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.

Do you suffer with bad breath?

More than 2,000 years ago, an ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates (often called the father of Western medicine), created a mouth rinse of herbs and wine to sweeten the smell of bad breath. This problem has been around thousands of years and is still a huge problem for many people. According to dental studies, it is one of the three main reasons people seek dental treatment. Your dentist in W1 at Harley Street Dental Clinic is here to help you get the fresh breath and healthy teeth you deserve.

Dentist in W1Bad breath facts

Bad breath is sometimes called halitosis, which comes from the Latin ‘halitus’ (exhalation) and the Greek ‘osis’ (a disease-causing process).

Certain types of oral bacteria usually cause chronic bad breath. This sort of bacteria is present in about 25% of the population.

Diseases in the oral cavity, such as tooth decay and gum disease can often cause bad breath. If either of these diseases are your cause for bad breath, treatment from your dentist in W1 will be necessary to eliminate this problem.

The tongue is the most common location for the creation of the bacteria that make bad breath. They are relatively sheltered on the back of the tongue, where they live on remains of food and dead skin cells. These bacteria can generate a sulfur compound, that is also found in decaying animals. They are known by an unpleasant smell, like that of a rotten egg.

Bad breath can also be caused from a dry mouth. This condition affects millions of people and can result from smoking, alcohol or coffee drinking and is sometimes a side effect of medications.

Bad breath can also originate in other parts of the mouth besides the tongue. This can include between teeth and under the gums.

When people are starving, their bodies begin burning their fats. This can cause their breath to develop a smell that is like nail polish remover. If people are not eating or drinking, the coating on their tongue increases as well, making bacteria more prominent.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, your dentist in W1 will fight bad breath or halitosis by making sure patients understand how to clean their teeth, gums and back of the tongue effectively.

Smile!

It is an unfortunate fact that poorly aligned teeth can have a detrimental impact on the appearance of your smile. While modern orthodontics in Harley Street has an effective treatment for this problem, there are many adults that have only recently started considering this as a viable option for improving their smiles.

If this applies to you, it is important to be as informed as possible before you decide about committing to improving your smile with orthodontics in Harley Street, at Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Orthodontics in Harley StreetIsn’t orthodontic treatment only for children?

There is a common belief among some of our patients that orthodontic braces are only an effective option for children. Luckily, you will be relieved to learn that patients of any age can enjoy the benefits of orthodontic procedures.

For example, it is common for adults that have lost teeth to need braces before they can receive dental implants. This could be necessary when the teeth near the gap are crooked and it is necessary to straighten them before placing the implant.

To know if you are a suitable candidate for braces, it will be necessary for your orthodontist to inspect the health of your teeth and gums. If you are suffering from severe gum disease, you may have to wait until the condition is treated. This is because sickly gums may not be able to support the teeth during the shifting that occurs with braces.

Do they hurt?

You may be under the impression that braces could be painful. Luckily, most patients will only experience mild discomfort and swelling during the first few days. In most cases, these issues can be managed easily with over-the-counter pain medications. After a few days, you will need to return to your orthodontist to ensure your mouth is recovering from the procedure and that the teeth are starting to realign.

Deciding to have orthodontics in Harley Street can be a major decision for any of our patients to make. It is important to be armed with accurate knowledge about each treatment, to make it easier for you to understand what to expect and decide which option is correct for you.

To find out more, speak to one of our three specialist orthodontists at Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Visiting the dentist in Harley Street – what to expect

While most dentists recommend having a dental check-up and cleaning at least twice a year, quite a few patients ignore their advice and visit their dentist at irregular intervals. This can be quite detrimental to your oral health in the long-run, especially if you have dental or oral issues such as gum disease, a weak immune system and a general predisposition to develop cavities. In these cases, it is highly recommended to visit the dentist more often.

Dentist in Harley StreetAt Harley Street Dental Clinic, we believe in preventive dentistry and in proactively caring for our patients and their oral health needs in order to prevent future dental issues. Regular visits to our dental practice allow our dentist in Harley Street to determine whether or not you will be susceptible to certain dental problems in the future.

Identifying any problems at an early stage and preventing them, will give you the chance to make all the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to avoid further problems along the line. We believe that every patient deserves to feel comfortable in their smile and this starts with preventive oral care.

