Category: Orthodontics

If you are living with misaligned, protruding, crowded, or crooked teeth that are causing you issues in your daily life, you may have considered the ways you could make a change and have your teeth realigned. However, you may have failed to act on this thinking in the past, mainly because you were busy living your life.

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If having your teeth realigned is something that has stayed on your mind for some time, then perhaps you are ready to make the change. How about making an appointment that will finally start the process of gaining the straight teeth that you have desired for so long.

You probably know that having misaligned teeth can lead to you experiencing an increased number of common dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease, due to your teeth being difficult to keep clean. This can lead you to have oral hygiene standards that you find less than satisfactory.  By having your teeth aligned properly you will find your teeth and gums are easier to navigate with a toothbrush, allowing you to keep them fully clean.

At Liverpool Smile Studio our orthodontist Liverpool can help patients living with misaligned or crooked teeth to gain the straighter teeth they are seeking, we truly believe that you can have the teeth that you desire.

The role of an orthodontist

The role of our orthodontist Liverpool is to be the specialist that concentrates on the alignment of our patients’ teeth. The hope is that if we can help our patients gain straighter teeth, then we can help them to gain improvements to the standards of oral health and hygiene that they enjoy in their daily lives.

When considering how best to align your teeth we will help you to understand the range of tooth alignment technology available through our dental practice. We will have a discussion about the benefits of fixed braces, clear aligners, and removable appliances. This will help us to find the right treatment for you that meets your individual needs.

You need to book a consultation appointment to have your teeth and gums fully examined, as this will help our professional team to assess your dental condition and give you advice about treatment that meets your requirements and goals.  We will always want to hear your voice when it comes to creating a treatment programme that is designed to meet your particular situation. Feel free to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have.

Keep in mind that tooth alignment treatment can be a big commitment, as the treatment process can last for twelve to eighteen months, but the results will mean you have straighter teeth and should see improvements in the standards of oral health and hygiene that you enjoy on a day-to-day basis.

Make the change

If you are thinking about making a positive change to your life by having your teeth realigned then why not contact our orthodontist Liverpool to find out more details about how we can help you gain the straighter teeth that you may desire.

It was a century ago that an American dentist, ironically with the surname of Angle, developed the practice of correcting malocclusions. In those days, having a well-aligned smile was almost as important to us as it is today. At Liverpool Smile Studio, we aim to produce a confident, satisfied smile on the faces of all our patients.

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A new world of misalignment correction

There was a time when being referred to a dental specialist would fill a patient with trepidation. Fortunately, the new age of technological and dental science has helped to allay those feelings. Today, our orthodontist Liverpool has a plethora of equipment ranging from appliances to computer hardware and software to make your dental visit a more comfortable and satisfying one.

Patient-focused appliances

Orthodontic misalignment treatment has moved from having a very limited number of appliances to having a variety that is more patient-focused and designed to correct specific conditions. There are now braces that fit onto the front of the teeth that can be either clear or tooth-coloured so that they are less conspicuous. There are also lingual braces, which can be fitted onto behind your teeth, making them virtually impossible to see. One of the latest appliances is the aligner, which fits over your teeth in the same way that you would wear a gum shield. These aligners are made from a clear dental material, which makes them very hard to detect. All of these appliances have been designed with the patient in mind, making the process quicker, more efficient and more comfortable.

Computer-aided diagnostics

Computer technology now plays a very important role in helping to produce dental treatment plans and accurate diagnoses. By combining suites of programs, our orthodontist Liverpool can utilise the diagnostic features of the available software to make an accurate diagnosis of the condition. With the use of 3D scanners that can take as many as 6000 pictures a second and a variety of other amazing equipment, we can use our knowledge and training to assess which treatments suit our patients well.

In the past, dental moulds and written or typed information had to be posted to a laboratory, but now, our orthodontist Liverpool can send the relevant information digitally, reducing your waiting time enormously. In some instances, we can show a patient a view of their smile before we start treatment so that they can decide whether they are happy to proceed.

Making smiling possible

Suffering from dental misalignment can be quite debilitating not only from a practical point of view but mentally as well. Many patients become so self-conscious that they develop the habit of covering their mouths with their hands when they want to smile. From a dental point of view, the twenty-first century is a time to smile, and with all the equipment and techniques that we have at our disposal, nobody needs to continue suffering from dental misalignment. We can help by realigning your teeth and allowing you to chew your food properly and smile broadly and confidently.

If you are looking for an orthodontist Liverpool, you may be surprised to find that you do not always need a specialist to help you achieve straighter teeth. Many general dentists offer orthodontic services, and with the right tips and advice, our surgery can help you get the smile that you have always wanted. In this blog post, we will discuss how we can help with our cosmetic orthodontist.

