Clear aligners use a system of clear, removable trays to straighten teeth. They are an effective alternative to traditional braces. Each aligner is custom-made to fit over your teeth and designed to move teeth gradually into their proper position. Using clear aligners for orthodontic treatment is not for everyone. The best way to find out if clear aligners are the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist.
How do clear aligners work?
Clear aligners are created as an alternative to traditional braces, and they are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Just like braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but they do so without any metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made with a strong plastic material and are fabricated to fit your mouth. Each aligner is created a little different so that each time you switch aligners, your teeth move a little more.
Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours each day for two weeks before being replaced with a new aligner. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case: it can take anywhere between six months to two years.
What are the advantages of orthodontic treatment with clear aligners?
Clear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear metal braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make only minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, including:
- 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 or not this is the right treatment option for you. Scheduling a consultation is your first step toward achieving the beautiful smile you've always wanted.