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Invisible Braces Manchester – The Various Types Explained

As an adult, one of the biggest stumbling blocks that prevents people from having orthodontic treatment is a lack of discretion. Let’s face it, no adult wants to be seen sporting a mouth full of metal, but fortunately this is where dentists can recommend invisible braces. Manchester patients for example can wear them without feeling self-conscious about smiling or speaking. Indeed, treatments such as Invisalign braces in Manchester are about as discreet as teeth braces can be. That said, Invisalign Manchester are only a small part of what are designated as ‘invisible braces’ so let’s take a closer look at the various types available.

Ceramic ‘clear view’ braces

Similarly to traditional metal style braces, ceramic clear view brace systems utilise brackets and wiring which work together to move teeth back into alignment. Also just like conventional braces they are fixed to the mouth for the duration of the treatment. More often than not this may be 1-2 years. However where they differ is that rather than being made from metal, ceramic clear view braces make use of tooth-coloured wiring and brackets to ensure better discretion.

Lingual braces

If you’re in search of something slightly more discreet, you might want to consider lingual braces. Again they work by using brackets and wiring to push/pull teeth back into position and likewise they’re considered a longer-term treatment. However instead of the brackets being attached to the front of the teeth, instead they’re attached at the back. Ultimately this means that when you smile or speak your lingual braces aren’t on show. When it comes to Invisible braces, Manchester dentists will often recommend these to fix a wide variety of issues. The downsides are that because all the action takes place at the back of the mouth, they aren’t that easy to fit and in addition they can take some getting used to. That said, lingual braces are a popular choice.


Perhaps the ultimate in invisible brace systems is Invisalign. Manchester dentists often recommend these to patients who need mild to moderate orthodontic treatment, but want treatment that is totally discreet. Invisalign braces Manchester are radically different in many ways. In fact, they’re as far removed from conventional braces as it’s possible to get. For example where the others are fixed to the teeth for the duration of the treatment, Invisalign braces are designed to be fully removable. In addition brackets and wiring are exchanged for aligner-style clear acrylic shells which are worn over the teeth. I say ‘shells’ plural because rather than the one singular appliance, Invisalign treatment utilises a whole series of aligners which are changed every two weeks. This can mean as many as 48 different appliances all working to move the teeth spanning the duration of your treatment. On the downside, it’s thought that acrylic aligners aren’t as bio-metrically strong as bracket and wiring style braces and therefore aren’t recommended for those needing major orthodontic treatment. However for the ordinary person who simply wants straighter teeth as discreetly as possible then Invisalign ticks all the right boxes.

If you’re seeking Invisalign braces Manchester then come and talk to Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. With our experienced team on hand, we can answer all of your questions and concerns, allowing you to make an educated dental decision. To book a consultation call us on 0161 660 1218

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The Ins and Outs Of Invisible Braces Manchester

In previous blogs we’ve talked at length about Manchester clear braces and how they’re different from more conventional appliances, but today we want to focus more on the treatment process itself. So without further ado, let’s dive straight in and take a closer look…

The initial consultation

Commonly known as invisible braces, Manchester patients who are looking to have Invisalign treatment will usually undergo a series of processes and it starts with a consultation. The dentist will first of all discuss your situation in detail and ask you to fill in a smile assessment. This will determine whether Invisalign is the right treatment for you. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions about clear braces Manchester such as length of treatment, costs, what you can expect etc.

Customised plan

The next phase of treatment is a customised plan. This can be carried out as part of the initial consultation, but it’s normally done over several visits. Firstly a series of scans and x-rays are taken of the teeth and mouth, plus a series of impressions. From the images the dentist will be able to plot your teeth movements virtually, so that you can see exactly how your teeth will look after you’ve undergone treatment. It’s a kind of glimpse into the future of your perfect smile. Using this your dentist will work out a specific treatment plan.

