If you are curious about the science behind orthodontic aligners such as Invisalign, our Edmonton dentists can help. In this blog, we explain the science of clear aligners and tell you how they can help straighten your smile.
How Clear Aligners Work
Clear aligners are a transparent, removable, custom-made series of clear aligner trays that help correct orthodontic conditions. They do this by shifting teeth in tiny increments until they reach their prescribed positions, as stated in a customized treatment plan that is established by your dentist.
Throughout the last decade, they have become a popular treatment option for both teens and adults that want to have their teeth straightened in a more discreet fashion, without the brackets and wires that are associated with traditional metal braces.
You Have to Be the Right Candidate for Clear Aligners
The process begins by finding out if you are a candidate for clear aligners. At your consultation, your dentist will conduct an examination, that will include dental impressions, a digital X-ray, photos of your teeth, and a bite registration (to see how your upper and lower teeth fit together).
This process is essential in finding out if your condition can be successfully treated with clear aligners.
Clear Aligners are Effective at Treating Orthodontic Problems
After your dentist examines your smile and takes impressions of your teeth, your aligners will be made to treat specific orthodontic issues. Dentists have used Invisalign to successfully treat patients with:
- Gapped teeth
- Teeth grinding
- Open bite
- Crooked teeth
- Sleep apnea
Just like each patient’s teeth are unique to them, each individual case is different. Your specific treatment time and other factors in your treatment plan may vary depending on which teeth must be moved, and by how much. It can take longer to move some teeth than others due to their position in your mouth.
Depending on your needs and preferences, removable custom clear aligners can offer an aesthetic and comfortable alternative to fixed appliances such as braces when it comes to orthodontic treatment.
Clear Aligners Promote Good Oral Health & Hygiene
With the brushing and flossing you’ll need to do to keep your teeth - and your aligners clean - during treatment, you’ll be diligently brushing away plaque and bacteria that can get stuck between your aligners and your teeth, leading to cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.
A large part of successful treatment with clear aligners is the commitment to excellent oral hygiene - and working with your dentist to follow the treatment plan and minimize the chance for plaque to take hold.
Shorter Treatment Time With Clear Aligners
Another benefit of clear aligners is that you’ll spend less time in your dentist’s office - and more time enjoying your straighter smile.
Clear aligners shouldn’t require regular adjusting or tightening, and you may only need to visit your dentist every couple of months to check in on your progress and ensure your treatment is going to plan.
The Limitations of Clear Aligner Treatment
While there are lots of advantages of having your orthodontic treatment done with clear aligners, not all issues can be treated with this method. Large overbites, severe rotations, some molar issues, and other problems may require another orthodontic treatment option.
If your case cannot be treated with Invisalign, your dentist can help you find another option that will work for you, such as traditional metal braces.