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65 Ormskirk Road
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Tel: 01695 627 617
Email: info@straphaelsdental.co.uk

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    1. About Orthodontics (Braces)

      16th August 2018 by St Raphaels Dental

      What is orthodontic treatment?

      Orthodontics (referred to a having braces) is generally the treatment to improve the appearance and alignment of teeth relating to a range of conditions including crowding and protruding teeth.  Orthodontics aims to also correct issues with how the teeth bite together.


      What is an orthodontist?

      Orthodontists are qualified dentists who have completed additional training and examinations with a view to specialising in orthodontics.  A specialist in orthodontist will have completed an additional 3 years of full time postgraduate training following on from an initial 5 years studying dentistry.  Only these dentists are eligible to register with the General Dental Council as a specialist in the field of orthodontics.

      Our practice principle and orthodontist Mrs Puthri Raphy has completed 3 years postgraduate training working on the orthodontic clinic at Liverpool Dental Hospital and is registered as a specialist in orthodontics.


      How do I see an orthodontist?

      Normally your dentist will refer you to an orthodontist should you qualify for free NHS orthodontic dental treatment (according to age and national clinical criteria) and you would attend a consultation.  Following your consultation you will be added to a waiting list to start NHS orthodontic treatment.

      If you are considering “braces” and if you don’t qualify for free NHS orthodontic treatment or don’t wish to wait for NHS orthodontic treatment to start at St Raphael’s Dental Practice we are able to offer orthodontic treatment provided by our orthodontist Puthri on a private basis offering a range of various treatment options including fixed, removable and clear braces.  We offer treatment for children right up to adults with a range of flexible repayment options and appointment times.

      When does orthodontic treatment start?

      Orthodontic usually starts once most of a child’s permanent teeth have come through, however this can vary from person to person but more common during secondary school.

      What should I be aware of before the start of orthodontic treatment? 

      Patients looking to undergo orthodontic treatment must demonstrate a commitment and a good standard of oral hygiene including adequate home care of teeth and gums as orthodontic appliances can increase the risk of dental decay as fixed appliances require more careful cleaning and extra brushing time.  Patients must also be prepared to avoid sugary drinks and hard foods.  Your orthodontist will give you tips and advice on how to look after your mouth whilst undergoing orthodontic treatment.


      Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

      It is normally to experience a degree of discomfort and you may notice some tenderness and aching as the teeth start to move, however in most cases this discomfort will wear off in a matter of days.  Speak to your orthodontist about how to manage any discomfort.


      If you are considering “braces” and if you don’t qualify for free NHS orthodontic treatment or don’t wish to wait for NHS orthodontic treatment contact our treatment coordinator who can provide you with more information or to arrange an initial orthodontic consultation / assessment with our orthodontist either call 01695 627 617 or email ortho@straphaelsdental.co.uk  

    2. Spread the cost of your dental hygiene appointments

      29th January 2018 by St Raphaels Dental


      St Raphaels Dental Practice in Upholland near Wigan, Ormskirk & Skelmersdale is proud to announce that we have recently launched our new Halo Oral Health plans allowing our patients to spread the cost of seeing the dental hygienist over the year by paying monthly Direct Debits.

      gum disease

      The benefits of our oral health care plans:  

      • Hassle free
      • No need for credit checks or completing lengthy forms
      • No set up fees or interest to pay
      • Plan members save when spreading the cost over the year compared to pay as you go
      • Simple monthly Direct Debit via our payment partner gocardless
      • Plan members receive a 10% discount off any advance hygienist treatment where required
      • Plan members can decide on 6 monthly or 3 monthly appointments
      • Rapid air flow stain removal included as standard where necessary

      To find out more follow the link below to download our oral health plan brochure and to find out more about periodontal disease:  St Raphaels Dental Practice gum health

      If you are concerned about gum disease or you already visit our dental hygienist and would like to know more about how our oral health care plans can benefit you, please call us on 01695 627 617 or email us at hello@straphaelsdental.co.uk


    3. Skelmersdale 12 week challenge Oral Health Challenge

      6th April 2017 by St Raphaels Dental

      Here at St Raphael’s Dental Practice in Upholland, Skelmersdale, as dentists we care about our community and whenskelmersdale food initiative we heard about how Skelmersdale Food Initiative was running 12-week sessions to help the local community to make the right choices, we knew we had to be a part of this movement. The 12-week initiative can be found here http://www.scfi.org.uk/ and is supported by Active West Lancs who are also striving to improve the lifestyles of the local people.

