Invisalign and Oral Health Care

The teeth straightening system that’s easiest for oral health maintenance.

The health of our teeth should come before any consideration is made of their appearance, and an attractive smile will not be attractive for long if gum disease is a problem, for example! Once we have managed to get our teeth to a healthy state and then perhaps begin to look around to see how we can improve their appearance, the health ‘factor’ should still be a top priority of course.

Dental braces

This is especially important when it comes to straightening the teeth. Many patients of Confidental Clinic in Clapham have expressed a desire for straighter teeth than they currently have, but are concerned about wearing dental braces. This is understandable from a point of view of how comfortable and visible they are, but also the oral health risks associated with dental braces should not be ignored either.

Because traditional braces use a system of wire and brackets, it is far from unusual for food to become trapped in them. This can sometimes be difficult to remove by cleaning and may result in pieces of food being trapped for some time.

When this occurs, the bacteria that attack the food may also start to attack both the gums and the enamel of our teeth, potentially leaving patients with dental issues that need further treatment. This is a concern if you are not diligent about your oral health care; particularly so if you are wearing dental braces.


Should these factors put patients off having their teeth straightened though? At Confidental Clinic, we say ‘no’, and offer our patients a modern type of adult orthodontic called Invisalign. This orthodontic system does not use wires or brackets, but, instead involves a series of medical grade plastic trays which fit directly over the teeth themselves.

Each tray is designed to move the teeth just a little further than its predecessor, before being replaced.

Not only are these trays transparent and therefore almost invisible, but they are designed to be easily removed and replaced by the patient, when eating and cleaning the teeth. With a little bit of care, this should mean that there is no reason for food to become trapped in the device itself. Of course, care should still be taken to not only brush the teeth well, but also to floss between the teeth to help prevent dental decay and gum disease; just as you would if you weren’t wearing braces.

The ease of use and cleanliness of Invisalign is just one of the many reasons that more and more of our South West London patients are turning to them.

If you are interested in joining the growing number of Invisalign users in Clapham and Battersea, why not call the Confidental Clinic today on 020 7801 9060 to arrange your initial consultation?