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Invisible Braces – What Are They And How They Can Help

Invisible Braces – What Are They And How They Can Help

It’s fair to say that for most people dental braces have a certain stigma attached to them. Whether it was because they had to endure wearing them as a child, or whether they knew someone that was continually called names like ‘brace face‘ or ‘metal mouth‘, the thought of having to go through orthodontic treatment as an adult is enough to put many people off. For this reason, a whole host of invisible braces and clear fixed braces were invented to ensure that adults could get the treatment they need. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of them.

Lingual braces

If you saw pictures of  a mouth with both lingual braces before and after pictures it’s fair to say that you would definitely notice the difference. Yet we’d also wager that during the treatment you wouldn’t even notice that the person in question was wearing them. Why? Because they’re incredibly discreet. Whereas conventional braces are designed to fix to the front of your teeth by means of brackets and wiring, lingual braces attach at the back of the teeth. This means that patients can smile, speak, and eat without people ever knowing that they’re wearing them. What’s more, their orthodontic treatment can continue in complete discretion.

Clear fixed braces

In essence, clear fixed braces are similar to conventional metal-style braces in that brackets are attached to the front of the teeth and wires threaded through; except this time, rather than being metal, the brackets are a white ceramic colour and the wiring is both thinner and tooth coloured for a more discreet feel. Similarly to conventional braces, clear fixed braces can fix a number of tooth problems including tooth overcrowding, irregular tooth spacing, and tooth alignment issues.

Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign aligners are about as far removed from traditional braces as you can get. Otherwise known as invisible braces, these aligner style appliances have many differences. Unlike conventional brace systems, they’re designed to be fully removable. In addition, rather than one appliance lasting for the duration of the treatment, Invisalign treatment consists of a number of aligners which are worn sequentially and changed every two weeks. Perhaps the best thing about Invisalign is that they do away with brackets and wiring altogether in favour of clear acrylic trays which are worn over the teeth like a gum shield. Because of their transparency Invisalign braces really are virtually invisible to anyone else but you.


If you’d like to find out more about lingual braces before and after, invisible braces, or clear fixed braces then come and talk to the orthodontics team at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. To book an appointment contact us directly on 0161 660 1218 and start the ball rolling towards restoring that perfect smile.

Lingual Braces Before And After – How They Straighten Teeth

Lingual Braces Before And After – How They Straighten Teeth

If you’re one of the many millions of adults who suffer with crooked or misaligned teeth your best option is to opt for orthodontic treatment. Whether you choose conventional metal braces, ceramic clear fixed braces, or more discreet varieties such as Invisalign Manchester or lingual braces,  before and after results can be quite a transformation. In this post, we’re going to focus on lingual braces and take closer look at what they are and how they straighten teeth.

So what are they exactly?

Lingual braces are often referred to as inside braces or hidden braces because rather than being attached to the outside or front of the teeth, they’re secured to the inside or rear (lingua is Latin for tongue). This means that all the metal parts such as brackets and wiring which would normally be visible when you smile or speak, are now hidden behind the teeth. Because of this, nobody need know that you’re wearing them. In fact, it’s fair to say that they’re about as discreet as fixed braces get, and for this reason they are popular with image conscious adults who want straighter teeth but don’t particularly like the image of sporting a mouth full of metal.

How do lingual braces work?

The principle behind lingual braces is the same as any other orthodontic appliance such as ceramic clear fixed braces or aligner style braces such as Invisalign. Manchester patients may be surprised to learn that aside from the way they’re attached they really are no different. Just like standard braces, tensioning wires threaded through brackets work to apply gentle sustained force on the teeth. Over a period of time (this could be anywhere from 9-24 months) the teeth gradually move and eventually realign. The only real difference is that any force applied is carried out on the back of the teeth and not the front.

Are lingual braces difficult to wear?

Like conventional fixed braces, they may take a little getting used to. Because they’re attached to the back of the teeth they can interfere with the tongue causing a slight lisp when speaking. However, the good news is that this is normally only short lived and most people (after some practice) return to speaking normally within a few weeks. In addition and again, like many other types of fixed brace system, patients may experience slight discomfort for a few days after adjustment appointments. However any discomfort felt soon dissipates as your teeth get used to the new applied force.

