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Whether You Require Fast Tooth Movement or Invisible Tooth Movement in London we have the Brace for You

July 1st, 2012

Straighter teeth are not only more attractive they are also easier to clean, making them much healthier than crooked teeth.

Braces are the ideal option for straightening your teeth and we offer a great range at Harley Street Dental Studio in London, to help every type of dental patients achieve the straight smile they desire.

What options are available if I don’t want anyone to see my braces?

If you need tooth movement but do not like the thought of visible wires and brackets you have a number of options, including:

Invisible braces

  • Invisalign-this system uses a series of clear plastic aligners, to move the teeth into place completely unnoticed.
  • ClearStep-this is a similar system to Invisalign, which again uses completely clear aligners to move the teeth.
  • Simpli5-this systems uses only 5 clear aligners to move the teeth into position and is suitable for cases of relapse after previous brace treatment.
  • Incognito-this system attaches the wires and brackets to the back of the teeth, so no one will see that you are having treatment.
  • STB Social 6-another lingual brace system, which can correct your orthodontic complaint without anyone seeing that you are having treatment.

Fast braces

If you are looking for effective and quick tooth movement we also have a range of fast action braces available, including:

  • Damon braces-this is a fixed brace system, which uses self-ligating wires and brackets that move along with your tooth movement. This means fewer dental visits and faster results.
  • 6 Month Smiles-6 Month Smiles are a discreet fixed brace system, which uses tooth coloured wires and brackets to move the teeth. Treatment can be completed in just 6 months, as only the teeth you can see when you smile are moved, which saves time attempting to move the entire bite.
  • Inman Aligner- The Inman Aligner is a removable aligner system, which uses opposing forces to gently ‘squeeze’ the teeth together in as little as 8 weeks.


Modern Brace choices for Patients from London

April 26th, 2012

Advancements in orthodontic care means there are modern braces solutions for people from all walks of life. Designed for comfort, discretion and a natural appearance, modern brace systems provide teeth straightening and bite treatment within the shortest possible time.

Where once braces choices were limited to traditional metal brackets and elastics, patients now have a range of brace systems available to choose from, for a healthier, straighter smile. However, modern invisible braces are not available from the NHS and can only be find at private dental practices. Private cosmetic dentists in London offer clear braces solutions to correct minor to severe orthodontic conditions.

Individuals with overcrowded teeth, skew or protruding teeth, and gaps between teeth, desiring to preserve self-image during treatment may benefit from a consultation with a private dentist for modern brace solutions. Modern braces are designed to be tooth-coloured or clear, or are positioned behind the front teeth so they are not noticeable to others.

Innovative mechanisms, such as Invisalign, the Inman Aligner, Damon, Simpli5 and Lingual braces systems, optimise orthodontic force to minimise treatment time. These systems are engineered to allow for ease of eating, speaking and maintaining oral hygiene.

Ranging from clear aligners, tooth-coloured porcelain to close-fitting invisible, flexible plastic teeth guards, modern brace systems correct tooth alignment and bite with greater comfort and peace of mind. Dentists can recommend the best type of brace most suited to a patient’s orthodontic needs.

The choice of modern braces system depends on oral health condition and orthodontic diagnosis. Patients are offered choices in modern braces solutions according to what they can afford, their needs, and personal preferences.

Patients from London Learn what Options are Available for Front Tooth Gaps

March 27th, 2012

As the teeth develop from milk to adult teeth, gaps can develop between the front teeth, affecting the self-esteem of both adolescents and adults from London. However, front teeth gaps can be narrowed or closed with orthodontic or cosmetic dental treatments.

What treatments narrow or close the gap between front teeth?

There are five main treatments to narrow the gap between front teeth and these are:

  • Dental braces.
  • Mouth guards.
  • Teeth gap bands.
  • Veneers.
  • White composite fillings.

Dental Braces

Dental braces are not only an option for straightening teeth but also a good choice for closing the gap between front teeth, and there are various braces products now available other than metal braces. These invisible and clear braces options include:

  • Invisalign.
  • Clearstep.
  • Inman Aligner.
  • Lingual braces.
  • Damon braces.

These braces are invisible or highly discreet because they are tooth-coloured or clear. Others like the Lingual braces system can be placed behind the teeth so that they cannot be seen at all.

