Orthodontics Manchester – How Do Braces Straighten Teeth?

Orthodontic Braces In Manchester – What Are The Various Types?

Few people are fortunate enough to be born with perfect teeth so orthodontic treatment such as Manchester Invisalign or lingual braces Manchester can help to restore a less than perfect smile. The good news for many adults is that braces in Manchester have moved on since the days of their childhood and now there are a wide variety available. In this post we’re going to give a quick overview and explanation of the various types.

Metallic or traditional braces

Most of us remember the heavy metallic ‘train track’ braces that many of us wore as children and this is probably the image that springs to mind when the words ‘orthodontic braces’ are mentioned. Fortunately modern day metallic braces are smaller, lighter, and more discreet than their predecessors. In addition new heat activated arch-wires use body heat to shift teeth quickly and less painfully than older systems.

Pros – They’re the least expensive type of brace and they’re available on the NHS making them extremely cost effective. What’s more they can come with customisable coloured bands, so for children or adults that want to express themselves, conventional metal style braces in Manchester offer the perfect opportunity.

Cons – Despite the fact that they’re lighter and smaller, they’re still the most noticeable type of brace.

Ceramic braces

Manufactured in exactly the same style as metallic braces using a series of brackets and wiring,  ceramic braces utilise clear brackets and tooth-coloured wiring in order to make them less visible than conventional braces.

Pros – Similarly to lingual braces, Manchester patients will be pleased to know that they’re ideal for those who aren’t at all confident about wearing braces and therefore don’t want them to be particularly noticeable. In addition they can also move teeth faster than other types of brace.

Cons – They are more expensive than conventional metal braces and in addition the tooth coloured brackets are prone to staining if not taken care of, thus affecting their ability to be discreet.

Lingual Braces

The main difference about lingual braces Manchester as opposed to any other form of bracket and wire brace system is that they’re secured to the back of the teeth rather than the front.

Pros – Lingual braces are completely invisible from the front so wearers can smile with confidence.

Cons –  They’re more expensive than many other forms of orthodontic treatments and because they’re fastened to the rear of your teeth, they can take a bit of getting used to. Regular adjustments made at the dentist can also be more complex than with traditional braces. In addition, they’re not always appropriate for severe orthodontic cases.


This type of orthodontic treatment is about as far removed from other brace systems as you can possibly get in Manchester. Invisalign consists of a series of custom made aligners known as trays that are worn over the teeth like a clear gum shield. They’re designed to be removable when eating and cleaning the teeth. Each aligner is taken out and the next one in the series inserted every two weeks throughout treatment.

Pros – They’re about as invisible and discreet as orthodontic treatments get. As they’re removed and inserted by the patient at home they involve less visits to the dentist. Instead progress check-ups usually take place every 6 weeks. They can also be used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic problems.

Cons – Because each aligner has to be specially made to suit a patient’s requirements they don’t come cheap. As such they’re one of the most expensive treatments available. Because they’re fashioned from a clear light acrylic they’re also hard to spot when put down (similar to a contact lens) so they can be easily lost and therefore costly to replace. They also need to be regularly cleaned in a solution to avoid unsightly staining.

So there you have it! The various types of braces in Manchester and their pros and cons.

Remember, if you’re considering orthodontic treatment, whether that involves Manchester Invisalign or lingual braces, Manchester-based Church Road Dental and Cosmetics can help. To book yourself a consultation visit our website at www.clearbracesmancester.co.uk or contact us directly on 0161 660 1218.

Clear Braces Manchester – Helping More Than Just Your Smile

Clear Braces Manchester – Helping More Than Just Your Smile

For those who suffer with crooked or misaligned teeth one sure-fire way to solve the problem is to be fitted with orthodontic braces. Manchester patients have a variety of choice when it comes to wearing braces and these can range from cheap clear braces Manchester, through to modern conventional bracket and wire style systems.

Despite the fact that orthodontic treatment can successfully help with a wide variety of dental problems, it isn’t just your teeth that benefit from clear braces. Manchester patients will be pleased to know that there are also other major benefits too. Let’s take a closer look.

Gives you a real confidence boost

A smile is one of the main ways in which we interact positively with others and we also use it to express degrees of happiness. If you can’t or won’t express a smile because of the way your teeth look, you could be holding yourself back in social situations. As such it’s easy to come across to others as lacking confidence or aloof. In some circumstances people tend to withdraw from situations altogether so that they don’t have to feel embarrassed about their teeth and ultimately this can take its toll on a person’s self esteem.

What orthodontic clear braces Manchester can do is to carry out the task of straightening the teeth over a period of time, but in a discreet way. This means that eventually teeth will be straighter, the smile is restored, and so too will be some of that much needed confidence.

Helping your overall health

When your teeth don’t line up as they should it can make it difficult to bite and chew food properly. This could mean that many of the essential nutrients contained in certain foods that the body needs to thrive aren’t fully extracted. In a worst case scenario this can lead to a whole host of health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, diabetes, and temporo-mandibular disorder (TMD). Even a set of cheap clear braces Manchester has the ability to straighten the teeth to fully restore proper bite function and therefore aid proper nutrition.

