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Teeth Straightening Manchester

Teeth Straightening Manchester – Your Guide to a Straight Smile Fast

We know that when it comes to teeth straightening, Manchester patients want to see results as quickly as possible. Being self-conscious about how your smile looks can really affect your personal and social life. If this is true in your case then you may feel the sooner you fix your smile the better.

With brace systems such as 6-month smiles, Manchester patients are getting the straight teeth they want in a matter of weeks, not years. That being said, with so many options to straighten teeth available today, how do you know which is best suited to you?

By having a dental consultation with an orthodontist, Manchester patients are able to get a better idea of which treatments may be possible, along with an indication of cost and treatment time. The fact is, investing your time and money into your smile right now will almost certainly benefit you for the rest of your life.

So what options are available?

There are many popular cosmetic braces available today that promise to help move patients’ teeth quicker than has ever before. So if you’ve been searching for the fastest method for teeth straightening, Manchester residents may feel even more confused than before they started. To help with this, we’ve put together a brief guide that shows 3 of the braces we use to straighten your teeth fast and effectively.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner offers quick straightening of the front teeth. In fact, it’s been dubbed the ‘12 week wonder brace.’ This appliance means that treatment time is significantly reduced from 1 to 2 years down to 6 to 18 weeks. It works by using bows which are positioned at the front and back of the teeth. A coil spring then pushes these together using gentle pressure to move your teeth into their new position. The Inman Aligner, however, is not invisible like some of the other brace options but it is removable which means you can take it out to eat, drink, and clean your teeth. Another point to keep in mind is that it’s only really suitable for mild to moderate crowding in your smile line as it only focuses on the visible front 6-8 teeth.

6 Month Smiles

6 Month Smiles is a discreet fixed brace that uses tooth coloured brackets and wires. This system, similar to the Inman aligner, only focuses on straightening the front 6-8 teeth and is why treatment time is much faster than other types of braces which reposition all of the teeth. This brace can be used to correct crooked and misaligned teeth, and also to close gaps. As the name of these braces would suggest, treatment generally takes no more than 6 months to complete. However, as with any brace, the exact treatment time will vary between patients and can sometimes take less. The key takeaway is to understand that with 6 Months smiles, Manchester patients will only have their visible front teeth treated, instead of the full arch. For this reason, similar to the Inman Aligner, it’s only used as a cosmetic solution for patients, instead of one that will treat more complicated cases.


While not as fast as the Inman Aligner brace or 6 Month Smiles, Invisalign has the advantage of being the least noticeable of the three because it’s almost invisible and doesn’t require the use of any metal or wires. It works by using a series of completely clear braces that are worn over the top of your teeth to gradually shift their position. The aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth and you will need to change them over yourself approximately every 2 weeks.

Similar to the Inman Aligner, these braces are always removed before eating and drinking and to brush your teeth but otherwise, it’s important to wear them for at least 20-22 hours a day.

While the duration of Invisalign treatment can vary widely, on average it usually takes between 9-18 months, depending on the type of tooth movements needed and how complicated each individual case is. The major benefit of Invisalign though is the virtual 3D plan that’s created before you start your treatment. This allows you to not only see the final outcome of your smile but also gives you a fairly accurate estimate on the length of treatment time that you can expect.

Remember though, whatever type of teeth straightening method you decide on, wearing a retainer to hold your teeth in their new position is always necessary after treatment. When discussing this with your orthodontist, Manchester patients can choose which option would suit them best, whether it be a removable retainer worn during sleep or a fixed retainer that’s bonded to the inside surface of the teeth.


With the above methods of teeth straightening, Manchester residents are able to improve both their smile and confidence quicker and/or more discreetly than ever before. If you need more information on brace systems such as 6 months Smiles Manchester, or if you would like to find out if you’re a suitable candidate for any of the above treatments, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a consultation on 0161 660 1218 or fill in the booking form on our website www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk. We look forward to meeting you and straightening your smile.

