New Super Slim Inman Aligner 3 Month Brace

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The Inman aligner is one of the most popular types of braces available here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge. While all of the systems provided by Dr David Keenan are short-term, cosmetic braces, the Inman aligner allows most patients to complete their treatment in the quickest time, usually just 3-4 months.

Super Slim Inman Aligner

With any braces, patients have to learn to adapt to speaking while wearing the appliance. Until now, the main disadvantage of the Inman aligner was that it could take patients a while to adapt their speech. However the new Super Slim Inman aligner takes care of this, and it’s lighter, thinner and more discrete than before!

  • The bow is three times thinner than before;
  • The plastic is more transparent and so more ‘invisible’;
  • Patients can adapt their speech faster;
  • There’s no reduction in effectiveness;
  • The new Super Slim Inman aligner can actually improve treatment times, as patients are less likely to remove the device and will wear it for longer each day.

Here’s an example of a patient who has been wearing her new Inman Aligner for just two weeks. Her braces are so discrete it’s hard to either see or hear that she’s wearing them!

You can read much more about the Imnan aligner on the orthodontics section of our website and we regularly add photos of patients before and after treatment to our Instagram feed. If you would like to arrange a free consultation appointment with Dr Keenan to discuss the Inman aligner or any of our orthodontic systems, please call 01 668 3242.

 

New Associate Dentist at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge

Dr André CollinsWe’ve very happy to welcome Dr André Collins to Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge. Dr Collins comes from South Africa, where he qualified at Stellenbosch University, via Australia and the UK where he has gained more than ten years of experience in private practice. He now lives in Dublin with his Irish wife and children.

André’s experience ranges from primary dental care to advanced restorative and full rehabilitative treatment. Here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge he offers general and cosmetic dentistry treatments. He has a particular interest in dental implants, minor oral surgery and digital dentistry, with experience in providing CAD/CAM restorations which we will shortly be introducing to Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge.

He will be offering both early morning and late evening dental appointments every week.  To book, please call 01 668 3242 or email info@pembrokedentist.ie.

Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge are Irish Dentistry Awards finalists!

Irish Dentistry Awards Finalist LogoThe Irish Dentistry Awards 2017 shortlists have been announced and Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge has been included in two categories, the prestigious ‘Best Patient Care’ shortlist and the ‘Most Attractive Practice’ shortlist. The whole team is delighted to be recognised for the work we do, especially among such tough competition.

Our patients are our number one priority and we always aim to offer the best possible care. We offer a range of treatment options to give our patients the best choice. The materials we use are of the highest quality and we offer both early morning and late evening appointments for our patients’ convenience.

As Dr David Keenan says “we pride ourselves in offering a ‘concierge’ service to our patients and we do everything we can to make their experience of visiting the practice as comfortable and hassle-free as possible”.  This is why it means so much to us to be shortlisted in this category. It recognises the efforts we make to go above and beyond our patients’ expectations for care. “This year we have introduced oral surgery clinics with Dr Eimear McHugh which are very popular, and mean patients can have even more of their treatment needs met under one roof at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge,” adds Dr Keenan.

Little Christmas Tree and Candle at Pembroke Dental BallsbridgeWe’ve also been shortlisted in the ‘Most Attractive Practice’ category. Dr David Keenan and the team pay great attention to detail around the practice to make it as pleasant as possible to visit the dentist.

This weekend we’ve put up our Christmas decorations around the practice and we’re really getting into the festive spirit!

Dr David Keenan and the team would like to take this opportunity to thank our patients who have continued to support the practice over the years. We recognise that without our wonderful patients, we would not be able to do what we do. We’re looking forward to the announcement of the eventual winners at the Irish Dentistry Awards in February and wish all of our fellow finalists the very best of luck!

Caring for Your Children’s Dental Health – some advice for parents

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Dr Jennifer Owens is visiting schools in the local Dublin 4 area to speak to children about taking good care of their teeth: brushing, visiting the dentist and snacking on healthy foods. Below, she shares some of the advice she has been giving mummies and daddies to help their children learn good dental habits, which will stand to them their whole lives.

