Your top questions about clear braces answered by Dee Kay Dental

Want straighter teeth as an adult, but aren’t sure which orthodontic tool is the right one for you?

When you come to Dee Kay Dental for your orthodontic treatment, we can offer you a myriad of treatments, from standard braces to invisible aligners to clear braces in Sheffield. We will discuss what we feel the most suitable (and speedy) option will be for your unique case and will aim to ensure that it goes off smoothly and without any hiccups. Great stuff!

What are some of the most common questions searched online about clear braces in Sheffield? Our team answers the top 5 below!

Do these braces turn yellow?

Clear braces in Sheffield or clear aligners are only designed to be worn for 2 weeks at a time. And so, while they have a short wear time, it is unlikely that they will change colour. To keep your braces or aligners clear, please be sure to wash them every day under a cold tap; do not use hot water to clean them, as this may warp them. Also, refrain from using mouthwashes as this can cause the clear plastic to change colour.

Do they take longer than regular braces?

No; when you are an adult undertaking a brace or aligner, the time it takes to straighten your teeth will depend on the type of appliance used and the severity of the misalignment. As clear aligners and braces are typically used on more mild or moderate cases of orthodontic issues, you can expect to wear them for between 3-6 months. If we think you will need to wear them for longer than this, then we will discuss this with you at your consultation.

Are they more expensive than regular braces?

As we mentioned before, the length of time you wear the brace or aligner is dependent on the severity of the misalignment.

And should you have a more severe misalignment, you can expect to not only to wear the brace for longer but also attend more check-ups with our team for adjustments; this is where the cost of wearing a brace can mount up. And if you have more mild or moderate cases that warrant the use of clear orthodontic tools, then it is unlikely that your treatment will cost more than a regular brace.

Are they uncomfortable?

Sadly, even clear aligners aren’t completely comfortable.

And when you wear a clear or invisible brace, there is likely to be some discomfort involved. Should you experience this, we recommend using over the counter pain relief such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. If you have concerns about the level of discomfort you are experiencing with your brace, talk to us about having an assessment.

Can anyone use them to straighten their teeth?

No; as before, clear or invisible braces and aligners are only suitable for people who have a more mild or moderate case of misalignment. Should you need more extensive movement to occur in your mouth, we can fit a standard metal brace or, if you have concerns about appearance during the treatment, we can discuss fitting lingual braces which are attached to the back of your teeth.