Braces in dentistry are known as orthodontic treatments. These treatments were developed over time to treat people who had issues with their bite and jaw function.
This page is a guide as to what modern braces systems are available in 2020 and how they work.
Braces are used to resolve issues of underbites and overbites causing jaw misalignment through the difference in the growth of the jaws. Combined with this, braces have now become a key part of cosmetic dentistry to resolve cosmetic issues such as overcrowding and crooked teeth, spacing between the teeth due to missing teeth or size differences between the teeth and jaws.
The good news is that with modern techniques there is always a solution to these cosmetic concerns and functional bite issues.
Today in 2020 there are more options for types of braces than ever before. Each person’s suitability for ‘which brace is right for you’ depends on your individual situation as not all braces are suitable to resolve every bite issue or cosmetic concern that you may have. Each brace has its own pros and cons; which may impact on your decision as to which is best for you relating to the speed of treatment, appearance of the brace and costs involved with each type of treatment.
Metal ‘Train Track’ Braces
This type of brace has fallen out of favour over the years due to the non-aesthetic look. This is the original classic brace type, with metal brackets and wires glued to the front tooth surface of the teeth and moved slowly by the wire. Special elastics hold the wire onto the bracket with coloured versions now also available to brighten the appearance and make it more of a fashion statement especially for teenagers. We don’t use this type of brace at Azure Dental but have included it here in our review for completeness.
Similar to metal braces with one key difference- the brackets are clear and therefore significantly more cosmetic. They can treat all the different types of cosmetic and bite issues for both short term braces (STO) type cases to improve your smile, as well as longer term bite treatment cases. They move the teeth much faster than other cosmetic brace options like Invisalign. The only real downside is that the clear elastics that hold the wire onto the brackets can stain depending on the diet each person eats and drinks- especially the currys! They are freshly changed at each review visit so this isn’t a big issue. As the teeth move so fast, within a few months you will be thrilled with the new appearance.
This newer type of brace is different to the above methods by using a series of clear aligners (thin removable trays). These clear braces are almost invisible and are easily removable for eating and drinking. Each aligner is computer designed, putting pressure on the teeth in a very specific way to create the movement desired. Then every 1-2 weeks you change for the next aligner in the series. The downside to Invisalign aligner braces is they tend to take up to twice as long to move the teeth, in the same type of cases compared with Ice clear braces. Cost wise they are in the region of 30-50% more due to the processing costs and require excellent wear commitment. Even though they are removable they need to be worn 20-22 hours per day- just being removed for eating and teeth cleaning.
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Lingual ‘Inside’ Braces
This type of brace is placed on the back of the teeth (known as the lingual surface) against the tongue or palate. Again they are metal brackets and wires like the outside version but a different shape and style. The main advantage is they are not visible day to day given they are glued to the inner surfaces. But this does have knock on effects in the earlier stages as it can hurt the tongue and teeth while you get used to it. It is about 50% more expensive than outside braces due to the complexity of treatment and more frequent reviews for adjustments. It is also much less suitable for the more difficult complex cases.
What is Involved?
Before you get braces it is important to have good oral health with no decay or gum issues. If these health issues are left unresolved then over the course of the brace treatment they will only progress and worsen. This therefore may mean having some preparatory health work such as a hygiene appointment or fillings if needed.
Putting the braces on typically takes between 45-90minutes depending on the type of brace chosen for the treatment and whether you are treating one or both arches of teeth. Each brace is made to fit/ positioned tooth by tooth individually so no two people are ever the same.
The process for an Ice clear brace follows these steps-
The teeth are cleaned and dried before the glue is applied to the teeth.
Each tooth has a bracket placed around the centre of the tooth depending on what the plan is for moving the tooth up/down relative to the neighbouring teeth.
The white archwires are then attached to the clear brackets using the clear elastic bands.
The process for Lingual braces is similar but requires more time and expertise. Quite often the positioning of the brackets is planned on models first and then the brackets are transferred to the mouth with special trays to keep this correct positioning.
Invisalign is similar again. But instead of brackets being applied to the teeth with glue, the special attachments designed and located to help the clear aligners move your teeth are placed using a special transfer tray. They are then perfectly positioned for the Invisalign tray to put the correct pressure on them.
With the Ice clear braces we arrange reviews around every 4 weeks as this is the right sort of time to make the necessary adjustments to the wires and bands to keep the teeth moving smoothly. Invisalign review appointments tend to be around every 6-8 weeks to check on the tooth movement and make any space adjustments.
