Getting back on track

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The past year has been a tough one for many of our patients here at Liverpool Smile Studio, as external factors beyond our control made getting help from our orthodontist Liverpool harder than ever.

Today we are proud to report to all our patients that our services have fully reopened and our practitioners are back to doing what they love – helping you smile with the carefree confidence that comes with having straight and healthy teeth.

Our orthodontists understand the strain that many have felt over the last year, as national lockdown and uncertainty pushed seeking our treatments like cosmetic braces or aligners to the backs of your mind.

We also recognise the toll which having visibly crooked and misshapen teeth can take on your social confidence and mental health – and want our patients to know that there is a far healthier approach than simply hiding your smile behind a facemask.

What can an orthodontist Liverpool do for me?

At Liverpool Smile Studio, we believe that having healthy teeth is key to a healthy, happy life.

We also recognise that just as no two teeth are ever identical, in order to get optimal results it is best to take a more patient-centred, bespoke approach.

This is why our orthodontist Liverpool always likes to start things off with a friendly consultation and preliminary examination – before settling on any one course of treatment.

Orthodontics is a far larger field of dental study than some people may think, and often patients are surprised when they learn that there are alternative routes to a straighter smile other than conventional, fixed braces.

This is why it’s always a good idea to speak with one of our non-judgmental, friendly, and approachable orthodontic experts before diving straight ahead with any one treatment, as you may be surprised at the number of options you have.

What types of orthodontics do you offer?

Our orthodontist in Liverpool regularly provides patients with a broad range of treatments that cover traditional fixed braces, as well as more cosmetic treatments such as transparent aligners or clear braces.

These alternative orthodontic treatments that we offer – such as Six Month Smiles or Invisalign – have become massively popular over recent years, particularly within the demographics of young adults and teenagers – as they give them an opportunity to realign their smile (improving both their oral health and appearance) without impacting on how they look throughout the process.

What is Six Month Smiles?

As you can probably derive from the name, Six Month Smiles is an alternative orthodontic treatment method that aims to realign a patient’s smile discreetly – in just six months or less.

This is achieved through the use of a transparent bracket system that uses tooth-coloured materials to blend in perfectly with your surrounding teeth and therefore leaves little to no impact on how you look.

Alongside being a faster and more discreet method of dental alignment, Six Month Smiles is also considered to be a less invasive and therefore more comfortable method of getting a straighter smile. If you’d like to find out whether a treatment such as Six Month Smiles could help get your oral health back on track, simply contact us here at Liverpool Smile Studio and arrange a consultation with one of our discreet orthodontic experts.

Awakening your smile’s potential

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At Liverpool Smile Studio we empathise with our numerous patients out there who have struggled over the past year to get the cosmetic care they would have liked to, such as veneers Liverpool, due to forces beyond anyone’s control.

We know that the national lockdown has been tough on everyone and that a lot of people’s oral health has suffered as a result. Throughout our many years of service, our highly trained and efficient practitioners have seen teeth in every conceivable condition – so nothing surprised them and we never pass judgment over anybody based on their oral health.

As normality slowly re-emerges here in the UK, we are urging all those who are unhappy with how their teeth look to visit our practice and speak with one of our expert cosmetic dental practitioners about your options.

What are veneers Liverpool?

Before the pandemic hit, veneers Liverpool were one of our most widely sought-after treatments and now that things are easing it is no surprise that interest and engagement around veneers are increasing once more.

Many people will probably recognise veneer treatment from the ‘perfect’ smiles of celebrities and movie stars – thanks to the treatment’s proven ability to effectively create an entirely new smile and address several cosmetic problems all at once.

Effectively, veneers are wafer-thin, porcelain shells that are bonded over the patient’s tooth to give it a new front. You can either get a single veneer for a chipped, stained, or broken tooth, or a full set of veneers to get a whole new, cohesive and whiter-looking smile.

Despite their popularity amongst the Hollywood-elite, veneers are not as expensive as you may think and here at Liverpool Smile Studio, we have treatment plans to suit every budget. 

