We can all admit to having things that we don’t necessarily like about ourselves. Whether that’s an embarrassing snoring habit, painful migraines & headaches, or even a lacklustre smile – the nearing end of Smile Month is the perfect reminder to do something about it!

Coping with any of these conditions is often debilitating for the sufferer, as well as their close family and friends, with many unsure of the best way to seek a solution. Commonly, especially in the case of snoring and migraines, people do not realise that the root of the problem is often with their mouths. This means they often visit their GP for guidance instead of their dentist, in turn receiving the wrong kind of treatment - leaving the problem unresolved.

As part of National Smile Month, a campaign that promotes good oral health, we are aiming to raise awareness of these all-too-common problems, providing medically-proven solutions – to help you give you, or your patients, something to smile about!


Snoring

As a condition that affects both the sufferer and the bed partner, snoring is a problem that very few people seek treatment for, often feeling too embarrassed.

Left untreated, not only can snoring cause strain on relationships and lifestyle, it can also cause a number of health-related problems for both parties, including: diminished energy, lack of concentration, and increased risk of heart disease.

The condition is caused by a partial closure of the airway during sleep, due to the relaxation of the lower jaw and neck muscles. Therefore, the easiest way to stop snoring is to prevent the mandible from slipping backwards in sleep. This can be achieved with a device called a Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS). There are a number of medically proven treatments available, one of which is the Sleepwell.

The most clinically-proven device for resolving snoring & mild to moderate sleep apnoea, the Sleepwell has a success rate of over 80% and has transformed the lives of many sufferers. Using a hook mechanism, the Sleepwell holds the lower jaw forward, keeping the airway open, stopping snoring altogether.

Incorporating Sleepwell into your practice is easy. To get started, all that is required is an impression of your patient’s teeth. To discover more about snoring & sleep apnoea, the Sleepwell, or our CPD-verifiable snoring seminar, please see here.


Migraines & Headaches

A common problem that affects up to 80% of the population, bruxism (the clenching and grinding of teeth) can cause a wealth of side effects for the sufferer, including: headaches & migraines, stiff neck and jaw, earache, poor sleep quality, and tooth wear.

Apart from the damage to the teeth, there is nothing about the above that would suggest that the clenching or grinding is the cause. This is often the source of the problem, as too many sufferers are unaware of the true reason for their symptoms - seeking ineffective treatments instead.

There are plenty of treatments available for those suffering with bruxism, the most common of which is the occlusal splint. Occlusal splints function as a mechanical separation between the two arches of the teeth, preventing contact, inhibiting the ability to clench or grind.

The SCi splint does just this and is FDA-approved for the treatment of headaches and medically diagnosed migraines. Made of a durable plastic, the SCi is designed to sit over your lower two front teeth, acting as a barrier for your upper arch. They are custom-made to your patient’s specifications and can be fitted by you during the appointment.

If you would like to discover more about bruxism & the SCi splint, click here.


Misaligned Teeth

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As one of the first things we notice about people, a smile plays an important role in everyday life. For many, the appearance of their teeth is often a source of discontent, with many feeling self-conscious of their smile.

When looking into straightening teeth, the most common form of treatment is usually with fixed wires. Bonded to the teeth, this is a permanent form of treatment that lasts on average around 24 months. Thanks to the developments in dental technology, however, there are now a number of treatment options available – including the use of clear aligners.

Transparent in appearance, these aligners are designed to slot over teeth and discreetly move them into the desired position – without drawing any attention. Growing increasingly popular with adult patients, the aligners are also removable - making them a practical addition to the wearer’s lifestyle, whilst also improving overall oral hygiene. Results can be achieved in as little as three months – meaning your patient’s dream smile is well within reach!

Smilelign consists of a series of virtually invisible aligners, each marginally different to its predecessor and successor. For more information on the Smilelign process, including how you can implement into your practice, please visit www.smilelign.com. To request one of our free info packs, click here.