Orthodontist Manchester – Invisalign vs Lingual Braces

Smile Manchester Orthodontics – Braces or dental aligners?

If you’re looking for advice on smile Manchester orthodontics or proof of how orthodontics can help you such as Inman Aligner before and after pictures, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Church Road Dental we have a highly skilled team who arguably offer some of the best orthodontic treatment around. So if you want to know what Invisalign offers Manchester patients or how lingual braces makes adult orthodontics more discreet, then we can help.

Of all the questions asked about orthodontic treatments, one of the most common is ‘Braces or aligners – which is best?’ So with this in mind we’re going to try to answer the question in this article.

According to the British Orthodontic Society just under 1 million people had orthodontic treatment last year and almost half of these were adults. Fortunately today’s orthodontics aren’t limited to those heavy metallic braces we all remember as children. Instead there are a wide variety of lighter, discreet braces and aligners which can all successfully straighten teeth.


There are several types of aligner such as the Inman Aligner and the Invisalign Aligner and one of the main advantages of the latter in particular is that invisalign offers manchester patients a form of  discreet orthodontic treatment that enables the person to go about their daily life with as little interruption as possible. Rather than using a series of brackets and wires to straighten teeth, Invisalign utilises a series of clear invisible aligners which are worn directly over teeth like a gum shield. Aligners are changed every few weeks until the teeth are straightened, although treatment can take up to 18 months to complete depending on circumstances. Unlike many types of brace systems, aligners are easily removable and are normally taken out when eating and brushing teeth.

Invisalign can cure pretty much any teeth problems whereas the Inman aligner is primarily used for straightening the visible front teeth that can be seen when you smile. For this reason the Inman aligner gives quick results with a typical treatment lasting 6-18 weeks. Hence when you visit an orthodontic website you’re likely to see a lot of Inman Aligner before and after pictures.

Brace systems

Unlike aligners, most brace systems tend to be fixed and therefore can’t be removed when eating or brushing. This can be an advantage as it removes the temptation to take them out for longer than you should. Like aligners brace systems can also be discreet, particularly the clear brace variety which are usually made from either ceramic and tooth coloured wiring, or a heavy duty clear plastic. Brace systems can also be either accelerated or long-term treatments. Similar to the Inman aligner, accelerated brace treatments such as C Fast, Six Month Smiles and Secret Smile tend to correct the aesthetics of a Manchester smile, rather than deal with more complex problems. This means that people requiring tooth root straightening and severe bite alignment will need longer term treatments.

As you can see, brace systems and aligners have their pros and cons. For example Invisalign offers Manchester patients the utmost discretion although this comes at a price because Invisalign isn’t a cheap treatment when compared to other brace systems. Brace systems offer speedy treatments but then again, so does the Inman Aligner. Before and after pictures for both types of treatments are also comparable. So where does that leave us?

Well, it really does all boil down to how you feel about wearing braces as a patient, the type of treatment you need, and indeed your budget. Ultimately if you’re looking for smile Manchester orthodontic advice and have been recommended braces by your dentist then come and have a chat with us. To make an appointment you can either visit our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk or contact us directly on 0161 660 1218

Orthodontics Manchester – What Are My Options

Orthodontics Manchester – What Are My Options?

If you’re in need of orthodontic treatments such as braces, Manchester residents can rest assured that there’s a treatment to suit their needs. In fact when it comes to orthodontics, Manchester based Church Road Dental and Cosmetics has a wide range of brace systems to deal with a variety of conditions including crooked teeth, teeth overcrowding, flared teeth and  even tooth gapping. In fact you could say that we’ve fast become your go to smile dentist Manchester.

So what options are available to you?

Depending upon your needs we have a brace system to suit. The good news is that braces are no longer solely the domain of young teenagers who wear them to help correct oral problems when their teeth are still growing. Nowadays more and more adults are turning to orthodontic treatments to solve their own oral issues such as malocclusions or crowded teeth, or simply to restore their great looking smile. As such they have a wide variety to choose from.

