Traditional braces use a system of wires and brackets to improve alignment. Every four to six weeks, you return to the office to have the wires tightened. The clear aligner system doesn't use wires and brackets, but relies on a series of aligner trays to gradually shift teeth. Movement is accomplished by wearing a new set of aligner trays every two weeks.
No more metal mouth
One of the things many people dislike about metal braces is their appearance. Since the aligners are made of clear polyurethane resin, it won't be obvious that you're wearing braces.
Loose wires can poke your gums and cheeks, causing irritation and pain. When you wear the aligners, you won't have to worry about pain or irritation from wires.
A simple process
Dr. Nguyen uses impressions and photographs to create a computerized image of your mouth, which she consults to design your aligners. Thanks to the 3-D image, she can create trays that are tailored to your specific orthodontic issue.
Correction of bite problems
Braces improve your appearance, but also correct bite problems. Clear aligner treatment is appropriate for the correction of mild to moderate orthodontic issues, including open bites, crossbites, underbites and overbites. It can also be used to correct overcrowding and undercrowding issues.
Convenience and ease of use
You'll normally wear your aligner trays 20 hours a day and only take them out to eat. Unlike traditional braces, you can remove your trays if you play sports and have a practice or game, or if you want to go brace-less for a special event. Since you'll remove your trays to eat, you won't have to worry about the food restrictions traditional brace wearers face.