Clear Aligners

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This system is ideal for patients who require a discreet, cosmetic solution so they can look great whilst they are straightening their teeth.

Information about Clear Aligners

• Clear aligners look like transparent plastic retainers.

• There are no metal wires or brackets.

• They are ultra thin and almost invisible.

• You can eat, drink, brush and floss normally whilst you are having treatment.

• They are comfortable, unobtrusive and do not affect speech.

• They can be used to treat mild crowding and slight rotations of the front teeth.

Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners FAQs

At the consultation appointment, moulds will be taken of your teeth. Based on these, models of your teeth are scanned using computerized software to calculate how many clear aligners are required to bring the teeth into alignment. The Clear Aligners are then custom made to fit your teeth. Each Clear Aligner is slightly different and works by applying a light pressure on specific teeth at a time. Each Clear Aligner needs to be worn for 10 to 14 days, after which you would need a short appointment to have the next aligner fitted. At each visit your progress will be reviewed and minor adjustments may be made to your teeth to provide space for the teeth to move into.
It can take as little as 1 to 2 months for simple cases using 2 to 3 aligners.
More complex cases can take greater than 4 months. Our dentist will be able advise you on how long to expect your treatment to last.
Both upper and lower teeth can be straightened at the same time.
The Aligners are recommended to be in place for up to 18 hours a day, they should be removed for a short period whilst eating and drinking. For the first few hours the aligners are fitted, they will feel very tight. We recommend you may need to take some mild painkillers as you would if you were to have a headache. For the first few days the teeth will also feel tender. A soft diet is advisable so as to put as little extra pressure on the teeth as possible.