At Liverpool Smile Studio we want to epitomise what it means to be a dentist in Liverpool, friendly but at the same time extremely efficient. We believe that the best approach is a relaxed one, and we are actually Liverpool’s largest specialist clinic for nervous patients. We also have a wide range of cosmetic options, so if you are self-conscious about your smile, then we will be able to utilise a variety of treatments to help you improve it.

Dentist in LiverpoolThe top ten dental problems

If you are searching for a dentist in Liverpool, then Liverpool Smile Studio provides a clear pathway to finding the solution to your problem. We have divided all cosmetic dental problems into ten main concerns for patients these include discoloured teeth, gaps in teeth, poorly proportioned or gummy smiles, and missing teeth. Other issues people wish to rectify may be worn down, broken, crowded, or crooked teeth. Sometimes old crowns need replacing in order for teeth to function normally again. If you recognise any of these issues exist in your own teeth, then do not hesitate to come in for a consultation.

Cosmetic treatments

Aside from tooth repair, we offer a range of other aesthetic treatments, such as gum shaping, cosmetic bonding, white fillings, and a range of facial aesthetics. A fantastic smile isn’t just end with the teeth. A strong, and attractive smile is part of a series of factors, that bring the face together. Our dentists will give you a consultation and guide you on the best course of action for creating your dream smile. Please contact us via our website for a consultation if you are interested or concerned about any of these things.

Facial aesthetics

Every Liverpool Smile Studio employee has a key knowledge on the workings of the face, and has the ability, skill, and experience to carry out these delicate procedures. We offer facial aesthetics as part of our cosmetic treatment services, so that you can have a package of procedures ending in achieving a result that you are satisfied with. We also want to ensure that you feel comfortable and safe during the procedure, and that you remain calm throughout.

Specialist treatments

Simply ask about our specialist treatments for more information. You can also book a free consultation with one of our dentists, if you are unsure of the treatment you are after. Our aim is to provide a specialist treatment service for any general dentistry service that may need assistance in more advanced dental treatments.

Smile gallery

If you’re looking for some examples of our work, then just ask to take a look at our smile gallery. This is our showcase for the most impressive examples of our work, and epitomises our standards for what we aim to achieve with every patient. We listen to what the patient has to say before, during, and after treatment and this is our evidence that we always hear what people are telling us and that this dentist in Liverpool can deliver on their aspirations.

Braces are a necessary treatment in order to correct or realign the teeth into a healthier and more pleasing position. While many people think that braces and correcting teeth alignment are for purely aesthetic purposes, this is a misconception. When teeth are not aligned properly they are actually detrimental to the health of the mouth, as poor tooth alignment can cause jaw problems and tooth erosion later on in life. This in turn can then exacerbate other dental issues.

Braces in LiverpoolAre there different types of braces?

Along with many dental treatments, there are many types of braces in Liverpool Smile Studio. We can provide you with a range of braces to choose from, and run you through the process involved and the benefits of each brace.

Regular braces

Braces in Liverpool are widely available, and one of the most common and well-known treatments for crooked teeth is to use metal wires to realign them. While this can be a more painful and uncomfortable treatment, it is known to be one of the most effective ways to realign teeth and can have extremely fast results. This method is also more visible, which can make some patients feel self-conscious about their treatment.

Are there alternatives?

Due to the demand for softer, and more aesthetically acceptable treatment, there are alternative brace styles available to you, not just the regular metal braces. Liverpool Smile Studio has several alternative options to choose from, which not only conceal the brace, but are also less painful than other methods. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, the correct treatment will be picked for you, and with your best interests in mind, we will be able to achieve the best possible outcome for your dental health. Do not hesitate to book a free consultation via our website.

Fastbraces

One such alternative, is the Fastbraces option. These braces have been developed and widely distributed in the USA and have moved over to the UK due to their success. They are faster, and more affordable than some treatments, and involve fewer visits to the dentist, rather than something like Invisalign, which will need a visit every two weeks or so to receive the newest brace. The Fastbrace is kept discreet with the wires being coloured to match teeth, so they are extremely hard to detect. The treatment can also in some cases be completed within twenty weeks, meaning that if the treatment is successful, it is an extremely rapid one. Braces can sometimes require extractions, but for Fastbraces this is rare.

