Orthodontic tools have become more specialised. The traditional orthodontic brace has a wide range of conditions it can treat, resulting in most patients not using it to its full potential. By adopting a more specialised device, braces Liverpool can be lighter, more convenient and sometimes cheaper. At the Liverpool Smile Studio we can match our patients to the most appropriate treatment plan for straightening their teeth.

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Common orthodontic devices and their roles

The role of braces Liverpool is to consistently apply pressure to teeth. It has to be done precisely; a tooth pushed in the wrong direction will adopt the wrong position and so, it must be done carefully. Too much force too quickly can cause damage and too little force no matter how long will result in no movement.

Adult teeth are the same as baby teeth. Not only are molars larger and can have more than 2 roots, the way teeth overlap and jut into each other can make moving them challenging. As applying force to one tooth is transferred to its neighbour.

The traditional solution to this was for orthodontic options to be as flexible as possible, capable of handling a wide range of misalignment, and applying a great deal of force. This had to be easily adjusted so that treatment could be modified very quickly. This certainly has its strengths, but an orthodontic tool doesn’t need to be excessively bulky in its design. Which is why many of our patients prefer the range of alternatives to this standard. With removable appliances, such as clear aligners, various forms of adjustment clips have been developed. However, we offer a wide range of orthodontic appliances at our clinic.

Which is better; clear aligners or traditional braces?

Clear aligners and traditional braces are quite different solutions to similar orthodontic problems. When a misalignment is focused on the front-most teeth, it is likely that clear aligners will be appropriate. This is because they are limited in the total amount of force that they can generate, compared to the archwire of a brace. They are also better designed to correct mild to moderate alignment issues with the front teeth.This covers a very large percentage of possible orthodontic patients. And by being convenient, subtle and unobtrusive in everyday life, they are more popular with adult patients. 

The standard brace is more robust and can resolve complicated misalignments where molars make up the majority of the task. They can also help with more complex cases of crossbite, overbite and underbite, where aligners would simply not be suitable or beneficial. They are also funded under NHS care, so for younger patients the standard treatment seems to be a better option.

What is best for me?

Exactly which treatment is most appropriate for you is complicated and will depend on your priorities. If you have a job requiring face-to-face interaction, selling or presentations, perhaps wearing braces Liverpool as an adult is an absolute no-no. Or perhaps you have a crossbite that you think makes treatment with aligners inappropriate? It would also depend on the extent of your dental condition and require a thorough examination to explore options.

If you are curious about having an assessment for orthodontics, please feel free to contact our clinic.

Have you heard of dental plans? At our dentist, Liverpool Smile Studio, they operate almost the opposite way round to insurance. Rather than paying premiums and having to send an application to your health insurance provider, you join our surgery and a small monthly payment allows you treatment in the future as and when you need it!

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At our surgery, oral health plans are broken down into multiple tiers. Allowing patients who are likely to require significant reconstruction to still take part in our clinic’s memberships, without these costs being unduly placed on patients who would require less invasive treatment. Let’s try to explain these plans and work out which one is the best fit for you.

Registering with the clinic and levels of surgery membership

The first step is registering with the clinic. Even if you choose not to pursue care with us, it is important to make sure that you register with your local clinic. This is vital to access any treatment for a potential dental emergency, not being registered with a dentist could lead to a long wait in A&E.

Standard membership is our most popular option. It covers the fundamentals of the majority of patients. It includes 2 standard check-ups and two hygienist treatments, as well as guaranteed access to emergency slots at our dentist Liverpool. If you need urgent treatment, you can be seen within 24 hours, plus you receive a 20% discount on all treatments and routine X-rays free. You will be pre-approved for 0% finance on all treatments, allowing anything that occurs outside the standard membership to be broken down and managed over a longer timescale.

Bonuses outside of the clinic

The standard membership gives you free, worldwide, emergency call-out insurance, as well as dental trauma insurance. So you can attend any clinic nearby safe in the knowledge that your bill is covered when you’re overseas.

Complete membership

The full membership contains all of the advantages of the standard packages. But the cost is a bit higher. The small increase in cost opens up extractions, fillings and crowns, allowing significant reconstruction to be carried out under the membership.

