Why straightening your teeth is the healthy option

Teeth are for life we’re told. So long as we keep as close eye on our diet, stick to a tip-top oral care regime and see our dentist regularly, we should be able to hang onto the smile we were blessed with long into our later years.

But what happens if our smile is less than perfect, our teeth are crooked and, as a result, we fail to keep them clean and healthy? What health risk does a wonky smile pose – as well as impacting on our confidence?

For Elizabeth Nein, it was the struggle to effectively clean her teeth twice a day that led her to seek a solution and improve her smile.

As a teen, the 41-year-old asset manager from London had a removable brace but she confesses, like many others at that age, she ‘never wore it’.

Thankfully cosmetic dentistry has come on leaps and bounds since then, boosting the number of adults seeking cosmetic teeth straightening solutions – and usually without the constraints of the traditional metal wires and brackets of yesteryear.

Elizabeth explains: ‘I was finding that I couldn’t clean my teeth properly because they were so crooked and I was worried about losing them too soon in life. I wanted to maintain a healthy smile and Jenni, my dentist, recommended Cfast.’

Dentist Jenni Grimes specialises in Cfast, the gentle, minimally invasive short-term orthodontic treatment for adults that uses sound clinical principles to straighten the upper and lower front six teeth.

Cfast braces are very often difficult to detect because they use tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to gently straighten the ‘social six’ – or those teeth that show when we smile. And they impact very little on day-to-day life, too.

The ceramic braces certainly fulfilled Elizabeth’s expectations. She says treatment was ‘quick, painless’ and delivered results in less than 11 months. And the fact that they braces were discreet was ‘just an added bonus’.

They had no negative effect on her speech nor did she have to change what she enjoyed eating. She says: ‘I originally avoided eating anything that was crusty or hard to bite anything. But, after a while I could eat normally.’

She believes it is never to late to get teeth straightened and suspects it is the perceived cost that puts some people off – although many dental practices do offer 0% finance.

For Elizabeth, having a healthy straight smile ‘massively important’ – and, although her main reason for seeking cosmetic teeth straightening was for health rather than appearance, Elizabeth says: ‘It’s great to be able to smile with confidence again.’

She’s not alone. According to a recent poll1, there is a strong correlation between good oral health and confidence in our smile.

The system straightens teeth in a controlled and predictable way and uses lighter forces than traditional orthodontics, so it is more comfortable as well as faster – major considerations for today’s patient looking to improve their smile.

And, for those patients seeking total discretion, SmileTRU is the clear aligner option. The transparent positioners fit over your teeth to gently guide them into the desired position – comfortably and discreetly.

1. www.dentalhealth.org/News/how-do-you-feel-about-your-smile-nationwide-poll-says-three-in-four-like-what-they-see

This entry was posted in Blog on 3rd October 2018 by cfast-login

Adult braces – can I afford them?

A childhood wish to correct a crooked smile came true recently for Manchester-based 24 year old, Jubrul.

And he says it was thanks to the 0% finance opportunities offered at Windsor Dental in Salford that sealed the deal on his cosmetic dental makeover.

Jubrul is delighted with his new smile, which took just eight months in the making, and urges anyone else considering it to view aesthetic dentistry as a long-term and worthwhile investment.

He underwent Cfast teeth straightening, which focuses on the ‘social six’ – or those front teeth that show when we smile.

The cosmetic teeth-straightening system uses ceramic tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to gently straighten teeth using sound orthodontic clinical principles.

Windsor Dental, which is a premium Cfast provider, also offers its Cfast patients complimentary teeth whitening once the teeth are straight.

Jubrul says: ‘I am now over exaggerating my smile, I just want to show it off. It’s increased my confidence and was the best decision I’ve ever made.’

‘It is an investment – and if you have the money for it, then do it, although 0% finance payment plans are a good thing.’

Before the Cfast braces were affixed to his teeth, Jubrul had four hygiene appointments to ensure his teeth and gums were in excellent condition. Once the treatment began, he says he only had to attend six or seven appointments for the dental team to check progress.

Initially, he had to avoid certain foods that were hard to bit but within two weeks, they had settled.

He says he definitely would recommend Cfast, primarily because of the speed – and, although he ‘wasn’t too fussed’ that they are discreet and only detectable close up, he can see the benefit to others.

Young adults are now up to 10 times more likely to have braces in adulthood than a generation ago, as many more admit that they are unhappy with their smile. Braces have steadily grown in popularity amongst adults in recent years and one study has found one in nine Brits aged 25-34 are having braces in their adulthood (12%), significantly higher than their parents (1%).

The Oral Health Foundation poll also showed that one in four are unhappy with their smile (27%) while nearly two in three are more worried about how their teeth look now compared with five years ago (64%).  Further findings show that just under half of adults suffer from a lack of confidence because of their smile (45%).

The survey also revealed that women are almost twice as likely to have braces in adulthood than men.

