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Published on Apr 21, 2021 and last reviewed on Nov 08, 2021   -  4 min read


Are you conscious about your mal positioned teeth? And at the same time conscious about visibility of braces too? Are you unable to smile freely in public? And on same time afraid of smile with braces? To know more about the treatment read the article.

Clear Aligners


Are you conscious about your malpositioned teeth? And at the same time, conscious about the visibility of braces too? Are you unable to smile freely in public? And at the same time, afraid of smile with braces? Then no worries, you can go clear through your treatment. You can think of clear aligners. Clear aligners are taking away the social stigma of orthodontics.

What Are Clear Aligners?

In simple words, clear aligners are orthodontic devices that are plastic in nature. They are transparent and so-called clear alternatives for braces. In this system, trays are used for alignment or correcting the position of wrongly placed teeth. Clear aligners are more aesthetic when compared to traditional braces, gaining more popularity among teenagers and adult patients who want to get orthodontic treatment but are concerned about their looks during treatment.

When Can Clear Aligners Be Suggested?

Clear aligners are the best options in the case of

In What Cases Are Clear Aligners Contraindicated?

There are certain cases where clear aligners are not as effective as traditional braces and so are contraindicated in

Clear aligners were initially used only on simple orthodontic cases, but now they are used even for the most advanced orthodontic cases.

Why Are Clear Aligners Patient-Friendly?

All these things are preferred by the patient when they go for aligners.

On top of these things, scanning comes with more accuracy, more detailing, and more comfort for the operator and patient as well. One of the best ways that are clinically more efficient and cause less discomfort to patients is the combined use of clear aligners and impressionless scanning or the use of digital scanning.

Comfort- Wearing clear aligners offers comfort because it does not affect your speech. It does not affect your esthetic. It does not hamper your oral hygiene routine. It does not affect patients eating habits, and so no more food restrictions.

What Does the Clear Aligners Treatment Procedure Involve?

Clear aligner treatment involves a team of an orthodontist, general dentist, and dental technicians. The process starts with a clinical examination by an orthodontist, then after clinical examination and diagnosis of your problem treatment plan will be decided for your case. As every individual has a different profile, there will be different treatment plans for every individual depending on chief complaint, type of malocclusion, or individual problems and concerns. Although this system is a home-based appliance system, it should be done strictly under the supervision of a certified orthodontist.

After treatment planning, digital impression or scanning is made on patients' teeth that generate a computerized model of patients' teeth. These scanning or digital impression are more accurate that records minute details without much discomfort to the patient, unlike the traditional impression technique. The orthodontist will later analyze the scans and design a treatment plan for a particular case.

After proper designing of the case, one can see digital transformation of own teeth from irregularly placed to perfect position after treatment. This is one additional benefit patients get from this system that they can visualize their looks after treatment. According to the decided treatment plan, the computerized model suggests stages between malaligned and desired teeth scan, and then aligners are created for each stage. Aligners have to be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day for one or two weeks. As per the case and malocclusion, the duration of the treatment is decided.

There are certain trays in a given set of aligners that can last for six months to one year. Patient compliance is more important in this aligner system. So if the patient is a non-complaint, then aligners are strictly contraindicated in that case. Eating with aligner trays in the mouth is not recommended. They are not designed to withstand the pressure of chewing. It leads to staining of aligners and food lodgment in between teeth and aligner tray. Patients are advised to remove aligners only while eating and brushing.

Which Is Better Clear aligners or Traditional Braces?


If you are concerned about the visibility of the braces and at the same time you want to get your malaligned teeth corrected, then you can go for the clear aligners.


Frequently Asked Questions


What Benefits Do Clear Aligners Offer?

- As their name indicates, they are clear or transparent. They do not look odd like the conventional braces and are esthetically pleasing. While in the mouth, one cannot notice it easily.
- It need not be worn the whole day continuously. It can be removed while eating.
- Oral hygiene maintenance is easy compared to conventional braces.
- They do not irritate oral tissues like gums, tongue, inner cheek, etc.
- It is comfortable and easy to wear by oneself.


Do Clear Aligners Really Align the Teeth?

Clear aligners help in the alignment or straightening of crooked teeth and are indicated in people with mild to moderate malalignment. In such conditions, they align the teeth better.


Do Clear Aligners Harm Teeth?

Clear aligners do not harm teeth if used under the advice and supervision of an orthodontist. However, there is evidence of root resorption associated with clear aligners. Also, several at-home or mail-order teeth aligners move teeth more slowly or faster than needed since these are not tailored and are not supervised by an orthodontist. In such conditions, these aligners can harm the teeth.


Which Is Better Among Clear Aligners and Braces?

Clear aligners and braces have their own benefits, and their usage depends upon the treating orthodontist’s treatment plan, individual preferences, needs, requirements, and severity of teeth malalignment.


How Efficient and Effective Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners effectively treat mild to moderate crowding, diastema (a gap between teeth), teeth intrusion (one or two teeth only), and distally tipped molars. For severely crooked teeth, fixed braces are the choice.


Do Teeth Return to Their Old Position After Invisalign Treatment?

Once you stop wearing Invisalign after your treatment period ends, your teeth tend to return to their old crooked position if retainers are not used post-treatment with clear aligners.


Is Invisalign the Best Choice?

Comparing Invisalign and metal braces are quite tricky as both have their own uses, benefits, and downsides. Invisalign is best in treating mild to moderately malaligned teeth.


How Do Invisalign and Clear Aligners Differ?

Both clear aligners and Invisalign are the same. While clear aligners is a general term for invisible teeth aligners, Invisalign is the United States-based brand of clear aligners.


Do Clear Aligners Offer Permanent Solution?

Clear aligners provide permanent results if you strictly follow your orthodontist’s treatment protocols. Failure to wear retainers post-treatment can result in a relapse in teeth position.


Do Clear Aligners Affect the Periodontal Status and Oral Health?

Clear aligners do not affect the periodontal status and oral health. Instead, they promote periodontal health and good oral hygiene. They can be easily removed, and oral hygiene practices can be performed hassle-free, thereby preventing plaque accumulation.

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