Do you need treatment not covered by the membership?

For any treatments not covered under the membership, you are pre-approved for payment plans treatment. You can still break up the costs with zero interest payment plans on any treatment over a set limit, which can be discussed with our team. This is subject to a credit check status, but if you’re already part of a membership, approval is extremely likely.

Applications can be made either online or in our clinic. Online applications have the advantage of making sure that you are fully accepted before engaging in any treatment. If you do have any issues with the online application, our clerical staff will be happy to help, and can complete the application on your behalf in the surgery. Allowing that to be completed before you begin your assessment for any planned treatment.

Regardless of whether your needs are clinical or aimed at meeting an aesthetic goal, you don’t have to let your current financial limitations stop you from pursuing the treatments that allow you to be your very best, thanks to our dentist Liverpool at the studio.

It’s easy to imagine your smile is set in stone or destined to only fade over time, but this just isn’t so. With a wide range of restorative treatments and our adult-focused care, you don’t have to settle with your smile as it is today if you see our orthodontist Liverpool.

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Moving tooth position

You may not notice that teeth are in a constant state of movement. They have to be able to respond to the forces we put on them every day by eating and throughout the night as we sleep on our sides. These forces are fairly small and are never consistent in the same direction. So, in general, our teeth appear stationary. But without that flexibility, they would be far more prone to being damaged.

Working with this natural process is the role of our orthodontist Liverpool. Applying consistent pressure in a certain direction, teeth can be encouraged to take on new positions. This not only gives us the ability to change the location of your teeth, but also their orientation. As many teeth can become twisted in place when they are overcrowded. Through the use of braces, clear aligners and a myriad of other orthodontist Liverpool tools, forces can be consistently applied, and the final tooth positions maintained.

Functional versus cosmetic

We tell our patients there is more to straightening teeth than simply having a more attractive smile.

If your teeth are misaligned, you are at a higher risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Simply because misaligned teeth are harder to clean.

There is also an additional risk of nocturnal grinding, which is more likely to occur if you have molar teeth that are not aligned correctly. Left unchecked, this can develop into temporomandibular joint disorder. This is a degenerative disorder of the jaw joint, which is linked to migraines, headaches and also arthritic conditions within this joint.

If you have misaligned teeth, you may also notice that you have issues with biting into and chewing food. This will be more prevalent if you have an overbite, an underbite or even a crossbite. Misaligned molars can also cause issues with chewing food correctly. This has been associated with a higher incidence of acid reflux, heartburn and other upper gastrointestinal concerns. So, the use of a brace or aligner can actually help reduce chest pain after eating a hearty meal.

The aesthetic advantages of having straighter teeth are more obvious and well known. You will smile more and feel better about your appearance. You will also be more likely to engage in additional treatments to improve your teeth’s aesthetics. So, you may decide to whiten them or have cracks and excessive staining concealed using veneers. But this is outside the remit of our orthodontic team and falls to our expert cosmetic dentist at the Liverpool Smile Studio.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many benefits of having a brace or aligner that go far beyond what is mentioned here. If you would like to find out more, please feel free to get in contact with our clinic. We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to hear from you.

When it comes to overnight results, nothing is as substantial and life-changing in cosmetic dentistry as a new set of veneers Liverpool. So, whether you have a big event like a wedding coming up or you are ready to make a major lifestyle change, let’s find out more about how they could help you.

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The process

Veneers Liverpool provided at our practice are thin wafers of material that are placed on the front surfaces of the teeth to improve their look. To get the best bond between the veneers Liverpool and the natural enamel, etching is performed by our dentist on both the tooth and the inside of the laminate, giving a textured foundation for adhesives.

The adhesives used to hold laminates in place do not set immediately, giving an opportunity for our dentist to alter their final position. Sometimes they may place them and take them off multiple times in order to reshape them. They are deliberately produced oversized, allowing our team to file them for fitting, to give the best finish to the procedure. They can also be carved and shaped with the dental drill, sometimes to produce a fine lustre or create a more natural look. This is vital when the laminate is expected to match the surrounding teeth as part of a restoration.