Custom aligners

After a few weeks you’ll receive your Invisible braces. Manchester patients should note that because they are made of a clear BPA-free plastic, they can be very hard to spot when put down on a surface such as a counter top. Therefore always keep them stored in the container they come in. To wear them simply insert the first aligner over the teeth like a gum shield (your dentist will give you a demonstration). It needs to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day, only taking it out to eat, drink, and brush the teeth. It’s important to wear it for as long as you can because this will maximise the treatment. Any less time means that it will have a knock-on effect as you go through the process.  Typically each aligner should be changed for the next one in the series every two weeks and the good news is that because they’re virtually invisible, people won’t even know you’re wearing them.

Regular dental visits

During the process, you’ll have regular dental check ups to make sure that your clear braces Manchester are doing exactly what they should be doing and that everything is on schedule. It’s also a good chance for your dentist to keep an eye on problem areas such as plaque build up or potential gum disease issues.

Your new smile revealed.

Finally when the last aligner has been worn you’ll see your new smile for the first time. You may have to wear retainers to keep your teeth in their new position, but this is something you should ask your dentist about.

So there you have it, the step by step process on Invisible braces Manchester.  If you need adult orthodontic treatment and are interested in Invisalign then come and have a consultation with us. Here you can get all your questions and concerns answered leaving you to make a fully informed dental decision. The fact is that Manchester clear braces have the ability to restore your great looking smile and  also give you a much needed confidence boost, so contact us on 0161 660 1218 and get the ball rolling today.

Important Questions To Ask Your Orthodontist Manchester

Important Questions To Ask Your Orthodontist Manchester

If your Manchester dentist has recommended you see a local orthodontist, Manchester it’s only natural you might feel a little wary. This is understandable because in the past orthodontic treatments have been less than flattering especially when it comes to aesthetics. Nowadays however orthodontic treatments have progressed and adult treatments such as invisible braces Manchester, offer discreet treatments that are a million miles away from the clunky, metallic, train-track style braces of old. That said, it’s still important to ask the right questions in order to get the most out of your consultation. With this in mind, here are some of the top questions you should be asking, plus the answers.

How long will my orthodontic treatment take?

The answer to this question depends on many factors including the degree of the condition, the requirements of the patient, and of course the patient’s cooperation. Generally speaking if you have a mild problem and are really only concerned about the aesthetics of your smile, then your orthodontist in Manchester may well recommend fast or accelerated orthodontic treatments. These can take just a few weeks to several months to complete. Alternatively if you have a more serious dental condition, or are after full jaw and bone alignment, then longer term treatments are usually the better option. These take anywhere between one to three years to complete.

How does the treatment work?

Custom made braces are designed by the orthodontist according to the dental issue you have. They may be fixed bracket and wiring style braces or removable aligner style systems. They can also be made of ceramic, plastic or metal. Whatever the style and type, they all work by applying a controlled but gentle continual force which pushes or pulls the teeth slowly back into alignment. The methods used may be different but the results are the same.

Are there more discreet treatments?

It’s understandable that many adults are cautious when being told that their teeth would benefit from wearing braces. Chances are they remember someone from their schooldays sporting a less than flattering mouth full of metal and it kind of puts them off. The good news is that conventional metal-style braces are only one of a multitude of braces designed for adults. In addition there are brace systems known as lingual braces which are worn on the inside of the teeth so they can’t be seen when you smile or speak. Or alternatively there are more conventional style ceramic braces that utilise tooth coloured brackets and wiring. Finally how about an aligner style brace made from a strengthened thermoplastic? These are virtually invisible. As you can see there are a multitude of fixed and removable discreet and invisible braces in Manchester,  designed to fit in with your lifestyle.

Do teeth that have braces need special care?

It’s advisable that people with fixed braces avoid sticky or excessively hard foods. In addition chewing on pens, pencils, or indeed fingernails, can also damage the braces. When it comes to cleaning, removable braces simply get taken out and replaced after the teeth have been given a thorough clean. With fixed braces, more care needs to be taken to brush in and around the brackets and wiring to prevent food particles from becoming lodged. Regular flossing is also important.

What does orthodontic treatment cost?

Orthodontic treatments can vary considerably in price depending on the type of system you need. Any orthodontist in Manchester should be more than happy to discuss costs and payment options before treatment starts. Most practices offer a variety of finance options so payments can be spread over a number of months, making treatments more affordable, so it’s worth asking the question.

