How do aligners work?
Aligners can be an effective alternative to traditional braces for those who are candidates. Just like braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets. The aligners are custom-made with a strong plastic material that has been fabricated to fit your mouth. As treatment progresses you switch aligners. Each aligner is in a little different position, so your teeth move a little more with every change of an aligner.
Aligners are worn on average for about 22 hours each day and you will change to a new aligner every week. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case, and treatment can take anywhere from 2 months to two years.
Advantages of orthodontic treatment with aligners:
Aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear metal braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with aligners.
- Aligners are easier to keep clean, making it easier to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
- Aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.
- Aligners prevent wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
- Aligners are removable, so it's easier for you to brush and floss after meals.
Are aligners right for me?
Using aligners for orthodontic treatment is not always the best option for everyone. The first way to find out if aligners are the right orthodontic appliance for you is to schedule a consultation or complete the virtual assessment process with our office, give our office a call and we will guide you to which place to start!