Best Invisible Braces – Aligners For Misaligned Teeth
What Are Invisible Teeth Aligners?
Invisible teeth aligners present removable and almost invisible treatment option for gradually straightening your teeth.
They are less apparent than traditional braces (metal braces) since they do not demand the use of metal brackets and wires. Instead, they are made of plastic and removed for eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth. If your teeth are misaligned, this type of invisible braces may be the perfect solution.
Commonly known as “teeth aligners”, you may encounter different names for teeth alignment aligners:
- invisible aligners
- invisible braces
- clear aligners
- clear braces
- clear teeth aligners
Why Invisible Aligners?
Let’s be honest, braces are an efficient and affordable way to straighten your teeth, but many people are afraid of wearing them. If you feel uncomfortable about having metal brackets attached to your teeth for months, or if you have sensitive gums that make it difficult to wear braces, here are the main benefits you need to know about teeth aligners:
- they are completely removable,
- aligners are made of flexible plastic,
- they are basically invisible,
- being developed particularly to fit your teeth – a custom-made approach
- they carry a lower risk of cavities – oral hygiene is much easier to maintain
The Teeth Straightening Process
The teeth straightening process consists of several stages. It begins with an intraoral scan. This is a completely harmless process, and it includes no pain at all. The main reason for scanning is to record the patient’s teeth. After that, a 3D model of the patient’s teeth is created. It is now used for individual, custom-made manufacture of aligners.
The software allows us to move each tooth in all three dimensions and thus place it in the optimal position. After the teeth have been virtually moved to their final position, the software calculates the number of splints we need for the desired movement.
Orthodontic software for making invisible aligners allows visualization of the outcome of the therapy as well. The patient is able to see the final result before the treatment begins.
Teeth aligners are custom fitted to your teeth by an orthodontist. They fit over your teeth and gradually shift each tooth into the desired position. The next aligner is always slightly different from the last one. The reason for this lies in the fact that every aligner moves your teeth a little bit each time you wear it.
The main goal is to have all of your teeth straightened out and in alignment with each other.
Smilers® Clear Aligners – Designed To Treat Even The Most Complicated Cases
The invisible braces brand that we offer at Madison Avenue Smiles is Smilers®. More transparent than the competition, Smilers® aligners offer high-quality treatment for even the most complex misaligned teeth cases.
Your Smilers® invisible aligners are hand trimmed in their factories at Salon of Provence, France. Following the precise line of your teeth, The Smilers® clear aligners are custom-made for each patient.
Smilers® clear aligners remain identical from the beginning, to the very end of your treatment plan. They are stain-resistant. Additionally, special attention is given to the prevention of contamination. Every Smilers® aligner is disinfected after production.
Smilers® is a company that pays a lot of attention to the environment – packaging is recyclable and various documents for promotion are printed with plant-based ink.
Metal Braces or Teeth Aligners – How To Choose?
There are certain positive sides and benefits if you choose removable clear aligners over traditional fixed appliances.
- aesthetics – aligners are transparent and, in most cases, almost invisible;
- possibility to remove them for a shorter period if the circumstances require it;
- comfort – clear aligners are much more comfortable to wear than fixed appliances because there is no blistering, or pricking of wires and brackets; most patients very rarely complain about discomfort or pain when wearing them;
- maintaining oral hygiene is much easier; after eating, the patient can perform dental hygiene normally and then put the aligner back into the clean mouth.
When it comes to downsides, the main disadvantage of aligners is that they cannot correct more complex orthodontic anomalies. In these cases, wearing traditional metal braces is often required.
Frequently Asked Questions – Aligners Edition
How Are Aligners Used?
Put your aligners into your mouth, fixing them to your teeth. You are required to wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day. Remove them only when eating or brushing your teeth.
Invisible aligners are designed to be comfortable enough. This means you can wear them throughout the day without feeling any discomfort.
What Is the Material Used For Aligners?
Aligners are made of a clear plastic material. The material used in Smilers® clear aligners is Polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PEGT). It is a biocompatible, transparent, bisphenol-free material.
The Number of Trays
“How many trays will I have in my aligners treatment plan?” is the question often asked among our patients.
You’ll have to wear clear aligners for approximately 14 days at a time before having to replace them with a new tray. This way, aligners gradually pull your teeth into place over a certain time.
The number of trays needed depends on:
- the level of correction required – if you are looking to fix minor tooth misalignment (crowding), then 1-2 trays may be enough; if you have more severe alignment issues (like open bites), then additional trays might be necessary until your bite is corrected enough;
- the way your teeth reposition during the treatment;
- the severity of the malposition of your teeth.
If you’re looking for clear aligners, your treatment can take as little as 6 months to complete. This usually depends on the seriousness of your problem. The average treatment time is 6-12 months. You can discuss various treatment plans in the orthodontist’s office at our Madison Avenue Smiles dental center.
How To Clean Aligners?
Maintaining the aligners is quite simple. They should be washed with a brush and toothpaste. When they are not in the mouth, the patient should store them in plastic boxes, so that the aligners are not damaged or lost.
Invisible Braces – Cost and Insurance
The price may vary, and it depends on the number of trays and the seriousness of your misalignment.
Some dental insurance plans may cover part or all of the invisible aligner’s cost so be sure to check with yours before starting aligners treatment!
Schedule Your Aligners Appointment
Looking for the best solution for straightening teeth? Look no more! At Madison Avenue Smiles, our dental professionals are dedicated to maintaining dental health as well as dealing with various dental alignment problems.
Schedule a visit with an orthodontist at our dental office, and get to know more about the custom aligners approach price, and treatment plan tailored to your needs. Understand which type of invisible braces is the best for your needs, discuss with our dentist flexible treatment options, and learn more about expectations and treatment effectiveness.