Invisalign – How Can It Help?


Invisalign is a discreet way for adults to straighten their teeth, eliminating the need to wear highly visible fixed braces. Instead, teeth are gradually straightened using a series of custom-designed, clear plastic aligners. These are very thin and fit tightly over your teeth, so once in the mouth are virtually invisible. All you need do is wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day. After two weeks simply discard the aligners for a new set. This continues until your teeth are beautifully straight. Another nice thing about Invisalign is its ease of use. Unlike fixed braces, you won’t need to change your diet or your oral care routine. You just remove the aligners for each meal and whenever you want to brush and floss your teeth.

Which Orthodontic Problems Can Be Corrected with Invisalign?

Invisalign is very versatile and can correct a range of orthodontic problems including issues with overcrowded or overlapping, unsightly spaces in between your teeth, or problems with your occlusion. It is not designed to correct serious orthodontic problems. During your initial consultation, we will advise you if Invisalign is an appropriate treatment choice. Every treatment using Invisalign is precisely planned and it normally takes a year or so to comfortably straighten teeth.

What is TMJ?


TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint disorder which is also sometimes called TMD. It’s a painful condition affecting your jaw joints which are responsible for moving your lower jaw. Common symptoms include stiffness and pain in your jaw joints, especially when you try to open or close your mouth, or when you talk or chew food. Your jaw might make a clicking or popping sound as you open or close it. The pain from your jaw joints can extend into your face, neck and even into your shoulders, and it may cause chronic headaches. Sometimes people with TMJ will develop earache.

What Causes TMJ?

One of the most common causes of TMJ is bruxism where people clench and grind their teeth, often while asleep. This nocturnal habit can cause enormous damage to teeth, gums and to the jaw joints but is easily diagnosed by our dentists here at Apple Dental. If you recognise any of the symptoms listed above, it is worth booking a checkup. Often TMJ can be treated with a custom-made night guard or bite splint. This prevents you from clenching and grinding during sleep. Other possible treatments include muscle relaxant medications and pain relief for your jaw joint pain.

Treating TMJ with Facial Injectables

Facial injectables are often a very effective way to reduce TMJ pain, by injecting small amounts of muscle relaxers directly into the masseter muscles. This reduces the activity of these muscles during sleep, helping to prevent the harmful effects of clenching and grinding, and your jaw muscle pain.

 

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?


When a very young infant develops tooth decay, it is often called baby bottle tooth decay and is caused when infants are given sugary liquids including milk, fruit juice and formula in their bottle. Children are particularly at risk when given a sugary drink at night time or at nap time because their teeth will be exposed to these sugars for longer. Giving a child a sugary drink at night time is especially harmful because less saliva is produced and the drier conditions allow bacteria to grow more easily. Bacteria in their mouth will thrive on these sugars and create acid as a by-product. The acid attacks their tooth enamel, causing cavities. Baby bottle tooth decay tends to most frequently affect the upper front teeth but other teeth may also become decayed.

Tips for Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

If your child would like a night-time drink, give them plain water and never dip pacifiers in honey or other sweetened substances. Begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth comes through and make sure you book their first dental visit with us here at Apple Dental. We can offer practical advice and information on how to look after their teeth and how to avoid tooth decay.

Health Benefits of Carrots


Carrots are a tasty and crunchy vegetable enjoyed by both adults and children. Well known for improving vision, carrots have plenty of other health benefits.

  1. Researchers have found a compound in carrots called falcarinol, a natural pesticide which may have anti-cancer benefits.
  2. Carrots contain carotenoids which are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
  3. Vitamin A in carrots helps to detoxify the liver and other nutrients help prevent dry skin.
  4. They have anti-aging properties as carrots contain beta-carotene which is a powerful antioxidant.
  5. Carrots are great for dental health because they stimulate saliva flow. Raw carrots have a slight scrubbing action on teeth, helping to remove plaque although of course they are never a substitute for brushing and flossing.

Carrot Salad with Spiced Quinoa


Why not try this nourishing salad which can be eaten warm or cold? It has the perfect combination of spices which works especially well with the sweetness of sultanas.

Ingredients

4 carrots
½ cup sultanas or raisins
½ cup quinoa
½ cup almonds
1tsp ground coriander
1tsp smoked paprika
1tsp ground cumin
1tbs honey
2tbs olive oil
Juice of half a lemon

Instructions

  1. Rinse quinoa under water, strain and add to saucepan with spices and 1 cup of water.
  2. Season with salt and bring to boil, then reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 12 minutes.
  3. While the quinoa cooks, slice carrots into ribbons and mix with lemon, honey and olive oil in a large bowl.
  4. Toss together with cooked quinoa and remaining ingredients. Eat warm or allow to cool.

This salad will keep well in the fridge and is great for packed lunches.

What is Gum Reshaping?


