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Lingual Braces

What are lingual braces?

They are fixed orthodontic appliances which are placed on the inner side of the teeth and are therefore hidden from view.


What are the advantages of having lingual braces?

Lingual braces are hardly visible and are the most discrete method available to orthodontists to straighten teeth. Occasionally when treatment is completed and braces are removed, teeth can be left with permanent stains. This is not a concern with lingual braces as in the unlikely event a mark is left, it would be on the inner side of the teeth, out of sight.

What are the disadvantages of having lingual braces?

Sometimes lingual braces can be more difficult to get used to. It is normal to experience some discomfort for the first week or so, and the tongue may rub on the brace. There is also a short period when speech may be slightly affected. Also treatment sessions for follow-up appointments during the period of treatment process may take longer than conventional braces.

Who can be suitable for lingual braces?

Most adults may be suitable candidates. Lingual braces allow good control of tooth movements and are very precise so they can treat mild to complex cases.

Is it difficult to clean the teeth?

All it takes is proper brushing and flossing—and regular appointments with your hygienist — to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

By Dr Francesca Pantanali PHD Ortho (Rome) Specialist Orthodontist


How does acid damage teeth? Let’s start off by understanding the science behind it all.

How does acid damage teeth

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Acid draws out the minerals from the enamel which softens it. This process is progressive and that is how cavities form. In addition to this, acid is the irritant that causes the gums to become inflamed, which is called gingivitis.

We all need to be aware of which foods and drinks are acidic. We don’t need to cut them out but we should consume them in moderation. Fruit is very good for us but teeth will be damaged if it is consumed excessively. The same applies to fruit juices. Young children (under 5 years of age) should drink fruit juice that has been diluted with water. Fruit juices become less tooth-friendly when made from concentrate and when sugar is added because they are then both acidic and contain fuel for the bad bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Children’s milk teeth are much smaller than adult teeth but the other difference is that the enamel, the armour that covers teeth, is much thinner. This means an acid attack will reach the dentine much quicker than it would in an adult. This is why a healthy diet where acidic food and drinks are limited is so important. Sugar, which fuels the acid-producing bacteria must also be kept to a minimum.


It is vital that children have regular checkups including routine x-rays. Since the enamel of milk teeth is very thin it is important that cavities are detected as early as possible. Once decay has passed through the enamel it is very close to the nerve. It is in everyone’s interest to detect decay as early as possible. Cavities that occur in milk teeth often occur between teeth where they are no very visible hence the importance of taking x-rays.

It is important that parents are sensible and realistic when it comes to their children’s diets. Fruit is an important part of a child’s diet and in the right quantities very beneficial providing essential vitamins and nutrients. Pure fruit juice must be diluted in the young ones and once again moderation is important. Carbonation of drinks increases acidity so they should be avoided. Fluoride is a weapon against acid damage. Fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwashes will help repair acid damage by replacing lost minerals. Children should use toothpaste and fluoride mouth rinse recommended for their age group along with brushing with an electric tooth brush.


The truth about wisdom teeth by Colin Maher BDS (Cork)

Just as you enter adulthood, your wisdom teeth make their presence known in the far reaches of your mouth usually between the ages of 17-25 years of age. For some, these teeth come in fine. But for many others, wisdom teeth don’t come in properly (if at all) and are vulnerable to disease and hence often need to be removed to protect a healthy mouth.

Wisdom Teeth Removal


Anatomy is at the root of most problems with wisdom teeth. Because of the lack of space generally in modern humans, molars can grow sideways, only partially emerge from the gums (partially impacted wisdom teeth), or get trapped in the gums and jawbone (impacted wisdom teeth). Erupted and impacted wisdom teeth can be chronically contaminated with bacteria associated with infection, inflammation, tooth decay, and gum disease. Because they are so far back in the mouth, it is quite challenging to keep them clean and remove the bacteria effectively.

