Can they straighten your teeth?
Dental aligners are almost invisible, easy to clean, and comfortable to wear. What makes them so amazing and how can you achieve the Hollywood smile of your dreams through them? Read in our new blog article.
How do dental aligners work?
Dental aligners (clear braces), like other types of orthodontic appliances, work by gradually moving teeth into their optimal position. The patient is required to wear a series of aligners, with each successive pair being replaced once every 2 weeks. In this way, the teeth are moved by up to 0.3 mm when the aligners are changed until the ideal alignment is achieved. To achieve the best end result, they are worn approximately 22 hours per day.
Each pair of aligners make a smooth, very gentle rotation of the teeth without bleeding gums and pain. Before you begin your treatment with dental aligners, your orthodontist will create an individualized treatment plan based on precise calculations of the steps you need to go through to achieve the desired result.
How long should I wear the aligners?
The time for treatment with dental aligners is determined by many factors, some of which are:
- The age of the patient
- The severity of the orthodontic deformity
- The need for additional manipulations to aid orthodontic treatment
For mild cases, the treatment time with dental aligners varies between 6 and 12 months.
What is the main difference between traditional braces and aligners?
There are key differences between traditional braces and aligners. Traditional braces apply a pulling force that gradually shifts the teeth into place, while aligners use a pushing force that "rotates" the teeth into the correct position.
What happens after the treatment is complete?
When you are finished wearing your last pair of clear aligners, your orthodontist will recommend that you wear or have retainers placed.
There are two types of retention after orthodontic treatment - removable and fixed. Fixed retainers are placed on the inside of the teeth and are a metal plate that prevents them from shifting in the future.
On the other hand, removable retainers are plastic retainers resembling aligners or a clear splint. You may need to wear the splint continuously for a period of 6 to 12 weeks, and after that period, only put them on during sleep.
What are the advantages of aligners?
One of the great advantages of dental aligners is that you can remove them while you are eating or drinking. They are also inconspicuous and are extremely easy to clean with a regular toothbrush.
Are aligners right for you?
If you would like to find out if you are a suitable candidate for treatment with dental aligners, please book an appointment for a one-to-one consultation with our orthodontists on +359 889677314.