Ainslie Orthodontics’ in-house clear aligners are an effective alternative to traditional braces, because they use a system of clear, removable trays used to straighten teeth.
Each aligner is custom-made right here in our office to fit over your teeth and designed to gradually move teeth into their proper position. Using clear aligners for orthodontic treatment is not for everyone. The best way to find out if clear aligners are the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ainslie.
How do clear aligners work?
Clear aligners are used as an alternative to traditional braces. They are designed to help guide teeth into proper position. Just like braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets.
The aligners are made with a strong plastic material that has been fabricated to fit your mouth. As treatment progresses, you switch aligners. Each aligner is a little different, so your teeth move a little more with every change.
Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours each day, and you’ll receive a new one every two weeks. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case, and treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years.
To create your aligners, we use a 3D printer to make models of your teeth right in our office. Once your teeth have been scanned and Dr. Ainslie has moved them on the computer virtually, we print models of your teeth at each stage of tooth movement.
The models are made from melted plastic that eventually forms into hardened plastic. The printer creates a layer every few seconds and eventually builds them up into models.