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What are clear aligners?   

Clear aligners are plastic trays that fit over the teeth and are designed to move the teeth over time.

If you’re considering straightening your teeth, you may have heard of clear aligners. Clear aligners are a type of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, plastic trays to straighten your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. They are also less noticeable than braces, making them a popular choice for adults. If you’re interested in learning more about clear aligners, keep reading. We’ll go over the basics of this treatment option and how it can help you achieve a straighter smile.

Who is suited to clear aligners?  

Clear aligners are often an ideal option for teenagers and adults who are looking for a discreet orthodontic solution. They can be used to resolve a range of issues and are particularly effective for the treatment of mild or moderate crowding, as well as minor spacing issues. It is important to note that individuals who suffer from severe misalignment, spacing issues, crowding or bite-related problems may benefit from a more complex treatment.

It is also important to understand that clear aligners are not usually recommended for children as their mouths are still growing and changing.

How do clear aligners work?

Clear aligners are custom made to ensure that that they fit comfortably and securely on your teeth. Once they are fitted, clear aligners work by applying constant pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into new positions overs time. Your treatment will involve a series of aligners — each set will be exchanged every two weeks or so and will make slightly different adjustments to your teeth over the course of treatment.

Clear aligners are removeable, and can be taken out for eating and drinking, as well as for brushing and flossing.

How long does treatment take?  

When it comes to clear aligners, the duration of treatment varies from person to person. The length of your treatment will depend on a few factors, including the extent to which your teeth need to move, as well as your personal aesthetic goals. In most cases, treatment with clear aligners can take anywhere between 10 to 24 months to achieve the desired result. When your orthodontist formulates your treatment plan, they will let you know how long you can expect your treatment to take.

What are the benefits of clear aligners?

There are a number of benefits to choosing clear aligners. Besides the fact that they are virtually invisible, clear aligners are also very comfortable because they are designed to fit your teeth precisely.

Because clear aligners are removeable, there are no dietary restrictions during the treatment period — you can simply take your aligners out of your mouth before you eat or drink.

Another benefit of clear aligners is that they are made from durable, high-quality material. This makes them easy to take care of and ensures that the treatment is efficient and effective.

How can we help?

At South East Orthodontics, we offer a range of orthodontic solutions, including clear aligners. If you would like to straighten your teeth with the help of a discreet treatment, you might consider clear aligners. We encourage you to come in and see us so that we can confirm whether or not you are a suitable candidate for treatment, and what you can expect from the process.

If you are struggling with a complex or severe orthodontic issue, your orthodontist may recommend a different treatment, such as traditional metal braces. If you are considering an orthodontic solution, the best place to start is with a consultation so that all of your needs and goals can be understood and considered.

If you would like to find out more about clear aligners and their benefits, please have a look here. We offer a choice of Invisalign and Spark clear aligners, both of which are highly effective options.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please contact us here or give us a call on 03 9330 0702.