30th October 2017
It’s nearly Halloween and we know that many of our patients fear the dentist far more than ghostly ghouls or wicked witches. Dental anxiety is extremely common and at Liverpool Dental Spa, we understand that fear can make it incredibly difficult to keep up with regular appointments. Our aim is to show you that there’s nothing to fear. We want you to be able to come and see us without a care in the world and we’ll do everything we can to achieve this goal. We strive to make every patient feel relaxed and comfortable. If you’ve been putting off going to the dentist or you need treatment and you’re dreading it, we’re here to show you that there’s absolutely nothing to worry about.
How we can put your mind at ease
If you suffer from anxiety when faced with a trip to the dental clinic, or you’re nervous about having a particular procedure, we can put your mind at ease. Our team is always here to answer questions and make you feel more confident about having treatment and we can also discuss options with you such as using The Wand or having treatment under sedation. The Wand is a magical device, which enables us to offer painless injections. Many people are anxious about having treatment because they don’t want to have an injection due to painful experiences in the past. This is usually the result of fluid flowing through the needle too fast or in sporadic bursts. The Wand controls the flow of fluid, so there’s no risk of any pain at all.
Sedation could be an option worth considering if you suffer from severe dental fear or you need a complex procedure. When you’re sedated, you won’t feel any pain and you’ll feel completely relaxed.
If you’re anxious about going to the dentist, we promise you that there’s nothing to fear. Call us today to arrange a consultation.
27th October 2017
When you’re designing menus or perusing the supermarket aisles, don’t just consider your waistline. We tend to focus on losing weight or being healthier, but we often forget our oral health. This October, why not try these food swaps for healthier smiles?
Dried fruit for fresh fruit: fruit contains sugar, but these sugars are natural and fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals. Dried fruits have become a very popular snack, but they’re often doused in added sugar and they’re often not as healthy as you may think.
Ice cream for Greek yoghurt: it’s chilly outside and ice cream season is over. This autumn, swap sugary ice creams and lollies for healthy, calcium-rich natural Greek yoghurt. Yoghurt is filling, it’s tasty and it’s really good for your teeth. Add some fresh berries or a spoonful of honey for flavour.
Sugary cereals for porridge: many popular breakfast cereals are laden with sugar and you can reduce your daily sugar consumption significantly by starting the day in the right way. Instead of filling a bowl with sugary puffs, balls or hoops, go for porridge. Porridge oats release energy slowly, they contain fibre and they have low sugar content.
Fizzy drinks for milk: fizzy drinks are one of the worst offenders when it comes to sugar content. Instead of coating your teeth in sugar with a can of pop, have a glass of milk or a milky cup of tea. Milk contains calcium, which is essential for healthy teeth and bones.
23rd October 2017
Are you searching for a simple way of straightening your teeth? If so, why not take a ClearStep forward in Liverpool?
What is ClearStep?
ClearStep is a very simple, effective removable brace system, which uses a series of clear appliances to move the teeth and give you a gorgeous new smile. ClearStep braces, also known as aligners, are made from transparent plastic, so they can’t be seen when you smile. This means that you don’t have to worry about what you look like while you’re having treatment.
What does treatment involve?
ClearStep treatment uses a series of aligners to realign the teeth. You will be given a collection of bespoke braces, which have been manufactured based on your individual orthodontic prescription. You’ll wear each brace for around 2 weeks and then swap the aligner for the next in the sequence until treatment is complete.
ClearStep braces are removable, which gives you flexibility, but it’s so important to make sure you wear the aligners for the recommended time each day. If you don’t wear your braces for at least 21 hours per day, there’s a risk that you won’t get the results you wanted. ClearStep aligners are designed to be taken out for eating and cleaning the teeth.
Am I a good match for ClearStep?
ClearStep is ideally suited to those with minor or moderate needs. Removable braces are not usually the best option for complex cases, as they cannot provide the stability of fixed braces and the range of movement is more limited. If you have minor or moderate issues and you’re looking for a straightforward, discreet solution that will fit into your daily life seamlessly, call today to find out more!
20th October 2017
Do you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile? Do you have teeth that you feel are uneven or misshapen? If so, we may have the perfect solution for you. With our modern contouring treatments, we can sculpt a beautiful smile for you.
What is tooth contouring?
Tooth contouring is a technique we use to reshape the teeth to create a more attractive appearance and give you more confidence when you smile. Using advanced methods, we can resize the teeth, making them look smaller or shorter or even out worn or jagged edges. We can also adjust the shape of the tooth to create better symmetry.
Before you have treatment, we will organise an informal consultation, which will give us an opportunity to have a look at your teeth and discuss the areas you want to address. We’ll go through some ideas with you, talk about the process and of course, answer any questions you may have.
