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The Inman Aligner UK – Everything You Need To Know

Adult orthodontics have come a long way in recent years and for those looking to straighten their teeth fast, then arguably, there’s nothing better than the Inman Aligner UK. At our smiles dental Manchester practice, for example, we regularly show people pictures of aligned teeth braces before and after and tell them that in most cases treatment from start to finish takes between 6-18 weeks. If you think that the speedy Inman aligner might just be the orthodontic treatment for you, then here’s the low-down on everything you need to know.

Most adults will experience some type of tooth movement as they get older. This is irrespective of whether they wore braces as a child or not. In some cases, adult teeth can become displaced to the point where they look and feel crooked. In this instance, it’s understandable to think that the only way to deal with it is to endure several years of metal braces. The good news is that there is another alternative. Thanks to advancements in technology the Inman aligner offers the perfect (anti) solution to long term braces.

What exactly is the Inman Aligner?

Designed by Donal Inman back in the year 2000 the Inman aligner was born out of frustration of the many failures involving standard spring aligners. It’s specifically designed to straighten or ‘align’ the upper and lower front teeth which are visible when you smile. The idea behind it is that there are many people who want a straighter smile for purely aesthetic reasons. As the front upper and lower teeth are right in the smile line, the Inman aligner UK is designed to tackle this problem head on. In fact, countless teeth braces before and after pictures showing the successful movement of teeth have indicated that it’s actually very good at what it does.

So how does it work?

Like all orthodontic appliances, the Inman aligner is designed to straighten the teeth using gentle but sustained force to shift the teeth back into the right position. However, that’s where the similarities end. Unlike conventional bracket and wiring brace systems, which are permanently fixed to the teeth for the duration of the treatment, the Inman aligner is designed to be fully and easily removed. In fact, for the best results, it’s designed to be worn for around 16-20 hours a day.

The appliance itself consists of two titanium coil springs that work alongside two aligner bows. One inner and one outer. Each one gently opposes the other. So as one pulls teeth, the other pushes, guiding them into their new position. Because of the opposing movements, it makes the aligner active over larger areas and therefore has the ability to shift teeth quicker. Once the teeth are in position the aligner bar works like a retainer and holds them firmly in place.

What conditions can the Inman Aligner treat?

At our smiles dental Manchester practice we see a number of cases where the Inman aligner would be ideal. For instance, it’s perfect for those people who wore braces as a child but for whatever reason failed to wear their retainer and as a result, their teeth have relapsed or shifted back. It’s also good for fixing tooth crowding, tooth protrusions, tooth rotations, and crossbites. In addition, because of it’s speed, it’s also used as a pre-aligner for those looking to undergo missing teeth replacement or cosmetic enhancements such as veneers.

The 12-week wonder brace

The Inman aligner UK is affectionately known as the ’12 week wonder brace’ because that’s how long the majority of treatments take, although this can be shorter or longer depending upon the degree of correction needed. You may for example only need 6 weeks or alternatively, you may need 20 weeks but it’s very rare for people to spend any longer than this wearing the appliance. In comparison, even with other fast or accelerated brace systems, the Inman aligner is lightening fast.

Is the Inman Aligner right for you?

It’s specifically designed to correct minor to moderate tooth movements of the front teeth on the upper and lower jaw. Because of this, the system can’t correct any type of molar movement. If your dental needs are more complex, then we advise you to consult our smiles dental Manchester practice to talk about other brace systems which deliver better teeth braces before and after results. Because the aligner is removable and not fixed, patients need to be self-disciplined enough to wear it for the duration of the treatment. Finally, the Inman aligner only works on adults with fully developed teeth. As a result children and younger teenagers will need to seek other solutions.

Will it work for my situation?

In order to answer these patients will need to ask themselves a few questions…

“Do I want to improve the position of my front upper and lower teeth only?”

“Do I want to move the said teeth in a forward or backward position only?”

“Am I okay with people knowing I’m wearing it?”

If the answer to the above is yes, then the Inman aligner can offer the perfect solution. While it’s fair to say that the aligner can move teeth from the gum position to create a better smile, it’s better designed for moving teeth backward and forward. You might also want to take into account that although the Inman aligner is discreet it isn’t invisible, so if you’re after total orthodontic discretion, you might want to consider Invisalign treatment or Lingual braces instead.

Finally, will the Inman Aligner hurt?

When applied forces push or pull teeth using orthodontic appliances it’s normal for the teeth to feel a little tender. This is because the bones and gums around the tooth are remodeling as the tooth moves. This is normal and should only last for a few days. Any discomfort can usually be brought under control using over-the-counter pain-killers. Patients should never feel any throbbing or excruciating pain if teeth are healthy.

So there you have it, everything you need to know! If however you have concerns or need more information, and are seriously considering the Inman Aligner UK, then why not book a consultation at out smiles dental Manchester practice. Here we can address your issues and show you pictures of teeth braces before and after, thus giving you the information you need to make an informed dental decision. To book an appointment call today on 0161 660 1218.

Orthodontics Manchester – How Do Braces Straighten Teeth?

Orthodontics Manchester – How Do Braces Straighten Teeth?

If you’re in need of teeth straightening, Manchester dental practices specialising in orthodontics in Manchester can help. At our smiles dental Manchester office for example, we offer a wide range of treatments designed to help realign teeth. These include fast or accelerated orthodontic treatments such as C-Fast, Secret Smiles, and Six Month Smiles through to lengthier full-term treatments such as ceramic braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign aligners. While you don’t have to look far to find information about each individual treatment, it’s more difficult to find information on how braces actually work. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look.

The first thing to note is that despite the many different orthodontic appliances available they all perform the same function and that is to straighten teeth using applied gentle force. Although there are some subtle differences in the way that this is done, generally speaking appliances are either fixed to the teeth or placed over the teeth  to force them to move/turn/grow in the right direction. So how is this achieved?

Fixed appliances

Fixed orthodontic treatments are what most people would recognise as traditional braces. These are fixed to the teeth for the duration of the treatment and consist of four elements.

  • Brackets
  • Bonding material
  • Arch wire
  • Ligature elastic/O Ring

Firstly our smiles dental Manchester team will help you choose the right brace system to suit your needs and/or requirements. Once you’re happy, then small brackets are attached to each tooth using a  special type of bonding material. These can either be coloured or silver in the form of conventional braces, or ceramic tooth coloured for discretion. Alternatively, in the case of lingual braces, they can also be attached to the back of the teeth.

Next an arch wire is attached. This runs from bracket to bracket and is used to apply sustained gentle pressure on the teeth which in turn encourages them to move/twist back into the right direction.

Finally a small coloured piece of elastic known as a ligature or O ring holds the arch wire onto each bracket. The elastic ligature can be adjusted to help the arch wire to apply greater pressure in a certain position and is usually carried out by the dentist during a visit if necessary, although with some types of teeth straightening, Manchester appliances utilise O rings that can adjust of their own accord. These are known as self litigating braces. As pressure is adjusted and tweaked accordingly, the teeth respond and will eventually become straighter.

Removable orthodontics Manchester

As opposed to fixed brace treatments, removable orthodontics are designed to be easily removed by that patient during periods of eating, drinking, and cleaning the teeth. It’s suggested that it gives the wearer better dental hygiene because there is zero chance of food particles becoming trapped; but also, it gives the user greater control (within reason) over when they wear them. Treatments such as Invisalign aligners are one such appliance. So how do they work?

Just to complicate matters, Invisalign aligner treatment doesn’t rely on just one appliance for the duration of the treatment. Instead it involves a whole series of appliances/aligners (sometimes as many as 48 over a 2-3 year period). Each aligner is made from clear acrylic and is designed to be worn over the teeth like an invisible gum shield for a short period of time (approximately 2 weeks). As the first aligner is worn, it’s been made to fit snugly over the teeth forcing them to move a fraction of a position (usually around 1/10mm). After two weeks, the teeth should have moved sufficiently so the first aligner is discarded and the next one in the series is worn which moves the teeth a little more. The whole process is repeated again and again every two weeks until eventually, the teeth have reached the desired position.

As you can see, both types or orthodontic appliance have the ability to move teeth using sustained and gentle force, but it can be achieved in different ways. If you’d like to find out more about how orthodontics Manchester can help you achieve a straighter healthier smile then talk to our smile dentist Manchester about teeth straightening Manchester today. Why not book yourself a consultation by calling us on 0161 660 1218 and take the first steps towards having a smile that you can be proud of.

Teeth Straightening Manchester – What Are The Methods Used?

Teeth Straightening Manchester – What Are The Methods Used?

If you’re seeking teeth straightening in Manchester it pays to speak to an orthodontic Manchester practice. At our smiles dental Manchester clinic we know how to match the right treatment with your needs and/or requirements. With this in mind,what are the types of treatment used?

Fast orthodontics

Otherwise known as accelerated or short-term orthodontics, fast orthodontic treatments are designed to focus their attention on the upper and lower front teeth which are visible when you smile. Treatment times range from a few weeks through to six months and are perfect for those looking for an aesthetic, quick fix solution. Brands such as Six Month Smiles, C-Fast, Secret Smiles and the removable Inman Aligner are perfect examples of quick orthodontic Manchester treatments.

Removable Aligners

While the majority of brace systems are permanently attached to the teeth for the duration of the treatment, there are a few which are specifically designed to be removed by the patient on a daily basis. Orthodontic appliances such as the Inman Aligner and Invisalign allow the patient to remove them for specific tasks such as eating, drinking, and brushing the teeth. This is done to maintain better oral hygiene, but it also means that the patient has the freedom to choose when and where they wear them. Removable aligners can ether be short term treatments (in the case of the Inman Aligner) or full term treatments (in the case of Invisalign).

Full term brace systems

When it comes to teeth straightening, Manchester patients may be looking for a longer term treatment to fully restore both the function and aesthetics of their bite. With this in mind, it’s possible to choose from a wide range of what are known as ‘full-term’ treatments. These include traditional metal ‘bracket and wiring’ style braces, discreet ceramic-style braces, lingual braces which are worn at the back of the teeth, and (as mentioned above) removable Invisalign aligners. Treatments last on average 18 months but can be completed in as little as 12 months or as long as 36 months, depending upon the degree of the problem.

If it sounds a little confusing, then don’t worry. At our Smiles Dental Manchester practice patients are in safe and experienced hands. We’ll help you find the right orthodontic appliance to suit both your needs and requirements. Whether you simply want to straighten your teeth after failing to wear a  previous retainer or are looking for a quick fix solution to correct a crooked tooth, you can count on us. To enquire about teeth straightening Manchester or to book a consultation with our orthodontic Manchester team, then contact Church Road Dental and Cosmetics on 0161 660 1218 today and take the first steps towards great looking teeth.

Orthodontic Manchester Treatment – Am I Too Old To Get It

Orthodontic Manchester Treatment – Am I Too Old To Get It?

There’s a general consensus that those who seek orthodontic Manchester treatment are of a younger generation, and even those who choose adult orthodontics are still at a relatively young age. While it’s true that brace systems work particularly well on children the fact is that healthy teeth can be moved at any age. So are you ever too old for braces? Let’s take a closer look…

At our Hulme orthodontics practice we tell patients that most smiles dental Manchester treatments aren’t necessarily about age. Instead the deciding vote often boils down to 3 main factors. These are:

  • The current state of your periodontal (dental/gum) health
  • The current state of your overall health
  • The type of treatment you need

Let’s take a closer look at each in turn…

Periodontal health

Gum disease for example which leads to bone loss is more prevalent in adults than in teenagers and/or young adults. This consideration is important because for effective orthodontics to work, teeth are gently moved within the bone that supports them. If orthodontic treatment is being carried out at the same time as progressive periodontal disease, treatment can aggravate the problem and make it worse. While bone loss isn’t a complete deal breaker when it comes to orthodontic Manchester treatment, it’s essential that any periodontal problems are brought under control before any treatment starts.

Medical conditions

Certain medical conditions too aren’t always conducive to smiles dental Manchester treatments. Problems such as bleeding disorders, uncontrollable diabetes and heart valve disease may be problematic when undergoing any type of orthodontic treatment. In addition certain drugs used for help with conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis can make tooth movement difficult. Finally lifestyle choices such as smoking can have a tendency to dry out the mouth quickly. While this can be overcome normally, prolonged mouth dryness can make the wearing of braces uncomfortable.  Whether you seek Hulme orthodontics or go elsewhere, we strongly recommend that you tell your dentist if you have any medical conditions or indeed smoke, so that they can carry out a proper treatment plan taking into consideration these factors.

Type of problem

Another issue that impacts on orthodontic treatments is the degree and type of the problem. For example, if you have an over or underbite then this could be skeletal related. In a full-grown adult this may require corrective surgery as the problems doesn’t always lie with the teeth alone.

The main point to take from this is that when it comes to a healthy happy smile and straightening teeth in particular, there is no age cut-off point. You could be a healthy 60 year old with no underlying issues, just as you could be a 20 year old with severe gum disease. So if you need further advice on any type of smiles dental Manchester treatment, or any orthodontic Manchester treatment, contact our Hulme orthodontics practice at Church Road Dental and talk to Shi Karim and the team. To book your free consultation call today on 0161 660 1218 and let us help you restore your great looking smile.

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.

Fast Orthodontic Treatment – Does It Really Work

Fast Orthodontic Treatment – Does It Really Work?

At our smiles dental Manchester clinic we help people restore their smile using a variety of orthodontic treatments. Before patients come to us, many are under the impression that they have to put up with metal style braces for lengthy periods of time to cure their problematic teeth. However those same patients are usually surprised when we tell them about fast orthodontic treatment. So what exactly is it and does it really work?

In essence speedy orthodontics are brace systems that are designed to work fast. Instead of taking 18-36 months to straighten crooked teeth like conventional braces would, they take anywhere between 2-6 months to achieve the desired results. What’s more, when it comes to cost, if you compare speedy treatments such as the Inman aligner, cost UK is on a par with other conventional brace systems. So surely it’s a win/win situation all round?  After all, the patient gets treated quicker and it doesn’t really cost them any more money right? Well – the answer to this is both yes and no.

Let me explain….

A fast orthodontic treatment is speedy for a reason. That’s because it usually straightens only the visible upper and lower teeth that can be seen when you smile. In other words it deals purely with the aesthetics.

Many people who visit our smiles dental Manchester clinic have mild to moderate tooth problems. These include unsightly crooked, gapped, or flared teeth. As a result they may only be concerned about how their smile can be improved and are not necessarily concerned with any underlying workings. This is completely understandable and as long as they’re happy with the end results, then that’s fine. In these cases speedy treatments such as C-fast, Inman Aligners, Six month Smiles, and Secret Smiles are ideal.

However, for those with more serious dental problems, or those that are concerned with correcting the whole mouth, including non-visible upper and lower back teeth, severe tooth crowding, and root misalignment, accelerated or quick brace systems won’t work in these cases.

Alternatively if a patient does need lengthy orthodontic treatment and discretion is an issue (eg, they don’t feel comfortable with a mouth full of metal) then they can opt for fixed clear brace systems such as lingual braces or removable aligner style systems such as Invisalign. Both of these treatments are designed to be incredibly discreet.

The bottom line is that there are a multitude of orthodontic treatments suitable for your dental condition, requirements, and/or budget. It maybe that a fast orthodontic treatment is ideal for you, or that an Inman aligner cost UK price, fits right in with your budget. Alternatively you might prefer a holistic corrective approach to your smile that will take longer but is better suited to your dental condition. In fact whatever your dental problem, pay a visit to our smile dental Manchester clinic and talk to our experienced team.

To book your free, no obligation consultation, contact us on 0161 660 1218 or visit our website at www.clearbracesmanchester.co.uk. On behalf of the team at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics, we very much look forward to helping you restore your great looking smile.