The demand for cosmetic dentistry in the UK is steadily increasing and three in four adults questioned say they would feel more confident from receiving a ‘smile makeover’ (76%).

Currently, more than two in three say they never smile in photographs as a result of their smile (70%) while one in ten point to it causing problems in their relationships (10%).  Others believe the appearance of their smile affects their career prospects, determines how they speak or eat in public, and some even reported being bullied because of how their teeth look.

Further results discovered more than a third would not get adult braces because they would feel embarrassed (36%) while one in three over 35 year-olds believe it’s too late to straighten teeth once in adulthood.

Straight teeth help us to keep them clean and healthy because there are fewer awkward areas where toothbrushing may prove difficult or the brush simply cannot reach. Crooked teeth leave us vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease, thanks to the crevices, gaps and hard-to-reach areas where food debris lingers.

The increasing popularity of adult orthodontics is thanks largely to a wider awareness of the importance of a straight, healthy smile. A newly straightened smile can boost confidence in social circles as well as at work and there is a general acceptance that a smile is the first thing we notice about each other when we first meet – especially important when on a first date or at a job interview.

Although teeth-straightening treatment is more affordable than ever before but it can be tough to find a lump sum, which is why having payment options can help manage cash flow.

Some dental practices, such as Windsor Dental, offer this to patients undergoing cosmetic dental treatments.

Be sure to take the opportunity to raise any queries before agreeing the treatment and making an appointment.

Essentially, if there is anything you do not understand, then ask.

The language of dentistry is littered with technical words that mean little to us in the outside world. Nobody expects you to understand any dental ‘jargon’ so, if the clinician wanders into that area of unusual vocabulary, don’t be afraid to ask for a more simple and clear explanation.

Additionally, you can try the practice’s FREE online dental consultation to find out how they can help you achieve the perfect smile.

It’s so quick and easy. Simply upload at least two close-up photographs of your teeth and see what we can do for you.

For more, visit http://windsordental.co.uk/free-dental-consultation/



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Life is not a dress rehearsal – so get the smile you deserve

Confidence has a major role in any stage performance but actor Tom Whalley felt his teeth were a drawback when it came to achieving that ‘red carpet’ smile.

Having trod the boards for some years and with a passion for pantomime – both appearing in them and writing them – the 28-year-old actor and writer, originally from Newcastle upon Tyne but now living in London, felt his smile needed a makeover all of its own.

He says: ‘I was always self conscious about my teeth and, as an actor, how I look is vital – with a smile a huge factor in not only my appearance, but my confidence, too.’

So with a plan to rewrite the script on his smile, he booked a consultation with multiple award-winning celebrity dentist Dr Biju Krishnan, founder of Cfast, one of the world’s most popular adult cosmetic tooth alignment systems.

Dr Krishnan says: ‘Tom was mainly concerned about the spacing between his teeth. Sometimes, we can use Cfast to close the spacing but, in this case, Tom has naturally small teeth and closing the spacing here with Cfast would have been inappropriate.

‘So, we used the system to gently move the teeth into a better position prior to using composite bonding to close the spacing, which gave us a much nicer end result.’

Having always wanted to have cosmetic teeth straightening, it was only a matter of time for Tom.

He explains: ‘I couldn’t have them done when I had an initial consultation at the age 14 due to my studies. But I had a year of low confidence and knew my teeth were a factor. Cfast was presented to me as the best option and I wanted results fast.’

In fact, the treatment was so quick that the gaps between his teeth were closed in a matter of months and Tom achieved the smile of his dreams in time for his next acting role, with treatment starting in May this year and completing in July.

‘Since wearing braces, many people I’ve spoken to say they are mainly put off because they think it takes years and will look unsightly until completion. In fact, very few people noticed mine until I pointed them out!’

Cfast braces are difficult to detect because they use tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to gently straighten the ‘social six’ – or those teeth that show when we smile. And they impact very little on your day-to-day life, too.

Tom says they affected his speech ‘only very slightly’ and, when it came to food, he avoided certain staining foods throughout treatment as well as food he knew would become easily trapped in the brace.

So, would the actor recommend Cfast to anyone considering teeth straightening?

‘Absolutely go for it,’ he says. ‘Don’t wait any longer for the smile you want.
It’s never too late to get braces.’

Dr Krishnan is seeing an increasing number of male patients seeking teeth straightening. As he explains: ‘It’s the simplest, quickest, least invasive and most affordable cosmetic dental procedure and is also extremely safe. It’s really no wonder that it has become one of the most popular treatments that bring patients to us.

‘Many adults have had orthodontics in the past and have not used they’re retainer as required. As such, many patients will come to us wanting to have their teeth straightened again.’

He adds: ‘Time does have an impact on our teeth and it is important to see the dentist and hygienist frequently, particularly as we get older. Some of the common problems with ageing include tooth surface loss, either by brushing too hard or because of tooth clenching or grinding habits – unfortunately all too common in the increasingly stressful world we live in.

