St Michael's Orthodontics Team

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T&C – Whitening toothpaste offer

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For a chance to win 4 tubes of whitening toothpaste tag a friend on our Instagram or Facebook post.

Entrants can enter as many times as they like but to be included in the draw a different friend must be tagged.

Entrants must like either the Instagram post or the Facebook post to be entered.

The winner will be selected at random from either Facebook or Instagram on 23rd March 2018.

The winner must be able to collect the prise in person at the office address or provide a UK delivery address for postage.

Start your New Year with a healthier smile

As a New Year begins and we are all looking to live healthier lifestyles, don’t forget how important it is to maintain a healthy mouth.

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3 simple steps to improving your oral health:-

• Visit your dentist for regular check ups

• Brush your teeth for 3 minutes at least twice a day (and remember to floss in between your teeth)

• Cut down your sugar intake especially snacking between meals

If you are unhappy with how your teeth look, now is the time to seek advice from your orthodontist on how we can make your teeth look better.

There are many health benefits to straight teeth and these may include:-

• Simpler brushing: Crooked teeth are harder to clean, allowing food particles to get trapped in the crevices between the teeth. If plaque builds up this can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

• Healthier gums: When teeth are crooked, the gums can become irritated, inflamed and red. These characteristics not only look bad, but also are a warning sign of gum disease.

• Tooth function: Teeth and jaws that are misaligned can cause unequal pressure on some teeth leading to abnormal wear or gum recession.

• Improved speech: Sometimes the simple formation of sounds and the enunciation of words can be a challenge for those with very prominent teeth or with an open bite (i.e. no vertical overlap of the top & bottom teeth). If the teeth are put in a better position this may make it easier to produce the correct sounds correctly.

So, what are you waiting for?

Contact our team of experts today and make 2018 the year you transform your smile!

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Announcing the launch of a new Invisalign website

Yorkshire based orthodontic practice, St Michaels Orthodontics, has launched a new website to highlight their Invisalign expertise to patients.



Dr Catherine McCanny, specialist orthodontist at St Michaels Orthodontics, was one of the first Invisalign practitioners in the UK and has helped 1000s of patients achieve better oral health, general wellbeing and more confidence using the revolutionary technique.  Invisalign is an almost invisible system of braces that has helped patients achieve straighter teeth without having to use embarrassing metal fixings.

Having been a pioneer for Invisalign and a passionate advocate of the associated long-term benefits of orthodontic treatment, Dr McCanny wanted to provide an improved information portal so developed the website separate from her St Michael’s Orthodontics website.

“There is no one type of patient seeking to have their teeth straightened but everyone who comes to us wants more information about the benefits of orthodontic treatment,” said Dr McCanny.  “We were also keen to provide information for people anonymously to make them feel more comfortable about the process before seeking help or treatment,” she added.

“Today everyone, including executives wanting to improve their confidence at work to retirees wanting to spoil themselves are considering orthodontic treatment as a means of improving their lives, but they want as much information as possible.   Whatever their reasons we want to make sure that everyone is as well informed as possible.”

Dr McCanny achieved Invisalign Platinum Elite Status earlier this year and has applied this expertise to the website.  Now launched, it will be constantly updated with the latest research, news of new methods of treatment available at St Michaels as well as interesting information.

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Built with the patient in mind, the website also has special features such as a ‘Smile Gallery’ and video testimonials from patients who achieved the smile they always wanted, thanks to Catherine’s expertise and the Invisalign system.  This offers patients a visual documentation of what they can expect from the treatment, helping them to make a clear, informed decision.  

Although Invisalign is featured on the existing St Michaels Orthodontics website, the new website specialises solely on this technique, offering a more in-depth documentation on the different types of Invisalign on offer for patients.

Practice Manager Carol Walter said: “The new website focuses solely on Invisalign which allows patients to research everything they need to know about the features and benefits of Invisalign in one place. The website creates clarity for patients and really helps people to decide whether Invisalign is right for them, ensuring that we are delivering the ultimate standard of patient care at all times.”

Click here to visit the new website:





The practice is now closed for the Christmas holidays.

Our open hours are;

Monday 25th December – CLOSED

Tuesday 26th December – CLOSED

Wednesday 27th December – 9am – 1pm         2pm – 5pm

Thursday 28th December – 9am – 1pm         2pm – 5pm

Friday 29th December – 9am – 1pm         2pm – 5pm

Monday 1st January – CLOSED

Tuesday 2nd January – 9am – 1pm         2pm – 5.30pm

If you require urgent care outside these hours please contact 111.



Are you able to recognise the changes in your mouth? That’s the question posed by St Michaels Orthodontics Ltd as they support a charity campaign to raise awareness of mouth cancer.

The orthodontic practice, based Wakefield is urging West Yorkshire residents to be more Mouthaware and recognise the early warning signs of mouth cancer, ahead of November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month.

