Clear braces or invisible aligners?

Are you unsure about which orthodontic treatment might be the right one for you? clear-braces-clapham

At Clapham South Dental Centre, we are proud of our range of orthodontic options, including clear braces Clapham like the Damon System and even Invisalign aligners. So, if you are an adult who wants straighter teeth, contact our team for a consultation!

In this article, we compare the Damon System clear braces Clapham with Invisalign to help you weigh up which option may be the right for you.

Treatment time

The treatment time for both clear braces Clapham like the Damon System and Invisalign are faster than the standard treatment time for fitted braces. The Damon System can straighten your teeth in as little as 18 months, with Invisalign offering an average time of 3 to 6 months; however, this will depend on the issue being treated. So talk to our team for a more personalised breakdown.

Daily maintenance

The Damon System will require you to buy interdental brushes and an electric toothbrush to keep your teeth healthy and avoid the consumption of certain foods.

Invisible aligners have more simple maintenance. To keep them clean, you rinse them under a cold water tap, and if needed, you can remove stuck-on debris with a toothbrush. You will, however, need to brush your teeth after you consume food and before wearing the aligners; this will reduce the likelihood of tooth decay or gum disease developing.


Both invisible aligners and the Damon System braces have a job to do; move your teeth. But they differ in how they achieve this.

The Damon System works in a very similar way to a standard brace. It is fixed, adjusted and tightened, thus moving your teeth into proper alignment over time. Invisible aligners achieve the same goal in smaller steps. They come in a set of 12-14, and each aligner gently moves your teeth closer to the final result over 2 weeks. This is more manageable relating to discomfort, but you may still need pain relievers.

If you have any excessive discomfort with any orthodontic tool, contact our team as soon as possible for an assessment.


Both options offer discretion; however, the invisible aligners offer more simply because of the materials that they are made from.

Most invisible aligners are made from clear plastic, which is malleable but also firm. They are slotted over your teeth, where they allow you to show off your smile without any obvious drawbacks. The Damon System, however, is a fixed brace. The brackets are usually clear or enamel-coloured, and the archwire is thinner. But, they may still be slightly noticeable.

However, when they are compared to a standard metal brace, the Damon System is more discreet.


The results from both of these orthodontics tools can be life-changing.

You will have a straighter smile that will be whiter and easier to clean. But, in the short term, after the treatment is concluded, you will need to wear a retainer. This is the only way you can ensure that the results stick. A retainer will help to keep your teeth in their new positions. If you do not wear a retainer, you risk your teeth reverting to their previous positions, which can make the entire endeavour a waste of time and money.