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.

If you are scared of the dentist, you may feel like you are on your own. At Liverpool Smile Studio we are eager to point out that you are not – in fact, approximately one in ten patients in the UK are so afraid of dental treatment that they simply refuse to go, only driven into a practice when a painful emergency occurs. This can end up feeding the fear as the pain and the potential of more invasive treatment can in turn create bad feeling about the dentist.

sedation-dentistryWe are also keen to point out that we are here to work with you to help you conquer your fear for good, get you back to oral health and keep you there.

The whole team at Liverpool Smile Studio takes nervous and phobic patients’ concerns seriously. There are numerous causes and reasons for fear of the dentist, which include:

  • A bad experience during childhood
  • Exaggerated tales from family/friends
  • Fear of being judged for having poor oral health
  • Fear of any treatment requirements
  • Specific triggers – the drill, needles, sounds or smells
  • Fear of being out of control of the situation

At Liverpool Smile Studio we will never judge you if you haven’t visited the dentist for a long time because of fear, or indeed for any other reason. We can start with an informal chat away from the dentist’s chair, where our team can reassure you about the safety and painlessness of modern dental techniques, as well as discussing anything specific you are frightened of.

Your dentist will be happy to pause treatment if you raise your hand, so that you remain in control – don’t worry about holding the dentist up, we will factor plenty of time into your appointment and we know that everybody needs a breather now and then.

Conscious sedation is an excellent option for many patients. At our Liverpool clinic we have a dedicated sedation dentist, Dr Jeanine McGinty, who is fully qualified to deliver dental sedation.

Whilst you won’t be unconscious or asleep, you will be very relaxed, and won’t remember much about treatment afterwards, nor feel any pain.

Braces aren’t just for teenagers; at Liverpool Smile Studio our skilled orthodontist can help patients of all ages to achieve their dream of straighter teeth with the help of either fixed or removable appliances.

braces-liverpoolThe benefits of teeth straightening

Teeth straightening treatment has many benefits, and creating an aesthetically appealing smile is just one of them. Of course, improving the look of your smile can have serious positive side-effects for your self-confidence and thus for your interactions with other people in both the business and personal worlds.

However, at our Liverpool dental practice we are also keen to point out the other, less familiar benefits gained from improving the alignment of your teeth with braces or aligners.

One of the biggest advantages is for your dental health. By straightening your teeth, you reduce the difficult to clean areas in which plaque bacteria can build up. So long as you maintain a good brushing and flossing routine at home, and visit both the dentist and hygienist on a regular basis, you can reduce your chances of both tooth decay and gum disease.

Studies have linked gum disease to a range of medical conditions, including heart disease and strokes, so straightening your teeth can also benefit your general health.

In some cases, patients with bruxism and associated headaches can also see their condition improved with braces or aligners. It also helps to ensure that the forces of biting and chewing are evenly distributed.

Liverpool braces and aligners

At Liverpool Smile Studio we offer a number of adult orthodontic options, using either fixed braces or removable aligners. Each have their benefits for different types of correction, and your orthodontist will discuss these when you come for a consultation.

Among the treatments available from our Liverpool dental practice are:

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces may be primarily cosmetic (such as Six Month Smiles) or designed for more extensive correction (such as FastBraces). They comprise clear and tooth-coloured components for added discretion.

Clear aligners

An alternative to braces, clear braces are removable appliances, which means you need no special dental hygiene techniques during treatment. At Liverpool Smile Studio we use the Inman Aligner and Invisalign.

Regular visits to the dentist should be considered as much a part of your health routine as enjoying a healthy diet and visiting the gym. At Liverpool Smile Studio we believe preventative dentistry is the key to good oral health, with the aim of stopping problems before they start.

sedation-dentistryHowever, if you do have any dental health concerns, the sooner you see your dentist the better. As with most things, when it comes to oral health conditions, the quicker you act the simpler, easier, and less invasive they are to treat.

If you are a nervous patient who hasn’t seen a dentist in many years, we can help you. We are the leading Liverpool practice for treating nervous patients, and have a dedicated sedation dentist who is highly experienced in treating those with fear or phobia of dental treatment. Conscious sedation, whilst not sending you to sleep, makes you very peaceful and relaxed. You will remember very little about treatment when it’s complete, and most importantly of all won’t experience any pain.

When you come for a general dental check-up, your dentist will perform a complete oral health check, encompassing your teeth, gums, and surrounding structures, and including a mouth cancer screening as standard.

Tooth decay often has few early symptoms to notice at home. At our Liverpool dental studio we can use special techniques to detect decay early, for example if it occurs under an old crown or filling. Similarly with gum disease it is often your dentist or hygienist that spots the issue first. Both tooth decay and gum disease are leading causes of tooth loss, but are easily treated if spotted early.

We will also assess your hygiene, recommending a visit to the hygienist if necessary to remove plaque or tartar. Your dentist will assess the condition, appearance, and function of any existing restorations – bridgework, crowns, dentures, or fillings – and will recommend any treatment as necessary.

At our Liverpool practice we appreciate many patients have busy working lives, which is why we offer appointments from 8am Monday to Friday, enabling you to fit your dental treatment around your lifestyle.

