Posts tagged “Crooked teeth”

Straighten up your smile with the help of London dentists

January 22nd, 2012

Japan, often home to some of the weirdest and wackiest crazes, has come up with the strangest one yet – young women who clip on false “crooked” teeth in an effort to look younger. Or, at least that’s why some of them have signed up for the “Yaeba” or “Double-tooth” procedure, in which non-permanent false teeth are stuck to the patient’s real smile. Others have elected to have vampire-style fangs made for them, in reference to the popular Twilight series!

In the UK, however, straight teeth are still very much in demand and vampire fangs are for Halloween only. Patients at Harley Street Dental Studio are much more likely to be asking what we can do to straighten up their crooked smile rather than asking us to mess up a perfect set of teeth! At least “Yaeba” is only temporary and no one yet seems to have undergone dental treatment to make their natural teeth permanently crooked. Any dentist who agreed to a treatment like that would be very irresponsible, as a straight smile isn’t just for cosmetic reasons, but can actually help improve your oral hygiene.

Most people with crooked smiles or gaps in their natural teeth undergo orthodontic treatment while they’re teenagers, but braces are becoming a more common sight in adult mouths. Perhaps the patient didn’t want to have ugly metal braces when they were younger and have now decided to treat themselves to some of the innovative new kinds of orthodontic treatment on the market. Maybe their past orthodontic work wasn’t very successful and they have decided to have another try. Often, women come to us for orthodontic consultations a few months before their wedding day, determined that they are going to look their absolute best on the most important day of their lives.

Braces and aligners have come a long way in recent years, with the most modern designs proving a big hit with patients of all ages. Most aligners these days are practically invisible, are much more comfortable than the old “train tracks” and can even be temporarily removed by the patient for cleaning and the odd important social occasion. And all to create a perfect, straight smile – much more attractive than a crooked grin or vampire fangs!

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.

Damon braces are setting the field of orthodontics alight at your London dentist

November 15th, 2011

Braces are one of the most effective treatments available within the field of dentistry; unfortunately, they are also one of the most misunderstood treatments too.

For many people in London braces mean one thing: uncomfortable ‘metal train-tracks’ across a person’s teeth. Braces are viewed as a necessary evil, which are simply a means to an end, and something that must be endured in order to straighten teeth – making them one of the most stigmatised of dental treatments.

Although there is an element of truth to this perception, it fails to take into account the superb advances that modern dentistry has made, in order to provide patients with a much different brace experience from that encountered by past patients.

One such advancement is the invention of the Damon brace system. These innovative braces enable dentists to achieve excellent results, utilising the newest technology for discreet and comfortable treatment.

Damon braces use low friction mechanics in order to provide extremely quick and satisfying results for the wearer. Damon braces are fixed devices, which use a unique sliding mechanism to cut down on the discomfort and friction that are often an issue with more traditional braces.

Unlike other fixed braces, Damon braces are a great deal more discreet, using smaller brackets and thinner wires to provide excellent treatment, without the bulk of traditional braces.

Despite the fact that they are not completely invisible, there is one major advantage of Damon braces: speed. Current research has indicated that the Damon System is able to cut down on treatment time by up to six months when compared to other more conventional fixed braces. This means relief from crooked teeth in a much shorter space of time and less time spent wearing braces.

Why Would You Need a Tooth Extracted at Your London Dentist?

October 31st, 2011

There are many different reasons why you may need to have a tooth extracted. In most cases extraction will be a last resort, but this is not always the case.

Orthodontic treatment

If you have orthodontic problems, such as crooked or twisted teeth, a bad bite, crowded teeth or gaps between your teeth, you will probably be advised to have orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth and make your smile look better. Orthodontic treatment can also help to improve the function of your teeth and improve your bite. The aim of orthodontic treatment is to move the teeth into the correct position; for example, if you have gaps between your teeth braces will help to move the teeth to close the gaps. In some cases people who have orthodontic treatment need to have teeth extracted before braces are fitted, which will allow room for the teeth to move. Your dentist will tell you if you need to have teeth removed during your consultation.