‘Teeth can also become darker as we age, sometimes due to staining but often due to the enamel getting thinner, allowing the underlying brown dentine to become more apparent. We also need to look after our gums (often forgotten about) as this provides the foundation for our teeth. Gum disease can often be symptomless until it gets to the advanced stages and this is a common cause of tooth loss.’

Dr Krishnan has been practising for almost 25 years and a significant part of this time has been devoted to cosmetic dentistry, especially minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry.

He says: ‘I have been fortunate to be involved in the development of protocols and procedures to enable dentists to give their patients great smiles without the excessive use of the dreaded drill. I have also been privileged to teach these principles to thousands of dentists from all over the world.

‘My practice is now purely dedicated to minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry and we can offer patient’s all of the best treatments available to enhance, repair or rejuvenate their smile.

If you believe life is not a dress rehearsal and are looking to reinvent your smile, then Cfast offers you a discreet, fast, safe and effective solution to straightening teeth.

It is a gentle, minimally invasive short-term orthodontic treatment for adults that uses sound clinical principles to straighten the upper and lower front six teeth.

The cosmetic teeth-straightening system is comfortable, safe and affordable and uses tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to gently straighten the ‘social six’.

The system straightens teeth in a controlled and predictable way and uses lighter forces than traditional orthodontics, so it is more comfortable as well as faster – major considerations for today’s patient looking to improve their smile.

And, for those patients seeking total discretion, SmileTRU is the clear aligner option. The transparent positioners fit over your teeth to gently guide them into the desired position – comfortably and discreetly.

For more information, visit www.cfastresults.com.

This entry was posted in Blog on 30th August 2018 by cfast-login

‘My wedding photos have just come back and I’m so pleased with the way my teeth look’

An upcoming wedding is the perfect excuse for a makeover – for any bride and groom. As a major milestone event in many people’s lives, we all want to look our best and feel our most confident.

On average, it take 12 months of planning for the big day and our wedding outfits, the venue and choice of photographer all rate important considerations in the top 10 wedding plans of those planning to tie the knots.

But how many of us consider our smile?

Our wedding day should be one of the happiest of our lives, which means our smile will feature highly – particularly important in a world where everyone can spot a photo opportunity and most people have a smartphone to hand and a social media account or two on which to post their pics.

A radiant smile, sparkling eyes and a good mood will make a huge difference – to your enjoyment and how you look in your photos!

First tip then is to try to get in a good night’s rest or two before your wedding day – it’s not known as beauty sleep for nothing! A radiant smile, sparkling eyes and a good mood will make a huge difference – to your enjoyment and how you look in your photos!

But what if your smile is not quite up to scratch? Sometimes, a slight gap in our teeth or overcrowding can affect our confidence – and it may just be the six teeth that show when we smile that need a little cosmetic enhancement.

This was the case for Faye, a 27-year-old health visitor assistant from Hertfordshire, who, with a wedding in the calendar booked for June, recalls: ‘Every time I saw a photo of myself I just looked at my front tooth. Some angles it looked fine – but, in others, it stuck out.

Having had braces at the age of 14, like most teenagers she neglected to wear her retainer all the time and, as a result, her teeth moved.

In the run up to her wedding day, she was eager to achieve quick results with a cosmetic teeth-straightening system that had good reviews and used clear brackets to ensure discreet treatment.

Dr Shivani Thakhar, of Broxbourne Dental Care in Hertfordshire, recommended Cfast, because it uses tooth-coloured braces to gently and discreetly move teeth back into line to create a healthy, straight smile – sometimes in as little as four months.

Faye says: ‘I originally considered only having the top teeth done, as these are the teeth people see the most and I wasn’t conscious of the bottom. However, I knew I would regret not having them both done and, in fact, the bottom teeth actually took longer to move.’

With the expense of the wedding to pay for, she was keen to keep the cost of teeth-straightening treatment as low as possible, especially as she decided to move house during the lead up to her big day.

With cost and the impact on her lifestyle kept to a minimum – ‘ I changed my diet to avoid foods that would stain my braces and also cut out crisps and biscuits as I thought this may break the brackets’ – she was extra careful to look after her braces throughout treatment, which took eight months for the top teeth to align. Meanwhile, alignment for the bottom teeth is still ongoing.

She is delighted with results and says: ‘I would recommend Cfast to anyone, as the results are quick and my smile has been transformed. My wedding photos have just come back and I’m so pleased with the way my teeth look.’

Focusing on the ‘social six’ – the front teeth that most influence the smile – Cfast is a cosmetic teeth alignment procedure that uses clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires so it’s discreet, meaning you can get that winning smile you’ve always wanted for your wedding day and nobody need know you are having treatment.

