Clear braces

Clear braces

Unlike traditional metal braces, our clear braces systems use ceramic brackets which are blended to your natural teeth. 

These fixed appliances are not just an incredibly strong brace which will provide you with beautifully straight teeth, but they also match your teeth to appear much more discrete than traditional metal braces.

Why would I want to have clear braces?

  • The colour matching technology means that the ceramic brackets blend in perfectly with your teeth, straightening them in a very discrete fashion
  • They are small so take up less room in your mouth for maximum comfort
  • They have no sharp corners, so they will not scratch against your cheeks
  • InVu braces have incredibly strong brackets which are much more durable and effective than metal brackets
  • They are safer than most ceramic braces as they use a mesh on the base and do not damage the enamel surface of the tooth

Standard metal braces and some other ceramic braces are made with sharp edges which can cause irritation against the cheeks and lips. Clear braces are made using a technologically advanced injection-moulding method which produces a smooth and comfortable surface. Their edges are gently rounded to stop sharp corners rubbing against your cheeks. They are also much smaller than metal braces, so they are far less bulky, making them much more comfortable.

As well as creating a beautifully smooth surface, the injection-moulded process gets rid of any imperfections and weak points that might cause the braces to break; so clear braces are much stronger and more durable than some other ceramic braces.

Clear braces are far less likely to chip or shatter than other braces during the course of your treatment. They are also safer when it comes to removing them because they are fitted with an exclusive mesh base that comes away from the tooth’s surface easily, protecting your tooth enamel. Other ceramic braces must be broken in order to remove them, and remnants must be sanded off. This process can cause little chips and flakes to fly off, and there is a danger of swallowing these particles.

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Orthodontics

Who can benefit from orthodontic treatment?

At Portman, we have treated thousands of patients, aged from eight to 88 years old. There is never a point in life where we cannot move healthy crooked teeth into their ideal positions.

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Orthodontics

Why are my teeth not straight?

There are many causes of overcrowding, gaps and crooked teeth. For some people it can be inherited or possibly acquired, either due to a habit (sucking of the thumb, prolonged use of a dummy), or because of the premature loss of milk teeth or adult teeth.

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Orthodontics

What can be treated?

Orthodontic treatments have evolved enormously over the last 20 years. Now problems such as gaps between the teeth, crowded teeth, overbite (upper teeth covering the majority of the lower ones), open bite (upper and lower teeth almost don’t touch) and cross bites can all be treated.

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What will the impact of orthodontic treatment be?

Orthodontic problems can have a profound impact on a person and their social and professional life. Depending on the extent of a problem, you might even be too self-conscious to smile. Effective orthodontic treatment not only improves your appearance, but also goes a long way to improving your self-confidence.

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Orthodontics

Should teeth be straightened for health reasons?

The correction of poor dental positioning also improves oral hygiene, as crowded or crooked teeth are often hard to clean properly. With such an improvement, the risk of gum disease for example – which can result in loss of teeth in extreme cases – is prevented.

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What other benefits does teeth straightening offer?

Orthodontic treatment improves chewing efficiency by re-establishing the correct relationship between lower and upper teeth, removing the difficulty you may have when chewing certain kinds of food, and so providing better nutrition. 

In some cases, orthodontics can also prevent complications in the temporomandibular joint (the joint which joins the jaw to the skull). Chronic pain in the head, face, neck or ears, as well as dizziness, nausea and restricted ability to open and close the mouth can originate here.

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