What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are smooth, plastic aligners that fit comfortably over the teeth. Made of BPA-free plastic, they are designed to fit snugly against the teeth and each set is perfectly calibrated to achieve a certain tooth movement.
How do clear aligners work?
Clear aligners work in the same manner as traditional braces, guiding teeth to their ideal locations. But unlike braces, they are made to be more comfortable and are completely removable.
The teeth are guided to their ideal locations using a constant but gradual force. Prior to beginning aligner therapy, your treatment is completely mapped out and your aligners are created just for your unique smile. Each set will be perfectly calibrated to achieve a certain movement before moving on to the next set in your series.
You’ll wear each aligner set for 22 hours a day for 7-14 days before switching to the next set in your series. When treatment is complete, you’ll have your beautifully straight smile and properly functioning bite.
What are the advantages of using clear aligners?
Clear aligners have a host of advantages over more traditional braces options.
- Clear aligners are removable, which makes it a breeze to care for your teeth. You simply pop the aligners out, then brush and floss as normal. There are no brackets or wires to try to brush around.
- Eat whatever you want! Another advantage to having removable aligners is that you don’t need to adjust your diet. You’ll remove the aligners anytime you eat or drink anything but plain water, so there’s no need to adjust your diet.
- Clear aligners are comfortable because there are no brackets or wires to irritate your mouth.
Are clear aligners affordable?
Today, the cost of clear aligners is very similar to that of the cost of traditional braces. And if you have dental insurance that includes orthodontic care, you’ll find that clear aligner therapy is a covered expense. Clear aligners have never been more affordable!