Cosmetic Dentistry an Affordable Option to Restore Your Smile

Having a really great smile inspires people with confidence. Teeth don’t have to be perfect but they do have to be in good condition. However, if you don’t like the shape of your teeth or maybe you don’t think they are white enough, a visit to cosmetic dentist might be the perfect solution for you. It’s not only celebrities who can get their teeth looking brilliant because today there are lots of specialist dentists that offer very sophisticated dental treatments to people from all walks of life and which can really boost a person’s confidence.

Innovative braces are an option but immediate cosmetic dental treatments are too

Minimal Invasive Techniques

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry gone are the days of painful and long treatments. Today, there are new techniques which are considered to be minimally invasive and which boast being painless as well. If you are unhappy with how your teeth look, you have an affordable option to get them corrected by way of cosmetic dentistry and it typically only takes a couple of appointments to complete.

The Types of Treatment Available

There’s a selection of treatments available from improving the colour of your teeth which may have become a little darker or maybe even slightly chipped and worn which you can have fixed by seeing a specialist dentist. The treatment will rejuvenate your smile and doesn’t only include teeth whitening but cosmetic contouring too. Again this type of treatment only takes a couple of visits to a specialist dentist to have done, see: for an example of treatments available.

Another treatment that many people choose to have when their teeth cannot be whitened is to have porcelain veneers applied to their teeth. This particular cosmetic treatment can also take care of a lot of other cosmetic issues too. These days a cosmetic dentist can rebuild teeth where there has been a lot of tooth surface loss and can even rebuild an entire section where teeth are missing.

Instant Orthodontics Explained

You often see children and teenagers with braces on their teeth, but most adults opt not to go down this route but instead choose to have custom-made porcelain veneers or even crowns which can straighten teeth and fill in gaps because it offers an instant treatment that fixes any dental issue they may have.

Again, this type of treatment only usually takes two visits to have done at a specialist dentist. The techniques have improved no end over recent years with the treatment becoming popular with many people who are unhappy with the look or condition of their teeth.

A brilliant smile can be achieved in a couple of appointments

Tooth Replacements Are an Option

You can have implants to replace missing teeth whether you lost them due to an accident or through decay which means you can regain a great smile again. It’s even possible to have a full mouth reconstruction where a specialist dentist can rebuild an entire dentition giving a person back their complete and perfect smile.

Is it Affordable?

These days with all the new techniques available costs can vary depending on the type of treatment you opt to have done and the number of teeth that are treated. Costs are normally based on the skill of a dentist and the type of equipment as well as materials used to in any one type of treatment. A reputable specialist dentist will discuss the work you would like to have done in order to give you a fair idea of how much it will cost before the treatment even begins.


Feeling confident about your smile gives you that all-important feel-good factor that gets you noticed. Improving your self-image helps you in many ways whether it’s on a personal or business level. Gone are the days of painful dental procedures because today many of the treatments are considered to be minimally invasive and pretty painless to boot and depending on the treatment you have done cosmetic dentistry is an affordable option to restore your smile again.

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Human Hair Wigs – For “Real”ly Great Hair

People choose to wear wigs for many reasons. Many, however, are looking for a way to regain their confidence and desired appearance after hair loss. A surprisingly large number of women suffer from hair loss from a number of causes, including pattern baldness, alopecia, and a range of systemic conditions such as Lupus as well as a side effect of medical treatment. There are lots of potential solutions, but the most realistic and natural choice is a human hair wig.

Human hair wigs offer the most natural look for great hair

Real or synthetic

Walk into any joke shop and you can pick up a synthetic hair wig for just a few pounds. Unfortunately, these comedy items have given synthetic wigs something of a bad name, and professionally made wigs with high-quality synthetic hair can provide a way for people looking for a solution to their hair loss to explore their options.

There are a number of ways in which synthetic hair wigs, no matter how high the quality, fail to match up to real human hair wigs. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. Firstly, even good quality synthetic hair has a tendency to look unreal. The way it moves is different to human hair and the texture of it is something of a giveaway.

