Clear Braces

Clear braces move your teeth gently into their best position.

Correctly spaced teeth make a difference because they:

People often ask their dentists, “Is it too late for my teeth to be straightened?” Fortunately, the answer is usually, “We can still do it!”

Well-aligned teeth help balance the wear on our jaw, allow even chewing, and can even improve speech. Moreover, having straighter teeth can be a welcome confidence boost. Patients usually notice the difference even before the course of treatment is finished.

During an initial consultation, your dentist will:

Meanwhile, here are some answers to questions our patients often ask.

[accordion-qa title=”Why are my teeth crooked?“]

Crooked teeth are usually the result of:

  • genetics
  • missing teeth
  • aging

Although we can’t influence how our teeth are naturally aligned, nowadays there are ways to fix them!
[/accordion-qa] [accordion-qa title=”What are clear braces?“]

Clear braces aren’t a craze, or a quick cosmetic fix. It’s a sophisticated, modern way to straighten teeth.

Removable orthodontic plates with metal attachments, have been used for many years to push teeth into place. However, advances in digital imaging and material moulding technology have taken tooth-straightening to a higher level of efficiency. A custom-made series of clear aligners gently push teeth into their best position.

[/accordion-qa] [accordion-qa title=”How long does it take to get straight teeth?“]

Your dentist needs to examine your mouth first, to be able to say how long it will take.

What is important, is that the treatment is tailored to your individual needs. Therefore, the length of time for the whole treatment depends on the complexity of your requirements. The average time is a year.

Also, it’s important to remember the success of the treatment depends on the patient wearing the aligners. If a patient doesn’t use their aligners at the correct time, then progress will stop, relapse or even go off course. Correcting any setback caused by not following the prescribed plan may add additional time and expense to the original plan.

[/accordion-qa] [accordion-qa title=”Can clear braces fix my teeth?“]

Invisible braces can help most people achieve straighter teeth.

Your dentist will assess your teeth, jaw and mouth to determine if you are a suitable candidate for clear braces. Sometimes a patient’s dental re-alignment may require a different treatment, or there are oral health issues to remedy first. Only a dentist will be able to confirm that you are a suitable candidate for invisible braces.

As the technology behind aligners continually develops, there are choices to meet a wider range of needs.

[/accordion-qa] [accordion-qa title=”Do clear braces hurt?“]

No, it doesn’t really hurt, but you may feel it a bit.

When you start to use a new aligner, there’s a feeling of pressure, which may be uncomfortable. Because the aligners are created in a series to move your teeth gently and gradually, it does not really hurt. It is necessary, however, for the aligners to exert some pressure on the teeth to create movement. When you first put a new aligner in, the pressure will feel stronger, but it will decrease over the time you wear that aligner, until you begin with the next one.

If you feel very uncomfortable, or you’re in pain, then contact your dentist as soon as possible for advice.
[/accordion-qa] [accordion-qa title=”Are clear braces as good as wire braces?“]

The effectiveness of aligners depends on the user.

Clear aligners are a great modern alternative to traditional wire braces.

Apart from appearance, the most significant difference between clear braces and wire braces is probably the impact the patient has on the treatment. Wire braces are not removable. Once they’re attached, they’re working to move the patient’s teeth.

Clear aligners, however, are removable and must be worn for at least 22 hours out of every 24. This means they should only be removed for eating and maintaining good oral hygiene. If they are not worn for the prescribed times then, quite simply, the treatment will not work. So patient motivation is important.

Clear braces do have advantages over wire braces too.

They are:

  • removable for eating, drinking and maintaining good oral hygiene.
  • hardly visible, so long as you keep them clean and unscratched.
  • comfortable, except for a feeling of pressure for a while with each new aligner.
[/accordion-qa] [accordion-qa title=”Will clear braces work on teenager’s teeth?“]

Yes, invisible aligners are a great solution for teenagers too.

Many people think of clear aligners as a discreet tooth-straightening solution for adults.

More and more teens, however, are asking for Invisalign®, as they don’t want to have train-tracks on their teeth either. For teens who are involved in sport, performing on stage, or playing wind instruments, Invisalign® can be a great advantage.

Invisalign also helps because it means teens can eat and drink with their peers without feeling self-conscious. Moreover, they can take out the aligners to kiss, provided it’s not for too long?

So that dentists can check that the aligners are worn as much as they need to be, Invisalign® developed a marker that changes colour according to how much it is worn.

[/accordion-qa] [accordion-qa title=”Why do I need aligners?“]

In some cases, invisible aligners can help prepare your teeth for other treatments.

Most people ask about clear braces because they want to have straighter teeth. But your dentist may suggest including re-alignment in a more complex treatment plan too.

For example, if you are planning to have veneers over your teeth, your dentist may suggest increasing the gaps between your teeth first.

The rationale is:

  • there is more space to fit the veneer, so less removal of healthy tooth enamel.
  • your teeth will be in their optimum position.

It’s always good to discuss and understand fully the treatment plan your dentist recommends, so ask questions freely.

[/accordion-qa] [accordion-qa title=”Is it hard to wear my clear braces all day and night?“]

The advantages really do outweigh the disadvantages.

People soon get used to wearing their aligners, although it may feel a bit odd at first. Your dentist will give you advice on how to manage. For your consideration, here are the top three inconveniences:

  • putting the aligners in and taking them out
  • speaking in your usual voice with aligners in place
  • carrying around toothpaste and a brush as teeth need to be clean before replacing aligners

Patients who are committed to achieving a successful outcome soon adapt to their new daily routines and learn to talk too!
[/accordion-qa] [accordion-qa title=”How much does a course of invisible braces cost?“]

All patients have different needs, so costs can vary.