What does veneer treatment involve?

As with every treatment we provide at Liverpool Smile Studio, the installation of veneers is always a unique and tailored undertaking, as the veneer shells are made individually for each patient.

This is why the first stage in getting veneers always starts with a friendly, informal, and informative consultation and dental examination. As we’ll need to construct shells that fit perfectly over, and blend in with your surrounding teeth, we usually take extensive photographs and size measurements during this initial examination.

We can then send these sizes and photographs to our veneer technicians who will begin creating your unique veneer shells using porcelain or composite resin.

Before we can instal your veneers properly our cosmetic expert will need to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth – to allow the veneer to bond permanently.

After a thin layer of enamel has been removed, we then etch your teeth slightly before applying a strong dental adhesive. Once the adhesive is applied we then attach the veneers over each tooth individually which effectively covers it and gives it a sturdy and clean aesthetic.

Veneers are one of the most effective ways to treat multiple cosmetic problems at once. Whether you have dental staining, chips, gaps, or anything in between, veneers can be a one-stop solution which – if properly maintained – can keep your smile looking bright and white for up to 10 years.

Why might you need a brace or aligner?

Being blessed with the most perfectly aligned teeth does not happen to the majority of us. Our teeth may be crooked, have an overbite or underbite and whilst minor cases may be something you choose to live with, when facing moderate to severe misalignment it is often something we want to change. This is where braces Liverpool come into our lives.

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What is a brace and how does it work?

A brace, which is often suited to the more moderate to severe cases of misalignment works by pulling the teeth over a period of time into a new aligned position. Brackets are bonded to the teeth and are connected by a wire, ensuring that the teeth are gradually put into place through the tightening of the wires. This particular treatment is considered to be the more traditional method as the idea of ‘train track’ braces has been around for some time. Unfortunately, due to the appearance of the metal brackets on the teeth which are not the most inconspicuous, many want to shy away from this method as they are embarrassed by their appearance. However, this no longer needs to be an issue as Six Month Smiles have taken on board the traditional method and made it more cosmetically appealing through the use of clear brackets and tooth coloured wires.

Why choose a brace over an aligner?

When considering the choice between braces Liverpool and an aligner it is important to understand that it is like choosing a new pair of shoes. Not only do they need to sit as comfortably as possible and appear appealing, they also need to be suitable for the situation. Aligners, which resemble a mouth guard, whilst often the more desired choice due to their subtle, transparent appearance, are best suited to the more mild to moderate misalignment issues. The devices are also easily removed and therefore temptation to deviate from the plan set out by the dental team can be tempting. The brace on the other hand can only be tightened and removed by the dentist. Whilst this may mean more dental appointments, the alignment plan cannot be easily deviated from, ensuring that the alignment process remains on track.

Who makes the choice?

In order to discover which alignment treatment will work best for your individual case, you will have a consultation with your dental team. During this time you will be able to discuss your preferences and listen to the expertise of your dental team. Guided by the knowledge provided and weighing up the different pros and cons will assist in coming to a decision with the dentist. This process, along with the actual treatment, requires teamwork from both you and your dental team. The treatment plan needs to work for you, the patient, as the end result is for your benefit and needs to be something you want to work towards.

Please note, all dental treatments and procedures, including the ones mentioned in this article, are recommended after a thorough consultation with our practice team determines the best braces Liverpool for you and your individual dental situation.

Reasons for regular check-ups

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Whilst visits to the doctor are generally on a need to go basis, trips to the dentist should be carried out approximately every six to twelve months, even when toothache and other dental issues do not appear apparent. These check-ups enable your dentist Liverpool to monitor and tweak your approach to oral hygiene at home, whilst also discovering any potential dental issues early on. Working through preventive dentistry rather than waiting for more intense treatments and procedures is the most beneficial way forward for every single patient no matter their age.

