What you should know about invisible aligners
Am I a good candidate for invisible aligners?
Invisible (clear) aligners can correct a lot of orthodontic problems, especially less severe spacing and alignment issues. The trays are especially good for re-aligning teeth in adults who have had braces as kids, but maybe didn’t wear their retainers as long as they should have.
If your condition needs major shifts in your teeth or jaw structure, clear aligners may not be the right treatment for you.
How do invisible aligners work?
Invisible aligners use a clear plastic aligner that snaps over your teeth. You wear the aligner for 18-20 hours a day and take it out when you eat and when you brush and floss your teeth. Every two weeks you get a new aligner with a slightly different shape. Your teeth gradually move to their new position over the course of 20 to 30 aligners.
What will happen at my first appointment?
Your orthodontist will do a complete survey of your mouth’s structure: the roof of your mouth, jaws and teeth. She’ll take photographs of your teeth and take 3D, digital X-Rays. She’ll also take an impression of your teeth that a lab will use to make your clear aligners.
What is it like to wear invisible aligners?
Unlike traditional braces, which require 1-2 hours of chair time, aligner trays just pop in. When it’s time to eat, you just pop them out. Same goes for brushing and flossing.