‘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

Six reasons to LOVE braces – and your retainer!

Adult braces are now more popular than ever – let’s face it, who doesn’t want beautiful, straight white teeth?
And, what were once considered uncomfortable or uncool are now very much en vogue.
There are plenty of reasons why braces are one of the best things we can invest in to improve our appearance as well as our health – but here are just six of them…

1. Celebrities love them

Everyone dreams of having a classic Hollywood smile– and now we can all achieve that celeb look. With the help of Cfast braces, we can be on our way to a perfect look in as little as four months! Check out Holly Willoughby’s photo-ready smile and see how she’s benefitted from Cfast braces!

2. They’re affordable!

Up until fairly recently, adult braces were limited to those of us with a heftier pay packet. But now, thanks to the more affordable Cfast treatment, we can be on our way to the perfect smile at a price that suits every

3. Nobody needs know you’re wearing them

Cfast uses wires and brackets that are tooth coloured – so almost invisible! They’re also minimally invasive, meaning they have little impact on ours mouths while undergoing treatment. Cfast uses nickel-titanium wires that only put gentle pressure on the brackets to align the teeth, so they are more comfortable than other braces. And, because they are non-invasive, we can be rest assured that there will be no damage to our teeth – the braces simply work with what we’ve got.

4. They can make you healthier

Believe it or not, braces mean we’re more likely to stay on the straight (no pun intended) and narrow when it comes to our oral hygiene. We will probably make more conscious choices when it comes to our diet – far less likely to indulge those sugary treats – and we will want to ensure our pearly whites are kept in the best possible condition. Once treatment is over, keeping our mouth healthy will be far simpler, too – there’ll be no more awkward crevices or gaps between our teeth for food debris to linger!

5. They are only temporary

With Cfast, we can expect to have perfect, straight teeth in as little as four to six months, meaning you won’t have to wait long to be able to smile like a star! As Cfast doesn’t claim to address major orthodontic issues, treatment can be carried out very quickly so it is much quicker and a lot more affordable than any other orthodontic options.

6. It’s our favourite beauty accessory!

The British Orthodontic Society now recommends we should wear retainers for life to ensure our teeth stay as straight as possible for as long as possible – therefore, it should be our most-loved beauty accessory.

The Cfast SOLID dual retainer is the world’s only invisible dual retainer system that guarantees zero tooth movement.

There are plenty of other reasons why we should love your braces but the fact that they’re quick, comfortable and affordable makes them incredibly appealing! So, what are you waiting for?….

This entry was posted in Blog on 26th October 2017 by cfast-login

Popcorn, crusty bread and other ways to ensure healthy straight teeth forever

According to recent research, 70% of us who had braces over a one or two year period are back in the dentist’s chair 10 years or more later needing more work.

Often this is because we ditched the retainer we were supposed to wear to keep the teeth in line.

Now, the recommendation is that retention is for life – and Cfast is so keen for you to keep your new, straight smiles that we have developed the SOLID Retainer System – or Single-visit Orthodontic Lingual and Invisible Dual Retainer System.

By combining an invisible fixed-lingual retainer WITH a removable acrylic retainer we have developed a dual retention system for more security in limiting the potential of orthodontic relapse.

But what of those who are about to embark on our adult orthodontics journey. Now you have your Cfast braces fitted, what else can we do to ensure a healthy smile for life?

Unfortunately, while undergoing your cosmetic tooth-straightening treatment, you will notice that there are a lot more places for food debris to hide.

Braces create small ledges, nooks, and corners for food to collect, which can lead to cavities and gum problems. This makes brushing and cleaning between your teeth even more important while you’re wearing – and may restrict your diet a little, too.

YouTube beauty blogger Jessica Kellgren-Fozard has just completed her Cfast treatment.

She says: ‘For the first week, I could only eat mushy foods. However, if I eat a curry dish, I need to clean my teeth immediately afterwards to prevent them from going yellow – I learnt this lesson from my wife (a dentist) making the mistake and turning hers bright yellow.’

Although some people are able to eat or drink almost anything while in braces and have no ill effects, there are certain habits that are well known to break braces and heighten the risk of dental decay.

