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Did you know there is a clear alternative to train track braces?

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

If you thought you had to wear metal train-tracks to get a gorgeous smile, you’d be wrong! At Liverpool Dental Spa, we offer a range of aesthetically-pleasing, discreet alternatives, including clear fixed braces and invisible removable aligners. If you’re keen to undergo orthodontic treatment in secret, why not give us a call and see how we could help you?

Our clear braces

We offer an impressive collection of clear braces, including:

  • Invisalign, Clearstep and Perfect Clear: these systems all utilise clear aligners made from high-grade plastic to reposition the teeth. The aligners look similar to mouth guards and they move the teeth without anyone even being able to spot them. Aligners are generally recommended for minor and moderate issues, as they provide less support than fixed braces. One of the benefits people love most about aligners is the flexibility they give you, as you can take them out when you want to eat or clean your teeth.
  • Damon Braces: Damon Braces are an excellent choice for patients who would benefit from fixed braces. They are suitable for even the most complex cases and they boast transparent and tooth-coloured materials, which make them much more discreet than traditional metal fixed braces. Damon Braces also produce results around 4-6 months faster than conventional fixed orthodontics.
  • CFast braces: CFat braces are clear, sleek, delicate fixed braces, which are tricky to detect when you smile. They provide the reliability of fixed braces as well as discreet aesthetics.
  • MTM No Trace Brace: if you’re keen to undergo secret treatment, MTM No Trace Braces could be the ideal option for you. These braces are attached to the back of the teeth, which means that they are invisible when you smile.

To find out more about our incredible collection of clear braces, why not get in touch today?

Treat Yourself to a Smile Makeover in the Heart of Liverpool

Friday, September 29th, 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
  • Veneers
  • 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!


Five Reasons to Reconsider Braces in Adulthood

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Often, we think about braces as a treatment for teenagers, but adult treatment is becoming increasingly popular. If you’ve put off having braces in the past, here are 5 good reasons to reconsider:

  1. Faster treatment: in years gone by, it was common to wear braces for at least 12 months and in some cases, patients wore braces for up to 3 years. Today, it’s a very different story, and we can straighten the teeth much faster. If you only need minor correction, you’re looking at results in weeks, rather than years.
  2. Discreet options: many people chose not to wear braces during their adolescence because braces used to be very cumbersome and unsightly. Nowadays, there are lots of discreet options on offer and you can even get invisible braces.
  3. Convenient treatments: braces used to be an inconvenience, but now, treatments fit into your normal daily regime seamlessly. Removable braces are particularly popular because they enable you to eat and brush your teeth normally.
  4. Improved confidence: wearing braces is not just about straightening and aligning the teeth. This makes the smile look more attractive, but it also boosts your confidence. If you’ve been hiding your smile away for years, braces can help to ensure you feel more comfortable when your smile is on show.
  5. Affordable options: braces can be expensive, but there are treatments to suit all budgets as well as finance options to help you spread the cost of treatment.

If you’re thinking about braces in adulthood, don’t hesitate to get in touch and find out more!

How Invisalign Straightens Teeth Subtly

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Many people suffer from tooth misalignment, but they’re reluctant to seek help because they don’t want to wear unsightly braces. Today, you can achieve a gorgeous, straight smile without worrying about your image thanks to subtle systems like Invisalign. If you’ve always wanted straight teeth, but you’ve been putting off seeing your dentist because you don’t like the sound of braces, now is the time to reconsider. With Invisalign, we can straighten your teeth and give you a beautiful new smile without anyone even knowing that you’ve had treatment.

What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Invisalign is a clear brace system, which uses a series of bespoke removable braces called aligners to move the teeth. Treatment is planned in advance using innovative software, which predicts the movement of the teeth, and the aligners are drawn up according to your individual treatment plan. You wear each aligner for 2 weeks, and then swap it for the next one in the sequence.

Invisalign aligners are removable, and they are designed to be taken out when you eat, drink and clean your teeth. Although it’s very easy to take your aligners out, we recommend wearing the braces for around 22 hours per day to achieve the best results.

What’s so good about Invisalign?

Many people are anxious about having braces because they assume that they’ll be painful and they worry about what other people will think. With Invisalign, you don’t have to have any concerns because the braces are virtually invisible, and they’re also very comfortable. You can take them out to eat and brush your teeth so you don’t need to make any changes to your diet or your oral hygiene regime, and there are no painful metal parts or appointments required to tighten the braces.

If you’re keen to learn more, give us a call now or get in touch online to book a consultation.

Say Hello To A Straighter Smile With Clearstep Braces In Liverpool

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Have you ever dreamed of a perfectly straight smile? Well, now your dreams can come true, thanks to our amazing orthodontic treatments! If you’re searching for a discreet, comfortable treatment that works quickly and promises incredible results, allow us to introduce you to ClearStep.

What is ClearStep?

ClearStep is an aligner system that’s capable of correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues. It uses a series of custom-made aligners, also known as positioners, to guide the teeth and gently move them into the correct spot for a truly beautiful smile.

