Category: Invisible Braces

How to care for your invisible braces in Clapham

As cosmetic dentistry becomes more widely accepted, we have seen more and more patients coming in looking for help in straightening up their smile. One treatment we would recommend is the use of invisible braces to correct crooked teeth you might have.

Invisible Braces in ClaphamAlthough it’s a popular procedure, it’s also quite a lengthy one with most patients taking around 12 months to finish. Throughout that time there are a lot of opportunities for something to go wrong, that’s why we’ve outlined a few things you can try at home to keep your brace looking its best.

Regular cleaning is a must

After being fitted with invisible braces in Clapham we really can’t stress enough how important it is that you regularly clean the appliance. A good scrubbing will help to cut down on any bacterial build up from general wear and tear, plus it can also aid in reducing staining.

Ideally you should be cleaning the appliance at least once every two days. To clean it we recommend mixing a small amount of bespoke cleaning solution, then take this mixture and lightly scrub it all over the brace with a toothbrush. Then just rinse it off afterwards and leave to dry.

Keep it safe

Although it may seem pretty obvious, keeping your brace in a safe place is one of the best things you can do. Normally we suggest with invisible braces in Clapham that you keep it in your mouth for at least 22 hours a day to ensure your alignment process goes off without a hitch, but if you have to remove it then keep it in a hard bodied container if you can.

Avoid placing it on surfaces around the home or in your pocket as this just allows dirt and bacteria to attach itself to the brace and that’s the last thing you want in your mouth. If you have to take it out, we recommend rinsing it, letting it dry and then placing it in a sealed hard bodied container to keep it sterile and to prevent it from getting damaged.

Is mouthwash safe to use?

Generally, mouthwash should be avoided if you can. This is because there are chemicals in different brands that could damage your brace if it’s exposed to them over time. Also, a colouring pigment is used in the majority of mouthwashes and this can sometimes stain your brace a lovely and very distracting colour if you’re not careful.

If you’re unsure where to start, try asking your dentist. Because at Clapham South Dental Care we will be able to provide you with great advice to make sure you’re making the best possible choice.

These are a couple of things you can try at home to keep your braces safe, clean and in good shape for as long as possible. If you’re interested in learning how else you can care for your brace or if you need a new one, then ask your dentist when you come in for your next appointment.

Been advised to undergo invisible brace treatment in Clapham? What you need to know and what you can expect

When you are told by your dentist that you may be suitable for invisible brace treatment, you may feel a mixture of both relief and confusion.

In the media today, invisible braces are very rarely spoken about, creating an air of mystery around this orthodontic treatment option. Many people are concerned that these types of braces will not be able to straighten their teeth and therefore avoid this treatment altogether. Others are worried that these braces are too expensive.

Invisible Braces in ClaphamAt Clapham South Dental Centre, we offer invisible braces in Clapham to a wide array of patients, to correct common dental issues, for an extremely affordable price.

What are invisible braces?

As the name suggests, invisible braces are more discreet than traditional metal ones; they are made from a clear, flexible plastic and are therefore invisible to the naked eye. Unlike the traditional metal based braces, our invisible braces in Clapham are easy to maintain and are usually removable.

The invisible braces in Clapham that we offer our patients are designed to help correct mild to moderate misalignment issues, to help correct overcrowding or erratic spacing of teeth.

How do they work?

Although these types of braces are used to treat many different dental conditions, the underlying method behind their targeted approach is generally the same, regardless of the condition.

Unlike metal braces that pull teeth into the desired position, invisible braces gently push your teeth into their new position. Many types of invisible brace employ the use of both computer technology and multiple different clear aligners to achieve the final rearrangement, so the entire procedure is more planned, and each step of the realignment process is more predictable.

Benefits of invisible braces

Apart from the obvious benefit of these aligners being invisible and therefore more discreet, there are other benefits reported by the wearers of invisible braces.

Comfortable

Metal braces often protrude, causing them to rub against the inner cheeks. This can cause discomfort while sleeping and can make day to day activities like talking more difficult. As invisible braces are made from a thin, flexible plastic, they fit snugly over the teeth and are softer against the inner cheeks.

