Feeling every little change in temperature?

Remember life before sensitive teeth, when you could enjoy sipping on an ice-cold soda on a hot day or a hot latte on a cold one? Now cold winds in Ormskirk that you used to ignore, go right through your teeth when you step out from your front door. What can be causing your sensitive teeth and is there anything that can be done to alleviate the problem? Here at Parbold Dental, we reckon we can help find the cause and the solution.

Sensitive Teeth in OrmskirkTeeth whitening

Teeth can be sensitive for a while after being whitened. If yours are sensitive from whitening, pop in to see us and get something to help re-mineralise the enamel.

Over-zealous toothbrushing

It’s easy to overdo the toothbrushing. If you’ve been using a hard-bristled brush or brushing straight after a meal or hot drink, you may have inadvertently been brushing away precious tooth enamel. When enamel is thin, your nerves are nearer to the surface and more likely to register temperature changes.

Corrosion

Consuming a lot of sugary foods and drinks can create more acidic conditions in your mouth. Acids will eat away at your tooth enamel, bringing your nerve endings nearer to the surface.

Receding gums

As we age, our gums often recede, exposing the roots of the teeth under them. Tooth roots have no enamel on them and when the gums recede, the nerves in the roots are exposed directly to hot and cold.

Split and cracks

If your tooth has split or cracked, the nerve may be exposed. The solution may be to put a crown over the tooth to protect the tooth and extend its life.

Night-time grinding

Many people don’t realise that they grind their teeth when they are asleep. Grinding takes the enamel off the chewing surfaces.

Come and see us

Now that you know all the possible causes of your sensitive teeth, the next step is to book an appointment with us at Parbold Dental in Ormskirk. An examination will allow us to find out what’s going on and put solutions in place so that your life is no longer a swing between hot and cold.

The durable, robust quick fix for imperfect teeth

If you are looking for a reliable, easy way to enhance your smile, porcelain veneers could be the answer. At Parbold Dental Practice, we use veneers to deal with a range of imperfections because they are not very invasive and are a quick solution that will see your teeth through at least the next decade.

Veneers are tiny sheaths of porcelain that go over the front of your teeth. We custom-make for each tooth, making sure that they blend in with the rest of your teeth.

Porcelain Veneers in OrmskirkVeneers are a very useful way to cover over various different imperfections, including cracks, chips, worn edges, stains that whitening can’t shift, and to hide gaps between teeth and receding gums.

There is no limit to the number of teeth you can have veneered, but most people choose the ones that are most on show at the front of the mouth.

How the process works

You first come to Parbold Dental Practice in Ormskirk for a consultation with our dentists. We will look at your teeth to make sure that veneers are the best solution for you. If they are, we make impressions of your teeth using dental putty and also colour match them. The impressions and colour needs go off to a laboratory where skilled technicians will make the veneers.

Fabrication takes about two weeks. When we have received the veneers from the laboratory, we will call you back for your fitting. So that the veneers lie flush with your other teeth, and to give a rough surface for them to bond to, we need to remove a very thin layer of tooth enamel. We can give you a local anaesthetic for this so you won’t feel a thing.

Once we have prepared your teeth, we bond the veneers to the front of your teeth using special dental adhesive. We make sure all is good and tidy up the edges and then you leave Parbold Dental Practice with beautiful new teeth and a new level of confidence.

Once you have your veneers, they can last for 10 years or more, providing you take good care of them.

Brush up on your brushing skills

Plaque never stops accumulating because it is made of millions of bacteria that reproduce. They reproduce even more quickly when there are sugars present in our saliva, after eating sweets or drinking juices or fizzy drinks. Eat something really sugary and then wait an hour and you can feel the layers of plaque forming like fur on your teeth.

Dental Hygiene in OrmskirkLearning to brush correctly

Children have to learn how to brush their teeth so that they remove plaque. But adults sometimes also need to brush up on their skills.

When you come to see the hygienist here at Parbold Dental in Ormskirk, you can get any build-up of plaque removed. The hygienist will use special tools and pastes to remove the plaque, which tends to build up between the teeth and around the gum line.

