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How Does clear aligners Work?

June 11, 2024
How Does Clear Aligners Work

Gone are the days of traditional braces being your only option. Today, you can avoid metal brackets and wires and enjoy discreet and removable aligners. They work just as well as traditional braces but come with a long list of perks. 

This article explores everything you need to know about how clear aligners work. 

How Clear Aligner Therapy Works

Candidates for clear aligner therapy will have images of their teeth taken using 3D technology. It will create a visual of how the teeth are positioned now and how they should look by the end of treatment. Aligners are designed to transition the teeth in phases throughout the course of treatment. Each is worn for a couple of weeks (or as directed by your dentist) and then switched out for a new one.   

Clear aligner therapy works well for those with mild to moderate orthodontic needs, such as: 

  • Overcrowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misaligned bites

The aligners are worn daily so that they may encourage the teeth to move in the right direction to cure the above issues. Just as traditional braces involve the tightening of wires, aligner trays are created in a series of trays that will move the teeth in the manner they need to go. The best part is you can just swap out the trays at home without having to go to the dentist each time. 

Wearing the Clear Aligners

One of the benefits of having clear aligners is that they can be removed easily. This can make getting through a meal or an oral hygiene routine pretty convenient without having to make any changes. However, it is so important to remember that they are only working when they are being worn. 

Committing to clear aligner therapy means agreeing to wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours every day. Not doing so can lead to delays in your timeline — or it may cause treatment to fail. 

This is a crucial step that needs to be taken into consideration when wearing clear aligners. 

Who is a Candidate for Clear Aligner Therapy

For clear aligners to work effectively, you have to be a candidate for it. That means you must meet certain criteria to proceed with the treatment, including: 

  • Maintaining good oral hygiene 
  • No sign of decay or signs of gum disease
  • Non-smoker
  • Responsible and committed to treatment
  • Have mild to moderate orthodontic needs

Frequently Asked Questions about Clear Aligners 

Does dental insurance cover the cost of clear aligner therapy? 

Many insurance carriers will pay for a portion of the cost of clear aligner treatment if it is deemed necessary by your dentist. 

How long does it take to straighten your teeth with clear aligners?

How long it takes to straighten your teeth will vary from one person to the next. On average, most treatments will be completed within six to 18 months. 

Clear Aligners at El Pasco Family Dental 

Are you interested in learning more about clear aligners or finding out if you are a candidate for the treatment? The dental team at El Paso Family Dental can help you transform your smile with the help of clear aligner therapy. 

Contact us today at 915-585-2020.

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