Invisible braces Clear Aligners

Straight teeth and a revitalized smile may no longer need to come from a mouth full of unattractive wire and bracket braces. Enhancing self-esteem and physical confidence, invisible braces offer an esthetic and barely visible alternative to conventional wire/bracket braces.

What are Invisible Braces or Clear Aligners?

Clear Aligners is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. Clear aligners (Invisalign, Flash Orthodontics or I-Aligners) uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. Since the treatment involves clear/invisible aligners, you will not have to worry about the embarrassment that is often associated with traditional metal braces.

The Clear Aligners Process is Simple:

Clear aligners (including such brands as Align Technologie's Invisalign, Flash orthodontics, I Aligners) are a series of clear, removable aligners custom-fit to your teeth to provide virtually irritation-free treatment with minimal adjustment discomfort. Clear aligners are nearly invisible, minimally invasive and resistant to clouding from wear. With clear aligners, there are no brackets to come off or wires to break and poke. Clear aligners can be removed for eating, drinking and special events, making it easier to brush and floss.

Clear aligners are made after our dentist/orthodontist takes three-dimensional impressions or digital impressions/scans of your teeth and sends them to a manufacturer-specific laboratory that fabricates your custom-fit clear aligners using computerized technology and 3D Printing. These aligners are then returned to us to be tried on and evaluated for the fit andz suitability.

Clear aligners are provided in sets. The number of aligners will depend on your specific orthodontic problem. You will wear each new aligner set for a specified amount of time, removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss. With each new aligner set, your teeth slowly adjust and gradually realign to your desired smile. At periodic visits, our dentist/orthodontist will provide the next aligner set and evaluate your progress throughout treatment. Revision aligners are often requested at the end of the first series of aligners to correct any unfinished detailing.

Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology, these invisible braces depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next, until the final position of your teeth is achieved.

Advantages of Invisible Braces (Clear Aligners) treatment :

  • Time for a snack? No problem. Take out your aligners to eat or drink whenever you want.
  • Since the aligners are virtually invisible, chances are no one will even notice anything is different until your new smile is revealed, of course.
  • You can remove your invisible aligners, so you can brush and floss regularly and keep your teeth and gums healthy preventing them from getting swollen or tender.
  • You can occasionally remove your clear aligners and enjoy a special night out.
  • Be yourself with invisible braces. Since it's clear, you don't have to hide your smile while going through treatment.
  • Continue to engage in the sport of your choice freely, while wearing your set. For high body contact sports however, it is advisable to remove your set, temporarily to avoid damage
  • With Invisible aligners, it's easy to make your smile picture perfect for that special occasion.
  • Clear Aligner appointments work with your schedule. Most visits are in and out, with a quick progress check once every six weeks.
  • Clear aligners demand a much simpler routine – just cleanse your aligner set as per instructions and re-insert it before you hit the sack. You are done!

However, since clear aligners are removable, they may require more motivation and self. discipline to wear consistently, and they are easier to misplace or lose. Lost clear aligners may result in treatment delay and additional replacement costs. While fairly comfortable, clear aligners can cause discomfort or mild pain, particularly at the beginning when new aligners are placed and exert pressure on the teeth to move them.

While invisible braces may not be suitable for certain misalignment cases or the complex bite problems that are better addressed by traditional orthodontics, invisible braces can be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Overbite or overjet
  • Crowded or widely spaced teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gummy smile correction in conjunction with dental veneers

Invisible braces are designed for adults and older teenagers but are not recommended when baby teeth remain. Children and younger teenagers faced with orthodontic problems will require traditional metal braces with brackets/wires on the front of the teeth. However, only our dentist/orthodontist can determine if you are a candidate. The alternative treatment was designed primarily for adults due to the need for absolute and rigid cooperation; the "trays" are worn 22 hours per day and should not be forgotten or lost.

Frequently Asked Questions

Invisible braces treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile. Our innovations and technological advancements make it possible to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex — all without interrupting your busy life.

For kids and teenagers: There is a discreet blue dot on the outside of the teen aligners. The more your child wears the aligner the more the dot fades away. This way you can be sure your child is wearing their clear aligners enough.

Total treatment time averages 8 -15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case. Some cases might get completed in as little as 7 Aligners within a time span of 3 to 4 months.

The mechanical process used to move teeth with braces or clear aligners is the same at any age. So the benefits of orthodontic treatments are available to both children and adults who wish to improve their appearance and bite. The main differences between treatments in adults and children is that certain corrections in adults may require more than braces/aligners alone and the treatments may take longer because adult bones are no longer growing.

For the best results, wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out just for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

Clear aligner treatment options are available for just top or bottom teeth, but consult our orthodontist for your individual needs.

You can brush them gently with a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse them in lukewarm water. Never use hot water on your aligners — it could permanently warp the plastic.

Yes.That is why it is important to brush after every meal, before placing your Invisalign aligners back in your mouth.

Yes. It is very important to always ensure your aligners are clean and hygienic before placing them in your mouth. Please do not use hot water at any time on your aligners — it could permanently warp the plastic.

If you lose or break an Invisalign aligner, immediately let us know. We will work with you to ensure you stay on-track with your treatment plan, which may involve wearing a previous set of aligners, your next set of aligners, or ordering replacements aligners.

The cost of invisible braces is about the same or higher than traditional orthodontic treatment, which ranges from Rs.70,000 to Rs. 3.5 Lakhs. Your specific braces cost is determined by factors that include the type and duration of treatment, the system of aligners that will be used for your treatment and any other restorative work needed before or throughout treatment. Financing may be available through our payment plans. Consult our office to determine what orthodontic benefits you may qualify for.

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