Why a dentist is essential for teeth whitening treatment

A dentist is the first – and indeed the only – person you should call if you are interested in teeth whitening. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our experienced cosmetic team have helped scores of patients to remove stains and brighten up their smile with teeth whitening treatment. We offer home whitening, power whitening here in the practice, and a combination of both.

teeth-whiteninh-harley-streetWhy you need a dentist

Whatever you come to Harley Street Dental Clinic for, you can be assured of high-quality, professional, personalised treatment at every appointment. We have a unique collection of specialists here at the clinic who will all work together to provide the treatment you need.

There have been some horror stories in the news recently about unregulated teeth whitening treatment, which often contains a level of hydrogen peroxide that is neither safe nor indeed legal. The whitening systems used at Harley Street Dental Clinic meet the legal requirements for hydrogen peroxide levels and are tried, tested, and safe. A professional, qualified dentist (or a qualified hygienist on the prescription of a dentist) is the only person to consult about teeth whitening, to deliver treatment that is as safe and gentle as it is effective.

Your dentist will also undertake an oral health check before starting treatment, because as with all procedures in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening must only take place in a healthy mouth. If your teeth are decayed or your enamel excessively eroded, this increases your chances of sensitivity during treatment.

Harley Street teeth whitening options

There are three teeth whitening options available at Harley Street Dental Clinic. All begin in the same way; a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.

Home whitening

This option involves using custom-made whitening trays and gel at home. You place a small amount of gel in the trays and wear them overnight for two weeks.

Power whitening

Power whitening takes place in a single, hour-long session here at our Harley Street clinic. Your dentist protects your teeth and gums and uses a special lamp to activate the gel.

Combination whitening

A course of home whitening, topped off with an in-surgery session.

How a cosmetic dentist can create the perfect smile makeover

There are a number of ways a cosmetic dentist can improve the appearance of your smile. Many of the techniques available at Harley Street Dental Clinic take far less time than a lot of people think, meaning that your perfect smile could be a matter of just a few appointments away.

cosmetic-dentistryWhen you come into our Harley Street clinic for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, they will ensure that they take the time to find out a bit more about you and what your ideal smile would look like, before performing a clinical examination. They will then talk through all the relevant ways in which your smile goals can be achieved.

It may be that you need just one treatment, or a combination of two or more. In many cases your dentist will carry out all treatment his or herself, but in some cases it will be best to refer you to one of their specialist colleagues. Either way, your original cosmetic dentist will oversee all of your treatment and care during your time at Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Options from your Harley Street cosmetic dentist

Among the popular treatments available from the cosmetic dental team at Harley Street Dental Clinic are:

Porcelain veneers

Thin pieces of porcelain bonded over the front surfaces of your teeth, veneers can quickly improve their appearance. They are an excellent option if you have permanently discoloured teeth, small spacing or alignment issues, or for teeth that have small chips or cracks. One veneer can be used to improve the look of a permanently stained tooth, whilst a full set can create a smile makeover.

Teeth whitening

When carried out by a cosmetic dentist, this is a safe, fast, and effective way to remove common stains such as nicotine or coffee from the teeth. We offer a number of options at our Harley Street clinic.

Gum lifts

Gum lifts are an excellent option to treat gummy smiles. Mild cases involve using a laser to reshape the gum line, whilst more extensive cases may involve the removal of bone and gum through dental surgery.

Make fear of the dentist a thing of the past

Being scared of the dentist is nothing to be ashamed of. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we recognise that dental fear and phobia is very real, causing anything from mild anxiety to full-blown panic attacks in people who suffer from it. However, we also think that in the 21st Century, fear shout not be a barrier to having the treatment you need, and the smile you deserve.

dental-phobiaDental fear and phobia has numerous causes. It could be that you had a bad experience with a dentist as a child; you may have specific triggers that set you off, such as the noise of a drill or the sight of a needle; or you may be ashamed if your teeth are in less than perfect condition, and worried about being judged.

