Ah gum disease! It can sound terrifying but gum disease is something that a lot of people suffer with and is very manageable. That being said it is of serious concern when we consider our oral health. Gum disease can cause swollen and sore gums or lead to bleeding when brushing your teeth or eating. These are inconvenient and uncomfortable effects but perhaps you think they can be ignored? Beyond just bad breath the consequence of ignoring gum disease could be much more severe. Let’s take a look at how you can fight back with the help of your dentist in Liverpool.

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What is the source of gum disease?

Here at Liverpool Smile Studio, we have a lot of experience handling cases of gum disease and we can say that most of us will get some form of gum disease. Why can we be so confident in saying that? Well, the cause of gum disease really comes down to that age-old enemy of dentists plaque! The bacteria contained in plaque can stick around your teeth and gums, the more harmful of these bacteria can then lead to gum disease. So fight the pesky plaque and we can fight gum disease.

What are the symptoms of gum disease

Your dentist in Liverpool will be able to clue you up on all the signs of gum disease but they include swollen and tender gums. An obvious sign is blood when you spit. After brushing your teeth if there is a little or a lot of blood this could be early signs that you are suffering from gum disease. These are the early stages that are best known as gingivitis. Bad Breath often accompanies gingivitis so can be classed as a potential sign.

So what about this plaque?

Adhere to a strict oral hygiene routine! It’s simple really, we need to be in good habits to keep the harmful bacteria away from our gums. Brush at least twice a day, floss to remove the plaque from hard to reach areas and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash to get everywhere else. This simple but effective routine can be your primary weapon in the fight against gum disease.

What can we do to help?

As your dentist in Liverpool, we will help you identify any early signs of oral health issues. Regular trips to Liverpool Smile Studio will mean that if there is sign of something more sinister then we can spot it early and advise you on exactly how to combat it. If you see any of the early signs mentioned above then contact us and we can arrange a consultation where we can fully address the situation and put your mind at ease about what to do next.

Can I just ignore the small signs of gum disease?

Yes, you can, but it will develop into something more serious if you do. Don’t ignore swollen gums or blood when you brush, gingivitis can quickly develop into periodontitis where the symptoms become much more severe including painful abscesses on your gums and your teeth can become loose and unstable. Loss of teeth can occur if ignored for too long. So get in touch with us at Liverpool Smile Studio if you have any concerns about gum disease or your oral health in general.

This is a question that we see time and time again in regards to getting braces. It has to be high on the list of everyone’s questions when considering braces, but isn’t the only query we get. Many people who need braces wonder if they will hurt, and what the whole experience is going to be like. Well, let’s put your mind at ease by looking at what you can expect when choosing to have braces in Liverpool. There’s no reason to be nervous, as braces cause minimal to no discomfort once they have been fixed to your teeth. Your appointment with Liverpool Smile Studio will be a worry-free process and you can rest assured we will do everything in our power to put you at ease.

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What about post-procedure?

There may be some discomfort following the fitting of your braces. Why is this? Once the wires are installed your mouth has to get used to them, as they are a newcomer in their midst and they need time to get comfortable. As expected, this soreness or discomfort will be short-lived. The materials used for your braces in Liverpool are very advanced and ensure the least amount of discomfort possible. Lightweight materials and intelligent design mean they have as little impact on your mouth, other than straightening your teeth, as possible. Over the counter pain medication can be used under the guidance of your dentist to help alleviate some of the mild discomfort. Each person is unique and therefore if you experience any discomfort then you are welcome to discuss it further with Liverpool Smile Studio to help you work through this process.

What is involved in the process?

Braces work by attaching small mounting points to your teeth that are fixed using UV cured glue. This process allows the wires to be fixed in place that will ultimately allow your dentist to adjust your braces in Liverpool to the desired amount each visit. Following the course of treatment and using the bit by bit method your teeth will be manipulated into their final straight and attractive position.

