Clear aligners are the virtually invisible way to achieve the straighter teeth you’ve been wanting!
You may have been thinking about straightening your teeth and fixing dental issues and stumbled across clear aligners. This advancement in orthodontics seems like a miracle for some patients who are desperately trying to avoid braces; however, unfortunately clear aligners are not suited for every patient.
Clear aligners are most effective when the back teeth already fit together properly. They can be used for mild to moderate dental issues, such as crowded teeth and spacing. But for patients suffering complex bite or dental issues, clear aligners are not suitable.
How do clear aligners work?
Clear orthodontic aligners are used to move teeth and transform smiles. The best part of these treatments is that they are virtually invisible and also removable, meaning they hardly interfere with daily activities.
Aligner treatments feature a sequence of slightly different custom-fitted trays to fit over your teeth. They should be worn for 20 hours a day for two weeks, before changing to the next tray. The sequentially different sized aligners are important as they accommodate for the slight changes in your teeth throughout the treatment.
These trays are made from computer generated models and images of your teeth to ensure correct sizing.
You can expect to wear clear aligners anytime from six months to up to three years.
Advantages of clear aligners
In general, clear aligners are great for suitable patients, especially ones who are self-conscious about having braces.
Clear aligners are removable, which makes brushing, flossing and eating easier. It also means that they can be removed for special occasions or while taking photographs. Don’t let your treatment get between you and great photos!
There are no wires, sharp edges or rubber bands involved in clear aligner treatment, which makes it more comfortable for patients.
Quick noticeable changes
Most patients will notice changes very quickly, meaning you can be proud of your progress. As early as two to six weeks into treatments, some changes may be visible.
If you suffer from complex dental issues, it may be best to consider checking out the conventional metal braces, or the more subtle ceramic braces instead. [link to appropriate pages] It’s best to speak to our orthodontist and have an examination to find out what treatment would best fit your condition, as every patient is different.