So there you have it – All the important questions you should ask your orthodontist Manchester in one handy place. Of course if you’d like to find out more about invisible braces Manchester or any other type of brace system them contact Church Road Dental and Cosmetics for a consultation. To book yours call 0161 660 1218 and take the first steps towards restoring your great looking smile.

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Invisible Braces Manchester – Discussing The Pros And Cons

If you suffer from crooked or misaligned teeth you might be curious to know just what Invisalign offers Manchester patients. Otherwise known as invisible braces, Manchester orthodontists tend to look on Invisalign Aligners as the gold star of orthodontic treatment and not without good reason. Yet while they certainly have their advantages, they also have their disadvantages too. Let’s take a closer look…

First the pros…

Invisalign aligners are practically invisible

At our smile dental clinic this is by far the number one reason why people choose this type of aligner over conventional metal braces. Since Invisalign Aligners are made from a lightweight clear plastic that fits directly over the teeth, they are virtually invisible. Because of this they offer the perfect solution for those who feel particularly self-conscious about wearing adult braces. As a result these patients can now smile and speak without sporting a mouthful of metal.

They’re easily and fully removable

Invisalign Aligners are fully removable. What’s more they’re designed to be taken out every time the wearer eats, drinks, and cleans their teeth. With normal fixed braces, maintaining the teeth requires a lot more work as food particles and debris can easily become lodged in the spaces between the brackets and wiring. Removable braces such as Invisalign however, eradicate this problem altogether, making teeth maintenance easy.

Invisalign offers a higher degree of comfort

While all brace systems feel uncomfortable for the first few days, Invisalign offers Manchester patients complete comfort. This is unlike many fixed metal style brace systems which can cause irritation to the mouth lining and lead to a certain amount of discomfort.

Invisalign braces are safer

There is much controversy amongst medical professionals over whether or not metallic braces release harmful toxins in the mouth. The good news is that Invisalign offers Manchester patients a solution to the whole issue, because aside from being non-metal, Invisible braces in Manchester are not made using bis-phenol A (BPA). This is an industrial chemical which is normally used in the making of plastics and has in the past been linked with health defects in infants and children. Therefore we can say with confidence that Invisalign Aligners are free from any harmful toxins.

So that’s the advantages, now what about the disadvantages?

Requires a great deal of cooperation

At our smile dental clinic we always stress to our patients the need to wear their Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours every day. Maximum wear equals maximum results so this is important. Anything less would means that the aligners take much longer to work. The bottom line is that if you’re a rule breaker, Invisalign isn’t the brace system for you.

They need to be removed every time you eat

Unlike fixed braces systems which remain permanently in the mouth, Invisalign Aligners need to be removed prior to eating and drinking anything but water. While this can be seem as ‘a bit of a faff’ some say that it helps with weight loss because they avoid snacking and drinking high sugar fizzy drinks between meals.

Brushing and flossing needs to be carried out after eating

For some people having to brush and floss their teeth after every meal can be a bit of an inconvenience especially if they happen to be at work. However while it might seem an annoyance, Invisalign offers Manchester patients something they might not have expected, and that’s an improvement in their oral health, because of more consistent teeth cleaning.

While no one orthodontic treatment is perfect, we feel that Invisalign offers many patients a good solution to their orthodontic problems. In fact by weighing up the pros and cons, you’ll feel better equipped to make an informed dental decision.

If you feel that Invisible Braces Manchester would be the right fit for you, then contact out smile dental clinic in Manchester on 0161 660 1218. Remember it’s never too late to get that perfect smile, so give us a call today.

Invisalign Braces Manchester – The Future is Clear

Invisalign Braces Manchester – The Future is Clear

If you’re seeking Manchester invisible braces, it’s fair to say that they don’t come any better than Invisalign braces Manchester. In fact when it comes to appearing inconspicuous, Invisalign clear braces offers Manchester patients complete discretion. This means that adults can now wear orthodontic braces knowing that unless they mention it, work colleagues and friends, will probably never know that they’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.

