Keeping well-nourished with dental implants in Harley Street

As we age, it becomes ever more important to be able to absorb as many nutrients as possible. The body naturally starts becoming less and less able to produce important compounds from around the age of 30. You can see it most easily in your skin, where loss of production of collagen and elastin make it thinner and less bouncy.

Yes, you can take supplements but being able to eat nourishing food is vitally important for bodily health, and so often nourishing food needs chewing, a lot. We are constantly being urged to increase our intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, protein and complex carbs, all of which need a good chew if we are to be able to absorb the nutrients within them as they pass through our gut.

Dental Implants in Harley StreetAnd guess what we need for chewing? Yes, we need teeth that stay in one place. And the only way to be sure of a good chew when you have lost teeth is to get them replaced with dental implants. In Harley Street, at Harley Street Dental Clinic, we can use dental implants to replace one, some or all of your teeth.

You need roots to chew

Chewing nourishing food requires teeth that are well anchored into the jawbone, so that they can withstand pressures of up to 97kg or 200lbs, the force of the average male chew.

Dentures can only offer about a quarter of this force and as time goes by after fitting, they tend to start sliding around in the mouth. Bridges require adjacent healthy teeth to be ground down to act as buttresses. In Harley Street, dental implants outperform both traditional tooth replacement methods by being integrated with the jawbone, just like natural tooth roots.

No foods are off the menu with dental implants. They also keep the jawbone strong and healthy by acting as the transmitters for tremors that tell the jawbone to keep renewing itself.

To find out more about how dental implants in Harley Street can help you, why not come in for a consultation? We’d love to help you get your mouth back to full functionality.

There’s no age limit to beautiful straight teeth with clear braces in Harley Street

Many people think that once a person gets beyond, say, about 20 years old, it’s too late to get their teeth straightened, and their teeth are now permanently locked into place in their jaw. But at Harley Street Dental Clinic, we know the truth: your teeth can be repositioned in the jaw no matter how old you are.

In fact, the reason why, until recently, almost all adults would not even consider wearing braces, was because of the embarrassment factor associated with ‘a mouth full of metal’.

Clear Braces in Harley StreetNow, however, you no longer have to choose between feeling self-conscious about your crooked, misaligned or crowded teeth and feeling self-conscious about heavy metal braces to correct them. This is because the technology of teeth straightening is always moving forward, and now you can have clear braces in Harley Street, or braces that are positioned in the mouth so as to be almost unnoticeable.

Invisalign

Clear braces in Harley Street come to you courtesy of Invisalign. Invisalign technology doesn’t even use braces, but custom-made transparent trays that fit over your teeth and gradually and gently shift them into their new position. The trays are made from smooth, comfortable BPA-free plastic that will not irritate your gums and cheeks. Your dentist will take pin-point accurate measurements of your teeth using a handheld scanner. Then they will create a computer-generated movie of your teeth moving into alignment. From these measurements and plans, your aligners are made. Each tray in the series uses gentle forces to take your teeth one step along the road to straightening out. You wear each tray for between 20 and 22 hours a day, taking it out to eat and clean your teeth. The average treatment time is one year.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces fit on the inside of the teeth, next to the tongue, rather than on the outer surface, where everyone can see them. We use a system from Incognito, which many consider to be the ultimate in lingual braces. Not only are they individually designed for each patient, but the braces are made from gold alloy so that people with nickel allergies can use them.

Bridge the generation gap

If you are into teeth as much as we are at Harley Street Dental Clinic, you will have noticed that a divide between those who have great smiles and those who don’t. Very often it’s a generation thing. If you are under about 35, chances are you will have a great smile. But if you are over 35, you will have grown up during a time when cosmetic dentistry was less available and affordable than it is now.

If looking as young and healthy as you can is important to you, then it might be time to take a trip to the cosmetic dentist in Harley Street.

Cosmetic Dentist in Harley StreetIt’s not just about vanity

If you are older then you might think that having a lovely smile with straight, pearly white, flawless teeth is pure vanity and that might be stopping you investing in appointments with the cosmetic dentist in Harley Street.

Actually, teeth that are straight and imperfection-free are easier to keep free from plaque and therefore likely to last longer. So, in fact, investing in how your teeth look is also an investment in your health.

Here are a few treatments available from the cosmetic dentist in Harley Street that can make your teeth last longer and look better.

