You've been diagnosed with an orthodontic issue - now it's time to decide which treatment option is right for you. Orthodontic treatment is a significant investment of time and money. You want to make sure you're using the right product. Today, our Burnaby dentist describes clear and removable aligners.
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Your orthodontic issue, its complexity or severity, and other factors will likely determine which orthodontic treatment option or product will work best for you. Financial factors are also an issue. Clear aligners are one orthodontic treatment option that is typically used to help straighten patients' teeth. You and your dentist will need to make a choice about whether they will work for your situation.
Clear & Removable Aligners
Clear aligners are a popular alternative to braces for adults who need orthodontic treatment but want an option more low-profile in appearance. Clear aligners are removable, which means that you can take them out to eat, drink, brush and floss. Many patients find they fit comfortably into their lifestyle and allow them to keep eating the foods they love.
However, you’ll need to wear them for 22 hours a day for them to work, so sticking with your custom treatment plan and remembering to track your daily wear time, meal times and any time your clear aligners will not be worn is critical.
You’ll also need to brush and floss your teeth every time you eat or drink anything other than water, before you put your braces back in, to prevent bacteria from getting trapped between your teeth and the aligners and causing tooth decay and cavities.