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Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance by your doctor, specifically for your situation. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.
Doctors are treating a significant number of patients with a combination of braces and clear aligners. Please call us to determine the best treatment for you.
It is very unlikely that your aligners would ever fall out, no matter what you were doing at the time: sleeping, talking, laughing, etc. The aligners are designed to fit firmly on the teeth, so this should not be a cause for concern.
No, gum will stick to the aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks.
We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discolored.
No. Thanks to the removable nature of the aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you're required to remove your aligners to eat and drink. So, unlike when undergoing a traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks unless you are instructed otherwise by your doctor. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to reinserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene.
No. The aligners must be in place a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day for the treatment to be effective.
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor.