If you want to straighten/align teeth, but don’t want to wear braces, then clear aligners could be the answer. Today, clear aligners are one of the most popular orthodontic options.
If you are considering invisible aligners, or you want to know more about how the treatment works and what it costs, here are 10 facts you should know. Your dentist can answer any other questions you have to help you make an informed decision about your teeth straightening treatment.
1. ALIGNERS ARE DISCREET
One of the biggest concerns that many people have about traditional braces especially older teens and adults is how they affect their appearance. While modern braces are usually smaller than those of the past, clear aligners are even less noticeable on the teeth, as they are made from transparent plastic.
2 . CLEAR ALIGNERS ARE GENERALLY MORE COMFORTABLE
High-quality clear aligners are designed for comfort as well as convenience, using a soft plastic that is molded to fit closely over your teeth. With no brackets, wires, or bands, clear aligners are usually more comfortable and take less time to adjust to compared to metal braces.
It’s important to note that all orthodontic treatment involves some level of discomfort, as braces and aligners will apply gentle force to the teeth to move them into alignment over time. The more adapted or tight the aligner tray more
will be the treatment accuracy. However, this should only be mild discomfort and it should fade away as you get used to wearing your aligners.
3. CLEAR ALIGNERS MAKE IT EASIER TO BRUSH AND FLOSS
Maintaining good oral hygiene is important during orthodontic treatment. If you develop a dental problem such as tooth decay and gum disease, this can interrupt your treatment causing it to take longer to complete or affecting your results.
Wearing braces can make brushing and flossing your teeth slower and more difficult, as you have to work around the brackets to make sure you clean all surfaces, as well as clean the braces themselves. With clear aligners, brushing and flossing are easy, as the aligners can simply be removed.
4. YOU WON’T HAVE TO GIVE UP YOUR FAVOURITE FOODS.
Being able to remove your aligners also means they won’t limit what you can eat and drink. If you have braces, your orthodontist will recommend that you try to avoid foods that are overly hard, chewy, or sticky, as these may damage or dislodge the braces. Some foods can also get trapped between the braces .
Whichever teeth straightening option you choose, it is still important you to follow a healthy, balanced diet and to avoid having too much sugar,
5 .CLEAR ALIGNERS ARE BPA FREE
If you are concerned about the toxicity of some plastics, rest assured that the leading clear aligner brands are made from a medical-grade polyurethane resin that is free of bisphenol A (BPA).
6. ALIGNERS NEED TO BE WORN FOR AT LEAST 22 HOURS A DAY.
The success of clear aligner treatment relies on compliance from the patient. You must commit to wearing your aligners for at least 22hours a day, otherwise, they might not achieve the results you desire.
7 .TREATMENT WITH CLEAR ALIGNERS TAKES 6-18 MONTHS ON AVERAGE.
Orthodontics is a long-term treatment that involves gradually moving your teeth into a newly aligned position. Treatment using clear aligners isn’t necessarily faster than braces, as this will depend on your individual orthodontic needs and whether your treatment was interrupted.
Your New set-off clear aligners have to wear with 2 weeks of interval. Treatment with clear aligners takes 6-18 months on average depending on the patient’s case. For minor teeth crowding or protrusion of the front teeth. Your Aligner treatment will completes with a shorter frame, usually 6 to 20 weeks.
8. YOU WILL NEED A RETAINER AFTER A CLEAR ALIGNER.
When you remove your last set of aligners, you will have a straighter, healthier smile. To maintain this new alignment, your dentist will provide you with a retainer.
Wearing a retainer is an essential part of orthodontic treatment. Without it, your teeth may start to go out of alignment. Some people only need to wear a retainer for a short time, while others may need to wear their retainer for longer.
9. CLEAR ALIGNERS COST.
Clear aligner cost depends upon how much your teeth need to be straightened, the type of aligners you choose, etc.
We will make sure you understand the costs before you agree to treatment. We also offer EMI to help reduce your upfront costs and make your treatment easier to manage.
10 .RETHINK ONLINE CLEAR ALIGNERS.
DIY orthodontics is when a patient sends photos or impression kits to an online company, which then sends aligners directly to the patient. It typically won’t include a face-to-face clinical examination, X-rays, or ongoing supervision by a registered dentist.
Major problems can arise in this process when pre-existing dental issues go undetected. For certain patients, it can worsen existing dental issues, and cause permanent gum damage and even tooth loss. A full clinical examination ,face-to-face interaction with a dentist, remains the best way to determine your eligibility for clear aligner treatment.
choosing prisitne Aligners
If you choose to have clear aligners at Pristine aligners, we will schedule regular appointments so your dentist can check that your treatment is progressing well and address any problems or concerns. Having face-to-face appointments can improve results and means any problems may be caught early when they are easier to correct.