Step-by-step guide to clear aligners

Here at SW9 Dental, we offer a wide range of solutions to help our patients get the smile they have always wanted. One of our favourites is to use clear aligners Stockwell. This treatment is a popular means of getting a great smile, as it comes with a range of benefits.  Here, we explain why the aligners fit into your life so well, how they work and what our patients can expect during the process.


What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners Stockwell are also known as invisible braces. They are used to correct teeth that are protruding or crooked to give a uniform smile. These braces are composed of trays of very soft and malleable plastic that fit over the teeth. The trays are completely transparent, which means that they are not visible to others.

Getting started

The first step to getting clear aligners Stockwell is to make an appointment with us to discuss the treatment. Most patients will be suitable candidates for invisible braces, but there are some exceptions to this. Therefore, an appointment during which we can examine the teeth and their position is important in order to ascertain if this is the best choice of treatment.

If the decision has been made to go ahead, then the next step is for us to take a complete record of the position of the teeth. We do this by asking the patient to bite into a mould. This allows us to create aligners that are an exact match for the individual and that will target each tooth in terms of moving it into a better position.

Getting the braces

We help to fit the braces and answer any questions or queries from the patient. They then return every few weeks for a quick check-up and to get a new set of aligners to accommodate the changing position of the teeth. The whole process takes several months in many cases.

Wearing the aligners

Apart from the fact that they are invisible, and therefore no one else needs to know that the patient is having their teeth straightened; these braces also have the great advantage of being removable. This means that they can be taken out for eating and for playing musical instruments or even contact sports such as rugby.

However, it is important to note that the aligners should be worn most of the time. Ideally, the patient should have them on for 22 out of every 24-hour period. If this does not happen, then they may not have enough time to do their work. The result of wearing the braces for less time than is recommended means that the patient cannot expect the results to be as good as expected at the end of the treatment time.

Keeping clean

It is vital that the patient pays particular attention to their oral hygiene while wearing clear braces. The teeth should be brushed thoroughly, and the trays cleaned after each meal. If this does not happen, then bits of food may become trapped between the teeth and the braces causing damage to both. The teeth may become decayed and the aligners themselves may get stained, and this would mean they were no longer invisible.

Why You Should Be Asking Your Dentist About Clear Aligners in Stockwell

If you have ever thought about straightening a particularly crooked tooth or if you want to improve your already perfect smile, at SW9 Dental one of our staff may recommend an alignment. If you’ve never heard of these before then this is why your dentist may recommend them.

Clear Aligners in StockwellWhat are clear aligners?

They are shaped, transparent plastic that’s used to slowly adjust your misaligned teeth to their correct positions. They work the same as normal braces, but are used for more mild to moderate treatment of tooth crowding.

The dental apparatus is custom fitted for comfort and since it’s transparent it’s easy to clean. Also, it can be removed to allow you to brush your teeth and floss after meals for those that keep up a rigorous oral health regime.

How does the process work?

The whole process is straightforward. When you book your first appointment for clear aligners in Stockwell you will be brought in and your teeth will be scanned, and your bite registered to create a 3D image of your teeth. This will then be used to map the progress of the specific parts of your smile you wish to improve, and you will even get to see how your teeth will look at the end.

Using this 3D image, we will then create a series of aligners for you to wear that will gently adjust your teeth over time, giving you that perfect smile you’ve always wanted at the end of your treatment.

What are the benefits?

There are a lot of positives for this treatment, we’ve picked out a few of them below for you to mull over before you book your next appointment.

  • Since they’re transparent you can walk around wearing your clear aligners in Stockwell without feeling self-conscious.
  • Fitting the aligners is a relatively quick procedure.
  • Although we recommend wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, you can remove them whenever you like if there’s too much discomfort.
  • To clean them you don’t have to soak them for hours in Listerine as all you need is a brush and a small amount of dental solution in water to keep the apparatus sparkling clean and hygienic.

Are there downsides?

The only real downside of going through with this can be some mild discomfort whilst wearing them as your teeth are being forcibly moved to a new position. We often refer to this as a feeling of ‘pressure’, but it’s a completely normal reaction and any pharmacy pain relievers are an easy solution to this.

When it comes down to it, the only one who can truly decide if you should go through with this is yourself, we can only recommend the safest and cleanest way to go about it. If you’re happy with your smile, then that’s great and for those that are not we’re always able to help give you that gorgeous grin you deserve. So don’t delay ask us about clear aligners in Stockwell today.