Inman aligner

Another option of a similar style is the Inman aligner. This treatment is to correct the upper and lower front teeth only, for appearance factors, but also for health reasons, as a correct set of front teeth will provide health benefits for teeth and gums for years into the future. As the front teeth are the only visible teeth in a regular smile, this can be a fantastic option for someone simply looking to improve their appearance. So if you are looking for braces in Liverpool why delay? We are waiting to put all of our experience at your disposal.

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that focusses on the alignment of the teeth and jaw, and also includes the practice methods to correct crooked teeth. In Liverpool, orthodontist treatment is available at Liverpool Smile Studio, and we will aim to give you the straightest teeth we possibly can. We also like to take a gentle approach, as we understand that braces can be painful and awkward, and want to provide as much comfort as we possibly can.

Orthodontists in LiverpoolSix Month Smiles

One of our treatments is called Six Month Smiles, which is part of our process to reduce the anxieties and pain of having braces. As braces have become associated with teenagers, many adults are embarrassed about having to wear braces and therefore will avoid treatment. However, each orthodontist in Liverpool at our practice understands the delicate nature of braces, as we offer the Six Month Smile. The treatment works by using tooth-coloured wires, or plastic braces, making the brace virtually invisible. This means that you can go out and enjoy your day without having to worry about the visibility of your brace. The treatment is also typically less expensive than other forms of treatment and will take approximately six months to show results.

Invisalign

Invisalign is another treatment offered by our orthodontists in Liverpool. Liverpool Smile Studio is a place where we want to give you the full range of options and guide you towards making a decision that is right for you. Invisalign works by implementing a series of plastic braces, that work slowly to adjust your teeth. Every two to three weeks, your brace will be replaced with a slightly tighter brace that is closer to the final result. Then you will be given your final brace, which should reflect your final tooth arrangement. This end result would have been available to see when it was projected by 3D scanning at the beginning of the treatment.

Cosmetic bonding

If you require further cosmetic dental work, then an option for you could be cosmetic bonding. This process uses advanced technology to add tiny amounts of tooth coloured material to the tooth enamel, essentially filling in the gaps. It can also be used to rebuild parts of the tooth that may have been eroded, misshapen or broken. Where orthodontics may not be fully effective, we can use alternate methods to give you a fantastic smile, and one that you will be satisfied with when you leave the practice.

Our testimonials

If you are interested in any of our treatments, or would simply like more guidance, then do not hesitate to contact us, or visit our website to either get information, or book a free consultation. With regard to our orthodontic treatments, we have a range of photographic examples and written reviews of our work, so you know exactly what to expect from Liverpool Smile Studio. We believe that transparency is the ultimate form of patient service, and want to show exactly what we can offer, so that we always have satisfied patients at the end of treatment.

Veneers are a porcelain covering to the tooth that provide an appearance of white, even teeth and protect the enamel from further damage. They can either be built up inside the mouth or placed directly onto the tooth and bonded with a special resin cement to ensure they are secure. If you are looking for veneers, Liverpool Smile Studio has some fantastic options to choose from and will make sure they look as natural and impressive as possible.

Veneers in LiverpoolCan I get veneers if there’s nothing wrong with my teeth?

Absolutely. Veneers are not just a restorative procedure, but also part of our smile makeover treatment, where we adapt your smile to become the best it can be. Veneers in Liverpool are readily available from our practice, simply give us a call or contact us via our website to book a free consultation, and we will be able to give you guidance about whether veneers are right for you.

Does the procedure hurt?

Ideally veneers are painless to fit, however a local anaesthetic is necessary to administer them, so there will be a small amount of pain in that process. If you are concerned about this, then we offer sedation as part of the treatment, so you will be able to simply fall asleep and wake up with your new teeth.

Does it take a long time?

The process will take approximately two visits to ensure the veneers are correctly fitted. However, if you are getting veneers in Liverpool as a result of a smile makeover, then we will need additional visits to plan our ‘smile design’.

How does it work?

