Groom-to-be gets smile makeover at our Glasgow dental clinic ahead of big day

Cosmetic dentistry can make a dramatic difference to the appearance of a person’s smile.

We recently saw a 28-year-old male patient, referred to us by his dentist. Due to be married, he wanted a quick, non invasive smile boost for a brighter, natural smile for his big day. Using simple tooth whitening and aesthetic composite additions we improved the appearance and his confidence in his smile. Here are his own words after his visits…

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note regarding my treatment which you are more than welcome to use although I am sure you are not short on compliments for your work!

DELIGHTED WITH END RESULT

“After being referred to Phil from my own dentist and recommended as one of the best cosmetic dentists around, I was unsure as to how much difference there actually would be.

Smile makeover - can boost confidence and improve appearance

Smile makeover – can boost confidence and improve appearance

“I can safely say that I am delighted with the end result and Phil’s team were all superb, from reception to hygienist to Phil himself and I would have absolutely no problem in recommending them to others and can certainly see a huge difference.

“I can understand now why I was referred here.”

We appreciate the patient’s time and effort in sending in this testimonial.

If you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out more about the cosmetic dentistry services we offer then please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

National Smile Month – dental data revealed

Some interesting facts and figures,

Some interesting facts and figures,

We’re in National Smile Month 2013 and the organisers have released more survey findings to mark the occasion.

As you’ll see from the above the survey unveils some fascinating results about our attitude to dental health and more importantly how our dental health can impact on the overall body health. Makes interesting reading…

The most important message coming from the organisers of this month long campaign is the importance of having your dental health checked out on a regular basis.

Their number crunchers have also revealed some interesting facts about the nations approach to visiting the dentist. According to the British Dental Health Foundation –

50 per cent of adults say they visit their dentist every 6 months

21 per cent of adults say they visit their dentist annually

Visiting the dentist annually reduces the risk of tooth decay by 60 per cent

Nearly one in ten people in the UK aren’t registered with a dentist

90% OF DENTIST VISITS ARE FOR CHECK UP

And on the topic of the reasons why the nation does decide to visit the dentist the findings reveal the followng -

27 per cent of adults only visit their dentist when they have a problem

9 per cent of adults visit their dentist with pain

90 per cent of visits to the dentist are for check-ups

The UK is one of the most likely nations in Europe to visit their dentist for a check-up – ranked second (72%), after the Netherlands (79%).

Teeth/Smiles are rated the second most important attraction feature, after personality, and the most important body feature surveyed (including body shape, height, hair, face and eyes).

The National Smile Month is organised and run by the British Dental Health Foundation. This is an independent charity that is dedicated to improving the oral health of the public by providing free and impartial dental advice, educational materials and national campaigns, such as National Smile Month 2013!

For more information about the Foundation and the work it does please see their website by clicking here.

Should you have any questions about the above blog post or if you’d like to make an appointment for a consultation at our Glasgow dental clinic please contact us by email via our contact page or by calling 0141 339 7579 and our reception team will be ready to handle your enquiry.

Dental implants success – “I can now eat apples and corn on the cob without any worry!”

Dental issues can compromise good dental function as well as affecting the appearance of a smile.

Confidence can also be affected if the person has issues with their teeth.

Read this poignant story of a 46-year-old patient who’d had many decades of dental issues – now solved with dental implant work.

IMPROVED DENTAL FUNCTION

She talks of recurring issues – but the success of her implant surgery has improved her dental function, so much so that she can now eat apples and corn on the cob without any problems!

Here are her own words…

“Just a short email to say how pleased I am with all the treatment I received from you and Kasia over the past two years and would like to write a small review.

I DECIDED TO LOOK INTO DENTAL IMPLANTS

For over 30 years I had been having problems with recurring abscesses in my front tow lover teeth. I have had root treatment and 3 apiceptomies but nothing seemed to solve the problem. Eventially I decided to look into dental implants.

