What can braces fix?

Types of braces


This is an invisible brace system. Clear braces or Aligners are worn on the teeth and aligners are changed every 1-2 weeks. Each aligner is custom made and causes small, incremental movements of your teeth.


Advantages of Invisalign®

Disadvantages of Invisalign®

Fixed Metal Braces or Ceramic Braces

Fixed braces utilise brackets which are bonded to the teeth for the duration of treatment. The brackets can be made from metal, plastic or ceramic depending upon the system used. Wires are then attached to these brackets.

Ceramic Braces
Fixed Metal Braces

Advantages of fixed braces

Disadvantages of fixed braces

Cfast® cosmetic braces

Cfast is a type of fixed brace system that aims to correct alignment issues with the top and bottom front six teeth, and can level and round out the arches. Cfast provides an ideal solution for adults looking to improve the position of the teeth you see when you smile, but want to avoid lengthy treatment times.

Cfast Braces

Advantages of Cfast® cosmetic braces

Disadvantages of Cfast® cosmetic braces

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are fixed braces, the main difference being that the brackets and wires are bonded to the inside surfaces of the teeth.

Lingual Braces

Advantages of Lingual Braces

Disadvantages of Lingual Braces

Do braces hurt?

This is a very good, commonly asked question. In our experience, both personally and professionally, there is no discomfort for almost all of your treatment. We will be sure to advise you during each stage of your treatment what to expect and how to ease any discomfort. Clear or invisible braces are generally more comfortable than fixed braces, both at adjustment and also during wear. There are two times during your treatment when you may have some discomfort.

Do braces hurt when they are first put on?

The first couple of days commonly we would expect your teeth to ache a little. You may require some pain relief (for example, paracetamol). This tends to be more the case with fixed braces rather than clear aligners.

If you have fixed braces fitted, you may find the brackets and wires a little sharp against the inside of the mouth. Your brace provider will often provide you with soft wax that you can apply to any sharp bits in order to ease the discomfort against the inner surfaces of the mouth.

Do braces hurt when they are adjusted?

Depending upon the adjustment, sometimes a thicker wire is applied which progressively increases the force applied that is moving your teeth. If this is the case, you can sometimes expect to feel a little discomfort for a few days again.

Before and after

Here are some cases completed by our dentists

How Much Do Braces Cost?

At the Vallance Dental Centre we can provide Invisalign and Cfast Braces. The prices for these treatments are as follows

Invisalign Prices

Invisalign suitability check – FREE
Invisalign Consultation (deducted from plan if you go ahead) -£65
Invisalign – Single arch – From £2500
Invisalign – Dual arch – From £3500

Cfast prices

Cfast consultation – £25
Cfast – Single arch – From £1950
Cfast – Dual arch – From £2500

If you require finance for this treatment we can provide this service through chrysalis finance. Please see your calculator below

Can I Get NHS Braces?

Unfortunately as braces are often deemed cosmetic, the budget and therefore the availability of this treatment is limited. We’d love all our patients to have straight teeth and if NHS treatment is available for you we will be sure to discuss this with you and refer you accordingly. It is important to remember that only fixed metal wire type braces are available through the NHS, invisible and clear braces are not available for any NHS patients.

According to NHS guidelines, orthodontic treatment treatment is available to patients who meet certain criteria –

To find out more about this please visit the NHS orthodontic information page.

If you are likely to be eligible for NHS orthodontic treatment your dentist will refer you, currently NHS waiting lists are approximately 1.5 to 2 years long.

Can I Get Private Braces?

If you aren’t eligible for NHS treatment or you don’t want to wait 1.5- 2 years for NHS orthodontic treatment, private treatment is available at any time without restriction. All treatment types and methods are available to patients on a private basis. Treatment can be started without delay if you decided to go ahead after a consultation.

Meet the braces team…

Our Invisalign® dentists

  • Arfeen Aslam

    Dr. Arfeen Aslam graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Dentistry, King’s College London and obtained his membership of the faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012. He has completed various postgraduate dental courses including a certificate in advanced aesthetic and restorative dentistry, becoming a certified provider of a wide range of orthodontic treatments and completing a year long programme in implant placement and restoration. Along with a caring, ethical approach he strives to make a difference to each and every person that he treats. Arfeen won the prestigious Private Dentistry award as the Best Young Dentist North in 2018.

    • B.D.S(2008)
    • Registration number: 156196
    • Private Dentistry Award winner 2018 - Best Young Dentist North area
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  • Nasreen Najefi

    I have 10+ years’ experience in NHS,private dental practices and in maxillofacial surgery within the hospital setting. I graduated from King’s College London in 2007 and continued my education with numerous post graduate courses and was shortlisted as Best Young Dentist in London in the 2012 and 2013 Dentistry awards. After relocating from London to Manchester, it was an easy to decision for me to join the Vallance Dental Centre. Upon meeting the team and seeing first hand their vision and commitment to high quality dental care it mirrored that of my own. I am passionate about new trends and techniques in dentistry including a wide range of cosmetic treatment options such as Invisalign® and Dental implants. Aside from dentistry, I am an avid artist, mother of two wonderful little people and aspiring globe trotter!

