Straight Smile Systems at Southport Road Dental

2 Mar


Do you have twisted, crooked or uneven teeth? Have you always dreamed of that perfect, straight smile?

59% of Britons are unhappy with their teeth and believe that a straighter, Whiter Smile would give them greater confidence in daily life!

Southport Road Dental can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted, without anyone even knowing about it. Many people believe straightening your teeth will result in wearing unsightly braces for what may be years! Not anymore. Modern technologies in teeth straightening are changing and at Southport Road Dental we can help you get the perfect smile in as little as 6 weeks – with teeth straightening systems you cannot see!

So why should you have your teeth straightened?

Do you avoid smiling? Many people hide their smile because they are embarrassed of the appearance of their teeth. Studies have shown that every time you smile, a number of physiological changes occur in your body without you even realising it. The chemical endorphins are released when we smile making us feel happier and less stressed.

Straight teeth have also been linked to greater success in work. According to research carried out by Kelton, in their ‘Behind the Smile’ perception study, on behalf of tooth straightening system Invisalign. Job candidates with straight teeth are 45% more likely to get hired than those with crooked teeth. A straighter smile can greatly increase your confidence in all aspects of your life and as the research suggests could get you the job you’ve always wanted!

Another interesting finding from this study is when attracting someone on a dating site; those with straighter teeth have been found to be 57% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture alone.

Teeth Straightening Systems

Southport Road Dental uses the latest technology, making it easier and faster to straighten your teeth in a discreet way. There are many options to choose from, depending on your specific dental needs we will be able to find the most suitable system for you. Here some information of the straightening systems we use and how they can give you that perfect smile.

Lingual Braces

There are many options to achieve straight teeth in a discreet way. One option you may not have come across is Lingual braces. Lingual braces are placed behind your teeth, rather than traditional braces which sit in front of your teeth. This is perfect for someone who would like to straighten their teeth without their braces showing. This tooth straightening system is virtually invisible and hidden on the back of your teeth. This appliance works by applying gentle pressure to the teeth, slowly shifting them into a straighter position.



Invisalign is a straightening system which uses a series of clear, removable aligners made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner your teeth will move gradually towards a new straighter position. Firstly, an impression will be made of your teeth and sent away for your aligners to be made. Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and a very discreet way of straightening your teeth. The benefits include, no eating restrictions and being able to maintain healthy dental brushing habits during treatment.


6 Month Smiles

For many people when talking about straightening teeth they think of wearing traditional metal braces everyday for years. There is now so much more to teeth straightening than the traditional ‘train track’ braces.

Six-Month Smile is a revolutionary treatment, and a quick fix to straighten a crooked smile. This short term, modern treatment uses clear brackets and tooth coloured wires which are barely visible. Treatment time is reduced by up to 75%.

Six-Month Smiles uses the newest techniques and recent technological advancements in dentistry so that your teeth can be moved both quickly and safely. Six-Month smiles are relatively new to the UK but have been being used in the United States since 2006 and hundreds of people have been amazed at what they can do. Six-Month Smiles can be the perfect solution for getting your teeth picture perfect for a special occasion like weddings.


The Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a removable appliance which uses force created by a coiled spring over time.  These springs are sat on the inside of your teeth and push your teeth against a bar that sits in front of your teeth to get them into position. The Aligners are most commonly used to straighten the front upper and lower teeth. It is recommended you should wear the aligner for 16 – 20 hours a day. The longer you wear your aligner will determine how quickly you get the results you want. We recommend this appliance is worn for around 20 hours per day. In comparison with other invisible braces, the Inman Aligner has much shorter treatment time, is removable and only one Aligner is needed for the treatment.


‘David Explains the Different Types of Straightening Systems’


Am I suitable for straighter teeth?

After a consultation with our Smile Advisor to assess your needs, we will be able to determine what straightening system is best suited to your teeth.

If you would like to know more about how to get a straight smile then give us a call on 01257213962 and book in for a free consultation with our Smile Advisor.

Why not download your FREE Straight Teeth Guide from our website today

Now You Can Smile in Style!