Dr Shivani, who treated Faye says: ‘Faye came to me asking if there was a way I could straighten her teeth. She didn’t like the way her upper two front teeth crossed over (upper central incisors), and the lower front teeth were mildly misaligned. After a lengthy discussion regarding her expectations, Faye mentioned she was getting married in 11 months so I knew we had to get started with her treatment, and also that I wanted to achieve the most perfect smile in time for her big day!

She adds: ‘Cfast was the perfect system for her, primarily because it treats the front six teeth, which are usually the teeth of concern when patients aren’t happy with their smile.

‘As Cfast focuses on aligning the front six teeth, it is fast, and we had an objective to achieve our result by her wedding day. The braces are fixed, so Faye didn’t have to worry about wearing an appliance or having to take it out every time she wanted to eat. It is constantly applying tension, so allows us to achieve efficient results. The brace is tooth coloured, which means it is nice and discreet, even though braces on adults are becoming more and more the “norm” these days.’

The system is founded and supported by dentists who have keen interests in orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry – ‘therefore, I really like the system and so do my patients,’ she adds.

Cfast is an ideal option for many patients who are looking to improve their smile. It forms part of a conservative treatment plan to enhance their smile – whether it leads to the final result of the teeth being in their ideal position, or means the teeth are moved to a more favourable position – after which composite bonding or veneers can be used to make minor adjustments.

To add the icing on the cake, Faye also had tooth-whitening treatment, which, says Dr Shivani, is a brilliant treatment that does wonders to a smile. Coupled with straightened teeth, she achieved a beautiful result.

Dr Shivani is now seeing an increasing number of adult patients seeking teeth straightening.

She comments: ‘More and more adults are taking the steps to straighten their teeth that, in turn, is making it more acceptable for adults to wear braces. For many, the results are life changing.’

Included in all treatment plans after straightening teeth with Cfast, her patients are provided with a fixed and removable retainer that is recommended is worn for life.

Broxbourne Dental Care has a 21-year long-standing and impressive reputation. With a focus on cosmetic dentistry and smile makeovers, Dr Shivani likes to work closely with her patient to achieve their goals. She says: ‘I believe in having a conservative approach to all my treatment planning. With modern techniques and materials, this is now much more obtainable.’

She also offers facial aesthetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injectables and dermal fillers.

(Photo credit – Hannah Blair Photography.)

This entry was posted in Blog on 24th July 2018 by cfast-login

Braces so good – dental nurses wear them!

As a trainee dental nurse, Dariel Fernadez is perfectly placed to understand the importance of healthy straight teeth.

He encounters people’s smiles every day and knows that aligned teeth are easier to clean, which means they are healthier.

He also understands how a great smile can boost confidence – and how cosmetic teeth straightening can transform not only the way people feel about themselves but also how they look.

The 24 year old is currently training to be a dental nurse alongside dentist Jenni Grimes, who specialises in Cfast, the gentle, minimally invasive short-term orthodontic treatment for adults that uses sound clinical principles to straighten the upper and lower front six teeth.

Jenni works at London’s Vestry House in the heart of the city and Connaught Village Dentistry in the heart of the capital’s West End, straightening teeth with this minimally invasive treatment.

It is comfortable, safe and affordable and uses tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to gently moved the ‘social six’ into place – those teeth that show when we smile.

Having worked chairside with Jenni, Dariel was keen to seek treatment to improve his own smile.

Not having had braces before, this was his first experience and chose Cfast because it works faster than traditional orthodontic treatment – as he says ‘everyone likes to have results as soon as possible’.

The trainee dental nurse also knows the all-round benefits of a straight smile – ‘it will be better for my oral health and it will make me more confident when I am smiling in front of other people’, he explains.

He says: ‘The position of my teeth didn’t let me clean properly between my teeth and I was a bit shy when I had to smile in front of people. One of the best things about the ceramic braces is that people rarely notice I am having treatment, unless I tell to them. For most people, this discretion is a major positive factor.’

He says that, for the first couple of days, the braces ‘feel a bit weird but you soon get used to them’ and that, during the first week, it is better to eat soft food but adds: ‘In general, I didn’t modify my diet that much’.

He highly recommends Cfast to anyone considering simple teeth straightening as the system delivers ‘good results in a short period of time’.

With Blake Lively, Charlize Theron and Jessica Alba top of his ‘great smiles’ list, he has three great tips for those of us looking to recreate a dazzling smile worthy of celebrity status – ‘soft food the first week, a lot of interdental cleaning and plenty of patience’.

Meanwhile, Dariel is happy to talk to patients who are still unsure about the affordable and fast treatment.

As Gary Dickenson of Cfast says: ‘With devices priced less expensively than any other short term orthodontic providers, Cfast makes a great smile affordable for more patients.’

This entry was posted in Blog on 6th June 2018 by cfast-login

Recreate a natural youthful smile with Cfast

An increasing number of us are seeking a perfect straight smile, according to a survey by the British Orthodontic Society.

And one of the more popular options is braces with discreet clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires.

No wonder then that Cfast is rapidly becoming the treatment choice for those of us looking to straighten our teeth in adulthood.