Metallic style braces

For those who feel comfortable about wearing braces, they can opt for the metallic style ‘bracket and wire’ braces that younger teens are often associated with. In terms of cost these are usually the least expensive and modern day metallic braces are a far cry from the heavy clunky braces of old. They’re used to correct a wide variety of issues such as those listed above and depending upon the needs of the individual, treatment can take anything from 1-3 years.

Clear braces

For those who like their orthodontics in Manchester a little more discreet, then a form of clear braces might be the answer. Many are made from plastic or ceramic and contain tooth coloured wiring, meaning they’re less noticeable than their stainless steel counterparts, hence the name. Within this category you have conventional brace systems (eg, those that correct not only the look of the teeth but the underlying physical qualities such as root alignment) and then you have accelerated brace systems. Both systems tend to cost more than their stainless steel cousins.

Accelerated or fast brace systems are ideal for those people who are concerned purely with the aesthetics of their smile (eg, the teeth themselves) and not the underlying factors such as bite and root alignment. They function in exactly the same way as other brace systems by gently coaxing the teeth into position over a period of time, except in this instance most are designed solely to correct the upper and lower front teeth only. This is why they’re classed as ‘fast’ or ‘accelerated’ treatments. Despite their limited capabilities, accelerated systems such as Inman aligners, C-Fast, and Secret Smiles are incredibly popular. On average treatment takes 3-6 months to complete and offers a quick fix solution to conventional braces in Manchester.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces work in exactly the same way as many other brace systems in that they push or pull the teeth into position by means of applying gentle force but the difference is that the brackets and wiring, which is usually located on the front of the teeth, is fixed to the back of the teeth. This means that they’re incredibly discreet to wear as none of the usual ‘brace signs’ are visible from the front.


If you want to get away from the ‘bracket and wiring’ style type of brace system altogether then you might want to opt for Invisalign. They’re considerably more expensive than most other orthodontics Manchester but when it comes to aesthetics they’re worth it. Consisting of a series of bespoke aligners they’re worn like clear gum shields over the teeth. Each aligner is different to the next and is designed to coax the teeth back into position by applying natural pressure. Treatment can take up to 18 months and patients can have around 36 aligners during that time. Invisalign brace systems can treat a whole host of orthodontic problems. In fact for a smile dentist Manchester, they offer a perfect all round solution that will appeal to many people.

To find out more about braces Manchester and what suits your needs then why not book yourself a consultation. At our orthodontics Manchester clinic Dr Shi Karim and the team will listen to your needs and suggest the perfect brace system to suit. To make an appointment visit our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk or contact us directly on  0161 660 1218 and let us help you bring back your great looking smile.

How An Inman Aligner Can Help

Fast Orthodontic Treatment – How An Inman Aligner Can Help

If you’re looking to correct crowding or protrusion of the visible upper and lower teeth, then you might want to opt for fast orthodontic treatment. Because this type of procedure is perfect for correcting the aesthetics of your smile rather than the underlying factors such as root straightening, it’s ideal for those looking for a quick fix solution. What’s more brace systems like an Inman Aligner cost UK patients considerably less than when you compare it to holistic orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign.

At Clear Braces Manchester we offer many accelerated orthodontic treatments including the Inman Aligner. So how does this particular brace system help? Let’s take a closer look.

Fits in perfectly with your lifestyle

Because of the way the Inman aligner is designed, it’s made to be easily removed. Although ideally it’s best to wear the retainer for around 20 hours every day, you can easily remove it as and when you choose, in order to fit in perfectly with your lifestyle. For people who feel self-conscious about wearing orthodontic brace systems, the Inman Aligner provides that perfect balance.

It’s kind to teeth

Even though an Inman aligner cost UK patients less than other forms of orthodontic treatments it doesn’t make it any less better. On the contrary Inman Aligners are known for being very kind to teeth as their push/pull system is designed specifically to gently coerce the teeth into position over time. As a result patients report feeling little or no tooth pain as the teeth are moving.

