February 18th, 2012
At Mossley Dental Practice every week many patients from all around Manchester come the practice with similar stories. Many times we hear from people in their 20s or 30s and they tell us that their teeth used to be straight but that in the last few years they have started to overlap. Many of these people think that this is because their wisdom teeth have pushed through. But the research shows that this is probably not the cause in most people.
Sadly teeth move throughout life. It is a natural ageing process. Just as the rest of your body changes as you get older the same is true with your teeth. Mr Winston tells his patients that this movement of teeth is unpredictable it could happen quickly or very slowly and if treatment is not sought it is quite possible that teeth which are moving will continue to get more crossed over. Some people are lucky and their teeth stay nice and straight for life but we at present are not able to identify the causes of tooth movement and why some people have lovely straight teeth and others don’t.
Mr Winston at Mossley Dental Practice uses the latest orthodontic technology including invisible braces such as Six Month Smiles and lingual braces and at the end of treatment uses fixed and removable retainers to ensure that the teeth remain stable in their new positions. A set of retainers (fixed and/or removable) are included in the cost of your treatment so you don’t have to pay extra for them.
Sadly if you have had orthodontic treatment in the past but either not worn or not been provided with retainers then as you have got older your teeth may have moved a bit. If the “relapse” is minimal we may be able to fix the problem with a removable brace such as the Inman aligner,clear aligners such as Simpli5. If however, your teeth have re-crowded more severely you may want to consider fixed invisible braces such as 6 month smiles or lingual 6 month braces.
Teeth straightening is open to people of all ages and if you live in or around Manchester Mossley is a short drive by car and is close to the M60 motorway. Mr Winston has experience and a postgraduate degree in orthodontics and is happy to offer advice or a second opinion at a free initial consultation.
February 11th, 2012
In Manchester Mr Winston is providing Six Month Smiles treatment for his adult patients and as the name suggests most cases are completed in about six months. These adult braces use clear brackets and tooth coloured wires to move teeth quickly into their desired position.
Six Month Smiles is a non-extraction approach to treatment where space is created to align crooked teeth without removing healthy premolars. This means that treatment can be completed much quicker than traditional comprehensive orthodontics.
Of course we still offer comprehensive orthodontics with Damon braces at Mossley Dental Care but given the option many adult patients are choosing Six Month Smiles for their tooth straightening due to the speed of treatment. At your free initial consultation with Mr Winston you can discuss the pros and cons of short term orthodontics using Six Month Smiles versus comprehensive orthodontics using Damon braces.
Very often at Mossley Dental Care patients come in and tell us they are getting married in 6 or 7 months or they are going to an important function or they are going on holiday on a certain date and ask us what we can do for them. Mr Winston is well experienced to working to restricted time frames.
One of the disadvantages of extracting teeth is that it increases the overall treatment length as time is required to fully close the extraction spaces and this normally pushes treatment times over the one year mark and sometimes as much as two years. Although extraction therapy is still sometimes used most adult patients can achieve straight teeth without having to resort to this.
Damon braces and Six Month Smiles are rapid, gentle, and comfortable methods for adults to achieve the straight teeth they always wanted. Often the teeth are a nice shape its just that they are out of line and so porcelain veneers are not the correct way to fix this problem. The correct solution is invisible braces for tooth straightening and Mossley Dental Care offers patients in and around Greater Manchester this opportunity to achieve the smile of their dreams. Other well known adult braces used by Mr Winston include Invisalign, Clearstep, lingual braces and the Inman aligner.
We are very proud of our treatment results and you can see a selection of before and after photos of patients treated at the practice on our website.