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    • What is teeth whitening?

      Teeth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It is simple, safe and long lasting.

    • Is teeth whitening safe?

      If carried out by a trained dental professional teeth whitening is perfectly safe. Based on their knowledge of your oral health your dentist will discuss with you the options available, decide if whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall treatment plan that gives you the desired result.

    • How does it work?

      A carefully controlled concentration of bleach is applied to your teeth using specially made trays that fit your mouth. Your dentist will provide you with a bleaching kit and instructions. Every night, after brushing your teeth, you place the bleach gel inside the trays and wear them overnight. Every morning you will notice a lighter colour.

    • What should I expect?

      You may experience some sensitivity for a short time during your treatment but this is normal and will soon fade away after completion

    • Can anyone provide teeth whitening?

      No. It is illegal for anyone other than dentists or their teams to carry out teeth whitening. Anyone else offering teeth whitening (beauticians, hairdressers and salon staff) won’t have the right training and knowledge, could permanently damage your teeth and gums and can’t help you when something goes wrong.

    • What about other options to lighten teeth?

      Whitening won’t remove the surface of your teeth or change their shape. It’s often a better option than alternatives, such as veneers, because it doesn’t involve permanently altering the tooth’s structure and is easier to look after.

    • Which product is right for me?

      Your dentist is trained to know what whitening products will be safe for your teeth and gums. Products provided by non-dentist often do not have enough safety data and evidence to support their use; this can result in burned gums and/or blistered lips or even more serious consequences. Using products that are not appropriate for you will produce poor results

    • What about over the counter kits?

      The products you can buy online or from high street shops often fail to declare the precise chemicals used so it’s very difficult to assess their safety. Due to this they should not be considered safe. These products won’t produce the same good results you can expect by visiting your dentist.

    Please view our Gallery to see before and after images of patients who have whitened their teeth as part of their overall treatment.

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    • What is a veneer?

      A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail.
    • When should I need a veneer?

      Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured or stained tooth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
    • What are the advantages of veneers?

      Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy. As they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond, very little preparation of the tooth is needed.
    • How are the teeth prepared for a veneer?

      Some of the shiny outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of enamel removed is tiny and will be the same thickness as the veneer. A local anaesthetic (injection) may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort, but often this is not necessary. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take an impression (mould). This will be given to the dental technician, along with other information needed to make the veneer. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural.
    • How long will it take?

      A veneer takes at least two visits: the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade, and the second to fit it. Before bonding it in place, your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a veneer in place is done with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.
    • How long will a veneer last?

      Veneers look at their best for 10-15 years with good maintenance from you.
  • These are a type of cosmetic crown which are made purely from ceramic and no other material. This is in contrast to other types of crowns such as the porcelain fused to metal variety and gold crowns.

    The defining feature of these crowns is that they are made from a translucent material which is attractive to look at and blends in well with the rest of your teeth.

    There are two types of ceramic crown: E-max & Zirconia.

    Advantages of All Ceramic Crowns

    These crowns are ideally suited to people who have minimal space within their mouth for a crown or prefer something which has a natural appearance.

    They are made from a thinner material which results in a lighter crown. Plus the material used is ‘bio-compatible’ which is kind to natural gum tissue and enables it to grow back alongside the crown.

    There is no risk of an allergic reaction or sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

    Disadvantages of All Ceramic Crowns

    Whilst there are advantages of these crowns it is only fair to highlight the disadvantages as well.

    There appears to be a trade off between aesthetics and strength: this type of crown is lifelike and pleasant to look at but there is a downside. It is less durable than other types of crowns which mean it is more prone to cracking or breaking.

    Plus the refinement needed to produce these crowns makes them more difficult to fit. They require a high degree of expertise on the part of the dentist which increases their cost.

    How are All Ceramic Crowns fitted?

    The procedure is the same as for any fitting of a crown. The dentist will clean and reshape the tooth to be treated as a form of preparation. The tooth is tapered so that it will allow the crown to fit snugly over the top.

    An impression is then taken of your teeth with dental putty. This mould is sent to a dental laboratory where it will be used to fabricate a new crown.

    It takes around 1 to 2 weeks for this to happen so you will be fitted with a temporary crown in the meantime.

    Once it is ready you will asked to return to the surgery where you will be fitted with your new crown. This involves the dentist roughing the surface of the affected tooth with etching acid which will enable the crown to adhere to the tooth.

    This will be checked by your dentist. Once both of you are satisfied with the fitting then it will be fixed firmly in place with dental cement.