If you are a nervous patient

If you suffer from nerves surrounding visits to the dentist Liverpool, rest assured that you are not alone with your nerves. Believe it or not a nervous disposition involving a dental practice is more common than most realise and therefore our practice aims to make your visit as streamlined as possible. To do this, upon calling us up, inform us that you are nervous and have concerns. Our team will then discuss ways to make your visit a more pleasant experience. Our dental team understands how nerves can greatly impact your visits and our dental practice is regarded as the largest specialist clinic for nervous patients across Liverpool. Your best interests are our aim as well. After all, we want you to feel comfortable enough to return to us for all your visits going forward, so please let us do our best to work with you.

What about the cost?

Visits to the dentist Liverpool do not have to be a costly experience that you choose to avoid. Remaining very competitive in price and offering finance plans for the more expensive treatments and procedures enables us to assist you with taking care of your oral hygiene.

Keeping you fully informed throughout your journey with us

Understanding your oral hygiene process and dental treatments or procedures is of extreme importance. Whilst our teams have the knowledge and expertise, it is through a large amount of teamwork with you that we are able to provide you with your best chances of maintaining or gaining your beautiful smile. This does not mean merely the cosmetic appearance of your smile, but the responsibility of ensuring that it remains healthy throughout your life from 6 months old through to 100 years or more. Your teeth and mouth go through a lot of processes every single day and therefore it is important to understand how to look after it. Our team will keep you fully informed throughout your check-ups and more detailed appointments. This way the most suitable options can be presented to you and you can make an informed decision as to which will work best for you.

Whether busy, nervous or in financial straits our dental team is here to provide you with the best care no matter what. Therefore discuss your needs with us and we will always do our best to accommodate them and work as a team to ensure you get the appointments and treatments that you require without adding any stress to your daily life.

What is it?

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In simple terms, when discussing orthodontics, it is merely the general term used for dental treatment to realign and straighten the teeth or jaws. Whilst written down, it appears to be a simple process, there are many aspects to orthodontic treatment and devices used can vary from fixed braces to removable aligners. This is due to the nature of tooth misalignment which is extremely common within society and can range from slightly crooked teeth to overcrowded teeth. Luckily there are a variety of orthodontic treatments available both on the NHS and privately to suit everyone’s individual needs.

Are visits to the orthodontist Liverpool for teenagers and young adults only?

In the past the majority of orthodontic treatments have been focused more towards those within their teenage years. However in modern times the dental world has seen the need for orthodontic treatments for all age groups, which is why the brace and removable aligner methods have been developed further, so that they not only accomplish the realignments, but are more appealing to the eye during the process. After all, many individuals shy away from the thought of chunky, metal braces on the teeth once they hit adulthood.

No matter what your age, young or more mature, if you have concerns regarding your crooked smile, please discuss these with your dental team. No one needs to shy away from the light or avoid social events due to concerns over their smile. Your orthodontist Liverpool is here to support and advise you on how to perfect and improve your lovely smile further.

The fixed brace option

If suffering from moderate to severe alignment issues it may be that the fixed brace is best suited to your needs. This means that a series of brackets will be bonded to your teeth with wires running in between them which are gradually tightened. Whilst traditionally these brackets and wires have been quite visible due to their chunky, metal appearance, in recent years the Six Month Smiles method has come into effect which combines the traditional method with a more cosmetically appealing appearance. This is through the use of clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, ensuring the brace blends in with your natural smile whilst creating the look you want.

The invisible aligner option

For those with mild to moderate alignment issues the aligner options may be more suitable and are often considered to be a lot more appealing, due to their transparent appearance, comfortable plastic material and removable option.

Are all treatments covered by the NHS?

Unfortunately not all treatments and procedures can be covered by the NHS, however this does not necessarily mean that the treatments become financially unavailable to the majority of people. Resolving your dental issues, whether minor or severe, is always something that can be addressed and therefore it is important to discuss all payment options available with our orthodontist Liverpool before eliminating any methods due to cost.

Please note, all dental treatments and procedures including the ones mentioned in this article can carry potential risks. All patients are therefore encouraged to speak to us in detail about what they wish to accomplish and we will do our best to provide the appropriate treatment for them to achieve their desired results.

