Clear aligners are orthodontic devices that are used to straighten teeth. They can be used to deal with a variety of orthodontic issues, like crooked and misaligned teeth. Treatment times vary depending on the severity of the person's orthodontic issues.
Information about clear aligners
Who can use clear aligners?
Dentists typically recommend clear aligners to people who do not want to deal with the hassle or poor aesthetics of traditional metal braces. These devices can be used on people of all ages, but many dentists prefer traditional metal braces for young children. This is due to the fact clear aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours each day to be most effective. These devices can be easily taken out, so children are more likely to lose them.
What to expect when getting clear aligners
There is nothing complicated about being fitted for clear aligners. It starts with a conversation with a dentist. The oral professional will examine the patient's mouth and take digital images. The information gathered is sent to a lab that makes clear aligners.
It takes about two weeks for the aligner trays to be made and sent back to the dentist. Once they are ready, the patient is called for a second appointment. During this appointment, the dentist will educate the patient about how to wear the clear aligners, remove them and clean them.
The patient does not just get one set of mouth trays for the entire duration of the treatment. They get many of them, and each is worn for about two weeks. Each tray down the line pushes the person's teeth a little closer to the desired alignment.
Benefits of clear aligners
There are several reasons why clear aligners have emerged as a popular way to fix orthodontic issues. Some of these include:
- Each tooth has a specific amount of force exerted on it, making it a more comfortable experience. Other orthodontic devices, like metal braces, exert the same amount of force on all of the person's teeth
- Clear aligners are barely noticeable when worn. It is the most discreet teeth straightening option
- Clear aligners can be easily taken out when it is time to eat or clean the mouth. It is less likely to lead to dental issues, like tooth decay, than other orthodontic tools, like metal braces. It also means the wearer gets to enjoy all of their favorite foods without having to worry about food particles getting stuck
- Clear aligners are easy to clean. The wearer simply removes the device and cleans them as instructed by a dentist
- It takes less time to get used to clear aligners
- People of all ages can use the device
No one needs to know
Thanks to clear aligners, you no longer have to worry about people constantly staring at some orthodontic device on your teeth. You get the treatment you need, without everyone around you noticing a thing. Stop by our St Peters office to learn more about clear aligners and other orthodontic devices we provide.
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