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What Are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are an advanced alternative to traditional braces and provide an effective way to correct misaligned teeth. Made from transparent medical-grade plastic, these custom-made aligners gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, bringing you one step closer to your ideal smile.
How Do Clear Aligners Work?
When getting clear aligners, you’ll be fitted for several variations that make slight adjustments to move your teeth during your treatment. The clear plastic or acrylic tray fits tightly over your teeth and is removable for eating, brushing, and flossing. Approximately every two weeks, the trays will be removed and new ones will take their place to continue moving your teeth into the desired position. The number of aligners necessary to correct this issue varies from person to person, depending on several factors that will be discussed with your dentist.
Who are clear aligners best suited for?
Clear orthodontic aligners are used for treating a number of dental conditions:
- Crowded teeth
- Open bites
- Malocclusion with primary teeth
Clear aligners may be better suited for older teens and adults as opposed to children and young teens. Clear aligners are removable and require a specific level of responsibility. For these reasons, it can be difficult for younger individuals to remember to reinsert them, and they can become lost or damaged if not properly cared for.