What should you avoid?

There will be plenty of guidance following each of your appointments with Liverpool Smile Studio but in order to prolong the life of your braces and have the best chance of success then it is helpful to follow some simple guidelines. Avoiding fizzy drinks should be on your list, even the diet versions. Paying particular care to your oral hygiene routine is essential. Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and particularly when wearing braces. Pay attention to areas where food may be left or plaque could build-up, after all, plaque is the enemy of all dentists and should be avoided at all costs. Rinse using an antibacterial mouthwash and floss. Following this guidance will help keep your mouth clear of bad bacteria and promote the effectiveness of your braces.

What if you still have concerns?

If you are thinking about a treatment like braces check out our website here at Liverpool Smile Studio.

In a nutshell orthodontics is the straightening of teeth. It’s a desirable treatment that can leave you with a lasting smile to be proud of. But it involves much more than simply straightening.  The variety of treatments available from our orthodontist in Liverpool is available to cater to your specific needs and desired outcome. Liverpool smile studio can help you reach your goal of straighter and whiter teeth. Read on to see why you will not regret contacting us.

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What exactly are orthodontics?

From crooked teeth to an over or underbite, orthodontics correct the appearance of your teeth, gaps can be closed and crowded teeth can be brought back into line. The impact on your self-confidence can be huge. But beyond simply the aesthetics, which are incredibly important to people, there are significant benefits to your oral health. The straightening of your teeth can avoid uneven wear and painful gums and jaw. Anything we can do to help you reduce discomfort is worth it! Our orthodontist in Liverpool will put your mind at ease and help you on the path to a glowing smile.

What’s on offer from us at Liverpool Smile Studio?

Though our range of treatments may appear potentially overwhelming all it means is we are perfectly equipped to deal with your needs as an individual. Everyone is unique including our orthodontic needs. We are proud to offer a variety of treatment courses. Here are just some of our treatments

Fixed braces

These small anchor points are fixed to your teeth with a special UV cured adhesive that is then connected using wires that can be individually adjusted for the purpose of straightening your teeth gradually. But don’t worry if appearance concerns you, there are tooth coloured and clear options available that allow a very discreet appearance.

Clear Aligners

In the interest of appearance and speed, clear aligners are quickly growing in popularity and for very good reason. Like traditional aligners, this practically invisible option fits comfortably over your teeth gently moving them into their final position. A series of retainers are used to allow a gradual movement that can take as little as six months.

Six Month Smiles

Itching for something a bit faster? Six Month Smiles may be the perfect option for you. By focusing the treatment on the most clearly visible teeth when smiling these treatments allow a significantly reduced timescale. These can come in the form of invisible braces or clear retainers so take a look on our website to see what we can offer you.

If you are still struggling to get your head around what an orthodontist in Liverpool can offer you don’t worry. It may be the first time you’ve read about some of these terms and treatments and the prospect of going into a dental clinic itself may be daunting. We want you to rest assured that our team here at Liverpool Smile Studio will do everything possible to make sure you are comfortable and confident. You can tell us what you want and after a consultation and thorough examination, we will be able to outline a treatment path that’s tailored to you as an individual. You can leave confident that you are getting an excellent level of care and a smile to be proud of.

Veneers in Liverpool are fast becoming one of the most sought after dental treatments, thanks to the outstanding results that have been seen from the numerous celebrities that sport these cosmetic fixtures.

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Many regular patients have chosen to invest in this procedure now and with good reason. Not only do they last for a very long time and with research and investments into the materials used it is likely they will last longer still in coming months and years; but they can cater to a range of different complaints that you may present with.

So if you have short teeth, crooked teeth, broken, chipped or cracked teeth or if they are discoloured and generally unsightly, then you too can use veneers in Liverpool, to obtain that picture perfect smile that you have always wanted to have and keep it for a decade or even longer.