 

Brushing

Beginning to brush your child’s teeth is advised from the moment their teeth first appear. In the youngest patients brushing with just water will suffice, as most children around the age of two will most likely swallow any toothpaste. You can introduce a children’s toothpaste once your child is more able to spit the toothpaste out. This can vary from child to child. There is no need to worry about some of the toothpaste being swallowed, as the concentration of fluoride is much lower than adult toothpaste. Sometimes children are particularly unhappy about brushing their teeth. This is far more widespread than you would think. Usually this is a phase, and a change in toothpaste flavour can sometimes help, as can brushing “with” mummy or daddy. The most important time to brush is at night, after the last meal or drink (aside from water).

Dental Appointments

I would always encourage a visit to the dentist from whenever teeth are present in the mouth, firstly because the dentist can ensure there is a normal timeline of eruption of teeth and identify any oral issues that could cause future problems. Secondly, it allows your child to become familiar with the dentist, and not associate the dental surgery with pain or being frightened. Unfortunately I have seen some children whose first appointment coincides with trauma, where they have fallen and broken a tooth and are already quite upset when they first attend. This can set them up for a life-long dental phobia and poor oral health. A 3- or 4-year-old child only has their baby teeth, which of course will fall out, but ensuring they become comfortable visiting the dentist is very important

Snacks

Added sugar is widespread and almost impossible to avoid. Combine this with a tight schedule and other children, and you have a recipe for disaster! One of the easiest ways to reduce sugar intake is to check the back of food packets – looking at the overall sugar composition (under carbohydrates, “of which sugars”) per 100g. You would be surprised to see how many “healthy” snack bars or fruit rolls contain almost 70g per 100g – 70% of sugar. Although sometimes this sugar is from fruit or other natural sources, it is still sugar – and teeth recognise it as such. Dried fruit is a common choice made by parents trying to pick the healthiest snack – unfortunately this can be one of the worst sources of sugar as it gets stuck in teeth for a few hours, prolonging the time teeth are under sugar attack. Snacks like natural peanut or almond butter on sliced apple, popcorn or cheese are much kinder to teeth. Juices and smoothies that are currently so popular are another large source of sugar. Even freshly squeezed orange juice can contain the same amount of sugar as a glass of Coca-Cola. Unfortunately milk and water are the only safe options for teeth so it is best to try to and keep consumption of anything else to birthday parties, etc.

 

If your children’s school or creche would like Dr Jennifer Owens to visit to talk to the children about taking care of their teeth, please call the office on 01 668 3242 to arrange it!

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Caring for your Retainer

Many of our patients here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge use retainers or bite splints. The main reasons for this are because patients have had orthodontic treatment or because of bruxism, teeth grinding or clenching.

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There are four main types of retainers:

  1. Bonded retainers
  2. Removable retainers

Because your teeth will usually try to move back to where they were when you finish orthodontic treatment, most patients will need to use retainers to prevent relapse. Bonded retainers are fixed to the inside of your teeth after treatment such as the ‘train tracks’ your orthodontist may have fitted when you were a teenager or one of the adult, short-term braces we provide here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge, like Six Month Smiles, clear aligners, Inman aligners or ClearSmile braces. Bonded retainers generally last about five years or so.

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Retainers provided by Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge are guaranteed for a year, so if your plastic retainer cracks or your bonded retainer comes away from a tooth, you can pop back in to us to have it repaired.

 

  1. Hard bite splint
  2. Soft bite splint

Even if you’ve never worn a brace you may need to use a bite splint or night guard to prevent grinding or clenching in your sleep, which can otherwise result in damage to your teeth. Depending on the severity of the bruxism and what you find more comfortable, you may be given a hard or soft bite splint. (There are also other treatments available for bruxism, including therapeutic Botox and Cerezen devices – ask Dr Keenan or Dr Owens at your next appointment if you would like more information or read more on our website).

Alas, nothing lasts forever! An essix retainer will normally last one to two years and a bonded retainer should last five, but all retainers will all eventually break or wear out. However, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of yours:

  • Remember to store and care for your retainer correctly. Don’t leave it where it can get sat or stood on, or even squashed by a chair or car (it has happened!) and remember to bring them home with you if you are on holidays. Many patients leave them in hotel rooms only to find they have been thrown out by the housekeeping staff when the room was cleaned after they checked out.
  • Don’t immerse your retainer in boiling water or leave it exposed to heat or direct sunshine – it will become misshapen and if it doesn’t fit correctly, it doesn’t work correctly. Keep your retainer clean and odour-free using appropriate products such as Retainer Brite (which we stock at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge) and a toothbrush.
  • A plastic retainer may crack or chip, especially if you’re grinding. Come back to the dentist to see if it should be replaced or whether you need a different type of retainer instead.Dog ate retainer
  • Beware of the dog! Joking aside, Fido loves retainers and will treat yours exactly the same way as his squeaky toys if he gets his paws on it. Dogs have been known to take retainers off night stands and bury them in the garden, so consider yourself warned!

