Dental rejuvenation – guide to who and where

By Avril O’Connor

London: Every body knows that a beautiful smile can win friends and influence people. That is why film stars, models and media personalities use cosmetic dentistry to enhance their image. But despite our teeth being one of the first things that people naturally focus on they are surprisingly neglected. According to industry statistics:

• 19 out of 20 people suffer from gum disease at some point in their life, making it the most common disease in the world
• One in four adults suffer from bad breath on a regular basis
• Nearly two thirds of people (64%) are nervous about some kinds of dental treatment.
• Two-thirds of people who brush their teeth twice a day still have visible plaque deposits. Even those who brush their teeth immediately before examination have plaque on one-third of their teeth
• Ninety-six percent of people see a smile as very important to someone’s overall appearance.
Neglect of the gums and teeth is not only bad for our image and our relationships but also for our general health. Gum disease is caused by a build up bacteria-infested plaque, which, in its severest form, results in loss of teeth as the gums shrink. It can also shorten life expectancy as the bacteria is recycled through our bloodstream. So looking after our teeth is not simply a question of vanity. Brushing, flossing and regular dental and hygenist check ups are vital. Giving up smoking is also important.

The good news is that it is now easier than ever before to look after our teeth and a far more pleasant experience that it used to be, particular with the increasing numbers of dental spas opening up in the capital. These tend to offer a whole range of aesthetic treatments, including non-surgical procedures to enhance the effect of a beautiful set of sparkling teeth. Patients lay back in the spa like ambience listening to their favourite music on an iPod or a film CD while the experts work at their teeth. It is possible to get a foot or hand massage to take your mind off that buzzing drill.

Cosmetic dentists work to correct aesthetic problems rather than serious dental diseases – although some are qualified to do both – and can improve a person’s smile and overall appearance through a variety of techniques, including veneers (usually thin porcelain bonded to the original tooth), crowns and bridges (teeth replacements) and tooth whitening.

It is possible to have a whole smile makeover transforming the face and there is even a dental facelift which works by restoring and rejuvenating the teeth, uplifting sagging jawlines and taking years of a person’s age. An increasing number of older people are now having orthodontics to straighten unattractive teeth with new high tech invisible braces.

The cost of cosmetic dentistry varies, not least because it is bespoke and also because of different techniques and the quality of materials. Veneers, for example can cost between £250 and £900 each, depending whether they are composite or porcelain; crowns from £750 and whitening from £500. A full smile makeover can cost from a few to several thousands of pounds. For healthy teeth that simply need whitening there are now many safe and relatively inexpensive home treatments now on the market.

These are some of the top cosmetic dentists and treatments:

DENTAL REJUVENATION – by Dr George Druttman at CAP 600

One of the latest and most popular treatments is improving the appearance of ageing teeth and one of the leading specialists of this treatment in London is Dr George Druttman of Cap600 in the City.

He says: “Teeth are one of the first features that people look at. Our teeth deteriorate over the years, gradually taking on more and more imperfections that betray our age, or maybe make us look even older than we really are. In Western society, where one in six people will soon be over 65, everybody wants to stay as young looking as possible.”

The solution to ageing teeth is to use a combination of techniques to return them to youth including recontouring (whitening and shaping), replacing fillings to blend in, bonding using a synthetic material to shape and alter the size of teeth and veneers.

The lips can also be treated by using natural fillers, such as Restylane, which contains hyaluronic acid, to accentuate lipline, fill out lips and plump out lines.

Dr Druttman adds: “Most people do not realise what can be done by cosmetic dentists. It may well be that a few short dental treatments take years off so that other surgery a patient might have been considering…

Signs of ageing teeth

Colour – older teeth loose brightness and luminosity and become darker. Wear makes them shor and stubby. Years of food, smoking and coffee may stain teeth permanently.

