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Here’s what you need to know about cosmetic braces….

Many people have spent years disliking the alignment of their teeth but never looked into treatment because they think it will be too expensive, too unsightly or just too much hassle!

However, the truth is that with modern advancements it’s quite straightforward! At our Leicester dental clinic, we concentrate on changing the alignment of the teeth people are generally most concerned with – the front ones. This means that treatment is now easier, less expensive and faster than ever before.

Dental practices like Smile Essential in Leicester can give you that smile you’ve always wanted.

How does it work?

Cosmetic braces such as Six Month Smiles or ClearSmile still use fixed brackets like traditional orthodontic treatments but they are tooth coloured and not metal so are more cosmetically pleasing. They also work in the same way as traditional braces – exerting gentle pressure to move your teeth. They act much more quickly than traditional braces because they focus on only moving the teeth visible in your smile line.

How long does it take?

Treatment takes anywhere from 4 to 9 months, but most people complete treatment in just 6 months. With conventional braces the average treatment is between 18 months and 2 years, this is what makes cosmetic braces systems such as ClearSmile and Six Month Smiles such a popular choice for adults. Once you have been in for your consultation the dentist will be able to give you an idea of how long they expect the treatment to take.

How much does it cost and what’s included?

We provide a complete cosmetic brace package this means no surprise costs at a later date! Included with your cosmetic brace package is our dual retention system – without this, your teeth are likely to move back! We also provide FREE tooth whitening to finish your new look. The investment for straight teeth is 2,700. Many patients choose to take advantage of our flexible finance options.

We offer a range of finance options so you can spread the cost of treatment for peace of mind. Our most popular finance option is our 12 months 0% interest offer. If you would like to repay over a longer amount of time we also offer finance at a competitive 9.9APR from 24 up to 60 months. You can calculate what to borrow and the monthly costs on our handy finance calculator.

Interested in taking the next step at our Leicester dental clinic?

The next step we recommend is for you to come and see us for a complimentary dental consultation at our Leicester dental practice. It’s FREE and is just to have a chat with the dentist to discuss your concerns and check the treatment is suitable for you. If you and the dentist are both happy then the next step is to book in for a full orthodontic assessment appointment to start your journey to a healthy, straight and confident smile.

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Alternative Easter Gifts That Kids Will Love…

Easter is almost here and the isle of the supermarket seems to be more packed with Easter goodies than ever! But how do you avoid giving your kids chocolate overload this Easter?

Firstly, it’s a good idea to think quality not quantity! Easter is only one weekend and you don’t want excess chocolate hanging around for weeks. Let your child choose one special Easter egg.

It’s probably a good idea if you know family members will want to bring gifts for your children to suggest in advance what to buy. But do remember, Easter is not Christmas! They don’t need to get a present from every relative or friend.

Easter gifts don’t have to be about chocolate and chocolate eggs. There are many alternative Easter gifts for children. Here we have been and searched out our favourite alternative Easter gifts that children will love:

easter alternative kid giftHatchimals CollEGGtibles are tiny, adorable Hatchimals you can take with you wherever you go. This 2-Pack egg carton is the only way you can collect special edition Citrus Coast CollEGGtibles!

Warm each egg until the heart changes from purple to pink, then press down to hatch! Crack the shell all the way down to the wavy line, but save the bottom. Your adorable Hatchimal will have a cosy place to hang out!

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are for kids aged 5+, price £4.99


alternative kids gift for easterInspired by the hit movie, each DreamWorks Trolls character has soft and colourful hair and a comb for wild styling. A few critter friends are included, too, for lots of fun and imaginative play. Additionally, each set comes with accessories definitive for each character.

Each doll comes with their signature accessories. Style each doll’s hair with fun, fuzzy flair materials and comb. Decorate with sticker sheet included in each set.

Troll 4-inch critter set is for aged 4+, price reduced from £10.99 to £2.99

Funky Face Egg Bouncy Balls

These crazy funny face balls can’t help bouncing all over the place! Egg-shaped bouncy balls, ideal for gifts for active kids this Easter

Sometimes the best and most fun children’s toys are the simplest. These bouncy balls will provide hours of bouncy fun and burn off some of that sugar this Easter.

These Funky Face Bouncy Balls are for ages 3+ and are £2.45 for 6.

StikBot Pets

These toys may look simple to the naked adult eye but these are award winning toys! They are perfect for any technology loving kid.

