Unhappy with your smile? Ask a cosmetic dentist about smile makeovers

A smile makeover is a procedure used by a cosmetic dentist to address and correct the aesthetic issues that make people unhappy with their smiles. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we provide a six-step smile makeover plan that can be used to help all cosmetic dental patients, from those with a small, simple concern to those requiring complex full-mouth restorations using dental implants.

cosmetic dentist about smile makeoversThe Harley Street Dental Clinic is one of the UK’s leading smile makeover clinics, with a highly experienced, dedicated team providing a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments. Whatever your issues with your smile, we are confident that we have the perfect cosmetic dentist to help you.

What will my cosmetic dentist do?

Here are the steps your cosmetic dentist will follow when you come for a smile makeover consultation in Harley Street:

1 First assessment. You will be appointed a cosmetic dentist who will first listen to your concerns about your smile before examining your teeth, gums and surrounding structures, as well as checking your general oral health and taking such factors as hair colour into account.

2 Treatment recommendation. Your dentist will discuss their findings and the various cosmetic dental treatments that can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. This may be one treatment, or a combination of two or more.

3 Computer imaging technology. Using scans and 3D computer-aided smile design, your cosmetic dentist will show you what results you can expect from various relevant treatments.

4 Treatment plan. Once you have made an educated decision about treatment, your cosmetic dentist will draw up a treatment plan.

5 Appointment scheduling. Your cosmetic dentist will let you know how many appointments you will need, and you can start to book them in.

6 Models and templates. Any treatment requiring models or impressions, such as veneers, will be taken and 3D temporary templates will be created.

When to call an emergency dentist

When a dental emergency occurs, it’s vital that you see a dentist as soon as possible. Here at Harley Street Dental Clinic, we understand that dental emergencies can occur at any time, which is why we have a dedicated emergency line, and will try to see you on the same day whenever possible.

dental emergencyWhat constitutes a dental emergency?

There are numerous reasons that you may need to see a dentist urgently. These include:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Lost teeth through accident or injury
  • Broken teeth
  • Sudden, unbearable toothache
  • Dental abscess
  • Damage to orthodontic devices, bridges and other restorations
  • Excessive or unstoppable bleeding after oral surgery

Here is what your dentist may do if you come for an emergency appointment at our Harley Street clinic:

Chipped, cracked or broken teeth

You should see a dentist even for minor chips or cracks, to prevent further problems arising. Your dentist will smooth down any rough edges of a damaged tooth and restore it using white fillings, composite bonding or crowns, depending on the amount and area of damage.

Lost teeth

If your teeth are knocked out in an accident or through injury, it may be possible for your dentist to re-implant them in the socket. Only pick your tooth up by the crown, never by the root. If you can’t re-implant it yourself, put it in a clean container covered in your own saliva or milk, and come to our Harley Street clinic as soon as possible.

Tooth ache and dental abscesses

Unbearable tooth ache or dental abscesses (painful swellings) require quick action from a dentist. We will drain any abscesses under local anaesthetic and will get you out of pain – you may require further appointments to fully correct a problem.

Broken orthodontic devices and restorations

If a brace, bridge or other restoration breaks, book an appointment at Harley Street Dental Clinic as soon as you can. We will restore or replace devices as necessary.

Why you should always consult a cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening treatment

Teeth whitening treatment is probably the most common procedure a cosmetic dentist will be asked about. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our team have provided teeth whitening treatment for scores of happy patients.

teeth whitening treatmentHere, we look at why you must consult a cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening. . .

By law, teeth whitening must only be carried out by a dentist or a hygienist on a dentist’s prescription. However, there are still some beauty salons offering the procedure, as well as numerous products available online and on the high street that claim to whiten teeth.

Many of these products will have a cheaper price tag than teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist. That does not mean, however, that they do not come with hidden costs.

The teeth whitening products used at Harley Street Dental Clinic have been extensively tested and are completely safe. Products in beauty salons, online and on the high street are unlikely to have been subjected to such rigorous testing.

In the best-case scenario, these products will simply not work. You will feel frustrated that you have wasted your money, but in fact you have had a lucky escape, as some products can actually damage your teeth, gums or mouth. This can result in discomfort, pain and in some cases the need for extensive restorative dental treatment.

Teeth whitening treatment, like all cosmetic dental procedures, should only be carried out on healthy teeth. When you come to our Harley Street clinic for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, they will be able to identify any oral health problems such as tooth decay or gum disease, which could result in increased sensitivity during whitening. They will treat any health problems first, before carrying out teeth whitening here in the practice or providing you with whitening gel and trays to use at home, depending on your preference.

Missing teeth: what your dentist can do

There are several options available to a dentist when patients present with missing teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we always recommend replacing lost teeth, and have a variety of treatments to suit all needs and budgets.

missing teethTeeth may be lost through tooth decay, gum disease, accident or injury. If your tooth is knocked out by accident or injury, it is sometimes possible for your dentist to re-implant it in the socket. Should you suffer a mishap that causes you to lose a tooth, you should book an emergency dental appointment at our Harley Street clinic, bringing your tooth with you if you still have it.