After seeing and speaking with Philip I decided to go ahead.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

The treatment over nearly two years was excellent and I always felt confident and at ease at each session as everything was explained and there was actually no pain which I was surprised at! Everything was successful which after 30 years of problems was quite a relief. I would like to also say thanks to Kasia who always made me feel at ease and was lovely.

I can now eat apples and corn on the cob without any worry!!! I would highly recommend implants to anyone.

The reception staff were always very nice and helpful and and all in all this was a good experience.”

Should you have any questions arising from this blog or would like to learn more about the benefits of dental implant work please contact our reception team in the first instance on 0141 339 7579.

Smile makeover for patient in early 60s: self conscious about her teeth since childhood accident.

We received this lovely testimonial from a lady in early 60s who’d been self conscious about her teeth since a childhood accident. She wanted a smile makeover at our Glasgow dental clinic.

This patient wished to improve her smile together with her confidence in her smile.

There was a combination of a missing central incisor tooth, worn, ageing restorations and a shift in the centreline.

Many and varied treatment options were discussed together with the feasibility of each. The patient wished lower arch orthodontics (treatment ongoing) together with new ceramic work on the upper arch to camouflage the alignment issues of the smile. This also enhanced her smile’s aesthetic appearance, improving the shade and harmony.

Here’s her note to us…and the photo montage shows the before/after…

“To Dr Friel and his team…After many years of feeling self conscious about my teeth following a childhood accident, I finally decided to seek advice from Dr Friel. After a consultation a treatment plan was drawn up to enable me to decide which treatment I would prefer.

EXPERTISE AND SKILL

Thanks to the expertise and skill of Dr Friel fitting Zirconia Crowns I now have the confidence to smile when speaking to people.

I would highly recommend a visit to Dr Friel’s Dentistry Practice to anyone who like me put off having work done to their teeth through the fear of the dentist.

Zirconia crowns and orthodontic work helped achieve great result

The before (top) and after of this lady’s smile makeover

FRIENDLY AND PROFESSIONAL

Phil and his excellent team immediately put you at ease, by being so friendly and professional the minute you walk through the door. They have the patience to explain the details of the treatment, and also help to alleviate any fears during the procedures.

I can’t thank Phil and his team enough for all their care and assistance, if only I’d known the final outcome I would have done it years ago.”

We’re always grateful when a patient takes the time to write to us about the experiences in the clinic. If you have any questions arising from this blog post of would like to find out more about smile makeovers please contact us on 0141 339 7579.

Do you have old metal fillings? Ready to go all white?

The topic of white fillings and the question as to whether or not they should be replaces are often raised in our Glasgow dental clinic.

Are you conscious of having old amalgam or silver fillings in your mouth?

Are they a legacy of dentistry done decades ago?

Perhaps you notice when you’re caught on camera laughing or smiling widely and there in the darker recesses of your mouth are the tell-tale signs of fillings of yesteryear!

Today’s techniques and specially produced materials allow dentists to achieve great results that can play a key part in a smile makeover or part of a programme of cosmetic dentistry.

White fillings are a first-class way to return both the colour and shape to teeth.

By using dental composite bonding we can match the shade, translucency and texture of your own teeth. The new materials mean the fillings should be just as effective as the ones being replaced.

The end result far surpasses the old amalgam or silver fillings which can be unsightly and, as we stated earlier, unnatural when you smile.

It is important to have a full consultation and dental examination carried out before embarking on any such treatment.

Should you have any questions about this blog post or if you’d like to find out more information about replacing your old fillings with white ones then please contact us on 0141 339 7579. Our reception team will be happy to help with your enquiry.

Guest blog: Dentist Jillian reveals plans for new course study

Jill Clare, dental implant and cosmetic dentist

Focus on new cosmetic techniques


GUEST BLOG: This month’s blogger is dentist colleague Jillian Clare (pictured above).

