What Are Aligners
Clear Aligners, commonly known as Invisible Braces, are transparent custom-made
3D printed trays made of special material used to straighten teeth and work just like
conventional wired braces. Easier on the eyes and in the mouth, aligners use gentle
and constant force to move teeth into the ideal position without going through the
pain and hassle of metal wires or braces.
How Do Aligners Work
Custom-made for each individual case, Aligners correct a variety of malocclusions
(misalignments) ranging from Gaps, Crooked Teeth, Bite Anomalies and more, with
the treatment duration ranging anywhere between 4 – 18 months depending on the
severity of an individual case.
Difference Between Aligners and Braces
Gaps & Spacing
Teeth spacing is a condition where gaps appear between adjacent teeth, caused by either a missing tooth or when the teeth are smaller than the available space along the jaw line.
When the teeth overlap or mainly due to lack of space along one’s jawline, it causes crowding – a condition where the teeth to look crooked. Other causes for the same can be improper eruption of teeth, early or delayed loos of primary teeth.
In this condition, the upper front teeth protrude over the lower ones and often don’t touch one another with the upper front teeth covering the lower front teeth, either partially or completely.
When one or more of the upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth, the condition is known as a crossbite. This can occur on either one or both sides of the jaw.
In this condition, the front upper teeth do not overlap the lower teeth at all, and is caused when one’s jaws don’t grow evenly or by habits such as finger sucking or tongue thrusting.
What Dentists Say
1) Its invisible,people can wear it in their workplace,during functions etc
2) Its comfortable,ease of brushing and eating as it is removable
3) Less appointments with orthodontist, so people who are staying out of station can opt for it,follow up appointments on video call can be done
4) Less painful then conventional braces
• No dietary restrictions
• Comfort/ease of treatment
• Early treatment completion
• Less frequent or minimal visits to the dentist
• Most important – Visibility of end results before starting the treatment.
The current pandemic has changed our outlook towards everything in life. Caution, a digital approach & door- step availability are the Keys to the New Way of life now. Aligners play huge role in providing an At Par solution with all these.
Treatment care with alingers
Though aligners are as easy on the mouth as they are on the eyes, there are certain things that patients need to be mindful of.
While specific instructions are given by the treating Orthodontist, certain common care measures are as follows:
Retain your alignment
Once your teeth straightening is done, it does not necessarily mean that period of care is over as well. Your Orthodontist may advise retainers (also invisible) which will prevent your teeth from shifting back to their previous position
It may so happen that your teeth are extra-sensitive immediately after the treatment. Orthodontists may therefore advise to not consume food that is too crunchy for a few days. Let your newly aligned smile rest just a few days more before going back to those crunchy snacks
Don’t forget to brush
Keep up your twice a day brushing and flossing habits intact to keep maintain your newly rejuvenated Oral health post an aligner treatment. Not taking good care of your dental hygiene could dampen the positive effects of the treatment.
Keep in touch
Just because the aligner treatment is over does not mean your connect with the dentist needs to be over as well. Always connect with your dentist once every 6 months to ensure that your newfound smile and oral health remain intact.