Better hygiene

As invisible braces are removable, they can be removed when you need to brush your teeth. Therefore, they do not cause any issues in your oral hygiene routine and do not increase the likelihood of cavities or decay. Also, when undergoing invisible brace treatment, you will not need to undergo additional consultations with a hygienist, as you will not require a specialised cleaning routine to keep your mouth healthy.

Shorter treatment

The average treatment time for invisible braces is between six and nine months, making the overall treatment time significantly shorter.

While there are many benefits to invisible braces, they are not suitable for all patients. If you have severe alignment issues you are not likely to benefit from invisible braces.

Invisible braces in Clapham- Are they as good as metal ones?

The notion of braces being invisible may initially sound absurd.

However, with more personalised dental technology and more experienced dental professionals, invisible braces in Clapham South Dental Centre are becoming more popular and more affordable for everyone!

Invisible Braces in ClaphamInvisible braces

Similar to clear braces, our invisible braces in Clapham are hard to spot with the naked eye, so you can actually open your mouth to smile without fear of embarrassment while undergoing realignment treatments. They can either be fixed or removable and come in different shapes in order to fit your mouth correctly. Two of the main brands we use in our Clapham practice are Invisalign and Damon.

They are obviously discreet but what other benefits do they offer over traditional metal ones?

Clearer speech

Anyone who has had thick metal braces can tell you that the way you speak changes. This is not only due to having something new stuck to your teeth, but metal braces may cause damage to your gums and lips, exacerbating any speech issues you may already be having.

Of course, this can knock your confidence and is not the best start in your journey to getting straighter teeth. Invisible braces are thinner and so will not impact on your speech patterns. They are made from a softer, flexible material so any potential damage to your lips or gums is minimal.

Comfort

Invisible braces are thinner and as such, they do not take up as much room in your mouth. They are softer, so they will not cause unpleasant rubbing, ulcers or sore spots.

Traditional metal braces are chunky, and even daily life can become difficult when adjusting to them. Many people report finding it difficult to sleep on their sides, as the pressure of the pillow pushes the inner cheek against hard metal. Hardly ideal for a good night’s sleep!

Eat what you want!

If you have had metal braces fitted at any time in your life, chances are you were told to avoid hard or sticky foods, as both could cause damage to your braces’ structure.

Regardless of whether your invisible braces are fitted or removable, you can eat exactly as you used to before. It is extremely difficult to damage them, and they are flexible. So you can go ahead and order that corn on the cob!

Hygiene

Dental hygiene is always important, but with metal braces it is generally harder to look after your teeth effectively. You have to be aware of areas where plaque can build up on your teeth and spend extra time ensuring that they are clear of any deposits. Many people with metal braces report excess calcium and plaque build-up, which can lead to staining or cavities.

Due to their transparency and potential removability, maintaining correct dental hygiene is a lot easier for invisible braces. You don’t have to check for build-ups or deposits, just brush, floss and gargle as usual.

Contact us today for more information.

Creating Smiles in Clapham

At Clapham South Dental Centre, we pride ourselves on providing patients with the highest standard of professionalism and care across all aspects of dentistry. We welcome both private and NHS patients all year round, and offer a wide array of both cosmetic and NHS backed dental care across a number of procedures and methodologies to all ages and stages of life. One of the foundation stones here is our longstanding relationship, built on trust and understanding, as well as the good rapport that we share with the patients. Patients have the ability to choose the dental practitioner with whom they feel most at ease – and in the event of an emergency, they can be assured that they will receive the highest standard of dental care that same day.