5 Sep

IT’s been an exciting summer at Southport Road Dental  with lots going on, including a brand new look for our surgeries and waiting rooms, and a very special new addition to the team.

IMG_1352If you haven’t been to the practice in the last few weeks you’re in for a huge surprise when you come for your next visit, because as you’ll see, it’s been a case of out with the old – 20 years old for much of it – and in with the new.

Our waiting rooms are looking very stylish with their smart, new, very comfortable furnishings; although you’ll need to make the most of them because, as you know, at  Southport Road Dental you’re never waiting long.

When you head up the stairs to the surgery and your appointment the first thing you’ll notice is the new layout – which makes the room look spacious – and our amazing new dental chairs. Now we know that the dentist’s chair isn’t everyone’s favourite place to be, but these are the last word in luxury. They are so comfortable to sit in, you’ll forget where you are – we think they put British Airways Business Class loungers to shame, but let us know what you think!


As well as transforming the look of the two surgeries, David has invested in some of the latest dental equipment, including a dental microscope and an intra-oral camera, ensuring that our patients are receiving the highest standards of care.

The stylish new lighting and interior decor in the surgeries create a relaxing atmosphere for everybody, patients and staff, while  the surrounding workspace; the chairs and work stations have also been upgraded and redesigned, making it easier for everyone to do their jobs even more efficiently in a very cool work environment.

All in all, we’re delighted with the result; a stylish and modern practice with a familiar friendly family feel, and our patients who’ve already seen it and experienced it, say they love it, too.


But the new additions to  Southport Road Dental didn’t stop there. On July 10, while the rest of the world was waiting for news of the Royal baby, we were celebrating the safe arrival of our own Prince of Smiles; David and Rashmi’s beautiful baby boy Arin Hickey.

Smile – It’s The Great Goat Giveaway!

20 Jul

ImageWE’RE a generous lot in Lancashire – second only to Surrey, according to charity research – and when it comes to business giving, we are also one of the most innovative.

Because while many business owners give their time or money to help worthy causes, here at Southport Road Dental we give away goats.

That’s not quite as odd as it sounds when you learn that the goats in question are given to families in Kenya in order to provide them with a source of income through the sale of milk, and goats that are subsequently bred.

And all of that happens through our membership of the business giving programme Buy One Give One (B1G1) and the way that it works is simple. Every time a customer buys something, the business matches the purchase by donating to one of hundreds of good causes all over the world.

So, when one of our patients decides to invest in their smile, David and Rashmi set about giving someone else in the world something to smile about.

As well as the goats, they’ve donated bricks to a house building project in India, clean water for people living in some of the poorest parts of Malawi, educational support for children living in Cambodia; and even done their bit to help preserve the endangered rain forests of South America, in an amazing list of almost 11,000 good deeds!

But it’s the goats that have been the biggest talking point; so far around 20 Kenyan familiesImage have benefitted, and that’s down to our patients who have a big say in which worthy causes to support.
David says: “They have really taken to the idea that as a result of improving their own smile they are giving someone in another part of the world something to smile about, whether it’s a goat, a day’s supply of clean water, or glasses for children with sight problems. As charity schemes go this one is a bit different, and it has a massive impact for those on the receiving end of the donations, and that is what counts.”
Lancashire’s famous goodwill is something that he has discovered on a personal level since moving to the county from Yorkshire a few years ago.

He says: “When we first started looking for a practice of our own we narrowed it down to this particular area of Lancashire because Rashmi had loved growing up here and wanted to be closer to her family. And in a fairly short space of time it’s grown on me as well. The people are very friendly; the countryside is perfect for running and cycling, which I do a lot of in my spare time, and I really enjoy the local pubs and ale.”

And when they took on Southport Road Dental in 2010 establishing a practice with a social conscience was a top priority.

He says: “Just after we bought the practice I went to a presentation by Paul Dunn, the chairman of B1G1, on business giving and I remember being pretty shocked at the statistics; only around 5% of the money that is donated to the voluntary sector, including charities, comes from businesses. I felt that this particular scheme would give smaller businesses like ours an opportunity to contribute in an easy and meaningful way.
“Our focus is very much on helping people, whether they are people with fears and anxieties that have kept them away from the dentist, or people on the other side of the world in need of the basic things in life that we all take for granted.”
B1G1 projects range from the basic provision of food, clean water and hygiene facilities to people living in some of the poorest parts of the world, to microfinance and education projects that empower people to start their own businesses and escape from the poverty trap.

