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What are aligners?... Invisible orthodontics...

Dental aligners, also known as “invisible orthodontics”, are orthodontic treatments in which instead of using brackets that are cemented to the teeth, a type of guards are used that are not fixed to the teeth (that is, they are removed to eat, etc.) This type of treatment is not for everyone, a specialist will decide on an individual case by case whether or not the patient is a candidate for this type of treatment.

Although aligners are not a “new” treatment, technology has allowed their evolution and improvement over time, to such an extent that aligner treatments resolve complex cases and are comparable to fixed orthodontic techniques with traditional braces. The most notable advantages of “invisible orthodontics” or orthodontics with aligners are, of course, it is the most discreet type of orthodontics, it is difficult to notice when a person is wearing the aligners and when not, they are more comfortable than conventional orthodontics since They can be removed at certain times if the patient so wishes (however, to obtain better results the specialist will indicate how many hours a day each patient should wear the aligners). Of course, possible common complications with conventional orthodontics that make it difficult to maintain correct oral hygiene are avoided. .

And perhaps one of the advantages that may interest the patient the most, apart from aesthetics, is that, since case planning is almost 100% digital, the times of each treatment are more predictable than with treatments with braces, since Before starting the treatment and making the aligners, the number of aligners needed is estimated, how often they should be changed and this gives a very precise idea of ​​the duration of the treatment. Perhaps the biggest disadvantage, if it can be called a disadvantage, is that, as they are removable aligners, much of the success of the treatment depends directly on the patient, how consistent the use of the aligners is, their cleaning, maintenance and following the instructions of the doctor. specialist, while in orthodontics with braces, patients, apart from maintaining their hygiene, only have to attend their monthly adjustment consultations and have very few responsibilities apart from those.

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