When should my child first see the dentist? That’s a common question among parents, at Liverpool Smile Studio we are off the opinion that the answer should be “the earlier, the better”.

children-dentistGenerally speaking, we invite parents to bring their children to our Liverpool dental practice from about one year old. By that time their first teeth should be coming through. Every child is different, of course, and some babies come into this world with teeth already in place. If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth even before they have reached 12 months, or you want to know how to look after a small baby’s teeth, contact Liverpool Smile Studio and a dentist will be happy to advise you.

One of the main causes of dental phobia is a negative experience during childhood. By bringing your child to the practice from a young age, you can help them to recognise the dentist as a friendly face whom they look forward to seeing and telling about their tooth brushing habits or visits from the tooth fairy as they start to lose their milk teeth.

At Liverpool Smile Studio your child’s dentist will ensure they feel safe and well-cared for at all times. They will provide information, for example about how to take care of the teeth, in an age-appropriate, fun, and engaging manner.

Sometimes it can help to bring a younger child along to a parent’s or older sibling’s appointment, so they can observe what happens and then have a go in the dentist’s chair themselves.

Visiting the dentist at a young age also helps to prevent the problem of tooth decay, which is still too prevalent in UK children. We offer both fissure sealants and fluoride varnish at our Liverpool clinic as a preventative measure, designed to avoid the need of suffering caused by dental decay.

The focus is firmly on preventative dentistry at our Liverpool clinic. Your child’s dentist can also spot the early signs of potential orthodontic problems, such as crowded or crooked teeth, or issues caused by thumb sucking. Early intervention can make treatment simpler.

The thought of metal braces isn’t particularly attractive to adults who want straighter teeth. That’s why, at Liverpool Smile Studio, we are pleased to offer a number of more discreet methods of teeth straightening. This may involve the use of a fixed appliance – a brace – or a removable one – an aligner.

metal bracesAn increasing number of adults are looking for teeth straightening treatment. Whether they missed out on orthodontics during their youth, or had treatment only to fall at the retention stage and see their teeth move back out of position, the value of a beautifully-aligned smile is being realised up and down the country.

At our Liverpool dental practice we offer a number of teeth straightening solutions, delivered by our in-house orthodontist. The ideal treatment for you will depend on your clinical situation – the type and amount of correction that is required – along with your personal preferences for treatment.

We will always try to provide treatment that fits around your lifestyle at Liverpool Smile Studio. Many adult orthodontics treatments have minimal impact on your daily life.

Liverpool braces and aligners

During your initial orthodontic consultation at our Liverpool dental practice, your orthodontist will carry out a detailed clinical assessment, and will talk you through the pros and cons of all relevant treatments so that you can make an educated choice.

Some of the orthodontic options at our Liverpool dental centre include:

Six Month Smiles

This system of cosmetic braces works in as little as six months by focussing on the front six teeth – those that show when you smile. With tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets, these braces blend in with the natural colour of your teeth.

FastBraces

These braces can correct more complex conditions than Six Month Smiles. They have a unique design which means they move both parts of the teeth together, compared with traditional braces that move the roots and crowns separately. You can have a metal or tooth-coloured brace.

Invisalign

This system of clear, removable aligners are good for dental hygiene because no special cleaning techniques are required. They can be used to treat both simple and complex complaints.

Just like eating a healthy diet and taking regular exercise, visiting your dentist on a regular basis should be an essential part of your health care routine. At Liverpool Smile Studio we believe good oral health isn’t just important in terms of having a beautiful smile – it is also vital to your general health and wellbeing.

health-careOur Liverpool dental practice welcomes new patients for general as well as cosmetic dentistry. Standard advice is to visit your dentist for a check-up every six months; some people need to come more or less frequently, and you should always do as your dentist advises.

Liverpool Smile Studio has a firm focus on preventative dentistry – stopping problems before they start. If any issues do arise, it is best to treat them early. The only way you can ensure your oral health remains in good condition is to regularly visit your dentist.

