Many adults or older teens would like to improve their smiles but hate the idea of traditional orthodontics. Aligner orthodontic treatment that is a great alternative to metal braces. Unlike traditional braces, patients don’t have to endure painful, ugly metal wires or bands. Virtually invisible, the aligners system works through a series of custom aligners.
During the first visit, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and digitalize them. From these impressions, your doctor can create and manipulate a computerized image of the teeth. Using the 3-D model, the dentist will plan out the movement of the teeth. Custom aligners are then generated to fit your specific case. Every couple of weeks, patients change the aligners as prescribed by the dentist. The aligners gradually reposition the teeth little by little until you can enjoy a straight, attractive smile.
Although the actual length of time depends on the individual case, usually in 6 to 18 months, often less time than with traditional orthodontic therapy. Your dentist will see you every four to six weeks to monitor your progress.
Aligners are the best option for adults who want to maintain their mature images and don’t have to deal with the embarrassment of metal braces.
Another obvious advantage of the aligners are they are removable, so patients can take them out to eat, brush, and floss.But for optimal results, you need to wear the aligners about 22 hours a day on a consistent basis.