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Choosing the best adult orthodontic solution for your needs

If you’re looking for adult orthodontics in Greater Manchester, you’ll find that we have a number of options here at Harwood Dental. However, you might be wondering which would be the best adult orthodontics solution for you? What are their pros and cons? Are there any that wouldn’t be suitable for you?

Anyone looking for adult orthodontics is advised to book a consultation with a skilled orthodontist or cosmetic dentist in the first instance. You may have read about different braces and aligners online but the only way to know whether you’re a suitable candidate for a specific brace or aligner is to have a comprehensive dental examination and discuss your individual needs.

At Harwood Dental in Greater Manchester, our adult orthodontics braces and aligners include:


Invisalign is a series of a clear aligners that you will need to wear for about 23 hours a day for the best outcome. You change the aligners every two weeks and each aligner works by gradually moving your teeth towards their final position. Invisalign aligners are popular because they are relatively fast, effective and can be removed for eating, cleaning, brushing your teeth and special occasions. They are also incredibly discreet.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles is a fast-acting brace system that uses tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to offer an almost invisible adult orthodontics solution. In many cases, straighter smiles can be achieved in as little as six to nine months. This is an ideal option if your teeth need more symmetry or your arches need rounding out. Six Month Smiles can also be used to improve an overbite, alleviate crowding or improve gum levels.

Simply Smile

Simply Smile braces also use clear ceramic brackets with tooth-coloured wires for a discreet adult orthodontics system. This solution concentrates on the ‘social six’ teeth, i.e. the front middle six teeth that people can see when you smile. By focusing on these teeth alone, Simply Smile treatments tend to be much quicker than many other orthodontic solutions.

Secret Smile

Secret Smile braces are lingual braces, which means that they’re fixed braces fitted to the back of your teeth rather than the front; this makes them completely invisible. As with Simply Smile braces, Secret Smile focuses on your front six teeth with the emphasis being on improving the aesthetics of your smile rather than correcting your bite. Treatment with Secret Smile tends to be much quicker than with traditional adult orthodontics.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a clear aligner that can straighten your front teeth in a little as six to sixteen weeks. This option is ideal if you have mild to moderate problems with your front top or bottom teeth, and want to correct crowded or protruding front teeth. The Inman Aligner is fast, safe and great value. It can be removed when you eat, brush your teeth or for special occasions, making it a flexible solution that will fit with your lifestyle.

To discuss adult orthodontics in Greater Manchester at Harwood Dental and to find out more about which might be the best solution for you, call us on 01204 304568.

You can also find out more about why braces are beneficial for health in one of our other blogs and alternatively you can view our other treatments including dental implants.

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