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How An Orthodontist Manchester Helps Restore Your Smile

If you’re looking for, or have been referred to an orthodontist in Manchester to help you improve your smile, you may be wondering how they can do that. The fact is that brace systems, when worn for a measured period of time, can dramatically improve your smile. Manchester patients, for example, will want to choose an orthodontic appliance that fits in with their needs/requirements and/or lifestyle. This is understandable and may be something as discreet as clear invisible braces or something as speedy as Inman Aligner braces. However, whatever system a patient chooses, they’ll be pleased to know that with the right amount of cooperation from them (the patient), and assistance from us (the dentist), they’re guaranteed a much-improved smile.

While that might be all well and good, how exactly does the process work?


When you’re ready to take the next step towards getting straighter teeth you’ll meet with our orthodontist. During the consultation, Dr. Karim and the team will look at your dental history along with the current condition of your teeth. This will determine the best type of brace system you need. This may be a fast short-term treatment for patients, looking to simply improve the aesthetics of their smile, through to longer full term treatments for those with moderate to major bite problems.


Once the orthodontist has decided on the tools that are going to improve a smile, Manchester patients need to meet the team again for fitting. This is usually carried out several weeks later when the appliance has been made. If it’s a fixed brace system such as lingual braces, ceramic braces, or speedy treatments like C-fast, then it will need to be attached permanently for the duration of the treatment. This is done by gluing small brackets to either the outside (or in the case of lingual braces to the inside of the teeth) and threading self-tensioning wiring through each bracket. The whole process is pain-free and takes between 1-2 hours depending upon the type of appliance. Conversely, if your treatment consists of removable aligner-style appliances such as Invisalign or Inman aligner braces you’ll be shown how to fit and remove them yourself.


Every so often patients can expect to come back to our orthodontist in Manchester to have their braces adjusted. For the first few days, they may feel some pressure on their teeth but that soon wears off. However, our orthodontic team will also want to ensure that your brace is doing the job it’s supposed to do and has started to move your teeth. If not, further adjustments may have to be made. For those who have removable braces, they’ll still need to visit the team regularly to check for progress.


After a few months (or in the case of some full term treatments, a few years) once the orthodontic team is satisfied with the results, your braces are finally removed. Again this is a painless process, although patients may feel a little pressure as the brackets are removed to reveal a straighter arch of teeth. In the case of removable braces, the brace is removed by the patient for the last time to reveal the same results.


If you’d like to find out more about how orthodontic treatment such as Inman Aligner braces can improve your smile, Manchester-based Church Road Dental and Cosmetics can help. Contact us on 0161 486 0743 and book yourself a consultation with our Orthodontist Manchester today.

6 Month Smiles Manchester – Fast Orthodontics At It's Best!

6 Month Smiles Manchester – Fast Orthodontics At It’s Best!

People often seek an orthodontist Manchester if they suffer problems with their teeth or jaws. In many cases they deal with children, however a growing number of adults are also seeking advice from our orthodontics Manchester team because they aren’t entirely happy with their smile.  Usually this isn’t because they have a major dental problem but more because they aren’t happy with the way that their teeth look when they smile.

They might for instance have a slightly gapped or flared tooth or a slight misalignment which hinders their perfect smile. In these cases our team may suggest a quick-fix solution known as 6 month smiles. Manchester patients can probably guess that this particular orthodontic appliance is designed to correct problematic teeth in approximately six months. This being the case, then aside from the time frame, how do they work and how do they differ from longer full-term treatments? Let’s take a closer look…

Similarly to long term treatments, Six Month Smiles utilises a series of titanium brackets and wires which work together to apply sustained and gentle force to move teeth. Over a period of time the teeth are pushed or pulled back into position. Where they differ from many full-term treatments is that they’re designed to move only the upper and lower front teeth that are visible when you smile.  When you seek advice from an orthodontist Manchester they will tell you that fast orthodontic treatments such as Six Month Smiles place their emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of the teeth rather than the function of the bite. Therefore if you have bite (malocclusion) problems that need addressing you’ll probably be better off opting for full/long-term treatments such as clear-fixed ceramic braces or invisible braces such as Invisalign. Conversely if you have mild teeth issues and are simply concerned with the aesthetics of your smile, then quick fix solutions such as 6 Month Smiles Manchester offer the perfect solution.