Let us reassure you that at our Harley Street clinic we will never judge a patient whose oral health needs attention. Instead, we will work with you in a relaxed, calm, and professional manner to get your teeth and gums back to healthy condition.

Modern dental techniques have improved a lot, and at Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a unique collection of dentists and specialists, all of whom are committed to providing you with the highest quality of care – pain free.

When you come to see your dentist, they will take the time to talk you through any treatment required, including analgesia requirements.

Your dentist will also work with you to develop hand signals so that you can let us know easily if you need a break during treatment. We will also build ample time into your appointments to enable you to have a breather – there is no need to fear that you are holding your dentist up.

We also offer treatment under inhalation and intravenous sedation, ensuring you are relaxed and pain-free.

How a cosmetic dentist can create the perfect smile

As a cosmetic dentist, there is no greater pleasure than seeing a patient who was too ashamed to smile in public when they first came to see you skipping out of the practice with their joy written all over their face. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we offer a huge selection of cosmetic dental treatments both large and small, and are committed to finding the perfect combination for you.

cosmetic-dentistA beautiful smile is a great asset, in both the business and personal arena. Unfortunately, not all of us are gifted with a dazzling set of pearly whites – all too often, lifestyle factors get in the way. One in four people in the UK dislikes their smile to the point where it stifles their confidence, and has a negative knock-on effect on their relationships. Meanwhile, 70% of UK adults don’t feel confident smiling in photographs.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we believe that everyone deserves a beautiful smile to be proud of. With the help of a cosmetic dentist, anything is possible – so if your smile is getting you down, why not come into our Harley Street clinic for a consultation?

We have a unique collection of dental professionals at Harley Street, who are committed to working together to find the perfect treatment for every patient who walks through our doors. When you come in for an initial consultation, you will be seen by a highly-experienced cosmetic dentist, who will find out a little bit about you and what you want to achieve from treatment as well as undertaking a complete clinical examination.

Depending on the type and amount of treatment you require, your initial cosmetic dentist may carry out all treatment his- or herself, or may refer you to one or more of their specialist colleagues. Whoever you see and whatever treatment you need, you can be sure of the highest standards of care at all times. Your original cosmetic dentist will oversee all the treatment you have at Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Among the cosmetic dental treatments we offer are:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Discreet orthodontics
  • Cosmetic dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Gum lifts

Why the dentist is essential for pregnant women

Whilst the dentist may not be the first person you’d think of visiting during pregnancy, in fact thanks to hormonal changes in the body regular dental visits are more important than ever. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we welcome pregnant patients for help with pregnancy-specific oral health issues, and also recommend that when baby arrives, you bring them in for check-ups from an early age.

pregnant-womenPregnancy is an exciting time but, particularly if you are pregnant with your first child, you may notice some unusual changes to your body that, whilst being completely natural and nothing to worry about, should be checked out for reassurance and management where appropriate. Even if you’ve had children before, you may notice different changes with different pregnancies.

Dentally speaking, hormone changes can cause a range of oral health concerns. At Harley Street Dental Clinic an experienced and friendly dentist will be able to reassure you and provide treatment when necessary.

Pregnancy-related dental issues

Hormone changes during pregnancy can cause your gums to become red, inflamed, and sometimes to bleed when you brush your teeth. If you think this sounds like the symptoms of gum disease, you’re right. Pregnancy gingivitis can start as soon as the second month of pregnancy because of raised levels of progesterone. This affects how your body reacts to toxins, including plaque. Your dentist can help you to treat and manage this condition.

Bad morning sickness can also damage your tooth enamel, causing sensitive teeth. Some women also experience pregnancy granuloma, in which red nodules grow on your gums. Our Harley Street team can help with all of these conditions.

Once baby arrives, we recommend bringing them to the clinic from 12 months of age. This gets them used to visiting the dentist, and helps spot problems early.

