Clear aligners are a series of wafer-thin and transparent removable aligners that are replicas of your teeth. Wearing them puts gentle pressure on the teeth, ever-so-slightly, repositioning them. Aligners are one of the many technological advancements that have made orthodontic treatment less conspicuous and one of the many appliances orthodontists use to move teeth and align jaws.
Kamala Dental Specialty Hospital offers you an irrefutable way to straighten your teeth without going for conventional braces by the use of CAD/CAM made aligners.
Unique features of Clear Aligners:
Aligners are clear, thin, plastic-like trays, making them virtually invisible and allowing an individual to inconspicuously achieve a straight smile. Tooth colored attachments are frequently placed on the teeth to help guide the teeth into place. Aligners are designed to minimize the appearance of the appliance to better fit any lifestyle.
Many patients appreciate that aligners are removable. You take them out to eat, to brush and floss, or for short periods of work or social occasions. The key responsibility is wearing them as prescribed. That typically means a minimum of 22 hours a day and in the correct sequence. As they are removable, aligners can be easily lost or damaged.
While there may be some initial discomfort when a patient switches to a new set of aligners, the discomfort can be easily managed. Removing aligners because they are uncomfortable defeats their purpose.
It is critical to avoid drinking soft drinks, flavored waters or sports drinks of any kind with the aligners in. Liquids seep into aligners and if they contain acid, sugar, or both, it can rapidly lead to staining of the teeth and extensive decay. Teeth need to be spotless when aligners are placed in the mouth.
So how does an aligner work? There is no bracket and there is no wire.
The aligner works because of the elastic properties of the special BPA free plastic it is made from. This plastic is rigid and conforms to the teeth well. The aligner is made on a specially designed 3D printed model. When the aligner is then pushed into position in the mouth, it feels very tight. This tightness is due to snug fit on the back teeth such as the molars and premolars. The aligner maintains its force when worn and that’s what makes the teeth move.
This is why they should be worn for about 22 hours a day for 2 weeks each as by that time the aligner will be coming in and out without pressure and the teeth will now be in the new position, so a new aligner can then be put in place which has a new position about 0.2mm ahead of the current position. This is how the teeth move stage by stage.