So are lingual braces worth it?

For the vast majority of patients the difference in appearance between lingual braces before and after pictures is astounding. As well as a perfect straight smile, patients can experience an improved bite, improved oral health, and an all-round healthier you!

For more information about lingual braces, clear fixed braces, fast orthodontic treatments, or aligner style appliances such as Invisalign, Manchester-based Church Road dental and Cosmetics is the place to go. Dr Shi Karim and the team have a wealth of experience in orthodontics and have the ability to correct any dental problems no matter how severe. To find out more, why not contact us on 0161 660 1218 and book a no-obligation consultation today.

Clear Fixed Braces vs The Inman Aligner – Which Is Best?

Clear Fixed Braces vs The Inman Aligner – Which Is Best?

Short term orthodontic treatment for adults is undoubtedly a hot topic. The ability to quickly move a limited amount of teeth is an attractive proposition for many people. The question many patients ask  when they visit our smile dentist Manchester is “Why choose full term treatments such as clear fixed braces, when accelerated treatments do it in a fraction of the time?”  In order to answer this, let’s compare long term fixed braces against the faster Inman Aligner treatment and see which is best.

While both clear fixed braces and Inman Aligner cost UK are similar, the key factor is to consider how you view each treatment. For example full term fixed brace appliances are usually worn for a minimum of 12 months up to a maximum of 3 years and in the right hands the results achieved are pretty close to perfection. By this we mean

  • All front and back teeth are back into their optimum positions
  • The tooth roots are also neatly aligned along with the teeth
  • Full orthodontic control so that any teeth can be moved into any position.

This is what you get with longer term treatments such as lingual braces, clear view braces such as Invisalign, and conventional clear fixed braces.

Alternatively short term or fast treatments such as the Inman Aligner don’t tick quite so many boxes.

  • Treatment can only move the front upper and lower teeth, so back teeth are ignored
  • Tooth roots can’t be straightened
  • While great results can be achieved, they can’t fix every single movement in the same way that fixed braces can.

So why would someone come to visit a smile dentist in Manchester seeking Inman aligner treatment?

While the Inman Aligner cost UK people restrictions on what can be achieved, let’s put it this way… If you had a choice to cosmetically improve your smile through orthodontic treatment in just 12-18 weeks, then you’d probably jump at the chance, and understandably so. As a result, for those people seeking a quick cosmetic fix to a relatively simple dental problem then they’d likely opt for fast orthodontic treatment over longer term clear fixed braces. However for those with malocclusions, overcrowded teeth, and other bite problems then they’d be more likely to lean towards more conventional options.

Ultimately the only way to be sure of the direction you want to go is to talk to an experienced smile dentist. Manchester-based Church Road Dental for example offers free, no-obligation consultations where patients can get all their questions and concerns answered, allowing them to make a fully informed decision. To find out more about Inman Aligner cost UK, or types of clear fixed braces, book an appointment with us today. Call us on 0161 660 1218 and take the first steps towards restoring your perfect smile.

Invisible Braces UK – What Are They And How Do They Work?

Clear Fixed Braces – Just How Discreet Are They?

Although fixed brace appliances are the most commonly used type of orthodontic treatment for teeth straightening in Manchester, many systems utilise metal style brackets and wiring. While this mightn’t be an issue for many adults, it’s understandable that for some, it’s sufficient reason to dissuade them from wearing them. For these people a better option might be clear fixed braces. So what exactly are they?

As the name suggests clear braces are fixed in the mouth for the duration of the treatment but instead of using metal brackets and wiring which are clearly visible when the wearer smiles or eats, they utilise tooth coloured brackets and clear wiring which is typically harder to spot. Ultimately this means that the wearer can go about their daily life without feeling inhibited or self conscious.

So just how popular are clear fixed braces Manchester?

As more adults are wanting orthodontic treatment clear braces are becoming more widely used. In fact clear brace orthodontic treatments have seen a huge spike in use over the past 5 years and it’s thought that within the next ten to twenty years adult-style metal braces will be a thing of the past.