Dispelling a myth…

You may think that this type of orthodontics in Manchester involves applying greater pressure or the extreme ‘tightening’ of regular braces to get the teeth moving quicker. However this is far from the truth. Instead Six Month Smiles utilises standard orthodontic mechanics to gently move teeth, except that the emphasis is on the positioning of the teeth rather obtaining full bite function. For this reason they’re as comfortable, if not more so, than conventional full-term braces.

If you’re unhappy with your smile and are looking for an orthodontist Manchester to help, then come and talk to us about 6 month smiles. Manchester-based Church Road Dental and Cosmetics are your one stop dental practice for all your dental issues, so why not book a consultation with Shi Karim and the team today. Contact us on 0161 660 1218 and take the first steps to restoring your great looking smile.

Orthodontist Manchester – Invisalign vs Lingual Braces

Orthodontist Manchester – Invisalign vs Lingual Braces

If you’ve been reading a lingual braces blog and feel that a discreet form of tooth straightening treatment is what you need, then you might also want to take a look at what Invisalign offers Manchester patients. While both lingual braces and Invisalign treatments are indeed discreet, there are some differences. Our orthodontist Manchester explains….

Lingual braces

If you’re looking for a discreet form of orthodontic treatment then lingual braces are about as discreet as conventional bracket and wiring style braces get. Why? Because unlike traditional metal braces, the brackets of lingual braces are attached to the rear of the teeth, so all the action happens at the back. For this reason when you smile or speak the person that you’re speaking to or smiling at, won’t see that tell-tale glint of metal. Lingual braces work by applying continual gentle force to pull the teeth back into position. Just like Invisalign aligners, lingual braces are what is known as full-term treatments and can fix a wide variety of orthodontic problems including over/underbites and cross bites, plus helping to maintain correct teeth spacing. Because lingual braces are fitted to the rear of the teeth it does require specialist training. As a result not every orthodontist in Manchester will offer it. However those that do, suggest that it’s every bit as successful as many other brace systems.

Invisalign Aligners

Just like lingual braces, what Invisalign offers Manchester patients is complete discretion.  However that really is where the similarities end. Whereas lingual braces are fixed and utilise conventional brackets and wiring to move teeth, lingual braces are fully removable and use a series of clear acrylic aligners which help the teeth move in a natural way. Each acrylic aligner is worn over the teeth, just like an invisible gum shield, and is designed to move teeth to a certain position before the next aligner in the series takes over. Patients can expect anywhere between 24-36 aligners during treatment but in some cases there may be more. Treatments last on average 18 months but can take up to 3 years. While any good lingual braces blog will tell you that they take some getting used to, Invisalign aligners are usually worn with no problems from the start. Finally and just like lingual braces, Invisalign aligners can also treat a wide variety of  dental problems.

So there you have it! Hopefully this Invisalign/lingual braces blog has given you all the information you need to make an informed dental decision about what Invisalign offers Manchester patients vs lingual braces. If you’re still in doubt and need further assistance, then come and talk to our orthodontist Manchester today. Book yourself an appointment on 0161 660 1218 and take the first steps towards restoring your perfect smile.

Inman Aligner UK vs Invisalign Braces – The changing Face Of Braces

Inman Aligner UK vs Invisalign Braces – The changing Face Of Braces

It wasn’t so many years ago that teeth straightening treatments meant one thing…. having to wear those clunky looking ‘train-track’ style metal braces that glinted in the light every time you smiled. Nowadays, however, technology has moved on and orthodontic treatments such as the Inman Aligner UK and Invisalign braces UK are as far removed from traditional ‘bracket and wiring’ style braces as you can get. In this post our orthodontist Manchester explores the changing face of ‘aligner style’ braces.

Fixed vs removable braces

Traditional bracket and wiring style brace systems are fixed permanently into the mouth for the duration of the treatment. The brackets are glued into position onto the teeth and then the  tensioning wire is painstakingly threaded through. In most cases the only time this style of orthodontic treatment is removed is when the braces have done their job and the teeth are back into the correct position. Ultimately this means that the patient needs to wear them 24/7, often for a considerable amount of time.

