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  1. Blenheim Palace Triathlon 2017

    June 17, 2017

    Blenheim Palace Triathlon 2017

    We would like to congratulate our specialist orthodontist
    Dr Paroo Mistry for successfully completing the
    Blenheim Palace Triathlon 2017 this month.

    She has previously also taken part in the London Triathlon 2016
    which sparked her passion for triathlons. We seriously do not
    know how she managed to train as apart from being a mother to
    twin boys she also divides her time between Oakwood Orthodontics
    and Chase farm hospital where she works as a consultant.

     

    Well done Dr Paroo Mistry! We look forward to your next triathlon.


  2. New Year New Smile!

    November 22, 2016
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  3. Thinking about DIY braces?

    November 15, 2016

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    If you have been thinking of DIY orthodontic treatment please click on this link to see why it is a bad idea.

    If you want your teeth straightened properly and professionally please give us a call on 020 8882 4145


  4. Great News!

    October 20, 2015
    Consultant Orthodontist - Paroo Mistry

    Specialist Orthodontist – Paroo Mistry

    We are pleased to announce that Paroo Mistry has become a Consultant Orthodontist at Chase Farm Hospital. Paroo has been working as a locum consultant at the local hospital for 2 years, and finally all her hard work has paid off. She was offered the permanent post last week.

    She will now spend 2 days a week as a consultant in the orthodontic department at Chase Farm. At Chase Farm she will treat more complex orthodontic cases such as patients who require an operation together with their brace treatment. She will also be teaching the trainee orthodontist and offering second opinions for local orthodontic providers.

    Paroo, who is still celebrating her latest success, told the team at Oakwood “I really enjoy treating the challenging cases at the hospital and working with such a great team. I now have a really varied and interesting working week with the complex cases in the hospital and the more cosmetic cases in practice. I am so grateful that I have a job that I enjoy so much. There is no better feeling than seeing my patients grow in confidence and smiling like they have never smiled before.!

    I think another reason she loves her work is the fact that she has such great colleagues at hospital and in practice.


  5. Free Orthodontic Consultation with the Specialist Orthodontist

    July 23, 2015

    It has been one year since we launched our website and since then the practice has gone from strength to strength. To mark this landmark occasion we are offering a FREE ORTHODONTIC CONSULTATION for patients until 31st August 2015.

    You may be wondering what makes this free orthodontic consultation different from others advertised elsewhere:

    • You will be seen by a SPECIALIST ORTHODONTIST for the duration of your appointment
    • You will need to allow a minimum of 30 minutes for your consultation
    • We will spend time discussing your concerns about your teeth
    • We will carry out a FULL ORTHODONTIC EXAMINATION involving taking detailed measurements of your teeth and bite
    • We will have a discussion about the treatment required and the orthodontic options appropriate for you
    • You will have time to ask the orthodontist any questions you may have about the treatment.

    Most Free Orthodontic Consultations do not offer such a comprehensive service with the specialist so this really is an offer not to be missed!

    Specialist Orthodontist - Paroo Mistry

    Specialist Orthodontist – Paroo Mistry

    Simply quote “Anniversary website offer” when you book your consultation.

    To book call us on 02088824145 or click here to leave us a message so we can call you back at a time convenient to you.

    A year passes by so quickly. Just think, this time next year, you could be smiling like you have never smiled before…

     


  6. What food to avoid with a brace

    March 17, 2015

     

    food to avoid with brace

    Looking after your brace is very important for the treatment to be successful. At the end of the day it is a joint effort; you have to work with your orthodontist to get your teeth looking the way you want them to. Diet is an aspect that needs attention when you have braces. Knowing what food to avoid with brace is important. Here are some top diet tips that will help you avoid unnecessary breakages and make your brace treatment as efficient as possible:

    1. Avoid Sticky, gooey, chewy foods when you have a fixed brace. This includes chewing gum, chewy sweets and even very chewy meats.
    2. Avoid hard foods such as hard nuts, crusty bread and hard crusts on pizzas.
    3. Avoid biting into hard fruit and vegetables such as apples and carrots; you should cut them up first so you can chew them.
    4. Avoid fizzy drinks (even the diets ones) and restrict acidic drinks like juices to mealtimes only.

    Knowing the implications of eating sugary food at specific times of the day will help you a lot when it comes to looking after your brace and essentially the health of your tooth. You can read more about it at our “Effects of sugar on your teeth” blog entry.

    Being aware of what to eat and not to eat, together with a good knowledge of how to brush your teeth will lead to a successful treatment – giving you straight, healthy teeth in the quickest time possible.

