Monthly Archives: July 2018

Dental health is so important…

I would like to thank Nik and all the staff at Smile Essential Dental Practice for restoring my faith in dentists. Before coming to Smile Essential Dental Practice I had endured some pretty rough treatments which had made me lose confidence. Dental health is so important and even though I understand this I really didn’t want to see dentists again.

Nik and his team have provided excellent and compassionate dental care and I no longer worry about my appointments. The dental team always have the time to answer questions that I have and the treatment plans are always clearly explained.

Thanks Smile Essential!

Mr A.P, Leicestershire.

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Everything you need to know about our Leicester teeth whitening treatment…

At our Leicester dental practice, we offer a tooth whitening treatment that guarantees you’ll achieve the lightest shade on the natural shade guide. It’s called Enlighten Ultimate. Enlighten offers results that aren’t even comparable to other tooth whitening solutions, all of our patients have been delighted with the results and the ease of the treatment.

Does it work on very dark teeth?

Yes, even if you have the darkest teeth on the shade guide we can still guarantee you will achieve the lightest colour.

I’ve heard teeth whitening can cause sensitivity?

It’s common that with some tooth whitening systems, transient sensitivity can be a big issue. However, with the Enlighten system, we offer at our Leicester clinic patients rarely report sensitivity problems that haven’t been resolved with the specially designed sensitive tooth serum contained as part of your package.

Will the results last?

The results will last indefinitely as long as you look after your tooth whitening trays and carry out a top up one night every couple of months.

Do I have to be a Patient of Smile Essential?
No, we carry out free tooth whitening consultations to new and existing patients.

Is tooth whitening suitable for me?

There are a few reasons why tooth whitening might not be for you. This is one of the key reasons we offer free consultations – to check your suitability. If it isn’t suitable the dentist will discuss your options.

Is it difficult?

The process is very simple and generally takes 3 appointments.

The first appointment is for a free consultation to check that your suitable and what your tooth whitening goals are, if you’re happy we can take the impressions at this stage to make your uniquely designed tooth whitening trays.

The second appointment is when the uniquely designed tooth whitening trays are fitted and then you start to whiten your teeth from home each evening for the next 2 weeks.

The final appointment at Smile Essential we complete in-surgery laser tooth whitening whilst you can relax and watch a DVD and then we will reveal your new whiter brighter and beautiful Smile.

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The dentist was my biggest fear…

The dentist is my biggest fear, I have had such horrible experiences with other dentists. I just didn’t want to come at all. After being recommended to Lina and Smile Essential, I finally decided to pluck up the courage to go. I can finally say I have some confidence in a dentist.

I was made to feel relaxed and calm during all appointments by Lina and all of the staff including the receptionists. They used lots of techniques to make me more at ease and I felt they really cared. I cannot recommend Smile Essential Dental Practice enough.

I’m finally starting to feel comfortable about going to the dentist. Thank you Smile Essential.

Miss J.W, Leicestershire.

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Taking care of your children’s teeth this summer…

The summer is a time of fun and excitement and one of the downsides of that for your children is sugar! Here we look at the key ways you can help take care of your children’s teeth this summer.

Stick to your routine

It’s easy over the summer holidays to let routines go out of the window but try to stay on track with twice daily toothbrushing.

Keep an eye on what they drink

The warmer months and laid back days can mean frequent sipping on juice or pop. This is a disaster when it comes to their teeth. It doesn’t allow the ph of the mouth to stabilise putting the teeth under constant attack. Encourage sipping of water through the day and if the juice is a must then limit to meal times only.

Food timings

Give your kids food at the right time so they have all the three essential meals and fall to snacks and in-between meals less often. Hunger can often be a reason for falling to sugary treats so a good way to combat it and help them avoid sugar is to give them full balanced meals at meal times.

Visit the dentist

This will ensure that your children’s teeth have been checked and are healthy. The dentist can also help reinforce healthy habits at home.