The brackets and wires are removed and then the glue is polished off with a special tool to refinish the front surface so it is nicely polished again. The Invisalign attachments are removed in the same way. Once everything is cleaned up, we can then review the incsial edges of the front teeth for any contouring that may be needed to improve the aesthetic appearance from wear and chips. This is when we can fully assess the tooth shapes for any required composite bonding to finish off the teeth perfectly.
Before the brace is removed we will fit a fixed wire retainer onto the backs of the front teeth using the same glue used for the brackets. Hidden on the inside surfaces it can’t be seen but it ensures that the front teeth are suported and stable immediately once the brace is removed. This is vital to the success and stability of the smile. We will also take a final impression to have a night time removable ‘Essix’ retainer made to back up the fixed wire and keep the overall broader smile achieved.
This is called belt and braces retention to keep things perfectly in line. Long term (lifetime) retention is crucial if you want to keep your teeth straight. Teeth will always want to move with the amount of pressure present in your mouth. Retainers usually need maintenance and repair from time to time with replacement ‘Essix’ retainers usually in a 12-18 month basis, often depending on each person’s natural grinding habit.
As you will always need retainers we include both fixed and removable retainers as part of all our brace packages and don’t add extra fees on for these at the end.
Braces have varying costs depending on the type of brace being used and the extent of treatment you individually require. Generally Ice Clear Braces are between £2000-£3000 for an average 6-9 month case (the main difference being whether just one or both arches are being treated). With longer more complex cases quoted based on the likely increased treatment need. Invisalign cases similarly differ based on the type of case you are- i7/Lite/Full as to the extent of treatment and number of aligners being manufactured, along with the surgery time involved. The fees are usually between £2500-£4500, again varying with whether you are treating one or both arches. As a guide most people tend to be in the middle due to the type of case/ number of clear aligner stages required, which is determined by the pre-treatment computer simulated design planning.
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Dear Dr. Gary, Eva and all of Azure Dental’s amazing team! 😊✨
I wanted to say a big thank you from the bottom of my heart for the excellent dental experience I had all throughout my visits; starting from our new to consultation till the end of my dental plan with both the pre and post treatment. Everyone in your team was so approachable, accommodating, knowledgeable and kindly supportive with my numerous questions and concerns. I couldn’t imagine an even better dental practice and how I wished I got in contact sooner with my sister’s recommendation. Plus your marvellous pain free dentistry has truly transformed and returned back the confidence in my smile. I am delighted with the amazing results and whenever if I have any dental issues I can return and count on you. Thank you so much for the extra time spent to reassure my worries and I truly appreciate your caring professionalism and expertise 😊✨ I would highly recommend you to anybody I know! ☆☆☆☆☆
First-rate service. Helpful and honest advice. Very satisfied.
20:24 09 Jan 21
14:21 04 Jan 21
Friendly and professional service. Thank you so much.
18:48 11 Dec 20
Best decision ive made. Dan and the team are wonderful there patient very understanding and give an honest opinion. I won't go anywhere else and its worth the travel. Well done to all at Azure 😁😁😁😁😁
16:02 07 Dec 20
So grateful to Dan and the whole team. Really can’t thank them enough for how hard they worked to make me feel at ease and reassured. Feel like I’m in safe hands and receiving the best quality care and advice at Azure. Thank you all
I can’t thank Dr Chiggs Patel and Sharnie enough for their treatment the last few months. I have had Invisalign braces which have been regularly reviewed, and this was followed by an appointment yesterday morning to complete my composite bonding. My teeth look incredible - after years of damage from grinding them I never though they would look like this! Thank you again for your treatment, as well as your positive attitudes and warm manner every time I come in. I would highly recommend this practice.
08:25 15 Nov 20
Cant thank Ben and the receptionist for getting me through this afternoon. Thank you so much x
Excellent treatment at Azure Dental for an implant. Everything explained in detail in advance. I am very happy with the result. Would strongly recommend this practice
15:07 05 Oct 20
I first met Dan around 12 months ago, extremely self conscious about my smile and after meeting with several other dentists in the past feeling like i was out of options. I've had issued with my teeth since being a teenager, from multiple fillings to having my canines surgically removed from my gums when i was about 14 due to them not dropping into their normal positions. This left me with gaps where my canines should have been.After my initial smile clinic with Dan, we put a plan in place that would see me having my top teeth replaced with Veneers. Its been a long process due to covid and ive mithered the life out of Dan for months, eager to get myself back in the chair to gets things sorted. Dan was always quick to reply to my emails and has looked after me amazingly.I've left the clinic today after my final check up with a smile im extremely happy with. I've never felt this confident smiling or laughing in my whole life and its all down the Dans genius. Also a special thank you to the team he has around his, the receptionist and dental nurses have looked after me just as well as DanThanks again Dan, you've changed my life xP.s- Enjoy my first ever Selfie!
