Why a cosmetic dentist is a must if you want whiter teeth

Teeth whitening procedures are one of the most commonly-requested treatments from a cosmetic dentist. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we offer two options for patients interested in teeth whitening – home whitening and power whitening here in the practice.

Why you need a cosmetic dentist

hsdc-teeth-whiteningIf you’ve been exploring your options for teeth whitening treatment, the chances are you will have stumbled upon numerous products online and on the high street that claim to whiten teeth. Some beauty salons even offer teeth whitening, although by law this should only be provided on a dentist’s prescription.

Products used by dentists have been extensively tested and have been proven to be both safe and effective. If you go for a cheaper option online or in-store, the chances are these products won’t have been subjected to such rigorous testing. While in many cases this means they simply won’t work or won’t produce the results you want, in fact you’ve had a lucky escape. Some unregulated teeth whitening products can actually damage the teeth, gums and mouth, potentially leading to the need for extensive, expensive restorative dental work. In short, teeth whitening from anyone other than a cosmetic dentist should be avoided.

The whitening products used by the cosmetic dentists at our Harley Street clinic are safe, reliable and predictable. We will ensure any temporary side-effects such as increased tooth sensitivity are kept to a minimum, and will advise you on how to deal with any sensitivity should it occur.

Teeth whitening should also only be carried out on a healthy mouth, so whether you opt for home or in-chair whitening, you will still need to call in to our Harley Street clinic for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist. Should they find any health issues such as tooth decay, they will treat these first.

Scared of the dentist? Beat your fears for good

Does the word “dentist” make you quake in your boots? You are not alone; fear of the dentist or dental phobia is the main reason UK adults put off seeking dental treatment. At Harley Street Dental Clinic our philosophy is that everyone deserves excellent oral health and a smile to be proud of, which is why we invest the extra time and effort needed to help nervous patients get treatment.

hsdc-scared-dentistStudies have shown that approximately one in six patients in the UK puts off seeking routine dental treatment because they are scared of the dentist. The irony is that this can become a vicious cycle: by waiting until an emergency arises, you are more likely to be in need of more intensive and invasive treatment, which in itself can be traumatic.

Harley Street Dental Clinic is proud to provide pain-free dentistry, so even if you need a more intensive procedure you should not feel any pain, and our dedicated, experienced and caring team will work with you to ensure it is not a traumatic experience. Dental phobia can cause panic attacks and severe anxiety and our team understands this, which is why in the first instance we invite phobic and nervous patients to join us in a relaxed, comfortable environment to talk through their fears.

Whether you have had a previous negative experience of visiting the dentist, have a particular trigger such as the sound of the drill or the sight of a needle, or do not know the exact cause of your fear, we are confident that we can help you.

Our Harley Street clinic is fully equipped with in-chair entertainment, so you can watch a film, listen to music or read an audiobook during treatment – whatever helps you to relax. We will also devise some signals that you can give your dentist if you need a break during treatment.

Hypnosis, inhalation and intravenous sedation are also available if you need extra help to relax.

Should I see a cosmetic dentist?

Visiting a cosmetic dentist was once considered a luxury available only to celebrities and the super-rich. However, at Harley Street Dental Clinic we believe things have changed, and we welcome patients from all backgrounds who are interested in cosmetic dental treatment.

hsdc-cosmetic-dentistIf you are unhappy with any aspect of your smile, a cosmetic dentist can help. At our Harley Street clinic we have an experienced and dedicated team of specialists from all areas of dentistry, who will work together to create the perfect smile for you.

People who are unhappy with the way their smile looks tend to hide it away in public or even not smile at all. This can have a serious detrimental effect on your self-confidence, which is why at our Harley Street practice we believe an investment in your smile is one of the best decisions you can make.