The survey of orthodontists revealed 80% had seen an increase in private adult treatment – a rise of 5% in two years – with more than 75% of us seeking fixed braces with clear aesthetic brackets.

It also showed that adult patients were most likely to be female, although the blokes are not far behind!

At 45, Victoria Toll, an auditor for a global logistics company who lives in Manchester, joins an increasing number of Brits all looking to recreate the smiles of their youth.

Victoria had her teeth straightened in her 30s, but explains: ‘They were very crooked and I felt self-conscious and they were never really straightened to the standard promised. I then lost my retainer and they began to slip a little. I now want to finish the job this time and have nice straight teeth to last forever.’

Victoria saw dentist Tom Owen, owner of Wish Dental, a smart new practice situated in the idyllic Cheshire village of Poynton.

Tom says: ‘Approximately 80% of those looking to improve their crooked smile had braces when they were younger but, for one reason or another, their teeth have slipped out of line.

‘At Wish Dental, we welcome at least one new patient every single day – most of whom would like to improve their smile in some way.’

Often it is a milestone event, such as a wedding or a ‘big birthday’, which sparks the desire to seek cosmetic teeth-straightening treatment. But Victoria simply wanted a quick solution that guaranteed good result, would last – and boost her confidence.

So, what didn’t she like about her smile?

‘Lots!’ Victoria says. ‘I do feel like I have big teeth and a big smile so, if they are crooked, it’s very obvious. The clear braces are a great bonus but I was really just looking for fast, effective cosmetic teeth straightening,’

However, there is a tiny downside to fixed ceramic braces – Victoria has had to tweak her diet somewhat.

‘I like a curry, love coffee and I usually take the multivitamin, Berocca, every day but, as I’m conscious that the brace could stain, I’m being very careful what I consume.

‘But I feel far more comfortable in Cfast rather than the removable braces I had in my 30s. They don’t feel quite so intrusive, because they are just on the outside of the teeth, and it’s (hopefully) going to be quick.

‘The expectation is for me to wear them for approximately six months only. Back in the day, you wore braces for years and that wouldn’t have been an option, but I can manage a few months.’

Victoria believes it’s never too late to get braces. She says: ‘If it is something that makes you feel better about yourself, then there is absolutely no age limit as far as I’m concerned.

‘I am lucky because I have good strong teeth in good health and veneers were just not an option for me. I wanted to keep the teeth I was born with and have a natural look.’

She adds: ‘Tom and the Wish Dental team were absolutely wonderful and it was because of his genuinely sincere manner, their care and commitment to offer the very best service that I felt confident enough to go back down this route of braces at the ripe old age of 45!’

Dentist Tom says he recommended Cfast for Victoria ‘because they look great and you can hardly notice them’.

He explains: ‘She wants them to be perfect. She previously had removable braces, but her teeth have relapsed as she lost her retainer and she began to notice a gap and some cross over of her front teeth.’

He says the team at Wish Dental are seeing an increasing number of 40-plus patients asking about teeth straightening, with his most recent potential Cfast patient a 69 year old looking to reclaim a youthful smile.

As we age, our teeth do change. Tom says: ‘Naturally, they will become darker from staining and natural ageing process and there is evidence that the distance between the canines will decrease causing crowding.’

This movement in our teeth, in turn can lead to health problems, such as trouble eating and cleaning, increased gum and bone loss, tooth decay, erosion of tooth enamel and even headaches and jaw joint pain.

So, crooked teeth and poorly aligned bites aren’t just cosmetic concerns – they can link to our health, too.

With devices priced less expensively than any other short-term orthodontic providers, Cfast makes a great smile affordable for more patients.

For more information about your local Cfast dentist, click here.

This entry was posted in Blog on 30th May 2018 by cfast-login

‘A new smile – it’s another design project really’

London designer Andrew Shove certainly knows the importance of great aesthetics. The 38 year old is director of Designtank, a successful niche design agency in the capital that boasts a portfolio of high-end clients to includes Sony, IKEA, the beauty range Decorté and the iconic Brompton bike brand.

His company offers ‘start to completion’ design strategies for leading businesses, which means that the understanding and mechanics of enhancing and improving appearance and appeal are Andrew’s forte.

And, with a keen eye for detail, he knew that when it came to his smile, there were improvements to be made. So, when opportunity knocked, Andrew embraced the chance to undergo treatment – his designs on a smile makeover sparked.

He explains: ‘I had never really paid much attention to my teeth but, when the opportunity arose to improve my smile and do it all in one thorough logical process – fillings, teeth straightening and whitening – I decided to get myself back ahead of the curve.’

For Andrew, a new straight smile was not just about the aesthetics. As he says: ‘It was more about looking and feeling healthy, as well as ensuring I live the second half of my life treating my teeth properly.’