Why you might need them and what they are

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When an individual damages their tooth or multiple teeth, if no pain comes alongside it, it is very easy to ignore the damage and continue on with your daily life. In some cases, the damage can be cosmetic only and therefore if this is not considered a problem by the patient can be left unattended. However, in some cases the damage can leave nerves exposed and therefore discomfort and potentially pain can accompany the damaged tooth. This is where veneers Liverpool come in.

Veneers Liverpool are thin porcelain shells which are custom made to ensure the perfect fit is created for an individual’s tooth. These shells are bonded to the teeth using a special dental glue and protect your tooth from further damage. Essentially a veneer acts as a shield which can last up to 10 years when looked after correctly.

Is the veneer treatment costly or is it available on the NHS?

Whilst in some cases the NHS may provide the option to have this particular procedure, this is only when there is a clinical need to do so. The majority of cases fall under the cosmetic treatment bracket and therefore the costs are to be covered privately. This does not mean that only those in a certain income bracket are able to receive this care, luckily our dental practice offers competitive prices along with 0% finance plans. Our patients’ best interests are always at the heart of every treatment, procedure or general appointment we carry out so discuss your options with us so that we can assist you in whatever way we can.

Is the procedure considered to be painful?

When undergoing any treatment or procedure there can be a fear of putting ourselves through pain which could feel worse than the problem in the first place. Luckily when having veneers Liverpool this is not something that needs to concern our patients. During the process a local anaesthetic will be applied to the area, ensuring that any discomfort during the procedure is removed and only mild discomfort may occur shortly after. For our patients who are extremely nervous a mild sedative can also be administered, but it is important to discuss this with your dental team first as our first choice will be to administer an anaesthetic.

How many visits to the dental practice does this procedure need?

Whilst your procedure will on average require two appointments with our dental team, if working on a complete smile makeover then a couple of appointments beforehand will be needed so as to ensure that the plan is created precisely to your needs. This means a consultation to ensure that we are all working towards the same goal. During this time it will also allow you to discuss any concerns or thoughts you have about the procedure. Veneers can not only give you a whiter, more even smile, but also provide protection for it.

At all times we want our patients to remain comfortable and fully informed on every single treatment or procedure they consider and receive. Whilst we will always impart all of our knowledge to our patients it is important to note that all dental treatments and procedures carry potential risks. We therefore encourage all our patients to seek further information and advice from our dental team on any mentioned within this article.

Liverpool Smile Studio has a long-standing reputation for excellent dental care, but we also work in orthodontics, providing our local community in Liverpool with all levels of treatment and ranges of devices. In order to meet the needs of our patients, we implement a variety of tools, from aligners to retainers to braces Liverpool.

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The stereotype has been that orthodontics are a teen/young adults’ treatment; while there are good financial reasons to get orthodontic treatment done in your teens, there is no age limit to orthodontics and no clinical evidence that braces become less effective with age. The health of your teeth is an important factor and you do need cavity-free teeth and healthy gums to get the most from orthodontics. We are treating more adults than ever in our clinic, usually with ‘low-visual impact’ options like clear aligners or see-through ceramic braces Liverpool.

We are more than happy to move with the times and provide orthodontics to working adults whether it’s for delayed treatment not used in childhood or to reach a higher aesthetic standard to match your growing status. We understand the demands of working professional patients are quite different from those of teens, and therefore our adult orthodontics focus either on minimising treatment time or the most subtle and convenient methods of altering your teeth’s positioning.

No matter what point you are at in your orthodontic journey we are happy to help and advise, ensuring you get the most appropriate treatment for your braces Liverpool.

What treatment is right for me?

The nature of medicine has always been a very individualised service; yes there are treatment schedules and textbook examples, but each patient is different and you will need a thorough assessment by our dentists before we could give you a useful estimate of the treatment options, possible outcomes and time scales.