With a human hair wig, no-one will be able to tell

Another major drawback with synthetic wigs is that more often than not, they can’t be styled. Using different types of acrylic fibres, exposing them to heat styling can cause the individual hairs to melt and clump together, while styling without heat is usually completely ineffectual. As a result, the wig you get when you purchase is the wig you’ll have for the duration. With a human hair wig, you can style it just as you would your own hair. In fact, it’s actively encouraged!

Choosing a real hair wig

Human hair from wigs comes from a variety of sources all over the world. Depending on the look you’re aiming for and your own natural hair, the source of the hair used to make your wig is likely to be from one of three places.

China provides much of the hair used for wigs, not least because hair from Chinese people tends to be incredibly strong and stands up well to the process of knotting into wigs. It is usually thick and straight with little natural wave. Indian hair is also used frequently and has more waves than hair from China, while European hair is usually used for the higher quality lighter coloured wigs as processing the hair to the fair tones of blonde and light brown can leave it weakened and damaged.

You can choose pre-designed wigs created using human hair, but for the best look possible you can have a bespoke wig made to suit your style, face shape and the size of your head. The process of creating a wig just for you involves knotting individual hairs in place to mimic the growth patterns of natural hair. The finished result is a perfect fit for you and gives you a head of hair you can wear and style as if it were your own.


Human hair wigs are the last word in giving a realistic and natural look to those looking to get their hair back. Superior to synthetic fibre wigs in almost every way, they look and move just like the real thing – and that’s because they are! For the ultimate natural look, you could choose to have your wig made to measure and get the ultimate in really great hair.

The Many Uses Of Botox Injections

Botox is the most well-known trade name for the neurotoxic protein, botulinum toxin. It is usually injected into the muscle using a fine needle. Botox is commonly used in cosmetic procedures relating to anti-ageing treatments and was made famous by celebrities. Despite being known for reducing wrinkles, Botox has many other uses, some of which we are going to discuss in this article.

Botox has been used as an anti-ageing treatment for over a decade.

1. Reducing the appearance of wrinkles

We thought we would start with the obvious use of Botox, which is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Although it has been around for over a decade, Botox is still considered as the number one anti-ageing treatment. Botox works by paralysing the hyperactive facial muscles that cause wrinkles. By preventing the muscles from being able to contract, the skin can begin to relax and soften. Botox users tend to notice results in two to four days and effects can last anywhere up to six months.

2. Preventing excess sweating

Botox is approved as a treatment for sever underarm sweating, which is also known as axillary hyperhidrosis. It can also be used to treat excessive sweating of the hands and feet. Although Botox cannot cure excessive sweating, it can alleviate the symptoms by blocking the release of the chemical which is used to stimulate the sweat glands. In order to carry out this treatment, practitioners must inject it into the skin, where the sweat glands rest. Patients usually need re-treating every six to seven months.

3. Treating migraines

A few years ago Botox was approved in the UK and the US as a treatment for individuals suffering from chronic migraines. Symptoms of migraines usually include dizziness, sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting, all of which are extremely unpleasant. Botox is usually injected into areas around the temples, forehead, neck and shoulders to relieve some of the symptoms. It works by preventing pain signals from reaching the nerve endings.

Botox can help to alleviate the symptoms caused by migraines.

4. Treating incontinence

Botox has been proven as a successful treatment for managing over active bladders and incontinence. This condition can affect men and women, though it is most common in women. Symptoms include an overactive bladder, which causes individuals to think they need to use the toilet more frequently. Botox can be used to control the muscular bladder wall and reduce the chemical messages that are sent from the bladder to the brain. In order to perform the treatment, practitioners must inject Botox directly into the bladder wall by using a small device which is inserted into the urethra.

5. Blepharospasm treatment

Blepharospasm is a condition which causes involuntary blinking or spasms of the eyelids. It is most common in men and women between the age of fifty and seventy. Symptoms of the condition include uncontrollable blinking and closing of the eyelids. Some individuals who suffer from severe Blepharospasm also find their eyelids clamp shut uncontrollably. The condition is thought to be caused by an abnormal function of the basal ganglion which is a small area of the brain that is responsible for controlling muscle movement. Whilst Botox cannot cure the condition, it does alleviate the symptoms when it is injected into the eyelids, as it helps to relax the muscles. Patients usually need to have repeat treatments every three or so months.


