A clear aligner is a clear, thin piece of medical-grade plastic that fits tightly over the teeth. The plastic is custom-made for your mouth, so each one is slightly different from the next one.
These aligners are removable, though it’s important to wear them for at least 22 hours per day in order to get the desired results. Each aligner should be worn for two weeks before being replaced by the next one in the series.
Clear aligners are beneficial because they can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing your teeth.
Best Alternative to Metal Braces
Clear aligners are a popular alternative to metal braces. Clear aligners are invisible, easy to clean, and comfortable to wear.
No Dietary Restrictions
These clear aligners are removable, so you can take them out to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods and snacks just because you have braces. You can take out your aligners to eat, which means you don’t have to worry about breaking your brackets or wires.
Clear aligners are computer-designed and custom-fit to your teeth. Because of this, they are nearly invisible when worn.
No Metal or Wires
Clear aligners are made of plastic, so there are no wires or metal brackets that could potentially cause irritation or discomfort.
Faster Treatment Time
With clear aligners, you can start treatment sooner, and treatment times are shorter than with traditional braces. Each aligner tray in the series is designed to move your teeth into proper alignment gradually.
Effective for People with Minor Teeth Misalignments
Clear aligner trays are a great choice for minor teeth misalignment.
Clear aligners are made from a clear plastic material and rely on gentle pressure to shift your teeth gradually.
Before beginning treatment, patients need to visit our dentist for an initial consultation. During that consultation, you’ll have the chance to discuss your goals with us. We will then determine if clear aligner treatment is right for you. If it is, we will work with your dentist to create a customized treatment plan.
If you’ve never worn Invisalign aligners before, you may be curious about how to keep them clean. We recommend rinsing your trays under warm water after each meal or snack. You can also soak them in a denture cleaning solution. However, avoid using hot water, as it can distort the plastic.
To remove your aligners, simply slide them out of place. Place your aligners in the palm of your hand. Then, gently push down on each aligner until they pop out of your mouth. From there, you can place them on your nightstand or in the provided case.
If you are interested in learning more about our treatments, visit our Bradshaw + Katras Orthodontic Specialists offices in Tennessee.