Often over the holiday’s relatives spend more time with the children. Whether they’re visiting for the day or helping out with childcare. It’s good to get in there and explain that you’re trying to keep the kids sugar down and not to give bring or give them any sweets. If they usually like to bring something or want to treat the kids then suggest a magazine.

You can read more about taking care of your children’s dental health here…

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I was a nervous wreck on my first dental visit…

I was a nervous wreck on my first visit. I hadn’t been to the dentist for quite a while and was ashamed of the state of my teeth. I was made to feel welcome, safe and cared for from the minute I walked in the door. This was a few years ago, I am pleased to say that I am still a regular visitor.

Nik is a great dentist and always makes me feel at ease. Yesterday I had two appointments- impressions, an extraction and a new denture fitted- I wouldn’t have believed that was possible on my first visit!

The whole team are great. Highly recommended.

PS my new teeth look great!

Mrs A.G, Leicester.

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I had such a great experience at Smile Essential Dental Practice…


I was very anxious as I had not been for a very long time. I was put at ease by Nik and his team. They were so caring and understanding. The treatment was explained thoroughly and it was not rushed.

I am so pleased with everything that I highly recommend this great practice.

Mr B.P, Leicester.

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Say goodbye to yellow teeth…

There are many reasons teeth can appear yellow. Most of the time yellow teeth are generally caused by surface staining. That’s why as we get older our teeth often get darker, picking up more and more staining.

Our Leicester dentists often whiten peoples teeth that have been stained as a result of their diet. The obvious culprits are tea, coffee and red wine, but there are many more not so obvious causes such as green tea – yup, green tea may be good for your body but it can cause tooth staining, tomatoes in pasta sauce, curry spices and berries all contain pigments that cling to tooth enamel and stain the surface.

The good news is that while your teeth may not look like the ideal set of pearly whites, teeth stained from your diet are actually perfectly healthy. If you wanted to improve the colour of your teeth though there are a few things you can do:

• Have a dental hygiene appointment. Plaque buildup on the teeth can make them appear more yellow having this removed and the teeth polished will remove the plaque and some surface staining. Regular hygiene appointments will keep on top of the staining and help your mouth to stay fresher and healthier.

• Buy an electric toothbrush. At our Leicester dental clinic, we recommend the Phillips Sonicare toothbrush. This can help to remove some staining and will help to remove new staining each time you brush.

• Professional Tooth Whitening. If you want to lighten your teeth by several shades then professional tooth whitening will give you the best results. Our Enlighten Ultimate treatment guarantees you’ll achieve the lightest natural tooth shade on our chart.

• Adjust your diet. We know it isn’t easy! It’s tough to start the day if you’re used to that cup of coffee to get you going or of course relaxing with a cup of tea. Oh, and what no curry!

There are also a few other reasons that your teeth may be yellow and it’s definitely worth speaking to your dental health team for advice:

– Tooth wear. The outer layer of the tooth is called enamel and is whiter than the underlying layer dentine which tends to be quite yellow. Tooth wear can occur because of a few things such as acids in the diet fizzy or fruit drinks, acid reflux and toothbrush abrasion – brushing too hard, incorrect technique or with a hard bristle toothbrush can cause the enamel to be worn away and show the yellow dentine layer.

– Fluorosis. Fluoride is good for teeth, but excess fluoride in early adulthood can cause yellow or brownish yellow spots called fluorosis. Avoid fluorosis by using the right amount of toothpaste for your child and make sure they spit out the toothpaste and not swallow it.

– Antibiotics. Tetracycline antibiotics stain teeth when they’re still developing in the gums. If your mother took antibiotics in the second half of her pregnancy, or you took them before the age of eight, you may have permanently stained adult teeth.

– Tooth Grinding. Also known as bruxism, it’s quite harmful to tooth enamel and the teeth. Many people are unaware that they are grinding their teeth. Tooth grinding is an unconscious habit some people have when they’re stressed, especially while asleep. It grinds down the tooth enamel and can be harmful to your dental health.

The best way to take care of your teeth is by visiting your local dental practice for tailored advice.

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