What are the different types of clear braces?

When it comes to choosing a treatment for straightening your teeth, you are pretty spoilt for choice. A treatment that stands out is clear braces, which straightens your natural teeth using aligners or braces that are very discreet.

Why clear?

Sometimes, having misaligned teeth can cause embarrassment and lowered self-esteem and, whilst you’re straightening your teeth, you may not want to draw unwanted attention to your mouth during the process. Maybe you have a professional/social career or a busy lifestyle and want to look your best whilst doing it.

What are the options?


One of the more popular options for discreetly straightening your teeth is Invisalign. Your Clear Braces Direct London dentist will provide you with multiple custom-made aligners that will move your teeth into a straighter position. Each aligner is slightly different and made out of a clear plastic material meaning that they are barely visible.

Invisalign can take anywhere from 6-18 months to complete and it all depends on how misaligned your teeth are but, either way, you will most likely have a smooth and efficient teeth-straightening experience when choosing this treatment. It requires minimal dental appointments, usually only 1 every 6-8 weeks. It is just a quick checkup that gives an opportunity for your dentist to give you more aligners if and when needed.

To take care of your Invisalign aligners, all you need to do is simply remove them, give them a brush with your toothbrush, rinse them off and you’re done! This adds to the effectiveness of the process; you now have discreet aligners that are barely visible and super easy to clean! There are also no food restrictions when you use Invisalign because you can remove the aligner before you eat and then pop it back in after brushing your teeth.


Clear fixed braces

If you want a more traditional way of straightening your smile but still want a low-key way of doing so, then you could choose to have clear fixed braces. This treatment uses the same technique that traditional metal braces do but, instead of the brackets being a coloured metal, they are clear. Sometimes, the wires can also be made clear or white which adds to the subtle look. This is great if you want a more intense teeth-straightening experience whilst still remaining inconspicuous. The treatment time can vary for fixed clear braces from 6 months to 2 years but these braces can help correct the more severe cases of misalignment.

This treatment is great because it incorporates the powerful straightening method of fixed braces whilst they won’t stand out too much. You will have the braces on permanently until your teeth have reached the desired position, and your dentist will have regular appointments with you to tighten them.

When it comes to maintaining your clear fixed braces, you want to make sure you are keeping up with them so that they don’t get dirty. Your dentist will most likely show you the correct way of cleaning your braces.

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