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Secretly align your teeth

Feb, 2024

In modern times, our appearance is an increasingly important factor in our lives. Aesthetic treatments, in general, are increasingly popular, regardless of age or lifestyle, which is why in recent years there has been an increase in demand for dental alignment treatments, which are more than a question of aesthetics, they are a question of health, as is the case with invisible orthodontic braces.

Clear aligners – what are they? 

When your dentist suggested that you needed braces, the idea of conventional braces with metal wires and brackets meant that this option was associated with discomfort and some deprivation. In today’s reality, we are increasingly looking for immediate and more aesthetic results. These transparent aligners increase the range of choices, more comfortable and aesthetic, with scientifically proven results even in more complex cases. They are made from a durable and flexible plastic material, custom moulded into transparent drips that simply fit over the teeth, making them visually invisible, as well as being super light and removable at any time. These aligners are gradually replaced and place your teeth in the position planned by your doctor.

Curious to know how this type of treatment works?  

Invisible appliances stand out for the simplicity with which the whole process is carried out. Here’s a summary of the 3 main steps of this treatment:

1 – Diagnostic appointment and digital study – Clincheck

The first step is to share with your dentist your expectations for your smile. During this appointment, your dentist will assess your oral health and see if you have the necessary conditions to move forward. If so, they can proceed with photographic records, x-rays and a digital scan, allowing you to move on to the next stage.

2 – Personalised case planning

Based on the examinations carried out, it is possible to move on to the study and planning phase of all the treatment stages. It is at this stage that the doctor will make the necessary adjustments to achieve the best final result, creating a 3D drawing of the new smile that can be visualised by the patient to ensure that the objectives are fulfilled. From here, a personalised treatment plan is created, including the number of aligners needed until the process is complete. Have you ever thought about enjoying all the changes that take place in your smile during treatment?

3 – Delivering the aligners and monitoring

From this stage onwards, the patient can be given the first aligners, which can be fitted by the patient themselves. Every 10 weeks (this period may vary depending on the complexity of the treatment), an appointment should be made to monitor the treatment plan, to ensure that everything is going as planned and to deliver the next aligners needed until the next appointment.

What are your responsibilities after starting treatment? 

For the treatment to be successful, it is essential that the patient fulfils the plan assigned to them; 

  • Maintain regular oral hygiene care, as well as cleaning the appliance. 
  • Complying with the prescribed time for each aligner, which can range from 7 to 14 days, depending on the movement that needs to be caused and how the treatment is progressing. 
  • Wear the aligners at least 20 hours a day. Whether during the day or at night, the ideal would be to remove them only to eat or drink. 
  • Comply with regular follow-up appointments. These appointments are essential so that the dentist can ensure that everything is going as planned and clarify any doubts that may exist.

3 advantages of using invisible braces;

  • Comfort; Using 3D technology, the aligners are custom-made for each patient, which makes them smooth and easy to use, without worrying about metal wires and sharp edges that could cause cuts in your mouth. Furthermore, this type of appliance keeps the gums healthy and free from irritation. The fact that this appliance can be removed makes it very practical and convenient. It can be removed for eating, drinking and oral hygiene, without having to deprive yourself of the foods you love.
  • Aesthetics and appearance; Invisible braces allow you to carry out effective and discreet orthodontic treatment using transparent dental aligners, which are practically imperceptible in the mouth, allowing you to enjoy your smile while undergoing treatment.
  • Easy hygiene and maintenance; Compared to conventional orthodontic braces, invisible braces are easy to maintain and clean, do not accumulate food particles and allow you to fulfil your daily oral hygiene as normal by brushing and flossing.

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