The teeth tend to be the most challenging part of the human body. But remarkably, it can be moved from crooked to straight as hard as possible. And this can be achieved with a bit piece of plastic. How is that possible? Well, you’ll learn about it in this article. But, first, I will explain how aligners work and why they are an effective alternative to braces.
What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are an alternative to conventional braces. They are designed to guide disfigured teeth into their proper position. Just like braces, clear aligners control tooth movement using a gradual force. The only difference is that there are no brackets or metal wires. Instead, clear aligners are made of a strong plastic material. They are custom-designed to fit each individual’s mouth. If a series of aligners are required, each aligner moves the teeth in increments until you achieve the desired movement.
Aligners are worn for 20 hours each day to achieve maximum effectiveness. You will wear each aligner for three weeks before wearing a new one. The duration of treatment with aligners can be as short as three weeks or as long as six months. Generally, treatment with aligners is much quicker than traditional braces.
How do clear aligners work?
If you want to straighten your teeth with clear aligners, the first thing to do will be to scan your teeth. This will be done by your orthodontist, dentist, or direct-to-consumer aligner provider. The scan will be used to design your dental aligners.
If required, your orthodontist or dentist may fit small, clear attachments on your teeth to connect with the aligners. This will give the clear aligners the needed strength to shift your teeth into the desired position.
Imagine seeing someone with metal brackets and braces. Attachments work just like the brackets. Traditional braces have metal brackets. Clear aligners, on the other hand, have tooth-colored attachments. Each aligner is applied on a specific tooth to help the trays engage the teeth and move them in the correct position and direction.
Over time, you will be given a series of trays to move the teeth. Each tray lasts one or two weeks. You must wear your trays for 22 – 24 hours daily. They should be removed only when you want to eat or drink.
Each clear aligner tray works by moving your teeth a few millimeters, and it takes 6 to 12 months. Generally, it is a series of 25 trays. So, for a 25-week treatment, you’ll notice each tooth’s movement as it gets into the correct position.
It is important to note that clear aligners were used for mild cases of teeth overcrowding. In addition, some dental conditions, such as over-rotated teeth or protrusion, may require oral surgery. However, clear aligners can fix many cases of misaligned teeth.
After using clear aligners, you must wear a retainer to prevent the teeth from shifting back into their former location. A retainer plays a significant role in teeth straightening and should not be overlooked.
Are clear aligners safe compared to braces?
Yes! Clear aligners are perfectly safe. Clear aligners can straighten your teeth safely, provided your teeth are healthy. Every dental patient is advised to see a dentist for a dental examination, x-ray images, and cleaning within a year before beginning a precise aligner treatment regimen. With this, you won’t suffer any gum disease, dental decay, or other abnormalities which could alter the safety and success of your precise aligner treatment.
How am I sure clear teeth aligners will work for me?
The best way to know is to book an appointment with Beam Clear Aligners for a perfect scan of your teeth. Some patients prefer to have their impression kit sent to their homes to take their impressions. These impressions will then be mailed back to Beam. Orthodontists will review the digital version of your teeth. Within a week, you’ll get a digital simulation of your teeth after treatment. Once we receive your approval, your aligners will be ordered and shipped to your location.
Advantages of treatment with clear aligners
Clear aligners are a perfect alternative for patients who want a straight smile but are not eager to wear traditional metal braces. Aligners are also beneficial for patients who have undergone previous orthodontic treatment but still want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are many advantages to using clear aligners:
- They are removable, so you can easily brush and floss after meals.
- They are easy to clean
- Clear aligners are very comfortable and may not irritate your cheeks and gums.
- Clear aligners can prevent wearing off of the teeth due to grinding.