Traditional Braces’ Alternative
Clear aligner therapy is one of the many treatment options available to straighten the teeth. They have proved to be a practical solution for many patients who have chosen this type of braces to treat their orthodontic problem. Clear aligner therapy includes a system of clear, removable trays that help straighten your teeth. All the aligners are custom made according to the patient’s unique teeth and are specifically designed to move your teeth into their proper position. However, this may not be a suitable option for every patient. It is therefore recommended that the patients schedule a consultation with an orthodontist so that they can guide them towards the best available treatment plan.
22 Hours a Day for a Straighter Smile
Clear aligner therapy is an alternative to traditional braces and is specially designed to help teeth move into their correct positions. Like metal braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control the movement of the tooth, however, brackets and metal wires are not used. They are constructed of a strong plastic material that is virtually invisible and is custom made for each patient. As treatment progresses, the aligners are switched. You will get a new aligner every seven to 14 days. Each aligner is custom prepared according to the desired tooth movement at that stage in your treatment time so that the teeth move a little bit more to their final correct positions with every aligner change.
It is highly recommended that patients wear the aligners for at least 22 hours every day. The length of the treatment is dependent upon the severity of each case and the patient’s compliance with the treatment plan.
Benefits of Clear Aligner Therapy
Clear aligners are indeed an excellent alternative to metal braces and it is also a great option for adult patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. Main advantages of clear aligner therapy include:
- It’s super easy to keep clear aligners clean which will helps maintain the health of your teeth and gums during your treatment.
- They are convenient, comfortable, and are less likely to cause any irritation to your gums or cheeks.
- They prevent wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
- They can easily be removed by the patient making it easier to brush and floss after meals. You can also remove them before eating, so you do not have to alter your diet during the treatment.
If you interested in clear aligner therapy, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gire and Dr. Salmassian at Ladera Orthodontics to discuss the options available to you. Take the first step toward achieving the beautiful smile that you have always wanted.