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Mind the gap!

4 April 2023

Hi everyone!

How are you all doing?! I promised this blog WEEKS ago, and I have finally sorted out all the trimmings and clippings to actually bring it to life. Please bear with me, because it is a little on the dental heavy side – but it’s so cool, I have to keep it that way.

While the reality is that it’s neglectful on my side, the delay on publishing this has turned out to be perfect timing, as we have just become a certified DSD clinic! This is HUGE. We are one of the first clinics in England to achieve this, and we are so proud of it. I can hear what you’re thinking though – what on earth is it? DSD is ‘Digital Smile Design’, and is an incredible and unique approach to planning dental treatment.

DSD embraces the concept of digital dentistry in a way that has never been done before, which runs so beautifully with the direction we have been steering The Briars in. When we were first introduced to the concept, someone likened it to how a house is built. Builders don’t run in all guns blazing with a quick guess as to the amount of bricks and mortar needed – an architect plans the final build before the project is even started. They discuss what they want to achieve – what do they want the house to look like? They work out the size of the build, what materials are needed, which experts are required to make it a success – then they present it to their client. With DSD we do exactly the same thing. We gather information, we work out what we want to achieve from the current starting point. We work out the necessary treatments involved, the experts we will need, the materials we will use – then we present it to our patient. Our patient can experience the final design in person, trial their new smile, talk through the treatment and the options available before they’ve committed to it. For us, being able to walk you through treatment in this way is such a novelty – it’s consent like it’s never been done before, allowing patients to understand the elements of treatment in a way we’ve never been able to do before – complete with amazing visuals of the ‘after’ result.

As a team, we experienced some pretty intense training to ensure we are up together with all elements of DSD – from understanding the concept, to the assessment stages, right through to the planning. We even got to experience it first hand with a ‘live patient’ – and I was that patient.

Without boring you with long drawn out details of my aesthetic dental woes – I have teeth that fit the criteria for DSD perfectly. I have had a gap between my upper central teeth since the day they came through, which are accompanied by two very small teeth either side – peg laterals. I have very small teeth generally (some have wondered how this is possible when I allegedly have such a big mouth…) and the reality is, Invisalign isn’t going to fix all the problems I have. This is a relatively common issue – Invisalign will move teeth into the right place, but if they are not the right size, or shape – the best aesthetic result won’t ever be fully achieved. I’ve always known that Invisalign, or any orthodontic treatment, would need to be followed up with either composite bonding or veneers – but I’ve always been extremely hesitant to go down a road without knowing what will await me at the other end. My gap is me – but I have had a very love/hate relationship with it.

I was given the opportunity with our DSD introduction, to be the ‘live patient’ and experience the journey as our patients will. I had the same scans, photos and information gathering that our patients would experience. We chatted through my treatment goals and what I would like to achieve – close the gap, address overcrowding on my lower front teeth, make the size of my teeth more uniform, and get back on top of whitening. Not much to ask, I know…

Victoria lead the charge with my treatment, and collaborated with the incredible DSD team in Madrid. They worked together to find the most suitable smile option for me – they created my ‘ideal smile’ ready for me to trial in person, and crafted me a personalised treatment plan to help me understand the steps to get me to my new smile. My appointment was carried out in front of all my dental buddies, so was a little different to the norm – but it was so much fun. We took lots of before photos, and videos, ready for a direct comparison with my trial smile. We had music playing, a makeshift photography studio – it was like something out of a magazine shoot (minus the professional model!)!

I then had my trial smile put on. This is a temporary addition, made for photos and videos – not one to try out for date night! I had two different types of trial smile put on – this was for education purposes, so our lovely dentists could see the differences between the options we have for trial smiles, as some patients will be more suited to one than the other. One was placed by Nicola, the other by Richard – both completely painless experiences – just a little strange more than anything! The photoshoot then resumed, complete with new smile – lights, camera, music – and so many compliments!

