What you need to know about Clear Aligner Therapy
What is the difference between clear aligners and braces?
Braces, using brackets and wires, apply a pull force to shift teeth. Aligners, however, use a push force to gently guide the teeth. Aligners can move teeth to their new positions in as little as 24 hours, but that doesn’t mean it is time to move on to the next set of aligners yet.
Are clear aligners effective?
Research has found that clear aligners are most effective when worn at least 22 hours a day, and removed only for eating and drinking, brushing your teeth, and flossing. If you want to see results quickly, you’ll need to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day (or more).
Do clear aligners hurt? What are the cons to porcelain braces?
Since tooth movement is the goal of clear aligners, there is still minor discomfort associated with clear aligner therapy. Around half of aligner wearers experience minor tenderness or pressure. Often, the discomfort is only noticed while wearing the aligners or triggered when you take them in and out to eat and clean.
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