A cosmetic dentist can offer a multitude of treatments big and small, to suit everyone’s needs. Here are just some of the cosmetic procedures available at our Harley Street practice:

Porcelain veneers

Very thin shells of porcelain are placed over the front surfaces of your tooth or teeth to improve their appearance, masking permanent discolouration and adding extra strength to teeth with small chips or cracks. Veneers can improve the appearance of slightly gappy or crooked teeth.

Gum lift

Excess gum tissue is often called a gummy smile. In a gum lift, this extra tissue is painlessly removed, giving a more even, more attractive gum line.

Teeth whitening

Your cosmetic dentist uses special dental bleaching gel to gently remove everyday stains – such as those caused by red wine, coffee or smoking – from the teeth, leaving them several shades brighter.

White fillings

More accurately, tooth-coloured fillings. Your cosmetic dentist can remove old metal fillings and replace them with composite ones that closely match your natural tooth colour.

Why visiting the dentist regularly is essential

Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is key to maintaining good dental and general health. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we appreciate that many patients have busy schedules, which is why we are open from 8.30am until 7pm every Monday to Friday, to 6pm on Saturdays, and on Sundays and bank holidays by special arrangement.

harley-street-dental-clinicBecause we know that sometimes you will need an emergency dentist outside of regular practice opening hours, we also have an emergency call-out line that is open from 10pm to 8.30am – call us straight away on 020 3553 8200 if you require emergency dental treatment.

Most patients are advised to come for a check-up every six months. Sometimes, if there is a particular condition that we are treating or monitoring, your dentist will recommend more frequent appointments. You should always follow their guidance to ensure your oral health remains in excellent condition.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we are passionate about preventative dentistry. Regular visits to the dental practice help to prevent common problems such as tooth decay or gum disease from arising in the first place, but if they do develop, the earlier your dentist catches them the easier they are to treat.

Even if you have good dental health and a strong homecare routine, it is still advisable to make regular trips to the dental practice. This is because the early symptoms of conditions such as gum disease are often quite difficult to spot at home, whereas your dentist is in a prime position to notice and treat them before they become serious.

Gum disease remains one of the leading causes of tooth loss for adult patients in the UK, so stopping it as soon as (or preferably before) it starts is vital.

Harley Street Dental Clinic offers the services of a wide range of specialists, from dental hygienists to maxillofacial surgeons; whatever treatment you need, you can get it all under one roof at our modern London practice.

Why visiting a cosmetic dentist can improve your health

Think of a cosmetic dentist and you will probably believe that they are concerned with the aesthetic appearance of your teeth and gums. Whilst cosmetic dentistry does focus on aesthetics, at Harley Street Dental Clinic we are also keen to point out that an attractive smile is also a healthy smile – there are often additional health benefits to cosmetic dental treatment.

hsdcOf course, treatment from a cosmetic dentist can have a hugely positive impact on your self-confidence, which also impacts positively on your professional and personal relationships. But there are other health benefits to cosmetic dental treatment, too.

One of the most commonly-requested treatments from a cosmetic dentist is to have straighter teeth. At our Harley Street clinic we offer a number of discreet orthodontic treatments, provided by our specialist orthodontists Dr Sarah Neale and Dr Emma Lang. These include lingual braces, which act in the same way as standard braces but are attached to the rear surfaces of the teeth so nobody will notice them in daily life, and clear aligners, which fit over the teeth and are removable for short periods to eat, drink, and clean.

Straighter teeth are healthier teeth, because they are easier to clean. With fewer gaps for food particles and bacteria to get trapped in, there is less chance of plaque building up, which in turn decreases the chances of tooth decay and gum disease developing.

Other treatments from a Harley Street cosmetic dentist that can improve your health include tooth replacements such as bridges or dental implants. It is always advisable to replace missing teeth, because otherwise additional strain is put on remaining teeth, which may also become crooked and more difficult to clean. Restoring your teeth enables you to eat a full, healthy and balanced diet, which can only be a good thing for your overall health and wellbeing.

