Why a cosmetic dentist may recommend veneers

A cosmetic dentist enjoys nothing more than seeing a happy patient who has achieved the smile of their dreams. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our team believes that everybody deserves a beautiful smile to be proud of. There is no greater satisfaction than seeing a patient who was once embarrassed to smile or laugh in public now beaming because they want to show off their new smile.

cosmetic dentistWe invite anyone who is unhappy with their smile to come into our Harley Street practice for a no-obligation consultation with a cosmetic dentist. Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth, gums, and surrounding structures, and will listen to what you want to achieve. They will then run through all the available treatments to help you get that dream smile.

One of the most frequently requested treatments from a cosmetic dentist is veneers. It’s not difficult to see why; they are a fast and effective way to enjoy a smile makeover. Where celebrities lead the general population usually follows, and more and more people are opting for dental veneers because as well as producing beautiful, lasting results, the treatment time is also considerably shorter than for many other cosmetic dental procedures, often requiring just a couple of visits to our Harley Street clinic.

Veneers can be made from porcelain, ceramic, or composite bonding (white filling) material. They are micro-thin shells bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers can rectify a number of dental problems including permanent staining, chips, cracks, gaps, and misalignments. Whichever material you opt for, your cosmetic dentist will closely match the colour of your veneers to the natural shade of your teeth.

The high-quality veneers created at Harley Street Dental Clinic are not a short-term fix. With proper care they should last you for many years – typically at least a decade.

Why regular dentist and hygienist visits are so important

How often should you visit the dentist? The simple answer is “as frequently as your clinician advises”. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we know that many patients have busy and hectic lifestyles, which is why we offer extended opening, including Saturday and evening appointments, enabling you to get the treatment you need without time constraints being an issue.

dental hygiene servicesWe also offer full dental hygiene services from our experienced hygienists – who play a vital role in keeping your mouth healthy.

Standard advice is to visit both the dentist and hygienist every six months for a general dental check-up and professional tooth-cleaning. However, every patient’s needs are different, so the number of times you need to attend will depend on your circumstances. Your dentist will advise you how often you should have a check-up, and you should always follow this advice.

It’s all too easy to think that, if you have been given a clean bill of health by your dentist, you don’t need to visit so often. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our entire team is passionate about preventative dentistry – doing everything we can, together with you, to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and more invasive treatments are not required. Routine dental and hygiene appointments are vital to maintaining good dental health.

When you come to our Harley Street clinic for a check-up, this will be carried out by a qualified and experienced dentist, who will look out for the early signs of problems such as gum disease or tooth decay. Often they will spot early warning signs even before you’ve noticed a problem yourself, meaning that it can be treated swiftly and effectively.

Your hygienist also plays a vital role in both preventing and spotting the early signs of decay and disease, and can furnish you with appropriate home-care advice to treat and/or manage conditions.

Fast ways a cosmetic dentist can boost your smile

A smile makeover is one of the most popular treatments requested from a cosmetic dentist at Harley Street Dental Clinic. Whether you have a particular cosmetic dental treatment in mind, or just know that you want to improve the way your smile looks, by coming in for a smile makeover consultation, your dentist can discuss all the best treatment options to help you reach the smile of your dreams.

How smile makeovers work

cosmetic-dentistryThe cosmetic dentistry treatment menu available at Harley Street Dental Clinic is extensive and includes treatments large and small. Some patients will require just one treatment, whilst others will benefit from combining two or more options from our treatment list.

If you are interested in a smile makeover, you will see a cosmetic dentist who will carefully examine your existing smile and surrounding structures, as well as listening to what exactly you would like to change. They will then use the latest dental technology to enable you to see the results of any recommended treatments before you start – enabling you to make a fully-informed choice about treatment options.

At your initial assessment in our Harley Street practice, your cosmetic dentist will take into consideration such factors as hair colour, facial structure and features, to ensure that all treatments recommended produce results that are as natural-looking as they are beautiful.