Clear aligners: an investment for your teeth and oral health

We understand your plight – you like the idea of straight teeth, but not at a social cost. To you straightening aids like metal braces are for children, not adults climbing the corporate ladder to career success.

Clear Aligners in StockwellWould you reconsider if we told you that there is an orthodontic device that can fix your teeth but does not require you to support a metallic smile?

We know that we have piqued your interest, come to us at SW9 Dental to find out more about the innovative state of the art technology that designed clear aligners in Stockwell.

Clear aligners are more than mouth guards that protect your teeth

They might not look it, but clear aligners in Stockwell are dental braces that adjust your teeth into the right place over time.

Self-conscious adults who dislike drawing attention to themselves will enjoy the invisible appearance of the mouthguard – which you simply place over your gums and teeth – as well as their conveniently removable nature. Your eating habits and teeth cleaning routine will not change, and you do not have to concern yourself about food getting stuck in your braces every time you eat something.

Every two weeks, you are required to replace the trays for new ones that are slightly differently shaped to the last ones. Throughout your treatment you will receive multiple trays that will, very gradually, move your teeth into a different position until they are fully realigned.

The invention of aligners

Post treatment, people are usually given a retainer that keeps their newly straightened teeth in position. It was this thinking that led to the development of aligners or clear braces – if a retainer can keep teeth in place, surely, using the right technology and materials, they can also straighten crooked teeth?

The first models were invented in the 1970s and have undergone several adaptations since then, to bring you a sleek, snugly fitting design that makes straightening teeth easier and more comfortable than ever before. If you are looking for clear aligners in Stockwell we are the experienced practitioners who can deliver this innovative treatment.

Self-discipline is critical

Not only do adults yield incredible results from using this particular straightening aid, but we also recommend the product to children and teenagers who can also benefit if the device is used correctly.

However, clear aligners for children come with a new set of problems, and one of them is self-discipline. For the best results, aligners need to be worn 22 out of 24 hours in a day.  Children and teenagers have few responsibilities in life and are at an age where they are prone to losing and forgetting things – and are more likely to set aside an aligner while eating or playing sports and forget to put them back in afterwards.

Except for eating, drinking, playing sports and brushing teeth, we will stress the importance of wearing the mouthguard at all times to your children. Not doing so will add extra time to their treatment.

Achieve that million dollar smile you have dreamed about since you were a child with us.

Eat, drink and get straighter

One of the things that puts people off getting their teeth straightened is the idea of all the hassle it is to keep braces and teeth clean and having to avoid certain foods because of what they can do to delicate straightening devices.

Kids can be made to wear braces by their parents, but adults have only themselves to bow to and so they often choose to not bother with straightening because they don’t want to spend hours and hours picking bits of food out of their braces, or not being able to have peanut butter for months on end.

Clear Aligners in StockwellThat’s fair enough really, and it’s why over four million people have now chosen to get their teeth straightened with just one brand on clear aligners, although there are now a few to choose from.

Here at SW9 Dental, we are big fans of clear aligners in Stockwell, and so are our patients. We all love the new freedom that comes with teeth straighteners that are removed for eating and drinking.

Eat what you like

There are no dietary restrictions with clear aligners. They come out for all meals, plus for all drinks except plain water. This is so that the aligners are not discoloured by pigments in drinks such as red wine, tea or coffee. You must, however, clean your teeth well after each time you eat or drink, but it won’t take as long as it would with bracket and wire braces.

Hidden assets

The other great thing about clear aligners is that they are transparent. This is a big bonus for most people, being able to get your teeth straightened with something that is very, very hard to see. Clear aligners are made of ultra-thin, see-through plastic. They look like mouth guards but are much more precisely fitting than that. They are made using hundreds of highly accurate measurements that are fed into a computer which then 3D prints the aligners so that they look like someone took a layer of skin off your teeth. You put them on over our teeth and they as good as disappear from view. It will take a very sharp observer, like your dentist or your mum, to spot them.

Teeth straightening with Invisalign clear aligners in Stockwell

Are you an adult who wants to straighten their teeth but you are put off by the thought of metal braces? Luckily, modern dentistry has come a long way and you can now find many discreet teeth straightening treatments which are ideal for self-conscious adults.

At SW9 Dental we understand the negative impact that metal braces can have on your appearance and self-confidence. This is why we offer Invisalign, an innovative teeth straightening treatment without braces. Invisalign is virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you are undergoing teeth straightening treatment.