Veneers and White Composite Fillings

Veneers can be made out of porcelain to fit like shells over your front teeth to hide the gap between your teeth. Similarly, white composite can be formed to match teeth colour and shape to close the gap between the front teeth. Options like veneers can be an easy way to cover the gap and give you a natural looking smile in very little time.

All these treatment options are aimed at giving you a gap-free smile, which enhances your beauty and confidence. Gaps in teeth can not only affect appearance and self-esteem, but can have an effect on speech and eating. Talking with your dentist about the gap between your front teeth is a start to finding out more about what is available to treat your problem.

Causes and treatment of crowded teeth by dentists in London

January 10th, 2012

Overcrowded teeth occur during childhood when the gums and teeth are developing and can continue into adulthood if not treated. The teeth can form too close together and, in some cases, additional teeth grow through, which results in crooked or skewed smile and an abnormal bite when your upper and lower teeth come together.

Causes of Overcrowded Teeth

There can be a number of reasons for overcrowded teeth, such as:

  • Genetics/hereditary traits – The DNA of parents contributes to the formation and function of the jaw and teeth, which if incorrect can lead to crowding and other orthodontic problems.
  • Too small upper or lower jaw – When the teeth appear too large, as if there are too many to fit into the gums.
  • Cleft lip and palate – This occurs when a baby is born with a gap in its top lip or when the two plates of the palate forming the mouth do not join properly.
  • Excess tooth development –This occurs when an unusual amount of teeth grow.
  • Mouth tumours – These can affect the formation and function of the jaw, including tooth development.
  • Injury – Fracturing the jaw and re-healing can result in overcrowded teeth.

A medical practitioner can diagnoses the cause of overcrowded teeth and recommend appropriate treatment solutions.

Treatment for Overcrowded Teeth

A number of treatment options exist to correct the causes of overcrowded teeth. These include:

  • Facial or jaw reconstruction or plastic surgery to correct and re-model the facial form and function, such as cleft lip or reforming the jaw to correct bite.
  • Teeth removal and gum re-shaping combined with Orthodontic treatment.
  • Orthodontic treatment, such as braces – Invisalign, Damon, Inman Aligner – and other Orthodontic appliances.
  • Porcelain Veneers can be placed over the surface of teeth to give them a straight appearance, and may be used to treat overcrowded teeth when combined with other Orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontics is used for teeth overcrowding caused by a misaligned jaw position or jaw joint, over or underbite and malocclusion. If you have overcrowded teeth that appear skewed or crooked and are affecting your smile, you can have this orthodontic treatment to correct it.

There is no need to be put off by brace treatment – thanks to Six month smiles at your London dentist

November 20th, 2011

One thing that has always put people off receiving orthodontic treatment to straighten their crooked teeth has been the length of time previously associated with undergoing such procedures. In the past, orthodontic treatment usually lasted no less than two years up to five years and beyond. That type of commitment was more than enough cause for concern and meant that many people opted out of receiving teeth-straightening procedures.

Now, thanks to advances in technologically, the time one spends wearing braces has been drastically reduced. Another change that has been made that is seeing more people approach their dentists with queries on how they can achieve straight smiles is that many braces are made out of materials which people are finding less invasive.

A particular type of braces, invisible braces that are somewhat like plastic mouth guards are fitted over  patient’s teeth and changed every so often as the teeth begin to react to treatment, promise results in about six months time. Six month smiles are not a fantasy nor are they wishful thinking; they are a reality that many people are welcoming as they mean less time spent wearing uncomfortable braces and enduring the pain once associated with undergoing orthodontic treatments. Six month smiles offer flexibility, control of appearance and a quick solution for a common problem.

If you previously considered braces but changed your mind because you didn’t want a mouth full of metal or because you didn’t want to commit to years and years of orthodontic work, a six month smile might be the best option for you.

The effects of crooked teeth on oral health and well-being and why treatment from your London dentist is so important

November 19th, 2011

Crooked teeth are one of the most common dental problems in the United Kingdom. Despite its prevalence, it can also be one of the most distressing dental problems, often requiring years of treatment to correct.