It’s quick

As far as fast orthodontic treatment goes, Inman Aligners are particularly quick. In fact in some cases, depending upon the condition of the teeth, results can be achieved in as little as 6 weeks, and even in cases where more work is needed then patients can expect results in around 12-18 weeks. When you compare this to other accelerated brace systems, in some it can take around 24 weeks to achieve the same results.

Just the one appliance is needed

Finally the Inman Aligner is hassle-free because unlike other forms of  aligner, just one system should be sufficient for the entire treatment. What’s more an Inman Aligner is simple to fit and can be completed in one easy session.

If you’d like to find out more information about an Inman Aligner cost UK and how it can help you, or indeed any other information on fast orthodontic treatment or clear braces Manchester, then book a free, no-obligation consultation with with Dr Shi Karim and the team. We’ll answer all your questions and concerns as well as coming up with the perfect orthodontic solution for your needs. Remember, you don’t have to suffer with crooked or crowded teeth, so why not make a booking by visiting our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk or by contacting us directly on 0161 660 1218 today. Start the ball rolling towards restoring your great looking smile right now and in 6-18 weeks you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

Clear Braces How Modern Orthodontic Manchester Treatments have improved

How Modern Orthodontic Manchester Treatments have improved

In years gone by the only real form of orthodontic Manchester treatment was those heavy metallic ‘train track’ style braces that many children wore throughout their school years. Now however our smiles dental Manchester clinic offers a whole host of orthodontic treatments that are not only for adults, but are also incredibly discreet. In fact treatments such as Invisalign braces Manchester are about as far away from traditional metal style braces that you can get. So what’s changed.

Advanced technology

Over the past decade or so dental technology has come on in leaps and bounds. Not just with innovations such as dental implants, but for orthodontic treatments as well. Materials are now more lightweight than ever, meaning that braces are more comfortable. Computerised design means that aligners such as those needed for orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign, can be individually made with pinpoint accuracy, and bracket and wire braces can be made smaller so that they’re more discreet than ever before. This means that anyone needing orthodontic Manchester treatments are likely to find it way more appealing than they may have done in childhood.

More self conscious about body image

Fuelled by the celebrities of our time who always seem to be in the public eye, people nowadays appear to be more self conscious about body image and this includes teeth. Although orthodontic treatments such as braces have been around for decades, no adult really wants to be seen or noticed wearing them. However advances in technology means that treatments such as clear braces or Invisalign braces in Manchester are not only very discreet, but are a world away from the traditional bracket and wire type braces that we’ve come to know. This means that for the first time adults can carry out their normal daily lives without feeling conscious of the fact that they are wearing noticeable braces.

Faster treatment time

In a world of quick fix solutions, orthodontic treatments such as braces stood out for taking anything up to 3 years to complete. Over the past few years however accelerated brace systems such as C-Fast, Secret Smile, and Six Month Smiles have come onto the market. Now instead of taking years, those people who were purely focused on the aesthetics of their smile rather than underlying corrective measures, were able to have their visible upper and lower teeth straightened in as little as two or three months. This means that now, brace systems particularly the accelerated clear brace variety, have become a viable option for many people. As such the percentage of adults opting for orthodontic Manchester treatment is greater now than ever before.

Whether you’re opting for Invisalign braces Manchester or any other type of clear fixed brace systems then we can help. Our experienced team led by Shi Karim have the skills to bring back your perfect smile. Whether you’re after a quick aesthetic fix, or a long term solution to crooked, flared, or gapped teeth then we believe that smiles dental Manchester doesn’t get any better than this. To book a no-obligation consultation, ether visit our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk or phone us directly on 0161 660 1218 and put an end to your problem teeth once and for all.

Clear Braces Manchester Invisalign Manchester Exploring 5 Great Benefits

Invisalign Manchester – Exploring 5 Great Benefits

If you’re searching for adult orthodontic braces in Manchester then one of the best treatments on offer is Invisalign. Manchester patients do have a varied choice of clear fixed, and ceramic style braces that can help to correct misaligned, flared or gapped teeth, but in Manchester, Invisalign has many benefits over its brace system counterparts. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at what these are.