Injury or trauma

If you have damaged your teeth as a result of an accident, a fall or a sporting injury, you may need to have a tooth removed. Your dentist will do all they can to save the tooth, but if it is badly damaged there may be no other option but to extract it. If you do lose a tooth and you are panicking about the appearance of your smile, there are plenty of ways to replace it and modern methods are used to create a perfectly natural replacement that blends in with the rest of the teeth.

Decay and disease

In some cases, when a tooth is very badly decayed, it may not be possible to save a tooth and it may have to be extracted. Decay is caused by harmful plaque acids which weaken and gradually destroy the enamel surface of the tooth. Once the enamel is damaged the rest of the tooth, which contains the living tissue, is susceptible. If decay is left untreated it will get worse and the tooth will effectively die (this is sometimes referred to as a rotten tooth). Root canal treatment may be used to try and save a tooth, which involves removing dead pulp tissue from the tooth and cleaning the root canals, but if this is not possible an extraction may be carried out.

How to prevent tooth irregularities

July 25th, 2011

Orthodontic problems are very common and there is greater awareness of tooth irregularities than ever before as people have a greater interest in the appearance of their smile. Inspired by celebrities, millions of people are choosing to have orthodontic treatment to straighten out their teeth and create a more attractive smile.

Common tooth irregularities

Most people have tooth irregularities of some kind. It is very rare to have a perfect set of straight, healthy teeth and this is why orthodontic treatment has become so popular. The most common types of tooth irregularities include crooked teeth, twisted teeth, protruding front teeth (also known as buck teeth or overjet), crowding, gaps between the teeth and problems relating to the bite (this is the way the top and bottom sets of teeth fit together when the jaw is closed).

Preventing irregularities

In many cases, genetics may play a role in determining the positioning and appearance of the teeth. If you or your partner have buck teeth it is likely that you may have a child with larger than average front teeth. However, this is not always the case and there are many other reasons why people may have tooth irregularities. One major cause of crooked and protruding teeth is thumb-sucking; sucking the thumb for a prolonged period of time pushes the front teeth forward, causing them to stick out further than the bottom teeth. Sucking your thumb can also affect the development and positioning of the neighbouring teeth and this may cause problems such as crowding and malocclusion.

Similar to thumb-sucking, research has also shown that using a bottle for a long period of time can also cause problems for the development of children’s teeth. Instead, experts recommend using a cup when the child is old enough to hold and control the cup properly.

Trauma and injuries can also cause tooth irregularities; the most common causes of dental injuries include accidents (such as road traffic accidents), trips and falls and sports injuries. It is impossible to prevent accidents but wearing a seat belt in the car and keeping passageways and stairways clear at home will help to reduce the risk of trauma. It is also advisable to cover sharp corners in the home and install stair gates if you have young children.

Transform your smile for good with dental veneers!

May 26th, 2011

Looking for a way to achieve a long lasting, drop dead gorgeous smile with little hassle? Then read on to see if dental veneers fit your purpose in life!

What are veneers?

Dental veneers are wafer-thin laminates placed over the front of the teeth for a straight white smile. Translucent, smooth and beautiful to look at, they are the dental equivalent of false fingernails and infinitely subtler.

Why choose dental veneers?

Having dental veneers fitted to your teeth is a cosmetic procedure to help improve your smile and boost your confidence. People who choose to have veneers fitted may have the following problems with their teeth:

  • Chipped or damaged teeth. Sometimes we may accidentally damage our teeth from falling over or biting into a hard surface. In this case, dental veneers will smooth over the damage to give the appearance of undisturbed uniformity.
  • Stained teeth. Just as the face ages, so do the teeth. Over time our teeth naturally darken, and stain-causing foods and drink such as red wine and coffee add to the effect. Veneers will restore the whiteness of your teeth.
  • Crooked teeth. If your teeth are crooked, jagged or uneven, dental veneers will iron over the imperfections to create the impression of super straight clarity.
  • Gaps. Dental veneers can bridge the gaps between the teeth to improve your smile power.

