Healthy Teeth And Dental Braces

Problems and solutions when you need your teeth straightening in Purley.

One of the main concerns that people have when seeking to have their teeth straightened is that of the high visibility of dental braces. This is an understandable concern and can have an impact on a person’s social life and confidence in some cases.

There is a less well known problem though, in that traditional dental braces do make it more difficult to keep your teeth clean, and there is an increased risk of gum disease and dental decay if you fail to do so.

At the Confidental Clinic in Purley, we offer patients an alternative method of straightening teeth which deals with both of these issues, in the form of Invisalign braces.


Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic system which completely abandons the traditional method of straightening teeth. Gone are the wires and brackets of traditional braces which are used to exert pressure on the teeth. Instead, these are replaced by a series of medical grade transparent plastic trays which sit directly over your natural teeth. This method puts only gentle pressure on the teeth, making it a safe and comfortable way to achieve a straighter smile in a virtually invisible manner.


The other important benefit that Invisalign offers is by enabling the patient to easily keep their teeth clean.

The trays that are fitted over the teeth are designed to be removed by the patient when they want to eat and also for cleaning their teeth. You may also remove them for other occasions if you feel it necessary, however we recommend against this unless absolutely necessary, as doing so too often is likely to lengthen the treatment time.

The Invisalign system means that there is no risk of food becoming trapped in the braces as may be the case with traditional braces. If not removed effectively, trapped food breaks down into acids which will damage the enamel of your teeth, leading to decay. The difficulty of using dental floss with traditional braces also increases the likelihood of gum disease. These problems no longer exist when you use Invisalign, providing that you you keep your trays clean before returning them to your mouth.

General care

Although Invisalign braces make it easier to keep your teeth clean, it is important to remember that you need to do this effectively with regular brushing, use of dental floss and your regular scale and polish by the hygienist at your convenient Purley dental practice.

Even if your teeth are crooked now, it doesn’t have to be this way. A free initial consultation with a Confidental Clinic dentist could set you on the road to a great new smile. All it takes is a quick phone call to 020 8660 8923 and you will have taken the first step!