Aligners are clear, transparent sequential set of trays that ﬁt snugly onto your teeth and effect tooth movement in stages. Aligners are made using CAD/CAM technology to custom design your smile. So here there is no need for any attachment on the teeth, no need for wires or rubber bands! And they are Invisible!
They do! Aligners also provide the same results in alignment as braces
No brackets/wires/rubber bands/attachments on teeth
CAD-CAM designed custom-made smile
Ability to view the treatment outcome even before starting treatment
Virtually invisible/Highly comfortable
Removable; hence no food restrictions
Minimal appointments/fewer visits
No dental emergencies due to broken wire/bracket
Ideal for frequent travelers/overseas patients
The cost of treatment can be high
The duration of treatment can be longer than self-ligating braces
It may not be preferred in complex tooth movement
Not indicated for children
Retainers are used after active orthodontic treatment is completed with braces. Your braces will be removed and retainers will be made which can be fixed or removable. This has to be worn for a minimum of one year.
During active orthodontic treatment with braces, teeth are moved within the bone and can sometimes feel loose during this time. When the alignment is complete, teeth are moved into a new position and has to be stabilized by new bone formation around the tooth. This is the period of retention. Failure to wear retainers will cause the teeth to move back to their original position.
Retainers prevent teeth from shifting back to their original position.
Wearing a retainer can not only straighten teeth but they can improve breathing at night.