Your dentist will discuss all relevant treatment options in-depth, and with the help of photographs, scans, and impressions taken as necessary, they will use 3D computer software to create a realistic idea of what results will look like from various treatment options.

Only when you have agreed on the best course of treatment will your cosmetic dentist finalise your treatment plan. This will include details of projected timescales and costs, and how any combinations of treatments will work.

When your dentist prescribes oral surgery – what to expect

There are many more conservative treatments than surgery available to your dentist, and in many cases an operation will be the last option. However, oral surgery is sometimes necessary and can significantly improve your health and wellbeing. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we benefit from the skills and experience of maxillofacial surgeons Mr Paul Norris, Mr Nasser A Nasser, Ms Helen Witheroe, Mr Stephen Dover and Mr Peter Hardee, who can help patients with a range of conditions affecting not just the mouth, but also the jaw, face, and neck.

Why do I need oral surgery?

dentistWe see patients at our Harley Street clinic who require oral surgery for a number of reasons. This includes the placement of dental implants, treatment of TMD/TMJ problems, some orthodontic conditions, and facial bone fractures. The most common oral surgical procedure, however, remains the extraction of wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the final “adult” teeth to develop, often not appearing until you are 17 years old or older. Whilst many people’s wisdom teeth cause no issues, they are prone to becoming impacted or not fully erupting. This makes them difficult to clean, meaning there’s an increased chance of plaque building up, increasing the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Painful cysts sometimes form because these teeth develop internally, damaging the jaw bone and/or surrounding teeth.

We benefit from full surgical and recovery facilities at our Harley Street clinic, so if your dentist says you need oral surgery, you can rest assured you will be in safe, expert hands in comfortable surroundings.

Your dentist may treat you under local anaesthetic, depending on your needs and the condition being treated, or may use sedation.

Always follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions, which may include a liquid diet and moderate use of over-the-counter painkillers, to ensure a speedy recovery.

How a cosmetic dentist will treat a gummy smile, and other gum problems

A “gummy” smile is a common problem reported to cosmetic dentists. Some patients also come to our Harley Street clinic complaining that their teeth are too short. In most cases their teeth are in fact standard length, but are covered by excess gum tissue. Our skilled team of dental specialists have helped many patients to improve their confidence in their smile by removing excess gum tissue to eliminate gummy smiles for good.

What is a gum lift?

cosmetic-dentistryEvery year many patients at our Harley Street clinic undergo a treatment known as a gum lift – also sometimes referred to as gum reshaping – to get rid of excess gum tissue and expose more of their teeth, to help create a more even appearance to the gum line. This boosts both the aesthetic appearance of the smile and the patient’s self-confidence.

How treatment works

When you come into our Harley Street dental clinic for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, they will examine you and will explain the various treatment options available to improve the appearance of a gummy smile.

In many cases it is possible for your cosmetic dentist to remove excess gum tissue painlessly with a laser. As well as being painless, a major advantage of laser gum treatment is that you will be able to see the results straight away.

For cases where more extensive treatment is required, you may need dental surgery to remove excess gum tissue or bone. We have a skilled team of maxillofacial surgeons here at our Harley Street clinic, meaning that all your treatment can be carried out here in the comfort of our modern dental practice.

There is very little down time after a gum lift. You may experience some swelling or redness post procedure, for which we will prescribe anaesthesia. Your cosmetic dentist will discuss the down time associated with surgery at your initial consultation.

Ask your dentist about dental implants

Dental implants are the only permanent way your dentist can replace missing teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we benefit from the skills and expertise of some of the UK’s leading implantologists, who can restore your smile with dental implants whether you have lost one, some, or even all of your natural teeth.

