Clear aligners are an effective orthodontic treatment.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment but would prefer a discreet alternative to traditional braces, clear aligners may be a suitable option for you. Clear aligners have become increasingly popular among patients who would like to straighten their teeth or resolve minor alignment issues. Read on to find out more about the treatment, and if it suits you…
What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are made from durable, medical-grade plastic. They are designed to fit comfortably on the teeth, and because they are clear, they are very discreet. When you wear clear aligners, people are unlikely to notice that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment at all.
What issues can clear aligners resolve?
Clear aligners can be used to resolve a number of orthodontic issues. These include crowded teeth; gaps; open bite; and certain types of overbite, underbite and crossbite. While certain complex orthodontic issues are often better treated with traditional braces, minor to moderate orthodontic problems can often be effectively resolved with clear aligners.
If you are dissatisfied with the alignment of your teeth, we encourage you to see your dentist for a consultation. Your dentist will assess your mouth, teeth and jaw, as well as your overall oral health, before letting you know if clear aligners are right for you.
How do they work?
Clear aligners look and feel like very thin mouthguards. They are designed to fit comfortably over the teeth, and because they are custom-made, they are very comfortable to wear.
Clear aligners work by applying pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into better positions over time. Every two or three weeks, the aligners will need to be changed for a new set. Each new set of aligners builds on the work of the previous set, allowing the teeth to continuously move throughout treatment.
Are they effective?
Clear aligners provide excellent results in a fairly short period of time. It is important to note, however, that very severe bite problems may require alternative orthodontic treatments.
There are a number of benefits to choosing clear aligners. They fit very well and are removable — this means that you can take them out when eating and drinking and when you brush and floss your teeth. There are no dietary restrictions during an Invisalign treatment, and it is possible to stick to your usual oral hygiene routine. The treatment is also very convenient as you won’t need to visit your dentist too often.
One of the main benefits of clear aligners is that they are virtually invisible. This makes them a very appealing option for adults and teenagers who don’t like the appearance of traditional metal braces.
How can we help?
At Crookes & Jenkins, we offer Invisalign, a clear aligner system that provides a comfortable and discreet alternative to traditional braces. We also offer Invisalign Go, which is ideal for the treatment of minor to moderate cases of crowding, gaps and overbite. With the use of Invisalign Go, treatments take a maximum of only five months, and the cost is even less than a full case of Invisalign.
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