Braces

The best way to extend the life of your teeth is to make sure they line up well together along your jawbones. This makes it much easier to keep your teeth clean with brushing, flossing and hygienist visits. Plaque loves to hide in nooks and crannies and the acid it exudes can eat through your tooth enamel to create decay, and also irritate your gums and lead to gum disease. The endgame with both problems is tooth loss, and then you are into a whole new realm of dentistry and expense.

White fillings

Don’t they look great? And what’s more they are better for your teeth. White fillings require far less healthy tooth material to be removed than amalgam, plus they actually bond with your teeth, so there’s no chance of bacteria sneaking in under your filling where it meets your tooth. White fillings can also be sculpted to recreate the bumps and valleys of the chewing surface of a natural tooth.

Know before you go – endodontics in Harley Street

When we think of teeth, we most often picture the visible part of them, also known as the crowns. But there is much more to our teeth than what is visible on the surface. Deep inside our teeth are tiny, cavern-like passages called canals that contain sensitive tissue, including blood vessels and nerves. Treating the soft tissue inside the tooth, also known as the pulp, is the primary concern of endodontics.

Endodontics in Harley StreetAt Harley Street Dental Clinic in Harley Street, endodontics are an important part of our dental care. Our qualified endodontists have two additional years of education and specialised training in the care and treatment of tooth pulp and the inner parts of the tooth. They work closely with the rest of our dentists to improve your oral health and restore your natural teeth.

What is a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment involves the removal of the contaminated pulp along with the tooth’s nerve, both of which are located within the tooth’s root canal. The pulp chamber and root canal of your tooth are then cleaned, sterilised and sealed. A dental crown or other restorative option will be used to protect and strengthen the tooth.

Why get a root canal treatment?

Endodontics in Harley Street can save a severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth when its soft inner tissue becomes inflamed or infected. If the tooth is not treated on time, pain or infection can occur leading to tooth loss.

Root canal treatment is a fairly simple procedure and is usually completed in one or two appointments, depending on the presence of infection and the required treatment plan. After restoration, your tooth will continue to function like any other tooth. With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

Do not neglect your teeth

If you have an ordinary toothache or tooth sensitivity, you should book an appointment with one of our dentists as soon as possible. Your problem could be simply tooth decay or a loose filling. However, it is possible that you may be in need of root canal treatment. In this case, immediate dental care is needed.

Sensitive teeth – causes and treatment

When you have sensitive teeth, daily activities, such as brushing, flossing, eating and drinking, can cause sharp, sudden pain in your teeth. Sensitive teeth can be caused by worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots, but can also be the result of cavities or cracked and chipped teeth.

Sensitive teeth can only be adequately treated by a dentist. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we will examine your teeth thoroughly to find out what is causing the sensitivity and will find the best way of treating it. Depending on the cause of your sensitive teeth, your dentist in W1 may suggest different treatments.

Dentist in W1What causes sensitive teeth?

Sensitive teeth can be caused by several dental issues. The most common include worn tooth enamel, tooth erosion caused by highly acidic foods and beverages, gum recession that leaves the surface of your tooth roots exposed as well as teeth grinding. Other causes include cracked, chipped and filled teeth or post-treatment sensitivity, which is usually temporary.

What can your dentist in W1 do?

Having a conversation with your dentist is the first step in determining the cause behind your discomfort. Describe your symptoms, let your dentist know when the pain started and tell them if anything makes you feel better.

After they determine the reason for your sensitive teeth, they will create a treatment plan. Treatment may be as simple as using an antibacterial mouthwash, fixing a cavity or replacing a worn filling. However, if sensitive teeth are the result of exposed root surfaces, your dentist in W1 may suggest a gum graft or root canal treatment. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth due to teeth grinding, your dentist can take impressions of your teeth and then used them to create a mouth guard that you can wear during the night.

Shield your teeth against sensitivity

To prevent sensitive teeth from recurring, your dentist will offer advice to help you maintain your oral health. Brush and floss your teeth gently at least twice a day and make sure to use a fluoride toothpaste. You might also consider limiting acidic foods and drinks, such as carbonated drinks and citrus fruits, which can eat away small amounts of tooth enamel over time.

