At London Smiling, we believe in a holistic approach to dental care. This means we aim to treat the whole person, and that we look after all your concerns not just your dental health.
Our dentists in London can help you with several dental procedures, such as dental braces, smile makeovers, crowns, veneers, root canals, fillings and more. Dr Uchenna Okoye has been featured in various press and media publications, including the “10 years younger” programme on Channel 4.
Channel 4’s makeover show, 10 Years Younger has a refreshed line up, including our very own Dr. Uchenna Okoye as the resident cosmetic dentist.
Scroll though before and after examples of how our smile treatments have changed lives.
Dr Uchenna is on hand to answer any questions you may have on building a beautiful smile.
Really funny advert about a whitening chewing gum…maybe one day it will come true!
This is our battle cry and I truly believe it. It’s not just teeth and beauty I do, it’s a physiological change!
When you smile and you are happy there is increased bloodflow to the brain which immediately improves your mood. This is the reason all the gurus tell us to smile when answering the phone even if we do not feel like it. Research shows even forcing a particular expression on your face causes your mind and body to respond.
You have a choice to smile or to turn it upside down and create a frown. Either way the chemical changes in your body are the same.
Hormones are released and once again science confirms what we all know as commonsense…emotions can follow facial expression as opposed to always preceding them!
So today my challenge to you, start an infection, smile at someone so they can pass it on.
February becomes all things LOVE, as Valentine’s day approaches. For a change, instead of talking teeth, I thought I would focus on what I call the facial curtain, that which parts to reveal your fabulous smile…your lips
The skin on the lips is thinner than anywhere else on the body and as such needs a little more TLC to get them ready for that Valentine smooch
Like the skin on the rest of our body, our lips have three layers – the stratum corneum (the outer protective layer), the epidermis and deeper down, the dermis. But that is where the similarities end.
The stratum corneum on the lips is a lot thinner than anywhere else meaning that the skin on the lips is more vulnerable to damage and wear and tear.
Also, unlike the rest of our skin, the skin on our lips have no sebaceous glands so they become dry, cracked and painful at the slightest provocation and because our lips don’t contain melanin they have very little natural protection against the very damaging effects of UV.
Despite these limitations our lips are very important indeed, apart from their obvious and basic functions they also kiss our loved ones, assert our convictions and complete our look.
So how to keep them in top top condition? Here’s what I recommend
1. Exfoliate – This time of year the skin on our lips finds it particularly challenging to hold onto moisture and as a result become cracked and caked in dry skin. This spells disaster for dark lipstick lovers. The old fashioned vaseline and a flannel still works but if you want a grown up version, try Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub, which gently buffs away flakes.
2. Protect - Our lips have no in-built defence mechanism from sun damage. During the day, like the rest of your face, it’s vitally important to use a balm with UVA and UVA filters. Try Nivea Sun Protect Lip Balm, which also contains sunflower extracts to nourish the skin. Remember, skin cancer affects lips too so they need protection.
3. Moisturise – Nothing says “kiss me” more than plump luscious lips. Keep the skin on your lips plump and hydrated with a balm such as Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm, which contains panthenol (a vitamin B derivative) to condition the skin, glycerin to bind moisture and bisabolo (from chamomile) to smooth. Also drink lots of water to keep them hydrated, great for keeping bad breath at bay too
A final tip, this time using make up for the final finishing touches…
Lightly line along the outer edges of your lip line with a pencil a shade darker than your own natural lip colouring will give the impression of a fuller mouth.
It’s also a good opportunity to even out any abnormalities or balance your upper and bottom lips if they are out of proportion. And because the liner is such a close match to your own lip colour you don’t even need to fill them in with lipstick – a touch of clear balm and you’re ready to go.
No.7 Precision Lips Pencil in Nude, £6.75 – for light pink lips
NARS Lip Liner Pencil in Borneo, £16.50 – for medium pink lips
MAC Lip Pencil in Spice, £12 – for dark pink lips (the one I use!)