Shape – young teeth are convex but wear makes the shape of older teetch straight or even concave. Tooth grinding, accelerates this dental erosion. Chipped edges are another sign

Surface – The fine ridges of the teeth are smoothed away and cracks in the enamel may appear

Fillings – a mouth with silver-mercury(amalgam) fillings with give teeth an overall appearance of dullness

Lips – The lips thin and sag, there may be vertical lines, all of which are hastened by smoking
Contact: Dr George Druttman at Cap 600, 123 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 5AX. T: 020 7621 0600; dental@cap600;


Dr Justin Glaister is the clinical director of Umbrella and one of the leading cosmetic dentists in the UK. The “four steps to a new smile” is one of his signature treatments and aims to transform the whole appearance of your face.

After an initital assessment in made during which the appearance of your smile, the health of your gums and surrounding bone, jaw joints and the stability of your bite are evaluated. You may need radiographs. A detailed model is made which you can study in detail and change. Any remodeling work will be carried out on your teeth. All your new teeth are made in several different tones to give a natural look. Celebrity clients include hairdresser Nicky Clarke.

Contact: Dr Justin Glasiter, Umbrella, 11 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF . T: 020 7612 9802.

THE DENTAL FACELIFT – by Dr Phil Stemmer

An authority in aesthetic dentistry, celebrity dentist to the stars, Dr Stemmer treats people who want to enhance their looks to advance their careers or improve their self esteem. At one end of the spectrum this involves complete non-surgical face lifts to those with disfigured, crooked or unevenly spaced teeth. As well as fine porcelain veneers one of the most popular treatments is tooth whitening which can lift the colour of the teeth by several shades to produce a gleaming result on the patients’ own teeth. Dr Stemmer has treated and enhanced the smiles of many of our most glamorous celebrities, a myriad of pop and film stars. He is also one of Europe’s most experienced authorities in the treatment of oral malodour.

Contact: Dr Phil Stemmer, Conan Doyle House, 2 Devonshire Place, W1. T: + 44 (0)20 7935 0406 < ahref=""> or a href=””>


Dr Stanley Kay is a leading pioneer of reconstructive dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry. These include very detailed and sometimes invasive procedures for those who need far more expertise and work than simple aesthetics, such as root canal work and problems with the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) which can be out of alignment. Problems with the TMJ, can cause head, neck and shoulder pains, clicking sounds, pain around the ear and wear and tear of the teeth through clenching and grinding. Treatment includes the replacement of missing teeth and other correction procedures to realign the joints.
Contact: Dr Stanley Kay at the Harley Street Dental Clinic, 103 Harley Street, London W1. T: 020 7486 1059. (a href=””>

HARLEY STREET SMILE – by Dr Anthony Zybutz

Dr Anthony Zybutz’s signature treatment is the Harley Street Smile, a version of the Hollywood Smile, for people who prefer a more subtle look. He uses a combination of procedures from cosmetic contouring, whitening and veneers to restore the original beauty of teeth in a minimally invasive way with minimum discomfort. In most cases the transformation can be completed in less than two hours and patients leave with a new self image and confidence.

Contact: Dr Anthony Zybutz, 39 Harley Street, London on 020 7580 9541.


This clinic focuses on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry uses state of the art technology from the US and the atmosphere of a boutique hotel and a sumptuous spa. He has a celebrity client list including Tamzin Outhwaite, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Jordan. Treatments include veneers, whitening, invisible braces, white fillings, implants and bridgework. Other treatments on offer include Botox and aesthetic fillers, aromatherapy and reki treatments. Dr Oliver pioneered the use of “photo imaging” in the initial consultation stage so that the client can see what their new smile could look like with the aid of digital imaging technology.
Contact: Dr Joe Oliver at The Welbeck Clinic, 20 Welbeck Street, London, W1. T: 0870 2416903 or visit

PERFECT SMILE WITH with Three-D dimensional modeling – by Dr Mark Hughes

The Harley Street Dental Studio is one of the first cosmetic dentist practices to use a variety of techniques imported from the US including the finest ‘micro-thin’ veneers and the use of Cerec 3D Cad-Cam to laser scan teeth producing a 3-dimensional model on the computer. Dr Hughes is then able to cut an actual porcelain filling, ready to be fitted, in less than 10 minutes.

