You can enjoy the benefits of dental braces at any age. That’s what we believe at Liverpool Smile Studio, which is why we are proud to offer a number of discreet fixed and removable appliances to straighten adults’ teeth subtly and quickly.

cosmetic-bracesEven so-called “cosmetic” braces have health benefits, because they reduce the hard-to-clean areas where dental plaque can build up, helping to prevent gum disease and tooth decay (with regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, of course).

When you come into our Liverpool dental practice for a teeth straightening consultation, your cosmetic orthodontist will carry out a thorough clinical examination to determine the best appliance for your needs. Depending on what those needs are, you may be recommended fixed braces or removable aligners.

Liverpool braces and aligners: your choices

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are cosmetic braces that concentrate on the front six teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It is these teeth that the majority of adult patients at our Liverpool dental practice are concerned about, because these are the teeth in your smile line. Six Month Smiles are comprised of clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured nickel titanium wires, which makes them very discreet.

Invisalign

A popular alternative to fixed braces at our Liverpool dental practice, treatment with Invisalign involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners to guide your teeth gently into a better position. You change your aligner fortnightly, and take them out for eating, drinking, and cleaning.

Inman Aligner

The fastest-acting appliance at our Liverpool dental centre, the Inman Aligner uses special gentle forces to rapidly correct issues with the front teeth, such as protrusion or crowding. As with Invisalign you can take the Inman Aligner out at home, making it easy to maintain dental hygiene during treatment.

Ask any dentist in the land and they will tell you that missing teeth should always be replaced. Here at Liverpool smile studio we offer a number of ways to restore your smile and functionality to your jaw. Ideally, you should replace teeth as soon as possible after you lose them, to minimise your chances of running into problems.

replace-missing-teethTooth loss is about a lot more than just having a gap in your mouth. Of course, your smile is a big part of who you are; it’s unique and individual to you, and expresses your feelings and emotions. At Liverpool Smile Studio we are passionate about smiles, and know how devastating having a gap in yours can be.

But there are further health problems to consider, too. Your remaining teeth are put under additional strain as soon as a single tooth is lost, and they may also become crooked, misaligned, and harder to clean as they move into any gaps. Losing several teeth can have a very bad effect on both your diet and your confidence.

Fortunately, your Liverpool dentist has many ways to replace any teeth you may have lost.

Dental bridges

Traditional dental bridges can contain one or two teeth, and are supported by the adjacent teeth, which need to be healthy and in good condition – free from any large fillings, for example. Your dentist will prepare your supporting teeth to receive crowns, which will support a false tooth in between.

Dentures

Dentures of one form or another have been used to replace missing teeth from the early days of humankind. The modern versions are thankfully a lot more realistic in terms of both action and appearance, and there are several options available at Liverpool Smile Studio. Your dentist can use a full denture to replace all the teeth in one or both jaws, or a partial one to replace some teeth.

Dental implants

At our Liverpool dental practice we favour dental implants as a tooth replacement solution, because they are the only permanent way a dentist can replace lost teeth. They can be combined with dentures, a bridge, or a single crown.

The thought of wearing braces as an adult might be a scary one. The good news, however, is that at Liverpool Smile Studio, there are a number of subtler options to teeth straightening. It’s possible to achieve that beautifully aligned smile you’ve always dreamt of without a glint of metal in sight. We do this by using discreet braces or removable clear aligners.

barces-liverpoolThe benefits of braces and aligners

Whilst the most obvious benefit of treatment with braces or aligners is a perfectly aligned smile, at our Liverpool clinic we are keen to stress the health benefits, too, as straightening your teeth makes them easier to keep clean by reducing the areas plaque can gather. This in turn helps to reduce your chances of gum disease and dental decay.

If you have issues with your bite (how your jaws meet) this can cause a range of problems, from struggling to bite and chew some foods to headaches, jaw pain, and even neck ache. Therefore, improving the alignment of your teeth has many hidden benefits.

Liverpool orthodontics

At our Liverpool dental practice, we have several systems of both braces and aligners designed to subtly straighten your teeth. When you come in for a consultation with our cosmetic orthodontist, she will thoroughly examine you before talking you through the pros and cons of all relevant treatment options.

