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What Are Clear Aligners And How Do They Work?

Posted on 9/25/2023 by Star Orthodontics
What Are Clear Aligners And How Do They Work?Clear aligners are discreet and tray-like dental devices used to align crooked teeth. They apply gentle and consistent pressure to move your teeth into their desired positions gradually. The great advantage of clear aligners is that they are nearly invisible when worn. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners do not use metal wires and brackets to work their magic. Instead, they are made of transparent plastic and custom-designed to fit snugly over your teeth. This makes them popular for individuals seeking a more discreet orthodontic treatment option.

How Do Clear Aligners Work?

Multiple sets of aligner trays are utilized during clear aligner treatment to achieve the desired tooth positions gradually. The process begins with creating a customized treatment plan using 3D scans of your teeth and jaws. Each aligner tray in the series is designed to exert gentle pressure on specific teeth, facilitating their movement and improvement.

A certain level of tooth movement is accomplished after wearing an aligner tray for a designated period, typically about two weeks. You then progress to the next aligner tray, which continues the incremental adjustments. This sequence is repeated until your teeth are straightened, and your smile is enhanced according to the treatment plan.

The number of aligners and the overall treatment duration depend on your case's complexity and the specific treatment goals. Regular check-ups with your orthodontist are typically scheduled to monitor progress and provide new sets of aligner trays as needed. You can achieve the desired tooth positions and a more aligned and improved smile by consistently wearing the aligners as instructed.

Benefits of Clear aligners Over Traditional Braces

Clear aligners are more effective in achieving desired teeth alignment than traditional metal braces. They fit snugly over your teeth, providing a comfortable and less noticeable orthodontic treatment option. Clear aligners also allow for easier oral hygiene maintenance since they are removable, allowing you to brush and floss your teeth more effectively than traditional braces.

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