14:36 22 Sep 20
Azure has the very latest equipment. As a new patient a thorough examination on the status of your teeth accompanied by very good advice on their condition and any health issues you may have, including cosmetic treatments all viewed on screen. i was made to feel very comfortable throughout. Many thanks😊
Great to have my smile back. A veneer snapped. Becca and team were responsive to my enquiries and helpful in getting me into convenient and prompt appointments. Then the work itself was done to perfection by Dan. I'm really pleased with the replacement and the attention to detail that's gone into getting it just right. Great outfit. Shall be using again. Thanks again.
16:49 09 Sep 20
Kind considerate staff- apologised that were not able to provide a drink but not permitted during the present security arrangements.Shelagh
05:31 03 Sep 20
Highly recommended! Today was my second visit and I am a very nervous patient. I had a filling and a full clean and polish ready for 10 vaneers to be fitted! I’m normally on the ceiling due to sensitive teeth and didn’t flinch ! The needle for my filling I didn’t even feel Dan went though everything step by step ! Can’t wait for my new smile ! Would recommend everyone to use azure dentist and for nervous patients it was a breeze! Thank you Dan and the team
Fantastic service, amazing results, thanks again guys.
08:42 06 Aug 20
I visited Azure as a new patient due to major problems with large front teeth. The welcome was warm and friendly and I had a consultation booked within a couple of days. The consultation was with Dan and lasted just over an hour. During that time I had a thorough checkup including xrays and photos which enabled Dan to explain various options available to me. Within 2 weeks I had a temporary plate which enabled me to be seen in public again. This proved invaluable as we were the hit by lockdown. Azure kept in touch throughout and contacted me as soon as they reopened to book me in. Two weeks later the bridge work was complete and Dan had done an amazing job. The complex work was done totally pain free and on completion of my treatment I feel that I not only have a new dentist Dan has become a friend. It sounds bizarre but it was a pleasure to go to see the dentist.
17:35 02 Aug 20
I cannot recommend Dan and the team at Azure enough. From start to finish they are professional and put you at ease. Ive always been nervous about the dentist but not here. I've had two fillings and they look great. A new bridge that I am over the moon with. Feel like I have my smile back. Thanks for everything team Azure. Xx
12:45 19 Jul 20
Dan is fantastic at what he does, he so friendly and helpful and always willing to go the extra mile to care for his patients
14:12 06 Jul 20
An absolutely fantastic experience. I had to book an emergency appointment during Covid-19 for an extraction of a back tooth. The communication was excellent and an immediate appointment was offered the next day. The care I received was first class, very friendly, professional and informative from start to finish. Advised of guidance for pandemic, talked through every step of actions to be taken. I would highly recommend Azure to everyone. Thank you
11:09 01 Jul 20
09:15 26 Jun 20
Joined this fantastic practice last year always made to feel at ease the minute you walk through the door .Had various treatment here the most recent tooth out yesterday bit nervous but soon settled down with Chiggs and team everything explained throughout painless.Big thank you for looking after me again
16:47 16 Jun 20
Excellent service. Great staff who put me at ease and explained everything really well to me. Thorough assessment and professional advice. Highly recommended.
Went to Azure Dental for a few treatments including cosmetic bonding. It took a couple of days to get used to the change of appearance but I am absolutely made up with the results. Could not recommend Azure Dental enough.
12:02 11 Mar 20
Azure dental team are very friendly and professional, I have been going there for 8 years with a very unusual dental problem (MMP) and highly recommend them. Now a pensioner, seen a number of dentists over the years, none of them compare to the attention to detail and the patients requirements that Dan and his team give.
