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Clear Aligners

Clear Aligner FAQ’s

Orthodontic treatment is a specific dental specialty that involves correcting malocclusion, which is the misalignment of a bite or incorrect spacing between the teeth. Clear aligners such as Invisalign works to move your teeth into their correct positions with the help of almost invisible BPS-free plastic aligners.

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Although clear aligners are different in the sense that you don’t have to spend copious amounts of time in your orthodontist’s chair to have wires and brackets adjusted, you will need to visit your dentist or orthodontist just as regularly to have them checked. In order to guarantee that your treatment is going to plan, we recommend that you visit us every 4 to 6 weeks. At these appointments, you will not only have a check-up but may also receive a new batch of your aligners. If you have any questions regarding your treatment, we will be more than happy to help in any way we can.

Minor discomfort has been experienced by some patients for the first couple of days when they have new aligners inserted. It is possible to expect this at each new phase of treatment but it is temporary, and not experienced by all. It is unusual to feel this way and the feeling has been described to be one of pressure on the teeth and gums (which is to be expected). If you experience this feeling then you know that your aligners are doing what they are supposed to do, which is moderately adjusting your teeth into the final position you wish to achieve.

Even though clear aligners such as Invisalign were primarily created for adults, due to its success, a new range of aligners were designed called Invisalign Teen. These have added features that make it an ideal option for teenagers who need orthodontic treatment to correct their teeth. Some of the extra features of Invisalign teen include ‘power ridges’ (to help roots grow into the correct spaces), additional sets of aligners in case they are damaged or misplaced, and added means to keep them on track with their aligners. Like its predecessor Invisalign, it is preferable due to it being more discreet, more comfortable and easier to clean for adolescents.

This has become a popular treatment for most people who wish to have their teeth straightened without it being visible but what are some of the side effects to consider when deciding on this treatment? The side effects are mild but are something to consider as you weigh in on making a decision.

You may experience discomfort as your mouth adjusts to the new aligners in your mouth, even though they are flatter and smoother than traditional braces. This doesn’t last long as over time your mouth adjusts to the new aligners.

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