How dental implants work

dental implantsA dental implant is a small screw, made from titanium and placed directly in your jaw bone by your dentist in a small surgical procedure, which is carried out here at our Harley Street dental clinic. The implant serves as an artificial tooth root, on to which new teeth – be they crowns, bridges, or dentures – can then be securely attached. Dental implants integrate with your jaw bone and provide a stable base for your new teeth – just like natural tooth roots.

Depending on your clinical need and the number of teeth that need replacing, it is often possible for one dental implant to support several new teeth. Your dentist will carefully plan your implant placement prior to surgery, ensuring that your implants are placed in exactly the right location and at exactly the right angle to support your teeth and withstand the forces generated by biting and chewing. Many patients at our Harley Street clinic who require all the teeth in one jaw replacing are pleasantly surprised to discover that just four precisely-placed implants can support a full arch of new teeth.

Are implants right for everyone?

More people than ever before are having both their smile and the functionality of a full set of teeth restored by dental implants. Even if your own dentist has told you that you are unsuitable for implants because of bone loss (perhaps you have been wearing traditional dentures for some years) the implant surgeons at our Harley Street clinic may be able to help, by carrying out an additional procedure to rebuild your bone.

Facial Aesthetics at HSDC Dentistry and Cosmetology Made in Italy

We would like to introduce our newest team member at the Harley Street Dental Clinic…

Dr. Elisa Facco

Harley Street Dental Clinic

139 Harley Street, London W1G 6BG

Land Line: 020 7486 1059 |  Mail : info@hsdc.net

PA  assistant@doctorelisa.co.uk


Dr Elisa Facco has excelled in the field of cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery and facial aesthetics.

Read Dr Facco’s full bio here.

Here are some of the treatments which will available to our patients:

  • Skin Peels
  • Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX)
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF)
  • and more…

Hear what other patients say about Dr Facco

Sarah J.P.

“Absolutely fantastic experience! I had a great dentist back in USA my entire life so was a little bit anxious when i moved to London to try a new one. A piece of composite felt off my tooth so it was a bit of an emergency. They were able to schedule me in immediately for the next morning even as a new patient! Everyone was super professional, efficient and so sweet am actually looking forward to going back to finish my treatment. Beautiful studio and music are so soothing :)”

John L.

“Dr. Elisa is the best dentist I have ever had. Her dedication to her patients is above and beyond and she is truly an artist of dentistry!”

Mary P.

“I highly recommend Dr. Elisa, My initial appointment was a consultation. She was very knowledgeable about the non-invasive cosmetic surgery options available and was very patient with all my questions.”

Karen P.

“My experience at The Harley Street Dental Clinic with Dr Facco has been very good, the doctor and the assistant have been very patient, kind and professional with me. They always try to find a deal with my necessity about the appointments, also the treatment in the studio is very peaceful and they made me feel very relaxed ( I didn’t feel any kind of pain ). I want to bring also my little sister to see the Dr Facco.”


“I am very well pleased of the service I experienced in the HSDC by Dr. Elisa Facco and her assistant Giulia Campagnolo. They are both professional and master the art of putting at ease their clients. Also the reception/welcome staff proved to be professional and helpful.”

If you are interested in having facial aesthetic treatment with us at Harley Street Dental Clinic, please make an appointment.

Quick ways a cosmetic dentist can restore your smile

A cosmetic dentist can offer a range of fast-acting treatments to restore your smile. While at Harley Street Dental Clinic we don’t believe there is any such thing as a “quick fix” solution to dental problems – for we believe that treatments should be durable as well as aesthetically and functionally pleasing – we do offer a number of effective and long-lasting cosmetic treatments for patients who want to boost their smile quickly.

Smile makeovers

hsdc-cosmetic-dentist-newIf you are interested in boosting the appearance of your smile with minimal fuss and time constraints, we invite you to join us at our Harley Street clinic for a smile makeover consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist.

Every patient’s needs and requirements will be as individual as they are, so when you come to see a cosmetic dentist for a smile makeover, they will take the time to listen to your wants and needs from treatment as well as carefully examining your teeth, gums and surrounding structures.