07:52 05 Mar 20
Highly highly recommend Azure! I had my teeth straightened as a child but they moved back. My teeth looked ok when I was a child but they look a million times better now! Dan did so much more with my teeth including shaping them and using different techniques that made a massive difference! I actually can’t believe how different my smile now looks!! I can’t believe they’re my teeth! I can’t thank Dan and the team enough for everything they have done! Another thing I really liked about Azure was how friendly all of the staff where and how they remember each individual patient and build a really great rapport. Thank you all for everything you have done ☺️
Dan at Azure and all the wonderful dental nurses and receptionists are extremely professional and friendly. I am over the moon with my new smile after having braces for the last 7 months. I couldnt recommend them enough! Thank you, thank you!!
Azure Dental has restored my smile again! What a pleasant place to have dental treatment. From the moment I entered, I was welcomed with a warm smile by Nurse Sharnie. It felt nice to be treated like a person rather than a patient. Dr Chiggs was very calm and understanding with all my concerns. Considering I have not had much dental treatment before, I was anxious about the pain aspect. However, rest assured Dr Chiggs had the most gentle, midas touch and I can't recall any pain or discomfort during the whole procedure! In fact with some R&B classics playing in the background, it was all quite a calming and pleasant experience. I can't thank Dr Chiggs and Sharnie enough for what they have done for my confidence!
18:04 01 Feb 20
Dentist Mr Dan was superb with me and fixed what I thought to be a major problem within 24 hrs. A top man and a first class service which I cannot recommend too highlyDavid RigbyFormby
15:51 24 Jan 20
The hygenist Rebecca is excellent. She is professional, thorough and very gentle and puts the patient at ease. She is the best hygenist I have been to and I highly recommend her.
01:01 16 Jan 20
I was so fortunate to have found Azure Dental. I have undergone a lot of treatment over the past months which I had put off for a long long time, the care given by Dan and his lovely team was excellent and I am smiling again with confidence.
20:16 15 Jan 20
Now I can smile with confidence!!!Thank you so much Dan and your wonderful, friendly professional staff!!From the moment I stepped into Azure Dental for my first consultation with Dan I was made to feel comfortableand relaxed and left feeling confident and happy that I could achieve the result I wanted.Dan's professionalism, expertise, friendly and professional manner instills such confidence and his thorough attentionto detail has given me the smile I always wanted.I only wish I'd had the confidence to come to Dan at Azure Dental years ago!!
12:47 04 Jan 20
I had ice braces here at Azure Dental and have had the best experience. when I first came I was embarrassed about showing my teeth. I would smile with my mouth closed to make sure they didn't show. Today I had my braces off and I am so happy its unreal, I can't stop looking at them :). Dan and the team have been great all the way through my treatment and explained everything each time I came. They made me feel welcome and at ease. Thank you again so much for my new smile, you really have given me confidence.
I was very very nervous about going to the dentist until I met Dan and his team at Azure Dental. We all went for an adventure of sorting out my teeth,which I am now thankful for as they now look amazing. The whole team from the receptionist to the dental nurses is first class,each individual helped,supported and put me at ease during visits and treatments. Dan is fabulous and always explains everything he is going to do on each session. The biggest bonus is I didn’t feel a thing,no pain what so ever. Highly recommend Azure Dental
Huge THANK YOU to Dan and the team for the hard work, had my braces taken off today, words can't describe how happy I am, and so glad that I went to Azure Dental that was reccomended to me by a friend, the treatment only took 7 months and the results are amazing! I'm loving my new smile 😁🌟
Absolutely amazing service from Dan and the team.Anyone who is terrified of the dentist-Dan is the man. Never felt so at ease and everything is explained in great detail. No embarrassment about any dental problems-all staff want to help. Check them out should you need a fab 5* dentist and dental team.
Anne H Booth
16:20 19 Aug 19
Little disappointed at the small range of gins at reception but this was largely made up by the switch-off button on the music system playing Dan singing the 1994 hit by Green Day, Pulling Teeth.
06:31 31 Jul 19
I can highly recommend Azure Dental Formby . I have had general dentistry work and just had composite bonding on my front teeth which I am over the moon with. I am a very nervous patient but Dan and his Team are very caring and patient and put me at ease and explain everything. I have recommended Azure to my friends and family who are also more than happy with Azure. Best Dentist I have been to and will continue . Brilliant !!! And Thankyou for giving me my confidence back.
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17:17 13 Jun 19
Always greeted warmly. Excellent professional, friendly service and treatment. Absolute confidence in all advice given and any identified issues.