All you need to know about invisible braces in Harley Street

Whether you missed getting braces as a teenager or went through a treatment but forgot to wear your retainer, you may feel that your teeth are not quite in the state you would like them to be. Luckily, today, there are many teeth straightening treatments available that will help you achieve a beautiful smile without sacrificing your appearance.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we offer a wide variety of invisible braces in Harley Street, including lingual braces. Lingual braces look just like fixed braces but they are ingeniously placed behind your teeth for discreetness. Just like regular braces, lingual braces are capable of treating the vast majority of misaligned teeth.

Invisible Braces in Harley StreetWhat are lingual braces?

Lingual braces are fixed behind the teeth, opposite the tongue. A great solution for closing gaps, correcting crooked teeth, and even solving more complex issues such as jaw problems, lingual braces can help you carrying on smiling while you are having treatment.

How do they work?

Lingual brackets are usually made of stainless steel or gold alloy. Depending on the type you choose, your brackets might be standard sized or custom-made to fit your teeth. Your dentist will fix your brackets in place using a special dental cement. This should keep them in place for the duration of your treatment, allowing your dentist to remove them easily once your treatment is over.

Just like regular braces, invisible braces in Harley Street apply light but constant pressure to your teeth in order to move them into their correct position. The treatment can take anywhere from 18—36 months, depending on the severity of your dental problems.

Benefits of lingual braces

Lingual braces offer many benefits, yet the most important of them is invisibility. They are much more discreet than other types of braces. For this reason, they are ideal for image-conscious adults and teenagers as well as athletes and musicians. Lingual braces are easy to maintain and since they are fixed onto your teeth, you do not need to remember to wear them each day. Last but not least, they are very effective when it comes to treating complicated dental issues such as heavily misaligned, rotated or gapped teeth.

Why visiting the dentist in Harley Street when you are pregnant is important

Many changes start to happen to your body when you become pregnant. Various hormone changes increase your chances of developing gum disease, which is why it is very important to visit the dentist while pregnant. Your body will start to produce higher levels of oestrogen and progesterone, and these hormones can have an effect on your gums. Studies have shown that pregnant women are prone to developing gum disease during their pregnancy.  If you are already pregnant and have had gum disease in the past, it is even more important to visit your dentist throughout your pregnancy.

Dentist in Harley StreetAt Harley Street Dental Clinic, we offer specialised services for women who are expecting. Just as you visit your doctor for prenatal check-ups, it is also important to visit your dentist in Harley Street for prenatal dental care. Your dentist can help discuss changes in oral health during pregnancy and what to look for. There is a connection between your health during pregnancy and your baby’s health, so visiting your dentist in Harley Street regularly will help avoid any unnecessary problems.

What to expect during a dental examination

Other than the normal oral check-up, your dentist in Harley Street will examine for pregnancy-related symptoms that could cause oral health problems. Morning sickness, lack of vitamin A and vitamin D and bad eating habits during pregnancy can all cause major changes in oral health. Your dentist in Harley Street will clean your teeth thoroughly and suggest the use of antiseptic oral rinses to keep the bacteria at bay. They will also stress the importance of regular brushing and flossing at home.

What if there is an emergency?

If there is a need for emergency dental care during your pregnancy, your dentist will consult with your obstetrician before any procedures that need to take place. Emergency care can be performed on the teeth even during pregnancy and it is not dangerous for your health or the health of your unborn baby. At the time of your visit to our dentist in Harley Street, make sure to let us know the number of weeks you are into the pregnancy.

Keeping up with your dental care in W1 during pregnancy

If you are pregnant, dental care is especially important as you are carrying a new life inside you and want to ensure that your child is as healthy as possible when born. Regular visits to the dentist are encouraged as they can take proper care of your oral health.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic in W1, dental care for pregnant women is offered by our experienced dentists. Pregnancy is an important period in a woman’s life and is characterised by complex hormonal changes, which may affect oral health. Preventive, diagnostic and restorative dental care in W1 is safe throughout pregnancy and is effective in improving and maintain oral health.

Protecting your oral health

Because pregnant women are at a greater risk of gum disease due to the increased levels of hormones in their bodies, it is essential to brush your teeth twice a day or even as much as three times – after each meal.

