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How clear orthodontic aligners work?

Orthodontic clear aligners are a great alternative to the traditional braces treatment. However they do not work for every case.

Invisible aligners move your teeth without much interference in your day-to-day life, as they are removable and made of clear invisible material.

When using aligners, you will get a series of different trays that are tailored to fit your teeth. Each tray is used for 15 days and must be worn for 20 hours a day. Each tray / aligner will progressively and slightly move your teeth until you reach your final smile and teeth position targeted by your orthodontist.

Through 3D printing technology and state of the art orthodontics, aligners are firstly designed via a computer based model. Your treatment is created with a 3D plan and visualisation of your teeth movement progress and treatment duration, prior to the production of your aligners. A typical clear aligners treatment can last from 4 to 12 months.

Some of the main advantages of aligners:

  • They are more comfortable than regular braces as they do not have any wires or rough edges

  • They should be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, flossing and can also be removed on special occasions if needed

  • Results and changes are visible quickly as the teeth move quicker towards their final positions

However for complex teeth movements, traditional braces may be required. Traditional braces are fixed brackets attached to the teeth through which wires are threaded. Moreover, traditional orthodontics would be required necessary if your have an overbite or an underbite, as well as when closing spaces where teeth are missing or other complicated cases such as complex rotation of teeth.

You can check today if you are eligible for a treatment with clear braces / invisible aligners.

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