Aligners – All You Need To Know

When it comes to straightening crooked teeth, aligners are one of the major treatment options available.

What are Aligners?

When it comes to straightening crooked teeth, aligners are one of the major treatment options available. There are several other methods for straightening teeth, and the best option for you will depend on your individual circumstances. It’s important to consult with a professional, such as an orthodontist or dentist, who can assess your specific needs and recommend the most suitable treatment.

Aligners, as a removable option for teeth straightening, offer several advantages and considerations.

How they work

Aligners consist of clear, plastic trays that are custom-made to replicate your teeth. They are designed using moulds or 3D scans of your mouth. The trays gently and gradually move your teeth into the desired position. Tooth-coloured attachments may be placed on certain teeth to aid in the alignment process. Each set of aligner trays is typically worn for a specific duration before progressing to the next set.


Aligners are nearly invisible, making them discreet and aesthetically appealing. They are not easily noticeable in photos and can be removed briefly for special occasions. However, tooth-coloured attachments may be present on some teeth, resembling small buttons and potentially giving the appearance of wearing porcelain braces.


Aligners are generally comfortable to wear. While you may experience some initial discomfort or pressure with each new tray as your teeth adjust, it is typically mild and temporary. Unlike braces, aligners have a smooth surface and do not have protruding wires or brackets, reducing the likelihood of cuts, grazes, or ulcers on soft tissues such as gums, cheeks, and tongue.


Proper oral hygiene is crucial when using aligners. The trays must be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water. Brushing your teeth after each meal is necessary to prevent staining of the aligners. Regular flossing is also recommended. To clean the aligners, you can follow the specific cleaning system provided by the aligner brand or brush and rinse them with lukewarm water.


One of the key benefits of aligners is their removability, which adds convenience to eating and oral hygiene routines. You can easily remove the aligners when consuming food, making it more comfortable compared to braces. However, it is important to remember to wear them for the recommended 22 hours per day to ensure effective treatment. Some people may find the need to remove aligners in certain work or social settings to be a hindrance.

Treatment Duration

Aligner treatment typically lasts for a shorter period compared to braces, ranging from 6 to 18 months depending on the individual case and goals. Compliance is crucial, as failing to wear aligners for the recommended hours per day can prolong the treatment time. Regular visits to the dentist or orthodontist, typically every 8 weeks, are necessary for progress checks and to receive the next set of aligner trays.

Speak to the Team

Ultimately, the decision between aligners and other orthodontic treatments should be made in consultation with a dental professional who can assess your specific needs and recommend the most suitable option for achieving your desired outcome.

If you have any more questions or are want to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our Smile Place Dental team.

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