A tooth that has been knocked out should be picked up by the crown (the visible part of the tooth in your mouth). Avoid touching the root. Carefully clean the tooth in cold water if necessary and put it in a clean container covered in milk or your own saliva to bring it to your dentist.

If we can’t re-implant your tooth, your dentist will go through all appropriate tooth replacement options.

Bridges

Bridges are a common way to replace one or two adjacent missing teeth. They comprise a solid precious metal base with false teeth attached. For teeth in your smile line, we add porcelain to the base to make it look more natural. Bridges may be supported by crowns or wings on adjacent teeth, or may be attached to dental implants.

Dentures

Dentures can also be attached to dental implants, or can be made to fit snuggly over the gums. Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth while full dentures replace all teeth in one jaw. At our Harley Street clinic, our prosthodontist will create highly natural-looking dentures for you.

Dental implants

Dental implants replace the root portion of a missing tooth. Crowns, bridges or dentures are then attached on top. They are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth.

Make visits to the dentist part of your child’s routine – children’s dentistry

When should I start taking my child to the dentist? It’s a common question that many parents will ask themselves. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we recommend seeing children from the age of 12 months onwards, by which time in most cases their milk teeth will have started to appear.

childrens dentistryTaking your child to visit the dentist from an early age can help them to establish good oral health habits for life. At our Harley Street clinic we have a specialist children’s dental team, headed up by Professor Raman Bedi. Professor Bedi is the chairman of the Global Child Dental Fund and co-chair of a global expert committee on caries management and prevention. He takes the time to build up a rapport and a relationship of trust with all of his young patients.

Even if all of your child’s teeth haven’t erupted by the age of 12 months, it is still a good idea to bring them into our Harley Street clinic for a check-up. They may benefit from observing parents or siblings sitting in the chair and opening their mouth to let the dentist look at their teeth, and copying what they see.

Dental visits from an early age will help your child to see their dentist as a friendly face whom they look forward to visiting every six months. Information about good oral health will also be provided in an age-appropriate manner, helping children to develop good habits that will stick with them for life.

Children in the UK still have unacceptably high levels of tooth decay. By bringing them into our Harley Street clinic to visit a dedicated children’s dentist, you can help your child to stay decay-free. If they do need further treatment such as fillings, we use a laser rather than a drill, which is far more comfortable and less distressing for young patients.

What a cosmetic dentist can do for you

A cosmetic dentist provides treatments that focus on the aesthetic appearance of your smile. At Harley Street Dental Practice our skilled cosmetic dental team have helped countless patients to transform their smiles, and with it boost their self-esteem, professional and personal interactions.

cosmetic dentistMany people are unhappy with the way their smile looks. If you find yourself hiding your smile behind your hand in public or even not smiling at all because you are embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth or gums, you may think that help is beyond your reach, or that you’ve left it too late to get treatment.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we believe that it is never too late to seek the help of a cosmetic dentist. There have been massive advances in the materials, techniques and technology in the field of cosmetic dentistry in recent years, which has enabled more and more patients to achieve the smile they’ve always wanted.

The team here at Harley Street is highly specialised and comprises a unique mix of skills. Whether you have a small concern or a big problem, we are confident that we have the perfect cosmetic dentist or team of dentists to help.

When you come into our Harley Street clinic for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, they will listen carefully to the concerns you have about your smile, and will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums before recommending appropriate treatments.

This could be something as simple as removing stains from your teeth with at-home or in-practice teeth whitening, or could be as extensive as a full-mouth rehabilitation using crowns, dentures, bridges or dental implants, depending on your individual needs.

No matter what treatment you need, you can relax and know that you are in safe and skilled hands. Your cosmetic dentist will pay great attention to detail, using the highest-quality materials and the best techniques to deliver the smile of your dreams.

Scared of the dentist? How to conquer your fear for good

Fear of the dentist affects approximately one in six adults in the UK. This fear can range from slight anxiety to major phobia, complete with panic attacks at the mere thought of visiting a dental practice. Here at Harley Street Dental Clinic, we are committed to helping nervous patients to overcome their anxieties, enabling them to get the treatment they need and the smile they deserve.

scared of the dentistThere are many causes of fear of the dentist. It may be a bad experience in childhood, or a particular trigger such as the sound of the drill or the sight of a needle. In other cases fear of being out of control, embarrassment or fear of judgement if you haven’t visited the dentist in many years may be the trigger, whilst in some cases there is no specific identifiable cause of dental phobia.

At our Harley Street practice our whole team is highly experienced in treating nervous and phobic patients, and have a number of options that can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

We believe that in many cases talking through your fears in a relaxed, comfortable setting will help. All treatments and analgesia requirements will be explained in depth before you start your treatment, and you can ask any questions and raise any concerns you may have.

