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South West Rocks Family Dental has been proudly serving the South West Rocks and Kempsey Shire for over 30 years.
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are a popular orthodontic treatment option that can help to correct misaligned teeth and bite irregularities right here in the Kempsey Region. These clear, removable aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth and gradually shift them into the desired position. Being virtually invisible, they are a great option if you want to straighten your teeth discreetly. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners are also removable, allowing you to eat, brush, and floss normally during treatment. We offer a free orthodontic consultation at South West Rocks Dental to help you understand your options, book online now. Or ask David at your next check up, he wore clear aligners just last year!
Clear aligners have become a popular alternative to traditional metal braces for those looking to straighten their teeth and correct bite irregularities. These aligners are clear, removable, and custom-made for each patient’s teeth, making them a more discreet option compared to traditional braces.
One major benefit of clear aligners is their appearance. The clear plastic material makes them virtually invisible, allowing patients to feel more confident while undergoing orthodontic treatment. They are also removable, which means that patients can eat and drink as they normally would without the restrictions that come with traditional braces. This can lead to a more enjoyable and convenient experience during orthodontic treatment.
Another benefit of clear aligners is that they are less likely to cause discomfort and irritation compared to traditional braces. The aligners are made from a smooth, comfortable material that does not contain any metal brackets or wires that can rub against the gums or cheeks.
However, it is important to consider they require a higher level of commitment and self-discipline from patients. Unlike traditional braces, which are fixed to the teeth, clear aligners are removable, which means that patients must take extra care to wear them for the recommended amount of time each day. Failure to wear the aligners for the recommended amount of time can result in longer treatment times and less effective results.
If you’re considering straightening your teeth, we would be happy to take a scan and discuss the potential options in a free orthodontic consultation. Book online or call today.
Pros and Cons
Appearance: Clear aligners are virtually invisible, making them a more discreet option compared to traditional braces.
Comfort: The smooth, plastic material of clear aligners is less likely to cause discomfort or irritation to the mouth compared to traditional braces.
Removability: Clear aligners are removable, which allows for easier cleaning and maintenance of oral hygiene.
No dietary restrictions: Clear aligners do not have any dietary restrictions, unlike traditional braces.
Shorter treatment time: Clear aligners may require a shorter treatment time compared to traditional braces.
Higher cost: Clear aligners can be more expensive compared to traditional braces.
Compliance: Clear aligners require a higher level of commitment and self-discipline from patients to wear them for the recommended amount of time each day.
Limited effectiveness for complex cases: Clear aligners may not be as effective for more complex orthodontic cases compared to traditional braces.
Not suitable for severe bite issues: Clear aligners may not be suitable for severe bite issues that require more extensive orthodontic treatment.
Discomfort during adjustment: Patients may experience some discomfort or pressure during the adjustment period when switching to a new set of aligners.
Note: The pros and cons may vary depending on individual patient needs and preferences, and it is important to consult with a qualified orthodontic specialist to determine the best treatment option for each individual case.
Frequently Asked Questions about Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth and gradually shift them into the desired position. Patients wear each set of aligners for a period of 7-10 days before switching to a new set that continues the teeth-straightening process. The aligners are changed every week or so until the treatment is complete.
The duration of treatment with clear aligners varies depending on the complexity of the orthodontic case. On average, treatment with clear aligners can take between 6-18 months.
While clear aligners can correct many orthodontic issues, they may not be suitable for all cases. For more complex orthodontic issues, traditional braces may be a more effective treatment option. For the most complex cases, we may refer you to a specialist.
To achieve the desired results, patients are typically required to wear their clear aligners for 20-22 hours per day. The aligners should only be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
Most patients experience some discomfort or pressure when switching to a new set of aligners. However, this discomfort is usually temporary and should subside within a day or two.