Teeth become easier to clean

Misaligned teeth are considerably more difficult to keep clean as food particles often become trapped between recesses of the teeth. When this happens they become hard to access with normal brushing and flossing. As a result food debris and particles can build up which in turn can cause tooth decay. Conversely the straighter the teeth the easier they are to clean and floss and ultimately the healthier your teeth will remain.

If you’re considering adult orthodontic braces Manchester then come and talk to our clear braces Manchester clinic at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. We offer a wide range of treatments from cheap clear braces Manchester through to state-of-the-art treatments such as Invisalign. Why not make an appointment with Shi Karim and the team to see just how we can help. To book yours either visit our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk  or contact us directly on  0161 660 1218

Lingual Braces Manchester

Lingual Braces Manchester – An In Depth Guide

When it comes to orthodontic braces in Manchester in the 21st century, not surprisingly there are a wide variety available. From conventional metallic style braces through to discreet clear braces, Manchester patients can select a particular brace system that fits in with their requirements, budget, and ultimately their lifestyle.

In this post we’re going to talk about one particular treatment known as lingual braces. Manchester patients often choose them because they have distinct advantages over other orthodontic treatments. Yet if you mentioned them to anyone who hasn’t come into contact with them, chances are they probably wouldn’t have heard of them. So what exactly are they and how can they help?

The first thing to note about lingual braces is that they’re placed behind the teeth rather than in front. This is unlike many other types of other brace systems. For this reason they’re ideal for those adults who feel particularly self-conscious about wearing braces, because they’re virtually invisible.

Lingual braces are a longer term orthodontic treatment that have the ability to treat the whole upper and lower arches of your teeth. This is in contrast to fast or accelerated braces in Manchester which concentrate their efforts on the upper and lower teeth that are visible when the wearer smiles. For this reason they’re ideal for those with more severe orthodontic problems. They work in the same way as conventional braces in that they apply continued gentle force which gradually pulls the teeth into alignment. As such, they can treat a whole host of problems from over crowding to unsightly gapping, and treatment time is usually around 12-36 months.

So how does the process for acquiring lingual braces in Manchester work?

Once you and your dentist have come to the decision that lingual braces are the best form of treatment, an impression will be taken of your teeth. This may take some time as the impressions or moulds need to be 100% accurate. These are then sent off to a centralised laboratory where the custom brackets are made. After about 6 weeks expect a call from your orthodontist to arrange a fitting.

Fitting involves applying dental cement to the underside of a row of brackets before pressing them into place on the back of your teeth. Once the cement sets, the plastic applicator holding the brackets together can be broken off. Next the arch wire is installed by threading it through the brackets behind the teeth. Purposely the arch wire is shaped for the final position of your teeth and because of this it creates tension. As it does so, and tries to pull back to position, it moves slowly and gradually moves the teeth.

The first few weeks

Most patients find the first few weeks a little challenging in that they might experience temporary speech impediments as the tongue can’t touch the back of the teeth. But this is usually overcome. Also the wearer may experience mild discomfort as they get used to wearing the braces. In Manchester we suggest that if you are experiencing any problems that lasts longer than 4 weeks, that you come back to us for advice.

What about cost?

Because lingual braces are custom-made, when compared to other conventional or clear braces Manchester, treatment tends to be more complex so ultimately they cost more. That said, the results they bring can be pretty spectacular, leaving patients with a fully restored smile that they feel happy and more confident about.

If you have a smile you’re not happy with and are considering lingual braces Manchester or any other type of braces in Manchester then we invite you to have a consultation with our experienced orthodontics team. To schedule an appointment you can either contact us via our website or call directly on 0161 660 1218. On behalf of Shi Karim and the team we look forward to welcoming you to our practice.

6 Month Smiles vs Inman Aligner Manchester - Which Is Better

6 Month Smiles vs Inman Aligner Manchester – Which Is Better?

If you’ve ever visited a smile dentist Manchester for orthodontic treatment in the past you’ll know that there are a multitude of orthodontic treatments that can help to straighten teeth, improve bite, and restore your smile. From discreet fixed brace systems such as lingual braces and 6 Month Smiles Manchester, through to removable aligner style brace systems such as Invisalign and the Inman aligner, Manchester patients can rest assured that there’s a treatment to suit both needs, requirements, and/or budget.

With this in mind, let’s take two of the most popular treatments (6 Month Smiles and the Inman aligner) and make a comparison to see which is better.

Firstly it’s worth pointing out that both the Inman aligner and 6 Month Smiles are what are known as fast or accelerated orthodontic treatments. That means that unlike other brace systems dental aesthetics can be restored in as little as 2- 6 months. But how do they directly compare?

