Clear Aligners for Teenagers: How They Work

Posted on 6/20/2022 by Thomas Wold, DMD
Clear Aligners for Teenagers: How They WorkTraditional braces can be a pain. They make your teeth look funny, but they are also uncomfortable and difficult to keep clean. Luckily, there is an alternative to traditional metal braces: clear aligners! These are plastic trays that fit over your teeth and gently shift them into the correct position. Here is how they work.

Why Should Teenagers Get Clear Aligners?

At first glance, clear aligners may seem like a purely cosmetic treatment. However, there are many reasons why teenagers might want to consider getting clear aligners. For one thing, aligners can help improve the mouth's overall health. Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean, leading to an increased risk of cavities and gum disease. In addition, aligners can also help alleviate pain in the jaw and head caused by misaligned teeth. Some studies have shown that straightening teeth can lead to a significant reduction in headaches. Finally, clear aligners can also boost confidence and self-esteem.

How Does Clear Aligners Work?

Clear aligners are made of a plastic material virtually invisible when worn, making them a popular choice for adults and teenagers who want to straighten their teeth without wearing metal braces. Clear aligners are usually worn for 20-22 hours per day and are only removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Treatment with clear aligners typically takes 9-15 months, and the number of aligners worn during treatment will depend on the severity of the patient's dental misalignment. Each clear aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next aligner in the series. As you progress through the treatment plan, their teeth will gradually be shifted into their correct positions.

If you want to know more about clear aligners and whether or not they are right for you, schedule a consultation with our dentist. They will be able to assess your individual needs and develop a treatment plan for you.

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