19:00 21 May 19
I would highly recommend azure dental, great service, professional, affordable and friendly. Dan and his team put me at ease while going through the process of having braces and my teeth bonded. Could not be happier with the final result Love my new smile 😁
Dan and his staff are very professional, friendly and helpful. Listened to my daughters concerns and provided her with treatments options. I would certainly recommend Azure Dental.
13:11 19 May 19
I had my free consultation today with Ella and her team and I can honestly say that I have never had such a welcoming team at a dentist before. From entering the clinic the reception team were lovely and even helped to complete the registration for me as I have a medical condition that affects both arms so she completed it on the i-pad instead. Then I had a full check up including x-rays and reference photographs which included pricing for braces. Everyone was lovely, friendly and professional and I will definitely be back! C x
00:39 17 Apr 19
After having dental traumas in the past this dentist practice has made me feel so reassured, calm and looked after. After having treatment I even received a follow up call 24 hrs later, on a Sunday, now that is a service 👌. I myself a ward sister of 17years in the NHS would recommend this practice. The staff are professional, efficient and so understanding ( my fear of the dentist), it is a clean, and very friendly environment
I can not recommend Dan Hines enough, I’ve just finished my orthodontic treatment and I am absolutely thrilled with my results. He’s a brilliant dentist and his nurse Becky is fantastic too both so friendly, patient and genuinely lovely people. I did my research before choosing which dentist I would like to take on my case and I chose Dan as he is one of the most precise, thorough dentists I know. Both him and Becky have been so professional and welcoming throughout my whole treatment, explaining every stage and answering any of my concerns. If your looking for a brilliant dentist that is so down to earth and puts you at ease Dan is your man! Thank you so much for all your help!
I live on a narrow boat and continually cruise the UK’s inland waterways....I am also terrified of dentists. When I say terrified, I say it without exaggeration. So terrified am I, that I had spent the twelve months prior to seeing Dan and his team, eating paracetamol like they were Smarties. My husband and I where moored in Maghull, when he declared enough was enough and dragged me (kicking and screaming) by train, to Azure Dental. My initial consultation confirmed what I had suspected, I needed four teeth removed. I can not begin to explain my abject fear at that prospect. Dan was lovely, kind and truly sensitive. He reassured me that I would feel no pain and he was 100% right, doing everything to ensure that result. Consequently, I returned to this practice and followed through with my treatment, each time my fear abating. My boat is now moored in Market Harborough (East Midlands). I travelled for two hours by train to Manchester and then drove an hour to have Dan and his hygienist complete my treatment. Big shout out to the lovely young blonde woman who held my hand initially and her dark haired colleague (sorry I don’t know either of your names) who helped me remain calm and relaxed for the rest of my treatment. I truly appreciated both of you. X
Dan, I will see you again. Thank you most sincerely.
Couldn't fault this place at all! I had my fast invisible brace fitted by Dan a few years ago and he is amazing! All the staff go above and beyond to make sure you are okay and are super friendly. Then seen the hygienist today and again FAB! Friendly and amazing! Would highly recommeded again and again and again! Thank you xxxx
17:06 06 Feb 19
Always a professional service, all of the staff are welcoming and put you at ease from the moment you arrive. My treatment with Dan was excellent, I can’t recommend him enough ☺️
This is an amazing practice, so friendly and yet professional and accommodating. Would highly recommend.
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I've just had the final part of my dental implant completed by Dan. He did a great job! I would highly recommend him and his practice to anyone thinking about having implants. He really put at ease and I'm delighted with the results - some lovely new teeth in time for Christmas!! Thanks Dan and all the team at Azure.
22:14 24 Dec 18
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I can't thank Ellie enough for transforming my smile. I've always been conscious about my smile and now I'm beaming. Great service from start to finish! Such a lovely and professional service! Would highly recommend to anyone!!!
Top service. Very friendly and welcoming. Big thanks to Ellie and Sharnie. Will definitely be returning. Promise to floss next time... my teeth not the dance!
12:38 27 Oct 18
Amazing practice, staff and work. Always a pleasure to visit Azure!
08:44 07 Sep 18
Dan and all the team are exceptional! I had invisaligns set up with Dan, and his care and attention to detail is fantastic. Every step of the way Dan was available to advise and answer questions. I live in Barcelona but because of the great service at Azure Dental I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else, the service does what it says on the tin and really is " Painfree" Delighted with all the results. Thanks Azure Dental team!!