Invisible Braces in ClaphamDiscreet orthodontics

One of the popular cosmetic treatments that we offer here is the installation of various forms of discreet orthodontic and dental alignment procedures, such as Invisalign, invisible braces in Clapham and clear braces. Invisalign is a non-invasive retainer method of dental alignment, which is largely favoured by teenagers and young adults over conventional methods of dental alignment such as typical ‘train-track’ fused braces. The process of installing Invisalign consists of a custom made mould being created from the patient’s teeth, using a malleable patented plastic called SmartTrack. Once made, the patient takes this mould home and when worn over the course of treatment -( which varies depending on the severity of the necessary realignment, although typically lasts about twelve months) – gradually aligns the patient’s teeth to the specifications set out by a practitioner of their choosing prior to beginning the process. The benefits of Invisalign over conventional orthodontic methods is that, when worn, the mouthguard is practically undetectable. Also the retainer is removable, and as such can be worn at a time convenient to the patient. This method of dental alignment is greatly popular as it allows patients to undergo essential alignment, without attracting any unwanted attention from peers or colleagues. Invisible braces in Clapham are another form of dental alignment that we offer. These are similar to conventional, fused ‘train-track’ braces in that they are fixed to the front of the patient’s teeth, however they are fused using clear or white ceramic plastic alloy rather than metal, and as such, are virtually undetectable to the untrained eye. This method of treatment is particularly effective for short-term realignment and can help vastly boost a patient’s self-esteem.

Facial rejuvenation

Another treatment we offer, which is not a dental procedure but rather a facial rejuvenation treatment, is the application of Botox injections. Botox works by injecting a botulinum toxin directly into the small facial muscles that cause expression lines and wrinkles, freezing the nerve endings within them, leaving patients looking more youthful and revitalised. The process of undertaking botox injections is a relatively simple and painless one, and patients can expect to see the results after just fifteen minutes – and enjoy them for around three to six months, depending on the extent of the treatment. Botox injections are only carried out by a qualified practitioner whom the patient trusts, and the results can vastly boost and restore their self- esteem returning a youthful bloom to the skin.

Tailored dental service

Here at Clapham South Dental Centre, we are fully committed to providing the local residents of Clapham with the highest standards of dental professionalism, care and consideration. We gladly welcome both private and NHS patients, and we offer a wide array of both cosmetic and structural dental solutions, and utilise some of the most cutting-edge dental equipment and methodologies available. One of our founding principles is to provide our patients with a bespoke, tailored dental experience that caters to their individual needs and requirements – rather than adopting a one-size-fits-all approach that is often found in other practices. It is by building a good rapport and longstanding relationships with our patients that we have become established in the local Clapham community, and we are proud to continue to serve its residents.

Invisible Braces in ClaphamDiscreet orthodontics

Some procedures which has gained a large degree of popularity in recent years here are Botox, Invisalign, Invisible braces and clear braces here in is Clapham. These treatments are becoming increasingly favoured over contemporary orthodontics such as fused metal ‘train-track’ braces which are often uncomfortable and largely impact on a patient’s outward appearance –  sometimes having a detrimental effect on their self- esteem or confidence. The process of Invisalign replaces conventional fused braces with a custom fitted, removable retainer which gradually aligns a patient’s teeth to their correct specifications agreed during consultations with a practitioner of the patient’s choosing prior to beginning treatment. The Invisalign retainer is constructed from a patented ‘SmartTrack’ plastic, which is used due to it’s malleable yet firm qualities. Inside the retainer, pressure points gradually push the patient’s teeth into their correct position over the course of treatment – which varies depending on the degree of misalignment, but typically lasts around twelve months. Invisible braces in Clapham are another form of discreet orthodontics we offer. These are similar to typical metal braces, however invisible braces in Clapham are constructed from clear plastic brackets, which are far less visible from the outside. Clear braces are again similar to Invisible braces in Clapham in that they are fused to the front of a patient’s teeth, however they are constructed from white plastics that are colour-matched to the surrounding teeth enabling them to blend in unobtrusively.

Fountain of youth

One treatment on offer here, which is not a dental treatment but rather a form of facial rejuvenation, are Botox injections. These are facial injections that are used to halt the visible signs of ageing on a patient’s face such as wrinkles or lines. Botox treatment works by administering a botulinum toxin directly into the tiny facial muscles on a patient’s face that control expressions. The botulinum toxin freezes these nerve endings, causing them to smooth over, and thus the patient appears visibly younger. Botox injections are only administered by a qualified professional, and the entire process only lasts around fifteen minutes from being administered before patients can see the effects taking place. Effects of botox can be enjoyed for between 6-12 months, depending on the extent of treatment and can vastly restore the self confidence and vitality of those undertaking treatment.

