Match your braces to your lifestyle with orthodontics in Harley Street

Orthodontics in Harley Street keeps pace with the latest advances and there have been plenty of those in the past couple of decades. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our range of orthodontics in Harley Street treatment has something for everyone.

Orthodontics in Harley StreetThe basic choice is between either fixed braces or removable aligners, but there is plenty of each within each of those categories. Treatment starts with a thorough consultation. After we have been able to examine your teeth and worked out what needs to happen to align them, we can discuss the most suitable treatment options with you. Treatment also takes into account your budget and your lifestyle.

Wellbeing and looking good

Having straight teeth is good for your health. Even if your teeth are only mildly misaligned to start with, straightening them will provide health benefits. You will find it easier to keep straight teeth clean and plaque-free, which reduces your chances of getting gum disease or tooth decay.

Also, when the upper and lower jaws don’t fit together as they should, biting and chewing food can be problematic. You may also experience headaches and migraines and night-time grinding. Orthodontics in Harley Street can provide effective solutions to this.

What you can choose from

During your consultation, the dentist will explain each of the orthodontic devices, and help you choose the one most suitable for your needs. You may be offered some of the following:

Incognito

These are fixed braces, but with a difference. Incognito braces go on backs (tongue-side) of the teeth rather than the front of the teeth. Tucking the brackets and wires away behind the teeth means that no one can see them as you go about your daily life.

Invisalign

The Invisalign has proved to be one of the most popular systems. There are no brackets and wires with Invisalign. Instead you receive a series of removable aligners made of 0.3mm clear plastic. You wear one after the other and the built-in pressure points gradually gently shift your teeth into alignment. The Invisalign aligners are taken out for eating and cleaning, which can make them more hassle-free too.

Keep on chewing

Being able to eat properly is vital for your health and an important factor in your choice of replacement teeth if you have lost some, or yours are on the way out. If you are having to think about getting replacement teeth then consider dental implants in Harley Street.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we have seen so many of our patients’ lives transformed by choosing dental implants in Harley Street.

Dental Implants in Harley StreetThe difference between dental implants in Harley Street and other methods of tooth replacement is that implants replace the root of the tooth and then the crown is added on top. Other methods have only found ways to replace the crown and then rely on less satisfactory ways to give the replacement crown stability.

Yet without stock solid teeth, it can become impossible to bite into an apple, to eat nuts or chew steaks. People with teeth that don’t supply the powerful forces needed to process healthy foods, such as fresh vegetables and fruits, often end up on soft food diets, which do not contain enough nutrients and this goes on to affect their general health.

Getting dental implants in Harley Street

The process starts with an in-depth examination where we take x-rays and possibly scans to see if your jaw is strong enough to sustain dental implants. If it has lost size and density because you have been without teeth for a while, we may need to do some preparatory work to rebuild the bone.

If not, you can go straight to implant surgery, which takes place under local anaesthetic. If you are anxious about the surgery, we can give you either oral or intravenous sedation so that you can deeply relax through the procedure.

Afterwards, it will take up to 6 months, but usually a lot less, for your implants to integrate with your jawbone. New bone tissue grows all over the implants, holding them in place like a real tooth. During this time, you have to be careful about what you eat, even if you have crowns put on on the day of your surgery.

Maintenance

Careful brushing and flossing to keep gum disease at bay, plus regular hygienist sessions is all you need.

Moving to a new area means building new relationships

There’s a big list of things to do when you move to a new house. Once you are settled in your home, there are usually still tasks to be completed such as finding local professionals who can support and assist in various areas of your life. One of these might be a new dentist for you and your family. For many people, it’s not as simple as surfing the internet and visiting the first dentist on the list.

Dentist in Harley StreetAt Harley Street Dental Clinic, we understand that finding a new dentist in Harley Street can seem a little daunting. This is particularly the case if you or a member of your family does not find visiting the dentist easy. You may have had long-term and familiar relationships at your old practice and you might now be concerned about having to start from scratch.

Fortunately, at Harley Street Dental Clinic, we are sensitive to patient concerns when it comes to visiting the dentist in Harley Street. Our team are skilled communicators and can quickly discern and meet your needs putting you on the fast track to a relaxed mindset when it comes to visiting us.

