Bracket-free braces

If you have been mulling over the idea of getting your teeth straightened, but are not keen on the idea of having brackets and wires fixed to your teeth, then Invisalign might be the treatment for you.

In Harley Street, Invisalign is available from Harley Street Dental Clinic. This system has several benefits that bracket and wire treatments don’t offer.

Invisalign in Harley StreerFor starters, Invisalign really can claim to be almost invisible. Instead of brackets and wires, the Invisalign system consists of very thin, 0.3mm, transparent, thermoplastic resin trays called aligners. These aligners look like bite-guards. They snap on very snugly over the teeth, and disappear. Friends and colleagues will have to look very closely to spot you are wearing them. And you won’t be given away by the way you speak because Invisalign doesn’t interfere with speech in the way that traditional ‘train track’ metal braces can.

In Harley Street, Invisalign also have the benefit of being removable. When you can take out your teeth straighteners, you can carry on eating what you like without worrying about what might get stuck in the equipment, or held against your teeth to discolour or cause decay. Removable systems are also much easier to clean, just take out the Invisalign aligner, clean it, and put it back in.

Also, the benefit of being removable gives you the choice to leave your aligners out for a few hours if you have a particularly important occasion to attend. You must put them back as soon as you can however, as you need to wear the aligners for at least 20 hours a day if you are to stick to the straightening schedule. You can expect to wear between 12 and 48 aligners, depending on your case.

When you come to us at the Harley Street Dental Clinic for an initial consultation about Invisalign in Harley Street, we will show you a computer simulation of the path your teeth will need to follow to become straight. You will get to see the end result, which is a great incentive to stick to your schedule.

To find out more about Invisalign in Harley Street, why not call us for an initial consultation?

The long-lasting solution to missing teeth

In Harley Street, dental implants are an effective and durable solution to the problem of missing teeth. Unlike dentures, which are another teeth replacement solution, dental implants are permanently fixed into the jawbone, offering a stable and durable alternative to dentures. If you are someone who is considering dental implants as a means of replacing your missing teeth, you will need to understand the process required as it is very different from getting dentures fitted.

Dental implants in Harley StreetThe dental implant process

Dental implants in Harley Street, at Harley Street Dental Clinic, are made up of three integral parts: the crown, the implant, and the abutment. The implant serves as a base that is inserted into the area of jawbone where you are missing teeth. This requires surgery and a period of bone and gum healing afterwards before the crown can be fitted onto your teeth. Once the implants are stable enough, our dentists will insert an internal screw into the implant and onto this they will fit the crown that will serve as replacement teeth. It is because dental implants replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown, providing a more stable chewing base and stimulation for continued jawbone cell renewal that dental implants in Harley Street are considered a more effective alternative to dentures. Whilst implants may be costlier and the process may take longer, the final product is much longer-lasting than dentures, indeed it is usually expected to last a lifetime. Dentures wear out and need to be periodically replaced. They can also become loose as the gums and bones underneath them shrink, a natural process which happens when there are no tooth roots to stimulate cell renewal. It used to be that if your jawbone had already suffered some resorption, it would not be possible to receive implants. However, there are now procedures you can have to replace the lost bone, or anchor implants into other denser bones. If this is the case, you may find us recommending a bone graft or sinus lift.

What are your options

In Harley Street, dental implants are the first choice for our patients who are willing to invest in a long lasting and effective means of replacing missing teeth.

Who exactly is the dentist?

Our dentist in W1 is a professional who has been highly trained to aid you with whatever dental and oral issues you may be facing. As a doctor would focus on improving and maintaining your bodily health, our dentists do the same for your mouth and teeth. There are many ways a dentist can benefit your oral health so it is important to understand the choices that are right for you.

What can our dentist do for you?

Dentist in W1Depending on the problem you need solving, at Harley Street Dental Clinic, your dentist in W1 can perform a variety of procedures and treatments. To begin with, if the problem arises suddenly and painfully and you need attention fast, we can offer the help of an emergency dentist as soon as possible.

On the other hand, more gradual and major issues may need to be dealt with over a period of multiple visits depending on the severity of the issue.