So how do they work?

Clear fixed braces work in exactly the same way as metallic brace systems in that they straighten teeth by applying sustained gentle pressure to push or pull the teeth back into position. In fact all the component parts are the same except that the metal brackets and wire are replaced with ceramic tooth coloured brackets and acrylic tensioners. The only difference being the latter are considered more fragile than the former, meaning a patient needs to take greater care of them. In addition, just like their metal cousins, discreet braces can be used for both longer term teeth straightening treatments or short term accelerated treatments.

What about cost of teeth straightening Manchester – Are there any vast differences in price?

Surprisingly treatment costs are on a par. In general terms, clear ceramic braces start at around £2500-£3000 and can rise to double this and more depending upon the type and length of treatment you need. Similarly costs for a visible metal style brace start around the same price and can rise to double that for more specialised lingual braces.

Ultimately clear fixed braces, do the same job as their metal counterparts with an equal amount of success. Except as the name suggests clear fixed braces are more suited if you feel particularly self-conscious about having a mouth full of metal.

If you’re concerned about your smile or you’d like to find out more about clear fixed braces, Manchester-based Church Road Dental and Cosmetics can help. With the experience of Dr Karim and his orthodontic team, we can advise you of the best treatment to suit your needs. To book your consultation contact us on 0161 660 1218 today.

Need Clear Fixed Braces - What Type Do You Choose

Need Clear Fixed Braces – What Type Do You Choose?

When seeking orthodontic treatment you may have already looked at Inman aligner before and after pictures and lingual braces before and after pictures and decided that clear fixed braces are the ones for you. This being the case you may be surprised to learn that there are a wide selection to choose from. So just how do you make the right choice?

Speak with a specialist orthodontist

The first port of call is to speak with a specialist orthodontist. They’ll closely examine your teeth and will talk to you in great detail about the variety of clear fixed braces available. They’ll also ask what you hope to get out of the experience and the end result you hope to achieve. It might be for example that you’re looking for a quick-fix aesthetic solution to a better smile. In this case the orthodontist might suggest accelerated or fast orthodontic treatments. Alternatively, it could be that you have more advanced dental issues that you’d like correcting. In this case you might want to look at longer-term orthodontic treatments.

Consider how discreet you want treatment to be

Discretion plays a big part in adult orthodontics as it’s fair to say that not many adults want to be seen wearing a mouth full of metal. For this reason the majority of clear fixed braces are discreet, using tooth coloured brackets and wiring. However if you’ve ever looked at lingual braces before and after pictures you’ll notice that these are attached to the back of the teeth rather than at the front. Consequently when you speak or smile, your adult braces can’t be seen.

Think about the type of treatment you’re looking for

Nowadays more and more adult braces are being worn to correct aesthetic issues. For example if you have a slightly gapped front tooth that affects your smile then you might want to opt for fixed braces in the form of accelerated treatments. These include systems such as C-Fast, Secret Smiles, and Six Month Smiles. In most cases treatments are completed within 6 months but often far sooner. They focus of correcting the upper and lower front teeth which are visible when you smile and not on the entire mouth. Fast orthodontic treatments are good for those who have an upcoming event such as a wedding, job interview, or even a date, and would like to look and feel their best.

Conversely longer term fixed brace treatments can deal with a whole variety of dental issues and in addition to straightening teeth can also align bite and straighten tooth roots. Inevitably this takes longer to achieve, and treatment typically takes around 12-36 months.

Comfort and price

The final deciding factor in choosing the right clear fixed braces is comfort and price. Certain brace systems such as lingual braces which are attached behind the teeth may take a bit of getting used to. Not because they’re particularly uncomfortable, but because they can affect the speech at first. If you’re embarrassed by this, then you might want to opt for a different form of treatment. In addition, brace systems do vary considerably in price, ranging from the metal style braces (that we’re all familiar with) at the cheaper end of the spectrum, to the more expensive end of the scale in the guise of Invisalign and the Inman aligner. Before and after results may be impressive but if it isn’t within your budget, then cost can be a big sticking point which may also sway your judgement.

