Questions about invisible aligners answered

Are you unsure if invisible aligners are suitable for you, to realign your teeth?

Here, common online queries relating to invisible aligners are answered, so read on to learn more!

How do you clean invisible aligners?

Invisible aligners like Invisalign W1 are fairly straightforward to clean; simply rinse them under a cold tap twice daily to remove any debris or food particles.

As tempting as it may be if you have stubborn staining, refrain from running your aligners under a hot tap, as this can cause the plastic to warp out of shape, rendering the aligner useless.

Can invisible aligners fix an overbite?

Yes, they can, but it depends on the severity of the overbite.

For mild to moderate cases of bite issues, your dentist may decide that they can be treated using an invisible aligner. However, if you have a more complex case, or one that involves moving or rotating molars, then a fitted clear or traditional brace may be more suitable.

How much do they cost?

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This is tricky to answer as every case that requires an invisible aligner is subjective.

Dentists will need to factor in how many appointments you will need, how many aligners are required and if there are any additional features needed.

It is worth noting at this time that you should aim to avoid dental teams who promise you an invisible aligner treatment for a set price, even with a consultation. This is because to achieve such a price, they may be cutting corners elsewhere.

Can’t I get the same aligners online for cheaper?

You can technically get a similar type of aligner online cheaper, but in the long term, this may do more harm than good.

For instance, such aligners require you to take moulds of your teeth before the aligners are sent to you; this is quite tricky to get right and can result in ill-fitting aligners. And when it comes to moving teeth, you don’t want to be scrimping on seeing a dentist or orthodontist. These professionals will be able to choose the most suitable aligner or braces for you, which will not only deliver that straighter smile that you want, but will do so in the shortest time.

So, if you want to straighten your teeth, contact your dentist and avoid online shopping for aligners.

Do invisible aligners deserve the hype they are getting?

There are many reasons why invisible or clear aligners are attracting so much attention, from adult and teenage patients alike.

For one thing, thanks to the associated app, it is easier than ever for people using the aligner to stay up to date with their dentist and avoid unnecessary dental trips, simply by sending a photo or a selfie to their dental team.

Also, as these aligners are removable, you can take them out to eat any type of food you want to, provided that you keep them in your mouth for 22 hours a day. And finally, based on the 98% plus success rate of these aligners, they are certainly doing their job in straightening smiles. So, yes, it seems they do deserve the hype!

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