Each month one of our team here at the Glasgow dental clinic will be writing a ‘guest blog’ – and giving us an insight into something that’s new in their dental world.

Today dentist colleague Jillian Clare tells us about a new course she’s started to ensure she’s up to date with the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques that can be used in a smile makeover. Here are Jillian’s words –

“In the past, the practice of dentistry was primarily based upon the prevention and the treatment of dental disease.

While this still holds true, and is of vital importance, dentistry is evolving.

The press and media focus on beautiful smiles, over the past decade especially, has seen an enormous demand for the cosmetic improvement of the smile.

An attractive smile can be seen as an important social asset. Surveys have shown that, more than any other feature- the smile is what both men and women find most attractive in other people.


ART AND SCIENCE OF A BEAUTIFUL SMILE

A smile can be enhanced by the most simple of cosmetic treatments, such as professional home whitening, or the changing of a visible, traditional amalgam filling, to a more attractive and natural looking “white filling”; right up to complex full mouth reconstruction following a comprehensive smile design planning process.

I have recently started a nine month course on advanced aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry, in London.

This course aims to teach us “the art and science” of a beautiful smile, and is taught by two highly respected, London based, cosmetic dentists, together with guest speakers from different interlinked specialities.
The structure is largely hands on, together with a sound theory core.

Dentistry has changed so much, even in the 14 years since my graduation from Glasgow dental school.
I have attended many courses within that time, in order to keep up to date with current best practice.

At dental school, we were, of course, taught how to place “white” composite fillings, and how to prepare and bond veneers, but with so many new advancements in materials, techniques and technology, I wanted to ensure that I am able to offer my patients the very best treatment options, both in routine restorative dentistry, and also should they be looking to cosmetically enhance their smile.

SMILE DESIGN

The course starts with several days devoted to the all important planning stages, including smile design, dental photography, and cosmetic imaging.

The cosmetic imaging training, is for me, one of the most exciting aspects of this course, as it allows modification of an onscreen picture of a patients own teeth, to show the cosmetic dentistry enhancement possibilities.

Changes in the length and width of teeth, straightening, whitening, closure of gaps, the lifting of the gum to reduce a gummy smile appearance, and many more cosmetic dental options, can all be visualised in the image of the patients own mouth, and this simulation can then be compared next to the patients existing smile picture.

Essentially, this will allow patients to visualise all possibilities, and be involved in any modification, to achieve the smile that they desire, prior to a decision being made on the progression of treatment.
I am hoping to be able to offer cosmetic imaging to patients in the clinic as soon as possible after appropriate training.

In future blogs I will discuss in greater detail treatment options that are available to enhance the smile.”

We’re grateful to Jillian for her blog input. If you have any questions arising from the blog please feel free to contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579.

Charity project underway: first young patients arrive for dental consultation

Glasgow dental clinic in pledge to help group of young people

Our pledge to help

From time to time we focus on some charity work to help those people less fortunate in life – often through no fault of their own.

Last month we announced a collaborative project with the excellent team from Action for Children, a Glasgow based charity, which helps support young people in need.

The dental clinic team will look after the dental health of four of the charity’s young men and women who are given help and support in their lives for a variety of reasons.

As you’ll see from above we gave details of our pledge to support this worthwhile cause at a fundraising lunch organised by the Women of Influence organisation which is chaired by clinic friend and patient Jo Mickel. We’ve worked with Jo and her team on the Women of Influence committee for several years now.

The idea for this joint project came through a brainstorming session to discuss how the clinic could further support Action for Children in the year ahead.
SMILE MAKEOVER

LAst week the first of those young people identified by the charity as potentially requiring our professional help visited us at the clinic and it was a pleasure to welcome them.

Whether the young people require ongoing dental maintenance, hygienist appointments or some more advanced treatment or care to achieve a smile makeover, we’ll be on hand to do the necessary.

By committing to this project, we as a clinic want to help the charity organisers make a big difference to the lives of these young people.

