Meet London’s Smile Man
Dr. Tim Bradstock-Smith, the man The Financial Times calls “the most fashionable cosmetic dentist in London,” established The London Smile Clinic in 1999. He has subsequently seen his clinic voted Practice of the Year at the Private Dentistry Awards in both 2004 and 2008. As well as heading up one of the coolest and most forward thinking cosmetic dental practices in London, Tim is now one of the UK’s leading spokespeople on cosmetic dentistry. Tim has also mentored many aspiring young cosmetic dentists and is regularly quoted in professional journals.
Dr. Bradstock-Smith qualified from University College Hospital in 1989 and since 1994 has worked exclusively in cosmetic dentistry. Since founding the London Smile Clinic, he has put his reputation as a leading innovator to good use. A keen advocate of procedures and treatments used in the USA, he has successfully introduced many new procedures into the UK, including the revolutionary Inman Aligner, the ’12 week wonder brace’ that can align protruding or misaligned teeth in a fraction of the time taken by conventional procedures. Understanding the importance of a smile that his clients can be truly proud of, Tim is renowned for his skills in creating a more natural finish, steering his clients away from the over-popularized and bland Hollywood smile.
In 2008, Tim became an accredited member of the AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry). He is one of just two UK dentists to have achieved this. Tim is also an accredited member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), and is now the only dentist in this country to hold an accreditation with the Academies of Cosmetic Dentistry on both sides of the Atlantic.
Beauty in the Bag gets the low-down on the ‘then and now’ of dentistry…
How did you start out in dentistry and why did you choose to specialize in cosmetic dentistry?
I chose dentistry because I wanted to go into a profession and I wanted to work with my hands. I studied at UCL for five years and started out working in the NHS. I didn’t enjoy the drill and fill routine much and found the artistic nature of cosmetic dentistry much more enjoyable.
Do you think that there is a big difference between NHS and private dentistry services in the UK?
There are a lot of extremely dedicated NHS dentists doing a great job out there, but the range of services available is limited. NHS dentistry aims to provide a certain level of dental health whereas private dentistry can also offer elective procedures such as cosmetic dentistry and adult orthodontics.
What’s the most common request from patients of London Smile?
Well the most common request is for a beautiful smile but the treatment or treatments required vary considerably and are tailored to the individual patient’s expectations and budget. The most common treatments are porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, Inman Aligners and implants.
How do you think cosmetic dentistry has changed in recent years?
We have been at the forefront of some of the biggest changes to cosmetic dentistry in the past three or four years with the introduction of the Inman Aligner. We have trained 800 other dentists to use this system. The Inman Aligner is a great way to quickly and safely straighten front teeth in a matter of weeks. It can be used combined with whitening and simple bonding to great effect or prior to minimally invasive porcelain veneers for the ultimate in smile makeovers.
What is the future of cosmetic dentistry?
Advances in digital scanning and computer-aided design have exciting possibilities for increasing accuracy and control of impression taking, restoration manufacture and 3-D treatment planning. This will benefit patients by making restoration such as veneers and crowns even stronger and longer-lasting. It could also potentially allow full pre-visualization of smile designs in 3-D before touching a tooth, giving patients greater choice and control of outcomes before treatment commences.
What are your tips for keeping your smile in good health?
Well we all know we are supposed to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once, and stay away from too many fizzy drinks and sugary snacks. So just make a New Year’s resolution to actually do it. I love flossing because it feels so good when you’re done, so why not? Make a fresh start to the year with a visit to the hygienist to remove tough stains and tartar and point you in the right direction with your homecare.
For smokers, there has never been a better time to quit with help and support more freely available than ever before. Everyone knows the health risks associated with smoking, but did you know how much damage it can do your dental health? Smoking masks early signs of gum disease, prevents normal immune response to bacteria and can cause rapidly advancing gum disease and tooth loss. Dental implants are not offered to smokers as the risks of failure are too high. So if you lose a tooth from smoking you would have to quit before you could replace it with an expensive implant anyway. So don’t put it off, quit now.