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Types of braces

There is a wide range of braces available, and our orthodontist Liverpool can help you decide which is best for you. The more traditional braces are metal braces, which use brackets and wires to straighten teeth. For people who are looking for a more discreet option, ceramic braces are a great choice. These braces are made from tooth-coloured materials, so they are less visible than metal braces. Another option is Invisalign, which uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move teeth into the correct position. Invisalign is a popular choice among adults because it is virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and brushing teeth.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners are a popular choice for adults who want to straighten their teeth without metal showing on them. These clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible, so they won’t show when you smile. They can be removed for mealtimes and dental hygiene routines, so they are very convenient. We can help you get the smile you are hoping for with clear aligners if you have a mild to moderate condition of dental misalignment which is easily treatable.

Removable appliances

Removable appliances cover a wide range of orthodontic treatments that can be used to move teeth. They do not require a specialist to fit them and many niche applications like arch widening fall into this category. 

Inman aligners

An Inman aligner is a type of clear aligner that is used to straighten teeth with more complex misalignments. It is made from clear plastic, so it isn’t noticeable when you smile. Inman aligners can be removed for eating and brushing teeth, so they are very easy to fit in around your lifestyle as an adult or teenager.

Managing the cost of orthodontic treatment

Orthodontic treatment can be expensive, but there are a few ways to manage the cost. One way is to use insurance, which can help cover the cost of treatment. Another way to pay for orthodontic treatment is to use a flexible spending account (FSA). This is an account that allows you to set aside money from your paycheck before taxes are taken out. The money in your FSA can be used to pay for orthodontic treatment, and you will not have to pay taxes on it. You can also use a health savings account (HSA) to pay for orthodontic treatment. This is an account that is used to save money for medical expenses.

In our clinic, we offer interest-free credit plans which can help you spread the cost of treatment over a period of time. This can make treatment more affordable for you.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, we can help you find the right solution for you. We offer a free consultation, so please contact us to book an appointment. Our orthodontist Liverpool will be happy to discuss your options with you and help you achieve your desired smile.

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

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Moving tooth position

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

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

Functional versus cosmetic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What is a crossbite?

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

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

The Inman aligner

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

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

Arch bows

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

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

Treatment times

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

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

Receiving treatment from our orthodontist Liverpool is an excellent investment in your future health and appearance, but it comes along with some responsibilities to get the most out of your care. Let’s look at a few of the options available in our clinic.

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The art and science of orthodontics has always been how to coax teeth into new positions, as quickly and comfortably as possible, causing few side effects. As teeth can be moved by consistently applying pressure, orthodontic tools sit in the patient’s mouth and do the heavy lifting, pushing and reorienting teeth with a few tweaks if needed. Here we look at some of the devices used at our practice Liverpool Smile Studio.

Types of orthodontic tools

  •  Traditional fixed brace

The traditional brace may be one of the oldest tools that our orthodontist  Liverpool still uses, but it certainly does the job in a wide variety of situations.

  •  Clear aligners

Clear aligners are growing quickly in popularity as they are so discreet. Used in clinics nationwide, they’ve made a big splash with their translucent aesthetic and lightweight forms, making them the most convenient way to carry out orthodontic treatment, particularly useful for mild or cosmetic misalignment.

  •  Removable appliances

Removable appliances are the jack-of-all-trades, assembled when there is a complicated case that doesn’t require so much force as it does a strange assembly of tools. This can be a mixture of an archwire with brace components, but also clear aligner components, appearing more similar to a retainer than a full brace. They can be removed and are a widely used appliance.

  •  Arch extenders; functional appliances

You are unlikely to notice them in everyday life; functional appliances are large triangular boxes which interlock with each other and all worn inside the teeth, pushing outwards helping to extend or make a tooth arch wider. They can’t be seen from the outside, but they do obstruct speech which can make them tedious to wear throughout the day, with most patients having to take them out in order to communicate.

  •  Retainers

Retainers do not move teeth; they only maintain them in the positions that the retainer itself has been set to. They are used to stop a common orthodontic complication known as reversion. There are tendons that connect the sides of our roots to the jawbone; when teeth are moved by orthodontic treatment these tendons are placed under tension. Over time, they will extend and adjust, changing positions, but immediately after an orthodontic tool is removed, they can start pulling the teeth back to their original positions.

General maintenance and upkeep

All orthodontic tools will create spaces for bacteria to build up in and food particles to become trapped. Although it is significantly easier to avoid this with the removable appliances that you can take out before eating, it does not change the fact that they will require regular cleaning and more attention will have to be paid to brushing, in order to mitigate the increased risk of cavity formation.

Advice more specific to you

As you can see, there is a wide variety of orthodontic options and they can be used in combination or sequentially. So for advice that’s more relevant to you, you really should come to our orthodontist Liverpool and discuss your treatment options.

