Lumineers – the new way to transform your smile


LUMINEERS® by Cerinate® porcelain veneers is the pain free, non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment which will transform any smile into a whiter, brighter, full-on beam and enhance your appearance.

LUMINEERS was developed by the California-based corporation Den-Mat and is now available for the first time in the UK. LUMINEERS are as thin as a contact lens and are bonded to the front of the teeth – so a stunning new look can be created – with only two visits to the dentist. This treatment is ideal for misaligned, misshapen, stained, discoloured or widely spaced teeth without the need to grind down healthy tooth structure. It can even cover existing crowns or bridgework.

A patient pictured before is shown on the right and after treatment below.

Lumineers are available from approved cosmetic dentists who assess your suitability. LUMINEERS do not require the removal of sensitive tooth structure and no temporaries are needed. A unique set of LUMINEERS are then created and fitted to the front of the teeth without the need for injections. Once they approve their look and feel.

LUMINEERS are permanently bonded, and will look natural and feel comfortable right from the start.

LUMINEERS are made from Cerinate porcelain and will be made to match existing teeth. They can be cared for and treated as normal using a regular brush and non-abrasive toothpaste.

These permanent porcelain veneers are clinically proven to last up to 20 years with no need for drilling; LUMINEERS can disguise and strengthen unattractive teeth. A LUMINEERS smile also offers instant teeth straightening and looks completely genuine.

Appearances are always improved with an enhanced smile and having a bright and confident beam is the key to feeling and looking great. With LUMINEERS anyone can be confident that their smile is one to be proud of – change smiles and see how it can change lives!

For more information, please visit: or contact DKAP International on 0800 028 0155.

Get a Hollywood smile in Bulgaria


Varna, Bulgaria:A radiant smile is hard to resist but the cost of whitening and veneers can be prohibitive. Now a new clinic, the Dentaprime, is offering the latest cosmetic dental treatments at a fraction of the price elsewhere.

The first three seconds decide what effect you have on another person. A naturally radiant smile is almost impossible to resist. On the other hand teeth get discoloured in the course of time, or even turn brown.

Coffee- and tea-drinkers and smokers are particularly affected. But help is at hand from professional tooth-whitening procedures, otherwise known as bleaching. The Dentaprime Dental Clinic at Varna in Bulgaria provides one of the safest and most efficient bleaching methods there is – with the most up-to-date equipment and at reasonable prices.

The idea of whitening teeth is not new. But the ultrasound bleaching system is! Analysis of a long-term study has shown that ultrasound bleaching, using the Dentaprime Clinic (QuickWhite ©) system, is the most efficient and safest professional tooth-whitening procedure to have a long-term effect. There is no change to the structure of the teeth and treatment is extremely gentle. One particular advantage is that the dentist can adjust the colour of fillings and crowns. This means that your smile is completely natural and white.

Worldwide patent
To start with, your teeth and the spaces between them get a completely professional clean. Then the dentist applies the patented QuickWhite© contact gel, depending on the condition of your teeth and the desired result. After this you relax comfortably for about 40 minutes in a specially designed chair, the KaVo Primus, manufactured in Germany. The whitening process uses ultra-sound and provides the best possible result.

DIY tooth whitening systems Adhesive whitening strips from the discount pharmacy or so-called DIY systems, are not an alternative to professional bleaching in a dental clinic. Users frequently report unsatisfactory results, even though they may have followed instructions to the letter, sometimes for weeks on end. ‘Not much white for rather a lot of money’ seems to be the general feeling.

In the Dentaprime Clinic the patented bleaching process costs about sixty per cent less than in the UK. As well as receiving treatment many patients use the opportunity to take a short holiday on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

You can obtain more information on the internet at:

About Dentaprime

The Dentaprime Dental Clinic for implantology and cosmetic dentistry on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast is among the most modern in the whole of Europe. It combines highest quality standards with significantly lower treatment costs than in Great Britain. Its seven implantation rooms and five prosthetic rooms are equipped with the most modern medical apparatus, manufactured by world market leaders KaVo. The implant systems come from Switzerland, from well-known manufacturers, Nobel Biocare and Straumann. Patients are cared for and treated by experienced and English-speaking implantologists, dental technicians and medical assistants, who have all been trained to western European standards.

TV makeover shows drive growth in cosmetic dentistry

London: A quarter of the UK population has undergone cosmetic dentistry according to new statistics from the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and Mintel.

They show that just over a quarter (26%) of the population have had some type of cosmetic dentistry procedure, of which teeth whitening and white fillings are the most widely experienced.

The national representative sample of over 2,300 adults participated in the online survey which identified the incidence in cosmetic treatments, a market estimated to be worth in excess of £280 million, within the UK population. The survey also examined levels of awareness among the public, as well as the most popular vehicles currently used for the promotion of aesthetic procedures.