The Studio also offers the ultimate lifestyle experience: a plasma screen showing a DVD of your choice, complete with Bang and Olufsen surround sound, a limousine service to and from the Studio and, for those who want the ultimate pampering experience, procedures such as a manicures or pedicures can be carried out while in the dentists chair.

Contact: Dr Mark Hughes at the Harley Street Dental Studio 42 Harley Street, London W1G 9PR. T: 020 7636 5981

THE BESPOKE SMILE – by Dr Victor Hillman

Dr Victor Hillman specialises preventative, periodontal and cosmetic dentistry and celebrity smiles for the likes of Barbra Streisand and Zoe Ball right through to Jonathan Ross. His clientele come from the UK and the US for his expertise. He specialises in ‘Whole Mouth Rejuvenation’ and uses the latest techniques and advances in technology to transform clients smiles, including whitening, veneers, implants or a combination of these. The practice is particularly good for those with dental phobias as Dr Hillman will spend time with patients reassuring them on procedures so that they are at ease with what is happening.

Contact, Dr Victor Hillman at The Cosmetic Dental Practice, Golders Green, NW11
Tel: 020 8731 9020

CLEARSTEP – by Dr Andrew McCance

Clearstep is a revoluntionary new brace created by Dr Andrew McCance, a specialist orthodontist and dentist. It is not only virtually invisible, but can be removed for eating, cleaning and business meetings and it is ideal for older people who want to improve the appearance of crooked teeth. It is also popular with celebrities who don’t want to be spotted wearing a brace. Unlike conventional braces it does not need teeth to be acid-etched to attach it and does not affect speech. It is also far cheaper than conventional orthodontic treatment which can cost up to £4,000 at about £1,000. The device has been successfully trialed in more than 300 patients and takes 24-30 weeks to get results.

Contact: Dr Andrew McCance at the Clearstep Centre, 47 Montague Mansions, Baker Street, W1; T: 020 7486 6917.

Whitening at home
The Super Smile Accelerator Kit

Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day for dramtically whiter teeth without the hassle of trays. The dual whitening system contains a tube of accelerator and another of toothpaste. The products work together with a gentle bleach and clean the teeth at the same time. The manufacturers say that it is safe to the tooth enamel. Price £22.50 from

Rapid White Starter Kit

Rapid White whitens teeth by up to three shades in just a week and six shades in two weeks, using a non-peroxide formula. It uses an accelerator and a whitening gel and a rubber mouth tray. The full kit costs £19.95 but a starter kit is £7.95, available from Boots.

CleverWhite Day & Night

CleverWhite Day & Night is a clever new, convenient lipstick sized, teeth whitening product is clinically proven to whiten your teeth in just 14 days. It combines a minty whitening gel which gets to work whilst you sleep with an instant whitening wax to top up your smile as often as you like throughout the day. It can whiten teeth by up to 3.5 shades in just 14 days. On sale at Boots for £12.95RRP

Hollywood Smile by Collagenics

This is a 14-day home treatment which begins with an initial consultation at a clinic. Impressions of the client’s teeth are taken by the practitioner at one of clinics nationwide to allow for custom made trays to be made that fit your teeth perfectly. These are used at home with a gel, a small amount of gel is squeezed into the trays and then worn for a minimum of four hours, normally at night. For further information and clinics contact Collagenics on 0845 330 3077 or visit

Beverly Hills Formula

This is a special whitening toothpaste which is gentle and works with regular daily brushing. It is available from Superdrug, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Harrods, Selfridges and Asda. Priced £3.99 . Stockist enquiries are at

Largest gathering of anti-ageing experts in London later this year

London: The world’s top anti-ageing experts are to gather in London later this year.

