Smile Makeover?

6 Quirky Ways To Get A Better Smile That You Want To Show Off More!

White teethThere’s a lot on our blog about improving your smile with various tips and treatments. We like to write about those topics because we are highly experienced in our field here at Abbey Road Dental, and we want to ensure our patients get the latest, useful information.

Today, we wanted to provide you with some handy tips that might be a little more of a surprise. Quirky tips that could help you get a better smile, and that could help you smile more often too. Who knows, something strange could be exactly what you need to get that grin ship shape!

Here are 6 quirky ways to get a better smile that you want to show off more:

1. Plant Power

Going vegan probably isn’t the way to get a better smile, but eating more veggies and fruits is definitely great for your mouth. Not eating enough fruits and veggies is actually a proven risk factor when it comes to how likely you are to get oral cancers. Whilst you’re at it, you might want to get munching on some cruciferous vegetables or crunchy vegetables, like kale, carrots and celery. Not only are they jam-packed full of vitamins and minerals but they can help to naturally clean your teeth just through the action of chewing. That in turn creates more saliva which also helps clean the teeth.

2. Fake It Till You Make It

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Is It Time To Spring Clean Your Dental Regime For 2020?

Put a spring in your step and a fresh smile on your face!

Oral health teeth brushingAs the weather begins to improve, new growth begins on trees and flowers, and we all enjoy the evenings getting lighter, it’s clear that spring is in the air.

This is the time of year that many of us look to blow the cobwebs away, perhaps starting with the home and garden benefitting from a deep spring clean ready for summer. It can also be a case of freshening up anything from your diet, to your exercise regime and even your career if you fancy it. It is a great time for change!

Today, Abbey Road Dental chips in by helping you spring clean your dental regime for the rest of 2020 ahead. We want to help you make easy changes and improvements that help you get healthier, happier smiles and then keep them.

Here’s how to kick-start your dental regime:

Good foundations are key

Before we start referencing the many things that you can do as part of your oral health regime, it is important to think about the foundations of good dental health. No amount of treatment or brushing can eradicate certain habits that can destroy your teeth so let’s take a look at some of the lifestyle habits to avoid or moderate:

Smoking – We all know smoking is bad for your health, and your mouth doesn’t escape the negative effects. Smoking can cause staining on your teeth, which is quite drastic if you have been smoking for a while. Brown streaks and overall yellowing of the teeth are common with smokers. You are also more likely to suffer from gum disease and cavities as a smoker. Lastly, your breath is affected by stale smoke and the dry mouth smoking can cause.

A Bad Diet – A diet filled with sugar and starchy foods will damage the teeth regardless of how much you brush your teeth. There’s only so much that your saliva and your brushing can defend your teeth against relentless exposure to sugar and acidic foods.

Drinking A Lot Of Alcohol – Drinking more than the recommended daily amount of alcohol is very bad for your health, and of course your oral health. It can leave you prone to gum disease and cavities.

Stress – Stress and anxiety can actually lower your immune system’s ability to fight diseases like gum disease. So if you have uncontrolled stress and anxiety you may find it showing itself in your oral health.

The above are just some of the key issues that can affect oral health. So, if you know that you have some habits like the above that could do with a change, seek some support from your GP, pharmacist, therapist or friends and family as a first step.

Your Daily Regime Matters

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Sedation Dentistry At Abbey Road Dental, St John’s Wood

Sedation : feel fully relaxed at the dentist

nervous of dental fillingIf you feel cold and slightly clammy at the thought of going to the dentist you aren’t alone. Many people have a true dental phobia, or at the very least enough anxiety to cause a visit to feel really unpleasant.

In some instances patients may simply avoid the dentist altogether because they have anxiety at such a level that it’s enough to stop them getting treatment at all.

For patients who truly struggle with dental anxiety, where perhaps positive exposure therapy has failed in the past, sedation dentistry could be the answer. Sedation can be used for any procedure, from routine examinations to more detailed procedures like placing implants.