As veneers are porcelain, they need to be firmly attached to the tooth so that they will not come loose. Porcelain is incredibly durable, which means that any adhesive connecting it to the enamel will need to be a strong one. To ensure that the veneer stays connected to the tooth, we will remove a thin layer of the front of the enamel, to ensure that the veneer has space to sit, and also to make sure the adhesive works to the best of its ability due to being stuck to a rougher surface. Further appointments are needed to ensure the connection is perfect, and the smile is exactly the way you envisioned it to be. The veneers are also expected to last for over ten years, if proper dental hygiene routines are kept, if so, this should also keep the teeth looking clean and white for that period too.

Will they look like real teeth?

The very purpose of veneers is to resemble regular human teeth, and thanks to our process, you will have specifically designed veneers. Liverpool Smile Studio prides itself on delivering the best customer service that it possibly can, which means guiding you through every step of the process. We also acknowledge that some people are scared of the dentist, or feel anxious about check-ups, fears which we want to dispel. If you want more information, then do not hesitate to contact us and ask for examples.

At our Liverpool Smile Studio we take every opportunity to remind our patients that practising good dental hygiene habits that include routine check-ups at a dental clinic is the surest way to protect oral health and prevent problems and complications such as gum disease from developing later in life. Here are some symptoms of gum problems our dentist in Liverpool recommends patients look out for.

Dentist in LiverpoolGum problems to look out for

  • Plaque and tartar build-up

There are a number of places and spaces where plaque can accumulate: between teeth, across and below the gum line as well as on the indentations of teeth. Ineffective brushing and flossing will only allow plaque to harden leading to the formation of tartar and additional dental problems. Once tartar is formed, only the skills of a dental practitioner can remove it through professional cleaning.

  • Gingivitis

The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis when inflammation becomes noticeable. Other symptoms include redness and bleeding. Another concern is that pockets form between gums and teeth which may lead to eventual tooth loss if not treated. Fortunately this stage is reversible by following our dentist in Liverpool

Advice as well as seeking professional cleaning and establishing a strict oral hygiene practice.

  • Periodontitis

At this stage inflammation may worsen and gums become infected. The danger here is when the infection reaches the vital supporting bone structure. Symptoms of gingivitis may worsen, gums recede and the pockets created between teeth and gums deepen to hide more and more bacteria. Teeth may begin to become loose as bone is further compromised.

  • Progressive Periodontitis

Periodontitis can progress to an advanced stage where pockets deepen further to fill with pus. Further bone loss is experienced, patients may feel teeth sensitivity when eating and drinking. To keep the disease from spreading, treatment may have to include removing teeth.

Why drinking water is critical to gum health

Gum disease may sound alarming and is a cause for concern. The best way to maintain gum health and prevent the development of disease is to eliminate bacteria in the mouth. This can be effectively done with proper brushing and flossing of teeth and gums. Drinking water also plays a critical role in gum health.

Saliva forms the first line of defence by getting rid of bacteria. To produce enough saliva, patients need to drink sufficient amounts of water. Staying hydrated now offers another reason to drink the average recommended daily limit of eight glasses a day – keep  gums free of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Another line of effective protection against bacteria is swishing saltwater around the mouth. Warm saltwater (a mix of water and salt) offers incredible benefits to keeping the mouth healthy: removes build-up of plaque, reduce inflammation and offer relief from sore gums. Rinsing the mouth twice a day for at least a minute each time may offer desired results.

There is no substitute for routine visits to your dental clinic. Even with brushing and flossing daily, a check-up is still necessary to ensure that teeth and gums are healthy. Schedule your check-up now by contacting us at Liverpool Smile Studio.

At Liverpool Smile Studio we understand that less than perfect teeth can be a cause for embarrassment. Smiling shouldn’t be a cringe-worthy affair which is why we, in our dental service, offer a number of treatments focused on straightening teeth to give our patients the confidence to smile wide smiles again. One such treatment is the Six Month Smiles treatment which features invisible braces in Liverpool that work discreetly and quickly to straighten crooked teeth.

