Clear aligners are orthodontic appliances that align crooked teeth and improve your smile and appearance. They are in heavy demand in recent years as they serve as a more convenient alternative to traditional braces and are nearly invisible.
There are several FDA-approved clear aligners available in the market such as Invisalign, Smart Moves, Clear Correct, and Inman Aligners. Read on to learn all about how they are made and how the treatment works.
The main goal of clear aligners is the same as with traditional braces - to address teeth alignment issues. The important difference between them is the approach taken in achieving the final result and the materials they are made of.
Here’s how clear aligners are made:
Dentists recommend that you wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day for a set period to achieve the desired result.
When the treatment plan begins, you are given an initial set of aligners. As the treatment progresses, these aligners are exchanged for new ones (typically, after a week or two).
Over the next few months of treatment, your teeth will gradually move to their respective places until they reach the correct alignment.
Once you complete the treatment with clear aligners, you are required to wear retainers. This is to ensure that the aligned teeth don’t return to their original positions.
Typically, your dentist will advise you to wear retainers for about 20 hours a day for the next three to six months.
Clear aligners are the most popular alternative to braces among kids and adults in recent years as they can correct the structure of your teeth without compromising your smile. For more information about clear aligners, schedule a consultation with Bray Family Dental in Cottonwood Heights, Utah by calling (801) 943 9090, booking an appointment online, or visiting us at 7138 Highland Dr #219, Salt Lake City, UT 84121.