Firmly rooted in the city
For over two hundred years, Harley Street in the centre of London has been synonymous with the highest standards of excellence in the fields of cosmetic dentistry and medicine. Initially emerging in 1816 as the place to be in the city for dental and medical work, the large scale Victorian townhouses of the district appealed to early practitioners, as they afforded them the space to house both their practices and lodgings within the same building. One of the most notable early residents who operated out of Harley Street in the early days was Florence Nightingale, who had a practice within the area around 1854. Through the ages, this area has catered to the needs of royals, celebrities, public figures and everyday people alike – and has earned its reputation tenfold as the place to go for a top-quality cosmetic dentistry in Harley Street.
Treatment through the ages
Some of the earliest examples of cosmetic dentistry date as far back as 700 BC, when the Etruscans made rudimentary dentures or replica teeth from ivory or bone. Other materials such as human or animal teeth were also used as early dental implants. Ancient Egyptians hammered sea shells into gaps in patients’ mouths to bridge gaps in their teeth, as well as using a primitive method of toothpaste consisting of ground pumice stone and vinegar to remove stains or discolouration from teeth. Throughout history the importance of having white teeth can be clearly seen through the efforts which were expended to achieve a whiter smile – which has always typically been an indication of good health, wealth and prosperity.
Afraid to smile?
Patients who suffer from superficial damage to their teeth, such as discolourations, stains or chips, can often find their self-esteem suffers as a result. A patient’s teeth form the bedrock of the structure of their face, and healthy teeth are essential to all aspects of healthy living. Teeth which are damaged or unsightly can result in a domino effect and patients can find all aspects of their work and social lives being negatively affected as a result. Nobody wants to have discoloured or damaged teeth, and those who do suffer from cosmetic dental issues can find their self-confidence knocked, and their willingness to smile affected. It is possible that this may have a damaging knock-on effect on their overall mental well-being. It is for this reason that there are a wide array of treatments available today to target superficial damage to teeth and provide patients with a healthier, whiter smile.
An array of treatments
Some of the cosmetic treatments offered which are available today to provide patients with a healthier smile include teeth whitening or bleaching, white fillings, porcelain veneers, dental implants, crowns and bridges, smile makeovers, gum lifts, cosmetic dentures and full-mouth rehabilitations. Treatments of this nature are all different in their methods, however they are all ways of achieving a more cohesive and healthier smile and target superficial damage, discolouration or signs of neglect to teeth. Treatment of this nature can be massively beneficial in helping patients smile fully, healthily and without fear of embarrassment by exposing discoloured, damaged or unsightly teeth.