     


  7. How do I look after my brace?

    March 2, 2015

    The first thing to do is to educate yourself about what the orthodontist will stick onto your teeth. Let’s start with the main things on a typical fixed brace on the front surface of your teeth:brace components

     

    • Brackets: are metal or ceramic squares that are stuck onto each tooth and hold the archwire (what is this? see explanation below) in place.
    • Tubes: are types of brackets used on the back molar teeth. The tube part of the bracket is facing your cheek (buccal surface).
    • Archwire: metal wire (also comes in tooth colour coated) that is tied to all of the brackets and creates force to move teeth into proper alignment.
    • Metal Band: is a metal ring cemented to wrap around the tooth. These are often used on back teeth.
    • Ligature: can either be a tiny elastic ring (o-ring) or a twisted wire (tie wire) which are used to hold the archwire to each bracket.
    • Powerchain: is made of the same elastic ligatures material as the o-rings, but these form a continuous chain connecting adjacent teeth together. They are often used to close gaps between your teeth.

    If you have any concerns about your brace or your think it may have broken, then you can use the diagram above to identify the part of the brace that you are concerned about so you can call your orthodontist and ask for specific advice.

     

    As you know brackets, archwires and ligatures will be present on your tooth which makes it even harder to clean than it already is. With these things added to the surface of your tooth, plaque will have more areas to hide so it is very important to spend more time when brushing your teeth in the morning and before your go to sleep.

     

    I am sure that you have already developed your own routine when it comes to brushing your teeth, unless you were told otherwise by your dentist then I would suggest you continue with it as well as adding an extra 1-2 minutes to clean around your brace (total of 3-4 minutes of normal brushing). Aside from your normal routine it is advisable to brush your teeth again concentrating on the areas between the brackets and the gums; it will feel like you are brushing your gums. You should also use a smaller brush to clean underneath the archwire to clear away the plaque that your toothbrush cannot reach. You can either use an interdental brush or a single tufted brush. It is also advisable to use a fluoride mouthrinse daily. Needless to say your orthodontist will show you how to clean your teeth most effectively with your braces on.

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    So with the correct amount of will power and dedication, looking after braces is not as complicated as most of us thought it will be

     


  8. Which toothpaste should my children use?

    November 27, 2014

    There are different kinds of toothpaste in the supermarkets nowadays. The first question in every mother’s mind is: What toothpaste should my children use? Firstly it should be clinically tested and proven and secondly it should contain fluoride.
    Fluoride toothpaste has been proven to greatly improve the health of our teeth: it strengthens the enamel of the tooth making it stronger and more resilient to dental decay. So you might be asking: Can fluoride really do that? The answer is yes! When our tooth is under acid attack after eating food containing sugar the harder layer called enamel starts to erode (demineralisation); fluoride can prevent that from happening. When the teeth in our mouth have already suffered such attacks fluoride can strengthen the areas of the enamel that have been damaged during demineralisation in turn starting the process of remineralisation.
    As we grow the quality of our teeth changes. Children’s teeth (deciduous teeth) have softer enamel which is why it is more important to ensure that they maintain a healthy oral hygiene as they are more susceptible to dental caries. The dental health organisation suggested that children up to 3 years of age should use toothpaste containing 1000ppm (parts per million) of fluoride. Children over 3 years old until they become adults should use toothpaste containing 1350ppm to 1500ppm of fluoride.
    Why should younger children have a lower dose of fluoride? Children around that age are still learning a lot of things, one of those is how to spit. Before they learn to spit they unintentionally end up ingesting the toothpaste with fluoride. While this is ok and acceptable because the fluoride ingested can be incorporated into the developing permanent teeth underneath making them stronger, too much ingested fluoride could be detrimental to the health of their teeth.
    As they say “too much of anything is not good for you”, too much fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis.
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    Teeth affected by dental fluorosis present with mild discolouration of the enamel, yellow or dark brown stains, speak or streaks.
    During the early age of childhood parents should be cautious about the amount of toothpaste they give to their children keeping in mind that at their age they are not so capable of spitting. Check the toothpaste to ensure that the dosage is adequate for your needs and your family’s needs. And lastly, routinely visit your dentist for advice on what, when and how much toothpaste to use in some cases higher fluoride concentration may be indicated and your dentist will be able to identify this.


  9. Effects of sugar on teeth

    September 26, 2014

    “A balanced diet is essential for good health” this is also applicable to your teeth. So when we see patients that have decayed teeth to the point of no return and we ask them how much sugary food and drink they take, it is obvious that they have given priority to sugar rather than other food groups. Let me go through the effects of sugar on teeth.

    Our clever body has a mechanism which allows it to protect itself from harm. Our mouth has this too. Once sugar enters our mouth the bacteria present in our mouth quickly starts to turn that into acid. This is when demineralization takes place, when acid starts demolishing the minerals present in our tooth’s enamel. As a coping mechanism our mouth will produce saliva which helps to neutralize the acidity level in our mouth starting the process of remineralization. Our mouth takes roughly about 30 minutes to complete this process so imagine if a patient eats a small sugary snack 30-40 minutes after main meals, their mouth will struggle to achieve the point of remineralization and will keep dropping back into high levels of acidity. By doing this they are allowing acid and bacteria to attack their teeth leading to plaque and sensitivity. The graph below shows how the pH level (acidity level) shoots down to critical level every time a person eats.

