Clear aligners are a good option for many different orthodontic issues. Made of a clear, flexible material, orthodontic aligners are comfortable, virtually invisible and removable, making them a popular choice for adults and teens who are seeking a more discreet approach to straightening their teeth. Clear aligners treat some of the same bite and alignment issues that traditional metal braces do, without the brackets and wires.
How Do Clear Aligners Work?
A series of custom-made aligner trays is used to gradually shift your teeth into place. Each tray is designed to move just one tooth or one section of teeth at a time. Once the tray’s work is complete (typically every two to four weeks), we move on to the next.
Pain and Soreness
Clear aligners can cause some discomfort or soreness. In most cases, patients feel temporary discomfort (pressure) for the first few days after switching trays. That pressure may be uncomfortable but is actually a good sign that the trays are doing their job!
Caring for Clear Aligners
Aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours per day. They should only be removed for cleaning, eating and drinking. To clean your aligners, simply brush and rinse them each time you brush your teeth.
Treatment time varies. All patients need to wear a retainer after treatment is complete to prevent regression. This will all be discussed as part of your overall treatment plan.
For more information on the various invisible braces solutions, please give us a call! You may also want to visit Invisalign or Simpli5 for more information.