National Smile Month 2016 – Looking After Our Oral Health 0

Between the 16th of May and the 16th of June 2016, we will be joining people throughout the UK to celebrate National Smile Month. Set up by the Oral Health Foundation, National Smile Month is the UK’s biggest and longest running campaign to promote the importance of oral health. 2016 marks a very special landmark for National Smile Month, with the campaign celebrating its 40th year!

Looking after your oral health can have a whole range of benefits, from contributing towards your overall health, to transforming the way you look and helping you to feel more confident in your appearance and in life.

To celebrate National Smile Month, we have put together a list of our top tips for looking after your oral health:

Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste

You should be sure to brush your teeth last thing at night before you go to sleep and at least once more during the day. Be sure to use a fluoride toothpaste – fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel and makes your teeth more resistant to decay.

You can also:

  • Use floss or interdental brushes to clean in between your teeth at least once every day.
  • Use mouthwash, but don’t use it directly after brushing your teeth as you can rinse away the fluoride from your toothpaste so it is not as effective.
  • Get a new toothbrush or toothbrush head every 2 months or sooner. When the brush becomes worn, it doesn’t clean the teeth as effectively.
  • If you have braces, it’s important to brush around the braces, as well as in between your teeth and where your teeth meet the gums. Special interdental brushes can make this easier.

Your diet can play a big part in your oral health

Consuming too many sugary foods and drinks on a regular basis can lead to tooth decay and poor oral hygiene. Try to cut down on foods and drinks containing a lot of sugar to look after your teeth.

Other useful diet tips for looking after your oral hygiene include:

  • Chew sugar-free gum after you eat and drink to help protect your teeth and gums between meals. This is especially important after consuming a lot of sugar.
  • Contrary to what you might believe, you should wait an hour after eating or drinking to brush your teeth. Directly after eating or drinking, your enamel is softer, so you could risk brushing away tiny particles of your teeth.
  • Eat a varied, balanced diet, rich in vitamins and minerals. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables are important in fighting off gum disease.
  • Avoid snacking and try to keep sugary foods and drinks to meal times. By keeping eating to mealtimes, you reduce the amount of time that your teeth come under attack from food.
  • Try eating a cube of cheese to finish meals – this can help to neutralise the effect of the acids from your food and prevent damage to your teeth.

If you suffer from crooked, misaligned, gapped or overcrowded teeth that prevent you from enjoying your smile as much as you would like to, you can call Northenden House Orthodontics on 0161 998 2622 to book a consultation with our team.

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How Celebrities and Social Media Are Making Dental Braces More Popular 0

Dental braces have traditionally never been a popular thing. In fact, they’re notoriously associated with the opposite – awkward teenagers dreading being known as the ‘brace-face’ or ‘metal-mouth’ amongst their group. However dental braces have come a long way since their big and bulky ancestors; modern braces are now much smaller and less noticeable, and newer technologies allow for faster, more comfortable treatments. Whereas a few decades ago, people would pass up on the opportunity to have braces as they’d be anxious about their appearance, they have now become a much more accepted treatment for teens and adults alike.  

A major influencing factor in the gaining popularity of dental braces is the celebrity uptake. Many Hollywood stars, singers, sporting legends and even royals have embraced the brace in their bid to wow their audiences with a perfectly straight smile. And not just in their teenage years – Tom Cruise, Nicholas Cage and Gwen Stefani have all opted for braces as adults, in view of the public. That train tracks have become accepted in the celebrity sphere where up keeping appearances is a must, provides people with positive encouragement to wear braces and improve their oral health and smile.

Though celebrities straightening their teeth with orthodontics is no new thing, social media coverage has really help to boost support on the braces front. TV presenter and Loose Women panellist, Andrea McLean, recently decided to have braces fitted alongside her 14-year-old son Finlay. Although she avoided having them as a teenager, as they were no-popular thing, the positive encouragement she and her son have received on social media greatly shows the increased acceptance of dental braces and their more positive cultural appeal.

As a widely used and extremely effective treatment, many people are now choosing to advocate wearing braces on social sites such as Twitter and Facebook, posting pictures of their newly fitted appliances and taking their friends and followers through their journey to a straighter set of teeth. Ultimately social sites are offering those wearing dental braces a community, where there is a newfound confidence that comes with improving their smiles. From traditional metal, to brightly coloured and natural-looking ceramic braces, there are many dental braces available to suit your needs to get the smile you’ve always wanted. You can see case studies of some of our patients with ceramic braces here, or contact us on 0161 998 2622 to discuss your requirements and book a consultation.

