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Getting The Perfect Smile With Your London Dentist

With more and more cosmetic options for us all in modern society, how you look is becoming more and more important. One of the key weapons in your looks arsenal is your smile, hence the common phrase “dazzle them with that smile”. A great smile can get you out of some sticky situations! Hermes, an award-winning Dentist in London, has the best professionals on hand. Here we’re going to give you the best advice as to how to protect your smile as well as telling you how we can perfect your smile with our cosmetic procedures.

Why is a Smile Important?

As mentioned before, going to your dentist in London to maintain your smile improves your appearances. Its proven that we look more attractive when we genuinely smile as they draw people in. The opposite (grimaces etc.) obviously also has the opposite effect. Smiling can make you look younger and even gives off the impression of success to those around you.

Besides vanity reasons, smiling has a number of mental health benefits. Smiling is proven to reduce stress, improve our mood, stay positive and just generally makes you happier. These feelings are contagious, so not only do you make yourself feel better but you make everyone around you feel this way too!

Not only good for your image and mental health, but it is also even proven to boost your physical health. People who smile more are proven to live longer! It can boost your immune system as It is thought that when you smile, immune function improves because you are more relaxed (thanks to the release of certain neurotransmitters). Not only that, but it can reduce your blood pressure as smiling relieves stress, a big cause of blood pressure issues.

What Can You Do Before You Visit a Dentist in London?

Sadly, many dentists treat problems they believe are avoidable. England has improved so much over the years with teeth health and maintenance. We have even taken over America in statistics on healthy teeth, making those horrible stereotypes a bit ironic. However, there’s still a way to go and there are many steps that you can be taking at home to help keep your teeth healthy.

There are a couple of external factors you should consider cutting down on or even cut entirely out. This is mainly sugary and carbonated drinks as well as smoking. Sugar is consumed by acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. This acid eats away at teeth enamel and the longer sugar is in your mouth the longer this acid stays and does damage. Whereas tobacco will not only stain your teeth, but damage the gums and cause teeth to fall out. Smoking weakens your immune system, making it harder to fight off gum infections and also seriously hampers your gums recovery

The first and most obvious is to brush with a fluoride-containing toothpaste and floss at least twice a day. Some dentists recommend to brush and floss after a big meal too. You’d be surprised how many people don’t take this seriously. A recent survey shows that 3 in 10 still only brush once a day! Regular brushing and flossing really helps reduce the build-up of plaque on the teeth. If you’re genetically blessed this good routine will keep most ailments at bay. Switching from your manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush can also make the world of good. They’re far more effective at preventing gum disease than manual brushes.

This is only scratching the surface, check out our full guide to protecting your precious teeth here. We always want to make sure you’re coming to our London dentist on your own terms.

How Your Dentist in London Can Help

Our experts at Hermes London dentists can help you with your smile in a number of ways. We have preventative dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry. Preventative dentistry will obviously help you with preventing health issues which will make you less likely to want to smile. Cosmetic dentistry will look at fixing aspects of your smile which aren’t health related that you don’t like.

Preventative Dentistry

This is for people who already have relatively straight or healthy teeth. We help keep them this way by improving your dental hygiene and more. Even if you look after your teeth perfectly as we mentioned above, sometimes genetics will just make it that you need some help from a professional London dentist. One example is keeping healthy gums. Gums are incredibly an incredibly important but sensitive part of your smile. Even if you brush properly every day and avoid the bad foods, your teeth just may naturally build up some plaque which damages your gums. To keep your mouth in tip-top shape we recommend you come in for regular hygiene appointments and dental check-ups.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Here is where the appearance elements come into play. The NHS has a different definition of healthy teeth than us. We understand that your smile may not be their definition of detrimental to your health, but it will clearly affect your confidence and mental health. This can affect your prospects for jobs and life in general. Hermes tries to give you the smile that reflects you and wants you to show your happiness whenever you want!

Hermes does this through a number of different cosmetic treatments. We have a dedicated orthodontics team, where you can choose from a variety of teeth straightening options. We personally love our invisible braces but we can help you find the best fit for you. Alternatively, we allow you to have tooth coloured porcelain veneers, which can help fill in chipped gaps in your teeth without looking out of place.

You may have the most perfectly straight teeth, but still, be unhappy with the shade of your teeth. We all need coffee to function in the morning these days but it is notoriously bad for staining your teeth. With our cosmetic teeth whitenings, you can keep drinking your coffee guilt free with a big white smile.

We understand too that fillings are a natural part of life for some people. Teeth work in a number of ways, and genetically people will build up plaque in different ways. Some people will have a plaque build up that results in them needed fillings often. The NHS only uses off-coloured fillings, which can affect how you feel about the look of your teeth and smile. We provide you with white fillings or special inlays and overlays. These will make it seem like your teeth are still perfectly white and natural, allowing you to beam away with no fear.

Perfect Your Smile with Hermes Dentists London

We understand that everyone is different, so please feel free to get in contact. We are open longer than regular dentists and work around your busy schedules. Don’t let a smile get in the way of your success and happiness. Get in touch today!

Hermes Dental Practice Loves Invisible Braces and You Should Too

What do you think of when you think of braces? We at Hermes Dental Practice Victoria always remember those awkward teenage years. This stands true to real life as well as imagination. Braces are usually given to children around their early teens (the most awkward years of your life of course) as your jaw is growing and will move along with your teeth. However, despite some issues, the NHS states that ⅔ children don’t medically need braces. This doesn’t mean your teeth won’t be affected, just the NHS don’t see a health reason to intervene. They don’t really take into account the mental health issues associated with teeth. Those who are self-conscious about braces are much more likely to be socially reclusive and shy.

