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Complete Guide To Cosmetic Dentistry

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Does Your Smile Impact Your Life Positively or Negatively?

Did you know that almost ¾ of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success? Statistics are showing show that the cosmetic dentistry trend is becoming more and more popular – everyone is looking for that perfect smile! Many who suffer from dental anxiety are starting to realise the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. Whether you are looking for a dentist in Glasgow or are wondering if cosmetic dentistry is for you, bite your teeth into our complete cosmetic dentistry guide.

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Teeth Whitening Carried Out By The Beauticians Is Illegal

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Teeth Whitening

Why You Should Always Seek Treatment From Professionals

Many people are under the impression that professional tooth whitening can be carried out in the beauty salons, pop-up kiosks or by someone who carries out home visits. But the fact is that it is illegal for anyone other than a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist (working to prescription of a dentist) to carry out tooth whitening.

According to General Dental Council, dental professionals are the only legal practitioners of teeth whitening. Beauty therapists cannot recognize potential issues with your teeth, gums or mouth.

Why teeth whitening performed by beauty therapists is illegal?

Some people who work in the beauty industry have been sold expensive teeth whitening courses and equipment by unscrupulous companies that make them believe the process is legal.

Dental professionals are required to train for many years to understand the structure of the mouth, to recognise dental issues and to be able to prescribe the correct treatment to each individual patient. Dentists can recognise many types of gum disease and signs of mouth cancer. They are adequately trained to prescribe the correct medication and treatment.

Can illegal teeth whitening damage your teeth?

Tooth whitening chemicals are able to permanently damage the teeth and gums if they are not used correctly and appropriately. These chemicals sink into the tooth surface. Therefore, the practitioner who is providing the treatment needs to be fully qualified and registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).

A recent court case highlighted that teeth whitening had been decided by a High Court judge to be ‘the act of dentistry.’ So even if the practitioner is using below the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide or a product which does not contain hydrogen peroxide, they are still breaking the law and putting people at risk.

All of the products that are used by the dental professionals are thoroughly tested over the course of many years and have been proven to be effective without causing any harm to teeth or gums.

Can you get an insurance for teeth whitening treatment at the beauty salon?

The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) does not provide any qualifications for undertaking teeth whitening treatments by beauticians and as such it is illegal to whiten teeth by people other than dental clinicians. If during or after the procedure you experience any complications you will not be covered legally for any insurance claims.

Teeth whitening is considered to be safe if carried out by a dental clinician. If you want to get protected and safe teeth whitening treatment get it done professionally.

The Berkeley Clinic is currently offering various teeth whitening options to suit your budget and achieve desired results. You can even get an exclusive and customized teeth whitening kit for free when you join our Beautiful Smiles Plan. If you would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry at The Berkeley Clinic.

If you would like to find out more about tooth whitening or book an appointment with the Berkeley Clinic team contact us today!

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The Student Experience At The Berkeley Clinic

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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Dundee Dental School Students

The Berkeley Clinic is one of the most technologically advanced and award-wining dental centres in Scotland. If you are looking for a dentist in Glasgow we can offer you a wide range of dental and medical services including dental implants, veneers, teeth whitening, crowns and facial aesthetics.

Every year we are visited by the thousands of patients as well as dental students from all over the country who want to learn about the advanced dentistry. This week we have accommodated two talented dental students from Dundee. They have observed the work at the clinic, learned about new technologies, shadowed our leading dental team and developed new skills. Carly and Catriona have both written a blog about their experience at the Berkeley Clinic. Please read about their experience below.

Carly and Catriona’s Dental Experience at the Berkeley Clinic

As we walked up the stairs and peered in through the front door, we knew Berkeley Clinic was going to be a dental experience unlike any we had ever seen before. We were met with the calming aroma of a scented candle and an array of friendly faces. Any butterflies we had been feeling at the start of our visit had dissipated within seconds and we were instantly looking forward to the rest of our week.

We are final year dental students from the University of Dundee, and as part of our teaching, Dr Mike Gow from Berkeley Clinic gave us a lecture on the treating of anxious patients with the adjunct of dental hypnosis. When it came to planning our summer electives prior to the start of fifth year, we knew that spending some time with him at the clinic would be hugely beneficial to our learning.

Over the course of the week, we saw a number of procedures and treatments carried out, which to us, were a completely new approach to dentistry. These included hypnosis, sedation, safe amalgam removal, implants and a variety of CEREC work. The area that fascinated us the most was Cerec, which involved taking a 3D scan of patients’ teeth and using that to mill brand new restorations from solid blocks of ceramic. This allows the patients to have their final restorations placed, meaning they can leave with their brand new smile after just one visit. This is in stark contrast to most dental practices, where it would involve a minimum of two appointments and two weeks of waiting on a lab for the final restorations. We really felt this technique was helpful for both busy and anxious patients as it takes their needs and wishes into consideration in the best possible way.

Accommodating patients and their requirements is a key focus here at the Berkeley Clinic, with flexible opening hours and appointments making the city centre practice a good clinic for working professionals. This flexibility and consideration make Berkeley Clinic a safe haven for any patients who feel dentally anxious. Features of the practice which contribute to this vary from the comfortable lounge area and scented candle at reception, to the light and airy clinical areas with all the latest equipment, the ceiling mounted flat screen televisions and choice of radio stations being our favourite. There are even private consultation rooms separate to the clinical areas in which you can discuss your needs and concerns.

Looking back on our week, we have had a fantastic time and definitely feel we have learnt a great deal. We hope that the skills and techniques we have learnt about this week will stay with us and help to make us into the kind of dental professionals we one day hope to be.

Carly Fraser and Catriona Ross

We would like to wish Carly and Catriona the best of luck with their studies and future career! We hope you have enjoyed your time at the Berkeley Clinic.

If you would like to find out more about dental treatments and advanced dentistry at the Berkeley Clinic contact us today on 0141 564 1900.

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Action For Children Charity Lunch

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Supporting The Women Of Influence Awards

The Action for Children Scotland women of influence awards were held at the Hilton Glasgow last month. The occasion was a glittering
awards ceremony for the announcement of this year’s Scottish Woman of Influence. This charity raises funds for disadvantaged children in Scotland and The Berkeley Clinic was a proud sponsor this year.

As part of our sponsorship the Berkeley Clinic offered a signed limited edition Paolo Nutini box set kindly donated to the clinic by Paolo.

A smile makeover was also included in our donation. This offer of Tooth whitening, ceramic reconstruction and Botox was the perfect prize to help raise record amounts for this fantastic charity.

For more information on our treatments please visit our website.

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