If you need orthodontic treatment and want to find out more then contact Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. With our in house orthodontics team we’ll see to it that you get the right clear fixed braces treatment for you. Why not book an appointment to take a look at lingual braces before and after pictures or Invisalign results to get the very best advice before you make that all important dental decision. To book yours contact us on 0161 660 1218 today.

Restoring Your Smile With Clear Fixed Braces

Restoring Your Smile With Clear Fixed Braces

If your Manchester dentist has told you that you might need teeth straightening, Manchester patients may feel a little concerned because after all, orthodontic procedures (braces) are for children right? We’ll not exactly…Nowadays, discreet orthodontic treatments such as clear fixed braces are designed with adults in mind. In fact whether you’re wearing braces for dental cosmetic reasons, or for correcting more serious dental issues speak to our smiles dental Manchester team who can help.

So what exactly are clear fixed braces and more importantly how can they help you restore your smile?

Most types of clear braces are about as far removed from conventional metallic train track style braces that you can get. As the name suggests many are made using clear plastic or acrylic with tooth coloured brackets and wiring, making them far less obvious when fitted to the teeth. They come in various guises from lingual braces which are attached to the back of the teeth, to discreet fast or accelerated orthodontic treatments, which are used for cosmetic purposes to straighten the top and bottom front teeth that are visible when you smile.

Aside from simply straightening crooked or misaligned teeth they can solve a number of other orthodontic issues including

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Irregular spaced ‘gapped’ teeth… and the
  • Straightening of tooth roots

Depending upon the type of brace system a patient has, treatment can take as little as 6-12 weeks or as long as 2 years.

So how do you know which type of orthodontic treatment is right for you?

When you visit a smiles dental Manchester practice they’ll assess your situation and listen to your requirements. From this your dentist will recommend the right type of treatment to deal with the dental issues you have. If for example you feel that an irregular gap between your front teeth is ruining your smile, then your dentist may recommend accelerated teeth straightening Manchester, such as C-Fast, Six Month Smiles, or Secret Smiles. These  discreet systems are designed to correct  slight teeth adjustments within a short period of time.

Conversely if you have more severe orthodontic problems and/or would like to correct the whole smile (not just the teeth that are visible when you smile) then you might opt for longer-term clear fixed braces treatments such as Clarity, Inspire or Invu systems. Each work on the same principle as conventional metal braces in that they treat the entire smile, but they have either crystal-clear transparency or pear white shading for that truly discreet look.

If you’d like to find out more about clear fixed braces or indeed any other type of removable or fixed brace system then come and talk to Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. We have the experience and the expertise to bring about a great looking smile, whatever the issue with your teeth so why not book yourself a free, no obligation consultation with Dr Shi Karim and the team who can help. To make an appointment contact us on 0161 660 1218 today. On behalf of the team, we very much look forward to welcoming you.

Manchester Clear Braces - Best Option

3 Reasons Why You Might Choose Manchester Clear Braces

While it’s true that more and more people are turning to adult orthodontics to restore their great looking smile, some are understandably unsure of wearing metallic style braces for fear of feeling self-conscious. For this reason clear view braces could be an option.

Whether you opt for discreet treatments such as Inman aligners or lingual braces, before and after results are reassuringly positive. With this in mind here are 3 compelling reasons why you might choose Manchester clear braces.

A great solution for self-conscious individuals

For those who feel self conscious about their crooked teeth, but equally feel self conscious about wearing metallic ‘train track’ style braces for long periods of time, clear braces offer the perfect solution. Available in a wide variety of options ranging from aligner style braces systems to accelerated systems, through to reverse systems such as lingual braces, before and after results can  be achieved in different ways. However the one common denominator is that they’re all designed to be discreet. This is perfect for those people who simply want to carry out their daily lives without feeling self conscious.

