Teeth Straightening

With continuous advances in technology, orthodontic treatment is becoming more popular. The traditional ‘train-track’ metal braces are no longer the only choice for straightening teeth. You can now choose a more modern, more efficient and more discreet brace system to achieve the smile you want.

At High Brooms Dental Clinic we offer a full range of orthodontic solutions and can help you find the right solution for you and your lifestyle.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a simple removable appliance used to align crowded or protruding front teeth. It is very safe, really fast and great value. With Inman Aligner treatment, your front teeth can be gently guided to an ideal position in a matter of weeks. Most cases complete in 6-18 weeks and because it's removable you can take it out to fit with your lifestyle.

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Six Month Smiles®

Six Month Smiles® short term orthodontic treatment is a modern twist on tried-and-true orthodontics.  There is little debate within the orthodontic community that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.

Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits their lifestyle.  Here is what makes Six Month Smiles so innovative

  • Average treatment times of only six months

  • Six Month Smiles Lucid-Lok® clear brackets and tooth-colored wires are barely visible

  • Use of braces has shown to provide the most conservative and predictable final result

  • Six Month Smiles Patient Tray Kits™ ensure that your appointments are fast and comfortable

  • Low forces and short overall orthodontic treatment times increase comfort, safety, and hygiene

  • Six Month Smiles is typically less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers

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Lingual braces

Lingual braces are one of the most discreet methods of straightening teeth and can be used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic problems...

Lingual braces
are fitted to the back of your teeth and are invisible to the outside world providing a great option for patients who, for social or professional reasons, do not want anyone to know they are wearing braces. Each bracket is specifically made to fit each individual tooth perfectly allowing the brace to be as low profile and smooth as possible to the tongue.

Not everyone can wear lingual braces and there are some challenges associated with wearing them that aren't found in traditional braces. First of all, the teeth have to be long enough to provide sufficient room to glue the braces on the inside of the teeth; therefore, lingual braces may not work for children or someone with especially small teeth. You also cannot wear lingual braces if you have excessive bite problems.

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Metal braces

Traditional fixed braces are still probably the best option if you want cheap metal braces. But there are other styles to consider which offer different pros and cons. We can help explain these options at your initial appointment.

Although not as popular as some of the less obvious alternatives, metal braces are still used in most cases of orthodontic treatment. They are less expensive than ceramic or custom braces and are comfortable to wear, being a great option for children, and they can be customised with different colours making them a little bit fun as well!

Metal brackets can be the best choice when a patient has a deep overbite, as they  aid in keeping the bite open while the teeth move into their new position.

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After your braces come off, your teeth will not always want to stay in their new, straighter position. That’s where retainers will help. The length of time you must wear one will depend on your individual circumstances. Retainers help stabilise your bone, gums, and muscles to the new tooth positions. This stage is called retention and follows the removal of the active braces.

There are two main types of teeth retainer: a fixed retainer (also known as a bonded or permanent retainer) or one that can be removed such as an Essix or Hawley retainer.

Both removable and fixed retainers will keep your teeth straight for years to come, as long as you keep wearing them as your Orthodontist advises!

Don't go backwards!

Unless retainers are worn as instructed, your teeth may move back towards their original positions and some of the benefits of your treatment will be lost. Many retainers are a comfortable clear mouthguard style design that can be worn while you sleep.

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Self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces are another type of metal brace specially designed to make treatment faster and more comfortable. Brackets are bonded to the front surface of your teeth and the arch wire is threaded through the brackets to connect them. The self-tightening system combined with advanced technology heat-activated wires mean that the process of aligning teeth is relatively gentle.

In terms of outward appearance, self-ligating braces are the same as conventional styles using a bracket and wire system. However, the modern technology used means that no elastic bands or metal ties are required to keep the arch wire in place.

Fixed braces use elastic bands around the brackets, whereas self-ligating brackets have a small clip mechanism to hold the arch wire in place. The elastic bands on fixed braces can cause friction resulting in longer treatment times, but as these elastic bands are not needed with self-ligating braces, straightening treatment time can be significantly shorter.

Self-ligating braces are constantly adjusting at a steady pace. This removes the pain or discomfort experienced when having traditional brackets, adjusted. The clips on self-ligating braces also gives the arch wire slightly more freedom to respond to the movement of your teeth making self-ligating braces a tailor-made and very comfortable orthodontic treatment.

Self-ligating braces are suitable for both adults and children. However, there are limitations to the kinds of orthodontic cases that can be treated with these braces.

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Ceramic Braces

Similar to traditional braces, ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces. only made from a white or clear material making them less obvious. Fixed ceramic brackets are bonded to each tooth and connected with an archwire that can also be tooth-coloured, blending the entire appliance in with the teeth.

These are a strong alternative to conventional metal braces.

Ceramic braces vs Metal braces

Whether you choose ceramic or metal braces, the components are essentially the same, as are the treatment method and end results. The difference with ceramic braces vs metal is the material used for the brackets and the discreetness of each.

Because of the more advanced materials used,  ceramic braces usually cost more than metal. Wearers may also have to restrict what they eat in order to avoid staining the clear or white ligatures. Apart from these two things, there are no real drawbacks compared to metal braces.

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Sherwood Dental Practice
633 - 635 Shirley Road
Hall Green
B28 9JU

0121 777 4455