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Oral aligners are a popular alternative to traditional braces for patients who want a more discreet and comfortable orthodontic treatment.
Oral aligner procedure
Oral aligners can be an effective treatment option for a variety of orthodontic issues, including overcrowding, spacing, and bite problems. They are particularly popular among adults and teenagers who want a more discreet and convenient way to straighten their teeth.
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Oral aligners are custom-made clear plastic trays that gradually shift teeth into their correct position over time. Each set of aligners is designed to apply gentle, constant pressure on the teeth, and is worn for a specified period before being replaced by the next set in the series.
The length of treatment with oral aligners can vary depending on the patient’s specific orthodontic needs. In general, treatment with oral aligners can take anywhere from 6-18 months, with patients typically wearing each set of aligners for 1-2 weeks.
While oral aligners can cause some mild discomfort or pressure in the first few days of wearing a new set, they are typically not painful. Patients may experience some soreness or tenderness during treatment, but this is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain relief.
Oral aligners can be an effective treatment option for many orthodontic issues, including mild to moderate crowding, spacing, and bite problems. However, more severe cases may require traditional braces or other orthodontic treatment options.
Oral aligners are generally suitable for most patients, but there are some cases where they may not be the best option. For example, patients with severe crowding or bite issues may require more complex treatment, and patients with certain medical conditions may not be good candidates for oral aligners. Dr. Amar can evaluate your specific case to determine if oral aligners are a good option for you.