But, once your teeth are nice and clean, it’s worth also having a chat about your dental hygiene routine. Have a chat about what kind of brush you are using. What type of paste too. If you are older, your tooth enamel might be getting thin and it can be important not to use tooth pastes or powders that are abrasive as they will remove what enamel you have left.

Manual toothbrushing

If you are using a manual toothbrush, you will need to use it differently from an electric brush.

Remember that you are trying to sweep the plaque away and off your teeth, so brush down in sweeping movement away from the gum line. Get the hygienist to demonstrate. Also, about how to hold your brush when brushing on the inner surfaces of your teeth. Also, what about those back teeth? It’s important you get right behind them, and so ask about how to hold your jaw so that you can get behind your back teeth more easily.

Electric toothbrushing

With electric toothbrushes, it is more about holding the brush over each tooth surface so that the brush’s vibrations can do the removal for you. You don’t need to move the brush up and down in a scrubbing motion.

We love teaching this kind of stuff, so please do ask next time you come in.

Don’t live with that dodgy tooth for another day

How long ago was it now that you chipped that tooth? Five, 10, 15 years? Every day you look at it in the mirror and think, “I really must do something about it.” Then on you go with your day. At work, you take another look when you nip to the toilet. You feel sure people were looking at it during that meeting, and, if you really want to get that promotion, getting that tooth fixed really would improve your interview image.

But, the day goes on and by the time you’ve been shopping for food, been to the gym and got back home, cooked, and watched some TV, it’s time for bed and you are no nearer calling us at Parbold Dental Practice in Ormskirk to make an appointment to get your tooth looked at.

Veneers in OrmskirkAnd that’s a shame because fixing chips, cracks, worn edges, gaps and even slight twists need only take a couple of appointments with veneers.

The big cover-up

Veneers are like magic covers for dodgy teeth like yours. Your tooth is basically healthy and nowhere near the end of its natural life. It doesn’t hurt and it still does a good job of biting and chewing. It just looks rubbish, and people notice that it looks rubbish. Mostly, of course, you notice and that means you are never not aware of it.

It may even be affecting how you smile. Maybe with your lips closed or your hand over your mouth.

How we do veneers

Veneers are very thin sheaths of dental porcelain. We colour match them to your teeth. They get made in a dental laboratory by skilled technicians and this will take a couple of weeks.

When we fit your veneers, we will need to first remove a very thin layer of enamel. This is to create a rough surface to bond your veneers to, and also to ensure that your veneer lies flush with the rest of your teeth.

We cement the veneers in place and you are good to go.

Now all you need to do is look after your veneer with a good oral hygiene routine. It is strong and durable and can last for at least 10 years.

Straight teeth with clear braces

What has put you off getting your teeth straightened?

Is it the idea of having to spend ages after every meal, carefully cleaning around brackets and wires to remove trapped food? Maybe you don’t much fancy the sore patches that can develop on the insides of your cheeks where they rub against your braces? Or perhaps you’re none too keen on the idea of looking like a nerdy 12-year-old when you are in fact a responsible (insert your job title here).

Clear Braces in OrmskirkAll are perfectly understandable reasons for avoiding getting braces. But these days, since Invisalign came on the market for mild to moderate alignment issues, they don’t really hold water.

Never seen Invisalign?

That’s understandable. They are designed to be as good as invisible when they are on the teeth, so you won’t have spotted anyone around you wearing them. Your boss could have them on right now for all you know.

If you have noticed that some people’s teeth seem to be magically straighter than they were a few months ago, they’ve probably been using Invisalign.

How Invisalign works

These very thin, clear plastic aligners look like mouth guards. They snap on over the teeth. They have carefully placed bumps and ridges built into them, and these press on the teeth to gently move them.

You receive a series of aligners and wear each one until they feel like they fit properly. That takes 7-10 days. You then discard it and put in the next in the series. The average length of treatment is a year. Here at Parbold Dental Practice in Ormskirk, we also offer Invisalign for teenagers. Because they are less likely to remember when to change their aligners, each one comes with a blue dot on it. When the dot has faded, it’s time to put in a new aligner.

Eating with Invisalign

Eating and cleaning remain as easy as when you weren’t having your teeth straightened. You remove your aligner to eat and drink, and brush after every meal. And that’s it.

Payment

We offer payment plans to spread out the cost, and you can get your teeth realigned for as little as £43 a week. Come on in to find out more.