Because wisdom teeth are predisposed to problems, you’ll have to be vigilant about oral hygiene and keeping regular dental appointments. If wisdom teeth show signs of disease or decay, your dentist will strongly suggest getting them removed. Difficulty in maintaining good oral hygiene in these regions can also lead to dental disease in the adjacent teeth that may not be repairable. Most wisdom teeth can be removed under local anaesthetic painlessly.

How to manage your wisdom teeth is ultimately your decision. But bear in mind, easier access to effectively clean your functional first and second molars greatly reduces the likelihood of developing dental disease.



Take a good look again at your young child’s teeth and then ask yourself:

Is there enough space for the new adult teeth?
Are the teeth too big?
Will their face grows and everything is okay?
When should I get an orthodontic opinion?

Well, let’s give some background information and answer these searching questions. EARLY is the answer. How early is early? At Roseneath Dental Practice we believe by the age of six or seven the dentist and parents should have an established face growth and tooth eruption plan, including the space availability for the adult teeth, and their relevance to the face shape, and general health and development of the child.

child's teeth straight

Generally, by the age of six years, 80% of jaw growth has occurred. Analysis at this stage will give a predicted path of development of the face, jaws, and teeth. The reality today is that the face and jaws of modern man are becoming more refined and narrower, narrowing the jaws that house the teeth. This is particularly noticeable in the upper jaw and palate; the resulting high narrow palate obstructing the flow of air through the nose and affecting tongue position. Other associated health issues include mouth breathing, ear infections, sleep apnoea, and tooth grinding.

So the teeth are not the wrong size or too big, it is the jaws that are too small! This results in crooked teeth growing through where they can. The narrow upper jaw and crooked upper teeth hold back the growth of the lower jaw and thereby affect the shape of the face.

The dentists Roseneath are proactive and prescribe Functional Jaw Orthopaedics (bone) with the use of either fixed or removable appliances. Phase one consists of developing the jaws to the correct size, therefore, avoiding tooth extractions, followed by phase two aligning the jaws and correcting the face profile, and finally a retainer phase.

Children between the ages of six and eleven are generally treated in this way, while teenagers and adults are treated by Roseneath’s Specialist Orthodontist to create beautiful smiles.


Did you know?…
Wearing retainers after orthodontic treatment is essential for long term success.

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Why is it so important to wear retainers?

Once teeth are moved to their ideal position with orthodontic appliances, teeth need to be held in their new position to reduce the risk of them drifting out of alignment which can happen very quickly as teeth tend to want to move back to their original positions.

What are retainers?

Retainers hold the teeth in their new position. They can be fixed or removable, removable retainers are clear thin plastic trays covering the teeth, fixed retainers are thin stainless steel wires bonded to the inside of the front teeth.

When would it be advisable to stop wearing retainers?

To be safe, retainers should really be worn for life. As we age our teeth move so wearing retainers would prevent that too.

Dr Francesca Pantanali PhD Ortho (Rome)

Orthodontist in Richmond

Roseneath Dental Practice provides a specialist orthodontic service able to provide for all orthodontic needs




GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation

Dear Patient, 

You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that comes into effect May 25, 2018. To help us comply with GDPR consent requirements kindly read the following update to Roseneath’s Data Protection Policy.

Data Protection Code of Practice

Our data protection code of practice lays out our procedures that ensure Roseneath Dental Care and our employees comply with The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679). Roseneath is registered with The Information Commissioner’s Office as a Data Controller.

What data do we store?

To provide patients with a high standard of dental care and attention, we need to hold their personal information. This personal data can include:

  • past and current medical and dental condition; personal details such as age, address, telephone number, email address, and general medical practitioner
  • radiographs, clinical photographs, and study models
  • information about treatment that we have provided or propose to provide and its cost
  • treatment invoices
  • notes of conversations or incidents that might occur for which a record needs to be kept
  • records of consent to treatment
  • any correspondence relating to you with other healthcare professionals, for example in the hospital

We do not store payment details such as card or bank details. 

What do we use the data for?

We need to keep comprehensive and accurate personal data about patients to provide you with safe and appropriate dental care. We will ask you yearly to update your medical history and contact details. We only use data to manage your treatment and stay in touch with you. We do not sell or forward on the data to any other parties.

