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How Clear Aligners Are Made for Your Teeth
While most with an imperfection in their smile understand the benefits of having clear aligners treatment, all too many put off treatment out of fear the process is too long or complicated. By having a more informed view of what the clear aligners process is like, you can make a better decision as to whether treatment is right for you.
The clear aligners process
Each orthodontist might have their own process when it comes to clear aligners treatment and each procedure is tailored for the specific patient, but there are certain steps that are consistent in almost every instance. The following is a complete overview of how the clear aligners process works.
The initial consultation
The first step towards a straighter smile through clear aligners treatment is scheduling your first visit with an orthodontist. It is important for the orthodontist to be able to conduct an oral evaluation of the patient. By doing so, they are able to determine whether or not clear aligners treatment is a viable solution and what mouth preparations are needed before treatment begins. The orthodontist can also educate the patient about the process on the first visit, ensuring that they are comfortable with every step along the way.
How treatment works
Once both the patient and the orthodontist agree to clear aligners treatment, a dental impression, which is an imprint of the teeth, can be taken and used to form the aligners. Once the aligners are created, treatment can begin. The aligners should be worn for the majority of the day, and the patient should only remove them during their oral care routine, when eating or anytime the aligners may become damaged. New aligners may be needed several times each month in order to adjust to the teeth beginning to shift and continue the progress.
Clear aligners aftercare
After the teeth are aligned properly and the aligners are no longer needed, the process is not over. Whether the patient uses braces or clear aligners to straighten their smile, teeth have a tendency to try and shift back to their original position, and they will do exactly that if proper aftercare is not in place. Subsequently, the patient is most likely required to wear a retainer to prevent teeth shifting. The initial retainer after clear aligners treatment likely needs to be worn for the majority of the day, and the time needed to wear it decreases as time progresses until it only needs to be worn while sleeping.
Talk to an orthodontist about clear aligners treatment
Clear aligners are becoming more and more popular, and many have found them to be incredibly beneficial in improving the alignment of their teeth and giving them a smile they can be proud of every single day. If you are considering clear aligners and want to find out how they can help you improve the appearance of your smile and oral health, consult with us and schedule a time to come in for an initial consultation.
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