what are clear aligners

What are ODS Clear Aligners or invisible braces?

what are clear aligners

What are ODS Clear Aligners?

Most commonly asked question- what are clear aligners? With the choice of orthodontic treatment enables the patient to choose from a variety of options available today from conventional braces to clear aligners.

In this modern-day society, every individual is looking for alternates and opportunities to improvise ones’ lifestyle and health. Our zeal for perfection brought our attention towards physical and dental health. We are not only seeking for good oral health but also a healthy smile.

A great smile brings much confidence and boosts self-esteem for an individual, which is compromised due to crooked or mal-aligned teeth. We seek different therapies/procedures to get straight teeth and feel more confident to face the world with that perfect smile. Orthodontic treatment enables the individual to get straight teeth as a permanent solution.

One day a young aspiring model walks-in with a goal to get her teeth straight but she seemed perturbed only with the idea of getting metal in her mouth (as she had been advised to get metal braces) and one question on her mind “What are clear aligners?”. Living in a world of technology enabled us to search and find relevant(both good and bad) text regarding everything online. There is still a lot about aligners one needs to get familiarised with.

Here are the few pointers that resolve the query “what are clear -aligners?”

  1. INVISIBLE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
  2. METAL FREE
  3. MADE OUT OF BIOCOMPATIBLE THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL
  4. REMOVABLE ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE
  5. CUSTOMIZED APPLIANCE

Read More: Clear Aligners vs Braces (Comparison)

The clear aligner is a gleeful choice to get orthodontic treatment without hindering your social or professional life.

INVISIBLE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

We all want to be the center of attention, if not that – we most certainly want to be recognised in the society, but not for a crooked smile or visible braces. Clear aligners give the opportunity to have invisible braces. It is an alternative for conventional orthodontic braces.

METAL – FREE

Many patients cannot opt for orthodontic treatment due to developed allergic reactions to certain kind of metal. Thus, clear aligner brings the joy of metal-free look and enable patients to enjoy a healthy holistic life.

THERMOPLASTIC BIOCOMPATIBLE MATERIAL.

Very often we have encountered patients being apprehensive to put plastic inside the mouth (due to no-plastic campaigns). It is made of copolymer, polyurethane material which is biocompatible and gives the invisible appearance. It is this material quality that moves teeth to the required/desired position and brings out that perfect aligned teeth and sparkling smile.

REMOVABLE ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE.

“NO STICKY, CHEWY OR HARD DIET” principle rule /instruction is given to the patient when they start with the conventional orthodontic treatment (braces). This is often ignored as kids nowadays are literally surviving on all the junk available, poor/unhealthy habits like these are causing frequent breakage thus increasing the number of visits to the dentist.

Clear aligners simply let you enjoy all the bad eating without any worry about breakage, as it can be easily removed. The most important advantage of this appliance is the easy maintenance of oral hygiene.

CUSTOMIZED APPLIANCE

Clear aligners are not prefabricated, and they are custom made appliance fabricated to address different problems and corrections required. It is different for every individual as the amount of force application and the degree of correction required. It is fabricated on the impression taken (PVS with light body recommended) with the help of CAD-CAM technique to achieve desired results.

In conclusion, “what are clear aligners?”

Clear aligners are invisible, removable, customised appliance made out of thermoplastic bio-compatible material worn sequentially to achieve the desired correction for that perfect smile.

-by Dr Swapnil Gupta (CEO & Director, Orthodontic Solutions)

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