Whiten that smile with Chelsea Cosmetic Dentists

Maintaining that cheerful look and a dazzling smile are among the main reasons why patients ask about teeth whitening as part of a cosmetic dentistry programme at the Chattering Class Clinic.
Teeth whitening is one of the most effective ways in which to improve the overall appearance of your smile in a efficient and painless way, and there are two kinds of treatment available.
These are power whitening, which only takes about 90 minutes at the Chelsea Clinic, and home whitening in your own time, which takes about an hour a day for 10 to 14 days.
Your Chelsea dental dentist will apply power or laser whitening after placing a shield over your teeth to protect the gums, and a whitening product is painted on the teeth themselves. The laser light speeds up the process, and the colour change can be achieved more quickly using this procedure. Laser whitening is said to make teeth up to five or six shades lighter.
Before you start your home teeth whitening process, impressions are taken of your upper and lower teeth so we can provide you with your own custom-made mouth guard or We then provide whitening gel and easy to follow instructions. The process is safe and fast, and you may see a change in as little as 14 days.
Teeth can become discoloured as we get older, and can also be stained through food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can, of course, also stain teeth.

Calculus or tartar can also affect the colour of teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.
Regular visits to the hygienist are advised, and a consultation is recommend in to discuss which whitening technique best suits your requirements.
In addition, Veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign and our Smile Makeover are all part of our Chelsea Cosmetic Dentistry programme, designed to give you the look you want.

A Simple Checkup Can Beat Gum Disease

Gum or periodontal disease affects about one in three adults, and can lead to more serious ill health problems – one of many good reasons for a regular visit to the Chattering Class Clinic.
Problems indentified in studies have shown that gum disease contributes to heart, stroke, diabetic and pregnancy complications, as well as breathing problems and brain cell degeneration.
Gum disease symptoms include painful, bleeding, receding or infected gums, plaque formation, bad breath, loose teeth and toothache. What may start as a minor inconvenience, however it can quickly spread and become established in the mouth, gums and teeth.
Among the causes of gum disease are inadequate home dental care, not seeing your dentist or dental hygienist on a regular basis, a genetic history of periodontal disease and teeth loss, grinding and clinching your teeth leading to excessive wear and smoking.
If caught early it is very easily treated by a periodontal or dentist at the Chattering Class clinic, where minor problems such as cavities or chipped teeth, which can also lead to a risk of gum inflammation, can be quickly treated.
Gum disease can be avoided by a regular schedule of good home dental hygiene: brushing the teeth with the right toothbrush in the morning and before going to bed, and flossing before brushing at least once a day helps in cleaning away the small food particulars and bacteria from mouth, gums and teeth.
As a sensible safeguard, investing in an Affordable Dental Plan at the Chelsea practice will ensure that you can have the financial peace of mind to make a regular visit to your dental consultant part of your long-term health plan.

Tongue Piercing Can Cause Problems

These days a tongue piercing is a popular fashion statement in the western world, and has been available since the Aztecs used it as one way to honour the gods.
But if you are thinking of having a tongue stud or jewel attached, it may be worth discussing it with one of our experts at your next appointment at Chelsea Dentists.
Research in the USA points to the risk of gaps appearing between front teeth, as well as potential infections and chipped teeth, any of which could lead to the need for cosmetic dentistry.
Problems can arise if people with tongue piercings get into the habit of pushing their prized stud or jewel against their teeth, which over a period of time can cause unsightly gaps to appear in the upper front teeth.
Tongue piercing can cause infections, speech impediments, breathing problems, broken teeth and the risk of infection, says the British Dental Association (BDA).
The BDA recommends that people should ask their dentists for advice on oral hygiene while the piercing is healing.
This includes advice on brushing to avoid inflaming the tongue and the need to use mouthwash to clean the bits of the mouth which the brush cannot reach.
Certainly, if you are thinking of having your tongue pierced then a discussion with a hygienist at the Chattering Class Practice before you decide could benefit your future dental health.