Orthodontics Explained

Benefits of orthodontic

London dentist Dr Helia Barbeito has years orthodontic experience and she explains how straightening your teeth can have health benefits too.

straight teeth blog Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Everyone appreciates the importance of a winning smile. It makes a pleasing appearance, promotes self-esteem and is valuable to social and career success.

Nice, straight teeth are the core of a great looking smile and millions of people worldwide go to great lengths to ensure that their teeth, as well as the teeth of their children, are straight and well aligned.

But did you realize that having properly aligned teeth provides more benefits than simply a beautiful smile? Straight teeth are easier to clean and that can make them more resistant to decay and less susceptible to gum disease and tooth loss.

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With straight teeth it is easier to:

  • Maintain proper oral functions related to chewing , breathing and speech
  • Correct improper jaw relationships and reduce stress on chewing muscles and joints

There are a number of different options available for people who want to straighten their teeth and achieve a great smile. These include; traditional braces, Invisalign (invisible braces).


Whilst each option has its benefits there might be one solution that is better for you, depending on your teeth and jaw structure. These solutions should also fit in with your lifestyle.

If you are considering teeth straightening, have a chat with your Dentist who can advise you. No matter when your teeth are realigned or how it is done (braces or invisalign), it’s important to understand that the benefits offered by properly aligned teeth go far beyond aesthetics.

Dr Helia works in London Soho and Holborn. She is trained in Invisalign and orthodontics.

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Lip Enhancements

Lip Enhancement treatments are available at our Central London studios.

Lip enhancement is a cosmetic procedure that gives lips a more youthful look by making them plumper and more defined.

Nowadays, the most used injectable dermal filler contains hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in our human body.

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Which parts of the lips can be enhanced

  • Upper and lower lips
  • Vermilion border to give definition
  • Marionette lines, from the corner of the lips downward
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  • Cupid bow definition – the V-shaped area of upper lip

 Is the procedure comfortable? 

The product contains lidocaine to reduce sensitivity and make the procedure more comfortable for the client.

An aesthetic cream or injectable aesthetic is applied for comfort. Dentists are experts in administrating aesthetics so rest assured you are in the best possible hands.

Dermal filler is then injected with a very fine needle. You can go straight back to your daily routine following the treatment, that normally takes 30-60 minutes, and results can be seen instantly. Some redness, bruising and swelling often occur after treatment which will fade within a few days.

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Allergic reactions

Treatments are unlikely to cause allergic reactions because they are made from substances similar to those found in the body. But you must let your dentist know before the procedure if you are allergic to lidocaine.

How many treatments will be necessary?

The effects last between 3 to 6 months, depending on the individual and the amount of product applied. To maintain volume and definition, a repeat application will be necessary because hyaluronic acid is a long-lasting but not permanent substance.

After care treatment:

  • Avoid wearing make up for up to 6 hours
  • Avoid the sun, as well as saunas and steam rooms for about 2 weeks
  • Avoid additional treatments in the treated area for the next 7 days
  • Clients can experience a little temporary tenderness, swelling or bruising around the injection sites.

For a perfect smile

Lip enhancement can make your lips more attractive but if you want to truly shine why not combine it with a teeth whitening treatment and save £100.

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Three benefits of straight teeth

At Smilepod London we never underestimate the importance of a straight smile. We have a range of options from Invisalign to traditional orthodontics to help you take the journey towards more confidence in your smile.

Pop in for a free consultation at any of our Central London locations to see how we can help you.

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Dr Helia Barbeitos – orthodontic specialism – Soho &


Three great benefits of straighter teeth 

1 Improved self confidence

A beautiful smile boosts your self-esteem. Having straight, white teeth dramatically changes your appearance and actively improves your self-confidence.

When you know you have a lovely smile you want to show it. You smile and laugh more on a daily basis, which releases endorphins; the chemicals responsible for making you feel happier and less stressed.

Those with crooked teeth often feel self-conscious and shy away from smiling. This can have a negative affect on your wellbeing and prevent you from feeling comfortable in social settings.