While discretion is a big part of what makes Invisalign braces so special, perhaps the most striking aspect about this type of brace system is that it’s about as far removed from conventional bracket and wiring style braces that you can imagine. So what’s different? Let’s take a closer look.

One versus a series

Most conventional braces and even other aligner-style systems have just one brace that you wear for the duration of your treatment. Conversely when it comes to Invisalign braces, Manchester patients may be surprised to learn that treatment consists of a whole series of aligners, known as trays, which are changed every two weeks. This means that if a treatment lasts as long as 2 years, a patient may have up to 48 trays to wear during that time.

So why is this? Well…this brings us onto our next difference..

Not a bracket or wire in sight

The vast majority of so called clear braces and invisible braces Manchester utilise a bracket and wiring style system. While some are more discreet than others using tooth coloured brackets and thin wiring, people may still get a glimpse of metal when a person smiles or speaks. On the other hand, Invisalign clear braces offers Manchester patients complete discretion because they don’t use any brackets or wiring whatsoever. So how do they straighten teeth?

Each Invisalign aligner or tray is worn like a removable gum shield and is pre-programmed to move the teeth into a certain position. When the teeth have reached that position (usually within 2-3 weeks) the current aligner is removed and the next one in the series is put into place, where it continues to move the teeth into the next position. Once the final aligner in the series has been worn for the correct length of time, it will be removed to reveal the patient’s straight new smile.

Because there’s no bracket and wiring needed Invisalign alingers are comfortable to wear and since they’re made from a very light acrylic (virtually the same material as contact lenses are made from) they’re virtually invisible – hence the name.

The whole tooth and nothing but the tooth

Finally, while certain Manchester invisible braces such as lingual braces can correct the whole bite, the majority don’t. Instead they concentrate their efforts on correcting the lower and upper front 6 teeth that are visible when you smile. While Invisalign can do this, they can also address the whole mouth. That includes the non-visible teeth located right at the back. This means that they’re multi-functional and can deal with a whole host of underlying tooth problems such as bite alignment, overcrowding, and tooth root alignment too.

As you can see, Invisalign clear braces, offers Manchester patients the chance to wear discreet invisible braces Manchester like no other. They give a clear and concise indication of the direction in which orthodontic treatments are moving and so far, they really are the adult orthodontics of the future.

For further information on Manchester Invisible braces or if you’d like a free, no obligation consultation with the team, contact Church Road Dental and Cosmetics on 0161 660 1218 today.

Invisible Braces – What Are They And How They Can Help

Invisible Braces Manchester – How Do They Compare?

One of the growing areas of smile dental care in recent years has been adult orthodontics. As people have a greater degree of disposable income, they’re spending more on cosmetic dental treatments than ever before. As a result more and more people are searching online for terms such as ‘Inman aligner costs UK‘, and ‘Invisible Braces Manchester‘.  As discreet or invisible orthodontic treatments are on the rise, it’s worth taking a closer look at how they compare versus the more traditional metal style brace systems.

Types of treatment

While traditional metallic braces treat a whole host of orthodontic issues such as crooked, flared, and overcrowded teeth, bite problems, and tooth root alignment, so too can many types of clear brace systems. In fact many utilise the same bracket and wiring style system of applying continual gentle pressure over a period of time to move teeth into position. As a result if you’d prefer not to show a mouthful of metal when you smile or speak, then clear or invisible braces Manchester will do exactly the same job.

What about cost and availability?

In terms of availability, clear or invisible braces aren’t usually available on the NHS, whereas conventional style metal brace systems are. The reason is that discreet braces are more of a cosmetic choice rather than a necessity. For this reason they’re also more expensive. Some clear orthodontic treatments cost only a fraction more, whereas others such as Invisalign or the Inman aligner costs UK patients much more.

Fixed or removable braces

Traditional metal braces are usually fixed to the teeth for the duration of the treatment as are certain clear brace systems, particularly those that use tooth coloured ceramic brackets and thin titanium wiring. Other invisible braces in Manchester however are designed to be removable so that they can be taken out by the patient when eating and drinking. Or in the case of Invisalign, aligners are removed and replaced for the subsequent one in the series, as the teeth gradually change position.