ClearStep aligners are removable and they are made from clear plastic, so you can hardly notice them. This not only means that you don’t have to deal with comments or judgements from others, but you can smile with confidence during the entire treatment process.

Who can benefit from Clearstep?

Clearstep is suitable for a wide range of patients with minor and moderate orthodontic issues and is an excellent option for those who are wary of visible braces and would prefer a removable appliance to a fixed brace. We do not recommend this treatment for patients under the age of 14, but otherwise it is a good match for most patients.

How does Clearstep work?

ClearStep works by using a series of aligners to move and straighten the teeth. Each one of the aligners is slightly different and the changing shape accommodates tooth movement. Each aligner is worn for two weeks and then swapped for the next in line until treatment is complete. It is important that the aligners are worn in the correct order and that they are in place for at least 21 hours per day. The aligners are designed to be taken out when you brush your teeth and when you are eating, which makes it much easier to enjoy your food and keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Look at them move! An update about my ‘Invisaligned’ teeth

Monday, November 26th, 2012


I sometimes find it hard to believe that I started Invisalign treatment nearly a month ago! The aligners have been really comfortable to wear and I must admit, some days I even forget that I’m wearing them. I really can’t thank my dentist enough for all of his help and advice about this treatment.

There have been occasions when I’ve had to stop myself from sipping on a really hot drink as I’ve had to remind myself that my Invisalign aligners are in. It’s so easily done! I’ve been wearing this second set for roughly 11 days now and whilst I haven’t noticed any changes from last week, I have noticed that the overall alignment of my teeth is looking a little straighter. When I go to close my mouth for example, my top teeth seem to be more in line with the bottom set.

Let’s compare from before I started: It’s probably quite difficult to tell any changes from the two pictures, but that is the kind of progress I am seeing so far.

Another thing I have noticed is that when I took them off at lunch one day this week, my jaw felt rather odd. I’ve had problems in the past with a clicking jaw, but this time it felt like my jaw was slightly at an angle and I wondered if the Invisalign had caused this or was repositioning the jaw in some way.

I have heard stories of Invisalign repositioning people’s jaw and that this can happen due to the aligners not allowing teeth to touch, as teeth naturally guide the jaw into position. So perhaps this is what I was experiencing. If I notice any further signs of this, I will be sure to inform my dentist.

I’ve had no problems with asking for any dental advice. I go to the Liverpool Dental Spa for my Invisalign treatment and their expertise truly marks them out as forerunners in the field of cosmetic dentistry. If I have any questions or problems Marius and the rest of the LDS team are always there to provide thorough answers and talk me through a number of possible solutions.

I’m so excited, soon I start on my third set of trays, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted!


My Invisalign Journey – Week 2

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Hi everyone, I’ve noticed quite a few changes with my teeth over this past week since wearing the Invisalign aligners and the good news is they no longer feel as tight. In fact the top set are feeling fairly loose now, which is a good sign and means my teeth have moved. It’s only a few days now until I move on to tray two which is pretty exciting!

Yesterday, I went back into the Liverpool Dental Spa practice for a check-up and to get my next few trays. I have four sets now and the idea is you are given a few so you don’t have to keep coming into the practice all the time.

I can’t rave enough about how fantastic their dental practice looks. The stylish décor definitely makes you think you’re at a spa or a beauty parlour rather than at a dentist. The tropical fish tank and clean open space of the waiting area make it look really peaceful and put your mind at rest.

Take a look for yourself:

Invisalign check-up

I was given a thorough check up by Marius who noticed that I have some swelling around the bottom set and he asked me if I had any experience of bleeding gums. I mentioned that I had noticed some bleeding when I had brushed my teeth, but it didn’t seem like anything major. I was given some special toothpaste, mouthwash and gel to help treat the areas, which hopefully will help.

Personal cleaning

You have to be quite careful when cleaning with braces and Invisalign is no different in this respect. Plaque can build up on the gum line if you’re not careful to brush or floss properly – especially after eating. Which is why you’re encouraged to clean your teeth before putting the Invisalign aligners back onto your teeth.


Which reminds me, I can now floss inbetween my teeth properly! This might not sound like much but just last week my teeth were crowded and I couldn’t get the floss to reach properly to clean the areas. To my mind, just to be able to reach around the back of some of the teeth shows there has been a vast improvement already.

That’s it for now. For my next appointment I will hopefully get a look on the software as to what my teeth should look like after I’ve completed the treatment, which I will keep you all informed about.

In the next update I’ll talk about the second trays and any progress I’m having.


A quarter of the way there…what a feeling!

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Hi everyone, it’s Anna here with a new blog post about my Invisalign journey.

WOW! I really can’t believe that I’m on tray five now! That’s a quarter of the way through my treatment already.  For this blog post I’d like to let you all know a little about how it actually feels to wear Invisalign and how my perception of it has changed so far…

Progress so far

For starters, you may recall on Week 1 of my treatment, I was in a lot of pain after a few hours – although initially I didn’t feel anything at all when I put them on. Then, after three hours of wear, I really started to feel my teeth aching, so I knew they must be working.

