Clear aligners are a type of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of custom-made plastic aligners to straighten teeth. They are a convenient, comfortable, and discreet alternative to traditional braces.
Patients wear a series of aligners throughout the length of their treatment, which gradually shifts their teeth into an ideal alignment. The aligners are custom-made for each patient, and each one is worn for 22 hours per day.
The Benefits of Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth, and a series of them will be worn in succession until your smile is perfected. The aligners will gently move your teeth into the perfect position without metal brackets and wires.
The major benefits offered by clear aligners include the following:
Clear aligners are made from SmartTrack material designed to give patients a comfortable experience. There are no metal wires or brackets, so patients don’t have to worry about any irritation. The aligners are also transparent, so they’re hardly noticeable.
- No need for dental impressions
For clear aligners, our dentist will take digital impressions. They will be sent to the lab, where technicians will use the latest technology to manufacture your aligner trays. Once your trays are ready, you will return to our office, where the dentist will check their fit. Once we ensure the aligners are comfortable, you will begin wearing them.
- Removable trays make it easy to brush and floss your teeth
Clear aligners are removable, making it easy to brush and floss your teeth, which can prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Traditional braces come with dental cement that helps hold the brackets attached to the teeth. But with clear aligners, you won’t have to worry about any messy dental cement.
Clear aligners are comfortable enough to wear throughout the day and night as they are customized to fit your teeth comfortably. The aligners are also smooth, so there’s no need to worry about your cheeks being irritated by the aligners or the aligners cutting into your gums.
Clear aligners are virtually invisible and can straighten the teeth in less time than traditional braces.
Because the aligners are removable, patients do not have to worry about dietary restrictions. While certain foods, such as gum or candy, may stick to metal braces, the aligners can be taken out to eat. Patients can, therefore, continue enjoying their favorite food and drinks.
How Long Does the Treatment With Clear Aligners Take?
Clear aligners can typically move your teeth into position within 6-18 months. The key to successful treatment with clear aligners is to wear the aligners 20-22 hours every day.
Are Clear Aligners Right for You?
Clear aligners may not be the best course of treatment for every patient. The best way to find out if clear aligners are right for your smile is to schedule a consultation with our dentist. During the consultation, the dentist will evaluate your smile and help you determine if Clear aligners is the right treatment for your needs.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevenson or Dr. Cyr, book online or call All Smiles Family Dentistry at (319) 553-3085.