Clear aligners

Clear removable aligners are a relatively new way of correcting milder orthodontic problems. They are thin clear flexible plastic trays which fit closely over the teeth. A series of aligners is used to move the teeth incrementally accordingto the desired result. Aligner appliances are ideally suited to adult patients whose life-style or work commitments make it difficult for them to wear more visible conventional fixed appliances.

Aligners are best suited to cases needing simple alignment of teeth. Routine aligner treatments include:

  • Mild dental irregularity
  • Mild crowding
  • Mild spacing

An accurate impression of the mouth is used to create a series of customised aligners. Each appliance moves the teeth a small distance towards the intended position before moving on to the next in the series until the final result is achieved. Aligners need to be worn full-time, day and night except for meal times.

Advantages of clear aligners:

  • Invisible, very thin, and don’t impede speech
  • Ideal for adult patients who are reluctant to have a lengthy orthodontic treatment wearing metal brackets or bulky removable appliances
  • An excellent tool for final correction after orthodontic treatment
  • Can realign teeth after relapse post-orthodontic treatment
  • Best for aligning mild crowding of anterior teeth
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