Like many adults looking to fix misaligned teeth and correct broken smiles, Andrew had orthodontic treatment as a youngster. He wore removable braces that he now confesses ‘spent most of the time in my pocket or lost’, which meant the smile was never properly straightened. That’s why this time round he opted for Cfast’s fixed braces to ensure commitment to the treatment all the way through to a fantastic conclusion.

Cfast are gentle braces, designed specifically for adults looking to straighten the upper and lower front six teeth that show when we smile – or the ‘social six’ as they are known.

They are affordable, too, and use tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to gently straighten teeth in a predictable way.

Andrew’s smile was less than perfect because not only were his teeth out of alignment (top and bottom), they had also discoloured over time and he had various old-fashioned fillings.

He acknowledges that a smile makeover can be costly and time consuming – but he hasn’t looked back since completing treatment and creating his new smile.

He says:’ Yes, it can be expensive and it takes a lot of time, but Cfast was a good cost point for me. The braces were also fixed – so I wasn’t tempted to take them out should they hurt – and they are relatively invisible due to their discreet aesthetic design.’

Andrew was treated by Cfast’s Head lecturer Dr Mide Ojo, who recently opened Refresh Dental, a cutting-edge dental clinic situated in the heart of the leafy suburb of Twickenham that boasts 100% five-star reviews on Google.

Mide has a huge passion for preventative care and restoring smiles in a relaxed, friendly environment and Andrew took to him immediately – ‘I could tell he’s one of the best and also one of the most thoughtful dentists and he suggested Cfast that met my expectations when it came to timing and budget.’

Andrew also like the fact that the braces are ‘as discreet as you can be with fixed appliances’ and felt that ‘Cfast was a good balance of cost versus appearance’.

He says they were so discreet that wearing them made little difference to his busy lifestyle – one that often involves meeting and pitching to notable clients and wining and dining, so the fact they didn’t affect his speech or eating was a bonus.

And does he now get the ‘wow’ factor whenever he looks in the mirror? He laughs: ‘I think so – I’m not really that kind of person, but it is nice when people compliment my smile.’

He believes patience in the later stages is essential – his own Cfast treatment was quicker than anticipated and took around six to seven months for most of the movement but, as he says, patience really pays off towards the latter end of the treatment – ‘as the tweaks can really make a difference, even if you think you are already finished’.

As he nudges 40, Andrew is a great advocate of braces for all ages – ‘most people don’t even notice and there is no age where improvement is no longer valid’.

A survey by the Oral Health Foundation recently revealed that the demand for cosmetic dentistry in the UK is steadily increasing, with three in four adults admitting a smile makeover would boost their confidence.

Additionally, braces are more popular than ever before and, although more women are opting for treatment, Andrew believes he is not the only guy to want a better smile. He says: ‘I think it’s now become more acceptable for men to invest in their appearance and although lot of my mates were surprised, they wouldn’t rule it out themselves.’

The designer says of the process – ‘It was another design project really – like a house restoration or a rebrand. It’s hard work at the time with various challenges but you appreciate it at the end. I may take my new smile for granted, but I do think it does make for a better first impression.’

How to plan your Cfast smile makeover like a designer…

  • Start with a budget and clear aims i.e. mine was as much about getting the health of my teeth back on track as it was an aesthetic results
  • Plan it through the whole process at the start with your dentist including costs and timings.
  • I think there are some hand payment schemes out there which allow you to spread the cost which makes it much more accessible rather than one lump sum.


This entry was posted in Blog on 3rd May 2018 by cfast-login

A new smile – my 40th birthday present to me

Life begins at 40, so the saying goes and, with a countdown of only months to her ‘big’ birthday, executive assistant Collette decided to embrace that sentiment with gusto – by having braces!
Having had orthodontics when she was much younger, her mouth became overcrowded once her wisdom appeared.

She says: ‘For years, I wanted to have my teeth corrected, but I finally decided to go for it just in time for my 40th birthday as a present to myself!

She was previously put off seeking treatment due to cost restraints, but discovered Cfast – a system of braces that ticked all the boxes in order to achieve the smile she wanted.

Cfast is a gentle, minimally invasive short-term orthodontic treatment for adults that straighten the upper and lower front six teeth – otherwise known as the ‘social six’.

The cosmetic teeth-straightening system is comfortable, safe and affordable and uses tooth-coloured wires and clear ceramic brackets to gently straighten the ‘social six’.

Collete found that this treatment could be provided by Jenni Grimes at Vestry House Dental Practice in the City near to where she works.

Collette had heard good things about Cfast from one of her colleagues (a former patient of Jenni’s) – and admired the great results.

She says: ‘I was very conscious about my smile and, from certain angles, they looked even worse that I realised – especially when I looked at photos taken by other people.’

Cfast braces straighten teeth in a controlled and predictable way and use lighter forces than traditional orthodontics, so they are more comfortable as well as faster – major considerations for those of us looking to improve our smile.

They are discreet, too – but Collette just wanted to have ‘whatever it took to get them corrected’.

