Braces use brackets that are connected by wires which help the teeth to move into the proper position. Aligners are different; they are a set of tight-fitting retainers that are custom-made to slip right over your teeth.
These aligners are clear or “invisible” and are perfect for teenagers or adults. The nice thing about aligners is that they are removable; you can take them out to eat and you can brush and floss regularly.
As your teeth move, you will need to get new aligners every few weeks. This will ensure that your teeth continue to move in the right direction.
Though aligners are a great way to straighten your teeth, they are not for everyone. Straightening a child’s teeth is more complicated since their mouths and teeth may still be growing, so they work better for teenagers and adults.
Clear orthodontic aligners are typically for patients that have mild to moderate crowded teeth. Patients that have severe crowding or space problems may require a more complex treatment.
For this reason, we recommend a consultation where we can discuss your options. It is our goal to give you a healthy and straight smile and we will do everything that we can to help you!
If you have any questions regarding an inman aligner or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (562) 436-6013.