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Six Month Smile vs. Invisalign: Which Is Better For You?

Six Month Smile vs. Invisalign: Which Is Better For You?

Want to show the world your beautiful smile but are worried what they might say about your crooked teeth, your overbite, tooth gag or crowded teeth? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Luckily, there are two great options that can give you the straight, healthy looking teeth that you’ve always wanted and it just so happens that we offer them both here. So, let’s talk you through the Six Month Smile and Invisalign, and help you decide which one is right for you.

What Is The Six Month Smile?

A specialised brace system that uses tooth-coloured wires and brackets to gently move the teeth into the client’s ideal position, putting particular focus on the teeth that are visible when smiling. Every brace is bespoke, created just for the client and their orthodontic condition, ensuring that everything from buck teeth to crooked teeth are taken care of, and your natural beauty is enhanced with a more appealing smile. 

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign are an industry leader in the use of removable aligners to straighten teeth, which are discrete and near-invisible. During your treatment you’ll be provided with a set of aligners - each helping to make gradual adjustments to your tooth’s position. Each set of aligners are worn for 2 weeks at a time, as the teeth move gently into their new and improved position. Easy to remove for easy cleaning, brushing and flossing, they also don’t require continuous trips to the dentist for tightening. In fact, Invisalign works hard to keep the right amount of pressure on your teeth for comfort and effectiveness.

How Does Invisalign and The Six Month Smile Compare?



If you have severe issues with your teeth - such as large overbites - then Invisalign is not the choice for you. Invisalign is more for gapped teeth, crowded teeth, underbites and cross bites. Because these braces are also removable, they give the user peace of mind knowing that they can easily remove them should they want to. 

Six Month Smiles are better for solving issues with your front teeth, though they can still be used for correcting the issues that Invisalign can. Able to achieve a greater level of tooth movement than Invisalign, they are the option to choose if you’re looking for a faster tooth straightening solution.


Dependent on case severity, Invisalign is usually worn for around 12 months, and requires the user to wear the trays for at least 22 hours a day in order to achieve this. As you can probably tell from the name, a Six Month Smile is the quicker choice.


Six Month Smiles benefit from the fact that you can adjust each bracket easily to create that beautiful smile that you’re after. Invisalign, however, involves a thorough examination, x-rays and digital scans so that we can get a real understanding of your teeth, creating aligners that fit your teeth perfectly. We then monitor your progress every 6-8 weeks to ensure improvement and issue you with new aligners.

Still unsure which option is right for you? Please give us a call on 0161 327 0817 to learn more about our options and to book that smile-altering treatment today.

How to Prepare Your Kids For Their First Visit To The Dentist

How to Prepare Your Kids For Their First Visit To The Dentist

As lovely as we know our dental team are, we know that many children find the prospect of going to the dentist overwhelming, intimidating, and unfortunately, quite upsetting. We get it. Having someone new poke around your mouth doesn’t sound like fun, especially when most young children are fearful of strangers. Official Public Health England do however state that children should get their first dental check-up as soon as their teeth start to appear, at around six months old, although approximately 80% of children haven’t visited a dentist by the time they’re two. We can’t stress enough the importance of starting off your children’s dental hygiene as soon as possible, and therefore, we provide some tips for how to prepare them for their first visit to the dentist.

Tip 1: Examine Your Child At Home First.

Your children will be more comfortable having their teeth checked by a dentist if they’ve already had a simulated experience at home. Set 5 minutes aside every day for 1 week before their first visit to peer into their mouth. We know this can be difficult with very young children, especially if they have a tendency to bite, so we recommend the ‘knee-to-knee’ method: Sit facing another adult with your knees touching and lay the baby’s or child’s head in the other adult’s lap to have a good look. You can also use a small, soft brush to simulate some of the tools that a dentist will use during the appointment.

Tip 2: Let Your Child Come To Your Appointment.

Seeing their big brave mummy or daddy handle their appointment like a pro will make them realise that there’s nothing to be afraid of, and that the dentist is only there to help them. Moreover, bringing your child to your appointment will get them familiar with the environment and the staff, making the first time that they visit for themselves less nerver-racking. Allowing them to bring a toy with them can also help to ease their concerns.