At Abbey Road Dental we want our patients to know that they do have options if they struggle with anxiety.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

Dental anxiety can be caused by a wide range of incidents, thought processes or issues. Each and every patient is unique in their individual reasons for feeling this way.

However, there are common root causes of dental fear such as:

  • A traumatic early dental experience
  • An idea that dentistry now is as it was a long time ago
  • A fear of pain
  • Embarrassment about judgement
  • Worry about cost
  • A phobia that it will be very painful
  • Dentist noise phobia
  • A fear of needles

Sometimes patients have learnt their phobia from a parent, which can become apparent when the person has no negative experience of the surgery themselves.

Often an anxiety turns into a phobia as the issue builds in the mind and it gets worse and worse, the longer the issue is not resolved. For some people, the issue is so strong that they simply avoid dental treatment for years and years. This not only makes the phobia worse but it can cause oral health to deteriorate and the treatment needed may be more extensive than if help had been sought at an earlier time.

Sedation Dentistry And What It Involves

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Celebrity Teeth

How do they get them so white and so straight? Abbey Road Dental takes a closer look….

Celebrity smileWhite teeth have always been desirable, but only within the last decade or so have they become so common. If you watch movies from the 80’s and 90’s you will notice that it isn’t uncommon for actors and actresses to have had discoloured teeth. So what changed?

At the start of the millennium, celebrities started to have teeth whitening to the point where the perfect teeth were something every ‘A lister’ had.

Within the last decade, perfectly white teeth became mainstream and are now something promoted by every type of celebrity. This promotion is either in films or TV programmes and is either passively or actively done via social media.

If you have noticed that every celebrity seems to have perfectly white teeth, you may be wondering how they get such a beautiful smile? Is it a special product only celebrities can get? Do they home whiten? Are they all using veneers?

To help you understand the types of products that celebrities use to get those pearly whites, and most importantly, how you too can have whiter teeth, we’re here to help!

Here are the most common teeth whitening methods celebrities use:

Veneers (Porcelain & Composite)

Veneers can be a completely transformative dental treatment and they are hot on the heels of teeth whitening when it comes to popularity. Whereas teeth whitening can only improve the shade of the teeth, veneers can also improve the shape, size, shade and overall appearance of the teeth.

A veneer is a very thin sheet of either composite or porcelain, applied to the teeth using strong dental adhesive. Porcelain veneers tend to cost more than composite veneers because they last longer, are more durable and less prone to staining. You can use one veneer to improve one tooth that is bothering you, or you can use veneers to transform your entire smile.  For example, many celebrities have them to create the perfect-looking smile, hence the phrase “celebrity smile makeover” or “Hollywood smile”.

These days veneers are very accessible to the general public, and not just celebrities. Even better, after your consultation at Abbey Road Dental, we can usually create and fit your bespoke veneers within a short space of time. Our SmileFast composite veneer treatment can even be completed in as little as an hour!

Teeth Whitening

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Dental Hygiene Products – Your Easy Guide

Which products are available and how can they help you perfect your oral hygiene regime?

Flossing teeth for oral healthAlthough trips to see us at Abbey Road Dental are important to ensure we catch any issues with your oral health quickly, what you do to help your teeth and gums stay healthy everyday is what is really important.

The habits that you abstain from, the things you eat and drink, the time you put into cleaning your teeth – these things really do count.

To help you get a little bit closer to perfecting your oral hygiene regime we wanted to give you an easy guide to some of the most common dental hygiene products on the market. They can help you have an easier time keeping those gums and teeth extremely healthy, and some can even help with additional oral issues like dry mouth. With all of that in mind, here is a user-friendly guide to oral hygiene products from your NW8 dentist:


Mouthwashes were commonly thought of as an extra item you can use to clean your teeth and gums even further, whereas they are actually quite far-reaching in what they can achieve.

As a basic level they are a liquid you swish in your mouth for about two minutes and either contain alcohol or are alcohol free. Some mouthwashes are designed to kill bacteria in the mouth that aggravate the gums. Some are designed to help the gums heal or to reduce gum inflammation. Some mouthwashes are more specific to helping the mouth produce more saliva, which can be very useful if you suffer from dry mouth. There are also specific mouthwashes designed to help gently numb painful and inflamed areas.

