Clear aligners are an orthodontic appliance system used to inconspicuously treat crooked and crowded teeth in adults. This modern take on braces features a system of clear aligner trays that are worn at all times with the exception of during meals and when brushing or flossing. The trays are custom fitted to the teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable when laughing, talking, and eating with other people. Patients receive a sequence of trays, each of which is slightly different than the one before. The aligners provide a slight resistance to the teeth, forcing them to move into alignment over time. With clear aligners, adults can achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted without feeling self-conscious about the mode of treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for clear aligners?
If you have crooked or crowded teeth that are embarrassing to you or otherwise preventing you from achieving optimal oral health, clear aligners could be the solution for you. Not all cases are right for clear aligner treatment. Visit your orthodontist for a complete consultation to see if you are a candidate for clear aligner treatment.
What should I expect during my clear aligner treatment?
You will wear your aligners nearly all of the time, with the exception of about two hours per day. Clear aligner treatments are different for everyone, but most patients can achieve their ideal smiles within one to two years. During that time, you can expect to make occasional dental visits to monitor your progress.
Will I need any post-treatment care?
Following your treatment, you will no longer need to wear clear aligners trays. However, you will need to wear a retainer each day to help protect your new smile. It is also important to continue visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and twice-yearly cleaning.