Everything You Need to Know About Clear Aligners

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Crooked, misaligned teeth affect overall oral health, may cause a speech impairment, and lead to self conscious feelings about your smile, thereby severely affecting your personal and professional lives. Teeth-straightening with orthodontics is one of the easiest ways to deal with these types of dental problems. Traditional metal braces have been the go-to choice for teeth alignment for decades. But in recent times, the use of clear aligners have started gaining traction as a better choice. Want to know more about clear aligners and the many advantages of using OrthoFX? Read on…

What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are removable invisible trays made from plastic/polymer material that are customized to fit a patient’s teeth. The aligners use gentle forces from either side to gradually move the misaligned teeth to its new position. Clear aligners are 3D printed after an orthodontist has diagnosed a patient’s level of malocclusion issue via scans, x-rays, etc. 

How do clear aligners work?

Once the type of malocclusion is detected, a series of custom made clear aligners are made to tightly fit a patient’s teeth- like a glove. The aligners apply force to rotate the teeth to the new position. Each new set of aligners shifts the teeth little by little and is followed up by the next set. Generally, one set of aligners is worn for a week before changing into a new one. The number of aligners depends on the complexity of the patient’s misalignment.  During treatment your doctor will continue to monitor your progress. 

Benefits of clear aligners

Clear aligners have benefits galore. To start with, they are almost invisible to the naked eye. You can wear them and carry on with your life without anyone knowing about your orthodontic treatment. Unlike metal braces, no one will detect metal brackets every time you flash a smile or speak. And since there is no metal involved, clear aligners are more comfortable with no wires scraping your gums and mouth. Clear aligners are removable and you can take them out while eating or brushing/flossing. With removable OrthoFX clear aligners, you do not have to stick to a specific diet (to avoid food sticking to your braces) nor do you have to worry about dental hygiene as it’s much easier to brush and floss.

Time and cost

Ideally, clear aligners have to be worn for 20-22 hours a day for maximum impact and faster results. In fact, the aligners start working right from day one and changes are visible pretty early. The entire treatment generally takes 6 months to a couple of years. While at the onset clear aligners might come across as expensive, newer brands and better quality products offer affordability and value-for-money packages. OrthoFX has guaranteed financing programs with easy payment plans for almost any budget. If you have orthodontic benefits in your dental insurance plan, that adds additional savings!

Clear aligners are just the thing you need to get a smile that can win the world. For a comfortable, hassle-free experience of treating your malocclusion with clear aligners, reach out to us at OrthoFX.