As a general rule, mouthwashes aren’t needed and certainly cannot replace brushing, but they can be helpful if you have specific needs. Some can even work against the type of toothpaste you are using and can actively cause you problems.

For specific advice on the best mouthwash to use, if any, please speak to your Abbey Road Dental hygienist.


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Do You Know The Quickest, Safest WayTo Whiten Your Teeth?

Latest smile enhancements at Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood

White teethAlthough the whole year is in front of us, we often want everything right now. Technology, social media and convenience-culture has left many of us wanting everything as quickly and easily as possible.

But for results like weight loss, muscle-building, careers and education, you simply have to think longer-term, as some things need to be done more slowly to be effective.

For example, when it comes to the teeth, straightening is always better when done slowly, gently and under professional supervision. When it comes to whitening the teeth, unfortunately it can be a different matter altogether, as there are many dangerous shortcuts advertised online. Those whitening shortcuts you see might not only be ineffective at whitening your teeth but they could even damage them and your gums too.

It is important to know that there is no need to opt for dangerous whitening options, especially if you want brighter, whiter teeth quickly. We want to help you avoid gum burns, disappointing results, money wastage and more, by letting you know about the quickest, safest teeth whitening options available here in NW8. So please take a look at our guide to find out how you can brighten your teeth quickly in a hygienic, professional environment local to you:

A Visit To The Hygienist

A visit to our Abbey Road Dental hygienist shouldn’t be discounted as a quick and effective teeth whitening option. The visit will not whiten your teeth in the traditional sense, but it will brighten your teeth. Using non-invasive tools, your hygienist will clean your teeth, removing any hardened tartar and surface stains.

This is a really positive starting point for better looking teeth and healthier teeth and gums, the foundation of a beautiful smile. You can book in with our Abbey Road Dental hygienist independently of the dentist by calling our team on 02076241603.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

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Take These 10 Oral Health Tips Into The New Year

10 tips and tricks for 2020 to help make sure your smile is a happy and healthy one!

Oral health teeth brushingAfter Christmas there is a bit of a lull as we all try to relax and slowly digest all the food we have consumed! Most of us are also tired from all the running around, cooking and present buying that seems to happen in a whirlwind in the lead up to the big day.

Once all the turkey sandwiches have gone, and the decorations are down, most people start to look towards the New Year to think about their resolutions.

Instead of adding to your load when it comes to resolutions, Abbey Road Dental want to help you go into the New Year with a smile! Oral health can often get ignored as an important area to focus on, and yet, toothache can ruin everything when you are least expecting it. A lack of smile confidence can hinder us in life and certain oral health issues are known to affect other areas of our health too.

Oral health is actually a great area to focus on in the New Year because your smile  actually represents broader health and confidence in many ways. So to help you head into the New Year able to smile without pain, and with confidence, here are 10 oral health tips we want you to take with you into 2020:

Come And See Us!

One of the most important things you can do for your oral health is to ensure you visit our St John’s Wood NW8 dental clinic every six months, or more if you need to. We’re always happy to see you, and those regular checkups help to ensure that any problems are quickly diagnosed and treated.

Brush Twice Every Single Day

Brushing twice every single day for two minutes is an essential part of self care that everybody should be doing. Two minutes of really great brushing will ensure the food debris and plaque is cleaned away and the bacteria that cause issues have nothing to feast on.

Cut Down On Sugar And Starchy Carbs

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The Ultimate Christmas Smile Survival Guide From Abbey Road Dental!

Keep your smile healthy over Christmas and avoid an emergency visit to the dentist

Dentist Dr Diana SpencerChristmas is a wonderful time of year when all of us enjoy kicking back and enjoying parties and memory making with family and friends.

Despite Christmas being the time of year we all smile plenty, it is actually a really high risk time of year for oral health too.