We operate a ten-point oral health check as part of your general dental check-up at Liverpool smile studio. When you come in to see us, your dentist will:

  1. Thoroughly check your teeth for any signs of decay.
  2. Look for any areas of plaque or tartar, and assess the effectiveness of your brushing/flossing.
  3. Check for signs of wear and tear on the teeth, from tooth grinding, acid erosion, or incorrect/over-vigorous brushing technique.
  4. Check the health of your gums and the surrounding jaw bone.
  5. Carry out a full mouth oral cancer screen.
  6. Examine the intra- and extra-oral soft tissues for signs of disease or infection.
  7. Carry out a risk assessment on the strength and positioning of your teeth.
  8. Check and record existing fillings, looking out for fractures or ledges.
  9. Check and record existing restorations: crowns, veneers, bridges, or dental implants, for fit, appearance, and function.
  10. Assess any dentures for fit, appearance and function.

If we notice anything of concern, your dentist will provide advice and/or treatment as needed. Our goal at our Liverpool clinic is to get you back to full oral health and keep you there, so that you can reap the benefits of a healthy mouth for years to come.

Modern orthodontics doesn’t need to mean metal braces. At Liverpool Smile Studio we offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages – some not even involving a fixed brace at all.

metal-bracesIncreasing numbers of adults are looking to straighten their teeth, and it is easy to understand why the concept of wearing clearly visible metal braces for months or even years on end can prove a serious barrier to treatment. At our Liverpool dental practice we believe everybody deserves a smile to be proud of, and know that straightening your teeth at any age brings benefits beyond aesthetic appeal. Teeth straightening is good for your dental and general health, and in many cases can fit easily around your lifestyle.

Teeth straightening: the benefits

Whether you use braces or aligners to straighten your teeth, you will improve your dental health because it makes your teeth easier to keep clean. It’s simple when you think about it; by straightening your teeth you reduce the number of hard-to-clean areas where dental plaque can build up. This cuts your risk of both tooth decay and gum disease, and because gum disease has been linked to such conditions as heart disease, your overall health and wellbeing will benefit, too.

Liverpool teeth straightening options: braces and aligners

When you come into our dental practice in Liverpool for an orthodontic consultation, our orthodontist will assess the type and amount of correction that you need. She will then discuss the braces and/or aligners that are most suitable for your needs, so that you are able to make a well-informed choice.

Depending on your clinical needs and treatment preferences, she may recommend:

Six Month Smiles

Cosmetic braces designed for rapid correction of issues with the front teeth, and comprising clear and tooth-coloured parts.

Inman Aligner

Used for fast correction of issues with the front teeth, this single-use aligner works in between six and 18 weeks, making it the quickest-acting appliance at our Liverpool dental practice.

FastBraces

These tooth-coloured braces can correct a wider range of orthodontic conditions, and have a unique design that enables them to move the roots and crowns of teeth together.

Should you lose or damage a tooth, a dentist should be contacted as soon as possible. Liverpool Smile Studio offers a number of ways to restore teeth that have been broken and replace those that have been lost. To ensure your smile stays happy and healthy, you should come to see a dentist as promptly as you can after a problem arises. We are open from 8am Monday to Friday to help you fit your dental appointments around your lifestyle.

replace-missing-teethTeeth can be lost or damaged for a number of reasons. Common causes of tooth loss include:

  • Gum disease
  • Dental decay
  • Accidents and injuries

The best way for your dentist to replace your missing teeth will, to some extent, depend on how you came to lose them, as well as on the location of the tooth, the number of missing teeth, and your personal preference.

Similarly, there are many causes of damage to the teeth, including decay, accidents and injuries. Again, factors including tooth location, type and amount of damage will be taken into consideration when your dentist determines how best to repair them.

Liverpool missing teeth

At our Liverpool dental clinic we offer tooth replacement using traditional bridges and dentures, as well as with dental implants. Traditional bridges require crowns or wings placed on adjacent teeth to support a false tooth or two in between. Your dentist will permanently attach them.

Dentures can replace some or all of the teeth in one jaw. We offer a number of denture options at Liverpool Smile Studio, and your dentist will help you choose the best one for your needs.

Dental implants offer a more permanent way for your dentist to replace your missing teeth. Titanium tooth roots put directly in the jaw bone, they provide firm support for dentures, bridgework, or crowns.

Liverpool broken tooth solutions

Your Liverpool dentist may use crowns to restore extensively weakened or damaged teeth, because as well as looking realistic they also give your tooth additional strength.

For milder damage, such as small chips or cracks, your clinician may use porcelain veneers or composite bonding to create aesthetically pleasing restorations.

