Replacing Silver to white fillings in Harley Street

Why might a patient want to change their fillings?

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In the past fillings have been made from Amalgam which has elements of the toxin mercury. Whilst there is little evidence to suggest that there are negative impacts on patients’ health through the use of this material, with today’s knowledge and modern advances within the dentistry world there are safer alternatives available eliminating the risk. For patients that previously had silver fillings applied to their teeth, the switch from SIlver to white fillings in Harley Street may put their mind at ease and provide a more cosmetically appealing solution.

Replacing the fillings – the positive impact.

When considering changing previous dental work, the most important thing to consider is how will this improve your oral hygiene and overall health. Whilst there is currently no concrete link between the negative impact of the toxin mercury within fillings, this does not mean that in years to come there won’t be any. Therefore having the choice whether to keep the current fillings with the knowledge that a potentially life altering substance is used within them or having the ability to essentially upgrade to a 100% safer option is of high importance.

Whilst not life threatening or detrimental to the mouth, another positive aspect to switching from Silver to white fillings in Harley Street is on a cosmetic level. White fillings are able to blend in within the surrounding colours of the natural teeth enabling the patient to smile with confidence and a cosmetically pleasing set of teeth. In some cases, the less cosmetically pleasing, silver filling can leave a patient feeling self conscious and cause confidence issues in different aspects of their life. This is something that can be avoided and therefore seeking out options which would suit the individual best is of a top priority.

Reasons to keep the silver fillings.

There is a saying which mentions why fix something which isn’t broken. This can be considered when thinking about silver fillings. For many years Amalgam has been the material used for fillings and it has proved to be durable, long-lasting and sturdy. By removing the current silver filling and replacing it with a white one an element of damage can occur to the area and in turn trigger tooth sensitivity problems. Whilst this usually resolves itself within a few weeks there are cases which have had the problem ongoing for years.

Whilst replacing Silver to white fillings in Harley Street may be cosmetically appealing as with all treatments and procedures the removal of the fillings could potentially trigger a series of complications. This could include infections within the tooth which in turn go on to require root canal treatment or should the tooth become damaged a crown or bridge may be required creating further dental work.

As there are many factors both for and against the filling replacement it is important that the necessary research is carried out in advance. All dental treatments and procedures, including the ones mentioned in this article have a variety of potential risks. We therefore encourage all our patients to seek further information and advice from their local dental team.

Do lip fillers cause allergic reactions? Common queries addressed by Harley Street Dental

Looking for a safe and effective way to revitalise your face?

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In recent years, more and more dental teams have undertaken a bit of additional training to be able to offer their patients non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments, and our team at Harley Street is no exception. 

We are proud to be able to offer our patients a myriad of facial aesthetics, ranging from fillers to chemical peels to help you feel refreshed and pleased with your appearance.

One of our most popular treatments are undoubtedly lip fillers in Harley Street. Small injections to the oral area can help the lips appear plumped and larger, without looking to fake. And best of all, our dedicated team can perform this procedure in less than an hour, so you can conveniently slot it in around other commitments. Fantastic!

Curious to learn more about lip fillers in Harley Street? Here, our team answers your top 5 FAQs.

What are they and how do they work?

The fillers that our team uses in Harley Street are composed of (primarily) hyaluronic acid. This is a naturally occurring protein which helps the surface of the skin appear plump and smooth, but reduces with age. Our lip fillers in Harley Street involve injecting this protein underneath the skin to give your lips an instant boost.

Can they cause an allergic reaction?

It is exceedingly unlikely that the fillers we use in Harley Street will cause an allergic reaction.

As mentioned before, they are made from naturally occurring proteins. Although these proteins are synthetically sourced, they are considered biologically inert, meaning there should be no immune system response when they are injected.

However, oddities can and do happen; if after your injections you feel woozy, dizzy or have issues breathing, our team will remove the fillers.

Will the injection site bruise?

In a word, yes, some bruising will occur at the injection site.

