Clear aligners are an effective alternative to traditional braces that use a series of clear, removable trays to straighten teeth. Each aligner is custom-made to fit over your teeth and is designed to gradually move teeth into their proper position. Although clear aligners have become more popular in recent years, 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.
How do clear aligners work?
Clear aligners are used as an alternative to traditional braces, and are designed to help guide teeth into proper position. Just like braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made with a strong plastic material that is custom-fit for your mouth. As treatment progresses you switch aligners. Each aligner is slightly different than the one before, so your teeth move a little with every change.
Aligners are worn for at least 22 hours each day, and you'll switch to a new aligner every two weeks. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case. Treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years.
Advantages of clear aligners:
Clear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straight smile but do not want to wear metal 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 easier to keep clean, which can help 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 are interested in treatment with clear aligners, schedule an appointment with us today!