1. Dental wand casts a soothing spell

    25th April 2016 by pfwpa

    What comes to mind when you think about a visit to the dentist? A smiling professional with a comfy chair and plenty of ways to help protect your precious teeth or scary looking equipment, strange sounds and terrifying needles? If your thoughts veer towards the latter then we may just have a solution to help make your dental experience a lot more bearable.

    Many people feel anxious when they visit the dentist, but for some this mild anxiety can develop into teeth chattering terror. This can lead to people not getting the vital treatment they need to protect and preserve their pearly whites. Also some people have a needle phobia and just can’t stand the idea of having an injection, which means receiving essential treatment is out of the question.

    However, we can offer an alternative to the old school syringe with an innovative computerised system called the Dental Wand. This device really is magic as it delivers a slow, steady flow of numbing anaesthetic for a gentler dental experience. Also, it is much less off putting than a spiky syringe as it looks more like an innocent pen.

    The reason the wand offers less painful pain relief is because the flow of anaesthetic is delivered at a constant pressure. It also boasts quicker numbing power and subsequent sensation recovery. All this means the wand not only appeals to those with needle phobias but also to children and busy professionals as the pain relief is much more localised and they can quickly get on with their lives.

    It’s important to see your dentist regularly because taking a rain check on check-ups can be seriously damaging to your dental health. Also the longer you leave any problems, the worse they could get and that may mean much more involved and lengthy treatment.

    Along with our friendly approach and welcoming setting, the dental wand is just one more way we can ward off dental anxiety and help you have a more comfortable time in the chair.

    Give us a call today on 01582 211013 and find out how the dental wand can work its relaxing magic on you.


  2. Give your teeth a clean break

    16th March 2016 by pfwpa

    We all know regular visits to the dentist help keep our teeth in tip top condition but to ensure the very best oral health you should also be getting to know our friendly hygienist, Laura; a qualified professional who knows all there is to know about keeping teeth super clean.

    One of her top treatments is a thorough ‘scale and polish’ to remove lingering plaque and tartar that can harbour a whole bunch of bothersome bacteria. This treatment also leaves your teeth feeling beautifully silky and looking much healthier. It will give your breath a welcome blast of freshness too!

    So much more than a wash and brush up!

    Giving your teeth the equivalent of a gold standard car wash isn’t the only thing our hygienist will do for you. She is also fully trained to spot the signs of tooth threatening gum disease, which can sneak up on you without warning and if left untreated can cause real damage and even result in tooth loss.

    Laura can also perform a potentially life-saving check by spotting any signs of mouth cancer – a disease that is on the rise and much easier to treat if caught early.

    Also if you already have early stage gum disease or even advanced periodontitis, Laura can help prevent it getting any worse by providing periodontal therapy.

    Toothy tutorials

    Laura loves sharing her knowledge and giving tons of tips to help you keep on top of your oral health and preserve your precious teeth. She will teach you clever cleaning techniques including how to use dental tools such as interdental brushes and floss to keep every corner of your mouth spick and span. This means you can carry on all the good work at home and play your part in maintaining your dental health.

    She will also offer dietary advice so you know exactly what to avoid when indulging in a tasty treat and will suggest any lifestyle changes to improve the health of your teeth, such as cutting out cigarettes.

    Treating tiny teeth too

    Laura is super friendly, so why not introduce her to your little ones. If children get used to seeing the hygienist, they will learn to be relaxed about visiting the practice and will also be introduced to having protective treatments such as fissure sealing and fluoride varnishes.

    Whole body benefits

    On top of all these oral health benefits, visiting our hygienist can have wider reaching positive effects, as studies have shown a link between poor gum health and other worrying diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

    So it really is worth making friends with Laura and as hygienists can now see patients without referral from a dentist, anyone can treat their teeth and gums to some expert TLC.

    Give us a call on 01582 763420 to book an appointment and clean up at Harpenden Smiles!


  3. Get set to dazzle!

    22nd February 2016 by pfwpa

    Hopefully spring will soon be in the air, so what better way to prepare for the longer, brighter days than with a transformative treatment to light up your life.

    Teeth can lose their sparkle for a numerous reasons including staining (blame smoking, red wine and coffee), ageing (thinner enamel means the duller looking dentine shows through), certain medications and damage to the teeth. Discoloured teeth can’t be sorted by brushing alone so why not try our stain busting treatment for a fab fresher looking smile.

    Teeth whitening removes discolouration using a safe chemical process and is suitable for most people (however it won’t work on dental restorations such as composite fillings, crowns, veneers or dentures). It can lighten your teeth by several shades and can be performed gradually until a brighter, natural looking shade is reached.

    How can I lighten up?

    First you’ll need to come in for a consultation so we can work out what is causing the discolouration and recommend the most appropriate treatment. We use a combination of in-surgery and home treatment with tailor-made trays and a special whitening gel.

    Brighter benefits

    • Younger, healthier look
    • Safe and effective
    • Quick treatment with long lasting results
    • Enamel left unharmed
    • Performed by a dental professional
    • Boosts confidence so you won’t be able to stop smiling
    • An affordable smile enhancing solution
    • No need to keep covering your mouth

    Once you’ve had your teeth whitened, you’ll want to keep them that way for as long as possible so be a bright spark and follow these toothy tips:

    • Lay off dark coloured drinks
    • Use a straw to minimise stains
    • Quit smoking

    If you avoid these stain devils your teeth should stay nice and bright for 6-12 months.

    So give us a call and let us give you the lowdown on lightening up!