In days of old, metal style braces were heavy, uncomfortable, and took a lot of getting used to. Nowadays with the advances of technology, they utilise smaller brackets and thinner wiring for a less obvious look. Metal braces are also lighter than their older counterparts, so although the wearer will still need a settling in period, that time is often far less. Equally when it comes to discreet smile dental care, those who opt for clear view or invisible braces will still need a period of adjustment to get used to wearing them. The only other point on user friendliness is that because metal braces are made of metal they can (if not finished properly) contain sharp edges. This in turn may cause problems in the mouth. Although this is rare it does happen. On the contrary when you opt for braces such as Invisalign, being made from acrylic they’re totally smooth with no sharp edges to worry about.

As you can see, when it comes to smile dental care, invisible braces Manchester compare favourably when up against their more conventional cousins. It really all boils down to the type and severity of orthodontic treatment needed, how the patient feels about wearing braces, and of course the intended budget.

To find out more about Inman Aligner Cost UK, or any other information about discreet invisible braces, talk to Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. Why not book a no-obligation consultation with Shi Karim and the team who can assess your needs, talk you through the process, and help you choose the right orthodontic treatment for you. To make an appointment either visit our website or contact us directly on 0161 660 1218 today.

Invisible Braces Manchester – What Are They And How Do They Help

Invisible Braces Manchester – What Are They And How Do They Help?

Okay so you probably know that there are many types of clear braces Manchester offering a more discreet way of wearing adult braces, but what about truly invisible braces Manchester? Is there really such a thing? Let’s take a closer look…

While many Manchester clear braces offer higher levels of discretion than say a conventional metallic style brace would, many systems can still be seen close up when the wearer smiles. For someone who for whatever reason doesn’t want anyone to know that they’re wearing them, this can still be a huge stumbling block to having straighter teeth. Because of this there are other forms of brace systems on the market commonly known as invisible braces. Manchester patients may be pleased to know that there are in fact two brace systems that really can justify the ‘invisible’ tag and that’s Invisalign and Lingual Braces.

Lingual braces

Similarly to many other forms of clear braces Manchester, lingual braces operate using a conventional bracket and wiring system. However unlike most Manchester clear braces, lingual systems are attached to the inside of the teeth and not to the outside. This means that they can’t be seen at all when a person smiles or speaks. Lingual braces are otherwise known as ‘incognito braces’ for obvious reasons and on the whole, they are a longer-term treatment, meaning that they can correct the whole mouth, not just the teeth you see when you smile. As such they can treat a variety of orthodontic problems usually within 1-2 years.


If you aren’t entirely sure whether you like the thought of wearing fixed braces permanently for 1-2 years, then another form of invisible braces Manchester is Invisalign. Unlike most other brace systems, including the lingual variety, Invisalign don’t straighten teeth by means of a tensioner at all. Instead the Invisalign system utilises a series of clear plastic trays, known as aligners which are placed over the teeth (rather like a gum shield). Each one is is made from a medical grade polymer similar to the material that contact lenses are made from. The idea is that each aligner is made to fit exactly over your teeth at a specific stage of your orthodontic journey. Every 2-3 weeks the patient takes the old aligner off and changes it for the subsequent one in the series. This carries on until they’ve reached the required number of aligners to reveal straighter teeth. In addition Invisalign aligners are supposed to be worn for 20-22 hours a day and are designed to be removed when eating and brushing the teeth. Ultimately Invisalign are about as invisible as braces get and what’s more, because they’re a longer-term treatment just like lingual braces, they can solve a wide variety of orthodontic problems.

So yes, although there are a multitude of clear braces, Manchester residents looking for 100% discretion guaranteed will be pleased to know that in Lingual Braces and Invisalign, they have two of the best forms of invisible braces Manchester that money can buy.

To find out more about invisible braces or indeed any other type of Manchester clear braces, contact  us on 01621 660 1218 for help. Alternatively, if you’re seriously considering improving your smile using adult orthodontic treatment but don’t know where to start, why not speak to Shi Karim and the team about a no-obligation consultation. We’ll take a closer look and listen to what you’d like to achieve and then make suggestions based around your needs.