 

For an appointment with the dentist to discuss bonded retainers, removable retainers or bite splints, please call the office on 01 668 3242 or email info@pembrokedentist.ie.

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Pembroke Dental is Expanding!

We’re delighted to be able to provide more services than ever to our patients all under one roof here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge. We’d like to introduce the new faces you’ll be seeing at your next visit and tell you about the new clinics and new treatments we can now offer.

 

New Oral Surgeon offering IV Sedation

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We’re delighted to welcome Specialist Oral Surgeon Dr Eimear McHugh to the practice. She provides a full range of services in oral surgery and implant dentistry, including wisdom tooth extraction and treatment under IV sedation. This is great news for nervous patients who may be putting off dealing with grumbling wisdom teeth because of nerves and patients looking into their options for replacing missing teeth. Many of the procedures that Dr McHugh does will be covered by patients’ medical insurance policies as well.

Dr McHugh’s clinics have already begun on Friday afternoons in Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge and will be becoming more frequent as the year advances.

 

New Dentist offering Facial Aesthetics Clinic

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Many of you will already have met Dr Jennifer Owens who joined us in February from another corner of Dublin 4, where she worked as Google’s first ever in-house dentist. Dr Owens graduated with honours from UCC in 2011 and worked in private practice in rural Australia for a couple of years, gaining extensive experience in general dentistry, orthodontics and oral surgery. With a background in skincare and make-up, Jennifer has a special interest in facial aesthetics and is fully certified in the administration of Botox and Dermal Fillers, and she is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Owens will be offering both early morning and late evening dental appointments every week.

Dr Owens will also be holding regular facial aesthetics clinics, providing Botox and dermal filler injections. Have a look at her website for more information on the types of treatment she offers.

 

New Hygiene Clinic

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We’re delighted to be able to offer more time slots than ever before with our popular dental hygienist Lorraine Doyle, who has added another day of appointments here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge. Lorraine is now available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with early morning appointments on Mondays, and late evening appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

 

New Options for Treating Teeth Grinding

Are you someone who clenches their jaw or grinds their teeth? Maybe your partner has told you that you’re grinding your teeth in your sleep and you’ve woken with a sore jaw, headache or facial pain! Or perhaps you’ve worn or broken some teeth due to bruxism. It’s a very common issue among patients. In the past, dentists have mostly provided hard or soft bite splints (night guards) for patients to wear to protect their teeth while sleeping. At Pembroke Dental we are now also offering two additional options for treatment.

Botox injections can be used to prevent the jaw muscles from contracting which are active when patients are clenching or grinding. It takes effect in a few days and can last 3-4 months before normal function returns.

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Cerezen devices are a pair of small hearing-aid size appliances that fit discretely inside the ear and interrupt the subconscious mechanics of the jaw associated with bruxism and TMJD. They can be worn at night and during the day, without interfering with hearing. You can read more about these new devices on the Cerezen website.

 

New Orthodontic System

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Dr David Keenan is now delighted to be able to offer patients the ClearSmile Brace system, in addition to Six Month Smiles braces, Inman aligners and clear aligners. This means at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge we can offer you the best adult orthodontic system to suit your needs. Whereas in other clinics you will simply be offered the only system provided there.

ClearSmile Brace is mainly used to straighten the front 10 teeth for aesthetic reasons. It uses traditional techniques with new technology to reduce orthodontic treatment times and improve the appearance of the braces.

ClearSmile Brace uses clear brackets, as opposed to metal brackets. The wire used in a ClearSmile Brace is also coated with a tooth coloured material. As a result, ClearSmile Brace is less visible than traditional fixed braces.

 

To discuss any of these treatments or schedule an appointment with the dentist or hygienist, or a free orthodontic consultation, please call 01 668 3242 or email info@pembrokedentist.ie.

Spring Clean for your Teeth

Get – and stay – on top of your oral hygiene this springtime: Pembroke Dental’s dental hygienist Lorraine Doyle shares some advice on maintaining good oral hygiene at home.

