Discreet and comfortable teeth straightening. Our clear orthodontic aligner treatment involves wearing a series of removable aligners over misaligned or crooked teeth to gently guide them into optimal position.
Wearing clear orthodontic aligners can improve the position of your teeth without many of the drawbacks of traditional fixed orthodontics. Fix mild and moderate bite issues, gaps and crowded teeth with clear teeth positioners.
Clear aligner treatment involves wearing a series of removable positioners that gently guide your teeth into the correct position over time. Each aligner set is custom moulded to suit your unique teeth and bite and to exert a small amount of pressure that will promote movement. A full treatment involves swapping your set of aligners every couple of weeks, with each new set slightly altered in shape to continue prompting further movement.
Aligners can be used to treat a variety of mild and moderate issues with teeth, including malocclusions like underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites. Aligners are also used to treat teeth that are crooked, and individuals who have minor gaps in their teeth spacing. Patients with crowded teeth can similarly benefit from aligner treatment.
Aligners are best suited to minor or moderate cases, with more severe cases often requiring braces or other orthodontic treatments. Your dentist will examine your teeth before beginning any treatment to ensure that aligners will be effective, or to recommend an alternative treatment course where necessary.
Your dentist begins by examining your teeth to determine whether clear aligners are a suitable treatment for you, or if other treatments would be better suited. If aligners are suitable, your dentist then takes impressions of your teeth to create computerised 3D images of your unique bite.
From these images, your dentist plans a treatment course that will move your teeth into their correct positions, including how many aligner trays you will need to wear. The aligners are custom designed for your mouth profile, with progressive changes in shape that will gently but effectively promote movement in your teeth. During treatment, you need to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, only removing them while eating, cleaning your teeth, or drinking anything except water.
Each set of aligners is usually replaced every two weeks with a new set, with your dentist continually monitoring your progress for effectiveness. The average full treatment is around 12 months, but can be shorter or longer depending on each individual patient’s case.
Clear aligners are popular for teens and adults alike as an alternative to fixed metal braces, with unique advantages including:
Unfortunately, clear aligners are not suitable to treat every situation. Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth to identify the best treatment for you.
Clear aligners can help to move your teeth into a more satisfying smile without many of the normal drawbacks of other orthodontic treatments. Enjoy minimal disruptions to your regular life while your teeth move.
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