There's Nothing Invisible About The Results Of Clear Aligners
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Frequently Asked Questions About Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are designed to gently reposition your teeth, one tooth at a time. This pressure is transmitted to your jaws through your roots.
Your jaw bone responds to forces by moving the sockets, and your teeth fall into line. Due to the minimal changes between aligners, treatment using aligner technology is typically gentle and comfortable.
Clear aligners can correct a wide variety of orthodontic issues. It can be beneficial to precisely understand what they are designed to correct to assess whether they are the right course of treatment for you. The most common dental problems that clear aligners fix include but may not be limited to the following:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Open bite
- Gapped teeth
A bite problem exists when the teeth are not correctly aligned when the mouth is closed. Fortunately, many moderate biting issues can be corrected successfully and efficiently with clear aligners.
If both the patient and the licensed orthodontist agree that a clear aligner procedure is necessary during the initial consultation, our team will immediately begin working. The orthodontist will take dental X-rays and create a digital scan mould of the patient’s mouth. The orthodontist will review this information and develop a treatment plan. This will include a description of which teeth should be moved and where they should be moved. Next, the patient will be fitted with a custom-made mouth appliance by our orthodontic professional.
Getting used to the aligner trays may take a few weeks. During the first few days, sensitivity and pain are common. While your bite may feel different when your teeth move, this is entirely normal. Furthermore, while you have the aligners in your mouth, you may experience some lip and speech issues.
Clear aligners and traditional braces both serve the same purpose and function in straightening teeth, filling gaps, and correcting bite and alignment. Both procedures apply consistent pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting each tooth into proper alignment.
Traditional braces are usually the less expensive option for treatment costs. The cost of clear aligners will vary depending on the number of trays needed. The number of trays needed is determined by the extent of the tooth adjustments required. Before deciding, you can discuss the cost with a qualified orthodontist.
Clear aligners are nearly unnoticeable, but traditional metal braces are more visible. Clear aligner materials are composed of clear plastic, whereas braces are made of metal.
Straightening your teeth is not always a pleasant experience. Whether you have braces or clear aligners, the process of changing your teeth’s alignment can be uncomfortable. On the other hand, clear aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces since they apply less pressure to the teeth overall. Braces can also have sharp edges that can cut the inside of the lip and tongue.
Braces have been used for years to straighten teeth and improve smiles. The patient is unable to remove the braces. Thus, they must wear them 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as prescribed by the orthodontist.
The disadvantage of clear aligners is that the trays are detachable. Thus, patients may not always adhere to the recommended period of use. Furthermore, if you forget or misplace your trays, your teeth will shift while not wearing them. People who use clear aligners wear the trays for a shorter period than recommended, extending the time it takes to finish treatment. Traditional braces are also more effective when the teeth are badly misaligned. Furthermore, clear aligners are not always effective at straightening teeth that are rotated or overlapping.
Traditional metal braces are convenient because you don’t have to take them out, but they can restrict your ability to eat certain foods, which is inconvenient. Clear aligners are convenient when you want to eat your favorite hard or sticky foods, but remembering to take out the trays and store them securely is often overlooked.
Maintenance and cleaning
Cleaning your teeth should be a top priority, whether you wear braces or clear aligners. Cleaning is usually easier with braces because you can brush and floss regularly. However, if there is food lodged in the metal, you may need to clean it with a smaller brush.
Brushing and flossing are the same with clear aligners, but some extra effort is required to keep the trays clean. Cleaning the crevices of the clear aligners can be time-consuming, especially if you are not at home. Without adequate cleaning, bacteria or solid food might accumulate.
Post-Treatment and Follow-Up
Whether you have braces or clear aligners, you should schedule regular orthodontic appointments. This usually happens once a month for braces and once every 4–6 weeks for clear aligners.
After you have finished your braces treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to ensure that your teeth remain in their proper position. Without it, you risk your teeth reverting to their previous state.
Here are some practical ways of cleaning and caring for clear aligners, along with some practical tips you can incorporate into your daily life to extend the durability of the clear aligners. Follow these steps:
- Rinse the clear aligners with lukewarm water that is not excessively hot or excessively cold.
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush or retainer brush, carefully brush the entire retainer in small circular motions, both inside and out.
- After brushing the inside and outside of the Invisalign aligner thoroughly, rinse it under lukewarm water once more.
- Examine the aligner for calcium (tartar) deposits. Aligners, like teeth, are prone to tartar accumulation. It leaves a foggy, white film on the aligner that is difficult to remove with a toothbrush.
- If you notice calcium build-up, soak the aligner in a denture or aligner cleaning solution according to the product’s instructions. Clear aligners make the cleaning system designed specifically for them, but any denture or retainer cleaning solution will typically get the job done.
- Replace your clear aligner in your mouth or store it in a case to dry after cleaning it.