After your initial assessment to check that you are a suitable candidate for invisible braces, your dentist will draw up a treatment plan, outlining the procedure and the costs.

  • Contact your nearest practice to find out how to make an appointment for an initial consultation.
  • Ask about any special offers too, such as a free consultation or the chance of a follow-up tooth-whitening deal.

For discreet straightening

Clear aligners are a discreet orthodontic method featuring clear, customised aligners. Gentle pressure moves teeth to an improved position. Clear braces are a particularly adult-friendly way to correct misalignment as they are virtually invisible when fitted over the teeth. Made using advanced 3D technology, impressions and images taken of your teeth form the starting point to create a series of custom-made aligners. Each aligner is very slightly different. After using one aligner for a few weeks you move on to the next one in the series. Of course, your dentist will be checking progress at agreed intervals.

As you can take out invisible aligners, you can eat whatever you choose and clean your teeth normally. You can also remove them for any occasion you want to attend ‘aligner-free’. Clear braces are a particularly popular choice for teens and adults involved in sports, music or performing because you can take them out. For best results, however, wear the aligners 22 hours a day. Some aligners for teens now have coloured indicators, so it’s easy to check for wear.

How clear braces help

Looking after your teeth after treatment

After treatment, you will need to wear a retainer at night to ensure your teeth stay in their new, improved position.


From a bridge to implants - a testimonial - Glastonbury

  "It was fantastic!" Enthusiasm and kind words from a patient, appreciating the skill of dental surgeon . Instead of restoring a dental bridge, the patient opted to have implants placed. FAQs about dental implants James places his 1,000th life-changing dental implant  Dental implants step by step. No other dentist in the land I would ever trust "During a Saturday in November a front bridge broke and I was unable to get through to my…

More Testimonials

Reviews Tewkesbury - thank you for your appreciation.

This last week we asked our patients who have visited the practice in the last few months to submit their comments online. We truly appreciate your kind comments. Thank you from all of us for your lovely reviews. Your opinion is important. Amongst other questions, we ask patients whether or not they would recommend the surgery to their family and friends. After all, a recommendation is the best sort of reference! Your additional comments have…

More Testimonials

Here to support service veterans - SpaDental Plymouth

"This was my first dental appointment since leaving the Armed Forces 2 years ago, and having left it far too long I eventually thought I ought to try to get myself an NHS dentist. Recognizing the unique challenges that veterans face when they leave the military, Spa Dental's veterans policy enabled me to get an initial appointment and receive treatment as an NHS patient - exactly what I'd hoped for. The professionalism and friendliness of…

More Testimonials

"Absolutely delighted" with veneers - SpaDental Whitchurch, Shropshire

A glowing testimonial for Dental Surgeon - veneers SpaDental Whitchurch Shropshire. Veneers SpaDental Whitchurch Shropshire "Excellent treatment! Absolutely delighted! Dr Jindal replaced two veneers for me, providing throughout brilliant treatment. He advised me of the options for the veneers and I opted for the better quality ones. The whole process was methodical and precise, keeping me informed step by step during the whole procedure. Great attention to detail was given to myself and the implants…

More Testimonials

High praise for Lucy Smith and Maria Shrigley, Plymouth.

Dental Surgeon and her assistant are helping anxious patients to manage dental visits more easily. High praise for the team! We know that it can be hard for people to come in to see the dentist. Here's one message: "I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your care at my recent dental visit. Lucy, I know because of your care and attention to my needs I feel so much better attending an…

More Testimonials

A great dental service to Plymouth patients.

We really appreciate all the reviews we're getting from patients who visit SpaDental Plymouth. Your feedback helps us feel confident we give good advice and offer a great dental service to Plymouth patients. Thank you! Here are some recent reviews: These two reviews highlight the importance of regular examination of the soft tissues in the mouth. "I feel... grateful to [my dentist] for referring me to Derriford hospital for a lump to be removed from…

More Testimonials

Approval ratings are high for Ledbury! Thank you for your reviews.

At SpaDental Ledbury we're enjoying reading your reviews! In April, we asked you to share your experiences with us. We've been emailing our patients to ask you to fill in on-line forms so that we know how your appointments went. It's been heart-warming to read the kind things that you've said about us in your reviews. Thank you! Here are a few of the comments that we've received: "Very professional. Always polite and helpful. Easy…

More Testimonials

More Plymouth patient appreciation for SpaDental - thank you!

Since we piloted the online feedback form for Plymouth patient appreciation or dissatisfaction with our practice, we've had over 300 responses. Thank you so much for taking the time to submit your views. Our review rating of 4.7 stars (out of 5) highlights Plymouth patient appreciation for the work we do. We're smiling with pride, and happy that you're happy! Here are two recent reviews: "Fantastic experience - I was on the NHS waiting list for over…

More Testimonials

High praise for the Plymouth team

Earlier this week, one of our patients sent this lovely message to the Plymouth team. We really appreciate your praise! "I have been a patient at the Hyde Practice [SpaDental Plymouth] for some 46 years, so have seen many changes of staff etc. I have today, been compelled to email you as a result of my latest visit. Far too many people are quick to complain hence this email. I suffer a bit from arthritis. At…

More Testimonials

Nervous patients in Plymouth reassured

Our dental surgeon is expanding her list, so nervous patients in Plymouth can feel confident they will receive sympathetic, effective treatment. One of Lucy's patients had this to say: "I am extremely nervous/phobic when visiting a dentist. This was my first visit to SpaDental - I can honestly say I couldn't have been looked after better! From the receptionist to the nurse, to the dentist (Lucy) and the hygienist, everyone was so kind, gentle and…

More Testimonials