Your orthodontist may recommend:

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are a system of cosmetic braces designed for rapid correction of issues affecting the front six teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They comprise clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, so they will blend in well with the natural colour of your teeth. Six months is the average treatment time.

Invisalign

A popular alternative to fixed braces at our Liverpool dental clinic, this series of clear, removable aligners gradually moves your teeth into a new position. You change your aligner fortnightly.

Breaking a tooth is a distressing experience, and consulting a dentist as soon as possible is essential. Liverpool Smile Studio offers a number of ways to restore teeth that have been broken or damaged, and your dentist will work hard to create a realistic-looking restoration.

broken-teethSometimes it is possible for a dentist to put the tooth fragments back together using a technique called composite bonding. This involves the use of white filling material – which your Liverpool dentist will match to the natural shade of your teeth – to hold the fragments together and bond them back into place. Therefore, you should always bring broken pieces of tooth with you to Liverpool Smile Studio, if you still have them.

Even when you don’t have the tooth fragments or it is not possible for your dentist to bind them together, composite bonding can sometimes be used to rebuild your tooth and create a realistic appearance. This may be suitable for front teeth, and usually requires just one appointment at Liverpool Smile Studio.

White fillings are also commonly used to rebuild damaged or broken teeth. If decay has weakened a tooth and led to pieces breaking off, your Liverpool dentist can remove the areas of decay before restoring your tooth with a tooth-coloured filling.

In cases where extra strength is required, your dentist may recommend an inlay. These are usually made from porcelain, and will be matched to both the colour and contours of the affected tooth, creating a highly realistic-looking result which will also be more strong and durable than a white filling.

Crowns are commonly used when a tooth has been severely weakened. This can happen after a bad break, can be caused by untreated decay, or after root canal treatment. There are a variety of materials that can be used, but porcelain is often the most popular choice because it can be matched to the natural colour of your tooth at the same time as being very strong.

In cases of minor damage to a front tooth, your Liverpool dentist may recommend a porcelain veneer, which is a thin shell of medical-grade porcelain placed over a tooth.

An orthodontist can help people of all ages – not just kids. Liverpool Smile Studio offers a wide range of options for straightening adults’ teeth, which are much more subtle than you might imagine.

orthodontics-liverpoolWe have a cosmetic orthodontist, Dr Jeanine McGinty, at our Liverpool dental clinic. She can use either braces or aligners to improve the position of your teeth, at the same time brining benefits for your oral and general health.

Each appliance is best suited to a specific set of clinical circumstances, and your Liverpool orthodontist will perform a thorough examination and diagnosis so that she can find the best option to suit your clinical needs.

Whatever option your orthodontist recommends, it will have less impact on your daily life (both professional and personal) than you might imagine. In most cases these appliances have considerably shorter treatment times than standard metal braces, which means that your new smile could be much closer than you think.

Teeth straightening options from your Liverpool orthodontist

Your Liverpool orthodontist may recommend a fixed brace system, or a clear, removable appliance. The braces are usually tooth-coloured, meaning they will pass unnoticed by most people.

Invisalign

Treatment with Invisalign involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually move your teeth into a better position. You change your aligner every two weeks as your teeth begin to move.

The number of aligners varies from patient to patient. Your Liverpool orthodontist will tell you how many you should need at the start of treatment. Benefits of Invisalign include making dental hygiene simple to maintain during treatment – you just take them out to clean and to brush your teeth.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles may be “cosmetic” braces, but they will still improve your dental and general health by making it easier to clean your teeth efficiently, reducing the areas dental plaque can build up, thus reducing your chances of gum disease and tooth decay.

These braces are made to blend in with your teeth, comprising tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets. With any fixed brace system, you should visit your dental hygienist to learn how to clean around it.