Braces in LiverpoolThe Six Month Smile devices differ from traditional teeth-straightening devices in that they have brackets difficult to detect and wires that blend with the colour of teeth. The second significant difference is that the time frame in which they work. Unlike traditional metallic teeth-straightening devices that can take a year or two to produce desired results, these clear devices, on average, achieve results within months.

How do Six Month Smiles devices work?

One of the most asked questions about Six Month Smiles dental devices are: how are they able to correct teeth so quickly? This type of dental device works on a few front teeth (those that feature prominently when you smile) and not a whole set of teeth which would need an extended amount of time to reposition. This makes the treatment suitable for patients who are not looking to treat larger bite issues, just to straighten a few teeth.

If you are considering braces in Liverpool and are interested in the Six Month Smiles treatment, only a consultation with one of our dental practitioners can determine if you are a right fit.

3 Advantages of Six Month Smiles dental treatment

  1. Affordability

Cost of treatments has to factor in cost of device and length of treatment. This means that for many patients Six Month Smile treatments are a more affordable option than traditional orthodontic treatments that require a longer time frame in which to work.

  1. Faster treatment times

Perhaps one of the most favoured reasons for the Six Month Smile treatment is its relatively quicker treatment times. Despite their critical role in maintaining oral health, patients find wearing orthodontic devices a challenge for extended lengths of time and a treatment that offers the shortest time frame to achieve results will always be preferred. Of course this treatment cannot be possible for every patient.

  1. Discreet looking

Next to quicker results in a shorter delivery period, patients typically prefer discreet orthodontic devices. While the Six Month Smile devices do still use the bracket and wires features (as used in traditional devices), the colour of brackets blend in with the colour of teeth so that they are less noticeable while still doing the job they are designed to do.

Six Month Smiles is an exciting brand offered at Liverpool Smile Studio. We are happy to offer a comprehensive consultation to provide patients with all the information they need to know to make the best decision. Or, call to schedule an appointment to discuss other cosmetic dental treatments offered.

An orthodontic consultation at our Liverpool Smile Studio provides patients with all available treatment method options for them to consider. This is an opportunity for our patients to ask as many questions about treatments, procedures and after care guidelines as they like, to ensure that they make the best possible decision in going forward.

Orthodontist in LiverpoolWhen is an orthodontic consultation necessary?

Finding an orthodontist in Liverpool for a consultation may be beneficial for:

patients interested in wearing braces, or any other teeth-straightening device;

patients who require orthodontic services, to help solve an existing dental problem.

A patient’s first orthodontic assessment is generally carried out at seven years of age. This evaluation is necessary to identify any possible bad bite issues and seven is a suitable age to start a treatment process to correct the dental condition.

Steps involved during an orthodontic consultation

In order to fully understand the dental issue you would like to correct, your goals, desired results, and to provide you with the most suitable treatment methods for you, our orthodontist in Liverpool will ensure the following steps are covered:

  • To carry out a comprehensive dental and medical review
  • Examine the condition of the mouth, teeth and gums
  • If necessary, an X-ray will be taken

A scan of the mouth may take a minute or two with the use of a digital x-ray machine.

The dental practitioner will then discuss a formulated treatment plan most suited to a patient’s needs. This plan will include:

  • Timeline and duration of treatment process
  • Relevant costs
  • Possible financing options or payment plans

Patients may even receive educational materials on good dental health habits suitable for patients wearing braces or aligners to read over.

Essential questions to ask during a consultation

For many patients seeking orthodontic treatment can be regarded as a major investment, so when discussing treatment options with an orthodontist in Liverpool, make sure to ask important questions to understand exactly what the treatment solution offers and why it is being recommended. The following questions are good to include on your ask-questions-list:

  1. What are the pros and cons of the different types of orthodontic treatments available?
  2. Which treatment option is the most cost-effective and will produce the desired results?
  3. Will tooth extractions be necessary?
  4. What other dental treatments have to be considered to ensure effective results?
  5. What are the complications or risks attached to this treatment?
  6. What is the maintenance or aftercare needs for each option? (Whichever treatment you choose must fit into your lifestyle so that you remain committed to the treatment – there is minimal disruption to your routine.)