Even with the latest advancements in clear fixed brace systems they can still appear noticeable to other sharp-eyed individuals when the wearer smiles or speaks. Despite being tooth coloured, if you look closely enough, those tell tale wires and brackets can still be seen. Conversely as the name suggests Invisalign braces are pretty much invisible. This means that people who are particularly self conscious can wear them without being noticed.


While it’s true that braces have come a long way over the years they can still take a little getting used to when wearing them. However, in Manchester, Invisalign has changed all that. Invisalign provides a comfortable way to wear braces purely because they don’t rely on the bracket and wiring system as countless other braces do. Instead they involve a series of aligners, similar to clear gum shields which are worn directly over the teeth. This means that unlike conventional braces you don’t have any sharp bits of metal which can in some cases protrude and scratch the mouth.

They’re arguably more hygienic

One of the problems with many braces in Manchester is that once they’re attached they can’t be removed until the treatment is complete. Often this is 18 months to 2 years down the line. During this time food debris can get caught up in and around the wiring so they need to be cleaned thoroughly and regularly. The other issue is that when some brace systems are fitted, certain areas of your teeth aren’t easily accessed for cleaning, meaning that bacteria can build up and decay can take hold. Alternatively, with Invisalign although they work best when kept in for 20 hours or more per day, they are made to be removed when eating and cleaning teeth. This makes them arguably more hygienic and easier to maintain than conventional braces.

Less hassle

When it comes to Invisalign, Manchester patients who have them fitted state that they’re virtually hassle free. The reason? Because unlike conventional braces that operate using brackets and wiring, Invisalign work by means of a series of clear plastic trays (aligners) which gently and gradually shift your teeth back to the ideal position. Each aligner is individually crafted to your specific needs and is different. Every time you wear one, it forces the teeth to maintain a certain direction. Over a period of 9 -18 months and many aligners later. you should have perfectly straight teeth. Aligners can be swapped and replaced with ease. This is something that’s usually done every two weeks and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. Alternatively if a conventional brace needs adjusting it has to be carried out back at the dental clinic so constant visits are a must.

No surprises

Perhaps the biggest advantage of Invisalign braces in Manchester is that there are no surprises when it comes to treatment. Each step of the process is meticulously planned out and plotted on a computer so the patient knows at every single stage what their teeth will look like. This includes the length of time they’re expected to wear the aligners for. Conversely with conventional braces there is always that element of not knowing and often the process gives no clear idea of how long the treatment is going to take.

So there you have it, 5 great advantages of Invisalign. Manchester orthodontic clinics are embracing Invisalign more and more and as such they’re fast becoming a popular form of adult orthodontic treatment. Although they cost more than your conventional brace system, for many they’re well worth the cost, and having read this, it’s easy to understand why.

If you’re interested in Manchester Invisalign then book yourself a no-obligation consultation with Shi Karim and the team. To make an appointment either visit our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk or contact us directly on 0161 660 1218 today and start the ball rolling towards achieving a great looking smile.

Clear Braces Manchester Manchester Clear Braces Why Opt For Fast Brace Treatments

Manchester Clear Braces –Why Opt For Fast Brace Treatments?

Accelerated or fast brace orthodontic treatments such as 6 month smiles Manchester or lingual braces Manchester are becoming more and more popular amongst the adult population. As a result it’s now much easier to find a clinic in the Manchester area that offers such treatments. So why do people prefer this type of orthodontics?

In the past orthodontic treatments involving braces were mainly the preserve of children and young teenagers. This is because at these early stages when children are growing into adulthood it’s considered the best time to correct problem teeth. However over the past decade or so, advances in technology such as Manchester clear braces means that more adults, who for whatever reason opted not to wear braces as children, can now have corrective orthodontic treatments in a similar way. In this instance however, they can be made more discreet and in some cases virtually invisible, and, depending upon the needs and requirements of the patient, treatment times can also be accelerated. This means that instead of wearing braces for 2 years or more, treatment times can be as little as a few months.