Dental laminates designed to add structural strength to teeth are dependent on healthy teeth and good oral hygiene. If well maintained, they can easily last 10 years or more.

Porcelain, polymer composites or insitu-veneering

Porcelain only laminates are still available. They have a softer matt look to their surface, closer to eggshell like texture than modern polymer composites. If your goal is a dazzling white smile, then they can be the best option.

Polymer composite laminates have become the standard, available in a wide range of shades and tones, with even their translucency being matched to surrounding teeth. They can be truly seamless. They are also significantly harder wearing and tougher than pure porcelain, making them an even better option for those with active lifestyles.

Will treatment hurt?

We aim to carry out as little removal of the healthy tooth as possible to instal laminates. The amount of this has been minimised over time with better equipment and tools, simple preparation is required and there is normally no need to have more than a local anaesthetic. The entire procedure often produces only minimal discomfort. If you suffer from dental anxiety, there are further options like the use of calmatives and even dental sedation.

Costs and finances

We understand that the costs of dental care can cause unfortunate spikes in personal finances, but we can offer interest-free payments. You can spread the cost of your care over many months, turning it into manageable repayments, rather than one larger amount.

We offer repayment plans on our more costly procedures. These are subject to credit checks and your status. Most applications are immediately approved and can be carried out online if you would prefer to check your status before entering the clinic.

If you’re curious about how dental laminates could help you, or any of the other procedures and techniques that we provide in the surgery, please feel free to contact us to join our clinic. We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to hear from you.

Orthodontic referrals for braces Liverpool are not uncommon, but they can be quite complicated and don’t always go right. We’ve put together this brief guide to help you through the journey to access the treatment you and your family need.

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How care is structured

One of the reasons why referrals exist at all is because of the fundamental way that care is on a hierarchical system. In the same way as there is primary care and secondary care in between GPs in clinics and consultants in hospitals, there is a similar system in dentistry, with general high street dentists acting as primary care providers and specialists like us at Liverpool Smile Studio offering more intense and tailored treatments but to a smaller range of conditions, like our braces Liverpool.

So, when a complicated case comes into a local clinic and they do not have the equipment or expertise to handle it well, they are likely to refer it to a known and trusted specialist, like us. We have several clinics that we work with and often receive referrals from.

Tracking and chasing up referrals

Tracking the dental referral management system is the primary way that the NHS manages patient referrals; it is an outsourced organisation staffed with dental consultants who have been tasked with prioritising care and reducing waiting times. This ensures that treatment is promptly issued before conditions worsen.

Such patients are occasionally sent to clinics relatively far from their homes and may end up being seen in strictly private surgeries as an attempt to relieve pressure on waiting lists.

After receiving a referral, we make an assessment based on the notes and any provided x-rays from your dentist. We will then decide as to whether or not we can manage your case, which we usually can.

Although there has been a significant improvement to the previous system, it is not perfect and occasionally referrals have to be chased up. When your dentist makes a referral to us, they will be provided with a URN (unique referral number). This URN can be used to chase up a referral with us if we are experiencing delays and is also useful for us to keep track of the condition if it is progressive and the waiting time is extensive.

Self-funding options

If you require braces Liverpool and the waiting lists are inappropriate, there is the option of self-funding in our clinic, either with our surgery’s dental plan or our 0% interest credit options.

Our dental plan allows a full range of general care, orthodontic care and even dental implant procedures to be changed from substantial one-off payments to a consistent, affordable monthly subscription. This takes much of the pressure off your finances in the short-term and allows greater care options when you require it, without the looming concern of costs limiting how you invest in yourself and leading to short-term inadequate solutions.

Our dental plan can be used as complementary to NHS services, minimising the amount you have to pay and only making use of our clinic to plug some of the gaps in treatment generated by growing waiting lists.

All applications are subject to a credit check, and interest rates are variable by status.

If you know you require emergency aid, please contact our dentist Liverpool. We see emergency patients within 24 hours of contact and on the same day if you contact us before 9 AM. Let’s talk more generally about emergency dentistry and some temporary measures you can take in the meantime.