Do you every find that if your house is not too messy to begin with it’s easier to keep it fairly tidy, but if it looks like a hurricane breezed through recently it’s hard to know where to begin? The secret of good housekeeping is the same as for good oral hygiene – consistency! Basic everyday care will keep your teeth and gums in the best shape possible, which has positive effects on your overall health and appearance.

For most patients, a professional hygiene cleaning every six months helps to keep your own standards high and boosts the efforts you make with brushing and flossing at home. Here are our top tips developing good oral hygiene habits at home.

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Floss – every day!
Do I have to?
You don’t have to floss all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep!
As Dr Owens often tells her patients here in Ballsbridge, brushing your teeth without flossing is like taking a shower without washing your armpits!

I don’t floss because my gums bleed.
No, your gums bleed because you don’t floss! It takes only 21 days of daily flossing after a professional clean for the gums to stop bleeding. Give yourself a 21 day healthy gums challenge and stick with it!

I can’t manage the floss.
There are lots of other options if you find regular floss too awkward: dental tape, long handled flossers, easy slide flossers, bridge and implant floss and interdental brushes, which come in various sizes and can be sized to suit. Lorraine can advise you on what’s best for you to use at your scale & polish appointment.

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Isn’t swishing a bit of mouthwash around my mouth just as good as brushing or flossing?
Short answer – no!

Other great tips include moving the floss along as you go, to use a fresh section in each interdental space. Hold the floss so that it makes a C-shape rather than a straight line. Like this, it’s more effective and causes no trauma to the gums.

 
Brush regularly, twice daily
You should be brushing twice daily, morning and evening, for at least two minutes. If you’re unsure, check with Dr David Keenan, Dr Jennifer Owens or Lorraine Doyle what the correct technique is for your mouth. Try some plaque disclosing tablets when practicing your brushing technique at home. They will highlight the areas most in need of attention. You could also try an electric toothbrush, especially if you’re not brushing effectively or if you’re putting too much pressure on your teeth or gums when you brush.

Call 01 668 3242 or email info@pembrokedentist.ie today to schedule a dental hygiene appointment with Lorraine Doyle and start your 21 day healthy gums challenge!

Wedding Preparations: Go Dental, Not Mental!

Or how to prepare your smile for your wedding and minimise the stress.

Our Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge practice manager shares what she’s learned about planning your dental treatment before your wedding so that the preparations are spread out and completed in plenty of time for your big day, minimising the stress and hassle.

How many engagements were made on Valentine’s Day just gone? How many girls took the opportunity to propose to their other halves on 29th February? It seems everyone I know is getting married, so I’m learning lots about how to organise weddings! Here’s how my last Sunday just went:

  1. Morning: chat on the phone with a school friend who’s getting married next month about accommodation at the venue so she can try to confirm numbers;
  2. Rest of Morning: spent 3 hours making place settings for my cousin’s daughter’s wedding (‘volunteered’ by my mum, 50 down, 150 to go!);
  3. Lunch: chat with a friend about how her sister’s boyfriend’s cousin was on ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’ the other week;
  4. Evening: exchange frantic Facebook messages with another friend who lives in Spain but who’s trying to organise her July Dublin wedding from Barcelona (can anyone recommend a make-up artist?!).

Let’s face it: there are enough things to stress about when organising a wedding without adding the perfect smile to the list. Especially when a beautiful smile is totally achievable, no matter what your timeline, once you put in a little planning.

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Kudos to One Fab Day for their very clever Wedding Beauty Timeline. They’ve even included teeth whitening at the four-months-to-go stage. But what if your dental treatment needs are a little more involved than whitening? Here’s my suggestion for what your wedding dental timeline should look like.

6 Months Before (at least!)

Both the bride-to-be and groom-to-be should attend the dentist for a full dental exam, x-ray (if one is due) and scale & polish (cleaning). The best way of ensuring a healthy smile is to maintain your dental health.

If your dentist recommends any treatment plan at this stage, whether it’s something as straightforward as fillings or a bit more involved like a root canal treatment or a crown, you have plenty of time to schedule this and get it completed before the big day.

You’ll have more than a few other expenses over the next few months, so it may be helpful to be able to spread out these costs in the quieter ones. Don’t forget, if you have dental insurance (Vhi Dental or DeCare Dental) we can submit your treatment plan to your insurer and you’ll find your costs are reduced further. Plus you can claim back tax relief on some of the bigger treatments.