Fixed vs removable

Unlike the Inman Aligner, the 6 Month Smiles treatment is a fixed brace system. This means that once in place it’s worn for the duration. This can make brushing and flossing more difficult as tiny food particles can become lodged in between the brackets and wiring making them difficult to shift. Conversely the Inman aligner is designed to be easily removed especially when eating, drinking, and brushing the teeth, therefore making it easier to maintain good oral health.


Many adults don’t like the thought of having to wear orthodontic braces especially if they’re visible when they talk, eat, or smile. So how do the Inman Aligner and the 6 Month Smiles Manchester  treatments stack up? The 6 Month Smiles braces are fashioned from tooth coloured brackets and wiring, which are relatively difficult to spot unless you’re close up to someone who’s wearing them. The Inman Aligner on the other hand consists of a thin bow or wire that sits right across the front of your teeth. While it’s not like wearing conventional metallic braces, it’s arguably not as discreet as the 6 Month Smiles system.

What about treatments?

Because of the way that an Inman aligner Manchester is constructed, it’s perfect for tackling mild over-crowding in the front upper and lower jaw as well as for correcting teeth alignment and teeth protrusion. Conversely the 6 Month Smiles system does all of the above, but because it has a wider range of movement, it can also successfully close tooth gaps or excess spacing.

Braces vs aligner speed

When it comes to treatment speed your smile dentist in Manchester will tell you that this depends heavily on the severity of each case. 6 Month Smiles treatment (as the name suggests) takes on average six months to complete. However final results can be seen in as little as four months or as many as nine months. The Inman Aligner on the other hand uses a push/pull system to gently move the teeth into position taking lesser time (usually between six weeks to four months till treatment completion). So when it comes to treatment speed the Inman Aligner has the edge.

So which is better?

As you can see, there are distinct advantages and disadvantages of both and choice depends on a number of factors including:

  • The type of dental problems you have
  • The speed in which you want treatment completed.
  • The visibility factor and
  • Whether you want your braces to be fixed or removable.

This being the case, it’s advisable to speak to your smile dentist Manchester who can help you find the right orthodontic treatment for you.

If you have overcrowded, crooked, uneven, or protruding teeth and would like to find out more about how 6 Month Smiles Manchester or an Inman Aligner Manchester can help you restore your smile, come and speak to Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. To book an appointment either visit our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk or contact us directly on 0161 660 1218 today. On behalf of Shi Karim and the team, we look forward to welcoming you.

Fast Orthodontic Treatment - We've Got It Covered

Need Fast Orthodontic Treatment? We’ve Got It Covered

You may have heard of the term ‘accelerated’ or ‘fast orthodontic treatment‘ in the past but might not know exactly what it entails. After all, how do they differ to conventional brace systems and are they really effective? At our smiles dental Manchester clinic we offer a wide range of both conventional and fast orthodontic treatments, all of which are tailored towards the patient’s needs. From metallic style braces to contemporary aligner style braces such as the Inman aligner, cost UK is competitive and affordable.

Let’s take a closer look at what fast orthodontics are and how they work.

In essence accelerated orthodontic treatments generally serve one purpose and that’s to improve the aesthetics of a smile, with particular attention being paid to the upper and lower front teeth which are visible when you smile. Consisting of a variety of different systems ranging from conventional fixed ‘bracket and wiring’ style braces, through to ‘aligner’ style braces, there is a fast orthodontic treatment to suit every patient.

So how do they differ from conventional braces that take several years to complete?

Conventional brace treatments take longer to complete because, unlike speedier treatments, they don’t just concentrate their efforts on the teeth that are visible when you smile. Instead longer-term braces deal with the whole mouth and teeth. Not only this, they can also help with tooth root alignment and the overall bite. In other words they take a holistic approach to restoring your smile.

In contrast, by making a few simple tweaks to the front upper and lower front teeth it can make a huge difference aesthetically without having to alter the growth direction of tooth roots and overhaul bite alignments. Some dentists argue that the actual straightening of the teeth is only half the job and this is why fast orthodontic treatments are achieved quickly. However for many patients with slightly crooked or crowded teeth who are purely concerned with how they look, rather than the overall tooth function, accelerated treatments serve a purpose.

So how quick is quick?

Imagine you were seeking a smile dentist in Manchester to help fix severe tooth overcrowding. Chances are that you’d be matched up with a brace system that could take 18 months to 2 years to have the desired affect. Conversely if you had minor tooth problems, such as a crooked or gapped front tooth that simply needed bringing to line, you could expect to wear something like an Inman Aligner which will take just 6-18 weeks to complete. What’s more an Inman Aligner cost UK patients little in terms of self consciousness because it’s designed to be discreet.

In a nutshell, there is a need for fast orthodontic treatment especially for those who are particularly self-conscious about their smile, but don’t want the long-term hassle of wearing conventional braces.

For further information or to book yourself a consultation, visit our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk or contact us directly on 0161 660 1218. Remember you shouldn’t have to put up with a smile you aren’t happy with, so come and talk to Church Road Dental and Cosmetics today and let us help you restore your great looking smile once and for all.