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What are invisible braces?


Adults in the UK often opt for invisible braces in Clapham rather than metal braces. This is due to the nature of the braces – metal braces are secured onto the surface of the teeth and often adults do not want others to know that they are using braces to align their teeth as it can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness. Invisible braces come in two different two types – permanent and temporary.

Invisible braces in Clapham are similar to retainers in the sense that they are clear trays that can be removed and inserted into the mouth as and when the patient requires. This gives more flexibility to patients and enables them to continue to eat and drink as normal and also gives them the ability to control the extent of their treatment. Not all invisible braces are temporary – it is possible to get permanent invisible braces in Clapham and these can come in a number of shapes and sizes. Patients should contact their dentist and see if invisible braces are an option that is available to them.

What are the benefits of invisible braces?

The benefits of opting for invisible braces is that they are a discreet way of aligning teeth so that it is not visible to others that patients are using braces. Also, they are not permanent and therefore there is a sense of flexibility as they can be removed and inserted into the mouth at leisure. Another benefit of invisible braces is that they are very thin and streamlined and therefore patients will not realise that they are wearing them and will not impact speech.

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How long do invisible braces take to work?

Each patient’s treatment plan is different and therefore patients can expect to see results at different times. The dentist will discuss the treatment plan at the initial consultation when they will determine whether the patient is suited to having invisible braces. At that point, depending on the extent of the alignment required, the dentist will set a time for the treatment and this will vary between 6 months and 18 months. Patients will start to see results within six weeks as long as they are following their treatment plan as advised by the dentist.


Once patients have been given their invisible braces it is important to strictly follow the guidance provided by the dentist at the initial consultation. This is to ensure optimal results and to also make sure that they maintain their oral hygiene and avoid damaging the braces.

Where the braces are temporary and similar to retainers, such as Invisalign, it is essential that the trays are cleaned after each use. This will ensure that the trays do not get bacteria stuck in them, which in turn causes gum and mouth infections. Patients can clean the braces with a toothbrush and should also ensure to brush their teeth twice a day.

Patients should also ensure to take the temporary braces out each time they wish to eat and drink anything but water. Again, this is to ensure that there is no build-up of bacteria and also because the trays are thin and streamlined they are susceptible to getting damaged or breaking.

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