Invisible orthodontics & braces (aligners)
Everyone wants a great smile. Removable clear or invisible aligners have become a very popular orthodontics choice to straighten teeth. Invisible orthodontics & braces are alternative to traditional braces moves teeth in the same way that fixed appliances work, only without clasps, brackets and metal wires. Invisible Aligners are a series of tight-fitting custom-made trays that slip over the teeth, typically used for patients who have mild or moderately crooked teeth, misaligned issues, crowding or spacing problems, or minor misaligned bites.
The invisible aligners can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing, making it easier to maintain better overall oral health. The invisible aligner has to be worn every day and replaced with new aligners regularly to continue moving the teeth into the desired position. Unlike traditional braces that may easily cause scratches, sore spots and other oral injuries, the clear aligner creates fewer irritations by utilising smooth aligners and causes less oral and gum problems.
Firstly, a digital tooth model can be obtained by scanning the teeth and dentist can plan the treatment based on the model. After the treatment planning is done, the patient gets a series of snug-fitting, invisible aligners created by the supplier according to dentist’s instructions.
Aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day and replaced every 1-2 weeks. You will visit your dentist around every 6-8 weeks to monitor your progress. The dentist ensures that the tooth movement is planned as expected through each examination, otherwise, you may need a new treatment plan for a separate set of aligners.
Invisible aligners can be used to treat moderate misaligned teeth or spacing problems. They are almost undetectable while being worn on the teeth. They can be removed as and when required. This is beneficial because it allows you to ensure good oral health through proper brushing and flossing. But the success of the treatment will depend entirely on the patient’s cooperation and self-discipline.
Self-discipline has to be maintained
Ensure you have the self-discipline to wear your aligners for the required amount of time every day, besides, follow the dentist’s instructions to use chewies to ensure the aligner fits the teeth perfectly when the aligners are replaced. In addition, you need to spend time maintaining the hygiene of both the teeth and aligners. If you have an anchorage device, you need to use mouthwash to keep your mouth clean, or dental plaques may build up and cause inflamed gums.
After finishing your treatment plan, retainers will be required to maintain your new smile. The retainers are shaped like clear aligners but with a different purpose: they do not move the teeth by pressure but rather prevent their shifting to the previous position.