Do clear aligners work? The short answer is yes. Clear aligners can be an effective treatment to straighten teeth. Invisalign treatment is one of the most well-known aligner brands, but others are available. However, whatever brand you choose, there are a few things to keep in mind regarding clear aligners, such as the type of alignment issue you have and the experience of the dentist or orthodontist you’re working with. Let’s take a further look.


What are clear aligners? 

Clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment that uses clear, plastic trays to gradually straighten teeth. Unlike traditional braces attached to the teeth with brackets and wires, clear aligners are removable, making them far more comfortable and easier to keep clean. Clear aligners are also virtually invisible, so they’re an excellent option for adults who want to straighten their teeth without anyone knowing they’re undergoing treatment.



How do clear aligners work?

Clear aligners are custom-made to fit over your teeth—like a mouthguard. Although removable, they must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours each day to straighten teeth effectively—otherwise, the treatment takes longer.

Aligner trays are issued in batches. In the case of Invisalign treatment , each aligner must be worn for two weeks before swapping to the next tray. When switching to a new aligner, it’s crucial to wear it for the allotted time in the first few days—otherwise, the teeth may move back, and it will be impossible to fit the aligner over them.


How long does the treatment take?

The length of the treatment will depend on the extent of your malocclusion. For example, Invisalign treatment takes an average of twelve to eighteen months to straighten teeth in mild to moderate cases.


Do clear aligners work for all teeth?

Clear aligners treat various dental issues, including crooked teeth, gapped teeth, and overbites issues. However, in some cases, aligners may not be the best option. For example, traditional braces may be a more practical option if you have severe tooth crowding.


What are the Benefits of Clear Aligners Compared to Traditional Braces?

Clear aligners have several benefits over traditional braces if you want to straighten your teeth.



Compared to the metal brackets and wires used in traditional braces, clear aligners offer a discreet option that is virtually invisible.


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Clear aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable material designed to fit snugly over the teeth. There are no brackets to rub against the gums or wires that can work free and irritate the soft tissues of your mouth.

While you may experience initial discomfort when you first start wearing them, this should quickly dissipate as the teeth adjust to the aligners.


Maintain Oral Hygiene

Clear aligners are removable, which can be a significant advantage if you want to maintain the ability to brush and floss your teeth effectively. Keeping teeth clean can often be a problem with braces. You will likely have to purchase additional products, for example, interdental brushes or water floss, to keep your teeth clean. Additionally, your oral hygiene routine will also take longer.


Fewer Visits to the Dentist

One of the benefits of clear aligners is fewer trips to the dentist, as, unlike traditional braces, there is no need to have the aligners adjusted. You will still need check-ups after you have finished each batch, so the dentist can ensure your treatment is progressing effectively.


The Takeaway

Do clear aligners work for everyone? No. But they are effective, comfortable and discreet if you are a suitable candidate. Find out more by scheduling an appointment with us.



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