At your initial smile makeover consultation, your cosmetic dentist will us 3D computer-aided smile design, combined with photographs, impressions and x-rays as required, to recommend the best course of treatment to meet your needs, and to show you what to expect from treatment before it begins.

Quick smile boosters

Some of the fastest smile-boosting options at our Harley Street dental clinic include:

Teeth whitening

Using special dental bleaching gel to remove everyday stains from your teeth, this treatment can be carried out here in our Harley Street clinic or at home. Treatment from a cosmetic dentist here in the practice typically takes an hour, while home treatment usually lasts about two weeks.


Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or composite material (white filling material) your cosmetic dentist can use to improve the appearance of your smile. They are placed over the front surfaces of the teeth to disguise a number of minor aesthetic issues.

Find a children’s dentist to give your young ones the best start in life

Visiting the dentist from an early age helps to give your child the best chances of enjoying good oral health for life. At Harley Street Dental Practice we have a dedicated children’s dentistry team, headed up by Professor Ramn Bedi, a leading expert in paediatric dentistry.

hsdc-children-dentistry-newProfessor Bedi is the chairman of the Global Child Dental Fund and co-chair of a global expert committee on caries prevention and management. He runs a specialist children’s dental team here at our Harley Street clinic.

By taking the time to form a relationship of trust with young patients, talking to them and explaining their treatment as well as talking to their parents, Professor Bedi and his team help children to learn that visiting the dentist is nothing to be afraid of; they will soon come to see it as a positive experience, and the dentist as a friendly face they look forward to seeing at check-ups.

Why early years dental visits are vital

Children in the UK still have an unacceptably high level of tooth decay, and whilst this is starting to improve there is still much work to be done. Tooth decay can be painful and unpleasant for patients of all ages, and the need for more invasive treatment such as extraction of badly decayed teeth can be a traumatic experience for young patients who are not used to visiting the dental practice.

A bad experience in childhood is one of the leading cause of dental phobia in adults. Regular visits to the dentist not only help to prevent tooth decay and other problems from arising in the first place, but – with a skilled children’s practitioner such as the team at our Harley Street clinic – also help to make more invasive procedures more bearable should they be needed. Knowing that the dentist cares and that treatment will be pain-free helps young patients relax.

Can a cosmetic dentist also improve my oral health?

Do you believe a cosmetic dentist only cares about aesthetics? At Harley Street Dental Clinic we are keen to point out that this is not the case – whilst cosmetic dental treatment focuses primarily on the appearance of your smile, in many cases treatments will also improve your overall oral health.

Health benefits of visiting a cosmetic dentist

hsdc-cosmetic-dentistryHarley Street Dental Clinic’s collection of dental experts can treat aesthetic and general oral health concerns large and small. One of the most obvious general health benefits of treatment from a cosmetic dentist is the affect a beautiful smile can have on your self-esteem. Having a smile that you are keen to show off helps to improve self-confidence, as well as having a positive impact on day-to-day business and personal interactions.

Straighter teeth are healthier teeth

Aesthetic orthodontic treatment is one of the most popular requests made of a cosmetic dentist. Straightening your teeth also has additional health benefits, because straighter teeth are easier to keep clean at home. With fewer gaps for food particles and bacteria to build up in, straighter teeth can lessen your chances of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath – with a good home care routine and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, of course.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we offer a number of discreet ways to improve the alignment of your teeth, including tooth-coloured braces and removable clear aligners. Your cosmetic dentist can recommend which options will fit best with your lifestyle and your clinical or aesthetic needs.

Restorations that help to keep teeth healthy

Teeth that are chipped, cracked or otherwise broken should always be mended quickly. Even small cracks can enable bacteria to get into your root canal system, causing infection and necessitating root canal treatment. A cosmetic dentist can use composite bonding techniques, crowns, onlays, inlays or white fillings to restore damaged teeth.