Without question a great, confident smile can go a long way in helping cement professional as well as personal relationships – and the lack of good dental function or aesthetic appearance can reduce a person’s self-esteem and confidence.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress of this exciting project.

Should you require more information about the Action for Children charity in Scotland please click here.

Step by step process of dental implant work at our Glasgow dental clinic

In this blog we’ll look at the step by step process for routine dental implant work.

Each individual patient’s process will potentially be different but this gives you an idea of what to expect if you opt for dental implants as a solution in a smile makeover or to improve function.

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Diagnosis and treatment planning appointments together with the completion of any reparative or preparatory work on remaining teeth or bone.

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Implant placement is usually followed by a healing period of anything from six weeks to six months. Often the implants are completely hidden beneath the gum; however, one-stage procedures where the implant is visible from the time of placement are also common. Stitches are normally removed within seven to 10 days and many will dissolve on their own.

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Several visits may be needed over the first few weeks to adjust temporary teeth or dentures and to monitor healing.

The time allowed for implants to integrate may be increased or decreased to suit the bone conditions.

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In some cases, the first teeth fitted in the implants are not the final ones, but replicas of the proposed design. This stage can be used to assess the restorations, particularly in areas like the front of the mouth where appearance is more critical. This also gives the gums time to mature around each implant before the final teeth are fitted.

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Final teeth are commonly fitted between three and nine months after placement of the implants.

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In conjunction with the patients maintenance of an excellent oral hygiene, regular examination and hygiene appointments are then all that is required to maintain the health of the mouth, teeth and implants.

You can access more information about dental implant work carried out here at our Glasgow clinic by clicking here.

Our team is happy to help with any questions you may have about dental implant surgery.

Glasgow dental implant patient feedback: “…find myself smiling with new-found confidence”.

A 55-year-old female patient has recently undergone dental implant and crown work as well as adult orthodontic treatment at our Glasgow clinic.

She’s written us a testimonial which we’re delighted to receive especially as it’s clear her treatment has helped enormously in her smile makeover – and as she says she’s now smiling with new-found confidence.

We always appreciate the time taken by patients to give us feedback about treatment they’ve had done at the clinic.

Here are this patient’s own words…

“I…find myself smiling with new-found confidence”

“I have just completed a year of treatment at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry and am absolutely delighted with the results.

“In March 2012, I had my first appointment with Philip to discuss straightening my bottom front teeth and replacing 20-year-old NHS bridge work.

“From the start, I knew I was in excellent hands. Andrew McGregor, orthodontist with Philip Friel, fitted a brace to my lower teeth and within 8 months, I had straight bottom teeth for the first time in my life!

IMPLANTS AND CROWNS

“Meanwhile Philip started work on the upper front teeth. I had decided on 2 implants and 4 crowns rather than a replacement bridge.

“Throughout all treatment, I received superb care and friendly, professional advice – all in very pleasant, state-of-the-art surroundings. When I look at the “then and now” photos, I barely recognise myself and find myself smiling with new-found confidence.”

For other patient testimonials please click here.

Should you have any questions arising from the above testimonial or would like addiitional information about cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover work, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Glasgow dental clinic on 0141 339 7579.

Teeth whitening at our Glasgow dental clinic: an insight into how it works

Here, in the first of our ‘guest blogs’ by our team members, dentist colleague Elizabeth Glass, gives us a full insight into the world of teeth whitening – a topic that’s certainly been in the dental world news over the last year.

Elizabeth, pictured below right, is well experienced in the techniques of effective teeth whitening and is on hand to offer any advice and answer any questions should any arise…

Here is Elizabeth’s blog –

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and wished your teeth were whiter and brighter, read on:

Professional tooth whitening is one of the most effective ways to improve your smile and has the advantage of being simple, predictable and cost effective.

