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Quick fixes to make your smile Insta-ready

As a celebrity dentist, Dr Richard understands the need to look your best for social media. However, your smile is also an essential part of your self-esteem – many of our patients come to the Dr Richard Clinics for cosmetic dentistry because they want to feel better about themselves. And while veneers, tooth whitening and teeth straightening give people the right ingredients for a positive self-image, it’s the resulting inner confidence that’s the main ingredient of that Insta-ready smile! 

Here at the Dr Richard Clinics, we have a number of ways to create an Insta-ready smile.  Some are quick fixes, so if you’re impatient or have an important event coming up, we can definitely help. If you have more time to spare, there are other treatments we can also recommend, for example white fillings and dental veneers. Here’s a quick round up of your options:

Teeth whitening 

Almost everything we eat or drink has an effect on your teeth and discolouration is inevitable. The top offenders are coffee, tea, cola, fruit juices, berries, tomato-based sauces, and curries – all the things we like to eat most! Luckily, there are a number of effective teeth whitening treatments available that will make your teeth look as good as new, if not better! 

The quickest way to achieve a whiter smile is Zoom WhiteSpeed, which only involves one treatment. We will use light activated technology that reverse discolouration so effectively, your teeth could become up to seven shades lighter in just one hour. It is safe to use on your teeth and gums, and the vast majority of people who’ve had this treatment experience little or no sensitivity. 

If you have more time, you might want to consider Enlighten, which is a treatment that begins with a visit to our Clinic, but you then continue your journey at home. It can take two or three weeks to see the best results, but you will be able to whiten up to 16 shades. 

If you don’t want to come into the Clinic, or money is more of an issue, you can do the entire process yourself at home with Zoom DayWhite. You’ll get maximum results within a couple of weeks.


Veneers are a fantastic way to improve the look of your teeth. Dental veneers provide excellent ways to cover discoloured or stained teeth. A single veneer can be used to cover the gap caused by a misaligned tooth in order to straighten your smile, and give you an amazing, dazzling smile. If you want to see how porcelain veneers can produce a celebrity smile, click here to watch Rylan Clarke talk about his Dr Richard smile makeover. 

White fillings

The problem with traditional silver amalgam fillings is that they are very visible when you smile. However, they are the cheapest form of filling available, which is why they are widely used by NHS dentists. In recent years there has been controversy over the safety of amalgam fillings because they contain mercury which is a toxic substance, although based on current evidence, the World Dental Federation and World Health Organization advice is to consider it to be “safe and effective”. 

As safety is not a concern, the main reason why people would want to replace their silver fillings is cosmetic. These days, a white filling is just as effective and long lasting as an amalgam one, but with one significant cosmetic advantage – your dentist can match the colour  of the tooth to the colour of your natural teeth. This means your teeth will all be the same colour, and the fillings will be practically invisible on your social media photos.

Teeth straightening with Invisalign

Straight teeth are on top of most people’s wish list when it comes to dentistry, and Invisalign’s invisible braces are extremely effective, discreet and very popular. They are not, however, a quick fix, and it could take between 12 and 18 months to complete the process. So, if you’re planning ahead for a very special occasion in which you’d love to be Insta-ready – your wedding for example – it’s never too early to sort out your smile. 

Find out more about Dr Richard’s celebrity clients

Check out the Dr Richard Podcast for more about celebrity smiles. Our very own Dr Richard talks to colleagues and celebrity clients about their experiences and  what’s involved in creating a smile makeover that will get you Insta-ready. 

Fed up to the back teeth with your front teeth?

If it’s time to shake things up a bit and create the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed about, click here to book an appointment for a free consultation. You’ll be able to talk with one of our experienced dentists about the best dental treatments for your needs, as well as costs and financing of the procedure.