Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Similar to braces, clear aligners use a gradual force to control tooth movement, but without metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made of a strong plastic material and are fabricated to fit each individual’s mouth. If a series of aligners are needed, each aligner moves the teeth in increments until the desired movement is achieved.
Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours a day to reach the desired maximum effectiveness. Each aligner is worn for two to six weeks before changing to the next one. The length of treatment with aligners depends upon the severity of each case. Typically, aligner treatment can be as short as four months up to 18 months. Overall, aligners offer a much shorter treatment than traditional braces.
Clear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile, but do not want to wear traditional metal braces. Also, aligners are beneficial for patients with previous orthodontic treatment that want to make minor corrections to their smile.
There are several advantages to using clear aligners
Clear aligners are removable so it is easier for you to brush and floss after meals
Clear aligners are easier to keep clean
Clear aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks
Clear aligners can prevent tooth wear from grinding