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What is a dental emergency?

Emergency dentistry can seem pretty obvious when you’re in great discomfort, but you can also have an emergency without uncomfortable symptoms. It can be very easy, particularly for those who have a concern about our dentist Liverpool or dentistry in general, to minimise their symptoms or allow discomfort that started out very minor to seem less impactful than it actually is. In the minds of many of these patients, this is not simply a case of whether or not it is a dental emergency, but rather, whether it is enough of an emergency to overcome deep concerns and distrust of dentistry. This kind of thinking can result in the patient putting off treatment.

With many of the concerns of the pandemic seemingly coming to an end, we hope the travel to our surgery becomes easier for our patients. During the pandemic, there was a lull in emergency dental cases being treated in dental surgeries; this put additional pressure onto A&E departments, which also increased the risk of patients who were already ill contracting COVID-19.

Trauma first-aid

Oral bleeds

The recommended method for stopping bleeding from the mouth is to use a clean piece of cloth, place it in the mouth where the bleed is occurring and bite down firmly. If the bleeding does not stop in less than 20 minutes, immediately seek medical assistance.

Knocked-out teeth

When a tooth is fully knocked out of the jaw, it is referred to as avulsed; this presents the opportunity to re-implant the tooth.

Unfortunately, whether avulsed or not, the majority of knocked-out teeth are broken or chipped; however, attempts can be made by our team to reconstruct tooth fragments using dental cement and other adhesives to try to reassemble the tooth. These reconstructed teeth are significantly weaker than their undamaged counterparts, but it is significantly better than crowning or having to undergo an extraction.

If you do have a knocked-out or chipped tooth, do not clean it or attempt to dry it. Transport it to us in a damp environment, preferably wrapped in a dressing in an airtight box. Do not place it in water but rather milk, as this will keep the nerves alive for longer. Seek out our dentist Liverpool as soon as possible, as time is a critical factor in the successful replantation of the tooth.

Pain management

Often, even with emergency appointments, there can be a 24-hour or longer wait before being seen. When you’re in great discomfort, this has to be addressed. Over-the-counter options like paracetamol are useful here, but they often have limited utility.

If you have an abscess, you can apply clove oil to the area with cotton wool; this will numb the area until you can see our team for your emergency appointment.

At Liverpool Smile Studio, our orthodontist Liverpool sees many misalignments, but a crossbite can present an interesting problem. Let’s see how it can be treated by the use of an Inman aligner, what it’s like to use this aligner and how long treatment is likely to last.

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What is a crossbite?

The crossbite is a misalignment where the predominant front-facing teeth are both in front of and behind the dental arch, requiring force to be applied in both directions. Often as part of a crossbite, several other teeth are twisted from the appropriate orientations, so this requires forces to be applied to them as well. They can range from severe and complex to simple and aesthetic, but always involve multiple combinations of often using counter opposing forces.

Crossbites may also be partially open, affecting the way the patient eats and often having an impact on their speech, creating a whistle or other impediment.

The Inman aligner

The Inman aligner is a hybrid form of treatment that our orthodontist Liverpool can provide. It combines some of the features of the traditional brace with those of the clear aligner. It is removable, allowing patients to remove them before eating, which simplifies maintenance and cleaning. But the Inman aligner is far bulkier than the Invisalign style of clear aligners. It has several metal components, including a pair of metal bars that follow the arch and a pair of springs to add tension to them to move the teeth.

The Inman aligner does not prioritise subtlety but rather utility. It is particularly skilled at complicated cases, requiring forces to be applied in multiple directions. It doesn’t require as much customisation as Invisalign to work, and it can be significantly economical at the point of use.

Arch bows

Arch bows should not be confused with the archwires of normal braces. Archwires do not make direct contact with the teeth, instead, they simply store the tension and are anchored to the teeth via a set of brackets adhered to the tooth surface.

Arch bows are solid rods that make contact with the teeth, pushing them forwards if it is an internal bow or inwards if the bow is external. Lining up all of the teeth simultaneously, the force required behind the arch bow is substantial and stored in a set of springs at the edges of the aligner. This allows the force to be consistent from when they are at their greatest extent all the way to the final few millimetres as the teeth take on their correct positions.