Your dentist will devise signals for you to give should you require a break during a procedure – don’t worry about holding us up, we factor enough time into appointments to cover this, and understand that everybody needs to take time out sometimes.

Our Harley Street clinic is equipped with in-chair entertainment, so you can listen to music or an audiobook, or watch your favourite film or TV show to help you relax during treatment.

We also offer hypnosis to help with anxiety, as well as treatment under inhalation or intravenous sedation.

How a cosmetic dentist can treat a gummy smile

If you have a gummy smile – when too much of your gum is on show when you smile – a cosmetic dentist from Harley Street Dental Clinic can help. Gummy smiles are a common problem that cause sufferers to feel self-conscious about how their smile looks, hiding it away behind their hands in public and having a serious, negative effect on their self-esteem. Fortunately, a simple and pain-free cosmetic dental procedure called a gum lift can remove excess gum tissue and give you the smile you’ve always dreamt of.

cosmetic dentistThe first step for those afflicted by a gummy smile is to book a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at our Harley Street dental practice. Your dentist will carefully examine your gums and teeth before recommending the best course of treatment.

Our cosmetic dental team at Harley Street Dental Clinic have performed many successful gum lift procedures. There are a variety of different cosmetic dental techniques that can be used to lift and reshape your gums, leaving you with a beautiful smile.

What is a gum lift?

A gum lift, also known as gum reshaping, involves raising and sculpting the gum line to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. In some cases, your cosmetic dentist will use a laser to painlessly reshape the gum line by decreasing or increasing its length, so it is more even and so that it better fits the structure of your teeth.

Patients requiring more extensive treatment may need dental surgery to remove excess gum and bone. This will be carried out under local anaesthetic or sedation at our Harley Street clinic.

Advantages of a gum lift

As well as the aesthetic and confidence-boosting results of a gum lift, this procedure can also lead to healthier gums in the long-run.

To book a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at our Harley Street practice, get in touch today.

Ask your dentist about dental implants

Dental implants may be recommended by your dentist if you have lost one or more of your natural teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our skilled implant team has helped many patients to replace their teeth with dental implants. They are all fellows of the International Team of Implantology, and are highly experienced in treating even the most complex of implant cases.

Why you should replace your missing teeth

about dental implantsAny dentist will tell you that it is a good idea to replace any missing teeth. While there is obviously a strong cosmetic element to this, with gaps in your teeth causing self-consciousness and anxiety about your smile, there are also clinical reasons to replace missing teeth.

When a tooth is lost, remaining teeth have a tendency to move position into any gaps. They can become crooked and more difficult to clean, increasing your chances of tooth decay. Additional strain can also be put on remaining natural teeth.

Missing teeth can also lead to bone loss, as the jaw bone slowly starts to resorb when teeth are lost. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevent bone loss, because they act as replacement tooth roots and integrate with the bone.

Why Harley Street Dental Clinic?

At our Harley Street dental practice, our implant team comprises top implant dentists Mr Stephen Dover, Dr Pedja Pavlovic and Dr Charlotte Stilwell. All are fellows of the International Team of Implantology, and all are experienced in complex implant cases, including those patients whose teeth have been missing for some time and who have experienced bone loss.

Even if another dentist has told you that because of bone loss you are not suitable for implant treatment, we are confident that we can help. Additional procedures – bone grafts and sinus lifts – help to rebuild the bone, enabling your dentist to place implants successfully.

Fast ways a cosmetic dentist can boost your smile

A good cosmetic dentist will tell you that there is no such thing as a quick fix in cosmetic dental treatment. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we pride ourselves on the quality and durability of work we carry out, and the high standards our staff achieve for every patient.

cosmetic-dentistHowever, there are some quick, safe and effective ways to boost your smile, and when you come into our Harley Street clinic for a consultation, your cosmetic dentist will carefully examine you and will assess which is the best treatment option to suit your individual needs.

Here are some of the most popular and quickest cosmetic treatment options at our Harley Street practice:

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry. Our teeth become stained by drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine, by habits such as smoking and by certain medicines. When carried out by a cosmetic dentist, teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to remove these stains and leave your teeth several shades brighter.

Special dental bleaching gel is used to gently remove stains. It’s important to remember you should only have this treatment under a cosmetic dentist’s care.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have three options for teeth whitening: home whitening, power whitening here in the practice, and a combination of both. Home whitening uses whitening trays that you wear overnight for about two weeks, while power whitening is performed here in the practice, and takes about an hour.

Veneers

Dental veneers are placed over the front surfaces of the teeth to improve their appearance and disguise minor imperfections. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we use porcelain, ceramic and composite material (white filling material) to create beautiful, natural-looking veneers.

You will require at least two appointments at our practice to have your veneers fitted.