    • BDS (2007), MJDFRCS (eng), PGCert Dental Education
    • Registration number: 114718
    • Private Dentistry Award Nominee 2012 & 2013 - Best Young Dentist London area
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Our Cfast dentist

  • Surbin Gong

    What I enjoy the most about being a dentist is being able to put a smile on a patient’s face. After graduating from the University of Manchester in 2016, I began working with the Vallance Dental Centre team immediately after. it’s really rewarding to make real differences to someone’s life, whether it’s a very anxious patient who we’ve been able to provide a good experience for or a patient who we’ve helped to achieve their dream smile through cosmetic work, such as Cfast® cosmetic braces. Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit and seeing friends and family.

    • BDS (2016)
    • Registration number: 264367
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What customers say about us.

The Vallance Dental Centre IconThe Vallance Dental Centre

Brunswick Street, Manchester

4.7 ★★★★★ 551 reviews

  • Avatar David Evans ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    The surgery is easy to get to on foot and there are safe crossings over very busy roads in the area making getting there on foot very safe. There is also free parking at the back of the building, and on the side street at the front of it with no time penalties.
    The dental surgery is located on the first floor, above the general surgery. There a small but sufficient combined waiting room and reception desk where Deb greets you. She's very efficient, very kind and gets things done!
    Hassan is
    … More the first dentist I've seen in 15 years (the last one was terrible hence the hesitation to see another dentist). I was very impressed with his skill and pragmatism in assessing my dental condition, and allowing me to talk about my concerns and discuss my priorities.
    After many X-rays, a bit of healthy discussion between him and his lovely assistant (who's name escapes me),
    he has helped me develop a full treatment plan, with fixed costs and no nasty surprises. I have signed up for this and my first treatment is exactly a week from when this was written.
    I shouldn't say this about going to the dentist, but I'm actually looking forward to seeing how the treatment goes in the coming weeks.
  • Avatar Mohammad Khan ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    The Vallance Dental center, we're (my family) extremely happy with their services. The place is remarkably neat and clean, the service people are extremely friendly and helpful. Our dentist, Dr. Darren Wilkinson, whom my whole family has been visiting, is just outstanding with his behaviour and his professionalism. We, including our two children, just love this place and the people there.
  • Avatar Melanie Teeling ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    My family and I use to live local to this dentist but 15 years ago we moved further away. We have a few dental practises near to where we live but I wouldn't want to change ever. From the receptionist dental assistants to the dentist have always been absolutely fabulous. I would recommend this dental practise to anyone searching for a dentist.
  • Avatar Gethin ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Went to see the hygienist (Eesha) today and she was professional and helpful. She gave me more comprehensive advice than I've received at previous appointments. The nurse (Sam) was super welcoming and reassuring. Both skilled, professional and friendly!
  • Avatar Alexandra Lambert ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Excellent service from all the staff we met especially Dr Anastajia Bates and the dental nurse. Their gentle, professional approach made a patient who has not felt able to see a dentist for 35 years feel comfortable and safe. She is now happy to have regular dental care. Thank you all so much.
  • Avatar Sarah Purkis ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Great dental centre ... Have been with them for over 10 yrs. Everyone is always professional, friendly & helpful. The Dentists always explain my treatment options and any treatments are always completed in a timely manner and to a great standard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hi there. If you have questions or at any point you’re confused then you’re looking  at the right place to find the answers. You can also email us at contact@thevallance.com.

  • What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

    Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:

    • Completed written medical history, details and names of any medication
    • Funds adequate to cover appropriate fees.
    • If applicable, proof of any exemptions from NHS dental charges. If not exempt from NHS charges,
    • Proof of address (utility bill, driving licence)
    • Proof of ID (passport, driving licence, red book if child)
  • What do I need to bring to subsequent appointments?

    Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:

    • Any updated medical history details and names of any medication changes
    • Funds adequate to cover appropriate fees
  • My teeth feel fine why do I need regular checks?

    It is great that your teeth feel fine, but we would recommend you have a dental checkup if you haven’t had one for a while. The reason for this is that often when dental symptoms appear the problem causing them is much more difficult to fix, and often with a worse prognosis. For example, early tooth decay often causes little or no discomfort or sensitivity. If this decay progresses then tooth loss or root canal treatment may be inevitable. With regular dental checkups the aim is to identify any problems early so they can be resolved with the best prognosis.

    We follow the guidelines set out by NICE with regard to dental examinations. Your risk to certain dental diseases will be assessed and a recall interval will be recommended from 3 to 24 months for your next check up.

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