How Do Aligners Work?
Are you researching treatment options to correct your crooked teeth and want to learn more about aligners? This blog will tell you everything you need to know about aligners and how they work.
What are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are virtually invisible, plastic, tray-like dental appliances used to align crooked teeth in orthodontic treatments. They are designed to use gentle, consistent pressure to move your teeth into their desired positions.
By wearing one aligner step for a week at a time, your teeth will start moving gradually until they reach the ideal alignment, as per your treatment plan.
What Does the Process Look Like?
The first step is to fill out the contact form on our website. We will get in touch with you to connect you with the nearest Eon Aligner-certified doctor in your area. You can then book an appointment and meet your doctor for a consultation right away.
At the consultation, your doctor will take a 3D scan/impression of your teeth, which will tell us everything we need to know to plan the pace of your tooth movements. It will also help us calculate your teeth straightening steps and the number of aligners needed.
After that, we will generate a customized treatment plan in collaboration with your doctor. You will be shown you a 3D video of how your new smile will look, so you have a clear idea of what’s to come.
Depending on your case, your doctor will recommend going through additional steps like adding attachments or IPR (Interproximal Reduction) to ensure the treatment is effective. Once all preparatory steps are done, your doctor will hand over your clear aligners and instruct you on how to use them. You can get started with your treatment right away!
For best results, you should wear your aligners for at least 22 hours daily. With each aligner set you wear, gradual and consistent teeth movements will occur. You can expect this process to start after 24 hours of wearing the aligner.
It is essential to know that your one-week wear cycle can change depending on your case and progress throughout the treatment plan. Once you finish your treatment period, your doctor will perform an overall check of your teeth and give you a retainer to ensure your teeth stay in the place they are in.
Throughout the process, you will have regular follow-up visits with your doctor to monitor your progress and ensure you are on track for your perfect smile.
If you still have more questions, fill in the form to find your nearest Eon-certified doctor.
You can also check before/after images of our Eon Aligner patients and learn more about their experience.