Clear aligners are orthodontic appliances that reposition teeth over time. At Grant Family Dentistry, clear aligners are made from smooth BPA-free plastic that will not irritate the mouth's soft tissues. They are designed to gradually move the teeth into proper alignment. Clear aligners are custom-made for each patient and worn for 20-22 hours daily for optimal results. Patients can remove their clear aligners to eat and brush and floss their teeth as usual.
How Do Clear Aligners Work?
Clear aligner therapy uses a series of removable, custom-made plastic trays to move teeth into the desired position gradually. Each tray is designed to fit comfortably over the teeth, with each one moving the teeth closer to their ideal position. Patients wear each tray for about two weeks before moving on to the next tray in the sequence. Over time, the teeth are straightened and properly aligned. Treatment time will vary based on a patient’s needs and the number of teeth that need to be moved or realigned.
Clear aligner therapy gives patients a more discreet way to straighten their teeth than traditional braces. However, this type of orthodontic treatment is only suitable for some. Patients who are good candidates for clear aligner therapy include those who are self-conscious about wearing metal braces and whose lifestyle makes traditional braces challenging to manage. For example, students who play sports or are practicing musicians may benefit from using clear aligners.
Clear aligners are also perfect for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. The trays are most effective at correcting overcrowding, gaps between teeth, overbites, cross bites, and other alignment issues.
The Benefits of Clear Aligners
Metal braces can irritate the lips and cheeks, causing discomfort throughout treatment. Clear aligners are made from a smooth plastic that is comfortable to wear throughout the day. They are also easy to remove while eating or brushing your teeth to maintain good oral hygiene.
Clear aligners are nearly invisible, so most people won’t even realize you are wearing them. This makes them a popular alternative for adults who want a less noticeable orthodontic option.
Removable aligners make oral hygiene much easier for patients since they can be taken out to eat, brush, and floss. You also don’t have to visit the dentist as often during clear aligner treatment as you would with traditional braces.
To determine if you could benefit from clear aligner therapy, schedule a consultation with our dentist today. For the best dental care tailored to your needs, visit Grant Family Dentistry at 335 6th St., Meeker, CO 81641, or call (970) 878-5853.