Clear aligners are an effective alternative to traditional braces because they use a system of clear, removable trays used to straighten teeth. Each aligner is custom-made to fit over your teeth and is designed to gradually move teeth 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 used as an alternative to traditional braces and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Just like braces, clear aligners use gentle force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made with a flexible plastic material that has been custom fabricated to fit your mouth.
Your aligners are worn between 20 and 22 hours per day and they may be removed when eating brushing and flossing. They can be removed when drinking coffee and tea but can be left in place if drinking water. Every week to ten days you will switch to a new aligner which are made slightly differently in order to move your teeth. We typically will give you between 6 and 8 aligners at a time and will see you at that interval.
The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case, and of course your cooperation and treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years.
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 braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with clear aligners.
- Clear aligners are removable making them 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 can be removed for special events, graduation, weddings, prom etc.
- Clear aligners prevent wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
If you're interested in orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, schedule an appointment and talk to Dr. Bt 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.