Thinking of whitening your teeth this summer? Consulting a cosmetic dentist is a must

A cosmetic dentist takes no greater pleasure than in seeing a patient walk out of their practice with the smile that they have always dreamt of. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a unique collection of dental professionals, all of whom enjoy helping patients achieve that dream smile, whatever treatment they may require.

cosmetic-dentistOne of the most commonly-requested cosmetic dental procedures in the UK in general is teeth whitening treatment. At our Harley Street clinic we offer this both as a standalone treatment, and as a complement to other treatments on our extensive cosmetic dentistry menu.

Whether you are seeking a quick course of teeth whitening to brighten up your smile to ensure that you are looking your best for your holiday snaps, or you are interested in more extensive treatment – teeth straightening with the help of our discreet orthodontic systems, for example, or even a complete smile makeover – your journey begins in the same way: a consultation with a cosmetic dentist here at Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Why you must consult a cosmetic dentist

At our Harley Street clinic, we understand that it can be tempting to seek out teeth whitening treatment on your own. After all, there are a plethora of products available on the internet, in high street shops, even from some beauty parlours, all of which claim to whiten your teeth. But these should be avoided.

A cosmetic dentist is an absolutely essential member of your teeth whitening team. There have been horror stories in the news recently of teeth whitening products that contain far more than the legal amount of hydrogen peroxide, which can do very serious damage to your mouth and can leave you in need of extensive restorative dental work. Even in the best-case scenario, these so-called whitening products won’t produce the promised results, and you will be left out of pocket.

The cosmetic dentist you see at Harley Street will check that you are in good oral health before talking you through the teeth whitening options available. The products we use are safe, reliable, predictable, and fast.

Don’t be afraid of the big, bad dentist: treatment options for nervous dental patients

If you fear the dentist, you are not alone. Anxiety about dental treatment is the main reason UK adults cite for putting off routine treatment. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we believe everybody deserves a healthy, happy smile, which is why we are committed to working with nervous and phobic patients to enable them to get the treatment that they need.

nervous-dental-patientsThere are numerous causes of fear of the dentist. It may be a bad experience in the past, perhaps during childhood, or you may have a specific trigger such as the sight of a needle or the sound of the drill.

Often, people who have not visited the dentist in many years are ashamed about the condition of their teeth, or fearful of what future treatment may entail. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we will never judge you if your oral health is in less than perfect condition. All we want to do is to help you get healthy again; any future treatment requirements will be carefully explained to you, and we will always be conservative with treatment whenever possible.

We use a number of techniques to help nervous dental patients relax at our Harley Street clinic, and will work with you to custom-design the perfect method to help you get treatment.

Our team of specialists will take the time to talk through any concerns you have, in a calm and relaxed environment without you having to sit in the dentist’s chair. We will devise a system of hand signals so that you can indicate if you need a break during treatment – don’t worry about holding the dentist up, we will factor ample time into your appointment, and know everyone needs a break.

We also have in-chair entertainment, and offer treatment under either inhalation or intravenous sedation.

Always consult a cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening – here’s why

If you’re thinking about teeth whitening, a cosmetic dentist should always be the first person you call. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we offer two options for patients interested in teeth whitening treatment, which take between two weeks and just one hour.

teeth-whitening-harley-streetWhy you need a cosmetic dentist

Teeth whitening treatments offered by a cosmetic dentist have been extensively tested and have been proven to be effective, reliable and, most importantly, safe. The same cannot be said for the plethora of whitening treatments available from the internet, the high street, and from some beauty parlours. These products are unlikely to have undergone such rigorous testing as those licensed for use in a dental practice, which means that in the best-case scenario they simply won’t work, and you will have wasted both time and money to be left with stained or discoloured teeth.

In the worst scenarios (which have been reported in the media recently) unlicensed teeth whitening products can actually harm your teeth, gums, and mouth. This can result in increased sensitivity, discomfort and pain, as well as leaving you requiring extensive restorative dental treatment. So, whilst these treatments may appear cheaper than those offered in dental practices, they can easily prove more expensive.