SMS/email notifications and marketing, recall cards

We occasionally send you information via the above media. This information includes appointment reminders and recalls, occasional marketing notifications and holiday wishes. Should you not wish to receive this type of information kindly ask our Reception Team to amend your records. Please note that due to the specification of the software which we are using, we currently cannot choose the type of information you would like to opt-out from, once you decide to opt-out you will be removed from all lists (inc. appointment reminder notifications and recalls). 

What software do we run to manage data?

We use the following software to store and handle our data. All software systems are fully or are working towards being fully GDPR compliant by 25th May 2018.

  • Henry Schein – SOEi Exact Software – GDPR Compliant
  • Digora Imaging Software – GDPR Compliant
  • LiveDrive – Online backup – GDPR Compliant
  • Offsite Microsoft Exchange and locally Outlook 2013 for Emails – GDPR Compliant
  • General documents are stored on our servers which are password protected

Security of information

The data is stored on our servers located in a dedicated room along with a secure on & off-site backup. Paper documents, if retained, are stored in secure filing cabinets. The information is only accessible to authorized team members.

Disclosure of information

In order to provide proper and safe dental care, we may need to disclose personal information about you to:

  • your general medical practitioner
  • other dental services
  • health professionals caring for you
  • dental schemes of which you are a member.

Disclosure will take place on a ‘need-to-know basis (only that information that the recipient needs to know will be disclosed).

In very limited circumstances or when required by law or court order, personal data may have to be disclosed to a third party not connected with your health care. In all other situations, disclosure that is not covered by this Code of Practice will only occur when we have your specific consent. 

Retaining information

All data is retained for the appropriate lengths of time in compliance with all applicable legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements. We will retain your dental records while you are a practice patient and after you cease to be a patient, for ten years or for children until age 25, whichever is the longer. Once this period has lapsed, your digital data is archived and only deleted if specifically requested. This does not apply to old hard copy data which gets destroyed by a professional shredding service. 

Access to your records

You have the right of access to the data that we hold about you and to receive a copy. Parents may access their child’s records if this is in the child’s best interests and not contrary to a competent child’s wishes. Formal applications for access must be in writing to your dentist. Please note that you will be asked for ID verification when requesting access to your records. 

If you do not agree

If you do not wish personal data that we hold about you to be disclosed or used in the way that is described in this Code of Practice, please discuss the matter with your dentist. You have the right to object; however, this may affect our ability to provide you with dental care.

You have a right to withdraw your consent at any time, however, this will not be retrospective.

Kind regards,

Roseneath Dental Care



Did you know … Roseneath offers patients the latest in dental hygiene technology.

What has changed?

Instead of having teeth scraped with metal instruments and polished which can be uncomfortable for some, Roseneath offers AIR FLOW

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What is AIR FLOW?

AIR FLOW is a system that involves spraying the teeth with warm water containing fine particles that remove the plaque and stain that have built up.

What are the benefits?

  • The procedure is painless- even for those with sensitive teeth.
  • It’s less abrasive than conventional hygiene treatment.
  • More effective cleaning under the gums.
  • Better stain removal.
  • Now the recommended maintenance program for those with implants, gum disease and complex dental restorations.

How will patients feel after a treatment?

Teeth look cleaner and feel smoother


Did you know…Roseneath is changing the way dental impressions are taken by incorporating the latest in 3D technology… so we are starting to say goodbye to the old gooey stuff!
Intraoral dental scanner

What has changed?

Instead of filling a tray with paste and placing it in the mouth, a wand attached to a 3D dental scanner is simply passed over the teeth registering them.

What are the benefits?

  • No more uncomfortable gooey impressions.
  • At the touch of a button patients can immediately see what their teeth will look like when they are straightened.
  • The information can immediately be transmitted to the laboratory for immediate processing and fabrications.

Who can benefit from this technology?

  • Children and adults having orthodontic treatments.
  • Patients needing a crowns or onlays to repair teeth.

