If you are concerned about the alignment of your teeth, there’s good news — thanks to advancements in the field of modern orthodontics, there are now a number of ways in which bite-related issues can be successfully addressed. Traditional metal braces remain a popular and reliable choice, but for those who would prefer a more discreet alternative, clear aligners are often a viable option. But, how well do clear aligners really work? And what kinds of problems can they resolve?
Clear aligners are plastic trays that are custom-made to fit each patient. Made of medical-grade plastic, the aligners are generally considered very comfortable, and because they are clear, they are virtually invisible.
The duration of treatment with clear aligners does vary from person to person but usually takes between 12 and 18 months. A series of trays are provided, and patients are expected to switch their trays every few weeks.
Clear aligners work by applying continuous pressure to the teeth, forcing them to move into new positions over time. Each set of aligners is slightly different from the last, ensuring that movement continues throughout the course of treatment.
One of the most appealing things about clear aligners is they are discreet. It makes them a popular option for adults and teenagers who would prefer to avoid metal braces.
Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners are removable. It means you can take them out of your mouth every time you eat, drink or clean your teeth.
In many cases, treatment with clear aligners requires less time at your orthodontist’s office, which makes it an appealing solution for individuals with busy schedules.
Clear aligners are a highly effective orthodontic treatment, but it is important to understand that they are not suited to every case. If you need to have minor adjustments made to your teeth, your orthodontist may recommend that you get clear aligners.
Some of the orthodontic concerns that can be addressed with the help of clear aligners include unwanted gaps between the teeth, crooked or crowded teeth, mild to moderate misalignment, and some bite-related problems. Severe orthodontic issues are often better resolved with traditional braces, but your orthodontist will be able to advise you on the treatment that is most appropriate for you.
In order to enjoy optimal results with clear aligners, there are a few important considerations. You will need to wear your aligners for the recommended length of time each day — this is usually 22 hours every day. You will also need to take proper care of your aligners by keeping them clean.
In order to avoid damages and potential delays to your treatment, don’t forget to remove your clear aligners every time you eat — the pressure of biting and chewing can cause some serious harm to the trays.
At iSmile Orthodontics, we offer a comprehensive range of orthodontic solutions, including Invisalign clear aligners. If you are concerned about your smile and are considering orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to come in and see us. If you have extensive orthodontic needs, you may not be suited to Invisalign, in which case we will recommend an alternative treatment. If, however, you are a suitable candidate for clear aligners, we will guide you through the process and address any questions or concerns that you have along the way.
The team at iSmile Orthodontics is committed to providing top-quality care to patients of all ages. We offer treatments for adults, teenagers, and children, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign, and early orthodontic evaluations. To find out more about the services that we have to offer, please have a look here.
If you would like to arrange a consultation with us, please give us a call at 03 9466 8484 or get in touch with us here. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our practices in Bundoora, Mernda, or Burnside Heights.