Keeping shtum about your dental history

We Brits don’t like to shout about our personal stuff. Yes, there are a few of us who think it’s a badge of honour to go on a chat show and talk about very personal things, but mostly we like to keep private lives private. And especially for anything to do with our teeth.

So, with that in mind, why would anyone want to make it obvious that we ate lots of sugar as a kid and now have fillings in almost every one of our molars and pre-molars? Would you rather people didn’t know you had lots of fillings? Of course, you would.

White Fillings in OrmskirkYet with amalgam fillings, there’s no way you can hide your dental misdemeanours from the world. Every time you throw back your head for a good laugh, all those times you didn’t brush your teeth properly and got decay are there for the world to see. Somehow, fillings are not something we boast about like we do with scars.

‘Yes, that one there I got from eating too much candy floss at the fair and only brushing for 10 seconds when my mum wasn’t looking,’ said no one, ever.

No. What we all want, as far as our mouths are concerned, is to look like we never ate a boiled sweet and actually, we are the only person in the world who doesn’t have plaque or decay.

And one way to do that is with white fillings. These are made from a mixture of glass and plastic and are coloured white to look like tooth enamel.

When white fillings became available, they weren’t very strong and people used to have to have them replaced more often. These days though, white fillings are much stronger. Also, because they are put in in layers that bond with your tooth, unlike amalgam, which is just packed in very tightly, there’s no chance of decay-causing bacteria sneaking in underneath.

The other thing about white fillings is that they can be sculpted once they are in place. This means your dentist here at Parbold Dental in Ormskirk can give you back your chewing surfaces and make your fillings look more realistic than ever.

Tooth whitening, an easy way to transform smiles

If you are not happy with your teeth and want a quick and easy way to make them look better, but don’t want to fiddle around with altering their structure or position, then tooth whitening is the cosmetic dentistry treatment for you.

Here at Parbold Dental Practice in Ormskirk, tooth whitening is our most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment precisely because it is so easy to have done. We offer 2 ways to get your teeth whitened.

Tooth Whitening in OrmskirkThey both work in the same way, using gels containing hydrogen peroxide to gently lift out the traces of old food, drinks and tobacco that have become lodged in the pores of your enamel. Yes, like your skin, your tooth enamel has pores. Hydrogen peroxide has been used safely for a couple of centuries to clean and disinfect and whiten. It is very tried and trusted, but even so, the concentrations of it in whitening gel vary according to where you buy it and who is using it.

So, the gel you buy over-the-counter is very weak and takes forever to work, if it does at all. The gel we sell for use at home is stronger and the one we use ourselves on you in the clinic here at Parbold Dental Practice is the strongest of all and acts very quickly.

Power whitening

It takes about an hour to go several shades lighter with whitening in the clinic. We protect your lips and gums with a plastic barrier before painting your teeth with whitening gel. The gel is activated by a UV lamp. Once we have arrived at the shade you want, we clean you up and off you go. Easy, and very handy for important occasions such as weddings, where there will be lots of photographs.

At-home whitening

We take impressions of your teeth to make you your precisely-fitting gel trays. At home, you fill them with our take-home gel and wear them every day for a short period. Whitening to your desired shade takes 2-3 weeks. The big plus with this method is that you can buy more gel and give yourself a whitening top-up whenever you need it.

Whiter teeth quicker than a whites wash

When your teeth have been through the washing machine of life, how can you get those whiter than white stain activators to turn back the time on your stained teeth? Our dentists at Parbold Dental have all the answers for you when it comes to teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening in OrmskirkTeeth whitening, is it safe?

Unlike the bleach in your washing stain removers, teeth whitening uses a very gentle, safe whitening agent to reduce the appearance of stains. It can brighten your teeth significantly and really make your pearly whites sparkle.

You can choose from power whitening at the clinic or a home whitening kit.

Power whitening

Power whitening is conducted at the clinic. Firstly, we take an impression of your teeth and use the impression to create a custom-made, plastic tray that will gently hug your teeth. Once we have the tray ready to go, you’ll then come in for your whitening treatment. The bleaching agent is added to the tray and applied to your teeth using the tray. It’s then given a power boost by using light to activate the gel. Your teeth will gently lighten over an hour and you’ll walk away from the clinic with an instant, brighter, whiter smile.