Our mouths are more than just the gateway to digesting our food, they are also a vital mechanism in the way that we express emotion. A smile, a grimace, a sneer are just some of the ways in which we express ourselves. The latest technology has meant that we are able to take pictures of ourselves and send them around the world to our friends and family. As an orthodontist Liverpool we want to help patients to correct their misaligned teeth. This will allow them to feel confident enough to beam their image to others without fear of judgement over the condition of their teeth.

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We are not all born equal

It is an unfortunate fact of life that we are not all born equal and as a consequence from a dental perspective that means that some of us have misaligned teeth. As an orthodontist Liverpool we are trained to identify and diagnose conditions of this nature. We are also trained to prevent and treat these irregularities.

Getting in early

The first line of defence is prevention and the best way to prevent problems later is by early diagnosis. We encourage parents to bring their children into our surgery from as young as one year old. This allows them to become familiar and comfortable in our surgery’s environment and also allows us to do an oral examination, thereby enabling us to identify any problems that may manifest later. We also recommend that from around the age of seven, children should start to have regular six-monthly dental appointments. We can then focus on any problems that may be starting to develop as their second teeth start to appear. This is also a good time to educate them on the correct brushing and flossing techniques. The correct toothbrush is also essential, especially at this young age, and using a brush that is too hard can cause problems. We will therefore guide them on the selection of the right toothbrush for their needs at this time.

Improved dental appliances

Dental science and technology have been hard at work developing more effective solutions to many conditions. Misaligned teeth have been a major focus of the industry for decades and some amazing devices have been created. Many years ago there was really only one effective device used to straighten teeth and that was a metal brace. This same brace has been improved to such an extent that anyone who wore one twenty years ago would find it unrecognisable now.

More specific treatments

There is no longer just one type of appliance to treat all cases of dental misalignment, as we now have a variety of devices to correct different conditions. Improved traditional metal braces are still used and are more effective and comfortable these days. They can have different colour bands to add variety to their appearance. In addition ceramic braces work in the same manner as traditional braces, but they blend in with your natural tooth colour. Lingual braces are similar to other fixed braces, but fit onto the inside of your teeth which makes them less conspicuous. The latest innovation is an aligner which works differently to a traditional brace. This method makes use of a series of ‘trays’ which fit over your teeth like a gum shield, they gradually ease your teeth into the desired position. Each tray is orientated slightly differently and only requires a quick visit to the dentist about every three to four weeks to check that treatment is progressing correctly.

No need to suffer

As a progressive orthodontist Liverpool we want to put a smile on your face that you will be happy and confident to produce on demand without feeling self-conscious. Give the Liverpool Smile Studio a call and let us help you to create a beautiful smile that you can share.

At Liverpool Smile Studio, we are proud to offer Invisalign to our patients. Our orthodontist Liverpool will do everything they can to make sure you get the best results possible, and that you are comfortable and happy from start to finish of your treatment and beyond. There are often many questions that our patients have when they come in for this procedure, so we thought we would compile some of them for you.

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What is Invisalign?

The first thing that you will want to know about this treatment is what it actually is. Invisalign is aimed at people who are struggling with mild or less severe cases of misalignment, and it can really make a difference when straightening your teeth. This is done with the use of clear, plastic aligners, which are a similar shape to a mouth guard. They will be custom-made just for you, meaning that they will fit nice and snug to your teeth to increase comfort.

What’s the process?

If you’re thinking about getting Invisalign and you book an appointment with our orthodontist Liverpool, they will first have a consultation with you which involves examining your teeth and taking various 3D scans. These scans will then be sent off to aid in the creation of your aligners.

We will provide you with multiple aligners at a time, and you can change between them from the comfort of your own home, usually around every 2 weeks. The aligners are easily removed, which is great when it comes to changing them, cleaning them, and eating. We recommend that you wear your aligners for around 20 hours a day to get the full effect.

Once you have completed the treatment and are enjoying your straighter smile, our orthodontist Liverpool will provide you with a retainer. We highly recommend that you use this every night, as it stops your teeth from moving back to their original positions.

How long does it take?

The total treatment time for Invisalign varies depending on individual needs, but the average is between 6-18 months. During this time, you will only need to visit us every 6-8 weeks for an appointment, which allows us to check up on your progress and give you more aligners when needed.

How do I keep up good oral hygiene?

You may be wondering how you clean your teeth and aligners when you have Invisalign, and it’s very simple. When it comes to brushing your teeth, you can simply remove the aligners, brush and floss as you normally would, and pop them back. And when you clean the aligners, all you need to do is brush them with your toothbrush and give them a rinse in cool water.

Why should I get Invisalign?

There are so many reasons why our patients choose Invisalign, and the one that stands out the most is the appearance of the aligners. Due to the thin, clear plastic material used, they are barely visible to others. This is great if you have a social lifestyle or professional career and don’t want to draw any unwanted attention to your teeth.

