How They Work: Clear straightening aligners, such as Invisalign, are made up of BPA-free plastic trays that are customized to a patient’s mouth. The trays can be taken out to eat, brush your teeth, or clean, but should be worn at least 22 hours a day for best results. Patients typically receive new trays every one to two weeks to slowly straighten their teeth over time.
Appearance: Clear aligners are discreet and virtually invisible, so most people will have no idea that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Care: Once they remove them, patients with clear aligners can eat and care for their teeth like normal. It’s also important to clean the aligners every day.
Timeline: Most patients can expect to wear their clear aligners for 12 to 18 months. However, those with more complex circumstances could be closer to 2 years.
Benefits: Clear aligners are a popular orthodontic option because they are discreet, convenient, and won’t impose lifestyle restrictions, such as what you should and shouldn’t eat.
Things to Consider: If clear aligners are not worn as directed, longer treatment times may be necessary. They also may not be the best option for patients with complex orthodontic problems or those who are prone to losing them, such as children.
A straighter smile can have a tremendous impact on how you look and feel. Whether you decide that traditional metal braces are the best fit for your needs or you’d like to give clear aligners a try, the experienced team at Schwab Orthodontics is ready to make your orthodontic journey as smooth as possible. Call today to schedule your free consultation!