There is a common misconception that nothing can be done to treat crooked teeth as an adult, as many people believe that braces and other related treatment is meant solely for children and teenagers. They may feel that they have ‘already missed the boat’ by the time they have reached their adult years and therefore do not pursue any orthodontic treatment. This is unfortunate, as crooked teeth not only affect the aesthetics of your smile, but can also be detrimental to general oral health and wellbeing for a number of reasons:

  • A person’s bite may not function as well as it should.
  • Crooked teeth may serve to hinder proper cleanliness/oral health, which could potentially lead to infections and dental hygiene issues.
  • A person’s self confidence, self-esteem and general mental wellbeing may be affected by crooked teeth.

With such a wide range of problems caused by crooked teeth, it is surprising that more people in London do not seek treatment. As previously mentioned, this is largely due to the attitude that has surrounded orthodontic dental treatment over the years. However, the majority of people fail to realise that dentistry has come a long way and a number of treatments are now available, which are tailored to suit their individual needs.

Those who have been deterred from seeking treatment for crooked teeth, due to lengthy and unsightly brace treatments, now have the option of much quicker and more discreet treatments. Braces such as ‘Six Month Smiles’ and the ‘Damon Brace System’ can deliver impressive results in a fraction of time. As the treatments for crooked teeth continue to improve, patients will be able to both treat the aesthetics of their smile, while ensuring they are in the best of oral health.

Treatment for gapped teeth at your London dentist is more advanced than ever before

November 7th, 2011

Gaps in between teeth can really wear down self-esteem and cause feelings of self-consciousness. This is especially true if the gap sits between the two front teeth, or between any of the teeth that are on show when you smile.

There are a number of treatments for this problem at your London dentist, from braces to bonding and even tooth gap bands.


Braces are by far the most common solution and come in a variety of forms. The traditional metal brace can be used, but are quickly becoming outdated and many dentists now recommend aligners such as Invisalign and the Inman Aligner. Aligners act much faster, are generally cheaper and are almost invisible when worn.

Cosmetic Bonding

For those who would like another option to braces, there is cosmetic bonding. Cosmetic bonding is a treatment which uses a putty like material to act as a filler for reshaping teeth, filling cavities and of course, filling gaps between teeth. This treatment can be completed within a few sessions and provides faster aesthetic results than braces.

Teeth Gap Bands

A third and relatively new treatment is the use of teeth gap bands from companies such as Orthofill. These bands act in a similar way to braces and apply pressure to the teeth in need of treatment, to move them into the desired position. The band is placed over the two teeth surrounding the gap and left over time (usually between 3 to 6 weeks) the band steadily applies pressure to the teeth pushing them inwards, closing the gap. The bands are removable and can be taken off whenever you wish.

As with all three of these suggestions, it is highly recommended that you seek the opinion of your dentist before choosing a treatment, to ensure that you receive the treatment best suited to you.

How Will Your London Dentist Decide Which Brace is Best For You?

October 12th, 2011

With such an array of orthodontic treatments and devices available today you may be left wondering which treatment to go for and how on earth you are going to choose. Choosing a treatment is an important decision as it can affect the final outcome of your smile, the cost involved and the time it will take to complete. Treatment is a big step and dentists have a responsibility to try and match the results of the treatment process with their patient’s expectations. The right brace can mean a better outcome, cheaper costs and shorter treatment times, so it is important that you are well informed when making your final decision.


You may have done your research and read about different treatments, but the best thing to do is to arrange a consultation with a dentist who has expertise in orthodontic treatment. They will be able to talk to you about your options, explain how the different devices work, how long treatment takes and how much the different treatments cost. During the consultation you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and talk to your dentist about what kind of results you are expecting.

Your dentist will examine your mouth and they may carry out X-rays and take photographs and moulds of your teeth before recommending a treatment. Not all treatments are suitable for everyone, so your dentist needs to gauge the extent and type of orthodontic problems involved in order to make a final recommendation.

Dentist recommendations

Once your dentist has an idea of your orthodontic prescription, your expectations and your budget, they can make recommendations based on this information. Some treatments, such as Six Month Smiles, Invisalign Lite and the Inman aligner, are only suitable for minor problems, while others, such as Damon braces may be very effective at correcting more complex problems.

