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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…

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Dentist or Orthodontist? Is there a difference?

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?’, she said ‘after all it’s just a dental appointment’. Well no not exactly and this little conversation reminded me of how many people are still…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Coffee and Chocolate – A changing reputation?

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 health effects associated with them. The fact is that if consumed too frequently, chocolate can increase the risk of tooth decay because of the added…

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More adults seeking orthodontic treatment

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 ever before are seeking orthodontic treatment. In a press release the BOS said “80% of orthodontists report an increase in adult, private patients.” Here in Birmingham, at our…

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Training for a Triathlon

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 preparing for the day. Just a few weeks to go until Ironman Lanzarote. I chose to enter this race because it is the closest in…

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DIY braces – Just don’t go there

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 new and seemingly popular trend, many You Tube videos can also be viewed of people trying some devices. Not long after online companies such as…

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The toothbrush and the plastic problem

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 our seas was of particular interest and has created a lot of discussion in our house around recycling and alternatives to plastic. Working in dentistry,…

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Braces that work from behind the teeth

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 job, work in front of a camera or just want to keep their orthodontic treatment a secret. The idea of having braces as an adult…

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A brief history of teeth in Birmingham

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.  I was already aware of this but as someone who has lived and worked in Birmingham for longer than I can remember, it got me thinking…

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Looking into the future of dentistry

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 has been a lot of coverage about Stem Cell research and the growth of new teeth. In 2017, researchers at Kings College London found…

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Private orthodontic treatment at One Devonshire Place

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 under 18’s. Our aim is to help patients understand more about braces, especially the invisible options, open to them and their families here at One…

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Wavy Wires

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 teeth during orthodontic treatment are often made out of a metal alloy called Nitinol. The “Niti” bit stands for Nickel Titanium and the “nol” bit…

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An athlete’s view on tooth erosion

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 it is sometimes known, is the irreversible loss of tooth enamel (the hard substance coating the outside of teeth) by acid attack and it is…

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How teeth help us learn from the past

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 surface named enamel. This combination makes them really tough. Due to their resilient nature, they are often one of the last parts of the human…

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The mystery of the melting retainer!

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 sleep at night. Recently, a few patients have come in for a retainer check and noticed that their retainers are slightly distorted and not fitting…

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Embouchures and orthodontic treatment

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 clarinet, saxophone or any other sort of wind instrument, your embouchure is a precious thing to be cared for and cultivated. Broadly, the embouchure is…

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The Rainbow Passage

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, whether they are actors, chief executives or teachers. They don’t want their confidence to be dented by feeling self-conscious about braces on the front of…

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Ironman

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 more. I had just completed the Ironman Triathlon European Championships in Frankfurt. It had been a very long day – I had got up at…

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