The fixed brace

The iconic vision of teeth undertaking orthodontics involves a row of brackets or anchor points, adhered to the front of the teeth, transmitting forces through an archwire. With more than 100 years of clinical use, they have been used to correct almost every imaginable dental misalignment.

There is an option with adult patients to use braces to minimise treatment time, but this comes with a draw back of increased discomfort. This is something you can ask our dentist about if the length of the treatment is an important factor for you.

Transparent aligners

Sometimes called an invisible brace, this is not actually a brace but a thin plastic device that covers your teeth like a mouthguard. You wear the aligners in a succession, using each one for about 2 weeks depending on how your teeth respond. Each aligner in the series progressively moves your teeth and as they are completely clear, you can see them reorganising your smile. 

Retainers

In order to maintain progress orthodontic treatment sometimes has to be followed up with a retainer. The purpose of a retainer is not to adjust the position of your teeth, but to immobilise them so they can get used to their new positions.

At Liverpool Smile Studio, we have been endeavouring to keep our doors open and serve as a dentist Liverpool throughout the recent disruption. We have been continuing to accept new patients, provide routine check-ups and have also had the flexibility to provide emergency care for those having critical dental issues, whilst maintaining government safety guidelines throughout. We have indeed been very busy ensuring that all of your dental needs have been met and that your oral health remains at the top of our priority list.

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We know that dental care is far more than drilling and filling and is a part of the maintenance of a person’s whole being. A holistic perspective of health and wellbeing crossing over from clinical to cosmetic, dental education to restorative treatments and all part of what we do!

We don’t see the categorisation between cosmetic and clinical procedures as helpful or informative. All dental care has aspects of both; even routine fillings are now almost always white composite and polished in place to blend the filling into the surrounding enamel. More than half of the work is being carried out for aesthetic reasons, and there nothing wrong with that.

Our role is to help you reach your goals while exceeding your expectations, to bring out your natural beauty and maximise your overall potential through looking and feeling great. There is nothing wrong with having beauty goals, much like there is nothing wrong with having health or sports performance goals. As your dentist Liverpool, we are here to make that tooth-related, self-improvement goal happen!

Our work can involve veneers, whitening and other one session treatments as well as long-term progressive treatments like orthodontics. We maintain the highest standard of care with an emphasis on staff training and having a team that synergises well.

Our smile makeovers start with an in-depth consultation to address any underlying issues and with this we can start planning out a treatment schedule to meet your goals!

After reviewing your full medical history and whatever medication you may be taking, a set of X-rays will be performed confirming your suitability. Effective and safe treatment is the fundamental foundation of all of our smile makeovers with whatever type of treatment you choose to pursue.

So whatever the future may send our way, we want you to know we will be here to serve our community and provide the level of dentistry we have all come to depend on with the most up-to-date cosmetic procedures.

We see the relationship between you and our dentist Liverpool as important and really want to meet your dental care requirements. We have built our clinic with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and have always been prepared to go the extra mile for nervous patients.

We wish to make dental care as inclusive as possible and with 0% financing and the option to spread the cost of care over many months, we know we have made this a possibility.

Note: If you are looking for emergency care, please call the clinic before you arrive so we can ensure a treatment room is clean and available, and our staff are safely equipped.

As an orthodontist Liverpool, we are a big part of the practise of dentistry. Misaligned teeth are very common and are far more than a matter of aesthetics. The problems of a poorly meshing bite include forcing patients to adopt an arduous method of eating, night time teeth grinding and migraines, while making general brushing and correct oral hygiene very complex if not impossible.

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There is a false idea relating to every orthodontist Liverpool (and dentistry in general) that the only orthodontic patients we ever see are 13-19 year olds. Historically, when traditional braces were the only option, these adolescents fell into an interesting group of having all their adult teeth, but still qualifying for NHS dentistry as a child. Therefore, braces in secondary school were not uncommon. This is no longer the case with more orthodontic tools and treatment options than ever available in our clinic.

With the development of move convenience ‘invisible’ orthodontic treatments, we are seeing more and more working adults, some in corporate boardrooms, looking for a straighter smile without the brace.