Porcelain and composite veneers

The two types of veneers most widely used are porcelain and composite veneers although cosmetic dentists tend to favour porcelain veneers as they are stronger, longer lasting and more translucent and natural in appearance. However they are more prone to staining so it is vital you maintain good oral health in the meantime!

How do I start treatment?

Step 1: First of all, you need to find a good cosmetic dentist with an established reputation and book a consultation. Your cosmetic dentist will start by thoroughly examining your teeth to check your suitability and explain the process to you in detail. Once you are happy that treatment is for you, your cosmetic dentist will begin treatment.

Step 2: Your dentist will inject your gums with a local anaesthetic and carefully shave away the surface of your teeth to accommodate the veneers. Your cosmetic dentist will then take a mould of your teeth to create veneers that correspond perfectly with the shaved surface. This will take up to 2-3 weeks. In the meantime, your cosmetic dentist may give you temporary veneers.

Step 3: Fitting the veneers. Once your veneers are ready, your cosmetic dentist will cement them to the surface of your teeth using a special light to activate the dental compound. Your teeth will then be thoroughly cleaned to remove any excess cement and leave you with a beautifully enhanced, natural looking smile.

How long will my veneers last?

Good porcelain veneers fitted by your cosmetic dentist will last between 5-10 years provided you maintain good levels of oral health (brushing and flossing twice a day) and visit your dentist every six months.

What if I lose my veneers or they fall out?

In the unlikely event your veneers fall out, keep hold of the veneer and contact your dentist immediately.

Other types of dental veneers on the market

Lumineers and da Vinci Veneers are high profile, super thin veneers that fit straight over the surface of the teeth. These veneers are used for instant smile makeovers and can be very costly.

How important is a smile?

May 23rd, 2011

“Smile- sunshine is good for your teeth

When you see someone with a serious face how does it make you feel? It makes me feel uncomfortable, worried and insecure. When a person smiles on the other hand it’s as though fingers have relaxed on the trigger. Relief floods the system like sunlight.

In our image obsessed society it’s easy to be seduced by thoughts of greedy capitalist fat cats plugging into our every insecurity for their own personal gain. But when it comes to smiling we really are at the mercy of Mother Nature as it is a universally acknowledged truth that a genuine smile from the depths of the heart is nothing short of spiritual nourishment.

“I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful”

When we smile we immediately put others at ease. We make great impressions on those around us (providing the smile is not sarcastic or diplomatic which only serves to arouse suspicion) and we are more likely to win success in both our personal and professional lives.

Smiling is also immensely contagious so not only will you earn great results for yourself, you’ll also spread a little light into other corners of the universe too!

What stops us from smiling?

Unfortunately, many people are ashamed of their smile and there is a strong correlation between having bad teeth and low self-esteem. People will yellow, crooked or missing teeth find it difficult to ‘let go’ of their smile which can lead to all sorts of unpleasant repercussions such as difficulty attracting a partner and an inability to assume leadership roles requiring confidence.

“A smile is a facelift that’s within everyone’s price range”

Given the undoubted benefits of smiling on your health and happiness, it’s hardly surprising that more and more people are opting for cosmetic dentistry. Fortunately, prices for teeth whitening treatments have become so cheap and accessible that improving the appearance of your teeth is no longer an elitist past-time. Many dentists can help you.

Dentists offer a range of treatments to improve the appearance of crooked, gapped or missing teeth such as dental implants, veneers, crowns and bridges. And if money is an issue, many dentists take insurance or offer payment plans!

