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The cost varies depending on how many sequences of clear aligner trays are needed to move the teeth into the ideal position. For a simple case where minimal movement is needed clear aligners can cost as low as $2000. In extremely complex cases you could pay up to $10,000.
The trays are placed on the outer surface of the teeth and only removed when you eat or clean your teeth. When you wear them, they apply pressure on the teeth in a certain manner, moving them with pinpoint accuracy and magnitude to the desired location over a period of two weeks per set.
The aligners should be first washed under running water, then brushed with a soft toothbrush without toothpaste to avoid warpage and discolouration.
Not at all. In fact, they are very good for your teeth in comparison to braces. They make teeth cleaning and oral hygiene far easier to maintain.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate to clear aligner orthodontic treatment and will need traditional bracket braces to straighten the teeth. Clear aligners can not fix problems related to jaw issues. For example, when the bones of your upper jaw are larger than the lower jaw or vice versa.
Generally, the treatment time for most clear aligner cases ranges from 6 to 18 months. You can expect to see a difference early on as the teeth are moved slightly every two weeks.
Moving the teeth can impact the gum around the teeth however, your orthodontically trained dentist will take this into consideration when planning your treatment to minimise any long term changes to your gum health and tooth structure.
When you are not wearing your clear aligner trays the teeth are not under pressure to move and you risk them relapsing back into their previous position. In order for you to achieve the desired results, you must wear your clear aligners for the recommended treatment time each day and for most, this is a minimum of 22 hours per day. Only take the trays out to clean your teeth and eat.