And, did it impact on her speech?

She says: ‘It took a few weeks to get used the braces and, at first, I was conscious when I spoke, but then just got used to it.’

And what about her diet?

Collette explains: ‘I wasn’t able to eat an apple whole or crusty bread – it all had to be sliced. I refrained from drinking red wine and eating a curry as they discolour the brackets – that is, unless I was due to have the brackets changed.’

The whole treatment took six and a half months and she is now delighted with the results.

So, would recommend Cfast to anyone considering cosmetic teeth straightening? She says: ‘100%, yes! It’s never too late to get braces. If it is on your mind and keeps popping into to your head, you must go for it.

‘I feel more confident and I don’t cringe at the close-up pictures of my crooked teeth now. I was open and talked about the treatment and people were very interested and asked me lots of questions. But those I didn’t tell, rarely noticed.’

And what are Collette’s top tips for those of us about to embrace on orthodontic treatment?

She advises to avoid red wine and curries with braces, use TePe interdental brushes to gently clean between the teeth and brackets and wires and don’t think it will be a painful process – it isn’t!
She says: ‘If the brackets rub your gums, don’t think it is going to be like this for the next six months – I promise, it won’t be! it just takes a while for your mouth to adapt – and the results are worthwhile in the end.’

This entry was posted in Blog on 9th April 2018 by cfast-login

The quickest way to straighten teeth before a wedding

The ‘must haves’ for any wedding day are seemingly endless and vary from couple to couple but a stunning smile is surely one we all want to tick off for those of us tying the knot.

In a world where celebrity smiles are Instagrammed daily and shared for all of us to see and to envy, it’s no wonder an increasing number of us are seeking cosmetic dental treatments in order to recreate the flawless and dazzling look.

And braces are a great fix for those of us with gappy, crooked or overcrowded smiles.
So great in fact that 90% of adults who underwent orthodontic treatment revealed dramatic improvements in their health and wellbeing thanks to the confidence boost of an enhanced smile!

In a recent survey, 92% of brides say a smile is the most important wedding day accessory.

However, what if we have left it too late or simply haven’t the time to get a crooked smile fixed before the date?

This was certainly the problem for one young bride who was disappointed when she was told she would not have her braces removed in time for her wedding.

A new smile was top of ‘to do’ list for 26-year-old claims manager, Leah Hollister and She had always felt self conscious about the cross over of her front teeth so wanted them straightened in time for her wedding to fiancée, Mike.

She says: ‘I went for a braces consultation and they quoted £4,500 and couldn’t confirm they would be off before the wedding – this was 12 months before the big day!

‘I actually felt I had limited options after the price and timescale of braces, so I went to Windsor Dental in Manchester to enquire about veneers on my front teeth.

‘As my teeth were overcrowded, they told me this wouldn’t be the best option for me, especially when my teeth were healthy.’

After a thorough assessment, Windsor Dental’s treatment coordinator, Stacy, recommended Cfast braces to Leah.

Leah explains: ‘I told her I only had five months until my wedding and that I could afford it. She went on to tell me how fast some cases actually are and how reasonable the price was and it just seemed perfect for what I needed and wanted – although they told me to take time to think about it. They were not pushy at all!’

Her teeth were overcrowded – especially the front teeth – and Cfast perfectly suits this simple issue. Designed to correct only the front six teeth that show when we smile – otherwise known as the ‘social six’ – Cfast is gentle, minimally invasive and short-term.

The braces are safe and affordable and use tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to gently straighten teeth in a controlled and predictable way and uses lighter forces than traditional orthodontics, which makes it more comfortable.

Leah says: ‘I wasn’t overly bothered about the braces being discreet – more what effect they could have – but it was a bonus when I found out they were clear.

‘The braces only affected my speech for the first few days whilst I got used to them, then not at all. I couldn’t eat popcorn or chewy sweets (which are two of my favourite things) but it was a blessing in disguise as it helped me be good before the wedding!

‘My teeth feel a little sore for a few days after tightening but that’s it! I was expecting a lot more pain than I experienced.’

And the best news is that it only took four months – and Leah was delighted to have the braces off earlier than predicted.

She says: ‘I couldn’t believe it! I was worried that wouldn’t be enough time but Stacy and Dr Singh assured me that they would take them off before the day and wouldn’t leave me stuck with them on! The braces actually came off a few days before my hen party, which was an unexpected bonus!’

And would she recommend having treatment?

She says: ‘Don’t wait, do it now! It’s worth it! It’s never to late to make yourself happy!
I’ve got back my confidence and, best of all, I smile in pictures, which I never used to.

‘Everyone’s commented on how nice my smile is and how straight and white my teeth look. I told people I was getting braces and they were shocked when I said they would be off before the wedding.

Leah’s advice is ‘listen to the dentist, they know best. Take a toothbrush with you wherever you go. Do it, you won’t regret it. I used to just admire people that looked great smiling! Now I can too!’

