Learn More About Aligners for Orthodontic Treatment

Some orthodontic cases respond well to treatment with clear aligners. Here is information with links to websites that discuss various options, as there is now more than one type.

This website covers a variety of topics for good dental health, including cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics, and provides more details on aligners.

http://www.deardoctor.com/inside-the-magazine/issue-2/clear-orthodontic-aligners/
A Q&A summary about which cases are best for using clear aligners.

The website of Align Technology, the company that manufactures Invisalign treatment aligners.
This is where I found information on a removable aligner that is part clear, part wired (maybe a hybrid between an aligner and a retainer); it seems to be best used on either the four front upper or four front lower teeth, and is said to be especially useful for “adult relapses” (one assumes this is for teeth only…if you find one for the memory, please let me know). I wonder if this would have worked for me three years ago, when I needed the gap closed between my lower front teeth (years after teen braces and limited retainer use).

http://www.clear-aligner.com/index.html
ClearAligner looks like a system that is similar to the Inman (above), using both clear plastic and metal wire sections.

http://www.ormco.com/index/cms-filesystem-action?file=AOALab-Education-PDF/aoa-appliance-catalog2009.pdf
The Ormco company makes several clear aligner systems: the Simpli5 and the Red White and Blue system.

http://www.clearimagealigners.com/
Another company that makes a clear aligner system is Specialty Appliances. Again, ask your orthodontist what brand they use and like, and what makes them different from each other.

An orthodontic practice in California makes its own proprietary aligners. Has anyone used them?

This is just what I’ve found doing web searches, so that you know there are options. However, only a professional can tell you which type of approach will work to improve a particular situation – these techniques are not capable of solving every orthodontic situation, particularly if jaw alignment is an issue. (And remember, I’m not an orthodontist – I’ve just experienced quite a bit first-hand or with family, friends and colleagues. I believe that knowledge is power, so these are pointers that I hope you find useful.) Ask your orthodontist, and get a second opinion if you feel the need.

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2 responses to “Learn More About Aligners for Orthodontic Treatment

  1. As a Canadian clear orthodontics (Calgary-based) professional, I find these links very useful for an additional reading. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Having various options on dental (Hilton Head-based) alignment gives the people a better idea on what are the advantages of each procedures to the patient. Prior to having my first dental alignment procedure, I was given a lot of choices for me to ponder at by the dentist. Hilton Head being such a good community that have trustworthy people who can handle my teeth, I always receive good service from them.

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