Gum reshaping is a cosmetic dental technique to carefully re-contour the appearance of your gums so they nicely frame your teeth and will enhance your appearance. Ideally, you should only show a small amount of gum tissue when you smile or talk, but some people will show an excess of gum. This is called a ‘gummy smile’ and is frequently due to teeth being covered up with too much gum tissue. The teeth underneath may be exactly the right length and just need to be uncovered to reveal their natural shape and size. It might only be necessary to reshape the gums around one or two teeth, or if needed we can recontour all teeth that are visible when smiling.

Treating a Gummy Smile with Laser Dentistry

If you have a gummy smile, our dentist will gently examine your mouth to determine the reason and to see if recontouring your gums is the most appropriate treatment. Gum reshaping is precisely planned so we will only remove as much tissue as needed to cosmetically improve your smile. Treatment is provided using a dental laser to carefully remove only excess tissue, creating a more balanced appearance. Laser dentistry is a more comfortable form of treatment as it is extremely precise, so healing is faster and any side-effects are minimal.

Treating a Gummy Smile with Facial Injectables

Sometimes a gummy smile is due to an overactive muscle in the upper lip which is called the Levator Labii Superioris Alaequi Nasi muscle. This muscle pulls the lip upwards, exposing too much gum. Minute amounts of high-quality facial injectables are carefully administered to reduce the activity of this muscle so you will show precisely the right amount of gum tissue when talking and smiling.

When to Get Root Canal Treatment?


A chipped or cracked tooth or a tooth that has lost a filling should always be repaired as quickly as possible. Otherwise, there is the risk of the tooth becoming infected at which stage it will need root canal treatment. This is necessary when the infection penetrates deep inside the tooth, reaching the dental pulp which contains the tooth nerve. The infection can spread from the pulp into the root canals of the tooth, right inside its roots. An infected tooth can be very painful and without prompt professional dental care, there is the risk you may lose the tooth. Your body cannot eliminate this infection without medical help and there is the risk it could spread, affecting your general health.

What to Expect When Receiving Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment will get rid of the infection and pain so your tooth can be fully restored. Using special instruments, the pulp and root canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and topical antibiotics are inserted into the empty pulp chamber to ensure all bacteria are removed. Your tooth will be temporarily sealed for up to six weeks until we are sure it is free from infection. Once your tooth has settled down, it can be fully restored with a beautiful dental crown, so you can smile, talk and eat in complete comfort.

What is a Dental Implant?


If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental implant is the most advanced way to restore it, artificially replacing your tooth with a small titanium post. The post is inserted directly into the jawbone during a short surgical procedure. We can use dental implants to support single crowns, bridges or even full-arch dentures.

What are the Advantages of Choosing Dental Implants?

Dental implants are self-supporting and will have only beneficial effects on your dental health. The implant post protects your bone, preventing bone deterioration. Implant-retained teeth provide the correct support for your facial muscles and prevent remaining natural teeth from shifting position.

Will My Implant Teeth Look and Feel Natural?

Here at Apple Dental, we use computer guidance when planning and placing our implants. This ensures your implants are inserted into precisely the right location, using a key-hole surgical technique that is smoother and faster. Computer guidance provides a more successful treatment, so that once your implants are restored with a crown, bridge or denture, they will look natural while being fully functional. If you require implant crowns, we can generally create these using CEREC CAD/CAM technology and which provides precision-fitted and highly aesthetic restorations and reducing the number of appointments required.

Here is Why You Should Add Chickpeas to Your Diet


Tasty and versatile, chickpeas are packed full of nutrients. Listed below are just a few reasons why you should add them to your diet.

  1. Just one cup of cooked chickpeas contains 15g of protein, making them a great addition to any diet.
  2. They are a rich source of dietary fibre and just one cup contains half the recommended daily intake.
  3. Eating chickpeas will provide you with plenty of manganese which helps support bone formation and wound healing.
  4. Chickpeas contain folate which aids new cell growth and brain cell communication.

Roast Kumara and Chickpea Salad with Almond Parmesan and Cider Vinaigrette


Made with dairy-free almond parmesan cheese, this chickpea salad is packed with flavour and is quick to make. If you are vegetarian or vegan, simply omit the feta.

Almond Parmesan Cheese

½ cup activated almonds
1/2tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
¼ cup nutritional yeast

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until they form a crumble.

Chickpea Salad

11/2 cups cooked chickpeas rinsed and drained
1 large diced and cooked kumara
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
½ cup crumbled feta cheese

Cider Vinaigrette

¼ cup raw apple cider
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1tbps Dijon mustard
1 minced garlic clove

Pinch of black pepper and sea salt to taste

Instructions

Mix together all the salad ingredients and sprinkle with the almond parmesan. Mix together all the dressing ingredients and dress the salad to your taste.