Anti-Ageing Conference London’s speaker programme is the largest gathering of the world’s pre-eminent medical speakers on the subject of anti-ageing health and regenerative medicine ever to be assembled in London.

The 3rd Anti-Ageing Conference (AACL), will be held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London from the 15-17 September 2006. This event offers a unique opportunity to learn from scientists and physicians about the latest medical advances from what some may consider controversial, to the proven and new treatments for the diseases of ageing.

This event is of importance to all medical professionals who wish to be cognisant on the latest medical and scientific developments in anti-ageing and rejuvenatory medicine from around globe. It is of particular importance to scientists, nutritionists, gerontologists, chiropractors, pharmacists, pharmaceutical chemists and research specialists, nursing practitioners, naturopathic doctors, dentists, bariatricians and weight management specialists.

Among the speakers are world-renowned experts who have driven the global debate on anti-ageing medicine including Dr Robert Goldman, Chairman, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and Dr Ronald Klatz, Founding President, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine; Professor Imre Zs-Nagy, Professor John Ionescu, Dr Michael Klentze, Mr Robert Klein and Professor Irving Weissman. The keynote speaker on Sunday is Deepak Chopra, one of the world’s leaders in the field of mind body medicine and Auvyredic medicine.

As well as the opportunity to hear from these world experts and put questions to our speaker panel, this event provides a unique networking opportunity for healthcare professionals. All delegates receive a high-quality bound conference manual including speaker presentations and biographical materials. The fee also includes a buffet lunch, on all three days, refreshments and an invitation to the conference cocktail reception. In addition the latest anti-ageing products from around the world will be on show in the exhibition hall.

This prestigious scientific event will be introduced by Heather Bird-Tchenguiz MBA, Chairperson, AACL; Founder and President of HB Health; Director of the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine; Board Member, European Society of Anti-Aging Medicine and Director, British Society of Anti-Ageing Medicine.

Heather Bird-Tchenguiz comments: “In most societies around the globe people are living longer so the importance of healthy ageing has never been greater. It is possible for older people to live full and healthy lives well into the latter part of their years but in most cases this does not happen because they and the medical professional are not always aware of the new opportunities that are available to them through anti-ageing medicine. That is what this conference is all about and why this knowledge is so vital.”

The speaker programme for Anti-Ageing London 2006 is as follows:
Friday, 15 September – Regenerative and Preventative Medicine
Prof Larry Benowitz – (TBA)
Prof Geoffrey Raisman: Spinal cord injury
Prof David Naor PhD: Involvement of CD 44 in stem cell differentiation
Prof Stephen Minger – (TBA)
Prof Stefan Krauss PhD: Neural Cell Damage
Dr Dasa Ciscova PhD: The efficacy of stem cell therapy in animal models of autoimmune diseases
Prof Tomas Ekstrom: Karolinska Institutet Sweden: Epigentics principles
Dr Tony Pellet: Umbilical Cord stem cells
Dr Miomir Knecevic – (TBA)
Dr Ralf Toenjes PhD: Paul-Ehrlich –Institut: Stem Cell signatures as a tool for quality control of
Innovative medicinal products
Andreas Junge MBA: Knowledge Management
Dr Octavi Quintana Trias: EU politics
Dr Marco Traub: Symposium Overview
Saturday, 16 September
Professor Dr Imre Zs-Nazy: The Theories of Ageing
Dr Ben Pfeifer MD Ph.D: Prostate Cancer – Unique Protocols featuring Photonutrients and the Immounomodulator
Dr Mark Babizayev: Human Cataracts – the role of Lipid Peroxidation and the efficacy of N-acetylcarnosine as a treatment
Phil Micans PharmB: Biological Age Measurement – Practicalities and Issues
Dr Jennifer Krup MD ABAAM:HRT in Women : Questions. answers and more questions
Dr Brian Halvosen: Dentistry – Advances with an emphasis on chelation and preventative health care
Dr Robert Goldman MD PhD FAASP DO FAOASM:
Prof Alfred Wolf: Chronic stress,burn-out and CFS, A new insight and preventive options
Patrick Holford BSc DipION FBant- Nutrition and Ageing
Sunday, 17 September
Dr Deepak Chopra
Dr Julian Kenyon: Photodynamic and Sonodynamic Therapy
Professor John Ionescu PhD: New Strategies to slow skin photoageing
Sarah Noble: Advances in Spa Medicine
Dr Eric Braverman, MD: Subclinical Hyperparathyroidism: A precursor of Osteoporosis and Dementia?
Dr Michael Klentze MD PhD ABAAM: Male Hormone Replacement
Dr Paul Clayton: Alzheimer’s Disease: Pharmaco-nutritional strategies to maintain the ageing brain
Dr Ron Klatz The Conference Overview
The programme may be subject to change
Full details of the speaker programme and speaker biographies can be viewed at
There are various categories of registration for this event:
Full registration £350;
Day 1 Only £200;
Day 2 only £200;
Day 3 £200.
Book on-line on the registration page at Membership of certain medical societies may qualify for a discount. Further information may also be requested from
Telephone: +44 (0) 2075816962