Your lips will also swell, feel sore and may look a bit more cartoonish than you would like. But this is temporary and after 48 hours, the swelling should reduce and your lips will look and feel more relaxed.

When will the effects wear off?

Most types of dermal fillers last from 6-8 months but this can vary depending on your age and lifestyle factors.

If you notice that your lips are beginning to appear wrinkled or losing their plumpness, our team can reapply your fillers 12 months after the first set was applied.

Is there any aftercare I need to know about?

Once your fillers are injected, try to refrain from putting any harsh pressure onto your lips for at least 24 hours; gentle kissing only! No massages and avoid wearing lipstick or applying lip balm.

Such actions can cause the fillers to move under the skin, creating an uneven appearance once the swelling resides.

Eat softer foods and avoid sunbeds or sunbathing for at least 48 hours until the fillers have settled. Also, try to drink plenty of water and avoid consuming alcoholic beverages.

Not overly eager to attend a check-up? 5 reasons to visit our dentist in Harley Street

When you were a child, chances were that your parents had to drag you to attend a dental check-up. However, there are many reasons why attending check-ups are important and few of them are to do with your parents’ rationing of sweets afterwards!

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As an adult, attending check-ups is rarely as dramatic as it was when you were a child but few people genuinely understand why it is important to see our dental team at least twice a year. In recent times, understandably, attending a dental surgery has not been at the top of a person’s health priorities but that does not reduce the significance of attending a check-up.

At Harley Street Dental, our dentist in Harley Street is still able to offer check-ups to you and your family to ensure that your oral health stays in good shape. We can provide you and your family with tips on maintaining high levels of oral hygiene, while also discussing other areas of dental care such as orthodontics and cosmetics.

So, why should you come and see our dentist in Harley Street as soon as possible?

Preventative

With dental care, prevention is better than cure and of course, seeing our team as regularly as possible ensures that any dental issues are caught early, allowing for all-around easier treatment.

Concerning children, regular check-ups with our dentist in Harley Street allows them to become more familiarised with the entire process, preventing them from forming phobias in adulthood.

Better health

The link between a plaque-free mouth and overall good health has long been established, meaning that getting in the dental chair can do far more than prevent a filling.

Everything from cardiovascular disease to cancer has been linked to poor oral health, so attending regular check-ups can save your life. Also, as oral cancer screening is part of each check-up we provide at Harley Street, we can also offer early interventions with cancer treatments if needed.

Whiter smile

Of course, while checking for cavities and unusual growths is part of any dental check-up, our team will also aim to clean any stained fillings that you may have, along with giving your teeth a thorough clean.

This, in turn, gives you a whiter, healthier smile which will boost your confidence and wellbeing. What’s not to like about that?

Saves money

A check-up is rarely expensive, even if you need to have a filling replaced or growth explored.

However, delaying check-ups can allow decay to set in which may lead to cavities, extractions and even infections, all of which are more complicated and expensive to treat. So if you are looking for a way to save on your finances, (and prevent discomfort) attend check-ups as often as you can.

Discussion

If you want to have our teeth straightened or are curious about veneers, why not use the check-up as an opportunity to discuss these options with our dental team?

You can also enquire about other procedures, such as whitening and even facial aesthetics. Brilliant!

Looking for a way to improve your smile? 5 reasons to consider composite bonding in Harley Street

When it comes to improving the appearance of your natural teeth, it seems there are now more options available than ever before.

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If you want a brighter smile, you can choose to have your teeth whitened. Looking for a way to conceal a gap? Why not try veneers? And of course, if you want to have straighter teeth, you can always choose adult orthodontic options like Invisalign.

But for many people, these options can seem rather daunting; not because they are uncomfortable, but because in these rather difficult times, few people can afford them. So what options are there for having a set of straighter, whiter teeth without the hefty price tag?

At Harley Street Dental, we can accommodate all budgets into getting you that straighter smile that you want. Our team is also trained in performing composite bonding in Harley Street, which ticks all the boxes for being affordable while also making your smile look great.