Sticky foods are an obvious ‘no no’ – so too anything with high sugar content and that goes for fizzy drinks as well.

Plus, avoid:
• Sticky food or sweets of any kind (toffee, caramels, hard-boiled sweets, chocolates etc)
• Hard foods such as crusty bread and crisps
• Fizzy drinks (including diet drinks)
• Chewy food such as caramel
• Popcorn – the husks can become lodged beneath the braces and irritate the gum and dentists say that they have seen an increase in the number of us turning up at their surgery with broken teeth, thanks to hidden and unpopped kernels. Think what it can do to your Cfast brace!
• Seeds in the shell (sunflower and pumpkin seeds) and nuts
• Even ‘healthy’ foods such as apples, raw carrots or celery can be damaging
• Ice cubes
• And, although not nutritional, we all do it – do not chew on pencils or fingernails!

The adhesive used for attaching the braces to your teeth cures rapidly initially. You can eat anytime after having the braces fitted, however you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of soft foods for a few days.

The wire on your braces is attached by small rubber O-rings, which will discolour if you eat or drink dark foods such as curries, tomato-based sauces, black coffee, red wine etc.

However, these are usually changed at each review appointment. Be wary not to brush too hard as this may remove the tooth-coloured coating on the wires.

To get a taste of what it’s like to wear Cfast braces, have at look at Jessica’s blog over on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjhTNz4cU4Y

This entry was posted in Blog on 17th October 2017 by cfast-login

Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan gets her retainer flown to Dubai

Corrie’s Helen Flanagan has a dazzling new smile thanks to Cfast braces, the discreet cosmetic teeth-straightening system.

And so anxious was she to keep it that this week the actress called on her mum to send over her retainers to Dubai where she was holidaying.

The Coronation Street beauty was on a luxury family holiday with daughter Matilda and football ace, boyfriend Scott Sinclair.

She was devastated to learn she’d left he retainers back at home – and messaged Dentistry on the Square via social media, sharing a photo of her with her DHL package, saying: ‘When your mum sends out your retainer to Dubai’ – with a picture of her smiling AND showing her teeth, something she used to hate she’d previously told fans on Instagram.

Cfast’s lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth so that nobody needs to know when someone is having their teeth straightened.

The 26 year old once said: ‘I never smile showing my teeth! My teeth used to be perfectly straight until my retainer broke and before I realised they had moved too much. ‘

Dr Mark Skimming, dentist at Dentistry on the Square in Glasgow where Helen sought treatment, says: ‘Helen has received her Cfast treatment by my associate Jamie Kinnell. She opted for lingual as she is on TV with Coronation Street and couldn’t have anything visible at all.

With clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, Cfast is hugely popular and barely noticeable – and, even better, worn for a lot less time compared to ‘train tracks’.

The system is designed to addresses irregularities of the front six teeth that show when we smile.

It uses special nickel-titanium wires, which exert gentle pressure to force movement in the teeth, without the ‘ouch’ factor patients hate.

But be warned – without wearing those all-essential retainers, your hard-earned teeth-straightening treatment WILL fail and Helen was right to panic!

When you have your consultation with your Cfast dentist, he or she will discuss retention before treatment begins – and this is usually a lifelong commitment from you.

Retention is the most important part of the whole Cfast process and very often one of the main reasons people need braces as adults is because they failed to wear their retainers when they were younger – like Helen.

Tom Sealey is a Cfast dentist and invented the SOLID retainer – or Single-visit Orthodontic Lingual and Invisible Dual Retention System.

Where possible, it is recommended your dentist offer both a fixed AND removable retention.

And, happily, with the SOLID, you have both types of retention – invisible-fixed and two removable retainers – from one product and from only one impression.

The system allows a dentist to place a strong retainer on the back of the teeth, which keeps them perfectly straight, as well as being invisible and perfectly smooth for the patient.

Cfast exclusively provides this to all their dentists and patients. This means that we can ensure that everybody whose teeth are straightened by Cfast can keep them perfectly straight for many years to come!

This entry was posted in Blog on 14th September 2017 by cfast-login