Clear Aligners vs. Traditional Metal Braces
While traditional metal braces have been the go-to solution for decades, clear aligners provide a contemporary twist on teeth straightening. The prime difference lies in aesthetics and comfort; clear aligners are nearly invisible and lack the bulk and discomfort associated with metal braces. They are removable, facilitating easier cleaning and allowing patients to eat without restrictions.
Are They Suitable for Everyone?
Clear aligners are an excellent choice for most orthodontic issues. However, our practice specifically caters to adult patients, those who are 16 years and older. It’s crucial to consult with our orthodontist to determine if clear aligners are the best solution for your unique dental needs.
How Does the Process Work?
The journey to a straightened smile with clear aligners is systematic:
- Consultation and Examination: Your orthodontic journey starts with a detailed consultation, where we assess the nature and extent of the misalignment.
- Customised Design: Using cutting-edge technology, a series of aligners are custom-designed to move your teeth progressively.
- Wearing the Aligners: Each set of aligners is worn for 22 hours a day for 1 to 2 weeks, gradually and gently guiding the teeth into their desired positions.
- Regular Checkups: Periodic appointments ensure the treatment is progressing as planned and make necessary adjustments if required.
Caring for Your Clear Aligners
Maintaining your clear aligners is straightforward:
- Daily Cleaning: Rinse and brush them with a soft toothbrush to free them from plaque and residue.
- Avoid Hot Beverages: Heat can warp the aligner’s shape, so it’s best to remove them when drinking hot beverages.
- Safe Storage: When not wearing them, store your aligners in their provided case to prevent any damage.