Clear aligners are orthodontic devices that are a transparent, plastic form of dental braces used to to adjust teeth. Clear-aligner treatment involves an orthodontist or dentist taking a mold of the patient's teeth, which is used to create a digital tooth scan. It is mainly used for aesthetic issues or small crowding of the teeth. More complicated cases requires an orthodontic specialist care.
Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Similar to braces, clear aligners use a gradual force to control tooth movement, but without metal wires or brackets. The aligners are transparent trays made of a strong plastic material and are fabricated to fit each individual's mouth.
If a series of aligners are needed, each aligner moves the teeth in increments until the desired movement is achieved.
Aligners has to be worn for at least 20 hours a day to reach the desired maximum effectiveness. The trays need to be changed every 3-4 weeks. The length of treatment with aligners depends on the severity of each case. Typically, aligner treatment can be as short traditional braces.
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 traditional metal braces. Also, aligners are beneficial for patients with previous orthodontic treatment that want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to using clear aligners:
Clear aligners are removable so it is easier for you to brush and floss after meals
Clear aligners are easier to keep clean
Clear aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks
Clear aligners can prevent tooth wear from grinding