How a cosmetic dentist can create the smile of your dreams

A good cosmetic dentist will take many things into account when designing your perfect smile. Harley Street Dental Clinic is lucky to benefit from the services of a range of highly-qualified specialists and dental professionals, who will work seamlessly together to create the smile you’ve always dreamt of, no matter what your treatment needs.

cosmetic-dentist-harley-streetThere is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach to cosmetic dentistry, and you should be exceptionally wary of anyone who tries to tell you otherwise. When you come to Harley Street Dental Clinic for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, they will of course look at your teeth and gums – taking into account factors including alignment, shape, size, and colour of your teeth, as well as how much gum tissue is on show when you smile. However, they will also take facial proportions, hair colour, lifestyle factors and personal aspirations from treatment into account.

After a detailed consultation, your Harley Street cosmetic dentist will involve you in all stages of treatment planning, answering any questions or concerns you may have and describing the pros and cons of any treatments they may recommend, so that you know what you can expect and can be sure you are making a well-informed choice. Only when you are entirely happy will your dentist draw up a treatment plan.

Depending on your individual needs, you may receive all of your treatment from your original cosmetic dentist, or you may be referred to one of their colleagues for specialist treatments. Whatever your requirements and whomever carries out any particular stage of treatment, your original dentist will oversee all of your care here at Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Many patients benefit from combining two or more options from our extensive cosmetic dentistry menu. Among the popular options from a Harley Street cosmetic dentist are:

Teeth straightening

Using braces or aligners to subtly improve tooth positioning.

Porcelain veneers

Thin porcelain shells bonded to the front of the teeth to improve their appearance.

Teeth whitening

Delivered by a cosmetic dentist, this is a safe and quick solution to common tooth stains.

How a dentist can replace missing teeth to restore your smile

A dentist will always tell you that missing teeth should be replaced promptly. Harley Street Dental Clinic offers a number of solutions to tooth loss, and the best one will be discussed by your dentist after a thorough examination and consultation.

replace-missing-teethWhy it is important to replace missing teeth

No matter why you have lost your tooth or teeth, you should consult a dentist as a matter of urgency. We offer emergency dental appointments at our Harley Street clinic, and will always endeavour to see you on the same day whenever possible.

Should your tooth be knocked out as a result of accident and injury, if you still have the tooth you should bring it with you to your appointment. In many cases your dentist will be able to re-implant it in the socket.

If you do still have the tooth and it is undamaged, be careful to only touch the crown (the part that is visible in the mouth) and avoid touching the root. Clean it under cold running water and put it in a clean container covered in your own saliva or in milk until you can see the emergency dentist, and call Harley Street Dental Clinic straight away.

Should your tooth be lost completely, or too damaged for your dentist to re-implant, there are a number of tooth replacement options available at our Harley Street dental practice. The pros and cons of these options will be discussed by your dentist.

Tooth replacement at Harley Street

We are lucky at Harley Street Dental Clinic to have a unique collection of dental professionals who will work together to create the perfect tooth replacement solution to suit your needs. We offer:

Bridges

Traditional dental bridges are used to replace one or two adjacent missing teeth and use surrounding teeth for support. Crowns or wings will be fitted to the supporting teeth with one or two false teeth in between. By combining a bridge with dental implants, they can be used to replace several teeth.

Dentures

A good solution for several or all missing teeth. Your clinician may recommend securing dentures with dental implants.

Ways that a cosmetic dentist can brighten your smile

A cosmetic dentist has numerous ways to brighten up your smile. Harley Street Dental Clinic has a wide range of cosmetic treatments on offer, delivered by a unique and highly skilled team of dental professionals. If you wish that your smile was brighter or whiter, why not join us for a cosmetic dentistry consultation?

cosmetic-dentistEveryone wants a bright, white, aesthetically appealing smile. However, a number of lifestyle factors get in the way, leading to stained or discoloured teeth that can make you embarrassed to show your smile off at all. Whatever the cause of the discolouration or staining of your teeth, a cosmetic dentist can help.

Treatment from a Harley Street cosmetic dentist

When you come into our Harley Street clinic for a consultation, the first thing your cosmetic dentist will to is to ascertain the nature of your tooth discolouration. The commonest reason for staining of the teeth is inadequate or ineffectual dental hygiene. If your home brushing routine doesn’t make the grade, plaque will build up on the teeth, leading to unpleasant brown staining.

