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.