Straighten your teeth without traditional brackets and wires for an aesthetic treatment and result.
Many patients and cosmetically minded teenagers want to straighten their teeth without the traditional brackets and wires of braces. Clear aligners provide that treatment for results you can smile about.
How do clear aligners work?
Clear aligners are a series of clear plastic trays that are placed over your teeth to consistently place pressure on your teeth moving them into the desired position. Typically during treatment, you will be provided with a series of aligners which are switched out every few weeks to continue the movement.
Each aligner is custom designed and made for your teeth, ensuring the movement is in accordance with the desired end result.
What are the benefits of clear aligners?
The main benefit of clear aligners is the fact they are virtually invisible, meaning you can undergo treatment without everyone knowing. The discrete treatment option also allows you to remove your aligners when you eat and drink, and for special occasions, meaning straightening your teeth does not have to impact your social calendar.
Below is a list of benefits of clear aligners:
- Virtually invisible treatment
- Custom designed and planned for your teeth
- Comfortable treatment with no wires or brackets
- Removable for important events or eating
- Appropriate for adults and teens
- A suitable treatment option for people in the public sphere
How do I look after the clear aligners?
Being removable means that you brush and floss your teeth as usual by simply removing and replacing the aligners before and after cleaning. The aligners themselves can be cleaned and your dentist will instruct you on the best way to do this.
Compliance is key
As clear aligners are removable there are at times cases of non-compliance. Not complying with the usage schedule, and not wearing your aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day can lead to a longer treatment period with less satisfactory results.
For this reason, it is very important you, or the patient is very committed to their treatment. This can often be the reason a dentist may recommend braces over clear aligners for a teen.
How long does treatment take?
This depends on the level of correction required. Typically treatment lasts from 6 – 24 months however this may differ for those looking to simply refresh their smile (for those who have had previous treatment but have not been compliant to retainer usage) or those with more complex requirements.