Clear Aligners vs Traditional Braces

Patients today have a choice when it comes to orthodontic treatment and straightening their teeth - choosing between clear aligners or traditional braces (brackets and wires). Both methods of treatment have their advantages in different clinical situations.

At S3 Dental we carry out simple adult short term orthodontics or cosmetic tooth alignment.  In simple terms, we treat mild/moderate orthodontic problems (rotations, crowding, spacing) which involve a short course of clear aligners.  These clear aligners are able to tip and rotate teeth into a more aesthetic problems, For more complex orthodontic problems, we still recommend a referral to a specialist orthodontist.  This is especially when larger movements of teeth are required to close larger spaces or widen the dental arch.  

For the majority of cosmetic cases, where the patient is mainly concerned about the alignment of their front teeth, short term orthodontics using clear aligners is a great solution.  The majority of patients we treat are those who have had orthodontic treatment when they were a teenager, and the teeth have started to move back into their original positions. 


Main Advantages

  1. Visibility - the main reason adults choose clear aligners over traditional braces are their discreteness - they appear invisible.  Although diminishing there is still a stigma behind wearing braces, therefore it is becoming more popular with teenagers too.

  2. Removability - clear aligners need to be worn 22 hours a day (only to be removed to eat) otherwise the treatment is unpredictable.  This means the teeth will either take longer to move or not move at all.  However, removing them briefly enables the patient to keep to their normal oral hygiene routine and effective cleansing between teeth,

  3. Cost - the cost associated with minor corrections using the Invisalign and Clear Correct systems at S3 Dental are more economical and cost-efficient than a referral to a specialist for traditional braces.

  4. Eating - by removing the aligners the patient can eat and drink without restrictions or worrying about certain foods damaging the braces.

  5. Time-Efficient - less appointments to the dentist to change the wires or to tighten the braces - this is because a batch of aligners can be given to the patient to change aligners by themselves every 2 weeks.


If you are considering tooth straightening and would like to know you options, discuss it with your dentist at your next check up or speak to our reception teams to book in for a specific orthodontic consultation.

Suffering From Jaw Pain? - Get Help From Cerezen

"Ask Your S3 Dentist about how Cerezen can improve your quality of life."

At S3 Dental, we have combined with Cerezen UK to provide our patients with personalised bespoke device to help reduce TMJ / Jaw pain.  


Cerezen is an exclusive, therapeutic device which is custom made to deuit you.  It is designed to be worn day or night, discreet enough to not be noticed, and is worn in the ear canal.

During jaw movement, chewing, talking etc - your ear canal opens and closes.  The Cerezen device sits within the ear canal and very close to the jaw joint and current research shows that it can drastically improve a patient's quality of life.


What Causes Jaw Pain?

Around one in six people in the UK have experienced jaw pain at some point in their lives, with women more likely to experience it than men.  It can occur at any age, but studies show it is more common between the ages o 20 and 50.  

There are a multitude of reasons why people can experience jaw pain.  Some are listed below:

  • Tooth Grinding / Tooth Clenching - this is when small movements are made whilst clenching.  It can not only wear away the enamel from your teeth, but also cause jaw muscle cramps, jaw aches, pain whilst opening, closing or chewing.

  • Temparomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) - The joint connect the lower jaw to the skull and problems with the joint or the muscles associated with can lead to sever pain.  The main causes are tooth grinding, an injury/impact to the jaw and incorrect posture, amongst others.

  • Arthiritis - just like with the rest of your body

  • Dental Disease - impacted or unerupted wisdom teeth, or dental infections, abscesses can sometimes affect the jaw joint.


Common Symptoms

  • Pain, commonly around the jaw, but can be radiating to the cheek, ear, neck and/or shoulders

  • Restircted movements

  • Headaches

  • Noises, such as popping, clicking, grating when moving the jaw

  • Occlusion (how your teeth meet) - could feel different, not quite right.


The exact causes of jaw pain can be quick tricky to isolate, a thorough medical and dental history and examination can usually flag up an undelying cause however as the jaw joing is so complex your dentist may refer you to a TMJ expert where CT/MRI/ultrasound scans may be used to ideifty any underlying problems.



Depending on the cause and severity of the jaw pain there are many different treatments available, listed below:

  • Self help - soft diet, heat pads, massages

  • Medicines - over the counter painkillers

  • Non Surgical Treatments - a 'bite guard' made by your dentist to separate the teeth, Cerezen

  • Surgery - very rare, once other treatments have been exhausted a jaw joing replacement may be offered.

Whats different about Cerezen?

Visit for all of the latest evidence and research on how this revolutionary device can improve jaw pain.  Read and listen to patient and provider testimonials and if you have any more questions call your local S3 Dental practice to discuss whether it would be suitable for you.