New Year is the time for a change, and many people are considering getting braces. Braces are the most common orthodontic treatments that help straighten teeth. There are many different types of braces available. At Wayne H. Mori, DMD, we offer clear braces.
Clear braces are custom-designed aligners that fit over an individual’s teeth to move them gradually into position over time. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks at a time, and patients change out their aligner set every two weeks on average.
Orthodontic treatment with clear aligners offers several advantages over other types of orthodontic therapy. Because the aligners are clear, they are virtually invisible to others. This makes them popular with adults who do not want their peers to know that they have an orthodontic treatment plan in place. Aligners are removable, which means patients can take them out to eat or brush their teeth without worrying that food will become stuck or that their dental hygiene routine will be disrupted. In addition, aligners are comfortable because they are designed to fit snugly against a patient’s teeth to shift them into place gradually. Finally, because aligners do not need metal brackets or wires attached to teeth, patients do not have to worry about the discomfort or mouth abrasions that may develop as a result of traditional braces.
Patients should wear their aligners for at least 22 hours a day to gain the full benefits of treatment. They should also visit the dentist every four to six weeks to have their treatment plan adjusted as needed. This allows your dentist to monitor your progress and quickly fix any issues that may occur during treatment. If patients have questions or experience any problems while wearing their aligners, they should call their doctor right away so that they can discuss the issue and determine the next best course of action.
Clear aligners are a great alternative to traditional braces because they allow for more freedom while straightening your teeth. However, they are not for everyone; they might not be the best choice if you have severe misalignment or a more severe bite problem.
If you would like to learn more about maintaining good oral health, contact our office. We look forward to seeing you! Contact us at (503) 230-8814 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.