Clear Aligner Trays
Translucent aligner trays are custom-made and fit comfortably over the upper or lower dental arch. Each patient will receive a series of trays, which vary slightly in shape. Every few weeks, patients will graduate from one set of aligners to the next, which will gradually shift teeth into their proper position. There are several brands of aligners to choose from.
- Invisalign® is perhaps the most well-known option. Invisalign aligner trays are made from multilayer SmartTrack® material, which is virtually invisible. Younger patients can benefit from Invisalign Teen®, which features blue indicator lights that fade when used as directed. Patients who need only minor orthodontic adjustments can benefit from Invisalign Express®.
- ClearCorrect™ is similar to Invisalign, in that it features clear aligner trays made of smooth plastic material. Treatment involves four phases, and aligners are worn for three-week periods.
- Red, White & Blue is ideal for those who want to correct minor to moderate spacing issues in their front teeth. Manufactured by Allesee Orthodontic Appliances, this system features three custom-made aligners. Each is marked by a red, white, or blue dot to indicate the order in which trays should be worn. With fewer aligners, treatment often costs less than other options.
- Simpli5 is an extension of the Red, White & Blue system, and it comes with five aligner trays. If needed, patients are eligible for two extra trays to enhance the final results.
- MTM® Clear•Aligners are also intended for patients who need a slight orthodontic adjustment. MTM stands for “minor tooth movement.” The trays are created with special “force points” that target pivotal locations on the dental arches. These aligners can often achieve desired results in as little as three to six months.
Removable aligners require discipline and motivation, and patients who opt for clear aligners must take responsibility for their care. You must be able to commit to wearing you trays for 20 to 22 hours each day, and only remove the trays when you eat or brush your teeth.