- Stage of Treatment – Completed case
- Duration: 6 MONTHS
- Result: Perfect Smile!
- Doctor: Dr S Abela @128 Harley Street Dental Suite
This patient of 30 years of age attended our practice disliking the crooked teeth affecting both the upper and lower teeth, however she was really unhappy about the bottom teeth
She had been looking at having treatment for a while but couldn’t quite get her head of where best to go until she was referred to us by a friend of hers who also had a similar type of treatment. She always felt embarrassed at showing her teeth and also told us that food used to get stuck between her teeth
She opted to have Invisalign treatment as she had a busy schedule and could not commit to regular follow-up appointments.
She was extremely over joyed with the result and also opted to have teeth whitening for the “cherry on the cake” effect!
She told us that she regretted the fact that she did not to do them before however we reassured her that she can still enjoy her smile for a very long time to come!
It is very normal that we are continuously rushing from one place to another and shifting from one task to the next, especially if you live in a busy city or work as a dentist in Harley Street, London – yes, stress affects us too!
Stresses in life could be a daily experience and could be due to work, life at home, difficult relationships or of financial nature.
Smiling could be the solution you have been looking for. Smiling and laughter can relieve these stresses and instil a positive mood throughout the day.
A great smile can provide you with the physical and mental support you need to overcome these stresses.
The following features define your smile:
Smiling releases “good chemicals” called endorphins giving you a sense of “feel-good factor”.
Smiling helps to relax body muscles, reduces stress and stimulates function of the facial muscles.
When we smile, it influences those around us. Smiles and laughter are contagious because when we see someone else happy, we become happy too.
“At 128 Harley Street Dental Suite, we believe that a nice smile should define you and we take great care at ensuring the nicest of results possible” – Dr Stefan Abela
Some people present with missing teeth, a condition known medically as, Hypodontia.
Hypodontia condition affects 2-6% of the population, people with this condition usually self-refer themselves as they are aware that some teeth are missing or the dentist usually refers them for specialised orthodontic toot movements. Orthodontic tooth movements is usually needed to make space or decrease the space available. The main reason for missing teeth is commonly due to failure of formation of the teeth during their formation stages.
This condition can present itself as 1 missing tooth in the whole mouth to many missing teeth which can be more obvious even to the untrained eye.
Most times this condition is hereditary, however it can occur in children without a family history. Siblings are usually affected in a similar manner however it can also affect one of the siblings, for parents with more than one child.
It most commonly affects the adult teeth, but in rare cases the ‘baby’ or ‘milk’ teeth are also missing.
The best advice is that you ask your general dentist about the condition as it might be part of other medical conditions.
Hypodontia is often associated with other dental anomalies such as small-sized teeth, delayed eruption of teeth, ectopic teeth (teeth developing in the wrong place) and lack of jaw bone which is very relevant in case the patient needs dental implant placement during adulthood.
It is recommended that you look for specialists that can manage this condition. As mentioned above, a very important team member, is the specialist in orthodontics, which is the initial step in achieving a great smile.
We would like to congratulate Dr Milisha on being awarded a Masters of Science degree with distinction in Implant Dentistry from the University of Bristol. This represents three years of dedicated studies with enhanced clinical skills and knowledge in the practice of dental implantology. She has continuously demonstrated advanced skills and kept up to date with the latest technological advancements in this field. Her research focused on minimally invasive dental implants, and was examined by some of the leading implant surgeons in the UK
Scientific research has shown that tooth removal is perceived as more painful than dental implant treatment.
Dental implants are cost-effective in the long term. Removable dentures do not contribute to efficient chewing. The risk of breaking your remaining teeth increases significantly as a result of denture wear. Fixed dental bridges are difficult to clean and destructive on teeth. Bridged teeth are at higher risk of being lost.
Dental implants are made of strong titanium. It cannot catch dental decay.
Dental implants require the highest level of home-care.
Losing teeth will subsequently result in the loss of stimulation to the jaw bone. This in turn causes shrinkage of the bone. Bone loss is rapid in the first 6 months following tooth loss. Dental implants are therefore best placed shortly after tooth removal. Delaying implant placement will most likely result in further jaw bone loss and the need for bone- building procedures.
Mouthwash will boost the strength of your enamel and can protect your teeth against tooth decay. It is best to avoid eating/drinking/rinsing for one hour following the use of mouthwash. I usually recommend the use of mouthwash after breakfast and before bed-time.
Most of us have seen the corsodyl commercial where promises are given that it will treat everything! Corsodyl mouthwash should only be used for a limited time when prescribed by a dentist. Long-term use of corsodyl mouthwash can cause staining of teeth and change in taste sensations.
There are so many mouthwashes out there! To make it simple:
– Choose a mouthwash that contains fluoride
– I prefer alcohol free mouthwashes as they are not as strong and do not dry the mouth
– I love fluoriguard mouthwash. It has a high concentration of fluoride and it tastes nice leaving a nice fresh feeling after use.
– Use what you feel comfortable with!
Bad breath can be both embarrassing and problematic. Some people are aware of their bad breath and some are not. Patients usually approach the topic because their partner or spouse have brought it up.
The most common cause of bad breath is the accumulation of bacteria on your teeth, gums and tongue. These bacteria are also responsible for causing tooth decay and gum problems.
Smoking and strong drinks, such as coffee and alcohol can also cause bad breath. Medical conditions such as mouth dryness, diabetes, tonsillitis, sinusitis and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease are also reasons for bad breath. Certain medications including nitrates, chemotherapy medication and tranquiliser can also cause this problem.