Many teenagers in Norwalk and Westport would like orthodontic correction but prefer to avoid the appearance of braces. We use aligners, which involve a series of nearly invisible removable trays that gradually align teeth and improve your smile. These aligners are custom-made to straighten your teenager’s teeth. The clear trays fit over the teeth and accomplish gradual dental movement.
The trays work in a series, with each tray building on the dental movement accomplished with the previous tray. Your teenager changes the trays every one - three weeks, depending on the amount of movement required, to achieve efficient tooth movement.
How many hours each day do you need to wear the trays?
For aligner treatent to work effectively, patients need to wear the trays 20 to 22 hours per day. Treatment will not progress without sufficient wear. So the trays are worn to school, after school, and to sleep. They should really only be removed for eating, brushing, flossing, and drinking any beverage besides water.
How often do you visit the orthodontist?
In our Norwalk and Westport offices, we see patients every six weeks on average to check progress, make necessary adjustments, answer questions, and ensure we are ready for the next set of trays.
Is aligner therapy painful?
Slight discomfort is typical for the first few days with each new set of trays. Tylenol or Advil are sometimes recommended during this time if needed.
Which is more effective, braces or aligners?
Depending on the orthodontic issues at hand, aligner treatment can be as efficient as braces if the trays are worn as recommended.
Are there orthodontic issues that cannot be treated ideally with aligner treatment and require traditional orthodontic methods?
Yes. Certain orthodontic issues should not be corrected with aligners. For instance, a narrow upper jaw would likely require a palatal expander to address the constriction. Palatal expansion cannot be accomplished with aligners.
Underlying skeletal discrepancies (for example, a protrusive lower jaw) may require surgical intervention and would not be ideally treated with aligners. Extreme crowding may require extraction of permanent teeth.
In the rare circumstance where permanent teeth should be extracted for orthodontic purposes, aligner treatment is typically not recommended due to its limitations in closing extraction spaces.
What if a child loses one of the aligners?
No problem, we understand if a few trays get lost during treatment. Please give us a call in our Norwalk office or Westport office and we will order replacements.