Lots of people want straight teeth, but no one wants to wear train-track style metal braces. This is especially an issue for adults. When you’re meeting clients at work or trying to build relationships, many people find that wearing metal braces damages their confidence.
The good news is that you don’t need those kinds of braces to make your teeth straight. Clear aligners straighten your teeth in much the same way that traditional braces do. The difference is that the transparent plastic brace system we use is virtually invisible.
Clear aligners straighten your teeth to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. By using a series of removable braces, clear aligners allow you to smile with confidence.
Traditionally, metal brackets and wires were the only type of braces available for straightening teeth. Thanks to innovative technology, clear aligners are virtually invisible, allowing you to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
Clear Aligners FAQ
Most frequent questions and answers
Clear braces work in the same way as traditional braces - by exerting gradual pressure on one or more teeth.
We carefully plan how much each tooth can move - looking at available space, root positioning and bite (how your teeth work together). A series of braces are then planned, each one designed to move your teeth closer to your future smile. Each clear brace gradually moves one or more teeth approximately 0.3mm at a time.
Designed to be clear, slimline and comfortable, clear aligners works with you. Virtually invisible, they are a seamless addition to the modern patient’s lifestyle. These can be removed for eating drinking and cleaning, to ensure that your oral health can be easily maintained.
In some cases, treatment can take as little as 3-6 months. This will be discussed at your consultation appointment once you have been fully assessed.
Whether or not clear aligners are for you depends on three key factors:
To maintain the best oral hygiene, you should brush your teeth as standard (twice a day including flossing) as well as after eating. This is most important: brushing removes food particles and sugars that can lead to tooth corrosion. The aligner prevents free movement of saliva around the mouth, which, in turn, inhibits the cleaning process aided by the movement of saliva.
Equally, the aligner requires cleaning. After brushing it is good practice to brush the aligner too - ideally with soap and not toothpaste.
The longer you wear your clear aligners each day, the more effective and quicker your treatment will be. We suggest you aim for 24 hours a day, only removing them to eat and clean them.
Drinking water whilst wearing your aligners is fine. Under no circumstances should you drink carbonated, sugary or acidic drinks such as fresh juice, fizzy drinks and energy drinks as this can lead to corrosion of your teeth. If you need to drink these types of drinks you must remove your aligners and make sure you clean your teeth and the brace before inserting them back on your teeth.