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How the Inman Aligner Can Give You a Straighter Smile Quickly

Friday, July 28th, 2017

shutterstock_308565782Do you feel the need for speed when it comes to wearing braces? Many of our patients come in looking for the fastest solution for crooked, crowded and wonky teeth. The good news is that modern treatments offer a rapid alternative to traditional braces. With appliances like the Inman Aligner, we can deliver results in weeks, rather than years.

What is the Inman Aligner?

The Inman Aligner is a removable brace, which was developed in the USA. This revolutionary device offers a discreet, swift alternative to traditional fixed braces for patients who have minor issues that require limited movement. The aim of the aligner is to straighten the front teeth. This is an ideal option for those who have slightly crooked front teeth or small gaps between the front teeth.

How does the Inman Aligner work?

The Inman Aligner is a removable tray-shaped brace, which fits over the top of the teeth. It is transparent, but it has visible parts, including a metal bar, which runs along the front teeth. The aligner has two nickel coiled springs, which generate forces, causing the teeth to move into the correct position. There is one spring at either side of the brace. The forces that are produced by the component parts are gentle, but they produce a lot of movement, and this is why this treatment achieves results so quickly.

How long does treatment take?

Every patient is different, but most cases can be completed within 16 weeks. In some cases, you may only need to wear your brace for 6 weeks. We recommend wearing the aligner for around 20 hours per day for the best results.

If you like the sound of the Inman Aligner and you’re wondering if it could be a good match for you, why not pop in and see us or give us a ring and book a consultation?

Five Ways to Protect Your Newly Straightened Teeth

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

shutterstock_625524389You’ve got a gorgeous new, straight smile. The next job is to keep it looking fabulous for as long as possible. If you’ve just had your braces removed, here are 5 ways to protect your newly straightened teeth.

  1. Wear a retainer: retainers are orthodontic appliances, which are worn to maintain the new position of the teeth and prevent the teeth from moving once the braces have been taken off. Your dentist will explain how the retainer works and you can usually choose between a fixed or removable retainer.
  2. See your dentist: just because you’ve finished your treatment, doesn’t mean that you don’t need to keep in touch with us! We hope to see you for regular check-ups and follow-up appointments to check that everything is perfect and keep an eye on your oral health in general.
  3. Brush: oral hygiene is really important for everyone, so we strongly recommend sticking to a good daily cleaning regime at home.
  4. Use a mouth guard: if you enjoy sport or you take part in activities like martial arts, we recommend wearing a mouth guard to protect your teeth. Even if you only play from time to time, you never know when an accident may happen and you don’t want your new smile to be ruined. We recommend dentist-made guards, as they provide a perfect fit.
  5. Watch your diet: there are some foods that are lot better for your teeth than others. Now that you’ve got the smile of your dreams, you should take good care of it. Try and avoid foods that are very hard, which could damage your teeth, and those that have a low pH value or high sugar content.

Why are Retainers So Important after Teeth Straightening?

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

shutterstock_616998494If you’ve spent weeks or months wearing braces to straighten your smile, the last thing you want is for your teeth to start slipping out of position. We strongly advise all our orthodontic patients to wear retainers after they have finished treatment. This helps to prevent relapse and will ensure your beautiful new smile looks perfect for years to come.

About retainers

Retainers are orthodontic appliances, which are worn to keep the teeth in order after braces have been removed. There are various types of retainer, including fixed and removable appliances. Retainers can be made from transparent materials and they can also be fitted to the back of your teeth, so you don’t need to worry about spoiling the aesthetic of your new smile.

Wearing a retainer is incredibly important because it holds the teeth in position. If you don’t have a retainer, there’s a high risk of the teeth slipping and starting to move out of position, and in the worst cases, repeat treatment may be required. By wearing a retainer, you can increase your chances of keeping your smile in check.

Are retainers painful?

Initially, when you wear your retainer for the first time, you may find it a little uncomfortable, but like braces, you’ll soon get used to it. If you do find it painful, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we will do our best to make you feel more comfortable.

If you’d like to find out more about retainers or you’re interested in our orthodontic treatments, why not give us a call and book a consultation? Your dream smile could be just around the corner.

