Clear aligner is ideal for adult patients who want to get their teeth aligned without any visible wires and brackets. In the last few years, clear aligners have become more frequently used instead of classic braces. Their effectiveness has been proved time and time again by millions of satisfied patients across the world, especially in the USA where it’s the most popular teeth aligning method. This kind of “invisible” braces are primarily for adults with just minor flaws in the alignment of their teeth. The process begins with an examination and a panoramic radiograph of the teeth. After that, photographs and impressions of the teeth are sent to be analyzed. The therapy plan is custom made for each individual patient and its length varies from case to case. Then a series of clear plastic aligners is produced. Each has to be worn for 2 or 3 weeks, and then replaced with the next one from the series. The teeth usually move 0,3 mm per aligner until they are set in the preferred place, predicted by the analysis.
The aligner should be worn 22 hours a day, that is, taken off only to eat and brush teeth. It is much more comfortable to wear than fixed braces with wires and brackets, and is completely invisible. Its forces are much smaller in comparison to fixed braces, so it’s not intended to correct bigger flaws. It is the ideal aesthetic solution for the front teeth area. Clear aligner allows better oral hygiene in comparison to fixed braces, precisely because of its removability. There is no gum inflammation, frequent during the fixed braces therapy. The formation of cavities is also far less frequent. But if the patient takes it off too frequently, the results won’t be satisfactory. That is why the cooperation between the patient and the dentist is extremely important, as well as the patient’s awareness of the necessity of the constant braces wearing as the key to successful therapy.