Teeth Straightening Southend

Is Composite Bonding Bad For Your Teeth

Composite Bonding


Is Composite Bonding bad for my teeth?

Composite Bonding and composite veneers have become an extremely popular treatment in recent years. It is very apparent that due to social media influences and better access to treatment, alongside the 'going to Turkey' approach that patients are looking to improve their smiles, at a reduced cost to that of permanent veneers or crowns, avoiding any damage to their teeth in the process. Teeth straightening and clear aligners are also now an extremely popular treatment. When straightening teeth, it becomes apparent that the final position of your teeth may require composite bonding to finish and polish off your new smile.


So briefly, what is composite bonding?

Composite bonding or 'edge bonding' is a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-coloured composite resin material is applied to your teeth to improve your smile. Composite Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them.

What are composite veneers?

Like that of composite bonding, composite veneers are a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-coloured composite resin material is applied to your teeth to improve your smile. However, composite veneers would cover the whole tooth surface, giving you fresh 'veneer' like appearance, allowing us to adjust the length, change shape and shade to give you a completely new smile.


But is it bad for your teeth?

In short, no. We carry out the minimum to absolutely no tooth preparation whatsoever. Therefore, if the composite material were to be removed, preserved underneath would be your original tooth surface as it were before the treatment had been carried out.
There are no major risks to the treatment whatsoever. It still requires the importance of good oral hygiene and regularly seeing your Dental care professional. One issue with composite is that it can chip or break with excessive forces. Guidance will be given on how to look after your brand-new shiny composite. We strongly advise you to wear a nightguard when you initially have your treatment to protect your teeth from excessive forces like grinding or clenching during the night or daytime.
We would advise seeing a hygienist regularly, as composite can also stain. Staining can be polished off and composite made to look fresh again, especially with diets that involve tea, coffee, and coke.

How long does composite bonding last?

Your composite bonding will last around 5-8 years, maybe longer if looked after and seen regularly by a dental care professional. 

Fat Dissolving

What Is Aqualux? FAQ's

Fat Dissolving

What Is Aqualux?


Aqualyx is a fat-dissolving treatment that targets fat removal from certain targeted areas. Excess fat in stubborn areas can be an issue for many men and women, despite exercise and a good diet. These fatty areas sometimes just don’t want to change, but the likes of liposuction may seem too extreme a solution. That’s when Aqualyx Fat Dissolving Injections can help target these stubborn areas.

It works by attaching to fatty deposits, breaking them down over time. The fat is then naturally dissolved and flushed out by the body. Results are effective, quick, and minimally invasive.

It works by using a solution, injected into the localised deposits of fatty tissue, which liquefies the fat cell and destroys it permanently. The lipids (contents of the fat cells) are then released and eliminated naturally through the bodies natural lymphatic system.

Results are very fast, but it’s recommended to have between two and five sessions to see a significant effect. Younger patients are more likely to see results after a longer period of time

You will be required to have a full consultation with a clinical therapist before any fat dissolving treatment, but generally, this treatment is not suitable for those classed as clinically overweight and those aged under 18 or over 60.

  • Stomach 
  • Love handles
  • Arms
  • Under Chin
  • Flanks and waist
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Underarms and armpits

After a pre-treatment consultation your clinical therapist will mark out the area of treatment. Aqualyx® is mixed with Lidocaine (anaesthetic) before placement for greater comfort. A number of injections will occur to make sure the area if fully covered. The elastic needles allow small areas to be tackled effectively such as double chin or jowls. 

There are some temporary side effects, which include bruising, swelling, redness and irritation in the injection area. Sometimes it may feel a slightly tender to touch, numb or itchy but these side effects usually reside after 1-3 days. Apart from this the downtime is minimal to none at all. 

Not especially, because the fluid is mixed with local anaesthesia, so the area is numbed. Most people report afterwards that the area looks sore; however, the vast majority of people do not report any pain whatsoever.

Yes it is, it contains no compounds form Humans or Animals 

This treatment is not approved for use during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.