An introduction to cosmetic bonding
If you have misshapen teeth, you have uneven edges or your teeth are chipped or worn, we may recommend a treatment called cosmetic bonding. This is a single-session treatment, which takes just an hour to transform your smile. There’s no pain involved so you won’t need any injections, and the results are visible immediately. To carry out this treatment, your dentist will use a tooth-coloured material called dental composite to reshape your teeth. Composite can be used to enlarge the tooth or build up a worn or uneven edge. It can also be used to reduce the size of gaps between the teeth. Once your dentist has positioned the composite, they will shine a curing light on your teeth to set the material.
If you’re not happy with the look of your smile, we are confident that we can find an incredible solution. Call now and book an appointment or get in touch with us online!
16th October 2017
We all know that it’s important to look after our teeth and gums, but have you ever given any thought to taking care of your jaw? Jaw pain is more common than you may think. If you’ve been waking up with a stiff jaw or you’re prone to headaches, why not give us a call? We may just be able to help!
What causes jaw pain?
Pain is often part of a group of symptoms, which is related to TMJ disorder. The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint that joins the skull to the lower jaw. This joint helps to control the movement of the jaw, and you can feel it working if you place your fingers on your face at the side of your ear lobes and open and close your mouth. TMJ disorder causes symptoms such as a restricted range of movement in the jaw, clicking and popping noises and discomfort.
In many cases, there is no clear cause of jaw pain, but accidents, injuries and grinding the teeth can all contribute. If you have jaw pain, we recommend making an appointment.
How we can help
If you do have symptoms of TMJ disorder, we may be able to help by identifying the cause and finding a solution. If you grind your teeth, for example, we may advise you to wear a bite guard. This is a custom-made appliance, which eliminates the risk of contact between the top and bottom sets of teeth while you are sleeping. It can be difficult to know if you grind your teeth, as it occurs during the night, but if your partner has suggested that you grind your teeth sometimes, it’s a good idea to seek advice.
If you have jaw pain, or you’ve noticed that your jaw feels stiffer than usual, don’t suffer in silence. It’s best to take action as soon as possible to eliminate pain and reduce the risk of further damage.
13th October 2017
If you have braces, it’s important to take good care of them, as well as your teeth. Here are 3 simple tips to help you protect your braces:
- Keep your braces clean: it’s essential to keep your braces clean to protect your teeth and gums and ensure your braces are able to function properly. Your dentist will show you how to clean your brace. You can brush as normal or use specially designed instruments to clean around brackets and wires. It’s a good idea to carry a small brush around with you, so that you can remove food debris from your braces after eating.
- Store your braces safely: if you have removable braces and you’re taking them out to clean them or before a meal, make sure you store them in a safe place. You don’t want to lose your brace or put it in a place where it may get damaged or broken. It’s best to carry a small container with you.
- Watch what you eat: if you have fixed braces, it’s really beneficial to keep an eye on what you eat. Some foods are much easier to eat with braces than others, but there is also a risk that eating certain foods could damage the braces. Try and steer clear of hard foods like boiled sweets and popcorn, as the kernels can be incredibly hard.
If you need any tips to help preserve your braces and prevent damage, we are here to help, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.
9th October 2017
At Liverpool Dental Spa, we know all too well that the wisdom teeth can be incredibly troublesome. Sometimes, the teeth develop without any issues at all, but if you do start to develop pain, we are here to help. We understand that dental pain can be excruciating, and we’ll do everything we can to put a smile back on your face.
What causes wisdom tooth pain?
Wisdom tooth pain can come out of the blue and it can affect you even if you have healthy teeth and you take really good care of your pearly whites. In most cases, pain develops as a result of a lack of space in the jaw, which can cause the teeth to become impacted. This means that the tooth starts to grow at an angle, pushing against the neighbouring tooth. If you have pain and it’s getting worse or you’re getting bouts on a regular basis, we may recommend extracting the tooth. You don’t actually need your wisdom teeth and often, taking them out can benefit your remaining teeth, as well as alleviating pain.
If you do need your wisdom teeth extracting, your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen. In some cases, extraction won’t be necessary and you may just need temporary pain relief while the teeth are growing.
Wisdom tooth extraction at Liverpool Dental Spa
We understand that having a tooth removed is not a very pleasant prospect and for some, even the thought of climbing into the dental chair can be terrifying. Our highly experienced team has expertise in removing wisdom teeth, and our dentists will do everything in their power to help you relax and stay calm. We conduct the procedure under anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain and we’ll be there to reassure you every step of the way. Our dentists are happy to answer questions and you can stop them at any time if you need a moment. After treatment, we will make sure that you’re happy and pain-free before you head home and we’ll be at the end of the phone if you need anything at all.
