Myth Busting: Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Pssst…. You can afford it, we don’t have to see you every week and you can still drink wine and coffee!

A confident smile is something everyone deserves and whether you missed the opportunity as a teenager, it didn’t bother you then, it’s worsened now or you just didn’t wear your retainer, adult orthodontics can be the ideal solution to getting the great smile. (Sneak peak! We’ll give you retainers!)

Don’t worry! Full metal ‘train tracks’ isn’t your only option. Here at Holland Park Dental Centre we have a specialist orthodontist who is a Platinum Elite Invisalign provider and a specialist in lingual braces (behind your teeth). Dr. Anthony Lam and his team also fit ceramic (tooth-coloured) braces such as Damon Clear . With the latest innovations and technologies that are available we are able to straighten your teeth quickly and discreetly.


Top tip! Ask us about AcceleDent, a device that can up to halve your treatment time!

Invisalign is series of clear plastic removable aligners, no wires, no brackets and they’re extremely hard to notice. Because they are removable they give you the freedom to live your lifestyle. However, they require commitment, as they will only straighten your teeth if you wear your aligners upwards of 22hours a day. Are you disciplined enough? An advantage of Invisalign is that you can take the aligners out for eating, drinking (everything other than water) and brushing your teeth. This means you can still enjoy tea, coffee and red wine! Without fear of staining your brace or changing your oral hygiene regime.

SureSmile’s innovative technology uses 3D imaging and virtual simulations and fancy wire bending robots to manufacture intricate, customised bends in the brace wires. Making the process more efficient, meaning treatment time could be reduced by up to 9months (Sorry… this’ll mean less time sneaking out of the office for the afternoon!). We’re lucky enough to have a practitioner licensed to use this world leading technology, Dr. Anthony Lam.

Lingual braces such as Incognito are truly invisible, as the brackets are bonded to the inside of your teeth. Yes, as you can imagine, your speech may be a little affected while your soft tissues adapt; please don’t panic, it really is transient! (Typically your tongue adapts anywhere between 3days and 2weeks but I would avoid having them fitted before that big pitch!) 99% of our lingual patients would agree that really is the worth it for the ultimate option in discreet orthodontics.

With the likes of The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Radio DJ Fearne Cotton and Hollywood actress Katherine Heigl all openly wearing braces, it is now, more than ever, socially acceptable to have orthodontic treatment and perfect your smile.

We wish we could tell you that orthodontics is painless, but we can’t. However, we can tell you that it’s not as bad as you think! The pain is a kin to a bruise or a strained ligament, which can make your teeth a little tender and sometimes sensitive. The good news is we have an armory of products to help you through those initial struggles. The number and length of your visits will vary depending on the brace system that’s right for you but typical brace adjustment appointments are 20mins every 4-6 weeks.

You can’t put a price on confidence!’

While it’s a lovely notion, at Holland Park Dental Centre we understand that’s not everyone’s reality. As orthodontics can be one of the more costly dental treatments you can embark on; we have a number of finance options available to help make your smile affordable.

Contact us now to book your orthodontic consultation and find out what’s the Best Solution for your Smile!

 0207 603 4155





Dr. Shan Lam has been our dentist for more than thirteen years, and she has seen all of my three boys on a regular basis. Without her very early interventions and support, we would be looking at mouths full of fillings. She is professional, experienced and incredibly thorough. I cannot rate Dr. Lam’s professionalism and dental care enough.

Ms. Julie W

I have been a real ‘dentist phobe’ since I attended the school dentist over 50 years ago. I have found in Dr. Shan Lam a dentist who I can fully trust, who explains every procedure in detail and who gives me the confidence to have dental treatment. She has a real calming effect – I can’t recommend her highly enough.

Mrs. Linda H

Thank you to Dr. Shan Lam for the many years during which she has looked after my dental needs. She has always been so helpful and professional, and is an outstanding communicator—a trait not common among health care professionals. I can’t remember ever experiencing any pain or difficulties with any treatment she provided.

Mr. Stefan B

In the past, I had some awful experiences at the dentist, and I came to Dr. Shan Lam in 2008 to correct some visibly poor cosmetic dentistry work that I had received elsewhere. I was not disappointed: Not only is her treatment comfortable, but the results are also first class. We face the world with our smile, which is why not only my smile has improved but my mental health, too.

Mrs. Anne E

My husband and I have very much appreciated being treated by Dr. Shan Lam. We are both in our nineties and over the years have been treated by a large number of dental surgeons. Dr. Lam compares very well with the best of them.

Prof. Ivor S and Mrs. Audrey S

Thank you to Dr. Shan Lam for taking such good care of me and my teeth over the years. She has made going to the dentist a pleasure. I’m sure not many people can say that about a visit to a dentist, but I am certain all of her patients feel the same.

Mr. Clive B

Dr. Shan Lam has been the dentist for me and my family for over ten years. We have been very impressed with her efficiency, professionalism and attention to detail. She is very reassuring to the children, who actually look forward to their visits. We feel very lucky to have been looked after by Dr. Lam.

Ms. Yunfei G

I have been under the care of Dr. Shan Lam for over six years. She’s fantastic. She turned what can often be an intimidating experience into a warm, caring, safe and professional one. I always felt well looked after and I would absolutely recommend her to friends and family.

Mr. Peter W

Dr. Lam has made it a pleasure to visit the dentist for my family and I. She is always friendly and welcoming and easy to talk to. She explains what she is doing and why and gives good advice about dental care. She is a definite asset to any surgery.

Mrs. Lorna C

Thank you to Dr. Lam for her friendly, smiley treatment over the past years. I am so grateful to her for ensuring that my children’s first experience of going to the dentist has been so positive and fun. We will genuinely miss her.

Ms. Miranda G

Thank you so much to Dr. Lam for her skills and artistry – and also for her patience and good humour in the face of that worst-of-all world’s combination for a dentist – a patient with lousy teeth and a phobia of dentists! Dr. Lam has gone a long way to give me back my missing confidence in dentistry.

Dr. Clare V