Aligners

Clear, removable trays used to gradually straighten teeth discreetly.

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Here's how it works.

1

Consultation

The process begins with a consultation with a dentist. They will assess your oral health and determine if aligners are the right option for you. They might take impressions, photos, or scans of your teeth.

2

Treatment Plan

Based on the assessment, a customized treatment plan is created. The dentist will use specialized software to design a series of aligners that will gradually shift your teeth into the desired positions.

3

Fitting

Once the aligners are ready, you'll receive your first set. Each set is designed to be worn for about 1 to 2 weeks, depending on your treatment plan.

4

Wearing Aligners

You'll wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. The aligners should be changed according to your dentist's instructions.

5

Progress Check-Ups

You'll have regular check-up appointments with your dentist. During these visits, your dentist will monitor your progress and provide you with the next set of aligners.

6

Comfort

Aligners are made of smooth plastic, which minimizes discomfort and irritation often associated with traditional braces. You might experience mild pressure or discomfort when starting a new set, but it should subside within a day or two.

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Diet and Oral Hygiene

Since aligners are removable, you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods without restrictions. However, it's important to brush and floss your teeth before putting the aligners back in to maintain good oral hygiene.

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Treatment Length

The duration of treatment varies based on your specific case and treatment goals. On average, aligner treatment lasts about 6 to 18 months, but this can vary depending on the complexity of the case.

9

Retainers

Once your treatment is complete, your dentist will likely provide you with retainers to wear at night. Retainers help maintain your newly aligned smile.

10

Results

As you progress through the aligner series, you'll notice your teeth gradually shifting into the desired positions. The end result will be a straighter smile that you can proudly show off.

Why are aligners useful?

It's important to note that aligners may not be suitable for all orthodontic cases. Consulting with an orthodontist will help determine if aligners are the right option for your specific dental needs.

  • Aesthetics

    One of the most significant advantages of aligners is their discreet appearance. Clear aligners are virtually invisible when worn, making them a popular choice for individuals who want to straighten their teeth without the noticeable appearance of traditional metal braces.

  • Removability

    Aligners are removable, allowing for greater convenience and flexibility in daily life. They can be easily taken out when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, which means there are no dietary restrictions or difficulties with oral hygiene routines. This makes it easier to maintain good oral health during orthodontic treatment.

  • Comfort

    Aligners are made from smooth plastic material, which reduces the likelihood of irritation or discomfort often associated with traditional braces. There are no wires or brackets that can cause mouth sores or abrasions, providing a more comfortable orthodontic experience.

  • Customized and precise treatment

    Aligners are custom-made for each individual’s unique dental structure. Advanced technology, such as 3D imaging and computer modeling, allows for precise planning and design of the aligners. This ensures that the teeth are moved gradually and precisely into their desired positions, resulting in more accurate and predictable treatment outcomes.

  • Reduced treatment time

    In some cases, aligners can achieve results faster than traditional braces. The duration of treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case, but advancements in aligner technology have made it possible to achieve desired tooth movements in a shorter period compared to traditional braces.

  • Minimal impact on lifestyle

    Aligners have minimal impact on daily activities and lifestyle. Unlike traditional braces, there are no restrictions on certain foods that may get stuck or damage brackets and wires. Aligners also require fewer visits to the orthodontist for adjustments, as the aligners are typically changed every few weeks at home.

  • Improved oral hygiene

    With aligners, maintaining good oral hygiene is easier compared to traditional braces. Since aligners are removable, brushing and flossing can be done without any obstructions or difficulties. This reduces the risk of plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease during orthodontic treatment.

Advantages and disadvantages

Some factors to consider

Advantages

Aesthetic

Aligners are virtually invisible, making them a discreet option.

Removability

You can remove aligners for special occasions and while eating.

Comfort

The smooth plastic is comfortable to wear and causes less irritation.

Oral Hygiene

You can brush and floss as usual without brackets and wires.

disadvantages

Less Control Over Tooth Movement

Aligners rely on patient compliance and the predetermined treatment plan. Traditional braces allow dentists to have more precise control over tooth movement.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Aligners need to be removed for eating and drinking, which might require additional care to ensure proper oral hygiene after every meal. Traditional braces do not have this issue.

frequently asked questions

Questions? Answers.

  • Are clear aligners noticeable?

    Clear aligners are nearly invisible when worn, making them a discreet option for orthodontic treatment. Most people won’t even notice that you’re wearing them.

  • Can I remove clear aligners to eat and drink?

    Yes, one of the advantages of clear aligners is that they are removable. You should take them out when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. However, it’s important to wear them for at least 20 to 22 hours a day to ensure effective results.

  • How long does clear aligner treatment take?

    The duration of treatment varies based on your individual case and treatment goals. On average, clear aligner treatment can take anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.

  • Are clear aligners painful?

    Clear aligners might cause some initial discomfort or pressure as your teeth adjust to each new set. However, this discomfort is usually mild and temporary.

  • Can clear aligners correct severe orthodontic issues?

    Clear aligners are effective for addressing a range of orthodontic issues, including mild to moderate misalignments, gaps, and crowding. However, complex cases might require traditional braces for optimal results.

  • Do clear aligners affect speech?

    Initially, you might experience a slight change in your speech patterns, but you’ll adjust quickly as you get used to wearing the aligners.

  • Are clear aligners suitable for everyone?

    Clear aligners are suitable for many patients, but not everyone. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and alignment needs to determine if clear aligners are the right choice for you.

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