Invisalign Clear Aligners in StockwellHow does Invisalign work?

Unlike metal braces which are fixed, Invisalign clear aligners are removable. The treatment consists of a series of plastic, transparent, custom-made aligners that need to be changed every two weeks or so. Your dentist will monitor your progress as you go through each set of aligners. Your teeth will move gradually into their right position, day by day and month by month.

Treatment time varies for each individual patients, but it can last as little as six months. Invisalign is ideal for correcting a wide variety of dental problems including bite issues, however, it cannot treat complex cases. If your teeth are severely misaligned or you have complex bite problems, your dentist may recommend metal braces or other fixed braces.

Advantages of Invisalign

Undoubtedly, the biggest benefit of Invisalign is invisibility. The aligners are made of high-quality, clear plastic, therefore, they are very discreet and virtually invisible. This way you can continue your daily activities without worrying about your treatment. Invisalign aligners are also removable. This is important because you don’t have to change your diet or your oral routine.

You can remove the aligners anytime in the day in order to enjoy your favourite meals or brush and floss your teeth. However, Invisalign requires a high level of commitment, since it is imperative to wear the clear aligners at least 22 hours per day for effective treatment.

Finally, unlike metal braces which can be quite uncomfortable and require adjustments, Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic that fits snugly over the teeth and gums. As such, you are less likely to hurt your mouth or gums.

Brace yourself for brighter smiles in Stockwell

When you look at your smile in the mirror, do you wish your teeth were straighter? If the answer is yes but the prospect of metal braces leaves you feeling self-conscious, then clear aligners are the solution you’ve been looking for. At SW9 Dental in Stockwell, clear aligners are the latest innovation in braces technology brought to you by Invisalign. They are both removable and almost invisible, so nobody needs to know you’re even wearing them.

clear-aligners-stockwellHow do clear aligners work?

Clear aligners – also known as invisible braces – are made of a clear acrylic material so there’s no need to fret about metal wires and braces being welded to your teeth anymore. When you visit us at SW9 Dental in Stockwell, clear aligners will be presented to you as a way to straighten your teeth in a potentially shorter time than traditional metal braces, depending on your individual case.

After a consultation, your first clear aligner will be custom made to snugly fit around your teeth. As you wear it, your teeth will begin to straighten out. Every few weeks you will replace your old aligner with a new one that better fits the gradually shifting position of your teeth and continues to move them to achieve your desired new look.

What are the perks of wearing clear aligners?

In addition to their near-invisible appearance, being able to remove your clear aligners means you can eat, floss and brush your teeth with ease. While fixed metal braces are effective, food often becomes lodged in awkward places, making dental hygiene a challenge. With clear aligners, you’ll be able to keep your teeth as clean as you always have.

Get your clear aligners in Stockwell at SW9 Dental

Our team of highly trained and experienced dentists apply the latest techniques and technology to meet your dental needs in a relaxed and friendly environment. Call, email or book online to arrange an initial consultation and we will talk you through a comprehensive treatment plan, address your concerns and answer any questions you have about clear aligners. At SW9 Dental in Stockwell, clear aligners are custom-made to bring a smile to your face.

Six months to straight teeth?

Do concerns about the alignment of your teeth cause you to hide your smile away? Are straighter teeth top of your smile wish list? But does the thought of having to wear traditional metal braces put you off seeking treatment? There is another solution. Cfast braces are part of a recent development known as invisible orthodontics. They are popular for adults who need cosmetic orthodontic correction and work far more quickly than traditional braces.

clear-alignersCfast braces use clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires made of nickel titanium to quickly move your teeth into a more desirable position. Treatment with Cfast is predictable and faster than with clear aligners, and because of the colouring these braces are also highly discreet.

These braces work so quickly because they focus on the “social six” teeth – the top and bottom front teeth that show when you smile. They are minimally invasive and correct problems with alignment in these teeth, as well as levelling and rounding out the arches for a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Cfast still operate on standard orthodontic principles, but because they focus only on the front teeth the forces used are gentler, making treatments more comfortable as well as far quicker than with traditional braces. In turn, the shortened treatment times also make Cfast more affordable than other adult orthodontic options.

It’s no surprise that Cfast braces are rapidly growing in popularity with adults who want to cosmetically correct their smiles. While these braces are not suitable for patients who need major orthodontic correction, they can be used to treat a wide range of mild to moderate alignment issues. To find out if Cfast are the best option in your case, please contact a member of our reception team today to book an orthodontic consultation.