What are the benefits of using Clear Aligners?
Clear Aligners are transparent, thin and very easy to wear. They are an attractive alternative to wired braces. Speech is not impeded during treatment and you will be able to brush and floss your teeth normally. They are ideal for correcting simple relapses.
What is the process of using Clear Aligners?
Once you and your dentist have discussed treatment with Clear Aligners, impressions will be taken of your teeth and sent to the lab. Once received, the lab use the impressions to create models of your teeth which are then scanned and a sequence of plastic aligners are produced.
May I wear Clear Aligners straight away?
In certain cases, space needs to be created before treatment with clear aligners can begin. This is accomplished by using separate arch expanders. Once the required space has been achieved, the aligners can then be manufactured and worn. During treatment, space may also need to be created between the teeth by carrying out Interproximal Reduction (IPR). This technique involves mechanically removing some of the outer tooth surface, called enamel. Your dentist should inform you before treatment if expansion or IPR are necessary.
How long do I wear each aligner for?
Each aligner should be worn for approximately two weeks, at the direction of your dentist. After this period the aligner should become loose, at which point it will be time for the next aligner.