Support World Oral Health Day - a Healthy Mouth Makes a Healthy Body 0

The 20th March marks another of the World Dental Federation’s (FDI) annual celebrations of oral hygiene and health on an international scale. World Oral Health Day will be a key event this year for many, looking to raise awareness of oral health issues and promote a healthy mouth and body.

Why is WOHD so important?

Research from the FDI has found that 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime. Dental caries, or tooth decay is the most prevalent oral concern, where it’s been reported that 92% of adults between the ages of 20 to 64 have had tooth decay in their permanent teeth.

Although oral diseases in both children and adults are higher among poor or disadvantaged population groups, it is a worldwide issue, which is increased by factors including an unhealthy diet, tobacco use, harmful alcohol use and poor oral hygiene. However, the rates of oral diseases can be lowered with improved governmental, health association and society support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment.

Oral hygiene and health is important for people no matter their age, which is why WOHD is so vital an event to take part in.


How we can all help make a change

As of 2013, WOHD has been celebrated on the 20th March through a wide range of activities across the globe. Anyone can get involved in the activities this year, run by health associations, FDI member organisations and partners, governmental groups, students, teachers and the public in general. Sporting the hashtag, #WOHD16, these activities will help to highlight oral health concerns and their effects, and inspire change from influencing bodies. You can use the hashtag to find events in your local area.

This year, the theme for WOHD emphasises the need to drive an all-encompassing movement of change in understandings and attitudes towards oral health: ‘It all starts here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body’.  The FDI has provided a number of posters, toolkits and templates which can be adapted and localised for your own events and activities.

Right now you can customise your own poster to be printed or shared via social media. The FDI has also received videos from around the world, from people giving a personal view of the importance of oral health and showing their support WOHD 2016.



The FDI acts as the main representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policies and education programmes, and supporting member associations in overall oral health promotion activities. Their WOHD creates a unified platform for the dental and oral health community to take action against oral disease and help with the advancement of oral health around the world.

For more information or for any questions related to your oral health, please call us on 0161 998 2622 or email

How Orthodontic Treatment Can Benefit Your Child 1

Children and teenagers can often be more easily affected by first impressions and especially conscious of their own. Having a great smile can make a lasting difference to their self-esteem, as well as their overall health. That’s why orthodontic treatment is such an important consideration for your child, so that they can feel confident and happy in their smile and the first impressions they’ll make. But at what age should you consider your child’s orthodontic treatment, what type of treatment will be best for them and what will it involve?

When to take your child to the orthodontist

There are different phases for orthodontic treatment; Phase One occurs when the child is around the age of eight or nine, known as early treatment. The second phase will take place for children from around the age of eleven, into the teenage years. Although currently, most children receive treatment when they’re around twelve years old, earlier orthodontic treatment can save a lot of time, money and inconvenience when it comes to Phase Two.

In fact, health bodies such as The American Association of Orthodontists, advise that children go for an orthodontic screening as early as seven years old. This way, an orthodontist can look for potential problems with jaw alignment and bite as they grow. An early examination can also help find extrusions which are likely to create spacing problems, if all the adult teeth haven’t come through. You’ll then be advised on the best solution for your child, or whether they’ll need future treatment at all.

Why your child might need orthodontic treatment

Overcrowded, crooked teeth, or a misaligned bite, though common in children and teenagers, can not only lead to poor oral health and wear or damage the teeth, they can also place pressure on the jaw and cause irregular growth – changing the facial structure. One of the factors that can contribute to orthodontic problems in children is thumb sucking, as it can cause the lower teeth to become set back or the upper teeth to protrude forward. Early intervention, therefore, is sometimes necessary to prevent enduring tooth and jaw problems. Orthodontics is most effective at an earlier age, before a child’s jaw stops developing, which is usually towards their adult years. Signs that your child may need orthodontic treatment include:

  • If your child continues thumb sucking after 5 years of age
  • Lisps or speech impediments
  • Teeth are protruding, or don’t come together normally
  • Crowding of the front teeth begins at around the age of seven or eight
  • Your child has difficulty chewing or biting
  • A shift in the jaw when they open or close their mouth
  • They are breathing through their mouth

Phase One treatments in most cases begin once all of the adult teeth have started to come through and use methods and appliances to correct the position of the jaw and dental arches. If your child’s orthodontist sees that teeth coming through will likely cause crowding or other issues, they can use interceptive orthodontics to shift the size of the dental arch for better teeth positioning. This will decrease the likelihood of teeth having to be removed or additional orthodontic treatment as your child reaches teenage years, however Phase Two treatment is usually still needed. The future treatment will mostly be a lot shorter and less expensive though.

How an orthodontist can help improve your child’s teeth

Investing in orthodontic treatment for your child at an earlier stage, can prevent them needing it when they’re an adult, where it often takes longer and surgery may have to be involved. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for your child, here are the problems it can help to correct:

  • Orthodontics for your child can help to correct protruding upper front teeth, improving oral health, the appearance of the teeth, as well as reducing the risk of traumatic injury to the upper teeth.
  • Crowded or asymmetrical teeth can be straightened and guided into a healthier position by creating space for teeth to grow. This will also help to correct damage to the teeth and shifting of the jaw over time.
  • Incorrect bites can be corrected as orthodontics will guide the growth of the jaws, reducing the chances of abnormalities.

Most treatment will involve the use of braces, which are extremely effective and are much more comfortable and smaller than previously. You can check whether your child is permissible for free NHS orthodontic treatment, if they’re under the age of 18. At Northenden House Orthodontics we offer a wide choice of treatment options for children and can carry out treatment from NHS referrals. If you’d like to speak to us regarding treatment for your child, or to book your consultation, please contact the practice on 0161 998 2622 or email

Start the New Year by Improving Your Smile 0

The New Year always provides an opportunity to try and make some changes, whether this be to your lifestyle or even your appearance. If there are things that you feel uncomfortable about or lack confidence in, why not take the opportunity to make some improvements now? If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, we understand that this can have a big effect on you and you may not like showing off your smile. At Northenden House Orthodontics, we can provide a number of treatments to help you get the smile that you desire this New Year.

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Traditional Braces

Metal braces are still widely used and are proven to be extremely effective for straightening and realigning crooked teeth. Whilst they have a reputation for being uncomfortable and slow, metal braces now use much smaller brackets than they used to and can provide quicker results.

Self Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are a more modern alternative to traditional braces. Rather than using elastic bands to keep the wire in place, they use small metal clips. Some of the biggest benefits of self ligating braces is that they are designed to be more comfortable than traditional braces and can achieve faster results as the wires don’t need to be tightened at every appointment.

One of the main reasons that many people avoid seeking orthodontic treatment is that they are worried about what other people might think. Whilst having crooked teeth can have an effect on your self-confidence, this can be even more difficult if you are worried about your braces making your teeth stand out even more. However, in recent years, orthodontic technology has advanced considerably and there are a number of discreet treatments available:

Invisalign® Aligners

Invisalign® aligners are an extremely popular teeth straightening treatment as they are simple to use and almost invisible. Similar to a mouthguard, clear aligners fit over the teeth and are made from transparent, wafer thin medical grade plastic. Invisalign® are comfortable to use and can be taken out to eat, drink and clean your teeth properly. Orthodontists provide a series of clear aligners which are changed to the next pair approximately every 2 weeks, gradually moving the teeth into the required position.

Ceramic Braces

Similarly to traditional braces, ceramic braces are fitted to the front of the teeth, but metal brackets are replaced by subtle tooth coloured or clear brackets with metal wires running through them. As a result, they are much less noticeable than standard metal braces. Many people choose ceramic braces if they suffer from teeth irregularities that mean that Invisalign® treatment isn’t suitable.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces not only treat a number orthodontic problems, but they are probably the most discreet way of straightening teeth. Whilst lingual braces use brackets and wires, unlike traditional braces, all brackets are fitted to the back of the teeth so they are practically invisible to other people. To provide the most efficient treatment, the metal brackets are custom made for the individual shape of the teeth.

If you feel unhappy with your teeth and feel that the New Year is the perfect time to improve your smile, you can call Northenden House Orthodontics on 0161 998 2622 or email