Clear aligners are the best substitutes for traditional braces and work in the same way as braces do moving teeth into proper alignment. However, they are fundamentally different. In the case of traditional braces, brackets are placed on the teeth and a wire is placed through them. The orthodontist tightens the wires a little each time to direct the teeth to move into their designated places and straighten the patient’s smile.
However, clear aligners work slightly differently. The set of upper and lower trays are designed in a way that they apply constant forces on the teeth to move them into places – without the need of wires and brackets.
The thermoforming blank made of PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol) is supplied with an insulating film for the purpose of high transparency. Since it is tough-elastic and can be built up with acrylate, it is particularly suitable for Aligner, bite and occlusion splints, as well as for orthodontic appliances.
Occlusal splints, bruxism splints, stabilization splints, orthodontic retainers, miniplast splints, dressing plates, implant guides or other moulded appliances. Also see Thermoforming technique manual and material card.
This is a valid question to ask after having understood everything about clear aligners. Are you thinking of the same too? Well, if you want to get a flawless smile with well-aligned teeth, you must visit your dentist or orthodontist for an evaluation. Whether you are a case for clear aligners will be determined by the orthodontist.
When a patient visits an orthodontist and is explained how his/her teeth can be straightened, one of the most common questions that they ask is “How long will my treatment take to complete?”
In the case of clear aligners, the treatment times are usually shorter than those with regular braces. Treatment with clear aligners usually takes about between 10- 24 months on average.
However, if the patient fails to follow instructions and does not wear the aligners for a minimum number of hours each day or for the required number of days, the treatment can get delayed. This delay can also sometimes affect the success of the treatment.
Invisible braces or clear aligners need to be worn for a minimum of 20-22 hours every day. They need to be removed while eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing only.