Aligner style braces however are different. Why? Because they’re designed to be easily removable. What’s more they’re designed to be removed by the patient on a daily basis. Because of this, removable brace treatments such as the Inman aligner and Invisalign treatments give the patient full control over their treatment. Both these styles of braces are designed to be removed when eating and drinking. This avoids the hassle of getting food particles lodged in between the brackets and as such, it makes oral hygiene easier. Ultimately although they are supposed to be worn for a minimum of 18 hours in the case of the Inman aligner UK and 20 hours for the Invisalign aligner, patients can choose when and where they’d like to wear them.

No more wiring

All braces work by applying gentle and sustained force to the teeth in order to push or pull them back into position. Traditionally this is done using tensioning wires that are positioned across the teeth. Ultimately this means that they’re likely to be more visible. While this mightn’t be a problem for some adults, others may feel put off from wearing them. On the contrary with aligner style braces the way that they move teeth is different. The Inman aligner for example utilises two spring loaded bows to gently manoeuvre teeth back into position while Invisalign braces UK uses a series of custom made aligners known as trays. Each aligner is designed to fit snugly over the teeth like a clear plastic gum shield and will move the teeth just 1/10mm. After two weeks that aligner is discarded and changed for the next one in the series. This will be a slightly different size and wouldn’t be able to fit unless the teeth had previously moved sufficiently. Trays are changed every two weeks for the duration of the treatment until eventually, the patient has perfectly straight teeth.

As you can see, the Inman Aligner UK and Invisalign Braces UK could be seen as the way forward for modern-day orthodontic treatment. As such those people who may never have considered adult braces before, might now think differently. They’re discreet, and in the case of the Inman aligner, can straighten teeth fast. To find out more about adult braces come and talk to our orthodontist Manchester for advice. Call us on 0161 660 1218 to book a no-obligation consultation today and take the first steps towards restoring your smile.

Invisalign Manchester vs Veneers – The Best Way To Straighten teeth

Invisalign Manchester vs Veneers – The Best Way To Straighten teeth

As an experienced orthodontist Manchester, we offer our adult patients a multitude of ways in which they can straighten teeth. The only issue is deciding which to use and which will give the patient the best results. Invisalign Manchester and porcelain veneers are both good options for straightening teeth and while the latter isn’t a specific orthodontic treatment per se, it’s often referred to as instant orthodontics. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at what Invisalign clear braces offers Manchester patients vs porcelain veneers.

So how do they straighten teeth?

Both are very different from conventional teeth straightening options. Invisalign for example doesn’t utilise brackets and wiring but instead relies on a series of clear plastic (invisible) aligners which are worn over the teeth like a gum shield. Each aligner in the series is designed to move the teeth a specific amount before it’s changed (usually every two weeks) for the next one. This continues until the final aligner is worn and the teeth are straight.

Similarly veneers also offer a different approach to straightening teeth. This time rather than physically moving them, the teeth are covered over and reshaped using a thin porcelain layer. This sits on top of the problem tooth giving you the appearance of straighter teeth and a better smile.

Advantages of Invisalign treatment

The main advantage that clear braces offers Manchester patients over porcelain veneers is that the whole natural tooth is preserved. This is good if you have an excessive or imbalanced bite which forces greater pressure through your affected teeth. On the contrary in order for veneers to be placed a thin layer of your natural tooth needs to be shaved off in order for the veneer to sit flush with the remaining teeth. Another benefit of Invisalign Manchester is that they actually correct the movement of tooth and the tooth root rather than masking over the problem cosmetically.

The advantages of veneers

Primarily the main advantage of veneers is that problems can be fixed within just one or two dental sittings, whereas Invisalign aligners can take up to two years to correct, depending upon the severity of the problem. Another advantage of course is that veneers don’t just straighten teeth, they can help with a whole host of other dental problems including masking badly discoloured teeth or helping with small (peg lateral) teeth. Finally unlike all other brace systems including Invisalign there’s no need to wear a retainer. Because the tooth root isn’t touched or moved, there’s no tendency for it to want to shift back.

As an orthodontist Manchester the good news for many patients is that they don’t always have to make a decision. In other words it doesn’t have to be an either/or choice. You can for example utilise Invisalign Manchester to move your teeth first of all and then use a porcelain veneer to mask a badly stained tooth that won’t respond to normal teeth whitening treatment.

Talk to us today about what veneers and clear braces offers Manchester patients today. To schedule an appointment call Church Road Dental and Cosmetics on 0161 660 1218.

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.