What you need to know about clear aligners
Are invisible aligners right for me?
Invisible (clear) aligners can correct a lot of orthodontic problems, especially less severe spacing and alignment issues. Ideal candidates are adults who have had braces when they were younger, but maybe didn’t wear their retainers as long as they should have, and their teeth have moved over time.
However, if you’ve had major shifts in your teeth or jaw structure, clear aligners may not be the best choice. That’s when you may want to consider clear, gold or traditional metal bands. You’ll find out at your free braces consultation.
How do invisible aligners work?
Invisible aligners use a clear plastic trays that fit over your upper and lower teeth. the Trays are worn for 18-20 hours each day and are taken out to eat, brush and floss. You receive new trays every two weeks, which will be slightly different shape, in order to move your teeth gradually to a new position. It can take anywhere from 20 to 30 sets of aligner trays to complete your treatment.
What happens at my first appointment?
You will undergo a thorough oral exam by your orthodontist, including the roof of your mouth, jaws and teeth. In addition to taking photos of your teeth, she will take three dimensional, digital x-rays. An impression of your teeth will also be taken and sent to a lab to make your aligner trays.
What is it like to wear invisible aligners?
Much less restrictive than traditional braces, aligner trays can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. Chair time for new trays is less than for traditional braces, and recall appointments are quick and easy.