Treatment times

Our orthodontist Liverpool practices treatments that are both effective and thorough, computed in the shortest possible timescale. Due to variation between patients, we can only give a broad range of possible treatment times. Most cases that involve the Inman aligners take between 6 and 18 weeks, and you will be expected to wear the aligner for up to 20 hours a day.

There is a need for regular checkups, which are often 2 to 3 weeks when considering the complexity of most crossbites.

Our veneers Liverpool can provide a whole range of aesthetic changes to your teeth. From the transformative dazzle of a full set of teeth to the skilful and artistic restoration of a single tooth into a seamless natural smile. Let’s see how we at Liverpool Smile Studio do it.

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The role of dental laminates

It’s well known that one of the roles of laminates is to improve aesthetics. And when it comes to aesthetic procedures, there is nothing quite as impressive as our full veneers Liverpool. Putting the control back into our patients’ hands, you can choose the appearance you wish, taking back control. You can also decide whether you want a more natural-looking finish, rolling back the clock or a true Hollywood-style finish. We will endeavour to meet your needs when possible and suggest the most likely shades to suit your face, age and aesthetic goals.

Longevity: how long do laminates last?

Dental laminates are not really limited as a prosthetic. Although they can be chipped and cracked by trauma, it is far more common for laminates to become detached from their tooth surface. This was a common occurrence with cemented laminates, although it is becoming less of a problem when modern UV-cured resins are used. If you can safely store any detached veneers Liverpool and bring them with you to our clinic, reattachment is a simple and low-cost solution.

It is particularly important that you continue with your 6-month dental checkups once you have received a set of laminates. There’s a type of cavity that can occur at the edge of a laminate and extend beneath the surface of the underlying tooth; these can be difficult to spot and rarely have symptoms. They can become very substantial without regular checkups, causing a loss of a laminate and even the tooth.

That said, with good care and a fairly sedentary lifestyle, veneers can easily last 10 years or more.

Porcelain laminates vs composite

The use of porcelain wafers is significantly less common than it used to be, with a mixture of polymers providing a tougher and still realistic veneer. But there is a significantly different strategy for creating composites. We now use layers with mixtures of UV-cured resins, impregnated with nanoparticles of ceramics; this gives an excellent and comfortable surface when built upon. The front surfaces of the teeth may act as a starting point to build upon. Composites can be fitted in a single sitting, unlike wafers that need to be produced by our partner dental laboratory.

Whether traditional laminates or composites are more appropriate depends on many factors. It is best discussed once you’re in our clinic and have had initial screening and x-rays.

Clinic finances

We understated that the cost of dental care can have a substantial effect on the treatment options that patients select. Therefore, to prevent people from selling themselves short and limiting their care, within our clinic, we offer 0% interest payment plans. This can help you to spread the cost into monthly instalments.

Overcrowded teeth may be one of the most common orthodontic issues we see in the Liverpool Smile Studio. Thankfully, it’s something that dentists have been able to successfully treat for more than 100 years with braces Liverpool!

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Metal braces, the backbone of orthodontic care, have truly come of age, crossing the century mark and fixing countless tens of thousands of smiles. We are experts at providing orthodontic care to our patients in a range of ways and discuss the appropriate use of braces below.

When is orthodontic treatment appropriate?

While a treatment is not without its risks, limitations and costs, it has to be justified in the benefits it brings to our patients’ lives. And while overcrowding is not just a trivial or cosmetic problem, if you have particularly poorly aligned teeth, it can make it significantly harder to eat and the modifications or abnormal jaw position that has to be adopted will have long-term implications. Temporomandibular joint disorder being the most common repetitive strain disorder that adults with misaligned teeth end up suffering from that we see in our practice. 

Even partially misaligned teeth will result in increased wear and tear on certain tooth surfaces as only a few will mesh. The teeth which are being overused will erode faster and be more susceptible to cavities on their upper surfaces.

When is it not?

