Aligners are a type of orthodontic treatment designed to straighten misaligned teeth and correct bite issues. Unlike traditional braces, which use metal wires and brackets to move teeth into their proper position, aligners are made of clear, flexible plastic that fits snugly over the teeth.
Aligners work by applying gentle, constant pressure to the teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position over time. They are custom-made for each patient based on a 3D scan of their teeth and are typically worn for 20-22 hours a day for a period of several months to a few years, depending on the severity of the case.
One of the main advantages of aligners is that they are virtually invisible, making them a popular choice among adults who may be self-conscious about wearing braces. They are also removable, which means that patients can eat, drink, and brush their teeth as usual, without any dietary restrictions or special cleaning tools.
Overall, aligners are an effective, convenient, and discreet way to improve the alignment of teeth and correct bite issues. However, they are not suitable for everyone, and it’s important to consult with an orthodontist to determine if aligners are the right choice for your individual needs.