How your dentist can boost your smile – and your health

Looking for a new dentist may seem daunting, but at Harley Street Dental Clinic we believe we can offer optimum quality private dentistry for all the family. Whether you are in need of a dental check-up, are interested in cosmetic dentistry or dental implants, if you want to find a family practice or are in urgent need of an emergency dentist, you will find everything you need under one roof.

hsdcOur modern Harley Street practice is located at the heart of London and our team comprises many leading specialists in their field. This includes endodontists, maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, prosthodontists, children’s and cosmetic dentists, all of whom have one goal in mind: to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted and the excellent oral health you deserve.

We are a multi-lingual practice, welcoming international patients and those visiting London for a short time. Among our practice’s many features is a prayer room, which all faiths are welcome to make use of.

When you come to register at Harley Street Dental Clinic, you will be asked to complete a medical history form and will be assessed so that you can be matched with the dentist who most suits your needs. Good dental health is important to good overall health, with conditions such as heart disease linked to gum disease, so restoring and maintaining your oral health will always be our first priority.

Strong, healthy teeth are also important to maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet, so if you have failing or missing teeth, we can help with a range of treatments, from standard dentures to dental implants. A beautiful smile also has a positive impact on self-esteem, so if you are unhappy with any aspect of your smile’s appearance, a Harley Street cosmetic dentist can offer numerous ways to boost it.

How a cosmetic dentist can give you a Hollywood smile

A cosmetic dentist has many ways to boost your smile. Harley Street Dental Clinic’s skilled cosmetic dental team offer an unrivalled range of treatments large and small, all designed to create the perfect Hollywood smile you’ve always dreamt of.

cosmetic dentistMany people are unhappy with some aspect of their smile. Whether you would like straighter teeth, whiter teeth, have teeth that are chipped, cracked or discoloured, our team of specialists at our Harley Street practice are able to help. Your first step should be to book a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.

When you come into our Harley Street clinic for an initial appointment with a cosmetic dentist, they will take the time to get to know a bit about you – what you like and dislike about your current smile, and what your ideal smile would look like. They will then carefully examine your teeth, gums and surrounding structures, before running through all the appropriate treatment options to achieve your smile goals and drawing up a detailed treatment plan.

Depending on what your individual requirements are, you may receive all your treatment from your cosmetic dentist, or may be referred to one of their specialist colleagues for treatments including periodontics (gum work), prosthodontics (creating restorations such as bridges or dentures for patients who have missing or failing teeth) or orthodontics. Our Harley Street clinic is staffed by a team comprising leading specialists in many areas of dentistry, so whatever your requirements we will be able to provide treatment in the comfort of our state-of-the-art central London practice.

No matter whether you come to see us for a simple course of teeth whitening treatment or you require a full-mouth restoration involving dental implants, cosmetic dentures or bridges, you can rest assured that you will be provided with the highest standards of treatment and care at every appointment.

Drinking to Whiter Teeth: Staying Away from Beverages that Stain Around the Clock

Having discoloured teeth is a product of both natural and unnatural causes. Two examples of things people simply cannot avoid are food and drinks. Today, we here at Harley Street Dental Clinic will list the optional drinks of our day-to-day that cause our teeth to go yellow—though we will not blame you for arguing whether these beverages are truly optional.


hsdcWaking up brings about a lot of possibilities. Coffee is a large contributor to productivity and good mornings. But, it is also high in chromogens, or compounds with strong pigments. Your teeth will not end up brown per se, but the acidity of coffee paired with its chromogens will cause your teeth to become more yellow over time.


Wine is also an acidic drink though this time it boasts a large amount of tannins, or compounds that make your teeth more vulnerable to stains. This is the case for white wine, and other clear/sparkling alcoholic beverages. Red wine is even more dentally harmful, since it contains chromogens on top of the tannins.

Times in Between

Yes, tea does stain teeth. More than coffee and wine, actually. It is full of tannins and is highly acidic. These drinks can cause discoloured teeth when drank on a regular basis, so looking at tea consumption in this case is almost a non-factor.

