Clear aligners are an effective and popular alternative to brackets. This alternative consists of a system of clear, removable trays that are used to straighten the teeth. Each aligner is made from your custom measurements to fit over your teeth seamlessly while moving them little by little into their optimal position. Not every patient is a candidate for clear aligners, the best way to find out if they are right for you is to book a consultation.
How do clear aligners work?
Clear aligners guide the teeth into their proper position using the same type of gradual force that braces use. However, clear aligners do not have any metal wires or brackets to worry about. The aligners are made using a strong yet flexible material. As your teeth begin to shift into their correct position, you switch to the next set of aligners. Each aligner gets you a little bit closer to your end goal.
Aligners should be worn for a minimum of 20 hours per day, then you switch to the next aligner in the set after 1-2 weeks. Treatment typically takes between six months and two years and will vary from patient to patient.
ADVANTAGES OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT WITH CLEAR ALIGNERS:
Clear aligners are a wonderful alternative for those patients who want to undergo orthodontic treatment without ever having to wear metal braces. Aligners are also great for patients who had orthodontic treatment in the past and are only interested in making some minor fine-tuning efforts to their smile.
Clear aligners are a great orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons:
- Clear aligners are easier to keep clean, making it easier to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
- Clear aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.
- Clear aligners prevent wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
- Clear aligners are removable, so it’s easier for you to brush and floss after meals.
If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, schedule an appointment and talk to your orthodontist about whether this is the right treatment option for you. Scheduling a consultation is your first step toward achieving the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.