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Aligners are a new, alternative form of tooth movement therapy from braces.  They are normally a clear plastic mould placed over the teeth, exerting pressure to slowly move the teeth into place.  They are most commonly used for those who don’t want people to know that they are wearing braces, and are not suitable for people whose teeth are not yet completely developed.

Aligner Fitting Procedure

You will have an initial consultation to ensure that the aligner is the correct treatment for you.  You will need to make clear the expectations you have for the final result, and disclose any information necessary about your previous dental health. 

Impressions will be made of your teeth which can then be placed on a computer.  Your dentist can track the path your teeth will make and you will be able to see the final result.

Once you are both happy that aligners can help your situation, you will have moulds made of your teeth.  An aligner will then be modeled and subsequent aligners made for you to see your treatment progress.  Usually you will have about 20 or 30 aligners throughout your entire treatment.

You will go for regular check ups to ensure that you are progressing in the correct way.  It is important that you wear your aligner as often as is possible.  This will ensure a speedy treatment time. 

Aligner & Brace Similarities:

  • Move the teeth so that overlaps and crookedness can be rectified
  • The treatment times are similar
  • They are worn constantly
  • You will need to wear an orthodontic retainer after the treatment is finished

Aligner & Brace Differences:

  • Not visible from the outside
  • Can be used in conjunction with teeth whitening treatments
  • Easier to clean as there are no fixed brackets
  • They can affect your speech until you get used to them, this is similar to a removable brace
  • You frequently get new aligners to suit the new shape of your teeth.  They cannot be adjusted, so are instead replaced every two weeks or so.