There are, as with any dental procedure, advantages and disadvantages that need to be considered before a decision is made as to whether veneers in Liverpool are right for you.

By going through them briefly, we believe you will be more prepared with the questions and concerns that you might have, so you can address your dentist with the right focus when you come in for a consultation.

It is important to be prepared as best you can, so that you are not lying awake annoyed with  yourself when you forget to make a certain query about a treatment that you are considering. Although our dentists cover everything you need to know, it is sometimes important to ask about a point of concern regarding your personal situation, so that you can get the best possible advice in order to make an informed decision.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of veneers?

As we have said before, the advantages are plentiful. Many of your minor and even major dental concerns can be effectively disguised using this treatment, without the need for lengthy or complicated restorative treatments.

Because the whole process will only take a couple of appointments, you can have the smile of your dreams potentially within a few days, after an initial consultation with one of our team members at the Liverpool Smile Studio.

You may even be protecting a certain tooth from further damage by using this treatment, so you can be assured that for as long as the shells are intact, your tooth or teeth can not deteriorate anymore.

With that being said, we can move on to some disadvantages. It is critical that you ensure the upkeep of your porcelain shells is maintained, so this makes it an investment and a commitment for life. If one chips or breaks, and they only do have a shelf life of around a decade, you will need to replace them.

Also, this procedure is not cheap. Cost is one of the biggest deciding factors for many patients and an entire smile makeover will entail a considerable, but worthwhile cost.

However, for many, this is a small price to pay for the enormous positive sense of health and emotional wellbeing you can experience by having this treatment to perfect your smile.

It is rarely a good day when you are told by your dental professional that you need a root canal.

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Although this procedure, known as endodontics, is extremely successful at preserving teeth that have been damaged by an infection or a high impact trauma, it is one of the most feared treatments that our team in Liverpool can offer.

Associated with incorrect information revolving around discomfort, death of teeth, and causing more issues than it solves, very few dental patients are aware of how beneficial a root canal is compared to dental extraction. For starters, there won’t be a huge gap in your smile!

But, as you walk down the driveway of our surgery, weighing up the pros and cons of undertaking a root canal, it is likely that you will have a few questions about the procedure; the risks, the aftercare, and of course, is it worth it?

Our team at the Liverpool Smile Studio is well-practiced in providing endodontics to our patients, and our dentist in Liverpool can allay any worries you have about the procedure. We save hundreds of teeth every year with root canals and can ensure that when you come to us for this procedure, you will be left with a functional tooth that looks good as new!

Back to the questions; what are some of the most commonly asked questions that our dentist in Liverpool answers about root canals?

What is a root canal?

Endodontics involves treating the inside of the tooth, known as the pulp.

Due to infection or injury, your tooth’s pulp may become inflamed and painful. During treatment, our dentist in Liverpool will clean any pus away from the pulp of your tooth, and apply disinfectant to remove any lingering bacteria. This hole will then be filled and topped with a filling to keep it secure.

Does it hurt?

No, it doesn’t.

When you have a root canal, your mouth will be numbed sufficiently, and in the days following the procedure you should experience only minimal discomfort.

If you do feel pain after the procedure, please call our team for a follow-up appointment.

My tooth isn’t infected; do I still need this treatment?

Even if your tooth is not infected, our team may still decide that a root canal is the best way to relieve an inflamed pulp.

As mentioned earlier, this can be due to a blunt force trauma to the tooth.

How long does it take?

While this will depend on how many root canals are being performed (on molars, it is often 2 hours), we would expect the entire procedure to take between 1-2 hours.

It can often be completed in one visit but it may need 2 appointments in some complex cases.

Why can’t I just have the tooth removed?

We want you to have a full set of healthy, functional teeth.

Having an extraction can cause destabilisation of any surrounding natural teeth, can cause infection and obviously, will impact on your smile.

A root canal preserves your tooth, keeping all these areas intact.

So, you’ve finally decided that you have had enough of your dental protrusions and want to get that straighter smile you deserve; good for you!

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Even if you have never undertaken orthodontic treatment before, as an adult, there are many different kinds of aligners you may be suited for, which are discreet, effective and offer an accelerated treatment; our team will only offer the traditional metal aligners in more complex cases. Huzzah!

But, before you decide to book your visit to our team, you may be wondering how many different kinds of aligners we can offer you at the Liverpool Smile Studio and how they differ from each other. In this article, we will be focusing on the Inman Aligner, to help you learn a bit more about this option.

At the Liverpool Smile Studio, our team is able to offer many of our adult patients either clear or invisible braces in Liverpool, which offer discretion, effective treatment and an accelerated treatment time. We can choose the most suitable aligner for your individual clinical needs and will ensure that you are fully informed about each stage of the treatment process.

So, what are some of the questions our former patients have asked us about our Inman Aligner braces in Liverpool? Read on to find out!

How long do they take to work?

The length of time that you will need to wear your Inman Aligner braces in Liverpool will depend on many factors. Firstly, our team will assess the severity of your misalignment and, using computer software, will be able to accurately predict how long you will need to wear them for. On average, treatment usually takes between 6-18 weeks to complete.

Are they uncomfortable?

As each aligner is custom-fitted to slot over your teeth, the Inman Aligner is very comfortable.

Also, as it is made from a malleable and flexible plastic, there are no metal components that will rub against your inner cheeks; you can even sleep with them in!

Am I suited for treatment with this aligner?

Our certified Inman Aligner dentist at our studio will be able to assess your suitability for treatment with this aligner.

However, in cases of overcrowding, or if there are protrusions or gaps that you want to do away with, then it is likely that you will benefit from treatment with this aligner. Great stuff!

Will it make me talk funny?

As this aligner is removable, when you first put it in, there may be some initial speech issues to adapt to.

However, if you notice your speech is affected long-term, please contact our team to assess the fitting of your aligners.

Do I have to wear it all day?

While our team will give you a unique prescription to follow to see the best results from this aligner, it is likely that you will be required to wear the Inman Aligner for 22-24 hours per day, removing it for eating, drinking and brushing your teeth. It will be worth it!

Everybody has heard of the dentist; that health professional that many people strive to avoid seeing for as long as possible!

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While we could discuss the disadvantages of ignoring that dental check-up letter, in this article, we are going to talk about one of the more specialist areas of dentistry that our team at the Liverpool Smile Studio may refer you to – orthodontics.

Derived from a Greek word that means correct or straight teeth, this branch of dentistry revolves around correcting misalignments using appliances known as braces or aligners. In the UK, most children will be referred to these specialists once all of their adult teeth have erupted, to assess their mouths for any underlying problems.

In recent years, this dental sub-group has become more advanced, and can now be applied to children, teenagers, and adults, all with high success rates. Indeed, many dental surgeries now use adult aligners such as Invisalign, to straighten misaligned teeth in adults.

When you visit our team at the Liverpool Smile Studio to straighten your smile, our orthodontist in Liverpool will assess your condition and provide you with a suitable treatment option, that ranges from traditional, metal braces, to invisible or clear aligners. Even if you have a more complex case of dental misalignment, our team can help!

So, what dental issues can our orthodontist in Liverpool help you reverse? Read on to find out!

Bite problems

Covering everything from an overbite to a crossbite, our orthodontist in Liverpool can help reverse these common complaints and get your bite back in line.

Identifiable as having the teeth on one of your jaws significantly overlapping each other, or sitting at an unusual angle, depending on the severity of the bite issue, we may be able to correct this with a clear aligner or it may need a metal brace.

Misalignments

When you close your mouth, do all of your molars fit together? Or are some on one side a bit misaligned?

Once again, these issues can be reversed with one of our braces at the Liverpool Smile Studio, reducing secondary issues such a nocturnal grinding and tooth erosion.

