Clear custom fit aligners are an effective alternative to traditional braces that use a system of clear, removable thermoplastic retainers to straighten teeth. Dr. Hans is able to precisely control the movement of the teeth through a Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) process. Each aligner is custom-made in our office to fit over your teeth and designed to gradually move teeth into their proper position. Clear aligner treatment is not for everyone. The best way to find out if clear aligners are the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hans.
How do clear aligners work?
Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional braces, and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Just like braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made with a strong plastic material, and are fabricated to fit your mouth. Each aligner is created a little different, so that each time you switch aligners, your teeth move a little more. Some tooth movements (in and out) are easily done with aligners, however some movement (turning rotated teeth) are sometime difficult. Dr. Hans will evaluate your teeth and make a recommendation on the best treatment for you.
To work, Aligners need to worn for at least 20 hours each day! It usually takes between 10 days and two weeks before you switch to the next aligner. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case, and can take anywhere between six months to two years.
Advantages of orthodontic treatment with clear aligners:
Clear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear metal braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with clear aligners.
- Clear aligners can be removed for flossing and brushing your teeth. Therefore, making it easier to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
- Clear aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.
- Clear aligners prevent wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
Clear aligners have one big disadvantage- If you don't wear them 20 hours a day, they don't work!
If you're interested in orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, schedule an appointment for us to talk about whether or not this is the right treatment option for you. Scheduling a consultation is your first step toward achieving the beautiful smile you've always wanted.