Metal train-track braces are not the only option available to patients who want straighter teeth. Liverpool Smile Studio welcomes adult patients who are interested in teeth straightening treatments without a glint of metal in sight. If you’ve long dreamt of a beautifully aligned smile but been put off by the thought of traditional orthodontic appliances, why not join us at our Liverpool dental clinic to learn more about how we can help?

metal-bracesBraces or aligners?

Modern orthodontic treatment can be delivered in a number of subtle ways. Our Liverpool dental practice offers both discreet braces and clear, nigh-on invisible aligners. The best option to suit your needs will be determined by your orthodontist at your initial consultation.

A number of factors will be used to determine your ideal orthodontic treatment. These will include:

  • The type of correction needed
  • The amount of correction needed
  • Various lifestyle factors
  • Any preference you may have for your treatment.

Teeth straightening treatment, using either braces or aligners, is beneficial to your dental and general health as well as to your smile and your confidence. Whether you missed out on treatment as a teenager or have experienced adult relapse, at our Liverpool dental clinic we will find the perfect solution.

Six Month Smiles

These popular cosmetic braces can work in as little as half a year, because they focus on the teeth in your smile line. Comprising tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets, they are far subtler than metal braces.

FastBraces

Most braces move the crowns and roots of the teeth separately. FastBraces are different; their unique design enables the whole of each tooth to be moved at the same time. A popular choice for more extensive correction at our Liverpool dental practice, FastBraces are made of clear and tooth-coloured components.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a system of clear, removable aligners that can be used to improve a number of orthodontic issues. More than 480,000 people have benefitted from Invisalign treatment to date. These aligners require no special dental hygiene techniques during treatment, because they can be taken out for cleaning and tooth brushing. You change your aligner every fortnight.

Cosmetic braces are rapidly growing in popularity with men and women across the UK. Liverpool Smile Studio offers a number of discreet appliances designed to straighten your teeth without the world having to know that you are undergoing treatment. Straightening your teeth at any age can be beneficial to your dental and general health, not to mention your self-esteem and confidence.

cosmetic-bracesAt our Liverpool dental studio we have an in-house orthodontist, who will work closely with you to find the perfect teeth straightening option, whether you require minor aesthetic correction or more intensive intervention to improve the position of your bite (the way that your jaws meet each other). We welcome patients of all ages for consultations to discover how braces or aligners could help to improve your smile.

Cosmetic braces and aligners in Liverpool

When you come into our Liverpool dental clinic for an orthodontic consultation, your orthodontist will perform a clinical examination, and will then talk you through the pros and cons of all the suitable treatments.

Each system used by Liverpool Smile Studio is best suited to different clinical situations. Wherever possible, we believe dental treatment should fit comfortably around your day-to-day life, so lifestyle factors will also be taken into account.

Among the braces and aligners available from our Liverpool dental studio are:

Six Month Smiles

Perhaps the best known of the cosmetic brace systems, Six Month Smiles comprise tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets. They work in the same way as traditional braces – exerting gentle pressure to move your teeth – but as well as being much more discreet, also act much more quickly, because they focus on the six teeth in your smile line.

FastBraces

FastBraces are more comfortable and quicker-acting than traditional metal braces, and can be used for more extensive orthodontic correction than cosmetic braces. They comprise clear and tooth-coloured parts, and have a unique design that moves tooth roots and crowns together.

Invisalign

This popular system of clear, removable aligners can treat a range of issues. Dental hygiene is a breeze during treatment because you can pop them out for cleaning.

There are numerous ways a dentist can make over your smile, creating results that are both aesthetically appealing and natural in appearance. Liverpool Smile Studio has an extensive cosmetic dental menu, comprising treatments large and small. We welcome women and men who are unhappy with their current smile to join us for a cosmetic consultation.

orthodontics-liverpoolThe Oral Health Foundation recently carried out a survey which showed that almost half of UK adults (48%) are unhappy with their current smile. The biggest complaint is tooth discolouration – which 64% said made them embarrassed to smile in public.

In terms of romantic relationships, the same survey found that an attractive smile was the second most important factor in a partner – after their personality. And while more than one million selfies are taken every day, 13% of women and 34% of men admitted retouching every photo of themselves before posting it.