But what are some of the other advantages of choosing composite bonding in Harley Street to improve your smile?

Affordable

Yes, we’ve mentioned this before but when compared to other procedures (such as the placing of dental veneers), composite bonding in Harley Street is much more affordable for the average person.

And of course, when you come to Harley Street Dental, our financing options can help you break down the overall cost of the procedure into affordable monthly chunks.

Appearance

Visually, the result of bonding is very similar to veneers and so, it can be used to conceal chips, stains and cracks on the enamel of your teeth.

Like veneers, bonding can also be matched in both colour and translucency to your surrounding teeth, giving a more natural appearance if desired. But if you want to brighten the appearance of your teeth, our team can also create a composite that is lighter in colour to instantly brighten your smile.

Preventive

Interestingly, bonding also has its place in preventive dental procedures too.

If our team notices that you have receding gum lines, we can apply bonding to add strength to the tooth but to also conceal the root from potential damage. This prevents bacteria from gaining access to the pulp, thus preventing decay and infection.

Pressures

You may have heard that porcelain veneers are rather fragile.

While this is not technically true, many dentists advise caution after the fitting of veneers when it comes to eating harder foods. With bonding, there is no need to avoid tougher foods; composite can handle all the daily pressure that occurs with biting, chewing and grinding thus making it both a functional and aesthetic option rolled into one!

Versatile

As you may have noticed, bonding is a versatile treatment which can prevent and improve a myriad of issues with your teeth.

They can improve worn down teeth, while also concealing cracks and repairing chips so if you are looking for a cost-effective way to improve your smile, talk to our team at Harley Street Dental today about bonding.

Curious if there are any benefits to dermal fillers? A guide by Harley Street

There is great beauty in the ageing process; silver hair, wisdom and an incentive to have fun can add great joy to your life.

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However, many people became wary about the other signs of ageing that occur in the advanced years, such as the appearance of wrinkles and smile lines. While you could spend a small fortune on facial creams (or if you have already spent a small fortune on a facelift), you may be unhappy with the results.

Luckily, there are now more affordable options that can produce more subtle effects without the need to undertake extensive surgeries. And they can be provided by our dentist in Harley Street!

We are proud to be able to offer dermal fillers in Harley Street, which utilise hyaluronic acid to plump up your skin and reduce wrinkles. Injected into the desired area, fillers are simple, painless and fast, allowing you to walk out of our surgery with a refreshed appearance. Great!

Are there any other advantages to having dermal fillers in Harley Street? Read on to find out!

No downtime

Unlike a facelift or other cosmetic procedures, dermal fillers in Harley Street require no downtime afterwards.

In short, you can have the set of injections and then go about your day as normal, with no risky anaesthetic to worry about. Our team can apply the injections in our surgery, so there is no need to book an operation room or to take time off work.

Natural-looking results

We have all seen photos of celebrities who have gone a bit overboard with cosmetic treatments and have lost their natural beauty.

With fillers, the results look natural as our team will want to enhance your features, making sure the right parts of the face have the fillers applied. Best of all, there are no scars or extensive bruises to worry about, leaving you with a healthy glow which will take years off your face.

No scars

As mentioned earlier, fillers are applied via a set of small needles and so, no incisions are made into the skin.

Long-term, this means that there will be no scars to worry about and means no-one will know you have had any procedure performed.

Collagen

Interestingly, when you have fillers from our team in Harley Street, the hyaluronic acid contained within them naturally boosts your collagen levels too, meaning you can maintain that smoother looking skin for longer.

Long-lasting

While no one is doubting the longevity of a facelift, fillers offer a long-life span too.

While there are many factors which can impact on how long fillers last, on average, their lifespan is around 6-9 months and once their effects begin to wear off, you can come back to our team in Harley Street for a top-up.