Moreover, it is important to floss once per day to remove as much of the food remains between your teeth as possible. Flossing is an excellent habit to include in your everyday oral care routine, as it will decrease the possibility of developing gum disease. Gum disease can be particularly dangerous during pregnancy as it has been associated with premature birth. Finish off your oral care routine by using an antibacterial mouthwash.

More importantly, make and keep regular appointments to see your dentist for cleanings and any examinations you might need. Even if you are a diligent brusher and flosser, you will not get a better cleaning than when you visit your dentist. Moreover, technology has evolved to the point where you can get an x-ray if necessary, even if you are pregnant. However, most dentists advise delaying elective dental treatments such as dental implants until after you give birth. Dental fillings, tooth extractions and wisdom tooth removal can be performed even if you are pregnant; however, these treatments should ideally be performed during the second trimester.

If you are pregnant and you would like to learn more about dental care in W1, give us a call and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

Improve your smile by visiting our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street

Reading through the pages of magazines or watching TV, it becomes obvious that many celebrities receive cosmetic dental work to improve their smile. Nowadays, having bright and shiny teeth, a straight smile, perfectly-shaped teeth or a smile with no gaps, should not be a privilege. If you have any feature of your smile that you wish to change, a cosmetic dentist can help.

Using innovative techniques, materials and technology, our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street can repair many dental problems, including worn, chipped or fractured teeth, stained and discoloured teeth as well as misaligned teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we offer a wide variety of treatments including veneers, teeth whitening, white fillings and ceramic crowns.

Cosmetic Dentist in Harley StreetDental veneers

Dental veneers are custom-made tooth-coloured porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth. They are natural-looking and enhance your smile by covering imperfections such as cracks, fractures, stains and gaps. Dental veneers are quite versatile and can be used to cover more than one imperfection at a time.

Teeth whitening

One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, teeth whitening is an affordable, convenient and non-invasive way to effectively whiten and brighten your smile. Teeth whitening can either be performed in the dentist’s chair or at home with the use of customised, bleaching trays. A cosmetic dentist in Harley Street will examine your teeth and help you to decide which treatment is ideal for your dental needs.

White fillings

These metal-free, tooth-coloured fillings are strong and durable, and create natural-looking restorations that blend in with your natural teeth. Unlike metal restorations, white fillings are sculpted directly onto your teeth and are hardened with a special light. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they are also very durable.

Dental crowns

Strong porcelain crowns are often the best when it comes to protecting teeth that have been compromised by decay or large fractures. Crowns act like caps, protecting teeth from bacteria and restoring their strength and chewing ability.

Call us today

If you are interested in achieving a beautiful smile that restores your self-confidence, give us a call and schedule a consultation appointment.

How to decide if you need to visit an orthodontist in Harley Street

If you have been thinking about orthodontic treatment for yourself or someone you care about, you may be wondering when is the right time to visit an orthodontist. In general, you should see an orthodontist if you have questions about the alignment of your teeth or if you experience any problem that causes pain or discomfort. These include having difficulty biting, chewing or speaking.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our orthodontist in Harley Street closely collaborates with our patients to help them determine the best treatment for their oral health needs. What signs do you need to look out for that could indicate orthodontic treatment is needed?

Orthodontist in Harley StreetCrowded teeth

Crowded teeth is an obvious sign that you need braces. Overcrowded teeth do not just create an aesthetic imbalance in your smile, but can also harm your teeth. This is because food remains are more easily trapped in crowded teeth and it is harder to remove with regular brushing and flossing. Trapped food remains release bacteria that can cause tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

Gapped teeth

Gaps in between teeth often suggest that the upper and lower jaw are not fitting together properly, a condition also known as malocclusion. Genetics, thumb-sucking, mouth tissue formation, and other conditions can also cause gaps between the teeth. Closing these gaps not only helps to improve the appearance of your smile, but also decrease the risk of gum disease and inflammation.

Jaw problems

Jaw pain and jaw problems can be the result of misaligned teeth. When your jaw is not fitting together properly it can slip out of place easily, causing tension and headaches. During your consultation with our orthodontist in Harley Street, they will evaluate your teeth and jaw alignment to see if your jaw pain is a result of misalignment and determine if you need braces.

Can I have orthodontic treatment at any age?

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Plus, with the growing availability of clear aligners, translucent ceramic brackets, and lingual braces, teeth straightening has become more discreet than ever. To learn more about your orthodontic options in Harley Street, contact us today.