Treatments can be geared towards your needs and requirements

Another compelling fact is that orthodontic treatment using Manchester clear braces isn’t a ‘one method fits all’ option. Instead brace systems can be chosen to suit your needs and requirements. For instance if you’re looking to simply improve the aesthetics of your smile, then our orthodontic team might suggest accelerated brace systems which are designed to quickly straighten the front upper and lower teeth that are visible when you smile. Alternatively if you’d prefer a brace system that’s fully and easily removable, rather than one that’s fixed, then we might suggest Invisalign aligners. Alternatively if you’d prefer not to have any trace of wiring visible when you smile or speak, then you might want to opt for lingual braces which are worn on the inside of your teeth. As you can see, there are clear view braces for every need and requirement.

Improved bite

While you may not be so concerned about an improved bite, the truth is that a healthy bite reflects an overall healthy you. Food contains a variety of nutrients that the body needs and many of these are extracted by chewing. If your bite isn’t right, there’s a chance that you might not be able to extract all the necessary goodness from the foods that you eat. While this mightn’t be such an issue in the short term, it could well be a contributing factor towards underlying health problems in the future. Orthodontic treatments offer an unobtrusive and affordable way to restore your bite and  your great looking smile.

If you’d like to speak to us about Manchester clear braces or would like to take a look at lingual braces before and after pictures to help you make up your mind, then visit our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk. We offer a wide variety of clear view braces treatments to help you discreetly bring your smile to life. To book a consultation, contact us directly on 0161 660 1218. On behalf of Dr Karim and the team, we look forward to hearing from you.

Clear Fixed Braces Manchester

Clear Fixed Braces Manchester – Restore Your Smile Discreetly

Let’s face it, conventional orthodontic braces aren’t exactly the most inconspicuous of things and for this reason it puts a lot of people off from wearing them. However clear braces. offers Manchester patients the chance to straighten their teeth and bring back that great looking smile discreetly. Whether you opt for clear fixed braces Manchester or removable clear braces, manchester patients needing orthodontic treatments might be pleasantly surprised at just how discreet they actually are.

Whether you need to wear your braces long term (eg, for problematic or complex orthodontic cases) or short term (eg, fast accelerated brace systems for more conventional dental issues) there are orthodontic treatments available which are incredibly discreet. Invisalign aligners for example are worn like a gum shield over the teeth and are easily removable. Fashioned from clear plastic they provide an almost invisible support for your teeth – hence the name. Conversely, shorter term solutions such as lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth so no brackets and wiring are visible at all when the wearer smiles, talks, or eats. Both of these allow the wearer to happily go about their daily lives without feeling the slightest bit self-conscious.

So how else can this style of orthodontic treatment help patients?

Fast or slow

Clear braces offers Manchester patients the freedom of choice. For example, if you have a slightly wonky tooth that’s visible when you smile, ad you feel that it spoils the overall aesthetic look, then you might want to opt for any one of a series of fast clear fixed braces in Manchester. Treatments such as C-fast, Six Month Smiles, and Secret Smiles are all designed to help you solve the problem quickly, but discreetly too. In fact results for clear braces Manchester can be noticed in as little as 6-18 weeks depending upon your circumstances.

Conversely, if you have a more complex dental issue such as severe tooth overcrowding, an over bite or under bite, or want to straighten teeth that aren’t visible when you smile (eg, at the back of your mouth) then you can still opt for discreet treatments such as Invisalign. This type of orthodontic treatment takes a holistic approach to teeth straightening, often taking up to 2 years to complete, depending upon the severity of your condition. However unlike conventional metallic style braces, Invisalign braces are incredibly inconspicuous and easy to wear.

Conventional or non-conventional

Patients who prefer to wear more conventional style braces complete with brackets and wiring can still choose to do so but now they have the choice of tooth coloured wiring and smaller brackets making them more discreet. Alternatively patients may decide to opt for aligner style orthodontic treatments which do away with wiring and bracketing altogether.

As you can see, clear braces offers Manchester patients a discreet way of wearing adult clear braces Manchester while giving you a number of options. If you’re seriously considering clear fixed braces in Manchester as a form of orthodontic treatment then come and talk to Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. With our experienced team we see to it that you get the right orthodontic treatment for your needs. To book a free, no-obligation consultation why not contact us via our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk or phone us directly on 0161 660 1218 today.