Clear Aligners

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  • Timely treatment
  • Cancer screening
  • Periodontal screening
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Clear aligners are a translucent and removable orthodontic appliance specifically designed to straighten teeth. 

They are not easily seen when placed in your mouth, allowing you to feel more confident about your smile during the smile aligner treatment. Traditional braces make use of wires and rubber bands to apply the force necessary to move your teeth. Clear Aligners are custom-made, clear plastic trays that alter your smile. During your initial consultations, the dentist will examine your smile to determine if you are an ideal candidate for Clear Aligners. Once you are cleared to start the treatment process, a digital scan of your teeth will be sent to the lab for planning and processing. This is where they will design a series of clear aligners for you to use over the course of several weeks/months. At each step of the process, you will receive a new set of aligners, to gradually and gently guide your teeth into the desired position, before moving onto the next set in the series.

In order to achieve the best results from your treatment, there are some guidelines that are necessary for you to follow. In terms of wear time, it is suggested that you wear your aligners for 22 hours a day. This means wearing your aligners even while you sleep. Ideally, the only time you should remove your appliance is to drink hot drinks, eat, and brush your teeth. Not wearing it for the recommended hours per day can affect the treatment success. Aligner treatment yields a quicker result than traditional braces, depending on the severity of your misalignment. Once your treatment is complete we will provide long term retention that will prevent your teeth from relapse.

How to clean aligners

There are multiple ways that you can clean your aligners. Below we have included a list of solutions that will assist you in cleaning your aligners, and  to assist in removing odour-causing bacteria as well as plaque buildup. 

  • Brush your aligner with toothpaste and cold water, morning and evening
  • Special aerosol foam sprays are available for ideal cleaning and disinfecting of aligners. Ask you dentists here for suggestions

How often to clean aligners

We recommend cleaning your aligners twice a day. This can be done every time you brush your teeth. We suggest doing this when you wake up in the morning and again before going to bed in the evening. Remember to ensure you are still brushing your teeth often and giving them a floss during this treatment process.


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