The events sponsors and supporters include HB Health, the British Society of Anti-Ageing Medicine; the European Society of Anti-Aging Medicine; the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and The Trans European Stem Cell Therapy Consortium.

Anti Ageing Conference London
PO Box 50622
London SW6 2YP
United Kingdom
Tel : +44 (0) 20 7581 6962
Fax : +44 (0) 20 7589 1273

New holistic dental spa opens in London

London: Renowned cosmetic dental surgeon, Dr Mark Hughes has recently launched the new Harley Street Dental Studio in London.

The studio has state of the art equipment and the latest techniques are performed in a stylish and fashionably holistic spa environment.

The range of treatments available at the Harley Street Dental Studio is vast and covers all aspects of reconstructive and cosmetic dental work. Mark and his team use the latest practices to give you the smile you want.

As one of the only dental surgeons in the UK using da Vinci Veneers, Mark and his experienced team can ensure teeth are corrected and aligned to give the most beautiful smile. These ultra-thin shells of ceramic material are bonded to the front of teeth with little or no anaesthetic to mask discolorations, brighten teeth, and to improve your smile.

When fitting veneers, the Studio offers a bespoke service; patients can choose the shade and size of teeth that suits them and their face the best.
Mark personally works with a patient to ensure that they get the most attractive and natural smile.

Facial rejuvenation is also offered at the Studio and is the dental equivalent of a facelift. The procedure replaces worn or missing teeth, improving bone structure and having a dramatic anti-ageing effect on facial appearance.

In addition to using the latest dental techniques, the Studio also offers the ultimate lifestyle experience: a plasma screen showing a DVD of your choice, complete with Bang and Olufsen surround sound, ensures your time in
the Studio is as comfortable and soothing as possible. For those who are
short of time, or simply want the ultimate pampering experience, a manicure or pedicure can be carried out whilst you have your teeth whitened – all within your lunch hour. The Harley Street Dental Studio uses Zoom 2 whitening products from California, which achieve results in just 40 minutes.

Dr Hughes is dedicated to clinical excellence and has built a reputation as one of the finest aesthetic dentists in London. He is well known in the industry for his impeccable standards and for working closely with patients to provide outstanding quality in dental and aesthetic treatments to create the most natural looking teeth and the best results.

Escaping the busy street and stepping into a Zen-like zone with crisp, sleek interiors and exotic flowers gracing every table, the Harley Street Dental Studio removes any fears you may have about visiting a dentist. All of the finer details have been carefully thought out – from the carefully positioned Buddha’s that provide serenity, to the many bowls of crisp green apples that remind you of where you are.

About Harley Street Dental Studio: