Sharne’s Six Month Smile Blog – Final Adjustments Week 24 (Start Date 27.7.2017)

Today I had my final adjustments for my six months smile journey. I am so pleased with the results; my goal was to have my lower teeth straight and in line and the fact this has been achieved with not much interproximal reduction or any extractions is simply unbelievable. There was NO room!!

So here is my tooth journey so far,

When I was at primary school I fell over and fractured my front adult tooth (devastation!)

When I reached secondary school, I was old enough to have a porcelain bonded crown at the front which at the time compared to the temporary I had was brilliant. While this was being made I had to attend school with what I can best describe as Mr Chips (Catchphrase) at the front of my mouth. I was so upset.

I eventually had my crown fitted and all was fine, however I was always very conscious of my smile and it’s the first thing I would be drawn to in any photographs being taken.

Since being at Trinity I carried out the Enlighten whitening which was brilliant and Alison then replaced my crown with a ceramic crown. This made such a difference to me and I completely lost all worries of it being noticeable in pictures.

I am now coming to the end of my six-month smiles treatment in which I will then go on to wearing retainers.

Next week I will turn 28 and I couldn’t be happier to entering my birthday with the smile id always hoped for!!

<3 Sharne 🙂

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4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves and a 6MS Sharne!!

 

So, I almost getting to the end of my six-month smile journey and I am over the MOON!!!

On the 14th December I will have been wearing my braces for exactly 5 months and the time has flown by!

At the start of my treatment I was made aware of the risks involved and that my crowding on the lower teeth may prove to be a difficult case but instead of extracting any teeth we tried the six month smile hoping it would work miracles…… guess what it did!!!

After the 5 months of wearing the braces I can safely say that I have no regrets other than I wish I had done this sooner.  Like every treatment it had its tough times and the adjustment appointments can be sore but with a great team they are done quickly and are over before you know it. I did find that after an adjustment appointment my teeth would be tender but for only a day or so and the more my teeth have moved the less discomfort I have at each appointment.

The new Curaprox Ortho range……

……..Is amazing! The manual toothbrushes are great as they have a small line of bristles in the middle to adapt brushing around the brackets and the single tufted brushes help getting into the gaps a larger toothbrush just won’t reach.

I am now looking forward to finishing my treatment and moving on to wearing retainers ?

Until next time – Merry Christmas!!!

Sharne the Selfie Elfie xxxxxx

 

Bite Back at Mouth Cancer – Know the Signs

  • Sore ulcers that persist longer than 3 weeks
  • A red or white patch on the gums, tongue or lining of the mouth
  • A lump anywhere in the mouth
  • Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly
  • Difficulty chewing or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue or mouth
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • A chronic sore throat or voice change that lasts longer than 6 weeks
  • Neck swelling that persists longer than 3 weeks
  • Unexplained tooth mobility that persists longer than 3 weeks
  • Persistent nasal obstruction / mucus causing difficulty to breathe through the nose
  • Unexplained earache

Sharne’s Six Month Smile Journey – Part 3 (Week 11)

Hello Everyone,

So, I can officially say I am almost half way!! Today I had my wire changed and as this is my eleventh week I can safely say I am over the moon!!

To think I had the braces fitted in July is just so hard to believe as the time has flown by. The arch is widening and my “secret tooth” almost has room to come through and join the others!!

Any further struggles since my previous visit…. No! all has settled. I have a new fantastic Curaprox Ortho brush that I have been using and our soft Curaprox brush in the clinic is my new best friend when dining out. It’s funny how your handbag priorities change. I went to a wedding at the weekend and usually I would pack into a small clutch bag a lipstick, phone, money, hairbrush and bronzer but no this weekend I packed my phone, money, Tepe brushes, travel toothpaste and brush and a compact mirror! Good job it did not rain as I definitely had no room for an umbrella.

I would still highly recommend the six-month smile treatment and I hope sharing my journey helps those who are debating adult orthodontic treatment. I did wonder if at 27 I would want to commit to having braces however all I think of is the end result and 6-9 months of my life is such a short time in comparison to a life of easy brushing, a more confident smile and better overall oral health.

Until my next stage,

A contented Sharne

A life saving check – in 45 seconds!

During each and every examination our dental professionals will examine for signs of mouth cancer. There is a simple routine you can carry out at home which is very quick and could be life saving. Please share this blog with your friends and family too – they may be unaware of the signs.

Head and Neck – Look at both sides of your neck, do they look the same? Look for any lumps, bumps or swellings that are only on one side.

Neck – Feel and press along the sides and front of your neck. Is there any tenderness or lumps?

Lips – Pull down the lower lip and look inside for any sores or changes in colour. Then use your forefinger to feel the lip for lumps, bumps or changes in texture. Repeat on the upper lip.

Cheek – Use your finger to pull out your cheek so that you can see inside. Not opening so wide allows you to pull your cheek out a little further. Look for red, white or dark patches. Put your index finger inside your cheek and your thumb on the outside. Gently squeeze and roll the cheek to check for any lumps, tenderness or ulcers. Repeat on the other cheek.

Roof of your mouth – Tilt your head back and use a mirror to look for any change in colour. Run your finger across the roof of your mouth to feel for any lumps.

Tongue – Stick out your tongue and look at the surface in a mirror for any changes in colour or texture. Gently pull out your tongue holding it with a handkerchief or gauze and look at one side first then the other side. Look for any swelling, change in colour or ulcers. Put your tongue up to the roof of your mouth and use the mirror to look for swellings or ulcers.

Floor of your mouth – Look at the floor of your mouth (under your tongue) in the mirror. Look for any colour or texture changes. Press your finger along the floor of your mouth to feel for any lumps or tenderness.

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month A dedicated month-long campaign to raise awareness of mouth cancer. Our team is taking part in a 10km walk in Hyde Park in London to raise money for the Mouth Cancer Foundation. You can sponsor us in the clinic or via our Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/trinitydental 

Thank you for your support 🙂

Sharne’s Six Month Smile Journey – Part 2 (Weeks 3-6)

“The quality of persisting at something and undeterred by drawbacks and setbacks”   

This is now my sixth week of my Six Month’s Smile treatment and MY TEETH ARE MOVING!!!!

Since my previous blog I have experienced different stages of the procedure and I am pleased to say sore gums no more! As I may have already explained, during my first couple of weeks my gums were very tender and I needed to use wax to cover the brackets and create a barrier. I now no longer need to apply the wax and it makes my brushing routine a lot easier.

I have started to notice my lower teeth moving and it can be a strange sensation as you can feel them become slightly mobile however it is very exciting to see them shifting and this is only after six weeks.

I decided in this blog to start with a quote as I am a quote queen and I strongly believe that persevering is the key to everything!

Keep you posted again soon!

Yours

Determined Sharne!

 

Sharne’s Six Month Smile Journey – Part 1 (Weeks 1-2)

“ I am now into the third week of my six months smile treatment and I have to say they now feel like I have always worn them. The first two weeks you prepare for a diet of mushy soft food, sore gums and speech that to some is like a new language. However….. It gets better!! This is all short lived and I am now eating my normal foods and I do not even notice them until it comes to brushing and flossing!

I am starting to feel the teeth moving already which is a great bonus and I cannot wait to see them move more and more!

It’s like a new pair of shoes first you get aching toes, blisters and maybe a dodgy walk but before you know it they are your favourite pair and you wouldn’t be without them!!

I will update you as I go along and show you the progress!

Yours

Six Month Smiley Sharney!”

xx

Teeth Whitening – Don’t be tempted by illegal providers

Did you know, it is illegal to have your teeth whitened by anyone other than a dental practitioner?

The Regulations say that products containing or releasing up to 6 per cent hydrogen peroxide can be used, as long as:

  • Products of this strength are sold only to dental practitioners.
  • A dentist has first examined the patient to make sure there are no risks or any other concern about their oral condition.
  • The patient is over 18 years old.
  • For each cycle of use, first use is by a dental practitioner or under their direct supervision by a dental hygienist or dental therapist.

Over-the-counter products

Tooth-whitening products and kits bought over the counter or on the internet can legally only contain up to 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide. This concentration is too low to have any noticeable effect on the colour of the teeth.

Products that contain over 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide can legally only be sold to a dentist.

Who cannot provide tooth whitening?

The General Dental Council takes the view that applying materials and carrying out procedures designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth amounts to ‘the practice of dentistry’.

Therefore, this confirms that tooth whitening can only be provided by a qualified and registered dentist, or a dental hygienist or dental therapist working to the prescription of a dentist.

More information can be found via the TWIG (Tooth Whitening Information Group) at www.safetoothwhitening.org

Stay safe!

Bruxism in teenagers could be a sign of bullying

 

An extract from Dentistry.co.uk….

Teenagers suffering from from sleep bruxism could be being subjected to bullying, a new study has found.

The study, published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, found that teenagers experiencing verbal bullying in school were four times as likely to suffer from sleep bruxism (65%) compared to those who were not (17%).

These findings have led the Oral Health Foundation to urge parents, schools and dental professionals to keep an eye out for early symptoms related to bruxism.

‘Bullying of any form is absolutely abhorrent and can have a both physical and psychological impact, and when experienced in childhood, can lead to trauma that might last throughout adulthood,’ Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, said.

‘Grinding teeth may not sound like a priority within the wider picture but it could prove to give a vital insight into a child’s state of mind and could be an important sign for us to identify bullying at an earlier stage.

‘Both children and adults tend to grind their teeth when suffering from stress, and bullying is a significant contributor here.

‘Sleep bruxism can be particularly damaging as we are often unaware that we do it.

‘A dull, constant headache or sore jaw when you wake up is the first tell-tale symptom of sleep bruxism and I urge parents, carers and schools to alert to children complaining of this regularly so they may be able to identify cases of bullying and address it.’

Bruxism

It is estimated that sleep bruxism affects more than six million people in the UK (according to the www.nhs.uk/conditions/teeth-grinding/Pages/Introduction.aspx), but many are entirely unaware of it.

Its effects can reach further than the wearing down of teeth too, with recent research showing it can cause dental implant complications.

‘If you feel that you have any of these symptoms and may be suffering from sleep bruxism I urge you to visit your dentist who can assess you,’ Nigel advised.

‘They may choose to fit you with a custom dental appliance which will stop your teeth grinding together in a stressed manner.

‘Suffers can explore a course of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to get to the source of the problem.

‘Making lifestyle changes, such as giving up smoking, reducing alcohol consumption and managing stress can also help alleviate the problem.’