If your wisdom teeth are wreaking havoc, call us now!
6th October 2017
Are you looking for an aesthetically pleasing alternative to amalgam fillings or are you keen to replace old fillings with discreet, tooth-coloured restorations? If so, did you know that we provide natural looking, harmless fillings in the heart of Liverpool. Now, everyone can have amalgam-free fillings, so call us today if you need new or replacement fillings!
About amalgam-free fillings
Tooth-coloured fillings are also known as invisible or white fillings. In the past, mercury amalgam was used to fill cavities in the teeth, but today, we prefer to use tooth-coloured materials, which are completely safe and better for the environment. If you have old amalgam fillings or you need a new filling, we can offer white fillings that are indistinguishable when you smile.
White fillings are made from resins and dental composite. Composite is available in a range of tooth-coloured shades and your dentist will select the closest match to your natural tooth colour to make sure that the filling looks as natural as possible. Once the filling has been placed, you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the filling and the rest of the tooth.
What happens when you have a filling?
If you have a cavity, a hole, in your tooth, your dentist may recommend having a filling. Fillings help to strengthen the teeth and they also reduce the risk of bacteria spreading. Before the cavity is filled with dental composite, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly and bonding agent will be applied to facilitate adhesion. The filling material will then be placed inside the cavity and shaped to fit the hole perfectly. Your dentist will then shine a light onto the composite, setting it firm. When the filling is hard, your dentist will make any final adjustments and you’ll be able to head home with a healthy tooth. Fillings are placed under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain at all.
If you’d like to learn more about white fillings, call us today and book an appointment.
2nd October 2017
If you’ve heard negative things about fixed braces, we are aiming to change your mind! Forget everything you’ve ever heard about bulky, ugly, painful braces and let us introduce you to a ground-breaking treatment, which can give you a perfect smile in secret. Hopefully, Incognito may just persuade you that fixed braces are the best!
Incognito is an orthodontic system, which uses fixed braces to move the teeth into the desired position. You may think that this sounds the same as any other fixed brace treatment, but there’s one major difference with Incognito. This is a lingual brace system, which means that the braces are attached to the back of the teeth. If you’ve ever dreamt of having treatment without anyone being able to notice your braces, this doesn’t have to be a dream any longer!
Incognito braces are advanced and they use the latest technology to move the teeth as quickly as possible. These braces are suitable for most patients and they can be used to achieve significant movement. Typically, if you’re a good match for traditional fixed braces, this will be a viable option for you.
The benefits of Incognito
Many people are reluctant to have braces because they’re worried about their image or the impact braces could have on their career or their confidence. With Incognito, the braces cannot be seen when you smile or talk, and this means that you don’t have to be anxious or uneasy about changes to your appearance. Incognito braces are also bespoke. Every individual bracket is designed for you and Incognito braces are made from high-quality materials, including gold. There’s an assumption that lingual braces must be painful because of the distance between the brace and the tongue, but lingual braces are a lot smaller and sleeker than conventional braces and they also use friction-free forces to minimise discomfort.
If you’re keen to find out more about Incognito or you would like to see if this is a good match for you, call us today and book a consultation.
29th September 2017
Do you feel envious when you see models or celebrities with flawless smiles on the Internet? Are you unhappy with the look of your smile? Have you ever thought about treating yourself to a new smile? We tend to buy gifts for other people more than we spoil ourselves and there’s no better way to treat yourself than investing in a smile makeover. A smile makeover offers you the chance to enjoy the smile of your dreams right here in the heart of Liverpool.
About smile makeovers
As you may have guessed from the name, a smile makeover is a treatment we use to revamp your smile and make you look and feel fabulous. A smile makeover is made up of a series of treatments and procedures, which come together to create a stunning smile. The treatments we use differ for every patient and we offer a tailor-made service, which ensures that every client goes home with their dream smile.
We have a vast array of treatments at our disposal for smile makeover patients, and we can make recommendations on treatments based on your budget, what kind of smile you’d like and how much time you want to spend in the chair. Some treatments can be completed in hours, while others take months or even years.
Designing your ideal smile
Our aim is always to design a smile that you will fall head over heels in love with, and this is why we encourage our clients to get involved at every stage of the process. We invite you to bring in photos and images and we’ll go through all the treatment options and different scenarios with you.
Popular smile makeover treatments include:
- Tooth whitening
- Cosmetic braces
- Dental bonding
- Bridges and dentures
- Dental implants
- White fillings and crowns
- Gum contouring
If you’d like to learn more about our bespoke smile makeover service, call now or contact us online!