Your dentist will also take your preferences into account. For example, if you are worried about wearing braces that are highly visible, they may advise you to opt for Invisalign or lingual braces as these the most discreet braces available. Once you have all the information you need and have chatted to your dentist, you can choose which treatment to go for and you will soon be flashing a lovely new smile.

Why my adults than ever are choosing to wear braces

August 5th, 2011

So, you think life starts at 40? You’re sure right. The average life expectancy for a woman is now 81, so at the age of 40 you have over half your life to live!

And the fact that we are living longer is only the half of it.

People are now looking better. With the cult of the celebrity and reality TV at its peak, achieving a photo-shoot finish is becoming more of a daily victory than a lifetime achievement award.

Spoilt for choice by a gargantuan picnic of copy-cat products in local high street stores and with the career ladder stretching itself beyond the clouds for the majority of working class Britain, getting ‘the look’ is a hot priority. Getting the look right however, is where your teeth may play an important role.

Why Your Teeth Matter

Your teeth are pretty amazing- without them you wouldn’t be able to speak (perhaps considered a bonus in some people’s cases), sing (another bonus in the case of X-Factor contestants), chew your favourite food or kiss your gorgeous other half!

And because your teeth are hardwired to your jaw bone they help to create your overall ‘look’ and sculpt the shape and structure of your face, especially when you smile.

Teeth Take the Top Spot

Practical stuff aside though, clean, straight, white teeth help create a fabulous first impression every time you meet someone new and scientific research has proven that smiling is good for your psychological health. No matter how beautiful and symmetrical the rest of your face, a crooked and unhealthy smile will blight your best efforts, leaving people with a negative impression of you. Usually, this will impact on your self-esteem.

Is it any wonder so many people opt for teeth whitening treatments?

And what better way is there to achieve a confident, straight smile than by wearing a brace?

Over 25% of people seeking orthodontic treatment are adults!

You may think that braces are for teenagers and adolescents but you’re wrong. Due to increased life expectancy rates more and more adults over 40 are choosing orthodontic treatment to achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed of.

Even A-list celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Gwen Stefani have used braces to straighten out their teeth!

As an adult, there are a whole range of braces to choose from- so you’re no longer restricted to metal wires and brackets. Advances in technology means that there are now more discreet, near-invisible braces such as Sapphire Inspire and ceramic braces to choose from, not to mention gold braces for an exciting, up-market alternative!

Another bonus to wearing braces is that treatment time is not as long as it used to be.

And, if it’s your pocket you’re worried about, you can now pay for orthodontic treatment in instalments.

So in the words of Gwen Stefani, what you waiting for?


It’s oh so clear at your Harley Street dentist

February 23rd, 2011

Let’s face it; not everyone has perfectly straight teeth. Some might walk through life and never need any form of dental treatment. Of course, there are countless numbers of such treatments which can provide its patient with a variety of successful outcomes. One such examples of this are braces.

The times, they are a changing

When people imagine braces, they perceive them to be the traditional “train tracks”. Technology for braces has moved on from this and now there are several types of brace with a number of these catered for by the Harley Street Dental Studio.

Metal is out

One very popular type of brace is Invisalign. Thanks to a series of clear aligners, these braces work with your teeth with their main goal being to help your teeth and not hurt them for there no longer are any metal brackets digging into your gums. The overriding plus of having Invisalign braces is that they are virtually unnoticeable. Patients have commented that they have felt self-conscious when wearing traditional braces but with Invisalign this fear is no more. Furthermore, these braces are removable, which was not the case with metallic braces. Invisalign really do put the comfort of their wearer in line with the success of the final outcome.

But what else can I do?

If Invisalign braces are not to your liking, Harley Street Dental Studio also offers a 6 Month Smile service. Using less pressure than metal braces, by choosing to use this form of treatment also allows you to have braces on your teeth which are practically invisible to the naked eye. 6 Month Smile technology helps your teeth become straight without applying relatively large amounts of pressure.

Looking for cosmetic dentistry? Talk to Harley Street Dental Studio

The Harley Street Dental Studio has a vast range of services including an oral cancer check-up examination. For more information on any aspect of cosmetic dentistry contact us on 020 7636 5981.