  • These are a popular alternative to the silver amalgam filling and are preferred for their superior function and appearance. Plus there are people who have concerns about the safety of amalgam fillings in regard to the inclusion of mercury.

    For these people, the tooth coloured filling is an option.

    It is inserted into your tooth (cavity) during a single visit to your dentist. This immediate or direct form of treatment is ideal for people with busy lives who have teeth with a small amount of decay.

    There is a choice of materials for fillings which include ceramic, silver amalgam and composite resin. Ceramic and composite fillings have a white appearance which means that they will closely match the rest of your teeth.

    This is why they are preferred for cosmetic reasons.

    Three Considerations

    The procedure has three issues to deal with:

    Shrinking of the filling
    Wear and tear of the filling
    Coverage of the filling

    There is the risk of a filling starting to shrink around the edges which then leaves a gap between the material and the tooth. The problem with this is that it enables bacteria to access that space which can lead to an infection.

    So the filling has to be applied in stages to ensure that it covers the cavity and is both strong and durable. Polishing and/or glazing the filling will reduce the risk of wear and tear, e.g. cracking or splitting.

    The filling is bulked out with different layers so that it protects the internal structure of the tooth and prevents further decay. The aim is to strengthen the tooth and maintain its function.

    The procedure for a filling involves you being given a local anaesthetic beforehand. This will help to numb the area to be treated.

    The affected tooth will be restored (built up) and/or decay will be removed before the filling is placed. It is then cleaned and the cavity plugged with the filling material which then bonds with the tooth.

    At Mercian House Dental Practice we use the highly aesthetic Venus Pearl composite.

Monday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm

We are closed for lunch between 1:00pm and 2:00pm every day.

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    How Invisalign Works…

    Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.
    Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten.
    You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.
    You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.

    • Why Invisalign?

      Sure, there are other options out there for straightening your teeth, but none offers the level of comfort, convenience and confidence that you’ll find with Invisalign®. And no matter what stage you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate how our cutting-edge approach to treatment has minimal interference in how you live, but has a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.
    • What are the benefits of Invisalign?

      Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible aligners, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.

      Invisalign aligners are removable giving you the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.

      Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. This means that in most cases less time is spent in your Invisalign Provider’s practice for adjustments.

      And finally, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how your teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete

    • What is the minimum age of a patient that a doctor can treat with Invisalign?

      With experience, an Invisalign Provider can use Invisalign to treat malocclusion for a majority of adults and adolescents who want a better smile. For teenagers, talk to your Invisalign Provider to see if Invisalign Teen may be the right treatment option for your child.
    • How often must I see my Invisalign Provider once I have started treatment?

      Appointment intervals are generally the same as with traditional braces but can be much quicker with less time spent in the dentists’ or orthodontists’ chair during appointments as no adjustments need to be made to wires/brackets. Patients typically visit their Invisalign Provider every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned, and to receive their next few sets of Invisalign aligners, but your Invisalign Provider will decide based on your treatment.
    • How long does the Invisalign treatment take?

      The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. Typically treatment can last between 9 and 18 months. During your consultation, your Invisalign Provider can provide you with more detailed information.
    • Is the Invisalign treatment painful?

      Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days, at the beginning of each new stage of treatment when they insert a new aligner. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
    • Can Invisalign close gaps?

      Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign. Consult an Invisalign Provider to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you.
    • I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign?

      A significant number of patients are being treated with a combination of braces and Invisalign. Consult an Invisalign Provider to determine the best treatment for you.
    • Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?

      No. Unlike traditional wires and brackets, you can eat whatever you like while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink. Thus, there is no need to restrict consuming any of your favourite foods and snacks. Also, it is important that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.
    • How often must the aligners be worn?

      Aligners should be worn all the time during treatment, except when eating, brushing or flossing teeth.
    • Will the aligners affect speech?

      The vast majority of patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period associated with having something new in the mouth.
    • Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?

      Chewing gum while wearing aligners is not advised as gum can stick to aligners. It is recommended that aligners be removed for all meals and snacks.
    • Can I smoke while wearing the aligners?

      Smoking is discouraged while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become stained or discoloured.


    Special Offer

    All patients who undergo Invisalign Treatment are entitled to 50% off Teeth Whitening.

  • What is an Inman Aligner?

    The Inman Aligner is a simple removable appliance used to align front teeth quickly and safely. It’s ideal as a stand alone treatment or to prealign teeth prior to further cosmetic options such as bonding or minimal veneers.

    How does it work?

    The Inman Aligner has Nickel Titanium coil springs that power two aligner bows that gently oppose each other, guiding the teeth into their new position. These gentle forces are active over a very large range of movement, which is why the Inman Aligner works so quickly.