“Every day you spend without a smile, is a lost day”

With so many treatments available at such affordable prices you really can take the step you’ve been longing for without feeling guilty. Look online or visit your dentist today for guidance on the latest, best and most affordable treatments available.

Should I or shouldn’t I? Harley Street dentists can help you find the answer

February 28th, 2011

Throughout the course of our daily working life, we all encounter a number of experiences which might have a positive or negative effect on us. This could range from completing a particular project to deadline, but others could harm your own health which might include the quality of your own teeth. This often asks the person that whether or not they should undertake cosmetic dentistry. But what exactly is this?

Do go on

Cosmetic dentistry is just as its title says; the overall goal is to improve the look of your teeth. Whether you’ve experienced a traumatic encounter which could have left the patient with a missing tooth or have consumed an exceedingly large amount of caffeine products over the course of several years, cosmetic dentistry could be the best solution for you and Harley Street Dental Studio is here to help.

What we can do for you

Porcelain veneers are one such example of cosmetic dentistry that Harley Street Dental Studio can provide for you. If you have crooked or uneven teeth, it is thanks to porcelain veneers which can help you achieve this. Even if your teeth are perfectly straight, veneers can also help you achieve that pearly white smile which the film stars of Hollywood seem to sport every few moments during their blockbusters.

Anything else?

Cerinate Lumineers, which are another form of porcelain veneers, have the added bonus of possessing the ability to reshape, whiten or straighten your teeth in two pain free visits. Imagine going to the dentist and you don’t want to suffer any pain? Then look no further for Cerinate Lumineers offer exactly this.

Want to know more?

If you have dentures and you find that they are not quite fitted to the standard you expect, Harley Street Dental Studio can help you with this. Through dental implants, the need for dentures can be erased permanently as the teeth are surgically implanted straight into the jawbone so there is no chance of dental implants moving around in your mouth.

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.

Braces treatment at your Harley Street dentist

February 14th, 2011

Dental braces are not really that uncommon today; many children and teenagers have braces and those of us lucky enough to have a perfectly aligned smile will most certainly know somebody who was not so fortunate. Today it is not even that uncommon for adults to have braces and even such high profile celebrities as Tom Cruise and Katherine Heigl have been spotted sporting such an addition to their smile.

Why get braces?

Braces can be used purely for aesthetic reasons – to correct a crooked and unsightly set of teeth; and braces can be used to correct more serious problems such as overbites, underbites, crossbites and any bite misalignment that can put immense pressure on the tissues and bones in the jaw. For this reason braces are an extremely important tool in orthodontic treatment and many people benefit from the aesthetic and structural problems it can fix.

The basic idea of a brace is to use and manipulate brackets and wires in a way that will put enough pressure on the teeth to pull them into a more desirable position. Braces are often worn for as many as 2-3 years and that is because movement of the teeth has to be done slowly to avoid damage to the bones and tissues beneath the surface. As the teeth slowly change position new bone will grow around the newly positioned tooth, therefore, if the teeth are moved too quickly, there will not be enough time for this to happen and the teeth will become loose.

In for the long haul?

Undergoing this sort of dental treatment will require dedication and persistence for a long period to get the most out of the treatment. The patient will have to attend regular appointments to tweak and adjust the brackets in order for treatment to continue progressing. Once the treatment is complete and the teeth are successfully repositioned your teeth will usually maintain that position permanently.

Today these sort of dental treatments have progressed wildly from the traditional ‘metal mouth’ idea that has become an icon of what wearing a brace has to be. Braces can be very discreet and can even be invisible if you would prefer to undergo your treatment quietly. Some types of brace do not even require you to give up your gum chewing habit or your love of sticky toffee – although your dentist would probably advise you to give up the latter anyway – and so with some types of treatment it will have very little impact on your day-to-day life.

