What Are Clear Aligners? An FAQ  

Are you hoping to get your teeth straightened, but don’t want braces? Visit your orthodontist in Norton, Wadsworth, and Akron, OH. At Hockenberger Orthodontics, we can answer your questions about clear aligners, and help you determine whether they can help you.

What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are made of clear plastic. They fit over the teeth to gently shift the teeth into alignment. Clear aligners are used for patients who have misaligned teeth, crowded teeth and crooked teeth.

What are the benefits of clear aligners?

Aligners have many benefits including:

  • Easy to maintain. Clear aligners can be removed from the mouth, which means they’re easy to clean. To clean your aligners, simply take them out, clean them, and then put them back on.
  • Can be removed when eating. Although some foods could potentially damage clear aligners, they can be taken out for meal times. This means that wearers of clear aligners can eat whatever foods they want without concerns that their aligners will be damaged by their food choices.
  • Virtually invisible. Clear aligners are nearly invisible, so they can do their job without impacting your smile.
  • Effective at realigning teeth. Aligners are an effective tool that can be used to realign teeth.

How do clear aligners compare to standard braces?

Aligners and braces do the same job: they both help align teeth. However, aligners have many benefits that patients like. Compared to braces, they’re easy to maintain and so subtle they’re almost impossible to see.

Am I a good candidate for clear aligners?

Aligners aren’t right for every patient. To find out if you’re a good candidate for clear aligners in Norton, Wadsworth, and Akron, OH, talk to your dentist. Call today to make an appointment.