    The image below shows the squeeze effect of the two aligner bows on the front teeth. The inner bow pushes forwards, while the outer bow pulls back on the front teeth.

    How long is the treatment with the Inman Aligner?

    Most cases are completed within 6-18 weeks. Your Inman Aligner dentist will give you a realistic guide of what to expect.

    What’s involved in Treatment with the Inman Aligner?

    • Find a Certified dentist who will determine if the Inman Aligner is suitable for you.
    • Impressions are needed so that the lab can fabricate your custom made Inman Aligner.
    • Initial fitting of the Aligner.
    • Wear the Aligner 16-20 hours a day
    • Regular Inman checks every 2-3 weeks.
    • As with other orthodontic treatment, after treatment is completed with the Inman Aligner, retention is recommended for life to prevent relapse. Retention can come in the form of a lingually bonded retainer or an Essix retainer.

General Dentistry

  • Routine examinations
  • Hygienist services
  • Dental restorations
  • Root canal treatment
  • Crowns & Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Extractions
  • Sedation

Monday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm

We are closed for lunch between 1:00pm and 2:00pm every day.

Preventative Dentistry

Cleaning your teeth

The most effective thing you can do to prevent gum disease or inflamed gums is to remove bacterial plaque from your teeth and gums buy brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes; and using interdental brushes once daily.

You should brush before breakfast and before bed-time, but allow 30 minutues after you eat.

Manual Toothbrush

  • Point the bristles of your toothbrush 45 degrees towards you gumline and brush in small circles.
  • Start in one corner of your mouth and work your way around SLOWLY to the other side, then move your brush to the backs of your teeth and brush in small circles back to the corner you started.
  • Repeat this on your opposing arch of teeth.
  • Lastly scrub the tops of your teeth to remove any debris stuck in the pits and fissures of your teeth
  • Small-headed brushes with medium bristles are advised.

Electric Toothbrush

  • Angle the toothbrush 45 degrees towards the gumline
  • Hold the toothbrush on each tooth for 5-10 seconds
  • Be sure to keep your hand still, the brush head is doing the cleaning not you moving!
  • Work methodically around your teeth, start in one corner and brush each tooth before moving onto the next. Don’t forget the backs of your teeth!
  • Lastly hold the toothbrush on the tops of your teeth one by one to remove any debris stuck in the pits and fissures of your teeth

Fact: Both Manual and Electric toothbrushes are effective, but rechargeable electric toothbrushes are slightly better
Katies Top Tip : If you struggle to get your toothbrush to the back of your mouth, bite your teeth together, your cheeks relax which gives you extra room to get your toothbrush back!

Cleaning between your teeth

Daily cleaning between your teeth using special “interdental” brushes is essential for treating and preventing gum disease. Floss is of little value unless the spaces between your teeth are too tight for the interdental bushes to fit without hurting or causing harm. Your dentist or hygienist will advise on the right size you need, most often you need at least 2 sizes to fit the different sized spaces.

  • Gently push or wiggle the brush between your teeth at the gum line
  • Pull the brush in and out a few times, making sure there’s contact against the gumline
  • Make sure you use the thickest brush in each gap, this means swapping between sizes!
  • You may experience a little soreness or bleeding at first, don’t worry, this will settle and improve as your gums get healthier!
  • Replace interdental brushes weekly (or when the bristles become sparse!)

Jay’s Top Tip: Use a long handled Tepe to get to those awkward to reach places at the back!

What is Gingivitis?

What is Periodontal Disease?

  • Periodontal disease is another name for gum disease (your grandparents may have called it pyria!)
  • It is caused by bacteria that collects at the gumline as dental plaque which needs to be removed by brushing and cleaning between the teeth twice daily
  • If not properly cleaned, the gum starts to come away from the tooth, forming pockets and the plaque grows down below the gumline
  • Over time, the jaw bone supporting the teeth is destroyed, the gums shrink and eventually the teeth become wobbly and may fall out!

Who can get gum disease?

Most people can get mild gum disease but some people are more susceptible to more aggressive forms.

A few factors can put people at a high risk of getting gum disease:
Diabetes especially if its poorly controlled
Genetics – Gum disease tends to be hereditary, your higher risk if parents or siblings have had gum disease
Smoking – This is the single biggest risk factor putting you 3-7 times more likely to have gum disease, and 3 times more likely to loose teeth! Smokers also respond less favourably to gum disease treatment than non-smokers

Do you have gum disease?

It’s usually pain free, so you maybe unaware of it until your dentist or hygienist checks for it.

