Clear aligners are one of the most popular alternatives to metal braces. Learn more about how invisible aligner technology works and how invisible aligners can discreetly and effectively straighten teeth.
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are made of thin plastic shells designed to nudge your teeth into position gradually. Compared to traditional metal braces, invisible aligners are transparent, discrete, and less irritating. Patients experience great results in as little six weeks, while also having the liberty to remove the aligners at a moment’s notice.
When used under an orthodontist’s supervision, clear aligners can transform your teeth alignment. Patients typically replace their aligners every 7-10 days as their teeth shift. Each new aligner is absolutely unique; custom-designed to help guide your teeth into a new, more beautiful smile.
Aligners gradually shift teeth into a straighter position by putting pressure on your teeth. The gradual application of force adjusts the position of your teeth and their supporting tissues. Since the treatment is gradual, the aligner process often feels more gentle and comfortable than other methods.
Patients are fitted for new aligners periodically based on the adjusted placement and shape of their teeth from wearing the previous aligners. Each set of aligners is 3D-printed and based on the patient’s unique bite. Patients are required to wear each aligner for at least 20-22 hours a day to achieve predictable tooth movement.
Complete aligner treatment can take between 6 to 18 months. However, each patient is unique, and some people may require a more intricate treatment plan based on crowding and their specific bit issues. Many patients see a noticeable change in as little as six weeks. Additionally, adult patients that have had past orthodontic alignment as a child may achieve desired results in as little as ten weeks.
Conventional orthodontic braces rely on brackets attached to wires to create the pressure necessary to force teeth into correct alignment. By wearing clear aligners 20-22 hours a day, many patients can achieve a beautiful smile without the hardware needed for traditional braces.
Although clear aligners are more comfortable and less noticeable than alternative orthodontic treatment, they may not be the best option for severe dental misalignment. Some patients may require a few months of conventional braces preceding their clear aligner treatment for final refinements.
Clear aligners are most suitable for individuals with moderately crowded teeth or minor spacing issues. Issues like severe crowding, malocclusion, or rotated teeth may need other forms of orthodontic intervention.
The best candidates for clear aligners are adults and teens. Since a child’s teeth are still growing and developing, orthodontists do not typically recommend clear aligner treatment for younger children.
Choosing clear aligners is an excellent way to correct many orthodontic concerns — and when used under an orthodontist’s supervision — clear aligners transform your misaligned teeth into a world-class smile.
Getting the smile you’ve always wanted starts by contacting us for your free consultation. Book your invisible aligner appointment now for an initial assessment with the experts at the Georgia School of Orthodontics to see if you are a good candidate for clear aligner treatment.