Would you love to have straighter teeth but can't see yourself wearing braces? An option to consider is clear orthodontic aligners.
Clear aligners are a remarkable way to improve your smile, they are actually clear plastic trays so they're nearly invisible. This appeals too many adults who prefer a more discreet form of orthodontic treatment.
To feel at ease in professional and social situations, some teenagers to would rather wear less obvious orthodontic appliances as they develop a positive self-image.
Clear aligners can correct crowded or crooked teeth, a very common problem, gaps and spaces between teeth, open bites where the upper and lower teeth do not come together and cross bites to name a few orthodontic problems.
So how can such a thin removable tray get the job done? Believe it or not the same way as traditional braces. By applying carefully controlled gentle forces to the teeth.
Here's how it works. The first step is for the orthodontist to evaluate whether clear aligners are right for you. If they are, x-rays and impressions or scans are taken and an individualized plan designed by your orthodontic specialist is sent to a specialized lab. They will make the trays that will gradually move your teeth into proper position.
Once you receive the trays from your orthodontist you will wear the first one for at least 20 hours per day for two weeks removing them only at mealtimes and when you brush and floss your teeth.
Then it's time to progress to the next tray to accomplish the next gradual movement and so on until the desired result is obtained.
Total treatment time will generally range from 6 to 24 months. At this point your orthodontist will fit you with a retainer. Just as you would wear after any other type of orthodontic treatment.
Our clear aligners are comfortable. They may take some getting used to but you will adapt quickly.
There are some situations in which traditional braces may still be the best way to go. It depends on your individual situation.
As with any orthodontic treatment, maintaining good oral hygiene is important.