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.
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.
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.
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.