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As adults, we often think that it's too late to achieve a straighter smile. We may have missed the opportunity to get braces as a child or teenager, and the thought of traditional metal braces as an adult can seem daunting.
However, with the advancement of orthodontic technology, there are now clear aligners that offer a discreet and comfortable option for adults looking to straighten their teeth.
What are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable trays to gradually straighten teeth. Each tray is custom-made to fit the patient's teeth and is worn for two weeks before being replaced with the next tray in the series. The teeth are gently pressed by the trays, which gradually move them into the proper position.
Why is Clear Aligners a Great Option for Adults?
Clear aligners offer several benefits that make them an attractive option for adults looking to straighten their teeth. Following are a few reasons why clear aligners are a great option for adults;
Unlike traditional metal braces, clear aligners are virtually invisible. They're made from a clear, BPA-free plastic material, meaning they blend in with the teeth and are hardly noticeable.
One of the biggest advantages of clear aligners is that they're removable. This means that you can take them off to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. They can also be removed for special occasions like weddings or job interviews.
Clear aligners are made from a smooth, comfortable material that won't irritate the inside of the mouth as metal braces can. This means that you can go about your daily activities without discomfort or irritation.
Shorter Treatment Time
Clear aligners can achieve the same results as traditional braces in a shorter amount of time. This is because clear aligners apply more targeted pressure to the teeth, which can speed up the treatment process.
How Do Clear Aligners Work?
Clear aligners apply gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position. Here's a brief overview of the clear aligner process:
The first step in the clear aligner process is making dental impressions. An initial impression kit will be delivered directly to your doorstep and you can make your impressions using the material included in the kit.
If clear aligners are deemed a good option, an orthodontist-reviewed treatment plan will be created for you that will outline the specific movements that need to be made to achieve the desired results. It will include a digital preview of the step-by-step journey toward your new smile.
Once the treatment plan is in place and you have approved it, your custom-made clear aligners will be created. Each tray is designed to gradually shift the teeth into the desired position.
You will need to wear each tray for two weeks before moving on to the next tray in the series. The teeth will gradually reposition into the ideal position over time.
Once the treatment is complete, you will be required to wear retainers to maintain your smile and prevent it from moving back to its unaligned position1.
How Long Does Treatment with Clear Aligners Take?
The length of treatment with clear aligners varies depending on the individual patient's needs. However, in general, treatment with clear aligners can take anywhere from four months to six years. Based on your unique situation, your orthodontist will be able to provide you with a more precise estimate.
Are Clear Aligners Right for Me?
Clear aligners are a great option for many adults looking to straighten their teeth, but they may not be right for everyone. Your orthodontist will be able to evaluate your teeth and determine if clear aligners are a good option for you. Factors that may impact your candidacy for clear aligners include the severity of your orthodontic issues, your commitment to wearing the aligners as directed, and any underlying dental or medical conditions.
For further details, you can take ALIGNERCO’s easy online assessment for free and find out if you are a suitable candidate for the clear aligner treatment.
What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are an orthodontic procedure that gradually straightens teeth using a series of transparent, removable trays.
Can clear aligners fix all types of orthodontic issues?
Clear aligners can effectively treat many common orthodontic issues such as crooked teeth, gaps, and overbites. However, more severe cases may require traditional braces or other orthodontic treatments.
Can adults use clear aligners?
Yes, clear aligners are a great option for adults who want to straighten their teeth without the discomfort and appearance of traditional metal braces.
Are clear aligners uncomfortable to wear?
Clear aligners may cause some discomfort or pressure when they are first fitted or adjusted, but this is generally mild and temporary.
How do I care for my clear aligners?
To care for your clear aligners, you should brush and floss your teeth before wearing them, rinse them with water regularly, and avoid eating or drinking anything other than water while wearing them.