Questions about clear braces answered

Invisalign Clapham has changed the way many people think of orthodontic care in their adult years, and there is a reason why. The aligner is very straightforward to use and is easily fitted into most adult routines. That is not to say that patients who are undertaking the treatment do not have questions, and this article aims to answer some of the most commonly asked questions relating to this invisible aligner.

Can clear braces fix an overbite?

Yes, invisible aligners or clear braces can fix an overbite, but it will depend on the severity and whether or not there are other complications in the mouth. Many people who have a severe case of overbite may also have issues with their molar teeth, which can only be corrected using a fitted metal brace. But your dentist or orthodontist will be able to choose the appropriate orthodontic tool for you to ensure that you get straighter teeth in as little time as possible.

Invisible aligners are designed to correct misalignments occurring at the front of the mouth and while they were originally designed to correct mild to moderate cases of misalignment, technology and dental practitioners have undertaken a few changes in recent years and now this aligner can treat more complicated issues of dental misalignment.

Are the aligners difficult to use?

For the aligners to work, they need to be worn for approximately 22 hours per day, and you will need to keep them clean. While it may seem obvious, you should not place your aligners in a dishwasher to clean them, as the heat of the water can cause them to warp out of shape. The aligners will arrive in a set of around 12 to 14 different aligners, which will need to be worn in the order provided to ensure that your teeth are straightened. As well as this, you should remove your aligners when you’re brushing your teeth, eating food or drinking anything that is not water.

How long does the treatment take?

The treatment with invisible aligners takes between 3 to 9 months for most people, but it will depend on the severity of the misalignment being corrected. It will also rely on whether or not you follow your orthodontic dental team’s instructions concerning the wearing of them and the replacement of any missing aligners.

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Do I have to be over the age of 18 to wear aligners?

No, there are invisible aligners aimed at teenagers, but you will be asked to be dedicated to following the treatment as scheduled by your dentist. There are currently no invisible aligners available for children.

Is it expensive?

Most dental teams who offer invisible aligners can offer their patient’s payment plans, which will help you spread the cost. But you may be surprised to learn that in comparison, invisible aligners are more affordable for most people than traditional fitted braces.

The cost of invisible aligners is made up of the number of times that you would need to visit your dentist, which will be fewer than it would be with a traditional fitted brace and also the length of wear which is also shorter.

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