At Liverpool Smile Studio we believe everyone deserves a beautiful smile of which they can be proud. Many people are so unhappy with their smile they think they are beyond help, but we urge you to think again. A consultation with a cosmetic dentist will soon change your mind, with many people surprised how short the journey to their perfect smile is in reality.

When you come to our Liverpool clinic for a cosmetic consultation, your dentist will find out what your ideal smile would look like. They will then perform a clinical examination, before talking you through all the ways we can help you reach your smile goals.

Below are some common smile concerns, and how your Liverpool dentist can help:

I hate the colour of my teeth

The perfect solution will depend on the cause and nature of the discolouration. Carried out by a dentist, teeth whitening can remove many common stains. Permanently discoloured teeth can be improved with veneers.

My teeth aren’t straight

There are a number of discreet orthodontic solutions available from Liverpool Smile Studio.

My teeth are too short/my gums are too long

Gum reshaping is a pain-free procedure in which your dentist removes excess gum tissue and better shapes your gums to frame your teeth.

Veneers are an excellent way for a dentist to quickly make over your smile. At Liverpool Smile Studio we can use a single veneer to improve the appearance of one tooth (for example, if it is permanently stained or discoloured, or has a small chip or crack) or a full set to create a complete smile makeover.

porcelain-veneersOne of the key points to remember about veneers is that they require very little preparatory work on your teeth – all your dentist needs to do is to remove a very small amount of enamel to aid with the bonding process. That means the healthy tooth structure beneath the veneer is preserved, unlike some other procedures such as cosmetic crowns, where more extensive work is required.

Many patients only require two appointments at our Liverpool dental practice for this procedure, although if you opt for a complete smile makeover you will need between three and four appointments to enable your dentist to create the perfect smile for you.

The veneers used at Liverpool Smile Studio are designed for three things:

  • Aesthetic beauty
  • Natural appearance
  • Longevity

With a good oral health routine at home and regular visits to your dental practice, your veneers should last you for more than ten years. Your dentist will ensure that while they create a noticeable difference to your smile, they will also look completely natural.

Liverpool veneers: the treatment process

First you will come into our Liverpool practice for a cosmetic consultation.To ensure your veneers bond firmly with your teeth, your dentist will remove a very small amount of enamel from each tooth’s surface, under either local anaesthetic or sedation.

Each veneer will be made to the exact same thickness as the amount of enamel removed, for a completely natural appearance. The only exception is if a tooth is cracked or chipped – in this case, the veneer will be made thicker to cover the damaged area.

Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and when your veneers are ready you will be called back to our Liverpool clinic to have them fitted. Strong bonding agent holds them in place.

At Liverpool Smile Studio, our in-house orthodontist welcomes patients of all ages for teeth straightening consultations, whether you require quick cosmetic correction or more extensive treatment.

orthodontics-liverpoolWe use both fixed braces and removable aligners at our Liverpool dental practice, with each system more suitable for different types of correction. Remember, it’s never too late to consult an orthodontist, nor to benefit from straightening your teeth.

How your Liverpool orthodontist can help

When you come into Liverpool Smile Studio for an orthodontic consultation, our orthodontist will perform a through clinical examination, as well as listening to what you wish to achieve from any treatment, and any lifestyle factors that may come into play.

Among the treatment options available from your Liverpool orthodontist are:

Six Month Smiles

These fast-acting braces are designed first and foremost for cosmetic correction, but as with any orthodontic treatment will also benefit your dental health. Comprised of clear ceramic braces and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires, these braces act in an average of six months and focus on the teeth that show when you smile.

Inman Aligner

A single, removable, clear aligner, the Inman Aligner is good for treating protruding front teeth and adult relapse. This rapid-acting treatment takes from a few weeks to a couple of months to reposition your teeth.

FastBraces

Your orthodontist can use FastBraces for cases requiring more extensive correction. Their unique design enables them to move both the roots and crowns of the teeth at the same time, unlike standard braces which move your teeth in two parts. This significantly reduces typical treatment times. At our Liverpool dental practice we offer tooth-coloured ceramic FastBraces.

Invisalign

Treatment with Invisalign involves using a series of clear, removable aligners to guide your teeth into a better position. Each case varies, so your orthodontist will tell you how many aligners you will need when you come to our Liverpool practice for a consultation. You wear each aligner for two weeks, then move on to the next one. Because they are removable, no special dental hygiene techniques are needed.