What to know before you get clear aligners

Read This Before Getting Clear Aligners

There are plenty of options available to you for improving your smile with orthodontic treatment. If you’ve looked into straightening your teeth, you’ve likely heard about clear aligners as an alternative to traditional braces. Here’s what you need to know about this convenient treatment option.

What Are Candid Clear Aligners?

The Candid Clear Aligner System is a full orthodontic treatment option for people who want to straighten their teeth without the use of braces. Instead of fitting brackets to your teeth and connecting them with wires and elastic bands, the system uses two clear trays made out of medical-grade plastic. These trays fit snugly over your teeth, easily snapping into place. Each one is made slightly different from the exact mold of your teeth to guide your teeth to new positions.

What Are the Benefits of Aligners?

Clear aligner treatment offers some significant advantages for patients who want straighter teeth but don’t want their orthodontic treatment to be visible. Since the aligners are clear plastic, they are invisible. Another benefit is you can remove your aligners for meals and enjoy your favorite foods without worrying. Some patients also find it to be more comfortable than braces due to the smooth texture of the aligners.

What Are Appointments for Candid Aligners Like?

During your first appointment, a digital scan will be taken of your mouth to create a 3D rendering of your teeth and gums. The images are sent to a lab, where the aligners for your first phase of treatment will be made. After you start treatment, you will need to replace the aligners every one or two weeks. With Candid, instead of going to the office for appointments, you will submit scans of your teeth to be evaluated remotely. Your orthodontist will assess your progress and make sure you are ready to move on to the next set.

How Do I Take Care of My Aligners?

One of the most important things to keep in mind is since your aligners are clear, they can be prone to getting lost. When you have them out, be sure to store them safely in their case away from heat. It’s also important to make sure no buildup occurs on your aligners. You can avoid this by soaking them in an aligner cleaning solution or denture cleaner. It’s also good to rinse them each time you brush your teeth to remove bacteria.

How Long Does Treatment Last?

Generally speaking, most people finish orthodontic treatment with aligners after 12 to 18 months. If you want to finish on time, it’s important to wear them at least 22 hours per day. Not wearing them means your teeth are not moving according to schedule, which can prolong your treatment or even require you to start over if you don’t wear your aligners for an extended period of time.

Contact The Smile Store to learn more about Candid clear aligners and to find out which orthodontic treatment option is right for you!