If you want a great smile, it is not too late to consider Orthodontics treatments. The most common treatment is braces, which can correct spacing, crowding, crooked teeth, underbites, overbites, and crossbites.
You must know though that there is a treatment that can help correct the same without the conspicuous brackets, bands, and wires. Orthodontists call these clear aligners, which are increasingly popular for teens and adults.
Before considering, you should know the following things about clear aligners:
What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are custom-made mouthpieces, which can slip over the teeth easily. It is typically used for patients with minor spacing issues or mildly crowded teeth. For patients with severe spacing or crowding issues, they need more complex treatment.
How does this work?
As soon as your orthodontist decides to utilize clear aligners, you will be fitted for different versions. This will serve as your adjustments to move your teeth. Essentially, clear aligners are made of clear acrylic or plastic material that can snuggly fit the teeth.
Unlike braces with metal brackets that cannot be removed, clear aligners allow you to remove it during eating, flossing, and brushing. With every visit, you will get new aligners. This way, the teeth will be moved continuously into the desired position.
How long will these treatments last?
The treatment time will depend on how much the teeth need to be rotated or moved but in general, the treatment could take between 10 and 24 months. If in this case you had braces as a child and your teeth slightly shifted over the years, this treatment could only last for 10 weeks.
Before getting clear aligners, some patients need “refinement” of their teeth through braces for a few months. After a few months, you can use clear aligners for smaller adjustments before the end of your treatment.
Why consider clear aligners instead of braces?
The main selling point of clear aligners is its subtleness. With this, it can help conceal the fact that you are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. As mentioned above, clear aligners also allow you to remove it during eating, flossing, and brushing, which is a big thing for adults. This can benefit your oral health.
More importantly, clear aligners are efficient with the combined use of impressionless scanning. Impressionless scanning can create a 3D scan of your teeth quickly, comfortably and precisely. In the end, this can reduce your time in the chair with mouth extenders and putty.
How much do clear aligners cost?
The prices are set depending on the orthodontist and the treatment your teeth need but you must know that they are usually more expensive than conventional braces. In some cases, clear aligners cost between $5000 and $6000. As for the treatment using conventional metal braces, the cost is between $5300 and $5600.
Clear aligners are effective because they are formed to fit your teeth. Although it is more expensive than conventional metal braces, it is worth every penny because of the smile it will bring after you finish the treatments. Remember not to miss your orthodontist appointment to monitor your progress.