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.
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!)
Make your resolutions count and make 2014 the year of the ‘smile’.
I bet like me you started the new year with good intentions. Maybe started the first of January with a detoxifying home-made green juice, or even made it to the gym for the first few days?
According to a survey by allabouthealth.org.uk, those good intentions are out the window after only nine days. The 9th of January is when we lose our resolve with a staggering 75% of Brits abandoning our new resolutions.
Could one of the reasons why we bin our resolutions early be because sometimes it’s hard to see exactly how they will benefit us in the long term – giving up chocolate for 2014? Why would you do that? :)
That being said, there is one area of our lives, and our health, that could do with some long term improvements, you guessed it, our smile.
Why? Because. Our smile impacts so many areas of our lives that it’s foolish to ignore it. A good smile says you are, for one, happy, but also makes you look more approachable, confident, friendly and competant. It’s a visual cue that we’re often completely unaware of but one that says so much about us as a person.
Our Oral Cancer Screening event will take place on 15th November 2013 at our Goodge Street practice.
You can drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm for a free screening as part of the British Dental Health Foundation’s Mouth Cancer Action Month 2013. Come meet the team and have a cuppa too :) Spread the word to your friends and family as early detection of oral cancer will vastly increase the success of treatment and survival. Please also promote this blog post on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, G+ etc :-) November is Mouth Cancer Action Month… bet you didn’t know that! It is not a sexy topic but it is really serious news.
It is estimated that more than 6000 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer this year, but early detection could save over 90% of their lives… so you can’t afford not to know about it!
It used to be rare, seen mainly in patients over 40 years old but we see it now in much younger people. It kills more people than cervical and testicular cancer combined and used to be 5x more common in men than women, but not any more with our modern lifestyles.
- Oral Sex! Got your attention didn’t it? HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) has been linked to this disease and it is transmitted via oral sex. Stay safe.