An orthodontic blog by Dr Rob Slater and the team

Go Easy on the Spooky Sweets

26 Oct 2018

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…

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Five minutes with our Orthodontic nurse, Becky Wall

10 Oct 2018

How long have you worked with Dr Rob Slater at One Devonshire Place?

I have been at the practice for over 10 years. We work with a whole range of patients…

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Dentist or Orthodontist? Is there a difference?

28 Sep 2018

Recently I was talking with a close friend who mentioned that her boss had left work early that day for an appointment with her orthodontist. ‘Why use a fancy name?’,…

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It’s mouth guard season!

26 Sep 2018

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…

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Retainers matter!

31 Aug 2018

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…

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Looking after your teeth on holiday

13 Aug 2018

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…

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Braces in time for a wedding

30 Jul 2018

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…

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Are braces painful?

13 Jul 2018

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. …

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Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks

21 Jun 2018

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…

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Coffee and Chocolate - A changing reputation?

7 Jun 2018

When it comes to your dental health, coffee and chocolate aren’t the best snack options, neither are they the worst. Over the years there have been many discussions about the…

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More adults seeking orthodontic treatment

17 May 2018

In time for National Smile Month, The British Orthodontic Society have released the results of their most recent survey. Among other findings, it revealed that more adults than…

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Training for a Triathlon

7 May 2018

Outside of my orthodontic work, I am a passionate triathlete and with an upcoming triathlon on the Island of Lanzarote, I decided to write a blog about how I am…

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DIY braces - Just don't go there

30 Apr 2018

In recent years, a number of websites began offering customers tooth straightening treatment that could be carried out at home. ‘Do it your self’ tooth straightening treatments are a relatively…

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Keeping braces clean - it's easy once you know how!

13 Apr 2018

When you have braces, we advise that you shift your tooth brushing game up a gear in order to make sure that you are staying on top of your dental…

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The toothbrush and the plastic problem

14 Mar 2018

This Christmas, my wife bought me the latest Blue Planet box set which has quickly become one of my favourite series from the BBC. The episode on plastic waste in…

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Braces that work from behind the teeth

2 Mar 2018

Lingual braces work just like fixed braces but from behind the teeth. They are often a ‘go to’ private treatment option for those who speak publicly as part of their…

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A brief history of teeth in Birmingham

8 Feb 2018

Last week, whilst browsing on the BDA website, I noticed the entry citing Birmingham University as the first in the UK to award a dental degree back in 1901. …

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Looking into the future of dentistry

18 Jan 2018

With digital technology increasingly evident in routine dentistry, I thought that it would be interesting to think about some predictions for the future of dentistry.

Over the last few years, there…

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Private orthodontic treatment at One Devonshire Place

10 Jan 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have new leaflets available for patients wanting to know more about private orthodontic treatment. One explains options for adults and the other for…

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Wavy Wires

13 Dec 2017

Have you ever wondered how your orthodontist moves your teeth? For some years now, the wire we use for our fixed braces have given us help. Wires used to straighten…

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True or False? Bad breath, braces and teeth

30 Nov 2017

Over the years, we have heard many unusual stories when it comes to teeth. Like all things, dental health has its fair share of tall tales and myths as well…

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An athlete’s view on tooth erosion

10 Nov 2017

In the last 20 years I have noticed an increase in the number of children with signs of tooth erosion coming into the practice. Tooth erosion, or acid erosion as…

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How teeth help us learn from the past

30 Oct 2017

You may have heard the old saying- ‘teeth are the strongest bones in the body’. Teeth are made up of calcified tissue called dentine and covered with a hard shiny…

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The mystery of the melting retainer!

1 Oct 2017

Where do you keep your retainers? I like to recommend my patients keep theirs close to the bed so that they can be easily and quickly reached before going to…

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Embouchures and orthodontic treatment

29 Aug 2017

Do you have an embouchure? If you don’t play a musical instrument, specifically a wind instrument, then you don’t need an embouchure. If, on the other hand, you play a…

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The role of perception and experience in getting used to braces

7 Aug 2017

Lingual braces which are fitted behind the teeth are often said to be more uncomfortable than conventional (labial) braces which are on the front of the teeth.  Comparative research into…

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9 Jul 2017

The prospect of sitting in a paddling pool shouldn’t really be the greatest excitement imaginable, especially for an adult! But on July 9th 2017  I could not have enjoyed anything…

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The Rainbow Passage

3 Jul 2017

One of the chief reasons my patients opt for lingual braces is so that they can keep treatment discreet. This is particularly true of those who need to speak publicly,…

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