Go Easy on the Spooky Sweets

Halloween is getting close and although in the UK we have less of a tradition of trick or treat, there is always a presence from Supermarkets and on television at this time of year. Whether it is Halloween clothing, Pumpkin carving or Sweet Treats, it is difficult not to be exposed to some of the…

It’s mouth guard season!

By now everyone should be starting to settle back into a routine, whether it be new school, new school year or new course. A major part of most school and college curricular activities is sport and at this time of year rugby is one of the activities that many pupils will be involved with. Any…

Retainers matter!

There are two main types of retainers that are given to you by your orthodontist after your tooth straightening treatment is complete. Removable retainers – ‘Essix’ retainers which are clear plastic moulds that slot around teeth and look a lot like Invisalign aligners. There are also the older type e.g. Hawley retainers that come in…

Looking after your teeth on holiday

The summer holidays are here! Perhaps you are jetting off to a sunny spot or heading off on a camping adventure. Whatever you are going to do, holidays take a little planning. Among those plans, it is important not to forget about your dental health and keeping your braces clean. Whilst relaxing by the pool,…

Braces in time for a wedding

Venue? Check. Food and drink? Check. Dress? Check. Having teeth re aligned? Planning for a wedding has lots of exciting components and the list can become quite extensive. Thinking about having braces so that your teeth can be aligned and looking fabulous for photographs can often come last, if anywhere. If you are thinking about…

Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks

In a recent article in the Guardian online I noticed that some recent research has indicated that while sugar taxes, introduced in the UK may work, there is now evidence that putting warning labels on sugary drinks could reduce the population’s dietary intake of sugar. There was mention of nine tea spoons of sugar in…

Are braces painful?

One of the most common questions that we are asked at the practice is whether braces are painful. In short, there may be some discomfort at the beginning of treatment. When the braces are fitted, there is no pain but it just feels very strange. Over the following 24 hours, patients describe a dull ache…