How do Invisible Aligners work?

Invisible Aligners
May 24, 2022

There is no doubt that invisible aligners are the most popular teeth straightening treatment today. If given a choice, most people would choose to wear clear aligners as opposed to traditional metallic braces. Made from clear, soft, and hypoallergenic plastic, invisible aligner trays are discreet and very comfortable to wear.

Although comfort is guaranteed with this treatment, some people are still a little skeptical about the effectiveness of clear aligners. How can a simple piece of plastic tray get your teeth into position? Doesn’t your misaligned teeth need more pressure to move into position, just the way metallic braces do? If so, won’t it hurt?

In this blog, we will answer all these questions and put your mind at ease regarding invisible aligners. Read on to know more-

Invisible aligners: What’s the deal with them?

As mentioned before, invisible aligners are made of a kind of transparent plastic material that is safe to wear in your mouth. Patients will have to wear a set of two aligner trays for both upper and lower teeth during the treatment. Each of these clear aligner trays is made to fit over your teeth at every point of the treatment to apply gentle pressure on them. Throughout the treatment, your teeth will move into place and give you perfectly straight and aligned teeth as promised by your dentist, so long as you comply with the instructions during the treatment period.

How to get started on Invisible aligner treatment?

Invisible aligners can effectively correct most kinds of dental malocclusions including crowded teeth, gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. However, it is not very suitable for complicated cases, where the degree of malocclusion is high. For such patients, clear aligners may be used at a later point in the treatment plan, once their misalignment is within the treatable range. 

To know whether you are an ideal candidate for invisible aligner treatment, your dentist will start by examining your malocclusion and understanding its extent. If your issue can be treated straight away using invisible aligners, your dentist will create a 3D image of your mouth and jaw. Using this image, a treatment plan is devised to move your teeth into their proper place.

Using your treatment plan, a series of customized plastic aligners are made. These aligners will apply gentle and consistent pressure on your teeth, gradually shifting and moving them into their desired space. 

Your dentist will further give instructions for switching out each set of clear aligners for a new set every two weeks or so. Ideally, you will be required to wear the clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. As long as you comply with the instructions, and keep your teeth and aligners clean, you will get visible results in 12 to 18 months.

So far studies show that invisible aligners are effective in correcting most cases of mild to moderate dental malocclusions. However, this treatment is not recommended straightaway for people with a high degree of teeth misalignment. 

The pros and cons

If you are wondering what makes invisible aligners popular and want to know whether this is right for you, here is a list of pros and cons to help you make an informed decision-

The pros

The cons

Final word

Clear aligners are a great option for correcting your misaligned teeth and getting the perfectly straight pearly whites you dream of. However, for the treatment to be effective, you must follow the instructions recommended by the dentist during the course of the treatment. To get started on your invisible aligner journey, visit Emirates Dental Clinic in Dubai today.

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