Alcohol, partying, stress, naughty foods galore and other risk factors all contribute to an increase in dental issues over the festive period.

So to help you maintain your beautiful smile over the holidays, here is your ultimate Christmas smile survival guide from Abbey Road Dental:

Don’t Take Any Unnecessary Risks

It is so important that you do not crack nuts or open bottles with your teeth. If reading that this is the kind of thing that happens over Christmas shocked you, you might be surprised to know lots of injuries to the teeth and gums occur during the holidays due to these kinds of risks. Instead of using your teeth, it’s a good idea to use the correct tools for the job!

Take It Easy On The Naughty Foods Or Eat Them During Mealtimes

If you can take it easy on the pastries, chocolates, cakes and other Christmas treats, your oral health will benefit. There are so many things that are consumed over Christmas that can cause issues with the teeth. If we can’t persuade you to relax on the indulgence, could you consider only eating the naughtiest foods during mealtimes? One of the biggest issues with consuming naughty foods at Christmas is how the teeth are constantly exposed to sugars and acids because we all graze. Eating indulgent foods over mealtimes and especially following those episodes with water to rinse and perhaps sugar-free gum, limits that window of damage and helps your teeth and gums.

Try To Maintain Your Oral Health Routine

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SmileFast Dental Veneers

A spotlight on the latest treatments at Abbey Road Dental, St John’s Wood

White teeth after cosmetic dentistryAbbey Road Dental is proud to offer the most up-to-date dental treatments for our patients and we offer restorative, general and cosmetic services, as well as a range of additional treatments that commonly fall into various categories.

We are always looking to enhance our selection of services to patients with the latest that dentistry has to offer, which is why we are excited to now list SmileFast dental veneers amongst our broad range of cosmetic treatments.

SmileFast Dental Veneers At Abbey Road Dental

SmileFast veneers is a ‘cutting edge’ dental transformation process we are proud to offer at our modern local dental clinic. The treatment has been deemed a revolution in smile makeovers, and that is because many treatments can actually be completed in just 60 minutes. A new smile in under an hour! We couldn’t believe it either! Patients can get affordable, fantastic results quickly, leaving the clinic with their beautiful new smile without having to wait several sessions.

How Does SmileFast Work?

SmileFast is truly groundbreaking in its technique, bringing together various elements in the discipline of cosmetic dentistry.

We can help you to quickly see how your new smile will look, as well as providing a detailed plan of how it works, all following a consultation process to check suitability. We will only ever offer the treatment to patients who are able to get the most out of how it works. If there are any issues or outstanding dental health problems we can offer alternative treatments and referrals where appropriate.

Once we have agreed that you are suitable we can take photos and information before using 3D technology to prepare your smile for the transformation. We can design the perfect smile for you, and place a custom set of composite veneers in just one application. The veneers fit over the front social six front teeth enabling you to walk away with a stunning smile extremely quickly.

Teeth Whitening In Combination With SmileFast

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Confused By Dental Jargon?

Common Dental Terms Explained By Your St John’s Wood Dentist

Here at Abbey Road Dental in NW8 we make a huge effort to ensure that we explain any dental terms we use as well as we possibly can to all of our patients.

We also try to answer any questions you may have, as well as trying to avoid using confusing dental jargon when it isn’t necessary.

However, we want all our patients to feel empowered with their dental care and a great start to that is information. So to help you feel more ‘in the know’ about the world of dentistry and the words used, here are some of the most common dental terms explained:

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry that involves making the teeth look better, whether that is with adult straightening, teeth whitening, veneers, crowns or cosmetic bonding. Often cosmetic dentistry is done in conjunction with other areas of dentistry as part of a complete smile makeover.

NHS Dentist

An NHS dentist is a dentist that may offer private services, but they also offer NHS services. If you are registered with an NHS dentist you can have treatment according to the NHS price band system, however some treatment may fall under private treatment, such as cosmetic dentistry. If you join an NHS dentist they will clarify the type of treatment you need and whether it comes under NHS price bands before treating you.

Private Dentist

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