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How does the transparent dental aligner work?

How Do Aligners work?

Showing a “metallic smile” is not a rule for those who want to have teeth well aligned. Today, there are alternatives for those who do not want to draw the attention that they are using a device. This is the case of transparent (or “invisible”) orthodontic aligners, which have aroused more and more interest in people because they are discreet.

The aligners have a certain elasticity and resistance. When placed, the accessory will “try” to return to its normal position. The principle is the same as for “conventional” braces, and the transparent aligner manages to correct many of the problems that the metal one – such as malocclusion (misalignment between the upper and lower teeth), crooked teeth, bored, with a lot of space between them or imperfections in the alignment – but not all (understand better below in the text, in the item disadvantages).

The aligner can be used by children, teenagers, and adults. In the treatment, the person changes the aligner sequentially as the problem regresses, until the total correction of the problem. Although they provide a result similar to that of fixed appliances, they work completely differently. The transparent aligners are changed every two or three weeks at the most. The fixed device usually remains the same from the beginning to the end of the treatment, and the specialist makes the necessary adjustments.

The advantage is not only aesthetics Aligner?

Although the aesthetic issue seems the most attractive, one of the main advantages of the aligners is the possibility of removing them to make meals, which facilitates brushing and flossing. In addition to contributing to the health of the teeth, this makes the daily lives of those who use the appliance more practical. The fact of causing less pain and discomfort also counts points when choosing, since they have no volume, wires, or points. “When we compare the treatment with aligners and the fixed appliance, the aligners are less uncomfortable.

News summary

  • Because they are discreet, transparent (or invisible) dental aligners have increasingly aroused people’s interest
  • They can correct many of the problems that the fixed appliance solves, such as dental malocclusion, pitted teeth, or with a lot of space between them
  • In addition to aesthetics, another advantage of the aligners is that they are removable, which facilitates brushing
  • However, there are disadvantages: they are more expensive and do not solve all the problems that fixed appliances solve.

How it works?

The aligners have a certain elasticity and resistance. When placed, the accessory will “try” to return to its normal position. The principle is the same as for “conventional” braces, and the transparent aligner manages to correct many of the problems that the metal one – such as malocclusion (misalignment between the upper and lower teeth), crooked teeth, bored, with a lot of space between them or imperfections in the alignment – but not all (understand better below in the text, in the item disadvantages).

The aligner can be used by children, teenagers and adults. In the treatment, the person changes the aligner sequentially as the problem regresses, until the total correction of the problem. Although they provide a result similar to that of fixed appliances, they work completely differently. The transparent aligners are changed every two or three weeks at the most.

The advantage is not only aesthetics?

Although the aesthetic issue seems the most attractive, one of the main advantages of the aligners is the possibility of removing them to make meals, which facilitates brushing and flossing. In addition to contributing to the health of the teeth, this makes the daily lives of those who use the appliance more practical.

The fact of causing less pain and discomfort also counts points when choosing, since they have no volume, wires or points. “When we compare the treatment with aligners and the fixed appliance, the aligners are less uncomfortable. “During corrective treatment, there are emergencies, complications, such as fractures and injuries. With aligners, this does not exist. The treatment is easier to be carried out”, points out Shimizu. But for them to take effect, the daily use time needs to be at least 22 hours.

It is possible to know what the result will be

Starting treatment knowing exactly how the smile will look is another factor that leads many people to choose aligners.

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