There are many ways in which our dentist in W1 can help you with your teeth. As well as regular check-ups and dealing with general dental issues such as fillings, we can offer way to straighten your teeth and improve their appearance. You may also need help replacing teeth if you have lost some in an accident or due to infection or gum disease.

We often have more than one way to resolve an issue too. For example, if you are looking for braces to align your teeth, at Harley Street Dental Clinic you will have the option of choosing from standard ceramic braces, lingual behind the teeth braces, and clear Invisalign braces.

Due to the many alternatives that are available in dental treatments, it is important to consult with our dentist in W1 to make an educated decision that will be the most beneficial to you. Factors such as age, income, oral health, and time will be considered as they are influential to the success of whatever treatment is chosen.

If you need a dentist

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we have a large team of dentist who between them are highly skilled in every area of dentistry. So, no matter what your needs are, your dentist in W1 can help.

Braces that cannot be seen

Are you somebody that finds yourself struggling to smile and laugh confidently because of crooked and unaligned teeth? Bracket and wire braces have long been used as a means of teeth alignment treatment, however, in our dental practice at Harley Street, clear braces are considered by many of our patients.

What makes clear braces special?

Many people tend to shy away from wearing braces as they ruin your overall look, with the metal dominating the teeth. Treatment times, at 12-24 months, are also often deemed too long for many adults with mild misalignment issues.

Clear Braces in Harley StreetIn Harley Street, clear braces are the improved alternative to bracket and wire braces because they are more discreet, and more comfortable. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, clear braces are made from transparent plastic that is computer designed and 3D printed to fit snugly over your teeth, eliminating any discomfort from wires and brackets rubbing against your cheeks.

This becomes possible through prior X-rays, digital scans, and photos of your teeth that allow us to create digital impressions of its gradual alignment. Furthermore, clear braces in Harley Street can be removed to facilitate easy cleaning and are replaced every couple of weeks before they have a chance to discolour.

And because they are removable eating remains a pleasure, and cleaning your teeth is as easy as it ever was. You can even remove these clear braces for special occasions, as long as you keep in them for at least 22 hours a day.

You can expect to get through between 12 and 48 aligners, each one continuing the gradual alignment process. If after reading this you find yourself interested to try clear braces in Harley Street, a consultation with one of our dentists will provide you with a comprehensive idea of how to go about your treatment.

The most important thing

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our orthodontists are equipped with the technology and knowledge necessary to provide you with a smooth and hassle-free teeth alignment treatment. Clear braces obviate any reasons to live with crooked and unaligned teeth when you can get them straightened discreetly and comfortably.

The duty of the dentist

The dentists at Harley Street Dental Clinic are responsible for improving and maintaining the health of your mouth and teeth. Our dentists in Harley Street understand the duty they have and constantly strive to provide their utmost in quality of service. Different dental problems require a different type of treatment and that will mean some processes take longer than others.

What can a dentist do for you?

Dentist in Harley StreetOur dentists are equipped with the knowledge and skill to remedy whatever oral problems you may be facing. However, because some problems arise randomly, it is important to recognise the value of routine check-ups by your dentist. In Harley Street, many of our patients come for regular check-ups, which allows our dentists to stop a problem in its tracks before it becomes harder to deal with.

Depending on the issue you are faced with, there will be a different protocol for our dentists to take. This is because there are two major factors our dentist in Harley Street can change about your teeth: their appearance and their health. For example, if you find yourself afflicted with a sudden and painful toothache, you will need the assistance of an emergency dentist to alleviate that pain within the day. On the other hand, cases such as teeth aligning via the use of braces will take much more time and occasionally require surgical procedure. Therefore, not all dental treatments are the same and each have different costs, treatment times, and procedures. Nonetheless, regardless of the problem that afflicts you, our dentist in Harley Street is equipped with the skills and technology to redress whatever problem you are faced with.

When should you visit your dentist?

It is important for patients to have the same regard they do for their bodily health as their oral health. Routine check-ups done by our dentist in Harley Street are pivotal in maintaining your oral health as they ensure problems are found as they begin or stopped before they become severe. Children and even adults are sometimes anxious about visiting the dentist but you can rest assured that at Harley Street Dental Clinic we strive to make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

What to expect

What do you want from your dental clinic in W1? If it’s an experienced specialised dental team in beautiful surroundings then look no further than Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Cosmetic dentistry

Are you happy with your smile? Cosmetic dentistry is something we believe should be open to everybody – everyone should be able to have access to their smile potential.

