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What is clear aligner therapy?

At Chiu Dental we specifically work with clear aligner therapy to straighten teeth. Clear aligner therapy, also known as clear aligners or invisible braces, is an orthodontic treatment method that uses a series of custom-made, flexible, transparent plastic trays to gradually straighten and align the teeth. These aligner trays are designed to fit snugly over the teeth and apply gentle pressure to shift them into the desired position. The treatment involves a series of aligners that are worn sequentially, typically for a few weeks each, until the desired teeth alignment is achieved. Clear aligners offer a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces as they are virtually invisible when worn and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.

Are clear aligners right for me?

A good candidate for clear aligner therapy is typically someone with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, such as crowded teeth, minor spacing, or mild bite alignment problems. Clear aligners are suitable for both teenagers and adults who are committed to wearing the aligners at least 22 hours a day and maintaining good oral hygiene.

Compliance is key! Patients going this route versus the traditional metal brackets must be compliant in wearing the aligners as prescribed, otherwise treatment time may be extended or teeth may not move as desired. They are particularly popular among individuals who desire a more discreet and removable orthodontic treatment option. However, it is important to get a consult to determine if clear aligner therapy is the most appropriate treatment for a specific individual.