Regular visits to your dentist and hygienist aren’t just important for your oral health; they play an important part in looking after your general health and wellbeing, too. Liverpool Smile Studio welcomes new patients of all ages, from children to senior citizens and everyone in between, for general dental check-ups and preventative treatment.

gum-diseaseIndeed, we have a firm focus on preventative dentistry at our Liverpool practice. The aim of preventative dentistry is to stop problems arising in the first place, as well as enabling your dentist to treat them promptly if they do occur.

Tooth decay and gum disease are leading causes of tooth loss. When you lose your teeth it can cause problems with your diet and can affect your speech and confidence. Numerous studies have linked gum disease to a whole host of general health conditions, too, ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to strokes, lung disease to premature birth and/or low birth weight in babies whose mothers suffered from the condition.

Visiting both the dentist and hygienist at our Liverpool dental practice on a regular basis is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you are already suffering from either condition, your dentist can help you back to oral health.

At Liverpool Smile Studio the dentist provides every patient with a thorough oral health assessment. This will include:

  • Checking the condition of your teeth and gums, and using early detection techniques to spot signs of gum disease and dental decay even before you’ve had any symptoms of note.
  • Checking the condition of any pre-existing restorations such as fillings, crowns, or veneers
  • A risk assessment on the strength and position of your teeth.
  • An assessment of your current brushing and flossing technique.
  • For patients who have lost some or all of their natural teeth, an assessment of the fit, function, and appearance of your dentures.

We also check for mouth cancer as standard at our Liverpool dental practice. Oral cancer has a high ratio of deaths to cases diagnosed, but spotting the early signs will enable you to get prompt treatment form a hospital consultant.

If, like many people, you equate orthodontic treatment with metal braces, it’s time to think again. Liverpool Smile Studio offers a number of subtler ways to straighten your teeth, using both fixed braces and removable aligners.

metal-braces-liverpoolBraces have been used for many years to straighten teeth, and often they remain the best option, affording your dentist or orthodontist maximum control over the movement of each tooth. However, whilst traditional metal appliances are still popular with children and teenagers, who enjoy the modern colour customisation options available, it is easy to understand why an obvious metal brace could cause problems for a professional adult lifestyle.

Our Liverpool dental centre offers both tooth-coloured fixed braces and clear, removable aligners to correct a range of orthodontic issues. When you come into our Liverpool practice for a teeth straightening consultation, your dentist will undertake a thorough assessment to determine which type of appliance is best suited to your clinical needs.

Among the options available from Liverpool Smile Studio are:

Six Month Smiles

These popular cosmetic braces work quickly by focussing on the front teeth – those that show when you flash a smile. They comprise tooth-coloured wires and clear ceramic brackets, which means they blend in well with the natural colour of your teeth. With six months being the average treatment time, these braces are a fast and effective method of correcting mild to moderate spacing and alignment issues.

Invisalign

An alternative to fixed braces, treatment with Invisalign involves using a series of clear, removable aligners to gently guide your teeth into a new position. A huge advantage of these aligners is that you don’t need to adopt any special dental hygiene techniques during treatment. You just take your aligner out to clean and to brush and floss your teeth as normal.

Fear and phobia of the dentist are common problems, affecting approximately one in ten adults in the UK to the extent that they fail to attend general dental check-ups, often not visiting a practice until an emergency arises. At Liverpool Smile Studio we think that dentists have something of an unwarranted bad reputation, but we fully understand and empathise with the needs of nervous patients. We are committed to working with you to help you get back to oral health, as well as to achieve the smile of your dreams.

sedation-dentistryAt our Liverpool practice, dentist Dr Jeanine McGinty is Dental Phobia certified. This means she is officially recognised for her skilled and compassionate treatment of nervous patients. She will take the time to work at your own pace, helping you to find the best route back to oral health whether you know what sparks your fear of the dentist or not.

There are many causes of fear of the dentist. Often, a negative experience during childhood can be to blame – which is why at Liverpool Smile Studio we encourage you to bring your child in to see the dentist from a young age, to familiarise them with the practice environment and help them to learn it is nothing to be afraid of.

Other causes may be fear of judgement if dental health has fallen into poor condition, or anxiety brought on by specific triggers such as the sound of the drill.

