Are you unhappy with crooked teeth? Does the thought of metal brackets and wires on your teeth make you just as unhappy? If so, clear aligners might be perfect for you. This treatment uses clear plastic aligners instead of metal to move your teeth subtly into position. Not only are clear aligners practically invisible, but it’s also removable, so you don’t have diet restrictions or hygiene challenges like with braces.
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Benefits of Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are a relatively new approach to orthodontics, but it’s becoming very popular, partly because it offers so many benefits. People like that clear aligners:
- Are practically invisible
- Are removable
- Come with no diet restrictions
- Cause no extra hygiene challenges
- Has no brackets or wires to poke you
The clear plastic aligners are practically invisible. People might not even know you’re wearing them if you don’t tell them.
Clear aligners are also removable. This means you can take them out for special occasions, as well as for eating and hygiene. That’s why clear aligners don’t come with diet restrictions or extra hygiene challenges–you can eat whatever you like, and you just brush and floss normally.
Plus, the aligners are smooth plastic–there are no brackets or wires to poke your cheeks.
How Clear Aligners Works
Most orthodontic treatments use the same principles to move your teeth. Our bones are designed to remodel under pressure, and the bone around your teeth is particularly dynamic. Applying constant force encourages the body to remove bone from one side of the tooth and rebuild it on the other, allowing the tooth to move.
Traditional braces use metal brackets attached to wires to supply the necessary force. Clear aligners supply the force with their smooth plastic aligners instead.
During your consultation, we’ll take images of your teeth. Clear aligners’ powerful software looks at those images and determines the best way to move your teeth into the desired configuration. It then breaks down the movement into a series of small, discrete steps, and designs aligners to achieve each of those steps. We’ll get a set of aligners delivered to us, and you’ll start wearing the first one.
You have to wear the aligner for at least 20 hours a day, and if you do, it will move your teeth to prepare them for the next aligner. You will start out wearing each aligner for two weeks, but if it looks like they are working properly, we might switch you to wearing them for only one week each–cutting treatment time almost in half.
When you finish with the last aligner, your teeth should be in the desired position.
Are You a Candidate?
Clear aligners are a good treatment option for most people who feel their teeth are crooked. However, clear aligners aren’t as effective at handling certain types of tooth movement, so we’ll let you know if the procedure is right for you.