Category: Orthodontics

Straightening out your options

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When people consider the work that our orthodontist Liverpool does here at our practice, many people still believe that installing traditional, fixed metal braces is the start and endpoint. However, in reality, this is far from the case, as our expertly trained orthodontic specialists offer a wide range of cosmetic alternative treatments which give patients the opportunity to realign their smiles, without impacting their appearance in the process.

What can an orthodontist Liverpool do?

Orthodontic treatments are some of the most beneficial and positively impactful treatments which a patient can opt for, in terms of how they can improve both the way their smile looks and how comfortable their teeth are within their mouths.

Having straight teeth does not only make your smile look more appealing and attractive, but it also greatly reduces the risk of plaque, bacteria and food particles becoming lodged within the gaps in your teeth and gums and developing into gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Those who have crooked teeth but do not choose to visit our orthodontist in Liverpool can often find that their problems worsen over time, rather than get better on their own.

This is because your teeth naturally shift throughout your lifetime, and if there is a gap or space between your teeth they may try to shift to fill this void themselves – which often results in overcrowded areas in your mouth, and tooth or gum pains.

What brace options are available?

One of the main reasons that people have for not reaching out to our approachable and professional orthodontics team here at our practice, is that people feel their only available choice is to have fixed metal braces.

While traditional braces are still a widely popular option due to their proven effectiveness in creating a straighter and altogether healthier smile, many of our patients – particularly older ones – avoid choosing this method of dental alignment due to the effect that it can have on their appearance.

To help meet the needs of the growing demographic of people looking for a way to realign their teeth discreetly, our expert orthodontist now offers patients the option to choose more subtle removable aligners rather than traditional braces.

These aligners have become massively popular across the globe over the last few decades, as they give patients a chance to comfortably and discreetly realign their smiles without drawing unwanted attention.

Rather than addressing the problem of crooked teeth by attaching brackets and wires, removable aligners are not fixed anywhere in the patient’s mouth, which means they can be taken out periodically whenever needed.

These aligners achieve dental realignment through carefully placed pressure points and plastic grooves within their structure. Each of these grooves is placed in a unique position, so that they will force the specifically identified teeth into their proper spaces when worn over time.

As they are wafer-thin and transparent, when these custom-made retainers are placed over a patient’s teeth they slip entirely out of sight, thus making them a non-invasive and cosmetically orientated orthodontic method.

If you’d like to discover whether or not these removable aligners could allow you the chance to realign your dental future discreetly and comfortably then call or email us here at the Liverpool Smile Studio today and book yourself in for an initial consultation.

Reasons an individual may require orthodontic treatment

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Children and adults often suffer from some form of teeth problem due to them being crooked, overcrowded or misaligned, but luckily there are a variety of treatments on offer within the dental world which can assist by realigning the teeth in a discreet and minimally uncomfortable way. After all, the treatment plan needs to fit in with your day-to-day life so as to ensure you follow it consistently to get the required results.

Possible treatments

There are numerous factors which need to be considered when deciding upon a treatment plan, some may be purely cosmetic reasons, whilst others come down to the effectiveness of the treatment for your individual case. Whilst searching on the internet is one way to discover all the possibilities available, the best solution is to chat to your orthodontist Liverpool, so that they can help narrow down the treatment ideas and provide you with the positive and negative effects of each. Working with the team who understands your teeth best is definitely your safer and more effective method of finding out.

One treatment option is to use fixed braces. These small squared brackets are glued to the front of the teeth and are joined together using dental wires. These braces are a fast, effective and efficient way to realign the teeth. Whilst in some cases the metal brackets can be considered more visible than other treatment options, it is important to know that the brackets and wires can be tooth coloured so as to blend more with your natural teeth. Please discuss this with your dental team if this is something you are interested in.

Another possible treatment is to use clear aligners which are removable and transparent creating an often more appealing cosmetic appearance. This treatment uses equipment similar to a gum shield and helps push the teeth into a new aligned position within around a 6 month period. Whilst the removable aligners are often better suited to minor misalignment cases, it may be that treatments can be switched part the way through treatment, although this would need to be discussed with your orthodontist Liverpool.

Choosing the best option for you

Whilst clear aligners are often the more popular method of treatment due to the comfortable nature of the aligner and discreet appearance, it can be that the removable appliances are not suited to you. For example, if you are likely to frequently remove the aligners then your treatment results will be greatly affected and it will lengthen the time of your treatment, as their effectiveness will dramatically reduce. It may therefore be better to have fixed braces to avoid this habit.

