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Clear aligners, also called invisible aligners, are a type of orthodontic treatment that corrects misaligned or crooked teeth. They are a virtually invisible and removable alternative to braces designed around convenience and flexibility.

Aligner trays are custom-made for every patient, depending on the severity of teeth misalignment.

Clear aligners can treat a variety of different cases, including:

  • Crowded teeth — when the teeth overlap
  • Overbites — when the upper front teeth overlap with the lower front teeth
  • Under bites — when the lower front teeth overlap with the upper front teeth
  • Diastema — when there are small or large gaps between the teeth
  • Open bites — when the front upper and lower teeth slant outward and do not touch when the mouth is shut. This is a very rare type of malocclusion.
  • Misaligned primary (baby) teeth — clear aligners can be used during phase I orthodontic treatment to make room for existing baby teeth and developing permanent teeth. Children between 6 and 10 years of age are candidates for this treatment.

Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Similar to braces, clear aligners use a gradual force to control tooth movement, but without metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made of a strong plastic material and are fabricated to fit each individual's mouth. If a series of aligners are needed, each aligner moves the teeth in increments until the desired movement is achieved.

Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours a day to reach the desired maximum effectiveness.  Each aligner is worn for three weeks before changing to the next one. The length of treatment with aligners depends upon the severity of each case. Typically, aligner treatment can be as short as three weeks or as long as six months. Overall, aligners offer a much shorter treatment than traditional braces.

Advantages of orthodontic treatment with clear aligners

Clear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile, but do not want to wear traditional metal braces. Also, aligners are beneficial for patients with previous orthodontic treatment that want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to using clear aligners:

  1. Clear aligners are removable so it is easier for you to brush and floss after meals
  2. Clear aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks
  3. Clear aligners can prevent tooth wear from grinding
  4. Invisible – Clear Aligners are virtually invisible. No one will notice that you are undergoing treatment.
  5. Allergic Free – No allergic reactions inside the mouth such as mouth ulcers.
  6. Comfort Ensured – Most comfortable and easily removable.
  7. No diet restrictions
  8. Hygienic – It can be taken out easily to permit brushing and flossing, so good oral hygiene can be maintained.
  9. Precise Planning – Final result can be visualized through 3D images before treatment begins.
  10. Cost effective – Time-saving correction of misaligned teeth.
  11. Pain-free treatment