Having a great smile offers both physical and emotional benefits. Having a bad bite or malocclusion can lead to general wear and tear of your teeth, abfractions, tooth decay, jaw pain, bone loss, and periodontal disease. When your crooked teeth aren’t causing you pain, they may still be impacting your self-esteem and confidence.
Don’t put off getting the dental treatment that you need any longer. Clear orthodontic aligners let you straighten your teeth without braces. No one will even know that you’re having orthodontic work done until you’ve finished the treatment and you have an amazing, confident smile. There are two popular treatment options that dentists may recommend, which involve using sequential and clear removable trays, retainers, or aligners to reposition your teeth slowly. These treatment options are:
Simpli5 is a great product for dental patients who need small to midrange changes, such as minor crowding or spacing. Typically, dentists choose Simpli5 for patients who only need adjustments for the front four to six teeth that are visible when you smile, or for patients who are interested in correcting a single arch.
Simpli5 has five trays that work for both single- and dual-arch cases. Each tray creates as much as 1/2mm of movement with 5mm total for dual arches. After your dentist takes your impressions, you’ll get your aligners in three or four weeks. Patients generally complete the full sequence of trays in five to six months.
Invisalign is a better fit for patients requiring more complex dental treatments. You get the same results that you would with traditional braces without the inconvenient tightening sessions and food restrictions. The average treatment time for Invisalign is 6 to 18 months.
The dentist takes X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth to design an individual treatment plan. You’ll typically switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks. For optimal, timely results, wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily for the duration of the treatment.
To learn more about clear aligners and why they may be a great fit for your dental needs, consult a dentist in Greenville, SC, such as Dr. Brian Derrick of Falls Park Dentistry.
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(Express Aligner System, ormco.com)
(INVISALIGN TAKES A MODERN APPROACH TO STRAIGHTENING TEETH, invisalign.com)