StikBots are a unique, poseable and collectable figurine! At a basic level, they are a fidget toy that is perfect for imaginative play. perfect for making your own stop-frame animation movies using the StikBot Animation App which is free to download for iPhone and Android operating systems.

Suitable for ages 4+, £4.99, click here to watch a video of these in action.

Gelli Baff

Turn bath time into fun time with Gelli Baff! Gelli Baff turns water into goo and then back again. Sprinkle the goo former over the water and watch in amazement as your boring bath water magically starts to turn into a fun, thick goo. Stir well, get in and have fun!

When the fun is all over, add the dissolver sachet and the goo will turn back into coloured water, easily drained away.

Completely safe: Gellibaff conforms to strict testing and safety regulations and doesn’t stain your towels, clothes, carpets or kids! 5+ £4.99

Tomy Hide and Squeak Eggs Activity Toy

Crack them open to reveal the brightly coloured press-and-cheep chicks. It is also a shape sorting game matching egg bases to the right shaped hole in the box.

Hide ‘n’ squeak eggs are full of surprises for little hands to get to grips with!

Suitable from 6 months+, reduced to £8.99


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20 years overdue a dental check up!

I have not been to the dentist for 20 years due to anxiety. I was made to feel relaxed in the appointments and all staff took the time to explain things to me. I had a really pleasant experience.

I would recommend Smile to others, especially if you are anxious.

Ms H.S, Leicester.

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Why do dentists take X-rays? 

It’s likely that if you have been attending a dental practice regularly then you will have had x-rays (also known as radiographs) taken. But do you know why the dentist takes x-rays? 

X-rays are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They allow the dentist to see areas they otherwise would not be able to examine with the naked eye. Having x-rays taken at your dental health check allows your dentists to diagnose potential dental issues before they become a larger issue. 

These are the main reasons your dentist takes x-rays: 

  • Look for early stages of tooth decay 
  • Look underneath any restorations such as fillings or crowns for any tooth decay
  • Look at the health of tooth roots
  • Check the health of the bone levels around your teeth
  • Determine if periodontal disease is an oral care issue
  • To help diagnose which treatment is required

There are two main types of x-rays we use at Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester. These are called Bitewings and Periapicals. Both of these types of x-rays deliver a relatively low dose of radiation. 

Bitewing x-rays are called bitewings because you bite down on a wing-shaped device to hold the x-ray film in place. They are used to capture an image of both the upper and lower molar and premolar teeth. 

Bitewings can reveal cavities in between the teeth and underneath previous dental work, an area that dentists can’t visually inspect. Often at this early stage of decay, there may only be mild symptoms such as sweet or cold sensitivity. However, if left untreated the decay would advance. By the time it is visible to the naked eye or causes noticeable discomfort, more extensive work such as a root canal may be required. “ 

Bitewings are also useful for helping to diagnose periodontal disease and monitoring the bone levels around the teeth. Your dentist will compare x-rays he has taken over the years to see if there have been any significant changes. 

Periapical x-rays capture images of two or three teeth down to the root. They can reveal an abscess caused by an infection or root caries, which are lesions at the bottom of the tooth.  

If you’re a new patient and are looking at getting brace treatment or have extensive dental work already then it’s likely you may need a full mouth series of x-rays, which may involve both bitewings and periapical x-rays of the teeth. 

 How often should you have dental X-rays? 

This depends, children and adults that are at greater risk of tooth decay may require follow up x-rays 6 months later. If you are at low risk then the dentist will take more than likely just take two bitewing x-rays every 2-3 years. 

Remember if you’re at all concerned about having x-rays taken then discuss this with your dentist. They are always happy to discuss and advise. 

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Overcame her dental phobia…

I have had a very bad fear of dentists since a young age, but I’ve joined Smile Essential on Narborough Road, Leicester.

The first day I rang them I was sobbing with fear, but the receptionist put me at ease. She booked me in the same day…When I arrived ‘in bits’ I was given tea to calm me down. Nik the dentist was absolutely brilliant he was gentle and didn’t rush at all. Just had my third visit and went in smiling and came out smiling.

Going to the dentist isn’t the best thing in the world but I’m 100% happier now that I’ve joined Smile Essential.

Thank you to you all!

Mrs W.M, Leicester.

Here’s what to expect on your first visit…

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