Tip 3: Talk. Read. Communicate.

We recommend talking to your child about their first appointment. Springing it up on them is not going to help matters, and will likely result in tantrums and distrust. Try talking them through what the appointment will involve and answer any questions that they may have. Visiting your local library for some age-appropriate books about the dentist and oral hygiene in general is also a good idea, and emphasise the benefits that these books tell you both. Your child’s dentist will make their teeth happy, healthy and shiny.

Tip 4: On The Way To Their First Visit, Calm Their Nerves With Fun Games.

Especially useful with children aged 4+, try creating a fun game out of the trip. See which of you can count the most red cars on the way, the most pedestrians or the most dogs, letting your child win and promising a small prize after the dental visit to put them in a good mood for the appointment. Even if the appointment doesn’t go swimmingly, the promised reward will put a smile back on their face in no time.

If you know that deep down that it’s time to start taking charge of your child’s oral health, then why not give Parkfield Dental a try? Within a friendly and welcoming environment, our dentists provide superb care to all patients that enter our doors, regardless of their age. To find out more about what we could do for you, call us today on 0161 327 0817.

What Is A Smile Makeover?

What Is A Smile Makeover?

Here at Parkfield Dental Practice we love nothing more than giving our patients a perfect smile. When a patient leaves our care with a beautiful, long lasting smile that gives them confidence and displays their personality, we can feel like we’ve done our job. That’s why we specialise in delivering excellent quality smile makeovers. But what is a smile makeover, and why should you have one?

A smile makeover is a bespoke dental treatment that improves the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry techniques. These might include:


Meet Dr. Arfeen Aslam, our award-winning cosmetic dentist and smile makeover specialist here at Parkfield! From early in his career, Arfeen knew that his driving passion and enjoyment in dentistry came from being able to create beautiful smiles. Arfeen says:

‘I have been fortunate enough to spend a vast amount of time learning from some of the most recognised cosmetic dentists both nationally and internationally to help build my understanding of what it takes to create smiles which are natural, healthy and aesthetically pleasing.

‘My commitment and passion for aesthetic dentistry allows me to use a multi disciplinary approach to help create a bespoke smile for each individual. I am committed to working with the best materials and using the finest laboratories to help achieve the very best results.’

Very few of us are lucky enough to have been born with a perfect smile. Many of us would like to change at least some small thing about our smile. Whether it’s crooked teeth, gaps, missing teeth, or anything else, most of us would like to have more beautiful smiles.

When you come to Parkfield Dental for a smile makeover, we’ll give you an initial consultation before planning your bespoke dental treatment. That’s because the personalised treatment is all about achieving the smile that you want for yourself with minimal discomfort and maximum results.

If your teeth are crooked, you may benefit from an orthodontic solution such as Invisalign, our discreet and popular removable braces. If your teeth suffer from discolouration, porcelain veneers or a teeth whitening plan might be perfect for you. Missing teeth may require dental implants or a bridge. We also offer composite bonding for tooth coloured fillings, dental crowns, and many more procedures.

Whatever your unique needs might be, we have the means to give you a beautiful and long lasting smile!

But why choose us for your smile makeover? We offer:

  • A free cosmetic initial consultation for all patients considering a smile makeover.
  • We let you spread any payment over £600 across 6-12 months.
  • An experienced and dedicated dental team who are specialists in cosmetic dentistry.
  • A genuinely warm and friendly atmosphere at our clinic.
  • Advanced dentistry treatments using state-of-the-art equipment.


If you’re interested in excellent oral health, a personalised dental treatment from an expert cosmetic dentist, and finding the perfect smile, please get in touch with us today on 0161 445 2397. Find out why we’re the best option in the South Manchester area, including Didsbury, Hale, Bowden, Heaton Mersey, Heaton Moor, Cheadle Hulme and Gatley for a beautiful smile makeover! You won’t be able to stop yourself from smiling when you see the results!

Introducing Veteran Dentist, Dr. Ian J. Smith!

Introducing Veteran Dentist, Dr. Ian J. Smith!

Here at Parkfield Dental we are extremely proud of all of our team members, and so we thought that it was about time that we properly introduced you to them.

