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Confused About Orthodontic Treatment With Clear Aligners?

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specialises in straightening or correcting the positions(alignment) of your teeth. It not only improves the appearance of your teeth but also protects the health of your teeth and gums and evenly spreads the biting pressure over all your teeth. Orthodontic treatment is performed by an orthodontist; if your teeth are not aligned properly, it can increase the risk of food lodgment, cavities and gum diseases apart from cosmetic concerns.


What to expect when visiting an orthodontist?

Your first orthodontist visit is a critical one and will help you better understand your condition and the treatment procedure required to get the desired smile. Make sure that you feel confident and go well-prepared and it is advised that you carry your medical and dental history documents. An orthodontist will want to know when was the last time you got an x-ray done; he or she will perform an oral examination and imaging tests. After going through your medical records, a suitable initial treatment plan will be suggested. Feel free to ask as many questions as you may have and enquire about the duration of the treatment. A good orthodontist will walk you through any concerns that you may have.

Typically braces are faster than clear aligners like Invisalign, but not always. The type of correction that’s needed influences whether traditional braces or invisible aligners are faster. Invisalign is not as good as braces for severely crooked teeth.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD

For diagnosis

A successful orthodontic treatment begins with a proper diagnosis which involves a patient’s full oral examination, studying the patient’s database, conducting dental x-rays and making plaster models of the teeth.

Intraoral Clinical examination is also performed. 

Dental X-rays ensure that orthodontists can check if you have any missing or extra teeth and other problems with the health of your bone and jaw joints. This also gives an idea of any skeletal deformity and bone health.

Dental impressions are imprints of your teeth, gums and oral structures to create models; they can either be traditional, which are taken with a special putty or digital impressions, which use a handheld device and software to capture images of your teeth.

Photographs may also be taken for future reference and to track your teeth positioning improvement. These procedures are absolutely painless and will help the orthodontist advise a suitable treatment plan based on your condition. 

Eliminate the aligner when eating, drinking, and cleaning your teeth. Drinking cold water can help you get rid of discomfort in the mouth. Stick only to water because sugary and acidic beverages like soda, tea, or juice can increase the risk of tooth decay.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj – M.B.B.S, M.D.

What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are advanced orthodontic devices and they are an alternative or adjunct to traditional braces. These are transparent and hold the teeth in the proper position. They function not exactly the same but are similar to braces and put a gradual force to control tooth movement, but they do not have metal wires or brackets. These invisible aligners for teeth are made of strong plastic material and are custom-made to fit perfectly in each individual’s mouth. 

Clear orthodontic aligners must be worn as advised for best results. They must be changed after three weeks of wearing and depending on the severity of each case, the length of treatment with aligners varies between three weeks to as long as six months.

Some risks with aligners include aggravated underlying conditions such as gum disease, dental decay and abscesses resulting in severe pain.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj – M.B.B.S, M.D.

What are the benefits of clear aligners?

When indicated, Clear or invisible aligners are better than traditional metal braces in several aspects. These are also beneficial for patients who previously underwent some kind of orthodontic treatment and needed minor corrections to their smile. Some of the advantages of using clear aligners are:

  • These are invisible (barely visible to others).
  • These are easy to put on, fit smoothly and are removable.
  • You can continue to brush and floss normally after meals, unlike in the case of having traditional braces, which can’t be removed.
  • You can remove these while eating.
  • It is also easier to store them and keep them clean.
  • Clear aligners are comfortable and do not irritate your gums or hurt your cheeks.
  • It helps protect your teeth and prevent them from wearing off from grinding.
  • It also takes relatively less time than traditional braces.

Also Read: Benefits of Gargling Salt Water: A Research-Backed Oral Health Guide

Important note- 

Orthodontic treatment may require braces, elastics, appliances or even some surgical correction (orthognathic surgery), depending on the patient’s condition. Clear aligners may not be indicated for every case, but when indicated, one can opt for them for a more hassle-free treatment experience. 

Conclusion 

Clear aligners for teeth are safe, custom-made and one of the easiest solutions to straighten teeth. The cost of aligners for teeth varies depending on the condition of your teeth and several other factors like dentist’s fees, scanning, number of aligners required, etc. Orthodontic treatments are ideal for people of all ages. They are hassle-free and effective. So, think no more and book an appointment with a certified orthodontist today!

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