The severity of your tooth misalignment also plays a large factor in choosing the right treatment. Whilst personal preference always plays a significant part in getting a treatment sorted, when suffering from severe misalignment it may be that the preferred method will not be well suited to the condition being presented. If this is the case, your orthodontist Liverpool or dental team will provide you with options so as to give you the best possible outcome.

After all, we are all working together to improve your beautiful smile.

It is important for all patients to seek further information and advice from their dental team on any treatments or procedures mentioned within this article before undergoing any.

A good dental hygiene routine is an important part of life which needs to be instilled from an early age and is essential for maintaining good oral health and overall wellbeing at the same time. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis will help ensure that your dental hygiene routine is effective and will also improve the condition of your teeth, by carrying out professional cleaning where necessary, and detecting and preventing any issues before they are able to cause any damage or complications.

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If your teeth are clean and your gums are healthy, but you are unhappy with the look of your smile, then speak to us at Liverpool Smile Studio and book a consultation with our orthodontist to find out how we can help improve the aesthetics of your smile.  Orthodontic treatment commonly uses dental braces to improve the positioning of a patient’s teeth to create a beautiful smile and promote better oral health. Orthodontic treatment requires your teeth to be clean and healthy and your orthodontist Liverpool will ensure that you have no underlying dental issues which may be exacerbated by the process or may affect the results of your treatment. Once you book an appointment with us you will undergo a full examination of your mouth and then you will have X-rays and scans carried out to create images of what successful treatment will look like for your smile. These will also help create individually tailored braces for you according to the treatment option that you and your orthodontist Liverpool decide on, subject to your dental requirements and your personal preferences.

Different types of braces for orthodontic treatment

Orthodontics have developed significantly over the last few decades to meet the increase in demand for cosmetic dentistry. Conventionally, orthodontic treatment is carried out using metal braces, which consist of wires and brackets that effectively alter the positioning of the teeth and improve issues such as misalignment, crookedness, wonky teeth, protruding teeth and other aesthetic aspects of the mouth, helping improve oral health at the same time. Although this is the most effective method of orthodontic treatment there is a reluctance amongst adults to consider these types of braces, because of the high visibility of the wires and brackets in the mouth. The last few decades have seen the introduction of invisible orthodontics which work in a similar fashion by applying gentle pressure to the teeth and altering their position into a more preferred and the suitable positioning. Invisible orthodontics are designed to be discreet and almost invisible in the mouth, so that no one will have to know that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment unless you would like them to.

Invisible braces include lingual braces which are attached to the inside of your teeth or other options such as invisible aligners that, as the name suggests, are almost invisible, providing comfort and convenience at the same time. Speak to our orthodontist Liverpool here at our dental studio and find out more about the different types of orthodontics available and which treatment option may be the most suitable for you.

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.

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.

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.

Building a brighter dental future

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At Liverpool Smile Studio, we put our patients’ needs at the heart of everything we do. Our dedicated team of in-house dental practitioners and experts work tirelessly to help each patient achieve a smile that they can be proud of.

We understand the stresses and pressures of the past year may have caused many people to be unable to seek the dental attention they need, particularly if they experience cosmetic problems associated with crooked teeth.

However, now, as we slowly return to life as normal, we urge anyone who feels they may need it to arrange an appointment with our orthodontist Liverpool. In doing so, they can be assured that our committed orthodontic specialists will do all that is within their extensive powers to find an orthodontic treatment that is right for them as patients.

What can an orthodontist Liverpool do?

When people consider the role of an orthodontist Liverpool, they typically imagine fused metal braces. However, this is just one aspect of what is a considerably large field of dentistry.

At Liverpool Smile Studio, we provide a broad range of orthodontic options which can be tailored around the specific needs of each patient we treat.

Traditional braces

Traditional, metallic braces are among the most time-honoured and effective ways of realigning a crooked smile.Their use involves bonding brackets to each tooth, before running a metallic tension wire through each frame. The tension from this wire gradually pulls all the patient’s teeth together until they are straightened out.

Now there are available ceramic/clear braces using this system, but in a much more subtle way and lingual braces which use wires and brackets, but are attached to the backs of teeth, thereby making them also almost invisible.

