Considering Veneers? Here’s What You Need to Know

Using shade guide to check veneer tooth crownVeneers are turning almost a century old. They were conceived in the late 1920s by Hollywood dentist Dr Charles Pincus. Dr Pincus placed temporary false fronts to stars’ teeth, giving them beautiful smiles. This, in turn, made stunning smiles a trademark of Hollywood beauty.

With advances in dentistry and technology, there are more options to have greater smiles. Dental treatments are now becoming more accessible than ever before.

Here at Saving Faces, we offer a range of cosmetic dental treatments that give you the best smile possible. But if you are wondering about veneers, here are some of the things you might want to know.

What are Veneers?

Veneers can be a solution to many dental issues. They are thin coverings that are bonded over teeth to hide blemishes or damage. Here at Saving Faces, we provide porcelain veneers, giving teeth a strong protective covering comparable to enamel.

Who can Have Veneers?

Veneers can be a solution to misaligned teeth and gaps between teeth. They can also address problems with stained or chipped teeth. There is no age limit for veneers, but we recommend this for adults with healthy teeth and gums.

A Quick Solution

An advantage of veneers is that in as little as two visits, you can walk out of our practice with the smile you desire.

The first visit involves taking measurements of the teeth to be replaced and preparing them for bonding. The second visit involves bonding the veneers over your teeth. Just like that, your treatment is done and you will not need any recovery time.

Custom-made For You

Each veneer is sculpted for you. They are made to have the shape, colour and size you desire. The best part is that they are natural-looking. Veneers can blend with the rest of your teeth and will be hard to distinguish from your natural teeth.

Requires Little Maintenance and Care

Porcelain veneers look good and last for a long time. With proper care, they can last more than a decade. Maintaining them is pretty easy. As with natural teeth, just continue brushing them at least twice a day. Floss at least once a day and regularly visit us, your dentist.

Veneers do not change colour and are stain-resistant, so you can enjoy they sparkly whiteness for a long time.

A bit of care though, although veneers are strong, the things that can chip our teeth can chip veneers as well. So please, do not open bottles with your teeth or chew on anything that is not food. People have also chipped their natural teeth from chewing ice, and hard sweets so best to avoid this.

Be Your Own Celebrity

Veneers are no longer for Hollywood celebrities alone. You can ask for veneers from our practice and have the smile you have always dreamt of. With your new smile and your newfound confidence, you can take opportunities from which you may have shrank from in the past

To know if veneers are the best option for you, book a free consultation with us today. Here at Saving Faces, we keep our prices fair to provide Liverpool with porcelain veneers.


Helping Ensure Success in Dental Implants – Saving Faces

Dental implant procedure visualisationDespite advancements in dentistry, millions of people suffer from tooth loss, mostly due to tooth decay, gum disease or injury. For many years, the only treatments available for missing teeth were dentures and bridges. Today, patients can opt for a more stable, longer-lasting option: dental implants. These cleverly engineered titanium roots provide a stronger foundation for replacement teeth designed to match your natural teeth. The advantages of dental implants cover everything from durability and convenience to the patient’s appearance, speech, comfort and even self-esteem.

Every year, practitioners throughout the UK perform about 10,000 implant procedures on the lower gum, mostly in patients aged over 65. The success rate of dental implants varies depending on various factors, such as where in the jaw they are placed.

Under ideal circumstances, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime and provide long-term satisfaction. Conversely, lack of proper care can lead to certain issues.

The Danger of Peri-implantitis

One of the leading complications associated with dental implants is a condition called peri-implantitis. This disease is a bacterial infection that results in the inflammation of the surrounding gum and bone of an integrated implant. In severe cases, typically in the advanced stage of the infection, it may lead to jaw bone loss.

Fortunately, your dentist can arrest the inflammation if detected early on. Treatment may involve control of infection or the detoxification of the implant surface. In some cases, treatment may require regeneration of the jaw bone.

