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The saying goes, ‘a new year, a new you’, which leaves many of us thinking about what we can learn from the past months and ways we can strive to be our best in the year ahead. If you’ve always been self-conscious about your teeth or didn’t have orthodontics when you were younger, the New Year is an ideal time to consider improving your smile, confidence and oral health.

And you are not alone. According to the American Association of Orthodontists the number of adults undergoing orthodontic treatment has risen by over 40% in the last decade. Teeth straightening methods have come a long way in recent years, and now there are numerous options for getting the results you want faster. Advanced treatments in the New Year can not only give you a straighter smile, they can improve the functioning of your mouth and jaws and make it easier for you to take better care of your teeth and gums.

reasons to smile in 2017

Sounds great, right? Let’s look at the benefits of orthodontics and the best teeth straightening methods in 2017 in more detail:

What do you want to achieve?

Orthodontics can help you feel much more confident about your smile day-to-day whilst fixing problems with your teeth, mouth and jaws:

  • Straightening crowded, misaligned or crooked teeth
  • Closing unwanted gaps between the teeth
  • Aligning the upper and lower dental arches
  • Reducing the potential of damage to prominent teeth
  • Correcting bite
  • Accommodating impacted, drifting or un-erupted teeth
  • Improving the overall aesthetics of the smile

Receiving orthodontic treatment is a big time investment, however there are many options to best suit your lifestyle and personal needs. If you’ve always put off straightening your teeth why not make the start of the year the time to put your smile first and give yourself a real reason to smile in 2017? Here are some of the most effective options for achieving your healthier, happier smile:

Metal braces

We know that when we say ‘train track’ braces, many adults think back to the big bulky ones they perhaps avoided as a teenager. Yet traditional braces have become much smaller and more comfortable than in previous years; modern technologies allow the treatment to be much faster than before.

Metal braces are one of the most affordable and extremely effective ways of straightening the teeth with predictable, proven results. If you would like more information on how modern braces can improve your smile, give us a call to arrange for a free consultation.

Ceramic braces

If you’re looking for a more subtle teeth straightening method but still want excellent results, ceramic braces use clear or tooth coloured brackets and are much less noticeable than traditional ones.

Ceramic braces are ideal for use on more moderate problems but are still an attractive solution for adults who want to look good during treatment. We offer 3 options for ceramic braces depending on your individual preferences. Find out more about our ceramic braces here.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are one of our most discreet teeth straightening options, though they provide predictable, efficient results for a variety of orthodontic problems.

Although lingual braces work in the same way as traditional and ceramic braces, using brackets and wires to gradually shift the teeth, each bracket is custom-made to bond to the back surfaces of the teeth. This makes them comfortable and virtually invisible to others, which is why so many adults choose them to transform their smile.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners are becoming more and more popular since they can offer adults great flexibility and ease of use. Our chosen brand is Invisalign - a removable aligner composed of a thin transparent plastic - for near invisible teeth straightening.

Invisalign is ideal if you want to improve crooked, overlapping or gappy teeth without worrying about the treatment being obvious to others. If you want to know more about the Invisalign process and why it would be beneficial for you, see our Clear Aligners page.

So, if you’re excited about the options available and would like to discuss achieving a straighter, confident smile in the New Year, you can talk to our orthodontists who will run you through the best suited methods. Just book an appointment by calling 0161 622 0987, or you can email us at

We hope you have a wonderful New Year!