Fixed braces solutions

Fixed braces have to be installed ‘fitted’ and removed in the clinic. This is both a blessing and a curse; eating in a brace even an ‘invisible’ one is awkward and requires a significant amount of time to clean and a fitted brace will typically require the additional help of a hygienist to keep your teeth clean.

The difference between the standard metal brace and clear or invisible braces is the material they’re made from. Clear braces are fabricated using composite polymers and glass to produce a very durable, shatter-resistant, translucent brace.

Removable orthodontics

Removable orthodontic tools give the patient the option to remove and refit their device without reference to our orthodontist Liverpool all the time, effectively pausing the treatment when they wish to. This can be great if you have a big event like a wedding or public speaking, but it can become habitual and failing to constantly wear orthodontic devices results in longer treatment times and sometimes further complications.

Clear aligners are the most common removable tools; they are light, thin and almost invisible due to being translucent, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less effective for most cases. Six months is the average treatment length for clear aligners.

The functional appliance

The purpose of a functional appliance is to widen the palate. Consisting of a set of sliding blocks usually made from acrylic, they are fairly comfortable to wear but it is quite hard to talk in them!

After realignment

The role of an invisible retainer device can be dual; but here they are a post-orthodontic treatment and are meant to keep your teeth in their new positions, as opposed to the re-alignment which focused on keeping teeth moving.

Essix retainers

The Essix retainer is ubiquitous in dentistry and is usually the first treatment option used if retainers are deemed necessary. They are almost completely made from PVC and are practical as well as subtle.

Wire-bonded retainers

A wire-bonded retainer is similar to a brace and is used when there is a severe risk of regression where the teeth attempt to move back to their original positions.

Dental porcelain laminates are a very fast and permanent solution to tooth staining and chipping. With the option to use laminates to close gaps and create the impression of straighter teeth, they are a great option if orthodontics have been unsuccessful or only partially effective.

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The veneers Liverpool that we use in our clinic are made in dental laboratories and finished with sculpting. When fully bonded to your teeth, our dentists will give the laminate a final re-shaping, making it match any of the teeth around it for a subtle and natural look.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers go by many names, but most dentists will call them laminates or bondings. They were originally special-effects makeup made of plastic and temporarily glued to the front of the teeth, like an oral version of acrylic nails. 

The switch to porcelain was easy, as we were using porcelain crowns, bridges and dentures in the clinic, so the fabrication of porcelain veneers was not the challenge; getting them to stay in place was the challenge! With pre-etching of the enamel on the front of the tooth and the back of the laminate being treated with a UV cured resin, it was simple to fix the laminate in place averaging 10 to 30 years wear depending on care and lifestyle.

Porcelain composites

The fabrication of our veneers Liverpool is carried out in a local dental laboratory. In order to achieve a natural finish, we take very accurate measurements of the shade and translucency of your teeth so the opacity of the average veneer we make is just right. With the use of coloured resins, the final finish can be tailored by our dentist during the fitting.

UV light curing

The most critical part of veneers and the one which has the greatest effect on how long the veneers may last is the fitting. A very strong and consistent bond is required between the tooth’s surface and the laminate. This is achieved with UV cured resin which allows our dentist to place and adjust the veneers before using a UV lamp to fix the laminate in place. 

Caring for veneers

There are some long-term considerations to getting the most from laminates. It is still possible to get cavities around the perimeter of the laminate, which can extend deeply under the laminate too. This can be avoided with regular brushing. Debonding, where the laminate simply falls off the tooth is much rarer in modern dentistry but it can happen. If it happens to you, be aware that your veneers can be reattached.

The stain-resistant polymer-porcelain is stain resistant, so if you are a smoker or regularly drink red wine and black coffee your natural teeth may darken faster than the laminates, making them more obvious over time. This is only an issue if you don’t have a complete set of bonding. Luckily, our dental hygienist can help with teeth staining using a scale and polish or chemical whitening if required.

If you have any further questions about veneers Liverpool feel free to get in contact with us at the clinic.