In an enlightened world where your smile holds so much importance, having a picture-perfect set of teeth is gaining a lot of popularity. The truth, however, is that not everyone is blessed with the perfect set of pearlies and may need help to get them aligned.
Traditionally, it has always been the not-so-pleasant wire braces that have come to the rescue of teenagers with dental alignment issues. These are however associated with the discomfort of having sharp brackets and steel wires that often hurt the gums and make maintenance of dental hygiene difficult. Of recent, the clear aligners have taken over this job, and are gaining immense popularity as they are so easy to use. The best part is that most people won’t even realize you are wearing clear teeth aligners!
If you want a fast, effective and pocket-friendly way to straighten your teeth, then clear aligners are definitely the best solution for you. When used properly, rapid improvements can be seen within a few weeks. Another big advantage is that they are very convenient to use at home and don’t require regular trips to your orthodontist – especially during these pandemic times. Here are some important details to know about clear aligners.
What are Clear Aligners?
Also known as invisible teeth aligners or clear plastic teeth aligners, they fit snugly over the teeth and reposition them gently over time. They are excellent for mild to moderate misalignments of the teeth including overbites, underbites, crooked teeth or gapped teeth. They are easy to use as you can just pop them out when needed. Brushing and flossing are easier too since they can be removed when necessary, making clear aligners the best option for realigning teeth.
How do clear aligners work?
Clear aligners are made from an elastic thermoplastic material known as polyurethane. Your orthodontist will create a mold of your teeth and using a 3D image, he will create a series of aligner trays, with each one being slightly tighter than the previous one. These custom-made trays are posted to the patient in gaps of 2-3 weeks for replacing the previous tray. Depending on the brand of the aligner, the process can take anything between 10-24 months. The tray needs to be worn for around 22 hours daily for effective and timely realignment and the creation of a beautiful smile. OrthoFX is one of the better brands of clear aligners available- as they give faster and more effective results.
Advantages of clear aligners
- They are almost invisible, making them ideal for adults to use comfortably too.
- Maintaining aligners is very easy with a soft toothbrush.
- The aligner trays are sequentially posted to your home, making it a hassle-free process.
- They are highly affordable with no expensive monthly visits to the orthodontist included.
- Since aligners aren’t affixed on the teeth, there is greater comfort in wearing them.
Once the alignment process is over, you will be given retainers to wear for a specified period of time.