What Are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners refer to the orthodontic process that helps fix crooked or misaligned teeth. They are clear and thin trays custom-built to fit each patient. They help with minor spacing issues and mildly crowded teeth.
How Do Clear Aligners Work?
The process of moving teeth back to position using clear aligners varies. Clear aligners are custom made molded to the shape of your teeth. Patients are issued with a new set of clear aligners every 14 days to continue with the process of gradually moving their teeth back into position. The duration of the entire process will depend on the patient’s needs.
What is the Difference Between Clear Aligners, Retainers, and Braces?
Most patients who want to straighten their teeth are confused about what method to use between braces, retainers, and clear aligners like Invisalign. Braces work by pulling the teeth, forcing them back into position. Retainers are made to prevent the teeth from moving after you have received orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners work by pushing and rotating the teeth into alignment. They are ideal for people living an active and social lifestyle.
How Long Does Clear Aligner Treatment Take?
The process of straightening the teeth is a lengthy process that is worth the wait. Several factors determine the duration you will be wearing the clear aligners. How long you wear the clear aligners will depend on their starting point for misalignment. In most cases, it takes between 10 months to two years, although the period depends on the degree of misalignment.
Is Clear Aligner Treatment Painful?
Most patients wearing clear aligners experience mild discomfort, which signals they are performing their function, as there is pressure felt when the teeth are being realigned. However, just like with braces, any pain will disappear with time.
How do you Care for Clear Aligners?
Ensure you always rinse the trays whenever you remove them to help in keeping them wet and to prevent saliva and plaque from drying on the trays. Resist brushing your clear aligners using toothpaste as this will cause discoloration. Instead, use clear anti-bacterial soap and rinse them using lukewarm water. Removing food particles and any leftovers will help keep your clear aligners clean and prevent the pile-up of odor-causing particles.
If you want a healthier and straighter smile, you should consider getting clear aligners. For more information about the use and benefits that come with using clear aligners, contact Mahar Dental by calling (315) 766-2770 today!