Fat reduction is permanent, for the fat cells that are destroyed, they don’t come back. Of course, if more weight is gained, then the fatty appearance will return, but in proportion with the new shape gained. This is why we always advise a good diet and healthy lifestyle alongside Aqualux Treatment 

Chemical Peel Blog

What Is A Chemical Peel? Everything You Need To Know

Chemical peel sounds scary doesn’t it ? Well we at DHA aesthetics can assure you it’s not ! Let’s start with the fancy pants science bit ?  ? ?

What is a chemical peel ?

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve many skin conditions with the application of various types and strengths of acid,  from fruit acid ( mild peel ) eg tartaric acid found in grapes , to TCA trichloroacetic acid ( strong/deep peel) The chosen peel solution induces a controlled injury to the skin resulting in a wound healing process which regenerates new tissue.
A mini history lesson for you, as far back as records indicate chemical peels were used by ancient Egyptians they mixed animal oils , salt , alabaster and sour milk ( contains lactic acid ) to improve texture of skin!

Chemical Peel Treatment

Types of peel


A superficial peel which removes outer layer of skin ( epidermis ) perfect for treating fine lines , mild acne , uneven skin tone and dryness.
DHA aesthetics recommend Circadia lactic acid and Dermaceutic milk peel
None to light peeling with mild heat sensation during treatment.


This type removes dead skin cells from the epidermis and from sections of the upper part of the middle layer of skin (dermis ) Can treat wrinkles ,acne scars , uneven skin tone and pigmentation. Can be repeated every three months.
DHA aesthetics recommend Dermaceutic Cosmo forte peel , Circadia mandeliclear or jessner peel
Peeling will occur up to 7 days moderate heat sensation during treatment.

DEEP PEEL ( the NASA of chemical peels )

This peel we must stress should only be applied by an advanced therapist / medic . In some cases pre skin treatments up to a month before may be required to prep your skin. This type removes dead skin cells from the epidermis and from mid to lower layer of dermis , perfect for severe sun damage , deep set wrinkles and scarring.
DHA aesthetics recommend Dermaceutic Cosmo TCA Heavy peeling expected 7-10 days can be uncomfortable during treatment but will be managed by a therapist.

That’s a lot of fancy pants info ! Let’s visualise a big slice of cake ? because we all love cake !

  • Light peel targets epidermis that’s the fancy frosting on cake
  • Medium peel targets upper dermis that’s the delicious sponge under fancy frosting
  • Deep peel targets mid lower dermis that’s the sublime filling on said imaginary cake!

Reasons why you can’t have a peel

  • Active herpes simplex or warts on the face
  • Wounded or sunburnt skin
  • Pregnant or breast feeding
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Vitaligo
If all of that is far too scientific and you are still unsure our Advanced skin therapist at DHA aesthetics offers complimentary consultations to assess and discuss treatments, ( essentially a chat and a cup of tea ! )

Before peel
After Peel

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How to use Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening Kit At Home

Are You Using Your Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening Home Kit Correctly?

Welcome and thank you for visiting DHA online to see the instructional video on teeth whitening at home. Teeth whitening is fast becoming very popular treatment, and it is imperative that you follow the important guidance to ensure that you get the best outcome, without causing further damage to your teeth and gums. Book an appointment online today.

Watch our step-by-step guide on how to give yourself a Hollywood smile at home.

I hope you enjoy the instructional video. Please note that teeth whitening should only be carried out by a qualified dental care professional.


Instructional Guide:

  1. First, an appointment with a dental care professional to carry out an assessment for suitability of teeth whitening treatment
  2. If you are suitable, dental hygiene appointments will be arranged to make sure you are dentally fit
  3. Dental impressions will be taken and sent off to a dental laboratory for tailored whitening trays to be made – this can take around 1-2 weeks
  4. In the meantime, we will advise on food/drink and lifestyle changes (e.g. Smoking) to help reduce staining and improve your whitening result. We will also provide advice on sensitivity management during whitening; therefore, you will be given sensitivity samples to use leading up to receiving your whitening trays and whitening kit
  5. The big day! Arrival of your whitening trays. You will come into the clinic to have your trays fitted and receive an extensive hand on demonstration in the dental chair. We will make sure you are 100% happy with the advice and ready to go.
  6. You will be given your full kit containing whitening gels
  7. We will take photos and a shade of your teeth will be taken so we can monitor your progress. You will also have a shade guide in your kit so you can monitor your progress at home
  8. So, after 2-3 weeks of daily whitening (ideally), we will get you back into the clinic to assess the progress you have made and discuss any complications that may have occurred if any
  9. After this you can do as little or as much whitening at home as you like, depending on what result you would like to achieve and your lifestyle. Top-up whitening gels will be available for purchase at DHA for when you need them. This can be to maintain your new white teeth or to top them up for events such as a wedding or a party.

 Whitening Tips by DHA

  • Place sensitive toothpaste in your trays either before or after whitening to help with any sensitivity that may occur (separate to your whitening gel!)
  • Topping up your whitening after hygiene appointments will get you the best result
  • Less is more – as the video explains, don’t overfill your trays with whitening gels
  • Vitamin E oil. This is fantastic to place onto your gums if they become sore due to overfilling your trays with whitening gels, or any previous inflammation that may have been present
  • Dry your teeth before inserting the trays with whitening gel
  • If they become sensitive or sore, then stop! Have a rest or contact us for further advice   
  • Only whiten your smile line
  • Green tea staining is worse than normal tea or coffee
  • If you need that caffeine fix, then try and drink you dark coloured drinks through a straw
  • Anything that can stain a white t-shirt can stain your teeth – during whitening that is what you want to avoid
  • Crowns and fillings do not change colour!

So, who is suitable for teeth whitening?

There are many things that can affect the colour of a person’s teeth. Such as:

  • Dark foods and drinks (tea/coffee)
  • Smoking
  • Age
  • Genetics 

There are two types of tooth discolouration – extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic: This occurs when the outer layer (enamel) develops staining from foods and beverages such as tea/coffee or smoking. This type of discolouration can be improved by professional teeth cleaning after dental hygiene appointments.

Intrinsic: This happens when the inner part of the tooth (the dentine) develops, yellowing or darkens in colour. This type of discolouration is best suited to professional whitening treatments such as bleaching.

So, if this is you, please do get in touch!


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Luke DHA article

"A natural finish is so much nicer"

"A natural finish is so much nicer"

A Day in the Life [pre-lockdown] of Luke Anthony Snelling, 31, a dental hygienist and therapist and facial aesthetician living in Rayleigh, Essex.


I usually get up at 6.30 am. My clinic (DHA) is around a 20-minute drive (roughly four miles) and my other surgeries are a 30-minute drive, although I get the train to Billericay on a Monday: a stress-free journey.

For breakfast I have become very lazy and have a protein shake in the car on the way to work. With my clinic starting off slowly as it's new, it has allowed me to have breakfast mid-morning after arrival, which varies from fruit and yoghurt to porridge with Redbush tea! I usually drive and get the train - previously I had more local work and used to walk which I miss so much - there is nothing like fresh air!

We opened Dental Health and Aesthetics in November 2019, so it is very new. It was a concept idea I had many moons ago, but I never had the confidence to give up work and give it a go. Finally, I found the courage and went for it: I turned the clinic idea into a reality. My role is clinical director and managing director, treating dental patients and providing facial aesthetic treatments alongside our beauty therapists.

I work Monday to Saturday every week. I commit full 8-8 hours Tuesdays and Wednesdays at DHA and alternate Fridays 9-5, and I work every Saturday 9-5 too. I work at St Andrews carrying out dental hygiene on a Monday 8.30-5 and Hatfield Peverel doing the same on a Thursday and alternate Fridays 8-5.30. I still do 1-2 days a week dental therapy at Braintree dental care as well, to keep my dental therapy skillset up.

Due to the heavy dental influence within my family I can't think of a moment where I didn't want to be in dentistry. My uncle is a retired dentist and part of the LDC. Another uncle is currently working as a dental technician; and my mum was a practice manager and dental nurse and now works for me at DHA.

