Clear aligners, a.k.a. “Invisible braces”, have revolutionized orthodontic treatments and the world of “braces”. Unlike their metal counterparts, clear aligners are a more attractive and less noticeable alternative for correcting crooked teeth or a misaligned bite. They are incredibly popular among adults, especially in the professional setting.
Aligners gradually move teeth a little at a time through the use of custom-made clear retainers. X-rays, photographs, and digital scans of the teeth help Dr. Brian determine the best approach for correction. He then works with the aligner software to plan the treatment process, guiding teeth into healthy positions for optimal function and appearance.
Once the process is laid out, a series of plastic aligners are created. For most people, It is recommended that aligners be worn 22 hours a day. Before moving on to the next set, each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks. Gradually over time, teeth will reach their ideal places. As with traditional braces, patients will need to wear retainers after their teeth reach their new positions in order to maintain optimal results.
Pros and Cons of Clear Aligners
In addition to being nearly invisible, most patients like the fact that clear aligners can be removed as needed. They can be taken out for brushing, flossing, and eating, or for work or social situations. However, because of their removability, some patients might be tempted to remove them if they experience discomfort. The truth about clear aligner therapy is that it doesn’t work unless the aligners are worn consistently.
Clear aligners do require special care and attention especially when it comes to beverages that are acidic or sugary. Fluids can get trapped between the aligner and tooth after drinking and can cause damage if left there for too long. Care must be taken to either avoid all drinks but tap water or quickly rinse out the aligner and brush your teeth after these types of beverages.
Are Clear Aligners Right for Me?
While clear aligners are a popular and excellent option for many, aligners are not for everyone. They are typically best suited for adults or older teens because straightening teeth that are still growing and developing is more complicated. Clear aligners are also frequently used for those who have minor spacing issues or just mild or moderately crowded teeth. Those with severe underbites, overbites, or crossbites may need traditional braces or more complex treatment.
Dr. Brian is expertly trained to treat adults and children alike, with both traditional braces and clear aligner therapy. Call today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to finding the right treatment to help you attain the beautiful smile you dream of! For our other services, click here!