For straighter teeth, clear aligners might be the right treatment for you. In recent years, this has been a popular, effective option for teenagers and adults alike. Aligners have benefits that other methods cannot match. There are aspects of this treatment that you will love and find to be more appealing than traditional choices. Your dentist can help you understand the process of how aligners work. You can then feel comfortable about making the choice to get a new smile.
Dentists use aligners to address a wide range of alignment and bite issues that patients face. Commonly, aligners can straighten teeth that have grown at odd angles. This treatment is also good for repairing overbites, underbites, and crossbites. People who have crowded teeth can also benefit from this option. Patients who have gaps in their mouth may also find positive results from this treatment.
Clear aligners are not for everyone. The aligners will not be able to straighten severely crooked teeth. The same is true for large gaps in the mouth. People who have bridgework or crowns should also seek other options.
To begin treatment with clear aligners, the patient will meet with the dentist. At this visit, the dentist will review the process so that the patient knows what to expect. The patient should ask questions and address concerns at this point. Next, the dentist will take X-rays and make digital impressions of the patient’s teeth. This allows the dentist to create the first set of aligners.
Aligners are made of clear plastic and resemble a mouthguard. The patient puts them in the mouth over the teeth. The appliance should fit snugly and may take a few days to get used to. The mouthguard works by putting pressure on the teeth. The force travels to the jaw, which moves the sockets, bringing the teeth with them.
The patient will not wear the same set of clear aligners for the entire treatment period. As the teeth move, the aligners will change so that they will fit properly. The patient will get a new set every few weeks. The dentist will be mindful that the appliance fits well and is comfortable.
Clear aligners are removable and do not have to be in the patient’s mouth constantly. The patient should remove the appliance while eating. Overall, the person will wear the aligners for 21 to 22 hours a day. The teeth will move gradually, but after about 12 months, the patient should see results. Some people have straighter teeth in as few as six months. The treatment time should not take more than two years.
Having crooked teeth or bite abnormalities can affect your self-image and self-esteem. There are also health effects of having these conditions. Wearing clear aligners can solve these concerns. Talk to your dentist today about whether you are a good candidate for this treatment.
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