As well as our personal support, you can also take advantage of the technical skills of our large team of professionals including many who have specialised in various areas of dentistry. This means that you can expect a high standard of restorative and cosmetic care alongside our routine and preventive care. With Harley Street Dental Clinic, you will experience a smooth treatment journey regardless of your needs. We offer thorough consultations, personalised treatment plans, sedation options and excellent aftercare.

If you’re not local

The great thing about picking a dentist in Harley Street is that you don’t need to live near here to take advantage of our services. You can choose your oral health support based on your preference rather than on geography. We are close to lots of accommodation that you can take advantage of if you want to travel for excellent dental treatment. Talk to us at Harley Street Dental Clinic if you are not local and we will design a treatment plan that maximises the health benefits of your visit to London.

Get your smile noticed for the right reasons

It’s only when you have a fabulous smile that you realise how much people notice and respond to it. In a world where everyone seems to be either weighed down with too much worry, or is too self-conscious to crack a great big grin, someone who beams away at strangers on a crowded tube train stands out, for the right reasons.

Cosmetic Dentist in Harley StreetHuman beings have evolved to be very conscious of each other’s smiles. If you smile, not matter what your teeth look like, people are going to notice them and assess them. Looking at teeth is a way to assess someone’s health, and avoid them if they look infectious in some way. We still do that today, we can’t help it. We also assess each other for danger. If you smile at me I will think you are friendly. If you don’t, or it’s a closed lipped smile, I will think you are cold and unhelpful and go find someone smilier to hang out with.

So, if you have a dodgy smile, come and get it turned into a fabulous one with the cosmetic dentist in Harley Street.

Here at Harley Street Dental Practice, your cosmetic dentist in Harley Street, we can fix up just about anything these days. There is a wide range of techniques and materials at our fingertips that we can use to transform iffy-looking teeth into things of beauty and wonder.

Dodgy colour?

If your teeth are not white because they are covered in surface stains from eating, drinking and smoking, the cosmetic dentist in Harley Street can remove those stains with teeth whitening, a simple procedure that uses hydrogen peroxide to lift out stains. We can do this in the clinic or give you a kit to take home.

Damage

The cosmetic dentist in Harley Street uses veneers and cosmetic bonding to cover over chips, cracks and worn edges. They can also be used to disguise issues with shape or position, for example, if your teeth seem too small with gaps between them, or one or two don’t quite line up properly.

Gums

We can also use laser treatment to cut away excess gum tissue, or grafting to replace gum that has receded.

Celebrity dental treatment and your smile

Celebrities know that looks mean something when it comes to their careers. Whether they are working or socialising, they’re always subject to attention. While your visibility might not be so intense, there’s a level on which we are all on daily show in our lives. The way that we look conveys a message about who we are, our health and our attentiveness towards our own self-care. Subconsciously, we all read other people based on their appearance. Teeth play an important role in making us appear more attractive. If the smile is crooked, it can affect the balanced appearance of the whole face.

Invisalign in Harley StreetWe all hold a vision of ourselves in our heads. Within that psychological construct, we often hold awareness of the various ‘imperfections’ that we perceive when looking in the mirror. If you believe that something, such as a gap between your teeth, is a prominent issue within your appearance, this can affect your self-confidence and negatively impact the way you approach the world. With Invisalign in Harley Street, from Harley Street Dental Clinic, you can easily address issues like this without affecting the way your smile looks in the interim.

Fitting in with your lifestyle

What else do you and celebrities have in common? Neither of you can put your life on hold to have the dental treatment that you want. With Invisalign in Harley Street, you don’t have to.

When you visit Harley Street Dental Clinic to have your dental misalignment assessed, this is a good time to let us know if you want to consider an ultra-low impact solution to your problem. Invisalign in Harley Street is an effective alternative for cosmetic teeth-straightening needs.

Most of the people you meet while wearing your Invisalign will not know that you have teeth-straightening equipment over your teeth. You can stand up to any scrutiny with the clear aligners that Invisalign is known for. This means you can continue with any public events, meetings, presentations or social occasions without the burden of wondering what people are going to think of your choices regarding dental treatment. We think you’ll enjoy it so much that you’ll end up talking about Invisalign anyway but, if you don’t want to, there’s no need.

