Clear aligners are a great way to straighten your teeth without the hassle of traditional braces. They are almost invisible tray-shaped dental appliances used to move teeth into proper alignment. Clear aligners use gentle, constant pressure to move the teeth to the desired position. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners don't require wires or metal supports to work.
Most of the time, aligners are worn for two to three weeks and the patient is responsible for placing and removing them. Clear aligners can move teeth to their new positions in as little as 24 hours, but it's important to note that severe cases may be best suited for conventional orthodontics. To make sure if clear aligners are the best treatment for you or not, it is advisable to consult your orthodontist. Clear aligners are made of a transparent acrylic or plastic material and fit tightly over the patient's teeth.
They are as effective as metal braces, only with a much better appearance and a higher level of comfort and oral hygiene. The number of aligners needed to repair misaligned teeth varies depending on the patient's orthodontic problem and the amount needed to fix it. If needed, the dentist or orthodontist can also place small, transparent accessories on the teeth to connect them to the aligners. When considering clear aligner therapy (CT), it's important to think about what your daily habits are like.
The first step in your clear aligner treatment plan should be to ensure that you have all the necessary tools and hygiene products. When you're out and about during the day, it's very important that you carry a cover for your clear aligners with you at all times. Clear aligners can help you have straighter teeth and improve your oral hygiene. Malocclusion or crooked teeth can cause tooth decay and gum problems.
Clear aligners gradually move misaligned teeth, just like braces, except they're removable and more practical. Usually, this is a series of 25 trays, that is, for 25 weeks. Dental aligners are created from molds or digital scans of teeth which are used to create a series of clear plastic nozzles that exert gentle pressure on the teeth and gradually move them toward proper dental alignment. You'll use each set of nozzles for 1 to 2 weeks before switching to a new one that will move your teeth to slightly different positions.