Rashmi adds: “It has created a feel good factor at the practice, not just for the team, but for the patients who get to choose projects that they are personally interested in and keen for us to support.”


Most importantly, with all the scheme’s administration costs absorbed by membership fees, 100% of the donations go where they are intended.

Southport Road Dental’s B1G1 activity has attracted the interest of the national press and, the current climate of austerity aside, brought out the best in people.

David says: “From my own experience of Lancashire, I’ve found it to be an extremely warm and caring county, with people always ready and willing to help, both in their local communities and much further afield.”


10 Jun

Here at Southport Road Dental we like to think of ourselves as a close knit team, working well together to deliver a five star service to our customers.

But there’s always room for improvement, and David came up with an idea for all of us to spend some time together, away from the practice, to focus on improving our teamworking skills and understanding each other a little better, with the aim of working as a more closely integrated unit to provide an even better service to our practice members.  And he wasn’t going to make it easy for us.


We started the day with an orienteering expedition to Delamere Forest and Go APE where we discovered we were in for some serious monkeying around. If you’ve never tried the Go APE tree top adventure experience, it consists of five stations that have to be reached, with increasing levels of difficulty up to level 5. The aim of the day was to push every member of the team a little bit out of their comfort zone and when the going got tough, to encourage everyone to work together to overcome the obstacles. It was also an opportunity for the members of the team who don’t tend to work directly with each other in the practice to spend some time together. And it worked.

          For the next few hours we tackled the high ropes…..

547….crossings and bridges…..


                   …… at ever increasing heights……….


…….ending the high level adventure  with a thrilling zip wire back to ground level.


Some of us found it easier than others; Some struggled with a fear of heights others seemed to breeze through it and at times there were a few tears for some of the team, but by working together, often with the person in front helping the person behind, supporting each other and communicating more clearly, we all got through it, and by the end of it, we he’d all Gone Ape together.


After that it was back to David and Rashmi’s for a barbecue,refreshments and a debrief. And the verdict? An amazing but challenging day that we all learned something from, not just about ourselves, but about each other, and that helped us to gel even more as a team, and provide an even better customer experience here at  Southport Road Dental

Dental Sedation/ ‘ Sleep Dentistry ‘

12 Feb

Adding the the concept of Dentistry Without Fear and Pain Free Dentistry Southport Road Dental are adding the new facility of sedation

What is Dental Sedation?

Dental Sedation at Southport Road is a fantastic way of helping people who need a little extra help relaxing at the dentist, especially those who are extremely anxious and are put off visiting the dentist.

We will administer a drug called Midazolam through a very thin cannula, into a vein, either in your arm, or the back of your hand. A clip-like device called a pulse oximeter will be placed on the end of your index your finger, this is used to monitor your oxygen intake during the session.

You will not be asleep during the clinic, like with a general anaesthetic. The drug will bring you into a ‘twilight zone’ where pain and fear are not a reality anymore. You will become drowsy and unaware of the dentist or the treatment. You will be able to cooperate with the dentist at all times, as well as maintaining your own protective reflexes, like coughing or moving if you are in an uncomfortable position.

After the treatment we recommended that you have an escort to collect you from our dental office, as you will not be able to drive. The best idea is to go home and sleep off the effects of the medication.

The next day you’ll feel so proud of yourself for getting done what you’d been putting off for years.


23 Nov

I don’t think there are many people in the world that don’t aspire to have a winning smile.  Smiles open doors; improve employment chances; and create matches made in heaven.  Isn’t it amazing that most people don’t know how to take care of one of the cheapest but most effective tools they have.

As a dentist I find that toothbrushing is attempted by most, but is often less effective then it could be.

My role in community is to assist you to keep your teeth for life, the following tips should help:

TIME: TIP1 It is improtant to spend at least two minutes brushing, get a timer or a brush with one inbuilt.