The initial consultation can last between half an hour to an hour. Knowing what to expect during a consultation helps in preparing a patient – they know what to expect, feel comfortable with the process involved and ready to ask for information that will help them achieve a healthy and functional smile. After this consultation, patients have to take the time necessary to consider all the points discussed before making a final decision.

For many patients custom-made dental shells that cover the surface layer of teeth are effective for an aesthetically pleasing stain-free smile. But some patients are not suitable candidates. Depending on the nature of their oral health, dentists may find the cosmetic procedure not suitable for patients with cavities, gum disease, poor quality of tooth enamel and other dental conditions. As some patients make poor candidates for certain cosmetic procedures, it is in their interest to ask a few pertinent questions to determine if this dental treatment is the right course of action.

Veneers in LiverpoolA number of dental treatments will impact on the lifestyle of patients, especially when it comes to after care and maintenance and this remains true for patients wanting veneers in Liverpool. For those wearing fixed braces, extra time needs to be spent ensuring these are properly clean and free of food particles and they have to be mentally strong to avoid certain foods (even if these are firm favourites). Adequate care should also be practised by patients with dental implants to prolong their longevity and avoid infections. For patients considering having porcelain caps placed over their teeth the following questions may help determine the benefits of the treatment as well as what is required after the procedure is performed.

Four questions to discuss with your dentist regarding porcelain dental caps

  1. Are caps more suitable than full crowns?

There are a number of dental procedures that can help patients improve the appearance of their teeth. Placing tooth-coloured caps over natural teeth is a less invasive treatment method. Additional advantages are that these caps can be colour co-ordinated to match natural teeth and they are impressively resistant to staining.

  1. What maintenance is involved in taking care of porcelain shells?

Fortunately this type of cosmetic treatment does not require any additional maintenance procedures. Patients should continue with the twice a day brushing of teeth routine and floss once a day to ensure teeth remain cavity-free. It is also highly recommended to have regular check-ups when opting for veneers in Liverpool at a dental clinic providing quality dental care such as Liverpool Smile Studio.

  1. Do dental porcelain caps need replacing?

The lifespan of porcelain caps can range from 10 to 15 years, however, this will depend on the quality of care and maintenance a patient carries out in looking after them. After the maximum amount of time, it is probable that the caps will need to be replaced.

  1. Can the procedure be reversed?

In order for dental caps to be placed over natural teeth, a dental practitioner will have to first shave off a thin layer of enamel before inserting the cap over the tooth. This process is irreversible.

For patients wanting to fix tooth fractures, shape and colour of teeth and minor bite issues, the use of dental caps or shells to improve the look of teeth is a cost-effective solution that produces pleasing visual results. To arrange a cosmetic consultation to find the right treatment for you, call Liverpool Smile Studio.

Maintaining good health is a two-fold process, professional care under the trained eye of a skilled dentist in Liverpool and patient responsibility in self-care at home. Dental health care tips range from the simple and well-known to the not-so-obvious. With the advent of the internet there exists a maelstrom of information and advice that can be overwhelming, confusing and contradictory. Here at Liverpool Smile Studio we believe in keeping dental advice simple by making sure our patients understand the simple essentials in keeping teeth and gums in good condition. The better our patients understand what is important, the better able they are in taking positive action to look after their oral health.

Dentist in LiverpoolFive dental health tips not to ignore

  1. Clean mouth effectively

Your mouth contains not only teeth, but gums and tongue, and these need to be thoroughly cleaned as well every time you brush your teeth. Gums are kept clean and healthy by using dental floss to remove food particles in between teeth that provide a rich source of ‘food’ for enamel-destroying bacteria to thrive on. Bacteria collect on the tongue as well which means it should not be ignored during your brushing routine.

  1. Do not put off dental treatment

It is common for many patients to ignore a dental problem, be it a toothache or gum inflammation, in the hope that it will just go away on its own. This is far from what really happens. Not only will patients experience pain and discomfort, if left untreated, minor problems will only escalate to becoming bigger problems. Nervous patients need no longer fear dental services, not with the availability of sedation techniques such as IV sedation. If you fear your anxiety is keeping you from seeking dental care, look for a dentist in Liverpool that offers sedation techniques.

