Most people think of braces as being metal tracks with wires held in place by elastic bands or the scene of jaws from Moonraker. Thankfully, there are more discreet ways to attain a gorgeous smile. At Adult Braces London, we are passionate about teeth straightening and our experienced providers provide a wide range of invisible braces depending on your need. You can now discover various options and together we will help you to choose the right braces.
If you have crowded or widely spaced teeth and you are not happy with your bite, we have the expertise and tools to help you achieve a natural smile and confident look.
We offer a wide range of braces that provide different options. Invisalign uses removable aligners to straighten teeth while lingual braces are discreetly hidden behind the teeth. If you are looking for something more than the traditional brace, then fixed braces with ceramic or clear brackets may be what need.
Clear aligners, traditional and clear braces are all used to straighten the teeth, but clear aligners work differently from the others. Clear aligners have a series of trays that fit closely over the teeth. Every patient undergoes dental scans and has impressions made that are used to make customised trays for them. The trays are changed once every two weeks to a new set until the teeth shift to the desired position.
Clear aligners offer the flexibility of removing the aligners when needed especially on special occasions or for meetings. The aligners can be removed for 2-4 hours daily, unlike the fixed braces. You can remove your aligners when you want to eat or clean your teeth.
Clear aligners have a few considerations. Your teeth must be cleaned after eating or drinking anything other than water before putting the aligners back. This reduces the chances of bacteria getting stuck beneath the aligners. Wearing clear aligners requires discipline to ensure the aligners are worn for the required number of hours each day. Treatment with clear aligners can take between 9 – 18 months.
Your dentist may not recommend clear aligners for you and that will depend on the severity of your case.
Many people mistake clear braces and invisible braces to be the same since they both straighten misaligned teeth effectively, made of clear materials, and are more difficult to see unlike the traditional braces but they do differ in a few ways.
Invisible Braces work in the same way as traditional ones by applying slight pressure on either one or more tooth/teeth.
At Adult Braces London, our Invisalign plan carefully estimates how much each tooth may shift by looking at bite, root positioning and available space. A series of braces will be prepared with each of them designed to shift teeth closer to achieve your perfect smile. Each brace will gradually shift one or more tooth/teeth by around 0.3mm at a time.
The longer you may wear invisible aligners each day, the more effective the treatment will be. We suggest you wear them for at least 20-22 hours in a day and remove them only for eating and cleaning.
No, you cannot eat when you wear the braces as even soft foods can damage the plastic. It is suggested that all eating and drinking will be kept for mealtime only when you can remove the braces. If you eat or drink with aligners in, food debris and liquids may get trapped in-between the teeth and the clear plastic may cause acid or decay in the fluid that can erode teeth enamel. We suggest drinking water only while you wear your clear aligners.
It is advised to remove braces when you drink hot drinks like tea and coffee as if you don't, this might cause stains to the teeth and the heat may damage thin plastic of the braces.
Usually every 2 weeks. However, you should not move to the next set until the present one can be removed and fitted easily without any pressure on the teeth. It should fit perfectly without any spaces or gaps in between the aligners and teeth.
If the aligner is tight, move to the previous aligner for another week before moving on to the next aligner. If it is still tight after that, then we would recommend you see your dentist. If you move on too quickly, then treatment may take longer or the teeth may stop moving.