No pain, no gain

There are obviously some drawbacks of undergoing this sort of orthodontic treatment such as the pain and discomfort following adjustment; the necessary extra attention you need to pay to your oral hygiene; and mouth sores due to the irritation of fixtures on your gums. Nevertheless, when your misaligned mouth is causing you trouble, whether that be aesthetic or functional trouble, the small inconveniences that having a brace would mean are probably worth it for the fabulous results you would achieve.

A perfectly straight smile is only one orthodontic treatment away and by speaking to your dentist about your options you may well find your treatment would be much simpler than you could ever have imagined.

Looking for cosmetic dentistry? Talk to Harley Street Dental Studio

The Harley Street Dental Studio has a vast range of services to enhance your smile. For more information on any aspect of cosmetic dentistry contact us on 020 7636 5981.

Dental veneers at your Harley Street dentist

December 8th, 2010

Dental veneers are a fabulous way to transform your average or slightly imperfect set of teeth into a dazzling smile that will turn heads on Oxford Street. When your teeth are fine but that slight crookedness, crack, chip, stain or even a gap, is getting you down every time you look in the mirror then dental veneers are probably the answer to your troubles.

Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the front of your tooth and hide any imperfections going on underneath; think of them as false nails for your teeth but with a much greater life expectancy. The veneer is cemented on to the front of your tooth and is colour coordinated so that it blends in and looks natural alongside the rest of your teeth. The procedure is quick, straightforward and relatively painless and within two trips to your dentist your Hollywood smile can be complete.

A versatile treatment

The veneer is versatile too – this is the perfect solution for most of the aesthetic problems you can have with your teeth. Think of them as that large glass of wine or a huge bar of chocolate after a long day at the office. The veneer can solve everything! A badly stained tooth that is beyond the capabilities of whitening treatments can be transformed instantly by covering it with a veneer. A cracked, chipped or worn tooth is quickly disguised by a dental veneer. Although not the first option or indeed the ideal one, a veneer can improve the look of crooked teeth if the crookedness is minor and the long process of orthodontic braces just does not seem worth the trouble. The veneer can even correct unsightly or uneven gaps in your smile. There is simply nothing they can’t make better – they really are your tooth’s knight in shining armour.

Which veneer is for you?

There are also as many choices of veneer as there are problems a veneer can solve – the possibilities are endless. Porcelain veneers are by far the most popular; strong and durable with a very natural-looking appearance and a life expectancy of up to 10 years. Composite veneers are the cheaper option and are perfect for tiny cracks or chips as they preserve more of your natural tooth. They are however not so durable, more prone to staining and have a shelf-life of just 1-2 years. There are many other options also; lumineers, Da Vinci veneers, MAC veneers and even non-permanent veneers, the latter are removable and reusable as and when the wearer requires a little extra sparkle in their smile. You can have just one tooth covered with a veneer or you can have a whole set if you are going for that A-list sparkle. Your dentist will be able to discuss all of these options with you.

I suspect many of you will be reading this thinking it all sounds fab but I’d rather have a chip in my tooth than volunteer myself for a terror ride or two in the dentist chair. Great news! The procedure can be complete in as little as two visits and neither visit is particularly traumatic. After an initial consultation and examination your tooth will be prepared by shaving off a tiny layer of the front of the tooth surface under a local anesthetic to accommodate the veneer. The dentist then takes an impression and on your next visit your veneer will be ready and waiting for you. After a quick cleaning and perfecting the fit, the veneer will be cemented into place and the ordeal is over.

So it really is that simple to achieve a showstopping smile to rival the Hollywood greats. Veneers instantly transform a mundane mouth into a naturally dazzling healthy looking smile. It’s a smile that can last too; with a good oral health routine, regular check-ups at the dentist and general good care and attention, your A-list smile will be the envy of your friends for years to come.

Looking for cosmetic dentistry? Talk to Harley Street Dental Studio

The Harley Street Dental Studio has a vast range of services to enhance your smile. For more information on any aspect of cosmetic dentistry contact us on 020 7636 5981.