No wires, no brackets, no attachments!
Everyone wants straight teeth but more and more patients are unwilling to wear conventional braces to achieve the result. Having visible wires and brackets on the teeth has become unacceptable aesthetically which has led to the development of aligner orthodontics or “invisible braces”.
With aligner orthodontics, the patient wears a series of clear, wafer-thin, removable aligners, which gently guide the teeth from their present position to the desired position. Each aligner is worn 22hrs/day for 2weeks to move the teeth a certain degree before the next aligner continues the straightening process. The aligners are customised for each patient, giving predictable, effective results.
Due to their design aligners have significant advantages over traditional braces with wires and brackets. The aligners are clear so they appear nearly invisible to the eye. They are wafer-thin so they are more comfortable to wear and cause less irritation and tissue trauma. They are completely removable which makes it much easier to clean the teeth as well as eat and drink.
There are numerous brands of orthodontic aligners available such as Invisalign, ClearCorrect and ClearPath. At Central Brisbane Dental, we choose to use ClearPath. Unlike other brands, ClearPath’s patented technology allows each aligner to grip the teeth and move them precisely without the need for attachments on the teeth. Attachments are usually shapes of plastic filling material bonded onto the teeth to help them move when wearing orthodontic aligners. Although this filling material is removed after treatment is complete, they are disadvantageous during treatment. Teeth with attachments are less aesthetically pleasing, are harder to clean and are not as smooth as teeth without attachments. The filling material may also come off during eating and drinking and need to be replaced.
Dr Vincent Wan and Dr Allen Wan are both ClearPath Certified Dentists, having done the ClearPath Aligner Orthodontics Certification Course.
Please visit: http://www.clearpathortho.com.au/ for more information.