My new smile was then taken off, and the team disappeared to create the presentation of my treatment plan, complete with my newly taken before and after photos. This took them virtually no time at all – and I was then presented with my new smile and all the treatment options that come with it. I was totally thrown by the results – I looked so different without the gap! The smile is absolutely beautiful, and one I would be very proud to have. The course of treatment for me is as I expected – Invisalign, with options for either composite veneers, or ceramic veneers – possibly with a little bit of gingival surgery. Whitening would come into the treatment plan before any restorative work, and there were a few different options for this within the plan. It was so well built, and so comprehensive, that I am still in disbelief that this is something we can now do in dentistry. There will be so many people like me, who have disliked their smile for one reason or another, who haven’t taken the plunge for fear of what the final result will be – and this has those people written all over it.

I won’t be starting my journey just yet – baby takes priority at the moment – but I am excited to return to the plan, it’s just too good to leave it sitting and waiting forever!

Let me know what you think of it all – is it something you’d consider? What do you think of the before and afters?

I will catch up with you all soon, until then – look after yourselves!

Love, Amy x

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I recently visited Briars Dental Practice in Newbury and had a truly excellent experience. From the moment I walked in, the receptionist greeted me warmly and made me feel welcome. The hygienist who saw me prior to my appointment with the dentist was very thorough and gave me some great advice on how to keep my teeth healthy.I was then seen by Richard, one of the dentists at the practice, and I have to say that he and his nurse were fantastic. They put me at ease throughout the whole procedure, were extremely professional and caring, and made sure that I was comfortable at all times. I was also impressed by their attention to detail and their willingness to take the time to answer all of my questions.In fact, I was so pleased with my experience that I would also like to mention another dentist named Richard who saw me previously. He too was excellent, very thorough and professional, and I felt very well taken care of during my appointments with him.Overall, I can't recommend Briars Dental Practice highly enough. The staff are all so friendly, professional, and knowledgeable, and they really go above and beyond to make sure that their patients are well looked after. If you're looking for a great dental practice in Newbury, look no further than Briars.
Beatrice Andreea
Beatrice Andreea
12:07 11 May 23
Thank you for a wonderful experience, I am a coward when it comes to the dentist, Mr Nick French, put me at ease, and has the patience of a Saint. I would also say the dental nurse was I lovely lady who let me crush her hand while I was having my injections. I give Briars Dental Centre 10 out of 10, and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Jan Hamments
Jan Hamments
19:11 29 Jun 23
I had a hygienist appointment with Jo and her nurse, Suzanne. It was the first time I’d tried GBT and found the experience much more comfortable than usual. Jo and Suzanne really put me at ease and made sure I was happy throughout the treatment. It was good being able to clearly see the areas which I needed to improve on brushing and Jo gave me great tips. Would highly recommend
Lauren Jade
Lauren Jade
16:52 19 Jun 23
After such a positive experience today with Richard I thought it only fair to delete my previous review. I am a very nervous patient and not ashamed to say I cried before my appointment. Richard and his lovely dental nurse were so understanding and treated me with kindness and empathy. Richard explained everything to me and allowed me to go at my pace. All options for my next appointment were explained to me and I now have trust in Richard that I feel I will not need full sedation. I was in alot of pain prior to my appointment today along with an enormous amount of anxiety. Richard even explained to me how to breathe when having treatment- no other dentist has ever explained that to me before!Thank you again Richard and to your lovely dental nurse.
Mary Lovelock
Mary Lovelock
15:03 24 Apr 23
I had my consultancy appointment with Chelsea today who looked after me very well. She was very friendly and easy to talk to and explained everything to me very nicely. And also answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease today and for future appointments. It was nice to meet you, and thank you.Glenn.
