We all want a great smile.
For some children, the idea of braces can be very exciting! It is sometimes viewed as a rite of passage. But what happens if you desire straighter teeth but don’t find the idea of bright green braces appealing – at all.
It’s not the end of the road, braces are not the only solution to getting straighter teeth, there are many options out there. If you are looking to straighten your teeth with an inconspicuous treatment method, cue invisible aligners.
What are they?
Aligners can be used as a means to straighten your teeth. Think of invisible aligners as thin mouth guards. They are custom made to fit your teeth and are transparent. They are to be worn night and day and can be removed when eating/drinking. The material used to make clear aligners is BPA free and does not contain any harmful chemicals, which means that it is irritant free and comfortable to wear on a day to day basis. Since these clear aligners are virtually invisible, they are particularly favoured by adults who are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
How they work
Transparent aligners work through a series of trays that gradually shift your teeth into the correct place. Trays are replaced roughly every two weeks, although this does vary from patient to patient. Each tray that you will be given will be made slightly straighter than the previous one so that your teeth continue to become straighter with each aligner.
Throughout your treatment, your teeth will gradually begin to shift until they reach their correct position.
Many people prefer transparent aligners because they are comfortable since they are custom made just for you. The primary appeal of invisible aligners is that they allow for you to straighten your teeth discreetly, yet effectively.
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This will vary from patient to patient and depends greatly on the severity of your crooked teeth. Typically, treatment will reach completion after months to a year.
No. The aligners are comfortable and sometimes you may even forget you are wearing them! With that being said, the first few days of wearing a new aligner may be a little uncomfortable as the tray applies pressure to shift your teeth.
Aligners are not suitable for those with severe overcrowding or for those who wish to fix bite problems. The most suitable candidates are those who have mild to moderate overcrowding and/or spacing issues.
You should aim to wear your aligner for the majority of your day (including sleep)
You should remove your aligner when eating, however you should be wearing it for the majority of the time.
No. Your aligner will affect your chewing ability and eating while wearing one may cause damage to your tray. You can simply remove your aligner during mealtimes and place it back in your mouth once you are finished.