By providing lots of nooks and crannies for food to get caught in and for plaque to build-up on, fixed braces might not be appropriate for those with poor oral hygiene, as the risks of increased cavities outweigh the benefits.

Misalignment, where teeth are pushed out of the normal dental arch overlapping or are so crowded they have twisted, may mean that headgear is usually required This uses a small number of surgical pins inserted into the jawbone as leverage points from which teeth can be evenly spaced out across the dental arch. Treatments are longer than standard brace treatments and usually end with a period of time using standard braces Liverpool and retainer.

On the opposite end of the scale, braces Liverpool are ineffective at correcting very small movements less than a millimetre, as they require pressure on the teeth and the archwire that simply cannot be delivered over such small distances. To correct such small cosmetic misalignments other options need to be considered by our dentist. This is where veneers can come in. Although usually placed over a tooth, they can be fitted slightly overlapping; this means the veneer can be placed strategically, giving the appearance of perfectly aligned teeth to a slightly crooked smile by using a slightly wider veneer to close a gap.

Financing dental care costs

The cost of these treatments can be substantial and will extend over many months. For such expenses, as we understand this can be a challenge to household finances, we provide 0% interest repayment finance allowing you to spread the cost of your care with borrowing options depending on credit status.

If you would like more information about orthodontic care and the services we provide in Liverpool, or would like to make an application for dental financing, please feel free to get in contact with our clinic either online or over the phone.

Dental staining might not be seen as a big deal and traditionally, it has been seen as cosmetic. Although this might be technically true, at our dentist Liverpool, we understand that such a view  devalues the impact that our teeth have on our general confidence and interactions.

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Clinically relevant staining

Some staining is clinically important as plaque slowly calcifies on teeth. It forms a hard layer of tartar that itself has a dark and yellow shade to it, but its rough texture is particularly susceptible to picking up other stains from smoking and tannins from wine and coffee. This is often seen as a rough brown patch between teeth.

The tartar is very difficult to remove at home without damaging the teeth and acts as a jumping off point for bacteria to attack gum tissue, starting as gingivitis and eventually progressing into full blown gum disease. At the Liverpool Smile Studio we can resolve this situation using deep cleansing by our hygienist to remove tartar and giving tips on how to prevent its return.

General dental staining

General staining can either accumulate on or in the first few microns of the enamel of the tooth. If it’s attached to the surface, it’s referred to as extrinsic staining, much like the way paint is attached to the wall, but does not actually enter it. Extrinsic staining is best dealt with using grinding or abrasion methods. 

Intrinsic staining actually permeates the enamel and chemically alters it, like the way ink seeps into a piece of paper or the way a tattoo is performed. Intrinsic staining is best dealt with by using an oxygen based bleaching agent to make the pigment lighter, similar to the way that hydrogen peroxide oxidises the melanin in hair giving a blonde finish.

Scale and polish

Before engaging in any more extensive treatment at our dentist Liverpool, the first step is a scale and polish, to remove any stubborn tartar build-up from the teeth. A scale and polish can significantly brighten a smile and if results are unsatisfactory, or no tartar build-up is present, further treatment can be considered.

Tooth whitening

We perform dental whitening in our clinic using custom-made trays. It can take up to 40 minutes for a treatment depending on what your shade goals are, so multiple sessions may be needed. Whitening gels are well tolerated by most patients. It can cause temporary dental sensitivity and is not recommended for those with thinning enamel or if you’re already suffering from dental sensitivity.

Avoiding future staining

Some dental staining can be avoided, particularly if the cause is either smoking or chewing tobacco. Beauty fads like eating a ‘white’ diet, avoiding chocolate and tumeric have no scientific basis. Just good oral hygiene and regular check-ups at our dentist Liverpool should be enough to stay on top of a build-up. Immediately after a lightening treatment session after using peroxide gel, the permeability of your teeth is very high, as they are dehydrated during the treatment. In these first few hours post-treatment they are particularly susceptible to picking up new stains, but outside this period of vulnerability, there is no evidence of diet affecting dental staining.

This is just a rough guide and if you would like information more tailored to you, please feel free to get in contact with our clinic.