The Invisalign option

clear braces

Do you want straight teeth without a full brace? Maybe you’ve been considering it for some time but just don’t think braces are worth it? Now, you can have a straighter smile at any age without the need for a brace or its disruption to your personal or professional life, with invisible braces Clapham.

The treatment journey

Treatment with Invisalign begins with a consultation with your dentist. During which they will assess your suitability. Generally, Invisalign is suitable for people who have mild to moderate misalignments with their front teeth. Due to recent advances in the surrounding technology, this aligner can now be used to treat more complex cases. If your dentist deems that you are suitable for this treatment, they will take an intraoral scan of your mouth which will then be sent away to create the aligners.

The creation

The aligners are printed using a 3D printer and in a set there are usually between 12 and 14. The shape of the aligners is determined by computer technology. Working with Invisalign software to digitally move your teeth to the desired position, your aligner shapes can be finalised and are then printed. The aligners are sent to your home or to your dental surgery and you can begin wearing the aligners.


Daily wear

For the aligners to work effectively, they will need to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours each day. During which time you can remove them to eat and drink beverages.

If you do not wear them for the required time as set down by your dentist, the treatment may stall or your teeth may revert back to their previous positions. Making the entire process a waste of time and money. Always aim to keep your aligners in. Before placing them back into your mouth after eating, you will need to clean your teeth. This will prevent cavities from forming and gum disease.


It is generally accepted amongst the dental community that clear aligners are more comfortable than standard braces. But the aligners are still tasked with moving your teeth. So, they will need to apply pressure at set points across your mouth. If you notice any discomfort whilst wearing aligners, aim to take over the counter pain relief to control it. If this fails, you will need to speak to your dental team for more advice.


The timeline behind invisible aligners is generally shorter than that associated with standard braces. For most people who use invisible aligners, the process takes between 3 to 6 months overall. Whereas a fitted brace can take up to 3 years. But this will depend on the severity of the misalignment being treated and whether or not you adhere to your dentist’s advice relating to how long you wear the aligners for each day. After you have completed the treatment process with your invisible aligners, you will be required to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back to their previous positions.

If you notice that your teeth are beginning to move out of line after you have completed your treatment with Invisalign, seek the advice of your dentist, as you may need to undertake treatment with intermittent aligners.

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