BRUSH: TIP2 Medium strength bristles as a maximum, anything more is damaging to teeth and gums.

TOOTHPASTE: Check the level of fluoride in your toothpaste. TIP 3 On the back of every tune the fluoride level is quoted as 1450 ppm F-, this should be the minimum level of fluoride used by an adult who doesn’t often need fillings

TO RINSE OR NOT TO RINSE- that is the question
There is huge value in not rinsing all the toothpaste away after brushing. The main active component of a fluoridated toothpaste is…. FLUORIDE. When you rinse after brushing you miss out on some of the benefits it holds. TIP 4– spit out but don’t rinse.

MOUTHRINSES- can be very effective but contain 1/6 the level of fluoride as a toothpaste so TIP 5 best used in the middle of the day or before brushing.

Scared of the Dentist?

19 Mar

ImageIt’s a Wednesday night and you’re having dinner.  As you chew you hear an odd noise and realise you are chewing on something other than the forkful of spinach you just put in your mouth.  You realise that your tooth has broken.  Do you (a.) calmly call your dentist (who if you’re lucky enough has a 24 hour service) and make an appointment for the next day or do you (b.) start clamming up and pretend that you are fine and hope that the tooth will either fall out all together or magically grow back.  Both options are fine with you, just as long as you don’t have to go to the dreaded dentist?Image

Now if you answered with option a, I’ll be honest this post probably isn’t for you.  You are one of the very lucky people who has a dentist you can trust and you have little to no fear about getting in the chair and having your tooth fixed.  In fact the scariest part is having to tell your boss that you need to nip out and get your tooth fixed!

If you answered with option b then this is just for you.  This post is all about dental phobias and anxiety.  Hopefully as you read through this you may come across an example that is reminiscent of your own situation and maybe will even help you to start alleviating your fear.

There are many reasons that you might be scared of the dentist.  For some it is that a bad experience in the past has caused anxiety.  For some it is a fear of needles or drilling.  Many people find that their phobia lies in feeling like they have a lack of control whilst in the chair.  Combined with those and many other reasons are also anxiety ‘triggers’.  These triggers can widely vary; for some the smells associated with the dentist are enough to send them into a hot flap.  Another common trigger is the sounds that some of the treatments carry with them.  For some it can even be the taste of toothpaste or even an advert for mouthwash that will send them into a frenzy.

Are any of these sounding familiar?

If so the first thing you need to remember is that you are not alone in your fear.  Many people in your position are embarrassed about their dental anxieties and feel alone and won’t talk about it.  You only need to do a couple of minutes of searching online to find some great support sites and stories of how people just like you went from sweaty palms at the mere thought of the dentist to being regular attenders with healthy smiles.

Now everyone has their own journey and story about how they got to where they are but the most common factor in each story is that they found a dentist who understands.  Dentists who are truly passionate about what they do got into dentistry for one main reason….to help people.  These professionals understand that you may carry anxiety from past experiences and are dedicated to finding a solution that you are comfortable with.

Not only that but in their spare time they study new techniques and gadgets to ensure that your visits are pain free and eventually anxiety free.  And it’s not just the dentist themselves, more often than not the passion from a dentist like this rubs off on the rest of their team and they work together to make you more comfortable.  Some have a Smile Advisor or a coordinator who is with you through each step of your treatment and will often meet with you before you even go near that dreaded chair to start looking at tactics and methods to help reduce your stress and anxiety levels whilst having treatment.

ImageOnly you will know what works for you, for some it’s music others relaxation can be achieved through smells and the use of scented candles or essential oils.  For some it is just the knowledge that their dentist will listen to them.  Not just listen about their toothache but about their fears, about their family, about their lives.  Often the fact that you are seen as a person and not a ‘patient’ or number in a system really helps.

If you want to find out more about anxiety free dentistry then sites like  and are really helpful.

Alternatively if you feel ready to take the plunge and come and speak to someone call Claire the Smile Advisor here at Southport Road Dental and book in for a Free Smile Analysis, she makes a great cappuccino and wants to help you overcome your fear. You can reach her on 01257 754595.

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