Clear Aligners – A Discreet and Effective Orthodontic Treatment
Traditional braces have long been relied upon to correct malocclusion and other dental problems, but many people find them uncomfortable, unsightly and awkward to use. Thankfully there is another option you may wish to explore – clear aligners. This orthodontic treatment is almost completely invisible and offers a number of benefits over traditional braces, which we will discuss below.
What are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are an orthodontic device made from transparent plastic which are used to correct mild to moderate dental issues such as misaligned or crowded teeth. Clear aligners have been around since 1945, but it is only with the advent of modern technology that they have become advanced enough to be considered a viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional braces.
How do Clear Aligners Work?
A clear aligner applies light pressure to your teeth, helping to move them back into position. Unlike braces which are fixed directly to the teeth, clear aligners are removable and almost completely invisible. The trays will need to be switched out every 2 weeks, with the new tray being straighter than the previous one. This process will continue until your teeth return to their ideal positions.
Are Clear Aligners Painful?
In most cases there is very little pain and discomfort to be felt with clear aligners, although those with very crooked teeth may feel some pain. The pain will subside within a few weeks as the teeth start to move into position.
How Long do I need to Wear Them?
Orthodontic treatment using clear aligners generally takes between 6-12 months. It is considered to be a faster treatment than traditional braces, which may take anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. It is important to wear your aligners at all times, except when eating or drinking.
Benefits of Clear Aligners
In opting for clear aligners over traditional braces, you will enjoy the following benefits:
- Improved Comfort – due to the absence of wires and brackets, invisible braces are much more comfortable to wear and do not cause unexpected nicks or cuts. Wearing aligners is much like wearing a mouthguard, and you will quickly get used to the sensation.
- Aesthetics – individuals find clear aligners a much more attractive option than traditional braces, as they are almost completely invisible. This means that you can smile with confidence.
- Removable – aligners can be removed as needed, such as during meals and when brushing/flossing your teeth. This enables you to enjoy a wider range of foods and also maintain a high standard of oral hygiene.
- Easy Maintenance – clear aligners just need a quick clean every other day with a small amount of bleach and water. A quick scrub with the toothbrush and they will be as good as new.
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