16:35 03 Sep 18
Absolutely amazing service. Had a root canal today, and as promised there is no pain at all I haven't even needed paracetamol. Thank you so much 😊
20:49 31 Jul 18
Excellent service from Dan and all of the staff at Azure Dental, very friendly and totally pain free. Highly recommended.
My first visit to the practice was fantastic. All the staff were extremely welcoming and Dan was super friendly and eager to help with all my dentistry needs. I was seen on time and made to feel entirely at ease. I look forward to many more visits. 👍🏻
21:12 29 Jun 18
I live in Liverpool but regularly drive to Formby to attend Azure. I've been a patient at Azure for almost 4 years.I initially went for a free Invisalign assessment. Dan was very thorough in his assessment, and his passion for Dentistry was clearly evident. This convinced me to go ahead with full Invisalign treatment. I am extremely happy with the final result and have managed to convince two family members to sign up for full Invisalign treatment.I would wholeheartedly recommend Azure dental.
18:16 28 Jun 18
The service at azure dental practice is excellent. The staff are very friendly the work done was the best I’ve been to in a while. it is a gorgeous dentist space, really clean and smart.
As always great service from Dan even though i have to travel , i would not go anywhere else
11:20 24 Jun 18
Thanks to Dan and his very friendly team, always their to put you at ease and make feel relaxed and welcome. No body really wants to go to the dentist but if you do you cannot go wrong with Azure dental. All the best.
12:52 27 May 18
Great, kind patient dentist!!!Have had very bad dentists most of my life. Had a lot of problems with my teeth since I was a child. Dan has been the BEST DENTIST, I have ever had. His team have always been kind including the Dental Lab he uses. Would highly recommend !!!
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14:30 14 May 18
The best dentist! He's caring, thoughtful, professional and efficient , everything you would expect from an amazing dentist. The clinic is lovely and the staff are so nice.
11:10 27 Apr 18
I appreciated getting a consultation appointment at short notice. I was impressed with Ellie the dentist her caring and attentive examination. I very much liked her clear communication skills and feel I have confidence to continue as a patient at this practice.
I had my 6 monthly check yesterday and all is well. Dan was very thorough and explained everything to me.Friendly as usual and a completely relaxing experience.
11:05 16 Mar 18
i was feeling very anxious and nervous about treatment after having extreme pain last time i had treatment elsewhere , i had a fantastic experience at azure everyone was so lovely and i have had very little pain post treatment !
I have always been more than nervous of going the dentist. Ella extracted a tooth and done hygiene treatment on my teeth. I would certainty recommend her as it was a pain free appointment one I had not experienced at other dentist's. I will be much more at ease at my next appointment. A BIG thank you to Ellaand Azure 😆😆😆xx
1st visit for me to this practice. I am a very nervous patient who has had bad experiences in the past with dentist. Dan and his team immediately gave me confidence. Would certainly recommend to anyone especially nervous people like myself.
On entering the reception i was greeted with a pleasant relaxed atmosphere and offered a cup of tea /coffee, while waiting for consultation,which was all of ten minutes.I was immediately relaxed by Ian with the natural ease of his welcome and gentle care of the inspection of my teeth.I felt Well informed by the easy discussion of procedure and was relieved to find professional practice delivered with pleasant reassurance .I feel very positive that i can rely on excellent care for individual treatment.Ms B Edwards
13:59 17 Dec 17
Once again had an amazing experience (Nicky Howard). Thank you x
09:53 14 Dec 17
Takes all the fear out of a visit to the Dentist 🙂
I'm in the last few months of my treatment and my expectations have been blown away....Dan is a great dentist and a lovely man...his whole team are professional and friendly and I could not be happier. I am overwhelmed at the difference of having straight teeth is making to me and the brace isn't even off yet. 100% recommended!!
I am so pleased that I joined Azure Dental's easy payment plan 2 years ago. It is a joy to be able to go to the dentist and not have to worry about paying. Dan is "the smiling dentist" par excellance! He has a genuine concern for me & my teeth, & I know that I am in safe hands. Likewise, with his hygienist staff - always very thorough & professional. I couldn't recommend anyone more highly.
As a nervous patient I have always struggled to keep up with my dental care but on my first visit to Azure a woman who was just leaving said to me that I would be fine. Dan is brilliant she said and she was right. My teeth were in quite a state as I had not visited a dentist in years. He reassured me and explained everything and the whole experience was so much better than I was expecting. That was a couple of years ago now and I no longer dread going to the dentist. Dan and all his team do a great job.