If you smoke, massage your face or regularly use a sunbed or apply facial creams, your fillers will probably not last as long as mentioned earlier, so refrain from smoking or using tanning booths to prolong your fillers and smooth skin.

Need a way to whiten your teeth? Common questions about Enlighten teeth whitening answered

One of the most popular and oldest forms of cosmetic dentistry is undoubtedly whitening.

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In years gone by, having your teeth whitened by a dentist would have involved abrasion techniques along with harsh bleaching; while many whitening gels do still have some hydrogen peroxide in them, it is much more gentle on the teeth and the gums.

Depending on the underlying cause of the staining, such as acidic foods or smoking, our team will use a different strength of bleaching gel to remove those stubborn stains.

At Harley Street Dental, our team has 2 advanced whitening systems which we use that can remove even the most deeply set stains. Using either Enlighten or Zoom, your teeth whitening in Harley Street will leave you with a smile worthy of the Hollywood elite that does not cause sensitivity issues. What more could you want from a whitening system?

Of course, many people still have reservations about using teeth whitening in Harley Street due to misconceptions about long-term problems. In this article, we answer your questions about the Enlighten system, so you can assess if it is the right one for you.

How is it applied?

Enlighten is applied by our team during 2 sessions 14 days apart.

Our team will take a mould of your teeth to create a tray with which you will apply the whitening gel at home. You must wear this tray to bed for 14 days and afterwards, you need to visit our team for the final stage of the teeth whitening in Harley Street.

How many shades whiter can my teeth get with Enlighten?

Enlighten can whiten your teeth up to 16 shades, but this will vary depending on the level of staining and the underlying cause of the stains.

However, if you want your teeth to look similar to that of a celebrity, our team may be able to offer you a more suitable whitening treatment such as veneers.

Will it make my teeth feel sensitive?

You may have some sensitivity when using this gel; it is an oxidizing treatment, which needs to permeate the enamel to work.

However, our team at Harley Street can provide you with desensitising swabs for those 2 weeks of treatment and advise you on lifestyle tips to avoid any prolonged discomfort.

How long do the effects last?

The results achieved with Enlighten can last indefinitely with the right maintenance.

Wearing the trays used in the initial whitening for one night each month can help to keep your teeth looking whiter, and we can also provide you with a whitening serum to prolong results. Remember, the length of the whitening will depend on your lifestyle choices, so if you want a whiter smile that lasts, you may need to cut back on sugary drinks and smoking.

Can it be reapplied?

It can be reapplied but our team will aim to prolong the effects rather than reapply the gels. Talk to our team if you feel your whitened teeth need sprucing up!

Does Invisalign give you a lisp? Your top 5 FAQS about this brace answered

Unless you have been living on a different planet, chances are that you have heard about adult orthodontics.

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A far cry from the traditional metal braces of yesteryear, adult aligners are now more discrete and easier to fit around a busy lifestyle, helping you to get the straighter teeth you have always wanted without the fuss of regular braces.

Of course, if you are looking for a way to straighten your misaligned teeth as an adult, this can sound like a dream come true! And while it is tempting to contact our team at Harley Street about invisible aligners immediately, you will probably have some questions about the process.

And that is where we can help! Our team has helped numerous patients obtain a straighter smile using braces like Invisalign in Harley Street, and can answer any queries you may have about this world-famous invisible brace. Overseeing every step of the process, we can guarantee that you will be left with a healthier smile that you won’t be able to stop showing off!

But back to the questions; here are some of the most commonly asked queries that our team receives about Invisalign in Harley Street.

Will I develop a lisp?

Having a new object in your mouth is likely to cause a lisp in those early days but in the long-run, Invisalign in Harley Street can actually prevent speech and pronunciation issues. As your teeth become correctly aligned, your tongue will adjust to the movement which will improve your vocal patterns, making your speech clearer.

Can I remove it whenever I want?

Technically, you can remove this brace whenever you want but if you want it to work, you will need to keep it in your mouth for the majority of the day.