Clear aligners

Clear dental aligners are a more cosmetically orientated treatment aiming to realign a patient’s smile, sometimes in as little as six months. This is achieved through a mouthguard-like, transparent tray which is fitted over the patient’s teeth. Anyone looking to realign their smile as quickly as possible may wish to speak to one of our experts about clear aligners.

This is a contemporary and revolutionary new approach to orthodontics which negates the need for anything being attached to the patient’s teeth. Instead, the dental alignment process is carried out through a single, plastic retainer, which is exchanged every few weeks for another. This retainer uses pressure points within it to gradually and gently force specific teeth into place. As the custom-made retainers are made from a wafer-thin plastic, when placed on the patient’s teeth, they become almost invisible!

How do I go about getting orthodontic treatment?

At Liverpool Smile Studio, we are all about working the treatments we offer around patients who need them. This is why we begin every orthodontic treatment with a consultation, which both lets our practitioners assess your oral health and lets you ask any questions you may have.

We also use this initial consultation as an opportunity to listen to dental concerns our patients have, and to detail to them the various treatments they may be eligible for. Following this, we then work closely alongside them to form a unique and individual treatment plan.

If you are interested in finding out what your orthodontic options may be, simply call or arrange an online consolation with us here at Liverpool Smile Studio – and we will do everything else!

At Liverpool Smile Studio we have many orthodontic treatments available including Invisalign. But what is this leading treatment and what benefits does it have over standard procedures. Let’s find out how our friendly team can help you personally.

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To put it simply, Invisalign is a treatment involving retainers like braces that sit over the teeth and over a period of time they bring your teeth into line.

How can you get on the path to Invisalign braces?

Before you can be confident these are right for you, a consultation with your orthodontist Liverpool will set your expectations and even assess your suitability. For example these aligners are not suitable for re-aligning the molars. Also in more severe cases of misalignment they may not even be the best option at all. Here the benefit of a consultation with our orthodontist Liverpool becomes obvious with their expertise.

Step one, should you choose to go ahead with the Invisalign treatment would be a full 3D scan of your mouth. How is this achieved? Simple, a scanner is placed in your mouth and takes a full 3D rendering of your mouth, teeth and gums. If this option isn’t available imprints can be made and distributed to the aligner manufacturers.

With a clear picture of your specific needs and even the shape of your mouth, we can begin to build a schedule of treatment. Each retainer that you receive will be tailored to the next step in your treatment plan. Each one will gradually move and realign your teeth until finally we get to your desired end result.

What will it be like to wear these retainers?

As your orthodontist Liverpool we will have to make it clear that there is a level of commitment required from you. You will need to keep these aligners on as much as possible, this is really important if you want effective results. Invisalign braces should remain in your mouth all the time, but for a maximum of two hours in a day they can be discarded, for eating or photos for example. We really don’t want to delay your results. Any discomfort experienced from wearing these braces should subside over time. After all you are introducing something new to your mouth and it has to get used to it.

Don’t be put off though, these really become more natural the further through the process you get and the end result is really worth it.

Why trust an orthodontist?

With a focus on your oral health at the forefront dentists and orthodontists have a shared interest, but they do differ. Dentistry covers a wide array of areas such as teeth, gums, and nerves, but orthodontists are more specialised. Their focus is on the bite. That is, they treat the structure of your jawbones and teeth, straightening and correcting where necessary to promote a healthy and comfortable mouth that always looks its best. That’s why talking to our team at Liverpool Smile studio will ensure you know you are going to get the very best results.

So don’t keep putting it off, whether it’s Invisalign or one of the many other treatments we have on offer we can guarantee that contacting us and arranging your consultation will get you on the way to a better you and a happier smile.

Our orthodontist Liverpool helps patients learn what the extraordinary benefits are to having straighter teeth. When asked, most patients are quick to point out that having straighter teeth helps you to a better-looking smile, however the real benefits to orthodontic treatment go much deeper than that.

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Once patients find out how orthodontic treatment can improve their smiles, and in so doing, their oral health, their next concern has to do with what teeth-correcting device they would have to embrace. Again, our orthodontist Liverpool will step in to discuss the merits of each orthodontic device that fits in with a patient’s needs and their goals. An ethical orthodontist Liverpool will place a patient’s best interests above all else and make recommendations that will best produce desired outcomes.

Smile-worthy benefits to orthodontic treatment

Many of the widely appreciated benefits to teeth-correcting treatments focus on improving dental health, but to some extent, physical and mental health as well. The following benefits of orthodontics may surprise you.