With porcelain veneers, a cosmetic dentist can create a beautiful smile makeover in just a few visits. At Liverpool Smile Studio we offer high-quality, hand-crafted veneer work that – so long as you take good care of it – should last for ten years or more.

veneers-liverpoolThe ideal summer makeover

As with many cosmetic dental procedures, veneers originated in Hollywood. The first versions were not designed to last; they were created to temporarily alter the appearance of an actor’s teeth and would usually drop out after a few takes, because they were bonded in place with denture cement.

However, cosmetic dentists quickly saw the potential to use veneers to create a more long-term solution to smile concerns, and after stars and celebrities started to wear them, their popularity and availability grew rapidly.

Modern veneers are designed to be a fast yet long-lasting way for a dentist to make over your smile’s appearance. A single veneer can improve the look of a permanently discoloured, chipped or mildly cracked tooth, whilst a full set can create a smile makeover, improving issues with spacing, uniformity, and whiteness.

Liverpool veneers

A veneer is a micro-thin porcelain shell bonded over the front surfaces of the front teeth. They can be used in both the lower and upper jaw. Unlike other tooth restorations, such as crowns, there is very little work required on your teeth before veneers are placed, meaning that healthy tooth structure will be preserved.

A very thin amount of enamel will be removed from the surface of your teeth under local anaesthetic to aid with the bonding process. Each veneer will be made to the same thickness as the amount of enamel removed, with the exception of veneers covering cracked teeth. In that case they will be reinforced in the cracked area.

Veneer placement requires a minimum of two appointments at our Liverpool dental practice. If you are having a complete smile makeover, additional visits will be required.

Only when you are totally happy will your dentist bond your veneers in place with a strong dental bonding agent.

To book a cosmetic consultation in Liverpool, get in touch today.

An orthodontist is a dental professional who specialises in the alignment of teeth, and in the bite (the way that the jaws meet together). At Liverpool Smile Studio we offer a number of discreet orthodontic treatments that enable us to straighten your teeth without a glint of metal in sight.

orthodontics-liverpoolMany adult patients are put off seeking the services of an orthodontist, because they wrongly believe that metal braces are the only option. There have been massive advances in the field of orthodontics in recent years, as more and more adults are looking for subtle treatment. Discreet orthodontics involves the use of either fixed appliances (braces) or removable appliances (aligners) to subtly improve the positioning and alignment of your teeth.

At our Liverpool dental practice, our specialist orthodontist is Dr Jeanine McGinty. She offers a wide range of treatment options for patients of all ages.

One thing that it is important to remember is that is never too late to straighten your teeth. As well as the obvious aesthetic benefits to be gained from visiting an orthodontist, there are also numerous other benefits, for both your dental and general health.

First, it is easier to clean properly aligned teeth. Crooked, crowded, and badly aligned teeth have tricky-to-reach gaps where plaque bacteria can accumulate, increasing your risk of dental decay and gum disease. As several studies have shown a link between gum disease and conditions including strokes, heart disease, and diabetes, improving your gum health can be very beneficial. Orthodontic treatments remove these gaps and make the teeth easier to clean.

Secondly, if you have teeth that protrude they are at greater risk of damage through accident and injury. The Inman Aligner is a single-use removable appliance that we use at our Liverpool clinic tocorrect protruding teeth and adult relapse quickly and discreetly.

These are just a couple of the health benefits gained from teeth straightening treatment. Among the options available from our Liverpool orthodontist are:

Six Month Smiles

Tooth-coloured cosmetic braces designed for rapid correction of the front teeth.

Invisalign

A series of clear, removable aligners, which treat a number of orthodontic issues.

A cosmetic dentist has many techniques available to them to boost the appearance of a smile. At Liverpool Smile Studio we offer a number of treatments both large and small, all of which are designed to create the smile you’ve always wanted.

teeth-whitening-liverpoolThe perfect treatment will depend on your individual wants and needs. If you are looking for a quick way to brighten up your smile before your summer holiday, why not come into our Liverpool practice for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist? We’ll be sure to have you smiling in all of your holiday snaps.

A recent survey revealed that some 70% of people were so unhappy with the appearance of their current smile that they don’t like to smile for photographs. Everybody dreams of a beautiful, alluring smile, and at our Liverpool clinic we believe that you deserve just that. More and more men and women are turning to the services of a cosmetic dentist to create the smile of their dreams.

Treatment from a Liverpool cosmetic dentist

When you come into Liverpool Smile Studio for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, they will perform a thorough clinical examination, as well as listening to what you want to achieve from treatment. After talking you through all the relevant options so that you can make an informed choice, they will then draw up a treatment plan.

Among the quickest ways to boost the appearance of your smile at our Liverpool clinic are:

Teeth whitening

When carried out by a dentist, this is a safe, reliable, and speedy way to add some extra sparkle to your smile – perfect before a special occasion such as a graduation or wedding. We offer three teeth whitening options at our Liverpool practice: home whitening, power whitening with a dentist here in the practice, and a combination of both.

Porcelain veneers

When teeth are permanently stained or discoloured, your dentist can use a veneer to improve their appearance. A micro-thin shell of porcelain that is affixed to the front of your tooth using a special dental bonding agent, veneers look beautiful and natural. Veneers require a minimum of two appointments.