This is why we at Hermes Dental Practice Victoria offer a variety of orthodontic treatments for adults. We feel that any adult should not feel self-conscious about smiling. Smiling is the main way we as humans show joy, in fact, people who smile more statistically live longer! Let’s delve into the orthodontic world of adult braces and why we believe that invisible braces are the best choice for any adult looking for braces.

Herme’s Orthodontics is a form of cosmetic dentistry. Any dental treatment for health issues would have been provided by the NHS at a younger age. As mentioned before, mental health isn’t taken into account too much when the NHS is looking at it so they focus on physical health. Orthodontics is a special branch of dentistry that deals with preventing and correcting the irregularities of the jaws and teeth.

The treatments involve using specially made braces for your oral condition. The expert, who handles such cases and carries out the treatment is called an orthodontist. This professional possesses the necessary knowledge and skills, beyond the standard dental school curriculum, to diagnose, prevent and treat all types of facial and dental irregularities. Orthodontic treatment caters to both functional and aesthetic aspects by properly aligning and straightening the teeth.

Our orthodontist says that problems with your teeth can either be inherited through your genes or be caused by external factors. Some of these external factors can occur in childhood, hence why you can get braces as a child but also later in life which is why Hermes includes adult braces. This can include things such as:

  • Thumb sucking
  • Gum or tooth decay
  • Trauma or accidents
  • Premature loss of baby teeth
  • Crowding of teeth
  • Irregularly positioned teeth
  • Having extra of missing teeth

Why Get Invisible Braces From Hermes Dental Practice Victoria?

So what are the benefits of invisible braces? Many adults quiver at the idea of getting braces, reminded of this awkward teenage connotation mentioned before. Braces are also notoriously uncomfortable and are generally considered unsightly by other adults. If you are already self-conscious about your teeth and smile, then you probably already have ruled out having braces for similar appearance reasons.

The health benefits of braces are undeniable though, so the superficial fears should really take a backseat. It is important to remember that straighter teeth are healthier teeth. When your bite is properly aligned and your teeth are straightened, there are fewer gaps and areas for food to get trapped and plaque to build up on the teeth, causing decay. In that sense, invisible orthodontics is a long-term investment in your oral health.

Most adults are sold on the health benefits sold above, however, they are still held back by the potential embarrassment. This is where invisible braces come in. They allow you to have the health benefits with none of the appearance-related downsides. This is often a favourable option for adults who have professional careers and don’t feel comfortable wearing unsightly ‘train track’ braces for months on end.

One of the other benefits of this technology is the shorter treatment time. The technology behind invisible braces is highly advanced and often gives patients a much shorter treatment time, depending on their individual cases. You can enjoy the benefits of braces without it affecting your confidence or social life. Some options are removable too so you can take them out for big important meals in your life to fully enjoy them.

What Invisible Braces Options Does Hermes Dental Practice Victoria Offer?

Like teeth, braces come in all shapes and sizes. There are a variety of orthodontic treatments at Hermes Dental Practice Victoria for adults. At the Hermes London Dental Clinic, patients can have a wide and impressive range of orthodontic treatments, using the latest technology. There are a couple of great options provided by Hermes, both fixed and removable.

Fixed – Lingual Braces

The fixed option we provide is Lingual Braces. These braces use the same technology as regular braces but with one change. Instead of on the front of your teeth, Lingual braces attach to the lingual (tongue) side of your teeth. This makes them completely invisible unless you’re literally looking inside someone’s mouth.

lingual brace will look and function just like a fixed brace, using brackets and wires to gradually move your teeth. In the case of lingual braces, though, the brackets are custom-made to fit the more irregular back surfaces of your teeth. If you’re looking for a discreet brace, this is the crème da la crème of ‘invisible’ braces.

The benefits are that they almost all problems with crooked teeth and are completely invisible. However they can sometimes take time to get used to, your tongue may be irritated by the harsh metal at first. They also require a lot of skill to implement, so not every dentist can do it. Thankfully, at Hermes Dental Practice Victoria we have all the skills needed to fit them.

Removable – Smilelign Clear Aligners

Removable braces give you greater flexibility. Despite being completely invisible, sometimes just wearing them can throw you off your stride. If you have an important business meeting or just a meal to mark a special occasion, braces can hinder you. With removable braces you can take out the braces to hit your stride as you normally would.

Smilelign is a completely clear and invisible teeth aligner treatment. The treatment consists of a series of clear, removable aligners, which are worn for 3 week intervals. Each aligner, moves your teeth by a very small amount, as your progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will become straighter and better aligned.

The benefits of using this treatment are that Smileign can be removed for eating, drinking and teeth brushing and looks very inconspicuous. Your clinician will also be able to show you a digital representation of how your teeth should look once you finish your treatment. The only downsides are that you have to be strict and actually wear them for an extended period of time, and they aren’t suitable for some more complex teeth issues.

Contact Hermes Dental Clinic Victoria

So now you can see you don’t have to compromise your self-confidence to get that winning smile. Braces are more convenient than ever for adults with invisible brace treatment options. We at Hermes have an expert team of top-class professionals to help you along your journey. We are open for times that suit you, we understand that the modern working professional needs their dentist to be flexible. Contact us now to hear more and transform your smile.