Clear Aligners

Clear aligners reposition teeth slowly, moving them a little at a time, just as traditional braces do. As the name suggests, the appliance is clear, making it practically invisible. And, although clear aligners work in the same way that traditional braces do, they are not the right choice for every patient. Dr. Brannon will explain your treatment options based on your unique needs.

How Do Clear Aligners Work?

Clear aligners are removable, plastic orthodontia that attach to your actual teeth to slowly guide them into a healthy position. To determine whether aligners are a treatment option for you, Dr. Brannon examines your mouth and takes a variety of diagnostic images, including x-rays, photographs, digital scans, and impressions. The doctor then needs to map the treatment process, which includes determining the order in which teeth will be realigned. From there, he creates the series of aligners designed for each phase of the treatment plan. Patients typically need to wear the device for 22 hours each day, although individual instructions may vary. When worn, the clear aligner exerts a gentle but constant pressure on your teeth, slowly but surely guiding each tooth to its ideal place. The number of aligners you will need varies according to your particular needs.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Clear Aligners?

The two greatest pros of clear aligners are that they are practically invisible and that the patient may remove the appliance to eat, brush their teeth, or for other short periods. Just make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions. Remember, the device won’t work if you don’t wear it.

One disadvantage of clear aligners is the way they attach to the teeth. Patients are advised to drink mostly water, as liquids tend to get trapped between the device and the teeth. For example, if you drink soda (even diet) or juice, sugars and acids become trapped in the aligner. This may damage your teeth or stain the appliance. If you drink anything other than water, be sure to brush your teeth as soon as possible afterward, preferably using a fluoride toothpaste.

It is also easy to lose clear aligners. If you remove the appliance for any reason, always place it in its case, not a pocket or napkin. Also, most dental appliances are very attractive to pets. Always keep your aligner where pets can’t reach it.

Are Clear Aligners Right for You?

Clear aligners aren’t the solution for everyone. Patients who have moderate crowding or spacing issues are the best candidates. To determine whether a clear aligner is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brannon today.

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