Invisible braces, sometimes known as clear aligners, are one of the most popular orthodontic treatments for adult patients.
Unlike traditional metal braces, our clear braces systems use ceramic brackets which are blended to your natural teeth.
These fixed appliances are not just an incredibly strong brace which will provide you with beautifully straight teeth, but they also match your teeth to appear much more discrete than traditional metal braces.
Standard metal braces and some other ceramic braces are made with sharp edges which can cause irritation against the cheeks and lips. Clear braces are made using a technologically advanced injection-moulding method which produces a smooth and comfortable surface. Their edges are gently rounded to stop sharp corners rubbing against your cheeks. They are also much smaller than metal braces, so they are far less bulky, making them much more comfortable.
As well as creating a beautifully smooth surface, the injection-moulded process gets rid of any imperfections and weak points that might cause the braces to break; so clear braces are much stronger and more durable than some other ceramic braces.
Clear braces are far less likely to chip or shatter than other braces during the course of your treatment. They are also safer when it comes to removing them because they are fitted with an exclusive mesh base that comes away from the tooth’s surface easily, protecting your tooth enamel. Other ceramic braces must be broken in order to remove them, and remnants must be sanded off. This process can cause little chips and flakes to fly off, and there is a danger of swallowing these particles.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
Orthodontists are fully qualified dentists who have completed a further period of training and examinations in order to specialise in orthodontics. A specialist orthodontist will have carried out at least 3 years of extra training in a hospital setting after attending dental school and passed an exam set by one of the Royal Colleges. Only those dentists who have completed this training and hold an MOrth or equivalent can register with the GDC as a specialist orthodontist.
How often do I need to attend?
After the braces have been fitted they must be adjusted regularly and you will normally need to attend every 6-8 weeks. Missed appointments or appointments cancelled at short notice will cause treatment delays so it is important to attend regularly. We will do our best to accommodate you regarding appointment times although this is not always possible.
Should I continue to attend my dentist during my orthodontic treatment?
Yes. It is essential to continue seeing your dentist during your orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will check the health of your teeth and gums and carry out any routine dental treatment required. Your dentist may contact our practice if any dental health issues become apparent during treatment.