This is also the best time to discuss with your dentist any cosmetic treatments that you might be considering for the big day. Tell your dentist what you don’t like about your smile and what you’d like to change, and he or she will give you a comprehensive treatment plan with costings so you can decide what you’d like to do. Two of the most common in-surgery cosmetic treatments we get asked about before weddings at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge are short-term orthodontics and veneers (or componeers).

Many patients dismiss orthodontics before their wedding as they think it will take a year or more to get a good outcome. However, it’s possible to achieve fantastic orthodontic results in as little as three or four months with adult braces. Read more about Inman Aligners, Six Month Smiles and Invisible Aligners on our website. And remember, payments can be spread over the course of the treatment with interest free finance, which can make them more manageable. Our recent blog post with before and after photos shows the fantastic results you can achieve in very little time with short-term braces.

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Veneers are a very quick solution which result in a dramatically improved appearance in just one or two visits. Again, take a look at some of the before and after photos on our website which show just how dramatic the improvement can be with direct bonding, componeers and porcelain veneers. With the different options available there’s a solution to suit every budget.

4 Months Before

At this stage the stress levels may be rising and you find you don’t have a spare minute in the day. As a result, some of your habits may have changed. Have you been skipping brushing and flossing and just flopping into bed exhausted after a weekend of checking out bands and tasting menus? Have you been waking up with sore jaws, earaches or headaches? Are your gums bleeding more frequently than before? Have your grumbling wisdom teeth flared up into full-blown agony? Ah yes, STRESS!

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Stress can lead to a number of changes in your mouth and even if you’re normally really good at keeping up with dental care at home and visiting your dentist regularly, it can play havoc! If any of the above symptoms sound familiar, then you should pop back to the dentist for a quick check-up. To minimise the stress, we have early morning, late evening and lunchtime appointments available at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge so you can pop in before or after work, or on your lunch break. If you live or work in Dublin 4 it couldn’t be handier.

Being run down and missing a few brushings and flossings can allow oral bacteria to multiply, putting you at risk of gingivitis (red, inflamed and sore gums – not a good look!), and infections. Visit our hygienist Lorraine Doyle for a professional cleaning. Get back on top of you dental health – and your glowing smile – with a scale & polish.

Stress may be causing you to clench and grind your teeth at night when you’re asleep. This can result in sore jaws, headaches and even broken teeth. A bite splint is a simple device that fits over your teeth to protect them while you sleep.

While now might not be the best time to consider wisdom tooth extraction, keeping an eye on them in the run-up to the wedding is a good idea and any infection or flare-up can be quickly controlled using antibiotics, so that they don’t ruin the big day.

Now is a good time to begin teeth whitening. It’s a very simple – and at just €295 very cost effective – treatment that can produce quite dramatic results. We don’t recommend leaving it until just before the wedding (as you’ll have enough on your plate at that stage!) but by doing it now, with perhaps a top-up treatment just before the big day, you’ll have a beautiful white smile to match your white dress (or your blushing bride’s white dress!) In one quick visit with the dentist we can prepare bespoke trays which are ready to collect the next day, which you use at home to get the result you want. Everyone is different, so the dentist will advise you on what you need to do to get the effect you desire.

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Whitening is an essential treatment that we provide at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge before we undertake any cosmetic dental treatment. We can then match the new shade of your teeth to any new restoration that we provide whether that be composite direct bonding, porcelain veneers or componeers.

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If you haven’t already, now is a good time to come and see the dentist or dental hygienist at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge for that final scale & polish before the big day to remove any staining and have your teeth looking their best.

Any pre-wedding short-term adult orthodontics should be planned to finish up around now as well, so that any retainers needed can be fitted in time to let you get used to them before the main event.

If it’s needed, a whitening top-up should be done around now as well so that you’re not trying to remember to do it in the hectic few days before the wedding.

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So, you can see with a little pre-planning it’s easy to have the perfect smile on your wedding day with Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge. Call 01 668 3242 or email info@pembrokedentist.ie today to schedule a check-up and treatment planning appointment with Dr Keenan to see what can be achieved before your special day.

Great Results with Short-Term Braces

We’re often asked many of the same questions by patients who come in for our free orthodontic consultations: “what are my options?”, “what kind of results can I expect?”, and “what will it cost?” While nothing can replace the one-on-one advice you can get at a visit with Dr David Keenan here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge, here are the topline answers to these frequently asked questions!

