Straighter and Brighter Smile With Clear Aligners
The Benefits of A Clear Aligners
1.) A short period of treatment
2.) It's easy to maintain them and brush your teeth
3.) Improve your oral health
4.) No food limitations
5.) Less prone to further dental problems
6.) Discreet and removable
Clear aligners are free of the risk of cuts from metal wires and brackets because, unlike traditional braces, they do not have brackets or wires to encourage the teeth to move and adjust, making them a more comfortable appliance to wear.
Why Choose South Lake Smiles for Clear Aligners Treatment
Our South Lake Smiles clinic is equipped with the most advanced orthodontic appliances, assuring the highest level of quality and efficiency. With years of experience treating orthodontic issues, our orthodontists are prepared to treat patients with clear aligners. We perform a comprehensive assessment of your mouth and teeth to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment process. If necessary, we can also offer alternatives.
frequently asked questions about clear aligners
Clear aligners are becoming a popular orthodontic treatment because they are a comfortable and cost-effective way of straightening teeth without the hassles involved with braces.
However, aligners may not work for everyone. You can be a good candidate if you are willing to follow treatment instructions and have a mild to moderate misalignment of the dental arch. Furthermore, we highly suggest orthodontic aligners for individuals who are free of cavities and periodontal disease.
Patients are given a set of trays to gradually shift their teeth over time. Each tray is usually good for a week or two. We advise wearing the trays for 22-24 hours a day, removing them only to eat and drink.
Your teeth are slightly straighter in each tray than they were in the previous aligner tray. Teeth move roughly 1/10 mm on average with each tray. The pressure on your teeth is caused by the difference between your present alignment and the slightly different impression of your teeth in your new aligner. Your teeth will start to move to fit the tray after a week (or two) of wearing it. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, function by applying light pressure to a series of trays over time.
We advise wearing the trays for 22-24 hours a day, removing them only to eat and drink.
Clear aligners and traditional metal braces are both designed to correct misalignment and have unique advantages and disadvantages. Determining which one work the best depends on the condition of your teeth. Below are some pros and cons of these two orthodontic treatments:
Pros of Clear aligners:
- Virtually invisible
- Cleaning is easier.
- Brushing your teeth has become easier.
- Dental adjustments are less frequent.
- It can take a lot less time than braces to complete the treatment.
- There is no restriction on food.
Cons of Clear aligners:
- It can be inconvenient to remove the aligners.
- The cost can be higher than with traditional metal braces.
- Discolouration is a common problem with aligners.
- Strict discipline is necessary.
Pros of Traditional braces
- Suitable to treat all cases of complex orthodontics.
- There are several types of braces available, such as lingual braces.
- Perfect results are possible because of consistent progress.
- It can be more affordable than clear aligners.
Cons of Traditional braces
- It is not discreet since dental braces are usually comprised of brackets and archwires.
- Hard and chewy foods are not allowed.
- It requires regular dental check-ups for adjustment and monitoring.
- It is difficult to reach some areas of your teeth.
Your orthodontic treatment may be influenced by the state of your jaw, gums, genes, and even your diet. On average, treatment time takes roughly 12 months to straighten your teeth. However, there are a few things you can do to help minimise that time frame. During your regular visits, the orthodontist will discuss your progress.
- For dazzling, clean aligners, clean your aligners twice a day, at the same time you brush your teeth. You can brush the aligners with a soft toothbrush after cleaning them with a denture cleaner. We advise having a separate toothbrush for the aligners and avoiding using toothpaste as it may damage them. Before putting them back in your mouth, remember to rinse them with lukewarm water.
- Since aligners are changed every couple of weeks, they may not discolour, but they may still stain. Hence, you need to remove them when eating and drinking (especially coloured drinks). Remember to clean your teeth before wearing them back.
- Keep your aligners in their protective cases when not in use. This is not only good hygiene practice, but it also lets you know where they are when they aren’t in your mouth. Keep in mind that the aligner case will need to be cleaned regularly. It is best to get into the habit of cleaning it every now and then when you are doing your dishes in the sink.
- Soak the aligners in the aligner cleaning solution once a week. Denture cleaning tablets can be found near the toothbrush section of the store. These goods include dentures, retainers, and aligners like Invisalign. It may suggest soaking the appliance overnight. Leaving your aligners out for too long may affect your treatment. Avoid using too hot water as it can deform your aligners and slow down the teeth straightening process.
Each patient requires a different level of orthodontic care. The price of each case will depend on the type of aligners and be determined by the complexity of the case. We will need to conduct a consultation to determine which will be most suitable for you. In Australia, the cost of aligners varies from $2950 to $7950. On the other hand, Invisalign, a popular brand of clear aligners, may cost $3131.54 for sequential plastic aligners – per arch.
Aftercare is necessary to maintain the appearance of your newly straightened teeth. The maintenance is simple and non-invasive, allowing you to continue living without hiding your beautiful teeth.
During your orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, your teeth will begin to adjust and move. However, they are not permanently positioned yet. So, after your treatment, your dentist will suggest wearing retainers. The teeth may shift back to their original positions, or shift into less pleasing positions, without any intervention. Any orthodontic treatment comes with this risk.
The retainers will keep your teeth in place and prevent them from shifting. Consider retainers as a tool to “train” your teeth. The retainer works by keeping the teeth in their new, beautiful position permanently.