The Importance of Consultation

Most failed cases, if not all, have stemmed from a lack of knowledge. Most patients who reported complications did not have sufficient knowledge on how implants work, while some providers failed to place emphasis on the most critical areas of the process. A combined lapse of the patient and dentist can bring about unidentified risks.

At Saving Faces, we provide patients with all the relevant information regarding their implants, including suitability, risks and proper care. Our dentist will advise you on the best ways to look after your implants and the negative practices that may hamper their condition and efficacy.

Crucial Points to Remember

  • Consultations are essential to the success of implants.
  • Bacterial infection may be a direct result of poor dental hygiene. To prevent complication, you must clean and maintain your implants as you would your natural teeth and gums.
  • If you notice the deterioration of the implant or any inflammation in the gums, consult your dentist so they can address the problem as soon as possible.

Since its early days, implant dentistry has built a positive reputation for producing numerous successful cases. To avoid becoming part of the few 2%, the first step is to understand the risks and follow the instructions provided by your dentist.

Saving Faces offers dental implants in Liverpool at competitive prices, making excellent dental care more attainable. We use a number of different implant systems, which can be tailored to individual needs. For more information about our dental implants, get in touch with our practice today.


Second Skin: The Magic of Chemical Peeling

Woman with Glowing SkinFor most people, having ‘flawless skin’ usually means having an acne-free face, a modelesque complexion and an almost inhuman glow. Some would go as far as to layer ten products on their face every day and every night in hopes of waking up to perfect skin.

It may be tempting to spend hundreds of pounds on products with grandiose promises but Saving Faces believes that religiously following a high-end skincare routine isn’t the only way to get beautiful skin.

A Treatment fit for Kings and Queens

Chemical peels have recently become popular facial treatments that fight acne, hormonal discolouration and ageing from the surface to rejuvenate the skin. A chemical peel uses a mixture of natural and synthetic ingredients to exfoliate the top layer of the face, revealing smoother and more youthful skin.

Compared to lasers or microneedles, chemical peels are the less intimidating option, although people are rather hesitant to try it out because of its seemingly gimmicky approach. The process, however, has actually been around for more than 2000 years. Cleopatra herself was a fan of chemical peels: in fact, she soaked herself in milk baths that were high in lactic acid, an ingredient still present in modern treatments.

Saving Faces has different types of chemical skin peels available:

  • Epionce – £65
  • Obagi Radiance – £75
  • Agera – £75
  • Derma Peel – £150
  • Courses of six – £300
  • Course of six derma peel – £600

Our treatment will depend on your unique needs. We have a team of qualified practitioners who will advise you on the most suitable procedure for your skin as well as recommendations for home care requirements.

Caring for Your New Skin

While a chemical peel is almost miraculous in addressing all sorts of damage to the skin, the real work starts after the treatment. Dr Jaishree Sharad, a celebrity dermatologist, shares post-peel skincare tips that will maximise the results of any chemical peel treatment.

Right after the chemical peel session, holding an ice compress against the face reduces any redness or swelling. Dr Sharad says that it is also best to avoid warm water or physical exfoliants for ten days after a procedure – anything rough on the face can irritate the skin even more.

For the daily skincare routine, a facial cleanser with a neutral pH and sunscreen are great complementary products after a chemical peel treatment. Regular moisturising two days after the peel is also one good way to keep the skin from flaking.

Chemical peel treatments are less intimidating than you think. Think of chemical peels as retrieving the skin you were born with. Do it right, and your new skin will thank you for it.

Saving Faces is a top local cosmetic and dental practice in Liverpool. We try our best to provide excellent services for our patients, whatever their needs may be. We have professional services for the face as well as the teeth, including dental implants and invisible braces. Call 0151 909 5464 for a free cosmetic consultation for visit our website to learn more about our treatments.


What Is Perfect Oral Health?

Smiling Young ManFor many people, the image of oral health is a gleaming white smile. However, the issue of oral health is a far more complicated one. Our oral cavity is composed of many parts. For real oral health, making sure that every part is in tip-top shape is vital. To give you a better idea of how to have complete oral health, we’ve come up with this guide. Understand the different important parts of the mouth and how to take care of them.

