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Make the most of your orthodontic treatment with clear aligners

More and more adult patients want to get orthodontics but are worried about the apparent appearance that comes with braces. Luckily, we offer clear aligners – an innovative orthodontic option which serves as an alternative to traditional braces to straighten your smile without friends and colleagues noticing.

Benefits of clear aligners

  • Discreet: this nearly invisible treatment is discreet, allowing you to continue your daily routine without the appearance of visible orthodontic appliances.
  • Custom made for you: South East Orthodontics will design the best smile for your unique self, resulting in clear aligners that are custom made to comfortably and precisely fit your teeth.
  • Removable: Enjoy that coffee and food you love by simply popping out your aligners
  • Made to last: clear aligner trays are made from material that’s proven to be efficient and effective

Are clear aligners for me?

Clear aligners can correct the following oral imperfections:

  • Crowding
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Overbite
  • Spacing
  • Underbite


Invisalign was developed to straighten your teeth almost invisibly. Made up of clear, BPA-free plastic aligners, Invisalign is a step forward in orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign uses a series of custom made, removable aligners to move your teeth into alignment gradually. Depending on your current smile, you will receive a series of aligners that will be changed weekly or fortnightly until your orthodontist is happy with your smile.

Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic clear aligner treatments, and is also the first!

Spark Clear Aligners

Spark was developed with over 50 years of orthodontic knowledge that has been used to treat millions of patients worldwide. Manufactured by one of the largest, most innovative orthodontic companies in the world, Spark’s standards are set high. Combine that with the experience of the orthodontists here at South East Orthodontics and you’ve got a clear path to a new Spark smile!

Here at South East orthodontics, we are proud to offer our patients orthodontic clear aligners, such as Spark and Invisalign. If you’re looking to discreetly straighten your smile, get in contact with us today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Both traditional braces and Invisalign are effective in straightening teeth, improving oral health, and enhancing your smile. Invisalign offers a comfortable and discreet treatment option that can deliver excellent results for mild to moderate orthodontic problems. On the other hand, traditional braces remain a dependable choice and may be more suitable for complex cases. Your dentist can suggest the ideal option for you based on your individual requirements and desires. Regardless of the method you choose, achieving a stunning and healthy smile is within reach.

Invisalign treatment involves personalised clear plastic aligners designed to fit over your teeth and gradually move them to the desired position. The aligners are produced using 3D imaging technology and are worn for two weeks before transitioning to a fresh set. Your dentist will need to monitor your progress regularly during appointments. Invisalign is virtually undetectable and can be removed whilst eating and brushing, providing a practical option for numerous individuals.

Yes, both adults and children can use Invisalign to straighten their teeth. However, it is important to note that the suitability of Invisalign varies depending on the individual’s orthodontic needs. Invisalign is a great option for mild to moderate orthodontic problems, but it may not be the best option for those with more complex issues. A dental professional can evaluate and recommend the most appropriate treatment option for each patient, considering their age, dental history, and orthodontic needs.

Yes, both adults and children can use Invisalign to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is a popular
orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move the teeth
into the desired position. It is a versatile treatment option that can be used for a wide range of
orthodontic issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
For adults: Invisalign is commonly used by adults who want to straighten their teeth discreetly.
The clear aligners are nearly invisible when worn, making them a popular choice for individuals
who prefer a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign
aligners are removable, allowing adults to eat, brush, and floss more easily during treatment.
For children: Invisalign treatment can also be suitable for older children and teenagers who
have all their permanent teeth. The decision to use Invisalign for a child depends on factors
such as their maturity, their ability to comply with wearing the aligners for the recommended
time, and the complexity of their orthodontic needs. In some cases, traditional braces may be a
better option for children with more severe or complex orthodontic issues.
It's important to note that the suitability of Invisalign for an individual, whether an adult or child,
will be determined by an orthodontist or dentist. They will evaluate the specific orthodontic
needs and provide recommendations on the most appropriate treatment option.

The duration of Invisalign treatment can vary depending on the individual’s specific orthodontic
needs. In general, the average treatment time with Invisalign ranges from 6 months to 18
months, but it can be shorter or longer depending on the complexity of the case.
During the treatment, patients progress through a series of custom-made aligners, typically
wearing each set for about 1 to 2 weeks before switching to the next one. Each aligner set is
designed to gradually move the teeth into the desired position.
The total number of aligners required and the frequency of aligner changes will be determined
by your orthodontist or dentist based on your treatment plan. They will consider factors such as
the initial position of your teeth and the desired end result to estimate the treatment duration.

To ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the treatment, it’s crucial to wear the aligners as
prescribed by your orthodontist or dentist, typically for 20 to 22 hours per day. Compliance with
wearing the aligners and following the instructions for care and maintenance will contribute to
achieving the desired results within the estimated treatment timeline.
It’s important to have regular check-ups with your orthodontist or dentist throughout the
treatment process. They will monitor your progress, make any necessary adjustments, and
provide guidance to ensure that your teeth are moving as planned.
Keep in mind that the duration of Invisalign treatment can vary from person to person, and only
a dental professional can provide an accurate estimate based on your specific situation.

To clean your Invisalign aligners, rinse them with lukewarm water, gently brush them with a soft
toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste or clear, anti-bacterial soap, and soak them in denture
cleaner or a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide. Avoid using harsh chemicals, coloured
soaps, or mouthwash. Keep the Invisalign case clean as well. Remember to remove the
aligners when eating or drinking anything other than water.

The time it takes to get used to Spark aligners or any clear aligner system can vary from person to person. Generally, it takes a few days to a couple of weeks for most individuals to adjust to wearing aligners comfortably and going about their daily activities. Initially, you might experience some discomfort, pressure, or soreness as your teeth and mouth adapt to the aligners’ presence and the gradual movement of your teeth. This discomfort is often described as similar to what you might feel after a dental adjustment. Over time, your mouth will adjust, and the discomfort should subside. It’s important to wear the aligners as instructed by your orthodontist and follow their guidance on care and maintenance. If you continue to experience significant discomfort or any issues, it’s advisable to contact your orthodontist for guidance and adjustments.

The recommended wearing time for Spark aligners, like many other clear aligner systems, is typically around 20 to 22 hours per day. This means you should wear the aligners consistently throughout the day and night, only removing them for eating, drinking (except for water), and oral hygiene routines such as brushing and flossing. Adhering to the recommended wearing time is crucial for the aligners to effectively and efficiently move your teeth into their desired positions. Failure to wear the aligners for the recommended duration can lead to delays in your orthodontic progress and potentially compromise the final outcome of your treatment. It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions closely and communicate any concerns or difficulties you might have with wearing the aligners as directed.

To maintain proper hygiene with Spark aligners or any clear aligner system, it’s recommended to rinse your aligners with lukewarm water whenever you remove them, gently brush them with a soft toothbrush and mild, unscented antibacterial soap, and consider soaking them in a clear aligner cleaning solution as advised by your orthodontist. Avoid using hot water and toothpaste, and ensure you brush and floss your teeth before reinserting the aligners after eating. Storing aligners in their provided cases when not wearing them helps prevent damage or loss. Consistent and thorough oral hygiene practices are crucial for the success of your orthodontic treatment, and any questions or concerns can be addressed with your orthodontist’s guidance.