Our team recommends removing it when you are eating or drinking and when you are brushing your teeth but apart from that, it is wise to refrain from removing it. On average, you will need to keep it in your mouth for 22 hours each day.

How long will I wear it for?

This will depend on the severity of the underlying issue being treated but many of our patients who use this brace obtain a straighter smile in around 6 months.

Of course, this will once again depend on your discipline when keeping the brace in your mouth.

Does it hurt?

Invisible braces do not utilise force to move teeth in the same way as regular braces do, but they can still cause some discomfort.

As this brace is based around changeable retainers, you can expect there to be a sensation of pressure for a couple of days after you have changed between aligners. If you experience significant discomfort, talk to our team about potential underlying causes.

Will it rub against my inner cheeks?

Invisible braces can and will often rub against your tongue and inner cheeks, but our team can provide you with dental wax which will soften the hard edges and prevent discomfort.

Wondering if Invisalign is for you? 5 advantages of this brace by Harley Street Dental

When you have misaligned teeth, it can make everyday situations more difficult.

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You may shy away from social engagements and cover your mouth with your hand when talking, making things like selfies or group photos out of your realm of comfort.

If you refused to wear braces when you were younger and are now regretting it, don’t worry! You can still get straighter teeth as an adult and due to advances in modern orthodontic care, you probably won’t need to wear a metal brace.

Known as invisible and clear braces, there is now an entire set of appliances which offer a discreet way for you to straighten your smile.

And at Harley Street Dental, we are proud to be able to offer our suitable patients invisible and clear braces. We can even offer the world-famous Invisalign in Harley Street, so your new smile will not only be obtained discreetly, but it will be comfortable and effective too. Fantastic!

But what are some of the advantages of wearing Invisalign in Harley Street as an adult? Read on to find out!

Better oral health

It is often a concern that wearing a brace will cause secondary issues with oral hygiene; after all, traditional metal braces can cause a myriad of bacteria to accumulate, hence the recommendation to attend hygienist appointments.

With Invisalign in Harley Street, you can remove the brace completely, which allows you to clean your teeth as you usually do, and prevents any plaque build-up which in turn, prevents decay. Great!

Removable

And of course, while removing a brace to clean your teeth has its advantages, you can also remove this aligner when you are eating or drinking; you can even take it out to give a talk at work.

Just ensure that you wear it for the required 22 hours each day which will help you to achieve the desired results in the period which our team has set.

Aesthetics

Another advantage of invisible braces is that they are, well, invisible!

Made from a clear plastic which slots comfortably over your teeth, they will not draw unwanted stares from strangers and will help you to feel more confident while your smile is straightened.

Convenient

Interestingly, this particular brand of invisible brace also has an app which you can use to alert our team as to the progress that is being made, which will help us to keep track while you remain at home.

Adding to the convenience, there are few appointments needed for our team to check on the progress of the braces and as the brace doesn’t require tightening, there is no discomfort after you attend our surgery. Great stuff!

Enhanced control

Many patients worry that because this brace is removable, it offers minimal control over your teeth movement.

Thanks to computer software, this brace offers more precise movements and does so in a comfortable way. If you are worried that your current aligner isn’t moving your teeth as we predicted, contact our team for a follow-up assessment.

Do dental implants sound scary? A brief guide to the fitting procedure from Harley Street Dental

When it comes to restoration and missing teeth, oral implants have seemingly taken the dental world by storm.

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Whether you have a single missing tooth or need an entirely new set of teeth, implants can be used to create not only a natural-looking smile but also offer superiority over dentures and bridges when it comes to bite strength and security.

Sadly, many people read horror stories online about poorly applied oral implants causing infections and assume that this is a sure thing when it comes to this procedure. Our team at Harley Street Dental knows the ins and outs of oral implants and are here to explain exactly how the process works.

Our dental implants in Harley Street have helped thousands of patients to restore both their bite strength and their smiles and so, we can advise you on whether or not you will benefit from this procedure. Our team knows all the tricks to help speed up the healing process and can answer any questions that you may have. Brilliant!

