How to Straighten Teeth?

How to Straighten Teeth?

How to Straighten Teeth?

If you are interested in straightening your teeth then your dentist will refer you to an orthodontist to discuss treatment methods.

Orthodontists are vital in the process of straightening teeth and correcting bite problems. They are the ones who can help you to decide not only if you want to straighten your teeth but they can also help you choose the best method for you.

Some of the treatments that you can use to straighten your teeth are in this article and hopefully, one of them is right for you and will soon have you on your way to your desired smile.

Patients who choose to have any type of braces often find that their self-confidence also increases as a result of getting the treatment. To read more about how orthodontic treatments can boost self-confidence read our article ‘Orthodontic dentistry and your self-confidence: how they are linked.’

NHS treatment

NHS treatment

Orthodontic treatments on the NHS are free for patients under the age of 18 who have a clear need for the treatment.

Unfortunately because of a very high demand, there is often a waiting list that can sometimes be quite long for these treatments.

The NHS uses a rating system called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) to assess eligibility for NHS treatment. This system uses numbered grades.

If you want to find out more about the different IOTN grades visit the British Orthodontic Society website.

Grade 3 cases may be considered for NHS treatments and will be assessed on an individual basis.

Grade 4 and grade 5 cases are eligible for NHS treatment.

Orthodontic treatment is not usually offered for adults on the NHS and as a result, most adults have private treatment.

How Long Is the NHS Braces Waiting List?

The length of the NHS waiting list for braces varies across the country. Where some places it can be as low as 6 months and should not be longer than 2 years in other places the wait is as long as 5 years.

Make sure you look into your specific area or speak to an NHS dentist or orthodontist to find out how long you could be waiting.

How Long Is the NHS Braces Waiting List?

Private treatments

Traditional metal braces on the NHS are not the only option. There are also many different types of braces and aligners that you can get with private orthodontic treatment.

Below are the choices that we can offer you at Didsbury Dental Practice to help you straighten your teeth.

Damon Clear Braces

Damon clear braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that can straighten your teeth. The system uses a slide mechanism that takes away some of the pressure that is put on your teeth and allows them to move into the desired position much more comfortably.

Damon braces are almost completely transparent and will actually adapt to the natural colour of your teeth for discretion. This treatment takes fewer visits to your dental practice and is a far shorter process than what you would experience with traditional braces.

These braces can come in clear or if you prefer they can also come in metal. Usually, the Damon clear braces are used for the upper teeth and metal Damon braces on the lower teeth. This, of course, will depend on your specific wants and needs. So, if you choose to get Damon braces make sure to fully discuss the pros and cons of both with your dentist when making any decisions.

As a treatment for straightening your teeth, Damon braces are a great clinically proven treatment option that doesn’t usually require the extraction of any teeth.

On the Damon braces site, they say they believe that ‘The cost of braces should never keep you from getting that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Investing in your smile can pay dividends to your relationships, career, and overall life satisfaction.’

Private treatments

Six-month smiles short-term aligners

Six Month Smiles is another system that gently moves your teeth into the correct position using a type of clear braces. And sometimes they work their magic in just 6 months.

The clear braces used by Six Month Smiles use clear brackets, practically invisible wires or sometimes clear plastic retainers. What exactly the Six Month Smiles treatment would entail for you would depend on your individual case.

These braces are as stated in the name for the short term. Along with being almost invisible, this makes the perfect for people with slight overcrowding or people who have had braces before but whose teeth have begun to move back. Although not always the case, these treatments are usually completed in around 6 months which is around a third of the time you would have traditional braces.

Unfortunately like all treatments, Six Month Smiles short-term aligners will not be suitable for everyone but your dentist should be able to suggest to you an alternative that could work well for you.

Six Month Smiles short-term orthodontics at Didsbury Dental Practice, Manchester can cost you as little as £28 a month so make sure to check it out if you are looking to regain some self-confidence through your smile.

Six-month smiles short-term aligners

Alias Lingual Braces

Another type of braces that can be a great choice for those who wish to be discrete are Alias lingual braces. These braces are probably the most hidden you will find. Instead of being on the front of your teeth, these braces are placed behind your teeth making them completely unnoticeable.

Lingual braces are made using non-allergenic gold using modern computer technology for the best results and maximum comfort throughout. To make your braces you will first have an impression taken off your teeth. This is then sent off to a dental laboratory and is used to make your custom braces.

Although this treatment takes a little longer than some others it is still a fantastic option as they are the ultimate secret braces and by hiding behind your teeth nobody will ever even know they are there unless you tell them.

Alias lingual braces are usually opted for by adults but are also a valid option for children if they so choose.


Invisalign treatment is a  system used globally to straighten teeth. They are designed to slowly reposition your teeth to the desired place. The clear aligners are made using SmartTrack a specially designed flexible plastic created specifically for this treatment.

The clear aligners that you get with Invisalign treatment are extremely different from metal braces. Where traditional metal braces can only be removed by an orthodontist, Invisalign aligners are able to be removed easily by the patient themselves.

Unlike metal braces which are quite visibly obvious, Invisalign aligners really are practically invisible and unless you point them out it is unlikely that they will be noticed by anyone.

Your clear aligners will be designed specifically for you by your orthodontist using a 3D scan of your mouth. A plan will be made that is completely unique to you to help you on your Invisalign journey and make sure every tooth goes where you want it to.

Didsbury Dental Practice

To learn more about Didsbury Dental Practice, visit our website here.

Click here to learn about our Invisalign treatment for adults and teenagers.

We offer a wide range of dental services, including teeth whitening, Alias lingual braces, Six Month Smiles Braces and Damon Clear Braces.

To find out why you should choose Didsbury Dental Practice for your orthodontic dentistry click here.

If you need an emergency appointment, call our dental emergency helpline on 0161 413 2835, or walk into our practice and we will aim to see you as soon as possible.

Visit our blog to read more articles on dental health such as ‘Is an orthodontist more qualified than a dentist?’ and ‘What does orthodontic mean in dentistry?

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