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News items from our specialist orthodontic dental practice in Epsom

Is Your Frenulum Holding You Back?

YOU’VE HEARD OF being tongue-tied, but what about lip-tied? Both are actually legitimate medical conditions, and the culprits are pieces of tissue in our mouths called frenula. Tongue Ties And Lip Ties We all have a frenulum (or frenum) that connects our upper lips to our upper gums, one that connects our lower lips to our lower gums, and one that connects our tongues to the floors of our mouths. Normally, they …Read More

Why Straight Teeth?

TO SOME, IT MIGHT seem like the benefits of having straight teeth are purely cosmetic. And those benefits certainly do exist. Studies have shown that people tend to perceive someone with straight teeth as wealthier, happier, and more dateable than someone with crooked teeth. But there are plenty of other important benefits as well. Consequences Of Crooked Teeth There are many different ways crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth can negatively impact a person’s …Read More

Making Malocclusions Bite The Dust

    A MALOCCLUSION OCCURS when the upper and lower teeth don’t fit together properly, which can lead to a variety of problems. These bad bites can impact our speech, our digestion (by making it difficult to chew our food), contribute to TMJ syndrome, and even put our teeth in danger of breaking. Causes Of Malocclusions Malocclusions are often genetic. You might inherit different sized jaws that don’t fit together easily, or …Read More

Why Do We Get Crooked Teeth?

IF BABY TEETH almost always grow in straight, then why are adult teeth so often crooked? What is it, if not just bad luck? There are competing theories, but adult teeth can come in crooked for a variety of reasons, from genetics to diet to daily habits. Shifts In Society’s Diet…And Its Teeth? One popular theory that comes from archeological studies is the Soft Foods Theory. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate much tougher …Read More

Smoking And Oral Health

  THE DISEASE WE USUALLY think of when we hear “health risks of smoking” is lung cancer, but the damage smoking can cause isn’t limited to the lungs. A smoking habit can do a lot of harm to oral health as well, far beyond merely staining the teeth and causing bad breath. Let’s take a look at some of the more common ways this can happen. Smoking Harms The Gums Periodontal …Read More

Five Quick Braces-Friendly Breakfast Ideas

  WHEN YOU HAVE BRACES, it can sometimes be tricky to find good food to eat that won’t put all those crucial brackets and wires at risk. Finding the right food is even trickier if you’ve just had your braces tightened and things are still a little tender. That’s why we’re dedicating an entire blog post to giving you great braces-friendly breakfast ideas to satisfy your stomach while soothing your sore …Read More

Preparing Your Smile For The Big Day

YOU’VE DREAMED OF THIS day your whole life. You have the ring and the fiancé, the planning is going well, and you’re down to the last few details. Bridals are coming up, and then the wedding itself. You realize there’s something you need to do before you have hundreds of pictures taken of you: perfect your smile! Whitening: Home Versus Professional When it comes to teeth whitening, strips, toothpastes, and rinses are the …Read More

Know Your Orthodontic Hardware

SOMETIMES, HAVING BRACES can make things feel a bit crowded in your mouth, but every piece of orthodontic hardware serves an important purpose in getting you the straight, healthy smile you deserve! Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones. The Main Attraction: Braces Before adding any additional appliances, braces themselves have a few different components. There are the brackets cemented to your teeth, the archwire that goes across all the brackets …Read More

European Damon Forum 2017

Our Practice Principal, Dr Amal Maizar, attended the European Damon Forum Event last week where she joined world-renowned experts, peers, and friends. The event featured three days of personalized education paths, one-on-one networking opportunities, and comprehensive clinical and practice management sessions. The Forums Main Sessions were held with the special attendance of Dr. Dwight Damon (The designer of the Damon System Braces) where all participants where given the opportunity to …Read More

Staff Training Day

Epsom & Guildford Orthodontics attended a staff training day on Friday, 16th June, organised by OrthoProgress. Once again, a fantastic & informative day where Philip Johnstone from Dental Protection gave a lecture on Consent & Record taking. We then split into two groups, the Clinical team underwent a Cross Infection Control Workshop with Jackie Entwistle from Schulke and the Admin team took part in a Fire Warden Course which was …Read More