Clear aligners have become an increasingly popular option for teens looking to achieve a straighter, healthier smile. Clear aligners are a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces, but they require a certain level of care and maintenance to ensure effective treatment.
What are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, custom-made plastic aligners to shift teeth into their desired position gradually. They are different from traditional metal braces as they are nearly invisible and much less intrusive. Clear aligners are also removable, allowing you to take them out while eating or brushing your teeth.
Clear Aligner Treatment Process
The clear aligner treatment process typically begins with a consultation with Dr. Farrow or Dr. Dewbre. During the consultation, the doctor will examine your teeth and jaw, take necessary X-rays and discuss your concerns and objectives. Based on the examination results, the orthodontist will determine if clear aligners are the right treatment option for you.
If clear aligners are the chosen treatment, the orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth, creating a series of custom-made aligners. The aligners will be worn for 20-22 hours a day and will be changed out every 1-2 weeks as teeth begin to shift. Treatment time can vary but typically ranges from 6 to 18 months.
Maintaining Oral Hygiene with Clear Aligners
The success of your clear aligner treatment depends on meticulous care and maintenance. You must brush and floss regularly, at least twice a day, and clean the aligners consistently to guarantee they work efficiently. Make sure you keep visiting your dentist during this procedure to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy. When you visit the orthodontist, they check the progress and you could be missing out on important adjustments if you skip these appointments.
Eating and Drinking with Clear Aligners
Remove your aligners and keep them in a safe place when you’re eating. You should brush and floss your teeth before re-inserting the aligners to ensure they are clean and free from food particles. It’s also important to drink plenty of water while wearing aligners to help keep your mouth and aligners clean. When drinking anything other than water, remove the aligners to avoid staining them.
Clear Aligners and Sports
Clear aligners are an ideal option for active teens who participate in sports. They are comfortable and won’t interfere with athletic performance as traditional braces can. You can remove your aligners if you want, but they are generally safe to wear during physical activity.
Can Clear Aligners Help You With More Than Straightening Teeth?
It’s a common misconception that clear aligners are used solely for straightening teeth. They can be used to address a variety of dental issues, such as overcrowding, gaps in teeth, and misaligned bites. Clear aligners can also correct crossbites and open bites. So even if you don’t have crooked teeth, clear aligners might still be a viable option for improving the overall appearance of your smile.
You must take proper care and maintenance of your aligners to guarantee effective treatment. With regular visits to an orthodontist and diligent oral hygiene practices, you can be on your way to a beautiful smile in no time.
Achieve Your Dream Smile with Clear Aligners
Visit Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics today to learn more about how clear aligners can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Our team of expert orthodontists will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to meet your individual needs. Schedule an appointment today!