There is a solution to having straighter teeth without having to wear metal braces known as Clear Aligners. Known as invisible orthodontics, this type of treatment offers you the choice of wearing a clear and sometimes removable appliance while straightening and aligning your teeth.
Now you can have that lovely straight smile and no-one need ever know you are having orthodontic treatment.
Clear Aligners, which look like transparent gumshields, are designed to treat a maximum of 6 to 8 teeth. They are most commonly used to treat teeth at the front of the mouth although it may be possible to treat other teeth in suitable cases. Because they are transparent, most people will be unaware you’re straightening your teeth unless you yourself tell them! They are the quick, safe, comfortable way to make minor adjustments.
They are custom-made to fit snugly over your top or bottom teeth, applying constant, gentle, precise pressure to ease teeth back into position. They must be worn throughout the day during treatment, only being removed for eating and cleaning or for special occasions.
Clear Aligners can typically straighten teeth in 9-18 months, although most cases complete within 12 months and many patients see a noticeable improvement in as little as 2 months. Once teeth have moved to the desired position, you will need to wear a retainer (like a clear gumshield) at night, so your teeth remain in their new position.
We offer a free consultation for teeth straightening, so, if you are considering this treatment and would like to find out more, please call us on 0116 2593386 today to book.
The longer you wear your clear aligners each day, the more effective and quicker your treatment will be. We recommend around 22-23 hours per day, only removing them to eat and clean them.
Drinking water whilst wearing your braces 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 clear braces and make sure you clean your teeth and the brace before inserting them back on your teeth.
Again it is recommended that your clear aligners are removed when drinking hot drinks like tea and coffee, not only can it lead to staining of your teeth but the heat can damage the thin plastic of the braces and prevent them working or deform them.
No! Even really soft foods can damage the plastic when chewing. It is recommended that all drinking and eating is kept to mealtimes when you can remove your braces. If you eat or drink with the aligners in food debris and liquids can become trapped between your teeth and the clear plastic, not only will it look unsightly but it can lead to decay or acid in the fluid can erode the enamel of your teeth. We only recommend drinking still water whilst wearing your clear aligners.
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*Results may vary and are different for each individual. As such, Glen Dental cannot guarantee specific results.