The Cheeks

The cheeks are soft tissues at the sides of the mouth. They are the flap of skin and flesh that touch the teeth or the molars and the premolars. Apart from making sure food doesn’t escape while we chew, the cheeks also protect your mouth. One issue people usually face with their cheeks is accidental biting. If this occurs far too often, problems in teeth alignment might be to blame.

Proper care: The best way to take care of the cheeks is to make sure they are clean. The use of mouthwash can help rinse off bacteria from this part of the mouth.

The Tongue

The tongue is the reason we all get to enjoy our food. But the tongue can easily be a hotbed for bacteria. A white build-up on your tongue is a definite sign of significant bacterial growth in your mouth.

This part of the body must be monitored for any oddities. For example, if lesions, discoloration or other issues arise, these can be signs of other serious health problems. Taking a trip to a doctor would be smart.

Proper care: Cleaning the tongue can help fight bacteria build-up. An excellent way to do it is with tongue scrapers. Run these devices through your tongue three times to rake off dirt. Toothpaste may be applied prior to scrubbing.

The Gums

The gums, which surround the teeth, is a very sensitive part of the mouth. When healthy, they’re pink and without irregularities. This lining also protects the bone beneath. Gingivitis, or infection of the gums, is a common problem that can lead to periodontitis. Any pain, sensitivity or bleeding can point to issues with the gums.

Proper care: Caring for the gums require a great hygienic routine. Don’t use a brush that’s too hard as it might cut your very soft gums. Also be careful with flossing, so you don’t rub against your gums.

The Teeth

Aligned, a complete set of teeth is the ideal picture of a healthy mouth. The teeth must have no cracks or chips, as well. The best way to prevent such problems is the frequent brushing of the teeth and finding solutions to oral problems as soon as possible.

One example of such problems are cavities, which may start out small and develop to the point that requires extractions. For those whose teeth are already missing, dental implants in our Liverpool practice can restore your smile.

Proper care: The best way to care for the teeth is through regular brushing and following your routine without fail. It’s always smart to visit a dentist often because he or she will be able to inspect the teeth completely and stop cavities before they wreck havoc on your teeth.

Having a healthy mouth is not as simple as having a perfect smile, though an attractive smile brought by complete and well-maintained teeth and gums are truly a common sign of oral health. By knowing what to care for and how to care for them, you can maintain your teeth’s health for a long time.

Contact our dental office to know more about maintaining your teeth.


The Solution to Dental Bone Loss

Tooth extraction procedure
Ask any dentist: tooth extraction is always the last resort. Dentists exhaust all options to preserve your tooth, whether it be with a crown or another restorative measure. This is to prevent a series of dental problems caused by tooth loss, including function loss and bone resorption, a natural process that follows tooth loss. Unfortunately, in cases where the tooth is beyond repair, extraction becomes necessary.

Why Bone Loss?

The alveolar bone, or the bone that forms and supports the tooth, requires stimulation from the teeth to maintain its volume and density. As our teeth come in contact with each other every day, they create small tensions that allow for the continuous rebuilding of the bone.

When a tooth goes missing, you may also lose some of this stimulation. As a result, the alveolar bone loses weight, height and volume. It loses around 25% of its width within the first year and about 4-mm of its height over the next few years. If not addressed properly, the bone’s volume continues to decrease, along with the gum tissue.

The Impact of Bone loss

Bone loss can affect you in many ways, starting with the tooth’s functionality. It can impair your ability to chew and speak properly, which worsens as the bone continuously deteriorates. It may also lead to cosmetic problems. The most common issue is known as the facial collapse, which alters your facial bone structure and ages you dramatically.

Stimulating the Bone

To arrest bone loss or resorption, there is a need to recover the stimulation of the remaining bone tissue. This is possible through dental implants, which merge and fuse with the tissues for re-stimulation. These titanium tooth roots act as strong and stable foundation to support a crown, bridge or over-dentures. In effect, it improves your bite support, restores chewing efficacy and prevents shifting of the tooth.

