Aligners are an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. It is a series of clear, custom-fit removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth to slowly straighten them. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but they are virtually invisible. Because these trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
The aligner system begins in the dentist office with taking a scan to design your trays. Patients switch trays every two weeks to gradually shift the teeth. The system requires a visit to the office every six weeks so that treatment can be monitored. Once treatment is complete, a patient will likely be given a retainer to maintain the smile. The cost of aligners varies according to the complexity of the case. Insurance policies generally cover aligners to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.