Contact Roseneath Dental Practice and book a free consultation for a scan and see yourself with straight teeth.

iTero Element Scanner in a nutshell:


  • No gooey mess associated with impression materials
  • Breathe and swallow as you normally would
  • No unpleasant taste or smell


  • View 3D scans onscreen with your dentist immediately
  • Faster delivery times of your personalized Invisalign® treatment plan



  • Allows for a precise fit of crowns, bridges, implants, and Invisalign clear aligners and retainers
  • Eliminates the need to retake impressions


Did you know?…your children can avoid unpleasant dental treatments

All parents want what is best for their children. 

The advances in dentistry mean that the experiences of previous generations need never be repeated today.

What is the secret…

Simple,.. getting into good habits as early as possible.

Problems are now totally avoidable!

Roseneath has a hygiene program especially tailored for children.

Regular teeth cleaning using the latest painless AirFlow technology and tooth brushing tuition where children get to practice brushing their teeth with a professional.

Roseneath has always been at the forefront of preventative dental care.

Give us call on 020 8940 9955 and get your children on the program.
hygiene session for children


If you would like to read further reviews about Roseneath Dental Practice please refer to our Google Business Page.

Dr Michael Nigro BDS (Rand) >>Complete professionalism is a key feature of Roseneath, where I have been a patient of Michael Nigro for over 20 years. During that time, I have never experienced the slightest problem with any treatment, whether for surgical, or cosmetic reasons. Indeed, a particular feature of this practice is their commitment to cosmetic work as well as keeping up with the latest developments in dentistry. I can recommend Roseneath Dental Care, and its staff highly.<<

Dr Kieryn Smart BDS (Rand) >>Trustworthy, professional, friendly, and highly skilled – everything I was looking for in a dentist.  I now have my husband and children seen here!  WIth Dr Kieryn Smart I always feel we are getting the most current techniques done to the highest standard, and nothing unnecessary.  I used to be a bit nervous about dental visits but since coming here – whether seeing the always proactive hygienist or dentist – dare I say – it is a pleasure!  And as a result, my teeth are probably in the best condition they’ve been in in years. Plus Kieryn gives me the confidence I am doing all the right things for my children’s teeth too. Highly recommend.<<

Dr Colin Maher BDS (Cork) >>I called Roseneath at circa 10 am this morning and got through to someone who was incredibly helpful and managed to get me to see Dr Maher at 12pm on the same day. I hadn’t had any dental work in a good 8 years or so and was incredibly nervous as I’d had a particularly bad experience previously. Dr Maher started by doing a general check-up and looked at a tooth I felt had been giving me issues and established it wasn’t. He then noticed a tooth that he felt needed a filling (as you can imagine, I was started to get nervous). He explained, that in short, the tooth was rotting and asked if I’d like to go ahead with a filling. I reluctantly agreed and asked Dr Maher to make it as painless and easy as possible and what followed was (in my mind) a dream filling without any issues. Dr Maher showed me the rotting section inside so that I was aware of the problem and was gentle, precise, and generally, someone who understands teeth and the patients that go along with them. I feel very content knowing Dr Maher is round the corner from me and won’t feel so apprehensive when my teeth are giving me issues next time around. <<

Dr Francesca Pantanali PHD Ortho (Rome) >>My experience at Roseneath is absolutely brilliant! The receptionists are always kind and make you feel welcome. More than a year ago I started my dental care with Dr. Francesca and today I could not be more than happy with the result. She spent time reassuring me and explaining in details my treatment. I really appreciated her honesty first and her professionalism at a very high standard. All my friends were astonished by the fact I wore my fixed ceramic brace. Everyone was saying how invisible my brace looked and made me compliments! Thanks to Dr. Francesca ( and Hanna, her assistant) I am very happy with my smile today. I would certainly recommend her experience and the clinic too.<<

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We pride ourselves in being the largest and longest established practice in Richmond having provided high quality dentistry to the local community for over half a century.

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We pride ourselves in being the largest and longest established practice in Richmond having provided high quality dentistry to the local community for over half a century.

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