I started off wanting to be a dental technician, then after completing my foundation year went into dental nursing to allow me to apply for dental hygiene and therapy. After four years of working within the industry I found myself taking a foundation Botox and filler course and since then I have taken on many more courses to cement my skill set.

My uncle had huge job satisfaction and did very well for himself. I looked up to him and wanted to achieve what he had, and that was the main appeal. I liked the idea of a skill and trade for longevity - everyone needs dentistry!

Dental hygiene and therapy was my mum's idea after my year of training to be a dental technician. I never excelled at dental technology and hated not having contact with patients. I thrive on being able to communicate with patients - I'm a sociable person.

Following this, I had never thought about aesthetics until my bosses at The Smile Centre in Rayleigh wanted me to go into facial aesthetics. This turned out to be an amazing opportunity, and I found myself doing well and achieving fantastic results.

I had full orthodontic treatment as a patient when I was younger and, with my mum being a dental nurse and practice manager for my uncles, regular hygiene appointments.

I love treating children. I would have loved to have done more paediatric dentistry and fortunately I do a small amount now within dental therapy, but nowhere near enough.

The routine hygiene maintenance patient is a regular of mine, followed by the facial aesthetics patient who is nervous about treatment but wanting everything done at once!

I would say within dentistry the tide has changed towards aesthetic dentistry. Composite bonding and whitening is high up within the dental aspect as an alternative to veneers.

“It is a challenge managing patient expectations, but a challenge I enjoy. It's all about building trust. Dental hygiene will always be a rollercoaster but with maintenance patients it starts to become easier to control.”

Since opening the clinic, it has allowed me to carry out this type of treatment more freely. I always make sure patients are dentally fit before starting treatment journeys, therefore hygiene is paramount and a referral to a dentist for routine check-ups and any treatment needed outside my remit. With facial aesthetics I do a lot of lip fillers and toxin treatments, mainly the upper third of the face. I have tailored my lip filler approach, and it seems to be popular within the area.

The clientele at DHA in Leigh-On-Sea is a younger age group compared to my other practices. The mentality towards dental health and facial aesthetics is similar throughout. The type of patient I attract with my treatment tends to be people wanting subtle natural changes, anyway.

Dental hygiene seems to be the same for me, although with direct access you get more patients who haven't been in for many years so it's slightly more challenging!

I enjoy the day-to-day challenges of my role. I find it frustrating when patients ignore health advice or post-operative instructions, especially with facial aesthetics treatment. It always affects treatment outcomes and opinions. It is a challenge managing patient expectations, but a challenge I enjoy. It's all about building trust. Dental hygiene will always be a rollercoaster, but with maintenance patients it starts to become easier to control.

My career ambition is to have a successful clinic (or two!), known for safe and effective treatment. I would love to teach in either dental or facial aesthetics. I also want to help take on the dental therapy remit and make it easier for us to work, as currently we are very restricted with prescription laws. I am about to start my level 7 qualification and will take that onto a masters in facial aesthetics. I can't wait to learn more, become more confident and master techniques.

Leigh-On-Sea is such a lovely area. Old Leigh is great. Being by the sea is always a plus. Unfortunately, I never make the most of this. I tend to go to the gym at lunch but I am hoping in future when the clinic grows and we get more staff that we can make the most of this as a clinic.

We have a very small team at the moment. This will grow and if there is one thing I have learnt is important over the 15 years of being in dental, it is staff morale. I will insist we socialise!

I am very social. I have a huge circle of friends fortunately and try to see them as much as I can in all capacities (sport or going out), much to the annoyance of my girlfriend. So, to make up for this we go out regularly, to London and locally. Family roasts on a Sunday are a must and my sister lives down the road so I can't avoid her!

I play a lot of football, cricket in the summer and go to the gym weekly. I also play the piano so finding time to practise is tough. Late nights don't help and I don't often have enough time over lunch; with the clinic being new, I have to be there at all times. Taking time to have hobbies and socialise is absolutely imperative within dentistry to maintain your sanity, and the love you have for work.