Overcrowding

Overcrowded teeth are harder to brush, and as such, you are more likely to develop hygiene problems if there is less room in your mouth.

Treatment with a brace such as Invisalign can correct crowding issues and allow you to brush your teeth without worrying about secondary hygiene problems.

Spacing

Do you have gaps between your teeth?

If so, our trained team will be able to close even the widest spaces using one of our braces in Liverpool; our orthodontic team is usually able to close such gaps using a fitted, clear aligner, which moves the teeth without applying an excessive amount of pressure. Comfortable and effective!

Impacted teeth

A common issue among teenagers due to erupting wisdom teeth is impaction.

While the solution for such issues is usually extraction, it requires a specialist technique to do so effectively and so, is performed by our orthodontic professionals.

Are you looking for a way to spruce up your smile, but are too sensitive to undertake traditional whitening? Do you have some minor cracks in your teeth that you want to hide? Perhaps you have a wedding coming up and have tried everything to get rid of those dark spots on your teeth to no avail.

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While these two cosmetic issues seem unrelated, there is a common solution to both of them, which involves no discomfort, no increased sensitivity to your teeth and, most importantly, is fast to apply.

When you come to our team at the Liverpool Smile Studio, we may recommend that a thin, porcelain covering is placed over your teeth to conceal any cracks or stubborn discolouration. Known as dental veneers in Liverpool, this simple and speedy method is perfect for correcting everything from staining to asymmetry, leaving you with a Hollywood worthy smile in minimal time. Perfect!

Are there any other advantages to having dental veneers in Liverpool? Here are our top 5!

Sensitivity

Earlier in this article, we discussed the issues surrounding dental whitening procedures due to sensitive teeth.

While having dental veneers in Liverpool fitted can resolve this issue instantly (as they can whiten your smile up to 16 shades), once placed, you will notice a reduction in the sensitivity of your teeth. In other words, the holes in your enamel that were responsible for that pain every time you sipped an iced drink are now closed, creating a pain-free tooth! Brilliant!

Strength

If you have had a root canal performed or need a way to strengthen a damaged tooth, these simple porcelain coverings are the answer.

As porcelain does not warp when exposed to temperatures, it is the perfect material to strengthen a weak tooth. And best of all, due to its natural appearance, you can achieve this without creating a cosmetic issue with your smile.

Easy maintenance

Many dental cosmetic procedures come with aftercare; for example, dental implants require careful brushing and maintenance while the gums heal.

However, once you have had these porcelain coverings attached to your teeth with dental cement, there is no specialist aftercare to follow. Just brush, rinse and floss as you normally would and you are good to go! They can even be whitened just like your regular teeth, so there are no concerns about having a smile made of mismatched teeth.

Chips and cracks

As mentioned earlier, porcelain coverings can conceal cracks at the centre or sides of the teeth, which also prevent bacteria from getting access to the pulp.

However, our team at the Liverpool Smile Studio can also shape them to conceal any chips at the side or top of your teeth too, creating a more symmetrical smile and appearance.

Longevity

One of the main advantages of these fittings is their longevity.

Provided that you maintain good oral hygiene, attend check-ups with our team and do not smoke or consume alcohol excessively, your new coverings should last up to 20 years! Great stuff!

Here at Liverpool Smile Studio, we can offer you an array of services. There are many reasons why you should choose to work with us to achieve the smile you have always dreamed of, what are you waiting for? We accept new patients into our practice every day and if it is an emergency appointment you require we have these available each day too. We put our patients first by making treatment options affordable, being highly trained healthcare professionals and being a specialist clinic for nervous patients. We understand that sometimes our patients can have anxieties and we wish to put them at ease through the deployment of our friendly and approachable staff, many of our satisfied patients can vouch for this fact. We offer a wide array of services that can help you improve your smile and in turn, your self-esteem. We can work with you to create the smile you have always wished for using the latest cosmetic options available and through our dedicated treatment coordinator, your needs throughout your treatment will be closely looked after. We believe that everyone should have a smile that they are proud of and we would be more than happy to help our patients achieve this.