    Bad Stephan’s curve

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    When you have braces food has more places to play hide and seek with. When there is food trapped between brackets and wires bacteria present in our mouth processes it into acid and, well you know what happens next. When teeth are demineralized they become weak and more susceptible to decay. Patients with braces are more prone to decalcification due to this fact which presents as white spot lesions on the tooth’s surface normally found on areas surrounding the brackets. decalcification

    How could you avoid this from happening? You do not have to completely cut sugar out of your life, that would be just cruel. You could limit eating sugary food or drinks to meal time, at least this way your mouth will have time to recover after. The more sugary food you eat the longer the time your teeth are exposed to acid. And because we have established that the enemy is acid sipping sugary drinks such as tea and coffee or acidic sodas are also very harmful to your teeth. Instead of sugary drinks you can snack on food with low content of sugar such as raw vegetables. Avoid chewy sugary food that will most likely to get stuck in the nooks and crannies such as toffees, sticky sweets. Avoid foods that are consumed for longer periods such as lollipops and candies.  Brush your teeth 30 minutes after eating to remove plaque from your tooth’s surface. A deposit of plaque builds up and releases more acid leading to dental caries.

    Dental decay

    Dental decay

    In order to maintain healthy teeth limiting your sugary intake to meal times and avoid snacking on sugary food in between meals. By doing this you are allowing your mouth to bring the acidity level in your mouth down and allowing your saliva to start the remineralisation process of those teeth that had been attacked by acid. Below is a good example of eating pattern which will aim you to maintain a healthier pH level in your mouth avoiding causing damage to your teeth.

    Good Stephan’s curve

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  10. How to brush your teeth correctly

    September 25, 2014

    Before you can have your teeth straightened with braces, it is important that you have a happy, healthy mouth. Brushing is even harder with braces on, so the first step is making sure you have the technique just right before the braces are fitted.

    A nice smile has now gained quite an importance in our daily lives. They say “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight”, well apart from having straight teeth, to achieve a nice smile it is most importantly fundamental to have healthy teeth. A good oral hygiene is only achieved by how efficient you brush your teeth correctly. At Oakwood Orthodontics we think it is important to talk about ways on how you can take care of your teeth because you know “Once they are gone, they are gone…”

    Top 5 tips on tooth brushing:

    1. MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH: medium bristled toothbrush, but use a soft bristled brush for receding and sensitive gums
    2. MANUAL vs ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH- Manual is fine if you have the correct technique. Electric brushes have some advantages like a built in timer and controlled forces.
    3. TIME: brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes: Play your favourite song, use an egg timer or count to 10 for each surface in each quadrant (4 quadrants x 3 surfaces per quadrant=count to ten 12 times)
    4. TOOTHPASTE: use fluoride based toothpaste to strengthen your enamel
    5. VISIT YOUR DENTIST FOR ADVICE

    Let us start with the basics, the toothbrush. We are lucky that in this day and age we have access to so many kinds of toothbrushes: manual or electric, soft or hard, small or big headed, quite frankly there is too much to choose from! For manual, a good start would be to choose a toothbrush with a head that would enable you to reach hard to access places such as your back teeth. It is generally agreed by dental professionals that a medium bristled tooth brush is recommended but if you find that your gum are receding due to too much force when brushing then a soft bristled brush would be more suitable as it is kinder to your gums depending on how much pressure you put on it when you brush your teeth. For electric toothbrush it is advisable to choose one with a brush that performs with a rotation-oscillation action.

    Another Question we are asked is whether to use manual or electric toothbrush. The use of electric toothbrush is highly advisable even more when you are brushing your teeth too hard resulting in causing your gums to recede but there is nothing wrong with using a manual toothbrush the important thing is to know the techniques of how to brush your teeth correctly.

    Brushing your teeth correctly normally requires two minutes of your time; you can set a timer up or put your favourite song to play which is normally 4 minutes long so you know that half way through it you can finish your brushing. Divide your mouth into 4 main sections (quadrant): Upper left, Upper right, Lower left and Lower right. Spend 30 seconds on each quadrant dedicating 10 seconds per surface: inner, outer and chewing surface. To brush your teeth properly tilt your toothbrush at a 45⁰ angle against the gumline then brush away from the gumline. Use short but gentle strokes back and forth on the surfaces of your teeth paying attention on the chewing surfaces and nooks and crannies. Use fluoride based toothpaste for when you brush your teeth to strengthen your enamel making it more resistant to bacteria that could cause dental caries.how to brush your teeth

    In addition to using a toothbrush, since you are wearing braces or retainers you have to bare in mind that there will be additional nooks and crannies where food and plaque could strategically hide and build up. It is in this cases that the use of interdental brushes will be of great help. Interdental brushes are small brushes that can get through those particularly hard to reach gaps between your teeth and the wire where food and plaque tends to park. Including this in your daily oral hygiene routine will ensure you maintain healthy teeth throughout your course of treatment. Because the last thing you want is to have straight smile with decayed teeth.

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    Visit your dentist and ask for advice on which toothbrush is best suitable for your needs as long as you make sure you brush your teeth properly at least twice a day for 2 minutes each and using a fluoride based toothpaste you can achieve a great oral hygiene.


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