Keep an eye on your teeth and gums

Most of us would rather not have to spend £50 or thereabouts twice a year so that someone can stand over them with metal implements and poke around (however gently) in our mouths, whilst talking incomprehensibly to someone else who is taking notes. Even worse, when that person with the implements tells us we are going to have to fork out more money on more appointments for treatments that might hurt.

Dentist in Harley StreetWhy do we insist on you coming to the dentist in Harley Street for a regular check-up? The reason is that, no matter how religious you are with brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a good soft-bristled brush, even if you floss every day and swill around with a mouthwash, you cannot detect the onset of gum disease or tooth decay. Also, if you have missed some plaque while cleaning ? and we all do ? it will have hardened into tartar, which is like cement and needs to be scraped off rather than brushed off. For detection and tartar removal, you need professional help from us at Harley Street Dental Clinic, your dentist in Harley Street, London.

At our dental clinic, one of our hygienists will provide a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, and also advise on your brushing technique, if you need it.

This happens in a separate appointment to your check-up, during which the dentist in Harley Street will look in detail at your teeth for evidence of early decay. Out comes the metal probe, which the dentist uses to gently prod your teeth and gums, feeling for signs of trouble, and using a small mirror with an angled handle to see your teeth properly. You will also be checked to see how your upper and lower teeth come together and also check for tooth grinding jaw problems. We may also take x-rays.

While all of this is going on, your dentist in Harley Street will be talking to the dental nurse in a code that is a shorthand way of recording the state of each tooth, whether it’s eroded, cracked, or the fillings need repairing.

Give your smile a spruce up

If you are used to investing in your image, and seeing your investments pay dividends, then you won’t be one of those people who sees cosmetic treatments at the dentist in Harley Street as pure self-indulgence. And you’d be right.

Cosmetic Treatments in Harley StreetHaving a good smile is not really self-indulgent because everyone notices your smile. In fact, it’s going to be one of the first things people notice about you when they see your face, be it online or in the flesh. Evolution has programmed us to notice each other’s smiles. Give someone a big, wide grin when you meet them and they will think you are a warm-hearted, friendly person. Give them a tight-lipped smile and they will think you are hiding more than your teeth and they will trust you less. Don’t smile at all and they will assume you are cold and unfriendly.

People also notice the state of your teeth. If they are in good nick, then you are telling people that you are healthy and therefore safe to hang out with. If your teeth are a bit stained or have damage, then you will look older and unhealthy and people may not want to get as close to you. Smiles and teeth are how we have sussed people out for thousands and thousands of years. It’s not likely to change.

So, having cosmetic dentistry really make it easier to make friends and opportunities for connections will turn into reality. Also, when you smile a genuine, crinkly-eyed smile, your body releases serotonin, which is one of the body’s feel-good hormones. So, smiling can make you feel a bit happier (and so you smile more) and gives you more chances for meaningful interactions in life.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we offer cosmetic treatments that can upgrade your smile, whatever you need doing. Discolouration can be covered over with veneers and cosmetic bonding, or removed with whitening. Misalignments can be straightened with braces. Damage can be covered over and gum issues can be corrected with laser treatment.

Come in and find out what we can do for you social life and your smile.

Detecting oral cancer early

You probably know that bi-annual dental check-ups are necessary for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. However, you may not be aware that your dentist needs to see you for another reason – an oral cancer screening.

Oral cancer is on the rise in recent decades and more and more dentists have included oral cancer screening tests into their regular dental check-up routines. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we are very aware of the benefits of early oral cancer detection and for this reason, our dentist in W1 offers a screening as part of our comprehensive oral examination. Male patients who are over 40 should be particularly aware, since they are at increased risk.

Dentist in W1What will your dentist in W1 look for?

Checking for signs or oral cancer is part of a comprehensive dental examination. Your dentist in W1 will look for:

  • Red or white patches
  • Bleeding sores
  • Thick or hard spots
  • Lumps
  • Roughened or crusted areas.

These signs often appear inside the mouth, but the dentist will also look for signs in the neck. Other symptoms of oral cancer that can go unnoticed at an early stage or confused with other oral conditions include sensitivity, problems with swallowing and teeth not aligning properly when you are trying to chew. If you experience any of these problems, it is advised to let your dentist in W1 know as soon as possible.