Braces that like to play hide and seek

Teeth straightening has a new trick: it can be done invisibly. Thanks to changes in techniques and dental materials, braces have undergone a complete evolution with a new generation of invisible braces in Clapham. At Clapham South Dental Centre, we have invested in a range of discreet brace options that can straighten your teeth without any mar on your looks.

Invisible Braces in ClaphamAlthough we cannot recommend a brace for you without seeing you first, we’d like to give you an overview of the options available to you. Once you’ve had a taste of the possibilities, contact us so we can make a full assessment of your straightening needs.

Going undercover

Incognito has fully embraced being invisible. By attaching to the back of your teeth, they straighten while hiding completely out of view. This innovative design employs brackets that are tailored to fit each of your teeth individually. They are then tightened by using connective wires. These lingual braces will reshape your smile without any compromise to the way you look. However, you’ll need to be fully committed to the process as they need care and attention to keep them clean throughout the straightening process.

The brace that isn’t really a brace

Invisalign isn’t truly a brace, it’s actually an aligner. Using the latest in 3D technology these clever invisible braces in Clapham are designed specifically for your needs. They straighten teeth over 18 months to 2 years using a series of aligners that reposition your teeth in incremental steps. They are perfect for someone who needs flexibility of use and minimum time for care and cleaning. They are fully removable as you’ll replace each aligner with a new one every 7 to 10 days.

On target

If you’re needing a quick result for a special occasion, or only need your front teeth straightening then the Inman Aligner could be for you. Targeting the ‘social 6’ front teeth, these spring-loaded invisible braces in Clapham assert pressure quickly and effectively, creating dramatic changes in as little as 6-18 weeks.

Call us today to start your discreet teeth straightening journey to a beautiful new smile without compromise.

Why invisible braces?

Many people tremble at the idea of wearing braces, though they’re aware they may need them. This is mainly due to having their braces on display over their teeth and thoughts about difficulties with cleaning teeth or to do everyday things, such as eat. This is where invisible braces in Clapham can provide a difference in terms of subtlety and comfort.

Invisible Braces in ClaphamBenefits of invisible braces

One of the key benefits is that they’re made of transparent material, which means that people you see every day, from colleagues to friends, won’t notice you’re wearing braces. This is a great advantage for patients who aren’t comfortable with having them on display, yet want to realign their teeth. The material tends to be much more lightweight, soft and comfortable for patients to wear. Some types of invisible braces in Clapham are removeable, too, making it easier to clean teeth.

Invisible braces we offer

Finding a dentist that offers invisible braces in Clapham can be a tough job. We offer invisible braces in Clapham available both as fixed and removeable types, which suit individual patients, depending on what they need. While some patients opt for the ease of having braces fixed in place that they don’t have to continually take out and put back in, other patients prefer to have the option to take them out. Clapham South Dental Centre is a professional and modern clinic with a well- experienced dental team that provides a few different options for you to find invisible braces in Clapham.

How to look after your braces

It’s effective to brush teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush just as much as you usually would, twice a day in the morning and before bed. If possible, you can go for a fluoride mouthwash to rinse around the teeth, tongue and gums. Where there are challenging areas to reach, you can go for either interdental brushes or floss to gently wind in-between and pull out from trapped areas. With removable braces, you will need to put them back in directly after cleaning your teeth.

For more information

Like to know more about invisible braces in Clapham? Come in and see us to register and make an appointment.

Working with your invisible braces

When you choose to have a realignment treatment, it may feel like you just get fitted with invisible braces in Clapham and then wait for the results. However, there are plenty of things that you can do to work you’re your treatment to make it feel more comfortable and perhaps even like the time is flying by a little quicker.

Invisible Braces in ClaphamAt Clapham South Dental Centre, we’re all about giving you the top tips and support you need to have an excellent teeth-straightening treatment. We know that working with invisible braces in Clapham to achieve the results you want takes time. We’ve helped lots of patients through the process, so we have lots of experience making that time easier.

