Clear aligners are increasingly popular orthodontic devices used to correct various dental misalignments, primarily due to their aesthetic and comfortable nature. They are particularly well-suited for patients with conditions such as gapped teeth, crowded or cramped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, crooked teeth, and crossbite. However, aligners are most effective for mild to moderate cases, and more severe cases may require more complex treatment methods. The aligners are clear, thin, plastic-like trays custom-made to fit an individual's teeth. Patients are responsible for inserting and removing their aligners, which are typically worn for one week at a time, gradually moving teeth a fraction of a millimeter with each new set. Aligners are also removable, allowing users to eat without restrictions and maintain oral hygiene easily by removing the aligners during meals and cleaning both the aligners and their teeth afterwards.
The suitability of clear aligners extends to a wide age range, starting from 13 or 14 years old, as long as the patient's permanent teeth have fully erupted. They are particularly popular among adults who are self-conscious about their smile and do not want to opt for metal braces. Their invisible nature boosts the confidence of users as they can improve their smile discreetly. Additionally, clear aligners are often more affordable compared to traditional metal braces, and they require fewer visits to the dental clinic, which can lead to significant cost savings over the course of treatment.
Wearing clear aligners is recommended for older teenagers and adults, because teeth might still be growing in our younger patients. If not too severe, the most common malocclusions that can be treated using clear aligners include:
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