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What Are Clear Aligners?
When it comes to straightening your teeth, braces are the traditional option. But, there are alternatives for those who want a more subtle approach to healthy teeth, such as clear aligners. Clear teeth braces are a series of virtually transparent molded plastic trays worn over the teeth. These aligners are designed to work gradually to shift your teeth into their correct positions over a specific period of time and then hold them in those positions.
Your dentist makes a digital model of your teeth using diagnostic scans, X-rays, and digital impressions. Then, a series of models that incorporates the desired tooth movements sequentially across each model is formed. These models are then printed, and plastic trays are pressure formed to fit those models very accurately. This gives a series of trays, each new tray pushing the teeth a bit farther than the last.
What Conditions Can Clear Dental Braces Treat?
Clear dental braces can be used to treat several tooth misalignments ranging from mild to severe. These include:
- Crooked teeth
- Tooth rotations
- Overbite, underbite, or crossbite (sometimes called “snaggle teeth”),
- Teeth that appear too short or too long (intruded or extruded teeth)
- Gaps in teeth
The results of using clear orthodontic aligners to treat these conditions are amazing. Many patients have given full, beautiful smiles for the first time in years, thanks to this orthodontic treatment.
How Long Does It Take For Clear Orthodontic Aligners To Work?
The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your misalignment, the movement needed to get your teeth into the proper position, and the consistency with which you wear the aligner. At Dentistry on Monroe, typical aligner treatments last for 8 to 12 months. The treatment time for an adult who had braces when they were younger can be shorter.
Once treatment with invisible dental aligners is finished, you will notice a definite change in your smile, as well as your health. Straight teeth are easier to brush, floss, and take care of. This is because you’ll be better able to reach every surface of your teeth to remove plaque and food particles. The more you can effectively remove, the healthier your teeth and gums will be.
The Brands and Benefits Of Clear Aligner Treatment
Here at Dentistry on Monroe, Dr. Eric Turner and his team work with several brands of transparent braces, depending on the amount of tooth movement needed to ensure a healthy smile. We’ve used Invisalign, Clear Correct, and Sure Smile. Dr. Turner even makes his own aligners using state-of-the-art orthodontic planning software and a 3D printer.
So why choose clear aligners to straighten your teeth? There are many benefits to them and because they’re clear, you can wear them without anyone noticing, unlike traditional metal braces. This gives people more confidence about wearing them in professional and academic settings.
Unlike braces, clear dental aligners are more comfortable, as well as removable. This means you don’t have to restrict yourself to eating certain foods or worry about how to brush and floss your teeth while wearing them. Of course, the downside to this is that the temptation to wear them less often is strong.
They should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours a day to see the fastest results. Be sure to discipline yourself only to remove them when eating or brushing. Otherwise, you will extend the length of your treatment and possibly prevent certain movements from happening at all.
Finally, because clear dental aligners are made from a digital model, each series of trays can be molded ahead of time. This, combined with a lack of parts that may need to be replaced or tightened, means that you can spend less time visiting the dentist for adjustments or exams.
Contact Dentistry on Monroe Today
Invisible dental aligners are a big part of the process of keeping your teeth and gums in good shape, but they are not the only part. Ensuring the health of your teeth is a priority for Dr. Turner and the team at Dentistry on Monroe. That’s why we pride ourselves on a dedication to quality care through education and minimally invasive orthodontic work. So if you have any questions, or want to schedule an appointment, contact us online or by phone at 980-423-1984.
We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile!