Dial up that smile

Woman brushing teeth

Happiness is a great indicator of how well a country is doing, according to some sources. And having a country full of smilers is something to boost about. Ask Thailand: land of smiles, as the banners declare in Bangkok airport. There is an inherent knowledge than smiling indicates happiness, but it can also increase happiness too. Yet, many people are too embarrassed about the state of their teeth to allow themselves to smile. When people don’t smile, they deprive themselves of one of the body’s ways to release the feel-good chemical serotonin. This discovery has dovetailed nicely with an increase in the numbers of the cosmetic dentist. In Harley Street, various treatments are bringing great benefits to patients.

The smile is also an important tool of communication. It gets used more often than words in brief encounters with strangers, such as getting on or off the bus, or in a queue, or when catching someone’s eye in the nightclub. To not dare to smile is more of a handicap than people may realise. It prevents so many relationships from even starting up, and this can lead to loneliness, isolation and depression. Fortunately, the cosmetic dentist in Harley Street can be found at many reputable dental practices such as Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Teeth whitening

One of cosmetic dentistry’s most popular treatments is teeth whitening. This non-invasive procedure can be carried out in little over an hour at the dental clinic. A weaker whitening gel available for home use takes about two weeks, and costs less. Whitening can be used as a stand-alone treatment from the cosmetic dentist in Harley Street, but is also used as an add-on after something like teeth straightening with braces.

Teeth with worn edges or gaps between them, or that have been chipped or cracked, respond very well to veneers or cosmetic bonding. These two treatments cover up imperfections. Veneers are tiny sheaths of porcelain fixed over the front of the teeth. Composite bonding uses composite paste that is sculpted over the teeth and then cured with a UV light. The latter only requires one appointment. Both can last for more than a decade if well cared for.