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.


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.