On arrival at Azure Dental I immediately got a good vibe about the place. The receptionist was very friendly and the surroundings very modern without being clinical. Dan the dentist was also very friendly and welcoming. The consultation process consisted of a brief chat getting know my dental history and my needs and concerns, followed by a thorough examination of my mouth. Dan was very honest with his assessment and I felt assured that he was more concerned about my requirements and was not out to make money by providing unnecessary treatment. Overall I couldn't fault my visit and thoroughly recommend Azure.
07:10 13 Sep 17
I visited Azure after some awful treatment from an NHS dentist. I was nervous and apprehensive due to the treatment of my previous dentist but I need'nt worry, Azure were fab! They helped me put a treatment plan together, and sorted my pain from an infection out right away. Root canal treatment followed and Elaine was so good, she put me at ease all the time. I am booked in for more treatment with them and am going to stick with Azure for the foreseeable future! Thanks to the whole team x
14:53 07 Sep 17
I've been with this dental practice for just over a year. The team who work there are really friendly and helpful and my dentist Dan Hines is great and very professional. Very welcoming atmosphere (not your typical dentists). I have had various procedures there including fillings and a tooth extraction and I didn't feel a thing. I have been very happy with my experience there and would recommend them to anyone.
Rebecca Alice Fraser
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Would recommend anybodyWho is nervous Azure DentalIs the place to go the staffThere make you feel relaxedMargy donoghue.
18:46 08 Aug 17
From previous experience I know how important it is to get the right dentist. Dan is the best dentist I have ever been to. I had extensive treatment over a few months; it was pain free and I am really, really pleased with the end result. From the first appointment, Dan explained all the options available and explained each phase step by step. Most of all I always felt that Dan cared about getting it right and was concerned that I was happy with the results. The atmosphere at this practice is calm and relaxing and the staff are welcoming. I would highly recommend this practice.
21:03 03 Aug 17
Best dentist ever!! Dan and his team are lovely. I was so ashamed of my teeth when I came for the consultation. Every visit I was actually excited for my appt. yesterday my brace has come off and I can't stop smiling showing my teeth, can't wait to smile on my wedding day showing my straight teeth! Definitely recommend anyone to go here!! Will miss coming for an appt. ☺️
Very professional, very welcoming, very reassuring teeth. Mouth all healthy .As above, but very inpressed when asked Dan do my teeth need any more attention (cosmetic) her said they were still good for awhile yet. No hard sell at Azure Dental,Formby
08:12 19 Jul 17
Been going to Azure Dental since they opened and they have always been superb. I recommended by Son to go too. He needed extensive treatment and he was delighted with the results. Their newly appointed dental hygienist is a great asset to the group. Long may it continue .........
I have had clear braces fitted in my 40s and although I was a bit concerned I might be too old Dan was so nice and very easy to talk to. I am half way through now and know I will be delighted with the results. I would definitely recommend the practice �
I had a consultation with Elaina and I was really pleased with the professional service. The process was well explained and I felt very comfortable. I was also very impressed with the clean environment.
11:10 05 Jul 17
Excellent customer service and genuinely nice people. After a lot of research and a number of consultations I chose Dan for my Six Month Smile and he didn't disappoint, quick and efficient. I have since needed a couple of minor repairs to my retainer, on the first occasion I was concerned it was going to be very expensive but it wasn't it was a reasonable amount which reaffirmed my opinion. Highly recommended!
After fearing the dentist for years Dan at Azure Dental has made going to the dentist painless. Definitely the place to go for great service.
07:53 30 Jun 17
Appointment with Dan on Tuesday, he rebuilt my broken tooth on the same day, made-up, not to pricey, thankyou Azure 😬😬😬
11:05 29 Jun 17
Having been fobbed off by too long by the NHS I decided to look into private dental care, OMG I was absolutely delighted with just my first visit, I felt welcome, at ease and understood which was wonderful!I will be going back for my follow up appointment and cannot recommend this practice highly enough - THANK YOU Azure ! xx
14:21 14 Jun 17
I was recommended to go for an assessment to Azure Dental. I have had some terrible experiences with dentists over a lifetime of difficulties with my teeth and I was a little sceptical. However from the moment I walked in I was treated brilliantly. All the staff were helpful and friendly. The consultation with Dan was the most thorough I have ever experienced. He is fastidious, obviously extremely knowledgable and competent. In addition he was polite, caring and courteous. He was able to make a difficult diagnosis with care and accuracy. I have no hesitation in recommending them. I shall be staying with them now I have found them.
