Your Guide to Clear Aligners for Straightening Your Teeth

Clear aligners are a great way to straighten your teeth that's recommended by orthodontists. Having a healthy smile is about taking care of your teeth, and making sure their aligned is one way to achieve that.

But what are the benefits of clear aligners and who are they for? In this article, you'll learn more about clear aligners and if they're right for you.

What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are a dental treatment plan that's used to straighten your teeth. They work by applying gentle pressure to your teeth which encourages them to shift into a more desirable position. While clear aligners are an alternative to metal braces, they work similarly.

Not only do clear aligners straighten teeth but they fix other common orthodontic problems like overbites, crossbites, and more. The aligners themselves are made of clear plastic material and you receive a new set every 4-6 weeks at your check-up.

Clear Aligners Benefits

Choosing the type of orthodontic work you want is a personal one. There are many reasons why clear aligners are a great choice for you.

Unlike metal braces, the aligners are removable. This means that you can eat and drink normally without worrying about whether or not food is lodged in your teeth. Also, you can clean your teeth well by brushing and flossing regularly, which means your teeth stay in great condition during your treatment.

Aside from some discomfort when you receive your next set of aligners, they're relatively painless. There will be some gentle pressure as they shift your teeth, but it's likely to disappear after a few days. If there is any severe pain, you'll want to see your orthodontist.

Clear aligners are not much more than traditional braces.

However, it's important to remember that the cost will vary according to the needs of the patient.

Because of the transparency of the aligners, they're perfect for people who need want to keep their dental treatment discreet, like teenagers. People in professional roles may also want clear aligners so it doesn't interfere with their jobs.

Straight teeth are important to your overall health because it makes them easier to clean and care for. Misaligned teeth can be challenging to clean, and clear aligners will help.

Because you need to change your aligners every four to six weeks, this means less time at appointments. This is perfect for busy professionals and teenagers because they're often bombarded with meetings and activities.

With metal braces, you need to be careful about what you eat. Certain foods become lodged in brackets or if food is too hard, you risk breaking your bracket and your wire. With clear aligners, you can remove them completely and not worry about anything breaking.

People with straighter teeth emit more confidence. When you invest your time and money into clear aligners to achieve straight teeth, you're investing in yourself as well. Smiling with a brand new smile can boost your confidence tremendously!

How Long Do Clear Aligners Take?

While clear aligners are a great way to straighten teeth, you might be wondering how long treatment lasts. While there really isn't a set time for everyone, it will just depend on each case. Some cases are more severe than others, requiring more time.

Generally speaking, your treatment with clear aligners can take anywhere from 18-24 months, but most cases seem to take about a year or so.

One of the ways you can make sure your treatment goes according to plan is to wear your aligners for the proper amount of time. You'll be required to wear the aligners anywhere between 20-22 hours per day and they'll need to be worn at night.

Also, keeping your appointments is another vital part of your treatment. At these visits, you'll get your new set of aligners in the next phase of your treatment. When you skip appointments, you set your plan back and extend your treatment.

Do You Qualify for Clear Aligners?

Most people qualify for clear aligners, even if your case is severe. Only an orthodontist can confirm if you are eligible.

Because of all the technological advances, there are a lot of dental problems that clear aligners can correct such as gaps in the teeth, crowding, and jaw issues. However, not everything is possible, and only an orthodontist can make recommendations.

Meeting with your orthodontist is essential before beginning to use clear aligners. Once they determine your eligibility, the orthodontist will make a treatment plan. You'll receive new aligners at each orthodontist visit to move you to the next stage in your plan.

Once you've finished the treatment, you'll still need to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth do not shift.

Finding an Orthodontist

Not any orthodontist will do when it comes to straightening your teeth. When you're looking for an orthodontist, you want someone knowledgeable and who has experience and training working with patients and clear aligners.

Taking a look at the work of the orthodontist is one way to show how skilled they are. Many orthodontists who are proud of their work will happily show you results from previous patients.

Are Clear Aligners for You?

Clear aligners are a wonderful way to get the smile you're looking for with less time than traditional braces, more comfort, and transparency. If you're committed to your treatment and wearing your aligners while caring for your teeth will yield you a smile for a lifetime!

Are you looking for an orthodontist who's experienced in working with clear aligners? We can help! Contact our office today to learn more and schedule your consultation.