Home kits

You may prefer to administer the whitening agent yourself at home. In which case a tray is made for you as before. You will then add the bleaching agent yourself and wear the tray during the day or evening for a few hours at a time. Because the whitener is milder, it can take a while to see results, however after a couple of weeks application you will see that your teeth have whitened by a few shades.

Whichever method you choose, you could have whiter teeth within two weeks. If you’d like to discuss which treatment would suit you, ring for a consultation appointment with one of our dental practitioners. They will tell you if teeth whitening will give you the result your looking for or offer you alternatives.

If you’re looking for a quick tooth spin rinse, power whitening or home kit teeth whitening in Ormskirk could be the solution for you.

Filling in, smoothing out

Would you like to be able to reduce the signs of an ageing face, quickly and with very little fuss? Here at Parbold Dental, Susie Gardiner carries out 2 kinds of treatments to make faces look more youthful. One treatment smooths out fine lines and the other fills in hollows and wrinkles.

Susie has been as a dentist for many years, but she has also been working with facial aesthetics for 13 years, applying her dentist’s skills and deep anatomical knowledge of how the muscles, nerves, tendons, organs and skin of the head, face, mouth and neck work together to the complementary field of facial enhancement. Her many years’ experience in both areas means that when you come to her for facial aesthetics treatments, you will be to get a really natural look.

Facial Aesthetics in OrmskirkSusie uses 2 different treatments: Botox and dermal fillers. You can have them separately or combined.

Botox

Botox is a purified protein from the botulinum A type toxin. It works by temporarily by blocking the nerve impulses that tell the muscles to contract, inhibiting this action. Botox injections take around a week to fully get going, so the effects are gradual and subtle rather than instantaneous and dramatic. Botox is particularly popular for frown lines and forehead lines.

Dermal fillers

After about age 30, the body starts to produce less and less of an important chemical called hyaluronic acid. We need this acid to form the bonds between skin cells and to help them retain moisture. With less hyaluronic acid, the skin loses its glow and starts to look papery. We use it to plump out areas where hollows and wrinkles have developed, such as the nasolabial lines between the nose and mouth, or smoker’s wrinkles around the top lip, or hollows in the cheeks.

Having both treatments subtly recreates a youthful face. Both treatments take only few minutes to administer and last for a few months. If you choose to have them topped up, it’s best to do so just before they wear off.

If you would like to find out more about facial aesthetics in Ormskirk, why not give us a call at Parbold Dental?

Get your grin going again

Bright smiles disappear gradually, and you may not notice for a while that yours has been getting dimmer as your teeth accumulate surface stains from what you eat and drink.

Tea and coffee, red wine, berries, even tomato sauces can all leave residues on your teeth. And of course, tobacco does too. The stains sink into the pores in your tooth enamel and after a while won’t come out again, no matter how much you brush your teeth.

Teeth Whitening in OrmskirkIt is not a good look. We are hardwired to notice other people’s smiles, so you won’t be getting away with your discoloured teeth. People will spot them and thanks to thousands of years of programming will draw conclusions about your age and your health that won’t be very flattering.

Fortunately, at Parbold Dental, we have two methods of teeth whitening in Ormskirk to restore your teeth to their former pearly whiteness, and have people thinking you are young and vibrant.

Power whitening

Take an hour or so out of your day to lie back and relax in the dentist’s chair while we protect your lips and gums with protective barriers and then paint your teeth with whitening gel. You can choose how white you want to go and by the time the session is over, your teeth will be that shade.

At-home whitening

For this you will need to have bespoke gel trays made from impressions of your teeth. Having trays that fit exactly greatly reduces the chances of irritation to the lips and gums from the whitening gel. The gel is of a weaker concentration than the one we use in the clinic, and you will need to wear your trays for a short period every day for around 2 or 3 weeks to reach the shade you desire.

It’s a subtler process and has the advantage of easy top-ups when you need them; all you need to do is buy more whitening gel from us.

Aftercare

Teeth whitening is not a permanent treatment, so keep teeth whiter for longer, avoid staining foods and drinks and brush your teeth gently after meals.