Whatever the cause of your fear of the dentist, the whole team at Liverpool Smile Studio is committed to helping you beat it once and for all.

A popular way for nervous dental patients to get treatment is to have it under conscious sedation. This does not mean that you will be asleep as you would be with general anaesthetic, meaning that you can cooperate with any instructions your dentist gives you. However, you will feel very relaxed and largely unaware of treatment. Most importantly of all, of course, you won’t experience any pain or discomfort.

By choosing sedation dentistry at our Liverpool clinic, you can get your oral health, and your life, back.

Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments here at Liverpool Smile Studio. A single veneer can be used to improve the appearance of one tooth that is, for example, permanently discoloured or slightly chipped, whilst a full set enable your dentist to create a beautiful smile makeover.

smile-makeoverHow veneers work

A veneer is a micro-thin shell of porcelain that is placed over the front surfaces of the teeth to improve their appearance. They are suitable for use in both the upper and lower jaw, and can mask a multitude of smile problems.

At our Liverpool dental centre we often hear veneers being referred to as “like false fingernails for the teeth.” In some senses that is true, but there is one important difference; false nails don’t have a particularly long shelf life. Every veneer created at Liverpool Smile Studio is designed to be a long-term solution to your smile concerns.

With regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, and a fastidious home care routine, the veneers from Liverpool Smile Studio should last you for ten years or more.

The secret to successful veneer treatment is to create results that look as natural as they do beautiful. Each veneer is hand-crafted and designed to suit your individual dental situation.

We use veneers at our Liverpool clinic to improve the appearance of many common smile issues. These include:

  • Permanently stained or discoloured teeth, where teeth whitening treatment will not work
  • Teeth with small chips or cracks
  • Mild issues with alignment and spacing, as an alternative to orthodontics
  • Uneven smile lines
  • Worn teeth

The procedure

It takes at least two appointments to have your veneers fitted at our Liverpool dental clinic. During the first session your dentist will take photographs, impressions, and measurements as necessary. The will also prepare your teeth by removing a miniscule amount of tooth enamel to aid in the bonding process – this is done under local anaesthetic.

When your veneers are ready, you will be called back to Liverpool Smile Studio to have them fitted. Your dentist will check you are entirely happy before bonding them in place.

A cosmetic dentist can help you whatever your concerns about your smile. At Liverpool Smile Studio we have a highly skilled cosmetic dentistry team, who offer treatments both large and small, and will work closely with you to find the perfect solution to suit your needs.

broken-teethHere, we look at the top seven cosmetic dental concerns, and what your Liverpool cosmetic dentist can do to improve them:

1) Stained or discoloured teeth

Teeth become stained for a number of reasons, and the first thing your dentist will do is establish the nature of your staining. Our Liverpool clinic offers a range of tooth staining, including: teeth whitening, air polishing, and – in the case of permanent discolouration – porcelain veneers.

2) Crowded or crooked teeth

More adults are contacting Liverpool Smile Studio with a view to improving tooth alignment. We offer a number of discreet orthodontic solutions, whilst for milder cases your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers or composite bonding.

3) Gummy smile

When too much gum tissue is on show, this is known as a gummy smile. Patients also come into our Liverpool clinic distressed that their gum line is uneven. Depending on the severity of the situation and your preference for treatment, your dentist may use gum reshaping, veneers, or in some cases discreet orthodontics.

4) Missing teeth

Dental implants are often the best solution to missing teeth. Your dentist can combine them with either crowns, dentures, or bridges, to restore not just aesthetic beauty, but full functionality, too.

5) Broken teeth

Your Liverpool cosmetic dentist can restore broken teeth using composite bonding, can use veneers to mask small chips/cracks, or can use cosmetic crowns when additional reinforcement is required.

6) Poor proportion

Sometimes, our teeth look out of proportion – for example, a couple of teeth much bigger or smaller than the others. Composite bonding or porcelain veneers are two excellent options to make your teeth look better proportioned in just a few short appointments.

7) Old/worn restorations

Old crowns and metal fillings can look unsightly. Modern crowns and white fillings look entirely natural, blending into your mouth.