Tips to Straightening Your Teeth Using Aligners

May 22, 2020, Langley Dental Practice

Besides brushing and flossing your teeth, you need to do many other things to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you want to straighten your teeth then following the daily hygiene routine is not enough. You must have heard about aligners.


What Aligners do?

Aligners work in same way that traditional braces used to work to carefully forcing your teeth into a new and right position. It remodels the bone and forces the body to adapt it. The periodontal ligament surrounding the tooth is stretched by the applied force to move the teeth from one side to other.

What is aligner technology?

The alternative of orthodontic braces is called aligners technology. These are made up of thin sheet of plastic shells that are responsible to move teeth in small increments when someone wears them regularly. Unlike the braces, the patient do not need to attach the braces, instead it can be removed and changed at the intervals of days. 

Use the right brushing technique

Only brushing your teeth is not enough to maintain your oral hygiene but brushing your teeth in a right is the way is equally important. To clean your teeth properly, hold your brush at the angle of 45 degrees and then brush your teeth in a circular motion. The plaque is deposited in the corners of the teeth that can’t be cleaned if you don’t use the correct brushing technique.

How do aligners work?

Aligners are designed in such a way that it can put little and gentle pressure to the teeth to make small movements. The pressure is applied to the jaws through roots.

As your sockets move your jaw responds to the movement and your teeth also move with the applied pressure. Unlike the braces, the change in the teeth alignment is comparatively small so the aligner technology is considered comfortable and less painful treatment.

The one, who is using aligners, must wear it at least 22 hours per day for the most effective results. Patient can remove the aligners while eating, brushing and flossing their teeth.

How do clear aligners straighten teeth?

To move your teeth is not just snapping aligners but few things are required in the aligner technology to move the teeth.

As aligners are not attached with the teeth, so it requires some pressure points to move the teeth. These pressure points are called "attachments". These attachments are of the same colour as your tooth and bonded on your teeth during the treatment. However the shape and placement depend on the requirement of the movement.

There are chances that you need elastics in your treatment that is a common technology used in the traditional orthodontics.

Elastics are required to shit the upper and lower teeth. These elastics are used in the aligner slots. Aligners can treat the minor as well as complex cases but in case of severe cases conventional orthodontics is the best solution.

In the process of straighten your teeth and you are looking for aligners then you can visit To complete the treatment on the time and for the expected and desired results you need to wear aligners at least 22 hours for a day. No matter if you are using elastics, you need to wear aligners to apply force to move the teeth.

Visit your orthodontist at the scheduled time for the further treatment. Wear the fit and right aligners, and contact your orthodontist if you notice any changes in the aligners fitting. Be positive as may take time to complete the treatment. Keep in mind that it might take some extra time so don't lose hope.


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