 

  1. What types of braces are available at Pembroke Dental?

The best thing about short-term orthodontic treatment at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge is that we provide every type of system available – Six Month Smiles, Inman Aligners and invisible braces (clear aligners) – and we can combine different systems if needed. This is different from some other practices who will simply offer the only system they provide. Plus we have years of experience with all our systems.

Whether your main concern is about how long treatment will take or how noticeable your braces will be, we have a solution. Some braces are worn for as little as a few weeks, while others are invisible and not noticeable during a typical face-to-face conversation.

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Details about Six Month Smiles, Inman Aligners and invisible braces (clear aligners) are on our website. Each system has its particular advantages, whether it’s getting results quickly or being as discrete as possible. The most appropriate solution for your case will depend on your individual circumstances. Why not contact us today for a free consultation with Dr Keenan and find out which braces are suitable for you*?

 

  1. What results can be expected? Before and after pictures – some great results.

While it’s well and good to talk about straightening your teeth, nothing beats seeing actual results! Here are some examples of results achieved with patients who underwent treatment in Pembroke Dental in the last year:

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Beverly, age 35, Before & After

This patient presented a challenging case but in just six months we achieved a result she is very happy with. She was fitted with Six Month Smiles on her upper and lower arches and followed by a course of at-home whitening treatment (which we offer for free to patients who are having this Six Month Smiles treatment). Dr Keenan adds: “We complimented this with some composite bonding to even the shape of her upper front teeth. This is something that we occasionally undertake after orthodontic treatment to achieve the best possible cosmetic result”.

Invisible Braces (clear aligners)

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Emma, age 25, Before & After

This lady was concerned about her lower teeth which were overcrowded. We used a combination of clear aligners on her upper arch and an Inman Aligner on her lower arch, followed by at-home teeth whitening to achieve this result in just five months. Dr Keenan says “The clear aligner system is a great compliment to the Inman Aligner. Excellent results can be achieved very quickly”.

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Michelle, age 21, Before & After

This patient was bothered by a relapse in her upper teeth, having had orthodontic treatment as a teenager. She was only concerned with fixing her lateral incisors which stuck out. “The Inman Aligner is the ultimate orthodontic appliance for cases that require simple movements to align crooked front teeth,” according to Dr Keenan.  In just three months the upper front teeth were straightened using an Inman Aligner. (This patient decided not to avail of 50% off whitening treatment after finishing with braces, which we offer to patients having Inman Aligner treatment).

 

  1. What are the costs involved?

Many patients are worried that orthodontic treatment will be very expensive. In fact, many tell us that they wanted to get braces when they were younger but their families couldn’t afford it. Now they want to go ahead themselves and get braces but they’re worried that it will cost a fortune and by the time they’ve saved up for it, it will be too late!

Firstly, be reassured that it’s almost never too late to get braces. And secondly, you don’t need to wait until you have the full cost saved up and pay it all in one lump sum. The initial consultation is free of charge, so it will cost you nothing to come in for a chat with Dr Keenan and ask him any of your questions about orthodontic treatment and short-term braces.

At Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge we also offer interest free finance over the course of your treatment. This means we take a deposit at the first treatment appointment and we’re happy for you to pay the balance of your fees at your visits over the course of your treatment – it’s like repaying a bank or credit union loan but without the interest added!

No Hidden Fees

Another major concern patients come in with is that of ‘hidden’ costs. Fear not! The prices of our treatments are listed on our website for anyone to read. At Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge Dr Keenan will explain the treatment plan and associated costs to you clearly and simply. Dr Keenan may also recommend some complementary treatments to you, such as a visit to the dental hygienist or a retainer at the end of treatment. These are to make sure you get the best results from your orthodontic treatment and are happy with the results. In fact, with Inman Aligner treatment at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge we offer a 50% discount on teeth whitening, or you can get free teeth whitening when you opt for Six Month Smiles on both upper and lower teeth.

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You can also claim tax relief on orthodontic treatments going back four years. You may already be familiar with the Med 1 form for medical expenses, but a Med 2 form also exists for certain dental treatments, including braces. You can claim tax relief at the standard rate of 20%. Some patients complete this online through the Revenue website, but if you would like us to do the Med 2 form for you at the end of your treatment, please ask!

 

  1. What’s the follow up?

Patients also ask how long they can expect the results of their orthodontic treatment to last. The answer to that is indefinitely, once you comply with any follow-up advice, such as fitting a bonded retainer or wearing your removable retainer consistently.

 

Do you have any other questions about short-term adult orthodontics? Read more on our website or contact the office by email or phone 01 6683242 for a FREE consultation with Dr Keenan.  

 

*In a small number of cases short-term orthodontics are not suitable for an individual patient. In these cases Dr Keenan is more than happy to refer patients to a specialist orthodontist to explore other more appropriate treatment options.

How Do I Save Money On My Dental Care?

Attending the dentist and taking care of your teeth can sometimes seem expensive, but there are many ways of reducing the costs involved. Here are our five top tips at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge for reducing the cost of your dental care.

Prevention is better than Cure

  1. Prevention is better than cure.

New Year’s resolutions often include taking better care of ourselves: lose some weight, exercise more, eat more healthily. We might start off the year with great intentions but our enthusiasm for wet morning jogs or yet another salad wanes and life gets in the way! On top of that, money is tight and January is the longest month of the year. Then by February our good intentions are forgotten.

Well that’s ok, you can visit the dentist in February or any other month too, and it’s never too late to start a good habit!

When it comes to your teeth, the old saying is true: prevention is better than cure. Keeping up with regular check-ups with your dentist and visits to the dental hygienist will help you avoid problems that may necessitate bigger dental work in the future. If you haven’t seen Dr Keenan or Lorraine Doyle in a while, make an appointment to see them soon. It’s cheaper in the long run.

  1. Do your homework.

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While having regular check-ups is important, the effort you put in yourself at home is just as important. Follow the advice of your dentist and hygienist: brush thoroughly at least twice a day, floss daily, use your special toothpaste or inter-dental brushes if you’ve been advised to, wear your retainer, mouth-guard or bite splint as instructed, avoid food and drinks that cause staining if you’re prone to this. It might seem like a lot of hassle at first, but good dental home care quickly becomes a habit and part of your routine. And who can argue that five minutes morning and evening is too much time to invest in protecting our pearly-whites for the long term and avoiding more extensive – and expensive – dental treatments?!

  1. Know your tax entitlements.

Did you know that many of us are entitled to a free dental exam every year? And who doesn’t like getting something for free! Under the Treatment Benefit Scheme, depending on the PRSI you have paid (or certain other conditions) you might be able to come in to see Dr Keenan for a check-up free of charge. If you’re not sure whether you qualify for this or not, please contact the office by email or phone 01 6883242 and we’ll be happy to check this for you.

You can also claim tax relief on certain non-routine dental treatments going back four years. You may already be familiar with the Med 1 form for medical expenses, but a Med 2 form also exists for certain dental treatments, including braces, root canal treatment and veneers. If you’ve been putting off having your wisdom teeth extracted or getting a crown due to the cost, remember that you can claim tax relief at the standard rate of 20%. If you’re unsure what you can claim for, or you would like us to do a Med 2 form for you, again please contact the office.

  1. Consider dental insurance.

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Vhi Dental and DeCare Dental are specialist dental insurance providers. At Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge we have a direct pay arrangement with these insurers which means that all you have to do is advise them that you’ve made an appointment and certain visits like straight-forward dental exams or a visit to the dental hygienist won’t cost you anything on the day – and we look after the paperwork! If you need more involved treatment, we can submit a treatment plan to your insurer and find out, depending on your level of cover, what portion of your fees would be covered by your insurer and what you will have to pay on the day. And at each subsequent visit for treatment we look after the paperwork for you, keeping the hassle to a minimum.

If you have medical insurance with Vhi, Aviva, Laya or another provider, you should also check with them if you can claim something back for a dental visit under the terms and conditions of your policy.

If you don’t yet have insurance, but you’ve been thinking about signing up, check with your HR Department at work. May companies offer corporate schemes, the cost of which can often be cheaper than the advertised commercial policies.

  1. Get money off.

There are three easy ways of saving money if you are a patient of Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge. We offer a 10% corporate discount to employees of local companies on general dental care. We also offer interest-free finance plans for orthodontics over the course of your treatment. And we love referrals! If you pick up a referral card at our office and refer a friend to us, you can both avail of a €20 discount.

And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled when doing your weekly shop or visiting the pharmacy! Toothpastes, toothbrushes and floss are often on special offer (buy one get one free, money off, etc.), so stock up when you can. During the sales, reductions on prices of electric toothbrushes and water flossers can save you a few euros too!

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