Clear aligners are custom-designed trays that are worn over the teeth to help shift the teeth into proper alignment. The trays are clear, making them practically invisible when worn. They can be removed for eating and oral hygiene, but should only be removed while brushing. This prevents the buildup of plaque on the teeth. This also keeps the teeth from shifting out of position after the aligner is removed again.
Most cases of misaligned or crooked teeth are the result of tooth crowding, overbites, underbites, crossbites, or a combination of these. Misaligned teeth can cause a number of issues including tooth decay and TMJ disorders. Traditional braces are not as effective in correcting these types of alignment problems as are braces that are designed to fit only on the teeth. They are more discreet than traditional metal braces, and allow patients to maintain their self-confidence while wearing them.
Clear aligners can only be removed by a dentist. This is to ensure that the teeth do not move out of position while the aligner is being removed. Aligners should be worn for at least twenty-two hours a day in order to see an improvement in the position of the teeth. The average time for a clear aligner treatment course is between six and eighteen months.
Clear aligners are not recommended for everyone. Patients who have severe misalignment of the teeth may still require traditional orthodontic treatment to correct the problem. However, clear aligners can be helpful in some cases where minor problems are affecting the smile. Some patients with mild to moderate orthodontic problems may be candidates for clear aligners. Patients must be adults and in good oral health with healthy gums before undergoing this treatment.
Clear aligners are created using impressions of the patient’s teeth. These impressions are sent to the company that creates the clear aligners where they are used to design the custom fit to each patient’s mouth.
The Snap-On Smile is a type of cosmetic removable partial denture that fits over teeth to eliminate gaps and hide imperfections. It’s composed of a thin, but durable and realistic plastic that resembles the color of natural teeth. This appliance is custom made to fit over an existing set of healthy teeth. It works great as a temporary fix for crooked teeth or gaps in your smile. Once in place, the Snap-On Smile is invisible to others and you are able to talk and eat normally. You will want to brush and clean your appliance with special care when removing it each night. Because of this, you should only wear it at night. A dentist may recommend this to patients looking for a quick and affordable solution to missing teeth.
Dr. Steven Kail is a born and raised Southern Californian who completed his dental education at Case Western University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. When he’s not practicing dentistry, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, as well as staying active outdoors by surfing, snowboarding, and running. Dr. Kail is now accepting new patients at his private practice in Encinitas, California. Call or email the office today to schedule an appointment.
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