucking and dummies won't cause permanent problems as long as the habit stops by the time your child gets their second teeth, but it can be a hard habit to break. Discourage your children from talking or making sounds with their thumb or a dummy in their mouth, and don't dip dummies in anything sweet such as sugar or jam."
What are fissure sealants and should my child have it done?
This is a special filling that is painted onto a child's adult teeth to help protect them. It is generally done within two years of the first molar teeth erupting to protect them from decay it is painless no injections or drilling and it is done at the dental surgery. Talk to your dentist to find out if your child would benefit from this extra protection."
Many people are reminded time and time again that it is important to go to the dentist regularly, but sometimes the full reasoning is not always explained. Prevention is not only better than cure it is less costly. Since many people have an intense fear of going to the dentist, it helps to know why it is important to go to the dentist on a regular basis, as it may encourage otherwise nervous individuals to make a dental appointment. People should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and a dental checkup, with some individuals may need to visit more than twice a year generally for maintaining their gum health which is very much linked to your general health people with bad oral health have a greater risk of heart disease. If you have not been within the last six months, you should probably make an appointment to go to the dentist soon.
The main reason to go to the dentist is to keep your teeth in excellent health. During a tooth cleaning session, a dental hygienist can be much more in depth than you can at home. At Redmond Molloy we have specialized equipment which is designed to remove plaque and tartar while cleaning all around the tooth. The dental hygienist can also offer tips and suggestions for keeping your teeth healthy now and for the future.
It is true that most dental problems do not become painful or visible until they are highly advanced. And unfortunately by then the dental issues are usually irreversible, meaning that an extremely painful tooth will have to be drilled and filled or extracted. By going to the dentist regularly, you can keep an eye on your teeth and the general health of your teeth and also your soft tissues in checking for oral cancer amongst other conditions. The dentist can identify areas of potential risk and head off major dental problems before they occur and reach that painful stage.
So if you want to take the best care of your teeth and have that perfect smile don't wait until you have a toothache before you call your dentist. Prevention is both better and less expensive than cure.
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The main problem that Kerry had teeth wise was that her upper left Central incisor had gone darker than her other teeth, the main reason for something like this to happen is when the nerve in the tooth dies off which can be due to trauma or large fillings in teeth. The treatment is to have root canal treatment on the tooth and then either to have the tooth whitened or to have a crown placed on the tooth and the later is what it looks like Kerry had done, as you can see in the after picture matching one central front tooth is one of the hardest things to get perfect in Dentistry terms and Kerry may have been better to have her two front teeth crowned at the same time to achieve perfect aesthetics. The other option is to internally whiten the front tooth which again is a very simple option.
Katy had lovely teeth to start off with but to enhance them slightly she looks like she had some crown lenghtening which involves some gum alteration at the front, to make the teeth look longer and more full showing less gum when you smile. Then it looks like she has whitened her teeth.
It looks like Celine has had a full mouth reconstruction where she has had crowns both top and bottom these are to widen and broaden her smile and the new teeth are much longer more rectangular and they fill her smile much better and they obviously much whiter as well.
Back in the days of the spice girls Mel C had a gold crown placed on her front tooth and this is what we can see in the first picture much like the previous blog with Amy Winehouse where she is missing a tooth when there is a dark tooth it looks just like a missing tooth so in the after picture when the crown has been restored in tooth coloured material it looks much more feminine and aesthetically balanced.
All these treatment are straight forward everyday easy treatments which we carry out at Redmond Molloy.
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