Some signs include:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing, and sometimes eating
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gumline
  • Teeth feel loose

What does treatment involve?

Treatment aims to reduce the bacteria surrounding your teeth. Your dentist or hygienist plays an important role in this by showing you how to clean your teeth well at home and will help you keep them clean by cleaning them for you too. However, your daily compliance with your cleaning routine at home makes the biggest difference!

  • You will be taught the best methods of cleaning your teeth and gums to remove dental plaque. Treatment will only work if you clean your teeth properly twice a day to a high standard
  • Don’t forget cleaning between your teeth, 40% of plaque bacteria are found between your teeth. You need to clean here with interdental brushes at least once a day
  • The tartar above the gumline can be removed by your dentist or hygienist to make it easier for you to clean at home
  • Any bacteria below the gumline can be removed by your dentist or hygienist deep cleaning your teeth

What to expect after treatment?

  • You may notice your gums bleed more to start with, don’t worry, this is normal and will improve as your gums get healthier!
  • Your gums may recede as your gums get healthier, the gaps between your teeth may get bigger and your teeth may look longer in length. Better to have a longer tooth than no tooth?
  • As your gums recede your teeth may become sensitive to hot or cold, this usually improves after a few weeks, but you might want to use a sensitive toothpaste (Sensodyne, Colgate Pro-relief) to help this.
  • How often should I clean my dentures?

    It is important to treat your dentures like you would treat your natural teeth.
    They should be kept as clean as possible to prevent further tooth loss, inflamed
    gums, or bacterial and fungal infections. We usually recommend that you
    clean them thoroughly twice a day and after eating when necessary.

  • How should I clean them?

    The general rule is: Brush, soak, brush. Always clean you dentures over a bowl
    of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. Brush your dentures before
    soaking, to help remove any food debris. Soak the dentures in a specialist
    cleaner for a short time if you prefer and then brush the denture again – as you
    would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub to hard as this may cause
    grooves in the surface. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures,
    including the surface which comes into contact with your gums. This is
    especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.

  • What should I use to clean my dentures?

    There are many different denture-cleaning products. However, most dentists
    still recommend a small-to medium-headed toothbrush to reach into the
    awkward corners, or a soft nailbrush and ordinary soap. Soaking solutions can
    often help to remove staining and bacteria. We do not recommend that you use
    these solutions overnight.

  • Is there anything I should avoid?

    It is important not to use any type of bleaching product to clean your dentures.
    Bleaching can lead to weakening of the denture as well as making it look
    unsightly. Do not use very hot water to soak the denture. Again, it can weaken
    the denture causing it to break.

  • What should I do if I have soft lining?

    Some people have sensitive gums and may need a softer lining made for their
    dentures. If you have one of these special linings, it is important to check with
    your dentist before using any cleaning products or fixatives as some products
    can damage lining.

  • What if I have a metal denture?

    Some commercial cleaning products can damage metal dentures, so it is
    important to discuss cleaning options with your dentist they have these. If your
    denture has clasps, you need to take particular care when cleaning to avoid

  • Are there any special products I should use?

    There are some special products available for cleaning your dentures, including
    special brushes; cleaning pastes and soaking solutions. However, you should
    use these carefully and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are not
    sure which products to use ask your dentist.

  • Should I remove my dentures at night?

    Most dentists recommend removing your dentures at night to give your mouth
    a chance to rest. If you remove your dentures it is important to leave them in
    water to prevent any warping or cracking.

  • Can my dentist clean them?

    Some people do build up tartar on their dentures just as they would on their
    natural teeth. If plaque is not removed properly, it can react with saliva and
    harden into tartar. As with your own teeth, you will not be able to remove this
    tartar completely yourself and eventually it can make the denture
    uncomfortable and unsightly. Your dentist will be able o remove this tartar
    using a professional cleaning machine.

  • What can I do about staining?

    Like natural teeth, dentures can pick up staining every day. This is especially
    true if you smoke, or drink a lot of tea, coffee or red wine. In most cases you
    should be able to remove staining with regular cleaning. However, more stubborn stains may take a little more cleaning, which your dentist should be
    able to help with.

  • Do I still need to see the dentist?

    It is important to visit your dentist regularly even if you don’t have any of your
    natural teeth. Dentists do not only check teeth, but also the soft parts of the
    mouth, including the tongue and cheeks. These examinations are just as
    important so the dentist can spot ant infections, mouth conditions or even
    mouth cancer at the earliest stages. Your dentist will be able to tell you how
    often you should visit.

Monday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm

We are closed for lunch between 1:00pm and 2:00pm every day.