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Clear Aligner Orthodontics Myths

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

Feb 11, 2014 9:03:00 PM

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There are several myths about clear aligner orthodontics and the technology involved in the treatment. When it comes to oral health, such false beliefs and notions can have negative effects on people’s thinking and wreak havoc with their dental health.

 Here are the top 5 myths that have been debunked about this particular procedure.

1. Clear aligner orthodontics are very expensive

This is the biggest fallacy that is floating around. There is a widespread belief clear aligners cost more than metal braces. In fact, the costs involved are on par with metal braces. Just like any other dental procedure, the time required to treat depends on the severity of the problem. Whether you opt for the traditional metal braces or aligners, the costs are pretty much the same.

Just like braces improve the alignment of teeth over a period of time, aligners also work similarly. In this method of treatment, the impression of your teeth is taken and then they are scanned to create a 3D computerized model. These imprints are used to create virtual electronic models that help teeth to move back into their original position. The dentist monitors the movement of teeth once every 3 weeks, and takes physical models of the teeth using 3D printers. Clear plastic sheets are compressed against the models in order to make a new aligner tray every 3 weeks.

On the other hand, metal braces use curved wires in brackets and are fixed to the teeth. Once the teeth are aligned, these brackets are removed by the dentist. Over a period of time, the dentist tightens the wires as the teeth move closer. The wires can poke soft tissues and cause on and off bleeding. Also, if proper oral hygiene is not maintained with braces, it could lead to dental cavities.  

2. Clear aligners are slow in acting

Both clear aligners and metal braces take the same time to align teeth. Just like metal braces, even aligners can move your teeth only a few millimeters in a few weeks. The process of alignment is slow and it has nothing to do with the procedure. The aligners work slowly to shift your teeth closer, albeit gradually. The time taken for complete alignment will depend on the severity of the gaps in the teeth. The entire treatment may take anywhere from 12 months to 18 months to be successful.

3. Clear aligners are used only for minor displacements

Many people are under the false belief that this treatment can only work for minor tooth gaps. On the contrary, the alignment procedure can treat several conditions, like crooked and misaligned teeth, under- and over-bites and even cross-bites. It also can resolve crowded teeth and unusual gaps in the spacing of the teeth. Whether it is minor or major teeth issue, the procedure can help you in any kind of scenario.

4. This treatment is suitable only for adults

The reality is that this is the best kind of treatment for children and teens, as well. Many children do not like the idea of traditional metal braces because they will be teased among their peer group. Clear aligners are not visible and children can wear them all day without letting anyone notice they are undergoing dental treatment for their teeth.

5. Metal braces give better results

You can say this because you have not tried clear aligner orthodontics. In fact, clear aligners work even better than metal braces. They are comfortable, hidden from other people and cost the same as metal braces. Also, the aligners can be worn throughout the day and night without being removed. They are easy to slip on and slip out of the mouth.  

Before you write off clear aligner orthodontics, speak to your dentist in detail to find out more how this device can help you.

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