Comparing Lingual Braces to Clear Braces: Invisible Teeth Solutions

Friday, April 28th, 2017

shutterstock_571079539If you’re thinking about braces, and you’re keen to go for something discreet, you may be wondering whether clear braces or lingual braces are your best bet. Today, there are so many incredible treatment options out there, and lots of patients are spoiled for choice. If you’re weighing up your options, here is some useful information about our incredible invisible braces.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are a very popular option as many people don’t want to show off a bulky brace when they smile. If you want the convenience of a removable brace, as well as being able to undergo treatment in secret, systems like Invisalign are a good choice. Invisalign aligners are suitable for those with moderate orthodontic problems and they’re great for patients who don’t want to worry about anyone else knowing that they’ve got braces. Invisalign aligners are made from transparent plastic, and they’re really easy to incorporate into your daily life. You can take them out when you need to eat or clean your teeth, so you don’t have to adapt your daily routine in any way. If you would prefer a fixed brace, discreet options include Damon Braces and Six Month Smiles. These braces are a lot more discreet than traditional metal fixed braces, but they are visible, and if you dream of going incognito, lingual braces are probably your best bet.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are fixed braces, which also offer you the chance to have treatment without anyone else knowing. These braces are attached to the back of your teeth, so nobody will be able to see them when you smile. Lingual braces are finer and more delicate than traditional fixed braces and they use innovative technology to prevent friction and minimise pain. We offer STb Social 6 lingual braces, which are designed for minor orthodontic misalignment. Treatment is rapid, as it focuses on the social 6, the teeth at the front of the mouth. Typically, cases can be completed within 6-16 weeks.

If you’re interested in invisible orthodontic solutions, we can help! Call us now to find out more!

Invisalign or Fixed Metal Braces? You decide in Central Leeds

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

The world of orthodontics has gone through quite an amazing transition over the past 30 years in central Leeds. It’s no longer all about metal braces and years of pipe-work in your mouth because there are some incredible upstarts come over from America to challenge the old ideas of fixed braces, one of which is a aligner based treatment called Invisalign- this really does push the boundaries when it comes to teeth alignment. For a start, it works faster than traditional braces, which is already a bonus; it is also removable, an incredible advantage, so it’s brushing and eating as normal. But probably the most outrageous thing about this aligner is that it is invisible: made from a clear plastic, it can barely be seen when fitted into the mouth- and therein lies the biggest issue for brace wearers in the past, the look. However it isn’t for everyone and will not overcome serious orthodontic problems: metal braces can. For whatever you may hate about metal braces, they can overcome the most serious of teeth problems as they can be built bespoke for your mouth and cope with the most complex orthodontic challenges- Invisalign can’t do this. Yes the metal may look unsightly and yes, they may be a nuisance to clean, but they work slowly and precisely, and will deliver superb results in the end…..they are also far cheaper.


Wearing Braces in Central Leeds

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

It’s the time you have been dreading all your life, the wearing of braces, though it’s probably safe to say it is probably easier to front up to as an adult as opposed to being a teenager. Either way though, you may be rather surprised by just how much is on offer to you out there in central Leeds and you may be eligible for some device that will get your treatment over with discreetly and quickly. Complex scenarios will take a serious fixed brace to overcome the problem and may take some years too, but, it will be the damn best you can get and your teeth will be strong and healthy at the end. For the more fortunate, you may be able to settle on some of the clear removable aligners around like Invisalign and Clearstep; they work quickly and you can barely tell if you are wearing them. Then there are even quicker ones that concentrate on specific problems and you can be done in around 6 months (the 6 months smile and the Damon). But probably one of the most outrageous boasts is from one that works in just 6 weeks to pull those front teeth into place- the Inman aligner. You should do a lot of research before you make your choice as not only is this an important time for you, but you are paying for it as well.

