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Teeth Straightening & Invisalign

Portway

Teeth Straightening & Invisalign in Wythenshawe

Sometimes, the direction teeth grow through in is not always ideal. For various reasons, your teeth may have grown in at an awkward angle. While crooked teeth are not always something to be concerned about, equally they can cause many problems which potentially may get worse over time.

If you are unhappy with your crooked teeth or if your dentist has suggested treatment is needed, there are various crooked teeth treatment solutions we can provide to help you.

Teeth Straightening Manchester

For over 50 years, we have been providing expert dental care including Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Preventative Dentistry and Orthodontic Services to the local communities of Wythenshawe, Altrincham, Hale, Heald Green and Timperley.

What causes crooked teeth?

  • Facial injury
  • Genetics
  • Jaw size
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Mouth breathing
  • Pacifier (bottle) use
  • Poor dental care
  • Poor nutrition
  • Previous tooth loss
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue thrusting
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Invisalign Dentist in Wythenshawe, Manchester

Invisalign is a virtually invisible way of straightening crooked teeth and closing any gaps between the teeth.

The treatment involves wearing a series of aligners that will gradually move your teeth into the correct position. The aligners are made from clear plastic and are tailored to each patient.

Unlike braces, Invisalign is incredibly discreet and there is no major discomfort. The aligners are also removable, meaning brushing and flossing your teeth remains convenient. No major changes to dietary habits are required.

If you are in search of an affordable Invisalign dentist in Manchester, then we would be more than happy to help you. We can also provide finance options to make Invisalign more accessible to our patients.

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What Does Invisalign Involve?

As with all dental treatment we provide, the first step is to come and see us for a consultation. Most patients are suitable for Invisalign, though examining your teeth will allow us to determine your individual suitability. In some cases, other treatments may be recommended instead.

For Invisalign consultations, we use a digital scanner called an i-Tero scanner. This allows us to take virtual impressions of your teeth and will give you an idea of what can be achieved by the end of your treatment. We can also email the results to you so that you can make a more informed decision.

If you choose to go ahead, custom Invisalign trays will be made to fit your teeth. You’ll need to wear the trays for the recommended 20-22 hours a day. Every 2 weeks, you’ll be given a new tray as your teeth gradually move into place.

It can take 12 to 18 months to complete your Invisalign treatment. However, patients usually begin to notice changes within a few weeks.

Benefits Of Invisalign

  • Invisible appearance
  • More comfortable than traditional braces
  • Easy to maintain teeth cleanliness
  • Can be removed
  • Eat and drink as normal
  • Less time spent at the dentist
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Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common option for those looking to straighten their teeth and are available on the NHS.

As they are made from metal, the braces are much more durable than other brace types. However, a downside is that metal braces are more noticeable. That said, modern metal braces are more discreet than in previous times due to the advances in dental technology. It’s also possible to customise metal braces with different colours.

Ultimately, metal braces have stood the test of time because they are extremely effective in straightening crooked teeth. Suitable for all members of the family, metal braces take 24 months on average to move your teeth into the correct position.

Clear Braces

Clear braces offer a more discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. The brackets which sit on the surface of the tooth are either made from clear ceramic material or plastic polycarbonate. A white archwire can also be used which is less obvious than a coloured or metal wire.

If you opt for clear braces then you’ll need to learn new brushing techniques which we will explain to you after your treatment.

Clear braces are currently not offered on the NHS. However, they are something that we can provide on a private basis.

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Issues Caused By Crooked Teeth

The decision of whether or not to fix crooked teeth should be a joint one between you and your dentist. In some cases, crooked teeth do not cause any problems. However, this is not always the case.

In particular, the following issues can occur with crooked teeth, particularly if the crookedness is quite prominent:

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease. It happens when a buildup of plaque causes an infection in the gum line. Symptoms can include red, swollen or bleeding gums. Without prompt treatment, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.

Due to the teeth not being straight, it can be very difficult to clean your teeth properly, especially in between each tooth. As a result, you may be more likely to develop gum disease. Therefore, having your teeth straightened will help prevent the problem from occurring, as it will make it much easier to maintain your oral health.

Chewing And Digestion

The purpose of teeth is to help you break down your food so that when you swallow it the digestion process is easier on the body. However, if the teeth are not in a good placement it can make chewing very difficult. This may have consequences on your digestion, which will not resolve unless the teeth are in a better alignment, allowing you to chew properly.

Excess Wear

Misaligned teeth can put stress or pressure on opposing teeth, especially if your bite is uneven. This may cause further problems down the line for neighbouring teeth. Crooked teeth may even cause cracked teeth, jaw strain, TMJ and chronic headaches. All of which can be deeply unpleasant, especially if it disrupts your everyday life.

Speech Difficulties

Teeth that are not aligned correctly can make it difficult to pronounce certain words and sounds. Depending on the severity, it could cause confidence issues. The only way to remedy speech difficulties caused by your teeth placement is to have them straightened.

Low Self Esteem

Aside from the various physical ailments misaligned teeth can cause, the problem can also impact confidence and general self esteem.

We believe everyone deserves to have a beautiful smile. However, when this is not the case especially in photographs or when talking to others, it can cause the person to feel self conscious.

Teeth straightening will quite literally get to the root of the problem, creating better tooth alignment so that you can smile with confidence.

Crown Repair Dentist

If you have noticed your dental crown is not fitting well, has become loose, damaged or dislodged then a repair will be necessary. A loose crown can sometimes qualify as a dental emergency. Be sure to contact us as soon as you notice any issues with your crown.

What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialism within dentistry that includes the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. The purpose of orthodontics is to improve the appearance of your teeth, particularly if they are crooked, protruding or if there is overcrowding of the teeth.

Correcting your teeth will ensure your front and back teeth meet evenly, while also reducing the potential damage to other teeth due to stress the malpositioned teeth may be putting on your teeth or jaw. Therefore, as well as the cosmetic benefits, orthodontics looks to remove any pain or discomfort caused by teeth sitting in the incorrect place.

The correction of misaligned teeth involves the use of a device such as braces or Invisalign which will gradually move your teeth into a better position.

The length of orthodontic treatment will vary on an individual basis, though the average duration is between 12 and 24 months.