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What are Clear Dental Aligners?

What are Clear Dental Aligners?

What are Clear Dental Aligners?Aligners are clear, thin, plastic-like trays that are formed to fit an individual's teeth. Patients are responsible for putting in and removing their aligners. A series of aligners is created to move teeth. Each aligner is worn for 2-3 weeks, and moves teeth a fraction of a millimeter at a time. Patients must remove aligners for meals and when brushing/flossing.

The number of aligners and the length of the treatment needed to correct misaligned teeth varies based on the individual's orthodontic problem. Another clear dental option for those undergoing orthodontic treatment are clear dental retainers.

Clear Dental Retainers

Clear Dental RetainersRemovable retainers are clear, thin, slightly flexible, and made of a plastic-like material. They fit the exact shape and placement of the teeth.

Not only are there removable retainers, but there are also fixed retainers. Both types of retainers hold teeth in their new positions after "active" orthodontic treatment is completed. This allows newly formed bone to harden around the teeth. Wearing retainers as instructed is the key to maintaining the success of orthodontic treatment. Patients may be advised to wear retainers full-time for the first six months after "active" treatment ends, with subsequent wear time reduced to night-time only. When not in the mouth, removable retainers should be kept in the case provided by the orthodontist.

We are proud of our commitment to preventive care and healthy smiles! Using only the most current techniques and technologies, we have grown a reputable practice built on excellence. Our valued patients have been a part of our family for years, so we invite you to make an appointment today in our Mesa orthodontics office or Gilbert orthodontics office and discover your new favorite orthodontists in Arizona! Give us a call at the location nearest you to schedule your initial orthodontics exam today so we can develop a personalized orthodontics plan that meets your needs.

Posted: September 9, 2020