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. 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.

A dentist can use veneers to create a beautiful, natural-looking smile makeover in just a couple of appointments. If you are interested in finding out more about how these minimally-invasive tooth restorations can give you a smile you’ll want to show off, come into Liverpool Smile Studio for a consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr James Bennett.

porcelain-veneer-liverpoolVeneers are very thin porcelain shells that are individually crafted to fit your teeth perfectly. They are used on the front teeth and can be used on both the top and bottom jaw. They are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments at our Liverpool practice, being as they are both beautiful and natural-looking.

Your dentist can use a single veneer to improve the appearance of a permanently stained or discoloured teeth, where teeth whitening is not a viable treatment option. Many people opt to have a full set of veneers to create a smile makeover.

Unlike some other tooth restorations, such as crowns, minimal preparation is required of your teeth before veneers are fitted. This means that healthy tooth structure is preserved.

When you come into our Liverpool practice for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, your cosmetic dentist will perform a thorough dental health check as well as checking that veneers are the best treatment to suit your needs. Veneer treatment should only be carried out on a healthy mouth, so if any health issues are spotted we will treat these first.

In preparation for placing your veneers, your dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel from the surface of your teeth. This helps with the bonding process, creating a rougher base for your veneers to be attached to.

Each veneer will be made to the exact same thickness as the amount of enamel removed, to ensure an entirely natural appearance. The only exception is if a veneer is being used to cover a chipped tooth; in that case, it will be made thicker in the chipped area.

You will be called back to our Liverpool practice when your veneers are ready. With regular dentist visits and good oral hygiene, they can last for ten years.

Think “braces” and what do you picture? Chances are your mind will instantly conjure up the traditional metal appliances worn by your peers at school, often described as “train tracks”. At Liverpool Smile Studio we are keen to point out that in the 21st Century, orthodontic treatment doesn’t need to mean metal train-tracks.

metal-braces-liverpoolSometimes, modern orthodontic treatment doesn’t even involve fixed braces at all. If you are interested in finding out more about what 21st Century orthodontics can do for you, we invite you to come into our Liverpool dental practice for a consultation with our cosmetic orthodontist.

Why alternatives to metal braces are necessary

A great deal of research and development has gone into discreet orthodontic treatment in the past three decades – in fact, it is one of the fastest-growing areas of the modern dental world. More and more adults are looking for teeth straightening treatment. Whether they missed out on orthodontic treatment in their youth or they had treatment only to experience adult relapse (teeth moving back to their original position) the one thing they know is that they don’t want to wear an obvious fixed metal appliance for months on end.

It’s not hard to see why metal braces can prove incompatible with a hectic professional adult lifestyle. In fact, many people find the thought of wearing them as an adult as distressing if not more so than having crooked teeth, so choose to do nothing.

If that applies to you, we urge you to think again. Join us at our Liverpool dental practice for a consultation with cosmetic orthodontist Dr Jeanine McGinty to discover more about how she can discreetly straighten your teeth.

Liverpool discreet braces and aligners

Among the systems we offer at our Liverpool dental clinic are:

Six Month Smiles

Cosmetic braces designed for rapid correction of mild issues with the front teeth, Six Month Smiles comprise tooth-coloured and clear components.

Invisalign

A popular alternative to braces, Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners.

An orthodontist is a dental professional who has undergone additional training to provide treatments that deal with the alignment of the teeth, and with the bite – the way that the jaws fit together. At Liverpool Smile Studio, our cosmetic orthodontist is Dr Jeanine McGinty, who offers a number of discreet treatments aimed at adults who want to straighten their teeth without wearing metal braces.

orthodontics-liverpoolBraces are still, in many cases, the best way to adjust the position of your teeth, providing your orthodontist with maximum control over the movement of each tooth, and producing highly predictable results. However, at our Liverpool dental practice we understand the concerns that adults have about traditional metal braces.

Whilst fixed metal appliances are still popular with children and teenagers, who often enjoy customising their braces with coloured elastic, it’s not hard to see why such devices can be incompatible with professional adult lifestyles.

Our cosmetic orthodontist is able to offer a number of subtler approaches to teeth straightening treatment. At our Liverpool dental clinic we offer discreet orthodontic treatment with both fixed appliances – braces – and removable appliances – aligners.

Teeth straightening health benefits

Although often referred to as “cosmetic” orthodontics, any dentist or orthodontist will be quick to tell you of the health benefits of teeth straightening treatment. When teeth are misaligned, crowded, or crooked, there are more gaps in which particles of food become trapped and plaque and tartar can quickly build up.

By straightening your teeth you make them easier to clean, thus reducing your chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay – so long as you pay regular visits to the dentist and hygienist.

Liverpool orthodontic options

When you come in for an adult orthodontic consultation at Liverpool Smile Studio, your orthodontist will conduct a thorough clinical examination before recommending the best course of treatment.

Among the discreet appliances available at our Liverpool clinic are:

Inman Aligner

A single, removable, clear aligner used to treat protruding front teeth and adult relapse in a matter of weeks or months.

Ceramic braces

These fixed braces comprise clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires, so they will blend in nicely.

Does fear of the dentist put you off seeking dental treatment? You are not alone: approximately one in ten adults in the UK is so nervous about visiting a dental practice that they simply refuse to go. At Liverpool Smile Studio, we offer sedation dentistry, which can be the perfect way to get the treatment you need in a stress-free, peaceful manner.

sedation dentistryFear of the dentist has numerous causes, and sedation dentistry can help with all of them. Some people had a bad experience as a child, while others have specific triggers – the sound of the drill, the sight of a needle, the sounds and smells of a practice. Others still fear that they will be judged because their oral health has fallen into poor condition because of their fear.

At Liverpool Smile Studio, you will never be judged if fear of the dentist has caused you to avoid treatment until an emergency arises. Our whole team is sympathetic to the needs of nervous dental patients and understand that in some cases the condition can be so severe that it triggers panic attacks and other unpleasant symptoms.

However, we believe that in the 21st Century fear should not be a barrier to treatment, whether you are in need of extensive restorative work or would love to have cosmetic dental treatment to achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamt of, if only you could overcome your dental anxiety.

The good news is that with sedation dentistry, you can. At our Liverpool dental practice we have a dedicated sedation dentist, Dr Jeanine McGinty. Jeanine is a Dental Phobia certified dentist and is highly experienced in helping anxious, nervous, and phobic patients to get much needed treatment.

Jeanine attained a Post Graduate Certificate in Conscious Sedation in 2007 and has helped scores of patients just like you.

We offer intravenous conscious sedation at our Liverpool dental practice. With this method, you will not be asleep, so can cooperate with your dentist, but will be in a highly relaxed and peaceful state and won’t feel any pain.

Most patients remember very little about treatment when sedation wears off.