What Are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are an easy remedy for slightly crooked or misaligned teeth. In essence, they are clear plastic appliances that are placed over the teeth in the same way you would wear a mouthguard. Like braces, clear aligners exert a gentle pressure on your teeth that carefully nudge them into the desired positions.
What Can I Expect From the Clear Aligner Process?
Your clear aligners will be custom-made using x-rays and impressions of your teeth. As your teeth begin to move, you will need a slightly different aligner. You will receive multiple sets of aligners, and you will swap your current set for the next appliance every one to two weeks (or as directed by your dentist). They should be worn for about 22 hours each day. Tiny attachments may be secured to your teeth in order to help the aligners snap into place, but they are shaded to match your smile and are removed after the alignment process is complete.
Clear Aligners vs. Braces
Many patients are eager to straighten their smile, but are reluctant to commit to the mouthful of metal that accompanies traditional braces. Clear aligners are almost invisible, allowing you to straighten your teeth without otherwise changing your appearance. They are made from a thin, transparent plastic that is far less conspicuous than metal braces. In addition, standard braces can only be removed by a professional dentist. Clear aligners, however, can be taken out for short periods of time in order to eat, drink, or attend a social event. You’ll still be able to enjoy sticky or gummy snacks or beverages that braces would prohibit.
Am I a Candidate for Clear Aligners?
You may be a great candidate for clear aligners If your teeth are slightly misaligned or crooked, or if your bite is mildly uneven. They may also be able to correct tiny gaps. It’s important to note that clear aligners are an excellent solution for many dental flaws, but may not be able to correct every type of imperfection. If you are interested in clear aligners, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist. They will be able to determine whether or not your smile can benefit from clear aligners using x-rays and dental impressions. If clear aligners are not the right fit for your smile, your dentist can recommend an alternate course of action to achieve your oral health goals, such as clear braces.
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Transform your smile and elevate your self-confidence with our professional clear aligners at Gilbert Dental Group in Greenville, South Carolina. For more information on our oral health services or to schedule an appointment online or send us a message here.