So, if you’re planning your big day this year and are less than happy with your smile, consider factoring in Cfast to your pre-wedding countdown and you will be surprised how quickly these discreet braces can improve your smile for the day.

This entry was posted in Blog on 21st February 2018 by cfast-login

Blogger’s new life sparks search for her old smile

Donna Wishart is possibly the envy of many a young mum. She works as a full-time blogger, juggling her work and her young family from the heart of her home in Camberley in Surrey.

But she has ‘green-eyed monster’ tendencies of her own – she envies ‘other people’s straight teeth’.

The 33-year-old – who describing herself as ‘mummy to two awesome kids’, once worked in the high stress world of high street banking but quit the role to dedicate time to her family – and pursue her passion for writing blogs at www.whattheredheadsaid.com.

Her online presence is impressive – with 19.5k followers on Twitter, 11.3k on Instagram and 6,778 Likes on her Facebook page, she documents her family life and ‘everything in it’, including days out, milestone updates for the children, recipes and posts about her life as well as regular reviews and competitions.

And, she adores it. But with this new lifestyle in the bag, she decided to embrace changes in other areas of her world – such as her smile.

Like many adults who had endured braces in their childhood, Donna’s teeth had started to drift out of line again as soon as she ditched the retainers that were holding them in their new, aligned position.

She was conscious of the fact that her teeth were crowded, which made them hard to clean, and felt they were ‘a lot more noticeable than other people’s teeth’.

She writes in her blog: ‘When I was a teenager, I had braces. It was 18 months of regular orthodontist visits and then a retainer for six months afterwards. I had beautifully straight teeth but, gradually, my teeth started to move after I stopped wearing the retainer.’

Donna explains: ‘I feel like I’d been robbed of that lovely smile I had 15 or 20 years ago. My teeth have gradually moved over time and I know that, without help now, they will just keep getting more and more crowded. I envy other people’s straight teeth and would love that for myself.’

Since revealing her desire to get her teeth straightened, she says she has received a mixed response from people with dental issues like hers – ‘some have said that they think it would be too expensive and others think it would be embarrassing to have braces as an adult,’ she says.

But Donna is not alone in seeking cosmetic teeth-straightening treatment. The number of us undergoing orthodontic treatment in adulthood has rocketed in the last decade.

Statistics from a survey, conducted by the British Orthodontic Society, reveal that 75% of orthodontists have seen a huge rise in the number of patients asking about braces, with 66% of them in the 26-40 year age bracket and 22% in the 41-55 age range.

And it’s not just about a straight smile, either. Many adults who have their teeth aligned experience improved self-esteem, enjoy a better quality of life and a boost in their oral hygiene.

With these facts at her fingertips, Donna booked an appointment with Stephen Pitt, an award-winning dentist at the multi award-winning practice, The Dental Studio, in Colchester, Essex.

And, after a thorough consultation, Stephen suggested Cfast, a gentle and minimally invasive short-term orthodontic treatment specifically designed for adults that uses sound clinical principles to straighten the upper and lower front six teeth.

The cosmetic teeth-straightening system is comfortable, safe and affordable and is discreet, too, because it uses tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to gently straighten the ‘social six’ – or, those teeth that show when we smile.

Donna says: ‘Stephen was lovely, really down-to-earth and reassuring. He and his dental team put me at ease. He recommended Cfast because it focuses on the cosmetic appearance of the teeth, which sounded perfect.

‘The brace shouldn’t be too noticeable when it is fitted and it straightens teeth fairly quickly – for me it will be within a year.’

In fact, it’s good to know that the Cfast system has created some beautiful celebrity smiles over the years.

Among them TV presenter Holly Willoughby – whose smile Donna covets, with the straight, white smiles of Hollywood stars Julia Roberts and Scarlett Johansson coming a close second and third in her top three list of ‘most admired smiles’.

Donna says, by way of introduction on her blogging site, ‘I love stars, gin – and happy vibes’ and it looks as if she’ll be enjoying plenty of those as she starts her journey to the straight smile she much admires in others…

You can read Donna’s first ‘teeth-straightening journey’ post here – https://whattheredheadsaid.com/?s=Cfast.

All about Cfast
Cfast straightens teeth in a controlled and predictable way and uses lighter forces than traditional orthodontics, so it is more comfortable as well as faster – major considerations for today’s patient looking to improve their smile.

And, for those patients seeking total discretion, SmileTRU is the clear aligner option; the transparent sequential positioner system offers comfort and convenience.

All about retainers
After our teeth-straightening treatment, the recommendation from orthodontists now is that we need to wear retainers for life in order to keep those teeth aligned.

The SOLID (Single-visit Orthodontic Lingual and Invisible Dual) retainer combines an invisible fixed-lingual retainer with a removable acrylic retainer, recommended for more security in limiting any relapse.

This entry was posted in Blog on 16th January 2018 by cfast-login