You may have noticed the term ‘clear aligners’ or ‘clear braces’ appearing in the news a lot recently. But what exactly are they?
Clear aligners are series of preformed plastic braces that, during a course of treatment, will help to align or straighten your teeth.
Each course of treatment will give the patient a number of plastic aligners that they will wear in order over a period of time.
The aligners are moulded so that they apply gentle pressure and slowly move teeth into the desired position.
There are a number of benefits to using clear aligners over metal ‘fixed’ braces, such as:
May offer reduced treatment times depending on how much movement and work is required
Can be removed when eating, helping to avoid staining of teeth.
Despite this, it is not an option available to everyone due to various reasons. And that is why it is important to consult a dentist prior to having treatment.