We are in no way discouraging you from drinking these beverages, but as dentists, we feel that it is important for people to know how much damage our common thirst quenchers can really bring. Fizzy drinks are an obvious culprit, but since the idea stained teeth rarely stops us from consuming the food and drinks we love, it is better to know and balance out the damage with responsible dental practices.

Contact Harley Street Dental Clinic for more information.

Reliving the Horror of the Old Gum Lift Procedure (Before Burying It)

Teeth are not the only things that make a smile great.

Gums can be a factor in a person’s smile, depending on how visible they are. Dentists can lighten gums to the liking of their patients, or cut away gummy smiles altogether. It is as scary as it sounds; or at least it used to be.

Seeing Gums

hsdcProminent gums when smiling is a cause of embarrassment to the people who have these ‘horsy’ grins. Thankfully, gum lifts can provide troubled individuals a chance to correct their smile—but it does come with a bloody, painful price.

Let us calm you down first. Modern gum lifts are far safer, cleaner and faster than the scary whittling procedure first conducted during the late 1980s. We use accurate lasers to shape the gums of our patients seamlessly and with minimal bleeding, so there is no need to be afraid anymore. But, enough of our procedure; let us delve into the 1980s horror show you came here to read about.

Seeing Red

Gum lifts, or crown lengthening, was one of those dental procedures that fuelled the 20th century fear of going to the dentist. It was a very disconcerting procedure, yet the science behind it is solid and its effectiveness was undeniable to anyone willing to engage in a short-term relationship with oral painkillers.

We admit, taking a scalpel to a patient’s gum line sounds, medieval, to say the least. The invasiveness of the procedure would depend on the size of your teeth. Dentists would chip away at the bone beneath the cut gums in order to keep large teeth from appearing even larger. A level of stitching is required to prevent the gums from growing back, and yes—a lot of blood is involved. Not to mention some swelling and post-surgery bleeding episodes.

So, should you get a gum lift? Today, there is no excuse not to. Gum lifts are now more advanced and clinical. Just like how the white fillings replaced the silver ones, this is one very graphic instance of how dental practice continues to improve. If you have a gummy smile that you want to correct, thank your lucky stars that the laser is now here, and you can flash your pearly whites without having to stain them crimson first.

For all your non-scary dental needs, just contact Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Can a dentist cure snoring?

Your dentist may be the last person you think can help if you suffer from chronic snoring. However, at Harley Street Dental Clinic, our team of dental professionals have helped many patients who regularly snore to overcome the problem.

snoringSnoring is a common problem that can turn into a nightmare – not just for the snorer, but also for those who share a bedroom with them. It is caused by a narrowing of the airways, which happens when they relax as you sleep. This affects the air pressure within your airways, causing the soft tissues in your head and neck (such as the tonsils, soft palate and nasal passages) to vibrate and produce a sound.

Everyone snores sometimes, and partial blockage of the airways thanks to colds, flu, or seasonal conditions such as hay fever can all lead to temporary snoring. However, when it becomes chronic, it can become a serious issue, affecting your sleep (as well as the sleep of your loved ones) and sometimes indicating an underlying condition.

Common causes of snoring include:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Some medications

In these cases, changes to your lifestyle can help resolve your snoring. As mentioned, chronic snoring may be a symptom of a more serious condition called sleep apnoea, which sees suffers stop breathing entirely several times a night. This should always be investigated by a sleep clinic in the first instance. However, in many cases your dentist can help with both snoring and sleep apnoea.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic your dentist can create a custom-made oral device or mouthpiece that will prevent your lower jaw from dropping back whilst you are sleeping, so preventing your airways from closing.

You will be invited into our Harley Street clinic for a consultation, where your dentist will take impressions of your mouth for your mouthpiece to be made, helping you to breathe better and sleep better.