But what does having dental implants in Harley Street typically involve?

Consultation and assessment

Unfortunately, not everyone is suitable for dental implants in Harley Street and so, our team will need to conduct an initial consultation and assessment.

This will allow our team to assess the condition of your gums and overall health to determine suitability. We will need to take X-Rays of your jaw to examine the strength and condition of it before proceeding. This is also an ideal time to ask our team any questions that you may have about the process.

Fitting day!

Once you are in the chair, our team will numb the area where the implant is to be fitted.

Then, using a surgical incision, the gum will be peeled back and we can begin drilling into your jaw; this process can take up to 1 hour to complete depending on how many implants are being fitted.

Once placed, your gum will be sewn back together and voila! The fitting is complete! We will advise you on how to keep your newly fitted implants clean and in place while they fuse to the bone.

Prosthetics

During the next 3-6 months, our team at Harley Street will need to see you regularly to check on the fusing process.

Once we deem that the implants have fused with the bone, we can fit the prosthetic teeth. This process is relatively simple and involves our team screwing the crowns or dentures to the implants.

Aftercare and lifestyle

And there you have it! Your implants are fitted and your smile and bite strength are restored. Fantastic!

However, you will still need to come and see us for biannual check-ups, along with attending to good oral hygiene at home to prevent gum disease. Lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking alcohol can harm the longevity of oral implants, so if you want implants that last a lifetime, talk to our team about smoking cessation and tips on cutting back on alcohol consumption.

Need a discrete way to straighten your teeth? 5 advantages of wearing clear braces

When you were younger, the idea of wearing braces was probably off-putting due to the social stigma it carried.

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As an adult, even if you have misaligned teeth, wearing a brace is usually less than desirable due to the required time, money and effort that is involved. And so, unfortunately, many adults could benefit from wearing braces that don’t and have to suffer the often awkward issue of having a crooked smile.

Luckily, there are now many ways you can straighten your teeth as an adult without the use of metal braces, which are just as effective and offer exceptional long-term results.

Our team is proud to be able to offer our suitable patients clear braces in Harley Street; with braces like Invisalign and the Incognito aligner, you can get the straighter smile you want without drawing unwanted attention from strangers. Easy to use and more flexible to your busy lifestyle, these braces can make an instant impact on your self-esteem.

But what are some of the other advantages of clear braces in Harley Street?

Better oral hygiene

Traditional braces can cause severe issues with oral hygiene, hence why many patients who wear them have to also attend hygienist appointments to keep their teeth clean.

As clear braces in Harley Street are often made from clear brackets and thin wires, they are easier to clean successfully, meaning your oral health doesn’t have to deteriorate while you get your new smile.

Removable (sometimes!)

While we cannot guarantee it, some of our adult braces in Harley Street are removable.

Invisalign is the most famous one, but other brands such as the Incognito brace are affixed to the back of the teeth, making them unnoticeable. After the assessment of your teeth, our team will determine which type of brace is the most suited to your specific issue.

Accelerated treatment

If you knew someone growing up who wore braces, you may remember that they had them for a long time.

However, with adult orthodontics, the majority of the appliances have an average treatment time of about 6 months, making them faster than the braces worn by children and teenagers. This is because unlike orthodontic braces which use force to move the teeth (tightening), adult braces use methods such as pushing to move the teeth. Treatment times may vary depending on the severity of the orthodontic issue being treated.

Comfortable

As there is no pulling or excessive adjusting required with adult aligners, they are often more comfortable to wear for many people.

While some will require adjusting, like the Incognito brace, options like Invisalign do not and move the teeth using a set of pre-made aligners worn in a specific order, so no force is used.

Excellent results

While you may be worried that the results won’t be as long-lasting, all adult braces offer exceptional results.

Many alignment issues which were once only treatable with traditional aligners can now be corrected with more subtle braces with the same long-term results. Great stuff!