So what type of person suits fast brace systems the best?

In essence accelerated or fast brace systems suit any number of people. Firstly brace systems such as C-Fast, 6 Month Smiles and to a lesser extent lingual braces Manchester are designed to concentrate their efforts on straightening the upper and lower teeth that are visible when the patient smiles. They may also correct lesser orthodontic problems such as gapped or flared teeth. For these reasons, those people who are purely concerned with the aesthetics of their smile (eg, how they look) or those with slight orthodontic issues that warrant a fast solution (say an upcoming event such as a wedding) are ideal candidates. In the age where image is everything, it’s understandable that affordable treatments such as 6 month smiles in Manchester are proving very popular.

Who doesn’t suit fast brace treatments?

Conversely for those people that are suffering from more severe orthodontic issues such as teeth overcrowding or a problematic over or under bite, fast orthodontic treatments aren’t the solution. The same goes for those wanting tooth root alignment in addition to straightening teeth, or those who need entire rows of teeth re-aligned. For these people there are better orthodontic treatments available from discreet tooth coloured ceramic braces through to invisible ‘aligner style’ removable brace systems such as Invisalign.

If as an adult you’re conscious about wearing metallic style braces and would prefer something more discreet then you’ve come to the right place. At Church Road Dental and Cosmetics we offer a wide range of long term and accelerated clear braces Manchester treatments. These include 6 Month Smiles Manchester, Invisalign, Inman aligners, C-Fast, Secret Smile and lingual braces Manchester. To find out more why not book yourself a free no-obligation consultation where you can get all your questions and concerns answered. To make an appointment either visit our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk or contact us directly on 0161 660 1218. Shi Karim and the team look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful smile once and for all.

Clear Braces Manchester Inman Aligner Manchester Discussing The Pros and Cons

Inman Aligner Manchester -Discussing The Pros and Cons

If you’re considering opting for clear braces, Manchester clinics offer a wide range of choices. One popular orthodontic treatment that your dentist might suggest is the Inman aligner. Manchester dental practices are embracing the Inman aligner because it has many advantages over other orthodontic treatments; but is it the right choice for you? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

Firstly the pros…

They’re removable

What separates Inman aligners from other types of clear fixed braces Manchester is that they’re designed to be easily removed. However, for best results it’s suggested that you wear them for at least 20 hours a day. That said, they are designed to be removed when eating and brushing your teeth. Ultimately this means all round better hygiene as you have easy access to your teeth but also, you’re far less likely to trap food debris between the fittings, which can be a common problem with other fixed dental brace systems.

Fast treatment

One of the main benefits of being fitted with an Inman aligner is that treatment times are often quicker than with more conventional brace systems. The longer they’re worn each day the faster a patient should see results. On average treatment times take somewhere between 6-16 weeks. When you compare this to conventional metallic style brace systems, which can take up to 2 years to compete, it’s understandable why many people opt for this type of orthodontic dentistry.

They’re discreet

The one thing that puts many people (particularly adults) off from having orthodontic treatment is that braces can be very prominent when you smile. Although with the Inman aligner system there is a visible metal bar that shows across the front of your teeth, as with other clear braces, Manchester patients will appreciate that it’s very discreet.

They’re cost effective

For those that are cost conscious, the Inman aligner offers a cheaper alternative to other clear fixed braces in Manchester, especially when compared to brace systems such as Invisalign. Ultimately this means that for those looking to correct crooked, gapped, or flared teeth they offer an affordable option.

Now we’ve had a look at the pros let’s take a look at the cons…

Won’t suit every patient

Although an Inman aligner in Manchester is perfect for those looking for purely aesthetic corrections, particularly when it comes to straightening visible front teeth, they aren’t ideal for those with more complex orthodontic issues. For instance, an Inman aligner isn’t designed to correct an over bite, tooth root alignment, or severe tooth overcrowding, whereas other clear braces Manchester treatments such as Invisalign are.