Dental Clinic in W1So, what is your smile potential? Most people have something they would like to change about their teeth: from having small tweaks such as teeth whitening, to a full smile makeover and everything in between, we are here to help. There is nothing more glamorous then a bright, straight and healthy looking Hollywood style smile and we are here to help you achieve that at our dental clinic in W1.

Missing teeth

Is your grin less than glowing due to missing teeth? This can cause many people to become self-conscious of their smile. Of course, not being able to flash a smile is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to problems associated with missing teeth. Problems include not being able to eat properly, speak clearly or can even cause a sunken look to your face. Harley Street Dental Clinic in W1 can assist with these problems, with the help of dental implants, bridges or dentures.

General treatments

If you are thinking we only specialise in cosmetic dentistry, you would be wrong. Your dental clinic in W1 can also help with your routine and preventative dentistry, to ensure a healthy and happy mouth for years to come. Routine check-ups and cleanings are essential to maintaining good oral health. They will be carried out by an experienced dentist or hygienist and are the best way to spot any problems with your mouth before they become serious.

Pregnancy issues

We are also happy to offer services for our pregnant patients too. Pregnancy is an exciting and time and your oral health may be one of the last things you’re considering. Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect your oral health and many women notice that their gums become red, inflamed and can bleed when they brush their teeth.

If you are pregnant, your dental clinic in W1 can help you to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.

Treatments you can expect from cosmetic dentist

Whilst dentists are mainly considered to be practitioners who improve the health of our teeth, our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street offer treatments that focus on bettering the appearance of your teeth. These modifications include improvements of colour, shape, size, position, alignment, and look of your smile. Due to the type of treatments available, cosmetic dental treatments are different from general dentistry and it is important to understand the difference.

Cosmetic Dentist in Harley StreetDentist vs. cosmetic dentist

Many dentists perform both general and cosmetic procedures, although at Harley Street Dental Clinic, we have dedicated cosmetic dentists who have years of training and experience. Your cosmetic dentist in Harley Street can often improve the health of your teeth by improving their appearance. However, it would not be considered a good idea to put appearance before oral health. As long as the health of your teeth comes first, your Harley Street cosmetic dentist will do their best to fulfil your desires of having your teeth straightened, whitened, and aligned.

These three treatments are each accomplished utilising different techniques. For example, if your teeth are misaligned you will probably need to have them straightened with braces. If it is only one or two that are mildly misaligned, you can have them covered with veneers or cosmetic bonding so that they appear to lie flush with your other teeth.  You can also elect to have gum contouring, which uses laser heat to reshape your gums to fit the shape of your new veneers and give your teeth a more balanced look. The best way to determine the optimal option for you is to consult your cosmetic dentist in Harley Street as they can help decide what is right for you.

Visiting your cosmetic dentist

If you feel improving the look of your teeth will make you more confident and allow you to smile and laugh without worrying about how you look, a cosmetic dentist is the right option for you. There is an array of treatments our Harley Street cosmetic dentist can offer our patients, each of them with their own benefits that are tailored to improve a different area of the mouth.

The new invisible braces

In Harley Street, Invisalign braces have become a popular alternative to the fixed bracket and wire braces that have been the norm of teeth straightening for several decades. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, these invisible braces enable our patients to go about their day to day routine without the fear of being seen wearing braces. This is an important benefit for many adults who are only now considering teeth straightening, and wish it to interfere as little as possible in their lives. If you are someone considering braces as a means of having your teeth aligned, Invisalign may be the best option for you.

Invisalign in Harley StreetHow is Invisalign different?

