Seven Facts About Clear Aligners

Seven Facts About Clear Aligners

Sep 01, 2020

The idea of wearing braces scares many people, probably because of the discomfort caused by the metal brackets. But, it is the visible metals that make most adults shy away from orthodontic treatments. However, with our modern dental technology, we have clear aligners that fix these concerns while correcting your teeth position.

Clear aligners are braces made of transparent plastic. They are invisible and slip over your teeth. These braces are removable, meaning you take them off when you are eating and cleaning them. In this post, we discuss the facts about clear aligners and how they work.

1. The Aligners Are Customized

These clear braces are designed to fit your teeth and gums. When you come for your orthodontic treatment, our orthodontist will examine your teeth, and using a 3D scanner; we will take a digital impression of your teeth. We also use software to determine the pressure and time needed to correct your teeth.

2. The Braces Are Designed for Comfort

One disadvantage of using the conventional braces is the pressure and discomfort on the gums. The metal wires can also bruise the gums. Clear aligners are curved from plastic, which is gentle on the gums and teeth too.

3. The Clear Aligners Are a Great Option for Adults

Most adults are reserved about getting braces because the conventional braces are visible and tend to affect appearance. Because clear aligners are invisible, they are a perfect alternative to the metal ones.

4. Clear Aligners Are Ideal for Mature Patients

Clear aligners demand discipline and a high level of hygiene. Yes, they are removable, but you cannot remove them when you feel like it. You need to wear these aligners for 22 hours a day for the treatment to be effective. You only remove them when eating and cleaning them.

These braces are, therefore, great for adults and teenagers. Children may not adhere to the instructions. Furthermore, their teeth are still developing, and wearing clear aligners will affect jaw development.

5. Hygiene is Paramount

Wearing clear aligners needs proper dental hygiene. It is crucial to keep the aligners clean to prevent bacterial growth.

  • Remove them when eating and drinking to avoid staining them.
  • Rinse the braces every day and before wearing them again. Avoid using toothpaste or hot water to clean the aligners.
  • Please keep in the water when you are not wearing them. Dry aligners attract bacteria and are prone to breaking. Plus, they can start to smell.

6. The Braces Are Best Suited for Mild to Moderate Corrections

Although they work similarly to the conventional braces, clear aligners are the only ideal for mild to moderate orthodontic problems.

Severe malocclusion, however, requires other types of orthodontic treatments such as metal braces to achieve the desired teeth position.

It is crucial to get a comprehensive orthodontic assessment before getting clear braces near you to ensure you receive the best treatment.

7. No Regular Visits to the Dental Office

The downside of getting the metal braces is the frequent visits to the dental office for assessment and brace adjustment. At the start of your orthodontic treatment, the dentist will give you a couple of braces that are worn for 14 days each set. The follow up dental assessment is scheduled every eight weeks to monitor the progress of the treatment.

The Types of Clear Aligners We Offer

We offer two types of clear aligners—Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Both of these clear braces are customized and removable. However, they have their differences.

  • Invisalign is thicker than ClearCorrect, which makes them more durable. The thin material used on ClearCorrect makes it prone to damage.
  • Invisalign offers unlimited aligners for full treatment. ClearCorrect, on the other hand, has three options: unlimited, limited 12, and limited 6.

Speak to an orthodontist on the difference between the two before you get Invisalign near you.

Schedule an Appointment

Having crooked teeth can impair your dental hygiene and appearance. It is time to get your smile fixed, so visit uSmile orthodontics for an assessment. We offer braces for all faces, and we have a solution for you.