Although Botox is commonly thought of as an anti-ageing treatment, it actually has a number of other useful purposes and helps to improve the lives of those with certain medical conditions. If you are planning on having Botox injections to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it is essential that you visit a reputable skin clinic for a consultation. If however, you believe you are suffering from one of the medical conditions featured in this article, it is essential that you book an appointment with your GP, who will be able to advise you further on whether Botox will be the most effective treatment for you.

An article by Chris Jenkinson who writes for Qutis Clinics, why not try the Botox Treatment Abingdon has available at their specialist clinic.


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5 Steps To A Perfect Beach Body

If you can’t wait to hit the beach and soak up a bit of summer sunshine but are inwardly cringing at the idea of baring your bits in a bikini, take heart in the fact you aren’t alone.

Many of us spend a lot of our time on the beach trying to suck in our bellies and cover our booties whilst glowering at some of the perfectly toned, trim and tanned specimens splashing in the waves without a care in the world.

We all know that a healthy diet and regular exercise are the promised paths to perfection but let’s face facts; it takes a huge amount of effort, time and organisation…not to mention discipline and willpower. And when you’ve had a long slog at work or the children are clamouring for their tea, it’s not easy to fit it all in and stick to the plan. Particularly when you have the local takeaway on speed dial…

We’ve therefore put together this alternative guide to help you look your best whilst embracing your inner siren and strutting your stuff on the sands.

Join your mates on the beach this summer

1) Relish your reflection
Before you begin your beach babe overhaul, take a moment to step back and look at yourself honestly in the mirror. If you are a petite pocket rocket, you need to learn to love your curves and accept that you will never be a towering supermodel. Likewise, if you are a leggy lovely, appreciate those perfect pins and don’t waste your time wishing you were small but perfectly formed.

It’s easy to be critical and grab handfuls of bootylicious body that you wish simply wasn’t there or desperately try to add extra inches to a sleek and slim physique. But that’s not going to help you hold your head up high and swing those sexy hips with pride.

Instead, find your best bits: maybe you have buns that could crack nuts, boobs that stop traffic or perhaps your whole body just screams sauciness. Forget about the bits you don’t like so much and focus on your foxiness!

2) Leave the orange peel in the kitchen
No matter what size or shape you are, cellulite is a blight which can affect any woman. After all, haven’t we all secretly smirked at the photos of so-called perfect celebrities caught with a bit of orange peel skin jiggling on the back of their thighs?

Banishing the bobble will instantly make you look slimmer, sleeker and more toned even if the only time you see the gym is as you go past it on your way to the pub.

There’s plenty of ‘miracle cures’ for the dreaded cellulite on the market but don’t get suckered into spending all of your holiday dosh on getting rid of it. Staying hydrated will help those cells stay plump and smooth; drink water where possible but if you can’t face the monotony, add a splash of squash to liven it up.

Exfoliation and massage are also key; helping your circulation get moving and getting rid of dead cells will leave your skin glowing and looking quite simply fabulous darling.

3) Tan not tango
Before you step onto the plane, you might want to consider a spot of self-tan, or maybe even going to a salon to get a professionally applied golden hue.

Fake tans have come a long way since the tango tones of the 80s and can leave you with a healthy looking radiance that no-one could possibly guess came out of a bottle.

Pasty-looking pins, unsightly veins, lumps, bumps and lady lines all can be disguised with a little help from a spray, lotion or cream. And if you have been following this plan, and got your skin in tip-top condition by exfoliation and massage, you will perfectly placed for the tan to glide on smoothly.

If you go to a salon to get your tan, there’s lot of sneaky little extras they can do to help too. Applying two coats in different ways can give the illusion of muscle definition or can even appear to knock off vital inches, leaving you with those much sought-after hourglass curves.