Taking the trays in and out was a chore because my teeth, especially my bottom set, felt so sore.  The first thought that went through my mind was ‘I’m in agony – I hope it’s not going to be like this the whole time!’

Thankfully, by day three my teeth had started to adapt and I noticed that the pain had subsided a great deal.  That said, I haven’t really felt any intense pain with Invisalign – it’s more a dull ache when I do feel it. But because the pain means my teeth are moving, it’s an almost reassuring kind of pain – it has a purpose!

While tray three was painful, tray four was relatively painless overall, with some minor discomfort on the first few days. On Monday night, I moved to tray five and whilst tight at first, they are already beginning to feel a little slack.

Plastic fantastic

One of the things I have noticed with Invisalign is the taste of plastic you have for the first day after you wear a new set of aligners. It’s hard to describe, but when they are ‘new’ you can really taste the plastic. Is it just me? Have any of you noticed this as well?

It’s a feeling which soon subsides the longer you wear the aligners and after a day or two I often find myself forgetting they are even in my mouth!  (I’ve had numerous slip ups where I’ve drank hot tea or ate something, forgetting they are in). I think this is testament to how comfortable Invisalign aligners really are!

Until next time,

~ Anna

The funny thing about Invisalign…

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Hi everyone,

It’s Anna here with another update about my Invisalign treatment. You might have recalled me talking about moving on to tray 4 last week. Well, tray 4 is feeling super comfortable now!  It’s starting to feel as though I’m speeding through the treatment and beginning to see some really good progress.

When you have long term treatment like Invisalign that require daily maintenance, you can’t help but develop unique habits and quirky routines. So for this update, I thought I’d share some of the funny experiences I’ve had with Invisalign so far…

–    Rubbish: During my first month of treatment I nearly threw my aligners in the bin! I had put them on a paper towel on the kitchen table before eating dinner and forgot they were there when I was cleaning up afterwards. They don’t call them invisible for nothing!

–    Staring: I’ve had many double takes and funny looks when brushing my teeth during the day in the ladies’ bathroom. People must think I’m a bit obsessive compulsive! But at least I have a good reason to be

–    Toothpaste guzzling: Going through tubes and tubes of toothpaste because I’m brushing my teeth around 3 or 4 times a day now.  I’ve found that the small tubes only last me a week, so I’ve been bulk-buying the bigger tubes.

–    Explaining: Having to explain to my boyfriend’s grandma why I’m straightening my teeth and why it’s not a metal brace I’m wearing –that it’s virtually invisible. She was amazed!

–   Countdown: Counting down the days to the next aligner as though I’m waiting to go on holiday. I get really excited when I realise there’s only a few days left until the next set of trays.  It’s really nice to have these milestones in my treatment – every tray shows my progress and that really keeps me motivated!

These are just a few examples of the funny things that have happened so far!  I’m sure there will be more in the coming weeks.  Next week I begin on Tray 5 – wish me luck!

Until next time,

~ Anna

Anna’s Invisalign Journey Week 4

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Hi everyone, it’s Anna here with another update about my progress with Invisalign.

So far I’ve been finding tray two really comfortable and some days, I even forget that I’m wearing them. It’s hard to believe I started my Invisalign treatment nearly a month ago!

Occasionally I’ve had to stop myself when I’ve gone to make a hot drink because I’ve thought about taking a sip and then suddenly realised that my trays are in. It’s so easily done as they’re just really comfortable!

I’ve been wearing this second set for roughly 11 days now and whilst I haven’t noticed anything too different from last week, I have noticed that the overall alignment of my teeth is looking a little straighter. When I go to close my mouth for example, my top teeth seem to be more in line with the bottom set.

Let’s compare from before I started:


During Tray 2

It’s probably quite difficult to tell any changes from the two pictures, but that is the kind of progress I am seeing so far.

Another thing I did notice on Wednesday this week was that when I went to take them off at lunch, that my jaw felt rather odd. I’ve had problems in the past with a clicking jaw, but this time it felt like my jaw was slightly at an angle and I wondered if the Invisalign had caused this or was repositioning the jaw in some way.

I have heard stories of Invisalign repositioning people’s jaw and this can happen due to the aligners not allowing teeth to touch, as teeth naturally guide the jaw into position. So perhaps this is what I was experiencing this week. If I notice any further signs of this, I will be sure to inform my dentist.

I’m so excited – next week I start on my third set of trays!

Until next time,

~ Anna


6 Dentistry Awards!

Winners for National UK Award

  • > 2009 Best Dental Team

Winners for North West Awards

  • > 2009 Best Dental Team
  • > 2008 Best Dental Practice

Finalists for North West Awards

  • > 2009 Best Practice
  • > 2008 Best Dental Team

Finalist & Highly Commended for

  • > 2007 Best Young Dentist Dr Marius McGovern