Dental Aligners: Everything You Need to Know

Dental Aligners: Everything You Need to Know and How Dental Aligners Work

In recent years, dental aligners, also known as clear or invisible aligners, have gained popularity as a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. The transparent plastic used in these aligners makes them less noticeable, addressing aesthetic concerns during the teeth straightening process.

The Evolution of Aligner Systems

The first complete aligner system, Invisalign, emerged in 1997, paving the way for various systems available through orthodontists and flexible at-home solutions. At TM Dental Solution Kisaasi, we specialize in the Smilelign system—a fast and effective method for achieving a beautifully aligned smile.

For more information on our services and to explore your dental aligner options, feel free to reach out to our friendly team online today.

Understanding Aligners and Their Purpose

Aligners, orthodontic devices designed to reposition and straighten teeth, have minimal impact on daily life due to their removable and nearly invisible nature.

These devices are beneficial for various cases, including straightening crooked, overcrowded, or gapped teeth, addressing bite issues like overbites, underbites, or crossbites, and correcting teeth that have shifted post-braces.

Aligners are most effective for mild to moderate overcrowding and spacing issues. For severe jaw misalignments, surgery may be recommended after consulting with an orthodontist.

How Dental Aligners Work

Similar to traditional braces, aligners exert gentle pressure to gradually straighten teeth. Each aligner directs tooth movement, typically causing a shift of 0.2mm to 0.3mm with each new set. Tooth-colored attachments may be applied for added support.

Getting aligners at TM Dental Solution Kisaasi is a simple and less invasive process than traditional metal braces. Generally, only one or two appointments with an orthodontist are needed before starting the aligner course.

The Alignment Process

The process involves:

  1. Bite impressions or a 3D scan to analyze your orthodontic treatment needs.
  2. Translation of the analysis into a recommended course of dental aligner molds, ranging from 12 to 48 aligners.
  3. Reception of aligners, often accompanied by prealigners for adjustment.
  4. Wearing each set of aligners for about two weeks, with treatment lasting 6 to 18 months on average.
  5. Using a retainer after the aligner course to maintain teeth positioning.

Aligners vs. Metal Braces: Benefits and Drawbacks

While both serve the same purpose, aligners offer distinct advantages:

  • Aesthetics: Aligners are discreet and removable, without the use of brackets and wires.
  • Oral hygiene: Removable aligners simplify brushing and flossing, with fewer restrictions on food and drink.
  • Fewer appointments: Aligners generally require fewer orthodontic appointments, reducing the need for brace tightening or emergency fixes.

However, wearers must remember to replace aligners after removal for brushing or eating. Metal braces may be more effective for complex alignment issues, with cost variations depending on the system and treatment duration.

Invisible Dental Aligners Cost

The cost of invisible aligners varies, typically ranging from UGX 2,000,000 to UGX 8,000,000 in the Uganda. TM Dental Solution Kisaasi offers affordable treatment plans and exceptional customer care, specializing in nervous patients. Contact our helpful team today to learn more about pricing for Smilelign and discuss a custom treatment plan.

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