With awareness of the disease remaining alarmingly low, St Michaels Orthodontcs say that a simple 45 second check is often all that’s needed to identify anything unusual and be able to then seek professional guidance.

  • Early diagnosis transforms our chances of beating mouth cancer from 50 per cent to 90 percent so it is crucial that we know what to look out for and that we do not hesitate in seeking advice from a health professional.
  • A mouth ulcer that does not heal within three weeks, red or white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area, can all be potential signs of mouth cancer so it’s important to be aware of any changes occurring inside your mouth.
  • Quite often it is easier to notice lumps and bumps on the outside of the body or to dismiss a mouth ulcer as benign. Most of us will spend at least a few minutes every day in front of a mirror brushing our teeth so while we’re there it makes sense to have a quick look inside the mouth.
  • If you keep a lookout for these symptoms then a simple 45 second check really could save your life.
  • If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please speak to your dentist or a doctor.

Mouth Cancer Action Month takes place throughout November and is organised by the Oral Health Foundation.

With around 7,000 Brits diagnosed with mouth cancer last year, the disease is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases rising by a third in the last decade alone.

Survival rates of mouth cancer have not improved in the last 20 years and the oral health charity is concerned that too many are mouth cancers are being diagnosed at a late stage, significantly reducing our chance to beat the disease.

CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE added: “Mouth cancer can appear anywhere in the mouth including the lips, tongue, cheek, throat and gums.

“Mouth cancer can have a devastating effect on a person’s life, impacting on their breathing, eating and speech. Reconstructive surgery could also change their appearance while the experience often has an impact on confidence and self-esteem.

“By developing a greater understanding about the early warning signs and symptoms, the lifestyle factors which increase our risk, and recognising where to go if we notice anything unusual inside our mouth, we can detect mouth cancer early. This will not only improve our chances of beating it but will also reduce the amount of invasive surgery needed to treat it.

“During every dental check-up, your dentist will do a visual examination for mouth cancer and look for anything that might be a cause for concern. That’s why it’s so important to keep regular dental check-ups – it’s not just about the health of our teeth and gums – a trip to the dentist could really be a life saver.”

To book an appointment with St Michaels Dental Practice please call 01924 383369

To find out more information about mouth cancer and Mouth Cancer Action Month, please visit



Frequently asked questions about your NHS referral

Frequently Asked Questions about NHS Orthodontics

Q. What is NHS Orthodontics?

A. Each year the practice is allocated a contract with a set amount of funding to use for free orthodontic treatment. This funding is available to people under the age of 18 years who require treatment on the grounds of dental health. However restrictions now apply to who is eligible for NHS treatment. In addition, the amount of annual funding provided to us is limited. As a result patients who are eligible for NHS treatment may have to be placed on a waiting list until more funds become available.

Q. Why do some people qualify for orthodontic treatment and some do not?

A. One of our Orthodontic Specialists will assess if your child is eligible for NHS treatment using an assessment scale called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). This is made up of 5 grades, 1 is the least severe and 5 the most. NHS treatment is available to those who grade at levels 4 or 5 on this scale.




Q. Do all Orthodontists use the IOTN?

A. Yes. All orthodontic specialists who carry out NHS treatment in England and Wales use the IOTN to grade their patients.

Q. Why is the list so long?

A. A large number of patients are referred to us by their dentist for an NHS Orthodontic assessment. Regrettably it is not possible to see everyone straight away given the amount of funding we receive. We therefore use an assessment waiting list system to ensure patients are called for their assessment in turn, which can be up to 40  months. If your child qualifies for NHS treatment and their dental health is of the required standard they will commence treatment.

Q. So what do I do now?

A. We will contact you in writing once your child has reached the top of the waiting list. (Please remember to inform us of any change of address)

We hope this information helps to explain the procedures surrounding NHS Orthodontics but if you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us on 01924 380680 and our staff will be happy to help.

How to care for your Invisalign aligners

So your on the road to your dream smile! 


Follow this simple advice to care for your aligners

  • Aligners must be worn for 22 hours per day. They should be removed for cleaning the teeth and for eating and drinking anything other than water. Failure to wear the aligners as instructed will produce unpredictable tooth movements and full alignment of the teeth cannot be guaranteed.
  • Drinking sugary drinks or eating sugary foods with the aligners in your mouth can cause extensive damage to the teeth. The aligners should also be removed for contact sports or swimming.
  • When aligners are fitted, they can feel tight and uncomfortable. This feeling usually wears off after a few hours. The plastic also increases salivation and again this wears off after a few hours. We recommend using chewies to seat the aligners every time you put them in.
  • Your speech may be affected slightly when the aligners are first inserted but this will reduce after the first day or so.
  • Each set of aligners is worn usually for 10 days unless instructed by your orthodontist. When changing to the next aligner it is advisable to change this just before going to bed to minimise discomfort and reduce lisping.
  • Aligners should be stored in a box when not in the mouth to keep them safe. If aligners are lost or broken beyond repair please inform the orthodontist immediately.
  • When the aligners are first fitted and the teeth start to move it is normal to feel some discomfort of your teeth. This is usually worse for the first 24-36 hours and then eases. Painkillers can be taken to relieve this
  • If the aligner irritates the gum, please contact the orthodontist to smooth the appliance. A nail file can used to smooth any rough areas.
  • Tooth coloured attachments are fitted to the teeth to help with tooth movement. Please contact us if any of these attachments come off.
  • Retainer Brite is recommended for cleaning the aligners. Always use lukewarm water to dissolve the Retainer Brite tablets. DO NOT USE HOT WATER as this will distort the plastic.
  • DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE to clean the aligners as this will damage and discolour them.
  • Do not smoke when wearing aligners as the heat of the cigarette will distort the plastic. The nicotine will discolour the plastic.

