21st Century Orthodontics
Invisible braces, clear braces, clear aligners ...
If you want a gorgeous smile and straight teeth, but don’t want the show of metal braces, clear braces are the way to go.
Clear braces consist of a series of clear trays, called aligners, which are custom designed for your teeth and your teeth only. Barely visible, and less painful that traditional braces, it’s no wonder there have already been over a million people nationwide who completed treatment.
Using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology; we depict your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position.
Then a series of clear aligners are custom made for your teeth. These ‘trays’ are made of thermoplastic material. You change aligners every 2 weeks, so your teeth move little by little. Average treatment time is about a year but varies depending on the severity of your case. Mild cases might even wear them for as little as six months! This is a major plus compared to metal braces, as metal braces typically take a lot longer to get the job done. This is because with metal braces, you have to come in to see your orthodontist about every 6 weeks to get the metal and wires tightened.
With clear aligners, you change trays every 2 weeks, so teeth are moving and adjusting more frequently. This also makes clear aligners a lot less painful than traditional braces because since you’re changing trays so often, you can do smaller movements each time. Whereas with braces, they are tightened less frequently, so you will have a lot of tooth movement with each adjustment, causing much greater pain.
All You Need to Know About clear aligners is Right Here!
The process starts out with your first trip to us. Keep in mind that not all orthodontists are licensed to do use this method, as it takes a lot of training to be able to oer this.
Once you decide to do it, we will take some pictures, X-rays and molds of your teeth. The whole process takes under 10 minutes. Right after, we send your molds to the factory for production. Once they have your molds, they construct a customized video, which you will be shown on your next appointment. This video will show how your teeth will move after each tray, and you will basically see the shifting of your teeth from beginning to end result. It’s very motivating to see what your teeth will look like upon completion. Once you approve the video, it could take up to around three weeks for your trays to arrive. Your clear braces will be shipped to us as a complete package, then we contact you to come in so that we can teach you how to put on and remove your first aligner.
Q & A
Will it Afect my Speech?
Many people wonder if clear braces will impact their speech. Some people may temporarily experience a slight lisp for a day or two. Once the tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, speech will be normal again.
Is invisible brace Painful?
Invisible braces are generally much less painful than traditional braces (some patients have no experience of pain nor discomfort). In fact, you mostly only experience some pain and discomfort for the first day or two of each tray, since each tray will be tighter and put more pressure for your teeth to move. It is recommended to put each of your new trays in at night and take an Advil if necessary. This way, your tray will loosen up a bit by the time you wake up.
Dr Sam Afshar DDS (Swe) MScs (KCL London).
British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry,
Accredited Implantology surgeon,
Principal Royal Arsenal Dentists