65 Molesworth Street, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7DS

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of the questions we get asked the most often by patients. To jump to the section you’re most interested in, simply click on one of the links in the menu on the right.

What can I eat after teeth whitening treatment ?

Below we have included a list of foods and drinks that we recommend you avoid for up to 48 hours after performing a teeth whitening session on your teeth.

  • Dark soups
  • Dark marinades
  • Blueberries
  • Mushrooms
  • Beetroot
  • Avoid acidic fruits
  • Avoid sauces that contain vinegar like Ketchup, HP sauce etc...
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Curry
  • Strong Tea/Coffee

Can I use a whitening tooth paste after I have had tooth whitening done ?

Whitening toothpastes may help the effect to last, once your teeth have been professionally whitened, but leave it at least 1 week before starting to use it.

Can I eat and drink before dental treatment ?

It is recommended that you eat and drink as normal before any dental treatment that you may have, never starve yourself before treatment unless you are having a general anaesthetic.

What is conscious sedation ?

Also known as conscious sedation, dental sedation is an oral or intra-venous medication that removes anxiety allowing treatments to be carried out. The patient remains conscious and able to respond verbally to the dentist. It reduces the need to use general anaesthetics, and also allows more surgery to be completed in fewer appointments.

While you are sedated, you can breathe and talk normally, and feel comfortable and calm. Most importantly, all your anxious feelings have gone. You won't remember much about your experience afterwards, and will come gently back to earth knowing that your treatment has been completed.

Why should I have my teeth cleaned twice a year ?

Most people faithfully brush and floss their teeth twice a day, and many question seeing the hygienist for scalings twice a year. When you smile in the mirror, everything looks fine, it is what you are not seeing in the mirror that requires the twice yearly recommended hygienist visits in order to maintain your dental health.

How often should I go to the dentist ?

How often we will need to see you is based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums. It could be as short as three months, but if you have no current problems, we might not need to see you for up to two years. We do however advise a regualr visit to see the Dental Hygienist.

How long does an initial consultation take and how much does it cost ?

An examination for a new patient will take 45 minutes. The charge for this is £95 and during this time you will be given a thorough and comprehensive examination of your mouth and all of your teeth. Oral cancer check will also be done as a matter of course. We will also take 2 digital x-rays which provide us with very detailed pictures of your teeth. Photographs may be taken of your teeth as well to help explain any issues or problems you might have, this helps to build trust instantly. At the end of this appointment the dentist will spend time explaining the condition of your teeth. He will also explain any treatment that is needed and any questions you might have can be answered. We also provide a written estimate of costs for further treatment at this stage. During the appointment it would also be helpful for us if you could provide a list of any medication you might be taking.

What should I do if I need to cancel my appointment ?

Please let us know as soon as possible – please note that if you cancel with less than 24 hours before your appointment there may be a fee of £30.00.

What are your payment terms ?

We ask that patients pay after each appointment, either by cash, cheque, debit or credit card. Our patients also have the option of paying by interest-free finance, to be repaid over a period time that suits you best. This means you can start your treatment straight away. For more information please see our 0% Finance page.

What should I do in an emergency ?

Call our practice number 01208 812711 and you will be given the number for an out-of-hours service. If during working hours, please call us and the receptionist will deal with your enquiry. We endeavour to provide an emergency appointment the same day.

How do I register at your dental practice ?

Simply call the practice on 01208 812 711 to make your first appointment. Once we have seen you for an examination we can then register you as a new patient.

How do I maintain healthy teeth and gums ?

A simple routine can help prevent dental problems:

  • Brushing your teeth first thing in the morning and last thing at night with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cleaning between the teeth with brushes or floss at least once a day if possible
  • Avoid having sugary foods and drinks as much as possible
  • Have regular dental check-ups

My teeth are getting yellow over a period of time, Why is this ?

The main reasons why your teeth slowly turn from white to yellow are the types of foods and drinks that you have that can stain them directly the worst offenders for doing this are strong black and coffee, also red wines and a strong curry can also cause staining.

What is gum disease ?

Gum disease is a condition which affects the supporting structures around your teeth. It causes swelling of your gums. If it gets worse, it can damage the bone and ligaments that hold your teeth in place.

How do I maintain healthy teeth and gums ?

A simple routine can help prevent dental problems:

  • Brushing your teeth first thing in the morning and last thing at night with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cleaning between the teeth with brushes or floss at least once a day if possible
  • Avoid having sugary foods and drinks as much as possible
  • Have regular dental check-ups

What is smile design treatment for teeth ?

A smile makeover is the process of altering the appearance of your smile through the use of cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, white fillings, dental implants and tooth whitening.

What can I eat after teeth whitening treatment ?

Below we have included a list of foods and drinks that we recommend you avoid for up to 48 hours after performing a teeth whitening session on your teeth.

  • Dark soups
  • Dark marinades
  • Blueberries
  • Mushrooms
  • Beetroot
  • Avoid acidic fruits
  • Avoid sauces that contain vinegar like Ketchup, HP sauce etc...
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Curry
  • Strong Tea/Coffee

What can be done to whiten my teeth ?

There are several different ways that teeth can be whitened but the most effective is professional whitening by your dentist, other options are:?

Whitening toothpastes and rinses: These will only lift the surface stains from your teeth, they are safe and can be moderately effective, but they probably won’t give you the results you’re looking for.

Whitening strips: You apply these to the surface of your teeth for a certain amount of time to lift the stains from your teeth.

At-home trays: You will need to get these from your dentist, they will make a mold of your teeth to make your custom fitted trays. You then apply your bleaching gel to them and use at home.

Can I use a whitening tooth paste after I have had tooth whitening done ?

Whitening toothpastes may help the effect to last, once your teeth have been professionally whitened, but leave it at least 1 week before starting to use it.

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