Looking for a way to straighten your teeth as an adult with the utmost discretion?
When you come to Clapham South Dental, our team can fit you up with one of the most popular orthodontic tools to straighten your smile, removable invisible braces Clapham.
Here, some of the most common FAQs that we receive about removable invisible braces Clapham or Invisalign are answered. So read on and enjoy!
Is Invisalign better than using regular braces?
Invisible braces Clapham, using Invisalign, have been heralded by many patients as being more visually discreet.
But while this is a useful feature, it does not necessarily make them better; if you have a complex misalignment, for example, we may want to use a fitted brace to help with the realignment which could also be invisible as in the case of a lingual brace.
Does having Invisalign fitted hurt?
As this aligner is removable, it doesn’t have to be fitted!
But what does have to happen is our team needs to get an accurate image of your dental positions as a starting point. And to do this, we will need to take an image of the inside of your mouth using our intraoral scanner.
Just as it sounds, this pen-like device is placed into your mouth and scans your teeth, recording their images onto our computer. This is painless, fast and provides a more accurate image to start your aligner treatment with.
Do I have to change my diet?
If you had a friend at school who wore a fitted brace, you may recall that they had to cut out certain foods from their diet, mainly things like corn on the cob and toffee. This is advised by dentists to prevent the food from getting stuck in the archwires and to ensure that the brackets do not become damaged.
Luckily, as Invisalign is removable, you will not have to change your diet and, as your teeth straighten, you may find it easier to eat a wider variety of foods overall.
Can I choose when I wear the aligners?
Yes and no.
For this aligner to be effective, you will need to keep it in your mouth for a minimum of 22 hours per day. And while we cannot dictate when you remove it, it is best advised to do so when eating, drinking anything besides water and when you are brushing your teeth. This will prevent it from becoming stained or damaged.
But if during usage you discover that you are finding it tougher to keep the aligners in for the required time, then please talk to our team so we can switch the aligner for a fitted option. We do offer visually discreet clear braces too, which are more suited to people who struggle with removable options.
How long do they require to straighten my teeth?
On average, Invisalign takes between 3-6 months to straighten teeth.
However, this is somewhat variable and depends on the severity of the misalignment being treated, the frequency with which you wear your aligners and of course, if you maintain regular communication with our team.
So, to keep Invisalign on schedule, wear them for at least 22 hours a day, send our team selfies each week (or when required) and be sure not to miss any appointments.