Getting Treated with Orthodontics in the City of Leeds

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Orthodontics- the noble art of teeth straightening: it is growing in stature and getting better with each passing year. The basic elements of this trade involves the protection of your jaw-joints by keeping the mouth’s occlusion or ‘bite’ true and by the use of braces or aligners, this can be achieved. For really difficult treatments, it may involve the removal of certain teeth first so that the ones that are left can be moved into the spaces. In cases like this, the treatment can be lengthy, but it will be extremely precise and you benefit greatly by having it done. Not every mouth is the same though and if you look around, you’ll be amazed at how many devices are out there to do different jobs. One of the greatest changes in orthodontics has come in how fast some braces and aligners work- on average, treatments are starting to dip under the year mark. But finally, it is style in which these devices are straightening people’s teeth and it’s this that’s winning people over and taking the stigma out of wearing a brace or aligner in the city of Leeds: the materials used in the manufacture of these devices are so discreet that when they are fitted, it is difficult to tell when people are wearing them.

Leeds embraces the Inman Aligner

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

If you want your teeth straightened fast inLeeds, then hold onto your hats, because the Inman has landed. The magical thing about the way teeth straightening has evolved is that it recognises that people’s teeth have different demands, so technology has come up with a gadget for all seasons- hence the Inman aligner. It is because of the design of this engineer’s dream that it will only work on teeth that are bucked or crooked at the front of the mouth. Once your teeth have been measured up, then this bespoke little device can be made up. It consists of a plate that fits to the palette of your mouth: at the back of the plate are two springs that connect to a labial bar that pushes against the inside of the teeth; in turn, this pulls on a wire that wraps around the front of the teeth. This means that the teeth are being constantly rocked back and forth until they loosen up and fall into the desired location. This loosening means that they move very fast- in most cases, they can be into position in as little a 6 weeks: such rapid movement means they will have the tendency to spring back again, but this is checked by wearing a retainer until they bed into their new home. Throughout, the aligner can be taken out if desired- great for eating, great for cleaning your teeth. If it sounds too good to be true then just wait until you see the price!

Evocative Invisalign in Central Leeds

Friday, October 12th, 2012

If anyone has ever had to wear braces at some point of their lives in central Leeds, the feedback will not be complimentary in the least. A couple of years of ugly fixed metal braces can leave you scarred and with a bitter taste in the mouth, pardon the pun. Since those dark days though, the world of aligners and braces have moved on incredibly and if you were to have a look at the choices on offer today, you will find a breath-taking option that goes by the name of Invisalign. Beautiful, evocative, remarkable are not names you would normally associate with a brace/aligner, but this one has the lot. It isn’t for everyone, but if you fit the bill, boy, are you in for a teeth straightening delight! This device is shaped like a gum-shield and when you join up, you will be fitted with a series of them as your teeth start to move into position. The thing about this gum-shield though is that it is transparent and so when it is in the mouth, you can barely see it- now that’s a selling point right there! It works faster than most other treatments but its other great advantage is that it is removable, making eating and oral hygiene a breeze. Though it’s more expensive than other options on the market, the lack of emotional scarring will more than cover the costs!

Picking Your Choice of Brace in Leeds

Monday, March 26th, 2012

So here’s the deal: you’ve accepted that your teeth have made up their minds to head of in all directions, leaving you feeling a tad ugly and also threatening the health of your mouth and jaws in the long run. You also know the ghastly inevitability is waiting for you just around the corner- the dreaded braces!

Once you know you have an orthodontic problem, only an examination beforehand will determine the type of treatment you will need to fix your teeth. But people of Leeds, you can calm yourself in the knowledge that braces and aligners have come a long way from the train-track devices of old, if fact, some look darn right trendy and glamorous!

The ethos behind such treatments has come to us from America with a heavy bias toward discretion and speed for the user. A lot of fixed braces incorporate wires and ceramic plates that are coloured to match your teeth, whilst concentrating on moving your teeth as quickly as possible.

Some aligners are completely transparent and almost impossible to spot in the mouth, while others concentrate on speed, providing results from as little as 6-weeks to 6 months, in comparison to the two years of treatment expected with traditional braces. Of course, prices can play a big part in your decision, but with such things as payments plans and insurance, there is no reason at all not to get the treatment you need done as quietly and as quickly as possible.