Ortho Aligners

Similar to braces, ortho aligners’ purpose is to reposition the teeth which are positioned improperly. Braces have their drawbacks, hence aligners do the needful. Aligners are more comfortable than braces, as they are removable , transparent, smoother and lighter than the fixed metal or porcelain braces. Aligners put gentle pressure on the teeth to reposition them.

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How Aligners Work

 

They move your teeth a little at a time, just like traditional braces. Before treatment can start, the orthodontist will look at the patient and take x-rays, photos, and impressions or digital scans of the teeth. From that, the orthodontist can figure out what's wrong with your teeth, and then work with the aligner software to design your smile and plan how your teeth will move. They can then move your teeth into healthy positions. Remember that this is not just the few teeth that show when someone smiles. This is all of them. In the end, we want to have healthy "bite" teeth that fit together well. You need an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists to make sure your teeth move in a way that's right for you from start to finish (AAO). Every six to 10 weeks, most people go to their orthodontist to get checked out by their dentist.

 

As a guide, plastic aligners are made with the patient's first impressions or digital scans as the starting point. The aligners are made of plastic and look like your teeth. Wearing them puts gentle pressure on the teeth, which moves them a little bit. 22 hours a day, or as the orthodontist tells you to wear them. Each set of aligners is worn for a week or two before the next set is put on. Over time, the orthodontist's plan will work out, and the teeth will move to where they should be. The total number of aligners will depend on the needs of each person who needs them. If you have traditional braces, you'll need to wear retainers after your teeth have moved into their new places.