Properly-aligned teeth promote better digestion

Digestion problems may not be immediately linked to teeth spacing issues, but on many occasions this dental issue makes it difficult for a patient to chew food into smaller pieces. Properly chewed food is processed faster and more effectively by the stomach.

Clearer speech

The ability to speak clearly can do much to improve a person’s self-confidence in professional and social settings. Your speaking patterns can be adversely affected by teeth that are overcrowded or out of alignment.

Fewer teeth injuries

Crooked or protruding teeth are far more susceptible to fractures and injuries which is why orthodontic treatment is needed to protect them. In addition to greater protection from damage, teeth that are in alignment are kept healthier as they are easy to keep clean and food-free.

Reduced wear and tear on teeth

When only some teeth are used for chewing because of overcrowding and misalignment issues, this can exert undue pressure on these teeth and expose them to unnecessary wear and tear. Excessive wear and tear can generate many other undesirable problems such as visible marking at the gum line, tooth fractures and irregular flattening of the bite surface.

Helps in protecting the jawbone

A bad bite is another common cause of stress placed on the jawbone and jaw joints that results in discomfort, difficulties and pain. Other symptoms of this stress play out in headaches, dizziness and ringing in the ears. Once these bite issues are corrected with appropriate treatment, this stress is alleviated and the patient finds relief from related pain.

Improved self-esteem

The effects of positive self-esteem work like magic in transforming patients’ lives. Orthodontics benefit self-esteem by helping to improve dental appearance, giving patients the confidence to smile attractive heart-warming smiles. This confidence, in turn, is used to make new friends and gain employment or take advantage of job promotion opportunities.

One of the more exciting orthodontic developments to celebrate is the introduction of invisible braces that have made it convenient for adult patients to embrace orthodontics. Why not find out more in a consultation with our friendly dental practitioner at Liverpool Smile Studio?

New orthodontic treatments and techniques have paved the way for an Orthodontist Liverpool to offer patients more modern and exciting alternative devices to give perfect smiles.

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Orthodontist Liverpool is best placed in the industry to assess those areas a patient wants to fix and the best means by which to do so. When it comes to creating designer-like smiles, a reputable Orthodontist Liverpool will work with a patient, factoring in their needs and goals, and suggest suitable effective treatments that target these needs. Some high in-demand orthodontic treatment plans are clear aligners or invisible braces.

Clear dental aligners essentials patients should consider

The choice of modern dental aligners over traditional orthodontic devices may seem a simple and clear one. Why not choose the barely detectable removable plastic trays over hard metal wire-and-brackets system? Yes, invisible aligners do offer a bouquet of highly desirable benefits but there are a few considerations a patient will have to factor in first before determining if this is the right orthodontic treatment plan for them.

Willingness to implement a strict oral cleaning plan

While the aligner trays are removable before eating, these still need to be kept hygienically clean to keep bacteria and germ free. The patient will also need to be scrupulously thorough in their oral hygiene practices. Teeth and gums need to be in optimal health for any orthodontic or cosmetic dental treatment to be effective.

Be self-disciplined

Patients who are able to take a self-disciplined approach to their orthodontic plan with invisible aligner trays will find more success. This is because aligner trays need to be put back into the mouth once a patient has finished eating or drinking and this is only allowed for two to four hours a day (depending on the dentist’s recommendations). Patients will have to ignore the temptation to lengthen this time allowed and forgetting to wear them will only be counterproductive to one’s goals of attaining a winning smile.

Adhere to all treatment plan and aftercare requirements

Outside of the dental clinic, patients are in control of how well their treatment plan works. It is in the patient’s own interest to follow all the orthodontist’s instructions such as when and how often to change aligner trays. Non-adherence to these instructions will adversely affect treatment plan results and may even prolong the duration of treatment.

Meals and drinks need to be scheduled for certain times

Not being able to eat and drink whenever one wants to is a challenge patients will need to consider. Your favourite hot beverage can only be consumed in the time allocated for the trays to be removed as these may stain, warp or damage the plastic material the trays are made of. Snacking at all hours is also not recommended.

The well-trained dental team at Liverpool Smile Studio are highly experienced in offering patients the benefits of the latest cosmetic dentistry treatments and techniques. Patients can choose from a wide range of exciting options such as the remarkable Invisalign braces, dental implants and aesthetically attractive veneers.