In Harley Street, Invisalign braces are an available treatment for our patients who are looking for an alternative to braces. Before deciding on Invisalign braces, it is important to understand how they are different to standard braces. The most appealing benefit of Invisalign in Harley Street is their ability to stay invisible whilst working on your teeth. This is because they are made from clear plastic that is 3D designed and tailored to each of our patient’s teeth. Computer technology also enables our dentists in Harley Street can make an accurate prediction of how your teeth will align throughout the 6 to 18-month treatment period. At two week intervals, you will swap one Invisalign aligner for the next in the series to continue the gradual progress of your teeth aligning. During the average one year treatment time, Invisalign braces allow you to eat and drink whatever you want, making it seem like you are not wearing braces to begin with. Being made from precise 3D printing allow them to snugly fit onto your teeth and their smooth sides will not irritate the inside of your mouth.  Such added benefits mean that Invisalign in Harley Street is a more expensive alternative to standard braces. Nevertheless, many of our patients find they are getting what they pay for with Invisalign braces.

If you decide on Invisalign

If you are recommended Invisalign, our dentists at Harley Street are able provide you with the technology and expertise that is necessary in allowing you to return to a path of confident smiles and laughs.

Rectify your neglected oral health

Has long-term neglect of your oral health led to a few teeth falling out? If you are ready to bring your teeth back to a presentable condition, investing in dental implants in Harley Street could be the best solution to the problem. However, it is likely that your oral health issues may need to be treated before the implants can be placed.

Dental Implants in Harley StreetUnderlying oral health issues

Before anything else is done during the process of placing dental implants in Harley Street, your oral health may have to be treated. For instance, if you have gum disease, your dentist at Harley Street Dental Clinic will likely prescribe antibiotics to fight off the infection. Any other treatments that are required will depend on the specific conditions of your overall oral health.

Bone grafting

Your dentist will have to find out how strong your jawbone is before they can move forward with your dental implants in Harley Street. The condition of your jawbone will determine how well the metal posts will remain secure after they are placed. Weak jawbones could lead to implant failure.

If an x-ray reveals that you have a weak jawbone, your dentist will have to perform bone grafting. Basically, this means they will simply strengthen the bone with your own or synthetic bone graft material.

After that, am I ready for implants?

After your jawbone health is in good shape, it’s time to proceed with your dental implants in Harley Street. You will receive anesthesia before your implants are placed. The dentist will then use a dental drill to make holes in your jawbone in each area that an implant is being installed. After the implants are in place, you will be sent home to heal, which can take a few months.

When you return to your dentist after the healing has been successful, they will complete the dental implant process. It’s time to attach supports to each of the implants. The final step will be the attachment of artificial teeth to the supports, creating your dream finished smile.

If this sounds like the right choice for you, contact Harley Street Dental Clinic today for your consultation to discuss every aspect of your dental implants in Harley Street.

Prosthodontics in Harley Street – explore your options

Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with missing or deficient teeth as well as jaw problems. Treatment with prosthodontics includes fixed or removable appliances, known as prostheses. Fixed appliances include bridges, dental implants, crowns and veneers, whereas examples of removable appliances include full or partial dentures.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic in Harley Street, we are committed to optimal oral health and aesthetics for our patients. Through thorough diagnosis, treatment planning, restoration and maintenance, our experienced prosthodontists can improve the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of ours patients.

Prosthodontics in Harley StreetDr Charlotte Stilwell

Dr Charlotte Stilwell is our head prosthodontist at Harley Street Dental Clinic with extensive education and experience in this discipline. Charlotte has been practising at the clinic for 20 years and lectures on prosthodontics nationally and internationally.

Charlotte is passionate about restorative dentistry and treats each patient individually in order to understand their practical and cosmetic needs. She then turns her diagnosis into high-quality prosthodontic solutions for natural-looking teeth and gums.

Crowns

Over time, teeth can lose their structure, density or appearance or become cracked or fractured. A dental crown is tooth-shaped cover, placed over a carefully prepared tooth that blends in with the rest of your teeth. Crowns are ideal for patients who wish to straighten, restore and improve the appearance of their natural teeth. They support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient structure left for a filling, and protect the enamel when it’s fractured or broken.

Bridges

Bridges replace missing teeth entirely. Bridges are replacement teeth that are anchored with crowns on neighbouring teeth. The supporting teeth need to be strong and healthy in order to sustain the bridge. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants, eliminating the need for compromising the structure of the surrounding teeth.

Dentures

Dentures have been used in dentistry for a very long time, providing a viable and cost-effective tooth replacement option for patients who have lost most of their teeth in the upper and lower jaws. Dentures can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain and acrylic, and can be removable, or fixed using dental implants.