Few patients draw a relation between the health and function of their teeth and the overall quality of life they experience. The fact is that good dental health plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy physical body and psychosocial wellbeing.

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When in pain because of a poor oral health issue or difficulties in masticatory (biting and chewing) or speech function, this can have an adverse impact on a person’s ability to carry out their daily duties. They may not be able to eat, sleep, speak or work, and as a result of these challenges, life quality is reduced.

Orthodontics is a special area of dentistry that is devoted to correcting the alignment of teeth to improve health and function as well as dental appearance. For patients experiencing pain due to misalignment of teeth or bite, consulting an orthodontist Liverpool for appropriate dental care can dramatically improve the quality of life they live.

At Liverpool Smile Studio, we offer the services of a highly qualified and well-experienced orthodontist Liverpool to provide patients with excellent orthodontic care. Read on to find out what our orthodontist Liverpool can do to help improve quality of life.

Benefits of orthodontic care

Orthodontic treatment involves the use of an specially-designed appliance that sits on teeth and gently manipulates them into desirable positions. Traditionally this device was one made of metal materials that were permanently attached to teeth. The orthodontic appliance range has widened to include removal tray-based braces made of intuitive, clear, medical-quality plastic material.

Helps to improve a patient’s dental aesthetics

Wearing braces (traditional or modern) can help improve the look of teeth. Gaps in teeth, overcrowding, or crooked teeth can make a smile look unsightly which is why many adult patients with these oral situations choose to see an orthodontist to give them better-looking smiles.

Helps to improve teeth function

The main function of teeth is to grind food down for effective digestion. When the bite is not in proper alignment, this can impede proper teeth function and create eating difficulties. An experienced orthodontist can determine which type of orthodontic device can best improve a patient’s bite situation, so that they are able to eat without discomfort.

Helps to protect the health and integrity of teeth

Patients may not be aware of this fact, but when teeth are overcrowded or out of alignment, maintaining dental hygiene is quite a challenge. With overcrowding, there is no proper spacing for toothbrush bristles or floss to get in between them.

Teeth misalignment issues can create awkward places in the dental arch that also makes it impossible for toothbrush bristles or floss thread to target bits of food stuck between teeth. Braces work to reposition teeth so that they are once more in natural positions which makes cleaning teeth easier to accomplish.

Overcrowding and teeth misalignment adds to another concern – weakening tooth structure. These oral situations place undue stress on affected teeth and can lead to premature wear and tear. By correcting these issues, a patient can protect the integrity of their dentition.

The best way to know if you can benefit from orthodontic help is with a professional consultation. Why not schedule one today with a friendly experienced dental practitioner at our dental studio?

Reasons to attend an appointment

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When looking in the mirror or photos from the past and present, we do not want our patients to shy away from the images they may be unhappy with. You may have teeth that do not necessarily line up one after the other or a tooth that has a mind of its own when it comes to alignment. No matter what your thoughts are on your smile, if your smiling selfies provide an emotional response that isn’t one of joy, then it may be time to discuss your options with our dental team or orthodontist Liverpool.

In need of a specialist?

Specific treatments and procedures can often bring up a variety of specialists in the field, which may be a little daunting at first. It is important to understand that in the majority of tooth realignment cases, there is often little cause in finding a specialist in that field since our dental team will have you covered. Therefore, finding a specific orthodontist Liverpool may not be necessary. From braces to aligners to veneers, whichever realignment process you may need, our dedicated team can do it for you.

Choosing a realignment method

Whilst it is always the patient’s decision to proceed with a particular treatment, it is not as easy as choosing a method online and telling our dental team which one you want. As with everything, it is about working together to ensure that the process followed is suitable for your case. After all, the internet can provide us with a variety of solutions and sources to fulfil our every need, but discovering their suitability for you is where our dental team comes in.

When discussing the possibility of tooth realignment and before following one particular route, a consultation will take place to discover the suitability of your teeth. Our dental team will assess the extent of your misalignment, your overall oral health and any other factors that may be deemed necessary. Despite all the boxes that need to be ticked, the patient’s preferred choice will always be considered and play a huge part in the final decision. It may be that one treatment starts to be taken over by another after a considerable amount of success. After all, all patients must be happy with the process from start to finish for the process to be adhered to consistently.

Creating a plan, adjusting when needed and reaching your goals

As with all processes, creating a plan is often the baseline to success as it allows you to envision the process and results. However, whilst a plan is essential when it comes to tooth realignment, it will always be flexible, and should the process create physical or emotional discomfort, you must contact our dental team promptly.

We are here to work with you and support you throughout this process, whether it be a matter of reassurance or adjusting the brackets. Our dedicated team from the receptionist to the nurses to the orthodontist Liverpool will always be there as your support network.