At LaBry Family Dentistry, clear aligner therapy consists of a series of clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth and gently shift them into place. Clear aligners are comfortable and convenient, making them an excellent choice for busy dental patients who don’t have time to spend with their dentist every few months for a treatment like traditional braces. They can also be used to treat both minor and more complex orthodontic issues. For example, aligners can correct misalignments, close gaps, and reposition crowded teeth or rotate crooked ones. Unlike metal bracket-and-wire treatments that are often uncomfortable and require frequent adjustments, aligners are far more discreet. Patients don’t have to worry about unsightly and painful brackets rubbing against their cheeks whenever they talk or eat. In addition, their removable design makes cleaning them a breeze – take them out to brush and floss your teeth before reinserting them. They’re also ideal for those who play contact sports or have a habit of grinding their teeth at night since they won’t interfere with these activities.
The Procedure for Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are created using digital scanning and 3D printing technology. The scanner creates a 3D image of the patient’s teeth, which is used to create a series of custom trays. Each tray is designed to align the patient’s tooth better. Once completed, the trays provide a gradual approach to straightening the teeth.
Many patients prefer clear aligners over traditional wire braces because the trays are almost completely invisible when worn. The patient can remove the clear aligner while eating or drinking but must wear it for a minimum of twenty-two hours daily to achieve the desired results. Over time, the teeth are shifted into the desired alignment as the patient progresses through the trays. Patients should expect to wear new trays every few weeks until the desired results are achieved.
The Advantages of Clear Aligners
Custom-made, clear plastic aligners are barely noticeable and won’t interfere with your day-to-day life. You’ll be able to maintain your regular diet, brushing and flossing habits, and oral hygiene care routine. Plus, you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorite foods and beverages, including popcorn and red wine!
Unlike traditional braces bonded to your teeth, clear aligners can be removed for easier cleaning and more effective oral hygiene and cavity prevention. The aligners can also be removed for special events such as weddings, first dates, or graduation. Snap the aligner back into place when you’re finished.
Clear aligners are also comfortable and won’t irritate your gums as metal wires might. And no adjustments are required throughout treatment, meaning you won’t have to make frequent trips to the dentist’s office. Your aligners should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours daily, only removed while eating, brushing, flossing, and during special events.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for clear aligners, visit LaBry Family Dentistry at 100 Tennyson Drive, Broussard, LA 70518, or call (337) 330-8480.