Elizabeth Glass is a dentist at the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic in Glasgow

Whitening words from Elizabeth Glass

It is important to start with the small print –tooth-whitening is legal and safe when carried out by a dentist or under direct supervision of a dentist – it is illegal and ungoverned when carried out by a beautician (or other non dentist qualified individual), at a shopping centre or a wedding fair, so beware. Using the wrong product can cause irreversible harm to your teeth including discolouration and erosion so always consult a dentist if you are considering tooth whitening.

Firstly let’s consider- why do teeth discolour and how can we whiten them?

Although teeth seem solid, they are, in fact, permeable. This means that colours from food, drink and medicines can actually penetrate enamel and remain there long after that cup of tea or glass of wine is gone.

Fortunately that same permeability means that dental whitening gels can penetrate teeth and virtually bleach out these stains.

So how do we carry out professional tooth whitening?

Teeth are whitened by being covered  in whitening gel for a period of hours – generally overnight. This is achieved by making you a “tray” that fits your mouth perfectly and  holds the whitening gel against your teeth exactly where we want it to be.

Here at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry our whitening trays are carefully constructed at a professional dental laboratory by a qualified dental technician; this ensures a well fitting tray.

We take time to check that the tray fits your mouth perfectly.

We then demonstrate how to put exactly the right amount of gel into the tray and show you how to place the soft tray into your mouth at bedtime.

We can determine how many nights you will use your tooth-whitening for and if you require any special instructions.

Tooth whitening will permanently change the colour of your teeth however if your diet contains food or drink that stain your teeth, you might feel that you want to give your teeth a whitening boost after six months or so. Hence it’s important you are given detailed instructions on caring for your whitening tray. We will discuss the best way of doing this so your tray maintains its exact fit and hence can be re-used at regular intervals as discussed with your dentist.

Porcelain restorations e.g. crowns, bridges and veneers are not permeable so don’t discolour and stain in the same way that teeth do. If you have these restorations it’s important to discuss tooth whitening with your dentist prior to proceeding with any treatment.

The science behind tooth-whitening products:

There is only one product that can safely be used to whiten teeth – hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide in the correct concentration and formula is safe and extremely effective. One drawback of hydrogen peroxide is that it rapidly breaks down into inactive by-products; within an hour it has broken down and is completely ineffective. Hence dental companies produce whitening gels containing a simple chemical called carbamide peroxide. Once placed in the mouth this gradually breaks down into hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide peroxide is effective because it provides active hydrogen peroxide for 6-8 hours. The British Dental Bleaching Society recommend using 10% Carbamide peroxide – giving a sustained release of 3% hydrogen peroxide as the most effective product. Twenty years of research have shown that this results in the most effective tooth whitening, oddly giving better results than stronger concentrations.

What’s happened to power bleaching, Zoom, laser whitening and in-surgery whitening?

On 31st October 2012 changes were made to the Cosmetic Products Regulation 2008 and all products containing more than 6% Hydrogen peroxide were banned. This led to an overnight ban on in-surgery whitening as most of these systems were based on using 20-22% hydrogen peroxide.

Are there any side effects in professional tooth whitening?

The only side-effect some patients report is a temporary sensitivity. Whitening gel manufacturers are constantly trying to improve their products by adding desensitisers. If you do suffer from or develop sensitivity we can advise you on the best way to manage it using the very effective desensitisers now available. It’s important to understand that this sensitivity is temporary.

If you are considering tooth-whitening, Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry can offer you:

  • Professionally made whitening trays
  • The best whitening products available
  • Detailed instruction and demonstration on using your whitening system
  • Advice on caring for your whitening trays
  • Discuss any future needs you may have for top-up whitening
  • Advise you on an integrated treatment plan if you already have fixed porcelain restorations on any of your teeth or if you are planning such restorations.
  • Help you manage sensitivity if it occurs

We are happy to answer any questions about tooth whitening both from our own patients and anyone else who has an enquiry. You can contact us either via the website of by telephoning the Glasgow dental clinic on 0141 339 7579.