What is a dental aligner?
A tooth correction splint, also called an aligner or invisible braces, is a thin, transparent bite splint that fits exactly onto your upper or lower jaw. Like other braces, the splint corrects tooth misalignments and is able to gently move your teeth into the ideal position until the desired position of the teeth is reached. It does this by wearing a number of different splints, each used for 2 weeks, which will move your teeth into position up to 0.3mm per splint. The aligner sits invisibly on your teeth and does not affect your radiant smile and beautiful teeth, as is the case with fixed braces with ceramic or metal brackets.
How do the invisible splints for tooth correction work?
Make sure you get advice from your dentist about all the options for correcting a misaligned tooth. The splint for tooth straightening does not have to be the best option for your individual treatment. In any case, it is advantageous that a specialist can monitor the use of the dental splint and can guarantee that it is medically safe at all times.
The first step in creating the splint set is taking an impression of your jaw. Your dentist is also the first point of contact for this activity, as this is a daily routine for him. Modeling kits provided for home use often do not give the results you want.
The impressions of your teeth are used to create a series of custom-made aligners called aligners. A computer program calculates the position of your individual teeth at the various stations between the starting position and the desired end position and produces a transparent dental splint for each station. That is at least 5 rails, but often more.
The transparent splints are given directly to the patient, who in turn wears each splint for a period of approx. 2 weeks until he uses the next splint in the sequence. After wearing the last aligner in this series, the orthodontic treatment is complete.
As with all orthodontic treatments, teeth correction splints are gradually brought into the ideal position so that the teeth remain in this desired position. For adults and older adolescents, the adjusted occlusal splint is a sensible alternative to fixed braces. Tooth correction splints are usually ideal for the inconspicuous correction of mild to moderate tooth misalignments.
Why do we speak of invisible braces?
The removable aligners are made of transparent plastic and are placed completely over the visible area of your teeth. When wearing the aligners, you can only see a slight sheen over your teeth, but under no circumstances do you see the brackets of fixed braces or wires from loose braces, as they are mainly used in orthodontics. For this reason, the term invisible braces arose.
What is the difference between braces and aligners?
Fixed braces exert a pulling force that gradually brings the teeth into the ideal position. Tooth straightening splints use a compressive force to rotate your teeth. Every aligner you wear creates a smooth, very mild tooth rotation that is much more suitable for adults than children. Toothed aligners eliminate slight misalignments without bleeding gums and pain.
What does the treatment with the dental aligners cost?
The treatment of misaligned teeth with the dental correction splint is not covered by the statutory health insurance. In most cases there is no medical need to correct individual teeth and are therefore treated like cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic operations take place for purely aesthetic reasons and must therefore be fully borne by the patient. Nevertheless, tooth correction with the dental splint can be the cheaper option compared to conventional orthodontic treatment. The co-payment for a treatment in orthodontics approved by the health insurance company may be higher than the total cost of the dental splint treatment. Private health insurances and additional dental insurance can take over parts of the invisible tooth correction.
What are the risks of treatment with the dental aligners?
You can purchase and carry out the entire therapy with the tooth straightening splints in a shop or via the Internet without having to go to a dentist or orthodontist for the entire period. However, dentist and orthodontist associations warn of potential issues that are important to consider.
A personal pre-treatment examination of the patient should take place to ensure that they are a suitable candidate for the aligner treatment. Occasionally, the patient’s teeth and gums may be out of health to start orthodontic treatment. Others may have orthodontic ailments that are more appropriate for traditional braces or may need treatment before the braces are inserted.
While using over-the-counter aligners, you may not receive hands-on supervision from an orthodontist who can monitor your progress and address issues that arise during treatment. The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists points out that incorrect orthodontic treatment can result in complications such as gum damage, tooth loss and changes in the bite. Fixing these problems can be expensive and laborious, and in some cases the damage to your teeth can be irreversible.
If you want straight teeth and want to eliminate misaligned teeth, make an appointment with your dentist and orthodontist. Dentists can determine if you are a good candidate for orthodontics. In this case, a treatment plan will be designed for you that is guaranteed to lead you to the desired goal.
How quickly do my teeth react to the correction splint?
What surprises many people is that each corrective splint in a set actually brings your teeth into the desired position within the first 24 hours. So the question arises why each splint in a set should be worn for 14 days. Over time, it has been found that 14 days is the appropriate time to move the jawbones and gums into their new positions. After this period, you can be sure that your teeth will not turn back again. As with all changes that you want to bring about permanently in your body, you will not achieve your goal within a few days, but only with one step at a time.
What are the benefits of straight teeth?
The benefits of straight teeth are much more than a confident smile. You will get healthier teeth and better overall health. Straight teeth are easier to clean. By brushing your teeth properly and flossing, you can avoid future periodontal problems such as tooth decay and gum disease . Straight teeth also affect the way you chew food, so you have better digestion. Properly aligned teeth can also eliminate the problems that can be caused by an incorrect bite, chewing movements, jaw problems, and excessive wear and tear on tooth enamel .
What is the difference between the different types of braces?
Other than for reasons of effectiveness, there is no significant difference between the types of orthodontic braces as they are all designed for the purpose of tooth correction. There is just a difference between the treatment time, the price and the condition of your teeth. Let your dentist give you extensive advice on all methods of correcting misaligned teeth so that you can choose the right treatment for you.
How does the invisible aligner align the teeth?
Depending on the case, you will receive a set of aligners during your treatment. Each aligner makes 0.33mm adjustments to the positioning of your teeth as planned by your orthodontist. As the hard splints are placed on the teeth, they slowly shift from their current position day by day. You will wear each set of aligners for 2 weeks before the next stage.
What are the advantages of the aligner compared to metal braces?
In short, the braces apply a pulling force that gradually shifts the teeth into place, and the aligners apply a compressive force to rotate the teeth. Every aligner that you will wear will make a gentle, very mild tooth rotation. This treatment is particularly suitable for adults or older adolescents, without the bleeding gums and pain that can occur with traditional braces.
How long does an average treatment last?
The times will vary from case to case, but the average treatment time with a dental aligner is 13 months. As soon as your orthodontic treatment is over, you will wear a retainer (tooth stabilizer) for a short time at night, which will further fix the result achieved.
How often should I wear my aligner?
The more you wear clear braces, the better the results. The patient should wear the splint for at least 20 hours a day and only remove it when eating, brushing teeth and flossing.
A pleasant side effect is that the occlusal splint acts like an unadjusted splint when worn at night and prevents the wear and tear of the teeth due to teeth grinding.
How should I clean my orthodontic aligner?
Cleaning the invisible aligner is easy: use a soft toothbrush and water to avoid unnecessary odor and possible stains. Cleaners for removable dentures are also suitable, as they protect the material. Please do not use toothpaste, as it usually contains abrasives that can damage the plastic.
Does wearing the orthodontic aligner affect my speech?
No, the transparent plastic splint is only 0.3 mm thin and each aligner is tailored to your treatment plan so that nothing changes in the way you speak.
What products should I ask my dentist about?
Tooth straightening aligners are offered by various manufacturers and are commercially available under various brand names. Invisalign, iStraight, Harmonieschiene or Clear Aligner are just a few examples of the multitude of products that are on the market. The Invisalign system was one of the first methods on the market and, thanks to its great success in the USA, is a benchmark for many follow-on products.
Tooth straightening splints are a simple and inexpensive alternative to correcting minor tooth misalignments. Not all misaligned teeth can be eliminated with this method and it is advisable to obtain an expert opinion from your treating dentist. Trays should only be used by adults who visit their dentist regularly while using them.