Over a quarter (26%) of the population have had cosmetic dental treatments
Teeth whitening is the most popular treatment (31%), followed by white fillings (30%), requested crowns or bridges (21%) and veneers (18%)
Just under a third of women admit to having had cosmetic dental treatment compared with one in five men

The age analysis shows that people in the 25-34 age group are the most likely to have had teeth whitening, people 35-44 opting for white fillings

Makeover shows are a popular vehicle to gauge cosmetic treatments, with almost half of women (49%) occasionally tuning in

According to Dr. Christopher Orr, President of the BACD and Lead Clinician at a Harley Street cosmetic dentistry group:

“With the increase of effective non-surgical and non-invasive procedures such as teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry has become a more attractive option for people by providing an acceptable and more subtle approach to cosmetic procedures. The survey also reveals that people who start with teeth whitening are more likely to progress to more complex cosmetic dental treatments.”

The study also highlights a low public awareness of the availability of cosmetic dental treatments. Previous studies by the BACD show over 93% of practices offer cosmetic procedures, yet only 17% of the population think their dentists can provide these.

Further Results:

Women aged 25-34 are the most likely to have undergone teeth whitening, with 17% of women in this age group claiming to have done so, vs. 12% of men. Over three quarters of teeth whitening is through the use of at-home whitening trays

Women aged 35-44 are again most likely to have requested white fillings, while crowns and bridges for cosmetic purposes are most prevalent amongst women aged over 45, but significantly lower amongst the older male population.

Usage among these age groups suggests cosmetic dentistry is being sought to enhance appearance, and not merely ward off the deterioration of teeth as a result of the ageing process.

Over one in ten (11%) of adults appears to have an interest in cosmetic dentistry, either having discussed or interested in discussing cosmetic dentistry with practitioners and friends.

Television makeover shows are a popular genre, with just over half of the respondents (51%) claiming to watch these programmes as a way of judging the results of cosmetic treatments. Just over one in ten (12%) claimed to be regular viewers, with a further 39% reporting that they watched them occasionally.

Women are the main viewers of TV makeover shows, with 17% of women claiming to be frequent viewers and 49% occasional viewers, demonstrating their huge reach amongst women, compared with only a third of men.

According to Dr Orr:“With the natural curiosity that people feel towards cosmetic procedures, it is essential that safety be foremost in practitioners’ minds. At the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, we will continue our efforts to promote an ethical delivery of dentistry and further public education in this area.”

About the BACD

The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is a not-for-profit, inclusive organisation for the advancement and ethical delivery of cosmetic dentistry, open to all dental professionals including dental technicians and hygienists. Their aim is to create a dynamic, active group of members from all areas of the dental team. The BACD, which has over 400 members, is affiliated with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the world’s largest organisation for cosmetic dental professionals

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

Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists

Harley Street Dental Studio, London, W1

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 Di 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 areshort 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:

London Centre For Cosmetic Dentistry T: +44(0)20 7722 1235.
Consultations for cosmetic surgery are free of charge.

The London Breath Centre
93 Haverstock Hill, London, NW3 4RL
T: +44(0)20 7722 1235 or +44(0)20 7586 7237

Other useful commercial websites:

These are professional bodies who can give you unbiased advice about practitioners:


British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry
Suite 152
84 Marylebone High Street
London W1M 3DE

British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street
London W1M 8AL UK
T: 44 (0)20 7935 396

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
American Dental Association


European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry

A-Z of treatments


Amalgam fillings

Once a standard treatment, amalgam silver coloured fillings have now been replaced by composites to white ones.


Can improve colour of teeth by up to 70% but not stains caused by the antibiotic tetracycline or the white patches caused by demineralisation – need to use micro-abrasion. The latest treatment is laser whitening, in which a hydrogen peroxide solutions is painted onto the patients teeth and subjected to a laser that speeds up the procedure.


Tooth coloured material is stuck. Tooth is etched using a week acid to create grooves to enable the material, such as veneers (see below) to bond.


These are coverings that replace the top part of the tooth. This treatment is used when the teeth are severely decayed, factured or for cosmetic reasons. They are usually made of porcelain, with metal or glass bases.

Endodontics (root canal therapy)

This is the removal of dying or dead nerves which are replaced with a filling material, which can give a tooth an extra ten years of life.


Used to replaced lost teeth but could only be used if there was enough bone to screw in the implant made of titanium. Now however surgeons are able to graft the patients own bone into the mouth to create a base.

Light curing

This is used to harden fillings, to whiten or bleach teeth.


The process of aligning the teeth using fixed braces and in difficult cases may also involve surgery. The latest braces are ceramic.

Scaling and polishing

3-6 monthly appointments with hygenist to get rid of plaque and stains. Now use ultrasonic descalers and the air-abrader
that uses an abrasive powder to clean the teeth.


A thin layer of porcelain is bonded to the tooth. Disadvantages is that they can easily chip or even fall off and may cause damage to teeth.