Private Orthodontic Treatments in Manchester
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Our team have improved the confidence of hundreds of people by creating beautiful smiles using a variety of orthodontic braces.
We are highly experienced in the special challenges of adult orthodontic treatment and can help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of!
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Professional Orthodontic Treatments
There are so many types of braces available in dentistry – all claiming to offer the best results in the quickest of times.
There are also many different treatment philosophies.
One group would say you need to extract teeth if there is not enough room for all of them, whilst others would say you should never take teeth out and that you can instead expand the bone to make space for all of the teeth to fit.
Often, the truth is in between the two extremes.
At 360 Dental Care, we lean more towards ‘NOT taking the teeth out’ end of the spectrum, as we believe this is less invasive in the long run.
With so many options available, it can be very confusing when choosing the type of orthodontic treatment that’s right for you. At 360 Dental, we help you choose the type of orthodontics and the type of brace that works best for your smile, your lifestyle and long term function, making sure that you understand not only the benefits but also any risks involved in your treatment.
At 360 Dental Care, we have vast experience with all current brace systems out there. Remember that it’s not really the type of brace that is important – it’s the result!
Before and after video
Types of Orthodontics
Comprehensive Orthodontics works to improve the appearance and function of the bite.
The jaw joint is extremely important and should be treated if there is a problem before having orthodontic treatment, otherwise the result is unlikely to be stable and can even cause pain in the long term.
Cosmetic Orthodontics / Short Term Orthodontics / Social Six
These orthodontic procedures focus on aligning the front teeth only. As such, this is much quicker than changing the whole bite.
If the problem is not too severe and you have no problem with your bite or jaw, then this is a great option to improve cosmetic appearance.
There are many different brand names such as 6 month smiles and quick straight teeth but essentially they are the same thing!
Things you should be aware of when having braces.
No matter which method of treatment there are risks involved. The most common are below.
The smaller the jaws the less room for teeth but also the less space there is for the tongue.
If there is no room for the tongue in the upper jaw it will then “live” in the throat which can lead to problems with breathing at night e.g. sleep apnea.
If we expand the jaws to fit the teeth in, we also make more room for the tongue and in theory reduce the risk of sleep breathing problems. (The tongue would need to be “trained” to live in the palate for this to be effective = myofunctional orthodontics).
You would think why is expansion not done on every case? There is a concern of increased gum recession. This risk would need to be
weighed up against the risk of sleep breathing problems like sleep apnea.
Extracting teeth in some cases can make the jaws smaller and less room for the tongue theoretically increasing the risk of sleep
- Gum recession / shrinkage.
No matter which system or philosophy there is a risk of the gum shrinking up particularly in patients who have very little / no bone over
the roots of there teeth. If using a an expansion method great care should be taken as there is an increased risk of recession.
Interestingly orthodontics can be used to improve gum recession by moving roots back into bone and the gum can then cover the root
- Root resorption
Is where the root shrinks. It can get shorter and thinner.
For the majority of people it makes no real difference to the teeth or their long term survival.
If brackets are stuck to the teeth and not cleaned well, especially if you have a high frequency of sugar in your diet. decay can form around the brackets. This can look very unsightly when the brace is removed.
- Gum inflammation
It is essential to clean well around any fixed or removable brace.. A failure to do so can lead to gum problems and occasionally abandoning treatment early.
- Worsening of a jaw joint (TMJ) problem
Although most orthodontic opinion is that the jaw joint is not effected by orthodontic treatment, at 360 dental care we could not disagree more! We take great care to diagnose any existing problems and to prevent / treat any jaw problems that may arise.
Laurence has a particular interest in this area.
- Need for retainers
All forms of orthodontic move teeth into unstable tooth positions. If retainers are not used the teeth will tend to move back, become crooked again this is called relapse.
The general advice is that retainers are for life.
Retainers can be a wire permanently fixed to the back of the front teeth and / or a removable retainer.
There is no evidence about the long term effects of permanent retention.
Myofunctional orthodontics is perhaps the exception to this, as it changes the muscle function and the position of stability of the teeth.
One of it’s goals is not to need retention long term.
Any type brace will give a degree of discomfort and for some a little pain particularly when changing a wire. It usually lasts for a few days
- Effects on speech
This is particularly relevant to lingual braces and removable braces. Most people adapt in a couple of weeks.
- How long does treatment take?
This varies from patient to patient and what we are aiming to achieve. For the simplest of cases it may be as little as 6 weeks for more complex it could be 2 years…………
- Multiple visits
You will need to be seen at frequent intervals through out your treatment. Occasionally there are additional appointments needed if wires break etc.