How can I reduce the risk?

Studies have shown that most types of oral cancer in the UK occur in smokers. Quitting smoking can reduce your chances of oral cancer considerably. Heavy drinking is another culprit of oral cancer, and is even worse when combined with smoking. Never underestimate how much you drink and remember to have alcohol-free days each week.

Another risk for oral cancer is the sun. Do not expose yourself to the sun if it not necessary, especially between 11 am and 2 pm. Wearing sunscreen on the lips will reduce your risk of oral cancer. Equally, drinking plenty of water and eating fruit and vegetables will reduce your risk of oral cancer considerably.

Last but not least, check your mouth for unusual sores regularly and do not postpone your regular dental appointments.

Protecting your beautiful smile while wearing orthodontics in Harley Street

Orthodontic treatment is an important investment in your oral health. Having the best result possible will help ensure a beautiful and healthy smile for years to come. For all these reasons, it is really important to take good care of your teeth while wearing braces.

Orthodontics in Harley StreetAt Harley Street Dental Clinic, orthodontics in Harley Street is what we do best. We are passionate about educating our patients, since we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure. By learning about proper orthodontic care in advance, you will be better prepared no matter what type of braces you are wearing.

Intensify your oral hygiene routine

If you opt for fixed braces, you will soon realise that your brackets have more nooks and crevices that you probably thought. These can be an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. For this reason, you need to pay extra attention when cleaning your teeth. If needed, invest in an electric toothbrush or use an interdental soft-bristled brush to ensure that all food remains are safely removed from your brackets.

Flossing can be tricky when wearing braces, yet there are techniques which can help achieve a great result, so ask your dentist or do your own research. It goes without saying that while you are having orthodontic treatment, you will need to have your teeth cleaned and checked by our dental hygienist. This way any minor problems will be addressed quickly and appropriately.

Alter your diet

Unless you opt for Invisalign or any other removable teeth-straightening device that can be taken out when you eat, chances are than you will need to be careful about the foods you eat. Sticky and chewy foods tend to linger on your braces, facilitating the formation of plaque. Starchy and sugary foods, on the other hand, can cause tooth decay. Instead of consuming sugary drinks, drink plenty of water and eat loads of non-chewy fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Additional tips

If you don’t have access to your toothbrush after a meal, vigorously rinse your mouth with water to ensure that all food remains that are trapped inbetween your brackets are gone.

Get in touch

To find out more about orthodontics in Harley Street, contact us today.

No more excuses – avoiding the dentist in Harley Street can be dangerous

In general, most people should visit the dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. Some people with problems such as poor oral hygiene and genetic factors may need more regular supervision. Unfortunately, not everyone visits the dentist regularly and check-ups can quickly slip off the radar. This practice is dangerous and can lead to many problems in the long run.

Dentist in Harley StreetToo expensive?

Many people avoid the dentist in Harley Street because it is too expensive. However, most standard, preventive dental services at Harley Street Dental Clinic are very affordable, since we offer competitive prices and affordable payment schemes. However, if you think that avoiding the dentist will be cheaper in the long run, think again. Dental problems such as undetected gum disease and tooth decay can transform into serious oral health issues. Even if you don’t experience any problems, preventive care is really important, since it could help you save thousands of pounds in the future.

Fear of the dentist

Another reason why many people avoid the dentist in Harley Street is dental phobia. Some people get more stressed at the prospect of a dental visit than others. The mere thought of visiting the dentist can cause panic attacks for some people,  and serious episodes of uncontrollable stress. Luckily, if you suffer from dental stress or dental phobia, you can still benefit from dental treatments with the help of dental sedation. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we offer different types of dental sedation including oral sedation and IV sedation.

Too busy?

If you feel that you are too busy to visit the dentist, maybe you should reconsider your priorities. We all lead busy lives and we often have difficulty fitting things into our schedule. However, oral care is really important and should be a priority for everyone. Instead of cancelling yet another appointment to the dentist in Harley Street, you should make some time for it in your schedule.

Prevention is better than cure

To keep your teeth and gums healthy and save time and money in the long run, it is highly recommended to see the dentist regularly before there are any worrying signs that something may be wrong.