What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are an excellent solution for patients seeking a more discreet orthodontic treatment than traditional braces, as they do not use wires or brackets.
Clear aligners are a modern and near-invisible method for correcting mild to moderate orthodontic problems. They align teeth just as braces do, but using a transparent, removable aligner.
The process for getting aligners
Our treatment process starts with a proper consultation with one of our highly skilled orthodontists. We will talk to you about your needs then give you an honest answer on whether or clear aligners are suitable for you, or if traditional braces will be the better option.
Custom Treatment Plan
Once we've concluded that clear aligners are a good option for you, we will begin the treatment process. Firstly, we create impressions. This involves taking a physical mould of your teeth or scanning the inside of your mouth digitally with an intra-oral dental scanner. The scanning method allows the dentist to send the dental lab a precise 3D digital image of your teeth.
Smile preview for the patient
Digital scanning allows us to show you how your teeth will move and what your new smile will look like once treatment is completed. After viewing the expected results, you will be able to decide if clear aligners are the right option for you.
We typically advise you to begin wearing a new set of aligners each week. We will also schedule check-ups every six weeks or so. This allows us to monitor your progress every step of the way.
Am I eligible for clear aligners?
An orthodontist will be able to answer this question by making a proper assessment. Naeem Kachwee has extensive education and knowledge of clear aligners; he will be able to suggest what treatment option is right for you based on your goals and lifestyle needs.
In general, clear aligners can treat a range of issues including straightening issues, ranging from minor tooth movements to more complex cases. However, aligners may not be the right “appliance” to correct every kind of orthodontic problem. More severe alignment issues may require traditional braces.
Taking care of your new smile
There is some follow-up aftercare that you’ll need to observe in order to keep your teeth from “relapsing” to their original crooked state. After your treatment is done, you have to learn to take care of your teeth so that you can avoid getting any of them pulled out due to excessive cavities or dental caries. Every missing tooth can induce dental shifting and bite changes that undo the work of your clear aligners. After treatment is completed, you will be required to wear a retainer to protect your smile from regressing or becoming crooked again.