In this post we focus on Dr. Ian J. Smith, who brings a vast amount of experience and expertise to the practice.

With wide-ranging skills and a thorough, specialist understanding of a number of different dental techniques, Ian has been an important part of Parkfield Dental since the beginning.

Dr. Ian J. Smith graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and went on to establish Parkfield Dental Practice in 1978.

Since then, he has been crucial in forging Parkfield’s reputation for dedication to quality patient care and excellent dental treatment.

Ian is a Fellow of The International College of Dentists and a member of the Association of Dental Implantology.

Some of Ian’s special interests include cosmetic dentistry and advanced restorative treatments. An incredibly experienced individual, Ian has been placing and restoring dental implants for over 20 years. If you’re in need of an implant, it’s difficult to find a safer pair of hands!

Ian’s expertise covers all aspects of dentistry. Having worked in the field for decades, the knowledge and experience he has acquired over the years is extensive, and we believe, second-to-none.

Ian considers himself a perfectionist and he is always striving to improve his patient’s experience, staying up to date with state of the art methods and treatments. He’s always looking for an exciting opportunity to improve the quality of his dental care with new practices and technology.

Having worked in dentistry for as long as he has, Ian has seen a lot of change in the practices and standards in dental care. He recognises the importance of embracing new techniques and technology to provide clients with the best care available.

Patient care is at the very forefront of Ian’s priorities. His gentle and understanding approach with his clients always puts them at ease, especially important with those who have previously found the dental experience unpleasant. Ian has a great track record of helping people overcome their dental fears and phobias, making coming to the dentist a more enjoyable and stress-free experience!

Ian always makes time to listen to his patients, talking them through their concerns, their treatments and what he can do to make the experience more enjoyable. He understands that people often come to the dentist anxious or afraid, and that giving people the time to voice these concerns is an important part in helping to deliver a high quality of care. Ian values taking the time to form strong bonds with his patients.

If you need dental treatment and you’d like to see Dr. Ian J. Smith or one of our other talented dentists, call us today on 0161 445 2397.

Introducing Award Winning Dentist, Dr. Arfeen Aslam!

Introducing Award Winning Dentist, Dr. Arfeen Aslam!

We here at Parkfield Dental are extremely proud of all of our team members, and we thought it was about time that we properly introduced you to them.

In this post we focus on Dr.Arfeen Aslam, who brings award winning credentials to the practice.

With wide-ranging expertise in various dental practices and techniques, Arfeen is an asset to his practice and a joy to his patients!

Dr. Arfeen Aslam graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Dentistry at King’s College London, obtaining membership of the faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012.

He has a number of postgraduate dental courses under his belt, including a one year qualification in advanced aesthetic and restorative dentistry.

Arfeen is a versatile dentist, and is a fully-certified provider of a broad range of orthodontic treatments for cosmetic braces, including Invisalign.

He has completed a year long program in Implantology. Arfeen has continued to develop his implant practice through the use of guided surgery and is planning to begin a masters in Implantology at the end of the year.

He believes that staying up-to-date is important for both his patients, and the practice.

An Award Winning Dentist

We feel fortunate to have on board a young dentist as exciting as Dr. Arfeen Aslam. In 2018 he won the award for Best Young Dentist North at The Private Dentistry Awards, one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in the UK and Ireland for recognising excellence in dentistry. Receiving this award marks Arfeen as one of the most promising young dentists in the country.

He has a bright future in dentistry and the potential to be one of the most recognised and celebrated dentists in the country. We couldn’t be happier to have him on board!

Arfeen is somebody who takes real pride in his work. He has a passion for dentistry and loves to guide patients through their treatments with the use of digital photography as well as digital smile design concepts. He has a caring, ethical approach to work and aims to make dental treatment a more pleasant experience for each of his patients.

He has a strong passion for continuing further education and  has completed a number of programmes in Europe and UK.

Outside of his work, he has a passion for sport and travelling, combining these to frequently globetrot for sporting events!

If you need dental treatment and would like to see Dr. Arfeen Aslam or one of our other talented dentists, call us today on 0161 445 2397.

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