Couldn't have been more helpful! I've now abandoned my masochistic NHS dentist and joined up to Azure on the back of one emergency appointment 🙂
11:36 17 Apr 17
A very professional and caring service. Time was taken to explain all the options for my potential treatments. A full explanation was given to all the pre treatment screening examinations. I would highly recommend this practice
05:55 11 Apr 17
17:10 31 Mar 17
Great service by friendly professionals
07:18 31 Mar 17
Excellent service in a very relaxing atmosphere. If you are worried about going to the dentist, or are a nervous patient, I can strongly recommend this practice. I used to hate going to the dentist, but now that I have registered with Azure Dental, I'm actually looking forward to my next visit! Many thanks to Dan and his team.
Brilliant staff and practice.made to feel relaxed and in safe hands.cant wait to have my dental plan worked out.
20:34 02 Mar 17
Marvellous and painless treatment and friendly staff. No complaints. I've recommended Azure to my daughter and now she's joined and is confident to have alignment done by them. You can have a laugh with the team there and there's not many dentists you can say that about!! X
Hi Just wanted to write a review about Azure Dental Formby. I have only currently joined the practice and have visited a couple of times as I am getting continuous treatment at the moment. I can not recommend this practice highly enough. From the staff to the treatment i am having, 1st class service. I am finally after having years of problems with my teeth getting my smile back to how it was. Can not thank them all enough. ����
Excellent service from all the staff, l was really scared of going to the dentist but they put me at ease. Would recommend them to family or friends ( Excellent )Ron Donnelly
13:08 07 Dec 16
Really honest, helpful and knowledgeable staff. Glad I came all the way from North Wales. Worth the extra travel. Thank you
18:53 30 Nov 16
An excellent first visit to Azure dental practice. I was seen by Dan who explained everything in detail. The examination was thorough Dan explained all my options in detail. Emma was warm and friendly too and the whole experience was enjoyable, which isn't usually something I would say about a dentist. I will definitely be going back.
11:08 21 Nov 16
great service explained everything to me Dan made me feel comfortable would recomened Azur Dental to anyone thanks for everthing
Hard man Connah
18:23 30 Oct 16
I have a phobia about dentists,and thought I would give this place a go. Pain free caught my eye,and it was pain free!! The staff make you feel very welcome and have great sense of humour,which is needed for me!! Dan the man is fantastic,he does what he advertises pain free!! Excellent practice,highly recommend it to everyone.
Absolutely perfect... Cannot believe how well the implant looks and feels .Well done team !! Despite the amount of attention required , I don't think I've ever had such a painfree dental experience in my life. "Dan's the Man" Thank you so much and your super duper assistant . Didn't quite appreciate her raving about Costa toast though, when my stomach was screaming for me to try out my new tooth on anything at all, ha ha .
16:32 11 Aug 16
Perfect service and painless treatment . Dan has made my teeth alot healthier now since I switched two years ago.
Professional and friendly. Wanted invisalign and was recommended practice. After having visited practice I have recommended to friends and family and basically anyone who will listen as extremely happy with treatment and results😊
12:30 20 Jul 16
If you want great pain free treatment, then this is the dentist you have to visit. Best dentist I've ever had. Thanks Dan and your fantastic team.
Saw Dan for the first time today. I was losing my mind with worry, he put me at ease explaining all and I felt re assured and very comfortable. Even with all my treatments to come which have been discussed, I felt ready to take it all on and finally feel good about my teeth. Thanks Dan! 🙂
Very pleased with the treatment I had. Will be visiting again soon.
07:49 11 Jul 16
I have always suffered from gum infections leading to receding gums and ultimately loss of teeth. I have a very unreasonable fear of dentist. I attended Azure for a consultation which was very thorough . I was assured that my fear would be treated with respect. My next appointment went absolutely superb. I have another appointment in the near future and I am not feeling the fear! Would absolutely recommend Azure to anyone.
Currently undergoing comestic dentistry work. Dan is a fantastic person and always very optimistic. The staff are pleasant and always put you at ease. I would recommend anyone after the treatments they offer to go.
Iam currently undergoing treatment with Dan and his team and can't thank them enough. I was so apprehensive and nervous regarding dentists but no more after visiting Azure. They really do put you at ease and endeavour to make your treatment pain free. If you have a dentist phobia Dan and his team are well worth a visit.
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