Discreet but not invisible

As already discussed although the Inman aligner is discreet, it isn’t entirely invisible as the thin bar that stretches across the front of a patient’s teeth is noticeable when they smile or speak. As a result for those who are particularly image conscious, there are other treatments out there such as Invisalign which may be better suited.

Takes a little getting used to

The Inman aligner works with a coiled spring and bar system. From behind the teeth a coiled spring gently pushes on the teeth, while at the front a metal bar cleverly coaxes them into position. Because of this they may take a little getting used to. Usually for the first week the system can slightly affect a wearer’s speech and cause extra salivation, but normally this problem disappears after a short while.

If you’d like to find out more about the Inman aligner, Manchester clinic Church Road Dental and Cosmetics is the place to go. Shi Karim and the team have been successfully fitting clear braces Manchester and clear fixed braces Manchester for many years and as a result have the skills and the experience to give you the great looking smile you long for. Why not contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation. To make an appointment either visit our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk or contact us directly on 0161 660 1218. We look forward to meeting you.

Clear Braces Manchester Clear Fixed Braces Manchester Why Do Adults Need Them

Clear Fixed Braces Manchester – Why Do Adults Need Them?

When we think of orthodontic treatments most of us imagine those metallic style braces that many of us wore as children. While it’s true that the ideal time for orthodontic smiles dental Manchester treatments such as braces is somewhere between the ages 10 and 14 when the teeth are still growing, many adults are also now opting for orthodontic treatments using clear fixed braces Manchester.

In fact if you do a google search for ‘Inman aligner cost UK‘ (a popular form of invisible braces) you’ll see that there are over 23,000 search results, so clearly, clear fixed brace treatments are very sought after. But why do adults need them?

As you get older your teeth can be problematic. For example teeth can simply start to shift with age. This is usually caused by a missing tooth. This can result in crooked and overcrowded teeth which can make it difficult to brush and floss. You may start experiencing jaw pain or alternatively you s no longer want to have a smile that you deem as unattractive. Other adults opt for smiles dental Manchester treatments because they’ve always experienced crooked teeth and didn’t wear braces when they were younger, or conversely others may feel that now is the time to act. Whatever the reason, more adults are opting for clear fixed braces in Manchester than ever before.

Clear brace systems – spoilt for choice

The good news is that orthodontic treatments such as clear braces have many advantages. Firstly as the name implies they’re discreet to wear. Most are made using tooth coloured wiring and brackets and some, such as lingual braces, are attached to the back of the teeth rather than the front, so they aren’t visible at all. Others such as Invisalign do away with the traditional bracket and wiring concept altogether in favour of aligner trays that sit over the teeth like a gum shield. In fact there are many different types of clear brace system available so it’s down to you and your orthodontist to select the right one for your needs.

Accelerated brace systems

If you ever had to wear braces as a child you’ll know that treatment could last anywhere between 1-2 years. However as an adult you can opt for accelerated brace systems such as C-Fast, Six Month Smiles, Secret Smiles and Inman Aligners. These types of brace system concentrate solely on straightening the teeth that can be seen. From an aesthetic standpoint they offer a great quick fix solution because in some cases treatment can be completed in a matter of a few months. However what they don’t and can’t do is to treat other issues that lengthier brace treatments such as invisalign can. This includes tooth root alignment and bite positioning. For those who are purely interested in having straighter visible teeth as a cosmetic treatment then they’re ideal. However for those with underlying tooth conditions then other orthodontic treatments may well be better suited.

As you can see, even as an adult you don’t have to put up with crooked teeth. There are many smiles dental Manchester treatments that can help. Clear fixed braces Manchester are very different from conventional brace systems although they have the ability to achieve the same results.

If you’re looking for answers to Inman aligner cost UK, or simply need more information on adult brace systems then you can either search our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk or alternatively you can book yourself a free no obligation consultation with Shi Karim and the team. To make an appointment, contact us directly on 0161 660 1218 and take a step closer towards restoring that great looking smile.