Celebrate your body this year

4) Strike a pose
No-one is suggesting you make like Madonna and vogue your way across the beach but keeping your posture in mind can completely transform your body and wow the crowds.

If you are less than confident about how you look, the chances are you won’t be making the best of what you have. Head down, shoulders scrunched, arms crossed…sound familiar? All this is going to do is make even the flattest tummy stick out, hide those beautiful boobs and make you look – quite frankly – lumpy and bumpy.

Arms down by your sides, a cheeky swing in your step and shoulders relaxed. Whether you are a voluptuous vixen or an enviously sleek sex kitten, let everyone see you are happy in your own skin. And there’s nothing more attractive than that…

5) Get a helping hand
You may well have sworn to yourself last year that you would never again be browbeaten by the curse of those extra pounds, or by those naughty little bits that just wobble more than you like. But somehow twelve months have passed and you haven’t exactly managed to stick to all those good intentions.

So what’s a girl to do ? stay at home until it’s safe to venture out in a duffel coat?

Fear not, help is at hand. As well as exfoliating, de-fuzzing, plucking, tanning and striking a pose, it’s actually never too late to try and shift those unwanted bulges.

But before you break out in a sweat at the mere thought of having to restrict yourself to nibbling on a lettuce leaf and going hell for leather in a Spin class, there is another solution: beach diet drops.

An innovative solution that combines a sensible eating programme with a revolutionary formula, body drops can help you not to just sculpt those curves ready for you to hit the beach, but also target those hard to reach zones which just refuse to budge.

What’s more, the course is only three weeks long so there’s no need to commit yourself to months of preparation. After just 21 days, you could just rediscover that little spark of sassiness that got hidden beneath all those unnecessary insecurities!

Make sure this is the year which you finally relax and enjoy your holiday, safe in the knowledge that you are truly a beach babe. Perfection comes in lots of shapes and sizes so learn to love the unique beauty that is looking back at you from the mirror and finally see yourself as the rest of the world does. Forget burying yourself in the sand, it’s your turn to be the one splashing in the waves this time around…

Image Credits: 2Stef27 and Pablo Lancaster-Jones Photo

Cellulite No More!

Almost 90% of women suffer from cellulite to some degree with bith celebrities and us mere mortals all affected. We buy creams, lose weights and go for the latest treatments in an effort to fight this unknown enemy.

So what is cellulite and how can exercise help us battle it? Cellulite is generally found in the lower half of a womans body and makes our hips and bottoms look bumpy. This is caused by two main things -the fat stored in the cells and the collagen fibres holding th cells together. As the fat increases, it bulges through the vertical collagen fibres, like a pillow being pushed through a set of railings. Hence, we get those dreadful dimples of cellulite under the skin.

So how do we combat cellulite and destroy the dreaded dimples?

Burning body fat The best exercise to effectively combat cellulite is weight training. This can be a combination of lifting weights, body weight exercises, swinging a kettlebell, Bulgarian bag workouts or hitting the TRX for suspension training. It will get the body to burn fat, tone the muscles and strengthen connective tissue, which reduces the appearance of cellulite in the area. It also increases blood flow to help flush out the fat from the cells and allows more effective collagen reproduction to strengthen the collagen fibres.

Body fat lowering diet Carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, suga) are the enemy when it comes to cellulite, particularly white carbs. To tackle cellulite, you should be reducing your bread-munching and upping the vegetables and lean protein (lean meat, eggs, tofu, beans and pulses). We need carbohydrates for energy but they should be wholegrain and no more than a palmful each meal.

Collagen strengthening There are lots of treatments to help with this which suggest good results, such as creams, vibration sessions, light therapy and heat treatments. There are also some things you can do yourself such as self-massage to the area affected or having a deep-tissue massage.

Foam rolling is effective for increasing blood flow, helping the body release fat from the cells and improving collagen reproduction in the area.

The bottom line is you cant combat cellulite by doing only one of the above. To win the battle, you need to exercise effectively, balance your diet and increase the blood flow to the area regularly.