Clear aligners, also known as invisible braces, are a form of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear trays to move your teeth into proper alignment gradually. At Clark Ortho, the trays are made from an FDA-approved thermoplastic material and are clear and invisible when worn. You will need to wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before progressing to the next set in the series. Each aligner will gradually shift your teeth until they have straightened to the final position you and our dentist agreed upon. Because aligners are removable, you do not have any dietary restrictions like you would with fixed appliances like metal braces. Remove your aligners before eating, then brush and floss your teeth as usual.
How Do Aligners Work?
Clear aligners are a series of custom-made trays made from BPA-free plastic that fits snugly over the upper and lower teeth. They are designed to align the teeth and jaw properly over time. Clear aligner trays are a popular option for orthodontic patients who want a more discreet way to straighten their teeth. Aligners are custom-made using impressions of the teeth, then worn for two weeks at a time before being switched out for the next set in the series. Patients typically wear a series of aligners for anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the severity of their misalignment issues. A patient with mild to moderate misalignment problems might be a great candidate for clear aligners. These removable braces work the same way as regular metal braces but utilize clear materials that make them less noticeable to others.
The Advantages of Aligners
They are Discreet and Convenient
Clear aligner trays may be the best option for people who do not want to wear metal brackets and wires on their teeth for years. These invisible braces are an excellent way to straighten teeth while avoiding unwanted attention. You can also remove your clear aligner trays to eat or drink whatever you like.
They are More Comfortable Than Metal Braces
Many patients who use clear braces find them more comfortable than traditional metal braces. This is because they are made from smooth plastic instead of sharp metal, meaning they do not cut or scrape the inside of your mouth as traditional braces can.
Clear aligners are becoming increasingly popular among adults and teens looking to improve their smiles without wearing metal braces. For the best dental care, visit Clark Ortho at 23 North Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148.