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How long do clear aligners take to straighten teeth?

The short answer is: it depends on the patient. As with any dental treatment, there is not a general timeline placed on treatments. Each treatment is specific to the patient, and since each patient has unique needs, no two treatments are the same. 

Generally, dentists who provide clear aligner orthodontics advise patients to wear their aligner trays 20-22 hours each day. Fortunately, aligner trays are removable, making oral hygiene and enjoying your favorite meals much more manageable.

But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t remove them just because, though you do have the freedom to do so. Just remember, you must wear the aligners consistently for them to work their magic. 

What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are innovative orthodontic systems that straighten teeth and correct mild malocclusions faster than traditional metal braces. Clear aligners, also called invisible braces, are made from strong but flexible plastic trays that fit over your teeth. 

How Do Clear Aligners Work?

Patients wear their aligner trays in a series. Every two weeks, you receive a new, slightly more snug set of aligner trays in the series. Most treatment lengths vary between 12 to 18 months. However, your specific treatment plan may be shorter or longer, depending on your oral health needs and orthodontic goals. 

Throughout your treatment, your dentist will see you for regularly-scheduled visits to check your progress. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners only require appointments every few months. 

Clear Braces in Lincoln, NE

Do you want straighter teeth and a healthier smile? Please give us a call today to learn more about clear aligners in Lincoln, NE.

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