At All Smiles Dentist, we use smile aligners as a clear and invisible alternative to traditional braces. Smile aligners are a transparent mouth splint system that helps guide teeth into their proper, aligned position. Being transparent they provide adults with crooked or misaligned teeth with an alternative to braces. In addition, they are cost-effective, comfortable, removable and hygienic. If the appearance of crooked teeth are bothering you, but you can't bear braces, your dentist at All Smiles Dentist will be able to evaluate the severity of the issue, and whether or not smile aligners may be able to assist you in reaching your desired smile.
How do smile aligners work?
Made from a strong plastic material these smile aligners are custom made, designed to move the teeth, bit by bit until the desired movement is completed creating a more symmetrical, straight and aligned smile. Without clasps, screws and brackets, the aligner looks like a clear mouth guard, correcting the alignment smoothly, invisibly. Depending on your specific case, the thickness and rigidity of the aligner may be tweaked every two weeks. To reach the desired effect, the aligners are worn for 20 hours a day, taken out only to brush your teeth and eat.
What does the process involve?
After your dentist has evaluated your smile and verified that smile aligners could help you reach your desired goals, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth so that the aligner can be fabricated. Using Digital Smile Design (DGS) technology, your teeth will be straightened and aligned to show you the end product. This allows the aligner to be fabricated in a way that will slowly align the teeth bit by bit. Every two weeks new impressions will be taken, and you will get a new aligner that will be altered slightly towards your goal, thicker and stronger each time to slowly and smoothly correct your alignment. You'll feel a slight pressure on your teeth when you receive the first aligner and when your aligner is changed, but this should be minimal. How long the entire process will take will depend on your specific case but shouldn't take longer than 12 months.