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Dr Karen Orempuller Canary Wharf Dr Claudia Calleja Covent Garden Both have orthodontic specialism


2 Healthier teeth and gums

It’s not all about looks. There are actually a number of health benefits to having straight teeth. Having teeth that are overcrowded or unevenly spaced can lead to gum irritation and rawness.

When teeth aren’t straight, pressure from chewing is unevenly distributed among them, which can cause your teeth to wear down.

Having straight teeth allows a balanced bite, preventing this damage to your teeth.

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Dr Raj Jabbal, specialist orthodontist



 3 Easy to clean

Crooked teeth are hard to clean. Some surfaces will be tucked away and hard to reach whilst brushing. These spots will collect bacteria more readily, which if left untreated, can erode your tooth enamel and wear holes in your teeth.

Straight teeth are easy to clean with a normal toothbrush, which allows you to remove any bacteria that has built up during the day.

straight teeth blog4So if we want to take the first step towards a straighter healthier smile come to Smilepod!

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Anti-Aging Facial Injections

Injectable facial treatments and you

Over the past few years, wrinkle smoothing treatments and dermal fillers have revolutionised the field of facial aesthetics. At Smilepod, we have a number of dentists including Dr Karen Orempuller who has written a guide to these products.

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Dentists and facial injectables

A common question which we are asked is “Shouldn’t these procedures be done by a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon?” Whilst these healthcare providers were the first to offer these therapies, the procedures can be offered by a number of qualified healthcare professionals including dentists.

Dentists have the advantage of rigorous medical training and an in depth understanding of the facial area. As part of their day to day work, dentists regularly engage in much more invasive procedures in the facial, peri-oral, and oral areas.

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Wrinkle Smoothing – how does it work?

Botulin toxin is a type of purified protein and can be used to give your face a younger, smoother appearance with fewer visible lines. It is injected into the facial muscles and works by blocking the transmitters between the motor nerves, not allowing them to contract. During this process there is no loss of sensory feeling in the muscles. By preventing the muscles from contracting, the dynamic motion which causes wrinkles in the skin is reversed.

Approximately 3-10 days after treatment, the skin above the muscles becomes smooth and wrinkles are significantly reduced. These effects usually last from 4-7 months, after which clients can come back for a top up treatment.

The most popular areas for this treatment are: the forehead, between the eyes (glabellar region) and the corners of the eyes (‘crow’s feet’).


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At Smilepod we may recommend our facial smoothing treatments to:

  • People wanting to maintain a youthful appearance
  • Those who are worried about injectables and want a safe pain free environment
  • Busy Canary Wharf workers who want to keep skin looking smooth
  • Those looking to prevent prematurely ageing.


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Invisalign consultations

Smilepod is here turn your dream of having straight teeth into reality.

Many people dislikinvisaligne the fact that they have uneven teeth but are worried about the cost of treatment or feel self conscious about wearing braces. Invisalign is a great solution for adults who want to improve their smile without the embarrassment of noticeable braces.

The first step towards getting a straighter smile is to visit one of our Central London Smilepod Studios for a free consultation. You can call us or just pop in to any branch.

At our five Central London Smilepod Studios we have a number of dentists who are fully trained and qualified Invisalign providers. They all have extensive experience working with Invisalign and will be happy to talk about your individual needs. During your visit, try and spot some of our member of staff wearing aligners – there are more than you might expect!

invisalign pictureDuring your Invisalign consultation, one of our professional dentists will exam your teeth to determine your suitability for Invisalign. Your dentist will explain more about Invisalign including what the treatment will achieve, how it works and what it will be like during the process. The Invisalign consultation is just that, a consulation, so there will be no clinical procedures and nothing to be anxious about.

If you are deemed suitable for treatment we will take a full radiograph to detect any decay to the teeth, gum and bone. This is vital as it gives your dentist a clear understanding of what to expect during your treatment.

Once you decide to complete the Invisalign treatment, you will be shown a video which will reconstruct the exact changes and movements which will occur during the treatment process. It is important to discuss any worries at this stage with your dentist– they are here to help you.

Sam Chapman InvisalignIf you want to have Invisalign but are worried about the costs, do speak to one of our studio managers. We have a range of payment plans where you can opt to pay as little as £69 per month.