  1. Approach dental fads with caution

It is only natural to be swayed by dental fads advertised in the media, but before you buy that natural toothpaste or teeth whitening product, it is important to do your research. For toothpastes to do the job they are intended for, they need to contain fluoride so make sure that if using natural toothpastes appeals to you, that these contain this essential ingredient.

  1. Some teeth whitening products are effective in brightening stained or discoloured teeth while others can do more harm than good. It is always best to check with a dental practitioner for recommended products and brands. A professional in-office teeth whitening procedure carried out by a trained dental practitioner is the best option for safe and effective teeth whitening.
  2. DIY dental care is dangerous

There are numerous ‘instructive’ dental care videos available that are not made by dental professionals and should be used with caution. Trying to straighten your teeth at home using dubious methods places a serious risk on damaging your teeth and gums. Proper dental care should always be supervised by a qualified dental practitioner.

The ideal is that your teeth should serve you for a lifetime. This is possible with good oral health care as recommended by dental professionals. Following professional advice and suggestions will keep your mouth in top condition. For more dental health tips, schedule a consultation with a dental practitioner at our clinic.

The first thing to do is not to panic. Brackets or wires breaking are common occurrences and there are minor fixes (depending on the severity of the damage) a patient can make that can minimise discomfort. Damaged teeth-straightening instruments pose risks to the mouth, increasing the possibility of cuts and abrasions. These instruments should be repaired by an orthodontist as soon as possible so that treatment is not affected. Need repair services for damaged braces in Liverpool? At our Liverpool Smile Studio we offer a range of orthodontic services covering various types of teeth-straightening treatments.

Braces LiverpoolCommon teeth-positioning device problems

Protecting the mouth is a key concern when a teeth-straightening instrument is damaged or breaks. Fixed dental devices used to straighten misaligned teeth feature wires and brackets that can be sharp when broken. Patients can make use of tweezers to manipulate sharp edges so that they do not injure the inside of the mouth or nail clippers to snip protruding wires.

Fortunately there are a few quick fixes that can help in protecting the mouth from the following types of damage:

  1. Loose bracket still attached to wire

Brackets are attached to the teeth using a special adhesive and connected to each other on a wire. If a bracket breaks away from the tooth but is still attached to the wire, this can be temporarily fixed until a proper repair can be done. This type of damage offers little pain but discomfort can be experienced as the loosened bracket can rub against the inside of the mouth, causing irritation. Using a sterilised set of tweezers, the bracket can be moved along the wire frame and positioned between two teeth. Take care to ensure that the bracket sits positioned in the right direction. To protect against discomfort, dental wax can be used to cover the surface.

  1. Broken arch wire

The danger of a broken arch wire is that the sharp edge can cut into the gums or inside of the cheek, injury to the gums or abrasions to the cheeks raises the possibility of an infection occurring. To prevent this likelihood until the arch wire can be safely repaired, the sharp end can be neatly cut off with nail clippers that have been sanitised. Make sure that the clipped wire is caught on a tissue or cloth placed inside the mouth to avoid the metal piece from being swallowed. If you are concerned about how to take care of your teeth-straightening device, speak to one of our dental practitioners that are trained in treatments such as braces in Liverpool.

  1. Bent wire

Bent wires can compromise the teeth-straightening treatment process if left unrepaired. Wires in fixed teeth correcting devices become bent or damaged when the patients eat foods that are too hard, causing them to bend. When this happens the wire bands become ineffective in moving teeth into the desired position. It is best to schedule an appointment to have the orthodontist examine the dental instrument to see how it can be repaired.

The three main reasons that cause these dental instruments to break and pose a risk to the mouth can be easily avoided. Eating hard foods while wearing teeth correcting devices is the most common reason why brackets or wires break so doing your best to avoid crunchy and sticky foods is highly recommended. The second reason is injury to the mouth area, which is why wearing a mouthguard is considered essential when participating in contact sports. Lastly, food lodged between brackets and teeth. If food particles can’t be removed through flossing or brushing, professional cleaning carried out by a dental professional can effectively keep dental instruments clean. For any orthodontic-related treatment, schedule an appointment at Liverpool Smile Studios.