What are Clear Aligners?
The Clear Aligner system is a popular form of orthodontic treatment designed to straighten teeth relatively simply and in small increments. Usually, a number of aligners will be required to achieve your ideal smile.
The number necessary is reliant upon the complexity of your case; straight forward cases can be completed with only two or three aligners but can range from 1 to 20 aligners.
What are the benefits of using Clear Aligners?
Clear Aligners are almost invisible, thin and very easy to wear, an attractive alternative to wired braces. Speech is not impeded during treatment and you will be able to brush and floss your teeth normally.
They are ideal for adults who wish to solve simple relapses and those who do not wish to use veneers or crowns. Simply, Clear Aligners are for adults who covet an improved smile.
What is the process of using Clear Aligners?
Once you and your dentist have discussed treatment with Clear Aligners, impressions will be taken of your teeth and sent to the lab along with a lab sheet outlining the proposed treatment.
Once received, the models are scanned and sequences of plastic aligners are produced on printed models of the final alignment.
May I wear Clear Aligners straight away?
In certain cases, space needs to be created before treatment with clear aligners. This is accomplished by using separate arch expanders. Once the required space has been achieved, the aligners can then be manufactured and worn.
During treatment, space may also need to be created between the teeth by carrying out Interproximal Reduction. This technique involves mechanically removing some of the outer tooth surface, called enamel. Your dentist should inform you before treatment if expansion or IPR are necessary.
How long do I wear each aligner for?
Each aligner should be worn for approximately two weeks, at the direction of your dentist. After this period the aligner should become loose, at which point it will be time for the next aligner.
The Clear Aligners are sequentially numbered so you and your dentist will know which aligner in the package needs to be fitted next.
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