Come and speak to us at one of our studios and let us help you have the confident smile you deserve.

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Wedding Day Smile

A brighter smile for your big day

Happiness is best conveyed with a smile and on your wedding day you should be wearing your biggest smile yet. Did you know that a whiter, brighter smile is associated with health and happiness?

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Here at Smilepod, we know how important it is to be proud of your smile. So let us pamper you and help you achieve the smile of your dreams for your special day.

Don’t let wonky teeth worry you on your wedding day. If you are an early bird and wish your teeth were straighter, you can have your teeth straightened in 12-18 months.

Talk to us about Invisalign, our almost invisible teeth straightening treatment. Consultations are free and we can advise you roughly how long your treatment will take.


If you are looking for a quick fix just in time for the wedding photos then teeth whitening will be your best friend in the run up to the big day.

You can choose a combination of our in-chair whitening treatment perfectly paired with At-Home Whitening trays for the whitest of smiles. Book a consultation with one of our expert Dentists who will be happy to help you to achieve your dream smile.

If you only have a few hours, our Smile Styling cleaning will remove stains and polish your teeth to leave you with a shiny smile and minty fresh breath.

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Think of your teeth as a picture and your lips and cheeks the picture frame. Our Smoothies and Dermal Fillers will even out the lines on your face and give you a smoother complexion.

Come to Smilepod today for a consultation and our Dentists will discuss all the options available for you.


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Teeth whitening advice

London Dentist Dr Gino Castro explains teeth whitening

Dr Gino Castro
Teeth whitening is without a doubt one of our most popular treatments. Everyone looks better with a beautiful white smile and many clients come in to find out more about teeth whitening. My clients are looking for a natural smile but are often worried about ending up with blindingly white teeth! Some are also concerned that whitening might damage their tooth enamel. I decided to prepare this short guide to give you some more information about the process and to dispel some of the common myths surrounding teeth whitening.

Firstly, to reassure you, whitening treatments are scientifically proven to be totally safe as long as they are performed by a qualified dentist. At Smilepod whitening is carried out by one of our qualified and trained Smilepod dentists (I work in Soho and Canary Wharf personally). The treatment will not damage your teeth enamel, nor will it leave you with a blindingly white smile. The great thing about the At-Home Whitening treatment at Smilepod is that you will control exactly how white your teeth will look.

What happens during teeth whitening?

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The procedure for home whitening is simple. First, I will need to see you for a quick, free whitening consultation which will take about 20 minutes. In this initial consultation I will check the colour of your teeth, assess any visible fillings, check your teeth sensitivity and identify the causes of any discoloration.

If you are suitable for teeth whitening, the next step is to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are then sent to our lab where customised trays are made. On your next appointment I will fit your new trays and explain carefully how to use the whitening gels at home.

Sensitivity and teeth whitening

The only side effect that could arise during the At-Home Whitening treatment is sensitivity. Don’t worry though, the sensitivity is temporary and we can ease any discomfort if necessary. Just let me know if sensitivity is an issue and I will talk you through the different products you can use to alleviate it (including special toothpastes and mouthwashes). This means that even people who have naturally sensitive teeth can benefit from our home whitening treatment.

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I always like to take some time during your free consultation to understand your concerns and treat any potential sensitivity.  During this time I can also advise you on the shade changes we can expect as this varies according to the client. This consultation helps to ensure that we achieve the results you desire from your whitening treatment as it’s essential that we are both happy with the end results.
During the process, I do my best to maximise the effects of the whitening treatment without causing any (or very minimal) sensitivity. Generally, I recommend that clients use Sensodyne toothpaste for a week before their treatment starts.

Sensodyne contains calcium and phosphate which helps to replace lost minerals from the tooth surface. Regular application helps to strengthen the teeth and protects them from potential dental decay and erosion.

If you would like to have an informal chat about whitening, just book an appointment with me or any of our dentists at Smilepod. We can then work together to give you the beautiful white smile you’ve always wanted and leave you feeling happier and more confident.

There are many teeth whitening products available in London. The question is which one is best for you and how will you react to the treatment.

I am available for appointments at Soho and Canary Wharf and I speak fluent English and Portuguese.

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