Glenn Cooper
Glenn Cooper
22:20 23 May 23
I recently had to visit Richard Lineker as I'd broken a tooth.He and his lovely nurse Agata made me feel comfortable and explained what treatment I needed.They work extremely well as a team andmy treatment was painless.
Pauline Preston
Pauline Preston
13:59 12 Jul 23
Wanted to share my mother's thoughts of recent experience visiting Jo Craig hygienist."Jo was attentive , caring gentle and thorough today.I came out feeling fresh and motivated.Well looked after also by her lovely nurse Jenny."Angela Shaw.
Suzanne Hendry
Suzanne Hendry
11:03 21 Jul 23
I am very pleased with the treatment I received. After another dentist had told me the tooth had to be extracted, Mr Fady Khoury managed to save the tooth. The procedure was carried out in a very efficient and professional manner and I am very happy with the outcome.
Terence Marshall
Terence Marshall
16:03 24 Jul 23
Had an appointment with Chelsea today and it went very very well. Had my scans and photos done for Invisalign, which can be a bit awkward but she made it a comfortable experience. She was very friendly, welcoming, put me at ease and asked if I had any overall questions at that stage of the process. She was knowledgeable and explained everything I asked about. It's my first time at this clinic so I'm looking forward for my second appointment to discuss treatment. Great first impression from the moment I stepped through the door! Thanks!
Diana
Diana
11:01 31 Jul 23
A very happy customer! I had quite a lot of crooked and misaligned teeth so Victoria introduced me to Invisalign. She carefully created a program to give me the smile I wanted. In the end it took longer than we had expected but Victoria very diligently took me through every step of the process and she didn’t compromise on any part of the process to ensure I got the smile and teeth alignment we both wanted. A huge thank you to her and her assistant Jen who made every effort to make me feel comfortable throughout. Highly recommended.San
San James
San James
17:16 02 Aug 23
My visit to Richard last week went well. He identified that x rays hadn’t been taken for 3 years, and showed me the images, interpreting the results carefully and explaining the steps that may be required as treatment. I am disappointed that I will need to have another consultation to confirm if a root canal is needed. Warning: if you do need a consultation with the endodontist, you will need to pay in advance. I couldn’t do that on the day, but I will be booking in to have this followed up as soon as I can. I will need my own teeth for many more years!
Emma Mulholland
Emma Mulholland
15:31 18 Oct 23
Over the years I`ve found that the Briars delivers consistently high quality dental care and yesterday was no exception. I recieved first class root canal treatment by Dr. Richard Condon and team. Everything was explained carefully and despite my misconceptions was delivered pain free. I have no hesitation in recommending the Briars.
Mark Batten
Mark Batten
10:42 24 Oct 23
Having just completed a course of treatment with The Briars I can strongly recommend Fady and his team. Thank you for your straightforward and thorough approach, and for providing treatment in a stress-free environment.
Tom Saunderson
Tom Saunderson
08:16 02 Nov 23
It was a very welcoming place at the practice with friendly staff whose knowledge was informative and comprehensive. Chelsea was very accommodating and took the time to listen my concerns and provide me with the best advice on what action to take next.
Michael Scrimshaw
Michael Scrimshaw
18:02 23 Nov 23
Had my Hygiene appointment yesterday with lovely Meryl and her nurse Kiera. Meryl was gentle and very thorough. She removed all the staining from my teeth and now they feel super clean. Kiera made sure that I was comfortable throughout the treatment.
Agata Czarnecka
Agata Czarnecka
19:23 18 Jan 24
I highly recommend Briars Dental Care, I can't thank them enough for my teeth, they really put me at ease especially Kody. My teeth have never been straight but over the years they got worse, and made me feel so ashamed and embarrassed by them, now I have nice straight teeth and my confidence back .
Wendy Pearson
Wendy Pearson
09:58 23 Jan 24
Absolutely Excellent service, from the initial phone call with Libby at reception who was so kind, understanding and so helpful and Zoe who helped us on the phone with trying to find us appointments needed and for the amazing care and service received on arrival for treatment that this dental practice is without a doubt outstanding. Five stars is not enough!Highly recommend the briars, lovely staff and top class treatment!
Angel Greaves
Angel Greaves
13:05 07 Feb 24
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