The teeth whitening treatment options available at Harley Street Dental Clinic have been used to successfully treat scores of happy patients, and have been proven reliable, long-lasting, and safe. If you want to join these satisfied patients, come into our Harley Street clinic for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.

Teeth whitening from a Harley Street cosmetic dentist

There are two options for teeth whitening at our Harley Street dental practice, and both begin with a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.

As well as assessing the nature of staining on your teeth to check that teeth whitening will work effectively, your dentist will also carry out a thorough oral health check. As with any cosmetic procedure, whitening should only be carried out on a healthy mouth.

The two teeth whitening options available at our Harley Street clinic are:

Power whitening in the practice

Home whitening

Ways that your dentist can subtly straighten your teeth

Modern orthodontics afford your dentist or orthodontist a plethora of subtle ways to straighten your teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we use both fixed appliances – braces – and removable ones – aligners – to straighten adults’ teeth without the whole world needing to know they are undergoing treatment.

straighten-teethIf you think orthodontic treatment has to mean metal train-track braces, think again. Then come into our Harley Street clinic for a consultation.

What your Harley Street dentist can do

When you come into Harley Street Dental Clinic for a consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth, and your bite – the way that your jaws meet together – before recommending the most appropriate treatment options.

Many of the discreet orthodontic treatments we offer are also quicker than standard brace treatment. You will still need to come in for regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

Among the treatments your dentist may offer include:

Lingual braces

Lingual braces work just like standard metal braces, the only difference being that they are affixed to the rear (or lingual) surfaces of the teeth. They are invisible in everyday life, and can be used to correct a full spectrum of orthodontic problems.

Porcelain braces

Porcelain braces again work in the same way as standard braces, using brackets and wires to adjust the position of your teeth. The big difference here is that they comprise clear and tooth-coloured components in place of obvious metal, so they will blend in with the natural colour of your teeth.

Invisalign

Treatment with Invisalign involves using a series of clear aligners to gently and subtly move your teeth into a better position. As well as being clear, thus invisible in daily life, Invisalign are easily removable. This means you can take them out to eat and drink, as well as to clean.

How a cosmetic dentist can make over your smile more quickly than you might think

A cosmetic dentist primarily focuses on the aesthetic appearance of a smile. Harley Street Dental Clinic is staffed by a unique collection of specialists who will work together to create the smile you’ve always dreamt of – no matter what treatment or combination of treatments you require.

cosmetic-dentistA huge percentage of the UK adult population are under-confident about smiling in photographs because they dislike some aspect of their smile. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we passionately believe that everybody deserves a smile of which they can be proud, and we will match you with the perfect cosmetic dentist and/or other specialists to create the perfect smile for you.

Your journey towards your new smile begins with a consultation with a cosmetic dentist here at our Harley Street clinic. They will get to know a bit about you and will take factors such as facial structure and even hair colour into consideration when designing the perfect smile for you. A complete clinical examination is required, after which your dentist will talk you through the pros and cons of all appropriate treatment options.

Among the popular treatments from a cosmetic dentist at our Harley Street clinic are:

Teeth whitening

Carried out by a cosmetic dentist, this is a safe and effective way to remove common stains from the teeth, restoring their natural white appearance. We offer home whitening, power whitening in the dental practice, and a combination of both here at our Harley Street clinic.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are hand-crafted, thin shells of porcelain placed over the front surfaces of the front teeth to improve their appearance. Think false fingernails for the teeth and you’re in the right area. Your cosmetic dentist will select a shade of porcelain that looks as natural as it does beautiful.

Cosmetic dentures

The prosthodontics team at Harley Street will create dentures that look and function just like natural teeth, meaning many people won’t even know you are wearing them.

White fillings

White fillings, or tooth-coloured fillings to be accurate, can be used to replace old metal amalgam fillings. This is a safe and simple procedure that is usually completed in a single appointment.