A dental hygienist can professionally clean your teeth to get rid of all the plaque, and can help you to modify your home routine to help the problem recurring. Good oral hygiene is important not just for aesthetic reasons, but also for the sake of your oral health. Plaque can lead to problems including dental decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

If your teeth are poorly aligned, they can be difficult to keep clean despite your best efforts. Harley Street Dental Clinic offers a number of discreet orthodontic treatments that can improve the alignment of your teeth, and so improve your oral hygiene.

For other common causes of tooth staining, such as smoking or drinking a lot of coffee, teeth whitening is an excellent option. Delivered by a cosmetic dentist this is a safe and rapid way to combat stains.

Permanent discolouration can be improved with porcelain veneers, which are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve their aesthetic appearance. Your cosmetic dentist can also replace metal fillings with tooth-coloured alternatives.

A good dentist can help your child maintain their oral health for life

Visiting the dentist from an early age has been proven to help prevent dental phobia later in life. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we recommend bringing your child in from the age of 12 months onwards, when some of their first teeth should have started to appear. Of course, all babies are different, and some are even born with teeth. If you notice anything of concern with your baby’s teeth at any stage, bring them in for a consultation.

oral-healthHarley Street Dental Clinic has a dedicated children’s dental team, led by paediatric specialist Professor Raman Bedi, who is chairman of the Global Child Dental Fund and co-chair of a global expert committee on caries prevention and management.

The benefits of early visits to the dentist

By visiting the dentist from the age of 12 months onwards, you not only teach your child that the dental practice is nothing to be afraid of, but also you help them to establish good oral health for life.

Children in the UK still have unacceptably high levels of tooth decay, and whilst this is improving there is still a lot of work to be done. A good children’s dentist can spot any potential problems early, and can provide your child with age-appropriate information and encouragement to help them get the most out of brushing their teeth.

At our Harley Street clinic, Professor Bedi will always take the time to get to know young patients, and will talk to them as well as their parents to explain any treatments or changes to the home tooth cleaning routine that are required.

Links have been proven between bad dental health and other general health conditions, including diabetes and gum disease. Therefore, visiting the dentist is vitally important for patients of all ages.

At our Harley Street clinic we believe that prevention is better than cure, and offer a number of preventative measures to child patients, including fluoride varnish and fissure sealants, designed to strengthen the teeth and help prevent decay.

Should we find your child does need a filling, their dentist will use a laser to removed decayed areas of a tooth, which is pain-free and far less stressful than a traditional drill.

The many ways a cosmetic dentist can improve your smile

A cosmetic dentist can help you achieve the smile of your dreams by using a variety of techniques. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a unique collection of dental professionals and specialists, who will work together to create the smile you’ve dreamt of for so long, whatever treatment you require.

cosmetic-dentistry-harley-streetOnce the services of a cosmetic dentist were only available to Hollywood celebrities, but thanks to an increase in demand and advances in materials and techniques, cosmetic dental treatment is now available to more people than ever before. If you have always had something niggling you about your current smile, why not come into Harley StreetDental Clinic for a consultation to discover what a cosmetic dentist could do for you?

Your consultation with a Harley Street cosmetic dentist

At your initial consultation, your dentist will discover a bit about you and what your dream smile would look like. Following a clinical examination, they will then talk you through all the relevant treatment options to help you attain it, including covering all the pros and cons, the projected length and cost of any treatments, so that you can make an informed choice – with no unwelcome surprises further down the line.

Whether you have a particular treatment or treatments in mind, and no matter what combination of procedures you require, your cosmetic dentist will only create your customised treatment plan when you are both entirely satisfied with your choices.

Some people require a single procedure, whilst others benefit most from combining two or more from the extensive cosmetic dentistry menu at Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Popular options include:

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening should only be carried out by a cosmetic dentist, to ensure safe treatment and predictable results. You can have your teeth whitened here in our Harley Street clinic, or can carry out treatment at home.

Subtle orthodontics

We have an in-house orthodontist at Harley Street, who can use either fixed ceramic braces, removable clear aligners, or lingual braces – metal braces fitted to the rear surfaces of the teeth – to correct anything from mild to severe orthodontic issues.

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.