Clear Aligners

Clear aligners have become an attractive option for people who want straight teeth but do not want to live with the look of metal braces for one to two years. Clear aligners such as Invisalign provide the teeth-straightening benefit of traditional metal braces but slide invisibly over the patients natural teeth. While clear aligners are not for every orthodontic case, adults and many teens are choosing invisible braces over more traditional metal types.

Understanding Aligners

Clear aligners, as the name suggests are a series of clear, removable aligners for your teeth.  Manufactured by various companies, they  are custom-fit to your teeth and provide a virtually irritation-free form of treatment. They provide low discomfort and require minimal adjustments as well.

Clear aligners are virtually invisible, resistant to clouding from wear and minimally invasive. Clear aligners don’t have brackets or wires which can break or poke you in the mouth.  And, they can be taken out for drinking, eating and when it’s time for the all important; brushing and flossing.

How clear aligners work

A clear aligner works by moving teeth a short distance. Treatment consists of having a new clear aligner placed every two to six weeks to move the teeth a little more. The entire orthodontic treatment may consist of 20 to 30 clear aligners to move each tooth to the desired position.

The advantages of clear aligners

There are several obvious advantages of clear aligners. Clear aligners are actually clear braces (not to be confused with ceramic and composite braces which are sometimes called clear braces). Clear aligners are made of rigid plastic and are transparent so the person’s natural teeth show through. Clear aligners like Invisalign are barely visible and have earned them the name invisible braces.

Another advantage to clear aligners is that they are removable braces. In other words, they can be completely taken out during meals and for teeth cleaning. Unlike metal braces which are fixed dental appliances, these removable appliances make oral hygiene much easier and in many cases more effective. When being discreet is important, as it is to most wearers of clear aligners, they can be removed before an important meeting or presentation.

Contact Dr. Gilbert today and find out if clear aligners are right for you.