The Process

Modern dentistry has made the procedure which places a dental implant straightforward and should not daunt anyone who requires it. A titanium root is anchored to the jaw, in the place of the extracted tooth. This provides the connection to the jaw that will stimulate the surrounding bone area and maintain the structural integrity of the mouth. Upon this natural root is placed the mould which has been tailored not only to match the shape of the extracted tooth but also the colour. Each mould being made specifically for each patient ensures that patients need not fear that the tooth will look or feel out of place.

Although great lengths are taken to save teeth if possible, there are occasions when the tooth is beyond repair and needs to be taken out. Extracting the tooth solves an immediate concern but ensuring that the situation does not worsen in the long run requires a dental implant.

To know if dental implants are a suitable option for you, schedule a consultation with us today. At Saving Faces, we use a number of different implant systems that can be tailored to individual needs.


What to Eat Instead: The Best and Worst Sweets for Your Teeth

Woman smiling with her clean teeth
As a trusted cosmetic dentist in Liverpool, Saving Faces believes that good oral health is the foundation for beautiful teeth. Teeth that are free from cavities and staining give you a sparkling white smile that is sure to turn heads.

That is why we encourage everyone to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine to keep their teeth in top condition. This means brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and avoiding foods that will worsen your dental health, such as sweets and chocolates.

However, who doesn’t want to eat something sweet and delectable once in a while? In moderation, sweets can be a great treat to lift the spirits. Of course, practically all sweets are bad for the teeth — we cannot stress this enough. Excessive sugar consumption can cause cavities and erode the protective enamel on your teeth. However, there is no harm in eating them on special occasions.

Even then, not all sweets are created equal — some can be especially damaging to your teeth compared to others. When you are choosing which sweets to eat for your next treat, consider options that are somewhat healthier and leave you less susceptible to cavities.

Here are some of the best and worst sweets for your teeth:

The Bad Sweets

Sticky, chewy sweets can be especially bad for you because of the way they stick to your teeth. This includes foods such as taffy, dried fruit and chewy sweets. They are all loaded with sugar, which will find itself wedged deep between the crevices of your back teeth, encouraging the growth of cavities.

Since sticky sweets cling to the teeth so well, it can be difficult to clean your teeth afterwards; sometimes, even a toothbrush is not enough to scrape all the stickiness off, and you will have to wait until it dissolves completely.

Sour Candies

Sour candies impart a sour flavour because of their high concentration of acid and sugar. The acid may come from natural sources, such as lemon and citrus, or from some artificial flavouring.

Sour candies are bad for the teeth because they can quickly break down the enamel. It is especially problematic if you combine the sourness with a sticky texture, as this means that it will remain in contact with your teeth for an even longer time.

On top of that, if you brush your teeth after eating sour candy, you are more likely to scrape away the protective enamel coating on your teeth.

Chocolate Bars

Chocolate bars are rarely made of just chocolate — they often have sweet centres that only damage your teeth further, such as caramel, marshmallow or dried fruit. These ingredients make chocolate bars bad for your teeth for the same reasons that sticky sweets are bad for them.

The Better Sweets

Hard sweets may seem bad for your teeth, but they are quite a bit better for your teeth because they encourage the production of a lot of saliva. Lollipops and drops are meant to be eaten slowly, which can be risky, but luckily, the extra saliva helps protect and neutralise the sweets’ harmful effects.

Chocolate

Pure, dark chocolate is much better for the teeth than chocolate bars. Though chocolate does stain the teeth over time, eating a small amount here and there can be so much satisfying. Dark chocolate contains less sugar, and is less likely to stick to your teeth, as it dissolves quickly.

Sugar-free Gum

Perhaps the best sweet for your teeth, sugar-free gum has a sweet flavour, without the damaging effects of sugar. It also encourages the production of saliva, which strengthens your enamel.

So, there you have it — be sure to avoid the bad sweets and choose less harmful options.

For more information on oral care and cosmetic dentistry, contact Saving Faces today.