Getting The Most From ‘Invisible’ Braces

Maximising the benefits of these popular orthodontics.

It is probably fair to say that orthodontic systems, such as Invisalign, are preferable to traditional braces in many ways. Few people relish the thought of having dental braces that consist of wires and brackets which are used to re-position the teeth. Even with the use of modern materials, these can cause some minor irritation and are still visible, albeit not to the same extent as traditional metal braces of course.

So, given the advantages of Invisalign orthodontics, it is perhaps only natural that these are the first choice for many patients. In today’s blog, our Purley dentists discuss how you can get the very best from this revolutionary teeth straightening method.

Wear them

It should probably go without saying, that to gain the full benefits of these highly discreet trays that fit directly over the teeth, you need to wear them for the time recommended by the dentist at the Confidental Clinic. This is usually around 20 to 22 hours each day. Due to their comfort factor, this is not a major issue for most people once they have initially become accustomed to them.

One of the many benefits of this type of invisible brace is that they are easily removed by the patient when eating meals or when cleaning their teeth. This is highly beneficial as it allows patients to eat normally, and to clean their teeth efficiently without food becoming trapped in the braces. However, this can also create problems for some people who may be tempted to remove them more often.  Whilst removal for short periods of time for an important situation, such as a job interview is acceptable, it can be tempting for some people to leave them out for longer periods of time. The more a patient does this, the longer the treatment time will take to complete. We highly recommend that you do your best to stick to wearing them as your Purley dentist suggests.

Clean them

As the trays are easily removed in order to clean your teeth, this means that you can continue your regular cleaning regimen, with regular brushing and flossing of the teeth and gums. It is equally important though, that you remember to clean the trays too before returning them to your mouth. Failure to do so may result in food particles and bacteria becoming trapped between the trays and your teeth and gums. This may eventually result in tooth decay or gum disease if done too frequently.

If you have removed the trays whilst you are away from home, a simple good rinse, using cold water will help to remove any debris that has become attached to them. Once home though, please follow the full cleaning instructions given to you by your regular Purley dentist.


Although the Invisalign system is usually relatively trouble free, it is important that you allow us to monitor the progress of the teeth straightening process during the treatment period. If you do need to cancel an appointment for any reason, please make sure to re-arrange it as soon as possible to make sure that the treatment is progressing as it should be.

If you would like to discover more about the wide range of invisible braces available at our Purley dental practice, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 8660 8923.