Regarding holiday plans, skiing is a must for me. I go every year. Love it. I am also of that age where I probably attend about 2-3 stag weekends a year also so lots of those in Europe. My girlfriend turns 30 this year so we are going to Vegas in November with her family. The holiday I always look forward to is Ibiza. We are booked for August so I can't wait to turn into a teenager for five days.

If I hadn't gone into dentistry, maybe I would have chosen some sort of teaching career route but if I'm being honest, being so close to London and having a lot of friends work within the financial district, I would have ended up there. I always wanted to be a pilot but my maths wasn't good enough.

In my job, I enjoy when a patient loves the work I have done, or messages afterwards saying 'I can't stop smiling' or 'my friend loves my lips, they want to come see you'. In dental hygiene, seeing improvements on the 6PPC is always satisfying. USE YOUR TEPE BRUSHES!

I get home late sometimes. I have the gym after work or football/cricket training and piano practice. Bedtime is way too late after we indulge in Netflix; it can be 1.30 am or midnight! This is not ideal and something I need to work on.

My advice to facial aesthetic patients would be that less is more. Subtle changes are key and don't just focus on one area for improvements. You don't want someone to say 'you have had your lips done'; you want them to say 'your lips look nice'.

It is the same with dentistry: a natural finish is so much nicer than the obvious.

Interview by Kate Quinlan Nature.com


Lip Filler FAQS

What You Need To Know About Lip Filler?

DHA, based in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex is committed to providing a perfectly patient journey. Part of this journey is doing your research.

So, I have done some research for you! Below is a list of what we feel are the most FAQs regarding lip filler.


  • Who can administer lip filler?

    Unfortunately, UK regulation for administering lip fillers is loose to say the least. You don’t have to be a doctor or medically trained. You need to have a certificate in lip fillers and that’s it. You don’t even need a registered premise. It’s so important to ask about qualifications. Pick a Practioner who is medically trained to some capacity and is regulated. Non-medical administrators don’t have regulated bodies.

  • How does lip filler work?

    Lip fillers restore lost volume and definition to your lips. As we get older our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to the hydrated youthful look. 

  • Can you dissolve lip fillers?

    Yes, using an enzyme called Hyaluronidase (Hyalase). If they don’t have this in the clinic then you shouldn’t have your treatment.

  • Are you insured?

    Always check this for peace of mind.

  • What type of filler do you use for Lips?

Do some research on the brand. Is it reputable? Are they FDA approved? Always question why it is so cheap if it is an offer. At DHA we use Restylane products.

  • How long do lip fillers last for?

    This will last up to 6 months, depending on the type of treatment and the person.

  • What is lip filler made up of?

    Lip fillers are made up of a substance called hyaluronic acid, something which is naturally created by the body. They also contain lidocaine to help with pain management (phew!)

  • How quickly will I notice results of lip fillers?

    Recovery time varies but usually you can return to day to day activity immediately. Post treatment there may be tenderness, bruising and swelling. This is normal and will subside within a few days.

  • How are lip fillers administered?

    There are specific techniques for particular results required including the use of needle and cannula. At DHA, Small doses are placed precisely and accurately in differing ways to achieve amazing results.

  • Will my lips be ‘loose’ or ‘saggy’ if I keep having lip fillers?

    As long as you follow procedure and don’t ‘overdo it’. It comes down to how much treatment you are having and how regularly. ‘LESS IS MORE’ . Remember, sometimes the damage done is irreversible.

  • Are lip fillers safe?

    We carry out a thorough examination and medical history to ensure you are suitable for treatment, so yes. As long as you follow the pre and post-operative information and you chose a registered and safe Practioner.


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Dental Health and Aesthetics




Luke Snelling

Clinical Director @ DHA



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Managing Oral Health And Dental Hygiene

Why Is Dental Hygiene Important?

Patients visit me regularly for dental hygiene at Dental Health and Aesthetics (DHA), Leigh-On-Sea in Essex. The start of the appointment tends to be me asking questions regarding oral health. The response I get to one particular question is: Read more