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What specific services do you offer?

A dentist in Liverpool can offer specific services that can be tailored to each client. Aside from the obvious general and emergency dentistry that we carry out, there are many other options to consider. We offer restoration work such as crowns, bridges, dental implants and dentures. We also work with our clients to educate on the topic of dental hygiene, as well as offering orthodontics. We also offer many cosmetic options to our clients who are looking to build the smile that they have always wished they had. We offer smile makeovers and porcelain veneers. If you’re looking for a brighter smile we can offer teeth whitening to make your smile shine. White fillings and cosmetic bonding are also available. For those clients who are unhappy with the shape and look of their smile, we can offer teeth and gum reshaping. All of these treatment options are available to our clients. So we will ask again, what are you waiting for?

Give me five more reasons why I should come to Liverpool Smile Studio

Of course! Like we said, there are many reasons why you should find our dentist in Liverpool. Firstly, we will help you to maintain your teeth in the best possible condition that they can be in. Secondly, we always promise to be transparent by fully explaining all treatments and providing written estimates. Thirdly, we will always give you alternative treatment options and recommend different pathways, but we acknowledge that the final decision always lies with you. Fourthly, we will always strive to give you excellent value for money. And finally, we will always make sure that you are completely satisfied with each and every stage of your treatment. Now, what are you waiting for? That’s what we thought! We look forward to seeing you and your smile soon.

Braces in Liverpool are available and contrary to popular belief, they are available to all kinds of different patients, not only children. Braces can be used to solve many different problems that people can experience with their teeth, gums and overall mouth structure. It is true that some braces are designed for developing mouths, such as the mouths of children and teenagers, but there are also different kinds that can benefit any smile of any age that wishes to be straighter or more aligned. The benefits of braces include a lower risk of gum disease and tooth decay, due to minimising gaps between teeth. Those patients with speech problems often find that the appliances placed by dentists can minimise these problems with a clearer speech pattern. A decrease in bone erosion and improved digestion can also be achieved through the fitting of a brace. Digestion is aided, as teeth in a stronger position can chew up food smaller which allows for ease in digestion.

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What are the different types of braces and which one should I get?

Here at Liverpool Smile Studio, we can offer clients an array of different types of braces that can meet the need of any smile. The various kinds of braces in Liverpool on offer differ in their outcomes, depending on the client in question. Fixed braces, clear aligners and removable appliances are available. If you think that braces could be a good option for your smile, your dentist will work with you to work out which brace would be the correct fit. There are many different factors that come into play with deciding on a brace, this includes aesthetics, lifestyle and current oral health. Fixed braces are rather small square brackets that are glued by your dentist onto your teeth. The teeth are then encouraged to move into the desired position through wires that are then tied to the brackets. For clients concerned with how their smile will look during their treatment, we offer fixed braces that closely replicate the colour of teeth. Clear aligners use clear trays to correct an uneven smile and are comfortable yet effective. These appliances have a short treatment time working in six months or less. Removable appliances are often used to correct minor problems. They clip over the teeth with their plastic composition. Although these appliances are removable, this should only be done so for cleaning or during certain activities.

Now I have a brace, how do I look after it?

After the fitting, and indeed during your treatment period, wearing braces in Liverpool, it is important to look after your smile. Regular brushing and flossing is a necessity in any healthy smile, but it becomes increasingly important when you wear a brace, as oral hygiene needs to be of a high standard to allow the braces to move your smile into the correct position without being detrimental to teeth. Keeping up with regular dental appointments both during your treatment and afterwards will allow dentists to keep your smile as healthy as possible. Your dentist will always work with you to ensure that you understand how to look after your teeth and that the best possible care is taken to ensure that your smile lasts.