Aligners are like a custom-moulded clear plastic form of dental braces which is designed for your teeth. They fit securely and need to be worn at least 18-22 hours a day, which slowly move and manipulate your teeth.
Since clear aligners are removable, maintaining oral hygiene is easier , there is no dietary restrictions, more comfort as there is nothing poking or pricking inside your mouth causing ulcers, it’s invisible which might boost the confident levels in adult patients and less doctors appointment intervals.
A mould of your teeth is taken in the form of 3D digital imaging, this image is placed in a special software to create a series of clear plastic material to form your dental aligner. This plastic aligner applies gentle pressure on your teeth and gradually moves them into proper alignment. Usually the patient wears each set of aligners from anywhere between 1-2 weeks before switching to a new set of aligners.
The aligner is made of medical-grade plastic, which means that it’s sturdy and hygienic. It’s safe to wear even while you sleep.
No, Clear braces are different from clear aligners, clear braces are white or ceramic braces attached to the teeth like the metal braces .It is very important to understand this difference.
Actually 90% of the patients will be eligible for aligners. But there are 10% of the cases which are more complex in nature and might require combination of aligners and braces to finish the treatment.
Its always best to consult your dentist or aligner provider to make sure that they’re an option for you. There are certain dental problems where aligners are not always suitable for people with dental implants, osteoporosis, receding gums or severe gingivitis etc.
Yes off course, but it all depends whether you have problems with your wisdom teeth, then it’s best to get these dealt with in advance. In certain cases the dentist might suggest to remove the wisdom teeth for planning which will be discussed with you before they go ahead.
Aligner can be or has been used from 8 to 70 years of age. But the extend of treatment done with Aligners depends on the age.
Offcourse you can, but during pregnancy there is lot of hormonal changes in the body which might lead to sensitive gums and gum disease. Make sure to visit your dentist regularly for checkups. If you’re experiencing too much discomfort, stop using your clear aligners. You can always return to teeth straightening treatment after the pregnancy.
Yes, certain type for teeth crowding can be treated only by wearing aligner at night time.
Cost may vary anything from $ 2000 to $ 9000, but it all depends upon the severity of the case. It is advisable to consult with a dentist or with a clinical coordinator for dental assessment and to get a personalised quote for teeth alignment.
Anything from 6 months to 2 years. It all varies case by case.
At first, you might find that the dental aligners make it more difficult to speak. You might notice a slight change in the pronunciation of words, or to the way that talking feels. But most of the people will get use to it in 1-2 days.
Basically it need to be removed only while eating , drinking any hot drinks and brushing your teeth. You should be wearing your aligners for at least 18-20 hours per day. This includes sleeping.
Your aligners will need cleaning as often as the teeth underneath. Always remove them for regular cleaning, when you brush your teeth. Usually you can clean aligner with hand soap or toothpaste.
Dental hygiene is particularly important when you’re wearing aligners. The plastic aligners can trap food and drink against your teeth, which is why you need to do a good job of brushing and flossing.
Just like brushing your teeth, you should brush your aligners all over and rinse them out with cold water. Some people clean their aligners by putting them in a cup of water, with a denture cleaner. You can also use a product like Retainer Brite for more effective cleaning and removal of bacteria and odours.
With aligners, your teeth are subjected to constant pressure that forces them to move and shift around. Understandably, they won’t be completely pain-free. But, you should only feel minimal aching and tenderness.
Of course you can because aligners are designed to fit securely.
Aligner chewies are small foam or plastic tubes with plan or different Colours designed for use with your aligners.
Chewies are used to help make sure that your aligners are in the correct position, to make them more effective and more comfortable. Once you’ve inserted your aligners, bite down on the chewies and the pressure will secure your aligner trays.
Of course teeth will move back after you finish your treatment. But it can be stopped by wearing retainers which are similar to aligners but thicker in material.
Your retainers hold your teeth in their final position, avoiding the need for further treatment.