Don’t be a stranger

We invite you for a check-up every 6 weeks or so when you have invisible braces in Clapham with us. Not only is this visit vital for the progress of your treatment, but you can also use the time to tell us about your experience so far. We want to hear about the good bits and any challenges you face. Never assume that any difficulties are just something you need to endure to get a straight smile. There may be a simple solution that we can offer to change your experience.

Be proud

The reputation of braces improves all the time. However, in some people’s minds, there is still a stigma attached to wearing teeth straightening equipment. Invisible braces will certainly reduce any lingering feelings of self-consciousness that you might feel around the treatment, but they may not make them go away entirely. Before you even start treatment, take a moment to think about why you are doing this, what you want to achieve and be proud of what you are doing. This will help you mentally, but it will also give you a good patter to provide in response to the inevitable questions you will face when wearing braces as an adult.

Take care

In order to have the same fresh breath with braces that you enjoy without them, you need to make sure you clear all the debris out of your equipment with mouthwash, brushes and floss.

Ways to make braces treatment easier

What would make you more likely to get your teeth straightened? Would it be knowing that you can eat whatever you like and won’t have to spend ages in front of a mirror picking food out of your braces? Would it be knowing that you can undergo treatment and no-one else need know about it? Would it be both?

Invisible Braces in ClaphamAt Clapham South Dental Centre, we have found that many people are happy to get their teeth realigned once they know that modern invisible braces in Clapham are available to do the job.

Invisible braces in Clapham mean that patients can go about their daily lives without having to fend off stares and personal questions. This can be especially important for people who work with the public, or need to have an air of authority in their work. Can you imagine taking a parking ticket off someone in braces, for example?

Hidden braces

We offer invisible braces in Clapham that are fixed to the tongue side of the teeth. These are great braces for people with more complex alignment issues. Each bracket is made specifically for the curvature of each tooth. These braces cannot be seen, and so straightening remains private.

Clear aligners

We also offer removable clear aligners. These look more like mouth guards than traditional braces. Once you have been measured for them, you receive a series of 3D printed aligners. Inside each one are precision placed pressure points. The position of these change as you work your way through the series and your teeth move in response to the pressure. You usually wear each aligner for 7-10 days before moving onto the next.

The aligners come out every time you consume anything other than water. You brush your teeth before putting them back. As long as you wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day, your treatment will stay on track.

One device aligners

We also have aligners that sandwich the front teeth between 2 clear plastic aligner bows. These are also removable for eating and cleaning. Plus, they double up as a retainer.

Treatment times vary depending on your alignment issues. Come on in for a consultation.

Why aren’t invisible braces in Clapham for everyone?

More and more people are choosing to wear discreet braces over metal braces in recent years and that’s because the former are now widely available in many types and forms. Invisible braces have many benefits over regular braces and they are ideal for people who are conscious of their appearance at all times.

Invisible Braces in ClaphamEven though it seems that invisible braces in Clapham can work for anybody, unfortunately, they are not a great dental solution for all patients. To see if you are a good candidate for invisible braces in Clapham, you should book your appointment with one of our experienced and talented dentists at Clapham South Dental Centre as soon as possible.

Determining your eligibility for invisible braces

Invisible braces are designed primarily for adults, but in some cases, they are also suited for teenagers whose teeth have grown sufficiently. Patients can choose between fixed and removable invisible braces, although technically speaking Invisalign removable aligners are not braces. Invisible braces can treat a wide variety of dental issues as long as they are not too complex – in some cases, old and trusted metal braces are a better option. Your dentist will examine your teeth carefully, conduct all the necessary tests and help you determine if invisible braces are the right treatment option for you.

What invisible braces in Clapham can’t do

While invisible braces can fix a variety of dental problems and they are constantly developed to address these issues, their effectiveness is limited. Unlike traditional metal braces, invisible braces such as Invisalign do not give your dentist the same amount of control over your dental movements. Consequently, invisible braces can’t really address really complicated dental issues such as twisted, rotated, badly misaligned and extensively gapped teeth, nor can they treat structural bite problems and skeletally based malocclusions that affect the jawbone.

Interested in invisible braces?

If you want to learn more about invisible braces and all that they can offer for your smile, contact us today to get started. Our experienced dentists are certified providers of invisible braces in Clapham who use the most current dental technology available to transform your smile.