How Do Clear Aligners Work?

When it comes to braces, we often picture the metal, train-track, fixed kind that’s traditional and still used today. However, in recent years, a new kind of brace has been gathering pace: the clear aligner. In this post, our expert dentists will talk through these clear braces, covering how it works, who’s eligible for treatment, and what you can expect here at our Nottingham dental practice.

What is a clear brace?

Instead of wearing a fixed, permanent brace, a clear brace is a moulded, plastic tray that fits snugly over teeth, and can be removed for eating and teeth-cleaning. Aligners are changed every couple of weeks to your next set – and each makes small adjustments to the teeth which are kind and comfortable on your mouth. The most famous brand of clear brace is called Invisalign.

Why is it clear?

Many people are self-conscious about their smiles – and even more so if they’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. Whether it’s a teenager who wants to fit in with their friends, or an adult who wants discreet treatment, a clear brace, like Invisalign aligners, makes the process much less noticeable and can help preserve your confidence.

Why is it removable?

A clear brace is removable because it moves your teeth incrementally, instead of a fixed brace, which uses a wire to tighten teeth into position. Clear braces are much easier to clean and care for, too – they need soaking in a solution every couple of days, but can be kept clean by rinsing under tap water, using a soft toothbrush to dislodge any food particles, and of course, by proper teeth-cleaning. One word of warning, however: never wear them for eating, which could cause staining or damage to the aligners. This includes Invisalign braces.

Who can have treatment?

Most people are suitable, but it does depend on your oral health, and obviously, if you have extensive dental work (bridges, crowns etc) then it may not be suitable. Thankfully, there might be an alternative in these cases, such as lingual braces, or those that target only the 6 main teeth at the front of your smile.

What if I don’t change my clear braces?

Then your teeth won’t straighten – it’s as simple as that! Always make sure to get in touch with your dentist or dental practice if you’re worried your clear braces aren’t working as they should, if you lose your Invisalign, or if you’ve not been wearing them for the recommended time (usually 20-22 hours per day).

Why choose you?

Our expert dentists are committed to creating healthy, white, straight smiles. Get in touch or book online with our Nottingham dental practice today, and find out what we can do for your smile with our clear braces.