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How to care for your fixed brace

Caring for your fixed appliance

Follow the instructions below to ensure that you care for you brace as well as possible!

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Toothbrushing is very important. The brace should be cleaned after every meal. This means that you will need to clean your teeth at school or work. You will need two types of brush to clean your teeth thoroughly. The first is an orthodontic toothbrush it has a ’v’’ shape, designed to go around the brackets. The second is called an interdental brush. This one is essential to clean between the brackets and under the wire, areas which your toothbrush will not reach!

All the necessary items to care for your brace and oral health during treatment can be purchased at reception.

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You are not allowed to eat sticky foods, toffees, chewing gum etc. as these damage the brace. Sugary foods should be avoided, especially snacking between meals. Tough or crunchy foods such as apples, carrots,pizza crusts and baguettes should be limited and if eaten should be cut into bite size pieces. Do not consume fizzy drinks (including ‘diet’) as these can cause irreversible damage your teeth. Milk and water are the only safe drinks.

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A fluoride mouthwash is recommended to keep the enamel of the teeth strong when the fixed appliance is in place. This should be used every night, at a different time to brushing. It should be held in the mouth for a full minute to be effective. The instructions on the bottle should be followed carefully and kept out of reach of young children!

This is NOT a substitute for tooth brushing.

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Initially each time the brace is adjusted your teeth will be quite tender. This usually wears off after 24-36 hours. Your usual pain relief should be used during this period. However, if the pain is excessive please contact the surgery for an earlier appointment. If you have any sore areas caused by the brace rubbing, soft wax can be purchased at reception to place over the brace. This provides protection to the soft tissues of the mouth allowing them time to harden up to the new brace.

Broken or loose parts

It is very important that you check your brace thoroughly for any lost or broken parts. Things to look for are the square brackets sliding along the wire or completely missing and wires which are no longer tucked into the brackets. If you notice this happening or anything else which seems unusual contact the reception on 01924380680 (the repair clinic is run every day 12.30 – 12.50 by appointment only). Remember failure to have the brace repaired can extend treatment times by months!


Keep your regular dental check-ups with your own dentist.

If you have an out of hours emergency contact 111.

So your getting braces?



If you’re about to get braces, you’re probably wondering why they’re so important, whether or not they’ll hurt and how long you’ll have to keep them. Get the answers here, plus info on eating with braces and cleaning your braces …

Over 202,300 people in the UK started orthodontic treatment 2014-15!

What are they?

Braces straighten crooked or overcrowded teeth.

There are lots of different types of braces, including see-through ones, white ones, and some that stick to the inside of your teeth.

They exert a steady pressure on the teeth to gradually realign them.

Why have I got to have them?

You’ll get a beautiful smile. Your teeth will be easier to clean (clean teeth = less fillings = less falsies when you’re older).

What will happen at the orthodontist?

The orthodontist is the braces expert. They’ll probably take some X-rays, or some photos of your jaw. You may have to bite down on some mushy stuff or have your teeth scanned to record how your teeth come together.

Once you’re fitted with a brace, you’ll return for check-ups every month or so. The orthodontist may adjust the braces to keep the pressure on your teeth.

Will it hurt?

A little. For a few days after you first get a brace, and for a few days after each adjustment, your mouth may feel a bit sore. But nothing that a pain relief tablet can’t handle. If a wire or bracket is rubbing, smearing on some Vaseline or wax should ease it.

How long will they stay in for?

Fixed braces usually stay in for between eighteen months to two years, but it varies. The longest ever recorded? 20 years. He forgot to go back.

Do I have to stop eating?

No. For a few days after they first go in, you may be advised to stick to soft food. The last thing you want is to dislodge them on a chunk of carrot.

How do I keep them clean?

Braces are like magnets for food. Not only does debris look alarming, but it can also accelerate decay. Clean thoroughly after meals and before bed.

Am I a freak?

No way. Over 202,300 people in the UK started orthodontic treatment in 2014-15 and more adults than ever before are having treatment – often through choice. So just sit tight, safe in the knowledge that you’ll have a killer smile when they come off!

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