Standish Street Dental Practice | Cosmetic Dentistry Burnley

Teeth Straightening / Braces

What tooth straightening treatments are available?


The Invisalign system utilises a progressive set of clear removable braces, each aligner being slightly different so as to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

The treatment is nearly invisible, allowing you to smile with confidence during your treatment. Also, the braces are removable which means you can eat or drink whatever you like.

The specialist orthodontist will begin your treatment by discussing and agreeing your specific requirements, which can then be continually reviewed by way of a computer model.

The average Invisalign treatment takes between 12 to 18 months, although this period varies depending on each individual case.


Fixed braces are made up of bands and brackets that are stuck onto each tooth. Straightening wires run between the various attachments and the teeth are moved with tensioned elastics. The fixed attachments may only be adjusted and removed by the orthodontist. The most commonly used fixed braces are made from stainless steel.

The visual impact of the fixed appliance can be vastly improved by opting for Ice White brackets. These are tooth coloured ceramic attachments, designed to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth, reducing self conciousness during treatment.

The length of treatment varies between 9 months and two years although complex cases may take longer. It is extremely rare for treatment to last more than three years.

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