What happens during a routine dental check-up in Harley Street?

If it is your first appointment at our practice, your Harley Street dentist will ask for a full dental and medical history. Then, your dentist will proceed with examining your teeth, gums and mouth thoroughly. X-rays may be taken if necessary in order to determine any potential problems with your teeth and gums. Your dentist will also discuss any dental problems you may have encountered since your last visit. Furthermore, they will revisit your oral habits, such as your brushing technique, and recommend any improvements both in terms of technique and equipment (i.e. interdental brushes).

Your dentist will also discuss lifestyle habits that can affect the health of your teeth and gums, including alcohol consumption and smoking. By the end of your check-up, your dentist in Harley Street will let you know whether you will require further treatment and what options are available. You are advised to pair your dental check-ups with a thorough tooth cleaning.

Patient focused dental care

At Harley Street Dental Clinic in W1, we know every patient is unique and has their own wishes. We recognise and respect this. Every decision taken regarding your dental care will be discussed and agreed with you before any treatment is undertaken. We understand that one size does not fit all and so all our treatments are tailored to your individual needs.

Highly qualified and experienced staff

Dental Clinic in W1We are extremely fortunate to have staff who have been in the dental profession for many years and have a wealth of specialist experience, which is essential in providing top quality care for our patients. Our team participates regularly in further education and postgraduate dental training.

Not only is top quality dental care offered but customer service to match. Should you need an emergency appointment, we will assure that you will be seen promptly. We can even offer an e-mail service, where a member of staff from our dental clinic in W1 will call you back.

Our clinic

Harley Street Dental Clinic in W1 is located over five floors in a renovated Georgian town house. Your first point of contact will be our helpful, friendly reception team, who can answer many of your questions. They are trained to ascertain what has brought you us and will match you to the best dentist to suit your needs.

Nervous patients

It is common to be a little apprehensive about dental procedures, with this being quite a barrier for some people. We are aware of this and have highly skilled staff to make you feel comfortable and support you in any way we can. We would encourage you to discuss your fears or concerns with the dentist at your first appointment so that we can attempt to overcome any issues that you may have.

For some patients, treatment under sedation is the best option. We offer RA Sedation, sometimes called inhalation sedation, which involves breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, helping you to relax. Our dental clinic in W1 can also offer IV sedation for our extremely nervous patients, under the care of our consultant anaesthetist. If you opt for IV sedation, you will probably have no memory of the procedure, which many of our patients prefer.

Are dental implants for me?

Dental implants in Harley Street are essentially used to replace teeth lost to decay, trauma, or gum disease. Your dentist at Harley Street Dental Clinic will insert a titanium rod deep into the jawbone to anchor a crown, creating a natural-looking and stable artificial tooth.

For long-term implant success, effective post-surgical care is required to ensure quick healing and proper bonding of the artificial tooth to the jawbone. Here are some simple steps you should take to ensure the success of your dental implants in Harley Street.

Dental Implants in Harley StreetProper post-surgical care

Implant surgery is intrusive, so a little bleeding and swelling will sometimes be experienced after surgery. Strenuous activity immediately after implant surgery can aggravate swelling and cause bleeding, so we advise you to take a few days to rest to allow your body to completely heal.

Brushing should also be avoided immediately after surgery, as it can injure healing oral tissue and cause pain or bleeding. To keep your mouth clean, rinse with warm, salty water or use an oral rinse prescribed by your dentist at Harley Street Dental Clinic. The surgical site can be open to infection, so be sure to take your prescribed medication as instructed to reduce the risk of any complications.

Allow for healing

It is vital that the surgical site heals properly to allow the bone to bond to the titanium root of your dental implants in Harley Street. To promote faster healing you should avoid alcohol, smoking, or hot drinks, as they could aggravate the surgical site.

Brushing can be resumed after any bleeding stops, but be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and to brush gently using circular motions to prevent injuring your healing oral tissue.

Proper oral hygiene

The success of your dental implants in Harley Street greatly depends on proper oral hygiene. This is because plaque can easily get into the tiny gaps between the implant and your gums. Bacteria in these gaps may then cause gum disease, which could result in gum recession and bone loss, leading to implant failure.

Regular appointments with your dentist at Harley Street Dental Clinic can help to prevent gum disease and means your jawbone can be monitored for potential infections.