      The 12-week initiative

      The 12-week initiative can be found here http://www.scfi.org.uk/ and is supported by Active West Lancs who are also striving to improve the lifestyles of the local people.

      As dental professionals, we possess knowledge from extensive research on how sugar can not only have an effect on your teeth, but also your health. Sugar has addictive capabilities which are similar to that of Cocaine! This is a shocking fact.

      Refined Sugar

      Refined sugar is placed in quite a lot of your daily food intake. It is hidden so well in food, even your
      spaghetti bolognese sauce contains refined sugar! Recently the government has made it a requirement for

      Recently the government has made it a requirement for food manufacturers to highlight by a colour coding system the amount of food the product contains and how much of your daily requirement it meets. Some researchers say this information is not accurate either.

      Educating the Community

      Our lovely dentist, Sarah, went to one of the Skelmersdale Food Initiatives to help educate the group members on how sugar affects your overall health, how sugar affects your teeth and which foods that claim to be healthy actually contains tonnes of sugar.







    4. Mouth Cancer Action Month Oral Cancer Screenings

      21st November 2016 by St Raphaels Dental

      Every November the dental community in the UK come together to raise awareness of an important issue in oral health which is Oral Cancer also known as mouth cancer. Mouth cancer has been on the rise alongside the consumption of alcohol, smoking, oral sex (human papilloma virus), diet and chewing tobacco.

      To help raise awareness of Mouth Cancer, The Oral Health Foundation, a dental charity, has set up Mouth Cancer Action Month where dental professionals get together to officially raise awareness and whats better then actually providing free oral cancer screenings to everyone!

      That’s we exactly did! St Raphael’s Dental Practice and The Concourse Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale, got together to provide free oral cancer screenings to the public and their staff on the 19th November. Our dentist Dr Monika Anand, Practice Manager David Noone and our Business Development Manager Hassan Mushaid, set up a small clinic in a retail outlet provided by The Concourse Shopping Centre and spent the full day giving the people of Skelmersdale all clears.

      mouth cancer action month

      Although on the day, we did discover and referred 2 people to the hospital as there was some warning signs present. For these people it was a surprise but better to be safe and get a clearer diagnosis at the hospital. You can see how important it is to raise the awareness of Mouth Cancer!

      We also gave away free dental goodie bags to every person that recieved an oral cancer screening which included 2 min tooth brushing timers, chewing gums, toothbrushes, toothpastes and much more.

      Dr Monika Anand said “The oral cancer clinic turned out to be a huge success. People were delighted that they could have this type of services in a popular shopping complex as some of them have been waiting to see a dentist for many years. It really does remind you why we become dentists, to help people. I would look forward to providing this type of service again next year”

      As part of providing excellent dental care, we provide oral cancer screenings as part of our dental examinations at every appointment for all our clients.

      Some of the risk factors that contribute to the risk of getting mouth cancer include;oral cancer screenings

      • Smoking
      • Alcohol
      • Oral sex (HPV)
      • Chewing tobacco
      • Passive smoking
      • Diet

      You can learn more about the risks associated with oral cancer please visit Mouth Cancer Website where they also have a guide at detecting the symptoms too.

      If you believe you may be suffering with any of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer then please do give us a call on 01695 627617 or email us using the online contact form.

    5. What Makes Us Tick?

      1st November 2016 by St Raphaels Dental

      The team at St Raphaels were extremely excited when they found out that the Wigan Evening Post wanted to do a story on why we do what we do and what made us all tick together.

      We were asked a series of questions from the reporter there to find out what type of services we provided, treatments that we helped people with, how long we have been established and where as a business and a team planning to go as we develope over the years.

      We are pretty sure you will find this a great read as well as insightful into the background operations of the dental practice. You also get to know our team in a lot more personal view. The team are what makes and ticks St Raphaels Dental Practice and you will be seeing more of us within our community with future charity work as well as bringing the latest treatments into the heart of Upholland, Skelmersdale. Enjoy the read 🙂

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